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aha Makalali Completes Private Tented Camp

aha Makalali Private Tented Camp, situated within the Makalali Private Game Reserve and just 30 minutes’ drive from the aha Makalali Private Game Lodge, has been completed. Neil Bald, CEO of aha Hotels & Lodges says “This exclusive camp is ...

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Poor Viz Delay ORTIA Flights

Kempton Park, 24 July 2017 – Poor visibility due to early morning fog around O. R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) caused 24 flights to be diverted to other local, coastal and regional airports.  “The good news is that the weather improved during the ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #7

Reactions from my Fifth Tourism Report revealed a marked interest across the board concerning the exorbitant costs of building material on Praslin and La Digue Islands. Government fees and levies on barges and cargo boats are crippling the tourism industry ...

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Uganda Launches Tourism Investment Forum

ENTEBBE, Uganda, July 19, 2017 – Global businesses focused on tourism and conservation will be offered a unique opportunity to invest in Uganda’s unparalleled natural landscapes while bringing greater benefits to the country’s citizens, H.E. President Yoweri Museveni announced today. The ...

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South African In Top 25 In Global Meetings Industry

Durban businesswoman Nina Freysen-Pretorius has been named as one of the most influential people in the international meetings industry in 2017. Included in US-based Successful Meetings magazine’s annual list of 25 outstanding professionals who have had a significant impact on ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #6: In Memory of Louis D’Offay

Louis D’Offay, the well-known and highly respected hotelier from the Seychelles island of Praslin, died on the 18th July 2017 leaving the industry he led for many years in shock and dismay. Louis, the much-loved tourism personality, was a father and ...

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Air Mauritius Wins World Travel Awards

Air Mauritius won two distinctions at the 2017 edition of the World Travel Awards – Indian Ocean. The Amédée Maingard Lounge, the airline’s premium lounge in Mauritius, was elected Indian Ocean Leading Airport Lounge. Air Mauritius also won the Indian ...

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TGCSA Welcomes 64 new Members

More South African establishments are opening their doors to Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) assessors in their commitment to offer visitors exceptional quality products. As the country’s only recognised and globally benchmarked grading system of quality assurance for ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #5

Among the varied suggestions arising my last Report is the proposal for a Tourism Conference, an idea that I have been toying with ever since. The discussion in last week’s Report regarding the proposed ring-road from Anse Lazio to Mont ...

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FEDHASA Cape Announces Leadership Bursary Recipient

FEDHASA Cape through their leadership development bursary is developing leaders in the hospitality industry. They recently announced Jamie Pieters as their 2017 recipient of the Hospitality Leadership Programme. In order to develop the growth of leadership within the hospitality industry ...

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UK Media Headline Rhino Poaching Crisis in SA

The recent killing of nine white rhinos on a private farm in South Africa has hit media headlines in the United Kingdom (UK), with a prominent tabloid featuring the tragic story on its online site. Wildlife television presenter and filmmaker ...

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Help Create South Africa’s Ultimate Journey

MotorHappy, a subsidiary of Imperial, is calling on all South Africans to help map out the country’s most incredible road trips on their new Ultimate Journey website. Planning a road trip can be daunting but the new Ultimate Journey website ...

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Conscious Conferencing Tips

Spier Wine Farm (outside Stellenbosch) has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of their conferencing facilities, from careful recycling and consistently making sure the area is waste-free, to water conservation technology and training staff in the ways of ...

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Eco-Friendly Tours: Coffeebeans Routes

Travel is about sharing experiences and few tour operators enable guests to immerse themselves in South Africa’s extraordinary mix of culture and creativity better than Coffeebeans Routes. Established in 2005, Coffeebeans has created a formidable reputation as a cultural and ...

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Eco-Friendly Guesthouse: Parker Cottage

Parker Cottage in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl is more than just another bed-and-breakfast hospitality establishment set in a heritage (circa 1895) building. It’s arguably the greenest heritage building in the city, and the country for that matter. The ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Spier

As one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms and a well-known Western Cape landmark, Spier is passionate about the environment and supporting the local community. It regularly buys from and supports trusted local suppliers, and its philosophy is to make ...

