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Tag Archives: Articles March 2019

Strange but True facts on just about Everything

Tattler's Believe It Or Not

From Ants to Zebras, this A-Z list of strange but true facts on just about anything and everything is an ongoing project that you are welcome to contribute towards. STRANGE BUT TRUE ALCOHOL FACTS Absinthe is another name for the ...

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An Insight Into Fashion Tourism

Fashion tourists

On this website, we’ve blogged about niche tourism groups but have not posted about the growing trend of fashion tourism. Until now, that is. By definition, fashion tourism is a niche market segment evolved out of three major sectors: Creative ...

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Earth Hour For Hotels

Earth Hour branding

This year, Earth Hour falls on Saturday 30 March and the initiators of the #Connect2Earth global campaign – WWF has partnered with United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to create connect2earth.org. Hotels are urged to participate in the #Connect2Earth ...

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Radisson RED Launches Chilli Bang Bang

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront recently launched Chilli Bang Bang; an urban massage area where you can indulge in a quick mid-afternoon rubdown between meetings and deadlines. Michelle Perch enjoying a refreshing G&T with staff at Radisson REDs’ Chilli Bang ...

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Thula Thula Wins Prestigious Award

Francoise Malby-Anthony with staff of Thula Thula Game Reserve

Thula Thula Private Game Reserves’ Francoise Malby-Anthony has been awarded the prestigious “French Abroad Award” for her dedication to conservation and her relentless efforts in the running of Thula Thula as well as the reserves’ conservation and expansion projects. The Prix ...

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Emirates Increases Flights to Durban

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 March 2019 – Emirates today announced a seasonal increase to its existing daily service to Durban, with four additional flights a week, effective from 14 June to 04 August 2019. This is in response to growing ...

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Airline Announces Triple Deal Offer To Dubai For South African Travellers

Dubai Harbour

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 27t March 2019 – Emirates, the award-winning airline is giving travellers in South Africa the opportunity to fly better to Dubai with a special offer for First, Business and Economy Class passengers. The offer includes a special return ...

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Bistronomy is the New Gastronomy

Teriyaki salmon poke bowl

When the Parisian restaurant scene first coined the term ‘bistronomy’, it was in response to the question: “How does one combine the casual atmosphere of a bistro with an expert gastronomic experience?” 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection in Cape ...

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BON Hotels acquires 4-star boutique hotel, Die Kliphuis in Standerton

Standerton, 27 March 2019 – On Wednesday, 25 March 2019, BON Hotels announced the acquisition of Die Kliphuis, a boutique hotel located in Standerton, to augment the group’s fast-growing portfolio. This elegant, sandstone homestead, steeped in history, has over the past ...

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The All New Sprinter Spirit For You

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Tour Van

Johannesburg, 26 March 2019 – Living up to its claim “100% For You”, the all-new third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been taken to the next level with a €2.5 billion worldwide investment in development, production network, sales and after-sales support. By ...

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How Travel with Children Strengthens Relationships

Family at airport against setting sun

Nothing feels better than finally getting the chance to go on that vacation you’ve been looking forward to, perhaps all year long. For a myriad of reasons, vacations tend to be more fun in the company of friends, family, and ...

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BON Hotels Introduce Village Tours

Sangoma Village Tour Shishangeni

Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, 26 March 2019 – The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Village Tours to their list of things to do – a highlight for international (and domestic) ...

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Durbanville Refurbishment

Protea Hotel by Marriott Durbanville exterior and pool

Cape Town, 26 March 2019 – A modern, fresh refurbishment has taken place at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Durbanville, Cape Town, to create an appealing atmosphere for guests. The reception area, lounge and breakfast buffet areas have all had ...

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Spot the Ed! A new form of tourism

Musician Ed Sheeran

Cape Town, 26 March 2019 – Musician Ed Sheeran is coming to the Mother City. Perhaps a new form of tourism is developing in a game we could call “Spot the Ed”. A game involving guessing where he’ll turn up ...

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The Right to Explore the Cape

Avukile Mabombo at a coffee shop

In a former age in South Africa, locals were boxed in, unable to explore their own country, limited to pockets of land within cities and rural areas. This, quite rightly, has changed, opening the curtain on a wealth of activities ...

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Family Fun in Paarl and Wellington

Children with an Alpaca

The stunningly beautiful Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington have become renowned as the ultimate holiday destination for families. Whether you’re planning a quick day visit, weekend stay or extended holiday breakaway, multi-generational groups are accommodated with varied activities and ...

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How is Africa faring when it comes to adopting new hotel technology?

Robot hand with concierge bell

Cape Town, 25 March 2019– Hotel technology is developing in leaps and bounds across the globe with the African continent in particular gaining traction as a major force in the hospitality industry. The region’s potential continues to grow as several countries ...

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Wine and Dine with Cape Town Icons

Durbanville Hills Winery Restaurant

Take a leisurely 20-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre towards the northern suburbs of Tygerberg and you’ll find Durbanville Hills Winery – the perfect location to experience the Mother City’s iconic attractions, namely wine, food, and panoramic views. Unlike ...

