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Cape Town chef to take charge of the kitchen in the 2016 Tour de France

BEVERLY HILLS chef

Cape Town born Lindsay Venn, former Executive Chef now turned Food and Beverage Manager at Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel has been asked to take charge of the kitchen for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in the upcoming ...

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How to Become a Tour Guide In South Africa

How to become a tour guide in South Africa

Tourist guides in South Africa are some of the most important people in the travel trade. They interact on a personal level daily with tourists, and a good tourist guide can make a holiday visit really memorable.  In this article, ...

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Alaska – The Snowy Land

alaska the snowy land

Alaska draws people from the world over to see its wilderness and the wildlife, snow clad mountains and massive glaciers, rivers with brown bears, northern lights dancing across a velvety winter sky. Alaska deserts to forests to gold-bearing river valleys ...

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Mhondoro Safari Lodge diverts food production to support local community in need

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa has successfully started organic food production at Platbank, its newly acquired farm bordering the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo province). In line with Mhondoro’s food philosophy of ‘fresh, simple and organic’, its chefs ...

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TBCSA Lobbies For Reopening Of International Inbound Tourism

JOHANNESBURG, 4  June 2020 – South Africa’s tourism private-sector, under the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), have been engaging on the Tourism Recovery Strategy currently being developed by South African Tourism. TBCSA is advocating unequivocally for the earlier ...

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Lockdown Through the Eyes of a Nature Guide

Lockdown SA by Frank Watts book covers

Kruger National Park, 03 May 2020 – South Africas’ Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, would do well to spend just R30 of her R200k monthly salary to buy nature guiding veteran Frank Watts’ short story, ‘Lockdown SA: Through the Eyes of a ...

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TKZN Kickstarts Online SME Business Advisory Workshops

Grant Smith, Dr Emmanuel Ngcobo, Roshni Mehta, Septi Bukula, and Jameel Khan

Durban, 03 June 2020 – With the tourism sector hardest hit by the national lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, life for tourism business owners has come to a halt. As part of government interventions to support ...

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President Hotel Implements Health And Safety Protocols

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the global hospitality industry to re-imagine how it will operate once travel resumes. The President Hotel, situated in Bantry Bay Cape Town, has responded through the launch of SAFE, “Sanitizing Academy For Employees” an initiative ...

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Gåte at Quoin Rock Brings Fine-Dining to Your Doorstep

Quoin Rock wine estate signage

Cape Town, 22 May 2020 – Gåte Restaurant @QuoinRock Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is offering an unparalleled three-course tasting journey curated by culinary masterminds, Chefs Nicole Loubser and James Would. The Gåte at Home box creates a dialogue between art, tradition, and technical craft. ...

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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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Why do people have so many accidents in Florida?

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Florida. The sunshine state. Bursting with beaches, theme parks, wildlife, families on vacation and plenty of retirees enjoying the hot climate. Florida is also known as the hurricane state, where the season lasts for 5 months, starting in June with ...

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Good News for South Africans to Study in Germany

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Good news is hard to come by during these times of global pandemic, which makes the German governments’ offer of financial support for South African students all the more welcome. Due to COVID-19, many students have lost their jobs which ...

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WINK Aparthotel offers furnished apartments for COVID-19 quarantine stays

WINK, a self-catering aparthotel located in the heart of the Mother City in Cape Town, has opened up 30 fully furnished, sanitised studio apartments for immediate occupation, for short- and long-stay rentals at discounted rates, for those affected by Covid-19 ...

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Reasons to Choose Cape Town for a Dental Vacation

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Medical (aka Health or Wellness) Tourism is a growing niche as more and more tourists travel to the stunning city of Cape Town, South Africa, for their dental procedures and treatments.  For Europeans and travellers from the Americas and Asia, ...

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Bid on Luxury Getaways to Raise Funds for Vulnerable Communities

In the spirit of giving back during the global pandemic #lockdown, the Caleo Foundation has launched a #bednightsforfoodparcels fundraising initiative to support vulnerable communities in South Africa. The Caleo Foundation is a non-profit conservation organisation established in Switzerland. In South Africa, ...

