Belfast Telegraph

East Belfast travel agent in the running for two top industry awards

Mahlatini, Northern Ireland’s only African travel specialist, is aiming to be the first ever Northern Irish winner of a prestigious British Travel Award.

The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel.

Mahlatini has been shortlisted for both Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday Company and Best Holiday Company to Sub Sahara Africa.

The winners will be the companies with the most public votes, so Mahlatini is encouraging everyone in Northern Ireland to get voting. Everyone who votes is automatically entered into the British Travel Awards Prize Chest competition which is full of holidays and travel-related prizes.

BTA’s chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Mahlatini is to be congratulated on reaching the finals of the prestigious British Travel Awards. The largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK, The BTAs are designed to reward the best companies in travel, and the winning accolade is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer. Good luck to Mahlatini!”

Mahlatini African Travel creates tailor-made itineraries to Southern & Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, for the ideal honeymoon, luxury safari or family holiday. Mahlatini’s operation has been based in Castlereagh Road, East Belfast for over ten years.

Chris Goldring, Joint Partner at Mahlatini African Travel comments “We are delighted to be shortlisted alongside some of the bigger well-known travel brands.  It would be fantastic to be the first Northern Irish Company to win and as it is all down to the public vote we are hoping the public will support us and in doing so may win a fabulous prize for themselves.”

To vote for Mahlatini log on to and follow the link on the homepage. Voting ends on September 30.

The winners of the 2013 British Travel Awards will be announced on October 31 at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.

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