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BON Hotels trailblazes into DRC

South African-based hotel management company, BON Hotels have extended their African presence with the addition of BON Hotel Karibu Kolwezi, situated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to their portfolio. The 55-roomed hotel, which is scheduled to open in ...

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Tips on Travelling from Africa to Geneva

Geneva Airport

All You Need to Know After Landing Travelling by plane can be quite a challenge – especially if you don’t know anything about the location you are going to land in. Moreover, after an almost 13 hour flight from Africa, ...

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Africa Trade Week Gears Up for 2019

Africa Trade Week 2019

Over 10,000 trade stakeholders are set to converge in Johannesburg in June next year for Africa Trade Week, the key platform for continental trade across the retail, hospitality, food & beverage and wholesale sectors. Africa Trade Week, hosted by dmg ...

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How African businesses can benefit from social media

Benefits of Social Media for Business

As the fastest growing continent from a technological development standpoint, African businesses can look forward to many successful decades to come. Africa as a whole is seeing rampant technological advancement. One of the biggest changes, though, has been how quickly ...

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Call for Proposals: African Tourism Innovation

UNWTO African Tourism Innovation

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD), is calling for proposals to enter the UNWTO/NEPAD Tourism Tech Adventure: Promoting African Tourism Innovation, an initiative dedicated to supporting the African startups that will lead ...

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Africa’s travel trends for 2019

Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism. Travel is an ever-shifting industry; how visitors adapt in their preferences is a challenge for any tourism and hospitality professional to identify and meet their requirements in order to stay relevant. These trends ...

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BON Hotels Plans for a Hotel School in Nigeria

Cape Town, South Africa, 25 October 2018 – In their efforts to make a positive contribution towards tourism development and the growth of the hotel industry at large, BON Hotels, West Africa’s fastest-growing hospitality company, has announced their plans to ...

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African Megacities To Lead Population Growth

Africas’ megacities will lead global population growth between 2017 to 2030, reflecting their potential for hospitality and tourism development as the last major continent to undergo urbanisation.  According to the global market research company, Euromonitor International‘s new report, “Megacities: Developing Country Domination,” ...

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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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Africa’s Travel Growth Exceeds Expectations

International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. By Enver Duminy. The UNWTO’s panel of experts described ...

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Renewable Energy Boost For Angola

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 13 September 2018 – The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank,  has approved a US$1 million grant to Independent Power Producers (IPP) in Angola to encourage private investment in renewable energy. The SEFA grant, ...

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A Beginner’s Guide To Planning A Trip Around Africa

Whether you’re on your gap year or simply want an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity, Africa is a fantastic continent to visit for a memorable adventure. Whether you opt for a solo backpacking adventure, or you want to schedule a ...

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Best Surfing Spots In Africa

When searching for an ideal surfing destination, the 26,000 km (16,100 miles) coastline of Africa has a lot to offer, whether you’re a novice surfer or a seasoned pro. Arguably the best surfing spots can be found along the desert dunes of Namibia, ...

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Vaping Guide For Africa

Are you travelling to Africa and looking to bring your e-cigarette with you? Whether you’re looking for a way to satisfy your nicotine craving while you’re abroad as an ex-smoker, or you simply don’t go anywhere without your vape, it ...

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Property Developers Should Seek Advice on Hotel Projects

Property developers should seek early professional advice when embarking on hotel projects. An African awakening in the hotel development arena might be an understatement as hotel projects, contracts and deals are concluded at a rapid pace in many well-disposed countries ...

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BON Hotels Links Nigerea Tourism Circuits

BON Hotels’ growth in Nigeria has been prodigious and continues to flourish with the more recent acquisitions of 11 additional hotels in the region bringing their portfolio in West Africa up to 25 hotels across 14 cities and in so ...

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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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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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BON Hotels launches revamped BON Hotel Abuja

BON Hotels launches revamped BON Hotel Abuja BON Hotels launched their revamped BON Hotel Abuja at an event attended by media guests and VIPs on 20 March 2018. The hotel, which services international and high profile clientele, has recently undergone ...

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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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BON Hotels Continues Phenomenal Growth in Nigeria

BON Hotels continues its dominance in the Nigerian hotel space with the recent acquisition of an additional four properties, bringing the total up to sixteen hotels under management agreements within only 18 months. This makes the Company the largest hotel ...

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5 Myths on Africa to Debunk before Travelling

When I tell my overseas colleagues that I focus on the African continent as a travel writer and blogger, almost all respond with some form of incredulous hyperbole or unfounded advice. And, I just can’t resist noting some of the ...

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Africa Records 18 Million International Arrivals

According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 percent in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted ...

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Economic Benefits of Hosting Events in Africa

An Independent report has revealed a seven-figure economic boost to destinations that have hosted the Africa Hotel Investment Forum over a six year period. By Martin Jansen van Vuuren. The significant economic benefits to host countries of the influential Africa Hotel ...