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Tourism Film Festival Launches Africa Award Winners Showreel

2020 ITFFA Awards video

Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 May 2020 – The International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) has released the winning entries for the 2020 ITFFA Awards. The showreel will be officially launched this evening at 19h00 CAT via the ITFFA YouTube channel ...

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How To Make The Most Of Your Travels

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Having spent close to 15 years reviewing some of the world’s most iconic travel destinations, sustainable tourism places, and forgotten dusty trails that lead to places of local legend, I’ve picked up a thing or two about how to make ...

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Global Cleanliness Council to Promote Higher Standards

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Marriott International to roll out enhanced technology to help counter COVID-19 virus spreadNew multi-pronged platform details increased safety measures for guests and associates Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 04 May 2020 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), announced today that it will be ...

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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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10 Gadgets That Will Change Your Travel Experience

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Whether you’re the type to hostel hop through European capitals, likes to trek and camp in the midst of untouched nature, someone who prefers the 5-star breaks or anything in between, gadgets that change your travel experience for the better are ...

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Cape Town Launches Worth Waiting For Campaign

mountain sunset with Love Cape Town wording

Cape Town, 28 April 2020 – Cape Town Tourism has launched a new campaign with the theme “We Are Worth Waiting For!” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The main message behind the “We Are Worth Waiting For!” campaign ...

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SA Celebrates Freedom Day Under Lockdown

newspaper clip image from SA Tourism Freedom Day advertisement

Monday, 27 April 2020 – Today is an important landmark in South Africa’s history; Freedom Day. To acknowledge the great sacrifices South Africans have made since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, South African Tourism has released a new television ...

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100 Million Job Losses in Travel & Tourism Sector

illustration of jobless travel & tourism professional

London, 24 April 2020 – An estimated 100 million job losses in the Travel & Tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic has been predicted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).  The startling figure, based on research from WTTC, ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 1

tropical island with environment wording

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

a golf course with environment wording

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

picture of a butterfly with environment wording

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

a contemplative woman sitting on a window ledge

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

Travel photographer silhouette against sunset

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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Tourism Sector Collaborates To Develop A Recovery Plan

SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona with logo and Coronavirus

Johannesburg, 16 April 2020 – According to travel and tourism industry leaders who participated in a series of webinars hosted by South African Tourism, the sector must use the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic to address barriers to tourism growth ...

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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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Chemical Industry Rallies Behind COVID Crisis

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Following Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the COVID virus state of emergency and the subsequent 21-day lockdown, service providers have rallied to support the efforts of the country by providing essential services and products to assist in fighting what is now ...

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DA Proposes Smart Lockdown Solution

COVID-19 smart lockdown proposal

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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An Opportunity To Sharpen The Vision Of Intra-Africa Travel Together

Kigali Convention Centre with ATLF logo

Johannesburg, 04 April 2020 – There is no doubt that COVID-19 uncertainties have had a severe impact on the global travel and tourism industry, and we are still counting. This will, however, not last forever because global experts and our ...

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#TourismStrong: How Tourism SMMEs can Survive Lockdown

With no airlines flying into or out of South Africa and no tourists to participate in experiences, tourism SMMEs are finding themselves in a difficult situation. Is it even possible for tourism SMMEs to remain productive during a lockdown? “The ...

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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

Strawberry Frog - April Fool

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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3 Ways to get your small business loan declined

Or what NOT to do Financing, when acquired and used wisely, can be a great growth and expansion tool but what are the three most common mistakes that entrepreneurs and small business owners make that makes it impossible for them ...

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Tips on Caring for Cats and Dogs

COVID-19 virus with dog and cat

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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South Africa Enters Second Phase of Lockdown

Pretoria, 23 March 2020 – Today, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce an enforced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March. This follows the Presidents’ address of 15th March, when ...

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In Memorium: Sol Kerzner 1935–2020

Sol Kerzner

Cape Town, 20 March 2020 – The travel & tourism industry mourns the passing of Solomon (Sol) Kerzner who died of cancer at the age of 84 while surrounded by his family at the Kerzner family home, Leeukoppie Estate, in Cape ...

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Travel Restrictions at South African Airports

COVID-19 virus image with ACSA logo

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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Best Year-Round Shark Diving Site in South Africa

Scalloped Hammerheads at Protea Banks

Protea Banks, situated 7.5 km offshore from Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, is the best year-round dive site for shark viewing. And the best dive operator to get you there is African Dive Adventures. Here’s why. By Des ...

