February 2017: We are delighted to introduce Lara Soldat who has joined the Thanda team as Reservations & Yield Manager bringing with her a wealth of experience.
She started her career working at The Royal Hotel whilst qualifying for an International Diploma in Hospitality Management at the International Hotel School in Durban. Following this, and a number of Front Office and Reservations Manager roles for smaller properties in the region, she went on to gain employment at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge in Ballito as Assistant Front Office Manager and relief Night Auditor.
In 2010 she became part of the opening team for Fairmont Zimbali Resort as Sales Coordinator where she developed her appetite for reports and numbers. Subsequently, Lara was handed the Assistant to the Director of Sales and Marketing role where she focused on system and report building, sales target setting and assisting in market segmentation reports and budgets. From here, and after exploring a few other roles, she became the Assistant Revenue Manager where she oversaw the activities of the Reservations Department and worked with Online Travel Agents.
In 2016 she was chosen to participate in the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Revenue Management Academy and on completion achieved a certificate through eCornell in Hotel Revenue Management.
Having never worked for a safari lodge or an exclusive island, Lara was attracted by the new and exciting challenges it would bring. With her love for analytics and reservations systems she is looking forward to making a valuable contribution to the Thanda Family.
December 2016: Thanda Island was honoured together with Thanda Safari’s multi-award winning Thanda Safari Lodge at the glittering World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016 held in the Maldives and titled World's Leading Exclusive Private Island. MD of Thanda Tanzania, Pierre Delvaux: "We officially opened Thanda Island last month and having already gained membership into the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World collection, our goal was to position the island as the most exceptional private island experience in the world. This award gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction that our team in Tanzania can strive to achieve the very best that is on offer in this category of Luxury Private Islands. I also would like to thank our founders and owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson of Malmo, Sweden, for their vision, unwavering commitment to Africa and their exceptional standards and service excellence benchmarks that inspire all of us to strive to be the very best in the world and to offer our guests the most enjoyable and memorable experience of their travels.”