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New Executive Director Appointed at BON Hotels

The board of BON Hotels is delighted to welcome Paul Umoh, who has been appointed Executive Director of Operations at BON Hotels International West Africa, taking over from the late Pieter Bekker, who had mentored him over the past 13 ...

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Economic Development in Africa

Following the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2017, an in-depth report has been published on tourism for transformative and Inclusive growth in Africa. Here are a few of the startling findings ...

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BON Hotels sign 12th hotel in Nigeria

BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with ...

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Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament

Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament Tuesday, 18 July 2017 12h00 – 16h00 Fives Futbol, Century City Corporates line up for the 4th Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament, hosted by Adverb It’s time to boot ...

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The UNWTO Secretary-General Election Fiasco

When I wrote ’The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General’ on 11 April, I had high hopes on the Seychelles candidate Alain St.Ange winning the race. At the time, I could not have foreseen that this esteemed institution would become embroiled in ...

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Thrivability in Green Hotel Development

The lessons learned in sustainable development and marketing of ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ in Cape Town and ‘Zanzibar’s Greenest Resort’ in Tanzania is now being offered as a turnkey solution for hospitality investors worldwide through Verde Hotels. By Des Langkilde. Hotelier ...

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Rehabilitating Benin’s Pendjari National Park

The Presidency of the Republic of Benin and the conservation NGO African Parks announce the signing of a 10-year renewable partnership to revitalise, rehabilitate and develop Pendjari National Park, one of the largest remaining protected reserves in West and Central ...

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HVS Launches Executive Search Africa

HVS Consulting, the global hospitality consulting firm, is to open a branch of HVS Executive Search Africa. Based in Cape Town, HVS ES focuses on corporate positions, general managers and heads of department in the hotel industry across the continent. ...

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Elephant Killing: A Threat to Tanzania Tourism

  Elephant poaching in southern Tanzania wildlife conserved parks is under the spotlight by wildlife conservation groups worried over negative economic consequences. A recent report on elephant poaching had indicated that Tanzania has been losing big numbers of elephants in southern ...

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Africa Tightens Business Visa Requirements

Some African countries are getting stricter in terms of their visa requirements. They often require not only a letter of invitation and an itinerary, but also proof of company registration, bank-account statements, tax-clearance certificates and a minimum bank balance. By Raylene ...

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Marketing Platforms for Safari Businesses

With thousands of safari lodges located in national and private game reserves spread across Africa, inbound safari travel specialists are find it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of product and rate changes. Until now, that is! Mirada Travel Media has ...

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Hotels in Africa Expand Footprint

Cape Town – Africa is open for business where hotel development is concerned as despite some short-term challenges, hoteliers of all sizes are expanding their African footprint. That was the key message from Tim Smith, managing partner in South Africa ...

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Association Partnership to Boost Tourism to Africa

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Africa Travel Association (ATA), a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), is set to strengthen the tourism links between the continent of Africa and the ...

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Remembering Cecil the Lion on World Lion Day

Editors note: World Lion Day, celebrated on in August each year, is an independent campaign working to highlight the importance of the lion globally and to raise lion conservation awareness worldwide. The article below is very relevant to this cause, ...

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Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Beer

Darling Brew in South Africa has launched the first carbon neutral beer in Africa, Blood Serpent. With the reaffirmation at Cop 21 that the global temperature rise needs to be capped at 2 degrees from pre-industrialised levels, calls have been ...

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HVS Establishes Office in Cape Town

The global hospitality consulting and services group, HVS, has set up shop in Cape Town as a springboard into Africa. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Africa’s travel and tourism industry has a projected growth of 4.9% and accounts ...

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Cover Story – July 2016

The July edition front cover features a pair of cheetah at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the cheetah has suffered a ...

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Terrorism Challenges in Africa

The hotel industry goes hand in hand with excellent security, as it is an integral part of  the hotel’s success. In modern day, hotels invest heavily in security measures, given that lack of it can render both guests and staff ...

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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 ...

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Hotel Chain Growth in Africa

The number of planned hotel chain rooms in Africa has soared to 64,000 in 365 hotels, up almost 30% on the previous year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey. The increase ...

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Media Accreditation for Associations

Traditional payment for advertising and content marketing costs are a major drain to non-profit organisation budgets, so Tourism Tattler has developed a barter deal based on the concept of “what we can give you in return” rather than “how much ...

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Amazing Festivals in Africa 2016

Here’s Tourism Tattler’s selection of amazing music and cultural festivals taking place in Africa during 2016 and should be in every cultural tourism itinerary for unique experiences. BOTSWANA Dithubaruba Cultural Festival 03 September 2016 Hosted by Molepolole’s Kgari Sechele Museum, ...

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Hotel Trends For 2016

In this latest infographic, Africa and the Middle East are shown to be the most expensive regions for hotel rates with a $165.97 dollar daily room rate on average, writes Michelle Mangan. Did you know that the revenue for the ...

