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10 Content Marketing Trends in Southern Africa

Inbound tourism & hospitality marketing is becoming increasingly important in the digital era. With a plethora of websites, blogs and social media platforms all offering content, you want to make sure potential customers are reading yours. By Louisa du Toit. At the ...

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The New Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

Tenerife, Canary Islands (January 15, 2018) – In just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, Nissan today revealed that it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in ...

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Top 5 Hotel Tech Trends for 2018

2018 will see a breakthrough in five technologies for the hospitality industry. Some hotels have already acquired and tested the technologies on this list. By Steven To. 1. Virtual Reality can be used to market in-destination activities Hoteliers have now ...

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Hope for Elephant as China Bans Ivory

It has only been a few days since the new year, but 2018 is already bringing new hope for Africa’s beloved elephants. As of 1 January, it is illegal to buy ivory in China, the world’s largest legal ivory market ...

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Why Content Marketing Will Remain King in 2018

For travel destinations and tourism products, digital content will remain king in 2018, with lead generation acing the deck of marketing strategy cards. Here’s why: Most Important Objectives According to a ‘2018 Digital Marketing Plan Survey’ conducted by Ascend2 research-based marketing, 18% ...

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Why Youth are Winners in African Football

ACCRA, Ghana, January 1, 2018 – Why Africa’s young people are the real winners at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards. By Benedict Peters. Almost nowhere on earth is football followed as passionately as in Africa. It is loved by ...

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Mauritian Sega: The Story of Serge Lebrasse

Tourists who travel to Mauritius for the first time will often opt for the convenience of the resort experience to get a feel for this Indian Ocean island, its people, and what they have to offer. A visit would not ...

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Wild Horizons Stops Elephant-back Safaris

As of 01 January 2018, Wild Horizons will cease to offer elephant-back safaris and will instead offer an elephant conservation experience, which will take place at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary.    “It is our intention to continue to work ...

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Tips on Choosing a Conference Venue

According to Chantel Reynell, an experienced workshop and conference organiser and the current Hospitality Manager at Langebaan Country Estate, there are many options when it comes to choosing conference venues, and the more you see, the harder it can be ...

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Tips on Holiday Travel with Kids

If you have kids, no doubt you love them to bits and relish spending time with them over the holidays. But travelling with them can feel like it’s taking the sheen off what should be a special time. It needn’t ...

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AfrikaBurn 2018: South Africa’s Own Burning Man

Burning of the San Clan sculpture in 2016

South Africa is home to some of the most diverse cultures in the world, coexisting in a unified land of endless potential. Visitors to the shores of South Africa are constantly blown away by the dynamic, blended mix of cultures ...

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Tourist Arrivals & Hotel Stats for South Africa: December 2017

Overall, overseas tourism to South Africa continues to grow strongly but tourism enterprises should take care when analysing the statistics as the growth is not uniform across all source markets.  Arrivals from the UK and India have been subdued, while ...

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4 Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

From dense equatorial forests to tropical beaches, freshwater lakes and coral reefs, Kenya has some of the world’s greatest tourist attraction sites and has attracted adventurers, travellers and explorers to Africa for centuries. Kenya’s wildlife safaris have been attracting tourists ...

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HVS Reveals Western Cape Water-Wise Hospitality Research

In response to the ongoing drought experienced in the Western Cape province of South Africa, this article explores various initiatives adopted by the hotel industry in order to mitigate the challenges that water scarcity imposes on water-intensive enterprises. Through primary ...

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Rugby Africa Unveils 2018 Competition Schedule

World Rugby Africa association, Rugby Africa, unveiled its 2018 Competition Schedule in Cape Town, South Africa on 13 December 2017. The year promises to be particularly busy with 10 competitions totalling more than one hundred fifteen-a-side and sevens rugby matches ...

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Africa MICE Masterclass Planned for February 2018

Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) will run a Masterclass in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events/Exhibitions (MICE) in Johannesburg, from 20 to 23 February 2018, with Grant Thornton as its lead partner. Themed ‘Growing destination tourist arrivals through business and events tourism leadership ...

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Why South Africa needs an Annual Adventure Summit

The human need for adventure is a well-documented school of thought, highlighting adventure as an essential and integral part of our biological make up. Adventure, in this respect, can be described as anything uncertain or different. It’s the human need ...

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Celebrating Excellence at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017

Snow falls gently on the slopes of the Swiss Alps, pine trees are decked with white hats, and a warm glow resonates from the windows of the host of the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards gala ceremony, the resplendent Kulm ...

