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Overseas Money Transfer Transaction Tips

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The technological advancements that make modern life simple and easy are also the technological advancements that come with quite in-depth considerations to make sure things work as they should. Whether you’re booking a connecting flight, designing a simple website, or ...

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An Ode to the Durban Curry

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If you can read this whole story without laughing then you’ve probably never tasted a real Durban curry. I was crying by the end… This witty narration is probably fictional – it was doing the email rounds back in 2008, ...

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How To Improve Your Writing Skills

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Tourism students often fail to obtain high grades for their academic projects because of poor quality. It’s induced because of weak writing skills. Consequently, they ought to somehow improve those skills and enhance their academic score. Oftentimes, the only salvation ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 1

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This series on Environmental Tourism is published in three parts. Part 1 deals with the main impact areas of Environmental Tourism. Environmental Tourism, – also referred to as Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Tourism – are terms rooted in the ...

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How To Resolve a Timeshare Complaint

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Resolving a timeshare complaint in southern Africa has been made a lot simpler. According to the Vacation Ownership Association of Southern Africa (VOASA), the Independent Timeshare Complaints Service (ITCS) provides a mediation role between consumers and the associations’ accredited members. ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 2

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Part 1 in this series covers environmental impacts. Part 2 deals with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Environmental Impacts of Tourism – Global Level Loss of Biological Diversity Biological diversity is the term given to the variety of life ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 3

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Part 1 in this series covered environmental impacts, while Part 2 dealt with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Part 3, deals with the environmental conservation aspect of tourism. Tourism and Environmental Conservation The tourism industry can contribute to ...

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How To Tap Into The Ecotourism Niche Market

Vallee de Mai nature reserve in Seychelles

For tourism organisations wanting to tap into the growing ecotourism niche tourism market, the International Ecotourism Society provides the answers. By Desmond Langkilde. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, ...

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How To Move On From Losing Your Job

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Anyone who has yet to experience the heart-wrenching emotional and financial turmoil of unexpectedly losing a job should count themselves lucky. Being called in for a chat with human resources and finding out you are being made redundant is pretty ...

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How To Become A Travel Photographer

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Nowadays, just about anyone with a DSLR camera can take pretty good images of iconic travel locations and publish them on social media channels like Instagram. However, becoming a successful travel photographer requires more than simply “faking it ‘til you ...

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Lockdown Offers Great Opportunities For Hotels

Clinton Armour, CEO of ANEW Hotels and Resorts

Durban, 17 April 2020 – According to  ANEW Hotels and Resorts (ANEW) chief executive officer, Clinton Armour, the COVID-19-induced lockdown provides tremendous opportunities for business growth. Many small to medium sized hotels/ lodges do not have the resources, either financial ...

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Hospitality & Destination Reviews – Apply Now

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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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DA Proposes Smart Lockdown Solution

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Cape Town, 13 April 2020 – The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be submitting their Smart Lockdown working paper to President Cyril Ramaphosa today. The DA’s Policy Unit has been working with healthcare and financial experts, policy specialists, and their Shadow ...

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South Africa Extends Lockdown by 14 Days

COVID-19 South Africa Lockdown

Pretoria, 09 April 2020 – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this evening that the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown is being extended by a further two weeks. This follows the Presidents’ address of 15 March, when he announced measures to combat the spread of ...

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A Message of Courage in a Time of Crisis

Brett Gehren of Isibindi Africa Lodges delivering a message of courage

Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, 02 April 2020 – Isibindi Africa Lodges founder, Brett Gehren, has released a moving video in which he narrates a message of courage to the Groups’ staff following the crisis situation of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, and their ...

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New Frog Species Discovered in South Africa

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Cape Town, 01 April 2020 – A new frog species discovered in the Western Cape province of South Africa, so closely resembles a strawberry that it has been named the Strawberry Frog or scientifically as Phyllobates Fragaria Lirpa. By Tourism Tattler ...

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Tips on Caring for Cats and Dogs

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Nairobi, 26 March 2020 – Although experts from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and elsewhere agree that cats and dogs are not at risk of getting COVID­-19 nor transmitting it to humans, PETA is ...

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Travel Restrictions at South African Airports

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Johannesburg, 20 March 2020 – Airports Company South Africa has, together with other relevant aviation authorities, implemented air travel restrictions as detailed by the Minister of Transport in the International Air Services (Covid19 Restrictions on The Movement Of Air Travel) ...

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Mauritius Bans All Inbound Flights

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Mauritius, 18 March 2020 – The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, has announced today that no commercial aircraft will be allowed to land on the island with effect from 10:00 (Mauritius time) on Thursday, 19 March 2020. This ...

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South Africa Event Cancellations

COVID-19 Event Cancellations 2020

South Africa, 17 March 2020 – In response to the 15 March statement by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which include the prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people, the following events ...

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Corona Virus Cancellations Policy Template

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Ever since the announcement that South Africa is in Lockdown against the spread of Corovirus (COVID-19), TourismTattler has received a deluge of emails stating various travel and tourism service providers’ booking cancellation policy updates. In case you have not already ...

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South Africa in Lockdown against COVID-19

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Pretoria, 16 March 2020 – South Africa’s President Cyril Rhamaphosa announced measures to combat the spread of Corovirus (COVID-19) on Sunday 15th March. The measures effectively place a lockdown on foreign tourists travelling to the country from some key inbound ...

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Review: 2019 Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 LX 4X4

2019 Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 LX 4X4

When it comes to off-road power and capability, Isuzu’s two-door D-MAX Extended Cab 4×4 bakkie certainly delivers. Tourism Tattler put an Isuzu B-Max through its paces along the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trail Park in KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. This newly launched multi-trail park ...

