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The Blue Train Repositions Brand

The Blue Train

PRETORIA, South Africa – The Blue Train launched its new brand repositioning on Friday 23rd November 2018, the first in over 20 years, augmenting the brand to meet the evolving needs of the discerning traveller, and launching its MICE (Meetings, Incentives, ...

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Lions return to the Great Karoo

Two lionesses drinking at samara game reserve by Marnus Ochse

More than 180 years ago, South Africa’s Great Karoo region was roamed by the majestic Cape lion – a particularly magnificent black-maned subspecies. Wiped out by hunters, their relatives are being welcomed back to Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet ...

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Tips on Travelling from Africa to Geneva

Geneva Airport

All You Need to Know After Landing Travelling by plane can be quite a challenge – especially if you don’t know anything about the location you are going to land in. Moreover, after an almost 13 hour flight from Africa, ...

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Top 10 KZN Lilizela National Winners

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Lilizela 2018

DURBAN, 19 November 2018 – The national Lilizela Tourism Awards dubbed the “Oscars” of the industry, catapulted ten KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) tourism businesses to the top as they walked away with prestigious trophies to prove their worth in service excellence and have ...

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Tourism Boom for Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

ZIMBABWE, 19 November 2018 – Africa Albida Tourism has recorded its busiest year ever, as tourists flock to Victoria Falls, with its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoying 80-plus per cent occupancy over the past six months. In the ...

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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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How African businesses can benefit from social media

Benefits of Social Media for Business

As the fastest growing continent from a technological development standpoint, African businesses can look forward to many successful decades to come. Africa as a whole is seeing rampant technological advancement. One of the biggest changes, though, has been how quickly ...

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ONCE in Joburg Wins at Lilizela Awards

ONCE in Joburg

JOHANNESBURG, 19 November 2018 – After being awarded the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial title of best 4-star backpackers in Gauteng, ONCE in Joburg has come out on top at the National Awards Ceremony as the best backpacker accommodation in the ...

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Untouched Adventures Wins Gold

Untouched Adventures

JOHANNESBURG, 18 November 2018 – Untouched Adventures – the popular Kayak and Lilo Adventure operator at Storms River Mouth, Tsitiskamma – won gold at last nights Lilizela Tourism Awards national awards presentation ceremony. Untouched Adventures’ national Lilizela ‘Visitor Experience’ award in the ...

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Lilizela 2018 National Winners Revealed

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom at the Lilizela Awards

JOHANNESBURG, Saturday, 17 November 2018 – The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom revealed the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards national winners at a glittering function convened at the Sandton Convention Centre this evening. The sixth edition of the National Lilizela Tourism Awards ...

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Stage Set for National Lilizela Tourism Awards

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018

JOHANNESBURG, 17 November 2018 – The much anticipated National Lilizela Tourism Awards ceremony kicks off tonight at the Sandton Convention Centre from 4 pm. The sixth edition of the national Lilizela Tourism Awards ceremony will be hosted by renowned media personalities, ...

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A Guide To Coping With Medical Emergencies Abroad

Medical Emergency

Coping with medical emergencies while abroad can be stressful. But it needn’t be. A bit of prior planning ahead of your business or leisure trip will help you to cope a lot better. Here’s a brief four-point guide to help ...

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Call for Proposals: African Tourism Innovation

UNWTO African Tourism Innovation

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD), is calling for proposals to enter the UNWTO/NEPAD Tourism Tech Adventure: Promoting African Tourism Innovation, an initiative dedicated to supporting the African startups that will lead ...

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Types of Travel Insurance Explained

Travel Insurance Explained

In today’s world of uncertainty and increased frequency of unexpected events, risk transfer by means of travel insurance is more important than ever before. Preparing for the unexpected places you in an offensive position, especially when you leave the comfort ...

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Best African Safari Destinations for 2019

Safari Game Drive Tanzania. Courtesy of Ntaba African Safaris

Africa is one of the most enthralling travel destinations worldwide. Garnering over 30 million tourist’s year on year with its breath-taking landscapes, historic monuments and welcoming culture. Home to an incredible array of wildlife and adventures that no other land ...

