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Almost Human Exhibit Opens in Maropeng

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an “underground astronaut”, unlocking the secrets of the origins of humanity, now’s your chance. By Thrishni Subramoney courtesy of www.maropeng.co.za The Almost Human exhibition at Maropeng, featuring the Homo Naledi discoveries, does just ...

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Defend Democracy in Africa: Help #FreeHH

Following our reports; ‘DA Leader Barred From Entering Zambia on Africa Day‘ and ‘Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day‘ South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, delivered the following remarks at a press briefing in Pretoria outside the ...

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New SATSA WC Chapter Committee Appointed

Following the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Western Cape Chapter’s annual general meeting held on Tuesday 23 May 2017, the following members were appointed to serve on the 2017-2018 committee: (Pictured from Left to Right in header image) Collin ...

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DA Leader Barred From Entering Zambia on Africa Day

Friday 26 May 2017 – In stark contrast to our Africa Day report; ‘Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day‘ South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, has been forcefully prevented from entering the Republic of Zambia, by Zambian ...

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Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day

Thursday 25 May 2017 – As we celebrate Africa Day, the leader of the opposition in Zambia faces trumped up criminal charges brought against him by a government intent on reversing the gains of democracy in Zambia and in Southern ...

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Technology to Benefit African Tourism Businesses

With an internet penetration rate of approximately 27% in Africa, there is yet a lot to be achieved; but this is an opportunity for tourism businesses to harness and benefit from. By Josephine Wawira. According to Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy, ...

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FlySafair Drops GDS Prices

Johannesburg – 24 May 2017. FlySafair announced today that it has refiled all its fares into the Global Distribution System (GDS) to offer a more competitive solution to the travel trade. New fares will start from just R1 368 including all ...

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Cape Town Combats Seasonality

In a bid to boost Cape Town’s tourism numbers during winter and address the multiple challenges associated with seasonality, the City of Cape Town in partnership with key industry role players will embark on a series of initiatives to combat ...

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Cape Town’s Hot New Hotel

Earlier this month one of Cape Town’s hottest new hotels opened its doors for the first time.  The Manor House stands amongst impressive company, tucked away as an annexe to the glamorous Queen Victoria Hotel, between the Sanctuary Spa and ...

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Travel Trade Flocks to Hotel Show Africa

Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to capitalise on the booming hotel and tourism sector with buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world attending the event. Leading hospitality suppliers from around the world will ...

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Let’s Talk Business in Rwanda

Did you know that the new Kigali Convention Centre (KCC)can seat 2600 delegates, is just 10 minutes from the Kigali International Airport and has 1000 high-end rooms in close proximity? Rwanda is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for international ...

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Visiting Rwanda Has Never Been Easier

With online visa applications, getting to Rwanda has never been easier! All African passport holders do not require visas prior to travel, as they get visas on arrival. Several other countries have bilateral visa exemptions. The whole visa application experience ...

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Helping Tour Operators Sell Rwanda

The Rwanda Development Board has created a remarkable website at www.rwandaresources.com to assist tour operators and travel agents in selling Rwanda to their clients. Resources include rates and information on accommodation providers, transport providers and tours and safari ground handlers. ...

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Tips on Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for nought, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Are South Africa’s Room Rates Sustainable?

Room rates for South African hotels and lodges increased dramatically between 2016 to 2017, specifically in the 4-star and 5-star markets. Despite the rand having strengthened over the past 12 months, some properties are posting even higher rate increases for ...

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The Vertical Potential Of Airport Transfers

Car hire has long been the go-to-ground transport solution for travellers. But with ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft becoming ubiquitous, it’s time we started rethinking the ways in which travellers are getting to and from airports, and the ways ...

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Reunion Island: Tropical Incentive with a French Touch

In the meetings industry, no other destination has such an apt name as Île de la Réunion (The meeting Island). This tropical island is actually one of the French overseas departments and is a popular destination for exotic incentives with ...

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Four Reasons to Join ATA in Remarkable Rwanda

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) – a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) – in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will set the tone for how tourism can be utilised as an engine for economic growth ...

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Network with ATA in Rwanda from 28-31 August

If your tourism business focusses on selling Africa to the world, then Remarkable Rwanda is where you need to be from 28 to 31 August 2017. Not only will you get to meet new business partners in Rwanda, and meet ...

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Medical Tourism Certification

Added Value or Waste of Money? The medical tourism and tourism medicine market is an increasing but also challenging market. Patients have particular needs when undergoing treatment abroad. Pre-, on-site- and post-treatment take place in different countries and need to ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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South Africa Must Develop African Hotel GMs

South Africa isn’t doing enough to ensure that the hospitality and hotel industry is attractive to people as a long-term and sustainable career. Guy Stehlik, CEO and founder of BON Hotels and Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, speaking ...

