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CaleXico Food and Music Event

A brand new conceptual masterpiece that aims to bring together the power of good old fashioned music and the luxury of fine dining. This event aims to tantalize both taste and hearing, through the combination of a three-course meal and live performances from South African artists who made great impacts in shaping the South African music landscape. This event, which will occur monthly on the first Wednesday of every month, kicks with performances from the likes of the Tidal Waves, fronted by the acclaimed Jacob Zoyisile Wulana.

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6 Things To Do At A Holiday Resort

A kayak on the beach at a holiday resort

If you have a high-energy family, you may think that booking at a holiday resort would be too sedate to fit in with your active lifestyle. Well, think again. Here are six things to do at a beach holiday resort ...

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Voluntourism At Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary

Cheetah in an enclosure at Ashia

Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary and Awareness Centre offers opportunities to participate in ground-breaking conservation programme CAPE TOWN, 20 June 2019 – Ashia, a world-class and Fair Trade Tourism accredited cheetah sanctuary outside Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape, is now offering ...

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Tourism Savvy Party Registers In Seychelles

Members of the One Seychelles political party

Mahé, Seychelles, 18 June 2019 – A new political party headed by Seychelles’ former tourism minister, Alain St Ange presented documents for ‘One Seychelles’ to be registered with the Electoral Commission. According to the Seychelles News Agency, the chairperson of ...

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Golf For Charity At The President Hotel

Golf For Charity At The President Hotel

CAPE TOWN, 11 June 2019 – In a spectacular coastal setting in the Mother City, avid golfers, including locals, nationals and internationals, are invited to Cape Town and all of its breathtaking sights, world-class golf courses and once-in-a-lifetime experiences by ...

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5 Secrets to Buying a Surfboard

Two surfers in wetsuits on the beach

It’s obvious that surfing is a load of fun, but buying the right surfboard – well, that’s not as obvious. If you’re just getting into surfing, you may think that all surfboards look alike and function in the same way. ...

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Personal Insurance Types and Benefits

Hand holding family bubble in palm

We have published numerous articles on the types of commercial insurance that are relevant to the tourism industry (see the end of this article for post links) but have barely covered personal insurance. This article, therefore, aims to expand on ...

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To the greens and beyond!

IMAGE: Young golfers at Fish River Resort

“We have enabled disadvantaged children to gain access to the game of golf; a sport that teaches teamwork, integrity, and discipline. The daily work that goes into growing good sportsman is a thankless task which Collin has taken on passionately. He is an unsung hero who is changing the culture of golf in the Eastern Cape one child at a time.” - Dr Wouter Hensons, Executive Dean of Stenden South Africa

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Ecotourism: A Case Study

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that tourists who participate in ecotourism activities want reassurance that their host follows defined ecotourism principles. By Des Langkilde. Ecotourism Definitions In his book ‘Ecotourism: An Academic Definition’ (1999 ...

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The Evolution of Souvenirs

Souvenirs are a multi-million dollar business and have always formed a crucial part of the travel experience. Holiday Inn has mapped the evolution and history of souvenirs, tracing the very first travel mementoes through to their modern-day equivalents. By Anisa ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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7 Insurance Policies for Tour Operators

Tour operator vehicle with tourists

All tour operators require insurance protection, but there are some types of cover that you may not have considered. These could be essential to mitigating the risks associated with your tour company. Here are the top seven types of insurance ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Beginners Guide to Starting a Tourism Business

Businessman on beach

Writing for WikiHow, Claire Fess provides eight steps on how to start a tourism business. Definition: Tourists are people who travel outside of their home-base environments in order to spend time visiting a different environment in either a business or ...

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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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