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Cape Town’s inner city attracts Heritage Tourists

Located in the historic heart of Cape Town, South Africa on the thriving pedestrian precinct of St George’s Mall, Taj Cape Town is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of a growing number of travellers who want to experience an ...

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Sabi Sand game lodge owner dies

  Nicholas ‘Nick’ More, 45, co-owner and CEO of the award-winning Lion Sand Big Five game lodge in Mpumalanga’s Sabi Sands reserve, is confirmed to have passed away on the morning of 23 April following a helicopter accident en route ...

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The Fund purchases Radisson Blue Gautrain hotel

Hospitality Property Fund Limited (“Hospitality” or “the company” or “the Fund”), the JSE-listed property loan stock company that owns a portfolio of 26 select hotel and leisure properties throughout South Africa announced on 17 April 2013 that it has entered ...

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One&Only Cape Town Launches 2013 Speaker Series

From a world-renowned raconteur of adventure and personal triumph, a pioneering explorer who has completed three world firsts, a Great White Shark pundit, to an extreme adventurer who ran the Great Wall of China, be prepared for a winter of ...

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Rhino Knights 10,000km Fund Raiser

Sponsors are urgently being sought for the Rhino Knights 10,000km fund raising initiative, which starts on 01 May and finishes end September 2013. Donations for as little as R10 ($1.13USD) can be sent via SMS to 48716  with the words RHINOKNIGHTS ...

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2013 Wine Tourism Handbook

The eighth edition of the popular Wine Tourism Handbook is now available for sale both in bookshops and online. This image-rich, full-colour, comprehensive guide to the farms, restaurants, accommodation venues and activities found in South Africa’s Winelands is one of ...

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Europcar now offers ER

  Europcar, one of South Africa’s leading car rental companies, now offers its customers emergency medical assistance at just R20 per day. With this new product offering, customers have access to emergency medical transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a ...

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New GM for Tsogo Sun’s StayEasy Eastgate

  Tsogo Sun has announced the appointment of Grant Hewitt to the position of General Manager for  StayEasy Eastgate along with his current position as GM for StayEasy Pretoria. For more information visit: www.tsogosunhotels.com

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Celebrate The Cradle Festival Wine Weekend

The Cradle Festival Wine Weekend will be held for its second consecutive year at Maropeng on 20 and 21 April. As part of The Cradle Festival Wine Weekend, event-organisers, The Leverage Corporation, will be hosting The Cradle Mountain Trophy, for ...

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SA Tourism China Bags Awards

South African Tourism have already been awarded a significant number of awards in China for 2013. These include: Best International Travel Destination awarded to South Africa by Voyage Top Potential Outbound Destination awarded to South Africa by The Beijing News ...

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AHLE-X to boost Hospitality Service Excellence

Affiliated Hospitality Leadership Experiences (AHLE-X) opens its doors in Cape Town, South Africa to provide a new concept in professional development offering local and international hospitality professionals, including Chefs and interior designers, a unique way to develop themselves further in their chosen career ...

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Ride for Paul – Heia Safari Ranch

The next Jozi Night Rider MTB Series will be held at Heia Safari Ranch on 19 April in memory of  Paul Schulte who was tragically killed earlier this month. All mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to participate. Paul had worked ...

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Challenge for Africa’s top travel app

Visa and South African Tourism’s USD$10,000 challenge to developers across Sub-Saharan Africa to build the continent’s best travel app is now open for entries First announced at the E-Tourism Summit in Cape Town last year, the Africa App Quest is ...

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Hertz Car Hire Donates Play Park

Hertz recognises the importance in contributing to the social development of underprivileged communities, as they strive not only to build a strong value system within the company but  also to share these with those around them. The day of the ...

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ILIOS Travel Appoints New Sales Manager

  ILIOS Travel has announced the appointment of Tom Jager as their Sales and New Business manager. Tom has extensive experience in the Hospitality and Tourism related industry sector and will be consulting directly with ILIOS on new business and ...

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Kenya Airways to fly to Guangzhou via Bangkok daily

Kenya Airways has announced the commencement on April 1, 2013 of daily flights between Guangzhou and Nairobi via Bangkok, boosting the connections between Africa and China. The daily flights will be departing from the airline’s hub at the Jomo Kenyatta ...

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Cape Grace Appoints New Director of Sales & Marketing

Cape Grace has appointed Philma Gomes as Director of Sales & Marketing. Philma, who has gained a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, will be responsible for all aspects of the hotel’s Sales and Marketing Strategy including Local and ...

