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Tag Archives: Articles February 2019

Hotel Hailed For Transformation Success

Hotel staff celebrate outside BON Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein, 28 February 2019 – BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central has recently been hailed by the industry as an example of successful transformation. The company has been praised not only for their Level 2 B-BBEE status, but moreover for the manner and ...

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Sleepy West Coast? Think Again!

Protea and fynbos with sea in background

South Africa’s West Coast has long had a reputation as a winding stretch of land linking quaint fishing villages and rolling hills of… well, not much at all. Recently, however, the region has experienced a remarkable renaissance that’s attracting visitors ...

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Four Common Hospitality Customer Service Mistakes

Profile image of Wynand Smit

The hospitality industry is a complex one; it comes with high expectations for service excellence, whether that’s from valuable conferences hosting hundreds to the intrepid single traveller looking forward to a relaxing break. By Wynand Smit. The service you offer ...

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Cape Town Calls For Nowhere Better Campaign Support

Cape Town Nowhere Better campaign

The Nowhere Better Campaign was launched in October 2018, as a collaboration between the tourism industry and government. This was in reaction to the barrage of negative messaging received throughout 2018, which had a negative impact on Cape Town’s destination ...

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Richards Bay Waterfront Hotel Upgraded

Restaurant at BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay

Richards Bay, 27 February 2019 – The BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay has undergone a soft refurbishment. The reception, bar, smoking lounge, restaurant, pool deck and façade at BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay have a new look – a colourful retro-vibe muted by ...

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Proposal To Lift Hunting Ban In Botswana

Gabarone, Botswana, 22 February 2019 – Yesterday, a white paper was submitted to the government, which, if passed, could effectively lift the ban on hunting wildlife in all areas of Botswana that has been in effect since January 2014. The ...

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Manchester United and Marriott Announce Partnership

Manchester United football team on field

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 21 February 2019 – Marriott International and Manchester United today announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel programme exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences – including ...

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TGCSA Kicks Off 2019 Road Shows

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa logo

Johannesburg, 19 February 2019 – The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) team kicked off their countrywide provincial roadshows in Cape Town today. The aim of the roadshows is to outline the new grading criteria to all establishment owners and ...

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New Features Boost The Hotel Show Africa

Lynn Chamier

The Hotel Show Africa will showcase new immersive features, bringing it closer to the industry it serves, when it opens at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 23 to 25 June 2019.

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Call For Entries: 2019 Eco-Logic Awards

Eco-logic Awards trophies

Entries for the 8th annual Eco-Logic Awards are now open. Presented by The Enviropaedia, South Africa’s online environmental encyclopaedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership, the awards event will be held on 5 June 2019, which is World ...

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New Appointments at BON Hotels

BON Hotels employees Thobile Shange and Shaun Boyd

Cape Town, 19 February 2019 – Thobile Shange and Shaun Boyd have been appointed to new potions at BON Hotels.    Thobile has been appointed Sales Executive for BON Hotels based in KZN to oversee market growth, market penetration and development ...

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Cheetah Swap To Boost Metapopulation

Cheetah close up at Samara Private Game Reserve

The recent swap of male cheetah between Samara Private Game Reserve and Welgevonden Game Reserve will have significant implications for South Africa’s cheetah metapopulation. The swap saw Samara’s Shadow (a male cheetah) transported to a new home at Rogge Cloof. ...

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Atta Partners With Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways aircraft in flight

London, 19 February 2019 – The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) has announced a new partnership with Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways will be Atta’s Airline Sponsor until February 2021. Commenting on the new partnership Chris Mears, CEO of Atta ...

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Another Blow To Ailing SAA

SAA aircraft in flight

Johannesburg, 17 February 2019 – Adding to the cash crisis at South Africa’s national carrier, a court settlement agreed to between South African Airways and Comair will see SAA paying Comair R 1,1 billion in damages plus legal costs. What ...

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Hotel Group Sets New Strategy For South Africa

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton

Johannesburg, 17 February 2019 – Radisson Hotel Group has announced its new commercial strategy for South Africa. The Group currently operates 11 hotels and 2,200+ rooms across the country and is also one of the fastest growing hotel brands in ...

