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COVID-19: Chefs unite for Stellenbosch

chef in kitchen wearing a face mask

High profile kitchens team up to help fight hunger in Greater Stellenbosch communities Some of the country’s most renowned chefs based in the winelands region of Stellenbosch have stepped up to support local communities as lives and livelihoods are decimated ...

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Tintswalo Introduces Walking Safaris in Two Nature Reserves

One of the liberties South Africans are most looking forward to post-lockdown, is probably the freedom to be outside, enjoying nature and exercising in the great outdoors. Tintswalo Lodges has identified this as a unique safari opportunity for South Africans and have stepped up to the plate with the introduction of walking safaris offered at excellent rates.   Walking safari packages will be on ...

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Africa Travel Week and WTM Africa Cancelled

WTM Africa 2020 logo with hashtag

Friday 13 March 2020 – Yet another major tourism travel trade show has succumbed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus around the world. Reed Exhibitions Africa has confirmed that Africa Travel Week, which comprises of World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) and International ...

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Students Enter Knysna Video to ITFF Africa

ITFF Africa film competition graphic

The organiser of the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFF Africa), Caroline Ungersbock, has welcomed a video entered by two young Knysna-based filmmakers. Rean (24) and his brother, Chant Messina (20), filmed, produced, and edited the 2-minute, 58-second video, and ...

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ATB to Boost Beach Tourism in Tanzania

Tanzania tourism stakeholders

Dar es Salaam, 15 September 2020 – Beach and marine resource tourism along Africa’s East Coast and the continents Indian Ocean islands need development and exposure to international tourists. This observation was made by the African Tourism Board (ATB) Chairman, ...

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Kenya to Partner with African Tourism Board

African Tourism Board CEO Doris Wortel with Kenya Tourism dignitaries

Nairobi, 15 February 2020 – Following a four-day working visit to Kenya, African Tourism Board (ATB) CEO, Doris Wörfel, engaged with tourism industry leaders to initiate and advance pilot projects that could be implemented across the African Continent. During the CEO’s ...

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New Appointment at Taj Cape Town

Melissa Herman Director of Rooms at Taj Cape Town

Cape Town, 11 February 2020 – Taj Cape Town has announced the appointment of Melissa Herman as Director of Rooms. Melissa brings a richness of integrity and passion to Taj Cape Town. Her key responsibility is to oversee all Front ...

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KZN Lures New York Tourists

Members of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Tourism

A delegation from Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Tourism attended the New York Times Travel Show 2020 from 24-26 January, hoping to lure dollar-spending tourists by showcasing KwaZulu-Natal’s tourist attractions. The New York Times Travel Show 2020 is the largest travel ...

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The 2020 Cape Getaway Show

Cape Town, 24 January 2020 – The Getaway Show offers a fantastic three-day fun-filled experience for the whole family to enjoy from 6 to 8 March 2020 at the Sandringham Farm, Sandringham Road, in Stellenbosch. The show is the Western ...

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In Memoriam: David Munton 1936–2020

David Munton 1936–2020

Cape Town, 22 January 2020 – The travel industry joins City Sightseeing South Africa in mourning the passing of their Co-founder and Director, David Munton, this morning.  At 83, David Munton was well known in the South African tourism industry ...

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JB Train Tours Closes Operations

Passenger train with JB Train Tours logo

JOHANNESBURG, 14 January 2020 – After more than four decades in the tourism industry in Southern Africa, JB Train Tours (Since 1975) will be coming to a ‘halt’ effective 15 February 2020. “We’ve had long discussions, various meetings, alternative plans ...

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World PCO Alliance Welcomes New Partner

World PCO Alliance logo

Tokyo, Japan, 14 January 2020 – The World PCO Alliance has welcomed a new partner into its association, Italy-based Ega worldwide congresses & events. Founded in 1965 by Emma and Cristina Aru, Ega worldwide congresses & events is highly specialized ...

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Tintswalo Atlantic Accepted into Virtuoso®

Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Now Part of Exclusive Luxury Travel Network CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA January 2020 – Tintswalo Atlantic has been accepted into Virtuoso®’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 1,800 preferred suppliers in ...

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ONOMO Hotels Acquires BON Hotels

BON Hotels CEO, Guy Stehlik with ONOMO Hotels CEO, Cedric Guilleminot.

CASABLANCA, Morocco, 12 December 2019 – The hospitality industry on the African continent is set for a major shake-up following the announcement today that ONOMO Hotels has acquired a 60, 1% controlling stake in BON Hotels. BON Hotels CEO, Guy ...

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Emirates takes off to Mexico City

Dubai, 9 December 2019 – Emirates has taken off to Mexico City, marking the airline’s first passenger flight to Mexico. Emirates flight EK255, departed at full capacity with over 300 passengers, led a group of VIP guests and media on board, at ...

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Tintswalo Atlantic Introduces WWW Lunch

CAPE TOWN, 02 December 2019 – Tintswalo Atlantic has introduced a brand-new lunch experience which is available to non-resident guests on Wednesdays. The Tintswalo Atlantic Where else in the World Wednesday Lunch (WWW Lunch) may be booked in advance and ...

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Nationalities Come Together to Make History

South Africa participates in the historic one-off Emirates A380 flight marking the 48th UAE National DayOver 540 passengers onboard bring to life the UAE’s multicultural strength and diversityA GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most nationalities on an aircraft. DUBAI, UAE, 02 December, 2019: Celebrating ...

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World’s Leading Villa Collection 2019

Mantis Owner’s Collection Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis celebrating the latest accolade received by Mantis Owner’s Collection at the World Travel Awards 2019 The Mantis Owner’s Collection has been crowned World’s Leading Villa Collection at the 26th annual World Travel ...

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Delheim Harvest Festival 2020

Group of people enjoying the harvest festival at delheim wine estate

Celebrate Mother Nature’s bounty on this popular family fun day Join Delheim Estate for the annual celebration of Mother Nature’s bounty at the celebrated Stellenbosch winery’s Harvest Festival on Saturday, 25 January. The occasion is a highlight of the Winelands ...

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MSC Launches 2019-2021 Durban Cruise Season

A Zulu warrior greeting the MSC Orchestra cruise liner in Durban

Durban, 18 November 2019 – MSC Cruises hosted the travel trade, dignitaries, and the media for an overnight stay onboard the MSC ORCHESTRA cruise liner on Saturday, 16 November. TourismTattler.com‘s publishing editor, Des Langkilde attended the event. The event followed ...

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Why Oceana Won Two Lilizela Awards

2019 Lilizela Awards: ‘Best 5 Star Boutique Hotel’ & a ‘Lap of Luxury Guest Experience’ Mantis is very proud to announce that Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve won two awards at the seventh annual Lilizela Tourism Awards which took place ...

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