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Strange but True facts on just about Everything

Tattler's Believe It Or Not

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): AlcoholAntsBatsBeesBirdsBuffaloChameleons Cheetah Coconuts Countries Crocodiles Cultures Elephants ...

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World’s Leading Villa Collection 2019

Mantis Owner’s Collection Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis celebrating the latest accolade received by Mantis Owner’s Collection at the World Travel Awards 2019 The Mantis Owner’s Collection has been crowned World’s Leading Villa Collection at the 26th annual World Travel ...

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South Africans Object to NHI Bill

Doctor taking blood pressure reading from a patients arm

JOHANNESBURG, 25 November 2019 – The Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted 87 000 public objections to Parliament on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill during a press conference today. Objections are set to close this week, on Friday 29 November. Speaking ...

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SAA Strike Action Confirmed

South African Airways aircraft tail against storm clouds

JOHANNESBURG, 14 November 2019 – According to a statement released by South African Airways (SAA), nearly all domestic, regional and international SAA flights will be cancelled on Friday, 15th and Saturday, 16th November 2019 due to planned strike action. Note ...

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Why Oceana Won Two Lilizela Awards

2019 Lilizela Awards: ‘Best 5 Star Boutique Hotel’ & a ‘Lap of Luxury Guest Experience’ Mantis is very proud to announce that Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve won two awards at the seventh annual Lilizela Tourism Awards which took place ...

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Slot Tricks and Tips That Work

Casino slot machines

Historically slot machines paid out in cigarettes, sweets and free drinks. These days slot machines payout with credits which can be used against other games, or money, and sometimes big money. NB: Before reading this article, please refer to our Terms of ...

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Food Waste in Tourism

Food waste in a garbage bin

Food waste in tourism is a bigger issue than previously thought There are major gaps in how food waste in tourism is understood and calculated, according to researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Southern California. ...

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Why Content Marketing Will Remain King in 2020

For travel destinations and tourism products, digital content will remain king in 2020 and beyond, 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, ...

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Israeli Outbound Market to Africa Growth

A stone wall in Israel with flag and aircraft silhouette

Increased interest by Israelis for travel to Africa & The Indian Ocean Islands is making this market an attractive proposition for Africa based travel and tourism professionals. By Derek Houston. Last year 26,000 Israelis visited South Africa and 6,000 travelled to Kenya. ...

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KwaZulu-Natal 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 the ...

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New Home for Pioneer Cheetah Jasmin

Cheetah Jasmin at Makutsi game reserve

The first successfully wilded female cheetah makes her way to Makutsi, Limpopo Makutsi Safari Springs, Limpopo – October 2019: In the last week of October 2019 Jasmin, the successfully wilded five-year-old female cheetah who was the very first to have ...

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ATV Riding Guide: Tips and Safety

ATV rider on dirt road looking at view

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad bike, four-wheeler, or quadricycle, is a 4-wheeled sport utility vehicle designed for off-road use and typically utilised for tourism recreation activities, farm-work and competitive racing. While ATVs are fun to ride ...

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The Magic of Kuganha Tented Camp

Dining tables at Kuganha Tented Camp, Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Among other mesmeric qualities, the magic of Kuganha Tented Camp at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve lies in its tranquillity – an almost tangible sense of peace and quiet created by the camps discreet location where the chirping of birds and the occasional ...

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Mobile App Disrupts Tourist Guide Recruitment

Recruit a guide mobile app

An innovative new mobile application is rapidly changing the way that tourist guides find work, and tour operators find skilled nature/field, culture, and adventure guides in southern Africa. Review by Des Langkilde. Developed by Cape Town-based entrepreneur duo Darren Smith ...

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Free Recharge Electricity for a Year

A Volvo plug-in hybrid car driving along the coastline

Good news for South African motorists is that Volvo Cars’ Recharge campaign is also being rolled out in South Africa – meaning a year of free electricity! This follows an announcement by Volvo Cars that their ground-breaking global incentive scheme, ...

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31 Niche Tourism Groups

Avitourists

If you thought that Niche Tourism covers just a hand-full of interest groups, think again. In the 5th edition of his book ‘Marketing Tourism in South Africa’, Richard George identifies 20 distinct Special Interest or ‘Niche’ tourism groups, and we’ve ...

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Want to Teach English Abroad?

teacher with blackboard in background

These are the Top 5 countries for South Africans to head to Working abroad is a dream that many of us have particularly in the age of social media and the jealousy-inducing #wanderlust hashtags that appear on your feed. For ...

