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Kenya Airways signs code-share agreement with Air Namibia

Dream liner

Kenya Airways has boosted its footprint within the Southern Africa region with the signing of a new code-share agreement with Air Namibia, the national carrier of Namibia. The deal paves way for daily connections between the airlines’ Nairobi and Windhoek ...

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86 Years of “Special Experiences for Special People”

Riviera on Vaal Hotel

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club, known for its special experiences for special people, will be celebrating its 86th birthday on the 29th of August 2013. In celebration of this Vaal River family resort’s birthday, locals and tourists ...

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Live the MasterChef SA experience with Tsogo Sun


If your place on the couch had a ‘Reserved’ sign on it every Tuesday during MasterChef SA last year, then we’ve got good news for you. Not only has MasterChef SA returned for its second season, but this year there ...

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SA Tourism CEO, Mr Thulani Nzima’s Speech at SAACI 2013 Conference


The CEO of SA Tourism, Mr Thulani Nzima addressed delegates at the opening ceremony of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Conference 2013 on Monday 29 July at the Boardwalk Convention Centre, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Below ...

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Minister Van Schalkwyk’s Speech at SAACI 2013 Conference


The Minister of Tourism,  Mr Martinus Van Schalkwyk delivered his key note address to delegates at the opening ceremony of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Conference 2013 on Monday 29 July at the Boardwalk Convention Centre, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. ...

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Winter warms at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa


Winter is a special time at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa situated in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where although temperatures may often drop below minus, this intimate hotel makes up with its warm hospitality and emphasis on food and beverage.  ...

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The Robertson Small Hotel takes the grill to gourmet heights

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Reuben & Co flexes braai-ceps with new tong tricks for Braai Day Want to ignite the gourmet side of the grill? The Robertson Small Hotel adds a tantalising twist to the ultimate South Africans pastime when this 5-star luxury retreat ...

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Wilderness Safaris Launches Pelo Camp in Moremi’s Jao Concession

Pelo Camp-tent beautiful interior

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the opening of Pelo Camp in a remote part of the Jao Concession on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in the north-western Okavango Delta, Botswana. Committed to Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs philosophy ...

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TUROPA DMC, launches B2B online reservation system for UK and Ireland


TUROPA DMC, a leading Destination Management Company in the United Kingdom and Ireland, announces the immediate availability of TUROPAnet in partnership with Illusions Online, the Dubai based and award winning global travel technology company. TUROPAnet will provide tour operators, travel ...

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to open Luxury Hotel in Confucius’ Birthplace

Shangri-La Hotel Outside View

Debuting this August, Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu’s bold modern aesthetic incorporates traditional Chinese design and Confucian motifs By proximity as well as design, the new Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu pays homage to the famous philosopher, Confucius.  Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts ...

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Makuleke Contractual Park wins Community Conservation Award

Chief Makuleke announces the award to his community

Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce that the Makuleke Contractual Park (MCP) has won the Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Award for Community Conservation. Title to the incredibly wild and biodiverse MCP (24 000-hectares in the extreme northern Kruger ...

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Tsogo Sun’s Hotel Complex brings new cullinary hotspot to Durban

The Grill Jichana

                A mecca of gastronomic diversity awaits food-lovers at the newly refurbished Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, a complex that has all the ingredients to become THE culinary hotspot of Durban. No less than ...

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Fishing spots just a stones throw from Johannesburg


Fishing enthusiasts needing a day next to a trout-packed dam can find just what they are looking for without having to drive for hours. Muldersdrift, known best perhaps for its lodges and wedding venues, has various spots offering great fishing opportunities. Kloofzicht ...

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Maropeng’s best site guide moves up the ranks


A trip to Maropeng, the official visitor’s centre for the Cradle of Humankind, would not be complete without a guided tour from one of the resident tour guides who will take you on a fascinating journey back in time to ...

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Wilderness Holdings announces Keith Vincent as CEO

Keith Vincent- Wilderness Newly appointed CEO

The Board of Directors of Wilderness Holdings Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Vincent as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Keith has been acting CEO for the last five months, having previously served for six years ...

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SunCares Arts Programme brings festivity to the school winter holidays


The Tsogo Sun SunCares Arts Academy holiday programme brought the wonder of the arts to 395 children from Mayfair and Diepsloot this winter holiday, through creative learning projects, all designed to help build life skills, self discovery and dynamic and ...