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Carlson Rezidor Hotels in Africa Win Big at World Luxury Hotel Awards

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel groups in the world, scooped seven winning trophies at the coveted World Luxury Hotel Awards which took place on 2 December in Switzerland. The World Luxury Hotel Awards is ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Acajou Beach Resort

Dating back to its opening in 1996, the Acajou Beach Resort has had ecology at the heart of its ethos. The hotel is named after the French word for ‘mahogany’ in reference to the natural timber-themed design of its construction, ...

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Eco-Friendly Accommodation: Tented Adventures

Committed to low impact environmental and eco-friendly accommodation, Tented Adventures’ Pilanesberg National Park Safari Camp, and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are perfectly positioned with minimal permanent structures within their respective campgrounds. The ‘Glamping’ experience that Tented ...

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Eco-Friendly Attractions: Tenikwa Wildlife Rehab Centre

Fair Trade Tourism certifiedTenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre, a non-profit organisation located close to Plettenberg Bay, uses tourism as a platform to raise awareness about threats facing South Africa’s indigenous wild cats, using the funds it generates from tourism ...

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Fair Trade Tourism’s Wildlife Petting Policy

Fair Trade Tourism’s certification criteria do not permit any physical interaction between tourists and potentially dangerous wildlife such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. While some Fair Trade certified members, such as Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre had previously allowed ...

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Voted Best of The Kruger

To celebrate having been voted Best Self Catering Shared 4-Star accommodation – not just in the Kruger Park area but across the whole of South Africa – at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards, Kruger Park Lodge is offering a Festive ...

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#LilizelaAwards17 Celebrates Pioneers, Innovators, Stalwarts and SMEs

South African tourism service excellence was the biggest winner on Sunday 29 October 2017, when the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards lit up the Sandton Convention Centre with an unforgettable night of the stars. View the full list of all 2017 ...

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Anne’s Place Placed First at #LilizelaAwards17

Anne’s Place Guest House has earned its place as South Africa’s best Self Catering Exclusive 4-Star accommodation at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Anne’s Place provides self-catering accommodation to business executives and travellers alike with warm and personal, yet unobtrusive, hospitality in ...

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J-Bay Zebra Lodge Earn Their Stripes at #LilizelaAwards17

Despite damage from Eastern Cape wildfires on 10 June, J-Bay Zebra Lodge is being totally rebuilt and has earned its stripes by being acknowledged as the Best 4-Star Country House in South Africa at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Owners, Didier and Florbela welcome you ...

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Umlani Bushcamp Wins Gold at #LilizelaAwards17

There’s a reason why Fair Trade Tourism certified Umlani Bushcamp has been voted Best 3-Star Lodge in South Africa at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Besides Umlani’s commitment to Responsible and Sustainable Tourism practices, their dedication to service excellence is acknowledged through multiple ...

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Fundamentals: Starting with the Foundations – People

The first and most critical part of any Revenue Journey is to make sure you have a good organizational foundation with the right team members. The members of the team will have to put revenue management in place and execute ...

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Trail Running in Mauritius

Thousands of local and foreign trailers joined in the 10th annual Ferney Trail Run to raise funds for the physically handicapped and nature conservation in Mauritius. By Debbie Hathway. Everybody wants to go to Mauritius, at least once, but my love ...

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SA Restaurants Weather Financial Storm

The restaurant industry in South Africa faces many challenges, but there is some cause for optimism in 2017. By Karl Westvig. In 2016, travel and tourism contributed R402 billion or 9.3% of South Africa’s GDP to the country. This is anticipated ...

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Legal: Social Media & Defamation – Part 3

POPI REGULATIONS – ALARM BELLS OR XMAS BELLS? We’ve all heard the saying: ‘The future is bright or it is just the lights of an oncoming train?’ Likewise, with all the alarmist comments about POPI (The Protection of Personal Information ...

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Vehicle Review: Isuzu KB Double Cab 2017

Compared to my old 2007 KB 250, Isuzu has come a long way with their 2017 double cab range. But then, this review is about Isuzu’s top of the range KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4×4 Auto, which is hardly comparable. ...

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Travelogue: Exploring the New Ford Kuga

A ‘travelogue’ is not usually associated with a vehicle review, so when Ford South Africa invited TourismTattler to join a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers on a 3-day journey driving the new Ford Kuga from the Eastern Cape, through ...

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One Day in Paris For Lovers

So, you’re in Paris with your lover, but don’t know where to go or what to do? Our guide reveals the most romantic places and activities for one day in the City of Love. From art galleries and winding streets to the iconic Eiffel ...

