The new venture is the brainchild of Gary Kirsten and Andrew Russell © Getty Images
The new venture is the brainchild of Gary Kirsten and Andrew Russell, the owner of Cape Africa Tours © Getty Images

 

Aug 6, 2014:

 

Gary Kirsten, the former South African batsman and fomer Indian coach opened a travel agency, named Gary Kirsten Travel & Tours. It will be a joint venture between Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy (GKCA) and Cape Africa Tours (CAT). The new venture is the brainchild of Gary Kirsten and Andrew Russell, the owner of Cape Africa Tours. Gary Kirsten Travel & Tours will operate as a division of Cape Africa Tours.

 

Following demand for coaching at GKCA, both domestic and overseas players and teams, the decision was taken to start a travel and tours division of the academy. “Teams want to know they are travelling with a reputable, experienced tour operator — and with 14 years of experience in the industry, and having handled countless inbound tours catering for all ages and abilities, Cape Africa Tours was the natural choice for us to partner with,” says Kirsten.

 

“Gary is heavily involved on a daily basis with his Academy – and loves nothing more than being in the nets with aspiring young cricketers,” said Russell, who has been organising inbound sports tours to South Africa since January 2000 . “My experience dealing with touring teams offers Gary the opportunity to focus on the coaching aspects and for us to handle all the travel and tour details. It is the perfect fit for both of us and I look forward to working with Gary and his GKCA coaches in the years ahead.”