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Stop Hunger now at the SCC


Tsogo Sun supports Stop Hunger Now at the Sandton Convention Centre For the Second year running Tsogo Sun, through their Sandton Convention Centre venue, have partnered with Stop Hunger Now to alleviate the hunger of learners in remote rural areas, ...

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Newmark Hotels, Reserves and Lodges offer an easy “charging policy” for in-house guests


Cape Town, celebrated as one of the most diverse and spectacular holiday destinations in the world, boasts vineyards, mountains, dazzling beaches and incredible wines and cuisine, not to mention one of the natural wonders of the world – Table Mountain. ...

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Zambia’s Protea Hotel Lusaka more than doubles capacity


The popular 100-room Protea Hotel Lusaka, located within the Arcades Shopping and Entertainment lifestyle hub opposite the Mulungushi Conference Centre, is constructing a substantial new wing which will see the hotel grow to 237 rooms. The major expansion project is ...

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Exciting holidays in Sun City

Valley of the Waves

Sun City is for many people Africa’s premier holiday destination. This internationally recognized resort offers a host of accommodation options, leisure facilities and exciting activities to keep all ages entertained. Enjoy golf, game-viewing, gambling and swimming during your vacation at ...

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Naikuni feted for ‘contribution to air transport business’

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Kenya Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Titus Naikuni, has been recognized in the prestigious Airline Strategy Awards 2013. Dr Naikuni received the ‘Airline Business Award’, which recognizes an individual who has made a lasting strategic contribution to the air transport ...

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Thailand reaps rich harvest in top of Traveller’s choice 2013 Awards


Nine of Thailand’s diverse range of tourism spots, products and attractions have been included on the list of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks in Asia. They ranged from long-standing and well-known places such as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and ...

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Super Fast Fibre Optic Bandwidth for African Pride Crystal Towers

AP Crystal Conferencing

  July 2013: The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, which boasts the city’s second largest conference centre after the CTICC, is going live with 50Mbps of pure fibre bandwidth on 17 July 2013. The hotel ...

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Surprises await at Tourism 2020 Dialogue


Recognising the importance of the tourism sector and the role of SMME’s. The Second Annual Tourism 2020 Dialogue promises a few surprises from international and local organisations for small businesses in South Africa. The content of these are highly confidential at ...

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Big 5 Roadshow 2013 – SPECIAL EDITION iFundi – Italy


The format of this year’s Big 5 Roadshow in Italy will vary slightly. The calendar dates for the roadshow will be as follows: Fri. 8th Nov. BARI Sat. 09th Nov. weekend in Bari Sun. 10th Nov. transfer to Bologna Mon. 11th Nov ...

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The Forum – the perfect setting for your next business milestone


In Ancient Rome, the forum was a hub for important meetings and social gatherings, everything from philosophical discussions, judicial hearings and celebrations were housed at the centrally located forum.  Considering the success of such a concept it is apt that ...

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Pampering for body and soul

Shangri-La Vilingili Maldives

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Villingili Resorts and Spa Maldives, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend – a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. This secluded sanctuary is located in its own spa village within the ...

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SunCares Arts Academy at the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre Swanlake


There are few things in life that can take an individual’s aspirations to greater heights than meeting ones icon. This is exactly the opportunity that Tsogo Sun and Montecasino gave to 20 Tsogo Sun SunCares Arts Academy students yesterday. The ...

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Gold Rush. Gold Fever. Golden Wildebeest.


Golden Breeders and Castle de Wildt have pleasure in inviting you to experience Auction Day Dynamics first hand.  Please be our guest at the 2nd Golden Breeders Auction to be held on 14 and 15 July 2013, at Castle de Wildt in Modimolle, ...

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The Robertson Small serves up yesteryear sensations

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Revel in the past and pleasures of the quaint town of Robertson when The Robertson Small Hotel, a 5-star retreat where old-world elegance meets chic sophistication, relives the valley’s golden days with a Remembrance of Things Past Dinner on Saturday, ...

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Kayak Expedition on Lake Malawi


Gravity Adventures (Cape Town) and Nkwichi Lodge have put together a very exclusive, once in a lifetime expedition trip on the eastern shores of Lago Niassa – the wild side of Lake Malawi. Starting from Metangula, the most southerly town ...

