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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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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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Cape Town Carnival 2020 To Coincide with Human Rights Day

Cape Town Carnival street parade

Cape Town, 15 January 2020 – Celebrating ten years of bringing people together, igniting joy and unity through creativity and providing second-to-none entertainment, the Cape Town Carnival will take place this year on Human Rights Day, 21 March 2020 on ...

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WTM Africa 2020 Registration Goes Live

WTM Africa 2020 logo with hashtag

CAPE TOWN, 14 January 2020 – Registrations to attend World Travel Market Africa, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 5-8 April, are now open. Update: 13 March 2020 – WTM Africa 2020 has been cancelled due ...

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Updated Meetings Africa App Ready for Download

Meetings Africa Mobile App

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 – The newly updated Meetings Africa APP is now live and ready for downloading by all attendees. Meetings Africa, the continent’s premier business events trade show, now in its 15th year, is set to take ...

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1860 Heritage Exhibition – A Journey of Discovery and Nostalgia

1860 Indian Heritage Exhibition

A journey of nostalgia and discovery awaited visitors to the 1860 Heritage Exhibition held at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom in KwaZulu-Natal between 19 and 21 November. Featuring historical photographs, documents, works of art and performances by some of the ...

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National Minister Of Tourism, A First For Wine And Food Conference

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Margi Biggs

For the first time, a national government minister will attend the annual Wine & Food Tourism Conference, when South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, presents the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Awards at Spier, near Stellenbosch on 18 September. ...

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Saudi Arabia Domestic Tourism Growth Forecast

Government-led investment is driving a surge in domestic tourism across Saudi Arabia – with experts predicting a 40% rise in the number of internal trips made between 2015 to 2020. The Euromonitor International Tourism Forecast report, prepared exclusively for The ...

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Dion Chang To Headline Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2019

Dion Chang, headline speaker at the Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2019

This year’s Wine & Food Tourism Conference, taking place at Spier near Stellenbosch on 18 September 2019, will feature South Africa’s most respected trends analyst, Dion Chang, as headline speaker. Known as an innovator, creative thinker, and walking ideas bank, ...

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ATA To Host World Tourism Conference in Joburg

ATA World Tourism Conference Johannesburg

New York, 18 June 2019 – The Africa Tourism Association (ATA) will be hosting the World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22 – 26 July 2019, and will highlight the opportunities tourism can bring to African economies. In less ...

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2019 Wine & Food Tourism Awards Deadline Extended

Wine tasting

The deadline for nominations to enter the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Awards has been extended to 30 June – see entry links at the end of this post. The annual Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, currently in its ...

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Africa Business And Mice Tourism Master Class

Africa Business And Mice Tourism Master Class 2019

The 2nd edition of the Africa Business and MICE Master Class will be held in Johannesburg at the BDO South Africa offices from 10 to 12 June 2019.  This programme will grant industry professionals and practitioners from across Africa an ...

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Earth Hour For Hotels

Earth Hour branding

This year, Earth Hour falls on Saturday 30 March and the initiators of the #Connect2Earth global campaign – WWF has partnered with United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to create connect2earth.org. Hotels are urged to participate in the #Connect2Earth ...

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Event Planning Without the Smoke & Mirrors

Bubble with MICE Academy Logo

Corporate, association and public sector organisations who are the decision-makers for undertaking myriad differing types of events are getting street-smart when it comes to independent event planners – sometimes known as PCOs. By Helen Brewer. The days are rapidly drawing ...

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ATI Launches Green Stand Awards

Green vertical wall

For the first time, Africa’s Travel Indaba (ATI) will introduce the Green Stand Awards to recognise exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Taking place between 2-4 May 2019, ...

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New Innovation For THINC Africa 2019

Tim Smith THINC Africa

The 4th THINC Africa conference to be held on 15 November 2019 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town promises some exciting innovation. This year THINC Africa will consist of two simultaneous conferences, both held over one packed day.  The ...

