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TGCSA Kicks Off 2019 Road Shows

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa logo

Johannesburg, 19 February 2019 – The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) team kicked off their countrywide provincial roadshows in Cape Town today. The aim of the roadshows is to outline the new grading criteria to all establishment owners and ...

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New Appointments at BON Hotels

BON Hotels employees Thobile Shange and Shaun Boyd

Cape Town, 19 February 2019 – Thobile Shange and Shaun Boyd have been appointed to new potions at BON Hotels.    Thobile has been appointed Sales Executive for BON Hotels based in KZN to oversee market growth, market penetration and development ...

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Atta Partners With Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways aircraft in flight

London, 19 February 2019 – The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) has announced a new partnership with Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways will be Atta’s Airline Sponsor until February 2021. Commenting on the new partnership Chris Mears, CEO of Atta ...

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Another Blow To Ailing SAA

SAA aircraft in flight

Johannesburg, 17 February 2019 – Adding to the cash crisis at South Africa’s national carrier, a court settlement agreed to between South African Airways and Comair will see SAA paying Comair R 1,1 billion in damages plus legal costs. What ...

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Dubai Airline Links Cambodia and Thailand

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in flight

Airline route to meet growing passenger demand and facilitate seamless travel between capital cities of Cambodia and Thailand; tourism from Southeast Asian countries vital to Cambodia’s economyDaily service between Bangkok and Phnom Penh to offer enhanced connectivity to Emirates’ global ...

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European Union Condemns Zimbabwe – Again

Cape Town, South Africa, 14 February 2019 – The European Union yesterday renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe after condemning the chaotic situation of human right abuses in that country. Here is what the joint resolution by the European Parliament actually says, ...

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Airline Signs Deal With Airbus

Emirates aircraft over Dubai

Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 contract – with the airline to receive 14 more A380s by end of 2021, bringing its total A380 order book to 123 units Dubai, UAE, 14 February 2019 – Emirates airline today announced an ...

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Urbanologi: A New Take on Eco-friendly Food

Chef Jack Coetzee

Restaurant home-sources fresher, tastier ingredients around Joburg Urbanologi, a gastronomic hub inside Jozi’s award-winning Mad Giant brewery, has taken a bold new stride in its journey to ecosystem sustainability and upended its strategy for sourcing ingredients. Project 150 is Urbanologi’s ...

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Winery Celebrates Muscat Vintage

Cape Town, 12 February 2019 – Stellenbosch Hills winery has marked an auspicious year with the release of its latest vintage Muscat de Hambourg. It was 30 years ago that the celebrated winery first produced the wine, South Africa’s only ...

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Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

Emirates SkyCargo aircraft loading at night

Dubai, UAE, 12 February 2019 – Every year, millions of roses are gifted worldwide on Valentine’s Day resulting in a spike in demand for flowers in early February. To meet this requirement, major flower producing nations around the world including ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Travel Awards

Sunday Times Reader's Choice Travel Awards logo

Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 February 2019 –  The Sunday Times is calling on local travel and tourism product owners to enter its 2019 Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. Individuals, businesses and companies nominate themselves for the awards programme by completing the relevant ...

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Airline Celebrates 10-Year Partnership

Long service hand over between Emirates SkyCargo and supplier

Dubai, UAE, 11 February 2019 – Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, and DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont), a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division and the manufacturer of DuPont™ Tyvek® brand thermal cargo covers, marked the 10th ...

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Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 Postponed

Front entrance to Africa's Travel Indaba

DURBAN, South Africa, 07 February 2019 – Following this evening’s State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who confirmed that 08 May 2019 will be the date for the national elections, South African Tourism will reschedule this year’s ...

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Uganda Accused of Promoting Sex Tourism

Women carrying baskets of banana in Uganda

NAIROBI, 07 February 2019 (via Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda must cancel a beauty contest that seeks to attract more visitors by showcasing “curvy women” because it objectifies women and promotes sex tourism, campaigners said on Thursday. By Nita Bhalla. ...

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Zambezi Queen Collection Refurb Update

Floating along the mighty Chobe River between the borders of Botswana and Namibia, the Zambezi Queen Collection comprises four houseboats, including the luxurious Zambezi Queen and her three Chobe Princesses, as well as the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge. ...

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Fair Trade Tourism MD Resigns

Jane Edge speaking at a Fair Trade Tourism presentation

The Fair Trade Tourism Board of Directors today announced that their Managing Director Jane Edge will be leaving Fair Trade Tourism with effect from end February 2019. Jane Edge After four years on the Board of FTT, much of it ...

