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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does SA Need Two B2B Travel Trade Shows?

Does the tourism industry in South Africa benefit from the concept of B2B travel trade shows, and if so, is the presence of two major trade shows in an emerging market like South Africa sustainable? By Des Langkilde. The Stats ...

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Middle East’s ‘The Hotel Show’ Brand Launches in Africa

The Hotel Show Africa 2017, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 25-27 June 2017, aims to boost the African hospitality market that already has more than 350 new hotel projects in development. dmg events – Middle East, Asia ...

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Join the Global Blog-It Influencer Summit

Tourism Tattler has joined the Global Travel Blogger & Social Media Influencer Summit as a media partner. This event will be convened in India from 26 – 28 September 2017. Bloggers and influencers have emerged as the key channels of ...

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Quality Control in Events Management

This article reviews the steps needed to maintain consistent quality through project management principles that are the hallmark of successful events. By Beaulah du Toit. The classic project management triangle clearly indicates that failure or reduction of any one of ...

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Sports & Tourism Experts Gather for SETE 2016

The 6th Sports & Events Tourism Exchange CONNECT EDITION, hosted by the City of Tshwane, from 25 to 27 October 2016, has already attracted a panel of experts from an array of countries to share leading global-trends with local audiences. ...

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African Tourism Boards Head for London

Visitors to WTM London 2016 will have the opportunity to talk to all the major African tourism boards as the region continues to raise its profile at the leading global event for the travel industry. By Simon Press. From established ...

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Call for IIPT Global Peace Park Nominations

An initiative of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), in collaboration with the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and SKAL International, the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project aims to circle the earth with over 2,000 Peace Parks ...

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Quantifying Sports Tourism

Sports Tourism is considered one of the largest and fastest-growing of all markets. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), sports tourism contributed $600 billion to the global travel and tourism economy in 2014. By Des Langkilde. The ...

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Robust Debate at SATSA 2016 Conference

The 44th edition of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) annual conference was convened at Pine Lake Inn, in White River, from 21 to 24 July 2016. The three day event, preceded by a golf day, was a phenomenal ...

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Connect with Sports & Events Tourism Experts

The 6th Edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange will be convened at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Tshwane from 25 to 27 October 2016, and will be hosted in a CONNECT format − dedicated to maximising ...

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Yoga & Wine

We all know that the term ‘wine pairing’ is associated with food; the process of pairing food dishes with different wine cultivars to enhance the dining experience. But did you know that wine and yoga is possibly the perfect pair? ...

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Review: 2016 ASEAN Tourism Forum

The 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) and the accompanying TRAVEX travel trade show, held in Manila recently, once again highlighted why this region is such a popular tourist destination. With experiences that range from extravagant ...

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Organic Food for Conscious Conferencing

By Des Lamgkilde As GMO (genetically modified organism) food concerns continue to be a top priority for the general public, the demand for organic food is growing, but are professional conference organisers taking advantage of this trend when planning catering ...

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4 Big Ideas 4 Green Meetings

The colour green is often associated with plants and nature, which is why the term ‘green meetings’ is associated with sustainable procurement practices, writes Des Langkilde. Likewise, the idiom ‘give the green light’ means “go”, so if you are working ...

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Big Ideas for Large Meetings

The previous two posts on this theme looked at 4 Big Ideas 4 Small Meetings (for up to 12 executives), and Big Ideas for Medium Meetings (for up to 80 people). This post concludes the theme for large sized meeting ...

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Big Ideas for Medium Meetings

My previous post looked at 4 Big Ideas 4 Small Meetings (for up to 12 executives), and this post expands on that theme for medium sized meeting venues (for up to 80 people), writes Des Langkilde. Reynolds Room at The ...

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Big Ideas for Small Meetings

Getting big ideas from your corporate leadership team at strategy meetings is enhanced when small meetings are held at a venue away from the work environment, writes Des Langkilde. Here are four big ideas for a small meeting venue and ...

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Status of Festivals in South Africa

Recent research into the status of festivals in South Africa has produced some interesting findings, writes Prof Melville Snyman. The TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) research focus area at the North-West University, wanted to determine how many ...