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Celebrating Lalibela’s Economic Impact

Bucking the trend of gloomy economic forecasts for South Africa, Lalibela Game Reserves’s positive impact on the Eastern Cape tourism economy over the past year provides ample cause for celebration. This article explores the impressive achievements that have contributed to ...

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Economic Development in Africa

Following the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2017, an in-depth report has been published on tourism for transformative and Inclusive growth in Africa. Here are a few of the startling findings ...

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Hotel Valuation Index: Africa

The third edition of the HVS/STR African Hotel Valuation Index offers critical information on 21 African hotel markets and the countries, including hotel value changes and projections through 2016 and intelligence on market dynamics. Numerous factors influence the value of ...

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A Ranger’s View On Rhino Poaching

Xolani Nicholas Funda, Chief Ranger of the Kruger National Park, says that Rangers are fighting an uphill battle against lawless criminals while they themselves must uphold the letter of the law. Leading counter-poaching operations have always been part and parcel ...

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Exploring Zanzibar

Located in the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an exquisite gem in East Africa. The Zanzibar Archipelago consists of many small islands and two larger ones. It is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, ...

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8 Reasons to Attend THINC Africa 2017

If you missed the inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment, and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event last year, then you do not want to miss the second conference taking place at the FNB Portside Building in Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront precinct ...

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Property Review: Town Lodge Midrand

Location and convenience are the prime motivators for city hotel selection in business tourism. This pearl of wisdom occurred to me when checking into the City Lodge Midrand. By Des Langkilde. Before setting off on my business trip to attend ...

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Consumer Goods & Services Ombudsman – Part 1

IMPLICATIONS FOR THE TOURISM INDUSTRY: Who or what is the Consumer Goods & ServicesOmbudsman (‘CGSO’), what are the implications, and what must the tourism industry do? The office of the Consumer Goods & Services Ombudsman (‘CGSO’) was established (early 2015) in ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #4

My 3rd Tourism Report prompted much feedback from loyal readers. One key point that was raised by many readers was the general and pervasive loss of respect for one another in the Seychelles. This was highlighted by stories of the ...

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Cradle of Food & Wine Festival

To celebrate Women’s Month in August, the Cradle Boutique Hotel – in conjunction with leading Johannesburg wine outlet Wine Menu – is hosting the Cradle of Food & Wine Festival, featuring a tasting event that will be represented by some ...

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Cape Royale Expands Portfolio

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, located in Green Point, has expanded their portfolio to offer large corporates the opportunity to host conferences or intimate meetings in one of the rooftop penthouse suites, complete with a private terrace and garden area. Cape ...

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Tourists for Africa: Why Switzerland is the Best Market

The Swiss International Holiday Exhibition 2017 will be taking place in Lugano, Switzerland from 27-29 October. Here are 10 reasons why Switzerland is the best tourism market to attend for luring inbound tourists to Africa. Seasoned Travellers. Ranked among the best in ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #3

Welcome to Edition 3 of the Saint Ange Tourism Report from Seychelles. By Alain St.Ange. Many thanks for all the feedback and good wishes. To the tourism trade and your staff members in Seychelles, I can only reinforce that we are ...

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SA Tourism Hosts ‘We do Tourism’ Roadshow

South African Tourism will be hosting a ‘We do Tourism’ roadshow aimed at providing a platform for dialogue between South African Tourism and key stakeholders to engage on topical and crucial issues. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to share information ...

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Dining for a Cause: The Art Of Conservation

The Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford Wine Estate has joined forces with the Cape Leopard Trust and esteemed South African artist Fuz Caforio to host a high-calibre fundraising event in support of the ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Leopard ...

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Club Travel Corporate Launches GetThere

Club Travel Corporate has announced the addition of a new online booking tool ‘GetThere’ to their multiple corporate travel technology offering. This new booking tool, which can be integrated with the award-winning travel app, TripCase, allowing full customisation with company ...

