Tourvest Destination Management launches new tour operator


Tourvest Destination Management (TDM) has launched GoVacation Africa, created out of a strategic partnership between TDM and DER Touristik, to be headed up by Sabine Blehle.

The new incoming tour operator is an evolution of the historic partnership between TDM and DER Touristik, and is the result of DER Touristik’s global strategy of vertical integration into the destinations it services in order to consolidates its business into a singular DMC. The brand GoVacaction has already launched in a number of Asian countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India.

GoVacation Africa tooks root in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania, with its headquarters in Johannesburg managing the majority if inbound leisure business into these African regions from Dertour, Meiers Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, ITS/Jahn Reisen, Kuoni UK and Private Safaris Switzerland.

Says CEO of DER Touristik DMC & Hotels, Michael Kimmer: “TDM was the logical partner of choice for this new cooperation due to the long history we share, its size and operational complexity and its product ownership.”

While TDM will serve GoVacation Africa through its established infrastructure, GoVacation Africa will be staffed by a dedicated team of managers and destination specialists. All related contractual agreements will be finalised and signed by representatives of TDM and DER Touristik within the next days.

Martin Wiest, CEO of TDM, says: “We have created a unique and highlight synergistic business that is both future orientated and commercially sustainable. We are very excited about the prospect of potentially expanding into other African destinations.”