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Longridge gets thumbs up from TripAdvisor

Longridge wine estate and restaurant recently received a Certificate of Excellence from leading travel website TripAdvisor. This prestigious award is granted to only 10% of the top-performing listed global businesses that have earned consistently high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. Tripadvisor.com ...

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Tsogo Sun supports WPRI development

Three youngsters have earned Western Province Rugby Institute bursaries for 2013, as part of Tsogo Sun’s new sponsorship deal with Western Province Rugby. Promising WPRI players Wesley Adonis, Michael Haznar and Alvino Montjies were officially presented with their bursaries at ...

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IHG Rewards Club Launches Worldwide

New benefits including free internet for Elite members take effect from today. South Africa, Johannesburg, 01 July 2013 IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today launched IHG® Rewards Club, its enhanced, industry-leading loyalty programme, formerly called Priority Club® Rewards. IHG Rewards Club ...

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RattRace 2013

The RattRace 2013 now in its 7th year promises to be bigger, better and barrels more fun the weekend of the 19th – 21st July. This event, in support of the David Rattray Foundation is needing sponsorship of any nature…money, ...

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Intimate gatherings at the Saint James

Timeless elegance, picturesque surroundings and excellent service are all things that will characterise your small event at the Saint James on Venice Boutique Hotel in Durban’s leafy Morningside suburb. Complete with generous bay windows, smiling staff and a cool terrace ...

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Robertson Slow

ROBERTSON SLOW – ENJOYING LIFE… SLOWLY Slowly made… slowly enjoyed 09 to 11 AUGUST 2013 Only 90 minutes drive from Cape Town (on the popular, scenic Route 62), why not take the time to head out to the country and ...

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Mossel Bay announces new archaeology tours

Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point Caves – which have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – are now accessible to small, escorted groups of visitors. The Caves have recently been declared a Provincial Heritage Site. They’ve been the subject ...

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2013 Sedibeng Tourism Awards Winners

The prestigious 2nd Sedibeng Tourism Awards was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from members of the region’s tourism stakeholders. Stakeholders from across the tourism sector entered into one of the many categories of the awards or nominated a worthy candidate as ...

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SATSA elects new President at AGM

The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) elected Francois Neethling of Central South Africa Portfolio as its new President at the associations annual general meeting (AGM) held at the Durban International Convention Centre on 09 May 2013, prior to the  opening ...

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Sabi Sand game lodge owner dies

  Nicholas ‘Nick’ More, 45, co-owner and CEO of the award-winning Lion Sand Big Five game lodge in Mpumalanga’s Sabi Sands reserve, is confirmed to have passed away on the morning of 23 April following a helicopter accident en route ...

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Rhino Knights 10,000km Fund Raiser

Sponsors are urgently being sought for the Rhino Knights 10,000km fund raising initiative, which starts on 01 May and finishes end September 2013. Donations for as little as R10 ($1.13USD) can be sent via SMS to 48716  with the words RHINOKNIGHTS ...

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Simonskloof Mountain Retreat Mayoral Award

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat won the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Award for Best Adventure, Outdoor and Eco Tourism Business Of The Year 2012. The award was presented at a gala dinner on 20 September 2012 at Kroneburg wine estate outside Paarl. The Mayoral ...

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2013 Wine Tourism Handbook

The eighth edition of the popular Wine Tourism Handbook is now available for sale both in bookshops and online. This image-rich, full-colour, comprehensive guide to the farms, restaurants, accommodation venues and activities found in South Africa’s Winelands is one of ...

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Europcar now offers ER

  Europcar, one of South Africa’s leading car rental companies, now offers its customers emergency medical assistance at just R20 per day. With this new product offering, customers have access to emergency medical transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a ...

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SA Tourism China Bags Awards

South African Tourism have already been awarded a significant number of awards in China for 2013. These include: Best International Travel Destination awarded to South Africa by Voyage Top Potential Outbound Destination awarded to South Africa by The Beijing News ...

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AHLE-X to boost Hospitality Service Excellence

Affiliated Hospitality Leadership Experiences (AHLE-X) opens its doors in Cape Town, South Africa to provide a new concept in professional development offering local and international hospitality professionals, including Chefs and interior designers, a unique way to develop themselves further in their chosen career ...

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Ride for Paul – Heia Safari Ranch

The next Jozi Night Rider MTB Series will be held at Heia Safari Ranch on 19 April in memory of  Paul Schulte who was tragically killed earlier this month. All mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to participate. Paul had worked ...

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Challenge for Africa’s top travel app

Visa and South African Tourism’s USD$10,000 challenge to developers across Sub-Saharan Africa to build the continent’s best travel app is now open for entries First announced at the E-Tourism Summit in Cape Town last year, the Africa App Quest is ...

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Hertz Car Hire Donates Play Park

Hertz recognises the importance in contributing to the social development of underprivileged communities, as they strive not only to build a strong value system within the company but  also to share these with those around them. The day of the ...

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‘The Last Lions’ wins 4 SAFTA Awards

Conservationists and filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s 2012 wildlife programme “The Last Lions,” produced in association with National Geographic, won four South African Film and Television Awards at the 7th annual ceremony on March 17th: Best Director of a Wildlife ...

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Sustainable Tourism at The Green Expo

Following the success of the first Green Expo, held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) in November 2011, the 2013 Green Expo will be held at two locations on different dates; from 1-3 November at the Sandton Convention ...

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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

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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