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SAACI CEO Resigns

Rudi van der Vyver, SAACI CEO

Johannesburg, 21 May 2019 – The Chief Executive Officer of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), Rudi van der Vyver, has resigned. Van der Vyver joined SAACI in 2017 and, following his resignation, will be joining EPH ...

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Exploring the Benefits of Film Tourism

Film tourism is a growing phenomenon worldwide, motivated by both the growth of the entertainment industry and the increase in international travel. By Leonie Berning. What is film tourism? Film-induced tourism explores the effects that film and TV-productions have on ...

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People on the move at City Lodge Group

City Lodge Hotel Group general managers Elizabeth Clarke, Mduduzi Mnyakeni, and Sinazo Mazantsana.

JOHANNESBURG, 17 May 2019 – City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has announced the appointment of three new general managers at their City Lodge Hotel Durban, Road Lodge Port Elizabeth, and Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg properties. Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke has been appointed ...

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5 Proven Ways To Win An Election

Election ballot box

Whether you are you preparing to run for election in a trade association, a union, or a social club, it’s always about politics. It’s about convincing your members, or colleagues, to trust you with their votes. Competition is always intense, ...

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How To Design Homepage Takeover Skins

Homepage Takeover Skin

Leveraging brand exposure by maximising visibility when booking online advertising space should be a top priority for digital savvy marketers. And website takeover banners provide an ideal opportunity to do that. Yet, few understand how to design homepage takeover skins. ...

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Touareg Sabbatical Winner Announced

Volkswagen Touareg Sabbatical

Johannesburg, 30 April 2019 – Dr Rufaro Nyamuda has been announced as the successful applicant of the Volkswagen Touareg Sabbatical – an initiative that asked South Africans to share their ideas of how they would put the luxury of time ...

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The 7 C’s of buying a diamond

The diamond is symbolic of eternal love and previously celebrated and known through the ages to increase relationships and inner strength. When it comes to buying these rare and precious stones, habitually, one would keep in mind the 4 Cs: ...

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SA Mint Launches Commemorative Coin Series

SA Mint 2019 SA25 Coin Series

Centurion, South Africa, 25 April 2019 – South Africa’s 25 young years as a constitutional democracy is the subject of the South African Mint Company’s (SA Mint) ‘SA25 – Celebrating South Africa’ coin series, which commemorate the rights and freedoms espoused ...

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Tourvest Ploughs Millions Into Indaba 2019

Martin Wiest, Tourvest CEO at Indaba

Tourvest is investing R5-million into Africa’s Travel Indaba exhibition this year and will bring around 120 staff members to the event, including junior employees, as part of their training and team building. “With all these resources invested in the exhibit, ...

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Animal Interaction Consultations Go Online

Cheetah cub paw in hand

Johannesburg, Tuesday 23 April 2019 – Following ten workshops held over the past two months across the country, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is making the content of the Animal Interaction workshop available online for comments and suggestions ...

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How to Protect Intellectual Assets

Copyright symbol

There are many kinds of intellectual property. From company names to symbols, logos, original works of art, designs, and much more, intellectual assets are intangible assets that carry great value. In the digital age we live in, intellectual asset theft ...

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Spreading South Africa’s Good News

Filmmaker Shani Kay standing against a South Africa flag and SA INC logo

Spreading South Africa’s good news is at the heart of SA INC., a new 20-part series set to air on local TV channels with the objective of changing the narrative in South Africa to highlight and celebrate the country’s successes and ...

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KZN Tourism Routes

KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Routes

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province has a rich heritage of history, culture, crafts and endemic fauna and flora.  In this article, Tourism Tattler explores the province’s well-planned tourism routes and provides links for more information on each route. Much of ...

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Crime in South Africa? What Crime?

Search the internet for just about anything to do with travel to South Africa and a crime story is bound to pop up, even though the story is totally unrelated to travel and tourism. Do these negative reports impact inbound ...

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Off-Road Driving Guide

The following off-road driving guide is provided as an educational resource and is reproduced with acknowledgement to Nissan South Africa. This Off-Road Driving Guide is published in four parts: PART 1: General 4×4 Terminology, Critical Angles and Dimensions, Power Sources, ...

