Editorial Comment

Cover Story May 2016

The May edition of the Tourism Tattler Trade Journal front cover features a pair of young Cheetah at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve.

Three cheetah cubs were rescued from a Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth after their mother was killed, and Inkwenkwezi volunteered to adopt them. The cubs were hand reared, and are kept inside an expansive enclosure where guests are able to interact with them under the close supervison of their care takers. Although the cheetah have been habituated to human interaction, the intention is to release them into the reserve.

The focus at Inkwenlwezi is to provide educational guided tours and activities to introduce guests to the concept of conservation, its ethic, philosophy, principles, and values. The cheetah are a key component to this focus, and interactions include a pre-talk about their origins, future plans and the plight of cheetahs worldwide to give guests an insight of how fragile and endangered these cats are.

Due to Inkwenlwezi’s close proximity the city of East London and the international airport, the game reserve has become a popular venue for weddings and conferences. Contemporary and yet authentically African, the perfectly-appointed venue is an ideal mix of wild beauty and modern comfort.

For weddings, a charming open-air gazebo chapel is nestled among gardens and streams while guests witness the matrimonial proceedings seated in the shade provided by an ancient wild fig tree.

For conferences and corporate events, the Emthombeni venue offers seating configurations for 120 in cinema style, 90 in classroom style, and 40 in horse-shoe style, while the smaller Lapa venue can seat up to 30.

Read more on Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve in our Property Review on pages 14 to 17 or read the review online here.

In the Business & Finance section of this edition we look at wage increases for the South African hospitality industry that come into effect on 01 July this year (page 06), we discover why revenue management is the key to hotel pricing (page 07), report on the latest tourism arrival statistics (page 08) and first quarter business performance indicators for South African tourism (page 09), and investigate the phenomenal growth of hotel chain developments in Africa (page 10).

In the Events section, we discover why Yoga and Wine are the perfect pair (page 13), and feature more property reviews on Nkwitchi Lodge in Mozambique (page 18), and Long Lee Manor in South Africa’s Shamwari Game Reserve (page 20) under the Hospitality section.

The Legal section continues the series on Contracts with Part 18 (page 24), while the Safety and Security section analyses how South Africa is communicating safety tips to inbound tourists (page 28), and under Marketing we look at Tourism & Migration (page 26).And finally, our series on Understanding Tourism Insurance continues with Part 5 on page 30.

Yours in Tourism,
Des LangkildeEditor.

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