About Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC
Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC services luxury travel agencies and boutique tour operators in China. Based in both Cape Town and China, our team of travel experts offers the highest standard of services to our agents and their clients. Our team consists of Managing Director, Korshad Adili based in Cape Town, and Regional Director Of Sales and Marketing, David Dai based in Shanghai.
As a Super-Luxury Destination Management Company, Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC strives to introduce Africa to High Net Worth clients. We specialise in Southern African and East Africa ground-handling services and deliver bespoke itineraries to our agents and their clients.
We ensure the ultimate safari experience to your clients each time they travel by creating unique and life-changing LuxVenture® experiences, ensuring each trip leaves them with the desire to return to Africa.
In the late 70s, Jeffrey Squire’s passion for Africa set in motion the successful journey of Ker & Downey® Africa. While captaining the Welsh rugby team, Jeff traveled between Wales and South Africa, exposing him to the uniqueness of the country and the potential growth that the African tourism industry had.
The story of his career is iconic, having worked for Orient Express in the early 90s and building their Safari brand (nowadays known as Belmond Safaris), Jeff was headhunted and continued his career working directly with Geoffrey Kent as the head of Southern Africa Operations for Abercrombie & Kent. During this time he managed the opening of the Sanctuary Lodges in Botswana before transferring to their offices in London.
Jeff was determined to return to Africa and founded Thebe Tourism Group in 2002 who purchased the majority shareholding in the Ker & Downey Group in 2003. Having sold his interest in Thebe Tourism Group, Jeff set his focus on building Ker & Downey® Africa into the leading Luxury African DMC it is today.
01. A Truly Boutique Offering
Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC is a boutique operation. We only choose to work with the very best and most discerning travel agencies and suppliers in China. This allows us to tailor our service specifically to the needs of our agent’s clients. It also ensures that our selected partners get the attention to detail they deserve.
02. White Labelling Service
Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC offers an exclusive white labeling service to each of our agents. From printed materials and itineraries, quotes to personal airport greetings, we will make sure that your clients are in touch with your brand throughout each step of their African journey.
03. Personal Travel Butler Consultant
We are far more than a regular DMC team, we will be with our agents and agent’s clients from the very first contact until the end of their experience on the African continent. On the ground we will be in contact with your clients around the clock, almost like an African based arm of your agency, personalizing all details and showing your clients that we really know about their preferences and desires.
04. Creative Itinerary Design
Our team is used to dealing with the highest caliber of clients. The team is constantly seeking out new properties, restaurants and experiences to ensure that they can match the itinerary with your client’s exact tastes, preferences and profile.
05. World Class Training Support
We offer regular customised exclusive training for our agent’s and their team. We have a treasure trove of sales and marketing materials designed to help our agent’s guide their client’s choices in and around Africa.
Why book with us
Having our headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa gives us access to preferential local rates that will give our agent’s a competitive pricing edge.
Ker & Downey® Africa DMC does not own any properties of its own (we are not affiliated with Ker & Downey Botswana or Ker & Downey Houston). We are free to choose the very best options each and every time for our agent’s clients without any pressure to direct bed-nights to properties that might not be the right fit.
Existing Client Base
Ker & Downey Africa® DMC has an impressive list of existing clients. Some of the very best names in the industry trust Ker & Downey® Africa DMC with their high-end clients from Germany, Brazil (Matueté, Selections, Latitudes) and USA (The Chartered Path, Smartflyer) among others.
Professional Local Chinese Speaking Guide
Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC has qualified local Chinese speaking guides that will cater to your client’s every need during their journey.
We Respect our Agent’s Client’s Data
Ker & Downey® Africa will protect our agent’s client’s data. We will never market directly to our agent’s clients. Instead, we will introduce ourselves as part of your company in Africa, and any material delivered to the clients during their time in Africa will have your logo and not ours. We respect the value chain.
Meet Korshad, Managing Director
Managing Director, Korshad Adili has worked in the travel industry since 2008 and is the founder of KX Africa, an inbound tour operator for Southern Africa. His passion for a career in tourism became evident when he terminated his medical studies in China in early 2000s and moved to Cape Town, South Africa. Here, he pursued his studies in Tourism and made his mark in the travel industry. Today, he successfully runs the Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC which services markets including China mainland, Hong Kong and Singapore. Korshad’s experience as both an inbound and outbound tour operator has attributed him the skills and unique insights into the luxury travel industry, travel agents and high net worth clients.
Meet David, Regional Director Of Sales and Marketing
Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, David Dai, has worked in the travel industry for over a decade and brings invaluable knowledge to our Asia DMC division. Based in Shanghai, David caters to the needs of boutique agents for luxury travel to Africa. His work experience in both South African and Shanghai based travel companies lends David a unique insight into matching the perfect product to its ideal customer. Having worked at top establishments such as Zanadu Luxury Travel and Diadema Luxury Travel before joining Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC, David has excellent knowledge of the expectations of high net worth clients and superior luxury experiences.
Meet Wendy, Social Media Manager for Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC
Born and bred in Beijing, Wendy Liang is our dedicated Social Media Manager for Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC. After graduating from university she gained invaluable experience working for a Chinese PR company that represented multiple tourism products around the world, including well known African brands. Wendy’s passion for travel also led her to become a seasonal Tour Manager for Chinese groups traveling to the Middle East and Africa.
We specialise in ground-handling services across Southern and East Africa.
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