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News, views, and reviews on sporting events, conferencing and the trade exhibition industry with particular relevance to the global travel trade.

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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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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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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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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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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#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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World Celebrates #MandelaDay2018

SOUTH AFRICA, 18 July 2018 – Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 is being celebrated worldwide today to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and ...

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John Vlismas in “Brain Dump”

Stand up comedian John Vlismas’s all-new show, “brain-dump” is running at The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino from 22 July to 12 August 2018. Vlismas is 45 years old. He’s been in comedy since Democracy was born. For decades, he drank everything ...

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HVS Launches THINC Africa 2018

Cape Town, July 2018 – Industry experts and corporate executives are gearing up for one of Africa’s most insightful tourism, hotel investment and networking conferences, THINC Africa 2018, which will take place from 5-6 September 2018 at the Century City ...

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Ramsgate Book & Art Festival Expands

The annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, set in the picturesque, seaside village of Ramsgate on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast is set to expand in 2018. This cultural, colourful and community-driven festival is entering into its fourth year and is now ...

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New Dates For Africa Mice Masterclass

Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 February 2018: Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) has rescheduled its Africa MICE Masterclass to take place from Tuesday, 13 March to Friday, 16 March 2018. The event was previously reported to take place from Tuesday, 20 February to ...

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Tips on Choosing a Conference Venue

According to Chantel Reynell, an experienced workshop and conference organiser and the current Hospitality Manager at Langebaan Country Estate, there are many options when it comes to choosing conference venues, and the more you see, the harder it can be ...

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Africa MICE Masterclass Planned for February 2018

Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) will run a Masterclass in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events/Exhibitions (MICE) in Johannesburg, from 20 to 23 February 2018, with Grant Thornton as its lead partner. Themed ‘Growing destination tourist arrivals through business and events tourism leadership ...

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Bleisure Events: Africa’s Saving Grace

African conference and event facilities are becoming more than just venues for local gatherings. By combining business with leisure (bleisure), they and are now attracting major international events. The continent’s breath-taking natural beauty, rapidly developing infrastructure and vibrant multi-cultural people ...

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Hotel App to be Launched at ITB Asia 2017

Being a pioneer in empowering hoteliers with powerful, yet simple cloud-based hotel software to efficiently manage hotel operations, Hotelogix is all set to launch its revolutionary mobile app, Hotelogix Mobile Hotel, at ITB Asia, 2017 at booth B46. The Hotelogix ...

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ITB Asia 2017 Sold Out

Celebrating its 10th anniversary as ‘Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show’, ITB Asia 2017 has completely sold out ahead of its milestone show this October, attributed to a tremendous surge in booth bookings from the global market. ITB Asia 2017 attributes ...

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THINC Africa Launches Business Meetings

Delegates registered to attend the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event this year, can now schedule appointments to meet with speakers and fellow delegates to discuss business deals. The conference is taking place at the FNB Portside ...

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Zimbabwe: Sanganai World Tourism Expo

Organised by Zimbabwe Tourism, the 2017 edition of the annual Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo will showcase the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products to international visitors and media from across the world. The Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo (SHWTE) is ...

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8 Reasons to Attend THINC Africa 2017

If you missed the inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment, and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa event last year, then you do not want to miss the second conference taking place at the FNB Portside Building in Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront precinct ...

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LGBT Pride Month 2017

The month of June is unofficially recognised as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. How does Africa fare in terms of LGBT rights and what is the potential of LGBT Tourism? By Des Langkilde. LGBT Rights in Africa ...

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Travel Trade Flocks to Hotel Show Africa

Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to capitalise on the booming hotel and tourism sector with buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world attending the event. Leading hospitality suppliers from around the world will ...

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Medical Tourism Certification

Added Value or Waste of Money? The medical tourism and tourism medicine market is an increasing but also challenging market. Patients have particular needs when undergoing treatment abroad. Pre-, on-site- and post-treatment take place in different countries and need to ...

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Quality Control in Events Management

This article reviews the steps needed to maintain consistent quality through project management principles that are the hallmark of successful events. By Beaulah du Toit. The classic project management triangle clearly indicates that failure or reduction of any one of ...

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Call for IIPT Global Peace Park Nominations

An initiative of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), in collaboration with the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and SKAL International, the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project aims to circle the earth with over 2,000 Peace Parks ...

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Quantifying Sports Tourism

Sports Tourism is considered one of the largest and fastest-growing of all markets. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), sports tourism contributed $600 billion to the global travel and tourism economy in 2014. By Des Langkilde. The ...

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Yoga & Wine

We all know that the term ‘wine pairing’ is associated with food; the process of pairing food dishes with different wine cultivars to enhance the dining experience. But did you know that wine and yoga is possibly the perfect pair? ...

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Review: 2016 ASEAN Tourism Forum

The 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) and the accompanying TRAVEX travel trade show, held in Manila recently, once again highlighted why this region is such a popular tourist destination. With experiences that range from extravagant ...

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Organic Food for Conscious Conferencing

By Des Lamgkilde As GMO (genetically modified organism) food concerns continue to be a top priority for the general public, the demand for organic food is growing, but are professional conference organisers taking advantage of this trend when planning catering ...

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4 Big Ideas 4 Green Meetings

The colour green is often associated with plants and nature, which is why the term ‘green meetings’ is associated with sustainable procurement practices, writes Des Langkilde. Likewise, the idiom ‘give the green light’ means “go”, so if you are working ...

