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Broward County, Florida – Post Haste/Ebony Heritage Travel is
pleased to announce that Meredith McCleary has completed a four-day, extensive
in-country training program at the American Society of Travel Agents' (ASTA) International
Destination Expo (IDE) in Sun City, South Africa (March 8-11), and is now a Destination
Specialist for South Africa, Botswana and Spas of Southern Africa. This is an
addition to her certification as a Master Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist and
several destinations in the Caribbean and Africa Diaspora.
event afforded me an opportunity to explore the many hidden treasures of South
Africa and its neighboring countries, and to make business contacts that will
ultimately help me better serve my clients," said Meredith, an affiliate of Post
Haste Travel and Operator of Ebony Heritage Travel based in Hollywood FL. "South
Africa is a beautiful destination that has a rich history and breathtaking scenery.
Each tour destination made me want to see more! I'm very eager to share what I've
learned with my clients," McCleary continued.
During the IDE, McCleary
could take advantage of advanced training in countries such as Botswana and Namibia,
as well as in the spa and wine travel niches. She spent additional days on safari
in the Madikwe Game Reserve of the North West Province learning of new culture
and heritage and viewing the abundant wildlife of the area.
The IDE is
not only an event for travel agents but also suppliers and retail sellers. More
than 1,000 travel professionals attended the event, most of whom reported having
made substantial business contacts in southern Africa.
"As a travel agent,
the knowledge received from immersing yourself in a particular destination is
invaluable," said Travel Consultant – Meredith McCleary. "Networking with local
professionals and natives helped me gain an in-depth understanding of the culture
and environment of a region. ASTA's IDE in Sun City gave me a unique opportunity
to meet face-to-face with travel professionals from all over the region, who shared
a wealth of information, otherwise unattainable."