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Call For Entries: 2019 Eco-Logic Awards

Eco-logic Awards trophies

Entries for the 8th annual Eco-Logic Awards are now open. Presented by The Enviropaedia, South Africa’s online environmental encyclopaedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership, the awards event will be held on 5 June 2019, which is World ...

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Cheetah Swap To Boost Metapopulation

Cheetah close up at Samara Private Game Reserve

The recent swap of male cheetah between Samara Private Game Reserve and Welgevonden Game Reserve will have significant implications for South Africa’s cheetah metapopulation. The swap saw Samara’s Shadow (a male cheetah) transported to a new home at Rogge Cloof. ...

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A Quick Guide to Boating in Florida

Boats on a lake in Florida

With over 30,000 lakes covering more than 3 million acres of land, the state of Florida, USA, is a popular tourist attraction for boating enthusiasts. While you don’t need a ‘boating license’ to operate a motorboat in the state of ...

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Opposition Party Responds to #Sona2019

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and DA Leader Mmusi Maimane against backdrop of SONA 2019

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Following yesterday’s State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), issued several thought-provoking, and highly relevant, press releases today. Time is ...

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Predictions for Native Advertising

Native Advertising definition: Paid content that matches a publication’s editorial standards while meeting the audience’s expectations. Facebook and Twitter fail this definition because neither are publishers. The same is true with Google AdWords. Source: www.copyblogger.com No one knows exactly what ...

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Hotel Group Adopts Plastic-Free Straw Initiative

Plastic-free straw in beverage

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 January 2019 – In alignment with the plastic-free straw commitment of leading hotel group Accor Hotels, Mercure Hotels South Africa has fully adopted the initiative from January 2019 across their branches in Randburg, Midrand, Bedfordview and Nelspruit. Prior to the initiative ...

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How To Deliver Good Customer Service On The Go

Whether your business provides tourism transport, like an airport shuttle service, or a mobile business like campervan tours, delivering excellent customer service skills on the go is particularly important. There are a broad number of different opportunities where you can ...

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WTM Africa 2019 Registration Opens

WTM Africa entrance

Registration for the continent’s leading B2B Travel Trade Show, WTM Africa 2019, is officially open. Hosted in partnership with the City of Cape Town from 10-12 April 2019, WTM Africa brings travel exhibitors, buyers, experts, media and stakeholders from across ...

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Positive Future for Botswana Tourism

wttc economic impact report Botswana

According to the latest World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Economic Impact report for Botswana, positive growth is expected for the country over the next ten years. “Inclusive growth and ensuring a future with quality jobs are the concerns of ...

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Seychelles Bans Plastic Straws

Plastic straws in cocktails

In another step to help protect the environment of Seychelles, the importation of single-use plastic straws will be banned as of 01 February 2019.  According to the Seychelles News Agency, the island nation’s ministry of environment will ban the importation of ...

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The uMfolozi: A Conservation Story

Zulu Chief

The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a special conservation story – the story of how Dr Ian Player started a global effort to save the rhino from extinction, and how years later five tribal chiefs contributed their land to conserve ...

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Why Content Marketing Will Remain King in 2019

For travel destinations and tourism products, digital content will remain king in 2019, with lead generation acing the deck of marketing strategy cards. Here’s why: Most Important Objectives According to a ‘Digital Marketing Plan Survey’ conducted by Ascend2 research-based marketing, 18% of ...

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New Report on Health Tourism Launched

abstract image of health tourism

Madrid, Spain, 27 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the European Travel Commission (ETC) have launched a new report on health tourism. As part of their joint research programme, the study is the first attempt to set ...

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5 SPA Trends for 2019

Infrared sauna

The most exciting 2019 SPA trends are good news for nature and lovers In recent years, the wellness industry has been growing more rapidly than ever. At the same time, the focus of SPAs has shifted from beauty to overall ...

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UNWTO Awards Finalists Announced

UNWTO award trophies

Madrid, Spain, 21 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects that have made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for ...

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ACSA Signs Airports Agreement With Thailand

Bongiwe Mbomvu, Acting CEO of Airports Company South Africa and Dr Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of Airports of Thailand.

JOHANNESBURG, 14 December 2018 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has signed a sister airports agreement with Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited that will enable the two companies to cooperate and share information. A memorandum of understanding covering the ...

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The Fine Art of Degustation

Food Degustation

Conceptualising, preparing and serving a beautiful plate of food is an art in its own right but the actual taste is the real pièces de résistance. A food phenomenon that has become quite synonymous in trendy restaurants as well as ...

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Lions return to the Great Karoo

Two lionesses drinking at samara game reserve by Marnus Ochse

More than 180 years ago, South Africa’s Great Karoo region was roamed by the majestic Cape lion – a particularly magnificent black-maned subspecies. Wiped out by hunters, their relatives are being welcomed back to Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet ...

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Africa Trade Week Gears Up for 2019

Africa Trade Week 2019

Over 10,000 trade stakeholders are set to converge in Johannesburg in June next year for Africa Trade Week, the key platform for continental trade across the retail, hospitality, food & beverage and wholesale sectors. Africa Trade Week, hosted by dmg ...