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Travel Advice in Response to COVID-19

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Flight Centre urges travellers to take heed of the following advice when travelling: The company would like to assure its customers that its Customer Care Teams and Travel Experts are working around the clock in response to the rapidly changing ...

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Panorama

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a five-star premium eco-luxury lodge, is set in a pristine Milkwood forest overlooking Walker Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.  Beyond a luxury experience, progressive tourism is incorporated into every level of the ...

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Beyond the Secret Elephants

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There’s nothing so quintessential as a quiet weekend in Knysna with a book you can’t put down – except perhaps the questions it raises. By Martin Hatchuel. Gareth Patterson wanted to solve one of Knysna’s most common mysteries in his ...

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8 Ways to Keep Your Car Well Maintained

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Keeping your car well-maintained makes sense. Not only because of the substantial investment you’ve made in the vehicle and its potential resale or trade-in value but because your car is an outward expression of your character. First impressions count. How ...

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Benefits of Demo Slot Games

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There has never been a time where online gaming has been more popular than right now, as we continue riding the wave of digitising anything and everything that we can, and our approach to how things were done in the ...

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Casino Changes Over The Years

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Like everything else in life, casinos have undergone multiple changes over the years for a number of reasons. And, as with most changes, they evolve into something bigger and often better than the original concept.  NB: Before reading this article, please read ...

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Social Media Marketing – Part 3

In part three of this series, TourismTattler looks at some useful social media monitoring and analysis tools. Last month we started off by researching our present position in Social Media Marketing and we hope this gave you some clear ideas ...

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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Motse camp at Tswalu Game Reserve in South Africa

Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is Nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, ...

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Social Media Marketing – Part 2

In part two of this series, TourismTattler asks some pertinent questions that should be answered before embarking on a social media journey. Part 1 of this series can be read here. Introduction Before we set off on our journey from a ...

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Tented Adventures

Committed to low impact environmental and eco-friendly accommodation, Tented Adventures’ Pilanesberg National Park Safari Camp, and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are perfectly positioned with minimal permanent structures within their respective campgrounds. The ‘Glamping’ experience that Tented ...

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Tenikwa Wildlife Rehab Centre

Fair Trade Tourism certifiedTenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre, a non-profit organisation located close to Plettenberg Bay, uses tourism as a platform to raise awareness about threats facing South Africa’s indigenous wild cats, using the funds it generates from tourism ...

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James Vos on eVisas and Tourism Growth

James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management in the City of Cape Town

Cape Town, February 2020 – During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of Nation Address, he announced the roll-out of Electronic Visas (eVisas), to make applications easier for tourists wanting to visit the country. As the incoming Mayoral Committee Member for Economic ...

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LUX Resorts and Hotels

LUX Four Seasons Resort Mauritius

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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Social Media Marketing – Part 1

In this new E-Marketing series, Tourism Tattler will help you to become a Social Business. We will show you what influences people’s social behaviour (how to go viral) how to automate online communications, how to position your brand, and how ...

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How to Tread Lightly in Ecotourism

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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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Amakhala Safari Lodge

Amakhala Safari Lodge

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout the prestigious Safari Lodge on the northern boundary of Amakhala Game Reserve. ...

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Sibuya Game Reserve

Aerial view of Sibuya Game Reserve

Located on the coast at Kenton on Sea in the Eastern Cape and spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, the malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve, Tented Camps and Lodge is South Africa’s only ...

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Review: New Ford Everest XLT 4WD SUV

2019 Ford Everest SUV

Cape Town, 18 February 2020 – Ford has made its sophisticated Everest seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) more appealing and upmarket than ever with a range of styling, suspension and feature upgrades, complemented by the introduction of the advanced new ...

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Sustainable Tourism at WTM Africa

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Cape Town. 18 February 2020 – WTM Africa 2020 is tackling sustainable tourism at macro and micro levels this year, by lining up a number of eco-conscious initiatives alongside recognising game-changing sustainability practices in the African travel industry. Update: 13 ...

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Review: Ford Ranger Raptor

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor 4x4

Built for discerning truck lovers who want their ride to deliver more top-end power and bottom-end torque, with quick acceleration and smooth gear changes, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor 4×4 delivers on all counts. Under the hood Under the hood ...

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Towards a Visa-Free Africa

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One Africa – One Visa – One Passport. An idyllic dream that could become reality within this decade. In this article, we explore the African Passport and Free Movement of People, the Africa Visa Openness Index, and a multi-stage walkathon ...

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Review: Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost

Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible

The eye-pulling visual appeal of the 2019 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Convertible is equally matched with power and performance appeal. By Des Langkilde. When we last reviewed the Mustang back in 2015 (see Mustang GT 5.0L V8 review), we mentioned ...

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33rd African Union Summit to Silence the Guns

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 7 February 2020 – The annual African Union Summit kicked off in Addis Ababa on 21st January and will run until the 10th of February under the theme: Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.   The president of ...

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Guide Academy Fosters Local Communities

Tourvest Guide Academy campsite

The Tourvest Field Guide Academy, which opened in September 2019, welcomed its first 16 candidates – nine female and seven male recruits, each of whom had undergone a rigorous selection process. These deserving young people all came from communities surrounding ...

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Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

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A new network of organisations, companies and individuals working in tourism has come together to join other industries and regions in declaring a climate emergency. Launched on 14 January 2020 at tourismdeclares.com, the declaration commits signatories to accelerate their own ...

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