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New SAACI Board Elected


The new 2013 – 2014 national directors and ExCo members of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) have been elected. The SAACI National Chairperson is Zelda Coetzee of Imfunzelelo Conference and Event Management, the national Vice Chairperson is ...

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The Rich and Famous in Cannes


Long associated with luxury, Cannes has been home to the rich and famous for decades. Located on the Cote d’Azur, this French city is lined with five star hotels, Michelin starred restaurants, and boutique shopping and clubbing. Cannes really comes ...

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Malawi – A Perfect Destination For Exploring Scenic Beauty


Often termed as the ‘warm heart of Africa’, Malawi is a beautiful and diverse country with the most varied landscapes found all over Africa. From lowest points just above the sea level to highest peaks of about 3000m, Malawi has ...

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Food Festivals in Sussex, England


Food, food, glorious food! We all love our food and what better way to appreciate it than by heading to one of the many food festivals taking place over the next few months in Sussex, England. September is the month ...

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Contribute for the Love of the Game


The official charity of the Springbok Rugby Team, The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, steps in to offer help and hope when rugby players suffer catastrophic and serious rugby injuries. It currently cares for 105 quadriplegics across South Africa, ...

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Gauteng Institute for Architecture partners with the Arts


The Gauteng Institute For Architectuture (Gifa) wishes to announce its intention to extend and formalise relationships with other members of the Gauteng creative fraternity in the pursuit of common interests and promotional opportunities to the benefit of the Arts in our province. To ...

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Avios Travel Rewards Programme launches in South Africa


The Avios Travel Rewards Programme launched in South Africa today (Wednesday 28 August 2013). Avios is a new loyalty programme allowing travellers to collect Avios points to use for flights in South Africa, Europe and world-wide on premium airline, British Airways.  ...

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Africa’s greenest hotel officially launched in Cape Town

Hotel Verde Owners, Mario and Annemarie Delicio with MEC Alan Winde.

Having set themselves the target of building Africa’s greenest hotel, the owners of HOTEL VERDE, Mario and Annemarie Delicio are thrilled by the opening of Hotel Verde. This world-class establishment surpasses everything they had hoped for with regards to comfort, functionality and ...

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Elsia Grandcourt takes over as Director for Africa at UNWTO


Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) announced at the 20th General Assembly of the UNWTO that Elsia Grandcourt, the former CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board had been appointed as the new Director ...

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Seychelles elected on the Executive Council of the UNWTO

Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who was leading an important delegation to the 20th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) did his country proud when the Seychelles candidature was successful ...

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Hotel Management Experts Announce New Key Appointment


Leading South African based independent hotel management company extrabold appoints business development expert Brent Kinnear as its new Commercial Director South Africa, Johannesburg, 15 August 2013; WITH a series of outstanding South African hotels, resorts and hospitality properties (in excess of ...

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Midlands Hotel Up For Prominent Award


The Windmills Resort in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands has been nominated for four categories in the annual Bride’s Choice Awards hosted by the African Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA). Last year, the hotel scooped the title of best ...

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Tsogo Sun joins 49M


In keeping with its commitment to support the responsible use of energy Tsogo Sun today (21 August 2013) became the latest company in the hospitality industry to pledge its support for the 49M energy efficiency campaign. As a leader in ...

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Avis Wins Business Traveller Africa Award


Avis has added another prestigious award to its ever-growing collection, winning the best car rental category at the Business Traveller Africa Awards, held at the   Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 20th of August 2013. For a consecutive year in ...

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Delheim fans Heritage flames with a Snoek Braai

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Celebrate Heritage Day on a legendary wine farm steeped in it, by joining Delheim Estate outside Stellenbosch, for a laid-back Snoek Braai with the Sperling family, when they light the fires in salute to cultural unity on Tuesday, 24 September. ...

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Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Festival Announce Headline Sponsor FedGroup

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Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Festival have announced leading independent financial services group, FedGroup, as the headline sponsor for the events, which will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town later this year. The unique Festival, which is ...

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Living the MasterChef SA experience with Tsogo Sun

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On Wed, 14 August, The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel hosted a Mystery Box Dinner with Tsogo Sun celebrity chef and MasterChef SA judge, Benny Masekwameng. One of the finalists in MasterChef season 2, Capetonian Kamini Pather, also attended. Guests enjoyed ...

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Avis Thrives In 2013 Sunday Times Top Brands Awards

The Avis Marketing team celebrates winning the Sunday Times Top Brands Business to Business Car Hire Category for the 10th consecutive year.
From left: Mike Sema, Tarryn Hood, Santa Smith and Mokgadi Mashaphu .

Avis continues to shine in the Sunday Times Top Brands 2013 Awards, taking home the Business to Business award in the Car Hire Category for the 10th consecutive year. Avis was also nominated in the B2BCompany Most Spontaneously Aware Category ...

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Marketing lifeline for SMMEs in tourism sector


Social media guru, educator and founder of the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, Dave Duarte, will throw a lifeline to small and medium enterprises in the tourism, travel and hospitality sectors later this month when he hosts a one-day workshop on ...

