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Suspect African Union Meeting in Addis Ababa

Following numerous media articles and views on suspicious conduct relating to the recent UNWTO Secretary-General elections, the photograph depicted above has surfaced of African Union (AU) tourism ministers meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which according to the then Seychelles Secretary-General ...

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Durban Cruise Terminal Preferred Bidder Announced

Durban, South Africa, 30 May 2017 – The plan to position Durban as a world-class cruise capital took a step forward this morning with the announcement of the preferred bidder for the Durban Cruise Terminal – KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd ...

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New Cape Town Airport Runway Gets Go Ahead

Cape Town, South Africa 30 May 2017 – The Department of Environmental Affairs has notified Cape Town International Airport that it has authorised the proposed runway realignment and associated infrastructure planned for the airport. Header image credit: FTW Online. The department’s ...

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Klein Constantia Wins Platinum at Decanter 2017 Awards

Klein Constantia Estate’s Vin de Constance 2013 has won one of only 34 prestigious Platinum Best in Show trophies awarded at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA). This truly unique natural sweet, which is a recreation of the ...

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Classic 30s South Africa Farm on Magalies Meander

Located on the tranquil Magalies Meander and positioned under the picturesque Magaliesberg mountain range, Rustig is Gauteng’s best-kept secret. While this gem feels like an oasis, it is a mere 45-minute drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. Host your dream South ...

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Register to Attend The Hotel Show Africa 2017

With just 23 days to go, time is running out to register for free access to The Hotel Show Africa 2017, which is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa from 25-27 June 2017. Don’t miss the ...

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Almost Human Exhibit Opens in Maropeng

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an “underground astronaut”, unlocking the secrets of the origins of humanity, now’s your chance. By Thrishni Subramoney courtesy of www.maropeng.co.za The Almost Human exhibition at Maropeng, featuring the Homo Naledi discoveries, does just ...

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Defend Democracy in Africa: Help #FreeHH

Following our reports; ‘DA Leader Barred From Entering Zambia on Africa Day‘ and ‘Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day‘ South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, delivered the following remarks at a press briefing in Pretoria outside the ...

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New SATSA WC Chapter Committee Appointed

Following the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Western Cape Chapter’s annual general meeting held on Tuesday 23 May 2017, the following members were appointed to serve on the 2017-2018 committee: (Pictured from Left to Right in header image) Collin ...

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DA Leader Barred From Entering Zambia on Africa Day

Friday 26 May 2017 – In stark contrast to our Africa Day report; ‘Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day‘ South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, has been forcefully prevented from entering the Republic of Zambia, by Zambian ...

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Support for Zambian Opposition Leader’s Trial on Africa Day

Thursday 25 May 2017 – As we celebrate Africa Day, the leader of the opposition in Zambia faces trumped up criminal charges brought against him by a government intent on reversing the gains of democracy in Zambia and in Southern ...

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Marriott International To Debut the Ritz-Carlton In The Zanzibar Archipelago

Slated to open in 2021, the 90 room all-suite and villa resort will provide the quintessential Indian Ocean experience amidst an idyllic island setting  Dubai, May 25, 2017 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced the signing of an agreement with ...

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Technology to Benefit African Tourism Businesses

With an internet penetration rate of approximately 27% in Africa, there is yet a lot to be achieved; but this is an opportunity for tourism businesses to harness and benefit from. By Josephine Wawira. According to Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy, ...

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FlySafair Drops GDS Prices

Johannesburg – 24 May 2017. FlySafair announced today that it has refiled all its fares into the Global Distribution System (GDS) to offer a more competitive solution to the travel trade. New fares will start from just R1 368 including all ...

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Cape Town’s Hot New Hotel

Earlier this month one of Cape Town’s hottest new hotels opened its doors for the first time.  The Manor House stands amongst impressive company, tucked away as an annexe to the glamorous Queen Victoria Hotel, between the Sanctuary Spa and ...

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Refurbishments at BON Hotel Delta and BON Hotel Abuja, Nigeria

BON Hotel Delta will be undergoing a complete refurbishment and renovation to upgrade their facilities in line with international standards, along with designing and training staff on an excellent maintenance culture. The first phase is underway with the replacement of ...

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Zanzibar Amber Resort Signs The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar

Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited has announced The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar as the second hotel franchise to join the mega-development, Zanzibar Amber Resort. The intimate signing ceremony with Marriot International took place in Dubai on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 and is to debut ...

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Namibia Attracts Honeymooners

The world is large and your choice of honeymoon destinations is endless but with its magnificent location, accessibility and affordability you would be remiss not to consider Namibia for your honeymoon or wedding ceremony, where red desert dunes, rugged mountains ...

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Let’s Talk Business in Rwanda

Did you know that the new Kigali Convention Centre (KCC)can seat 2600 delegates, is just 10 minutes from the Kigali International Airport and has 1000 high-end rooms in close proximity? Rwanda is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for international ...

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Marriott Hotels Opens in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa 17 May, 2017 – Bringing its superior service and world-class amenities to the South African travel market, Marriott International today revealed the conversion of Cape Town’s popular African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa into a ...

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Visiting Rwanda Has Never Been Easier

With online visa applications, getting to Rwanda has never been easier! All African passport holders do not require visas prior to travel, as they get visas on arrival. Several other countries have bilateral visa exemptions. The whole visa application experience ...

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Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers Welcomes Leading Chef

Cape Town,  17 May 2017. When Henrico Grobbelaar began his working life, he started out as a polymer engineer –  a career in the field of science and industry.  It’s certainly a far cry from what he does today, having become ...

