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100-day Countdown to Christening of MSC Meraviglia

Thursday 23 February 2017 marked the 100-day countdown to the christening of MSC Meraviglia. The infographic below details 100 interesting facts about the ship. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/fqmo2HcX0h4

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Exciting Times for Hotel Operators and Investors

While Western European destinations showed little to no tourism growth during 2016, the African continent experienced an increase of 8.1%, according to the United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO). Sub-Saharan Africa’s visitor totals grew by more than 10% year-over-year, the ...

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Planning Knowledge Bubble for SA Travel Trade

The MICE Academy is inviting the southern Africa travel trade to participate in a knowledge bubble session on Wednesday 29 March 2017 that will focus on the particular planning tasks of the travel company. “As an add-on to their client’s travel requirements, the travel ...

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KIA Safety Recall on 2007-2009 Sportage Models

(JOHANNESBURG) February 23, 2017 – Effective today, KIA Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd will conduct a safety recall on 305 KIA Sportage models manufactured in Korea between 9 August 2007 and 22 May 2009 to diagnose the vehicle’s Hydraulic Electronic ...

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Risky Business: How Companies Avoid Pitfalls Abroad

Business travellers who extend their trips for pleasure should be aware that they need to purchase additional travel insurance cover should the leisure portion of the trip comprise more than half the time they are away. With more business travellers ...

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An Ode to the Durban Curry

If you can read this whole story without laughing then you’ve probably never tasted a real Durban curry. I was crying by the end… This witty narration is probably fictional – it was doing the email rounds back in 2008, ...

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Sanlam Top Destination Awards Celebrates Three Years

The annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards, in its third year running, plans to expand this year with additional entries, more guests at the awards ceremony, extravagant décor and further prolific sponsorship opportunities with the theme of Authentically African #MyHeartBeatsAfrica. The ...

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Umhlathuze Welcomes First Pan-African Health Tourism Congress

Africa has been earmarked as a sophisticated healthcare hub as the world takes advantage of the outstanding medical care available on the continent. With this in mind, the City of uMhlathuze will be hosting the first Pan-African Health Tourism Congress from ...

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New Head Chef at Clico Boutique Hotel and Restaurant

Marnus Scholly (pictured above) joined Clico Boutique Hotel in 2015 and has recently been promoted to Head Chef. Commenting on Scholly’s promotion Jeanette Schwegman, owner of Clico, said, “We are excited to announce the promotion of Marnus to the leadership ...

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SAA Offers Special Travel Industry Fares for 2017 Tourism Shows

According to the Africa Travel Association (ATA), a division of the Corporate Council on Africa, exhibitors, buyers and delegates from North America who plan to attend tourism shows in South Africa during 2017 can benefit from affordable fares for travel ...

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Swaziland to Exhibit at #MeetingsAfrica17

The Kingdom of Swaziland may not be Africa’s largest country by size, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for with heart and soul and boasts phenomenal business etiquette. The Kingdom of Swaziland offers a kaleidoscope of travel ...

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SA Athletes Victorious at 2017 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge

The 15th annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge, a race exclusively for athletes living with physical disabilities, was held in George on 18 February where South African athletes dominated in the winners’ circle. The winners in the 42km men’s race was won ...

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New Restaurant Opens in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2

The Alps just got a little closer: “Sportalm”, the latest addition to the wealth of food choices in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2, will appeal to outdoor types with its mountain-themed decor and Alpine specialities. The lower level of the new restaurant – which ...

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Namibia seeks Partnerships for Investment Projects

The High Commission for the Republic of Namibia in Pretoria reports that developers of 14 lucrative Namibian projects will be meeting with potential investors in Johannesburg this week. Over 150 high-level B2B meetings will be taking place. On 23 February ...

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World Pangolin Day 2017: What the Trade Ban Means for Conservation

Pangolins gained the highest level of protection under CITES with the decision to bring in a ban on international trade. In this article, Dan Challender from IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Co-Chair of IUCN’s SSC Pangolin Specialist Group looks at ...

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Partnership to Enhance Travel Data for Hoteliers

When it comes to forecasting hotel booking behaviours in order to maximise revenue strategy, more data is better than less. This is according to IDeaS Revenue Solutions and nSight Travel Intelligence who have teamed up to offer hoteliers a new experience ...

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South African Heads World’s Guides

The World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations has appointed a South African tourist guide as its new President. Alushca Ritchie, a registered tourist guide for the Western Cape, was appointed to head the internationally recognised body at the 17th biennial ...

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Opinion: Lisa Sheard – A Socio-economic Case for Tourism

Lisa Sheard, the Executive Director of Kruger Lowveld Tourism makes some highly relevant observations in her opinion piece on a socio-economic case for tourism in the Kruger Lowveld / Ehlanzeni region and for South Africa: The CEO of South African Tourism, ...

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TBCSA Takes Stock of #SONA2017

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has denounced the chaos and violent scenes that unfolded in and outside of Parliament during the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA), saying that this does not reflect well on the ...

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Richard’s Supper Stage Moves to Rockwell Hotel

Friends and supporters of ‘Richard’s’ and the popular ‘Kaapse Stories from the Mother City’ theatre production will be pleased to know that the show will move to the Rockwell Theatre in the Rockwell Hotel at 32 Prestwich Street in Greenpoint, ...

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Reunion Island to Exhibit at Meetings Africa 2017

Taking place on 28 February and 01 March at the Sandton Convention Centre, Meetings Africa is the ideal opportunity for visitors to meet and connect with the Reunion Island Tourism Board. This year’s theme is focused on sustainability and with ...