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Home Affairs Minister Resigns

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

SOUTH AFRICA, 13 November 2018 – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has finally served his letter of resignation to the Presidency following mounting pressure from the Democratic Alliance (DA) for President Cyril Ramaphosa to give him the boot. This comes ...

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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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MSC Musica Launches SA Summer Season

MSC Musica Launches SA Summer Season

DURBAN, South Africa, 8 November 2018 – MSC Cruises celebrated the arrival of MSC Musica in Durban yesterday by hosting media, travel agents and distinguished guests for an overnight experience onboard prior to the start of her seasonal tour in South ...

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Seychelles Launches Blue Bond for Healthy Oceans

Seychelles Blue Bond

SEYCHELLES, 06 November 2018 – The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond — a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. The bond, which raised US$15 million from international investors, demonstrates ...

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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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Mercedes-Benz Launches ZOETROPE EQ

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA at ZOETROPE

CAPE TOWN. Launched on 1 November 2018, ZOETROPE – a public pavilion inspired by Mercedes-Benz EQ and situated on Silo Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront – is an interactive installation aimed at igniting the public imagination around the exciting future offered ...

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Radisson Hotels Expand Into Guinea

Radisson Blu Hotel Conakry Guinea

Radisson Hospitality has announced the signing of the first Radisson Blu Hotel in Conakry, Republic of Guinea. Radisson Hospitality AB, publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden is part of Radisson Hotel Group, which has 90 hotels and more than 18,000 ...

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Toyota Tops 2018 MOTY Awards

SAVRALA 2018 MOTY Awards

Toyota South Africa Motors (Tdominated the SAVRALA 2018 Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards and even clinched the Leasing Category to become the overall winner by some margin.

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SANParks Fees to Increase from 1 Nov 2018

SANParks Crocodile Bridge Gate

PRETORIA, South Africa, 31 October 2018 – South African National Parks (SANParks) will increase its Conservation fees from 1 November 2018 at all National Parks. All funds generated from conservation fees are used with the primary mandate of SANParks, which is ...

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SA Driving Licence Codes Guide

The elleMMent Mobile Home

In South Africa, driving licences are issued with various codes that indicate the types of vehicle that may be driven with that licence. Here are all the codes.

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SA Professional Driving Permit Guide

SA Professional Driving Permit

To drive on a public road in South Africa and transport fare-paying passengers or tourists for an income you must have a professional driving permit (PrDP). In South Africa, the requirement for drivers who transport tourists to be in possession of ...

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An Insiders Guide to Europe

INSIDR Guide to Europe

It’s always a delight when I come across authors who share the same passions that I do. I recently had the opportunity to meet the guys from Insidr – a website for travellers, not tourists! They have curated some really useful tips ...

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AirAdvance To Front Airbnb Booking Payouts

South Africa rand currency

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Monday, 29 October 2018 – Further disruption in South Africa’s accommodation and property letting sector is on the cards as AirAdvance, a fintech startup, provides those offering private accommodation through Airbnb easy access to affordable finance. It uses a ...

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Green Flag Trails Launched in Graskop

Wonder View Graskop

MPUMALANGA, South Africa, 29 October 2018 – Earlier this month, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency launched the new Green Flag accredited BlydeHiking Trails which are approximately 30 kilometres in distance, at Wonder View Graskop, Mpumalanga. Guests and media were treated to ...

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Peugeot 3008 SUV Review

Peugeot 3008 SUV

When it comes to driver comfort, safety and convenience on the long road, the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is in a class of its own. By Des Langkilde. Nowadays, most new vehicles come with the latest tech ...

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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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SANParks Receives 3 Million Rand For Anti-Poaching

SANParks Anti-Poaching Donation

SKUKUZA, Mpumalanga, 26 October 2018 – South African National Parks (SANParks) received a 3 Million Rand donation from the Legacy Experience project spearheaded by international cricketers, Kevin Pietersen and Mark Boucher. The money is meant for the Airwing based at Skukuza ...

