2012 has been a fantastic year for Malawi, but hold on tight because we're sure 2013's going to be even better!
Well, where do we start? From awards and nominations to top ten listings not to mention the TV coverage, we’ve never seen a year in which Malawi has so much been at the forefront of tourism attention. Enquiries from tourists are coming in thicker and faster than ever before, and more tour operators are discovering ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.
Not only has Malawi been recognised as an up and coming and new destination by the media, but it has also been voted as a top ten destination by numerous bodies. Voted by Wanderlust magazine in 2011 as one of their top ten, the trend followed and in the latter part of this year ‘Globe Spots’ also announced Malawi as one of their favourite destinations. Globe Spots is a site run by an independent group who could be referred to as ‘professional travellers’. November saw their site list Malawi as one of their top ten destinations for 2013.
Described by National Geographic as ‘Africa’s liquid asset’, Malawi again managed to charm its way into another list of top destinations. Listed in the top 20 of ‘Best Trips for 2013’ Malawi boasted its newfound status alongside the likes of Uganda, Grenada and even Memphis. Shared by a modest 49,000 people on facebook, the article has proved to be a hit and clearly many agree that for 2013, Malawi is firmly on the travel agenda. MSN took this one stage further and shortened it to a Top 10 must-see places for 2013 - Malawi was still in there.
On top of this, Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium is also proud to boast its nomination by both the Safari Awards and SATOA Travel awards. After celebrating its tenth year working hard to promote Malawi as a top destination this recognition has been much appreciated.
The increased attention Malawi has had this year has been significantly enhanced by the huge amount of media coverage it has received. In the last few months alone ‘Malawi specific’ travel articles have been featured in: ; , The Sunday Times, Metro and The Mail. In addition, The Times has cited Malawi in two ‘Top 10 lists’ including ‘Best Affordable Safari Destination for Families’ and ‘Best for Local Culture’. Prestigious consumer travel magazines including: , National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust and Wild Travel have all run glowing reports of the country’s stunning scenery, wildlife and idyllic beaches, as has high-end female style title Elle.