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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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A Quick Guide to Boating in Florida

Boats on a lake in Florida

With over 30,000 lakes covering more than 3 million acres of land, the state of Florida, USA, is a popular tourist attraction for boating enthusiasts. While you don’t need a ‘boating license’ to operate a motorboat in the state of ...

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European Union Condemns Zimbabwe – Again

Cape Town, South Africa, 14 February 2019 – The European Union yesterday renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe after condemning the chaotic situation of human right abuses in that country. Here is what the joint resolution by the European Parliament actually says, ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Travel Awards

Sunday Times Reader's Choice Travel Awards logo

Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 February 2019 –  The Sunday Times is calling on local travel and tourism product owners to enter its 2019 Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. Individuals, businesses and companies nominate themselves for the awards programme by completing the relevant ...

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Opposition Party Responds to #Sona2019

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and DA Leader Mmusi Maimane against backdrop of SONA 2019

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Following yesterday’s State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), issued several thought-provoking, and highly relevant, press releases today. Time is ...

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Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 Postponed

Front entrance to Africa's Travel Indaba

DURBAN, South Africa, 07 February 2019 – Following this evening’s State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who confirmed that 08 May 2019 will be the date for the national elections, South African Tourism will reschedule this year’s ...

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Uganda Accused of Promoting Sex Tourism

Women carrying baskets of banana in Uganda

NAIROBI, 07 February 2019 (via Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda must cancel a beauty contest that seeks to attract more visitors by showcasing “curvy women” because it objectifies women and promotes sex tourism, campaigners said on Thursday. By Nita Bhalla. ...

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Fair Trade Tourism MD Resigns

Jane Edge speaking at a Fair Trade Tourism presentation

The Fair Trade Tourism Board of Directors today announced that their Managing Director Jane Edge will be leaving Fair Trade Tourism with effect from end February 2019. Jane Edge After four years on the Board of FTT, much of it ...

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African Pride Mount Grace Appoints New GM

Anthony Da Silva GM at African Pride Mount Grace

Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 05 February 2019 – Autograph Collection by Marriott International today announced the appointment of Anthony Da Silva as General Manager of the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection. In his role as ...

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Predictions for Native Advertising

Native Advertising definition: Paid content that matches a publication’s editorial standards while meeting the audience’s expectations. Facebook and Twitter fail this definition because neither are publishers. The same is true with Google AdWords. Source: www.copyblogger.com No one knows exactly what ...

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Elements Luxury Suites Launches in Sea Point

Bedroom at Elements Luxury Suites, Sea Point, Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, 21 January 2019 – Short-term rental company Totalstay, in partnership with Elemental Property Developers, have launched Elements Luxury Suites, a development in upper Sea Point offering a variety of luxury accommodation for short-term rental. The unique ...

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Hotel Group Adopts Plastic-Free Straw Initiative

Plastic-free straw in beverage

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 January 2019 – In alignment with the plastic-free straw commitment of leading hotel group Accor Hotels, Mercure Hotels South Africa has fully adopted the initiative from January 2019 across their branches in Randburg, Midrand, Bedfordview and Nelspruit. Prior to the initiative ...

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New GM for Visit Knysna Tourism Office

Colleen Durant, Visit Knysna Tourism Office

Knysna, South Africa, 28 January 2019 – Colleen Durant has been appointed as the new General Manager for Visit Knysna Tourism Office as of 11 February 2019. Commenting on the appointment, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain said: “The appointment ...

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How To Deliver Good Customer Service On The Go

Whether your business provides tourism transport, like an airport shuttle service, or a mobile business like campervan tours, delivering excellent customer service skills on the go is particularly important. There are a broad number of different opportunities where you can ...

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Zimbabwe Safe to Visit Despite Unrest

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

The management of Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) has confirmed that Victoria Falls remains calm, safe and stable despite civil unrest experienced in parts of Harare and Bulawayo over the past week. The civil unrest started when Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa ...

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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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Cape Verde Expands Visa Exemption

Cape Verde visa exemption map

As of 1 January 2019, the list of countries exempted from requiring a tourist visa to enter Cape Verde has been extended to include most European countries. Visitors travelling from countries belonging to the European Union (including the UK) plus ...

