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Muldersdrift Junior Chefs Sharpen Skills

A handful of junior Muldersdrift chefs and assistant chefs have recently completed a series of workshops hosted by the Guvon Academy, the training facility of Guvon Hotels. The skills upliftment programme benefits the individuals who participate, the restaurants they work ...

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Scents and Sensibility

A fresh look at bespoke amenities for the hotel industry. Go on, admit it, you have checked out of your hotel room with a little something tucked away under your favourite pair of jeans in your suitcase – the slippers, ...

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Orion Hotels take entire portfolio to the cloud

The hospitality industry has often suffered criticism for being slow on the technology uptake, especially when it comes to cloud technology. The Orion Hotel Group, who have fourteen hotels in Southern Africa, have recently taken a giant leap into the ...

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Conference on Conferencing & Events

A brand new conference is being launched for the South African Events Industry that aims to address the numerous and serious risks involved in Conferencing and Events Management from the perspective of the events manager. Aptly titled Eventually™ the conference ...

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Etihad Airways relocates to new premises

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has relocated to new premises in Sandton, Johannesburg. The move is a result of the expansion of its operation within the region, and will provide increased access for trade ...

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Group73 Announce Next 24 Hour Survival Course

Group73’s next Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Adult course takes place on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of August 2015 in the majestic, mountainous Magaliesberg region of Gauteng in South Africa. As always, Group73 and the Bear ...

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A good tourism industry is good for Seychelles

“A good tourism industry is good for Seychelles and each citizen should bear this in mind”. The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange echoed these words during an interview he gave on the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation’s popular News ...

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Balloon Safari Excellence Accolade

With the recent award of a Certificate of Excellence from the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris has cemented its position as one of South Africa’s most popular travel experiences. The award celebrates attractions listed on ...

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New Gauteng Sales Manager for Protea Hotels

Protea Hotels is thrilled to announce the return of Jacky Maulgueto the Protea Hotels fold in her new position as Protea Hotels Regional Sales Manager – Gauteng (Corporate), starting on 3 August 2015. Having been with the Protea Hotels Group ...

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Three Prestigious Awards for Pretoria Hotel

The Menlyn Boutique Hotel is proud to announce that they have recently been nominated for three prestigious awards; namely the World Luxury Hotel Awards, the Lilizela Awards and the World Boutique Hotel Awards. The magnificent five-star hotel dominated at the ...

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Protea Hotels appoints new Sales Manager

Protea Hotels has appointed Gareth Venner as Group International Sales Manager, a promotion from his current role at Protea as Regional Sales Manager for Gauteng. Armed with a qualification in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Gareth moved to Scotland to do ...

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Fish Hoek pupil wins Hospitality Bursary

International Hotel School “boot camp” challenges hosted at Peninsula All-Suite Hotel Matric pupil Brad Taylor of Fish Hoek High was awarded the coveted R225 000 International Hotel School (IHS) bursary to study Hospitality Management after earning top marks in a ...

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Shipwrecked in Port Edward

For more than a decade, Port Edward residents on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast have commemorated the lives of the passengers of Portuguese ship, Sao Joao. The ship was wrecked on rocks outside Port Edward in 1552 on its return journey ...

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Guvon Hotels & Spas Warms Mandela Day

Main image: Guvon Hotels celebrating its milestone of 67 Blankets for Mandela Day. “I never thought I would learn how to crochet at my age”, it echoed around the passages of the six Guvon Hotels and four Spas, as well ...

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Seychelles Tourism Board brings trade on SA road show

Main image: Seychelles travel trade participants from the 2014 South African road show. The Seychelles Tourism Board and 15 trade partners will be heading to South Africa next week to market the destination and generate business for the destination’s product ...

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Hotel Verde, Cape Town Achieves Global First

Hotel Verde, in Cape Town South Africa, has just been awarded a second LEED® Platinum Green Building Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) making Hotel Verde the first hotel globally to achieve a double Platinum certification for ...

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Waterkloof Estate warms up with a hearty Winter Platter

Waterkloof Estate is warming up with a hearty Winter Platter. Bring on the big chill as Waterkloof, the arresting cellar ‘in the sky’ outside Somerset West, famous for its award-winning architecture, elegant wines and omnipresent views, gives reason to embrace ...

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Airline Tickets: Biggest Online Purchases in SA

The 2014 South African eCommerce Report shows that airline tickets are the biggest online sellers among South Africans with 68.09% of online purchases attributed to plane tickets. Turkish Airlines has reaffirmed this statistic by revealing a 5% year-on-year increase in ...

