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Most Popular Holiday Homes in South Africa

South Africa is blessed with amazing coastlines, and our scenic holiday towns make the perfect holiday destinations. Not only do our seaside holiday towns have impressive restaurants, but their remarkable hotels and breathtaking ocean views are a sight to behold. ...

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The New Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

Tenerife, Canary Islands (January 15, 2018) – In just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, Nissan today revealed that it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in ...

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How to be Cyber Smart with QR Codes

QR codes have become one of the fastest-growing marketing and online/offline instant payment tools out there. By Des Langkilde. In case you’re wondering what QR code is, it’s defined as a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white ...

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Top 5 Hotel Tech Trends for 2018

2018 will see a breakthrough in five technologies for the hospitality industry. Some hotels have already acquired and tested the technologies on this list. By Steven To. 1. Virtual Reality can be used to market in-destination activities Hoteliers have now ...

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Why Youth are Winners in African Football

ACCRA, Ghana, January 1, 2018 – Why Africa’s young people are the real winners at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards. By Benedict Peters. Almost nowhere on earth is football followed as passionately as in Africa. It is loved by ...

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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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4 Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

From dense equatorial forests to tropical beaches, freshwater lakes and coral reefs, Kenya has some of the world’s greatest tourist attraction sites and has attracted adventurers, travellers and explorers to Africa for centuries. Kenya’s wildlife safaris have been attracting tourists ...

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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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Eco-Friendly Accommodation: Tented Adventures

Committed to low impact environmental and eco-friendly accommodation, Tented Adventures’ Pilanesberg National Park Safari Camp, and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are perfectly positioned with minimal permanent structures within their respective campgrounds. The ‘Glamping’ experience that Tented ...

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Fair Trade Tourism’s Wildlife Petting Policy

Fair Trade Tourism’s certification criteria do not permit any physical interaction between tourists and potentially dangerous wildlife such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. While some Fair Trade certified members, such as Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre had previously allowed ...

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Voted Best of The Kruger

To celebrate having been voted Best Self Catering Shared 4-Star accommodation – not just in the Kruger Park area but across the whole of South Africa – at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards, Kruger Park Lodge is offering a Festive ...

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Anne’s Place Placed First at #LilizelaAwards17

Anne’s Place Guest House has earned its place as South Africa’s best Self Catering Exclusive 4-Star accommodation at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Anne’s Place provides self-catering accommodation to business executives and travellers alike with warm and personal, yet unobtrusive, hospitality in ...

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Umlani Bushcamp Wins Gold at #LilizelaAwards17

There’s a reason why Fair Trade Tourism certified Umlani Bushcamp has been voted Best 3-Star Lodge in South Africa at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Besides Umlani’s commitment to Responsible and Sustainable Tourism practices, their dedication to service excellence is acknowledged through multiple ...

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Trail Running in Mauritius

Thousands of local and foreign trailers joined in the 10th annual Ferney Trail Run to raise funds for the physically handicapped and nature conservation in Mauritius. By Debbie Hathway. Everybody wants to go to Mauritius, at least once, but my love ...

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SA Restaurants Weather Financial Storm

The restaurant industry in South Africa faces many challenges, but there is some cause for optimism in 2017. By Karl Westvig. In 2016, travel and tourism contributed R402 billion or 9.3% of South Africa’s GDP to the country. This is anticipated ...

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Travelogue: Exploring the New Ford Kuga

A ‘travelogue’ is not usually associated with a vehicle review, so when Ford South Africa invited TourismTattler to join a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers on a 3-day journey driving the new Ford Kuga from the Eastern Cape, through ...

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One Day in Paris For Lovers

So, you’re in Paris with your lover, but don’t know where to go or what to do? Our guide reveals the most romantic places and activities for one day in the City of Love. From art galleries and winding streets to the iconic Eiffel ...

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Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Species

Year after year, one wildlife species or another gets added to the endangered list around the globe. In Africa, the continent known for its abundant fauna, several marine and land species have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Over the next ...

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Africa’s Hidden Exotic Islands

Beach at Denis Island Seychelles

Africa itself is a fascinating, magnificent continent. To think that one continent could be made up of such unique topography and terrain, unlike any other place on earth, leaves one in a state of awe and wonder. From sand dunes, ...

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Timbavati Wins Best 3-Star Lodge Lilizela Award

Timbavati Safari Lodge has been acknowledged as the best 3-star lodge in Limpopo at the recent 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial ceremony held on 15 September. Following their provincial award win, Timbavati Safari Lodge is now a nominee for the Lilizela National Awards, which ...

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Kosmos Manor Guest House Wins Lilizela Award

Voted best 5-star guest house in the North West, Kosmos Manor Guest House & Conference Venue were handed their award certificate and trophy at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 20 September 2017. Located in the heart of the little Monaco ...

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Tourism Business Index Half-Year Report 2017

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has released its half-year Tourism Business Index (TBI) Report, which tracks and provides information about the level of business performance across the travel and tourism value chain, and also forecasts prospects for ...

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Domestic Tourism: Trends & Opportunities

South Africa’s domestic tourism industry has the potential to contribute significantly more to the economy if it manages to expand the industry so that it caters for everyone in the country rather than just focusing on traditional international tourists. By ...

