Newsletter Christmas 2014 Edition.
A word from the MD…
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford
Over the last year, these words from Henry Ford became the essence of Highline. Although it is an old cliche, I really think that 2014 was the year that Highline re-invented itself, and I want to applaud and thank my team for the fantastic way in which they embraced all the changes that took place. We have taken a strategic decision to invest heavily in People, IT and Operational Systems in 2014. With this foundation now firmly laid, we are eager to see the growth that will take place in 2015. We are not ignorant of the threats of Ebola and the potential visa crises, however, history has taught me that with the right people, and the right systems, and the right attitude, challenges like these puts one in a postion to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from them.
To all our clients, colleagues and friends, I would like to extend a personal word of gratitude for your continued support of and trust in Highline. It is amazing to think that 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of Highline, and that we have clients that have travelled all 20 years by our side! May all have a blessed Festive Season, and may 2015 exceed everyone’s wildest expectations.
Mooi bly, Frikkie
Highline on Tourplan!
After many months and hours of training and practise, we are pleased to announce that as of the 1st November 2014, we are now 100% on Tourplan. This marks a significant step forward in terms of service and productivity, and we are sure that ample rewards will be reaped for years to come. We aim at streamlining all our processes in order to provide a quicker turnaround and optimising efficiency.
Most popular city in Africa? Jo’burg!
For the second year around, Johannesburg has been named the most popular destination city in Africa, with Cape Town in second place, according to the 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. With a possible 4.9% increase from last year, Johannesburg expects about 4,3 million international overnight visitors (4,1 million in 2013).
Most visitors come from London, with numbers expected to increase by 3,3% this year and will spend an estimate of US$462 million while in Johannesburg.
“We are excited by the news but we are not leaving anything to chance or showing any signs of complacency.” Says Dawn Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of Gauteng Tourism.
Snap your Cap
Having fun is important to Highline – that’s why it is part of our Mission statement – and what better than to have fun and do it for a good cause. Our new project, ‘Snap your Cap’ entails staff members taking along their Highline cap wherever they go, be it on an educational, a fam trip, an event and take a snap of themselves with their cap or just the cap in an interesting or fun place. For every snap taken Highline will donate R10.00 to the VLH Foundation, which looks after the welfare of the pre-school children of the Mnisi Community, which is a community close to the Manyeleti.
Watch this space as well as our Facebook page for some of the top pics of the month!
Photo caption: First of the pics – Jo‘s cap on the Zambezi River
Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.