For Immediate Release
St. Petersburg, FL
March 10, 2022
Certified Africa Teams Up With United Airlines to Launch New All-in-One African Heritage Travel Packages
United Airlines and Certified Africa, a travel and tour company that simplifies travel to Africa, have teamed up to create convenient options for travelers looking to visit Africa for African heritage experiences.
Travelers can now visit www.certifiedafrica.com to book all-in-one private or group travel experiences that include United flights. The customizable experience packages also include accommodations, airport pick up/drop off, transportation, cultural tours, activities along with some meals and guides. Certified Africa also helps ensure travelers are prepared and informed about travel requirements like visas, immunizations, Covid-19 precautions and travel insurance.
“One of the most intimidating aspects of traveling abroad is the unknown. Every new culture has its own customs, languages, and traditions, which can be hard to navigate if you're not used to them,” said Certified Africa Co-Founder Kristin Tellis Quaye. “With Certified Africa’s staff and guides accompanying you and the added convenience of United flights included you can feel comfortable and ready for the unknown when traveling to Africa and immersing yourself in heritage and culture.”
Last year, United launched three new nonstop routes to Africa, making travel easier and faster from the U.S. Direct flights to Accra, Ghana, and Lagos, Nigeria now operate three times a week from Dulles International Airport in the Washington, D.C. metro area and the airline also started a year-round, daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Johannesburg. These convenient flights will allow visitors more time to be immersed in authentic African culture, lifestyle, and heritage in each destination.
“This partnership will be welcome news for United customers who are eager to explore Africa but may need a little help creating their ideal itinerary,” said Glenn Hollister, vice president of sales strategy and effectiveness at United. “Certified Africa’s deep expertise and extensive network of local partners made them a great choice for United to work with.”
Heritage trips to Africa have long been pivotal journeys for people of African descent who are looking to connect to their roots and culture. However, these types of experiences have become increasingly popular over the last few years, especially with the 2019 Year of Return campaign in Ghana. The Year of Return brought many travelers to Ghana in 2019 and boosted the Ghanaian economy.
For more information on these new travel packages or to book a trip, visit www.certifiedafrica.com.
About Certified Africa
Certified Africa is the leading source to book all-in-one private and group travel experiences to the African continent, authentically learn about Africa and explore cultural heritage, lifestyle, and business/investment opportunities in Africa. Certified Africa simplifies travel to Africa and offers travel experiences in multiple African destinations including, but not limited to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Egypt. For more information on booking a private or group travel experience, visit www.certifiedafrica.com For travel agent enquiries, visit www.certifiedafrica.com
About Certified Africa Founders
Certified Africa was founded by husband and wife team Kristin Tellis Quaye (a licensed attorney who left corporate America to go full time with Certified Africa, Howard University graduate and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) and Nii Armah Quaye (a Ghanaian born and raised, licensed financial advisor and motivational speaker). As an African American growing up in the United States, Kristin always felt a calling to travel to the African continent and connect with the people, her heritage, and ancestral roots, but there weren’t many travel companies that offered the type of immersive experience that she desired. Instead, she put together the type of experience she wanted. She attended Fordham’s legal study abroad program in Ghana which allowed her to clerk for Chief Justice of Ghana’s Supreme Court at the time– Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Woods. She also made the bold decision to stay in Ghana for an additional two months of self-discovery and cultural immersion. She lived in a local Ghanaian neighborhood, took lessons to learn Twi, one of the local languages, bought food at the local market and took the local transportation trotro to work every day. Kristin developed invaluable relationships with Ghanaians who welcomed her and shared their culture, family, friends, and traditions with her. It was during these three months of living, studying, and working in Ghana that Kristin discovered her purpose of connecting the African Diaspora to Africa through travel. She also met her husband Nii through the study abroad program and literally fell in love on and with the African continent. A year later, Nii moved to the U.S, they got married and started Certified Africa. Now, Kristin and Nii, (who own several properties and businesses in Ghana) are a representation of Africans and the African Diaspora coming together through travel and intercultural exchange. They are on a mission to make travel to African countries easy, immersive, and life changing for millions of the African Diaspora who also have the longing to connect to their heritage.
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