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News, views, and reviews on the tourism industry with particular relevance to the global travel trade.

Inanda Club Wins CMASA Award

The Inanda Club walked off with the top honours at the inaugural Club Management Association of South Africa’s (CMASA) awards. The awards – in association with the Braxton Group, Jonas, SAB, Tsogo Sun and Performax – took place during the ...

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Bottelary Hills Gets Festive

Fall hook, line and sinker for Chef Bertus Basson’s all fired-up feast The final Pop Up Lunch of the Bottelary Hills Wine Route for 2016 promises to get all wine and food aficionados hooked on the festive season, when renowned ...

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The Market Game Changers

As a group of eight young Entrepreneurs and Professionals we decided to form a business enabling platform that would help people in our communities prosper. Markets have been around for years and years however we have since seen them evolve ...

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Key Solutions for Seasonality in Tourism

The second annual Cape 365 multi-stakeholder workshop has been held in order to review ongoing measures aimed at combatting seasonality and providing industry insights and strategies for the way forward. PURPOSE The Cape 365 committee includes representatives from the City ...

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FEDHASA Decries Online Booking Platforms

In this article, the Chief Executive Officer of  the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA), Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa asks if it is fair for formal hotels, who incur significant expenses to meet all the regulations of the industry, to lose income ...

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New CEO for Leeu Collection

Carrie Wicks has been appointed CEO of Leeu Collection, effective immediately. Carrie was previously Operations Director at Firmdale Hotels, in the United Kingdom, where she worked for 19 years and was responsible for Firmdale’s growth operationally. Carrie is a driven ...

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Lucé launches new menu

The spectacularly-located Lucé in Hyde Park has launched an exciting new menu, crafted by. Formerly executive sous chef at The Palazzo Montecasino, Jordaan has injected his own brand of culinary flair into the Lucé menu, creating traditional Italian dishes in ...

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Mix FM singles evening

Mix FM singles evening Saturday, 8 October at 7 pm Venue: Stanley Beer Yard at 44 Stanley, off Owl Rd, just off Empire Rd near the Garden Court Milpark Entrance free, everyone welcome Vinyl DJ, come and enjoy some great ...

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Riding the waves of the digital world

Digital marketing is a strategy. It’s not just simply a website, or social media, or Google; it’s a full platform that allows people to position their businesses within the communities they’re targeting. And it is enabling an unprecedented level of ...

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Fun chess day in Diepsloot

Seventy learners from five Diepsloot primary schools pitted their chess skills against each other in the annual Tsogo Sun Moves for Life chess tournament in Diepsloot this month. The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life programme is sponsored by Montecasino and ...

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Cape Town Celebrates Special Award

22 September 2016 The announcement that Cape Town is once again the recipient of a global travel award has stirred up interest in the city as a world-class destination. The Condé Nast Readers’ Travel Awards 2016 chose the city as ...

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Milkshake with Sunflower Touch

Cape Town, 16 September 2016: A creamy milkshake can make the world seem like a better place, and in this case, it really does. Hotel group Protea Hotels by Marriott® Fire & Ice! have teamed up with the Giggling Gourmet ...

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New TGCSA Awards Committee

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa logo

The South African Tourism Board has announced the appointment of new Awards Committee members, of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA). The committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of the TGCSA’S grading system, South Africa’s ...

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Webersburg Launches Midweek Specials

The family owned boutique wine estate, Webersburg, situated on the sunny slopes of the Helderberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, has a midweek accommodation special available for September and October 2016. Accommodation in the Vineyard Cottages is available for ...

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Celebrating Arbour Week in Diepsloot

Approximately 200 Grade 4 learners at Muzomuhle Primary School in Diepsloot in Johannesburg were involved in a tunnel vegetable garden building project at their school on 6 September to celebrate Arbour Week. The vegetable tunnel will go a long way ...

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Southern Sun Dar es Salaam Hotel Invests Millions

Tsogo Sun, South Africa’s leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company, offers a wide distribution of hotels in Africa, South Africa, the Indian Ocean and Abu Dhabi. Providing world-class hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences, Tsogo Sun continuously focus on ...

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Kwantu Partners with Stenden University

Kwantu Private Game Reserve, located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, has announced a strategic partnership with Stenden University, an international higher learning institute headquartered in the Netherlands with campus facilities and education delivery points in Holland, South ...

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Business Tourism Boost to SA Economy

Business tourists spend on average three times more than their leisure counterparts, which is why South Africa is going full steam ahead to secure major conferences and exhibitions. James Vos MP, the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of tourism, said South ...

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New Air Routes a Boon for Western Cape Tourism

News that Cape Town has five new air routes and four expansions received loud applause from delegates attending the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC Africa) in Cape Town. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, said a “collaborative effort” between ...

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Hotels in Africa Expand Footprint

Cape Town – Africa is open for business where hotel development is concerned as despite some short-term challenges, hoteliers of all sizes are expanding their African footprint. That was the key message from Tim Smith, managing partner in South Africa ...

