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The West Coast – No Longer the Best Kept Secret

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For those of us who used to consider the West Coast “our little secret”, this is no longer the case as hotels, B&Bs, game lodges will testify. Higher occupancies are being enjoyed, restaurants are teeming with visitors, sandy feet and ...

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Midrand – Gaining Ground

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Up until 1981, Midrand was known as Halfway House and was the midway point between the region’s two major hubs, namely Pretoria and Johannesburg. Very little is left of the sprawling farms and smallholdings that once characterised this area. Where ...

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Backpackers to the Front Please!

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Protel have developed a solution on the booking engine that allows for per-bed reservations for never@home backpacker in Cape Town. “There’s a new kid on the accommodation block and hoteliers and hospitality industry suppliers should start taking notice.” That’s according ...

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Taste the Helderberg 2015

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Winter-busting food and wine evening toasting the Helderberg: 11 June 2015 The NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is set to be a one stop wine route of home-grown deliciousness, when Taste the Helderberg 2015 serves up an exclusive ...

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joBerg2c MTB Event Goes Global

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Main image caption: Viewers worldwide will be able to catch all the daily action from the Old Mutual joBerg2c via the official event website at www.joberg2c.co.za. Pictured here is elite mountain biker Tyronne White, riding in the colours of broadcast ...

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Successful SA Parks booking portals for sale

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Two popular website portals for online booking at South African National Parks and Reserves, with a proven track record over 25 years, are available for take-over. The two web sites turn over 4.5 million in booking revenue with a net ...

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Mantis Collection welcomes new GM

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The Mantis Team is delighted to welcome Deu-Donne Alberts as the new General Manager at Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa; Deu- Donner brings exceptional knowledge and passion to the table and with a substantial background in the hospitality industry, making ...

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Gansbaai Wins Gold for Responsible Tourism

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Gansbaai takes the Gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2015. A community of tourism businesses, working together to make better places to live in and great places to visit, was announced Overall Winners on Friday 17 April at the ...

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WTM-Africa 2015 Wrap-up

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The African Sun shone brightly on WTM® Africa 2015 – the show has come to an end but the business continues. WTM® Africa 2015 boasted a phenomenal increase of over 18% on visitor attendance to the show on last year’s ...

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Statement from Brand South Africa on Xenophobia

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Brand South Africa joins the rest of the country in condemning the acts of violence. JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 17, 2015. Brand South Africa joins the rest of the country in condemning the acts of violence that have been levelled against ...

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L’Avenir Pinotage Lounge Inauguration

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Stellenbosch’s first lounge dedicated to South Africa’s emblematic varietal L’Avenir, the French inspired Stellenbosch wine estate, celebrates the opening of South Africa’s first lounge dedicated exclusively to the emblematic varietal, Pinotage, located in the heart of the functioning cellar on ...

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Delheim unearths forest fare during Wild Mushroom Weekends

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Rare foraging excursions on offer at this legendary wine farm 30 & 31 May and 3 & 4 July 2015 The legendary Delheim Wine Estate is offering avid foragers two ex-cep-tional weekends of wild mushroom hunts in its private forest, ...

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Delheim swirls up Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays

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The historic Delheim Estate outside Stellenbosch wards off the winter blues with their popular Cheese Fondue & Jazz indulgences, every Sunday lunch from 28 June until 30 August. Their cosy ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar – snug with low ceilings and rustic, ...

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Are Concierges Right For Tour Operators?

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In this article, guest blogger Julia Barrero of Xola looks at the ecosystem of tourist-driven sales for tour operators with a special focus on hotel concierges. But before asking whether you should be pursuing hotel concierges as a booking engine ...

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Cover Story – April 2015

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Our April cover depicts the restored Slave Bell at Spier Wine Farm, which was built by Van der Byl in 1825. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. ...

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Venue Review – Spier

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It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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Ecotourism: A Case Study

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Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that tourists who participate in ecotourism activities want reassurance that their host follows defined ecotourism principles. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located along the Cape Whale Coast region of South ...

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Tourism Expert Honoured

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The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) recently awarded Colin Bell an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the association for his outstanding contribution to the African tourism industry. Atta CEO Nigel Vere Nicoll commented: ‘We are delighted that Colin Bell, co-founder ...

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South Coast Swings Major Awards

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South Coast Tourism and its members are doing something right – in March alone, members and the tourism body itself were recognized on two different platforms for levels of excellence and in the past six months, no less than 14 ...

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SA Tourism Stats – April

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Statistics South Africa have finally released tourism arrivals stats for 2014, which clearly show the impact of Ebola and the Visa Regulations on the emerging markets. Note that Statistics South Africa has stopped counting people transiting through South Africa as ...

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The Business of Conservation

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This article is extracted from a lecture presented by Paul Tudor Jones II, at the University of Glasgow’s Bute Hall in November 2014. In his lecture titled ‘The Business of Conservation’ Mr Jones addressed the role of philanthropy as a ...

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SA Hotel industry must embrace technology

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South African hotels, like their global peers, must expedite the adoption of technology to meet customer-led demand, according to a new report from Grant Thornton, writes Lianne Osterberger. Internationally the hotel industry has lagged behind other sectors in adopting technology ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 9

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In Part 1 (August 2014), I categorised risk into five categories, namely; 1. PEOPLE, 2. MONEY, 3. LAW, 4. SERVICE and 5. ECOLOGY. In this series, I deal with the risk profile of each, i.e. broadly speaking the areas of ...

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Dispelling Negativity in Destination Marketing

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Life would be so simple if consumers of travel followed a logical decision making process, with an abundance of time when planning their next holiday, writes Judy Lain. Numerous factors – many completely unrelated to the decision they are making ...

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Taking Responsible Tourism to China

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Deborah Calmeyer is a woman on a mission. She is the first South African businesswoman to speak at the prestigious ‘Her Village International Forum’ in Beijing, China and she will be taking Africa’s responsible tourism message to over 200 million ...

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10 Digital Tips for Travel Consultants

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In this article, digital marketing specialist Priya Unger shares insights into what digital marketing is, how it works and what online tools are available for independent travel consultants (ITC), writes Rian Bornman. Being an Independent Travel Consultant (ITC) can be ...

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