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A Touch of Africa in St. Armands

Posted: July 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Looking for a great way to experience Africa right here in Sarasota?

Touch Corporation brings the touch and even some of the tastes of Africa to St. Armand’s Circle.  Deon Barnard, COO of for the USA branch of Touch Corporation manages a travel agency, a retail store full of chic African items and a soon-to-open African cafe.

Mr. Barnard and his family hail from Durban, South Africa.  Having worked in the travel and leisure industry since 1988, Deon was transferred from corporate South Africa to establish the USA branch in 2009.

Go Touch Down Travel & Tours, part of the Touch Corporation, has been marketing travel tours to the American market for decades.  With increasing demand for bucket-list adventures the group made the decision to establish the North America offices in Sarasota and Oakville, Canada.  The local office is currently remodeling the Afro Café at the back of their retail store that will be serving coffee and wine from South Africa. The group will be expanding the brand to Washington DC and New York during 2013.

In addition to sharing the wealth of Africa with us here in the States, Go Touch Down Travel and Tours arranges tours leaving the USA every week taking American visitors to see South Africa for themselves.  What makes this group unique is that they take visitors to land that they themselves own.  This means that the trips are incredibly personalized as well as cost-effective.  Visitors can experience most anything from diving underwater in cages in shark-infested waters, taking a safari through the African veld, or just enjoying the urban luxury and culture of Cape Town.  Either way, it’s sure to be an unforgettable bucket-list trip.

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