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5 Steps to Dealing with Emergencies Abroad

Travelling abroad is an exciting activity that millions undertake each and every year. Whether embarking on beach holidays or jetting off for city breaks, every holiday type comes with its joys but unfortunately, they come with risks too. When we ...

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Tourism Safety in Kenya

The Kenya Tourism Federation Safety & Communication Centre (KTF-SCC) was established in 1998, and has since made significant contributions to the drop in reported tourist related incidents in the country. The SCC disseminates safety and security advice to tourists and ...

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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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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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BAD NEWS travels fast

Reading Peter Hayward’s letter on our Discussion Page has prompted the Tourism Tattler to look carefully at reported attacks on tourists around the globe this year. One thing stands out very clearly – in this age of swift communication, you ...

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Tourism Crime in South Africa?

    Searching the internet for just about anything with the words South Africa in the search field is bound to return something about crime. But how does this negative information impact inbound tourism and a tourist’s decision to visit the ...

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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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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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