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Cover Story January 2016

Our January 2016 cover shows an image of the universe – an appropriate metaphor for the 2015 Luxury Hotel Awards winners – each of whom have attained stardom in their respective fields of recognition (see our Accolades story on pages ...

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Cover Story September 2015

With September being Tourism Month in South Africa (and World Tourism Day on 27 September) it is appropriate that our cover sponsor, Fancourt is featured in this edition. Commemorating its 21st birthday this year (1994-2015), Fancourt has definitely come of ...

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Viability of Golf Estates in Africa

Golf Tourism generates R29.2 billion and creates 50 000 jobs in South Africa. The overall worth across Africa is estimated to be R58.4 billion, writes Jacques Maritz. “There are 54 million golfers worldwide of which 25% will definitely take golf ...

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Branding Africa

Recently the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Regional Conference on Enhancing Brand Africa and Fostering Tourism Development was hosted in Accra, Ghana to discuss branding Africa. Velma Corcoran reports on the outcome. I joined delegates from across the continent, ...

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Cover Story – July

Our cover for July is dedicated to the National Arts Festival – a major tourist attraction, and an important event on the South African cultural calendar. It is also the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. ...

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Cover Story – June

The June edition of Tourism Tattler focuses on the $298 billion wedding industry, with an analysis of statistics, trends and budgets for the USA and South Africa, and a look at the Millennial generation – is the wedding industry ready ...

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Ethiopia: Top Five Destination in Africa Goal

27 May 2015: The Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) has said it is making strong efforts to promote Ethiopia to the rest of the world towards realizing the vision of becoming among the top five tourist destinations in Africa by 2025. ...

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Call for China to Support Africa Conservation

Following Tourism Tattler’s article ‘Taking Responsible Tourism to China’ in the April edition, Dorria Watt follows up with the outcome on Deborah Calmeyer’s presentation to guests at the prestigious ‘Her Village International Forum’ in Beijing, China. So strong was the ...

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Cover Story – April 2015

Our April cover depicts the restored Slave Bell at Spier Wine Farm, which was built by Van der Byl in 1825. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. ...

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The Business of Conservation

This article is extracted from a lecture presented by Paul Tudor Jones II, at the University of Glasgow’s Bute Hall in November 2014. In his lecture titled ‘The Business of Conservation’ Mr Jones addressed the role of philanthropy as a ...

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Responsible Tourism Awards In Africa

The WTM Portfolio is to host a responsible awards ceremony at its WTM Africa event following the long-running success of The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM. The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM have been held on the Wednesday ...

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Cover Story – March 2015

Operating a successful tourism enterprise is like fitting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together without a reference – you only get to see part of the bigger picture as each of the pieces fall into place. As an analogy, ...

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Cover Story – November 2014

This edition of Tourism Tattler is dedicated to the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA). The TGCSA was established in the year 2000, and operates as a business unit of South African Tourism. Over the past 14 years, the ...

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World Heritage Sites List for Africa

The importance of World Heritage sites in Africa cannot be underestimated. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. A UNESCO World Heritage listing ensures that the natural ...

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Cover Story – August 2014

The August issue of Tourism Tattler represents the 50th edition that I’ve published since taking over the media title back in 2007 (in fact, the founding of Tourism Tattler as a B2B travel trade media title by SATSA goes back ...

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Safari Awards Voting Opens

As a Media Partner, Tourism Tattler supports the The Safari Awards, which principally honour safari properties globally, but also shine the spotlight on conservation organisations, rural charities and conservation individuals. The Safari Awards know that every safari is unique and ...

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Cover Story – June

Our front cover for this edition features the luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort (read our Property Review on pages 22 – 25). Hoteliers since 1897, Kempinski has travelled the world in search of the most fascinating destinations without forgetting the finest ...

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Africa’s Vanishing Cultures

Renowned photographers and chroniclers of Africa’s vanishing cultures, Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have announced seven exciting fieldwork trips for 2014. Each expedition will take them into the heart of Africa’s most remote regions, often at the invitation of local ...

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January Cover Story

As we enter the dawn of a new year, the Tourism Tattler January 2014 magazine looks at the trends that we could expect to shape travel and tourism during 2014 (see pages 10 -13). We also look at some amazing ...

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Poaching: Latest News in Africa

Is it all bad news in the war, poachers vs wildlife? Oxpeckers reports on the latest developments. Click on a link to read more. 3 Rhinos killed at iSimangaliso Wetland Park 4 Suspected poachers 1 Suspect poacher killed, 2 wounded, ...

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Africa needs mid-market and budget hotel brands

Massive opportunity for developers and operators. Grant Thornton believes there is a gap for mid-range hotel chains on the African continent. Gillian Saunders, the company’s global leader Hospitality and Tourism has said that hotel developers and operators are missing a ...

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