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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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Corporate lag….the mid-year hangover

Langebaan, 24 May 2019– ‘New year, new you’ can take the credit for many a life-changing shift in personal and professional development. With the plethora of gurus, life-coaches, business coaches and ‘game-changers’ out there, the corporate and business world is ...

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SAACI CEO Resigns

Rudi van der Vyver, SAACI CEO

Johannesburg, 21 May 2019 – The Chief Executive Officer of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), Rudi van der Vyver, has resigned. Van der Vyver joined SAACI in 2017 and, following his resignation, will be joining EPH ...

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All Abuzz for World Bee Day

Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2019 – South Africans are abuzz for World Bee Day, celebrated annually on 20 May. Bees are apex pollinators, and along with other animals such as butterflies, birds and beetles, are responsible for pollinating ...

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People on the move at City Lodge Group

City Lodge Hotel Group general managers Elizabeth Clarke, Mduduzi Mnyakeni, and Sinazo Mazantsana.

JOHANNESBURG, 17 May 2019 – City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has announced the appointment of three new general managers at their City Lodge Hotel Durban, Road Lodge Port Elizabeth, and Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg properties. Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke has been appointed ...

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One Million Dates For Ramadan

Emirates iftar boxes offer a nutritional meal

Dubai, UAE, 09 May 2019 – Emirates airline expects to serve 1 million dates to customers during iftar and suhoor, both onboard and on the ground in Dubai. Emirates’ signature Ramadan service began on May 5th to coincide with the start of the ...

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Wild About White River

Zamani Restaurant at Destiny Lodge in White River

White River, 9 May 2019 – Your bucket list of favourite destinations for holidaying in South Africa will no doubt include a trip to the Kruger National Park – the bush and its unique something coupled with the anticipation of ...

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Touareg Sabbatical Winner Announced

Volkswagen Touareg Sabbatical

Johannesburg, 30 April 2019 – Dr Rufaro Nyamuda has been announced as the successful applicant of the Volkswagen Touareg Sabbatical – an initiative that asked South Africans to share their ideas of how they would put the luxury of time ...

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Unlocking a New Era of Tourism Marketing

Mobile phone with key

Cape Town, 30 April 2019 – Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) are facing similar opportunities and challenges that either inhibit or enable travel to and around the African continent. A cohesive and economically viable approach is necessary to address this, navigating ...

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SA Mint Launches Commemorative Coin Series

SA Mint 2019 SA25 Coin Series

Centurion, South Africa, 25 April 2019 – South Africa’s 25 young years as a constitutional democracy is the subject of the South African Mint Company’s (SA Mint) ‘SA25 – Celebrating South Africa’ coin series, which commemorate the rights and freedoms espoused ...

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Animal Interaction Consultations Go Online

Cheetah cub paw in hand

Johannesburg, Tuesday 23 April 2019 – Following ten workshops held over the past two months across the country, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is making the content of the Animal Interaction workshop available online for comments and suggestions ...

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Airline To Support Conservation On Earth Day

Emirates A380 with special wildlife decals

Dubai, UAE 23 April 2019 – Taking its environmental responsibilities seriously and championing wildlife conservation across different corners of the planet, the Emirates Group is playing its part to support and preserve biodiversity. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and Emirates One&Only ...

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Emirates Expands Reach in India

Emirates and SpiceJet Memorandum handover

Six Indian cities served by SpiceJet, will join the Emirates network India, 23 April 2019 – Emirates and SpiceJet have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open new routes and destinations ...

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Mantis Enters the Serengeti

Port Elizabeth, 16 April 2019 – The Mantis Group has welcomed Siringit Serengeti Camp into its prestigious family, becoming the Groups first experience in the Serengeti. As of 15 April, Mantis will take over the reins on this permanent tented camp ...

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Airline Marks Fleet Renewal Milestones

Dubai, U.A.E., 15 April 2019 – Emirates is committed to offering its customers an unparalleled onboard experience and maintaining the highest standards of safety and efficiency with a modern all wide-body aircraft fleet. Reconfiguration of Boeing 777-200LR fleet In April ...

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Marriott Bonvoy Celebrates New Travel Program

Chef spooning sauce onto plates of food

From on-course to on the braai – Marriott Bonvoy celebrates new travel program with special member-only experiences in South Africa. Marriott International is celebrating its newly unveiled travel program Marriott Bonvoy, with thoughtfully curated, member-only experiences in South Africa. Built ...

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New Appointment

Zanzibar, 5 April 2019-   Sunny Haroon General Manager Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa Sunny Haroon has been appointed General Manager at Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa, the islands greenest, five star ...

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New Appointment

Cape Town, 5 April 2019-   Rudlyn Barnes-Rossouw Group Human Capital Director BON Hotels BON Hotels has appointed Rudlyn Barnes-Rossouw as Group Human Capital Director to oversee personal and professional development and transformation within the company.  Proud alumnus of The Cape ...

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Emirates Increases Flights to Durban

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 March 2019 – Emirates today announced a seasonal increase to its existing daily service to Durban, with four additional flights a week, effective from 14 June to 04 August 2019. This is in response to growing ...

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Bistronomy is the New Gastronomy

Teriyaki salmon poke bowl

When the Parisian restaurant scene first coined the term ‘bistronomy’, it was in response to the question: “How does one combine the casual atmosphere of a bistro with an expert gastronomic experience?” 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection in Cape ...

