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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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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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The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the names of seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top tourism industry post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this year. ...

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Tourism Safety Communication in South Africa

A focussed public-private partnership approach for the South African tourism industry to positively inform potential visitors on safety and security issues is imperative for the country to compete as a safe destination on the global tourism stage. Here’s the Who, ...

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New Year Message from UNWTO

Dear friends, I write to you as I begin my final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position I have been privileged to hold for almost seven years at an Agency I have been proud to serve for the past decade. ...

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ICTP Statement: Jordan & Berlin Terror Attacks

On behalf of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners, I would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to the victims and their loved ones affected by the criminal attacks in Jordan, and in Berlin during December 2016. Both incidents ...

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Accessible Tourism Etiquette

How does one communicate with people with disabilities? What language should one use to write or talk about people with disabilities? What is the etiquette when meeting a blind person or a wheelchair user? How much can one expect of ...

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Linking the Tourism Chain

September is National Tourism Month in South Africa, and aims to celebrate the country’s tourism industry and the value it adds to the economy. In this article, I share my views on the importance and value of a well-run tourism ...

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Cover Story August 2016

Our August edition front cover reflects the happy disposition of staff members at Lentaba Safari Lodge, located in the Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. A fitting image considering that South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day on ...

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Cover Story – July 2016

The July edition front cover features a pair of cheetah at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa (see page 11). Note: Click on the hyper-linked page numbers to download the particular magazine pages in ...

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Cover Story June 2016

The June edition front cover of the Tourism Tattler Trade Journal magazine features the awesome Storms River Mouth on South Africa’s Garden Route. Explore this untouched playground by kayak, lilo, scuba or snorkel with Untouched Adventures. Founded by Marthinus and ...

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Cover Story May 2016

The May edition of the Tourism Tattler Trade Journal front cover features a pair of young Cheetah at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve. Three cheetah cubs were rescued from a Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth after their mother was killed, and Inkwenkwezi ...

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Cover Story – April 2016

By Mandlakazi Skefile The April edition of the Tourism Tattler Trade Journal’s front cover features the Donkin Memorial, which commemorates the city of Port Elizabeth and South Africa’s colonial past.  Erected by Rufane Shaw Donkin, who named the rising seaport ...

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Media Accreditation for Associations

Traditional payment for advertising and content marketing costs are a major drain to non-profit organisation budgets, so Tourism Tattler has developed a barter deal based on the concept of “what we can give you in return” rather than “how much ...

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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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Cover Story January 2016

Our January 2016 cover shows an image of the universe – an appropriate metaphor for the 2015 Luxury Hotel Awards winners – each of whom have attained stardom in their respective fields of recognition (see our Accolades story on pages ...

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ATA adopted by Corporate Council on Africa

Officially announced at the New York Times Travel Show on January 8, 2016, the Africa Travel Association (ATA) will become an operating element under the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). The ATA is America’s oldest travel organization dedicated to US-Africa ...

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Cover Story – October 2015

As we enter the fourth and final business quarter for 2015, South Africa’s tourism industry continues to ‘Inspire new ways’ – a slogan that has taken on new meaning as the local tourism sector attempts to overcome the serious crises ...

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Cover Story September 2015

With September being Tourism Month in South Africa (and World Tourism Day on 27 September) it is appropriate that our cover sponsor, Fancourt is featured in this edition. Commemorating its 21st birthday this year (1994-2015), Fancourt has definitely come of ...

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Welcome to Africa Travel Association

Tourism Tattler is proud to announce its appointment as an official media partner to the Africa Travel Association (ATA). “We see our collaboration with Tourism Tattler as a platform through which to speak with one voice as collective travel trade ...

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Cover Story – August 2015

Adventure tourism is a sector of the travel industry that our August edition cover sponsor, SATIB Insurance Brokers have specialised in for many years. Obtaining tailor-made liability risk transfer cover for adventure operators is no easy task, considering the diversity ...

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Cover Story – July

Our cover for July is dedicated to the National Arts Festival – a major tourist attraction, and an important event on the South African cultural calendar. It is also the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. ...

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Cover Story – June

The June edition of Tourism Tattler focuses on the $298 billion wedding industry, with an analysis of statistics, trends and budgets for the USA and South Africa, and a look at the Millennial generation – is the wedding industry ready ...