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Big Ideas for Large Meetings

The previous two posts on this theme looked at 4 Big Ideas 4 Small Meetings (for up to 12 executives), and Big Ideas for Medium Meetings (for up to 80 people). This post concludes the theme for large sized meeting ...

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Big Ideas for Medium Meetings

My previous post looked at 4 Big Ideas 4 Small Meetings (for up to 12 executives), and this post expands on that theme for medium sized meeting venues (for up to 80 people), writes Des Langkilde. Reynolds Room at The ...

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Big Ideas for Small Meetings

Getting big ideas from your corporate leadership team at strategy meetings is enhanced when small meetings are held at a venue away from the work environment, writes Des Langkilde. Here are four big ideas for a small meeting venue and ...

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Status of Festivals in South Africa

Recent research into the status of festivals in South Africa has produced some interesting findings, writes Prof Melville Snyman. The TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) research focus area at the North-West University, wanted to determine how many ...

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Amazing Festivals in Africa 2016

Here’s Tourism Tattler’s selection of amazing music and cultural festivals taking place in Africa during 2016 and should be in every cultural tourism itinerary for unique experiences. BOTSWANA Dithubaruba Cultural Festival 03 September 2016 Hosted by Molepolole’s Kgari Sechele Museum, ...

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016

The ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) Tourism Forum will be taking place in Manila, Philippines from 18 to 25 January 2016, writes Des Langkilde According the World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest report on the Philippines (The Economic Impact ...

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Seychelles Carnival 2016

The Seychelles Tourism Board has confirmed the dates of the 2016 edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria, the event set to continue to bring together the different cultures and people from around the world to one place. Dubbed ...

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ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress

I’ve attended travel trade conferences aplenty over the years, but ATA’s World Congress has set the bar in terms of programme content and quality speakers, writes Des Langkilde. The Africa Travel Association (ATA) 40th Annual World Congress held in Nairobi, ...

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World Luxury Hotel Awards

Every year the world’s finest hotels are assessed and critiqued to sift out the very best of the best in their offerings of exclusive world-class accommodation, writes Michelle Snyman. The World Luxury Hotel Awards are responsible for rewarding these legends ...

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Future of the Commonwealth Games

This year’s Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) conference, which takes place from 28 to 29 October 2015 in Tshwane, will again focus on the need for the Industry to support Durban in its preparations over the next seven years ...

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Venue Review: Fancourt, South Africa

When it comes to South African venues that are capable of hosting the entire spectrum of MICE events to 5-star standards, Fancourt certainly delivers beyond expectation, writes Des Langkilde. Fancourt, located just 7km from George Airport in South Africa’s Western ...

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Viability of Golf Estates in Africa

Golf Tourism generates R29.2 billion and creates 50 000 jobs in South Africa. The overall worth across Africa is estimated to be R58.4 billion, writes Jacques Maritz. “There are 54 million golfers worldwide of which 25% will definitely take golf ...

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Three Industries – One Event

The annual Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), now in its fifth year, is the only event of its kind in Southern Africa and provides a platform that brings together businesses from the Sports, Events and Tourism industries, writes Jacques ...

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2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards Judging

Earlier this year, South African Tourism invited members of the tourism industry to form part of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards adjudication panel. This invitation was well-received, with the cream of the industry offering to do service on the Lilizela ...

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Conscious Conferencing

Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch coined the phrase ‘Conscious Conferencing’. Des Langkilde investigates this claim and finds it to be more than just a marketing ploy – it’s an historical commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices. Following my Spier ...

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Weddings: Stats, Trends & Budgets

Is the global wedding industry, estimated to be worth $298 billion* on the rise or declining? The following statistics, trends and wedding budgets reveal some interesting facts. By Des Langkilde. Considering that the average marriage age in South Africa is ...

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SATSA 2015 Conference Registration Opens

The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is looking forward to welcoming you to South Africa’s Eastern Cape province in August for our annual conference. The conference kicks off at Fancourt from 14h00 on Thursday 13th and finishes at 12h15 ...

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Seychelles Biggest Event a Success

For decades the Seychelles has seen activities and events being organized but never before has one event captured the imagination of the people of Seychelles and earned their support. The launch of the Carnaval International de Victoria five years ago ...

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Venue Review – Spier

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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IIPT Symposium in South Africa

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is convening a World Symposium on Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport to be held at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, from the 16th to the 19th of February ...

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How the right venue can elevate your brand

Selecting the right venue for a conference, an event, or an exhibition is important for building, maintaining and protecting the image and brand of the host organisation, writes Nicole Turner. “The venue says something about how organisations view themselves – ...

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Successful year for KZN Conventions

The Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau (DBN KZN CB) has facilitated the hosting of 15 events in the Province between January to November 2014. This is a vast improvement against the average of 10 events per annum hosted in the Province ...

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Second Maasai Olympics – Kenya

Four thousand young Maasai warriors and their elder “fathers,” have banded together to take lion killing out of their culture and replace it with competitive sports, writes Caroline Graham. The Maasai Olympics 2014 will be held on 13 December 2014 ...

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South African Tourism: Voted SA’s Best

CONGRATULATIONS to the following South African tourism establishments who have been awarded the prestigious 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards trophy and certificate in acknowledgement of Service Excellence. These images have been extracted from the November 2014 edition of the Tourism Tatter ...

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