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Askari Lodge Rhinos Dehorned

Guvon Hotels & Spa’s, Askari Game Lodge ran a tongue-in-cheek fundraising campaign last year by printing “Horny Forever” promotional aprons. Just over a year later, and minus four rhinos that fell prey to brutal rhino poaching, Askari are packing the ...

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SA Tourism Minister Broaches Immigration Debacle

South Africa’s tourism minister Derek Hanekom has called for urgent discussions between his department and Home Affairs about the detrimental impact that the new immigration regulations might have on tourism. In the media statement posted below (presumably prompted in response ...

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Hotel Verde Achieves LEED® Platinum Certification

Hotel Verde has been awarded the prestigious LEED® Platinum Green Building Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S Green Building Council. Hotel Verde, by BON Hotels, is indeed ’Africa’s greenest hotel’, having just been awarded LEED® Platinum ...

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Great White Shark Behavior

Great White Shark Behaviour Basics: The Great White Shark engages in a number of behavioral and social activities, ranging from courtship to complex social behavior. White sharks are generally very curious animals, they display intelligence and they even socialize if ...

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Lodge Security

Have you ever had a bad experience while staying at a travel destination? I’m referring specifically to things like theft, unforeseen damage to your car, hijackings on arrival… Things you most definitely don’t expect. I recently had a bad experience ...

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Come Sit, Stay & Savour Stellenbosch this winter

Sensory Play & Stay Packages to fulfill your Winelands Bucket List Stellenbosch’s Come Sit, Stay & Savour winter programme invites enthusiasts to swap their winter hibernation for a sensory sojourn in the vibrant City of Oaks and to immerse themselves ...

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Sustainable Tourism Awareness Workshop

City: Pretoria Date: Thursday 26 June 2014 Time: 9h30—13h00 Venue: The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy, 919 Stanza Bopape Street (between Hill – and Orient Street), Arcadia. Cost : R250 pp includes lunch & goody bag RSVP to Sandy ...

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New GM for Avios SA

Dries Zietsman has been appointed general manager for Avios Group (AGL) Limited in South Africa. He will oversee the management of Avios in the local market for the Avios Travel Rewards Programme and British Airways Executive Club. Zietsman is tasked ...

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New GM for Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn

Protea Hotels 2012 General Manager of the Year and current Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town Number One Johan Cronjé will lead the TEAM at what will be Pretoria’s new hotspot when the 178-room Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! ...

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Nairobi’s hotels could grow if stability improves

Kenya’s Nairobi hotel sector has demonstrated an impressive resilience and strength in the wake of a turbulent 18 months and is likely to reach its true potential with a period of political and economic stability. This is the conclusion of ...

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Kenya Visa Required from 1 July

The Kenyan High Commission in SA have announced that South African travellers wanting to visit Kenya will need a visa from July 1, 2014. Ordinary visa applicants travelling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service ...

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Kenya Renames JKIA Terminals

In order to enhance their customer experience and facilitation at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Kenya Airports Authority plan to rename the terminal facilities at the airport. The rename which comes into effect on 30th June 2014 will affect ...

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Tribute to Coelacanth Diver, Peter Timm

Peter Timm, who saw the first living specimen of the coelacanth, passed away on 18th June 2014 at the age of 51. According to The Mercury, Timm was one of three divers reportedly hired by Ezemvelo Wildlife and the SA ...

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Mobile Payment Device to avoid Cash Risks

A young and innovative Cape Town-based financial services company has launched a new mobile payment service that is set to transform the way that Tourism SME’s accept payment from their customers. Using a secure Chip & PIN card reader that ...

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Court Decision Bars Road Across Serengeti

We’ve waited years for this – The The East African Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the Serengeti, banning the government of Tanzania from constructing a paved road across the northern Serengeti. African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), ...

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Emergency Ocean Rescue

For decades, humanity has netted too many fish and trashed the seabed all across our blue planet. But this month we could get a breakthrough to set up a series of sanctuaries where sea life can thrive and live in ...

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Identify Hotel Guests with Google Glass

What if the hotel check-in staff during your next trip knew who you were before you said a single word? By Samantha Shankman. That’s what Itesso, a cloud-native hospitality tech provider, hopes to create with its new Google Glass-assisted check-in ...

