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SA Harvest launches in South Africa

SA Harvest, an NPC committed to food rescue in South Africa, hosted their official launch at The Service Dining Rooms, Cape Town, on Wednesday 16 October, aptly, on World Food Day. The organisation’s purpose is to eliminate hunger and food waste through ...

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Hospitality Hot Spot in Gauteng

Destiny Hotel Sky Bar and Lounge

Efforts to re-industrialise the Ekurhuleni metro were recently announced by the  MMC for Finance and Economic Development, Cllr Doctor Xhakaza, with an allocation of R847m to strategic key projects in the area.  The areas set aside by the department include the Airport Precinct, Kempton ...

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Big Little Things at Hotels

The hotel industry challenge of ‘bums in beds’ is a hotly contested one, especially in the three- and four-star space of city hotels. Many hotels in this bracket rely on large sales teams who nurture important relationships with corporate ‘buyers’, ...

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Another side to Zanzibar

Zanzibar brach sunset

Zanzibar: more than just white, sandy beaches, blue sea and crumbling palaces If Zanzibar is not on your travel bucket list, it should be! With its year-round warm, tropical climate, plenty to see and do, affordability and an array of ...

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Feeling right at Home*

Bidtravel takes over the kitchen at Home* Suite Hotels, Bristol The newly launched Home* Suite Hotel, Bristol in Rosebank, Gauteng, played host to Bidtravel’s CEO, Lidia Folli and her team, along with close friends and a few hotel guests, for an evening ...

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Stop shopping around

Cape Town, 28 June 2019- BON Hotels announces bigger discounts for guests booking direct Anyone who has experienced booking a hotel room online will be aware of the perplexity of options, pop-ups, terms and conditions and ‘bait’ offered via a ...

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Complete Waste

Cape Town, 24 June 2019 – Working towards a zero-to-landfill goal, Hotel Verde Cape Town’s comprehensive waste management plan currently sees 98% reused, repurposed or recycled – with just 2% to be disposed of. Twice a week 160 sandwiches get ...

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Corporate lag….the mid-year hangover

Langebaan, 24 May 2019– ‘New year, new you’ can take the credit for many a life-changing shift in personal and professional development. With the plethora of gurus, life-coaches, business coaches and ‘game-changers’ out there, the corporate and business world is ...

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Wild About White River

Zamani Restaurant at Destiny Lodge in White River

White River, 9 May 2019 – Your bucket list of favourite destinations for holidaying in South Africa will no doubt include a trip to the Kruger National Park – the bush and its unique something coupled with the anticipation of ...

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New Appointment

Zanzibar, 5 April 2019-   Sunny Haroon General Manager Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa Sunny Haroon has been appointed General Manager at Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa, the islands greenest, five star ...

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New Appointment

Cape Town, 5 April 2019-   Rudlyn Barnes-Rossouw Group Human Capital Director BON Hotels BON Hotels has appointed Rudlyn Barnes-Rossouw as Group Human Capital Director to oversee personal and professional development and transformation within the company.  Proud alumnus of The Cape ...

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BON Hotels Introduce Village Tours

Sangoma Village Tour Shishangeni

Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, 26 March 2019 – The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Village Tours to their list of things to do – a highlight for international (and domestic) ...

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Hotel Hailed For Transformation Success

Hotel staff celebrate outside BON Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein, 28 February 2019 – BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central has recently been hailed by the industry as an example of successful transformation. The company has been praised not only for their Level 2 B-BBEE status, but moreover for the manner and ...

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Richards Bay Waterfront Hotel Upgraded

Restaurant at BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay

Richards Bay, 27 February 2019 – The BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay has undergone a soft refurbishment. The reception, bar, smoking lounge, restaurant, pool deck and façade at BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay have a new look – a colourful retro-vibe muted by ...

