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Hotel Projects in Mozambique

Boundless Southern Africa has two tourism based investment opportunities located inside the boundaries of the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. By Des Langkilde The World Bank lists Mozambique among the fastest growing economies of 2013. Foreign direct investment continent-wide is expected ...

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Africa’s Visa Requirements

Africa is one of the regions in the world with the highest visa requirements. Visa restrictions imply missed economic opportunities for intra-regional trade and for the local service economy such as tourism, cross-country medical services or education. During the African ...

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Earth Hour 2014 – Live Updates

A big thank you to everyone who joined Tourism Tattler’s call to unite for Earth Hour 2014. Millions of people in more than 150 countries and 7000 cities across all 7 continents came together for Earth Hour 2014 on 29 March ...

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Best Safaris in Africa Announced

Now in its sixth year, the 2014 Safari Awards, reveal the very best safari lodges, camps and houses alongside the most outstanding safari guides and operators in Africa – the ‘who’s who’ of the safari community. Sponsored by The Good ...

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Financial Reporting Requirements

For businesses in South Africa. In South Africa, business entities can operate in various forms; the first form is what is referred to as incorporated – for example a Company or a Close Corporation. Other businesses can trade as a ...

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Tourism Support Center Launched

The business of tourism has become a fiercely competitive global cyber-market. To many, this cyber-market is as confusing to the layman as the terminology or ‘Geek-Speak’. But never fear, for Tourism Tattler have launched Tourism Support Services just for you. ...

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March for Lions on March 15th

What to do when Sustainable Use, becomes Sustained Abuse Join the Global March for Lions to stop the canned hunting industry in South Africa and put pressure on governments to stop the importation of lion parts. And if you think that ...

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Plan B for Rhino Conservation

The tragedy of the horn debate is that South Africa’s highly respected rhino custodians (park authorities, field rangers, anti-poaching, monitoring teams) and even politicians have embraced a failed, pro-trade economic model as the answer to the rhino crisis. By Colin ...

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Travellers Want Personalised Service

Primary research of 7,000 international globetrotters worldwide reveals the latest needs and desires of today’s traveller. The expectations of 21st century travellers are evolving – and the standards expected of global hotel brands are high, according to new research published ...

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Online Marketing for your small Business

The internet has expanded dramatically in the last decade and is becoming a part of every aspect of daily life. Businesses are recognising that their customers spend a considerable amount of time online and are coming up with innovative ways ...

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Travel Trade Shows

How to attract the best of them. Trade shows have long been seen as an important marketing tool for a large number of industries that need to exhibit their products to a specific audience. By Dr Peter Tarlow. Since almost ...

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Under Insurance Risks

The protracted devaluation of the rand over the last two years has left many insured’s with inadequate cover. The effect on claims payments can be catastrophic for clients already under pressure from an unforgiving economic climate. By Paul Halley. Restaurants, ...

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March Cover Story

Our front cover for March is dedicated to the lion (Panthera leo) − one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia (where an endangered remnant population resides in ...

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Major Victory in Conservation Battle

Following the feature article “Virunga Under Oil Threat – DR Congo”  published in the Tourism Tattler October 2013 edition (pages 10-11) in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF®) “Draw the Line” petition, a major corporate social responsibility agency has ...

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Destination Update: Kenya

Tourism Tattler asked the Kenya Tourism Board’s Managing Director Murithi Ndegwa, for a couple of bullet points on the countries prospects as a tourist destination. We got more than we expected: Q: What is the impact of the recent Westgate attacks and ...

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Zimbabwe: Interview with Ross Kennedy

Ross Kennedy, CEO of  Africa Albida Tourism, talks about Victoria Safari Lodge, the Green Season and the Tourism Rebate Extension in Zimbabwe. Q: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge turns 20 at the end of 2014. What have been the greatest successes ...

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Star Grading Unpacked

When talking about hospitality establishments like hotels and B&Bs, referring to their star rating is rather common – but how many of us really know what it all means? How do hotels get graded and what does each of the ...