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Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Species

Year after year, one wildlife species or another gets added to the endangered list around the globe. In Africa, the continent known for its abundant fauna, several marine and land species have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Over the next ...

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Africa’s Hidden Exotic Islands

Africa itself is a fascinating, magnificent continent. To think that one continent could be made up of such unique topography and terrain, unlike any other place on earth, leaves one in a state of awe and wonder. From sand dunes, ...

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Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label Joins #IY2017 Initiative

The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),  and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism ...

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Celebrating 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards Provincial Winners

The provincial legs of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards wrapped up at the end of September with the crowning of dozens of esteemed tourism products and services in the country’s nine provinces in categories such as visitor experience, tour operators ...

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Timbavati Wins Best 3-Star Lodge Lilizela Award

Timbavati Safari Lodge has been acknowledged as the best 3-star lodge in Limpopo at the recent 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial ceremony held on 15 September. Following their provincial award win, Timbavati Safari Lodge is now a nominee for the Lilizela National Awards, which ...

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Belurana River Manor: Voted Best 4-Star B&B in Northern Cape

Belurana River Manor has been voted as the best 4-star bed and breakfast accommodation establishment in the Northern Cape at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial ceremony held on 18 September 2017. Belurana River Manor is now a nominee for the Lilizela ...

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de Stijl Gariep Hotel Wins Lilizela Free State Award

Voted best 4-star hotel in the Free State, de Stijl Gariep Hotel were handed their provincial award certificate and trophy at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 07 September 2017. de Stijl Gariep Hotel is now a nominee for ...

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Beverley Country Cottages: Best 3-Star Self-Catering in KZN

Beverley Country Cottages has excelled yet again. The recipient of the 2016 Lilizela Tourism Awards as both provincial and national winner, Beverley Country Cottages has once again been voted as the best 3-star self-catering exclusive accommodation establishment in KwaZulu-Natal and were handed their provincial award ...

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Hamilton Parks Voted Best 3-Star Lodge in Mpumalanga

Voted best 3-star lodge in Mpumalanga, Hamilton Parks Country Lodge were handed their provincial award certificate and trophy at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 08 September 2017. Hamilton Parks Country Lodge is now a nominee for the Lilizela National ...

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Petit & Grande Plaisir: Best 4-Star Self-Catering

Petit & Grande Plaisir Self-Catering Cottages in Franschhoek has been voted as the best 4-star self-catering exclusive accommodation establishment in the Western Cape at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 19 September 2017. The Petit Plaisir Cottage ...

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Kosmos Manor Guest House Wins Lilizela Award

Voted best 5-star guest house in the North West, Kosmos Manor Guest House & Conference Venue were handed their award certificate and trophy at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 20 September 2017. Located in the heart of the little Monaco ...

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River Place Manor Wins Lilizela Northern Cape Award

River Place Manor has been voted as the best 4-star guest house in the Northern Cape at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 18 September 2017. With the mighty Orange River right on your doorstep, spectacular sunsets ...

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Big Sky Cottages Scoops Best 3-Star Self Catering Award

Big Sky Cottages has been voted as the best 3-star self-catering exclusive accommodation establishment in the Western Cape at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 19 September 2017. Conveniently located a mere hour drive from Cape Town, Big ...

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Tourism Business Index Half-Year Report 2017

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has released its half-year Tourism Business Index (TBI) Report, which tracks and provides information about the level of business performance across the travel and tourism value chain, and also forecasts prospects for ...

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Domestic Tourism: Trends & Opportunities

South Africa’s domestic tourism industry has the potential to contribute significantly more to the economy if it manages to expand the industry so that it caters for everyone in the country rather than just focusing on traditional international tourists. By ...

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The Revenue Journey – Part 2: Navigating the Journey

After having taken the plunge into revenue management (see Part 1) you will need to start navigating the revenue management journey. Only very few people are gifted or talented in a certain area and most of us will need to ...

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Kruger Park 2017 Rhino Census

To mark World Rhino Day (22 September), fellow filmmaker Susan Scott and I were granted exclusive access to the 2017 Rhino Census, which took place in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Here’s what we saw and learnt. By Bonné de Bod. ...

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Bleisure Events: Africa’s Saving Grace

African conference and event facilities are becoming more than just venues for local gatherings. By combining business with leisure (bleisure), they and are now attracting major international events. The continent’s breath-taking natural beauty, rapidly developing infrastructure and vibrant multi-cultural people ...