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BON Hotels Introduce Village Tours

Sangoma Village Tour Shishangeni

Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, 26 March 2019 – The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Village Tours to their list of things to do – a highlight for international (and domestic) ...

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The Right to Explore the Cape

Avukile Mabombo at a coffee shop

In a former age in South Africa, locals were boxed in, unable to explore their own country, limited to pockets of land within cities and rural areas. This, quite rightly, has changed, opening the curtain on a wealth of activities ...

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Family Fun in Paarl and Wellington

Children with an Alpaca

The stunningly beautiful Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington have become renowned as the ultimate holiday destination for families. Whether you’re planning a quick day visit, weekend stay or extended holiday breakaway, multi-generational groups are accommodated with varied activities and ...

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Brazil Tourist Visa Update

Passports with stamp

From 17 June 2019, American, Australian, Canadian and Japanese citizens who wish to disembark in Brazil, for tourism or business, will be exempt from visas. The end of the requirement is part of a decree published by the Brazilian government ...

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Minor Hotels Appoints Three New GMs

General Managers at Minor Hotels - Coetzer Deysel, Laurie Burr and Lotfi Mosbahi

Bangkok, 19 March 2019 – Minor Hotels has announced three new General Manager appointments across its Anantara and Avani brands in the Indian Ocean and both North and Southern Africa. 2019 will see the opening of a number of new Anantara ...

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Gabrielskloof Restaurant’s All-new Menu

Soup dish

It’s back to the culinary “drawing board” for Gabriëlskloof Restaurant come the month of May when the popular Overberg destination switches its traditional à la carte offering to a hearty Blackboard Menu for winter delights.  This is the perfect time ...

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Airline Offers WhatsApp Boarding Passes

Hand holding phone with WhatsApp icons

Johannesburg, 14 March 2019 – FlySafair has announced that its passengers will now have the option to send their boarding passes straight to their phones via WhatsApp, once they’ve completed the check-in process. This will be especially beneficial to passengers ...

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Emirates Celebrates Women’s Day

Emirates’ female employees in a hanger

Dubai, U.A.E., 7 March 2019 – Across the world every day, Emirates’ flights connect people and businesses, enabling travel, tourism and trade. Whether from the cockpit, or inside the aircraft cabin, on the ramp or at the hangar, at service desks across ...

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David Yarrow Partners with Mantis

African elephant image by David Yarrow

A picture is worth a thousand words and world-acclaimed photographer, David Yarrow, is an iconic storyteller. In a lifetime of war against our natural world, his evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is aiding the global plight for ...

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Lion’s Head Closure Update

Lions Head hiking trails

Cape Town, 06 March 2019 – SANParks is urging the public to adhere to signage on parts of the Lion’s Head hiking trails that inform of areas that have not yet been re-opened. Following recent concerns on social media related ...

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Newmark Opens New Hotel in Woodstock

Entrance to Newmark Hotels Stock Exchange in Woodstock, Cape Town

Cape Town, 04 March 2019 – Arguably Cape Town’s most creative neighbourhood, Woodstock is now home to a captivating new hotel, Stock Exchange, which officially opened on 01 March 2019. The hotel is managed by Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & ...

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New CEO At FEDHASA

FEDHASA CEO Lee Zama

Johannesburg, 04 March 2019 – The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) has announced the appointment of Lee Zama as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Zama, who is the first female CEO appointed at FEDHASA, has taken up ...

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Tourism Sidelined at Seychelles SONA

Alain St. Ange, Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles, 04 March 2019 – Seychelles President Danny Faure’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week has prompted the island nations’ tourism industry to wonder if it has been sidelined. Commenting on the SONA, Alain St Ange said ...

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Airline Feted at Loyalty Awards 2019

Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President at Emirates Skywards, holding their Loyalty Award 2019

Dubai, U.A.E., 1 March 2019 – For the second consecutive year, Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, was presented with the accolade for ‘Excellence in Management’ at the Loyalty Awards 2019 dinner held in Paris on 19 February ...

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Hotel Hailed For Transformation Success

Hotel staff celebrate outside BON Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein, 28 February 2019 – BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central has recently been hailed by the industry as an example of successful transformation. The company has been praised not only for their Level 2 B-BBEE status, but moreover for the manner and ...

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Sleepy West Coast? Think Again!

Protea and fynbos with sea in background

South Africa’s West Coast has long had a reputation as a winding stretch of land linking quaint fishing villages and rolling hills of… well, not much at all. Recently, however, the region has experienced a remarkable renaissance that’s attracting visitors ...

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Richards Bay Waterfront Hotel Upgraded

Restaurant at BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay

Richards Bay, 27 February 2019 – The BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay has undergone a soft refurbishment. The reception, bar, smoking lounge, restaurant, pool deck and façade at BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay have a new look – a colourful retro-vibe muted by ...

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Wine Estate Releases Shiraz/Cab Blend

wine bottle with food dishes

Eco-champion wine estate’s top-seller hits the spot with quality There’s a new edition of everyone’s favourite go-to wine from Delheim. Crafted by the Stellenbosch estate for decades, the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is much loved for being both ...

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Manchester United and Marriott Announce Partnership

Manchester United football team on field

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 21 February 2019 – Marriott International and Manchester United today announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel programme exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences – including ...

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