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Setting New Event Venue Standards

The Cupola Penthouse Suite at the Michelangelo Towers

Creating the perfect space for an event is a thing of legend. Every event organiser looks for that ultimate venue that will not only form the backdrop of a jaw-dropping experience, but that will also leave a lasting impression on ...

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Spain To Host Gastronomy Tourism World Forum

Joxe Aizega with Zurab Pololikashvili

Madrid, Spain, 28 January 2019 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) have signed an agreement to host the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism (San Sebastian, Spain 2-3 May 2019). The new edition ...

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WTM Africa 2019 Registration Opens

WTM Africa entrance

Registration for the continent’s leading B2B Travel Trade Show, WTM Africa 2019, is officially open. Hosted in partnership with the City of Cape Town from 10-12 April 2019, WTM Africa brings travel exhibitors, buyers, experts, media and stakeholders from across ...

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Brazil’s favourite destination for New Year’s Eve 2019

New Year Fireworks over Rio

Rio de Janeiro is the most searched destination by Brazilian travellers to ring in 2019. This is according to the Rio Convention & Vistors Bureau press office, which cites evidence to the statement through a survey from the Kayak travel ...

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Africa Trade Week Gears Up for 2019

Africa Trade Week 2019

Over 10,000 trade stakeholders are set to converge in Johannesburg in June next year for Africa Trade Week, the key platform for continental trade across the retail, hospitality, food & beverage and wholesale sectors. Africa Trade Week, hosted by dmg ...

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Cape Town now an international trail running Mecca for tourists

Now in its fifth year, Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) has established itself as a bucket list race for ultra distance trail runners, not only locally but now internationally. The event has grown from one with 200 runners in 2014, to ...

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Countdown to Meetings Africa 2019 begins

Meetings Africa 2019 Sisa Ntshona

The countdown to Meetings Africa 2019 has begun. The team here at the South Africa National Convention Bureau is hard at work preparing and looking forward to welcoming and hosting all delegates from across the world to our magnificent country. ...

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#WTMLDN 2018: Leaders Discuss Future of Tourism

Leaders Discussing the Future of Tourism at WTM London

London. Yesterday, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) brought together global industry leaders at its panel hosted at the World Travel Market (#WTMLDN) taking place at Excel from 5-7 November 2018. WTTC’s session, ‘Social Contract: Expired’, focused on how ...

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#WTMLDN 2018: KZN Promotes Global Connectivity

TKZN staff at WTM London 2018

On display at WTM London, which is taking place at Excel from 5-7 November 2018, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) is promoting KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Zulu Kingdom to top operators from all over of the world, engaging them on packaging tours ...

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Unlocking Tourism Growth Through Innovation

Wine & Food Conference

At the recent The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, held at Spier near Stellenbosch, renowned US-based big data specialist Cathy Huyghe of Enolytics LLC outlined an approach suggested for Cape Winelands wine, food and hospitality establishments, using big ...

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Big Names To Talk Big Data At Wine And Food Conference

If we don’t know what we don’t know, how can we tap into the true potential of South Africa’s wine and food tourism, argues tourism maven Margi Biggs. The convener of this year’s The Business of Wine & Food Tourism ...

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Chinese Etiquette: a Guide for Business Events

Chinese-Etiquette-a-Guide-for-Business-Events

If you’re visiting China for the first time you may be unfamiliar with their culture and etiquette, especially when it comes to business customs and protocol. Chinese culture puts a strong emphasis on respect and politeness. Preserving a harmonious environment ...

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#CelebrateThailand This #TourismMonth

It’s THAI TIME in South Africa, with the focus over this #TourismMonth firmly on this popular Southeast Asian tourism destination. Initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT – SA office) #CelebrateThailand will see a month-long celebration of all things ...