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising! The Rattrace 2013 is here!


The Ratt Race is all about having a blast while raising money for the David Rattray foundation which supports locally-based education initiatives, including almost twenty schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Young and old, fit or not, everyone is welcome to participate ...

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Big Bee Festival (Swellendam)


The Big Bee brings you a chain of wild and brilliant surprises from 9 to 11 August 2013 where three days of action, lifestyle, nature and entertainment will become the busiest and most enjoyed weekend you’ve had yet. In celebration of the ...

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Vaal River Meander Wine Route 2013 Celebrates Its 10th Year


Vaalies can now proudly boast the largest and most popular Wine Route in Gauteng – The Vaal River Meander Wine Route, which is celebrating its 10th year and is perfectly positioned to be a charming reprieve from the humdrum of ...

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Townhouse Hotel and Conference Centre rejuvenates kitchen brigade


 Trees Restaurant at the Townhouse Hotel & Conference Centre has recharged its kitchen staff compliment with the appointment of two sous chefs, Philipp Tiede and Yaseen Walters. Jacqui Williams, general manager at Townhouse Hotel, says she’s proud of the exceptional ...

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Southern Africa is a 5-star destination amidst recession

Francois Laurence of Luxury in Southern Africa

New statistics released by PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that even though 5-star establishments accounted for only 5% of available rooms in South Africa in 2012, they generated 12% of total hotel room revenue with occupancy rates at 60%. These rates are estimated ...

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Tsogo Sun adds to growing appeal of Durban’s beachfront

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Adding to the growing appeal of Durban’s beachfront Durban is reintroducing itself to South African and international business and leisure tourists as the beautiful and vibrant beachfront destination it once was – following multi-million rand investment and intensive focus from the ...

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From the Editor’s Desk


It’s July and here on the southern tip of Africa we are into winter, but apart from being cold at nights, it has been mild so far on the Highveld – great weather for domestic holidays over the winter school ...

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Cover Story


Our magazine cover picture features Kora National Park in Kenya. This is a country that has come through some tough political times in recent years, but Murithi Ndegwa, Managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board is determined to ensure that ...

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Singita Kruger National Park appoints a new managerial team

Peter Sawyer: General Manager for SKNP

Singita is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Sawyer as general manager of Singita Kruger National Park (SKNP) from 1 July 2013, and Bazil Roth as lodge manager for Singita Lebombo from 1 August 2013. Prior to joining Singita, ...

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SATSA Market Intelligence Report


This month’s Market Intelligence Report from SATSA has been extracted from data available as at 30 May 2013, by Martin Jansen van Vuuren of Grant Thornton – www.gt.co.za

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Not all visas are created equal


The following are just a few of the comments made beneath certain articles posted on the Tattler website during the month of June 2013: DESTINATIONS Not all visas are created equal Submitted on 2013/06/09 at 6:12 pm We travelled to ...

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Longridge gets thumbs up from TripAdvisor

Longridge Wine Estate & Restaurant

Longridge wine estate and restaurant recently received a Certificate of Excellence from leading travel website TripAdvisor. This prestigious award is granted to only 10% of the top-performing listed global businesses that have earned consistently high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. Tripadvisor.com ...

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Kenya Airways flies the Melodians Steel Orchestra (UK) to Livingstone in Zambia

Melodian steel Orchestra

The internationally acclaimed Melodians Steel Orchestra departed London on board Kenya Airways flight to Zambia to play at the British Embassy in Lusaka for the Queen’s Birthday Party. The orchestra is now in its 26th year and has travelled to ...

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Amorim Cap Classique Challenge Secures Tsogo Sun As Joint Sponsor


Tsogo Sun, South Africa’s leading hotel, gaming and entertainment group, will from this year join international cork supplier Amorim as sponsor of the wine industry’s leading competition for Cap Classique wines.   Amorim has been sponsoring the Cap Classique Challenge since ...

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Kenya Airways applauds Rugby Sevens team for performance in World Cup


National carrier, Kenya Airways, has lauded the Rugby Sevens national team for its sterling performance in the just concluded Rugby World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The Kenyan team emerged fourth during the tightly contested tournament that was won by the ...

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Mombo Camp Top Hotel in Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards


In exciting news for the recognition of the responsible ecotourism industry in Botswana and the Okavango Delta, Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce that Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo) is ranked No. 1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s ...