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New Appointments at BON Hotels

BON Hotels employees Thobile Shange and Shaun Boyd

Cape Town, 19 February 2019 – Thobile Shange and Shaun Boyd have been appointed to new potions at BON Hotels.    Thobile has been appointed Sales Executive for BON Hotels based in KZN to oversee market growth, market penetration and development ...

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BON Hotels trailblazes into DRC

South African-based hotel management company, BON Hotels have extended their African presence with the addition of BON Hotel Karibu Kolwezi, situated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to their portfolio. The 55-roomed hotel, which is scheduled to open in ...

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Get out of Town!

A case for the out-of-town conference Remember the days when going away on conference, whether it was an hour out of town or an international or domestic flight to a cool destination, when budgets were bold and bolstered and you ...

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Off the Grid at Conferences

Off the Grid at Conferences

Cape Town, South Africa, 18 October 2018 – Should conference delegates be able to use their personal digital devices during meetings or is it just plain rude? With the advent of smartphones, smart watches, tablets and free, fast Wi-Fi, the conference ...

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BON Adds Third East African Hotel

South African- based hotel management company; BON Hotels have extended their Ethiopian presence by adding BON Hotel German Square in Addis Ababa to their East African collection, making it their third property in the capital. Construction of the hotel commenced ...

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The Many Hats A Chef Wears

When you hear the title ‘Executive Chef’ the likes of celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood or the renowned Jamie Oliver spring to mind but this title, certainly at the hotel level, whilst essential, is a rather unobtrusive, often thankless job that ...

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New GM Appointed at Shishangeni in Kruger

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, 14 September 2018 – BON Hotels has announced the appointment of Siyanda Zindela as General Manager at their Kruger National Park property, Shishangeni by BON Hotels. Zindela will oversee the entire management of the 4-star property ...

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Waste Not Want Not!

CAPE TOWN, 04 September 2018 – The tourism and hospitality industry is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing economic sectors globally, which is proving to have a serious, negative impact on the environment. It is incumbent on hotels and businesses ...

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Shishangeni Lodge by BON Hotels introduces bush walks The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Shishangeni Bush Walks to their list of things to do. This new excursion has ...

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Woman2Woman

BON Hotels calls on hotel guests #BONangels, to support their sanitary wear drive An average of 2 million schoolgirls miss 60 days of school each year because they cannot afford sanitary wear – to put that in perspective, this means ...

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What’s On

Dust off your soccer boots and grab your teammates for the 5th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament The 5th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament will take place on ...

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New Appointments at BON Hotels

Dawie de la Guerre: Group Financial Director Dawie de la Guerre has been promoted to Group Financial Director at BON Hotels. He will oversee the entire financial management function of the Group to ensure compliance with all company policies and ...

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A guide to sustainable events

A guide to sustainable events With the continued and ever-increasing focus on the environment and the demand for sustainability around the world, green event and conference planning has become an established trend within the global tourism and convention industry. Conferences ...

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The big “Little 5”

The big “Little 5” Treasures of the Namib desert Namibia – the meeting place of extreme landscapes on Africa’s West Coast – on one side the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, and on the other side a ...

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Hospitality Technology Next Generation

Not too long ago many hotels had a communication problem – it wasn’t the guests and staff that spoke different languages, it was the computer systems. To solve the incumbent problems hotel software developers had to create and build customised ...

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New appointments

New appointments Conni Lyners General Manager, BON Hotel Swakopmund Born and bred Namibian Conni Lyners always knew she wanted to work in hospitality and on completing her matric she went on to achieve a Diploma in Hotel & Tourism Management ...

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Another Reason to Visit Zanzibar

Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa opens its doors to the public Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar: a beautiful slice of heaven located in the Indian ...

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Outrageous Guest and Delegate Demands

From the original to the outrageous; guest requests and delegate demands. For some, conferences are a great idea, an opportunity to get out of the office – a room jam-packed full of like-minded (and not so like-minded) people, coming together ...

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BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors

BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu to their Nigerian portfolio, bringing the number of properties they manage in the region ...

