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Emirates Grows Wine Investment In South Africa

Cape Wine Farm

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is growing its relationship and investment with South Africa’s top local wine producers. Since 2005, the airline has partnered with 25 South African wineries, from which 50 different South African wines have been enjoyed ...

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Off the Grid at Conferences

Off the Grid at Conferences

Cape Town, South Africa, 18 October 2018 – Should conference delegates be able to use their personal digital devices during meetings or is it just plain rude? With the advent of smartphones, smart watches, tablets and free, fast Wi-Fi, the conference ...

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Iconic President Hotel Revamped

CAPE TOWN, 16 October 2018 – Steeped in history as one of the oldest properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, the iconic President Hotel celebrates two decades since its namesake; former President Nelson Mandela reopened its doors in 1998 with a fresh ...

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OSF Set to Rock Oudtshoorn Again

Distruction Boyz

OUDTSHOORN, South Africa, 15 October 2018 – The Distruction Boyz will perform at the Oudtshoorn Spring Festival (OSF) at the Bongolethu Stadium in Oudtshoorn on Saturday, 20 October, along with a wide range of other artists. Distruction Boyz, made up ...

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TBCSA Appoints New CEO

TBCSA CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

Pretoria, South Africa, 9 October 2018  – The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has announced the appointment of Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa as its new chief executive officer (CEO) to drive the TBCSA board strategy. “We are excited that we ...

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New Menu at Luce Restaurant Hyde Park

Chef Grant van der Riet’s new menu at the fine dining and elegant Luce Restaurant at Southern Sun Hyde Park takes Italian cuisine “back to basics” with uncomplicated but delicious flavours “that are put in where they belong” into traditional ...

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Two Tsogo Sun Cape Town Hotels Turn 20

Two of Tsogo Sun’s iconic Cape Town hotels – Southern Sun The Cullinan and Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town are celebrating two decades of excellence this year in September, with events, special offers, commemorative food and beverage experiences and visits ...

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Mantis Initiates Road Cleanup Campaign

In celebration of Tourism Month in September, Mantis envisioned giving 1 000 children from the township of Motherwell in Port Elizabeth experiences that would expose them to tourism and conservation. As part of their initiative, a cleanup campaign named “Chola nono, ...

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BON Adds Third East African Hotel

South African- based hotel management company; BON Hotels have extended their Ethiopian presence by adding BON Hotel German Square in Addis Ababa to their East African collection, making it their third property in the capital. Construction of the hotel commenced ...

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The Many Hats A Chef Wears

When you hear the title ‘Executive Chef’ the likes of celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood or the renowned Jamie Oliver spring to mind but this title, certainly at the hotel level, whilst essential, is a rather unobtrusive, often thankless job that ...

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Favourite Things Market Returns

Make a festive diary note for your next country getaway, because you won’t want to miss the new and improved Favourite Things Market at Gabriëlskloof. The all-around, fun-is-the-new-black, crowd-pleaser is back this year and preparing to be bigger, better and ...

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Tourism Sector Eyes BRIC Billions

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 20 September 2018 – Hospitality marketing is complex, there are key source markets for South Africa with a proven interest in the country as a destination, and there are also additional, growing markets, such as the ...

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Glencairn Trail Run 2018

HIMEVILLE, South Africa, 20 September 2018 – A weekend of trail running through the spectacular scenery of the southern Drakensberg at the foothills of the majestic Sani Pass will be taking place on Friday 12 October – Sunday 14 October. Based at ...

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Fair Trade Tourism to Mentor SMMEs

PILANESBERG, South Africa, 18 September 2018 –  Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with enterprise development agency EICT to provide training and mentorship services to SMMEs adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park involved in the Pilanesberg Tourism Incubation Programme – the first ...

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Managing Urban Overtourism

MADRID, Spain, 18 September 2018 – A new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents. ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth Beyond Perceptions’, was launched today ...

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21 Days For The Ocean Gains Traction

GANSBAAI, South Africa, 14 September 2018 – Following a demi-decade of hosting a blue initiative called ’21 Days for the Ocean’, this years’ campaign by White Shark Projects has already made a significant impact on the coastline and communities of the ...

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New GM Appointed at Shishangeni in Kruger

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, 14 September 2018 – BON Hotels has announced the appointment of Siyanda Zindela as General Manager at their Kruger National Park property, Shishangeni by BON Hotels. Zindela will oversee the entire management of the 4-star property ...

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Wine & Fynbos Cupcake Pairing at Delheim

STELLENBOSCH, 12 September 2018 – Delheim has always been famous for its tasting room pairing of bespoke cupcakes with its wines. Now, the experience goes next-level with an all-new twist of this evergreen favourite that puts the Cape’s famous Floral Kingdom ...

