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Travel Trade Flocks to Hotel Show Africa

Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to capitalise on the booming hotel and tourism sector with buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world attending the event. Leading hospitality suppliers from around the world will ...

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Africa Wins at 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Africa has dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners, with Botswana and Kenya taking top honours in two of the five categories. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from ...

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Emirates Goes Real Madrid Via Dubai

Four daily A380 services in each direction between Dubai and Barcelona/Madrid Total daily seat capacity between Dubai and Spain of 2,044 seats in each direction Strong ties between Dubai and Spain through Real Madrid sponsorship and SkyCargo operation DUBAI, U.A.E., ...

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SAA Strike Causes Flight Delays over Peanuts

Wednesday 26 April 2017 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has confirmed that several South African Airways (SAA) flights operating from its network of airports across the country have either been cancelled or delayed indefinitely. Header image credit: Jan Bornman, HeraldLive. “We are ...

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Growth in Medical Tourism to South Africa

South Africa has been making medical advances, with statistics showing that in 2012, between 300,000 and 350,000 tourists from all around Africa travelled to South Africa for medical treatment. In addition to shorter travel times than India, South Africa advertises ...

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Drakensberg Sun Renovates Lakeview Restaurant

As part of an overall R3,7 million renovation project to the Drakensberg Sun Resort in KwaZulu-Natal, the Lakeview Restaurant is undergoing an extensive renovation, promising to ultimately provide a fresh contemporary feel, complemented by new and exciting offerings and extra ...

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ORTIA Suspends 35 Staff Over Illegal Commissions

Kempton Park, 22 April 2017 – O. R. Tambo International Airport today announced that 35 of 56 information desk staff employed by the airport have been suspended pending disciplinary procedures. The 35 employees have been suspended following an investigation over several weeks into allegations of illegal commissions ...

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Blood Lions & Coffee Shack Win ARTA17

Cape Town, 20 April 2017 – A hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 , sponsored ...

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TBCSA Plans for Trade Show Season

Pretoria, South Africa – The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is gearing itself to participate in the upcoming WTM Africa which takes place from 19 to 21 April, as well as the Tourism Indaba scheduled to take place from 16 ...

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Hilton Eyes North African Expansion

Morocco, April 18, 2017 – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signalled its intention to ramp up its expansion in North Africa with the establishment of a dedicated development office in Casablanca. Header image: Feras Hasbini posing in front of the Hilton Garden Inn ...

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#EarthDay2017 Action Toolkits

For this year’s Earth Day (Saturday 22nd April), the Earth Day Network has launched several toolkits to help environmentally-minded citizens, governments, businesses and educational institutions create tangible change by organising and coordinating Earth Day events on a local level. For ...

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New Marketing GM at fastjet

Johannesburg, South Africa – fastjet has appointed Hein Kaiser as General Manager of Marketing and Communications to oversee all the low-cost airline’s African markets. Kaiser is based in Johannesburg and will focus on the airline’s overall marketing and communication strategy and ...

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Delheim goes Cape Malay in May

Re-connect with the alluring history of the Cape this winter by joining Delheim, the renowned Stellenbosch wine estate, for its special Cape Malay lunches in May. Known for its spice and warmth, the Cape Malay dishes will be the perfect ...

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KZN Expects Bumper Easter Season

Over half a million domestic holidaymakers are expected to make their way to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for the Easter season bringing over R600 million to the local economy. The Easter season which, will span over a two- week period, is expected ...

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The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the names of seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top tourism industry post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this year. ...

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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout ...

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Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons

Launching Africa’s sustainable tourism gems this month with a selection of eco-friendly hotels and lodges, Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award winning eco-travel choice website. Where an eco-friendly property is featured in Tourism Tattler, we’ve shown ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Grootbos Forest Lodge

Nestled in ancient Milkweed forests on the slope of a 2500 hectare botanical treasure trove between mountain and sea, Forest Lodge is strategically placed to provide guests with privacy and uninterrupted panoramic views over Walker Bay to De Kelders and ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Amakhala Safari Lodge

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout the prestigious Safari Lodge on the northern boundary of Amakhala Game Reserve. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Tswalu Kalahari

As South Africa’s largest private game reserve Tswalu exists primarily as a conservation project started 20 years ago, which seeks to restore denuded farmlands in the Northern Cape’s Kalahari savannah eco-system. Today Tswalu covers an area of over 1,000 sqm ...