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Unusual Things To Do in Barcelona

An alley passage in Barcelona

There are plenty of travel guides for every major city in Europe, and Barcelona is certainly no exception to this rule. Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain and it has many tourist traps, including the Sagrada Familia, La ...

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Awards for Award Programs Launched

Awards for Award Programs

JOHANNESBURG, 24 October 2018 – South Africa’s first ever initiative to give accolades to the Awards industry has been launched and it will culminate in a gala event on 25 February 2019 where organisers will receive commendations for staging premier ...

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Great Karoo Reserve Goes Big Five

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve has announced that it will be furthering its long-term conservation vision with the introduction of elephant and lion onto the 14 000ha reserve in 2018. This means that Mount Camdeboo will become home to the famed ...

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Adventure Tourism Indaba in Wilderness

Adventure Tourism Indaba

GEORGE, South Africa, 23 October 2018 – The first ever Garden Route Adventure Tourism Indaba and Expo is taking place at Wilderness Hotel and on the Map of Africa on 26 and 27 October 2018. “The aim of the Indaba ...

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How Government Can Work with Tourism to Create Jobs

Brett Hendricks, General Manager Thebe Tourism Group

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 23 October 2018 – South Africa is a country in crisis, having been hit by several waves of bad news for the economy. However, with the government and the tourism private sector working together, we can ...

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How to Travel and Earn Money on the Way

combine travelling and money making

It sounds like a dream, and it is perfectly possible: you could be earning money and travelling around the world. You no longer have to worry about when you are finally going to have enough money in your travel fund ...

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Toyota Donates 4×4 for SANParks Anti-Poaching

Toyota Donates 4x4 for SANParks Anti-Poaching

PRETORIA, South Africa, 19 October 2018 – In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching and other wildlife crime, Toyota South Africa Motors has donated a brand new Hilux Double Cab 4×4 valued at approximately R546 500 to ...

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Stormsriver Adventures Wins Sustainable Tourism Awards

MOMBASA, Kenya, 18 October 2018 – Stormsriver Adventures has been awarded two Sustainable Tourism accolades presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 79th Skål World Congress in Mombasa today. The awards were attained in the 2018 Skål International ‘Tour Operators and Travel ...

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Iconic President Hotel Revamped

CAPE TOWN, 16 October 2018 – Steeped in history as one of the oldest properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, the iconic President Hotel celebrates two decades since its namesake; former President Nelson Mandela reopened its doors in 1998 with a fresh ...

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Komodo Cruise: The Apex of Luxury in Indonesia

Komodo Cruise Yacht Indonesia

Cruising the calm Indonesian seas aboard an elegant 54-meter yacht is one of the best ways to explore Komodo Island to the fullest. A well-planned cruise around Komodo Island will enable you to experience all that this awesome destination has ...

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Africa’s Leading Luxury Train Award Winner

The Blue Train

The iconic Blue Jewel of South Africa, The Blue Train, walked away with Africa’s Leading Luxury Train accolade at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018 held at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South ...

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TBCSA Appoints New CEO

TBCSA CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

Pretoria, South Africa, 9 October 2018  – The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has announced the appointment of Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa as its new chief executive officer (CEO) to drive the TBCSA board strategy. “We are excited that we ...

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African Megacities To Lead Population Growth

Africas’ megacities will lead global population growth between 2017 to 2030, reflecting their potential for hospitality and tourism development as the last major continent to undergo urbanisation.  According to the global market research company, Euromonitor International‘s new report, “Megacities: Developing Country Domination,” ...

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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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Aquila Leads Inflatable Boat World Champs

Cape Town (and South Africa) is proudly represented at the 2018 P750 World Championship held in the city of Féjus Var on the south French Riviera in France. The international inflatable boat race started 28 September and will run until ...

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Mantis Initiates Road Cleanup Campaign

In celebration of Tourism Month in September, Mantis envisioned giving 1 000 children from the township of Motherwell in Port Elizabeth experiences that would expose them to tourism and conservation. As part of their initiative, a cleanup campaign named “Chola nono, ...

