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Teachers take a break with chess

More than 200 Tsogo Sun Moves for Life chess teachers from disadvantaged schools around Gauteng took a well-earned break from teaching last week on 20, 22 and 23 October to participate in the 2015 Teacher Tournaments and Award Ceremonies at ...

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Partnerships build sustainable programmes

Since the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in Johannesburg in 2002, cross-sector partnerships have become increasingly prevalent. They have been adopted by many governments, businesses, civil society groups and international agencies as a mechanism for dealing with ...

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Tsogo Sun chefs set to shine in 2015 Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year Finals

Two Tsogo Sun executive chefs and one Tsogo Sun culinary team of four will be competing in next week’s finals of the prestigious 2015 Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year competition, taking place on 10 September in Umhlanga, Durban. ...

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Loyiso Bala inspires Arts Academy kids in Diepsloot

Participating in the arts can add great value to anyone’s life, multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Loyiso Bala told youngsters of the Tsogo Sun Arts Academy at Diepsloot Primary School on a recent visit to encourage and motivate them. “There ...

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Fun and games for chess kids at Kasparov festival

More than 100 youngsters from the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess programme had their chance to rub shoulders with chess greats at the prestigious Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) Africa’s Chess Millionaires Festival at Montecasino recently, when the precinct hosted ...

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kulula celebrates arrival of new Boeing

Yesterday (26 August 2015), kulula.com passengers travelling from Jo’burg to Cape Town were in for a big surprise when they found themselves on the celebratory flight of a brand spanking new Boeing Next Generation 737-800. The award-winning low-cost carrier rolled ...

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Finally! In-House Guest messenger service

After years of outsourcing digital communication to guests, getting wires crossed and mixing messages, the task of automated e-mailing and text message services can be done in-house via hotel management property systems. Ankerdata’s protel cloud-based system has developed an instant ...

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South African Immigration Regulations Update

Pretoria, South Africa, 12 August 2015: President Jacob Zuma has announced the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee (“IMC”) to address the unintended consequences of the immigration regulations on various sectors, including tourism and investment. President Zuma made this announcement yesterday, ...

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Rwanda Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Tourists from Around the World Will Travel to Rwanda for the 11th Annual Kwita Izina, Themed “Conserving Now and For the Future” Kigali, Rwanda – On September 5th, 2015, the Rwanda Development Board will host the eleventh annual Kwita Izina ...

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Cover Story – August 2015

Adventure tourism is a sector of the travel industry that our August edition cover sponsor, SATIB Insurance Brokers have specialised in for many years. Obtaining tailor-made liability risk transfer cover for adventure operators is no easy task, considering the diversity ...

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10 Tips for Change

In this first part of an ongoing series of articles on office automation for Tour Operators, Linday de Heer provides useful advice and tips to help find your way when changing office procedures. “Change is the heartbeat of Growth” (Scottie ...

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SA Tourism Review Report

A panel of experts have reviewed how South African Tourism is responding to the dynamics of the national and international tourism sector and has made recommendations to guide its future strategic direction, writes Des Langkilde. The SA Tourism Review Committee ...

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Lilizela 2015 Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the Lilizela Tourism Award finalists. Their achievement represents recognition from both their clients, and the travel trade at large for their respective commitment to service excellence and innovation, which contributes to growing South Africa’s global destination competitiveness, writes ...

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Agritourism Tips for Tour Operators

Redberry Farm opened in 2000, and fifteen years down the line run a successful agritourism business alongside their commercial fruit production. In this article Sharon House provides a few tips for Tour Operators to arrange successful agri-tour groups. When is ...

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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain, an official New7Wonder of Nature. The Cableway takes visitors to the summit of Table Mountain in less than 5 minutes, and the cable car’s rotating floor ...

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South Coast Tourism Cuisine

There’s more to the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, than just the activities and attractions that I’ve reported on previously – there’s the food too, writes Des Langkilde. In the June edition I wrote about the activities that ...

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Skills Development Levy Refund

Did you know that South African registered businesses can get a portion of their Skills Development Levy (SDL) back each year? Charmaine Pratt explains how. What is Skills Development Levy (SDL)? SDL is a levy imposed by the South African ...

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VAT in the Tourism Industry

Value Added Tax (VAT) charged to clients in the Tourism Industry can be a mine field, writes Thomas Joubert. In the tourism industry, not only does one need to look at the costs of putting together the trip, where there ...

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Tourism Market Intelligence Report – August 2015

This market intelligence report information below was extracted from South African source data available as at 01 AUGUST 2015. By Martin Jansen van Vuuren of Grant Thornton. The data from Statistics South Africa shows the continued decline in foreign tourist ...

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Rhino Award Winners

The heroic actions of those that fight for the conservation of rhino were recently acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded at the 2015 Rhino Conservation Awards, writes Andrew Campbell of the Game Ranger’s Association of Africa. At the gala-dinner ceremony, held on ...

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Three Industries – One Event

The annual Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), now in its fifth year, is the only event of its kind in Southern Africa and provides a platform that brings together businesses from the Sports, Events and Tourism industries, writes Jacques ...

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Hospitality Profile: Mantis Collection

As Mantis strives to offer travellers the most exceptional properties and authentic experiences imaginable, the company is proud to introduce Bush Lodge on ‘Amakhala Game Reserve, who join Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve and Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa in ...

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Property Profile: Bush Lodge at Amakhala Game Reserve

Bush Lodge at Amakhala Game Reserve, located in the Malaria free Eastern Cape province of South Africa, near Addo Elephant Park, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth, is a 5-star Game Lodge nestled in the bush at the top of a vast ...

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Property Profile: Plettenberg Park Hotel

Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa is poised in exquisite beauty on the Robberg Peninsula in Plettenberg Bay. Here guests can escape to a natural paradise where time stands still as nature unfolds. Marketed by Mantis, the hotel is situated in ...

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Waffling on about Waffles

My misconception of waffles being a mere base for sweet desserts has been dispelled since visiting the Waffle House in Ramsgate, South Africa, writes Des Langkilde Waffle: (noun) ‘A light crisp cake made of batter and baked in a waffle ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 13

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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Adventure Tourism Growth

The latest edition of UNWTO‘s ‘Global Report on Adventure Tourism’ cites Visa Facilitation as one of the most important areas to adventure tourism growth for destinations, writes Des Langkilde. In the foreword to Volume nine of the UNWTO’s ‘Global Report ...

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Getting Started with Social Media

The social media bubble is expanding fast, with more interactive platforms coming online by the day. In this article, Tyne van der Merwe explains where to get started. All social media works off the same premise…they are interactive platforms, which ...

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Avitourism in South Africa

In this article Leon Marais of Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife & Custom Safaris Tours offers tips for Tour Operators and accommodation establishments who may want to attract the growing avitourism market to South Africa. While South Africa is firmly on the ...

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Risk in Adventure Tourism

Adventure Tourism header image: Downhill Mountain Biking courtesy of Downhill Adventures. The business of providing adventure activities to tourists is a contentious issue when it comes to securing risk transfer via short term insurance. The reasons are as complex as ...

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Etihad – Business Traveller Awards

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won three accolades at the Australian Business Traveller Awards, including the coveted title of Best Airline. It also won the awards for Best First Class and Best Arrivals Lounge. ...

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