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Hilton Launches Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 2, 2017 – At a meeting in Dubai attended by Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta and Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of KFCD and Mabanee Company S.A.K, the two parties confirmed an agreement to open Bahrain’s first Hilton Hotels ...

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Kenya Tourism Board Welcomes South Africans

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has appointed a local agency, Activ8 Branding, as their local in-market representative to further enhance their marketing drive in South Africa. A structured plan has been developed aimed at enticing more South African travellers to experience the ...

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Nederburg Ranks in World’s Most Admired Wine Brands

Nederburg is the sole South African winery featured in the esteemed Drinks International ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ top 50 list this year, in 36th position.  Last year was the first time the Paarl winery was included in this prestigious ...

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UNWTO Launches Responsible Use of Ratings and Reviews

Tourism stakeholders convened in Krakow, Poland, from 26-28 April for the 13th World Tourism Organization International Congress on Ethics to underline the need to continue advancing the ethical framework of the sector. The Krakow Conference has served to present the ...

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First Group Resorts Wins at RCI OSCAS

First Group added another 23 prestigious accolades to their plethora of multiple-award winning resorts when their consistent delivery of excellence in vacation experiences was once again recognised at the industry’s esteemed RCI 29th Annual OSCAS, held on the 16th of ...

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KZN Midlands Resort Unveils First Phase of Refurbishment

Midlands Saddle and Trout, one of the few stud farm resorts in the Midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have unveiled an R16.7 million refurbishment by the First Group.  This head-to-toe makeover entails the extensive re-decorating of all 59 chalets to ...

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UNWTO Candidate St.Ange on Labour Day 2017

Monday 01 May 2017 – International Labour Day is Workers Day and the Global Tourism Industry is proud to be associated with such a worthy event.  These were the words echoed by Alain St.Ange, one of the six candidates vying for the ...

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Africa Wins at 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Africa has dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners, with Botswana and Kenya taking top honours in two of the five categories. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from ...

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Karongwe Portfolio Launches Becks Safari Lodge

The Karongwe Portfolio has launched the newly built and much anticipated Becks Safari Lodge, welcoming its first guests to the lodge in April 2017. Set in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near ...

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Emirates Goes Real Madrid Via Dubai

Four daily A380 services in each direction between Dubai and Barcelona/Madrid Total daily seat capacity between Dubai and Spain of 2,044 seats in each direction Strong ties between Dubai and Spain through Real Madrid sponsorship and SkyCargo operation DUBAI, U.A.E., ...

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SAA Strike Causes Flight Delays over Peanuts

Wednesday 26 April 2017 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has confirmed that several South African Airways (SAA) flights operating from its network of airports across the country have either been cancelled or delayed indefinitely. Header image credit: Jan Bornman, HeraldLive. “We are ...

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Lufthansa Appoints New Africa Region Vice President

As of 01 May 2017, Dr Stefan Kreuzpaintner has been appointed Vice President Sales EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Lufthansa Group Airlines. In this position, Kreuzpaintner will be responsible for all sales and commercial activities in the EMEA region ...

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Growth in Medical Tourism to South Africa

South Africa has been making medical advances, with statistics showing that in 2012, between 300,000 and 350,000 tourists from all around Africa travelled to South Africa for medical treatment. In addition to shorter travel times than India, South Africa advertises ...

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#MalikaneGate: Minister Gigaba’s Man Won’t Shut Up

24 April 2017 – South Africa’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s new economic adviser Professor Chris Malikane  – an economics professor at the University of the Witwatersrand – says that he will not “keep quite.” Last week the minister claimed his ...

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8 Reasons Why Travelling Is Good for Your Health

Travelling is one of the best things that you can do for your health. It helps your physical and mental health, with many travellers saying that it’s also excellent for the soul. Here are eight reasons travelling is so good ...

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The Peninsula Offsets Conferencing Carbon Footprint

With a drive and passion for saving the planet, The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel is dedicated to improving the health conditions and quality of life of families less privileged throughout South Africa by providing them with a simple cooking device – ...

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Drakensberg Sun Renovates Lakeview Restaurant

As part of an overall R3,7 million renovation project to the Drakensberg Sun Resort in KwaZulu-Natal, the Lakeview Restaurant is undergoing an extensive renovation, promising to ultimately provide a fresh contemporary feel, complemented by new and exciting offerings and extra ...

