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WTM Africa named Best Joint Trade Exhibition

WTM Africa has been awarded the title of Best Joint Trade Exhibition in the 6 001 – 12 000 sqm category at the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) ROAR awards in Johannesburg on 26 January 2017. The AAXO ROAR ...

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WildArk Announces First Conservancy Acquisition in South Africa

International Rugby star David Pocock of Australia, will kick off his six-month sabbatical in South Africa next week (Friday February 3, 2017), joining newly established conservation organisation WildArk to announce the acquisition of its first wildlife conservancy, in partnership with ...

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Cape Town Hotel’s Bucket Brigade Recycles Water

Many Capetonians in the CBD may have noticed men and women watering plants on traffic islands with buckets. Investigations reveal them to be staff members of the Townhouse Hotel on the corner of Mostert and Corporation streets, who are helping ...

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Sale of Illegally Poached Abalone Must End

The South African Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has allegedly awarded an irregular contract worth R60 million to sell confiscated abalone. According to the Sunday Times, the contract was awarded to a company called Willjarro and has been suspended ...

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Republic of Belarus Launches 5-day Visa-free Policy

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has expressed its full support to a decision by the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travellers from 80 countries. The measure aims to advance seamless travel and attracting ...

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Potential SA Legislative Impacts on MICE

According to The MICE Academy, two pieces of legislation that are currently being debated or promulgated in South Africa could have far-reaching impacts on two prime supplier niches in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Staging & Production Moves ...

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#MeetingsAfrica17 to Focus on Sustainability

Sisa Ntshona, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South African Tourism, reinforced the importance of the business events industry to the continent’s economy during the launch of Meetings Africa 2017 held in Johannesburg on 18 January. Regarded as Africa’s premier business events ...

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Renaissance® Hotels Arrives In Lagos

LAGOS, NIGERIA – 24 January 2017: Renaissance Hotels, the brand known around the world for helping business travellers discover unexpected experiences, has announced the opening of its first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa — the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel. Located in ...

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The Boma Dinner & Drum Show Relaunches

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, a “must do” Victoria Falls experience, has just got a lot more bite, with a focus on the refreshment and modernisation of its food and entertainment elements now completed. An official relaunch event, ...

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PMAESA Endorses Alain St.Ange for UNWTO Top Post

The Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), based in Mombassa, Kenya, has pledged its support of Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Ports are an ...

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Tourism to Spearhead #Uganda Economy in 2017

The Ministry of Tourism in Uganda has declared that the year 2017 is a massive year for tourism sector development in the country. The country has embarked on the tasks of tourism promotion and conservation agencies in order to initiate ...

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Camaraderie in Race for UNWTO Top Post

A wonderful demonstration of ethics and values was evident at the launch of the campaign hosted by the Brazilian Ambassador in Spain for the upcoming elections for the post of Secretary-General for the UNWTO by Marcio Favilla at the Brazil ...

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Colours and Characters of the Karoo

South African Tourism hosted the travel trade in the Karoo region of South Africa and gave a variety of tourism facilities the opportunity to present what they had to offer to local operators who are responsible for packaging and selling ...

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Elephant Killing: A Threat to Tanzania Tourism

  Elephant poaching in southern Tanzania wildlife conserved parks is under the spotlight by wildlife conservation groups worried over negative economic consequences. A recent report on elephant poaching had indicated that Tanzania has been losing big numbers of elephants in southern ...

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Seychelles Candidate for UNWTO Secretary General heads for Madrid

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the UNWTO, left the Seychelles on Monday afternoon via Ethiopian Airlines and arrived in Madrid last night, ready to present his official documents and formalise his candidature this week. As he ...

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New Waterpark Attraction opens in Surat, India

Polin Waterparks debuted its King Cobra waterslide among a wide variety of other waterslides at the new Amaazia Amusement Park that opened in December 2016 in Surat, India. The port city, known for its diamond industry, now can boast another ...