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Celebrating all things Portuguese & Mariner’s Mass

This year’s Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival takes place once again at Fazenda’s Mac Banana’s in Munster on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Growing from strength to strength it is promising to be one of the absolute `must do’s’ ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label

The Seychelles’ Ministry of Tourism and Culture will be signing an agreement with the Fair Trade Tourism soon so that it can sell all Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label certified hotels as sustainable products of Africa. This was announced during a ...

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Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Hosts Top Buyers

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) has teamed up with leading international tourism players to position the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as a global tourism destination. These partnerships have seen a number of international travel agents and tour operators coming in numbers to explore some ...

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Cape Town Hotels No.1 for Online Reputation

Cape Town’s hotels are rated tops for their online reputation, according to a new report issued by PwC. The city’s hotels take the number one spot for their service, location and value. Johannesburg comes in third behind Vilnius, with Edinburgh ...

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Long-haul Travel Sentiment: Europe

Travel sentiment in Europe’s key long-haul travel markets proves upbeat for the summer travel period as shown by the latest results of the Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey, a joint initiative of the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association ...

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Continental Tyre SA Appoints New Managing Director

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 07 July 2015- Continental Tyre South Africa today announced the selection of Shaun Uys (45) as its new Managing Director (MD). Currently head of Marketing & Sales Replacement Tyres South Africa and Sub Sahara, Uys will ...

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Faircity Hotels Appoints New Managing Director

Main Image: Fairfield’s Quatermain Hotel Entrance (Sandton Business and Conferencing Hotel, with a focus on leisure on the weekends). Since its inception in 2007, Lukas van der Westhuizen has held the portfolio of Faircity Hotels and Apartments Business Development Director. ...

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Reinstatement of Annual Star Grading System

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), a unit of South African Tourism, today announced a decision to revert to the Annual Star Grading System. This follows extensive consultation with various industry stakeholders on the revision of the 3-Year ...

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Wildtrak Ready to Take on the World

The new Ranger Wildtrak, the ultimate model in the Ford Ranger line-up, made its global debut on 10 June 2015, ready to take on the world with a new array of smart technologies and an even bolder look for one ...

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Cover Story – July

Our cover for July is dedicated to the National Arts Festival – a major tourist attraction, and an important event on the South African cultural calendar. It is also the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. ...

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2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards Judging

Earlier this year, South African Tourism invited members of the tourism industry to form part of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards adjudication panel. This invitation was well-received, with the cream of the industry offering to do service on the Lilizela ...

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Interview with Simon Press – WTM 2015

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South African Tourism Sector in Crisis

The South African government’s ‘Unfriendly approach’ to the Visa regime is negatively impacting African and Overseas tourist arrivals to South Africa, and the tourism industry, reports Grant Thornton. South Africa’s Tourism sector is entering its first serious crisis stage as ...

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South African Credit Card Fraud Increases

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) is concerned over the increase in card fraud. The banking industry’s gross fraud losses due to South African issued credit card fraud increased by 23% from R366m in 2013 to R453.9m during ...

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Managing Credit Card Fraud in Tourism

The tourism industry is a popular target for credit card fraud, according to a leading payment services provider – but there are ways to manage the risk, writes Elzaan Rohde. “Accommodation establishments like hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs are especially vulnerable ...

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South Coast Tourist Attractions

There’s a lot to keep anyone busy along the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, especially in terms of tourist attractions in South Africa that cater for families, writes Des Langkilde. Last month I wrote about the activities that I experienced during ...

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Conscious Conferencing

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch coined the phrase ‘Conscious Conferencing’. Des Langkilde investigates this claim and finds it to be more than just a marketing ploy – it’s an historical commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices. Following my Spier ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 12

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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Language: USP or Barrier?

In the hospitality and tourism industry we all try to push our unique selling points (USP’s) and differentiate our products and services. Yet, how many have considered the edge language can have on the bottom line? asks Charlene Nieuwoudt. “Your ...

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‘Expatria’ – a potential Tourism Source Market?

If ‘Expatria’ – an imaginary nation of expatriates/immigrants – were a nation, it would be the fifth most populous on the planet. In this article William Purbrick quantifies the demographics and size of this potential tourism source market. First off, ...

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Seven Tips to Improve your B2B Marketing

– Part 2 – In the June edition of Tourism Tattler, I wrote Part One of a three-part series that outlines seven tips for B2B companies to increase the ROI on their marketing efforts, shorten the sales cycle and increase ...

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