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

Clos Malverne wines a virtual reality

  Family-owned Clos Malverne Wine Estate, renowned for its repertoire of classic, handcrafted wines stemming from the picturesque Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa has spruced up its online wine sales facility for all wine enthusiasts to ...

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Regional Conference On Peace Through Tourism

The Bangladesh Tourism Foundation [BTF] and Dept of Marketing, University of Dhaka, are convening a Regional Conference on Peace Through Tourism from 24-25 April 2013 at Dhaka in collaboration with the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), USA. Tourism ...

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African Train Tour Experience

Shongololo Express is a train safari experience, which travels through Southern and East Africa. Since 1995, Shongololo Express has been offering guests from around the world the opportunity to experience adventures of the diverse African landscapes. The train travels at ...

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Sports Tourism Focus at SETE 2013

  The third annual Sports Events & Tourism Exchange will be hosted in Durban, South Africa from 10-13 September 2013. With the past tourism focus having been on the Leisure and Business sectors, the introduction of the Sports and Events ...

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2013 Guesthouse of the Year awards

  As the South African hospitality industry’s largest group of black women entrepreneurs – the 60 female guesthouse owners in Tsogo Sun’s Book-a-Guesthouse programme – prepare for the announcement of the 2013 Guesthouse of the Year awards, Salome Tshungu owner of  ...

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Taste Of Cape Town

  The Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town will be taking place from  11 – 14 April 2013 at Green Point Cricket Club in Cape Town, South Africa. “Over the past six years Taste of Cape Town has become ...

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BRICS Trade Exchange launches in Africa

The BRICS Trade Exchange is to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from 16-18 October 2013. “The BRICS Trade Exchange is a Business-to-Business (B2B) Trade Fair that provides the ideal platform for facilitating and opening ...

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Bot River Barrels & Beards 2013

Wine beauties meet hairy beasts when the colourful wine community of Bot River in Cape Town, South Africa sets the stage for its annual Barrels & Beards celebration to toast the local winemakers’ post-harvest looks and latest fruits of their ...

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Airport Cities World Conference

The Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition (ACE) 2013 is to take place on African soil for the first time in its 11-year history. London-based event organiser UBM Live has announced that the milestone event will take place in the ...

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Bumper Season for Durban

The Head of Durban Tourism , says that the city of Durban is expecting a bumper long weekend in March and the city is proud to be host city for the 5th BRICS Summit that coincides with all the hype ...

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Green Globe Certification Annual Awards winners

Green Globe awards are made to businesses achieving the highest number of certification criteria under the Green Globe Certification Standard for Sustainable Tourism. In addition, special merit awards are made to businesses, who demonstrate a commitment to sustainable tourism that ...

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Air Mauritius Year-End Awards 2012

Air Mauritius recognised top travel partners at its Year-End Function held on Thursday, 07 February, 2013. 70 Leading guests were invited to continue to journey with Air Mauritius in partnership with Rovos Rail™ to pay tribute to, and honour, the ...

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New camps to open in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

During the course of 2013 Ta Shebube will be opening its three desert safari camps – Rooiputs, Polentswa and Union’s End, all strategically situated along the predator-rich Nossob River Valley on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Additionally ...

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Air Kenya announces new route

Air Kenya has announced that it will commence services to the Ol Seki Airstrip in the Masai Mara from February 15. “We would like to remind all operators and agents that our [baggage] weight limitation on all services is 15kg.  ...

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Pinnacle Point declared a Provincial Heritage Site

The archaeological sites at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point – which have revealed some of the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – have been declared Provincial Heritage Sites. Professor Curtis Marean heads the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology, and ...

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Newmark Adds Coral Lodge To Portfolio

View from deck at Coral Lodge, Mozambique

Newmark Hotels, one of South Africa’s growing hotel management groups, proudly announces another new comer into their increasingly diversified portfolio: Coral Lodge 15.41 in Mozambique. “It’s not about expansion for the sake of expansion; it has been our mission to ...

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2013 Imvelo Awards Nominations Now Open

Self-nomination for the 2013 Imvelo Awards is now open. The awards are in line with the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism, the Responsible Tourism guidelines for the South African hospitality industry and the UN World Tourism Organisation’s code of ...

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Travel & Leisure awards Red Carnation Hotels

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the award-winning luxury collection of family-run boutique hotels, is proud to announce that four of their properties have been named in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 “500 World’s Best Hotels”. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa ...

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V&A Waterfront awarded Green Credentials

Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront, one of South Africa’s most visited and recognised tourist destinations is the first of its kind in Africa to be independently audited and certified for its environmental compliance – the Heritage Environmental Management Company (Heritage) ...

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Gold Reef City keeps on winning!

Gold Reef City is claiming bragging rights as it has once again won an award – this time for the “Best Place to take Out-of-Towners” in the 2012/13 Leisure Options Readers Choice Awards. This follows on previous accolades including Leisure ...

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Saxon Triumphant Again

For the twelfth year in a row, The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa have trumped the competition to be voted the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel by the 2012 World Travel Awards (WTA). The glittering awards ceremony was held at ...