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DJ Sbu’s Education Foundation Sets R1M Target For Bursaries

The Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation S.L.E.F 2017 empowerment programme is designed to promote youth propelling forward with their education specifically matriculates entering into tertiary education. In 2017 S.L.E.F has identified successful students who matriculated in Gauteng, Mpumalanga & KZN and ...

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Tourism Safety Communication in South Africa

A focussed public-private partnership approach for the South African tourism industry to positively inform potential visitors on safety and security issues is imperative for the country to compete as a safe destination on the global tourism stage. Here’s the Who, ...

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Garden Route Benefits from Unique Luxury Accommodation

Cape Town, 14 February 2017:  With the addition of a new luxurious apartment for travellers, tastefully decorated to meet the standards of the most discerning tourist, the ever-popular Garden Route region is well placed to cater to the luxury travel ...

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The Role of Tour Operators in Safari Bookings

Research suggests that travellers are changing their safari booking habits by making reservations directly on booking aggregators or directly via the safari lodge or game reserve’s website. So where does this trend leave Tour Operators? Is the traditional travel distribution ...

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Tourism Business Performance Rises In Q4 2016

Despite the tough operating environment, the South African travel and tourism industry experienced slightly better than normal business performance in the last quarter of 2016. By Kagiso Mosue. Against a normal performance score of 100, the industry recorded an index ...

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Recording Wildlife Spotting Online

WildSpots.org wildlife spotters

  WildSpots.org is a free iOS and Android mobile application and website for recording the migration and distribution of individual animal, bird and insect species across southern Africa. Game reserves, wildlife conservancies, NGOs and tourists alike are invited to share ...

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The A-B-C’s of Reunion Island

Réunion Island is a mere 4-hour flight from Johannesburg on Air Austral and South African passport holders do not require visas for this tropical paradise which makes it the perfect destination! Located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and ...

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Exploring Sri Lanka from Tangle to Galle

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) – an island south of India – is renown for its diverse landscape, ranging from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. In this travel destination review, Tourism Tattler correspondent Adam Jacot de Boinod explores ...

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Middle East’s ‘The Hotel Show’ Brand Launches in Africa

The Hotel Show Africa 2017, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 25-27 June 2017, aims to boost the African hospitality market that already has more than 350 new hotel projects in development. dmg events – Middle East, Asia ...

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Join the Global Blog-It Influencer Summit

Tourism Tattler has joined the Global Travel Blogger & Social Media Influencer Summit as a media partner. This event will be convened in India from 26 – 28 September 2017. Bloggers and influencers have emerged as the key channels of ...

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Tips on How to De-stress

The importance of making time for yourself throughout the year cannot be over emphasised. In this article, Diabetes South Africa looks at ways to de-stress your life. By Romy Toussaint. The first thing that comes to mind when you think ...

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Property Profile: Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa

Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa

R28 Million Restoration – A Success Story in The Making After acquiring and investing R28 million into the refurbishment of the Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa, new owners, First Hotels, is seeing the benefits of an eight-figure investment that ...

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The Old-school General Manager

John Cleese Faulty Towes

There’s been something fundamental missing in the last decade of hotel management: the unflashy, workaholic general managers, those who started their careers waiting tables, scrubbing kitchen counters and floors, climbing the ladder, slowly learning ALL of the necessary skills to ...

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HR Issues: Mobile Images & Employee Privacy

mobile phone lock

This court case is important for Human Resource managers as it highlights the fact that although an employee has a right to privacy, it is not absolute and cannot be relied upon by an employee acting with ulterior motives to ...

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Adventure Tourism from a Legal Perspective – Part 8

This series of articles explores the legal aspects associated with the risks of operating an adventure tourism business, with specific relevance to the legal framework applicable to South Africa. (For a summary on this series see end of article). RISK IDENTIFICATION ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 26

The Role of Service Level Agreements. By Adv Louis Nel. (For a summary on this series see end of article). Alternative Dispute Resolutions (Cont’d) As mentioned at the end of my article on standard terms and conditions last month (Part 25 – JAN ...

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Food Tourism: How to Get your Slice of the Pie

Food tourism

Food tourism is all the rage. Just look at the last decade’s vast surge in consumer interest in food and cooking as documented by popular television shows. So how do you leverage this upward trend to get your slice of ...

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Vehicle Review: Mazda2 Hazumi

Mazda2 Auto 1.5L DE

If you’re looking for a ‘not so little’ little car that packs a whole lot of punch, then the Mazda2 Hazumi Auto 1.5L DE is the car for you. By Tessa Buhrmann. I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious and luxurious ...

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#SONA2017 Circus Fails South Africans

The annual State of the Nation Circus on 9 February 2017 has, once again, demonstrated that the people of South Africa cannot rely on Government to do the most basic of leadership tasks, namely to put differences aside and to ...

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Marriott Rewards App for Travellers

DUBAI, UAE – February 10, 2017 – Based on the foundation of actual hands-on guest research and feedback, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) will now offer Marriott Rewards members a dynamic mobile experience personalised for them. Today marks the launch ...

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Tsogo Sun Hotels Sustain KZN Deaf Chef Programme

Oyena Mzamane is one of the many young chefs across Tsogo Sun’s hotels that simply love what they do. Oyena is no different to other chefs except the fact that he is Deaf. In March 2010, Tsogo Sun introduced a ...

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Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs’ enrols 20 businesses for development

Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs’ newest intake of 20 businesses into its 12-month development programme commenced with a two-day induction seminar on 26 and 27 January at the Garden Court OR Tambo hotel, bringing the total number of entrepreneurs supported by the ...

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Hospitality Water-saving Urged by FEDHASA

water saving tips from fedhasa

With the City of Cape Town’s level 3B water restrictions coming into force today (1 February 2017), FEDHASA, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa, has called on its members and the hospitality industry to optimise water-saving and water resource ...

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