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ONOMO Hotels Acquires BON Hotels

BON Hotels CEO, Guy Stehlik with ONOMO Hotels CEO, Cedric Guilleminot.

CASABLANCA, Morocco, 12 December 2019 – The hospitality industry on the African continent is set for a major shake-up following the announcement today that ONOMO Hotels has acquired a 60, 1% controlling stake in BON Hotels. BON Hotels CEO, Guy ...

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Emirates takes off to Mexico City

Dubai, 9 December 2019 – Emirates has taken off to Mexico City, marking the airline’s first passenger flight to Mexico. Emirates flight EK255, departed at full capacity with over 300 passengers, led a group of VIP guests and media on board, at ...

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Tintswalo Atlantic Introduces WWW Lunch

CAPE TOWN, 02 December 2019 – Tintswalo Atlantic has introduced a brand-new lunch experience which is available to non-resident guests on Wednesdays. The Tintswalo Atlantic Where else in the World Wednesday Lunch (WWW Lunch) may be booked in advance and ...

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Nationalities Come Together to Make History

South Africa participates in the historic one-off Emirates A380 flight marking the 48th UAE National DayOver 540 passengers onboard bring to life the UAE’s multicultural strength and diversityA GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most nationalities on an aircraft. DUBAI, UAE, 02 December, 2019: Celebrating ...

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World’s Leading Villa Collection 2019

Mantis Owner’s Collection Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis celebrating the latest accolade received by Mantis Owner’s Collection at the World Travel Awards 2019 The Mantis Owner’s Collection has been crowned World’s Leading Villa Collection at the 26th annual World Travel ...

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Delheim Harvest Festival 2020

Group of people enjoying the harvest festival at delheim wine estate

Celebrate Mother Nature’s bounty on this popular family fun day Join Delheim Estate for the annual celebration of Mother Nature’s bounty at the celebrated Stellenbosch winery’s Harvest Festival on Saturday, 25 January. The occasion is a highlight of the Winelands ...

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MSC Launches 2019-2021 Durban Cruise Season

A Zulu warrior greeting the MSC Orchestra cruise liner in Durban

Durban, 18 November 2019 – MSC Cruises hosted the travel trade, dignitaries, and the media for an overnight stay onboard the MSC ORCHESTRA cruise liner on Saturday, 16 November. TourismTattler.com‘s publishing editor, Des Langkilde attended the event. The event followed ...

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Why Oceana Won Two Lilizela Awards

2019 Lilizela Awards: ‘Best 5 Star Boutique Hotel’ & a ‘Lap of Luxury Guest Experience’ Mantis is very proud to announce that Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve won two awards at the seventh annual Lilizela Tourism Awards which took place ...

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New SAACI Executives Elected

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry chairperson, Kim Roberts and deputy chairperson, Jaques Fouché

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) has elected a new chairperson and deputy chairperson. SAACI’s previous deputy chairperson, Kim Roberts, has been appointed chairperson, while Jaques Fouché is the new deputy chairperson. Denise Kemp and Glenn van ...

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Airline Reduces Packaging Waste by 750 Tonnes

Airline catering employee among crates of packed meals

Dubai, 28 October 2019 – Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering services providers, has introduced a new packaging solution to further reduce waste across its food manufacturing operations. The company has replaced cardboard packaging with reusable crates ...

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A Sweet Diwali in the Clouds

chicken curry with sweet potato

Emirates ushers in the festival of lights by treating customers in all classes to an array of sweet and savoury delicacies JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – 24 October 2019: In celebration of Diwali, Emirates will be offering customers a variety of ...

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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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