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Tag Archives: Articles November 2012

Strange but True facts on just about Everything

Share your knowledge – if you have a Strange but True fact on anything related to Africa, simply email editor@tourismtattler.com and we’ll add it to the list. Absinthe is another name for the herb wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and the name of ...

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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel wins Taste Of Joburg

The hotel’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus won the best dish award at the Taste of Joburg in October, beating chefs from 13 other top eateries, including three-time winner and Masterchef SA judge Andrew Atkinson. Erasmus’ Kudu ...

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International accolades for Uthando

At the 73rd Skål International World Congress in South Korea – Uthando was named the winner of a prestigious Sustainable Development in Tourism Award in the category ‘Cities – Villages (Community and Government Projects).’ In addition, Uthando has emerged as ...

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Fancourt Singled Out Among World’s Top 10 Golf Resorts On Leading International Travel Website

The Garden Route’s top leisure and lifestyle destination was singled out among the world’s 10 Best Golf Resorts on CNNGO, the online travel hub of Cable Network News (CNN), the world’s highest rated and most widely available cable news channel. ...

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&Beyond wins five World Travel Awards

The company was named both Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company and Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand. In addition, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve was recognised as South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge, while &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge was honoured as ...

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Gondwana wins ‘South Africa’s Leading Nature Experience’

On winning the award at the World Travel Awards, Mark Rutherford, owner of Gondwana Game Reserve said; “We have made a concerted effort to develop and promote Gondwana’s complete nature experience beyond the wildlife and game drive experience. The reserve’s ...

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Legend Golf & Safari Resort wins double gold

For the fourth year running Legend Golf & Safari Resort has won double gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards. The resort has been named Africa’s Leading Sports Resort and South Africa’s Leading Golf Resort. Peet Cilliers, CEO of Legend ...

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An unofficial guide to: The German Travel Contracts Act

While reading this article concerning the German Travel Contracts Act and the relevant Consumer Protection issues, kindly note that I am not a professional Legal Eagle – my views are the result of “donkey’s years” of hands-on experience in circumventing ...

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At the heart of strike action: Money and Financial Education

Let me first start off by saying that this article does not condone nor support strikes in any way. This is not a debate about whether or not strikers are paid too little or about what a living wage is. ...

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IOTC moves to protect Albatrosses

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has agreed to measures that, if appropriately implemented by tuna longline fishing vessels, will result in significant reductions in albatross mortality, writes Dr Cleo Small. The Indian Ocean is home to globally important populations ...

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More South African birds “in the red”

BirdLife International has announced the 2012 update of the IUCN Red List for birds. This is the first update since the 2008 Threatened Birds of the World, a comprehensive assessment of the status of the world’s birds, writes Hanneline Smit. ...

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SA Tourism promises shorter and more impactful INDABA in 2013

Known all over the world for its wildlife tourism attractions and now also forging a global reputation as a lifestyle mecca and world leader in responsible tourism, South Africa continues to be a major draw-card for both established and emerging ...

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Stone Town under threat

ZANZIBAR At a function to mark the Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Conservation Association’s tenth anniversary, Chairperson Mohammed Juma Mugheiry said “Zanzibar Stone Town heritage is currently faced with growing population, increased motorists and redesigning of historic buildings. This puts our ...

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La Splendida Hotel reveals contemporary new look

SOUTH AFRICA October saw the already chic and trendy La Splendida Hotel situated on Cape Town’s Mouille Point Promenade reveal a new image that is teeming with the playful attitude this brand has come to embody. And now, with the ...

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Old Cape Wine Festival – 03 to 04 November 2012

SOUTH AFRICA The Old Cape Wine Shop Imhoff Farm will again be staging the far south’s largest wine festival. There’ll be wines from all the wine regions of the Cape including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Elgin, Hemel and Aarde, Riebeeck ...

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Beehive relocation – Tsogo Sun’s Riverside Sun Resort

SOUTH AFRICA Tsogo Sun’s Riverside Sun Resort not only accommodates corporate, leisure and conference guests, the resort also recently had the honour of accommodating Mother Nature in the form of approximately  20 000 bees. The Queen decided to nest on ...

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Sansui Summer Cup – 01 December 2012

SOUTH AFRICA Jozi’s spectacular horse racing event, the SANSUI Summer Cup, proudly hosted by Gauteng, will be taking place at Turffontein Racecourse. The theme Golden Nights & Pink Lights takes inspiration from the internationally recognized Johannesburg skyline at sunset. For ...

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Elgin Open Gardens – 02 to 09 November 2012

SOUTH AFRICA Twenty five properties in the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River districts will open their gardens to the public. One of the properties worth visiting is the Wildekrans Country House – a historic homestead built in 1811. Set in ...

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Protea Hotel Upington to unveil grand new look

SOUTH AFRICA Protea Hotel Upington is set to reveal its stylish new look in November with an additional 29 rooms under construction, a new restaurant that allows for indoor and outdoor dining, a gym and an extensive conference centre. Protea ...

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Bushmans Kloof appoints San descendant as field guide

SOUTH AFRICA Roman Ndeja (35), a descendant from the Khwe San Tribe, recently joined the Bushmans Kloof team as a qualified Field Guide. Born in the Western Caprivi (Namibia), as a child Roman relocated to South Africa with his family, ...

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Three Cities Exceptional Safaris Brand Manager

SOUTH AFRICA Looking back on a career of nearly 15 years in the hospitality industry, newly appointed brand manager Janine Southwood, certainly “travels” her talk. She believes in getting those all important foundations in place – sincerity, honesty, friendliness – ...