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How To Counter IRS Audit Risks

cartoon of businessman with books and I Love Tax flag

With travel and tourism being a global industry, many international operators have established businesses and bank accounts in the USA to facilitate trade. Likewise, many USA based tourism operators have offshore assets. What are the tax implications? How do you ...

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Rhino Conservation Awards Call for Entries

African Rhino

Nominations for the 8th annual Rhino Conservation Awards have officially opened and are invited from the five rhino range states of Africa. The 2019 Award Nomination Categories are: Best Field RangerBest Conservation PractitionerBest Political, Investigative and Judicial supportBest Rhino Conservation ...

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2019 Wine & Food Tourism Awards

Wine tasting

The annual Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, currently in its fourth year and known as the Wine & Food Tourism Conference from 2019, introduces the Wine & Food Tourism Awards.   “The aim of this new awards platform is ...

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An Insight Into Fashion Tourism

Fashion tourists

On this website, we’ve blogged about niche tourism groups but have not posted about the growing trend of fashion tourism. Until now, that is. By definition, fashion tourism is a niche market segment evolved out of three major sectors: Creative ...

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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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Radisson RED Launches Chilli Bang Bang

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront recently launched Chilli Bang Bang; an urban massage area where you can indulge in a quick mid-afternoon rubdown between meetings and deadlines. Michelle Perch enjoying a refreshing G&T with staff at Radisson REDs’ Chilli Bang ...

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Thula Thula Wins Prestigious Award

Francoise Malby-Anthony with staff of Thula Thula Game Reserve

Thula Thula Private Game Reserves’ Francoise Malby-Anthony has been awarded the prestigious “French Abroad Award” for her dedication to conservation and her relentless efforts in the running of Thula Thula as well as the reserves’ conservation and expansion projects. The Prix ...

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The All New Sprinter Spirit For You

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Tour Van

Johannesburg, 26 March 2019 – Living up to its claim “100% For You”, the all-new third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been taken to the next level with a €2.5 billion worldwide investment in development, production network, sales and after-sales support. By ...

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Wine and Dine with Cape Town Icons

Durbanville Hills Winery Restaurant

Take a leisurely 20-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre towards the northern suburbs of Tygerberg and you’ll find Durbanville Hills Winery – the perfect location to experience the Mother City’s iconic attractions, namely wine, food, and panoramic views. Unlike ...

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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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Strange but True facts on just about Everything

This A-Z list of strange but true facts on just about anything and everything is an ongoing project. So far, the list includes the following subjects (scroll down to see the actual entries): AlcoholAntsBeesBirdsBuffaloChameleons Cheetah Coconuts Countries Crocodiles Cultures Elephants ...

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Mobile Economy Boom for Africa

Mobile phone with key

Africa is positioned to be the next big mobile market, enviously eyed by global investors for her enormous growth opportunities. 2019 is undeniably the year for the travel and tourism industry to invest in mobile applications and leverage this monetary ...

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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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Brazil Tourist Visa Update

Passports with stamp

From 17 June 2019, American, Australian, Canadian and Japanese citizens who wish to disembark in Brazil, for tourism or business, will be exempt from visas. The end of the requirement is part of a decree published by the Brazilian government ...

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Minor Hotels Appoints Three New GMs

General Managers at Minor Hotels - Coetzer Deysel, Laurie Burr and Lotfi Mosbahi

Bangkok, 19 March 2019 – Minor Hotels has announced three new General Manager appointments across its Anantara and Avani brands in the Indian Ocean and both North and Southern Africa. 2019 will see the opening of a number of new Anantara ...

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The Funny Side of Life at 60

People laughing

Cape Town, South Africa, 18 March 2019.  Where did the years go? Today’s my birthday – the big six-oh. Like most fossils approaching the geriatric phase of life, it’s time to reflect on the funny side of surviving 60-years. By ...

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Airline Offers WhatsApp Boarding Passes

Hand holding phone with WhatsApp icons

Johannesburg, 14 March 2019 – FlySafair has announced that its passengers will now have the option to send their boarding passes straight to their phones via WhatsApp, once they’ve completed the check-in process. This will be especially beneficial to passengers ...