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Boom Times for Outside MICE Caterers

An estimated 30% increase in Gauteng year-end functions went to outside catering services in the final quarter of 2016.  According to Helen Brewer of The MICE Academy, corporate entities who decided to have a variety of gatherings with catering did so ...

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La Petite Ferme Expands Horizon with New Chardonnay

The Franschhoek estate’s magical vista is resplendent in its latest barrel-fermented wine There are few places with views that match wine so exquisitely as La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek. Now, the boutique winery complements its exquisite rainbow palette of premium ...

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Celebrate Moments with Champagne at Tsogo Sun

There is no other wine that captures the romance and joy of a single moment as when the foil of a bottle of Champagne is peeled. The cork pops, the bubbles fizz and the enticing wine bursts out of the ...

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FEDHASA Announces Resignation of Cape Chairperson

Rob Kucera has officially announced his resignation as Chairperson of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) Cape Board. “It is with deep sadness that I must resign as Chairperson of the FEDHASA Cape Board, as I have accepted a ...

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Tsitsikamma Cattle Baron Reopens

The Cattle Baron Seafood Grill & Bistro has re-opened its doors on the shores of the Storms River Mouth in the Eastern Cape’s popular tourism attraction of Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. The restaurant and adjacent Parks Shop was burnt ...

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New Vice President Sales for Lufthansa Group

Mrs. Heike Birlenbach has been appointed Vice President Sales EMEA Lufthansa Group Airlines effective as of 1 January 2017. Birlenbach previously held the position of Vice President Sales Europe. In her new position, Birlenbach will not only be responsible for all sales ...

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Southern Thailand Flood Situation Update

The flooding in Thailand’s southern region is currently affecting various areas of southern Thailand, due to heavy monsoon rains over the weekend. However, all land and air transportation are operating as usual. Phuket and Phang-nga in the Andaman coastal area and Hat Yai ...

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Small Denomination Notes for Travellers to Zimbabwe

South African business travellers to Zimbabwe should carry small denomination notes as they will receive change in bond notes which cannot be used outside Zimbabwe or converted back into hard currency. Travel management company Corporate Traveller issued the advisory following ...

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New Year Message from UNWTO

Dear friends, I write to you as I begin my final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position I have been privileged to hold for almost seven years at an Agency I have been proud to serve for the past decade. ...

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ICTP Statement: Jordan & Berlin Terror Attacks

On behalf of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners, I would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to the victims and their loved ones affected by the criminal attacks in Jordan, and in Berlin during December 2016. Both incidents ...

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SAA Museum Society

If cultural, heritage or nostalgia tourism are niche sectors that your business focusses on, then the South African Airways Museum Society (SAAMS) is definitely worth including in itineraries. Here’s why. By Des Langkilde. Conveniently positioned on a tract of land ...

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WiFi at Safari Lodges: A Key Influencer?

A Big Five safari is all about the sightings and experiences. Sharing the thrill of these experiences with friends and family on social media is what travellers do. But internet connectivity at game reserves can be sporadic, if available at ...

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Social Impact Initiative in Ethiopia

Valerie Bowden, the author of ‘Backpacking Africa for Beginners’, has an inspiring story to tell. And it’s not about her book. By Des Langkilde. It’s about a snack made from Teff and a business that she plans to use as ...

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Stakeholders Lack Confidence in Tanzanian Tourism Minister

Prof. Jumanne Abdallah Maghembe, the current Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism for the United Republic of Tanzania, met industry representatives over government demands of a $2,000 licence fee, irrespective of the size of the company in question, and for ...

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Good Service Seeds Future Tourism Growth

These days, travellers do not vote only with their feet when dissatisfied with the quality of service they receive. They also vote with their fingers, sharing stories of their experience with friends and posting messages on social media. By Brett ...

