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Three Tree Hill Re-Brands

Three Tree Hill (formerly known as Three Trees at Spioenkop) are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the Blackburn family have re-aligned the brand to reflect their steadfast philosophy of sustainable tourism with old-fashioned authentic luxury, ...

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Green Destinations to Present Mass Tourism Solutions

New approaches to tourism are urgently required to stop the trend of mass tourism becoming increasingly intrusive and disruptive to local communities. On the occasion of World Tourism Day and the launch of the 2017 Sustainable Destinations Top 100, Green ...

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SA Unveils Triple-Win Bid to Host #RWC2023

A South African Rugby World Cup in 2023 would be an unbeatable triple-win, the World Rugby Council was told in London on Monday 25 September when SA Rugby made their case to host the 10th Rugby World Cup tournament. A ...

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A Celebration of World Tourism

This infographic prepared by Mary Smith of TheEurope.com shows that African countries are amongst the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, with Egypt ranking 2nd at 5.26 million visitors and Tunisia taking 5th place at 5.7 million visitors in ...

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How to Improve Business Deals at Events

To improve business deals through online matchmaking at events and create a win-win situation for destinations and delegates in the Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Events (MICE) industry, Pitch and Match has added a ‘Flexible Categories and Tags’ capability to its ...

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Ford Provides Grants for Conservation in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Conservation and related education projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania have gained new impetus following the provision of $ 20 000 (USD) grants to leading environmental organisations by the Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has ...

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SA Tourism Appoints Chief Strategy Officer

Friday, September 22, 2017 – South African Tourism CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona, today announced that Ms Bashni Muthaya has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of South African Tourism effective 1st October 2017. “As an insight and research-driven organisation, the appointment of ...

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ITB Asia 2017 to Debate the Future of Travel

Singapore, 21 September 2017 – Cementing its status as ‘Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show’, ITB Asia 2017 will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an exciting view to the future of travel and tourism. Under the conference theme “The Future of ...

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St. Regis Appoints New Marketing Director

Qatar, Doha: September 21, 2017 – The St. Regis Doha has announced the appointment of Rebecca Platt as Director of Marketing to join as part of their Executive Committee. With over 15 years marketing experience in the hospitality industry, Rebecca ...

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5 Myths on Africa to Debunk before Travelling

When I tell my overseas colleagues that I focus on the African continent as a travel writer and blogger, almost all respond with some form of incredulous hyperbole or unfounded advice. And, I just can’t resist noting some of the ...

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Vietnam Visa Guide for South African Citizens

A visa is a necessary authorization for a foreigner to enter or exit a country granted by that country. If you are a South African citizen or currently in this country and want to visit Vietnam, check out Vietnam visa ...

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BON Hotels CEO calls for SA Hotel Management companies to consolidate

“There’s not enough room at the Inn.” That’s according to Guy Stehlik, CEO of South African-based hotel management company BON Hotels. Speaking at the recent THINC Africa Hotel Investment Conference in Cape Town, Stehlik said that there are approximately 78 ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism Report #15

Change, for the benefit of the country, and change for the betterment of the People is necessary to avoid stagnation, which is often the result of the same old record playing for much too long. This statement leads to my ...

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Seychelles and China Sign Tourism Agreement

Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the Seychelles’ Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and Dr Li Jinzao, the Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tourism cooperation. The MoU was signed ...

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National Braai Tour Ends in Port Elizabeth

The 2017 National Braai Tour made their final heritage stop at the Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth, after seven days of excellent sight-seeing and road-tripping through South Africa. After spending the penultimate night of the Tour at the SANParks Storms River ...

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SA Zimbabwean Exemption Permits Open Online

South Africa, 15 September 2017. Holders of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP), that is due to expire on 31 December 2017, are now able to apply for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) as recently announced by the South African ...

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Why South Africa Should Host the 2023 Rugby World Cup

With just days to go before South Africa presents its bid in the UK (on 25 September), here are all the reasons why South Africa should win the bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. South Africa is ready financially and ...