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Long-awaited Hotel Verde Zanzibar Opens

After three years of construction, Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa will host her first guests on 21 March 2018. The 106-roomed, five-star hotel was commissioned by owner and Zanzibari-born businessman Mr Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa and ...

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BONangels Water Drive

We all know that the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have been hit hard by a severe drought and are currently on level 6b water restrictions. The dams are at less than 25.9% and residents are now ...

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BON Hotels Signs New Hotel in Johannesburg

BON Hotels has added Destiny Exclusive Hotel, Wellness Spa & Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, to its South African portfolio. The modern, boutique-styled 40-roomed hotel will be known as Destiny Hotel and Convention Centre by BON Hotels. Located on ...

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People On The Move

The following appointments have been announced at BON Hotels: Charl van Wyk – Group Commercial Director, BON Hotels Charl van Wyk takes on the role of Group Operations Director to Group Commercial Director at BON Hotels. A successful career spanning ...

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BONhomie Competition Winners Reunite

On Friday, 8 December 2017 BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central reunited their BONhomie winners and welcomed new ‘homies’ to the group. Each year the hotel holds a competition whereby their fans on social media channels can enter to become what they ...

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Travel Is Not For Sissies

I like to be in charge of my life and my decisions and no more so than when it comes to booking online for family holidays, a business trip or some ‘me’ time. By Konrad Laker. But then I found ...

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Paying it Forward; in Water

BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central is donating 5 litres of water to all guests passing through on their way to Cape Town during their #halfway2everywhere campaign. As you know, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have been hit ...

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Developing Local Talent

Organizations looking to operate successfully have realised that they need to contribute to and invest in infrastructure, training and education within the countries where they operate to facilitate an increase in local talent capable of filling the roles that companies ...

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A Little Goes a Long Way

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

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Connecting with millennials

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

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Wonder Women

The hotel and hospitality business is a tough one; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Why, then, do so many women opt for this as a career choice? This industry requires among many things mental strength, ...

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BONfire Braai Masters 2017

What’s on BONfire Braai Masters 2017 Time for the 2nd edition of the ultimate urban braai-off at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central Twenty corporate teams will compete against one another in the 2nd edition of the BONfire Braai Masters competition on ...

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A Mix of Marriages

Weddings are one of the most universal traditions on the planet yet they are celebrated differently by everyone. Tying the knot in any culture comes with a list of different rituals and traditions and, family dynamics aside, there are many ...

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A Lion Roars and Technology Listens

Lion Roars Hotels and Lodges have remained under the radar in the highly competitive arena of the hotel management industry for two decades, almost unnoticed yet always present. With early beginnings as a family-owned and -managed Hospitality Company, the group ...

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BON Hotels sign 12th hotel in Nigeria

BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with ...

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Is Your Passport Travel-Ready?

If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming South African school holidays, make sure your passport is in order. That’s the advice of Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist. ...

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Vaal River Meander Wine Route

The Vaal River Meander is celebrating its 14th year and visitors to the area can indulge in SIX weeks of weekend wine tasting! A unique winter experience exclusive to Gautengers and visitors from the surrounds, the event will showcase over ...

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Gold Travel sets the transformation bar

Gold Travel sets the transformation bar Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist, has recently achieved a Level Two B-BBEE rating after implementing 52.5% black ownership and 31.5% black woman ownership in partnership with NetValue™ Equity Partners, also ...

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Namibia Attracts Honeymooners

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

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BON Hotel Midrand Event Showcase

On Thursday, 11 May, BON Hotel Midrand will be hosting an Event Showcase – creating beautiful and functional spaces to highlight the ways in which the venues at the hotel can be used. Invited guests and the public can pop ...

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Gold Travel Gets a New Look

Gold Travel, a corporate travel management company and industry stalwart, revealed a new look and image on 1 March 2017. The company is one of Cape Town’s longest-standing corporate travel companies with a track record of over 40 years in ...

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