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ORTIA Suspends 35 Staff Over Illegal Commissions

Kempton Park, 22 April 2017 – O. R. Tambo International Airport today announced that 35 of 56 information desk staff employed by the airport have been suspended pending disciplinary procedures. The 35 employees have been suspended following an investigation over several weeks into allegations of illegal commissions ...

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In Memory of Hiking Legend Tim Hartwright

TourismTattler joins the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) in mourning the passing of Tim Hartwright – a true hiking legend. “At the time of his death, Tim was one of our board members and a true friend to many. ...

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Blood Lions & Coffee Shack Win ARTA17

Cape Town, 20 April 2017 – A hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 , sponsored ...

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Hotel Bookings: Sustainable Tourism Appetite

The number of travellers staying in an eco-friendly or ‘green’ accommodation at least once could double in this year with 65% of global travellers expressing this intention versus 34% who stayed in one or more in 2016. By Linda Hohnhola. ...

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Namibia Commemorates Ongava Lodge Anniversary

To mark the anniversary of the official opening of Ongava Lodge by His Excellency President of the Republic of Namibia Dr Hage Geingob on the 20th of March 1993 – at the time Prime Minister – Ongava Game Reserve was honoured ...

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Cape Town Ranked Best City for Millennials

Cape Town has ranked 77th overall in a recent Nestpick global study covering thousands of cities and using 16 criteria to rank the top 100 cities for Millennials to live or visit. Furnished housing aggregator, Nestpick, have produced a ranking ...

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TBCSA Plans for Trade Show Season

Pretoria, South Africa – The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is gearing itself to participate in the upcoming WTM Africa which takes place from 19 to 21 April, as well as the Tourism Indaba scheduled to take place from 16 ...

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Cathay Pacific Airways Merges Cathay Dragon Website

18 April 2017 – Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that the Cathay Dragon (and Dragonair) websites will merge with the Cathay Pacific website to provide customers of both airlines with a more seamless online experience. As of 29 March 2017, customers can ...

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Hilton Eyes North African Expansion

Morocco, April 18, 2017 – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signalled its intention to ramp up its expansion in North Africa with the establishment of a dedicated development office in Casablanca. Header image: Feras Hasbini posing in front of the Hilton Garden Inn ...

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Chefs Win Gold At Inter-Hotel Culinary Competition

Chefs from Jeddah’s Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras cooked up a storm to be crowned champion kitchen at Saudi Arabia’s first ever Inter-Hotel Culinary Competition. Pitted off against ten of the Kingdom’s finest hotels, the Mövenpick team came out on top ...

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Fast Fundraiser for Cheetah at 36ONE MTB Event

We all know that cheetah can run at speeds reaching 112 km/h (70 mph) over short distances. By comparison Olympiad cyclist Chris Hoy only managed to reach 73 km/h (45 mph) over a 200m sprint. On April 21st Hugo Du ...

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#EarthDay2017 Action Toolkits

For this year’s Earth Day (Saturday 22nd April), the Earth Day Network has launched several toolkits to help environmentally-minded citizens, governments, businesses and educational institutions create tangible change by organising and coordinating Earth Day events on a local level. For ...

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#EarthDay2017 Nurturing Environmental Literacy

The theme of this year’s Earth Day (Saturday 22nd April) #EarthDay2017 is Environmental & Climate Literacy, something Scotland’s green destination Comrie Croft excels at.   The award-winning eco project set on a 250-acre site on a hillside in Perthshire boasts ...

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Grootbos: A Global Ecosphere Retreat for The Long Run

As a member of The Long Run and an accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER®) member, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has undergone all the necessary steps of the rigorous GER® recognition process. Grootbos joined The Long Run in 2015 and has ...

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New Marketing GM at fastjet

Johannesburg, South Africa – fastjet has appointed Hein Kaiser as General Manager of Marketing and Communications to oversee all the low-cost airline’s African markets. Kaiser is based in Johannesburg and will focus on the airline’s overall marketing and communication strategy and ...

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Destination Paris debuts at #WTMAfrica17

Visitors to France from South Africa are on the increase and with easy access to the capital city of Paris, either direct or via another European or Middle Eastern hub, the Paris Region is an enticing destination for all visitors. ...

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George Airport Gets Green Light For Larger Aircraft

George Airport in the Western Cape has received an exemption from the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACCA) to upgrade from a CAT 7 aerodrome to a CAT 8 aerodrome. This means that the regional airport is now able to ...

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aha The Rex Hotel Adds 56 Room Extension At R65M

aha The Rex Hotel, Western Cape; one of Knysna’s most sophisticated accommodation establishments is currently undergoing an extension to its property. The construction commenced last December and is set to be completed by November 2017. The project will encompass an ...