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Event Planning Without the Smoke & Mirrors

Bubble with MICE Academy Logo

Corporate, association and public sector organisations who are the decision-makers for undertaking myriad differing types of events are getting street-smart when it comes to independent event planners – sometimes known as PCOs. By Helen Brewer. The days are rapidly drawing ...

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Arsenal en route to Dubai for friendly match with Al Nasr Sports Club

Arsenal soccer team posing in front of an Emirates aircraft

Gunners travel on new Arsenal branded Emirates A380 for mid-season training camp DUBAI, UAE, 22 March 2019: Arsenal Football Club today boarded a newly branded Emirates A380 with a livery featuring a montage of Arsenal first team players. The club is ...

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Mobile Economy Boom for Africa

Mobile phone with key

Africa is positioned to be the next big mobile market, enviously eyed by global investors for her enormous growth opportunities. 2019 is undeniably the year for the travel and tourism industry to invest in mobile applications and leverage this monetary ...

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ATI Launches Green Stand Awards

Green vertical wall

For the first time, Africa’s Travel Indaba (ATI) will introduce the Green Stand Awards to recognise exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Taking place between 2-4 May 2019, ...

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Brazil Tourist Visa Update

Passports with stamp

From 17 June 2019, American, Australian, Canadian and Japanese citizens who wish to disembark in Brazil, for tourism or business, will be exempt from visas. The end of the requirement is part of a decree published by the Brazilian government ...

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Minor Hotels Appoints Three New GMs

General Managers at Minor Hotels - Coetzer Deysel, Laurie Burr and Lotfi Mosbahi

Bangkok, 19 March 2019 – Minor Hotels has announced three new General Manager appointments across its Anantara and Avani brands in the Indian Ocean and both North and Southern Africa. 2019 will see the opening of a number of new Anantara ...

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The Funny Side of Life at 60

People laughing

Cape Town, South Africa, 18 March 2019.  Where did the years go? Today’s my birthday – the big six-oh. Like most fossils approaching the geriatric phase of life, it’s time to reflect on the funny side of surviving 60-years. By ...

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African Tourism Board to Launch in Cape Town

African Tourism Board logo against world globe in space background

Cape Town, South Africa, 18 March 2019 – The African Tourism Board (ATB) is planning an impressive launch event to coincide with World Travel Market (WTM) on 11 April 2019. The event, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, will see ...

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Airline To Launch Second Daily Flight To London Stansted

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

DUBAI, U.A.E., 13 March 2019 –  Emirates has announced the launch of a second daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) starting 01 July 2019. The additional flight means that Emirates customers will now have 11 daily flight options ...

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Cape Town Selected for Study on Global Destinations

Cape Town, South Africa, was selected as one of 15 top global destinations to be chosen as ideal subjects for a case study by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), demonstrating the ...

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Airline Offers WhatsApp Boarding Passes

Hand holding phone with WhatsApp icons

Johannesburg, 14 March 2019 – FlySafair has announced that its passengers will now have the option to send their boarding passes straight to their phones via WhatsApp, once they’ve completed the check-in process. This will be especially beneficial to passengers ...

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Cheetah Release For Metapopulation Legacy

Cheetah at Kuzuko Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 14 March 2019 – The release of a captive-born female cheetah named Jasmin onto Kuzuko Lodge, part of the Legacy Hotels & Resorts Group, at the end of August 2018, has given birth to a pioneering ...

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Chef Garth Shnier Joins Legacy

Chef Garth Shnier at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in Namibia

Internationally qualified chef,  Garth Shnier has joined Legacy Hotels and Resorts at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in Namibia. For more than 30 years, Chef Garth Shnier has been the maestro behind many fantastic dishes experienced in some of ...

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Cheetah Sanctuary Attains Fair Trade Accreditation

Cheetah eye with Ashia and FTT logos

Ashia, a world-class cheetah sanctuary outside Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape, has this month been awarded Fair Trade Tourism’s ‘mark of best practice’. Over the past few months, Ashia underwent an intensive accreditation process of working alongside the Fair ...

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New Innovation For THINC Africa 2019

Tim Smith THINC Africa

The 4th THINC Africa conference to be held on 15 November 2019 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town promises some exciting innovation. This year THINC Africa will consist of two simultaneous conferences, both held over one packed day.  The ...

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New Era For Elgin Grabouw Tourism

Elgin, Western Cape, South Africa, 13 March 2019 – Following the closure of the Elgin Valley Tourism Board on 30 June 2018, Wines of Elgin has recognised the vital role that tourism plays for the Valley , which has led ...

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Kenya Tourism Exceeds Global Growth

Kenya fag over Nairobi National Park

Travel & Tourism in Kenya grew faster than the global average of 3.9% and the Sub-Saharan Africa average of 3.3%, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council. In 2018, Travel & Tourism in Kenya grew 5.6% ...