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Things You Should Know Before Visiting A Foreign Country

tourist planning a trip on a map spread across table

When travelling abroad, there are a lot of things that you need to know and prepare for. This is because, while travelling time is meant for enjoyment and exploration, you risk losing it all if you don’t prepare well. So ...

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A Quick Guide to Boating in Florida

Boats on a lake in Florida

With over 30,000 lakes covering more than 3 million acres of land, the state of Florida, USA, is a popular tourist attraction for boating enthusiasts. While you don’t need a ‘boating license’ to operate a motorboat in the state of ...

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Dubai Airline Links Cambodia and Thailand

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in flight

Airline route to meet growing passenger demand and facilitate seamless travel between capital cities of Cambodia and Thailand; tourism from Southeast Asian countries vital to Cambodia’s economyDaily service between Bangkok and Phnom Penh to offer enhanced connectivity to Emirates’ global ...

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European Union Condemns Zimbabwe – Again

Cape Town, South Africa, 14 February 2019 – The European Union yesterday renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe after condemning the chaotic situation of human right abuses in that country. Here is what the joint resolution by the European Parliament actually says, ...

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Pros and Cons of Booking UK Serviced Apartments

apartments on a cobbled street in the UK

When it comes to accommodation in the United Kingdom (UK), it’s always better to consider available options before booking. Serviced apartments are becoming an increasingly popular option for travellers as they provide more comfort and freedom, without the price tag ...

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2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba Date Brought Forward

Front entrance to Africa's Travel Indaba

DURBAN, South Africa, 13 February 2019 – Following the announcement on 07 February that the 2019 edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba had been postponed, a task team has confirmed that the dates have been brought forward to take place from ...

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Urbanologi: A New Take on Eco-friendly Food

Chef Jack Coetzee

Restaurant home-sources fresher, tastier ingredients around Joburg Urbanologi, a gastronomic hub inside Jozi’s award-winning Mad Giant brewery, has taken a bold new stride in its journey to ecosystem sustainability and upended its strategy for sourcing ingredients. Project 150 is Urbanologi’s ...

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Winery Celebrates Muscat Vintage

Cape Town, 12 February 2019 – Stellenbosch Hills winery has marked an auspicious year with the release of its latest vintage Muscat de Hambourg. It was 30 years ago that the celebrated winery first produced the wine, South Africa’s only ...

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Hotel Group Announces Waterfront Acquisition

Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2019  – African hotel group ONOMO Hotels have announced the addition of their second Cape Town property, Signature Lux Waterfront by ONOMO, into their portfolio. The recently-launched hotel brings a new competitor to the ...

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ORTIA Unveils Multi-Billion Airport Precinct Plan

ORTIA Precinct Plan Building

JOHANNESBURG, 12 February 2019 – O.R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) today unveiled the first phase of an R4.5 billion mixed-use development plan that will see its Western Precinct acquire new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-related ...

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Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

Emirates SkyCargo aircraft loading at night

Dubai, UAE, 12 February 2019 – Every year, millions of roses are gifted worldwide on Valentine’s Day resulting in a spike in demand for flowers in early February. To meet this requirement, major flower producing nations around the world including ...

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Beginners Guide to Starting a Tourism Business

Businessman on beach

Writing for WikiHow, Claire Fess provides eight steps on how to start a tourism business. Definition: Tourists are people who travel outside of their home-base environments in order to spend time visiting a different environment in either a business or ...

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South Africa to Chair African Union in 2020

South Africa flag with African Union logo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 11 February 2019 – Following the 32nd African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit which kicked off yesterday, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as the 1st Vice Chairperson of the African Union ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Travel Awards

Sunday Times Reader's Choice Travel Awards logo

Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 February 2019 –  The Sunday Times is calling on local travel and tourism product owners to enter its 2019 Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. Individuals, businesses and companies nominate themselves for the awards programme by completing the relevant ...

