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Alternative Hotels Debate at #THINCAfrica2017

With the rise of the sharing economy and collaborative consumption, concepts such as shared-holiday ownership, aggregators, Airbnb and hybrid hotels are becoming increasingly popular in the global hospitality sector, and Africa is no exception. This has prompted THINC Africa to ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #8

I start this edition with a quote I really appreciate from Winston Churchill: “You cannot reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks.” Whether the masses realize it yet or not, Seychelles is facing challenging ...

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Game Lodge Whitepaper to Launch at #THINCAfrica2017

Travel and tourism in Africa are often synonymous with wildlife safaris. As tourism in sub-Saharan Africa grows there is an increasing demand for wildlife safari experiences ranging from day trips to multi-week adventures; from self-catering lodges and moving camps to luxury ...

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A Mix of Marriages

Weddings are one of the most universal traditions on the planet yet they are celebrated differently by everyone. Tying the knot in any culture comes with a list of different rituals and traditions and, family dynamics aside, there are many ...

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Sandton Convention Centre makes 67 Minutes Count with Stop Hunger Now

14 July 2017 – In the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day, volunteers from all over the country and globe gathered at Sandton Convention Centre, tasked with the simple act of packing meals for underprivileged children as part of the Stop ...

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MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa Scoop Prestigious Awards

MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa has been named as a top hotel within the Seychelles in the 24th Annual World Travel Awards, celebrated in early July. This year’s prestigious World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony was held in the ...

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aha Makalali Completes Private Tented Camp

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

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Join Bottelary Hills for a Scottish Braai

Chef George Jardine will fan the flames for a celebrated food and wine feast on 27 August at the Kaapzicht Wine Estate. What on earth is a Scottish Braai? To find out, join the Stellenbosch wine route of Bottelary Hills ...

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Poor Viz Delay ORTIA Flights

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

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #7

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

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Heritage High Jinks at Gabriëlskloof Estate this September

Mzansi Tapas Tasters and Long-table Braai Feast to wallow in ubuntu. It’s time for heritage high jinks at Gabriëlskloof when this wine and olive estate invites you to savour ubuntu spirit in true Overberg style with its month-long offering of ...

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Bot River Explodes with Colour for 2017 Spring Weekend

Follow the rainbow for fanciful farm hopping and pantry shopping. Let the bluebird of happiness lead you over the rainbow when the annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River on 1-3 September and a kaleidoscope ...

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Corporates for 4th Mandela Day Charity Soccer Tournament

Corporates line up for the 4th Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament, hosted by Adverb. The 4th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament took place at Fives Futbol, Century City on Mandela Day, ...

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Uganda Launches Tourism Investment Forum

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

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South African In Top 25 In Global Meetings Industry

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

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

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

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Melt the cold away with Swiss Cheese Fondue at Eikendal Vineyards

What better way to escape the chill of the Cape winter than a cosy evening with friends, a shared Swiss cheese fondue and exquisite wine at iconic Eikendal Vineyards. Owned by the Swiss family Saager, Eikendal is embracing the best ...

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Air Mauritius Wins World Travel Awards

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

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TGCSA Welcomes 64 new Members

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

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SAFPAR New Product Explores New Waters

Safari Par Excellence (SAFPAR), one of Zambia’s leading adventure specialists, offers an exciting new activity – the Zambezi River Expedition – which provides adventure travellers with the ultimate get-away-from-it-all experience. Based in Livingstone, SAFPAR’s fleet of jet boats whisk guests ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #5

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

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FEDHASA Cape Announces Leadership Bursary Recipient

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

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Golf Packages For Fancourt’s Heritage Tournament

In celebration of South Africa’s Heritage Day, and twenty-three years of democracy, avid golfers are reminded of the annual Fancourt Heritage Classic from 20 – 25 September 2017, where they look forward to spending their Heritage weekend captivated by the ...

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UK Media Headline Rhino Poaching Crisis in SA

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

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Help Create South Africa’s Ultimate Journey

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

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A Lion Roars and Technology Listens

Lion Roars Hotels and Lodges have remained under the radar in the highly competitive arena of the hotel management industry for two decades, almost unnoticed yet always present. With early beginnings as a family-owned and -managed Hospitality Company, the group ...

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New Executive Director Appointed at BON Hotels

The board of BON Hotels is delighted to welcome Paul Umoh, who has been appointed Executive Director of Operations at BON Hotels International West Africa, taking over from the late Pieter Bekker, who had mentored him over the past 13 ...

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Conscious Conferencing Tips

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

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Eco-Friendly Tours: Coffeebeans Routes

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

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Eco-Friendly Guesthouse: Parker Cottage

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

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Spier

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

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Celebrating Lalibela’s Economic Impact

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

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Economic Development in Africa

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

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Hotel Valuation Index: Africa

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

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A Ranger’s View On Rhino Poaching

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

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Exploring Zanzibar

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

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8 Reasons to Attend THINC Africa 2017

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

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Property Review: Town Lodge Midrand

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

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Consumer Goods & Services Ombudsman – Part 1

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

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #4

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

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Cradle of Food & Wine Festival

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

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Cape Royale Expands Portfolio

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

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Tourists for Africa: Why Switzerland is the Best Market

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

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #3

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

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SA Tourism Hosts ‘We do Tourism’ Roadshow

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

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Dining for a Cause: The Art Of Conservation

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

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Club Travel Corporate Launches GetThere

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

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Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project Protect Wildcats

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

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Fancourt Wins Spa Award

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

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Cape Comoot Boosts Western Cape Heritage Destinations

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

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Guvon Expands Footprint To Pretoria

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

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