WTM Africa partners with Turkish Airlines

Apart from being one of the biggest names exhibiting at WTM® Africa this year, Turkish Airlines will be adding to magnitude of their presence in 2015 by partnering with WTM® Africa to provide the impressive Hosted Buyer Program with an exceptional VIP experience through the state-of-the-art lounge facility.

The WTM® Africa Hosted Buyer Program provides a cost and time effective way for top level decision makers to source new suppliers, discover new destinations, be inspired, as well as network and connect with the African travel industry. Carefully selected Hosted Buyers can look forward to a variety of benefits at WTM® Africa such as a personalized diary of appointments, a substantial financial contribution towards the cost of their flights, up to 4 nights’ accommodation, exclusive networking events, access to VIP lounge and post event tours.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, today, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline with a fleet of 264 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 262 destinations worldwide with 219 international and 43 domestic flights. According to the Skytrax survey of 2014, Turkish Airlines was chosen as “Europe's Best Airline" for the fourth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the sixth consecutive time. Having won in 2010, the world's “Best Economy Catering Service" and in 2013, the world’s “Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's “Best Business Catering Service" and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” prizes in the Skytrax survey.

“WTM® Africa is a wonderful opportunity for Turkish Airlines to engage with the African and international travel industry, further promoting our superb airline services. Partnering with WTM® Africa’s Hosted Buyer Program is the next step in raising awareness of the airline and allows us the opportunity to engage with key travel industry professionals,” says Zafer Bolukbasi, General Manager of Turkish Airlines, South Africa.

Speaking on behalf of WTM Africa, Sugen Pillay – Commercial Director at Thebe Reed Exhibitions is delighted to have Turkish Airlines involved in the Hosted Buyer Program this year and looks forward to a successful 2015 show together.

“We would like to welcome Turkish Airlines on board as the title sponsor of the WTM® Africa Hosted Buyer Lounge. The lounge will allow for high level networking between top African and international buyers in a secure, VIP setting. Turkish Airline’s involvement is the ideal fit for this important program, says Pillay.

In partnership with the City of Cape Town, WTM® Africa will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between April 15 and 17, 2015.

WTM Africa forms part of Africa Travel Week which comprises of three co-located industry events namely International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa, International Business Travel Market (IBTM) and WTM Africa.