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SA Harvest launches in South Africa

SA Harvest, an NPC committed to food rescue in South Africa, hosted their official launch at The Service Dining Rooms, Cape Town, on Wednesday 16 October, aptly, on World Food Day. The organisation’s purpose is to eliminate hunger and food waste through ...

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10 Tips to get Tourism PR Published

As a publisher of content aimed at travellers and the tourism trade, my email inbox is flooded with press releases – many of which are trashed because the content is either badly written, does not comply with my website or ...

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2019 Youth Travel Awards Winners Announced

Global Youth Travel Awards 2019 Logo

The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE) has announced the 2019 Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) winners. On the final evening of 11 October, delegates attending the close of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Lisbon dressed to ...

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Can You Apply For A Loan Overseas

Abstract image showing time travel and money

Whether you are a solo traveller looking to add to your destination wishlist, a family group or retired couple longing to take that dream holiday of a lifetime, or a travel business looking to expand your footprint on a global ...

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Hospitality Hot Spot in Gauteng

Destiny Hotel Sky Bar and Lounge

Efforts to re-industrialise the Ekurhuleni metro were recently announced by the  MMC for Finance and Economic Development, Cllr Doctor Xhakaza, with an allocation of R847m to strategic key projects in the area.  The areas set aside by the department include the Airport Precinct, Kempton ...

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AHIF 2019 Awards Adrian Gardiner of Mantis Group

Adrian Gardiner, Executive Chairman of Mantis

Adrian Gardiner Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to African Hospitality Industry Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25 September 2019 – Adrian Gardiner, the Executive Chairman of Mantis, is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious African Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) Creating Impact Award for ...

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Best Slot Games For Summer

Summer travel graphic showing holiday icons

Summer is a time for sun, fun and relaxation. But, if you’ve had enough of the sun, have some in-door fun by unwinding in front of one of the many summer-themed slot games the casino industry has to offer. With ...

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SAASA Wins Skål Sustainable Tourism Award

Maria Teresa Diaz, Lara Mostert, Lavonne Wittman, and Andrew Rogers.

South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA), owners of Monkeyland in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay and sister sanctuary MonkeylandKZN in Ballito is the winner of the Skål International 2019 Sustainable Tourism Award in the category Major Tourist Attractions.  In April this ...

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Domestic Tourism Poised for Growth

Johannesburg, 11 September 2019 – Despite the prevailing tough economic conditions putting pressure on disposable income, South Africans are still travelling and touring local destinations.  According to the annual review by the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism ...

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class Facelift

Mercedes-Benz 2019 V-Class

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class facelift has made the 2019 model now even more attractive Restyled and striking front-end designRefreshed interior: sportier air vents and updated upholsteryAdditional luxury styling and comfort optionsExemplary safety enhanced: Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist PlusMore than ...

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200th Black Rhino Translocated

Black Rhino image by Micky Wiswedel

South Africa, 7 August 2019 – Marking a major milestone in wildlife conservation, the WWF-SA Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) has just completed its 12th successful black rhino move by translocating its 200th rhino, as part of an ongoing ...

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Chefs Shine at Hotel Oscars in Cape Town

2019 Distell Inter Hotel Challenge

The Southern Sun Cape Sun was the glittering venue for the ‘Hotel Oscars’, the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge, on Saturday 3rd August 2019 when South Africas’ top chefs, bakers, wine stewards and concierges were honoured with the industry’s top accolades. ...

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What is Lemon Law?

Car dealer signing a contract

There’s a whole bunch of different law types out there, from Tort law, and constitutional law, to criminal law, but have you ever heard of Lemon Law? And no, it’s not a term that refers to spending too long on ...

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Car Accident Risks in Kentucky

Car driver distracted by smartphone while on the road

Tourism is the 3rd largest industry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, home of the legendary Kentucky Derby horse race and bluegrass music. Like anywhere else in the world, car accidents do occur, however, knowing what makes Kentucky unique and how most accidents ...

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How to Prepare for a High-Altitude Trip

High-altitude climbers trekking through snow

Research shows that many countries are recognising and prioritising adventure tourism as active spending of free time becomes more popular with tourists. Lazing away holidays on the beach is slowly being replaced by attractions that test our physical abilities. In ...

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Discounts Fuel Domestic Travel Boom

South African Tourism recorded a 59,7% growth in domestic tourism during the first four months of 2019. Local demand, fuelled by value-added travel discounts and holiday packages, is not slowing despite the current tough economic climate. Shaun Lamont, Managing Director ...

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