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Global Cleanliness Council to Promote Higher Standards

hotel cleaner spraying cupboard

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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World Sleep Day: Wellness begins when your head hits the pillow

Did you know that just one night of poor sleep can negatively impact on your attention span, memory recall and learning ability? This can be the difference between closing a deal and going home empty-handed. But the stark reality is ...

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New Age Conferencing Geared for the Future

Cape Town, 05 March 2020 – Lying at the heart of the new, state-of-the-art Breakwater Conference Centre in the V&A Waterfront is a space that blends the latest academic research with the complex history of our nation. Located at the ...

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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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Protea Hotel By Marriott Kruger Gate – Reimagined And Revitalized

Mpumalanga, South Africa, 23 January 2020 – Making the most of its perfect location in the Greater Kruger Conservancy, right at the Paul Kruger Gate and on the banks of the iconic Sabie River, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger ...

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R100M Upgrade for Protea Hotel By Marriott Kruger Gate

Ideally located in the Greater Kruger Conservancy, right at the Paul Kruger Gate and on the banks of the iconic Sabie River, the lodge-styled Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate reveals expanded amenities and enhanced experiences following an R100 million ...

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Is Business Travel Bad for your Mental Health?

It’s a fact: Local travellers record more stress and less sleep during business trips More than half of local travellers believe business trips do not impact on their health. However, statistics tell a different story: Most business travellers skip exercising, ...

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AC Unpacked Debuts in Cape Town

Delegates watching a presentation at an AC Unpacked event in Cape Town

AC Hotels, the carefully curated lifestyle brand from Marriott International marked the African debut of the global thought leadership series, AC Unpacked at AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront on 26 September with a lively panellist discussion between local experts shaping ...

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Applications for youth hospitality bursary open

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 14 June 2019 – Applications to apply for FEDHASA Cape’s 2019 Youth Bursary programme are now open. The programme is open to deserving students studying towards a hospitality qualification and/or interns from FEDHASA Cape hospitality member ...

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FEDHASA celebrates 70 years as hospitality industry champions

Cape Town, South Africa, 23 May 2019 – Seventy years ago,The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) was established to champion change within the hospitality and tourism industry. FEDHASA has weathered many challenges and changes over the decades, but still ...

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All Abuzz for World Bee Day

Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2019 – South Africans are abuzz for World Bee Day, celebrated annually on 20 May. Bees are apex pollinators, and along with other animals such as butterflies, birds and beetles, are responsible for pollinating ...

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#WorldSleepDay: Discover the Joy of JOMO

Freshlyground singer Zolani Mahola

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 15 March 2019 – It’s World Sleep Day today, and The Westin Hotel along with local singer Zolani Mahola from the band Freshlyground discover the power of JOMO (The Joy Of Missing Out). Sleeping is an essential part ...

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Marriott Opens First Hotel In Cape Town

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 12 September 2018 – 188 room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront celebrates the brand’s European soul and Spanish roots with classic modern design. AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand, today announced the opening ...

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Forward-thinkers in hospitality says the industry needs to move with times

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 22 November 2018 –South Africa’s hospitality industry needs to undergo some fundamental changes to remain relevant and to keep up with the demands of a modern world, and in turn appeal to young industry professionals like ...

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Cape Town’s history comes to life at the Old Granary

CAPE TOWN, 15 November 2018 – The vacant and dilapidated Old Granary building – a cultural heritage site in the CBD has received a multimillion-rand facelift, and now includes an exhibition that makes use of technology and innovative design to ...

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FEDHASA Cape Awards Student Bursaries

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 26 October 2018 – As part of FEDHASA Cape’s on-going efforts to develop young professionals in the hospitality industry and grow the sector in Cape Town, the association has announced its 2018 bursary recipients in several ...

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Cape Town Diamond Museum celebrates World Tourism Day this September

World Tourism Day, held annually on the 27th of September, aims to raise awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The importance of tourism in Cape Town is astounding, ...

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Celebrate brilliance this Women’s Day at The Cape Town Diamond Museum

According to Rosalind Russell, “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic”. Exploring is living, so this Women’s Day on the 9th of August 2014, Cape Town Diamond Museum invites you and your girlfriends to visit and enjoy a ...

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Diamonds 27 concept store launches at V & A Waterfront

There are many good reasons to buy diamonds, but there are times when nothing less will do. Marriage proposals are one of the most intense moments in a young man’s life and, for the prospective fiancé, accepting creates a completely ...