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WTTC Calls For Action

LISBON, Portugal, 11 September 2019 – Long-term planning with communities at the centre; increasing resilience by preparing for crises; and transitioning to a seamless traveller journey through the use of technology have been highlighted during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ...

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UNWTO Call To Action: Driving Transformation in Tourism

Put yourself in the shoes of the 20th Century traveller; just a couple of years ago, the avid explorer would watch interesting programmes on TV or head to the library to research destinations. Then they’d head to a travel agent ...

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The Difference Between Hospitality and Being Hospitable

There’s a pervasive local way of thinking that if you are pleasant and polite, you’ve pretty much got tourism nailed. But there’s a big difference between being hospitable and being in the hospitality industry, says South African wine and gourmet ...

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Africa Tourism Leadership Forum Offers Experiential Learning

Johannesburg, 3 August 2018 – Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions and events (MICE) remain key pillars in tourism development across Africa. These provide platforms for strategic deal-making and entice new investors to tourist destinations. With growing interest in Africa from developed economies, ...

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Opportunity for Tourism, Hospitality, Wine, Food and Marketing Students

CAPE TOWN, 19 July 2018 – An opportunity exists for tourism, wine, food, hospitality and marketing communications students and trainees to learn from, and network with, experts in their specific industry fields. When registering to attend the third annual The Business ...

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World Celebrates #MandelaDay2018

SOUTH AFRICA, 18 July 2018 – Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 is being celebrated worldwide today to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and ...

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John Vlismas in “Brain Dump”

Stand up comedian John Vlismas’s all-new show, “brain-dump” is running at The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino from 22 July to 12 August 2018. Vlismas is 45 years old. He’s been in comedy since Democracy was born. For decades, he drank everything ...

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HVS Launches THINC Africa 2018

Cape Town, July 2018 – Industry experts and corporate executives are gearing up for one of Africa’s most insightful tourism, hotel investment and networking conferences, THINC Africa 2018, which will take place from 5-6 September 2018 at the Century City ...

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WISA Conference Welcomes Delegates to Cape Town

Cape Town, 25 June 2018 – The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) kicked off their three-day conference and exhibition this morning at the CTICC, with Premier Helen Zille delivering the welcoming address. Expecting over 1 500 delegates, the event ...

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Register Now For The Cape Winelands Tourism Conference

Cape Town, 19 June 2018 – Seats are selling fast for the annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, now in its third year. Set to take place at the Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October, ...

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Deputy Minister of Tourism to Open #HotelShowAfrica2018

Taking place from the 24th to the 26th of June 2018 at The Gallagher Convention Centre, The Hotel Show Africa 2018 will be opened by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe. The 2018 edition of the show promises to ...

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Ramsgate Book & Art Festival Expands

The annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, set in the picturesque, seaside village of Ramsgate on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast is set to expand in 2018. This cultural, colourful and community-driven festival is entering into its fourth year and is now ...

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Secrets For Mastering The Art Of Meeting Planning

Being a meeting planner is a tough job and requires someone who’s not only detail oriented, but also patient, precise and willing to stop at nothing to make the event anything less than perfect. If you’re wondering what it takes ...

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New Dates For Africa Mice Masterclass

Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 February 2018: Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) has rescheduled its Africa MICE Masterclass to take place from Tuesday, 13 March to Friday, 16 March 2018. The event was previously reported to take place from Tuesday, 20 February to ...

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India Taps Into $3 Trillion Healthcare Tourism Market

Healthcare tourism is set to be worth 3,000,000,000 USD by 2025, according to a recent survey*, and CIMGLobal, organisers of India’s most comprehensive healthcare tourism event say the country could be a world leader in the field. The International Healthcare Tourism Congress ...

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Artist Quest To Make a Difference

Exhibition For Charity: The Gift of Water: Chapter III Where: The Melrose Gallery, 10 High Street, Melrose Arch Date: 22nd February to 4th March 2018 Time: Monday ­to Friday: 9 am – 6 pm. Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – ...