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KZN Expects Bumper Easter Season

Over half a million domestic holidaymakers are expected to make their way to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for the Easter season bringing over R600 million to the local economy. The Easter season which, will span over a two- week period, is expected ...

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The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the names of seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top tourism industry post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this year. ...

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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout ...

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Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons

Launching Africa’s sustainable tourism gems this month with a selection of eco-friendly hotels and lodges, Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award winning eco-travel choice website. Where an eco-friendly property is featured in Tourism Tattler, we’ve shown ...

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Sustainable Tourism Marketing: Interview with Lalibela

With 2017 being the UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, I wanted to find out how a Big-5 safari attraction implements sustainable tourism practices and markets these attributes to guests and suppliers. By Des Langkilde. According to UNWTO, ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Grootbos Forest Lodge

Nestled in ancient Milkweed forests on the slope of a 2500 hectare botanical treasure trove between mountain and sea, Forest Lodge is strategically placed to provide guests with privacy and uninterrupted panoramic views over Walker Bay to De Kelders and ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Sibuya Game Reserve

Located on the coast at Kenton on Sea in the Eastern Cape and spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, the malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps is South Africa’s only game ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Amakhala Safari Lodge

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout the prestigious Safari Lodge on the northern boundary of Amakhala Game Reserve. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Tswalu Kalahari

As South Africa’s largest private game reserve Tswalu exists primarily as a conservation project started 20 years ago, which seeks to restore denuded farmlands in the Northern Cape’s Kalahari savannah eco-system. Today Tswalu covers an area of over 1,000 sqm ...

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Unsustainable Aviation? The US Open Skies Debate

According to the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, Gulf-owned Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates aim to dominate global aviation by exploiting Open Skies policy and using subsidies to exploit their unfettered access to the US market, thereby threatening ...

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The Biggest Challenge Facing DMO’s Today

Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) have a unique historical opportunity to help lead the shift from an old and obsolete way of doing tourism to one that is regenerative rather than extractive. By Anna Pollock. After interviewing dozens of destination marketing leaders, ...

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SA Tourism Stats: Jan-Feb 2017

Data from the latest South African tourism stats indicates the slowdown in domestic tourism with either low growth or a decline in passengers arriving on Domestic Flights.  The decline is supported by the stagnation of occupancies of hotels. Recent political ...

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Exploring the Wild Nature & Rich Culture of Reunion Island

Seemingly hidden within the currents of the Indian Ocean is a little tropical gem which calls to the heart of every traveller looking for the ultimate experience. With far reaching mountainous landscapes and strikingly beautiful terrains, Réunion Island holds captive ...

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Benguela Current Health Check

A sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system, it needs regular health check-ups, and significant progress in ...

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The Worst Hotel in the World

Last month I wrote about the BEST hotel I’ve ever stayed at, which came down to ‘how did the hotel make me feel?’ and led to the importance of hotel entertainment. This got me thinking of the contrary. What is ...

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Tourism Education: Online Staff Training

Using online learning tools removes boardroom barriers and allows staff to learn at their own pace. So why aren’t more companies – and individuals – taking their training into the digital space? By Nawal du Toit. Corporate training, as many people ...

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The Worlds Largest Adult Traveller Population

If the world’s volunteers were to form a single country, known as Volunteerland, they would form the largest adult population in the world, behind only China. By Jennifer Woodbridge. Economists estimate that at least 971 million people volunteer each year across ...

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Vehicle Review: Mazda3 Astina 2.0 Auto

As a motorist, there’s nothing more comforting than knowing that you’re safely ensconced in a car that takes passenger safety seriously. Especially when that car is as good looking as the new-look Mazda3 2.0 Astina Plus Auto! And we had ...

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#ARTA17 Finalists Announced

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA17) – sponsored by Wesgro and ...

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Seychelles-Kenya Talks to Boost Aviation and Tourism

Thu, 06 April 2017 – Seychelles and Kenya have made great strides in further consolidating bilateral relations during President Danny Faure’s State Visit to Kenya. Some of the key agreements made by the two Heads of State have already transpired into concrete actions following bilateral talks on Monday. ...

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#INDABA2017 40-Day Countdown

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 – As the 40-day countdown to #INDABA2017 begins, South African Tourism is putting the final touches on an event that will foster closer collaboration and more targeted business interactions than ever before. This is sure to result ...

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Easter Bunny Para Flights for Charity

Look to the skies in Cape Town on Easter Sunday (April 16th) to spot Para-Taxi’s Easter pilot flying through the air.  Not only will Para-Taxi Tandem Paragliding‘s Easter passengers enjoy a flight with the Easter Bunny, but 50% of the booking ...