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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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Mozambique Ranked Greenest Country In The World

As global citizens celebrate World Environment Health Day today, research from energy comparison experts MoneySuperMarket reveals that Mozambique causes the least impact on the world’s climate while South Africa is listed as Africa’s biggest polluter. As research into climate change continues, it only ever becomes ...

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ASATA & SATSA Denounces Unabridged Birth Certificate Regs

JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2018 – Both the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) are disappointed and frustrated that South African minors will still be required to present Unabridged Birth Certificates when travelling. ...

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Fair Trade Tourism to Mentor SMMEs

PILANESBERG, South Africa, 18 September 2018 –  Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with enterprise development agency EICT to provide training and mentorship services to SMMEs adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park involved in the Pilanesberg Tourism Incubation Programme – the first ...

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Managing Urban Overtourism

MADRID, Spain, 18 September 2018 – A new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents. ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth Beyond Perceptions’, was launched today ...

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Africa Albida Tourism Scoops Top Enviro Award

HARARE, Zimbabwe, September 2018 – Hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism won the Environmental Award at the 25th Annual Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) Awards ceremony on Saturday 1st September 2018, after launching a major recycling project in Victoria Falls. ...

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Weekly SA Forex Update

SOUTH AFRICA, Monday 17 September 2018 –  After the recent doom and gloom, last week finally brought some welcome relief for us Springbok supporters, and it wasn’t a bad week for the Rand either! By Bruce Burnett. These are the mid rates ...

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Top Scientist Appointed At Ongava Research Centre

NAMIBIA, 14 September 2018 – Ongava Research Centre (ORC) has announced that Dr John Mendelsohn, one of Namibia’s top scientists, has accepted the post of Executive Director. Dr Mendelsohn has written or co-authored over 75 scientific papers and technical reports, ...

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21 Days For The Ocean Gains Traction

GANSBAAI, South Africa, 14 September 2018 – Following a demi-decade of hosting a blue initiative called ’21 Days for the Ocean’, this years’ campaign by White Shark Projects has already made a significant impact on the coastline and communities of the ...

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KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018 Winners

SANI PASS, KwaZulu-Natal, 13 September 2018 – Thirty-three of KwaZulu-Natal’s top tourism and hospitality businesses were tonight honoured with prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards. See the full list at the end of this article Hailed as ‘the best of the ...

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Renewable Energy Boost For Angola

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 13 September 2018 – The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank,  has approved a US$1 million grant to Independent Power Producers (IPP) in Angola to encourage private investment in renewable energy. The SEFA grant, ...

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Innovative Dining: The Flavours Of Fynbos

TWO foraging experts are set to take delegates at the upcoming The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference on an exciting journey of innovative taste discovery. Fervent foodie and restaurateur, Kobus van der Merwe, of Oep ve Koep and Wolfgat restaurants ...

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Orient Hotel Wins Best Hotel Wine List In The World

LONDON, UK, 12 September 2018 – South Africa’s Orient Boutique Hotel – home of the acclaimed Restaurant Mosaic – has won the Best Hotel Wine List in the World for 2018 beating off strong competition from around the globe. In ...

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Emirates Wins Gold at Global Awards

JOHANNESBURG, 12 September 2018 – Emirates airline’s fully-enclosed First Class Private Suites, launched in November last year on its Boeing 777 aircraft, has been awarded gold by Future Travel Experience (FTE) in the “Up in the Air” category. The FTE Global ...

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Growing the South African Economy For All

CAPE TOWN, 12 September 2018 – The following remarks were delivered by the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, during an urgent debate on ways to mitigate South Africas’ economic recession in Parliament today.  Honourable Members, The choice we face as ...

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2018 Concierge Conference Dates Announced

JOHANNESBURG, 12 September 2018 – The much anticipated South African Annual Concierge Conferences 2018 will kick off this month in Durban ending on a high note with the Johannesburg/Pretoria conference on 17 October at the Sandton Sun Hotel. Now in ...