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Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project Protect Wildcats

Africa has undoubtedly seen the population of different animal species decline. Currently, Africa’s cheetah charts stand at roughly 70 000 less than 100 years ago, with South Africa’s count at approximately a thousand Wildcats, if not less. These concerning facts ...

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Fancourt Wins Spa Award

Fancourt has been recognised over the years for luxurious hospitality by some of the most reputable industry groups and respected publications in the world.  This is further proven by the recent win at Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards in Johannesburg, ...

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Cape Comoot Boosts Western Cape Heritage Destinations

For many of the 55 million South Africans, getting to key tourist destinations in the Western Cape is unaffordable. While buses are available around the city centre and surrounds, visiting heritage destinations such as Cape Point and the winelands are ...

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Guvon Expands Footprint To Pretoria

The Royal Elephant Hotel & Conference Centre has joined the Guvon Signature Collection. It started twenty-five years ago with a Scottish themed lodge. Soon after, a five-star fly-fishing haven opened up on the others side of the Swartkops Mountain in ...

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Entry Opens for Honda Quest True Adventure

The wait is finally over. You can now enter for Honda Quest True Adventure 2017 – the ultimate adventure motorcycle competition on the ultimate adventure motorcycle, the Honda CRF1000 L Africa Twin. Enter online at www.quest-trueadventure.com or pop into your nearest Honda dealer ...

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Taxi Strike Advisory: Passengers Departing ORTIA Today

Kempton Park, 22 June 2017 – The management of O. R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is advising passengers departing from the Johannesburg airport to allow for delays and longer travelling time to the airport due to a protest by taxi operators starting this morning ...

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fastjet Increases SA-Zimbabwe Flights

The low-cost pan-African airline fastjet has increased the number of flights on its route between Johannesburg and Harare, and launched a fifth seasonal flight from Harare to Victoria Falls, in response to strong passenger demand. On its route between Johannesburg and ...

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CTT’s Roxanne Lombard Named Future Leader of Destination Marketing

Cape Town Tourism (CTT) has scooped another notable title with team member Roxanne Lombard being named as one of 30 Future Leaders of Destination Marketing globally. Roxanne is the first honoree on the African continent to receive this prestigious accolade ...

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ORTIA Statement on Follow-Home Crime Incidents

Johannesburg, 19 June 2017 – The management of O. R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is well aware of and concerned about incidents of crime in the vicinity of the airport and against people followed to their destinations from the airport. Image credit: Mujahid ...

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Learn from Leaders at the Vision Conference 2017

Certified courses, training, and presentation for hospitality directors, managers, owners, and operators at the Vision Conference 2017. Earn while you learn – pick up all important Continuing Professional Development (CPD) skills points and your personalized certificate of attendance.  The most impressive lineup ...

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Travel Advice: SA Home Affairs Strike

International tourists departing from South Africa on Monday, 19 June 2017 are advised to consider an earlier than usual airport arrival time for overseas flights and an early arrival time when leaving SA ports. Flight Centre Travel Group has advised that ...

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Restaurant Mosaic Scores Award Hat-Trick

Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient has scored a hat-trick of top international awards, reinforcing its position as one of the finest restaurants in Africa. Chef Chantel Dartnall was this month named 2017 Chef of the Year for Africa and the ...

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The UNWTO Secretary-General Election Fiasco

When I wrote ’The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General’ on 11 April, I had high hopes on the Seychelles candidate Alain St.Ange winning the race. At the time, I could not have foreseen that this esteemed institution would become embroiled in ...

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Thrivability in Green Hotel Development

The lessons learned in sustainable development and marketing of ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ in Cape Town and ‘Zanzibar’s Greenest Resort’ in Tanzania is now being offered as a turnkey solution for hospitality investors worldwide through Verde Hotels. By Des Langkilde. Hotelier ...

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Eco-Friendly Game Reserve: Shamwari

Shamwari Game Reserve, the pride of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is one of the largest malaria-free Big-5 private game reserves in the region, offering 6 distinctive lodges and the seasonal Explorer Camp – a two-day walking safari in tented ...