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February Cover Story

Africa’s potential for regional and domestic travel is set to boom as foreign investment floods the continent and internet accessibility expands. Foreign direct investment continent-wide is expected to reach $56 billion by 2015, from $38 billion in 2012. The World Bank ...

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Say No to Trade in Rhino Horn

The highly questionable motive to reinstate a legalised trade in rhino horn, as is currently being purported by numerous “conservationists” and businessmen in South Africa, is squaring the South African Government up for a nasty and unnecessary fight, especially in ...

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STPP supports Climate Leadership Corps Training

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) and the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme have announced training dates for the popular Climate Reality Leadership Corps, which currently includes more than 6000 Climate Leaders from over 100 countries. Now in their seventh year, these ...

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Responsible Tourism & the Environment

The Earth Day Network will be promoting its Green Cities campaign on 22 April 2014. Launched in 2013, the Green Cities campaign aims to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three ...

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BRICS Tourism Analysis

South Africa’s tourist arrivals from BRIC countries grew by 20.8 percent since 2010. From Jan 2010 to Nov 2012, 748 740 people visited South Africa from Brazil, Russia, India and China, representing a growth of 39.2 %. But is BRICS* ...

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January Cover Story

As we enter the dawn of a new year, the Tourism Tattler January 2014 magazine looks at the trends that we could expect to shape travel and tourism during 2014 (see pages 10 -13). We also look at some amazing ...

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Poaching: Latest News in Africa

Is it all bad news in the war, poachers vs wildlife? Oxpeckers reports on the latest developments. Click on a link to read more. 3 Rhinos killed at iSimangaliso Wetland Park 4 Suspected poachers 1 Suspect poacher killed, 2 wounded, ...

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What do Tourists Want?

A TripAdvisor survey reveals the hotel amenities travelers can and can’t do without. TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, announced the results of the TripBarometer Truth in Travel Survey, which reveals the hotel amenities and services travelers find most and ...

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Floating Hotels of the Future

As fears of global warming induced population displacement are steadily realized, the allure of waterborne aquatecture becomes more and more enticing. Designed by Alexander Asadov, this incredible floating Aerohotel features a lighter-than-air aesthetic that sits serenely atop an elegant system ...

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Government Tourism Scam

South Africa charges visitors USD70 for free tourist visa. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H.Thome. Kenyans started reacting sharply to news that they now have to pay a private contractor a massive 5,850 Kenya shillings (697.94 ZAR) for a visa to ...

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Zimbabwe: 7 Myth Busters

When Suzanne and I travel the world and tell people that Zimbabwe’s tourism is on the rise and that it’s at the beginning of a boom, almost everyone we speak to is shocked and surprised at first.  The fact is ...

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Break the grip of the Rip®

Rip currents can develop anywhere where there are breaking waves. These rivers of current are made by water draining from the beach and flowing back out to sea. Ranging in width from just a few metres to a hundred metres ...

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Thula Thula Rhinos Dye

To face the harsh reality of rhino poaching in South Africa, rhino horn infusion is being used as a security measure that may be the best solution to protect the dwindling populations. THULA THULA EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE in KwaZulu-Natal, ...

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Bus Rapid Transit in South Africa

October was transport month and the debate over public passenger transport in South Africa has been long and hard, and is still continuing. Most people agree that the country needs vastly improved services, and that the present situation is far ...

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Gambling revenues perform well in Africa

According to the latest PwC report, gambling held up very well in the last year despite a stagnated economy. Gross gambling revenues posted their largest annual increase over the past five years, with bingo gross gambling revenues rising by 86%, sports ...

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Travel Agent Fraud Alert

Tourism Tattler came across the following scam perpetrated against a travel agent and thought it worthy of bringing to our readers’ attention.  Imagine being conned by a smooth-talking, well-dressed client who buys more than 67 air tickets worth R445 000 in ...

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Liability Risks in Tourism

In the digital information age people and businesses are driven more by technology and mobility than ever before, which can and does lead to errors and omissions. Paul Halley, Managing Director of Ascent Underwriters provides advice on how to transfer ...