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Marriott Unveils Members Only Experiences

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 11 September 2018 – Stepping up its experiences game, Marriott International has added countless redemption opportunities for its loyalty members giving them the opportunity to bid their points in exchange for access like no other. Ranging ...

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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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Coworkers To Swap London For Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, 11 September 2018 – Coworking Days – a global community network of Freelancers and Digital Nomads – has launched Coworking Safari South Africa, an innovative 14-day trip that will see Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs swapping London for Cape Town, The Great Karoo and the ...

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First Captive-born Cheetah Released at Kuzuko Lodge

CAPE TOWN, Paarl, 07 September 2018 – Cheetah Experience Ashia hosted guests and media at their cheetah sanctuary today to officially announce and celebrate the release of their first captive-born cheetah into the protected wild at Kuzuko Lodge, a private ...

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Radisson Announces Hotel Expansion #THINCAfrica

CAPE TOWN, 05 September 2018 – Speaking at the THINCAfrica Conference, which kicked off at the Century City Conference Centre today, the Radisson Hotel Group’s Andrew Mclachlan announced that the Group is gearing up for aggressive hotel expansion in South Africa with a focus on ...

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Cape Town Strengthens Ties With Angola

CAPE TOWN, 05 September 2018 – Following Visa exemptions and increased direct flights between Cape Town and Angola, the President of the recently  established Angola-South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACIAAS), Victoriano Ferreira Nicolau met with Wesgro CEO Tim ...

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Local Is Lekker for South Africans #TourismMonth2018

CAPE TOWN, 03 September 2018 – According to a recent survey, local is still lekker for South Africans when it comes to holidays. The majority of South Africans take two to three short breaks a year, with only 12% spending these ...

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South Africa Unveils 2018 Gold Coin Series

CENTURION, South Africa, 03 September 2018 – The South African Mint has unveiled a stunning five-coin Palaeontology Collection in 24-carat gold. The collection brings to life the ‘Archosauria’ – crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds or the ruling reptiles that roamed ...

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Epicurean Edutainment At ON19 Restaurant

A unique epicurean edutainment experience has been launched at The Westin Cape Town hotel’s lofty ON19 Restaurant. Labelled as ‘1ON19’, the Executive Chef presents a 5-course menu focusing on one single ingredient paired with one particular cultivar sourced from vineyards ...

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Cape Winelands Conference To Explore Cuisine Innovation

CAPE TOWN, 30 August 2018 – Chef Wandile Mabaso, a young and internationally travelled Soweto-born chef has been confirmed as a speaker at The Business of Wine & Food Conference, which takes place at Spier on 17 October. “Mabaso is known as South ...

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First Group Upgrades Port Owen Marina

VELDDRIF, Cape West Coast, 30 August 2018 – Port Owen Marina, a firm favourite amongst holidaymakers with its jam-packed entertainment and idyllic setting on the banks of the marina, is set to offer guests an even more memorable stay thanks to ...

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The Final Straw For Fairway Hotel

JOHANNESBURG, 30 August 2018 – The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort has announced “THE FINAL STRAW” initiative. Aimed at protecting the environment, this imitative will put an end to the customary serving of plastic straws, and they will be offering compostable ...

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Global IT Co Chooses Durban for Africa HQ

DURBAN, South Africa, 28 August 2018 – Dushyant Savadia, the CEO and founder of Amber Group LTD, has confirmed his commitment to investment and job creation in South Africa with the opening of African operations officially headquartered in Umhlanga, Durban. “With Durban having ...

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Call For #ShotLeft Travel Week Partners

South African Tourism Sho't Left Campaign

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 28 August 2018 – In a bid to promote domestic travel, South African Tourism is launching Sho’t Left Travel Week, a ground-breaking initiative that will see a host of trade partners, airlines, hotel groups and tour operators offering ...

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Open Access For All During National Parks Week

PRETORIA, 28 August 2018 –  South African National Parks (SANParks) for the thirteenth year is once again opening up its parks during South African National Parks Week with free, open access to all South Africans. The 2018 Annual SA National ...