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African Pride Mount Grace Appoints New GM

Anthony Da Silva GM at African Pride Mount Grace

Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 05 February 2019 – Autograph Collection by Marriott International today announced the appointment of Anthony Da Silva as General Manager of the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection. In his role as ...

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Elements Luxury Suites Launches in Sea Point

Bedroom at Elements Luxury Suites, Sea Point, Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, 21 January 2019 – Short-term rental company Totalstay, in partnership with Elemental Property Developers, have launched Elements Luxury Suites, a development in upper Sea Point offering a variety of luxury accommodation for short-term rental. The unique ...

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New One-Stop Centre at Dubai Airport

t Dubai, UAE, 29 January 2018 – Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, celebrated the opening of its new Emirates Skywards Centre in Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DXB) earlier in January. The centre was inaugurated ...

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New GM for Visit Knysna Tourism Office

Colleen Durant, Visit Knysna Tourism Office

Knysna, South Africa, 28 January 2019 – Colleen Durant has been appointed as the new General Manager for Visit Knysna Tourism Office as of 11 February 2019. Commenting on the appointment, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain said: “The appointment ...

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Zimbabwe Safe to Visit Despite Unrest

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

The management of Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) has confirmed that Victoria Falls remains calm, safe and stable despite civil unrest experienced in parts of Harare and Bulawayo over the past week. The civil unrest started when Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa ...

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Stellenbosch Harvest Parade

It’s time to whip on your glad rags and join the parade! Once again, a merry, family-friendly spectacle hits the streets of Stellenbosch on Saturday, February 2 when farm locals of this renowned wine region take to the streets accompanied ...

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Airline Tops 2018 Business Traveller Awards

Superior product and service offerings steer the airline to multiple awards and the biggest winner status JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – 17 January 2019 – Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, celebrated a hat trick win at the 2018 Business Traveller Africa ...

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Cape Verde Expands Visa Exemption

Cape Verde visa exemption map

As of 1 January 2019, the list of countries exempted from requiring a tourist visa to enter Cape Verde has been extended to include most European countries. Visitors travelling from countries belonging to the European Union (including the UK) plus ...

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WTM Africa 2019 Takes Shape

WTM Africa Conference Speakers

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 03 January 2019 – The speaker line-up and programme for WTM Africa 2019 are taking shape, with Conference, Inspire, Destination and Travel Forward Theatres set to host presentations and interactive sessions with global travel influencers between ...

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Seychelles needs more hotel rooms

Seychelles Tropical Residence

Seychelles is facing a difficult situation in its need for hotel rooms. According to Alain St Ange, the former Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, the shortage of hotel rooms will impact on airlines because contracted ...

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Rare EMF at Old Car Show

1912 EMF vintage car

GEORGE, South Africa – The 23rd George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company, and taking place from 9 – 10 February 2019, will focus on rare and exotic cars, including a 1912 EMF. The Everitt, Metzger and Flanders, ...

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Airline Security Staff Face Bribery Charges

bribe money

KEMPTON PARK, 2 January 2019 – The management of O. R. Tambo International Airport have been informed that disciplinary hearings will be held tomorrow (Thursday) for two security company employees filmed taking an alleged bribe at a passport verification checkpoint. ...

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Badplaas Resort Recovers From Flood Damage

Flood damage to the warm water pool at Badplaas, A Forever Resort.

BADPLAAS, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 31 December 2018 – Following a flash flood that partially affected Badplaas, A Forever Resort on Friday, 28 December 2018, Forever Resorts South Africa has announced that the resort is open for business while restoration and ...

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Emirates Opens New Airport Lounge In Rome

Emirates airport lounge in Rome

DUBAI, UAE, 21 December 2018 – Emirates’ premium customers travelling from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport can now look forward to greater levels of comfort and convenience, with the opening of the airline’s new lounge. All Emirates’ First Class and Business Class ...

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Emirates To Operate A380 To Glasgow

Emirates A380 aircraft landing

DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 December 2018 – Emirates today announced that it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will ...

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Airline Takes Delivery Of Boeing Aircraft

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

EMIRATES TAKES DELIVERY OF ITS LAST BOEING 777-300ER AIRCRAFT A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to EmiratesEmirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 20 December ...

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Sun City Re-opens After Freak Hail Storm

Sun City hail storm damage

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 16 December 2018 – Following yesterday’s freak hail storm in the North West Province that saw damage to the Sun City property, forcing guests to abandon their rooms due to flooding, South African Tourism (SA Tourism) management have been in ...