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Chef Garth Shnier Joins Legacy

Chef Garth Shnier at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in Namibia

Internationally qualified chef,  Garth Shnier has joined Legacy Hotels and Resorts at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in Namibia. For more than 30 years, Chef Garth Shnier has been the maestro behind many fantastic dishes experienced in some of ...

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New Innovation For THINC Africa 2019

Tim Smith THINC Africa

CThe 4th THINC Africa conference to be held on 27 August 2019 in Cape Town promises some exciting innovation. This year THINC Africa will consist of two simultaneous conferences, both held over one packed day.  The Investment Conference will focus ...

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African Tourism Sector Booming

Africa Globe in space with aircraft

Travel & Tourism in Africa is booming, growing 5.6% in 2018 compared to the global average of 3.9% and the broader African economy rate of 3.2%. This places Africa as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific. Such growth ...

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60 Things to do in Dubai

Tourists on a fun ride in Dubai

With exciting theme parks, kid-friendly activities and shopping and dining options, Dubai is the ultimate year-round destination for a memorable family holiday. Here’s a list (with links) of 60 outdoor/indoor attractions and activities to inspire your next Dubai holiday itinerary. ...

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Lion’s Head Closure Update

Lions Head hiking trails

Cape Town, 06 March 2019 – SANParks is urging the public to adhere to signage on parts of the Lion’s Head hiking trails that inform of areas that have not yet been re-opened. Following recent concerns on social media related ...

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6 Tips to Conquer Indecisiveness

Swimmer placing fag on reef at sea

Participating in adventure tourism activities often require that instant decisions be made. You’ve been through the safety briefing, you know that the activity is safe, but time is passing and you’re still standing there frozen in a state of indecisiveness. You ...

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Newmark Opens New Hotel in Woodstock

Entrance to Newmark Hotels Stock Exchange in Woodstock, Cape Town

Cape Town, 04 March 2019 – Arguably Cape Town’s most creative neighbourhood, Woodstock is now home to a captivating new hotel, Stock Exchange, which officially opened on 01 March 2019. The hotel is managed by Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & ...

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New CEO At FEDHASA

FEDHASA CEO Lee Zama

Johannesburg, 04 March 2019 – The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) has announced the appointment of Lee Zama as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Zama, who is the first female CEO appointed at FEDHASA, has taken up ...

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Tourism Sidelined at Seychelles SONA

Alain St. Ange, Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles, 04 March 2019 – Seychelles President Danny Faure’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week has prompted the island nations’ tourism industry to wonder if it has been sidelined. Commenting on the SONA, Alain St Ange said ...

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Is It Possible to Bluff Online?

Poker cards with casino chips

Casinos are popular tourist attractions in most countries and the debate on whether on not it’s possible to bluff when playing Poker online or at a casino game rages on. But bluffing actually is possible if you read the situation ...

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TGCSA Kicks Off 2019 Road Shows

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa logo

Johannesburg, 19 February 2019 – The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) team kicked off their countrywide provincial roadshows in Cape Town today. The aim of the roadshows is to outline the new grading criteria to all establishment owners and ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Eco-Logic Awards

Eco-logic Awards trophies

Entries for the 8th annual Eco-Logic Awards are now open. Presented by The Enviropaedia, South Africa’s online environmental encyclopaedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership, the awards event will be held on 5 June 2019, which is World ...

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Cheetah Swap To Boost Metapopulation

Cheetah close up at Samara Private Game Reserve

The recent swap of male cheetah between Samara Private Game Reserve and Welgevonden Game Reserve will have significant implications for South Africa’s cheetah metapopulation. The swap saw Samara’s Shadow (a male cheetah) transported to a new home at Rogge Cloof. ...

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Atta Partners With Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways aircraft in flight

London, 19 February 2019 – The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) has announced a new partnership with Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways will be Atta’s Airline Sponsor until February 2021. Commenting on the new partnership Chris Mears, CEO of Atta ...

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Another Blow To Ailing SAA

SAA aircraft in flight

Johannesburg, 17 February 2019 – Adding to the cash crisis at South Africa’s national carrier, a court settlement agreed to between South African Airways and Comair will see SAA paying Comair R 1,1 billion in damages plus legal costs. What ...

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