Editorial Comment

Cover Story June 2016

The June edition front cover of the Tourism Tattler Trade Journal magazine features the awesome Storms River Mouth on South Africa’s Garden Route. Explore this untouched playground by kayak, lilo, scuba or snorkel with Untouched Adventures.

Founded by Marthinus and Jenna van der Westhuizen in 2007, Untouched Adventures has grown from strength to strength. The company started out of a passion for the beauty of South Africa and the abundance of unique adventures that tourists can experience in this country. Over the years the team has grown with highly motivated guides trained and developed from the local communities in Tsitsikamma.

Untouched Adventures offers a variety of activities including Scuba diving, Snorkelling and their very popular award winning Kayak and Lilo Adventure. This unique adventure combines all of the best natural attributes that South Africa has to offer.

The Kayak and Lilo adventure includes the marine filled ocean, lush Tsitsikamma forest, mountains and Storms River Gorge − all in one 3-hour adventure that the whole family can do! Activities on the Kayak and Lilo include hiking, kayaking, lilo’ing and cliff jumping.

The unique lilo’s were developed to access the most beautiful section of the Storms River gorge that was previously not accessible by boat, foot or kayak. Adventurers can relax on the lilo’s, drift into the narrow gorge, and enjoy fantastic scenery viewed from a new angle. Watch the video below.

Group adventures are another area that Untouched Adventures specialise in. School day trips and camps are arranged and coordinated with safety being foremost in the planning and execution of trips. Team building and year-end corporate adventure programmes are also a specialised area of expertise that Untouched Adventures have built an enviable reputation for excelling in. Read more about Untouched Adventures on page 13, and about Adventure Tourism in Africa and South Africa on pages 06-15.

In the Business & Finance section of this edition we report on the latest tourism arrival statistics and hotel stats for South Africa (page 16), look at foreign labour in the tourism industry (page 17), and report on the new TOMSA ‘Finders Keepers’ campaign that aims to boost domestic tourism in South Africa (page 18).

In the Hospitality section, we profile Bahia Mar in Mozambique (page 22). We are auctioning a voucher for 3 nights for 2 at Bahia Mar valued at R18,000. Bidding starts at just R5,000. Click here to bid.

The Legal section continues the series on Contracts with Part 19 (page 24), plus the start of a new series on Adventure Tourism from a Legal Perspective (page 25).

The Marketing section reveals why South African hotel groups are lagging behind international trends in technology (page26), while in the Risk section, our series on Understanding Tourism Insurance continues with Part 6 on property and medical evacuation insurance (page 28).

And finally, the Safety and Security section looks at Terrorism Challenges in Africa (page 30).

Yours in Tourism,

Des Langkilde. Executive Editor


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