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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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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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Property Review: Town Lodge Midrand

Location and convenience are the prime motivators for city hotel selection in business tourism. This pearl of wisdom occurred to me when checking into the City Lodge Midrand. By Des Langkilde. Before setting off on my business trip to attend ...

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Thrivability in Green Hotel Development

The lessons learned in sustainable development and marketing of ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ in Cape Town and ‘Zanzibar’s Greenest Resort’ in Tanzania is now being offered as a turnkey solution for hospitality investors worldwide through Verde Hotels. By Des Langkilde. Hotelier ...

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Eco-Friendly Game Reserve: Shamwari

Shamwari Game Reserve, the pride of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is one of the largest malaria-free Big-5 private game reserves in the region, offering 6 distinctive lodges and the seasonal Explorer Camp – a two-day walking safari in tented ...

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Exclusive Use Safari Lodges on the Rise

With global demand for exclusive use vacation rentals on the rise, Lalibela Game Reserve is seizing the opportunity by providing a solution for large family and corporate sole-use enquiries who want a Big-5 safari experience with exclusivity and privacy. By Des ...

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Exploring Mauritius Resorts

Mauritius really is an unspoiled Indian Ocean island, highly recommended as a destination for honeymoons, young families or retirement couples. The resorts are excellent, the service wonderful, the rooms thoroughly thought through, and the food is local, fresh and delicious. By ...

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Quick Guide to Southern Africa Tourism

The Southern Africa Tourism infographic shown below represents the members of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) – a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the development of tourism and regional destination marketing across 15 Southern Africa countries: ...

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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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Tips on Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for nought, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Protecting the Female Traveller

Since the inception of modern tourism, women have played a significant role in the development of the world’s largest composite industry. Here are some ideas to consider for improving the security of your tourism entity or community for the ‘single’ ...

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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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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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Africa Wins at 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Africa has dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners, with Botswana and Kenya taking top honours in two of the five categories. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from ...

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Blood Lions & Coffee Shack Win ARTA17

Cape Town, 20 April 2017 – A hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 , sponsored ...

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The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the names of seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top tourism industry post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this year. ...

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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout ...

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Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons

Launching Africa’s sustainable tourism gems this month with a selection of eco-friendly hotels and lodges, Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award winning eco-travel choice website. Where an eco-friendly property is featured in Tourism Tattler, we’ve shown ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Grootbos Forest Lodge

Nestled in ancient Milkweed forests on the slope of a 2500 hectare botanical treasure trove between mountain and sea, Forest Lodge is strategically placed to provide guests with privacy and uninterrupted panoramic views over Walker Bay to De Kelders and ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Amakhala Safari Lodge

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout the prestigious Safari Lodge on the northern boundary of Amakhala Game Reserve. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Tswalu Kalahari

As South Africa’s largest private game reserve Tswalu exists primarily as a conservation project started 20 years ago, which seeks to restore denuded farmlands in the Northern Cape’s Kalahari savannah eco-system. Today Tswalu covers an area of over 1,000 sqm ...

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The Biggest Challenge Facing DMO’s Today

Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) have a unique historical opportunity to help lead the shift from an old and obsolete way of doing tourism to one that is regenerative rather than extractive. By Anna Pollock. After interviewing dozens of destination marketing leaders, ...

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SA Tourism Stats: Jan-Feb 2017

Data from the latest South African tourism stats indicates the slowdown in domestic tourism with either low growth or a decline in passengers arriving on Domestic Flights.  The decline is supported by the stagnation of occupancies of hotels. Recent political ...

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Benguela Current Health Check

A sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system, it needs regular health check-ups, and significant progress in ...

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The Worst Hotel in the World

Last month I wrote about the BEST hotel I’ve ever stayed at, which came down to ‘how did the hotel make me feel?’ and led to the importance of hotel entertainment. This got me thinking of the contrary. What is ...

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Tourism Education: Online Staff Training

Using online learning tools removes boardroom barriers and allows staff to learn at their own pace. So why aren’t more companies – and individuals – taking their training into the digital space? By Nawal du Toit. Corporate training, as many people ...

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#ARTA17 Finalists Announced

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA17) – sponsored by Wesgro and ...

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New Frog Species Discovered in South Africa

Cape Town, 01 April 2017: A new frog species discovered in the Western Cape province of South Africa, so closely resembles a strawberry that it has been named the Strawberry Frog or scientifically as Phyllobates Fragaria Lirpa. By Tourism Tattler editor, Des ...

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