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Amazing Festivals in Africa 2016

Here’s Tourism Tattler’s selection of amazing music and cultural festivals taking place in Africa during 2016 and should be in every cultural tourism itinerary for unique experiences. BOTSWANADithubaruba Cultural Festival 03 September 2016 Hosted by Molepolole’s Kgari Sechele Museum, this ...

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016

The ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) Tourism Forum will be taking place in Manila, Philippines from 18 to 25 January 2016, writes Des Langkilde According the World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest report on the Philippines (The Economic Impact ...

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Seychelles Carnival 2016 – April 22-24

The Seychelles Tourism Board has confirmed the dates of the 2016 edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria, the event set to continue to bring together the different cultures and people from around the world to one place. Dubbed ...

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ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress

I’ve attended travel trade conferences aplenty over the years, but ATA’s World Congress has set the bar in terms of programme content and quality speakers, writes Des Langkilde. The Africa Travel Association (ATA) 40th Annual World Congress held in Nairobi, ...

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World Luxury Hotel Awards

Every year the world’s finest hotels are assessed and critiqued to sift out the very best of the best in their offerings of exclusive world-class accommodation, writes Michelle Snyman. The World Luxury Hotel Awards are responsible for rewarding these legends ...

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Future of the Commonwealth Games

This year’s Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) conference, which takes place from 28 to 29 October 2015 in Tshwane, will again focus on the need for the Industry to support Durban in its preparations over the next seven years ...

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Venue Review: Fancourt, South Africa

When it comes to South African venues that are capable of hosting the entire spectrum of MICE events to 5-star standards, Fancourt certainly delivers beyond expectation, writes Des Langkilde. Fancourt, located just 7km from George Airport in South Africa’s Western ...

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Viability of Golf Estates in Africa

Golf Tourism generates R29.2 billion and creates 50 000 jobs in South Africa. The overall worth across Africa is estimated to be R58.4 billion, writes Jacques Maritz. “There are 54 million golfers worldwide of which 25% will definitely take golf ...

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WTM Buyers Club Benefits

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Three Industries – One Event

The annual Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), now in its fifth year, is the only event of its kind in Southern Africa and provides a platform that brings together businesses from the Sports, Events and Tourism industries, writes Jacques ...

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2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards Judging

Earlier this year, South African Tourism invited members of the tourism industry to form part of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards adjudication panel. This invitation was well-received, with the cream of the industry offering to do service on the Lilizela ...

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Interview with Simon Press – WTM 2015

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Conscious Conferencing

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch coined the phrase ‘Conscious Conferencing’. Des Langkilde investigates this claim and finds it to be more than just a marketing ploy – it’s an historical commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices. Following my Spier ...

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Weddings: Stats, Trends & Budgets

Is the global wedding industry, estimated to be worth $298 billion* on the rise or declining? The statistics, trends and wedding budgets reveal some interesting facts, writes Des Langkilde. Considering that the average marriage age in South Africa is 29 ...

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SATSA 2015 Conference Registration Opens

The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is looking forward to welcoming you to South Africa’s Eastern Cape province in August for our annual conference. The conference kicks off at Fancourt from 14h00 on Thursday 13th and finishes at 12h15 ...

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Weddings: Are we ready for the Millennials?

In a bid to keep their fingers on the pulse, Guvon Hotels keep a close eye on international wedding trends. In this article Christa Badenhorst looks at the Millennial generation. Often thought of as the selfie-generation, Millennials are now reaching ...

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Seychelles Biggest Event a Success

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

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Check List for Eco-Conference Venue Selection

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

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Venue Review – Spier

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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South Coast Tourism tests German waters

Beulah and Roland Mauz of African Dive Adventures met with South Coast Tourism’s CEO Mr Justin Mackrory, to join them at the Das Boot Skou held in Dusseldorf, Germany from 17-25 January. And this proved to be no ordinary consumer ...

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IIPT Symposium in South Africa

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is convening a World Symposium on Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport to be held at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, from the 16th to the 19th of February ...