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Another Hilton brand poised for SA?

SOUTH AFRICA Hilton Worldwide continues with its expansion plans for Africa and the Indian Ocean region, with 19 hotels in the pipeline, the opening of a regional office in Johannesburg and the introduction of the Conrad and DoubleTree brands to ...

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Wild dogs seen in new areas

KENYA As an indicator species of a healthy ecosystem, Great Plains Conservation announced that for the first time anyone can remember, Wild Dog have been spotted in Kenya’s Olare Orok and Mara North Conservancies.  Mara Plains Camp will now be ...

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&Beyond donates rhino to Botswana

BOTSWANA In the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has earmarked six white rhino to be translocated from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership ...

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Congratulations, Ziyaad

Congratulations, Ziyaad Your letter has been chosen as the winning letter for the November edition. A copy of National Geographic’s ‘Big Cat Odyssey’ DVD will be delivered to you with the compliments of Livingstones Supply Co – suppliers of the ...

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E-Tolls – The state of play now

Dear Editor Further to my letter published in the October edition of the Tourism Tattler (E-Tolls – THE STATE OF PLAY NOW), I would like to update readers following a report in The Star newspaper in October that parts of ...

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SANParks Honorary Rangers

Dear Editor The SANParks Honorary Rangers West Rand Branch have decided to stage a bicycle tour from Unions End to the Nossob Rest Camp in the Kalahari Transfrontier Park a distance of approximately 155 km during September 2013. It is ...

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Lack of support for small business, the big contradiction

Dear Editor Government has confirmed its support for SMMEs, stating its awareness that these small and medium enterprises are the answer to economic growth and job creation in South Africa and that banks and funding agencies are to assist SMMEs ...

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Best of Breed – Mercedes Buses & Coaches

The market for coaches in South Africa is not large – for 2012 some 50-60 units— but this is an important market segment for Mercedes-Benz South Africa, said Dirk Ansorge, Brand Manager Bus and Coach at the company, in conversation ...

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Lockton Global appoints Southern Africa broker partner

Lockton Global has announced the appointment of SATIB Insurance Brokers as their partner brokers across Southern Africa. Lockton Global clients now interested in doing business in Southern Africa (excluding SA) will be entrusted to SATIB for their insurance and risk ...

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tsi Makes unique contribution

The marine accident in Cape Town recently, involving a seal watching cruise from Hout Bay made international headlines. While the loss of life was tragic, much credit is due to the local emergency services and tourist assistance programmes for the ...

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Gadgets, Gizmo’s & Gifts

This edition’s selection has been sourced with acknowledgement to Livingstones Supply Co. – Suppliers of the Finest Products to the Hospitality Industry. GEDORE TOOL BOX 1282 Toolbox is made up of: 1282 Inserts; PLIER Metal Tray;  Accessories; Grip Plier; Universal ...

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Congratulations to Theuns Vivian

Congratulations to Theuns Vivian – readers in the Western Cape might remember him as the general manager of the old Western Cape Tourism Board – who received his doctorate (DTech) in Tourism & Hospitality Management from the Cape Peninsula University ...

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Differentiation is key to Destination Marketing

This article reflects the current conditions of tourism destination marketing with a hope (and belief) that it can improve, writes Dr. Elinor Garely. What makes public relations executives believe that email blasts are worth reading – let alone using as ...

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Wildlife Clothing – Original images of Africa

What would an African safari be without the souvenirs? Cherished memories and terrabytes of photographic images and video footage are ‘par for the course’ but tourists also want gifts to take home to their family and friends. With weight and ...

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How important is Wine Tourism to South Africa?

Tourism is one of six identified key drivers of the country’s economy, according to the national Department of Tourism. Furthermore, the wine industry indirectly contributes more than R4.5 billion annually to the tourism sector, as per the latest report generated ...

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Cruise Tourism gets a boost as luxury ship sets sail for South Africa

On November 1st, the magnificent MSC Opera will embark on a southbound voyage to South Africa, where she will begin her first ever summer season in the region in style, by hosting two glamorous on-board events in Cape Town and ...

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SATSA Market Intelligence Report (MIR – October 2012)

The information below was extracted from available data as at 18 October 2012, writes Martin Jansen van Vuuren. Arrivals: The latest available data from Statistics South Africa is for January and June 2012: Current period Change over same period last ...

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Southern Africa Regional Brand Communications and Management Strategy

Following the workshop convened by the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA), during Indaba in May (reported on page 9 of the Tourism Tattler, July edition), a capacity building workshop was held in Maseru, Lesotho on the 11th and ...

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The CPA and Supplier Rights

Sales and Marketing – The need for a new approach to consultant training PART 2 Product Knowledge and Transparency It should be noted that all the prohibited activities addressed by the CPA that I am about to discuss, are linked ...

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New grading fees

With the implementation of the new Grading Criteria and Minimum Requirements in October 2010, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) introduced an equitable grading fee structure in order to address the inequalities that existed in the previous grading ...

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TAFI Convention 2013 dates confirmed

The dates for the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) convention in South Africa have been confirmed as 24 to 27 February 2013. The event is being hosted by SATSA and sponsored by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, in the beautiful city of ...

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Win a venue hire worth R10,000

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED To enter this reader competition simply ensure that you are opted-in to the Tourism Tattler mailing list by subscribing here and answer the following question by email: “At which Goodersons Leisure property is the function venue ...

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