Introducing Atta Advisory Board Member: André Laget

André Laget

South Africa

Company: Akilanga DMC & Events

Managing Director

Phone: +27 (0)82 657 2224

André Laget was born in Djibouti, East Africa, to a French father and Italian mother. His formative years were spent between Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Italy. He attended a boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, after which he moved to France where he developed his skills in Hospitality and Tourism.

His career path began at a beach resort in Greece and when he returned to France, he managed various travel agencies. In Strasbourg, André became president of Travel Club Europe - a French travel agent’s association with over 700 members. And amongst other things he ran tourism courses to students.

In 2000, he and his wife, moved to Johannesburg. To date he runs and co-owns Akilanga DMC with a staff of around 150 people. The company was established in 1994 and operates in Southern and Eastern Africa, as well as the Indian Ocean Islands. His focus is on unique and luxury travel experiences, specialising in the European and South American markets.

André owns a variety of other businesses in the hospitality and software fields, as well as a watch brand.

He is passionate about photography, aviation and needless to say, is an enthusiastic traveller. He is his own best and worst client, and makes travelling to a new destination each year, a priority. In the near future he hopes to visit Palau and Japan where he is eager to learn about Japanese gastronomy. He speaks a range of languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and English.

André previously held the position of Atta Director for Latin America and South Africa between 2014 and 2018.

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