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Kruger Park 2017 Rhino Census

To mark World Rhino Day (22 September), fellow filmmaker Susan Scott and I were granted exclusive access to the 2017 Rhino Census, which took place in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Here’s what we saw and learnt. By Bonné de Bod. ...

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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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The Business of Food Travel Podcast

Launched by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the ‘Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel’ is a series of Podcasts presented by Erik Wolf and Aashi Vel. The podcasts aim to help you become a better industry ...

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Social Media & Defamation – Part 2

Continuing this series from Part 1, this article highlights more reasons why businesses (or individuals) need to ‘Tread Warily’ with regard to Social Media and the legal consequences of Defamation. What Must Be Proved & Who Has To Prove It (Burden ...

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Hospitality & Destination Reviews – Apply Now

If you are interested in having your Safari Lodge, Hotel, Guesthouse, Destination, Tourism Activity / Attraction, or Tourism Transport product being featured in the Tourism Tattler, please email an expression of interest to editor@tourismtattler.com Reviews are conducted by our journalists, ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Asilia Africa

Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to the Asilia stable of ecotourism camps.  As an impact company, Asilia is a leader in the African eco-tourism industry. ...

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How to Tread Lightly in Ecotourism

As a travel writer, I’ve visited many sustainable tourism destinations and eco-friendly hotels across the world. They’re doing their bit but how can you, as an eco-conscious traveller, play your part? By Holly Tuppen. Here are a few simple tips ...

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Why Join the Fair Trade Tourism?

In an industry regarded as being critical to economic growth and development and one that offers such potential for the empowerment and upliftment of impoverished communities and the protection of sensitive ecosystems, it is essential that we have some way ...

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Africa Hotel Valuation Index 2017

HVS, the global hospitality consulting firm and host of the THINC Africa conference, launched their 2017 African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) at the conference. This year sees the fourth edition of the African HVI, which includes more markets and increasing ...

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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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Vehicle Review: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX

I’ve always been fascinated by the names that vehicle manufacturers bestow on their cars, and test driving fiery new Suzuki Ignis, this SUV certainly lives up to its chosen epithet. By Des Langkilde. The meaning of the Latin noun Ignis ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: The Mantis Collection

The Mantis Collection, comprised of hotels, eco-escapes and lifestyle resorts, is deeply rooted in African conservation; with a vision for sustainability and a world in which people and animals co-exist. Mantis is a family run collection of award winning, privately ...

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EcoPlanet Bamboo: Sustainability for Africa

EcoPlanet Bamboo represents the first successful and the only sustainability certified commercial bamboo farms in Africa and has set the platform for certified bamboo to provide a viable tree-free, triple bottom line solution to Africa’s deforestation crisis. With commercial operations ...

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2017 World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Winners

The World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards are established global organisations providing luxury spas and restaurants with recognition for world-class service excellence provided to guests. Setting the basis for service industry standards around the world, the companies ...

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Global Tourism Statistics: Jan-Apr 2017

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others ...

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Discover Luxury in Kenya

Kenya is an exceptional African destination for luxury safari and beach holidays with variety to suit different segments; couples, honeymooners or families. Kenya is renown as the world’s leading safari destination and indeed in many ways, Kenya is the ultimate ...

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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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Conscious Conferencing Tips

Spier Wine Farm (outside Stellenbosch) has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of their conferencing facilities, from careful recycling and consistently making sure the area is waste-free, to water conservation technology and training staff in the ways of ...

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Eco-Friendly Tours: Coffeebeans Routes

Travel is about sharing experiences and few tour operators enable guests to immerse themselves in South Africa’s extraordinary mix of culture and creativity better than Coffeebeans Routes. Established in 2005, Coffeebeans has created a formidable reputation as a cultural and ...

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Eco-Friendly Guesthouse: Parker Cottage

Parker Cottage main entrance

Parker Cottage in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl is more than just another bed-and-breakfast hospitality establishment set in a heritage (circa 1895) building. It’s arguably the greenest heritage building in the city and the country for that matter. The ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Spier

As one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms and a well-known Western Cape landmark, Spier is passionate about the environment and supporting the local community. It regularly buys from and supports trusted local suppliers, and its philosophy is to make ...

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Celebrating Lalibela’s Economic Impact

Bucking the trend of gloomy economic forecasts for South Africa, Lalibela Game Reserves’s positive impact on the Eastern Cape tourism economy over the past year provides ample cause for celebration. This article explores the impressive achievements that have contributed to ...

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Economic Development in Africa

Following the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2017, an in-depth report has been published on tourism for transformative and Inclusive growth in Africa. Here are a few of the startling findings ...

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Hotel Valuation Index: Africa

The third edition of the HVS/STR African Hotel Valuation Index offers critical information on 21 African hotel markets and the countries, including hotel value changes and projections through 2016 and intelligence on market dynamics. Numerous factors influence the value of ...

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A Ranger’s View On Rhino Poaching

Xolani Nicholas Funda, Chief Ranger of the Kruger National Park, says that Rangers are fighting an uphill battle against lawless criminals while they themselves must uphold the letter of the law. Leading counter-poaching operations have always been part and parcel ...

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Exploring Zanzibar

Located in the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an exquisite gem in East Africa. The Zanzibar Archipelago consists of many small islands and two larger ones. It is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, ...

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