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Emirates honours travel agents

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EMIRATES, which flies daily from Harare to Lusaka and Dubai, has celebrated the importance of Zimbabwe’s travel agents by launching an annual award ceremony to recognise their importance in sparking the nation’s desire for travel.

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Traverze Travel received the airline’s top award for excellence — Top Agent 2013/14, along with the First Class Top Sales prize for 2013/14, during a glittering awards ceremony at Meikles Hotel on Friday.

The event was attended by over 40 senior representatives from the travel and tourism industry.

Emirates country manager for Zimbabwe Paulos Legesse said being honoured with the awards was “testament to the unrelenting efforts made by Zimbabwe’s travel industry to provide the best possible products and services to customers and suppliers”.

“It is spirit and spark that drives Emirates in every aspect of its business, and it is the quality that sets us apart from the competition. It is also the characteristic that we most appreciate in our partners. We are fortunate that in Zimbabwe the travel industry has that drive and determination in abundance. It makes for a truly exciting partnership,” he said.

Premier Travel was named first Runner Up, with Star Travel as Second Runner Up. Ten other travel agents received certificates of acknowledgement: Wings Travel, Genesis Travel, Harvey World Travel, Sontine Travel, Pealsard Travel, Travel 2000 and HRG Rennies.

The Business Class Top Sales prize for 2013/14 was awarded to Star Travel, while the Economy Class Top Sales prize went to Premier Travel.

Legesse said the airline was optimistic for the future, as demonstrated by the continued expansion of its global network, which now reaches 143 destinations in 81 countries — with Oslo and Brussels launching in September, and Budapest in October.

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