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Mark Sawkins joins the BON Hotels team

Mark Sawkins, Operations Director at BON Hotels

BON Hotels, a Cape Town-based company that owns, manages and markets hotels, has recently recruited Mark Sawkins as their Operations Director. He joins the growing team, bringing along operational expertise and experience gained from many years in the industry. Born ...

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Bulungula Lodge named Outstanding Eco-Hotel


South Africa has made an appearance on Lonely Planet‘s ‘World’s Most Extraordinary Hotels’ eco-list, with Bulungula Backpackers coming second. Bulungula is a collection of huts overlooking a remote beach on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Jointly ...

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Could a weaker Rand sustain growth in Tourism?


In the midst of varied opinions on the cause-and-effect of a weaker Rand, South Africa is now facing a tough task of sustaining growth in the travel and tourism sector following the major growth spurt reported by the TBCSA/FNB Tourism ...

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SA Tourism Trade Reflects on SONA 2014


“Tourism can do more with greater Government support” says the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). Pretoria, 17 February 2014: The local travel and tourism trade is pleased with President Zuma’s recognition of the country’s significant growth in tourist arrivals ...

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Nigeria’s “Biggest Resort in Africa”


Nigeria’s Ibadan community offers land for tourists centre. The dream of having the biggest modern tourism hub in Africa is gradually yielding fruition as the Ahori village of Oloola clan in Ibadan, Oyo State has presented a document of power ...

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Boycott trade and tourism with Uganda?


Do gay tourists and locals face life in prison in Uganda thanks to tax exempt money US churches send to this African nation? Should the United Nations, including it’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) condemn Uganda? Should organizations preaching responsible tourism ...

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Major Victory in Conservation Battle


Following the feature article “Virunga Under Oil Threat – DR Congo”  published in the Tourism Tattler October 2013 edition (pages 10-11) in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF®) “Draw the Line” petition, a major corporate social responsibility agency has ...

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Durban’s Golden Mile reaches for the Sky


Durban’s Golden Mile has been taken to new heights with the opening of the spectacular new multipurpose venue on the 31st floor of the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel’s Maharani Tower – called Sky – offering possibly the most panoramic views of ...

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Conservation: Unmanned Aerial System – Demo Invite


“Rhino have been on this planet for at least 50 million years. At the current rate of attrition it has approximately 10 years to go! I want the world to know this, and to unite in finding ways to end ...

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Apple Features Great Plains Conservation


Botswana is the star in Apple’s anniversary film “1.24.14” celebrating 30 years since the Macintosh was introduced. Apple’s new film 1.24.14 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Macintosh computer, showcasing people and places in 15 locations around the globe. Great Plains Conservation congratulates Apple on the 30th birthday of the Mac, and thanks Apple for ...

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New MD for Go2Africa


Go2Africa have announced that Gary Lotter, formerly of &Beyond and Springbok Atlas, has joined their team as Managing Director from 3 February 2014. The former MD, Joanne Dickson, has taken on the role of new business development while Gary will ...

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STPP – Network Events


The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme will be presenting a number of workshops during 5 and 6 March 2014 at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga. Workshop 1: Introduction the Sustainable Tourism, the Value of a Tourist and Practical ...

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Drakensberg Cableway – Lifeline to Uplift Poor


The decision by South Africa’s Economic Development and Tourism MEC for KwaZulu-Natal, Michael Mabuyakhulu, not to be deterred by the response from environmentalists and to extend the scope of the proposed Berg cableway into Lesotho and the Free State has ...

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Nominate Your Champions of the Earth 2014


The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) are encouraging the travel trade to submit nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ highest environment award that honours outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of environment, Green Economy ...

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African Suppliers Excited About Inaugural WTM Africa


The inaugural World Travel Market Africa, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 2nd – 3rd May 2014 is attracting exhibitors from all categories of the leisure, luxury travel and meetings industries. Well-known companies already signed up for ...

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European Travel Commission Elects New President


Mr Peter De Wilde, Toerisme Vlaanderen (Belgium), has been elected at the 86th ETC’s General Meeting held on 30 January in Brussels, as President of the European Travel Commission. The appointment of Mr De Wilde will be for a three-year term and follows ...

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SA Tourism appoints Regional Manager for West Africa


South African Tourism is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Lehlohonolo Pitso as Regional Manager: West Africa. As Regional Manager: West Africa, he will implement a marketing strategy for all West African markets and work to develop and grow ...

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Oyster Box Kicks Off 2014 with Awards


The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, South Africa says that it will not rest on it’s laurels in 2014 after garnering another industry accolade at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s inaugural Tourism Awards towards the end of last ...

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Cape Town tops of tourists’ bucket list in 2014


The recent raft of international accolades and awards has secured Cape Town’s position as one of the world’s iconic cities, and highlights its global ranking as the top tourist destination in 2014. In addition to being voted as the World ...

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Tanzania elephant poaching under UN spotlight


Failing to combat poaching of elephants and illegal trade in ivory, Tanzania has been placed under the United Nations (UN) spotlight for possible trade sanctions, while conservationists are looking at international intervention to end crime in poaching of wild species ...

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Incredible Footage: Fish Takes Swallow in Midair


Incredible video footage has emerged of a fish leaping out of the water and plucking a fast-flying swallow out of the air – an event believed to have never before been captured on film. While many fish are known to ...