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New GM for Southern Sun The Cullinan

Garry Reed has been appointed as the General Manager of the Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel. Gary started his career with the Three Cities Hotel Group and has since held positions at Kapenta Bay Hotel, Riverside Hotel, Alpine Heath Resort, ...

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Taj Cape Town Supports City Celebrations

The first weekend of December 2012 saw the official inauguration of Table Mountain as a New7Wonder of Nature, with ceremonial events taking place on the mountain itself, as well as on the city centre’s Grand Parade. The respective ceremonies attracted ...

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Tourism industry leader partners with TEP

Springbok Atlas Luxury Charter has become the latest company to partner the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) in its objective to support tourism SMMEs in South Africa. TEP’s Enterprise Development Portfolio allows companies to invest their Enterprise Development funds and receive ...

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Jambo Jet readies for take-off

Kenya Airways’ low-cost subsidiary, Jambo Jet, recently received its first route licences from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and is looking to commence operations by the end of the year. The airline plans to operate six domestic and 16 international ...

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Luxury Mauritius hotel re-opens

The deluxe six-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius re-opened in September after undergoing an extensive refurbishment. Key features of the upgrade included: Refurbishment of all suites and luxury bathrooms in the suites and villas; an upgrade of L’Archipel ...

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Urban Park to open in Umhlanga

The Three Cities Urban Park Hotel & Spa will add something new to the face of the Gateway and Umhlanga accommodation environment when it opens on 15 December 2012. Urban Park Hotel & Spa offers self-catering apartments for daily letting ...

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Many ways to sightsee in Cape Town

In addition to the well-known Red City and Blue Mini Peninsula Tours that City Sightseeing offer on board the iconic red double-decker open top buses, City Sightseeing also offer a unique Night Tour, which runs through the Summer months, and ...

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Book-a-Guesthouse programme sees strong growth

The Tsogo Sun Book-a-Guesthouse programme for entrepreneurial development of accommodation establishments is growing strongly. In the past year it has seen an increase of 17 guesthouses, bringing the total number of independently-owned and operated bed & breakfasts and guesthouses in ...

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Eastern Cape lodge reveals new look

Great Fish River Lodge in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape re-opened its doors at the beginning of September following an interior re-design. The lodge now features a more classic-contemporary style. “We are delighted with the new ...

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Shearwater launches two new tours

Shearwater in partnership with the Victoria Falls Steam Train Company has announced the launch of two brand new products, the Victoria Falls Tram Morning Bridge Tour and the Victoria Falls Tram & Bridge Champagne Sunset Tour. Both morning and sunset ...

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Victoria Falls Hotel revamp underway

The Victoria Falls Hotel is currently under major refurbishment. The Livingstone Room, the hotel’s flagship dining venue, will undergo a complete refurbishment, with incorporation of a new verandah and entrance from the courtyard. It will be closed for the entire ...

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Zambezi Queen changes ownership

Mantis has purchased the entire shareholding of the companies, which owned the Zambezi Queen. The effective date of this transaction was October 22. “We would like to thank Tony Stern for his contribution to both building the Queen and his ...

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Carnival City named Industry Leader

For the second year running, Carnival City has been awarded the top spot in its category by the Ask Afrika Orange Index.   The 2012 Awards, which pitted Carnival City against all other industry competitors as well as sister casinos within ...

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International accolades for Uthando

At the 73rd Skål International World Congress in South Korea – Uthando was named the winner of a prestigious Sustainable Development in Tourism Award in the category ‘Cities – Villages (Community and Government Projects).’ In addition, Uthando has emerged as ...

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&Beyond wins five World Travel Awards

The company was named both Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company and Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand. In addition, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve was recognised as South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge, while &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge was honoured as ...

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Stone Town under threat

ZANZIBAR At a function to mark the Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Conservation Association’s tenth anniversary, Chairperson Mohammed Juma Mugheiry said “Zanzibar Stone Town heritage is currently faced with growing population, increased motorists and redesigning of historic buildings. This puts our ...

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Sansui Summer Cup – 01 December 2012

SOUTH AFRICA Jozi’s spectacular horse racing event, the SANSUI Summer Cup, proudly hosted by Gauteng, will be taking place at Turffontein Racecourse. The theme Golden Nights & Pink Lights takes inspiration from the internationally recognized Johannesburg skyline at sunset. For ...

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Another Hilton brand poised for SA?

SOUTH AFRICA Hilton Worldwide continues with its expansion plans for Africa and the Indian Ocean region, with 19 hotels in the pipeline, the opening of a regional office in Johannesburg and the introduction of the Conrad and DoubleTree brands to ...

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Wild dogs seen in new areas

KENYA As an indicator species of a healthy ecosystem, Great Plains Conservation announced that for the first time anyone can remember, Wild Dog have been spotted in Kenya’s Olare Orok and Mara North Conservancies.  Mara Plains Camp will now be ...

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&Beyond donates rhino to Botswana

BOTSWANA In the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has earmarked six white rhino to be translocated from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership ...

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Congratulations to Theuns Vivian

Congratulations to Theuns Vivian – readers in the Western Cape might remember him as the general manager of the old Western Cape Tourism Board – who received his doctorate (DTech) in Tourism & Hospitality Management from the Cape Peninsula University ...

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