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Reunion Reports Increase in South African Arrivals

Reunion Island is growing in popularity for South African travellers who have contributed significantly to the 145% growth in visitor arrivals to the island recorded in the first half of 2017. South African travellers are accustomed to seeking out a spur-of-the-moment, well-deserved break ...

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South African Art and Culture Hits New York

September 15th 2017, JOHANNESBURG – South African Tourism’s US office is taking an innovative approach to growing the country’s arts, culture and heritage offering with the announcement of a month-long partnership with Citi Bike which will bring South Africa’s unique ...

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Hotel Innovations Assist Cape Town Water Crisis

In a bid to save water, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa’s (FEDHASA) Cape region is encouraging their members, and the Cape Town hotel industry at large, to find new and innovative ways to save water. In this article, ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: LUX Resorts & Hotels

LUX* Resorts and Hotels has embarked on a journey towards a carbon-clean future, known as ‘Tread Lightly’. Working with Ecosur Afrique, LUX* asks for a voluntary donation of €1 per room night – 32.5 per cent of which goes towards ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Asilia Africa

Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to the Asilia stable of ecotourism camps.  As an impact company, Asilia is a leader in the African eco-tourism industry. ...

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Tour Operators’ Charter for Sustainable Tourism

The important role that Tour Operators play in lowering the impact of mass tourism on local communities, economies and natural attractions is underestimated, and, indeed, under recognised. By Greg McManus. Most often it is left to the product owners themselves ...

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How to Tread Lightly in Ecotourism

As a travel writer, I’ve visited many sustainable tourism destinations and eco-friendly hotels across the world. They’re doing their bit but how can you, as an eco-conscious traveller, play your part? By Holly Tuppen. Here are a few simple tips ...

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Why Join the Fair Trade Tourism?

In an industry regarded as being critical to economic growth and development and one that offers such potential for the empowerment and upliftment of impoverished communities and the protection of sensitive ecosystems, it is essential that we have some way ...

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African Airports Project Growth for Remainder of 2017

An analysis of seat capacity for travel to the top ten international airports in Africa, produced by ForwardKeys, shows double digit growth in flight arrivals for the first half of this year with little indication that the pace of growth ...

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The Revenue Journey – Part 1: Taking the plunge

We all know that revenue management has been around for a while. When we book our airline tickets, prices change based on the time, demand, class of booking, routing and other factors. Then, about 25 years ago, hotels started to ...

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Africa Records 18 Million International Arrivals

According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 percent in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted ...

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Africa Hotel Valuation Index 2017

HVS, the global hospitality consulting firm and host of the THINC Africa conference, launched their 2017 African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) at the conference. This year sees the fourth edition of the African HVI, which includes more markets and increasing ...

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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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Property Review: City Lodge Hotel V&A Waterfront

If you’re checking into the City Lodge Hotel Victoria And Alfred Waterfront, ask for a room on the 1st floor as these have balconies from which you can truly appreciate the views across the Roggebaai Canal precinct towards the City ...

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Property Review: Cape St. Francis Resort

There are not that many holiday resorts in South Africa that are both family-friendly and pet-friendly, so discovering that Cape St. Francis Resort is both was a pleasant surprise. By Des Langkilde. A surprise to me that is, but not ...

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Social Media & Defamation – Part 1

As we are all no doubt quite aware, social media has to a large extent become the medium of choice not only to publicize and disseminate information but also to glean information. Due to the ubiquitous nature of the social ...

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5 Tips for Long Distance Bus Travel

As a student who attends university 11 hours from home, I spend a lot of time travelling long-distance. And being a student means that I have more time than money, so flying is not an option. Bus transport may be ...

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Vehicle Review: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX

I’ve always been fascinated by the names that vehicle manufacturers bestow on their cars, and test driving fiery new Suzuki Ignis, this SUV certainly lives up to its chosen epithet. By Des Langkilde. The meaning of the Latin noun Ignis ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism Report #14

My quote for this week is another one by the legendary Nelson Mandela as he worked to get more people to join the public life of his country. “No Single Person, No Body of Opinion, No Political Doctrine, No Religious ...