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Helping Tour Operators Sell Rwanda

The Rwanda Development Board has created a remarkable website at www.rwandaresources.com to assist tour operators and travel agents in selling Rwanda to their clients. Resources include rates and information on accommodation providers, transport providers and tours and safari ground handlers. ...

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Tips on Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for nought, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Are South Africa’s Room Rates Sustainable?

Room rates for South African hotels and lodges increased dramatically between 2016 to 2017, specifically in the 4-star and 5-star markets. Despite the rand having strengthened over the past 12 months, some properties are posting even higher rate increases for ...

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7 Steps to Successful Route Tourism Development

The following article is an edited extract from a Master of Tourism degree dissertation by Marlien Lourens, and is as valid today as it was when first drafted in 2007. Some observers describe the notion of ‘route development’ as the ...

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The Vertical Potential Of Airport Transfers

Car hire has long been the go-to-ground transport solution for travellers. But with ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft becoming ubiquitous, it’s time we started rethinking the ways in which travellers are getting to and from airports, and the ways ...

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Reunion Island: Tropical Incentive with a French Touch

In the meetings industry, no other destination has such an apt name as Île de la Réunion (The meeting Island). This tropical island is actually one of the French overseas departments and is a popular destination for exotic incentives with ...

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Four Reasons to Join ATA in Remarkable Rwanda

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) – a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) – in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will set the tone for how tourism can be utilised as an engine for economic growth ...

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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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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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The Hidden Power of Ritual in Tourism

The priceless power of rituals in travel experiences must be taken into account in marketing. By Anita Mendiratta. Walking down the busy street in Hanoi, a day of meetings over and a quiet night in the hotel ahead, he slowed his ...

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Email Marketing 101 for Tourism Business

All You Need to Know About Email Marketing for a Tourism Business. Email Marketing is one of the best advertising sales tools around. You could say that it is the pipeline through which sales reach your business, easily returning R500 to ...

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A Guide to Cultural Tourism

Cultural tourism, or culture tourism as it is sometimes called, is a type of niche tourism that attempts to represent the stories and lifestyles of the people from the past and in the present authentically. As such, it places particular ...

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Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches Pays Homage to Heritage

Chef George Jardine to enthral with traditional tastes and champion wines on 28 May, 27 August and 19 November. Discover what makes fine country food and slow-crafted wine so special when you book a seat at this year’s trio of ...

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New Reservation System for World Leisure Holidays

World Leisure Holidays, a Sun Resorts company and leading tour operator, has introduced a new reservation system, specifically tailored for ease of use by the travel trade. The system facilitates descriptive quotations to the agents, allowing all documentation to be ...

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Treat Mom this Mother’s Day

Treat mom with a trip on the red bus AND a massage this Mother’s Day! Looking to spoil mom? This Mother’s Day, mothers travelling on the City Sightseeing red bus can see the sights while having a free massage en ...

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Celebrities to Host 2017 Sanlam Top Destination Awards

For the hospitality industry, the Sanlam Top Destination Awards, recognises the best of the best and presenting this year’s awards are two profound ladies already making their mark in the South African tourism industry and media sphere. Tracey Lange and ...

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Delheim’s Jazz and Cheese Fondues

Escape the cold with a warm-hearted feast at famous Stellenbosch estate. Now’s the time to beat the rush and book your seat at the fabulous Delheim Jazz and Cheese Fondues. Held every year for over a decade, the lingering lunchtime ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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South Africa Must Develop African Hotel GMs

South Africa isn’t doing enough to ensure that the hospitality and hotel industry is attractive to people as a long-term and sustainable career. Guy Stehlik, CEO and founder of BON Hotels and Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, speaking ...

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Hilton Launches Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 2, 2017 – At a meeting in Dubai attended by Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta and Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of KFCD and Mabanee Company S.A.K, the two parties confirmed an agreement to open Bahrain’s first Hilton Hotels ...

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Kenya Tourism Board Welcomes South Africans

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has appointed a local agency, Activ8 Branding, as their local in-market representative to further enhance their marketing drive in South Africa. A structured plan has been developed aimed at enticing more South African travellers to experience the ...

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Nederburg Ranks in World’s Most Admired Wine Brands

Nederburg is the sole South African winery featured in the esteemed Drinks International ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ top 50 list this year, in 36th position.  Last year was the first time the Paarl winery was included in this prestigious ...

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UNWTO Launches Responsible Use of Ratings and Reviews

Tourism stakeholders convened in Krakow, Poland, from 26-28 April for the 13th World Tourism Organization International Congress on Ethics to underline the need to continue advancing the ethical framework of the sector. The Krakow Conference has served to present the ...

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First Group Resorts Wins at RCI OSCAS

First Group added another 23 prestigious accolades to their plethora of multiple-award winning resorts when their consistent delivery of excellence in vacation experiences was once again recognised at the industry’s esteemed RCI 29th Annual OSCAS, held on the 16th of ...

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KZN Midlands Resort Unveils First Phase of Refurbishment

Midlands Saddle and Trout, one of the few stud farm resorts in the Midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have unveiled an R16.7 million refurbishment by the First Group.  This head-to-toe makeover entails the extensive re-decorating of all 59 chalets to ...

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UNWTO Candidate St.Ange on Labour Day 2017

Monday 01 May 2017 – International Labour Day is Workers Day and the Global Tourism Industry is proud to be associated with such a worthy event.  These were the words echoed by Alain St.Ange, one of the six candidates vying for the ...

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