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IOTC moves to protect Albatrosses

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has agreed to measures that, if appropriately implemented by tuna longline fishing vessels, will result in significant reductions in albatross mortality, writes Dr Cleo Small. The Indian Ocean is home to globally important populations ...

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More South African birds “in the red”

BirdLife International has announced the 2012 update of the IUCN Red List for birds. This is the first update since the 2008 Threatened Birds of the World, a comprehensive assessment of the status of the world’s birds, writes Hanneline Smit. ...

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Congratulations, Ziyaad

Congratulations, Ziyaad Your letter has been chosen as the winning letter for the November edition. A copy of National Geographic’s ‘Big Cat Odyssey’ DVD will be delivered to you with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – suppliers of the ...

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SANParks Honorary Rangers

Dear Editor The SANParks Honorary Rangers West Rand Branch have decided to stage a bicycle tour from Unions End to the Nossob Rest Camp in the Kalahari Transfrontier Park a distance of approximately 155 km during September 2013. It is ...

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tsi Makes unique contribution

The marine accident in Cape Town recently, involving a seal watching cruise from Hout Bay made international headlines. While the loss of life was tragic, much credit is due to the local emergency services and tourist assistance programmes for the ...

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Gadgets, Gizmo’s & Gifts

This edition’s selection has been sourced with acknowledgement to Livingstones Supply Co. – Suppliers of the Finest Products to the Hospitality Industry. GEDORE TOOL BOX 1282 Toolbox is made up of: 1282 Inserts; PLIER Metal Tray;  Accessories; Grip Plier; Universal ...

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The CPA and Supplier Rights

Sales and Marketing – The need for a new approach to consultant training PART 2 Product Knowledge and Transparency It should be noted that all the prohibited activities addressed by the CPA that I am about to discuss, are linked ...

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New grading fees

With the implementation of the new Grading Criteria and Minimum Requirements in October 2010, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) introduced an equitable grading fee structure in order to address the inequalities that existed in the previous grading ...

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E-Tolls – What Now?

Following the Constitutional Court’s decision to set aside the interdict on eTolls (which effectively allows SANRAL to start tolling if they can or want to), what now for the various anti-eToll movements and OUTA’s challenge? Note must be made of ...

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Driving trust in employees

Want to trust your employees to do the job right? Train them like you would teach them to drive, writes Vanessa Merit Nornberg. Building trust in an employee is very much like teaching someone to drive. You don’t just hand ...

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How to pull out of a slump

I hope nobody told you the travel business was easy. I attended a Cruise World forum in Seattle, USA where the travel professionals in attendance seemed upbeat about business prospects, affirming the general sentiment that pent-up demand for travel is ...

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Combating rhino poaching

Since Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles donated six Volkswagen Amarok bakkies to the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative in June 2011, the vehicles have travelled almost 300 000 kilometres and have been used in a large number of successful anti-poaching ...

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How to barter bed-nights for media

We all know that advertising builds brands and generates new business leads, but when marketing budgets shrink and cash-flow dries up, we need to find practical solutions to retain top-of-mind awareness. What better way to do this than to trade ...

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tsi Plans the Way Forward

The Tourism Safety Initiative (tsi) has now completed a three-phase strategy for future development. A primary objective has been the resourcing of the project especially in terms of information and intelligence management, writes Annelie Barkema. Online Intelligence has been established ...

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The CPA and Insurance

There’s been huge reaction to the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) in the tourism industry and we have seen this particularly in the B&B and guesthouse sector. Is the news as bad as we’ve been led to believe? ...

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Trends in Tourism

Tourists have, in recent years, become far more than backpack-wielding happy snappers, writes Terri Adendorff of Get Smarter. The new tourist is increasingly discerning, and is looking to invest in an experience. In order for South Africa to compete as ...

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Carving Your China Consumer Niche

African destinations and tourism products need to proactively focus on marketing themselves in the emerging markets of Asia, especially India and China, writes Michael Jones. After living in Beijing for the past 11 years, and having personally witnessed its unparalleled ...

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Recruiting a Financial Planner

In the complex world of financial planning we all need a little honest guidance. Many of us have either heard of or experienced, first hand, poor financial planning advice, writes Nigel Willmott, CFP® professional. Many financial advisers are only focused ...

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Cruise Tourism Potential in South Africa

Artists impression of Durban Cruise Terminal

I receive many email replies to my column “Talking Tourism”, which is particularly rewarding. These emails include many from local students; like one who recently asked me my views about “cruise tourism.” By Michael Bertram. The standard response is normally ...

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Mauritius from a travel trade perspective

Despite the islands close proximity to the African continent, Mauritius attracts more inbound tourists from Europe than from Africa, which is ironic considering the difference in travel time and the wealth of attractions, leisure resorts and business tourism benefits that ...

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Experience of a lifetime with Rhino

A group of conservationists with a drugged rhino

During June 2012, a team of some of the most well respected professionals in conservation, made their way to Somkhanda Game Reserve to embark on a rhino darting experience, aimed at improving security and surveillance measures around our threatened rhino ...

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Beyond the Limits of Cash or Credit

Recently, I had the opportunity of communicating with Bob Meyer, founder, publisher and editor of BarterNews. Meyer is America’s expert on bartering. The recipient of many awards within the bartering industry, Meyer publishes The Competitive Edge (a subscription newsletter), Think ...

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