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Panasonic Launches SA Headquarters

CAPE TOWN, Thursday 12 July 2018 – Today, Panasonic South Africa – a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation – launched its new South African Headquarters in Century City, Cape Town. The event was attended by the Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation ...

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New Radisson Hotel for Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 2018 – Radisson Hospitality has announced the signing of a new Radisson hotel for Ivory Coast. The Radisson Hotel & Apartments Abidjan Plateau signing brings the group’s Africa portfolio to 86 hotels and almost 18,000 rooms in operation ...

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SANParks Refutes Carte Blanche Story

SANParks SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON CARTE BLANCHE STORY RELATED TO GUN TRADE Johannesburg, Tuesday, June, 26 2018 –  South African National Parks (SANParks) has categorically stated that a story that appeared on Carte-Blanche on Sunday, 24 June 2016 by Ms Kathi ...

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Marine Guide Training School Launched in Gansbaai

Cape Town, South Africa – Fair Trade Tourism certified member, Marine Dynamics has launched an FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) endorsed Marine Guide Training School in Gansbaai, Western Cape, for local and international students. The seven-week course covers comprehensive ...

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Water Savvy Cape Town Bounces Back

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 20, 2018 – “We’re open for business and forging ahead with plans for tourism growth in Cape Town and the Western Cape” – that’s the message a group of industry heavyweights are proclaiming, as the ...

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Delheim Releases Vegan-friendly Wine

A pair of Delheim’s latest wine releases is sure to put a spring in the step of wine-lovers who are vegans. That’s because unlike most other wineries, the famous Stellenbosch winery used zero animal products traditionally used in winemaking to ...

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What’s On

Dust off your soccer boots and grab your teammates for the 5th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament The 5th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament will take place on ...

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Isibindi Achieves Fair Trade Certification

Isibindi Africa has attained Fair Trade Tourism certification for four of their exclusive lodges in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Isibindi’s lodges are located in some of South Africa’s most beautiful locations: Rorke’s Drift in the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields (Isibindi Zulu Lodge), Kosi ...

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Aquila Translocates Rogue Hippo

Cape Town, 31 May 2018 – In a dramatic game capture operation today, personnel from Aquila Private Game Reserve successfully captured a rogue male hippopotamus, whereafter he was translocated. Unbeknown to guests at Aquila over the last while, the conservation teams had ...

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Plea to Stop Mass Hippo Culling in Zambia

In a shocking and secretive move, Zambian authorities have overturned their 2016 decision to suspend the brutal culling of up to 2,000 hippos in the world-famous Luangwa Valley over the next five years. The cull is once again being promoted ...

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New Appointments at BON Hotels

Dawie de la Guerre: Group Financial Director Dawie de la Guerre has been promoted to Group Financial Director at BON Hotels. He will oversee the entire financial management function of the Group to ensure compliance with all company policies and ...

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Silver Creek Distillery Launches Craft Gin

Razzle-dazzle Craft Gin exudes the raciness of 1920’s Prohibition Era. Hold onto your hats ladies and of course, gentlemen too! First came Southern Moonshine. Now, South Africa’s one-of-a-kind Silver Creek Craft Distillery brings you two brand-spanking-new gins made in the same ...

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A guide to sustainable events

A guide to sustainable events With the continued and ever-increasing focus on the environment and the demand for sustainability around the world, green event and conference planning has become an established trend within the global tourism and convention industry. Conferences ...

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Cuba to Host Gourmet Seminar

The 8th Excelencias Gourmet International Gastronomic Seminar is set to captivate the boldest professionals from 4-6 June 2018 at El Laguito’s Protocol Hall in Havana, Cuba. This time around, the seminar is dedicated to tapas and cocktails, in line with the ...

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Meet The GoVacation Africa Team

Durban, 9 May 2018 – Since its launch in May 2017, GoVacation Africa has grown from 50 employees in Johannesburg and Cape Town to over 100 employees in 7 more African cities, namely Arusha, Nairobi, Mombasa, Stone Town, Kampala, Windhoek, ...