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Open Letter: China’s Wildlife Crimes in Namibia

In this Open Letter to China’s Ambassador Xin Shunkang, Dr Chris Brown, CEO of the Namibian Chamber of Environment, demands that the Chinese government takes responsibility and leadership in addressing the illegal trade in wildlife and commits to stopping all ...

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Reunion Island: The Ultimate Nature & Leisure Destination

Covering an area of more than 2500km² and the largest island in the Mascarene archipelago, Réunion Island is an Indian Ocean destination you don’t want your tourism clients miss out on. Quick Facts Réunion Island, a French department in the ...

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Unpacking Star Grading

What exactly does the term “star graded” mean and what is the significance of such a rating for hoteliers and their guests? By Richard Bray. In a nutshell, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has a set grading ...

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Five Steps to a Successful Towel & Linen Reuse Scheme

Hotel approaches to towel and linen sustainability vary considerably. Here are five simple steps to getting it right. By Jeremy Smith. 1: Use The Most Environmentally Friendly Materials Possible W Hotels in North America have launched a new range of ...

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Hotel Study: Plans for Attracting Guests

Improving guest experience through technology spurs 74% of hotels and resorts to implement location-based technologies to tailor services. By Jeff Schmitz. Results of the recently released global Zebra Hospitality Vision Study – a body of research that analyses the hotel ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 25

The Role of Service Level Agreements By Adv Louis Nel. (For a summary on this series see end of article). Disputes: You Don’t Have To Go To Court! As suggested in my article on standard terms and conditions last month, ‘A further ...

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Adventure Tourism from a Legal Perspective – Part 7

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. Summary: Part 1 in this series provided definitions for the term Adventure, ...

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Promoting Domestic Tourism in South Africa

Through their support of Fikile Hlatshwayo’s book ‘Blacks Do Caravan’, South African Tourism aims to inspire families to travel. The book encourages South Africans to visit local destinations and to discover the therapeutic nature of camping along with the inherent ...

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Which is Best for Start-Ups: PR or Advertising?

There’s a misconception held by many business owners that public relations (PR) and advertising are completely interchangeable (in terms of the benefits that they offer), but that isn’t true. While each has benefits, there are many reasons that PR is ...

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Predictions for Native Advertising in 2017

Native Advertising definition: Paid content that matches a publication’s editorial standards while meeting the audience’s expectations. Facebook and Twitter fail this definition because neither are publishers. The same is true with Google AdWords. Source: www.copyblogger.com No one knows exactly what ...

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Turkish Airlines Adds Kharkiv To Fight Schedule

Turkish Airlines now adds Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, to its extensive flight network, beginning March 30th. Kharkiv flights will be operated 4 times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This figure will increase to 7 times ...

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Tourism Security: A Comparison on Safety Tips

Like many other tourist destinations in the world, it could be argued that South Africa has some way to go to manage the trade-off between providing information to travellers about safety and security considerations versus the important task of growing ...

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Weather Takes Toll on @Cape2Rio2017 Boats

Iconic South African yacht Trekker II, skippered by legendary sailor Bertie Reed at the 1982 Cape2Rio, has been forced to retire from the 2017 Cape2Rio presented by Maserati. Trekker II ran into trouble just two days after the start of ...

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ACSA to Cut Tariffs by 35.5% from 1 April 2017

Johannesburg, 5 January 2017 – Airports Company South Africa today announced that a new permission to levy airport charges at its airports was promulgated on 23 December 2016 and the resultant impact on airport charges was published in the Government ...

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Nigeria and Seychelles Seek Consolidated Tourism Industry for Africa

Minister Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister responsible for Tourism, Information and Culture, visited the Seychelles on a fact finding mission yesterday (2nd January 2017) where he met with Alain St.Ange, the island’s former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who is now ...

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Argentina Exempts VAT on Hotel Stays

VAT on hotel stays for non-resident tourists to Argentina can be refunded as from 02 January 2017. This levels the playing field for Argentina to compete against other South American countries who exempt VAT for inbound tourist hotel stays. “Last Friday the ...

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