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Deadline extended for Lilizela Tourism Awards

Ten Northern Cape establishments have already entered the prestigious 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards and tourism role players still have until Sunday, 29 June, to enter their establishments for this service excellence award. Members of the public then have until 13 ...

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The 7 C’s of buying a diamond

The diamond is symbolic of eternal love and previously celebrated and known through the ages to increase relationships and inner strength. When it comes to buying these rare and precious stones, habitually, one would keep in mind the 4 C’s: ...

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Tour Operators Course for Cape Town

Following demand from the travel trade, an Introductory Training for Tour Operators course is being planned for Cape Town by the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA). The course will be convened in Cape Town from the 25th to 29th ...

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FEDHASA Cape’s 10th AGM marks beginning new chapter

The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa for Western and Northern Cape (FEDHASA Cape) held its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 5th of June 2014 at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. This year’s AGM marked 10 years since ...

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kulula Teams up with AirPlus

Johannesburg, 10 June 2014: kulula.com has teamed up with AirPlus International, a global provider of business travel payment solutions for corporations, to enable travel agents booking on the GDS system to use their AirPlus accounts to pay for kulula flights. ...

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New Reception for Misty Hills

The Recreation Africa group have announced the opening of their flagship hotel, Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa’s new reception. Following a devastating fire last year, the reception has been redesigned to include a magnificent bird-watching walkway, which ...

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Classic Car Show for Charity

The fifth Scottburgh Classic Car Show will be held at the Scottburgh Country Club, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday 20th July. This hugely successful show has experienced dramatic growth since its inception and this year about 6000 visitors and over 450 vehicles ...

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Film Tourism for KZN South Coast

In its endeavours to minimalise seasonality surges and see consistent and increased foot traffic and spend to the paradise of the Zulu Kingdom, Ugu South Coast Tourism recently invited the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s (KZNFC) CEO Carol Coetzee for a sightseeing ...

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Cape Point Breaks Record

CAPE POINT CELEBRATES HIGHEST NUMBERS SINCE 2007 Over 223 000 international and local visitors summited Cape Point on the Flying Dutchman funicular during the 2014 summer season, November 2013 to April 2014, a 4.14% increase compared to the same period ...

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Dubai Restaurant Awarded

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 07 May 2014 – Kerala Kitchen Restaurant Dubai, the authentic taste of Kerala in Dubai today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only ...

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Guvon Hotels Launches GDS Bookings

Guvon Hotels Central Reservations Office has released the following new booking codes for The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort on Randpark Golf Club, as well as All Suite on 14 in Northcliff. “Not only are we streamlining the booking ...

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Delheim Estate Cheese Fondues

Every Sunday from July until end of August For a taste of nostalgia and feel good vibes, find your cosy spot at Delheim, when this legendary Stellenbosch wine farm lifts the lid on its popular Cheese Fondue & Jazz indulgences, ...

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New appointment at Maropeng

Adel Louw has been appointed as Events Executive at Maropeng, effective 1 April. Louw brings over 12 years of local experience in the events industry to Maropeng having previously worked at Glenburn Lodge in Mulderdrift and Valley Lodge in Magaliesburg. ...

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Comair launches Cadet Pilot Training

Johannesburg, 4 June 2014: Comair Limited, operator of British Airways in southern Africa and kulula.com, today welcomed a further two new candidates to its Cadet Pilot Training Programme for 2014, at a ceremony held at the Comair Training Centre (CTC) ...

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UK trade rates Seychelles in Top 10

The UK travel trade has rated Seychelles amongst the Top 10 destinations in the world for the best wedding and honeymoon experience for 2014. The results have been published in the Perfect Places magazine which comes out once a year ...

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SA Tourism Awards entry deadline extended

SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM is pleased to announce that the entry date for the Lilizela Tourism Awards has been extended to 30 June 2014. The extension was granted to allow more time for product owners who have just realized the opportunity ...

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Safari Awards Voting Opens

As a Media Partner, Tourism Tattler supports the The Safari Awards, which principally honour safari properties globally, but also shine the spotlight on conservation organisations, rural charities and conservation individuals. The Safari Awards know that every safari is unique and ...