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Five Best Dive Locations in Mozambique

The islands scattered across Mozambique’s coastline are a welcome glimpse of paradise for every traveller. Equally as breath-taking as these stunning ocean views are the extraordinary sights that lie just below the surface. Mozambique is renowned for its marine life ...

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The big “Little 5”

The big “Little 5” Treasures of the Namib desert Namibia – the meeting place of extreme landscapes on Africa’s West Coast – on one side the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, and on the other side a ...

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Hotel School Appoints Group Executive Chef

Johannesburg, South Africa – April 2018; Capital Hotel School, one of the leading training institutions for Hospitality Management and Professional Cookery has announced that Chef Debby Laatz has been appointed as their new Group Executive Chef in the culinary arts division ...

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New Premier Hotel for Bloemfontein

Premier Hotels & Resorts will be expanding its national footprint to Bloemfontein, with the construction of a brand new 3+-star hotel comprising 88 bedrooms, a restaurant, rooftop function area, lounge, business centre and conference facilities capable of accommodating up to ...

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We Are Africa’s un-conference FUSE

Join over 500 of the brightest minds in the African travel industry and create your own conference at We Are Africa’s un-conference, FUSE. FUSE is where the leading minds in high-end African travel connect with innovators and disruptors from various ...

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AfricArena Announces 2018 World Tour

24 April 2018, Cape Town – Today AfricArena, in partnership with Wesgro and Silicone Cape, revealed they will be hosting the AfricArena 2018 International Africa Tech Conference for a 2nd consecutive year with their first-ever “World Tour” scheduled for May. The ...

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AVIS Launches Digital Cards

Avis Rent a Car is now offering digital membership cards for all Avis Preferred members – promising greater convenience and ease of use. As customers demand ever greater efficiency, the need for quick, convenient and efficient product solutions has become ...

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Premier Hotels Invests in Umhlanga

Premier Hotels & Resorts has begun construction of two brand new hotels in Umhlanga. The Group’s R380 million investment will result in a 4-star Premier Hotel as well as a 3-star Splendid Inn by Premier. The Premier Hotel will consist ...

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International Media Experience Madiba Magic

A media delegation from Central Europe received the first-hand experience of some Madiba Magic during their visit to South Africa this week. The delegation, hosted by South African Tourism, were treated to experiences and attractions that have strong historical and social ties ...

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Wellington Wows Global Cycling Fraternity

The small Boland town of Wellington in the Drakenstein Valley raised its international profile considerably when it recently won the titles of “Best Town Spirit” and “Best Stage Location” during the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic. This accolade has firmly established ...

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First Group Pays It Forward

First Group’s ethos is based on one of social sustainability, which is why they are so passionate about paying it forward to charitable organisations caring for people and the community. One such organisation is the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT), ...

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The Ultimate Island Showcases at #WTMA2018

Cape Town, 18 April 2018. Opening its doors this morning to the travel industry, World Travel Market Africa (#WTMA2018)  got off to a great start with an influx of travel trade visiting the Reunion Island Tourism stand (D14). Exhibiting at WTM ...

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Hospitality Technology Next Generation

Not too long ago many hotels had a communication problem – it wasn’t the guests and staff that spoke different languages, it was the computer systems. To solve the incumbent problems hotel software developers had to create and build customised ...

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Weekend Getaway: Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape offers fantastic delights and attractions for those seeking refuge from the city. The best of these is a luxury bush weekend at Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge. Conveniently situated a short hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and 30 ...

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Tourism Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. Euromonitor International’s Senior Research Analyst Christy Tawii will speak on ‘Tourism Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa’ at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa 2018, which opened today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Euromonitor’s ...

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WTM-Africa Kicks Off in Cape Town

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. It is all systems go as WTM Africa 2018 kicks off today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to deliver an exhibition dedicated to furthering the potential of tourism on the continent and ...

