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Premier Tours Named a Conde Nast “Dreammaker” Top Travel Specialist; CEO Julian Harrison Lauded for His Candor, Sense of Value and Ability

Philadelphia, PA –December 10, 2012– Premier Tours, a leading Africa travel and tour firm, specializing in African safaris, today announced that CEO Julian Harrison has been named to the exclusive Conde Nast list of Top Travel Specialists for the eleventh consecutive year.

The article, titled “The Dreammakers: Wendy Perrin’s 13th Annual Top 150 Travel Specialists” is published in the December Conde Nast issue, and states: “Offering an unbeatable combination of expertise, access, and good value, these 150 select travel consultants are the pros to turn to for your next big vacation.”

Condé Nast Traveler describes Premier Tours Chief Executive Officer Julian Harrison as, “A former ranger who was born and raised in South Africa and co-authored Fodor's African Safari, Harrison knows where the animals are and where they aren't. His candor, sense of value, and ability to articulate the pros and cons of every park, lodge, and activity (he can even articulate them in Afrikaans and Zulu) ensure you get a transformative experience at a fair price. He can acquaint you with the region's lesser-known aspects, such as Bushman culture and their legacy of rock art, and his strong ties with South African Airways translate into very competitive airfares as well.”

In her Dreammaker article, Ms. Perrin goes on to write, “You’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip. You need everything to be perfect. In short, you need a clever advocate who will produce the maximum experience for your travel dollar.

Sound like you? Then you’re in luck, because the travel planners collected here represent the best blend of destination knowledge, insider connections, userfriendliness, and value for your dollar that I’ve found in more than two decades of scrutinizing the travel industry for this magazine. They have almost all been road-tested by Condé Nast Traveler readers, editors, or both.

“Of the more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators who have tried to break onto this list since its inception 13 years ago, only a tiny fraction have made the grade—this year, 150 specialists. Getting into this group is, statistically speaking, tougher than getting into Harvard. Staying on it is tougher still: It requires not only an absence of valid reader complaints but also ongoing positive assessments from readers.”

Commenting on being named to the Conde Nast list for the eleventh year in a row, Premier Tours CEO Julian Harrison said, “I, and the entire Premier Tours staff have a passion for making our clients’ dream trip come true, and it is that passion and a culture of unrivalled client service, that distinguishes our firm. We are all grateful and honored for this recognition."

Ms. Perrin is a top travel professional and I encourage travelers to read her article (www.link.com) for tips on how to plan that once in a lifetime trip and how to work most effectively with an expert travel advisor. She writes insightfully on seven key tips:
  1. Define your trip goals.
  2. Choose the right specialist.
  3. Make time for an in-depth phone conversation with the specialists listed in these pages.
  4. Don’t hold back with your requests.
  5. Give them the opportunity to justify the costs.
  6. Guide the guides.
  7. Keep talking—even once you’re on the road.
About Premier Tours Philadelphia-based Premier Tours has specialized in offering custom-tailored and package tour options in Southern and East Africa for more than 25 years. Recommended by Condé Nast Traveler and Arthur Frommer’s Guide To South Africa, Premier Tours prides itself on its staff, born and raised in Africa. For more information about our African safaris and other travel options, call 1-800-545-1910.

For more information, contact:
Margot Black, Premier Tours publicist, (323)876-5006 or Margot@BlackInkPR.com
 

 
Premier Tours-Sponsored Luxury Elephant Back Safari Featured In Coveted 2012 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” Nominee Gift Baskets*

Premier Tours, in partnership with world renowned Wilderness Safaris, is proud to have been selected to provide a four-night stay, at the luxurious Abu Camp in Botswana, to the Academy Award’s talented Nominees in the best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress, & best director categories. The 84th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, will be held February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
 
Premier Tours has over the years received wonderful accolades from various high profile travel publications, including the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Nominees will be confident that all of their travel requirements are expertly attended as they luxuriate in breath-taking surroundings, take guided elephant back safaris and relax in complete privacy and comfort.

