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Safaritalk nominated for tourism award. Edited. Runner up.


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#41 kittykat23uk

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 03:27 PM

Aww well that's a pretty great achievement!!
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 03:59 PM

Follow up email:
 

Dear Matt,
 
SATOA would like to take this opportunity to say CONGRATULATIONS to Safari Talk who were runners up for the category Best Travel blog/journalist at last night’s SATOA Travel Awards.
 
Sarah from Reve Tourism accepted the award on your behalf. Please forward me an address that we can use to courier your award. Please find attached your electronic badge which we hope you will display proudly.
 
To see pictures from the event click here.
 
Congratulations once again and we wish you a wonderful weekend ahead celebrating.
 
Kind regards,
 
Nyasha Nyaguwa
SATOA - Promoting Travel to Africa & Indian Ocean


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 04:07 PM

@kittykat23uk One must remember that these awards were based upon number of votes: I did not use ST or social media to ask people to vote for me, I've always been outspoken about not voting for such awards and that nominees should win based upon individual merit.


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 05:31 PM

Totally agree!
If an experience is amazing enough to be "once in a lifetime," I want to do it every year.
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 05:41 PM

That is terrific news.

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:20 PM

Tipperty-top news and it made me smile that ST was "runner-up", after all mostly we tell everyone "don't run, whatever you do". I think ST is the best forum ever and although we don't need a gong to know that. Its nice that someone nominated GM and all his hard work.
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:29 PM

Congrats Matt. Being nominated and getting runner up is an achievement worthy of note and celebration. This is a positive step that will give ST additional visibility and will likely help draw more visitors and posters.

As much as you kindly deflect the reason for ST's success to its memebers you are the sun in the ST universe making ST possible.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 12:39 AM

Congrats Matt. Being nominated and getting runner up is an achievement worthy of note and celebration. This is a positive step that will give ST additional visibility and will likely help draw more visitors and posters.
As much as you kindly deflect the reason for ST's success to its memebers you are the sun in the ST universe making ST possible.


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 07:20 AM

Congrats Matt. Being nominated and getting runner up is an achievement worthy of note and celebration. This is a positive step that will give ST additional visibility and will likely help draw more visitors and posters.

As much as you kindly deflect the reason for ST's success to its memebers you are the sun in the ST universe making ST possible.

 

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 07:20 AM

Congrats @Game Warden, ST moderators, veterans, members and all the newcomers who make ST such a vibrant, lively and mental-challenging forum! the TRs are incredible sources of information and the debates are so stimulating and daunting. it has served as a critical source of lifting my lack of knowledge of eco-industry and wildlife management issues from nought to a beginner's level, and so much more to learn from the forum. 

 

Thank you for such a wild crazy-good ride for the last 2 years, and many more to come!


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 09:19 AM

I'm worried that this sun is beginning to burn out...


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 10:23 AM

Fabulous effort. 

 

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 03:41 PM

Great news! Well done Game Warden!  


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 06:58 PM

The satisfaction for me, (and hopefully you), with this SATOA awards is that ST was nominated in the first place, by professional members of that organisation. That we were recognised as being something of quality. The fact that Safaritalk didn't win doesn't concern me: I knew it wouldn't because from the outset I did not canvas anyone via Social media or ST for votes: It is important that the quality of Safaritalk is reflected by its indepth, unbiased content from people all over the world, across almost 10 years, the informative and well mannered debates highlighting the difficult conservation questions in Africa, the number of bookings it has driven to lesser known places and the fact that members have raised many thousands of dollars for grass roots conservation and community initiatives and not the number of votes I can garner.

 

That Safaritalk, or other nominees did not win only serves to question the validity of such awards when the winner is based upon the most number of votes cast, rather than being decided solely upon merit by a panel of judges qualified to make judgement...


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 08:41 PM

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 03:32 AM

I'm worried that this sun is beginning to burn out...

 

~ @Game Warden

 

The illumination of late in a number of posts suggests a healthy reserve of light.

 

CONGRATULATIONS, Matt, for such well-deserved professional recognition which burnishes Safaritalk's reputation.

 

Not especially surprising, given the consistent quality of Safaritalk, its moderators, and loyal members.

 

The ongoing posts of ideas, articles, photos, videos (although I'm unable to view those) and feelings sustain Safaitalk as the go-to Internet site for African wildlife conservation, safari business and compelling safari tales.

 

May the coming year sustain the flame!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 22 September 2015 - 01:51 PM

I received a follow up email from SATOA part of which consisted of the following:
 

SATOA would like to take this opportunity to say CONGRATULATIONS to Safari Talk who were runners up for the category Best Travel blog/journalist at last night’s SATOA Travel Awards.
 
Sarah from Reve Tourism accepted the award on your behalf. Please forward me an address that we can use to courier your award. Please find attached your electronic badge which we hope you will display proudly.

 
To which I replied:
 

Keep the award there, (so I can hopefully pick it up personally at a later date), I'd rather you donate the money it would have cost to send it to me here in Portugal via courier, to SATOA's chosen charity, please let me know what this amounts to and provide receipt that that amount has been donated to Space for Elephants so I can make mention of it on Safaritalk.
 
Thank Sarah for collecting the award for me, what is important to me is that members from SATOA who nominated me in the first place recognised Safaritalk's worth to the Africa travel industry: it should be known that I did not campaign for votes via social media nor my own platform.


As soon as I have further details of this value etc. I will share here.

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 04:04 PM

Congratulations Matt - a great achievement!



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Posted 23 September 2015 - 12:12 AM

A worthy achievement and something to be proud of.



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Posted 23 September 2015 - 04:52 AM

well done, great news GW


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