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A Little Goes a Long Way

On Saturday 2 September 2017, Jade & Velvet hosted their annual charity event at De La Paix, to raise funds for the FASt Forward Fund. This year’s theme was “A little goes a long way” and attendees enjoyed a fun-filled ...

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Beverly Hills Young Chef Scoops Cape Legends Interhotel Challenge 2017

Described as the ‘Oscars of the hotel world’, the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge has become a red-letter annual event on the hotel industry calendar. The role of the competition is to provide a vehicle and public platform for creating an ...

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#LilizelaAwards17 Provincial Finalists Unveiled

The exciting moment of truth is nearing for the 500 provincial finalists in the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards, as the South African travel industry gathers to honour its brightest, finest and most admired tourism businesses. South African Tourism announced ...

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Connecting with millennials

Connecting with millennials protel by Ankerdata launch mobile concierge and booking app with ConnectHOTEL The use of smartphones to book hotel rooms has increased significantly over the past few years with some statistics claiming this number to be well over ...

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Why the Best Part of a Journey is in the Planning

When we think of travelling, we almost only ever think of the destination. We think of the end goal; the destined place, and we see ourselves there, wherever that may be. But how often do we think of the actual ...

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Celebrating Best Hotels, GMs and Students in Africa

The inaugural THINC Africa Awards were designed to honour and celebrate the best hotels, professionals and students in the industry. The winners were announced at the second annual THINC Africa conference, on Wednesday night. “Congratulations to the winners! The THINC ...

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Wine Auction Raises R22m for Education

The annual Cape Wine Auction (CWA), sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth, has set a local philanthropic precedent as the wine industry unites to raise funds to benefit education in the South African winelands. In February it raised more than R22 ...

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Peninsula All-Suite Hotel Wins THINC Africa Award

The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel was celebrated for their excellence with a Special Recognition General Manager of the Year Award, presented to Chris Godenir during the Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) which took place on the 30th to the ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism Report #13

My quote for this week’s report is one by the Bishop Denis Wiehe, the very respected Roman Catholic Bishop of Port Victoria from his 2013 New Year Message. “Respect for each person is the basis for true democracy” Often and ...

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Gauteng Wins Meetings Africa Bid

Gauteng is the successful bidder to host South African Tourism’s strategic business events trade show, Meetings Africa, for the next five years following a comprehensive bidding process. The decision means that Meetings Africa will be hosted by Gauteng Tourism Authority ...

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Cape Town Golf Festival Here To Stay

Cape Town’s inaugural Golf Festival, arranged specifically to address the multiple challenges associated with seasonality and boost tourism numbers in the Western Cape during winter has been lauded as “a huge success” and is “here to stay”. The event was ...

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Cathay Pacific Appoints Country Manager for South Africa

Cathay Pacific has appointed Ashish Kapur as the Country Manager for South Africa and the airline’s Indian Ocean regions, taking over from Rakesh Raicar as of September 2017. Locally he will be responsible for all aspects of the business from ...

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Seychelles Tourism Signs MOU with Seoul Tourism

Sherin Francis, Chief Executive officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Seoul Tourism Association (STA), while on a working visit to Korea. The MOU was counter signed by Mr Jeongrok Park, the Vice ...

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A Quick Glance at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens lie on the shores of one of Africa’s biggest lakes. It’s situated near the capital of Uganda, Kampala and is also relatively close to its main airport, which welcomes international visitors on a daily basis. The ...

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Free entry at Cape Point during SANParks Week

South Africans have free access to Cape Point Nature Reserve during SANParks (South African National Parks) Week from 18 to 22 September. Cape Point is also offering a two-for-the-price-of-one-adult ticket to ride on the funicular, which means that a trip to the reserve ...

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