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Hotel App to be Launched at ITB Asia 2017

Being a pioneer in empowering hoteliers with powerful, yet simple cloud-based hotel software to efficiently manage hotel operations, Hotelogix is all set to launch its revolutionary mobile app, Hotelogix Mobile Hotel, at ITB Asia, 2017 at booth B46. The Hotelogix ...

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Floral Cuisine: Using Flowers in Cooking

Floral Cuisine has become a popular and visible food trend in recent times, so in this article, I share some insights, tips and tricks that I’ve learned about using edible flowers in cooking over a career spanning 16 years. By ...

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The Business of Food Travel Podcast

Launched by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the ‘Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel’ is a series of Podcasts presented by Erik Wolf and Aashi Vel. The podcasts aim to help you become a better industry ...

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Social Media & Defamation – Part 2

Continuing this series from Part 1, this article highlights more reasons why businesses (or individuals) need to ‘Tread Warily’ with regard to Social Media and the legal consequences of Defamation. What Must Be Proved & Who Has To Prove It (Burden ...

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Vehicle Review: Mazda BT-50 Conquering Sani Pass

When TourismTattler was presented with the opportunity of reviewing the MAZDA BT-50 4×4 Double Cab, it was a given that we’d choose something that could be considered a challenge – especially when the marketing blurb makes claims like ‘chart new ...

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Hospitality & Destination Reviews – Apply Now

If you are interested in having your Safari Lodge, Hotel, Guesthouse, Destination, Tourism Activity / Attraction, or Tourism Transport product being featured in the Tourism Tattler, please email an expression of interest to editor@tourismtattler.com Reviews are conducted by our journalists, ...

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Ford Provides Grants for Conservation in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Conservation and related education projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania have gained new impetus following the provision of $ 20 000 (USD) grants to leading environmental organisations by the Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has ...

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5 Myths on Africa to Debunk before Travelling

When I tell my overseas colleagues that I focus on the African continent as a travel writer and blogger, almost all respond with some form of incredulous hyperbole or unfounded advice. And, I just can’t resist noting some of the ...

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Vietnam Visa Guide for South African Citizens

A visa is a necessary authorization for a foreigner to enter or exit a country granted by that country. If you are a South African citizen or currently in this country and want to visit Vietnam, check out Vietnam visa ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: LUX Resorts & Hotels

LUX* Resorts and Hotels has embarked on a journey towards a carbon-clean future, known as ‘Tread Lightly’. Working with Ecosur Afrique, LUX* asks for a voluntary donation of €1 per room night – 32.5 per cent of which goes towards ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Asilia Africa

Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to the Asilia stable of ecotourism camps.  As an impact company, Asilia is a leader in the African eco-tourism industry. ...

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Tour Operators’ Charter for Sustainable Tourism

The important role that Tour Operators play in lowering the impact of mass tourism on local communities, economies and natural attractions is underestimated, and, indeed, under recognised. By Greg McManus. Most often it is left to the product owners themselves ...

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How to Tread Lightly in Ecotourism

As a travel writer, I’ve visited many sustainable tourism destinations and eco-friendly hotels across the world. They’re doing their bit but how can you, as an eco-conscious traveller, play your part? By Holly Tuppen. Here are a few simple tips ...

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Why Join the Fair Trade Tourism?

In an industry regarded as being critical to economic growth and development and one that offers such potential for the empowerment and upliftment of impoverished communities and the protection of sensitive ecosystems, it is essential that we have some way ...

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African Airports Project Growth for Remainder of 2017

An analysis of seat capacity for travel to the top ten international airports in Africa, produced by ForwardKeys, shows double digit growth in flight arrivals for the first half of this year with little indication that the pace of growth ...

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The Revenue Journey – Part 1: Taking the plunge

We all know that revenue management has been around for a while. When we book our airline tickets, prices change based on the time, demand, class of booking, routing and other factors. Then, about 25 years ago, hotels started to ...

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Africa Records 18 Million International Arrivals

According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 percent in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted ...

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Africa Hotel Valuation Index 2017

HVS, the global hospitality consulting firm and host of the THINC Africa conference, launched their 2017 African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) at the conference. This year sees the fourth edition of the African HVI, which includes more markets and increasing ...

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ITB Asia 2017 Sold Out

Celebrating its 10th anniversary as ‘Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show’, ITB Asia 2017 has completely sold out ahead of its milestone show this October, attributed to a tremendous surge in booth bookings from the global market. ITB Asia 2017 attributes ...