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Sunny and Safe season for KZN South Coast

From Scottburgh, Umdoni area right to down Port Edward in the South and more to be confirmed in the famed and breathtaking hinterland – the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is offering a splashdown of note. Young and old, adventurous or ...

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How the right venue can elevate your brand

Selecting the right venue for a conference, an event, or an exhibition is important for building, maintaining and protecting the image and brand of the host organisation, writes Nicole Turner. “The venue says something about how organisations view themselves – ...

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Successful year for KZN Conventions

The Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau (DBN KZN CB) has facilitated the hosting of 15 events in the Province between January to November 2014. This is a vast improvement against the average of 10 events per annum hosted in the Province ...

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Second Maasai Olympics – Kenya

Four thousand young Maasai warriors and their elder “fathers,” have banded together to take lion killing out of their culture and replace it with competitive sports, writes Caroline Graham. The Maasai Olympics 2014 will be held on 13 December 2014 ...

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South Africa Awards Trade for Service Excellence

The 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial and national winners were announced at glittering ceremonies across South Africa during Tourism Month in September (Free State and Gauteng in October). Tourism Tattler attended the National awards ceremony held at the Lyric Theatre ...

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South Coast Tourism’s 2014 Lilizela winners

It is with great pleasure that South Coast Tourism extends our sincerest congratulations to two of our members. These members have been awarded the highly coveted national Lilizela Tourism Award at a ceremony held on Thursday 9th October in Johannesburg. ...

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South African Tourism: Voted SA’s Best

CONGRATULATIONS to the following South African tourism establishments who have been awarded the prestigious 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards trophy and certificate in acknowledgement of Service Excellence. These images have been extracted from the November 2014 edition of the Tourism Tatter ...

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WTM Africa 2015 Preparations Underway

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Event Review – Greyville Exhibition and Events

Tourism Tattler joined over 500 media, hospitality, corporate and government event organiser representatives at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse on Thursday 18 September, to discover what the Greyville Exhibition and Events Company has to offer the travel trade. By Tourism Tattler Director, ...

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OTM-India Partners with Africa Travel Trade

OTM – India’s biggest Trade Show has partnered with the Africa travel trade by signing a Media Partnership with Tourism Tattler – Africa’s official travel trade journal. “We are pleased that Tourism Tattler has accepted our invitation to participate in ...

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SETE 2014 Builds On Hosted Buyers Success Stories

The highly-anticipated 2014 edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) exhibition and conference is fast approaching. Currently in its fourth year of existence, this exciting event is set to attract major local and international role players in the ...

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35 Seconds with WTM’s Simon Press

World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press previews WTM 2014. 1. What’s new for WTM 2014? WTM 2014 will be the best yet as World Travel Market celebrates its 35th event. This will be marked by extended opening hours to ...

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Is Online Ticketing Safe?

Online ticketing in South Africa is a growing industry as more and more people, across the generational divide, move towards purchasing tickets via the web. But what are online ticketing companies doing to ensure consumers are protected from online fraud? ...

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Tourism Exchange to Promote Africa

The Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) aims to promote Africa to the World by positioning Africa as a sports and events tourism destination. By Myra Rego. SETE further aims to encourage collaboration between the sports, events and tourism industries ...

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Earth Hour 2014 – Live Updates

A big thank you to everyone who joined Tourism Tattler’s call to unite for Earth Hour 2014. Millions of people in more than 150 countries and 7000 cities across all 7 continents came together for Earth Hour 2014 on 29 March ...

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Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24 to 27 September, aims to explore how tourism can help to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable development. The seventh annual ESTC, organised by The International Ecotourism ...

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Registration opens for The SUMMIT

Gauteng Tourism and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) have officially announced the hosting of the inaugural South African Travel & Tourism Summit now known as “The SUMMIT” to be held on the 14th and 15th October 2013 ...

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World Tourism Day – 27 September

In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September 2013 is being held under the theme Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access ...