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Lilizela 2018 National Winners Revealed

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom at the Lilizela Awards

JOHANNESBURG, Saturday, 17 November 2018 – The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom revealed the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards national winners at a glittering function convened at the Sandton Convention Centre this evening. The sixth edition of the National Lilizela Tourism Awards ...

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Types of Travel Insurance Explained

Travel Insurance Explained

In today’s world of uncertainty and increased frequency of unexpected events, risk transfer by means of travel insurance is more important than ever before. Preparing for the unexpected places you in an offensive position, especially when you leave the comfort ...

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Best African Safari Destinations for 2019

Safari Game Drive Tanzania. Courtesy of Ntaba African Safaris

Africa is one of the most enthralling travel destinations worldwide. Garnering over 30 million tourist’s year on year with its breath-taking landscapes, historic monuments and welcoming culture. Home to an incredible array of wildlife and adventures that no other land ...

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MSC Musica Launches SA Summer Season

MSC Musica Launches SA Summer Season

DURBAN, South Africa, 8 November 2018 – MSC Cruises celebrated the arrival of MSC Musica in Durban yesterday by hosting media, travel agents and distinguished guests for an overnight experience onboard prior to the start of her seasonal tour in South ...

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Seychelles Launches Blue Bond for Healthy Oceans

Seychelles Blue Bond

SEYCHELLES, 06 November 2018 – The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond — a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. The bond, which raised US$15 million from international investors, demonstrates ...

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Mercedes-Benz Launches ZOETROPE EQ

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA at ZOETROPE

CAPE TOWN. Launched on 1 November 2018, ZOETROPE – a public pavilion inspired by Mercedes-Benz EQ and situated on Silo Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront – is an interactive installation aimed at igniting the public imagination around the exciting future offered ...

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Radisson Hotels Expand Into Guinea

Radisson Blu Hotel Conakry Guinea

Radisson Hospitality has announced the signing of the first Radisson Blu Hotel in Conakry, Republic of Guinea. Radisson Hospitality AB, publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden is part of Radisson Hotel Group, which has 90 hotels and more than 18,000 ...

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SA Professional Driving Permit Guide

SA Professional Driving Permit

To drive on a public road in South Africa and transport fare-paying passengers or tourists for an income you must have a professional driving permit (PrDP). In South Africa, the requirement for drivers who transport tourists to be in possession of ...

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An Insiders Guide to Europe

INSIDR Guide to Europe

It’s always a delight when I come across authors who share the same passions that I do. I recently had the opportunity to meet the guys from Insidr – a website for travellers, not tourists! They have curated some really useful tips ...

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Peugeot 3008 SUV Review

Peugeot 3008 SUV

When it comes to driver comfort, safety and convenience on the long road, the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is in a class of its own. By Des Langkilde. Nowadays, most new vehicles come with the latest tech ...

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Unusual Things To Do in Barcelona

An alley passage in Barcelona

There are plenty of travel guides for every major city in Europe, and Barcelona is certainly no exception to this rule. Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain and it has many tourist traps, including the Sagrada Familia, La ...

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Awards for Award Programs Launched

Awards for Award Programs

JOHANNESBURG, 24 October 2018 – South Africa’s first ever initiative to give accolades to the Awards industry has been launched and it will culminate in a gala event on 25 February 2019 where organisers will receive commendations for staging premier ...

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Great Karoo Reserve Goes Big Five

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve has announced that it will be furthering its long-term conservation vision with the introduction of elephant and lion onto the 14 000ha reserve in 2018. This means that Mount Camdeboo will become home to the famed ...

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How to Travel and Earn Money on the Way

combine travelling and money making

It sounds like a dream, and it is perfectly possible: you could be earning money and travelling around the world. You no longer have to worry about when you are finally going to have enough money in your travel fund ...

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Toyota Donates 4×4 for SANParks Anti-Poaching

Toyota Donates 4x4 for SANParks Anti-Poaching

PRETORIA, South Africa, 19 October 2018 – In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching and other wildlife crime, Toyota South Africa Motors has donated a brand new Hilux Double Cab 4×4 valued at approximately R546 500 to ...

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Stormsriver Adventures Wins Sustainable Tourism Awards

MOMBASA, Kenya, 18 October 2018 – Stormsriver Adventures has been awarded two Sustainable Tourism accolades presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 79th Skål World Congress in Mombasa today. The awards were attained in the 2018 Skål International ‘Tour Operators and Travel ...

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Komodo Cruise: The Apex of Luxury in Indonesia

Komodo Cruise Yacht Indonesia

Cruising the calm Indonesian seas aboard an elegant 54-meter yacht is one of the best ways to explore Komodo Island to the fullest. A well-planned cruise around Komodo Island will enable you to experience all that this awesome destination has ...