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Africa’s Tourism Arrivals

International tourism arrival figures are a hotly debated issue but Tourism Tattler thought it would be interesting to take a look at arrival figures for the continent of Africa and rank them. Movement indicates the comparison between 2011 to 2010 – ...

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Hotel Scam Alert

Tourism Tattler received the following scam alert from a concerned reader: You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your ...

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Destination Marketing: The Quest for Funds

Tourism marketing, be it in support of destinations, attractions, airlines, airports, hotels, resorts or events, has become a very expensive game. The ability to reach audiences, attract awareness, excite interest, and ultimately to convert into action – arrivals, bookings, bed-nights, ...

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Adventure Tourism: SCUBA Diving

Adventure tourism, and SCUBA diving in particular, has become an immensely popular leisure tourism activity, specifically over the past 10 years. SCUBA diving offers a great opportunity for tourists to participate in an outdoor activity with family or a partner, ...

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Article Comments from September

Congratulations to Pete Allsop of Ilha Blue Island Safaris in Mozambique, whose comment has been chosen as the prize winner for September. Pete’s prize of two Isobecher Stainless Steel Mugs has been delivered to him with the compliments of Livingstones ...

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End of the Road for Rhino Knights

After traversing 9,259km on foot and bicycle around Southern Africa for rhino, Isabel Wolf-Gillespie finally completed the marathon journey after four months and eighteen days on the road, and arrived back in Durban on Wednesday 18th September at 17:30pm. Here’s ...

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Virunga Under Oil Threat – DR Congo

Ever heard of Virunga? It’s Africa’s oldest national park, and a treasured World Heritage Site, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it could be threatened by oil exploration, writes Des Langkilde. Rainforests, volcanoes, rare and beautiful wildlife – ...

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The New ‘POPI’ Act – Part 6

‘POPI’ is an acronym for the PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT. PRINCIPLE #4 – FURTHER PROCESSING LIMITATION By Adv. Loui Nel. This section is an extension of the process limitation provisions contained in principle two (see page 26 of the ...

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SATSA Market Intelligence Report

This month’s Market Intelligence Report from SATSA has been extracted from data available as at 27 September 2013, by Martin Jansen van Vuuren of Grant Thornton. To view the data, see page 21 of the Digital Magazine or Download a PDF ...

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Social Media Marketing – Part 3

In part three of this series Pieter Philipse looks at some useful social media monitoring and analysis tools. Last month we started off by researching our present position in Social Media Marketing and I hope this gave you some clear ...

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Serengeti Highway Update

Tanzanian contracts awarded to tarmac roads West of the Serengeti Serengeti Watch, a non-profit organisation founded to oppose the Tanzania Governments intention to build a commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park, has discovered via a report published in the ...

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Walk the Talk for Wildlife In War Zones

Get those walking shoes out on Sunday 29th September and help to protect wildlife in war zones by walking for animals from Durban’s Ushaka Marine World to SunCoast. Everyone will gather outside Moyo Restaurant on the Ushaka Marine Parade at 8am to ...

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Directory Listings increase SEO

One of the main benefits of listing in a trade directory  is highly quality back links. All search engines consider the number of back links you have and a listing will give your website the required back links. You cannot find an ...

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Mobile Marketing Explosion

Mobile marketing is exploding as consumers increasingly use their smart phones and mobile devices to travel, shop and spend. Current trends in mobile usage provide compelling reasons for the travel trade to create their own easy-to-use and interactive mobile website ...

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Article Comments from August

Congratulations to Onne Vegter of Wild Wings Safaris in South Africa, whose comment has been chosen as the prize winner for August. Onne’s  prize of Two Stainless Steel Wine Goblets has been delivered to him with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – suppliers of the finest ...

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South Africa – The gains made in 20 years

Remarkable strides have been made since South Africa embraced democracy. By John Young. When Nelson Mandela took the oath of office as the first president of democratic South Africa on 10 May 1994, anything seemed possible. Moments of glory came ...

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Rhino Knights Update

After traversing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana Isabel Wolf-Gillespie reports on her progress from Zimbabwe, since departing on her 10,000km journey in May to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s dwindling rhino population. We got to Victoria Falls on ...