Commenting on the firm’s high profile with the Academy Awards Nominees, Premier Tours co-owner Julian Harrison said, “I am delighted that Premier Tours was selected to offer such an exhilarating travel experience to the Oscar Nominees. Having grown up in Africa, I know how awe-inspiring this continent is. The special memories our guests create here will stay with them forever.”

‘Premier Tours offers a unique experience to even the most seasoned traveler,” Harrison added. “So when nominees as widely traveled as George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt are looking for somewhere new and exciting to explore, we’ll be pleased to share our expertise and knowledge of this magnificent destination.”
Recognized internationally as providing ‘one of the best safari experience in Africa’, Abu Camp offers a low impact, luxury experience located in the spectacular Okavango Delta in Botswana.  The focus of Abu Camp is not only on a quality elephant interaction, wine, design and luxury, but being an extraordinary one of a kind camp which encapsulates both warmth and personal ambience to provide a world class safari experience.   
Premier Tours - Abu Camp
Harrison is also the co-author of a book entitled "African Safari" published by Fodor's Travel Guides.  For further information on the safari lodges that will host the Oscar Nominees, visit Abu Camp.

*The 10 th Annual “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” Nominee Gift Bag has no affiliation with A.M.P.A.S or the official Oscar telecast.

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Sept. 9, 2011, 3:14 p.m. EDT

DavidArquette'sTriptoAfrica Inspires Safari Experience forCharity
NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Before joining this season's cast of Dancing with The Stars, actor David Arquette took his first trip to Africa with nonprofit organization Malaria No More. While there, David distributed mosquito nets to families in need, talked with parents who are working to protect their children from malaria and met with village chiefs to learn how their communities are fighting the deadly disease.

Inspired by his trip and work to raise awareness and funds, Premier Tours and South African Airways are offering a dream vacation for auction in honor of David's 40th birthday. The prize is a five-day all-inclusive trip for two to Makweti Safari Lodge in South Africa , including round-trip airfare, all meals, and a safari tour from Premier Tours, which has won Conde Nast Travelers "Best Travel Specialist in North America" award 10 years in a row and Travel and Leisure "A List" of Travel Specialists 6 years in row.

The winning bid will be matched by Sumitomo Chemical and go towards Arquette's Birthday Giveback Campaign for Malaria No More. Anyone can bid on this dream vacation through September 15th on CharityBuzz

Fans can also support Arquette's Birthday Giveback Campaign by making a simple donation on his Crowdrise page, where photos and video from his recent trip are featured: Crowdrise.com/ArquetteGiveBack .

About Malaria No MoreMalaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015 - and we're helping the world get it done. Malaria No More leverages high-impact communications to engage the world, global advocacy to rally leadership and strategic investments to accelerate progress. For more information, visit MalariaNoMore.org , read our Buzzwords blog, fan our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT: Erica Lichtenberger, +1-212-710-5891, Erica@MalariaNoMore.org
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  PREMIER TOURS ON WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Premier Tours entered into a joint promotion with Paramount Pictures (Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa) and Protea Hotels to offer an African Safari prize to a lucky contestant on the ever popular Wheel of Fortune game show. The show which was filmed on location in Hawaii, reaches an estimated 47 million viewers weekly. The prize included time spent in Cape Town at the fabulous Protea President Hotel, as well as on safari at Pumba Private Game Reserve. Further Wheel of Fortune shows featuring Premier Tours were broadcast in December 2008 and March 2009 and February 2010.
 
 
 

  PREMIER TOURS PLANNED CONDE NAST TRIP
Premier Tours planned and arranged a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda for Klara Glowczewska – Editor in Chief of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, together with actress / activist Ashley Judd, and a host of other high profile travelers. The trip was published in the September 2008 issue of the magazine. The Week of (Not) Living Dangerously
 
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