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World Transplant Games participants go Shark Cage Diving

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At the World Transplant Games hosted in Durban and few brave sportsmen and women plucked up the courage to do a cage dive on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast with renown adventure tourism operator, Shark Cage Diving KZN. It was amazing ...

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Staff awarded for long service at 10 2nd Ave Houghton Estate hotel


Nurturing and empowering staff leads to success at 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE – JHB boutique hotel. THE OWNER OF THE 5-STAR boutique hotel 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE in Johannesburg, Anita Wasserman, recently awarded staff members with long service ...

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Reed Travel Exhibitions Launches World Travel Market Africa


Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), the leading provider of events in the global travel and tourism industry, is delighted to announce the launch of World Travel Market Africa – as part of the new Africa Travel Week. Africa Travel Week will ...

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Hilton Worldwide strengthens Africa sales team


Windhoek, NAMIBIA – 14 August 2013; Hilton Worldwide today announced the appointment of Ewan Neveling as Cluster Sales Manager for the Southern Africa region, based at Hilton Windhoek in Namibia. South African born Neveling, who is currently working towards a Bachelors ...

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Major Refurbishment of Southern Sun Waterfront Underway

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town

The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel offers a stylish, cosmopolitan and vibrant feel with views of majestic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is perfectly positioned for travellers to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. At the ...

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The changing face of rugby in communities

Muzomuhle Primary School tackling Musenga Primary School

          Tsogo Sun’s SunCares rugby opening tournament “The South African Rugby Union applauds companies such as Tsogo Sun that are collaborating with government departments and other organisations to make a real difference in developing rugby at grass ...

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Clos Malverne unveils arresting A Void in the Landscape exhibition

land Art by Strijdom van der Merwe LR

Top SA artists transform Stellenbosch wine estate with Pop Up gallery Clos Malverne, a family-owned wine estate nestled in the heart of the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, sets the stage for a unique art meander in the Winelands with the ...

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Nala – a New Little Ray of Hope for the Cheetahs at Samara

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Situated in a beautiful corner of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Great Karoo, Samara Private Game Reserve is proud to be home to a new baby cheetah, who her rescuers have named Nala, which means ‘hope’.   In the middle of ...

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Samara Introduces New Mandela Landscapes Tour

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Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape, is delighted to announce a new seven day tour which will celebrate the life and origins of the great Nelson Mandela.  The Eastern Cape was the centre of the Apartheid ...

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60 Seconds with WTM’s Simon Press


Tourism Tattler interviews Simon Press, Director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, about World Travel Market’s vital role in facilitating travel industry business and new initiatives at this year’s WTM-London event.   TT: What will WTM 2013 look like? SP: WTM 2013 will ...

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Article Comments from July


Congratulations to Jill Masterton, whose comment has been chosen as the prize winner for July. Jill’s prize, a  ‘Relentless Enemies’ DVD will be delivered with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – suppliers of the finest products to the hospitality Industry. Jill’s winning comment was: ...

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Is Flying Safer Now?


According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year in terms of aviation accidents across the world since 1945. Of the 23 fatal airlines accidents, 511 people died. This is well below the annual average of 34 commercial ...

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South Africa’s Traffic Officers Damaging Tourism


Irregular, inconsistent and often blatently corrupt policing by South Africa’s traffic officials is damaging the country’s tourism industry and adversely affecting tour and transport operator businesses, writes Des Langkilde. Tour operators, tourist coaches and self-drive international tourists alike are being ...

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Win a 3 Night Fully Inclusive Holiday in Mozambique


This competition is closed. See the September competition page for the winner of this prize. To enter this competition, simply find the answer to the following question (the answer can be found in the text below) and click on the ...

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Rhino Knights Update 3


After traversing South Africa and Namibia Isabel Wolf-Gillespie reports on her progress from Botswana, since departing on her arduous 10,000km journey in May to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s dwindling rhino population. Namibia has taken a very special ...

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Can we afford to experiment with rhinos?


The recent announcement by the South African Minster of Environment, expressing the South African Government’s endorsement of a proposal to sell rhino horn, is disconcerting, albeit not surprising. By Jason Bell. The government’s international lobby started at the 16th meeting ...

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Scotland and Turkey

Destinations Scotland

Tattler editor Marjorie Dean is just back from a holiday in Europe. On trend, she decided to mark a special occasion by taking her whole immediate family of children and grandchildren on a holiday together. Then she and her husband ...

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Kenya ranks second in Africa in MICE tourism


Conference tourism is emerging as Kenya’s new growth frontier, earning the country second position after South Africa last year in the number of conferences held on the continent. The placement in the Country & City Rankings 2012 by the International ...

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BirdLife South Africa welcomes code of conduct for wind energy


BirdLife South Africa has welcomed the recent launch of the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) recommended Code of Conduct for Wind Energy Development. It is often suggested that birds and wind energy are not compatible.  While it is true ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – August


RETOSA’s annual events calendar is aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and ...