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Global Tourist Arrivals up by 52 million in 2013


Despite a global economy in ‘low gear’ international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) grew by 5% for 2013. Destinations around the world welcomed some 52 million additional visitors, raising the total to a record 1,087 million, up from 1,035 million in ...

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Destination Update: Kenya


Tourism Tattler asked the Kenya Tourism Board’s Managing Director Murithi Ndegwa, for a couple of bullet points on the countries prospects as a tourist destination. We got more than we expected: Q: What is the impact of the recent Westgate attacks and ...

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Zimbabwe: Interview with Ross Kennedy


Ross Kennedy, CEO of  Africa Albida Tourism, talks about Victoria Safari Lodge, the Green Season and the Tourism Rebate Extension in Zimbabwe. Q: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge turns 20 at the end of 2014. What have been the greatest successes ...

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Madikwe’s male Cheetahs get female companion


The Madikwe Game Reserve’s five male cheetahs finally have a female companion, following the capture of a cheetah in the wild adjacent to the reserve. Unfortunately, they will not enjoy the pleasure of her company for long – she is ...

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Muldersdrift Lodge Joins Heritage Programme


The Valverde Country Lodge, in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa has joined the move to add further value to its sustainable operations through independent audit evaluation – the Heritage Environmental Management Programme. The Valverde Lodge, arguably one of the most popular ...

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Star Grading Unpacked


When talking about hospitality establishments like hotels and B&Bs, referring to their star rating is rather common – but how many of us really know what it all means? How do hotels get graded and what does each of the ...

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The Taxing Problem of Invoice Compliance


For a South African registered Value Added Tax (VAT) vendor to be able to claim back the input VAT (on purchases of goods and services) a tax invoice that complies with the Act, MUST be obtained. By Thys Buitendag CA ...

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February Cover Story


Africa’s potential for regional and domestic travel is set to boom as foreign investment floods the continent and internet accessibility expands. Foreign direct investment continent-wide is expected to reach $56 billion by 2015, from $38 billion in 2012. The World Bank ...

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€14.4 Million Boost to Fund Rhino Anti-Poaching


The fight against rhino poaching has received a boost, with a international pledge of €14.4 million (R232.2 million) to the Peace Parks Foundation. South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Minister Edna Molewa has lauded the R232.2 million grant ...

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Off Road Driving Guide


The following off road driving guide is provided as an educational resource, and is reproduced with acknowledgement to Nissan South Africa. This Off Road Driving Guide has been published as a four-part series in the Tourism Tattler magazine, beginning with ...

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Durban’s Dube TradePort creates new opportunities


A new air cargo carrier is set to commence regular flights into Africa from Durban’s Dube TradePort, home to King Shaka International Airport, in February this year. Khuphuka Kings Airways, a new local airline owned by Khuphuka Investments Holdings, has ...

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Protea Hotel Dives into Zanzibar Market


The Protea Hospitality Group has entered the beautiful tropical spice island paradise of Zanzibar, bringing the exclusive Mbweni Ruins Hotel into the Protea Hotels portfolio. Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is situated on the breathtaking tropical coastline of Zanzibar, only 7km ...

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How to Boost Hotel Room Sales across Africa


Online travel booking agencies are causing waves in Africa as they help hotels and guesthouses to ride the growing tide of internet use and attract new guests from Africa and beyond, writes Des Langkilde. Shaping the African online culture Africa ...

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Say No to Trade in Rhino Horn


The highly questionable motive to reinstate a legalised trade in rhino horn, as is currently being purported by numerous “conservationists” and businessmen in South Africa, is squaring the South African Government up for a nasty and unnecessary fight, especially in ...

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STPP supports Climate Leadership Corps Training


The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) and the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme have announced training dates for the popular Climate Reality Leadership Corps, which currently includes more than 6000 Climate Leaders from over 100 countries. Now in their seventh year, these ...

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Responsible Tourism & the Environment


The Earth Day Network will be promoting its Green Cities campaign on 22 April 2014. Launched in 2013, the Green Cities campaign aims to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three ...

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Ankerdata impress with developing cool idea

Hotel Verde room interior

Ankerdata who have been working closely with the operations team at Hotel Verde and BON Hotels on the property management system protel for “Africa’s greenest hotel” may very well be able to claim a world first in hospitality software technology.  ...

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Artists Confirmed for Colour Me Crazy in Bloemfontein

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The FedGroup Colour Me Crazy, takes place in just under three weeks and the music line-up has been announced! The colourful festival will be taking place on Saturday, 08 February 2014, at Woodlands Conference and Function Venue and will consist ...

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Swiss-Based Etihad Regional Launched In Switzerland

Etihad Regional Photograph (UAE)

First Etihad Regional-branded aircraft unveiled in Zurich Expanded network with 34 destinations offers more choice for travellers Increased feeder traffic into Switzerland promotes tourism and job creation Swiss-based airline Etihad Regional was launched in Zurich today heralding a new era ...

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Property Review – Club Mykonos – South Africa


A Piece of Greece on South Africa’s West Coast Club Mykonos is a popular holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists alike. This unique “Little piece of Greece”, with its flat topped Kalivas and brightly painted ballastrades, doors and ...

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