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Pop in for Polkadraai-and-Popcorn this summer

display of wine bottles with popcorn snacks

The Stellenbosch Hills wine pairing is the fun must-do of the season from 1 December through to 30 April. Back by popular demand is Polkadraai-and-Popcorn, the ultimate anti-serious wine pairing at Stellenbosch Hills. When first launched, Polkadraai-and-Popcorn went off the ...

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SA Harvest launches in South Africa

SA Harvest, an NPC committed to food rescue in South Africa, hosted their official launch at The Service Dining Rooms, Cape Town, on Wednesday 16 October, aptly, on World Food Day. The organisation’s purpose is to eliminate hunger and food waste through ...

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Registration Opens for Film Tourism Festival

Hands holding film board with ITFF logo

CAPE TOWN, 10 October 2019 – The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STTP), organisers of the inaugural International Tourism Film Festival-Africa (ITFFA), has opened registrations to attend the festival taking place in Cape Town and the Northern Cape from 20-24 November ...

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AC Unpacked Debuts in Cape Town

Delegates watching a presentation at an AC Unpacked event in Cape Town

AC Hotels, the carefully curated lifestyle brand from Marriott International marked the African debut of the global thought leadership series, AC Unpacked at AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront on 26 September with a lively panellist discussion between local experts shaping ...

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Mantis Garden Route Gateway Experience

Two people mountain biking

Mantis Welcomes Intle Boutique Hotel Intle: an isiXhosa word meaning ‘it is beautiful’. Mantis Intle Boutique Hotel on an 800-hectare private game reserve in Gamtoos Valley Mantis Intle Boutique Hotel is the latest addition to the luxurious hotels, eco-escapes and ...

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Hospitality Hot Spot in Gauteng

Destiny Hotel Sky Bar and Lounge

Efforts to re-industrialise the Ekurhuleni metro were recently announced by the  MMC for Finance and Economic Development, Cllr Doctor Xhakaza, with an allocation of R847m to strategic key projects in the area.  The areas set aside by the department include the Airport Precinct, Kempton ...

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Big Little Things at Hotels

The hotel industry challenge of ‘bums in beds’ is a hotly contested one, especially in the three- and four-star space of city hotels. Many hotels in this bracket rely on large sales teams who nurture important relationships with corporate ‘buyers’, ...

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Africa Hotel RevPAR Growth

STR director Thomas Emanuel speaking at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum

Using a 12-month moving average and U.S. dollar constant currency to remove the impact of currency fluctuations, Africa’s RevPAR has grown 6.4% to US$67.10 as of August 2019 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 24 September 2019 – Revenue per available room (RevPAR), ...

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25 million members, and still soaring Skywards

DUBAI, UAE, 13 September 2019 – Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme for Emirates and flydubai, has touched a new high – 25 million members. Emirates Skywards is celebrating this key milestone with exciting offers and surprises for its members, starting ...

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Spring has Sprung at Inverdoorn

Buffalo calf at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

CAPE TOWN, 03 September 2019 – The spring has sprung, the grass has riz. I wonder where them wildlife babies is? Well, according to the conservation teams at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, at this time of the year ’them wildlife ...

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Top-notch Trio from Bot River

Bot Rivier wine glasses

There’s a little tap dance duo happening in Bot River. Genevieve MCC and Luddite have new wines out and it’s all glitter and sparklers. Now, the twain may be boutique and refreshing, but make no mistake: they produce big wines ...

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Harnessing Africa’s Youth in Tourism

A group of happy African youth

Johannesburg, 7 August 2019 – Africa and the developing world, in general, is seized with finding sustainable solutions to the current challenges facing young people and the labour market of the future. The possibility of a digital economy, while real, ...

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5 Travel Tips for 2020

5 Travel Tips for 2020 by Gavin Tollman, Global CEO of Trafalgar

It’s that time of year for so many (thankfully and appreciatively): their holidays are now booked, their bags are packed, and excitement for the journey of discovery during the 2019 summer season is well and truly underway. But what I ...

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Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Nears Completion

The Leonardo, Sandton

JOHANNESBURG, 14 July 2019 – The Leonardo, Sandton’s newest skyscraper, is rapidly approaching completion. When finished, it will be Africa’s tallest building. Home to residential, commercial (both office space and retail), and a Legacy hotel, The Leonardo is being considered ...

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The Best Craft Beer By Far Darling

Darling Brew GM Lars Pflanz

CAPE TOWN, 13 July 2019 – Following my review, Darling Brew Woodstock Launches Craft Beer Classes, I mentioned that I’d be invited to come back in six weeks to sample the night’s brew prepared by master brewer Hennie Blom during ...

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Thornybush Announces New Chief Executive

Joanne Dickson Thornybush Chief Executive

Joanne Dickson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Thornybush Collection as of July 1st 2019.   Joanne takes over the reins from Nic Griffin who has held the position for the last 11 years.  Nic, at the ripe age of 73, will continue to ...

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Albert Frost Calexico Performance

Albert Frost

Calexico brings you blues for the soul and great food for the stomach. For the past two decades, the energetic performances of SAMA award-winning blues/rock guitarist/singer Albert Frost has captivated audiences attention worldwide. Dubbed the “South African Hendrix”, Frost deftly ...

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Another side to Zanzibar

Zanzibar brach sunset

Zanzibar: more than just white, sandy beaches, blue sea and crumbling palaces If Zanzibar is not on your travel bucket list, it should be! With its year-round warm, tropical climate, plenty to see and do, affordability and an array of ...