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Tips on Choosing a Conference Venue

According to Chantel Reynell, an experienced workshop and conference organiser and the current Hospitality Manager at Langebaan Country Estate, there are many options when it comes to choosing conference venues, and the more you see, the harder it can be ...

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AfrikaBurn 2018: South Africa’s Own Burning Man

Burning of the San Clan sculpture in 2016

South Africa is home to some of the most diverse cultures in the world, coexisting in a unified land of endless potential. Visitors to the shores of South Africa are constantly blown away by the dynamic, blended mix of cultures ...

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Africa MICE Masterclass Planned for February 2018

Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) will run a Masterclass in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events/Exhibitions (MICE) in Johannesburg, from 20 to 23 February 2018, with Grant Thornton as its lead partner. Themed ‘Growing destination tourist arrivals through business and events tourism leadership ...

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Why South Africa needs an Annual Adventure Summit

The human need for adventure is a well-documented school of thought, highlighting adventure as an essential and integral part of our biological make up. Adventure, in this respect, can be described as anything uncertain or different. It’s the human need ...

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Bleisure Events: Africa’s Saving Grace

African conference and event facilities are becoming more than just venues for local gatherings. By combining business with leisure (bleisure), they and are now attracting major international events. The continent’s breath-taking natural beauty, rapidly developing infrastructure and vibrant multi-cultural people ...

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Hotel App to be Launched at ITB Asia 2017

Being a pioneer in empowering hoteliers with powerful, yet simple cloud-based hotel software to efficiently manage hotel operations, Hotelogix is all set to launch its revolutionary mobile app, Hotelogix Mobile Hotel, at ITB Asia, 2017 at booth B46. The Hotelogix ...

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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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THINC Africa Launches Business Meetings

Delegates registered to attend the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event this year, can now schedule appointments to meet with speakers and fellow delegates to discuss business deals. The conference is taking place at the FNB Portside ...

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How to Get More Business Deals at Travel Trade Events

To increase the economic impact of events and create a win-win situation for destinations and business tourists, the Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Events (MICE) industry in Africa needs effective technology to support business deals. Pitch and Match – a business ...

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Zimbabwe: Sanganai World Tourism Expo

Organised by Zimbabwe Tourism, the 2017 edition of the annual Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo will showcase the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products to international visitors and media from across the world. The Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo (SHWTE) is ...

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8 Reasons to Attend THINC Africa 2017

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

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LGBT Pride Month 2017

The month of June is unofficially recognised as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. How does Africa fare in terms of LGBT rights and what is the potential of LGBT Tourism? By Des Langkilde. LGBT Rights in Africa ...

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Travel Trade Flocks to Hotel Show Africa

Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to capitalise on the booming hotel and tourism sector with buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world attending the event. Leading hospitality suppliers from around the world will ...

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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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Does South Africa Need Two B2B Travel Trade Shows?

Exhibitors at a travel trade show

Does the tourism industry in South Africa benefit from the concept of B2B travel trade shows, and if so, is the presence of two major trade shows in an emerging market like South Africa sustainable? By Des Langkilde. The Stats ...

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Middle East’s ‘The Hotel Show’ Brand Launches in Africa

The Hotel Show Africa 2017, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 25-27 June 2017, aims to boost the African hospitality market that already has more than 350 new hotel projects in development. dmg events – Middle East, Asia ...

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Join the Global Blog-It Influencer Summit

Tourism Tattler has joined the Global Travel Blogger & Social Media Influencer Summit as a media partner. This event will be convened in India from 26 – 28 September 2017. Bloggers and influencers have emerged as the key channels of ...

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Quality Control in Events Management

This article reviews the steps needed to maintain consistent quality through project management principles that are the hallmark of successful events. By Beaulah du Toit. The classic project management triangle clearly indicates that failure or reduction of any one of ...