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African Tourism Sector Booming

Africa Globe in space with aircraft

Travel & Tourism in Africa is booming, growing 5.6% in 2018 compared to the global average of 3.9% and the broader African economy rate of 3.2%. This places Africa as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific. Such growth ...

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60 Things to do in Dubai

Tourists on a fun ride in Dubai

With exciting theme parks, kid-friendly activities and shopping and dining options, Dubai is the ultimate year-round destination for a memorable family holiday. Here’s a list (with links) of 60 outdoor/indoor attractions and activities to inspire your next Dubai holiday itinerary. ...

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Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crashes En Route to Nairobi

Ethiopian Airlines plane over clouds

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 March 2019 – Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).  All 149 passengers and 8 ...

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Student Performers Shine at Vivaldi Restaurant

Waterfront Theatre School performing at Vivaldi Restaurant

There’s a new ultra-chic restaurant cum theatre venue in Cape Town’s Waterfront precinct that is rapidly becoming one of the Mother City’s trendy, must visit, attractions to wine and dine with theatrical entertainment. The Waterfront Theatre School has teamed up ...

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Cape Town takes the lead in transforming the tourism landscape – ITB Berlin

Cape Town, South Africa is addressing tourism challenges on all fronts to ensure that this world-class destination continues to build on its reputation to attract visitors all year round. Four initiatives being driven simultaneously by Cape Town Tourism are actively ...

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Hostage Negotiation – The He(art) of Designing

Cape Town, March 2019 – Meet Grant Gillis, the owner and manager of Delta Design who has partnered with BON Hotels to oversee conceptualisation and design of hotel refurbishments and new projects. It is not often you meet someone who ...

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David Yarrow Partners with Mantis

African elephant image by David Yarrow

A picture is worth a thousand words and world-acclaimed photographer, David Yarrow, is an iconic storyteller. In a lifetime of war against our natural world, his evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is aiding the global plight for ...

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Lion’s Head Closure Update

Lions Head hiking trails

Cape Town, 06 March 2019 – SANParks is urging the public to adhere to signage on parts of the Lion’s Head hiking trails that inform of areas that have not yet been re-opened. Following recent concerns on social media related ...

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Art and Wine – A Symbiotic Pairing

Artist Alexia Kobusch with one of her paintings

Any wine connoisseur will tell you that the creation of a good wine is in the hands of the winemaker.  It is their ability to take the simple grape and turn into a thing of wonder for your palette, that ...

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6 Tips to Conquer Indecisiveness

Swimmer placing fag on reef at sea

Participating in adventure tourism activities often require that instant decisions be made. You’ve been through the safety briefing, you know that the activity is safe, but time is passing and you’re still standing there frozen in a state of indecisiveness. You ...

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Newmark Opens New Hotel in Woodstock

Entrance to Newmark Hotels Stock Exchange in Woodstock, Cape Town

Cape Town, 04 March 2019 – Arguably Cape Town’s most creative neighbourhood, Woodstock is now home to a captivating new hotel, Stock Exchange, which officially opened on 01 March 2019. The hotel is managed by Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & ...

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Johannesburg, 04 March 2019 – The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) has announced the appointment of Lee Zama as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Zama, who is the first female CEO appointed at FEDHASA, has taken up ...

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Rescued Circus Lions Arrive in South Africa

Circus Lion in Ukraine

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 04 March 2019 – Four lions rescued from a Ukraine circus have been released into their new home at the Kragga Kamma Game Park after being airlifted by Turkish Cargo. National flag carrier Turkish Airlines’ cargo ...

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Tourism Sidelined at Seychelles SONA

Alain St. Ange, Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles, 04 March 2019 – Seychelles President Danny Faure’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week has prompted the island nations’ tourism industry to wonder if it has been sidelined. Commenting on the SONA, Alain St Ange said ...

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Weight Loss Ideas When Travelling

Man stretching in a gym

Many people on diet and fitness plans know that a few days of travelling can undo months of rigorous dieting and exercise. This is because, during both holiday and business travel, it is very easy to forget about your daily ...

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Airline Feted at Loyalty Awards 2019

Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President at Emirates Skywards, holding their Loyalty Award 2019

Dubai, U.A.E., 1 March 2019 – For the second consecutive year, Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, was presented with the accolade for ‘Excellence in Management’ at the Loyalty Awards 2019 dinner held in Paris on 19 February ...

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Wine Estate Releases Shiraz/Cab Blend

wine bottle with food dishes

Eco-champion wine estate’s top-seller hits the spot with quality There’s a new edition of everyone’s favourite go-to wine from Delheim. Crafted by the Stellenbosch estate for decades, the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is much loved for being both ...

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A Guide to Cultural Tourism

Cultural tourism, or culture tourism as it is sometimes called, is a type of niche tourism that attempts to represent the stories and lifestyles of the people from the past and in the present authentically. As such, it places particular ...

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