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#1 Game Warden

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 06:54 PM

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Safaritalk has been nominated for the category of Best Travel Blog / Journalist in this year's SATOA's Travel Awards, as per the communication below.

 

I've always been outspoken about not voting for such awards and that nominees should win based upon individual merit and not manipulation of social media/friends lists, and I'm sure that the other nominees indeed are well merited and fully deserving of their nomination. However, it's great for ST to gain recognition in the travel industry in this manner and totally reflects your contributions to the site and magazine for which I thank you.
 
I don't know if I can personally go not being based in the UK and so if any UK based Safaritalkers would like to represent us on my behalf, please do let me know. 
 
Have a read of the below message and let me know your thoughts, thanks, Matt. 

 

Dear Matthew,

 

Congratulations, *SafariTalk* has been nominated by one or more of our SATOA members for the below category:

- *Best Travel Blog / Journalist*

SATOA in conjunction with our sponsors, One & Only, are delighted to announce the annual SATOA Travel Awards which will be held in London on 17th September 2015.  These awards are designed to reward companies and/or individuals for the quality of their products and/or their valuable input in the destinations promoted by SATOA (Africa and Indian Ocean). If you are not very familiar with SATOA, please visit our website www.satoa.com – we are a membership non-profit organisation formed in 1982 promoting travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Voting is now on-going and will be closing at midnight the 10th of September 2015. We would therefore like to invite you to communicate your nomination to your industry colleagues and friends asking them to vote for you, please also feel free to submit your own votes. To vote, please go to www.satoa.com/awards-menu and click on ‘Click here to vote’. The winners (one per category) will be announced and awarded at our event in London on 17 September. The winners will be the companies / individuals who receive the most votes (anyone from the travel industry is welcome to vote and also welcome to attend the event).

The categories for the award are:

Best UK / Ireland Tour Operator - selling to trade

Best UK / Ireland Tour Operator - direct sell

Best retail agent

Best property 20 rooms or less

Best property 20 rooms or more

Best Safari

Best Tourist Board

Best CSR programme (to be adjudicated by the SATOA Committee)

Best Travel Anecdote (to be adjudicated by the SATOA Committee)

Please also include @SATOA <http://www.twitter.com/satoa> when tweeting for votes so that we may in turn re-tweet on your behalf.

The SATOA Travel Awards event will be held in London on 17 September 2015 and we would therefore like to invite you to purchase your tickets to attend the event – and hopefully collect your award if you get the most votes. To book your ticket(s), please go to www.satoa.com click on awards.

Details of the event below:

Where: Bbar - 43 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PP
When: 17 September 2015 from 19:00
How much: £35 per person

The evening will be a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues and friends, all of whom promote travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Please pass this on to colleagues and industry friends asking them to vote as well as register to join us at this great event!

Should you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,


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Posted 30 August 2015 - 07:02 PM

Wow! Well done!!! That's great news! :)
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Posted 30 August 2015 - 07:11 PM

congratulations



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 09:12 PM

Congratulations, Matt!



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:28 PM

Great news, indeed!!!



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:36 PM

~ @Game Warden

 

Years of dedicated work and attention to detail pay off.

 

Richly deserved.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:56 PM

Congratulations, very well deserved.



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 11:37 PM

Such well deserved recognition.

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 12:56 AM

Very cool - congrats to you @Game Warden and really to all of us!



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 01:35 AM

Thoroughly deserved...


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 04:51 AM

Matt, congrats and thank you for this wonderful board!



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 05:44 AM

Well done Matt!
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Posted 31 August 2015 - 06:34 AM

Thoroughly deserved Matt.  

 

Like you I am highly suspicious of "awards", particularly those type of 'best safari awards' where you stump up a fat fee and then become a 'nominee'....  or even win!

 

In this case however I know it is well deserved, so I have voted with my feet (well, mouse).  



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 06:56 AM

Congratulations - a deserving recognition of your concept and dedication.


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 07:08 AM

@Game Warden

Congratulations! Great news and well deserved.



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 07:39 AM

Congrats @Game Warden, overdue recognition of all the efforts you have put into this forum! 



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 08:59 AM

@Game Warden

 

Congratulations! A well deserved nomination and recognition for all your hard work.

 

I see they also have a Best Travel Anecdote award. Surely a STer also has to win this one :)


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 09:53 AM

well deserved

 

I have voted


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 10:14 AM

Congratulaions

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 01:40 PM

@Game Warden - Well done Matt, even more impressive because ST is a not-for-profit operation.


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