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Atta Appoints East Africa Honorary Fellow

Dr Mohanjeet Brar Kenya

LONDON, 13 December 2018 – Dr Mohanjeet Brar (Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Safari Camps) who served as the African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) director for the East Africa Region from 2010-2015 has been appointed to the honorary position of Fellow ...

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SA Tourism CEO To Sit On UNWTO Advisory Board

SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2018 – South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, has been appointed onto the advisory board of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) QUEST program. UNWTO.QUEST is a program designed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ...

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BON Hotels trailblazes into DRC

South African-based hotel management company, BON Hotels have extended their African presence with the addition of BON Hotel Karibu Kolwezi, situated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to their portfolio. The 55-roomed hotel, which is scheduled to open in ...

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Marriott Opens First Hotel In Cape Town

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 12 September 2018 – 188 room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront celebrates the brand’s European soul and Spanish roots with classic modern design. AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand, today announced the opening ...

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The Blue Train Repositions Brand

The Blue Train

PRETORIA, South Africa – The Blue Train launched its new brand repositioning on Friday 23rd November 2018, the first in over 20 years, augmenting the brand to meet the evolving needs of the discerning traveller, and launching its MICE (Meetings, Incentives, ...

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Curating Indian Cuisine At 40,000 Feet

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, presents an enhanced menu offering on its routes to India, on the back of its recent festive menu for Diwali. India, with its close cultural ties to Durban (popularly referred to as the largest’Indian’ ...

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Get out of Town!

A case for the out-of-town conference Remember the days when going away on conference, whether it was an hour out of town or an international or domestic flight to a cool destination, when budgets were bold and bolstered and you ...

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Top 10 KZN Lilizela National Winners

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Lilizela 2018

DURBAN, 19 November 2018 – The national Lilizela Tourism Awards dubbed the “Oscars” of the industry, catapulted ten KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) tourism businesses to the top as they walked away with prestigious trophies to prove their worth in service excellence and have ...

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Tourism Boom for Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

ZIMBABWE, 19 November 2018 – Africa Albida Tourism has recorded its busiest year ever, as tourists flock to Victoria Falls, with its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoying 80-plus per cent occupancy over the past six months. In the ...

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Stellenbosch Wines Win Big

Heartland of South African wine records another vin-torious year Stellenbosch has long been a centre of excellence across diverse fields, from sport to academics. In terms of wine, this year is no exception with a spectacular roundup of achievements over ...

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ONCE in Joburg Wins at Lilizela Awards

ONCE in Joburg

JOHANNESBURG, 19 November 2018 – After being awarded the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial title of best 4-star backpackers in Gauteng, ONCE in Joburg has come out on top at the National Awards Ceremony as the best backpacker accommodation in the ...

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Untouched Adventures Wins Gold

Untouched Adventures

JOHANNESBURG, 18 November 2018 – Untouched Adventures – the popular Kayak and Lilo Adventure operator at Storms River Mouth, Tsitiskamma – won gold at last nights Lilizela Tourism Awards national awards presentation ceremony. Untouched Adventures’ national Lilizela ‘Visitor Experience’ award in the ...

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Delheim Harvest Festival 2019

Delheim Harvest Festival 2019

Delheim’s 2019 Harvest Festival celebrates the rosé side of life Dress up in all shades of pink for family-fun in the Winelands Saturday, 26 January 2019. It’s time to get your PINK on! This happy colour is the theme for ...

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Call for Proposals: African Tourism Innovation

UNWTO African Tourism Innovation

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD), is calling for proposals to enter the UNWTO/NEPAD Tourism Tech Adventure: Promoting African Tourism Innovation, an initiative dedicated to supporting the African startups that will lead ...

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Emirates Releases Half-year Financials

DUBAI, U.A.E., 15 November 2018: The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2018-19. The Group saw steady revenue growth compared to the same period last year, however profits were impacted by the significant rise in oil prices, and ...

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Home Affairs Minister Resigns

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

SOUTH AFRICA, 13 November 2018 – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has finally served his letter of resignation to the Presidency following mounting pressure from the Democratic Alliance (DA) for President Cyril Ramaphosa to give him the boot. This comes ...

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Black Friday Business Tips

Black Friday is here to stay: as part of a retail festival that entices consumers in their millions to part with their cash, it’s another way of increasing revenue just before the festive season officially kicks in. By Wynand Smit. Traditionally ...

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