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Taxis Block Off Kempinski Hotel Seychelles

MAHÉ, Seychelles, 28 August 2018 – Kempinski Hotel’s GM Masami Egami felt the brunt of angry Seychelles Taxi Association members for not abiding by the rules and regulations of Seychelles. Kempinski Hotel Seychelles was totally barricaded by taxis and no movement ...

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SA Tourism Decline In First Half Of 2018

PRETORIA, 27 August 2018 – South Africa’s tourism sector should be in better shape than it currently is. That’s the word from Tourism Business Council of South Africa’s interim CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, following the release of its Tourism Business Index ...

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Record 2017 Year For World Tourism

MADRID, Spain, 27 August 2018 – International tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights. Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in ...

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Mantis Group Appoints New CEO

JOHANNESBURG, 27 August 2018 – Following the 50% acquisition of the South African based company Mantis by AccorHotels in April 2018, Philippe Baretaud has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Mantis Group. “Philippe will be responsible for leading the ...

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Graskop Gorge Lift Officially Opens

SOUTH AFRICA, 24 August 2018 – Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom officially launched the Graskop Gorge Lift Centre on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route today. The development features a viewing lift that travels down the face of the gorge and is a first ...

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Focus on Female Executives in Tourism

JOHANNESBURG, 20 August 2018 – A leadership talk to discuss strategies to increase the number of women in strategic leadership positions in the tourism industry was hosted today by the Executive Development Program (EDP) for Women in Tourism (WiT), presented by ...

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Aquila Buys Inverdoorn Game Reserve

CAPE TOWN, 20 August 2018 – Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa today announced and confirmed its acquisition of the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape. The agreement was concluded on Thursday 16 August 2018. Over the last 20 years, ...

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The Killing of Tourism in South Africa

Canned lion hunting and trading in lion skeletons are having ever-widening negative ramifications for tourism in South Africa, with more than 40 airlines refusing to transport trophies, global marches, petitions, and hundreds of media reports combining to tarnish the country’s ...

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African Diplomat Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, former United Nations (UN) Secretary General. 1938-2018.

SOUTH AFRICA 18 August 2018 – Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat and the first black African to lead the United Nations as Secretary-General, passed away in a Swiss hospital today at the age of 80 after succumbing to a “short illness,” ...

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How Mining Benefits Africa’s Economy

Statue of miner with mining gear in background

The term ‘mining’ often drums up images of dusty, dark tunnels, hefty pieces of machinery like drills and crushers and rubble filled with valuable minerals and materials. However, while these are commonly found, the industry in and of itself is ...

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Stratus Raises the Steaks with Jack Daniel’s

CAPE TOWN, 16 August 2018 – Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town collaborated with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and the hotels’ resident Stratus Steak House to host guests at a function this evening where samples of some of the best Wagyu beef in Cape ...

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Timbavati Welcomes New Warden

GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, 15 August 2018 – The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has formally welcomed their new Warden, Edwin Pierce, who joined the reserve on 1 May 2018. Edwin wasted no time in sharing his energy, passion and valuable experience, and ...

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Tourism Is Key To Rebuilding Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE, August 2018 – Politicians must accept the recent controversial election results, which saw Emmerson Mnangagwa elected leader of Zimbabwe after serving as interim president since November last year – and shift focus to the future of the country. One ...

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Singita Redefines Food on Safari

SOUTH AFRICA, 14 August 2018 – Singita is taking its gourmet offering to the next level with a series of epicurean additions. Guests of Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges in the Kruger National Park are now treated to a new cooking demonstration ...

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Effective Sales Secrets For Small Businesses

Selling is the lifeblood of any business but the impact of low sales volumes on Small to Micro Enterprises (SMEs) are far more severe than on large enterprises. Corporate enterprises have the necessary financial and human resources to ensure that ...

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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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A Beginner’s Guide To Planning A Trip Around Africa

Whether you’re on your gap year or simply want an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity, Africa is a fantastic continent to visit for a memorable adventure. Whether you opt for a solo backpacking adventure, or you want to schedule a ...

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