On Thursday, March 23, South Woodford-based Abbotts Travel hosted a client night at Chigwell Golf Club, showcasing some amazing destinations for the audience of golf club members and Abbotts Travel regulars. As the guests arrived, they were treated to a glass or two of South African wine and a plate of chicken curry with rice. They were given a chance to mingle with all the guest speakers ahead of the presentations. At 7:15pm, representatives from South Africa Tourism, African Pride, Rovos Rail, Thompsons Africa and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection treated the audience to presentations focusing on South Africa: its elite hotels, resorts, tastes and experiences. After a quick refreshment break, this was followed by a spotlight on some of London's top hotels, with representatives from The Chesterfield in Mayfair, The Milestone Hotel opposite Kensington Palace, The Rubens at The Palace and the London EDITION, a 173-room hotel and hotspot in Fitzrovia. The evening would not have been complete without the official launch of the Abbotts Travel Golf Collection, featuring a selection of Europe’s finest golf resorts. Staff and representatives from Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in France, PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain, Gloria Resorts in Turkey, Verdura Resort in Sicily, Meliá Hacienda del Conde in Tenerife and Quinta do Lago in Portugal, flew in to share their knowledge. "These are premier destinations," says Abbotts Travel managing director, Julian Abbott. "We were thrilled to focus on them and bring some great guests to a brilliant location to celebrate the launch of our partnership with Chigwell Golf Club. The evening was all about telling, not selling. We were delighted to be able to offer this kind of opportunity to our clients and the golf club members, where they can get really close to experiencing a destination and then see if it’s for them." The evening culminated in a fabulous prize draw, with prizes being donated by Abbotts Travel, along with all the participating companies. Prizes included bottles of South African wines and liqueurs, travel vouchers, a city tour of Cape Town, a Gin Experience for four at The Chesterfield in Mayfair, a complimentary overnight stay for two people with breakfast at the London EDITION and very generous vouchers for all the golf resorts showcased.