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Conventions — Par Excellence

Beverley Langkilde at the SAACI Gala Dinner with Clifford Ngakane, General Manager at Meropa Casino and Entertainment World and Tracey Rivington, Marketing Plan Co-ordinator at The Port Elizabeth Hotel Group.

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) invited Tourism Tattler, as the official trade journal to SATSA, to participate in a two-day trip to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s business events capabilities and facilities and to attend the annual South African ...

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Ndumu River Lodge


Ideally positioned along KwaZulu-Natal’s Route 22, between the village of Jozini and the Mozambique border, Ndumu River Lodge provides an ideal wilderness retreat for business travellers, incentive groups, wedding functions or just a long-weekend away. By Des Langkilde Researching the ...

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The New POPI Act – PART 4


The New Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPI) – PART 4 –  Principle #2 – Processing Limitation: Part 2 Personal Information (‘PI’) must at all times be collected directly from the Data Subject (‘DS’) except in following cases: If it ...

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Q2 Tourism Business Index


According to results of the TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index (TBI) for the second quarter of 2013, it’s business as usual for the travel and tourism sector with comfortable trading overall. By Kagiso Mosue. At the moment the sector is ...

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SATSA Market Intelligence Report


This month’s Market Intelligence Report from SATSA has been extracted from data available as at 25 July 2013, by Martin Jansen van Vuuren of Grant Thornton

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Social Media Marketing


In this new E-Marketing series, Tourism Tattler will help you to become a Social Business. We will show you what influences people’s social behaviour (how to go viral) how to automate online communications, how to position your brand, and how ...

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Wildlife Mortality Insurance


Possibly the highest risk in terms of animal well-being, can be apportioned to animals that are captured and held in bomas awaiting sale at an auction, writes Julian Freimond. Stress and injury followed by exposure resulting in mortality in the ...

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For tourism organisations wanting want to tap into the growing ecotourism niche, the International Ecotourism Society provides the answers. By Des Langkilde. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES ...

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Luxury Ground Transport gets a raw deal


The luxury ground transport sector in South Africa is battling to survive in the current economic climate and if tour buyers continue to squeeze coach hire prices, many operators will fall by the wayside. By Fanie van Zyl. The luxury ...

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17 Year Old Mercedes Sprinter Criss Crosses Africa


A SERIOUS case of travel fever is what motivated Charlie Grzelak and Adrianna Wolkska from Poland to complete an adventure road trip from Scotland to Cape Town in a revamped 1996 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van (Sprinter 208).  What many may consider ...

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Stellenbosch at Summer Place paired to perfection

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Gauteng’s glitzy Winelands affair now even more exclusive Wednesday, 30 October 2013 On 30 October, Gauteng socialites will be able to indulge in the very best the Stellenbosch Winelands has to offer when Sanlam Private Investments (SPI) hosts the fourth ...

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Temporary suspension of Kenya Airways’ flights


Regarding the fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) we would like to inform all our customers and stakeholders that all our incoming and outgoing passengers are safe There will be certain disruptions on our operations and as soon as we ...

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SHTA New Chairman meets Seychelles Tourism Minister


Mr John Stravens, the newly appointed Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) called on Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture at his offices at the National Cultural Center in Victoria to update ...

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SATSA Appoints New CEO


The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Frost as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his position on September 16. Francois Neethling, President of SATSA, commented that, “We are ...

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Women in Hospitality Networking Seminar & Brunch


In celebration of Women’s Month, FEDHASA Cape is hosting a Women in Hospitality Networking Seminar & Brunch on Thursday 15th August at the V&A Hotel. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a sumptuous brunch while three guest speakers – with ...

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Odzala Wilderness camps opens for the 2013 Season

Wilderness serenity

The ground-breaking Odzala Wilderness Camps operated by Wilderness Collection in the Republic of Congo reopened on the 25th of July for the 2013 season. The first guests of the year have already been privileged with extraordinary sightings of western lowland ...

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The Bush Institute at Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel was the African First Ladies Summit

Seen at The Bush Institute at Dar es Salaam Serena hotel were from left to right are; Mrs Laura Bush, Mr Rahim Azad, together with Mr George W Bush at Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel.

Recently hosted by The Bush Institute at Dar es Salaam Serena hotel was the African First Ladies Summit titled “Investing in Women & Strengthening Africa” where former first lady of the United States of America Laura Bush was the guest ...

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Motswari Private Game Lodge wins Gold Class Status for greening


Motswari Private Game Lodge, host to Africa’s Big Five, has achieved Gold Class status on the Heritage Environmental Certification Programme. Having joined the reputable class of Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges in March 2013, this rating is an exceptional accomplishment ...

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Kenya Airways commences direct flights to Kigali & Bujumbura


Kenya Airways has introduced new direct flights from its Nairobi hub to Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura in Burundi as it consolidates its presence in the East African market. The twice daily direct flights, in the mornings and evenings, to ...

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Water Sports in Winter?

Surfing at Big Bay

If you’re on the West Coast, absolutely! Contrary to what one might think, the call of the Atlantic becomes even louder in winter. Just ask anyone emerging from the waters of the West Coast. And while there might be an ...

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