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Eco-Friendly Adventures: Marine Dynamics

Taking eco-tourists on captivating trips at sea to cage dive with Great White Sharks and meet the rest of the Marine Big 5 is only a glimpse of many things that Marine Dynamics do to protect and conserve the critically ...

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Join the Fair Trade Move Toward Sustainability

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) launched a new membership programme in May aimed at tourism businesses that need support for their sustainability measures but do not have the resources to become certified in the short term. For an annual membership fee, ...

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Supporting Sustainable Tourism Projects in Rwanda

Rwanda should be congratulated for increasing the price of its gorilla permits. Considering what the funds are used for, it’s a small price to pay in support of the country’s sustainable tourism projects. By Des Langkilde. Rwanda is well-known for ...

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Exclusive Use Safari Lodges on the Rise

With global demand for exclusive use vacation rentals on the rise, Lalibela Game Reserve is seizing the opportunity by providing a solution for large family and corporate sole-use enquiries who want a Big-5 safari experience with exclusivity and privacy. By Des ...

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Rehabilitating Benin’s Pendjari National Park

The Presidency of the Republic of Benin and the conservation NGO African Parks announce the signing of a 10-year renewable partnership to revitalise, rehabilitate and develop Pendjari National Park, one of the largest remaining protected reserves in West and Central ...

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Exploring Mauritius Resorts

Mauritius really is an unspoiled Indian Ocean island, highly recommended as a destination for honeymoons, young families or retirement couples. The resorts are excellent, the service wonderful, the rooms thoroughly thought through, and the food is local, fresh and delicious. By ...

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Quick Guide to Southern Africa Tourism

The Southern Africa Tourism infographic shown below represents the members of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) – a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the development of tourism and regional destination marketing across 15 Southern Africa countries: ...

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LGBT Pride Month 2017

The month of June is unofficially recognised as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. How does Africa fare in terms of LGBT rights and what is the potential of LGBT Tourism? By Des Langkilde. LGBT Rights in Africa ...

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Knysna Tourism Open Despite Fires

It’s business as usual in Knysna. That’s the message from Elmay Bouwer, chairperson of the Knysna Tourism Board, who confirmed that despite the extensive fires experienced in the Garden Route town, Knysna has resumed normal business activities and is welcoming ...

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GrandWest Bursary Students Graduate

Twenty-nine students who received bursaries from GrandWest’s CSI Bursary Fund to pursue tertiary studies in maths, science, and technology have successfully graduated. They are among some 1 323 young Western Cape students who have been assisted by the GrandWest CSI ...

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Book Your Seat at The Vision Conference

An impressive lineup of industry speakers will be sharing their wisdom at the Vision Conference, which forms part of The Hotel Show Africa, taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 25 – 27 June 2017. Over 50 top hoteliers ...

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ATM Scam Targets Cape Town Tourists

Cape Town, 07 June 2017 – ATM scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in their attempt to con unsuspecting tourists, particularly as messaging to educate and warn both residents and visitors alike about ATM fraud is starting to reach ...

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Countdown to Winter Fly Fishing Competition

Muldersdrift, Wednesday 07 June 2017 – The 6th Annual Kloofzicht/SFA Winter Fly Fishing Competition and Open Day is to take place on 23 July 2017 at Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa in Gauteng, South Africa. “We are counting down the days until 60 enthusiastic souls brave ...

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ACSA Prepared for Cape Town’s ‘Helluva’ Storm

JOHANNESBURG, 6 June 2017 – “One hell of a storm” is expected to hit Cape Town and the Western Cape this evening and tomorrow and has been described by several media pundits as “unprecedented” and upgraded to “Helluva” and even “Moerse”. ...

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The Value of Anti-Poaching Security

From poached rhinos to killing for subsistence, and criminal farm attacks, the agricultural, wildlife ranching, and tourism industries face an onslaught of incursions. In South Africa alone, three rhino are killed a day; game, poultry, and livestock are targeted; and ...