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The Biggest Challenge Facing DMO’s Today

Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) have a unique historical opportunity to help lead the shift from an old and obsolete way of doing tourism to one that is regenerative rather than extractive. By Anna Pollock. After interviewing dozens of destination marketing leaders, ...

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SA Tourism Stats: Jan-Feb 2017

Data from the latest South African tourism stats indicates the slowdown in domestic tourism with either low growth or a decline in passengers arriving on Domestic Flights.  The decline is supported by the stagnation of occupancies of hotels. Recent political ...

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Benguela Current Health Check

A sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system, it needs regular health check-ups, and significant progress in ...

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The Worst Hotel in the World

Last month I wrote about the BEST hotel I’ve ever stayed at, which came down to ‘how did the hotel make me feel?’ and led to the importance of hotel entertainment. This got me thinking of the contrary. What is ...

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Tourism Education: Online Staff Training

Using online learning tools removes boardroom barriers and allows staff to learn at their own pace. So why aren’t more companies – and individuals – taking their training into the digital space? By Nawal du Toit. Corporate training, as many people ...

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#ARTA17 Finalists Announced

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA17) – sponsored by Wesgro and ...

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Seychelles-Kenya Talks to Boost Aviation and Tourism

Thu, 06 April 2017 – Seychelles and Kenya have made great strides in further consolidating bilateral relations during President Danny Faure’s State Visit to Kenya. Some of the key agreements made by the two Heads of State have already transpired into concrete actions following bilateral talks on Monday. ...

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#INDABA2017 40-Day Countdown

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 – As the 40-day countdown to #INDABA2017 begins, South African Tourism is putting the final touches on an event that will foster closer collaboration and more targeted business interactions than ever before. This is sure to result ...

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Easter Bunny Para Flights for Charity

Look to the skies in Cape Town on Easter Sunday (April 16th) to spot Para-Taxi’s Easter pilot flying through the air.  Not only will Para-Taxi Tandem Paragliding‘s Easter passengers enjoy a flight with the Easter Bunny, but 50% of the booking ...

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Final Falke Full Moon Hike

The Falke Full Moon Hiking season wraps up with a spectacular autumn holiday hike at Delvera Farm outside Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 11 April.  Whether with a group of friends, family or that special person, hiking up Klapumutskop at sunset promises ...

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Drakenstein Shines at Tourism Awards

Members of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association(Paarl & Wellington) walked away with several accolades during the recently held Cape Winelands District Municipality Tourism Awards hosted in Wellington.  This was the fifth edition of the awards, which recognise exceptional performance within ...

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IGLTA Issues Statement on UNWTO SG

John Tanzella, the President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (ILGTA), has issued a statement to remind the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) member countries of the importance of this niche tourism sector ahead of the upcoming UNWTO Secretary-General ...

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TBCSA Responds to Cabinet Reshuffle

Pretoria, South Africa: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) says the appointment of new Cabinet Ministers in the Tourism, Transport, Home Affairs and Finance portfolios, in particular, present mixed fortunes for the travel and tourism industry.  Responding to ...

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Air Seychelles Starts Flights to Durban

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Seychelles to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport on Thursday 30 March. Air Seychelles will be flying a twice-weekly non-stop service on Thursdays and Saturdays, connecting Durban and the Seychelles’ capital ...

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Africa’s Last Defender up for Auction

On 13 April 2017, one lucky individual will officially own a piece of African history: Kingsley Holgate’s last Land Rover Defender. The storied Defender, nicknamed Ndhlovokazi (the great she-elephant), is going to be auctioned – and all proceeds will go ...

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Magical Realism in Macondo

Fancy a magic carpet ride and flirting with mermaids while staying in a diamond-shaped ice-house in the tropical heat of Macondo, Colombia? If your answer is yes, then TravelBird.com’s deal for 01 April is just the ticket! According to TravelBird, you ...

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New Frog Species Discovered in South Africa

Cape Town, 01 April 2017: A new frog species discovered in the Western Cape province of South Africa, so closely resembles a strawberry that it has been named the Strawberry Frog or scientifically as Phyllobates Fragaria Lirpa. By Tourism Tattler editor, Des ...

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