ABOUT US

OUR COMPANY

Our company’s belief is that nothing is more important than personal service – whether this be in the course of contact with clients, or the cooperation with business partners in the travel industry.

WHO ARE WE?

The team at TIA is bound through many years of experience in the travel industry, by their love for Southern Africa and the pursuit of perfection.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

Our packages for individual and group travel are planned exclusively according to the client’s requests. The combination of our knowledge of the International market as well as the knowledge of cultures and destinations in Southern Africa, allows us to interpret and enhance the clients travel needs.

The excellent relationship between our service providers and ourselves allows us to structure the most cost effective travel.

Meet THE TEAM

WILFRIED TIMM

Managing Director

Timmi spent 30 years working as a travel agent in Hamburg and during numerous visits gained a comprehensive knowledge of this country, its diverse cultures and peoples. In 1999 he was afforded the opportunity to move to Cape Town and now forms the backbone of our FIT department. Timmi’s strength lies in his vast product knowledge which is key to creating tailor made travel packages for the discerning traveler.

ANGELIKA RAWLINGS

Travel Expert

Born and bred in Germany, Angelika visited Cape Town in 1971, decided to spend a “little while” here experiencing the African lifestyle and very soon developed a passion for the country and people. Today she uses her excellent product knowledge and experience of Southern African countries to create specialised itineraries for individual or family holidays, and that extra ordinary small wedding.

IRMA JOHNSTON

Accounting

Born and bred Capetonian, Irma joined the TIA team in April 2011. She has been working in the tourism industry for the past 15 years, happily working “behind the scenes”, doing what she enjoys most – accounting and administration. To take her mind off those numbers, Irma enjoys playing softball in her spare time as well as going hiking with her family.

YVONNE REED

Travel Expert

Born in Germany and growing up in Namibia, Yvonne moved to Cape Town in 1998. She instantly fell in love with the Mother City and the unsurpassed beauty of the Cape. Her extensive experience in the travel industry has taught her that the combination of exceptional service, a well organised program and the passion of the people involved, are the key to the success of a memorable holiday.

CONNY ARELLANO

Travel Expert

Conny Arellano was born in Germany where she also completed her schooling and thereafter an apprenticeship in a luxury hotel in Munich. In 1978 she decided to move into the Travel and Tourism sector, where she started working for a tour operator that specializes in study tours. These tours included, amongst others, Cruise Liner and Yacht Cruise holidays and this is where Conny most enjoyed spending her time. She then took the decision to move back to her home town Stuttgart, where she worked for a Coach operator that was also a Travel Agent. In 1991 however, her longing for faraway places drew her to Africa. Her original plan to spend just one year in South Africa became a permanent arrangement and Conny ended up making Cape Town her new home. More than 2 decades and many travels later, she has had the privilege to personally experience the immense variety Southern Africa has to offer and now passionately shares her extensive knowledge with anyone who is planning a holiday to this beautiful part of the world..

VIANCa DAVIDS

Travel Expert

Born and raised in Paarl, Vianca studied Tourism Management after completing High school. Her passion for foreign cultures and languages, was what fuelled the travel bug. Vianca also completed a Field Ranger course, as second to travelling wildlife & the great outdoors is what she loves most. Vianca has not only travelled in Europe and lived in Germany for a year, but also had the opportunity to travel within Africa, exploring Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya & her favourite place on earth after Cape Town, Tanzania. Vianca loves open spaces and undiscovered places. Experiencing nature at its best is in the untouched wild. “Helping making guests travel dreams a reality, makes me happy. I get to journey with them, which is why I love my job and I love the Travel & Tourism industry. No one day is ever the same.

BETTINA MARCHEL

Travel Expert

Bettina was born in Austria, and already from a young age she was fascinated with different cultures and countries. When she was 19 years old she turned her passion into a job and started working for a travel agency. In 2012 she travelled for the first time to Kenya, East Africa and fell immediately in love with this fascinating continent. She was totally impressed with the wildlife and the bush, but also from its friendly people and the different cultures. Once back from her trip she decided to move to Africa which she did 8 month later. She left her home country Austria and moved to Cape Town in 2013. In July 2018 she joined the team of TIA and her goal is to make every itinerary the most memorable and unique for her clients.

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