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Call to Boycott Gupta-owned Media

The Department of Communication spent close to R1 million on a single Gupta-media breakfast briefing in May last year, a reply to Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary questions has revealed. In the response, the Communications Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo confirms that the ...

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Will Trump’s Climate Accord Exit Impact Africa?

Paris and Washington may seem a long way from Africa, but President Trump’s actions in exiting the USA from the Paris Climate Accord will impact Africa and especially African inbound tourism in the long run. By Tim Smith. We all ...

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London Terror Attack Condemnation

During the evening of Saturday 3rd June 2017, the city of London has once again suffered from cowardly acts of terrorism. According to a report published in this morning’s edition of  The Telegraph, seven people have been killed and 48 injured, ...

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Suspect African Union Meeting in Addis Ababa

Following numerous media articles and views on suspicious conduct relating to the recent UNWTO Secretary-General elections, the photograph depicted above has surfaced of African Union (AU) tourism ministers meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which according to the then Seychelles Secretary-General ...

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Durban Cruise Terminal Preferred Bidder Announced

Durban, South Africa, 30 May 2017 – The plan to position Durban as a world-class cruise capital took a step forward this morning with the announcement of the preferred bidder for the Durban Cruise Terminal – KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd ...

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New Cape Town Airport Runway Gets Go Ahead

Cape Town, South Africa 30 May 2017 – The Department of Environmental Affairs has notified Cape Town International Airport that it has authorised the proposed runway realignment and associated infrastructure planned for the airport. Header image credit: FTW Online. The department’s ...

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Klein Constantia Wins Platinum at Decanter 2017 Awards

Klein Constantia Estate’s Vin de Constance 2013 has won one of only 34 prestigious Platinum Best in Show trophies awarded at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA). This truly unique natural sweet, which is a recreation of the ...

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Classic 30s South Africa Farm on Magalies Meander

Located on the tranquil Magalies Meander and positioned under the picturesque Magaliesberg mountain range, Rustig is Gauteng’s best-kept secret. While this gem feels like an oasis, it is a mere 45-minute drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. Host your dream South ...

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Register to Attend The Hotel Show Africa 2017

With just 23 days to go, time is running out to register for free access to The Hotel Show Africa 2017, which is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa from 25-27 June 2017. Don’t miss the ...

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Almost Human Exhibit Opens in Maropeng

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an “underground astronaut”, unlocking the secrets of the origins of humanity, now’s your chance. By Thrishni Subramoney courtesy of www.maropeng.co.za The Almost Human exhibition at Maropeng, featuring the Homo Naledi discoveries, does just ...

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Defend Democracy in Africa: Help #FreeHH

Following our reports; ‘DA Leader Barred From Entering Zambia on Africa Day‘ and ‘Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day‘ South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, delivered the following remarks at a press briefing in Pretoria outside the ...

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New SATSA WC Chapter Committee Appointed

Following the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Western Cape Chapter’s annual general meeting held on Tuesday 23 May 2017, the following members were appointed to serve on the 2017-2018 committee: (Pictured from Left to Right in header image) Collin ...

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DA Leader Barred From Entering Zambia on Africa Day

Friday 26 May 2017 – In stark contrast to our Africa Day report; ‘Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day‘ South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, has been forcefully prevented from entering the Republic of Zambia, by Zambian ...

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Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day

Thursday 25 May 2017 – As we celebrate Africa Day, the leader of the opposition in Zambia faces trumped up criminal charges brought against him by a government intent on reversing the gains of democracy in Zambia and in Southern ...

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Technology to Benefit African Tourism Businesses

With an internet penetration rate of approximately 27% in Africa, there is yet a lot to be achieved; but this is an opportunity for tourism businesses to harness and benefit from. By Josephine Wawira. According to Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy, ...

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FlySafair Drops GDS Prices

Johannesburg – 24 May 2017. FlySafair announced today that it has refiled all its fares into the Global Distribution System (GDS) to offer a more competitive solution to the travel trade. New fares will start from just R1 368 including all ...

