July 2016 – Wilderness Safaris and North Island are delighted to announce that they have renewed their strategic partnership to continue focusing on delivering the world’s ultimate private-island experience in Seychelles.
Newly-appointed Managing Director for North Island, Bruce Simpson – who ran and oversaw North Island operations for over 12 years while employed by Wilderness Safaris – will continue to play an important role in the Island’s operations, reservations and marketing. Nick Solomon remains at the helm as General Manager, based on the Island.
In turn, North Island will remain part of Wilderness’ exclusive portfolio and will continue to be an important part of the company’s overall marketing and sales strategic objectives. Wilderness Safaris will maintain the Island’s marketing and sales in the traditional markets, whilst North Island will take on the direct responsibility of sales and marketing in emerging markets, namely GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)/Middle East and Eastern Europe (including Russia), as well as the Island’s Inbound partners in Seychelles and selected partners in South Africa.
“We are delighted to continue our association with this incredible destination which is extremely close to our hearts. We have a long history with North Island and are really proud of what we have achieved over the past 19 years, especially with regards to the ongoing conservation and island rehabilitation success stories”, said Dave Bennett, Wilderness Safaris Chief Sales Officer. “We are also thrilled to continue working closely with Bruce and the North Island team to maintain the seamless service to both our trade partners and guests”.
North Island MD, Bruce Simpson, added that it is an exciting time for both Wilderness and North. “We are looking forward to working closely together to continue pioneering the ultimate private-island experience, going above and beyond our guests’ expectations to ‘spoil, surprise and personalise’ each individual stay. We’d also like to reassure our trade partners and guests that it is largely business as usual – we have the same people involved – except with more specific focus and with dedicated areas of responsibility”.
With a completed architectural renovation and full softs and décor refurbishment and refined food offering, North Island has taken its overall guest experience to a new level. The combination of the generous all-inclusive offering, spacious private villas, and wide range of activities – from relaxing to exhilarating – plus the natural beauty of the Island make for a luxury hideaway second to none. To watch a short video of North Island, click here.
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About Wilderness Safaris: www.wilderness-safaris.com
Wilderness Safaris is an ecotourism company that specialises in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources.
Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across seven different countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Recognising that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through its Children in the Wilderness programme, as well as through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in Africa.
Wilderness Safaris firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development.
Wilderness Safaris is part of Wilderness Holdings, a group of responsible ecotourism companies and conservation and community development vehicles that together endeavour to use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.
About North Island: www.north-island.com
North Island is one of Africa’s most exclusive private islands, situated 30km from the main island of Mahé, Seychelles. Extremely isolated with only 11 spacious guest villas, North Island is renowned for its luminous white beaches, filigree reefs and azure Indian Ocean.
North Island offers an unrivalled all-inclusive experience where guests are able to choose whatever they want to do and eat, whenever and wherever – private beach dinners being a firm favourite. On land or in water, the choices on North Island are many and varied – from cool forest trails and mountain biking to snorkelling, diving, kayaking, fishing expeditions and romantic sunset boat cruises.
North Island is a sanctuary where natural habitats, long neglected, were rehabilitated so that endangered Seychelles fauna and flora could be reintroduced and given a place to grow and thrive.