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Cover Story – May 2015

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

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Cover Story – April 2015

Our April cover depicts the restored Slave Bell at Spier Wine Farm, which was built by Van der Byl in 1825. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. ...

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Cover Story – March 2015

Operating a successful tourism enterprise is like fitting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together without a reference – you only get to see part of the bigger picture as each of the pieces fall into place. As an analogy, ...

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Cover Story Feb 2015

February is the month of romance and our cover image, taken at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in South Africa, reflects the serenity of nature with the privacy afforded by 5-star hospitality – an ideal combination for Valentines Day celebrations. In ...

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Cover Story – January 2015

A prosperous New Year to Tourism Tattler’s readers. To me, the new year provides a new chapter in life waiting to be travelled and written. New destinations to be discovered, questions to be asked, and answers to be gleaned. But ...

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Cover Story – December 2014

Summer has arrived in southern Africa, and December heralds the start of the peak summer holiday season. Our front cover for this edition aptly portrays the long awaited lure of sand, sea and sun – an image that has no ...

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Cover Story October

With October being synonymous with beer, primarily due to the Oktoberfest, which is celebrated not just in Munich, Germany but worldwide, we thought it appropriate to dedicate this edition to the world’s favourite tipple (after water and tea). Beer is ...

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Cover Story – September 2014

September is Tourism Month, and our front cover portrait of Nelson Mandela, by digital artist *Guy Whitby, reflects the technological evolution from an analog to a digital age – a transformation that ‘Madiba’ himself lived through. In the words of ...

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Cover Story – August 2014

Our front cover for this edition features an iconic rhino viewing safari scene from the image bank of South African Tourism. The August issue of Tourism Tattler represents the 50th edition that I’ve published since taking over the media title ...

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Cover Story – July 2014

The private sector of South Africa’s travel trade needs a kick up its collective backside. I know I’m generalising here, but the industry seems to be suffering from a terminal case of apathy. There are exceptions of course, but I ...

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Cover Story – June

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

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May Cover Story

Adventure tourism is a sector of the travel industry that our May edition cover sponsor, SATIB Insurance Brokers have specialised in for many years. Obtaining tailor-made liability risk transfer cover for adventure operators is no easy task, considering the diversity ...

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April Cover Story

Kenya’s Maasai warriors can certainly jump high – but perhaps our cover image is overtly optimistic. With 01 April being notorious for April Fools’ Day pranks, we thought it appropriate to publish our own myth on a new frog species ...

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March Cover Story

Our front cover for March is dedicated to the lion (Panthera leo) − one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia (where an endangered remnant population resides in ...

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February Cover Story

Africa’s potential for regional and domestic travel is set to boom as foreign investment floods the continent and internet accessibility expands. Foreign direct investment continent-wide is expected to reach $56 billion by 2015, from $38 billion in 2012. The World Bank ...

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January Cover Story

As we enter the dawn of a new year, the Tourism Tattler January 2014 magazine looks at the trends that we could expect to shape travel and tourism during 2014 (see pages 10 -13). We also look at some amazing ...

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From the Editor’s Desk

It’s July and here on the southern tip of Africa we are into winter, but apart from being cold at nights, it has been mild so far on the Highveld – great weather for domestic holidays over the winter school ...

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Cover Story

Our magazine cover picture features Kora National Park in Kenya. This is a country that has come through some tough political times in recent years, but Murithi Ndegwa, Managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board is determined to ensure that ...

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Cover Story

The Greek philosopher Herakleitos (Heraclitus) of Ephesus foresaw the future when he said “The Only Constant In Life Is Change.” Without change all things wither into a state of what the Greeks called ‘atrophy’, or withering away. At Tourism Tattler, ...

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From the Editor’s Desk

Well, Africa’s premier travel trade show Indaba is behind us for another year, so now it’s back to work, and running our tourism businesses. And the daily work of running a business features large in this edition. This is not ...

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Cover Story

There were those who found it mildly amusing that the National Press Club made the rhino its Newsmaker of the Year for 2012.  It’s not amusing at all, in fact it reflects a tragic news story that appears in our ...

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