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FEDHASA Cape Tourism Industry Roadshow

Along with its industry partners TOMSA, TEP and CATHSSETA, FEDHASA Cape – the official voice and representative for the hospitality industry have been collaborating to bring you the Tourism Industry Roadshow to the Garden Route. The Roadshow’s seminars are scheduled ...

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Explore diamonds this winter

With winter here,  the cold, icy weather kills our desire to venture outdoors. Cape Town Diamond Museum offers the ultimate can’t-miss escape – a magically cosy indoor experience where you will discover how rough diamonds are transformed into exquisite creations ...

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Meet FEDHASA Cape’s newly elected board members

The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa for the Western and Northern Cape (FEDHASA Cape) held its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently where it elected its Chairperson, Rob Kucera as well as 2 Segment Chairs and 1 Alternate. Only ...

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Did you know?

The word ‘diamond’ is derived from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning unconquerable or indestructible. The ancient Greeks thought that diamonds were tears from the Gods, and believed them to be mystical and powerful stones that affected the heavens and the ...

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FEDHASA Cape’s 10th AGM marks beginning new chapter

The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa for Western and Northern Cape (FEDHASA Cape) held its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 5th of June 2014 at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. This year’s AGM marked 10 years since ...

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HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY TRENDS: Segmentation and Loyalty

Alan Diaz, senior vice president of Laureate International Universities recently shared his more than 30 years’ experience in the global hospitality industry with students of The Private Hotel School (PHS) and members of FEDHASA during an event organised by the ...

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FEDHASA Cape turns 10

FEDHASA Cape turns 10 years. It has been a decade since the official representative of the hospitality industry was established in order to service the Western and Northern Cape Regions. But what has this Association achieved in the past decade? ...

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One-of-a-kind diamond on display at The Cape Town Diamond Museum

The ‘Three Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman’, a one-of-a-kind diamond residing in The Cape Town Diamond Museum, is just as enchanting and fascinating as the museum itself. Created by Mother Nature, the ‘Three Billion Year Old Portrait of ...

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Cape Town Diamond Museum celebrates International Museum Day

In celebration of International Museum Day on 18 May, Cape Town Diamond Museum invites visitors to come and experience first-hand South Africa’s significant contribution to the international diamond industry. International Museum Day was established in 1977 by the International Council ...

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Valentine’s Day: The Day of Love, Flowers and Diamonds

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – no wonder results of a survey conducted in 2013 revealed that worldwide, over $ 4.4 billion was spent on gold, silver and diamonds for Valentine’s Day alone. Visit the Cape Town Diamond Museum ...

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FEDHASA Cape now offers SAA benefit to members

Along with its special Absa merchant rates and direct representation in private sector negotiations, FEDHASA Cape – the official voice and representative of the hospitality industry – has added another benefit to its already extensive list, through partnering with South ...

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FEDHASA Cape supports youth in hospitality

FEDHASA Cape, the official voice and representative of the hospitality industry, recently held a Youth Event at the Peninsula Hotel in Cape Town – hosted by Youth Segment Chair Jamie Pieters. The event served to highlight the relevance of youth ...

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Must-see attraction in Cape Town these holidays

No trip to the Mother City is complete without a personal tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, where local and international tourists are invited for a unique experience to explore, discover and learn about the world’s most precious gem ...

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Deck the halls: Festive season set to boost Western Cape economy

The festive season is just around the corner – and, along with the crowds of tourists, it is expected to bring the Western Cape economy an annual boost in the form of tourism spend and job creation. Cape Town’s tourism ...

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Did You Know? – The Cape Town Diamond Museum

The word ‘diamond’ is derived from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning unconquerable or indestructible. The ancient Greeks thought that diamonds were tears from the Gods, and believed them to be mystical and powerful stones that affected the heavens and the ...

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Must-see attraction in Cape Town these holidays

No trip to the Mother City is complete without a personal tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, where local and international tourists are invited for a unique experience to explore, discover and learn about the world’s most precious gem ...

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Harness growth opportunities through FEDHASA Cape

South Africa’s hospitality industry is poised for strong growth in the next five years. According to a report issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers in June 2013, this growth will be driven by a vast increase in inbound travellers into the African continent. ...

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Women in Hospitality Networking Seminar & Brunch

In celebration of Women’s Month, FEDHASA Cape is hosting a Women in Hospitality Networking Seminar & Brunch on Thursday 15th August at the V&A Hotel. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a sumptuous brunch while three guest speakers – with ...

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FEDHASA Cape announces new Segment Heads for 2013

FEDHASA Cape, the official voice and representative for the hospitality industry, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa in Cape Town on Thursday, 6 June 2013. FEDHASA Cape’s Hotel, Youth and Allied ...

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