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Statement from World Travel & Tourism Council

COVID-19 virus with WTTC logo

Lives being devastated and one million jobs a day being lost due to coronavirus pandemic says World Travel & Tourism Council London, 20 March 2020 – According to the London-based international organisation, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private ...

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Join the Commonwealth Youth Council as a Global Ambassador

Commonwealth Youth Forum logo

London, 19 March 2020 – The Commonwealth has extended the deadline for Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) membership applications to 05 April 2020. To become a Global Youth Ambassador and be eligible for the Commonwealth Youth Council, applicants must be between ...

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Mauritius Bans All Inbound Flights

Composite image showing a holiday resort with Mauritius flag and globe position

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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Coronavirus Countermeasures at Vergelegen Wine Estate

Vergelegen homestead

For centuries, the owners of Vergelegen have welcomed visitors to this beautiful wine estate in the heart of Somerset West. Guests’ experiences have always been a top priority and a source of delight. It is after much careful consideration that ...

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Corona Virus Cancellations Policy Template

COVID-19 Cancellation Template Graphic

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa with SA flag and Covid-19 virus background

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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Travel Advice in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 virus with travel tips wording

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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Quoin Rock Manor House: The Ultimate Wedding Venue

Quoin Rock Manor House

Cape Town, 13 March 2020 – Quoin Rock Wine Estate is renown for its exceptional wine and cuisine. However, one of the defining features of this award-winning estate is the Cape Dutch-style Manor House. The ultimate venue for opulent weddings and ...

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Ten Travel Insurance Tips to Prevent a Coronavirus Nightmare

Travel insurance tag on suitcase

Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola – and now Coronavirus (COVID-19) – can scupper the best-laid travel plans. While saving for a dream holiday, you don’t envisage that world-famous museums may be closed due to an epidemic, or that you ...

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Thailand Tourism Prepares For WTM Africa 2020

Amazing Thailand image with logo

Cape Town, 11 March 2020 – WTM Africa is well known as a hub for business-to-business (B2B) development within the travel and tourism industry, it, therefore, comes as no surprise that the Tourism Authority of Thailand is attending for the ...

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WWF-SA Backs New Sustainability Award In Wine And Food Tourism

Delaire Graff Estate breakfast on the deck

Cape Town, 10 March 2020 – For tourism in South Africa to raise its contribution to GDP, expand economic opportunity and accelerate inclusive growth, it has to tackle the issue of sustainability head-on, says Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual ...

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Value Added Tax in the Tourism Industry

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Value Added Tax (VAT) charged to clients in the Tourism Industry can be a minefield, especially when dealing with foreign tourists. In the tourism industry, not only does one need to look at the costs of putting together the trip, ...

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iStore Revokes Study Partner Deal for Tourist Guides

Tourist Guide image on Apple laptop screen

This opinion piece by Francois Collin, Media Liason Officer at the National Federation of Tourist Guides and Affiliates (NFTGA), recounts his personal experience in dealing with an iStore located in Menlyn, Pretoria. I am writing this as an open letter ...

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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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Tequila, Tapas and Jazz in Cape Town this March

Tequila cocktail with music symbols

Cape Town, 05 March 2020 – To coincide with the Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Table Bay Hotel Food & Beverage team are bringing another cosmopolitan experience to guests with titillating Tequila and Tapas pairings in March. Enthusiasts can explore ...

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Beyond the Secret Elephants

Beyond the Secret Elephants composite graphic

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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Drogba Scores Tourism Win for Côte d’Ivoire

Soccer star Didier Drogba

Abidjan, 25 February 2020 – International soccer star Didier Drogba has helped his birthplace, Côte d’Ivoire, strike gold by helping to collect MOUs for a total of $15 billion in commitments to back tourism projects in the West African country. ...

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Venture Capital Hotel Fund Offers 17 Per Cent Return

Cape-based Lucid Ventures have introduced a secured minimum return to their Section 12J venture capital hotel fund. The fund is now offering, for the first time, a minimum return of 17% (after all taxes and fees) with a guaranteed exit ...