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Call for Nominations at SETE 2016

The Sports & Events Tourism Awards is aimed at recognizing events that contribute to tourism growth, destination marketing, sports & event legacies and local economic development in South Africa. Event owners, host cities & sponsors can nominate events by submitting ...

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Operator vs Owner Debate at #THINCAfrica

There is great potential in Southern Africa for hotel brands, owners and investors, says hospitality consultant, Joop Demes, ahead next week’s inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference, THINC Africa, taking place in Cape Town and hosted by hotel investment ...

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DA’s James Vos to Speak at #THINCAfrica

James Vos, MP, the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of tourism, will be speaking at the inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference, THINC Africa, taking place in Cape Town on 6-7 September. Tourism is a vital component of South Africa’s ...

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Tsogo Sun Boosts Entrepreneurs in Durban

Tsogo Sun is broadening its far-reaching policies for entrepreneur development with Supplier Showcases in major centres that are aimed at providing market and development access to small, medium and micro enterprises. Tsogo Sun, together with subsidiaries that included the group’s ...

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Tasting Table of Festive Feasts

Eleven executive chefs… eleven gourmet tasters representing the diversity of South Africa’s cuisines, the colourful vibrancy of culinary influences, and a festive feast for a southern hemisphere country characterised by a rainbow nation. In a celebration of South African life, ...

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Café Royale Launches Cocktail & Tapas Menu

Café Royale, located at the pristine 5-star Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, launches an all new artisanal cocktail and delectable tapas menu.  The sophisticated French-style café has extended its operating hours and is now open for dinner and drinks.   Incorporating ...

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Tourism for All – A City’s Challenge

Universal Access is being celebrated during Tourism Month in September 2016. Cape Town Tourism is advocating for a ‘Tourism for All’ approach where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy the tourism industry in Cape Town. In addition, inclusivity irrespective ...

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Chefs who Share to Cook for Charity

On Monday, 19 September 2016, the fourth annual Chefs who Share charity fundraiser for youth development begins at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg. This marks the start of a week-long affair headlined by 14 celebrated chefs, who will collaborate with ...

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Oupa Pilane elected President of KLCBT

Nelspruit-born Oupa Pilane (47) was elected as the President of the Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (KLCBT) during the organisation’s board meeting this week, taking over the baton from Dr Norah Fakude. As the official representative body of ...

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VFAPU Golf Day Zimbabwe

Play a part in conserving Zimbabwe’s wildlife and trees by supporting the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit’s (VFAPU) annual fundraising Golf Day to be held on September 16 at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club, Zimbabwe. The record $30,000 raised for VFAPU – ...

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City of Tshwane to Host SETE 2016

The 6th edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference, will run from the 25-27 October 2016 at the Protea Hotel Fire&Ice! in Menlyn, Tshwane (Pretoria). SETE is a dynamic business-to-business platform that is aimed at positioning South ...

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Tsogo Sun boosts Entrepreneurs in Cape Town

Tsogo Sun is broadening its far-reaching policies for entrepreneur development with Supplier Showcases in major centres that are aimed at providing market and development access to small, medium and micro enterprises. Tsogo Sun, together with subsidiaries that included Mykonos Casino, ...

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Cape Town Scores as Gay-friendly Destination

Surveys conducted by SCRUFF, a leading gay dating and travel app with over 10 million subscribers have uncovered that Cape Town is ranked fifth as a “surprisingly gay-friendly” destination, according to wrdetv.com. Two surveys were conducted in partnership with the ...

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Waterkloof Estate Celebrates Circle of Life

Wine destination offers nature-lovers the chance to shed their winter blues As Nature prepares to burst from its winter slumber, Waterkloof biodynamic wine estate set in fynbos-covered hills overlooking False Bay invites nature-lovers who seek an exceptional experience to visit ...

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Beverly Hills Takes Top Honours

The fourth annual Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge, culminated in a scintillating celebration at the Belmond Mount Nelson, Friday 29th July 2016. Each table was stunningly beautiful in ‘Platinum & Pearls’ creatively designed by individual hotels. A national initiative with ...

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Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2016

Jozi’s premier lifestyle soiree to showcase exciting new talent Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Johannesburg’s glitterati will soon gather for one of the City of Gold’s premier lifestyle events when Stellenbosch at Summer Place returns to Hyde Park on October 26. ...

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Tito Mboweni Elected Chairman of TBCSA

Pretoria. The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has elected former South African Reserve Bank Governor, Mr Tito Mboweni, as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. The appointment was ratified at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which ...

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Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Beer

Darling Brew in South Africa has launched the first carbon neutral beer in Africa, Blood Serpent. With the reaffirmation at Cop 21 that the global temperature rise needs to be capped at 2 degrees from pre-industrialised levels, calls have been ...

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New Managers at Ngoma Safari Lodge

JARRYD King and Frances van Pletzen have taken up the positions as new managers at Ngoma Safari Lodge in Chobe Botswana, starting their roles on 7 July 2016. The couple previously worked at Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa, where ...

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