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Luxury Lifestyle Development Launched in Mauritius

With its idyllic lifestyle, tropical climate, coupled with a stable economy and business- and tax-friendly environment, it’s hardly surprising that the island of Mauritius holds increasing appeal for those seeking a luxury getaway or permanent residential investment, says Dr Andrew ...

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Zanzibar Serena Inn Receives Award For Excellence

Zanzibar Serena Inn has received recognition as one of the Best Hotels worldwide with outstanding level of customer satisfaction – an award by Studiosus, Germany. The “Studiosus Quality Award 2013” sets apart Zanzibar Serena Inn as a valued quality service provider who ...

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‘The Last Lions’ wins 4 SAFTA Awards

Conservationists and filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s 2012 wildlife programme “The Last Lions,” produced in association with National Geographic, won four South African Film and Television Awards at the 7th annual ceremony on March 17th: Best Director of a Wildlife ...

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Comair launches High Court SAA challenge

Comair’s High Court legal challenge to the R5-billion government guarantee to South African Airways (SAA) aims to ensure that government will provide funding to SAA only after consultation with all affected stakeholders and in accordance with government’s Domestic Aviation Transport ...

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3 Ways to get your small business loan declined

Or what NOT to do Financing, when acquired and used wisely, can be a great growth and expansion tool but what are the three most common mistakes that entrepreneurs and small business owners make that makes it impossible for them ...

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SANParks plans ahead with Responsible Tourism Strategy

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released its 2022 Responsible Tourism Strategy (2022 RTS), which plans ahead to overcome potential funding shortfalls, adjust to changing visitor needs and embrace community interaction, writes Des Langkilde. According to Glenn Phillips, SANParks Managing ...

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Go Wild

Multiple entrance fees to South Africa’s national parks can be a tad expensive for international tourists, but advising them to buy a Wild Card prior to arrival will lessen the blow, writes Des Langkilde. The daily conservation fee for International ...

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Zimbabwe Awakes

As Zimbabwe continues to re-establish its mark on the map of countries to visit in Africa, time efficient and cost effective access to the prime safari areas continues to be a challenge to both operators on the ground as well ...

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Discussion Forum

Posted on 18 March – Forums /General /Crime & Hospitality Security: Tourism Offices Posting Crime Stats blatantly in the face of potential tourists and visitors We need to crow-bar the lid off this “Crime Stat” confusion as regards tourism. Why ...

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BRICS Africa – A boost for Tourism

The fifth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit, which ended in Durban on March 27, resulted in several significant agreements, including the creation of a BRICS Business Council. However, the real benefit to the country from a ...

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Republic of Hout Bay

Cape Town’s Hout Bay is not only famous for its fresh fish and busy harbour, but also as the “Republic of Hout Bay”. Back in the late 1980’s local businesses supported the Lions and Rotary Clubs to raise funds for ...

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Warm and Welcoming – Natal Spa

Gooderson Leisure – A South African company for South African people.  That’s what their marketing material says. And on a recent visit to the lovely Natal Spa resort by Tattler Editor Marjorie Dean there was an opportunity to see just ...

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The CPA and Supplier Rights & Recourse

STATUS OF INDEMNITIES AND DISCLAIMERS – PART 3 – What you have to do about: Your Current and Future Documentation. The first thing to bear in mind is that making your indemnities, waivers and terms and conditions CPA compliant is ...

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SATSA Market Intelligence Report

The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association’s Market Intelligence Report is compiled monthly by Martin Jansen van Vuuren courtesy of  Grant Thornton. The report takes an analytical look at the latest tourist arrivals, Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and hotel ...

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German inbound tourism set to grow

According to the Department of Tourism, Tourist arrivals to South Africa increased 10.4% between January and October last year compared with the same period in 2011, helped by a growing number of German visitors, writes Des Langkilde. Germany was one ...

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Exploring the benefits of Film Tourism

Film tourism is a growing phenomenon worldwide, motivated by both the growth of the entertainment industry and the increase in international travel, writes Leonie Berning. What is film tourism? Film induced tourism explores the effects that film and TV-productions have ...

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STPP takes Sustainable Tourism on the road

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) convened a series of road shows to Potchefstroom, Beaufort West, Knysna, Graaff-Reinet and Colesberg during March to present to small businesses, and in particular, small accommodation establishments, writes Mientjie Steyn. The aim of the ...

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More bang for the buck

The phrase ‘bang for the buck’ is an idiom meaning ‘value for one’s money’, which is what many insurers aim to provide through client loyalty incentive programmes, and are worth looking into when choosing an insurer for your hospitality establishment, ...

