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Tag Archives: Articles January 2017

Sale of Illegally Poached Abalone Must End

The South African Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has allegedly awarded an irregular contract worth R60 million to sell confiscated abalone. According to the Sunday Times, the contract was awarded to a company called Willjarro and has been suspended ...

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Potential SA Legislative Impacts on MICE

According to The MICE Academy, two pieces of legislation that are currently being debated or promulgated in South Africa could have far-reaching impacts on two prime supplier niches in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Staging & Production Moves ...

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#MeetingsAfrica17 to Focus on Sustainability

Sisa Ntshona, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South African Tourism, reinforced the importance of the business events industry to the continent’s economy during the launch of Meetings Africa 2017 held in Johannesburg on 18 January. Regarded as Africa’s premier business events ...

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Renaissance® Hotels Arrives In Lagos

LAGOS, NIGERIA – 24 January 2017: Renaissance Hotels, the brand known around the world for helping business travellers discover unexpected experiences, has announced the opening of its first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa — the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel. Located in ...

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Colours and Characters of the Karoo

South African Tourism hosted the travel trade in the Karoo region of South Africa and gave a variety of tourism facilities the opportunity to present what they had to offer to local operators who are responsible for packaging and selling ...

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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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Boom Times for Outside MICE Caterers

An estimated 30% increase in Gauteng year-end functions went to outside catering services in the final quarter of 2016.  According to Helen Brewer of The MICE Academy, corporate entities who decided to have a variety of gatherings with catering did so ...

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Tsitsikamma Cattle Baron Reopens

The Cattle Baron Seafood Grill & Bistro has re-opened its doors on the shores of the Storms River Mouth in the Eastern Cape’s popular tourism attraction of Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. The restaurant and adjacent Parks Shop was burnt ...

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New Vice President Sales for Lufthansa Group

Mrs. Heike Birlenbach has been appointed Vice President Sales EMEA Lufthansa Group Airlines effective as of 1 January 2017. Birlenbach previously held the position of Vice President Sales Europe. In her new position, Birlenbach will not only be responsible for all sales ...

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Southern Thailand Flood Situation Update

The flooding in Thailand’s southern region is currently affecting various areas of southern Thailand, due to heavy monsoon rains over the weekend. However, all land and air transportation are operating as usual. Phuket and Phang-nga in the Andaman coastal area and Hat Yai ...

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New Year Message from UNWTO

Dear friends, I write to you as I begin my final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position I have been privileged to hold for almost seven years at an Agency I have been proud to serve for the past decade. ...

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SAA Museum Society

If cultural, heritage or nostalgia tourism are niche sectors that your business focusses on, then the South African Airways Museum Society (SAAMS) is definitely worth including in itineraries. Here’s why. By Des Langkilde. Conveniently positioned on a tract of land ...

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Good Service Seeds Future Tourism Growth

These days, travellers do not vote only with their feet when dissatisfied with the quality of service they receive. They also vote with their fingers, sharing stories of their experience with friends and posting messages on social media. By Brett ...

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Unpacking Star Grading

What exactly does the term “star graded” mean and what is the significance of such a rating for hoteliers and their guests? By Richard Bray. In a nutshell, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has a set grading ...

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Hotel Study: Plans for Attracting Guests

Improving guest experience through technology spurs 74% of hotels and resorts to implement location-based technologies to tailor services. By Jeff Schmitz. Results of the recently released global Zebra Hospitality Vision Study – a body of research that analyses the hotel ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 25

The Role of Service Level Agreements By Adv Louis Nel. (For a summary on this series see end of article). Disputes: You Don’t Have To Go To Court! As suggested in my article on standard terms and conditions last month, ‘A further ...

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Promoting Domestic Tourism in South Africa

Through their support of Fikile Hlatshwayo’s book ‘Blacks Do Caravan’, South African Tourism aims to inspire families to travel. The book encourages South Africans to visit local destinations and to discover the therapeutic nature of camping along with the inherent ...

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Argentina Exempts VAT on Hotel Stays

VAT on hotel stays for non-resident tourists to Argentina can be refunded as from 02 January 2017. This levels the playing field for Argentina to compete against other South American countries who exempt VAT for inbound tourist hotel stays. “Last Friday the ...

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