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Final Falke Full Moon Hike

The Falke Full Moon Hiking season wraps up with a spectacular autumn holiday hike at Delvera Farm outside Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 11 April.  Whether with a group of friends, family or that special person, hiking up Klapumutskop at sunset promises ...

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Venerating the Mighty Penis

The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus) is held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, Japan. The exact dates vary: the main festivities fall on the first Sunday in April, which this year fell on the ...

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aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel Gets R8.6M Refurb

aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel, Western Cape is due to undergo a comprehensive R8.6m state of the art refurbishment which will result in the closure of the establishment commencing on 18th April 2017 to August 2017. This 4-month project entails ...

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SA Tourism Launches #INDABA2017 Road Show

To help new, confirmed and potential exhibitors prepare for this year’s Indaba, South African Tourism will host a series of briefing sessions around the country between 4 and 20 April 2017. Indaba 2017 takes place from 16 to 18 May ...

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IGLTA Issues Statement on UNWTO SG

John Tanzella, the President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (ILGTA), has issued a statement to remind the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) member countries of the importance of this niche tourism sector ahead of the upcoming UNWTO Secretary-General ...

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TBCSA Responds to Cabinet Reshuffle

Pretoria, South Africa: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) says the appointment of new Cabinet Ministers in the Tourism, Transport, Home Affairs and Finance portfolios, in particular, present mixed fortunes for the travel and tourism industry.  Responding to ...

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Air Seychelles Starts Flights to Durban

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Seychelles to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport on Thursday 30 March. Air Seychelles will be flying a twice-weekly non-stop service on Thursdays and Saturdays, connecting Durban and the Seychelles’ capital ...

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Africa’s Last Defender up for Auction

On 13 April 2017, one lucky individual will officially own a piece of African history: Kingsley Holgate’s last Land Rover Defender. The storied Defender, nicknamed Ndhlovokazi (the great she-elephant), is going to be auctioned – and all proceeds will go ...

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Magical Realism in Macondo

Fancy a magic carpet ride and flirting with mermaids while staying in a diamond-shaped ice-house in the tropical heat of Macondo, Colombia? If your answer is yes, then TravelBird.com’s deal for 01 April is just the ticket! According to TravelBird, you ...

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OUTA Lobbies for Undoing Tax Abuse

Friday, 31 March 2017 – Tourism stalwart and Chairperson of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), Wayne Duvenage has met with Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas. They have a message of great importance to share with all South Africans. The ...

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Mantis to Launch St Helena Hotel in September

(Cape Town, 29 March 2017). Mantis Hotels, EcoEscapes & Lifestyle Resorts is renovating three Georgian buildings on St.Helena Island, which will be branded as Mantis St Helena Hotel and is due to launch in September 2017. Excitement is mounting on ...

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Minor Hotels Announces New Resort in UAE

Minor Hotels has announced the signing of a management agreement for a new AVANI property in the United Arab Emirates – AVANI Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort. Al Marjan is a collection of four pristine man-made islands in Ras ...

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HVS Launches THINC Africa 2017

HVS has announced that the second Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Africa 2017 will be held on 30th and 31st August 2017, at the FNB Portside Building, Cape Town.  This two-day event will provide ample opportunity to network with ...

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aha Hotels Expands into Ethiopia

Johannesburg, 28 March 2017: aha Hotels & Lodges has announced the near completion of Gondar Hills Resort. This new luxury resort, owned by Jacaranda Tours, Ethiopia will be exclusively managed by aha Hotels and Lodges and incorporated fully under the aha brand. The resort ...

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SA Tourism CEO Launches Indaba 2017

Johannesburg, 28 March 2017: INDABA 2017 will see more than 7 000 delegates from around the world meeting in Durban to grow the African tourism economy through constructive conversations, dynamic partnerships and a strong focus on doing business, South African ...

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Kenya Represented on WTFL Advisory Board

Since launching in 2009, the World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) has been professionally supported by an international Advisory Board. Jacinta Nzioka of the Kenya Tourism Board has become the Advisory Board’s newest member. WTFL said that after a detailed talent search ...

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SAA Plummets to R4.5 Billion Loss

The latest SAA Group Results provided to the Standing Committee on Finance (SCOF) by the South African Airways (SAA) board reveals a staggering loss of R4.5 billion for 2016/17. This new figure of R4.5 billion is significantly higher than the R3.5 ...

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Experience Tudor History at the Mary Rose Museum

I have just finished reading CJ Sansom’s historical novel ‘Heartstone’ – the 6th book in The Shardlake Series – in which the pivotal point, where the main character Matthew Shardlake resolves the mysteries surrounding his investigations, takes place on board King ...

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