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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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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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Wesgro Welcomes #Sona2019 eVisa Announcement

Tourist using laptop with South Africa Tourism and eVisa logos on screen

Cape Town, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Wesgro has welcomed President Ramaphosa’s announcement regarding the implementation of an eVisa regime in 2019 at the State of the Nation Address last night. With the goal of reaching 21 million tourists by ...

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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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