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Positive Future for Botswana Tourism

wttc economic impact report Botswana

According to the latest World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Economic Impact report for Botswana, positive growth is expected for the country over the next ten years. “Inclusive growth and ensuring a future with quality jobs are the concerns of ...

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Seychelles Bans Plastic Straws

Plastic straws in cocktails

In another step to help protect the environment of Seychelles, the importation of single-use plastic straws will be banned as of 01 February 2019.  According to the Seychelles News Agency, the island nation’s ministry of environment will ban the importation of ...

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WTM Africa 2019 Takes Shape

WTM Africa Conference Speakers

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 03 January 2019 – The speaker line-up and programme for WTM Africa 2019 are taking shape, with Conference, Inspire, Destination and Travel Forward Theatres set to host presentations and interactive sessions with global travel influencers between ...

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The uMfolozi: A Conservation Story

Zulu Chief

The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a special conservation story – the story of how Dr Ian Player started a global effort to save the rhino from extinction, and how years later five tribal chiefs contributed their land to conserve ...

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Seychelles needs more hotel rooms

Seychelles Tropical Residence

Seychelles is facing a difficult situation in its need for hotel rooms. According to Alain St Ange, the former Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, the shortage of hotel rooms will impact on airlines because contracted ...

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Rare EMF at Old Car Show

1912 EMF vintage car

GEORGE, South Africa – The 23rd George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company, and taking place from 9 – 10 February 2019, will focus on rare and exotic cars, including a 1912 EMF. The Everitt, Metzger and Flanders, ...

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Airline Security Staff Face Bribery Charges

bribe money

KEMPTON PARK, 2 January 2019 – The management of O. R. Tambo International Airport have been informed that disciplinary hearings will be held tomorrow (Thursday) for two security company employees filmed taking an alleged bribe at a passport verification checkpoint. ...

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Why Content Marketing Will Remain King in 2019

For travel destinations and tourism products, digital content will remain king in 2019, with lead generation acing the deck of marketing strategy cards. Here’s why: Most Important Objectives According to a ‘Digital Marketing Plan Survey’ conducted by Ascend2 research-based marketing, 18% of ...

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Badplaas Resort Recovers From Flood Damage

Flood damage to the warm water pool at Badplaas, A Forever Resort.

BADPLAAS, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 31 December 2018 – Following a flash flood that partially affected Badplaas, A Forever Resort on Friday, 28 December 2018, Forever Resorts South Africa has announced that the resort is open for business while restoration and ...

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New Report on Health Tourism Launched

abstract image of health tourism

Madrid, Spain, 27 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the European Travel Commission (ETC) have launched a new report on health tourism. As part of their joint research programme, the study is the first attempt to set ...

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5 SPA Trends for 2019

Infrared sauna

The most exciting 2019 SPA trends are good news for nature and lovers In recent years, the wellness industry has been growing more rapidly than ever. At the same time, the focus of SPAs has shifted from beauty to overall ...

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UNWTO Awards Finalists Announced

UNWTO award trophies

Madrid, Spain, 21 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects that have made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for ...

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Sun City Re-opens After Freak Hail Storm

Sun City hail storm damage

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 16 December 2018 – Following yesterday’s freak hail storm in the North West Province that saw damage to the Sun City property, forcing guests to abandon their rooms due to flooding, South African Tourism (SA Tourism) management have been in ...

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ACSA Signs Airports Agreement With Thailand

Bongiwe Mbomvu, Acting CEO of Airports Company South Africa and Dr Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of Airports of Thailand.

JOHANNESBURG, 14 December 2018 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has signed a sister airports agreement with Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited that will enable the two companies to cooperate and share information. A memorandum of understanding covering the ...

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The Fine Art of Degustation

Food Degustation

Conceptualising, preparing and serving a beautiful plate of food is an art in its own right but the actual taste is the real pièces de résistance. A food phenomenon that has become quite synonymous in trendy restaurants as well as ...

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Atta Appoints East Africa Honorary Fellow

Dr Mohanjeet Brar Kenya

LONDON, 13 December 2018 – Dr Mohanjeet Brar (Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Safari Camps) who served as the African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) director for the East Africa Region from 2010-2015 has been appointed to the honorary position of Fellow ...

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SA Tourism CEO To Sit On UNWTO Advisory Board

SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2018 – South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, has been appointed onto the advisory board of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) QUEST program. UNWTO.QUEST is a program designed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ...

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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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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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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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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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