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Cape Town Combats Seasonality

In a bid to boost Cape Town’s tourism numbers during winter and address the multiple challenges associated with seasonality, the City of Cape Town in partnership with key industry role players will embark on a series of initiatives to combat ...

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Cape Town’s Hot New Hotel

Earlier this month one of Cape Town’s hottest new hotels opened its doors for the first time.  The Manor House stands amongst impressive company, tucked away as an annexe to the glamorous Queen Victoria Hotel, between the Sanctuary Spa and ...

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Travel Trade Flocks to Hotel Show Africa

Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to capitalise on the booming hotel and tourism sector with buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world attending the event. Leading hospitality suppliers from around the world will ...

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Let’s Talk Business in Rwanda

Did you know that the new Kigali Convention Centre (KCC)can seat 2600 delegates, is just 10 minutes from the Kigali International Airport and has 1000 high-end rooms in close proximity? Rwanda is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for international ...

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Visiting Rwanda Has Never Been Easier

With online visa applications, getting to Rwanda has never been easier! All African passport holders do not require visas prior to travel, as they get visas on arrival. Several other countries have bilateral visa exemptions. The whole visa application experience ...

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Helping Tour Operators Sell Rwanda

The Rwanda Development Board has created a remarkable website at www.rwandaresources.com to assist tour operators and travel agents in selling Rwanda to their clients. Resources include rates and information on accommodation providers, transport providers and tours and safari ground handlers. ...

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Tips on Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for nought, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Are South Africa’s Room Rates Sustainable?

Room rates for South African hotels and lodges increased dramatically between 2016 to 2017, specifically in the 4-star and 5-star markets. Despite the rand having strengthened over the past 12 months, some properties are posting even higher rate increases for ...

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The Vertical Potential Of Airport Transfers

Car hire has long been the go-to-ground transport solution for travellers. But with ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft becoming ubiquitous, it’s time we started rethinking the ways in which travellers are getting to and from airports, and the ways ...

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Reunion Island: Tropical Incentive with a French Touch

In the meetings industry, no other destination has such an apt name as Île de la Réunion (The meeting Island). This tropical island is actually one of the French overseas departments and is a popular destination for exotic incentives with ...

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Four Reasons to Join ATA in Remarkable Rwanda

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) – a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) – in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will set the tone for how tourism can be utilised as an engine for economic growth ...

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Network with ATA in Rwanda from 28-31 August

If your tourism business focusses on selling Africa to the world, then Remarkable Rwanda is where you need to be from 28 to 31 August 2017. Not only will you get to meet new business partners in Rwanda, and meet ...

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Medical Tourism Certification

Added Value or Waste of Money? The medical tourism and tourism medicine market is an increasing but also challenging market. Patients have particular needs when undergoing treatment abroad. Pre-, on-site- and post-treatment take place in different countries and need to ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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South Africa Must Develop African Hotel GMs

South Africa isn’t doing enough to ensure that the hospitality and hotel industry is attractive to people as a long-term and sustainable career. Guy Stehlik, CEO and founder of BON Hotels and Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, speaking ...

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Hilton Launches Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 2, 2017 – At a meeting in Dubai attended by Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta and Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of KFCD and Mabanee Company S.A.K, the two parties confirmed an agreement to open Bahrain’s first Hilton Hotels ...

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Kenya Tourism Board Welcomes South Africans

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has appointed a local agency, Activ8 Branding, as their local in-market representative to further enhance their marketing drive in South Africa. A structured plan has been developed aimed at enticing more South African travellers to experience the ...

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Nederburg Ranks in World’s Most Admired Wine Brands

Nederburg is the sole South African winery featured in the esteemed Drinks International ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ top 50 list this year, in 36th position.  Last year was the first time the Paarl winery was included in this prestigious ...

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UNWTO Launches Responsible Use of Ratings and Reviews

Tourism stakeholders convened in Krakow, Poland, from 26-28 April for the 13th World Tourism Organization International Congress on Ethics to underline the need to continue advancing the ethical framework of the sector. The Krakow Conference has served to present the ...

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