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Africa’s Leading Luxury Train Award Winner

The Blue Train

The iconic Blue Jewel of South Africa, The Blue Train, walked away with Africa’s Leading Luxury Train accolade at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018 held at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South ...

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African Megacities To Lead Population Growth

Africas’ megacities will lead global population growth between 2017 to 2030, reflecting their potential for hospitality and tourism development as the last major continent to undergo urbanisation.  According to the global market research company, Euromonitor International‘s new report, “Megacities: Developing Country Domination,” ...

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Big Names To Talk Big Data At Wine And Food Conference

If we don’t know what we don’t know, how can we tap into the true potential of South Africa’s wine and food tourism, argues tourism maven Margi Biggs. The convener of this year’s The Business of Wine & Food Tourism ...

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Chinese Etiquette: a Guide for Business Events

Chinese-Etiquette-a-Guide-for-Business-Events

If you’re visiting China for the first time you may be unfamiliar with their culture and etiquette, especially when it comes to business customs and protocol. Chinese culture puts a strong emphasis on respect and politeness. Preserving a harmonious environment ...

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Mozambique Ranked Greenest Country In The World

As global citizens celebrate World Environment Health Day today, research from energy comparison experts MoneySuperMarket reveals that Mozambique causes the least impact on the world’s climate while South Africa is listed as Africa’s biggest polluter. As research into climate change continues, it only ever becomes ...

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Africa Albida Tourism Scoops Top Enviro Award

HARARE, Zimbabwe, September 2018 – Hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism won the Environmental Award at the 25th Annual Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) Awards ceremony on Saturday 1st September 2018, after launching a major recycling project in Victoria Falls. ...

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Weekly SA Forex Update

SOUTH AFRICA, Monday 17 September 2018 –  After the recent doom and gloom, last week finally brought some welcome relief for us Springbok supporters, and it wasn’t a bad week for the Rand either! By Bruce Burnett. These are the mid rates ...

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KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018 Winners

SANI PASS, KwaZulu-Natal, 13 September 2018 – Thirty-three of KwaZulu-Natal’s top tourism and hospitality businesses were tonight honoured with prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards. See the full list at the end of this article Hailed as ‘the best of the ...

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Renewable Energy Boost For Angola

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 13 September 2018 – The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank,  has approved a US$1 million grant to Independent Power Producers (IPP) in Angola to encourage private investment in renewable energy. The SEFA grant, ...

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Innovative Dining: The Flavours Of Fynbos

TWO foraging experts are set to take delegates at the upcoming The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference on an exciting journey of innovative taste discovery. Fervent foodie and restaurateur, Kobus van der Merwe, of Oep ve Koep and Wolfgat restaurants ...

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Orient Hotel Wins Best Hotel Wine List In The World

LONDON, UK, 12 September 2018 – South Africa’s Orient Boutique Hotel – home of the acclaimed Restaurant Mosaic – has won the Best Hotel Wine List in the World for 2018 beating off strong competition from around the globe. In ...

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Emirates Wins Gold at Global Awards

JOHANNESBURG, 12 September 2018 – Emirates airline’s fully-enclosed First Class Private Suites, launched in November last year on its Boeing 777 aircraft, has been awarded gold by Future Travel Experience (FTE) in the “Up in the Air” category. The FTE Global ...

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Growing the South African Economy For All

CAPE TOWN, 12 September 2018 – The following remarks were delivered by the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, during an urgent debate on ways to mitigate South Africas’ economic recession in Parliament today.  Honourable Members, The choice we face as ...

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The Art of Recycling and Smart Hospitality

What do single-use straws and used bedding have in common? Both contribute to waste on the part of hospitality businesses, only the former is a contributor to a global pollution challenge, while the latter is more of a nuisance in ...

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#CelebrateThailand This #TourismMonth

It’s THAI TIME in South Africa, with the focus over this #TourismMonth firmly on this popular Southeast Asian tourism destination. Initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT – SA office) #CelebrateThailand will see a month-long celebration of all things ...

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WTTC Calls For Action

LISBON, Portugal, 11 September 2019 – Long-term planning with communities at the centre; increasing resilience by preparing for crises; and transitioning to a seamless traveller journey through the use of technology have been highlighted during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ...

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First Captive-born Cheetah Released at Kuzuko Lodge

CAPE TOWN, Paarl, 07 September 2018 – Cheetah Experience Ashia hosted guests and media at their cheetah sanctuary today to officially announce and celebrate the release of their first captive-born cheetah into the protected wild at Kuzuko Lodge, a private ...

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UNWTO Call To Action: Driving Transformation in Tourism

Put yourself in the shoes of the 20th Century traveller; just a couple of years ago, the avid explorer would watch interesting programmes on TV or head to the library to research destinations. Then they’d head to a travel agent ...

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Epicurean Edutainment At ON19 Restaurant

A unique epicurean edutainment experience has been launched at The Westin Cape Town hotel’s lofty ON19 Restaurant. Labelled as ‘1ON19’, the Executive Chef presents a 5-course menu focusing on one single ingredient paired with one particular cultivar sourced from vineyards ...

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