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Clos Malverne all geared up for bucolic biking bliss


For a leisurely tour of the Stellenbosch Winelands of a different kind, Clos Malverne Wine Estate now saddles up exhilarating eco-biking safaris for enthusiasts to explore, experience and enjoy the splendour of the picturesque Devon Valley…off the beaten track. Hosted ...

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Africa’s hospitality sector poised for recovery and growth


According to latest PwC report, Africa’s hospitality sector is poised for further strong growth in the next five years, despite the stagnating economic climate, writes Lindiwe Magana. Nikki Forster, PwC Leader of Hospitality and Gaming, says: “South Africa’s hotel industry ...

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GEPF invests to boost job-creation and economic growth


The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF)has announced the allocation of R13-billion for investment in various sectors of the economy, including the tourism sector, in order to boost job-creation and contribute to renewable energy, food security and broad-based black economic empowerment, ...

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Germany leads European travel


Research reveals that in Germany, travel agents have a major influence on travel decisions and bookings and that German travellers plan and book their major holidays early. Travel trade promotions have a significant higher importance in Germany than in the ...

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The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade


The illegal trade of animals or animal parts has become one of the most lucrative black market activities in the world. Driven by the promise of high profit margins, poachers in Africa – namely militias, armed groups, and insurgent groups ...

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Rhino Knights Update


Isabel Wolf-Gillespie reports on her progress since departing on her arduous 10,000km journey in May to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s dwindling rhino population. Today is the 23rd of June and four weeks have passed since my last ...

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Magical Kenya


Kenya is determined to grow its tourism arrivals from both regional and long-haul international markets and is keen to engage with the travel trade to make this happen, writes Des Langkilde. Muriithi Ndegwa, Managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – July


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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Property Review – Ubizane


Ubizane – The Place of Calling Ubizane Wildlife Reserve in South Africa lives up to its isiZulu name as a place that invokes natures call to experience her abundance of flora and fauna – natural assets that are as unique ...

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Tsogo Sun supports WPRI development

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Three youngsters have earned Western Province Rugby Institute bursaries for 2013, as part of Tsogo Sun’s new sponsorship deal with Western Province Rugby. Promising WPRI players Wesley Adonis, Michael Haznar and Alvino Montjies were officially presented with their bursaries at ...

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Restaurant Review – BiCE Hyde Park


Real Italian fine dining lights up Hyde Park Experience an authentic Italian journey of taste and flavour at BiCE Ristorante was the invitation. Who could resist that? Certainly not me, writes Tattler editor, Marjorie Dean. I have driven past the ...

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The New POPI Act – PART 3


The New Protection Of Personal Information (POPI) Act – PART 3 – PRINCIPLE #2 – PROCESSING LIMITATION: PART 1 ‘Processing’ is defined as to ‘collect, disseminate or merge’ personal information (‘PI’).   POPI applies to collection by whatever means the ...

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Email Marketing


– PART 3 – Newsletter Design Writing email content is one thing but getting your email prepared and ready for viewing by your subscriber audience is quite another, writes Pieter Philipse. All our good intentions and valuable content can be ...

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Greed beats logic: why a legal rhino horn trade won’t work


Further to the article ‘To Breed, to Dehorn or to Poison?‘ that I posted under the Tourism Tattler’s ‘Conservation’ subject header in May, this article by guest blogger Paul Newman – Press & Communications Officer at Environmental Investigation Agency takes an ...

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IHG Rewards Club Launches Worldwide


New benefits including free internet for Elite members take effect from today. South Africa, Johannesburg, 01 July 2013 IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today launched IHG® Rewards Club, its enhanced, industry-leading loyalty programme, formerly called Priority Club® Rewards. IHG Rewards Club ...

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Win a 4 Night Getaway in Plettenberg Bay


THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED “What is the name of the Health Spa at Whalesong Hotel & Hydro?” The first correct entry drawn after the closing date of 27 July 2013 will win a four-night stay for two adults sharing a ...

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If you were choosing company – whose company would you choose?


SATIB Insurance Brokers has been providing specialist cover to the tourism and leisure industries for over twenty years and is proud to be considered by many as the leader in this market. From humble beginnings pioneering insurance for wild game ...

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