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Extended Hours for WTM 2014

WTM 2014 Extends Opening Hours to Celebrate its 35th Event. World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is extending the opening hours of WTM 2014 to facilitate even more business as part of its 35th event ...

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Waterkloof adds flair to Father’s Day

Swap the standard boxers-and-tie Father’s Day surprise for an elevated Wine & Dine experience ‘in the sky’, when Waterkloof Estate outside Somerset-West, pulls out all the stops to ensure Dad gets what he truly deserves on Sunday, 15 June 2014. ...

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Why I Love Kenya

Porini Camps / GameWatchers Safaris deserve an accolade for supporting Kenya Tourism’s #WhyILoveKenya campaign to turn the tide of recent negativity. Below is an excerpt from GameWatchers Safaris Newsletter. Editor Sometimes the spotlight that is shone upon Kenya by the ...

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Cover Story – June

Our front cover for this edition features the luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort (read our Property Review on pages 22 – 25). Hoteliers since 1897, Kempinski has travelled the world in search of the most fascinating destinations without forgetting the finest ...

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Winning Comment for May

Congratulations to Elisa Galgut. Elisa’s comment has been chosen as the prize winner for May 2014. Her prize of a Dietz Monarch D10 Hurricane Lantern will be delivered with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – Suppliers of the Finest ...

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SA Tourism Numbers Reach Record High

South Africa welcomed a total of 9,616,964 tourists in 2013, up from the 9,188,368 tourists that visited South Africa in 2012. Tourist arrivals to South Africa in 2013 showed positive growth from all regions. The latest release from Statistics South ...

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Interest in SA shoots up by 250%

South African destinations are attracting more interest, according to a recent TripAdvisor traffic study, which found views of South African destinations listed on the site grew over 250% from 2012 to 2013. The results confirm the recent findings of TripAdvisor’s ...

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9 Essential Skills for Entrepreneurs

Operating a successful tourism business requires certain skills. Test your own proficiency against these nine skill sets. By Thys Buitendag CA (SA). Being an entrepreneur is a demanding but mostly rewarding job. In a large corporate environment there are probably ...

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RETOSA Feature: Namibia

Since a visitor would find it hard-pressed to visit all the sand dunes and intriguing sites of each of the countries in Southern Africa, we will focus this article on Namibia, with mention of its neighbors South Africa, Botswana, and ...

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Is Online Ticketing Safe?

Online ticketing in South Africa is a growing industry as more and more people, across the generational divide, move towards purchasing tickets via the web. But what are online ticketing companies doing to ensure consumers are protected from online fraud? ...

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Tourism Exchange to Promote Africa

The Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) aims to promote Africa to the World by positioning Africa as a sports and events tourism destination. By Myra Rego. SETE further aims to encourage collaboration between the sports, events and tourism industries ...

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Property Review – Kempinski Seychelles

If a 6-star grading exists for accommodation establishments in the Seychelles, that would be my rating for this superb resort. From the friendly and efficient attention of staff on check-in to the luxurious room amenities, wide ranging facilities and ample ...

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POPI Part 13 – Liability & Penalties

Parts 1 to 12 in this series on the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act can be read in back issues of the Tourism Tattler magazine (see page 03 for PDF download links) or by selecting ‘Features’ in the top ...

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Youth Tourism Trends

STAY (Safe Travel Accommodation for Youth) WYSE Association, the global trade body for the youth travel accommodation sector, has launched its seventh annual survey on youth travel accommodation trends. By Laura Daly. The new industry report is based on a ...

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Photography. Part 2 – Depth Of Field

Understanding Depth Of Field Whilst there are many technical aspects relating to this subject, Depth Of Field (DOF) relates basically to the area in the photograph which will be acceptably sharp. By Peter Wickham. There is an area in front ...

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Visa Limitations for South Africans

In the world of fast-paced, global travel, the last thing you want is visa hassles ruining your clients opportunity to take advantage of a special travel offer at short notice. In this article, Mwangi Githahu and Simon Lewis take an ...

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