Why did you start a travel company?I travelled a lot in my early 20s with my partner at the time. I watched him spend an arm and a leg for our trips, and despite this we ran into so many problems. For example, the flights would not be booked, or the accommodation would not be to the standard the travel agency made it to be on their brochure. On one particular trip, despite having paid the travel agent our flights and accommodation had not been booked or paid for, and the agent who helped us was nowhere to be found! After that specific drama I had the idea to start an agency that offers customised premium travel services. I understand that people work hard for their money and want to treat themselves to tailormade holidays to suit their lifestyles, rather than being lumped into a one-size fits all package.
What deals do you offer?Our offering is split into five categories:
Family trips – We offer a range of family trips like Disney Land, The Disney Boat Cruise and other child friendly holiday destinations
Sports – Our Golf and Grand Prix packages are especially popular with the guys
Parties – Our Coachella festival packages are sold out! We also offer packages to select music concerts around the globe
Romantic getaways – We have a variety of special getaways that are perfect for couples, from our famous local Blue Train to sexy island resorts in the Indian Ocean
Shopping – We have clients who come to use looking for packages to retail fairs all over the world, where they shop up a storm
Some of our premium clients come to us wanting exclusive and luxury packages, so we can also book chartered flights or a concierge service. These options are currently very popular.
Would you say Lerato Travel is a 1-stop shop for the frequent travelers? Why?Yes we are, It doesn’t just end at flights and accommodation - we are a niche travel agency. We don’t look at travelling as booking flights and accommodation but we are with our customers every step of the way. Once a client comes to us with a specified brief we are able to do our research and plan the trip to the tee.
What travel packages have organized for the entertainment industry?We pride ourselves on our diverse clientele but in the entertainment space we have worked with Chase Fest, Mzansi Magic, Mabala Noise and Head Honcho to name a few.
What destination would you say is the place to see in 2017?Look to the Indian Ocean on our doorstep - Zanzibar, Seychelles are huge, and I’m pleased to see that Africa travel is big at the moment!