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Marriott Unveils Members Only Experiences

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 11 September 2018 – Stepping up its experiences game, Marriott International has added countless redemption opportunities for its loyalty members giving them the opportunity to bid their points in exchange for access like no other. Ranging ...

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Coworkers To Swap London For Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, 11 September 2018 – Coworking Days – a global community network of Freelancers and Digital Nomads – has launched Coworking Safari South Africa, an innovative 14-day trip that will see Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs swapping London for Cape Town, The Great Karoo and the ...

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Tips for Safe Solo Female Travel

According to Trekksoft, solo female travellers are the fastest growing segment in the international travel industry. Forget uncharted waters and budget-savvy tips – safety is the biggest concern of women travelling on their own.  It’s worth the time investment for ...

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Radisson Announces Hotel Expansion #THINCAfrica

THINC Africa logo over Radisson Blu Cape Town image

CAPE TOWN, 05 September 2018 – Speaking at the THINCAfrica Conference, which kicked off at the Century City Conference Centre today, the Radisson Hotel Group’s Andrew Mclachlan announced that the Group is gearing up for aggressive hotel expansion in South Africa with a focus on ...

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Cape Town Strengthens Ties With Angola

CAPE TOWN, 05 September 2018 – Following Visa exemptions and increased direct flights between Cape Town and Angola, the President of the recently  established Angola-South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACIAAS), Victoriano Ferreira Nicolau met with Wesgro CEO Tim ...

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Waste Not Want Not!

CAPE TOWN, 04 September 2018 – The tourism and hospitality industry is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing economic sectors globally, which is proving to have a serious, negative impact on the environment. It is incumbent on hotels and businesses ...

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South Africa Unveils 2018 Gold Coin Series

CENTURION, South Africa, 03 September 2018 – The South African Mint has unveiled a stunning five-coin Palaeontology Collection in 24-carat gold. The collection brings to life the ‘Archosauria’ – crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds or the ruling reptiles that roamed ...

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The Final Straw For Fairway Hotel

JOHANNESBURG, 30 August 2018 – The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort has announced “THE FINAL STRAW” initiative. Aimed at protecting the environment, this imitative will put an end to the customary serving of plastic straws, and they will be offering compostable ...

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Call For #ShotLeft Travel Week Partners

South African Tourism Sho't Left Campaign

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 28 August 2018 – In a bid to promote domestic travel, South African Tourism is launching Sho’t Left Travel Week, a ground-breaking initiative that will see a host of trade partners, airlines, hotel groups and tour operators offering ...

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Taxis Block Off Kempinski Hotel Seychelles

MAHÉ, Seychelles, 28 August 2018 – Kempinski Hotel’s GM Masami Egami felt the brunt of angry Seychelles Taxi Association members for not abiding by the rules and regulations of Seychelles. Kempinski Hotel Seychelles was totally barricaded by taxis and no movement ...

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SA Tourism Decline In First Half Of 2018

PRETORIA, 27 August 2018 – South Africa’s tourism sector should be in better shape than it currently is. That’s the word from Tourism Business Council of South Africa’s interim CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, following the release of its Tourism Business Index ...

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Record 2017 Year For World Tourism

MADRID, Spain, 27 August 2018 – International tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights. Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in ...

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Mantis Group Appoints New CEO

JOHANNESBURG, 27 August 2018 – Following the 50% acquisition of the South African based company Mantis by AccorHotels in April 2018, Philippe Baretaud has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Mantis Group. “Philippe will be responsible for leading the ...

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Graskop Gorge Lift Officially Opens

SOUTH AFRICA, 24 August 2018 – Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom officially launched the Graskop Gorge Lift Centre on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route today. The development features a viewing lift that travels down the face of the gorge and is a first ...

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Focus on Female Executives in Tourism

JOHANNESBURG, 20 August 2018 – A leadership talk to discuss strategies to increase the number of women in strategic leadership positions in the tourism industry was hosted today by the Executive Development Program (EDP) for Women in Tourism (WiT), presented by ...

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Aquila Buys Inverdoorn Game Reserve

CAPE TOWN, 20 August 2018 – Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa today announced and confirmed its acquisition of the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape. The agreement was concluded on Thursday 16 August 2018. Over the last 20 years, ...

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Accolades Reveal How Wine Improves With Age

Conservation Coast range takes top honours at Sommeliers Selection. Whalehaven, established in 1995 and the third oldest winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde area, prides itself on the quality of its library of older vintage wines, especially in its premium handcrafted reserve ...

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Shishangeni Lodge by BON Hotels introduces bush walks The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Shishangeni Bush Walks to their list of things to do. This new excursion has ...