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60 Seconds with WTM’s Simon Press

Tourism Tattler interviews Simon Press, Director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, about World Travel Market’s vital role in facilitating travel industry business and new initiatives at this year’s WTM-London event.   TT: What will WTM 2013 look like? SP: WTM 2013 will ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – August

RETOSA’s annual events calendar is aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and ...

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Conventions — Par Excellence

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) invited Tourism Tattler, as the official trade journal to SATSA, to participate in a two-day trip to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s business events capabilities and facilities and to attend the annual South African ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – July

RETOSA’s annual events calendar is aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – June

RETOSA has launched an annual events calendar aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, ...

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80 000 Bikers hit KZN South Coast

Africa Bike Week, the largest free motorcycle rally in Africa, took place from Friday 26 to 29 April in Margate KwaZulu-Natal attracting over 80 000 enthusiasts and visitors. By Nadia Louw. The 110th Anniversary celebrations kicked off in Milwaukee in ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – MAY 2013

RETOSA has launched an annual events calendar aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, ...

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Vacation Lightly

Going on a vacation can often make a large difference to the impact that one has upon the environment.  The carbon emissions from air and road travel are well known but some of the other issues such as the environmental ...

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BRICS Africa – A boost for Tourism

The fifth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit, which ended in Durban on March 27, resulted in several significant agreements, including the creation of a BRICS Business Council. However, the real benefit to the country from a ...

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Carnival of Carnivals a spectacular success

The third edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria held in Seychelles from 08 to 10 February has once again lived up to its reputation of being the ‘Carnaval des Carnavals’, writes Des Langkilde. With twenty international groups and countries ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – February 2013

RETOSA has launched an annual events calendar aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, ...

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Of MICE and CATS for a better bottom-line

The MICE Academy’s second focus session for travel operators, venues, DMCs will be held on 13 February, writes Helen Brewer. The MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) Academy will holding a session to focus tour and travel operators, venues, DMCs with ...

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Carnaval International de Victoria

This years Carnaval International de Victoria will see the world’s best carnivals flying to Seychelles for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island’s 2013 carnival. These world best carnivals will be parading side by side followed by cultural troupes from the Community ...

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Durban ready to welcome India’s Travel Agents

Preparations for the TAFI International Convention, to be held in the ICC, Durban from 24-26 February 2013 are well under way. This important travel meeting for the travel industry in India comes at a particularly significant time, just before the ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – February 2013

RETOSA has launched an annual events calendar aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, ...

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Of MICE and CATS for a better bottom-line

The difference between the term MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) and Business Tourism is the focus, writes Helen Brewer. MICE are focused on the requirements of the end-user. The end-users are the decision-makers (buyers) for holding a MICE gathering and ...

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Seychelles Carnaval 8-10 February 2013

The Carnaval International de Victoria that is held annually in Victoria, Seychelles will this year see the world’s best and most popular carnivals flying to Seychelles for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island’s 2013 carnival. These world best carnivals will be ...

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Durban prepares to host Travel Agents from India

With just over a month to go for the first Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) Convention on African soil (24 to 27 February 2013), Tourism KwaZulu-Natal in partnership with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and African Link ...

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TAFI Convention 2013

Message from the SATSA President As President of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) I look forward  to welcoming  the delegates of the Travel Agents Federation of India to the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in February 2013. ...

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All systems go for AFCON Tournament

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which kicks off in South Africa from 19 January to 10 February, will see 16 soccer teams from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) play a total of 32 matches at 5 host ...

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Durban’s Top Gear Festival Economic Impact Results

An economic impact study on the Top Gear Festival hosted in Durban on 16 and 17 June at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and People’s Park in Durban KwaZulu-Natal has been released and the results are outstanding, writes Anne Fyfe-Hitchings. At ...

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SA Tourism promises shorter and more impactful INDABA in 2013

Known all over the world for its wildlife tourism attractions and now also forging a global reputation as a lifestyle mecca and world leader in responsible tourism, South Africa continues to be a major draw-card for both established and emerging ...

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TAFI Convention 2013 dates confirmed

The dates for the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) convention in South Africa have been confirmed as 24 to 27 February 2013. The event is being hosted by SATSA and sponsored by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, in the beautiful city of ...

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