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Feeling right at Home*

Bidtravel takes over the kitchen at Home* Suite Hotels, Bristol The newly launched Home* Suite Hotel, Bristol in Rosebank, Gauteng, played host to Bidtravel’s CEO, Lidia Folli and her team, along with close friends and a few hotel guests, for an evening ...

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Holidays That Help Save The Ocean

First Group hotel managers sipping a milkshake

First Group has launched a holiday campaign that aims to help save the oceans – a project that goes beyond introducing eco-friendly straws across its 30 hotels and resorts.  First Group’s 13 beachfront properties have introduced fun beach clean-up activities ...

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Entries for Tourism Film Festival-Africa Open

Hands holding film board with ITFF logo

JOHANNESBURG, Sandton, 03 July 2019 – The organisers of the inaugural International Tourism Film Festival-Africa (ITFFA) are calling on interested parties to enter the festival’s film competition by submitting their tourism films, travel videos, documentaries, TV reports and web docks. ...

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Applications for SAT Nordic Roadshow Open

Nordic flags with South African Tourism logo

SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Wednesday, 03 July 2019: South African Tourism is intensifying its efforts in growing arrivals from the Nordic region and is inviting South African tourism business owners to partner with them on this mission.   Applications for ...

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48 Hours in Porto: An Emirates Guide

Porto is a vibrant coastal city in northwest Portugal situated along the Douro River. World famous for its Port wine production and historical city centre, the must-see destination is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a rich cultural legacy ...

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Emirates SkyCargo strengthens its pharma capabilities

·         Air cargo carrier unveils purpose-built pharma facility at Chicago ·         Pharma Corridors programme extended to 20 stations globally ·         Dubai hub receives successful GDP re-certification Dubai, 09 June 2019– Reinforcing its position as the global market leader for the air transport of temperature sensitive ...

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Stop shopping around

Cape Town, 28 June 2019- BON Hotels announces bigger discounts for guests booking direct Anyone who has experienced booking a hotel room online will be aware of the perplexity of options, pop-ups, terms and conditions and ‘bait’ offered via a ...

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Gauteng Getaway Show 2019

The Getaway Show logo

South Africa’s consumer travel and leisure event, the Getaway Show, is scheduled to open in Gauteng during October 2019. The expo showcases different facets of the tourism industry and seeks to holistically introduce visitors to the products and services on ...

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SA Records Domestic Tourism Growth

Tourist pointing at sky

South Africans show enthusiasm for travelling during the first four months of 2019 Johannesburg, 26 June 2019 – The period from January to April 2019, showed exceptional growth on the domestic tourism front when compared to the same period last ...

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CaleXico Food and Music Event

CaleXico is a brand new conceptual masterpiece that aims to bring together the power of good old fashioned music and the luxury of fine dining. This event aims to tantalize both taste and hearing, through the combination of a three-course ...

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Complete Waste

Cape Town, 24 June 2019 – Working towards a zero-to-landfill goal, Hotel Verde Cape Town’s comprehensive waste management plan currently sees 98% reused, repurposed or recycled – with just 2% to be disposed of. Twice a week 160 sandwiches get ...

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The Hotel Show Africa 2019 Officially Opens

South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, D Amos Fish Mahlahla, opening The Hotel Show Africa 2019.

Johannesburg, 24 June 2019 – The Hotel Show Africa successfully brought together hundreds of suppliers and 1000s of hospitality industry professionals under one roof, following the official opening by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Dr Amos Fish Mahlahla, at the Gallagher ...

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Mantis Uplifts Community Youth

3 candidates from the Mantis Community Upliftment Programme hospitality course.

Unleashing the potential of unemployed youth in the Eastern Cape PORT ELIZABETH, Friday, 21 June 2019 – Today, 120 unemployed youths from rural areas around Fish River Resort in the Eastern Cape attended an open day. The purpose of this ...

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Emirates Brings Summertime Zest To Its Menus

Emirates strawberries and cream

Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, 21 June 2019 – Emirates is refreshing its summer menus to incorporate seasonal fruits. With over 110 million meals served a year, Emirates chefs constantly create destination-inspired menus using fresh, seasonal ingredients that cater to a global palate. ...

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Airline Makes First Class Suite Debut In Durban

Emirates has introduced its First-Class cabin in Durban in conjunction with the airline’s seasonal frequency increase of four additional flights a week, bringing the airline’s award-winning, luxury travel experience to the coastal city. During the seasonal increase from 14 June ...

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Table Mountain Cableway Is Hiring

Table Mountain Cableway

CAPE TOWN, 18 June 2019 – Table Mountain Cableway will be hiring up to 150 seasonal staff for the peak tourist season, 1 November 2019 to 30 January 2020. Its annual online recruitment drive opened on Monday 17 June.  With ...

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Mantis Takes Two World Travel Awards

Mantis receiving two awards at World Travel Awards 2019

The 26th annual World Travel Awards is globally recognized as the most prestigious honours programme in global travel and tourism, and Mantis is very excited about the accolades that their group and individual Mantis properties have received.   Mantis Awards ...

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To the greens and beyond!

IMAGE: Young golfers at Fish River Resort

“We have enabled disadvantaged children to gain access to the game of golf; a sport that teaches teamwork, integrity, and discipline. The daily work that goes into growing good sportsman is a thankless task which Collin has taken on passionately. He is an unsung hero who is changing the culture of golf in the Eastern Cape one child at a time.” - Dr Wouter Hensons, Executive Dean of Stenden South Africa

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