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Askari Game Lodge Introduces Zemvelo Adventures

Southern Africa captivates everyone who is lucky enough to experience its power and magic. Now, Askari Lodge & Spa, located in the Plumari Africa Game Reserve, have partnered with Zemvelo Adventures to offer guests close encounters with the Big Five. Askari Lodge & ...

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Upgrades

Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) has announced that a fitness room will be built at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and its pool deck will be replaced, as the hospitality group continues to enhance its offerings as Zimbabwe’s top resort town. This ...

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Wine Tourism to Capitalise on Big Data

Wine tourists in South Africa’s Western Cape province are increasingly opting for guided tours with a growing preference for tailor-made itineraries to suit their specific interests, says Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism that takes ...

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Col’Cacchio Launches NEW Halaal Restaurants

Col’Cacchio, the popular Italian-inspired franchise known for its gourmet thin-base wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and crisp fresh salads recently announced the opening of their first certified Halaal store. The Atholl store has been converted to be a SANHA certified Halaal ...

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Taste the Helderberg 2018

A winter celebration of fine food and wine to start a weekend getaway Banish the harsh chill of winter with the taste of wonderful bounty from Helderberg farms and vineyards at the annual showcase of excellent local wine and food ...

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New appointments

New appointments Conni Lyners General Manager, BON Hotel Swakopmund Born and bred Namibian Conni Lyners always knew she wanted to work in hospitality and on completing her matric she went on to achieve a Diploma in Hotel & Tourism Management ...

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Another Reason to Visit Zanzibar

Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa opens its doors to the public Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar: a beautiful slice of heaven located in the Indian ...

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Outrageous Guest and Delegate Demands

From the original to the outrageous; guest requests and delegate demands. For some, conferences are a great idea, an opportunity to get out of the office – a room jam-packed full of like-minded (and not so like-minded) people, coming together ...

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BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors

BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu to their Nigerian portfolio, bringing the number of properties they manage in the region ...

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Long-awaited Hotel Verde Zanzibar Opens

After three years of construction, Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa will host her first guests on 21 March 2018. The 106-roomed, five-star hotel was commissioned by owner and Zanzibari-born businessman Mr Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa and ...

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ACSA Releases Q4 2017 Aviation Barometer

Published quarterly by Airports Company South Africa, the Aviation Barometer provides an indication of current air travel trends in South Africa. The Barometer is based on the count of passengers using the network of nine airports owned and managed by the ...

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Plans to put Panorama Route on World Map

As iconic as the Graskop Gorge lift development is, it alone cannot establish the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga as one of the country’s major tourism nodes. This was the view expressed by Campbell Scott, one of the directors of the ...

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James Vos on Tourist Guides and Visas

On Wednesday, 21 February 2018, South Africa celebrated International Tour Guide Day which gives prominence to the role that this sector plays in the tourism industry. By James Vos MP – Shadow Minister of Tourism. The celebration holds a special meaning to ...

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No Sex Tourism for Gambia

The Gambia, 24 February 2018 –  Gambia’s Tourism Minister Hamat Bah has warned Western tourists, who may be planning to travel to the impoverished West African nation during the winter season in search of sex tourism, to stay away from the ...

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2018 Toilet Tourism Awards Open For Entry

THE 2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards are now open to submissions from tourism destinations that want to wipe the floor with the competition. After many years analysing tourism trends, the awards’ creators and owners, MyTravelresearch.com, aim to show tourism destinations ...

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SONA 2018 sets Positive Tone for Tourism

Pretoria, South Africa: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) agrees with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s sentiments, as expressed in his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) address, that tourism is “an area which provides the country with incredible opportunities ...

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The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever

There was a time when the Easter Bunny’s South African cousin, the Paas-Haas, might have been embarrassed at the meagre offerings in his basket, but now he can source Easter goodies from a surprising variety of specialist chocolate outlets. Luane ...

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Fancourt Links Golf Course Rated #1

Fancourt is thrilled to announce that their Links course, a privately-owned club, has once again been ranked FIRST in the Golf Digest ranking of South African golf courses for 2018. No stranger to this prestigious accolade, the course was awarded ...

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