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Sports & Tourism Experts Gather for SETE 2016

The 6th Sports & Events Tourism Exchange CONNECT EDITION, hosted by the City of Tshwane, from 25 to 27 October 2016, has already attracted a panel of experts from an array of countries to share leading global-trends with local audiences. ...

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African Tourism Boards Head for London

Visitors to WTM London 2016 will have the opportunity to talk to all the major African tourism boards as the region continues to raise its profile at the leading global event for the travel industry. By Simon Press. From established ...

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Call for IIPT Global Peace Park Nominations

An initiative of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), in collaboration with the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and SKAL International, the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project aims to circle the earth with over 2,000 Peace Parks ...

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Quantifying Sports Tourism

Sports Tourism is considered one of the largest and fastest-growing of all markets. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), sports tourism contributed $600 billion to the global travel and tourism economy in 2014. By Des Langkilde. The ...

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Robust Debate at SATSA 2016 Conference

The 44th edition of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) annual conference was convened at Pine Lake Inn, in White River, from 21 to 24 July 2016. The three day event, preceded by a golf day, was a phenomenal ...

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Connect with Sports & Events Tourism Experts

The 6th Edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange will be convened at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Tshwane from 25 to 27 October 2016, and will be hosted in a CONNECT format − dedicated to maximising ...

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Yoga & Wine

We all know that the term ‘wine pairing’ is associated with food; the process of pairing food dishes with different wine cultivars to enhance the dining experience. But did you know that wine and yoga is possibly the perfect pair? ...

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Review: 2016 ASEAN Tourism Forum

The 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) and the accompanying TRAVEX travel trade show, held in Manila recently, once again highlighted why this region is such a popular tourist destination. With experiences that range from extravagant ...

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Organic Food for Conscious Conferencing

By Des Lamgkilde As GMO (genetically modified organism) food concerns continue to be a top priority for the general public, the demand for organic food is growing, but are professional conference organisers taking advantage of this trend when planning catering ...

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4 Big Ideas 4 Green Meetings

The colour green is often associated with plants and nature, which is why the term ‘green meetings’ is associated with sustainable procurement practices, writes Des Langkilde. Likewise, the idiom ‘give the green light’ means “go”, so if you are working ...

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Big Ideas for Large Meetings

The previous two posts on this theme looked at 4 Big Ideas 4 Small Meetings (for up to 12 executives), and Big Ideas for Medium Meetings (for up to 80 people). This post concludes the theme for large sized meeting ...

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Big Ideas for Medium Meetings

My previous post looked at 4 Big Ideas 4 Small Meetings (for up to 12 executives), and this post expands on that theme for medium sized meeting venues (for up to 80 people), writes Des Langkilde. Reynolds Room at The ...

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Big Ideas for Small Meetings

Getting big ideas from your corporate leadership team at strategy meetings is enhanced when small meetings are held at a venue away from the work environment, writes Des Langkilde. Here are four big ideas for a small meeting venue and ...

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Status of Festivals in South Africa

Recent research into the status of festivals in South Africa has produced some interesting findings, writes Prof Melville Snyman. The TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) research focus area at the North-West University, wanted to determine how many ...

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Amazing Festivals in Africa 2016

Here’s Tourism Tattler’s selection of amazing music and cultural festivals taking place in Africa during 2016 and should be in every cultural tourism itinerary for unique experiences. BOTSWANA Dithubaruba Cultural Festival 03 September 2016 Hosted by Molepolole’s Kgari Sechele Museum, ...

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016

The ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) Tourism Forum will be taking place in Manila, Philippines from 18 to 25 January 2016, writes Des Langkilde According the World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest report on the Philippines (The Economic Impact ...

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Seychelles Carnival 2016

The Seychelles Tourism Board has confirmed the dates of the 2016 edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria, the event set to continue to bring together the different cultures and people from around the world to one place. Dubbed ...