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Property Review: City Lodge Hotel V&A Waterfront

If you’re checking into the City Lodge Hotel Victoria And Alfred Waterfront, ask for a room on the 1st floor as these have balconies from which you can truly appreciate the views across the Roggebaai Canal precinct towards the City ...

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Property Review: Cape St. Francis Resort

There are not that many holiday resorts in South Africa that are both family-friendly and pet-friendly, so discovering that Cape St. Francis Resort is both was a pleasant surprise. By Des Langkilde. A surprise to me that is, but not ...

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Social Media & Defamation – Part 1

As we are all no doubt quite aware, social media has to a large extent become the medium of choice not only to publicize and disseminate information but also to glean information. Due to the ubiquitous nature of the social ...

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5 Tips for Long Distance Bus Travel

As a student who attends university 11 hours from home, I spend a lot of time travelling long-distance. And being a student means that I have more time than money, so flying is not an option. Bus transport may be ...

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Vehicle Review: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX

I’ve always been fascinated by the names that vehicle manufacturers bestow on their cars, and test driving fiery new Suzuki Ignis, this SUV certainly lives up to its chosen epithet. By Des Langkilde. The meaning of the Latin noun Ignis ...

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Why the Best Part of a Journey is in the Planning

When we think of travelling, we almost only ever think of the destination. We think of the end goal; the destined place, and we see ourselves there, wherever that may be. But how often do we think of the actual ...

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A Quick Glance at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens lie on the shores of one of Africa’s biggest lakes. It’s situated near the capital of Uganda, Kampala and is also relatively close to its main airport, which welcomes international visitors on a daily basis. The ...

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100 Best Tourist Attractions in South Africa

In collaboration with MotorHappy, an Imperial Group subsidiary, and with New Zealand travel writer Jen Miller of JenReviews.com, here’s Tourism Tattler’s route of 100 worthy places for an ultimate South African road trip journey. The #UltimateJourneySA campaign and competition aim ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: The Mantis Collection

The Mantis Collection, comprised of hotels, eco-escapes and lifestyle resorts, is deeply rooted in African conservation; with a vision for sustainability and a world in which people and animals co-exist. Mantis is a family run collection of award winning, privately ...

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EcoPlanet Bamboo: Sustainability for Africa

EcoPlanet Bamboo represents the first successful and the only sustainability certified commercial bamboo farms in Africa and has set the platform for certified bamboo to provide a viable tree-free, triple bottom line solution to Africa’s deforestation crisis. With commercial operations ...

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2017 World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Winners

The World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards are established global organisations providing luxury spas and restaurants with recognition for world-class service excellence provided to guests. Setting the basis for service industry standards around the world, the companies ...

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Global Tourism Statistics: Jan-Apr 2017

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others ...

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Economic Benefits of Hosting Events in Africa

An Independent report has revealed a seven-figure economic boost to destinations that have hosted the Africa Hotel Investment Forum over a six year period. By Martin Jansen van Vuuren. The significant economic benefits to host countries of the influential Africa Hotel ...

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Business Tourism in Africa Continues to Expand

Perceptions of Africa as a business destination have changed vastly in recent times. The ICCA 2016 rankings reveal that Africa is growing in popularity as a destination for business tourism. By Zandre Campos. It has been perceived that doing business or ...

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Discover Luxury in Kenya

Kenya is an exceptional African destination for luxury safari and beach holidays with variety to suit different segments; couples, honeymooners or families. Kenya is renown as the world’s leading safari destination and indeed in many ways, Kenya is the ultimate ...

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THINC Africa Launches Business Meetings

Delegates registered to attend the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event this year, can now schedule appointments to meet with speakers and fellow delegates to discuss business deals. The conference is taking place at the FNB Portside ...

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How to Get More Business Deals at Travel Trade Events

To increase the economic impact of events and create a win-win situation for destinations and business tourists, the Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Events (MICE) industry in Africa needs effective technology to support business deals. Pitch and Match – a business ...

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Zimbabwe: Sanganai World Tourism Expo

Organised by Zimbabwe Tourism, the 2017 edition of the annual Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo will showcase the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products to international visitors and media from across the world. The Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo (SHWTE) is ...

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The Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman – Part 2

IMPLICATIONS FOR THE TOURISM INDUSTRY: THE CONSUMER GOODS & SERVICES OMBUDSMAN (‘CGSO’), TERMS OF REFERENCE, POWERS & FUNCTIONS The primary focus of the CGSO is to balance the rights and obligations of consumers and suppliers. As I have pointed out in ...

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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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