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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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Wine and Braai Pop-Up at Le Grand Domaine

Spek & Bone Pop-Up on Fire event at Le Grand Domaine winery in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, 22 February 2020 – Food and wine have always been a complimentary pair and they’re best savoured outdoors in the company of friends. When the venue for such a treat happens to be the beautiful Grand Domaine Wine Estate overlooking ...

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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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State of Democracy Report Reveals Challenges in Africa

Cover graphic of the Global State of Democracy Report 2019

ADDIS ABABA, 18 February 2020 – The Global State of Democracy (GSoD) 2019: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise – the second edition of the flagship report of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) – launched ...

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Sustainable Tourism at WTM Africa

Aerial view of Cape Town and Table Mountain

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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Towards a Visa-Free Africa

United States of Africa Passport

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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Why eVisas are a Smart Choice for Global Travellers

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Electronic Visas (eVisas) have become one of the most common visa channels with more and more countries making use of it. Today, 44 countries around the world offer eVisas or some form of electronic visa solution for travellers. The service ...

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Open Letter To President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa

SONA 2020: Show Us Your Hand, Mr President South Africa, 10 February 2020 – This open letter is by Gerhard Papenfus, Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA). He writes this in his personal capacity. Dear ...

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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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Art Auction for Spirit Foundation Charity

RED! The Gallery Art Auction in Cape Town

Cape Town, 07 February 2020 – Red! The Gallery in Steenberg will be hosting a charity based art auction on 28 February 2020 opening up the stage for art lovers seeking their next great acquisition. The co-owners of RED! The Gallery, David Endean and ...

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A Decade of Change Ahead for South Africa’s Travel Industry

Four trends that will disrupt the status quo of corporate travel The only constant in life is change. This was true in ancient Egypt when Heraclitus coined the phrase, and it is definitely true today. 2020 marks the start 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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Cape Town Revealed as Africa’s Leading Art Capital

Aerial view of Cape town

Cape Town, 05 February 2020 – Art collectors, museum directors, curators and gallerists from Africa and Europe will descend on Cape Town from next week, February 12, to soak up all the exhibitions, a new Triennale (in Stellenbosch) and two ...

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Investment & Innovation Drive Digital Hospitality

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Across the globe, competitive organisations in all industries are transforming every aspect of their operations through a commitment to digitalisation. Transformation in the hospitality industry is proving to benefit the businesses, as well as the guests, as innovation drives superior ...

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Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Tourism Declares Climate Emergency Logo

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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Trust Factor Good for Guided Holiday Brands in 2020

Trust and value as important travel trend in 2020

More than ever, South Africans will be seeking value-for-money holidays and to deal with suppliers they can trust with their hard-earned savings this year. By Teresa Richardson. The economic climate, various global travel trends, and continuing shifts in traveller behaviour will ...

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Dynamic Foresight Yields Exemplary Hotel Results

Cape Town, 27 January 2020 – The President Hotel, situated in Bantry Bay, yielded exemplary results this festive season, despite the downward turn in the South African economy. Occupancy grew by 5.5% from December 2018, with positive growth noted in ...

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Environmental Risks: The Worlds Biggest Challenge

Boy on beach looking at plastic waste

The top five biggest challenges facing the world over the next decade are, for the first time, all related to the environment, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020. The report, based on a survey of more than ...

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Let Tech take the Fuss out of Planning your Next Trip

It’s that time of year again and we are all back at the office, sifting through our inboxes and most-likely secretly planning our next holiday for some rest and relaxation. However, it is often the planning, packing, and travelling to ...

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What to Expect from Tourism and Technology in South Africa in 2020

Will 2020 herald in the decade of flying cars, AI concierges and holograph meetings with clients and colleagues across the world? Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa “Tourism has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation,” says Dr Nomvuselelo ...

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Data a Top Priority for South African Travel Buyers

Data will be a top priority for South African travel buyers in 2020, according to a new survey conducted by FCM Travel Solutions, a division of the Flight Centre Travel Group, in partnership with the African Business Travel Association (ABTA). ...

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WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards Entry Deadline

WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards logo

CAPE TOWN, 22 January 2020 – While the deadline for entries for the inaugural WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards is set for 31 January, there’s still time to nominate individuals and businesses who are doing sterling work in sharing ...

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