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BAD NEWS travels fast

Reading Peter Hayward’s letter on our Discussion Page has prompted the Tourism Tattler to look carefully at reported attacks on tourists around the globe this year. One thing stands out very clearly – in this age of swift communication, you ...

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Are your guests travelling in a legal vehicle?

Although the traditional forms of contracted transport such as commercial coaches, minibuses and taxis are constantly under the spotlight for Operating Licence Board compliance, more and more transport providers are entering the market offering outings and transfers on unconventional vehicles, ...

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Red Buses enhance Joburg sightseeing

The inner city of South Africa’s economic hub, Johannesburg, now provides tourists with a hop-on, hop-off city sighteeing transport solution, which aims to benefit local businesses and the travel trade. City Sightseeing, the brand that operates the iconic open-top red ...

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Sustainable Tourism at The Green Expo

Following the success of the first Green Expo, held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) in November 2011, the 2013 Green Expo will be held at two locations on different dates; from 1-3 November at the Sandton Convention ...

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Resorts On-line launches new luxury property website

New York based, Resorts Online (ROL) recently launched a totally redesigned website with many improvements and new features for both visitors and hotels alike. The revamped website now has over 10,000 of the worlds top properties in their database. The ...

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Clos Malverne wines a virtual reality

Family-owned Clos Malverne Wine Estate, renowned for its repertoire of classic, handcrafted wines stemming from the picturesque Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa has spruced up its online wine sales facility for all wine enthusiasts to gain ...

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Regional Conference On Peace Through Tourism

The Bangladesh Tourism Foundation [BTF] and Dept of Marketing, University of Dhaka, are convening a Regional Conference on Peace Through Tourism from 24-25 April 2013 at Dhaka in collaboration with the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), USA. Tourism ...

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African Train Tour Experience

Shongololo Express is a train safari experience, which travels through Southern and East Africa. Since 1995, Shongololo Express has been offering guests from around the world the opportunity to experience adventures of the diverse African landscapes. The train travels at ...

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Sports Tourism Focus at SETE 2013

  The third annual Sports Events & Tourism Exchange will be hosted in Durban, South Africa from 10-13 September 2013. With the past tourism focus having been on the Leisure and Business sectors, the introduction of the Sports and Events ...

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The Mount Nelson Hotel launches thirty new rooms

The iconic Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa re-opened  its Oasis wing in February 2013 with thirty completely refurbished and renovated rooms, all done in fresh and bright colour schemes. These new rooms have a spectacular location alongside ...

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03 Desmond – Jozi’s new venue

03 Desmond opened its doors at the end of 2012.  With one of the best views in Johannesburg of the Sandton City skyline the venue is the hottest new sun downer spot in town for an event. The 03 Desmond ...

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Africa Albida Tourism welcomes new group operations manager

We have an acclaimed Wonder of the World destination, a plethora of captivating adventure activities, the legendary Zambezi River…but it’s the inherent warmth and friendliness of Zimbabweans that will be the key to transforming the country’s tourism industry. That’s the ...

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2013 Guesthouse of the Year awards

  As the South African hospitality industry’s largest group of black women entrepreneurs – the 60 female guesthouse owners in Tsogo Sun’s Book-a-Guesthouse programme – prepare for the announcement of the 2013 Guesthouse of the Year awards, Salome Tshungu owner of  ...

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Taste Of Cape Town

  The Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town will be taking place from  11 – 14 April 2013 at Green Point Cricket Club in Cape Town, South Africa. “Over the past six years Taste of Cape Town has become ...

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Hospitality Property Fund Delivers Positive Growth

Hospitality Property Fund has declared a second interim distribution results with A-linked unit distribution growth of 5% to 66.51 cents, and B-linked unit showed an increase of 16.2% to 9.19 cents for the six months ended December. Commenting on the ...

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BRICS Trade Exchange launches in Africa

The BRICS Trade Exchange is to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from 16-18 October 2013. “The BRICS Trade Exchange is a Business-to-Business (B2B) Trade Fair that provides the ideal platform for facilitating and opening ...

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Bot River Barrels & Beards 2013

Wine beauties meet hairy beasts when the colourful wine community of Bot River in Cape Town, South Africa sets the stage for its annual Barrels & Beards celebration to toast the local winemakers’ post-harvest looks and latest fruits of their ...

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Airport Cities World Conference

The Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition (ACE) 2013 is to take place on African soil for the first time in its 11-year history. London-based event organiser UBM Live has announced that the milestone event will take place in the ...

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