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Timbavati Welcomes New Warden

GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, 15 August 2018 – The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has formally welcomed their new Warden, Edwin Pierce, who joined the reserve on 1 May 2018. Edwin wasted no time in sharing his energy, passion and valuable experience, and ...

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Tourism Is Key To Rebuilding Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE, August 2018 – Politicians must accept the recent controversial election results, which saw Emmerson Mnangagwa elected leader of Zimbabwe after serving as interim president since November last year – and shift focus to the future of the country. One ...

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Singita Redefines Food on Safari

SOUTH AFRICA, 14 August 2018 – Singita is taking its gourmet offering to the next level with a series of epicurean additions. Guests of Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges in the Kruger National Park are now treated to a new cooking demonstration ...

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Three Tree Hill Opens Burchells Cottage

SOUTH AFRICA, 09 August 2018 – A spectacular new family cottage has opened at Three Tree Hill to cater for increased demand from families who want adventurous, active holidays. Located in the Spioenkop Nature Reserve near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, this 105 ...

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Garden Court Kitwe Opens In Zambia

JOHANNESBURG, 07 August 2018 – Tsogo Sun has announced the official opening of its newest offshore hotel property, Garden Court Kitwe, located just outside the central city of Kitwe in Zambia.  This addition to the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio will bring ...

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UnionPay Seeks Cape Town Product Offers

CAPE TOWN, 07 August 2018 – UnionPay International is working to forge relationships with Cape Town-based tourism operators to offer incentives aimed at attracting the Chinese market. Co-ordinated by Cape Town Tourism, a business breakfast session took place at the Vista Marina Restaurant ...

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Fair Trade Launches Waste Management Workshops

SOUTH AFRICA, 03 August 2018 – Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) has partnered with PETCO, the PET Plastic Recycling organisation, to launch a series of waste management solutions for the tourism sector. The first of the series of workshops, aimed at providing training on responsible ...

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Local Artist Weaves His Magic

Paarl crafter Jonathan Hoffman

CAPE TOWN, 31 July 2018 – Paarl crafter Jonathan Hoffman might look as if he belongs to a reggae band, but his hands create sheer magic with intricate weaving and wirework.  After suffering a debilitating back injury and being unable to ...

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Graeme Edmond Appointed Tourvest Executive

JOHANNESBURG, 30 July 2018 – Graeme Edmond has been appointed divisional sales and marketing executive for integrated tourism group Tourvest’s Accommodation and Activities division with effect from 1 August 2018. Tourvest Accommodation and Activities comprises tourism activity operators Wild Horizons ...

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Kenya Launches Tourism Blueprint 2030

NAIROBI, 26 July 2018 – The Kenya Ministry of Tourism has launched the Big 4 Tourism Plan – a set of strategies devised towards the implementation of the Blueprint 2030. At a meeting presided over by Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, the Ministry of Tourism ...

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BRICS Established as Global Brand

JOHANNESBURG, Wednesday 25 July 2018 – The political alliance of BRICS nations has become a distinct global brand in its own right, research conducted by Brand South Africa, a marketing agency of the government of South Africa, shows.  The 10th BRICS ...

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Tenerife & Seychelles Discuss Tourism Cooperation

GHANA, July 2018 – Meeting on the sidelines of the Routes Africa 2018 conference, key speakers Stephanie Wear Pintado of Tenerife and Alain St.Ange of Seychelles met to discuss the tourism potential and possible cooperation between their two countries. “Tenerife Island and Seychelles are ...

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Woman2Woman

BON Hotels calls on hotel guests #BONangels, to support their sanitary wear drive An average of 2 million schoolgirls miss 60 days of school each year because they cannot afford sanitary wear – to put that in perspective, this means ...

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Durban ICC Salutes Long Service Employees

DURBAN, 17 July 2018 – Six long-serving employees of the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) who thrive on professionalism and excellence in service delivery, ensure daily that Africa’s leading meetings and conference venue continue to attract visitors from across the ...

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Annual Show To Reveal Funding Secrets

JOHANNESBURG, 16 July 2018 –  Riversands Incubation Hub is set to reveal funding secrets for entrepreneurs when it hosts its third annual FundEX event on Thursday 16 August 2018. Last year’s FundEX brought together more than 600 entrepreneurs seeking funding ...

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World Ranger Day 2018: Mozambique

MAPUTO, 16 July 2018 – World Ranger Day 2018 will be celebrated in Mozambique on 31 July at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center, Maputo, with an exhibition and display from 2 pm to 4:40 pm, followed by a World Premiere of the documentary ...

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SA’s Visa & Birth Certificate Regulations Update

CAPE TOWN, 13 July 2018 – The controversial requirements of unabridged birth certificates for travellers visiting or departing from South Africa with their children may soon be amended. This latest development forms part of the Department of Home Affairs modernisation programme, which includes upgrades ...

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