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Tag Archives: Articles May 2015

SATSA WC Contends SA Visa Regulations


28 May 2015. Following the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Western Cape Chapter AGM meeting held yesterday, the SATSA WC Secretariat, Alushca Richie issued the following report: For months many of us have been waiting with baited breath for ...

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Ethiopia: Top Five Destination in Africa Goal


27 May 2015: The Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) has said it is making strong efforts to promote Ethiopia to the rest of the world towards realizing the vision of becoming among the top five tourist destinations in Africa by 2025. ...

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Tribute to Ms Anitha Soni


Tourism KwaZulu-Natal joins South Africa in mourning of the untimely passing away of Ms Anitha Soni, the former Board Chairperson. Ms Soni played an instrumental role in transforming and setting up key tourism institutions and agencies since 1994, which included ...

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New CEO for Hyundai South Africa


Niall Lynch will take over as chief executive officer (CEO) of Hyundai Automotive South Africa in July 2016, replacing Alan Ross, who has served as executive team leader of this company in the Imperial Group for the past 15 years. ...

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Stellenbosch third time on target at The Drinks Business Awards


Wine Route nominated for Best Contribution to Wine & Spirits Tourism again The iconic Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes has made the sought-after shortlist for The Drinks Business Awards 2015 for the third consecutive year, once again vying for the ...

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Who knew there was so much to do in Vereeniging?

BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal aerial view lr

The Vaal Dam, built during the Great Depression some 77 years ago, over the decades has ebbed and flowed as a popular destination for holiday-makers, conference delegates and pleasure-seekers. Much has changed the landscape of her beautiful river banks – ...

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The Future of Property Management Systems


When is it time to update your property management system? Cloud-based technology has been available to the local market for some time now, but it seems that the industry is dragging its feet on the uptake. The general feeling is ...

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How Sharks fit in with Responsible Tourism


It’s hard to imagine how Great White Sharks fit in with responsible tourism practices, but that’s exactly what a South African tour operating company has accomplished over the past 24 years, writes Des Langkilde. South Africa is acknowledged as being ...

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FlySafair Delivers Excellent Performance


Six months into operations and having reduced prices on some domestic routes by up to 39%, FlySafair attributes its success to its unique, low cost business model. Kirby Gordon, Vice President of Marketing for FlySafair discusses how the airline has ...

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Cover Story – May 2015

Hotel Verde's reception entrance, showing the energy efficient wind turbines

Our cover for May features Hotel Verde Cape Town – ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ – for a while anyway. Because the hotel’s owner, Mario Delicio and his industrious team have just launched Verde Hotels – a hospitality solutions group that aims ...

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Interview with Kuoni Group


If you want your tourism product to be taken seriously, and considered for inclusion by one of the world’s largest B2B wholesalers and online providers of hotel accommodation and land services, you’d better take Responsible Tourism seriously, writes Des Langkilde. ...

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Market Intelligence Report – May 2015


Indications are that business tourism is growing. STR Global data indicate that hotel occupancies are stabilising while average room rates are continuing to improve. Business travellers are more likely to pay higher rates that leisure travellers. ACSA data is showing ...

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Tourism Performance Steady in Q1 2015


Amid calls for calm in various parts of the country, which have seen an upsurge of violence against foreign nationals, first quarter results of the TBCSA Tourism Business Index (“TBI”) show that business performance in the travel and tourism industry ...

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How to Streamline your Tour Operator Business


Surprisingly, there are still tour operators who rely on manual (spreadsheet and other) solutions to run their businesses, which invariably leads to costly errors, resource wastage and loss of business due to the slow turnaround time in getting quotes to ...

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SA’s Visa Immigration Debacle Rages on


The visa requirement for unabridged birth certificates for minors entering South Africa is due to come into effect on 01 June 2015, and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is appealing to the inbound travel trade to unite and ...

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Governments Recognise Benefits of Visa Facilitation


Visa facilitation has experienced strong progress in recent years, particularly through the implementation of visa on arrival policies according to UNWTO’s Visa Openness Report. This largely reflects an increased awareness among policymakers of the positive impacts of visa facilitation on ...

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Rhino Conservation Awards Honour Rangers


Game rangers are the soldiers on the frontlines in the war against the desecration of a species, putting their lives and that of their families on the line for nature conservation, writes Andrew Campbell of the Game Ranger’s Association of ...

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Call for China to Support Africa Conservation


Following Tourism Tattler’s article ‘Taking Responsible Tourism to China’ in the April edition, Dorria Watt follows up with the outcome on Deborah Calmeyer’s presentation to guests at the prestigious ‘Her Village International Forum’ in Beijing, China. So strong was the ...

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Seychelles Biggest Event a Success


For decades the Seychelles has seen activities and events being organized but never before has one event captured the imagination of the people of Seychelles and earned their support. The launch of the Carnaval International de Victoria five years ago ...

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Check List for Eco-Conference Venue Selection


Growing worldwide awareness of sustainability is placing pressure on the events organising industry to move in that direction, or it will surely lose business. Vague statements of being eco-friendly will not do and is simply seen as green washing, writes ...

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Thrivability in Green Hotel Development


A recently launched hotel management company plans to expand its ‘Greenest Hotel’ concept across Africa, and backs-up its claim with some convincing facts and figures, writes Des Langkilde. I’ve always known the verb ‘thrive’ as meaning to prosper or flourish, ...

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Property Review: Hotel Verde Cape Town


The airport industrial area of Cape Town, South Africa is not an address which inspires images of ‘environmentally-friendly’ or ‘carbon neutral’, but Hotel Verde is both these things, writes Kirsten Bohle. Nestled amongst the parking lots of rental car companies ...

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Fostering a Sustainable Hospitality Industry


In celebrating Earth Day 2015, a local green cleaning product manufacturer encouraged the hospitality industry to adopt sustainable practices to safeguard the environment, its guests and its employees, writes Raynique Ducie. How many beds are there in the hospitality industry ...

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Reviving Hotel Legends


The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is well remembered by many through their childhood memories of warm sunshine, sandy feet, family hotels, the charm of seaside resorts and the sound of seagulls calling for their souci, writes Nikki Tilley. Fast forward to ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 10


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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4 Myths Related to Guest Feedback


Here are four common myths that hoteliers believe about guest feedback and online reputation management, and the truth associated with those myths, writes RJ Friedlander. TripAdvisor’s recent TripBarometer Report showed that 60% of hoteliers surveyed were planning on investing more ...

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Pros & Cons of Booking Restrictions


In this article Jean Francois Mourier outlines the most common hotel booking restrictions and when they are and aren’t useful for increasing bookings and revenue. Every hotelier has used a restriction in their pricing strategy at one time or another. ...

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Must Have Apps When Travelling


Business can increase with feature-rich applications that drive interest and engagement, writes Grant Theis of www.ttrumpet.com Today we live in an era of engagement and as customers look to immerse themselves in brands and businesses, feature rich applications that provide ...

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