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Airline Celebrates 10-Year Partnership

Long service hand over between Emirates SkyCargo and supplier

Dubai, UAE, 11 February 2019 – Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, and DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont), a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division and the manufacturer of DuPont™ Tyvek® brand thermal cargo covers, marked the 10th ...

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Wesgro Welcomes #Sona2019 eVisa Announcement

Tourist using laptop with South Africa Tourism and eVisa logos on screen

Cape Town, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Wesgro has welcomed President Ramaphosa’s announcement regarding the implementation of an eVisa regime in 2019 at the State of the Nation Address last night. With the goal of reaching 21 million tourists by ...

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Opposition Party Responds to #Sona2019

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and DA Leader Mmusi Maimane against backdrop of SONA 2019

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Following yesterday’s State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), issued several thought-provoking, and highly relevant, press releases today. Time is ...

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#SONA2019: The Cost Of SAA Bailouts To Taxpayers

South African Airways aircraft tail against storm clouds

Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated topics of last night’s State of the Nation (SONA) address by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was the ongoing dilemma of what to do with flagging State-Owned Enterprises. Eskom, the SABC and ...

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Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 Postponed

Front entrance to Africa's Travel Indaba

DURBAN, South Africa, 07 February 2019 – Following this evening’s State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who confirmed that 08 May 2019 will be the date for the national elections, South African Tourism will reschedule this year’s ...

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Uganda Accused of Promoting Sex Tourism

Women carrying baskets of banana in Uganda

NAIROBI, 07 February 2019 (via Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda must cancel a beauty contest that seeks to attract more visitors by showcasing “curvy women” because it objectifies women and promotes sex tourism, campaigners said on Thursday. By Nita Bhalla. ...

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Zambezi Queen Collection Refurb Update

Floating along the mighty Chobe River between the borders of Botswana and Namibia, the Zambezi Queen Collection comprises four houseboats, including the luxurious Zambezi Queen and her three Chobe Princesses, as well as the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge. ...

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Exclusive Art Tours in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

art exhiition at No 5 by Mantis in Port Elizabeth

On Tuesday, 5th February, Mantis launched Exclusive Art Tours at No.5 by Mantis. Attended by the media and prominent figures in tourism, the art tour launch featured a presentation by local artist, Duncan Stewart who is the only artist featured ...

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Fair Trade Tourism MD Resigns

Jane Edge speaking at a Fair Trade Tourism presentation

The Fair Trade Tourism Board of Directors today announced that their Managing Director Jane Edge will be leaving Fair Trade Tourism with effect from end February 2019. Jane Edge After four years on the Board of FTT, much of it ...

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Airline Introduces Entertainment Syncing Ahead Of Travel

Airline passengers can browse over 4 000 channels of entertainment on the Emirates app, create personalized playlists and sync selection to seat, once on board. JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 06 February 2019 – Emirates has introduced an innovative new function on ...

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Setting New Event Venue Standards

The Cupola Penthouse Suite at the Michelangelo Towers

Creating the perfect space for an event is a thing of legend. Every event organiser looks for that ultimate venue that will not only form the backdrop of a jaw-dropping experience, but that will also leave a lasting impression on ...

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Plett Cancels 2019 Wine & Bubbly Festival

Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, 05 February 2019 – Plett Tourism and the Plett Winelands have cancelled the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, which was to be convened from 23 & 24 March 2019. The festival has been postponed to March ...

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African Pride Mount Grace Appoints New GM

Anthony Da Silva GM at African Pride Mount Grace

Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 05 February 2019 – Autograph Collection by Marriott International today announced the appointment of Anthony Da Silva as General Manager of the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection. In his role as ...

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South Africa – A bucket list destination for plant lovers

Cape Town was recently named the world’s 5th most instagrammable destination in the world by international travel media group Big 7 and has for the last four years been named as one of the most beautiful cities on the globe. ...

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AccorHotels and Mantis Invest in Future of Tourism in Africa

AccorHotels and Mantis have announced that Bulelwa Maxam and Tumelo Daniels are the recipients of the Accor/Mantis bursary to study towards a B.Com Hospitality Management at Stenden South Africa in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape. Stenden South Africa offers Bachelor of ...

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