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ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress

I’ve attended travel trade conferences aplenty over the years, but ATA’s World Congress has set the bar in terms of programme content and quality speakers, writes Des Langkilde. The Africa Travel Association (ATA) 40th Annual World Congress held in Nairobi, ...

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World Luxury Hotel Awards

Every year the world’s finest hotels are assessed and critiqued to sift out the very best of the best in their offerings of exclusive world-class accommodation, writes Michelle Snyman. The World Luxury Hotel Awards are responsible for rewarding these legends ...

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Future of the Commonwealth Games

This year’s Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) conference, which takes place from 28 to 29 October 2015 in Tshwane, will again focus on the need for the Industry to support Durban in its preparations over the next seven years ...

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Venue Review: Fancourt, South Africa

When it comes to South African venues that are capable of hosting the entire spectrum of MICE events to 5-star standards, Fancourt certainly delivers beyond expectation, writes Des Langkilde. Fancourt, located just 7km from George Airport in South Africa’s Western ...

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Viability of Golf Estates in Africa

Golf Tourism generates R29.2 billion and creates 50 000 jobs in South Africa. The overall worth across Africa is estimated to be R58.4 billion, writes Jacques Maritz. “There are 54 million golfers worldwide of which 25% will definitely take golf ...

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Three Industries – One Event

The annual Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), now in its fifth year, is the only event of its kind in Southern Africa and provides a platform that brings together businesses from the Sports, Events and Tourism industries, writes Jacques ...

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2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards Judging

Earlier this year, South African Tourism invited members of the tourism industry to form part of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards adjudication panel. This invitation was well-received, with the cream of the industry offering to do service on the Lilizela ...

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Conscious Conferencing

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch coined the phrase ‘Conscious Conferencing’. Des Langkilde investigates this claim and finds it to be more than just a marketing ploy – it’s an historical commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices. Following my Spier ...

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Weddings: Stats, Trends & Budgets

Is the global wedding industry, estimated to be worth $298 billion* on the rise or declining? The following statistics, trends and wedding budgets reveal some interesting facts. By Des Langkilde. Considering that the average marriage age in South Africa is ...

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SATSA 2015 Conference Registration Opens

The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is looking forward to welcoming you to South Africa’s Eastern Cape province in August for our annual conference. The conference kicks off at Fancourt from 14h00 on Thursday 13th and finishes at 12h15 ...

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Weddings: Are we ready for the Millennials?

In a bid to keep their fingers on the pulse, Guvon Hotels keep a close eye on international wedding trends. In this article Christa Badenhorst looks at the Millennial generation. Often thought of as the selfie-generation, Millennials are now reaching ...

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Seychelles Biggest Event a Success

For decades the Seychelles has seen activities and events being organized but never before has one event captured the imagination of the people of Seychelles and earned their support. The launch of the Carnaval International de Victoria five years ago ...

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Check List for Eco-Conference Venue Selection

Growing worldwide awareness of sustainability is placing pressure on the events organising industry to move in that direction, or it will surely lose business. Vague statements of being eco-friendly will not do and is simply seen as green washing, writes ...

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Venue Review – Spier

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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South Coast Tourism tests German waters

Beulah and Roland Mauz of African Dive Adventures met with South Coast Tourism’s CEO Mr Justin Mackrory, to join them at the Das Boot Skou held in Dusseldorf, Germany from 17-25 January. And this proved to be no ordinary consumer ...

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IIPT Symposium in South Africa

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is convening a World Symposium on Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport to be held at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, from the 16th to the 19th of February ...

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Sunny and Safe season for KZN South Coast

From Scottburgh, Umdoni area right to down Port Edward in the South and more to be confirmed in the famed and breathtaking hinterland – the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is offering a splashdown of note. Young and old, adventurous or ...

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How the right venue can elevate your brand

Selecting the right venue for a conference, an event, or an exhibition is important for building, maintaining and protecting the image and brand of the host organisation, writes Nicole Turner. “The venue says something about how organisations view themselves – ...

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