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Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24 to 27 September, aims to explore how tourism can help to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable development. The seventh annual ESTC, organised by The International Ecotourism ...

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Registration opens for The SUMMIT

Gauteng Tourism and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) have officially announced the hosting of the inaugural South African Travel & Tourism Summit now known as “The SUMMIT” to be held on the 14th and 15th October 2013 ...

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World Tourism Day – 27 September

In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September 2013 is being held under the theme Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access ...

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The New ‘POPI’ Act – Part 5

‘POPI’ is an acronym for the PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT. PRINCIPLE #3 – PURPOSE SPECIFICATION: PART 1 By Adv. Loui Nel The purpose for which Personal Information (‘PI’) is collected must be: Lawful; Specific (i.e. not excessive as far ...

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Social Media Marketing Part 2

Where to start? In part two of this series, Pieter Philipse asks some pertinent questions that should be answered before embarking on a social media journey. Introduction Before we set of on our journey from a business point of view we ...

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Using Film Festivals as a Tourism Marketing Tool

Considering the limited marketing budgets that most tourism organisations face, film festivals and film productions can be leveraged as an alternative marketing medium, as they do their own promotional campaigns, thereby reaching a wider audience through indirect publicity. By Leonie ...

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60 Seconds with WTM’s Simon Press

Tourism Tattler interviews Simon Press, Director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, about World Travel Market’s vital role in facilitating travel industry business and new initiatives at this year’s WTM-London event.   TT: What will WTM 2013 look like? SP: WTM 2013 will ...

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Article Comments from July

Congratulations to Jill Masterton, whose comment has been chosen as the prize winner for July. Jill’s prize, a  ‘Relentless Enemies’ DVD will be delivered with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – suppliers of the finest products to the hospitality Industry. Jill’s winning comment was: ...

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Is Flying Safer Now?

According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year in terms of aviation accidents across the world since 1945. Of the 23 fatal airlines accidents, 511 people died. This is well below the annual average of 34 commercial ...

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South Africa’s Traffic Officers Damaging Tourism

Irregular, inconsistent and often blatently corrupt policing by South Africa’s traffic officials is damaging the country’s tourism industry and adversely affecting tour and transport operator businesses, writes Des Langkilde. Tour operators, tourist coaches and self-drive international tourists alike are being ...

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Rhino Knights Update 3

After traversing South Africa and Namibia Isabel Wolf-Gillespie reports on her progress from Botswana, since departing on her arduous 10,000km journey in May to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s dwindling rhino population. Namibia has taken a very special ...

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Can we afford to experiment with rhinos?

The recent announcement by the South African Minster of Environment, expressing the South African Government’s endorsement of a proposal to sell rhino horn, is disconcerting, albeit not surprising. By Jason Bell. The government’s international lobby started at the 16th meeting ...

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Scotland and Turkey

Tattler editor Marjorie Dean is just back from a holiday in Europe. On trend, she decided to mark a special occasion by taking her whole immediate family of children and grandchildren on a holiday together. Then she and her husband ...

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RETOSA Events Calendar – August

RETOSA’s annual events calendar is aimed at keeping the travel trade informed on forthcoming events in each of the 14 RETOSA member countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and ...

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Conventions — Par Excellence

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) invited Tourism Tattler, as the official trade journal to SATSA, to participate in a two-day trip to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s business events capabilities and facilities and to attend the annual South African ...

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Ndumu River Lodge

Ideally positioned along KwaZulu-Natal’s Route 22, between the village of Jozini and the Mozambique border, Ndumu River Lodge provides an ideal wilderness retreat for business travellers, incentive groups, wedding functions or just a long-weekend away. By Des Langkilde Researching the ...

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The New POPI Act – PART 4

The New Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPI) – PART 4 –  Principle #2 – Processing Limitation: Part 2 Personal Information (‘PI’) must at all times be collected directly from the Data Subject (‘DS’) except in following cases: If it ...

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Q2 Tourism Business Index

According to results of the TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index (TBI) for the second quarter of 2013, it’s business as usual for the travel and tourism sector with comfortable trading overall. By Kagiso Mosue. At the moment the sector is ...

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