The year 2018 is of great significance to South Africa as it marks the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, father of modern South Africa, and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa. Moreover, South Africa is to hold the 10th BRICS summit in July 2018, attended by the heads of government of the five member countries. Recently, China Travel Service Head Office launched a wonderful trip to South Africa for Metlife’s MICE groups comprising over 1,000 attendees in total, with joint efforts from South African Tourism, UnionPay International, as well as Ethiopian Airlines, a member of Star Alliance, and with the assistance of the South African Embassy.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), the MICE trip was launched for MetLife's employees and their families from MetLife's branches in Zhejiang Province, Beijing and Tianjin, with 13 departure dates and 25 groups consisting of over 1,000 people in total, flying from Beijing and Shanghai to Cape Town since 6 June on Ethiopia Airlines’ new Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The MICE trip lasted six days, impressing the travelers with a comfortable flight experience, and dedicated and considerate services at the airports.
As the Honorable Minister of Tourism for the Republic of South Africa Derek Hanekom put it, "The travel experiences in South Africa are so abundant and diverse that no other destination can offer the same." Boasting its charming landscapes, modern architecture, mild climate, refreshing and pleasant atmosphere, arts and culture with a blend of wildness and exquisiteness, South Africa is definitely the best choice when one sets out to explore the land of Africa.
The MICE groups not only visited World Heritage Sites such as the "God's dining table" –Table Mountain and the "end of the earth" in South Africa – Cape of Good Hope, but also visited Robbin Island at Nelson Mandela's centennial birth anniversary, where "Madiba" had been imprisoned for decades. In addition, the MICE groups were also immersed in the diverse local culture of South Africa, indulging in the unique South African flavors and wines, and enjoying a journey of endless wonders with the help of professional travel guides.
在这次南非之旅中，银联国际也为高端持卡人提供了特别礼遇。在南非，超过九成的商户都可以使用银联卡，包括游客钟爱的酒店、景点、商店、机场免税店等等，诸如Shimansky, Lorenzo, AVOOVA, SCoin Shop, Out of Africa等在内的品牌连锁店和精品店；大康斯坦提亚酒庄、莎朗仕堡酒庄和无际葡萄园精品酒庄等庄园以及约堡Bryanston自然跳蚤市场；Sun City系列酒店、海豚滩度假酒店、Chakela酒店网上预订系统旗下100多家连锁和精品酒店；Modiall, Septimo, 王朝中餐厅、港大中餐厅以及MOYO全国连锁餐厅等在内的人气餐厅以及直升飞机俯视开普半岛、热气球等娱乐项目都可以畅刷银联卡。一卡在手，畅游南非，绝对不是虚言~
During this trip, UnionPay International also provided special offers to the high-net-worth card-holders. In 90% of the stores in South Africa, customers can pay via UnionPay card, including hotels, tourist attractions, shops, stores, duty-free shops, brand chain stores and boutique stores such as Shimansky, Lorenzo, AVOOVA, SCoin Shop, and Out of Africa. Some wineries such as Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Saronsberg Wine Estate and Wildekrans Wine Estate, as well as one of the top 10 flea & street markets – Bryanston Organic and Natural Market - are also included! The included hotels are Sun City hotels, Dolphin Beach Hotel, and more than 100 chained-brand hotels and boutique hotels on an online hotel reservation platform Chakela; the popular restaurants included are Modiall Kitchen & Bar, Septimo, Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, Kong Tai Chinese Restaurant, and the chain restaurant MOYO. Activities such as getting a bird’s eye view of the Cape Peninsula from a helicopter, and flying to the sky in a hot air balloon can also be paid via UnionPay card. With a UnionPay card, you will be worry-free about paying bills when enjoying the adventures in South Africa!
In the blink of an eye, the six-day journey came to an end. Everyone was impressed by the amazing country but were reluctant to say goodbye. South Africa, the "Rainbow Nation", opens her arms to all Chinese friends to explore the land of wonders!