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Turkish Airlines adds Kathmandu to its network

Flying to the largest number of countries around the world, Turkish Airlines recently launched a new route through Nepal’s largest and capital city, Kathmandu. The new route between Istanbul and Kathmandu will enhance the airline’s Asia-Pacific network, operating roundtrip flights ...

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Turkish Airlines Opens Luxurious Arrival Lounge

Turkish Airlines continues to enhance the travel experience of its international premium passengers with the opening of a luxury arrival lounge at the Istanbul Atatürk International Airport. Turkish Airlines passengers arriving at the airport can now unwind and freshen up ...

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International Opportunity for Durban ICC Coordinator

When Mbali Hlongwane joined the Durban ICC, she had only dreamed of travelling internationally, but now her dream is about to become a reality. The 27-year old Sales and Events Coordinator has been selected by the American Hospitality Academy for ...

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Countdown to the Cape Town Festival Of Beer begins!

After the massive success of the inaugural Joburg Festival of Beer, the Mother City’s favourite festival of beer is heading back to its roots for the fourth edition of the one and oh-so-beery Cape Town Festival of Beer! The festival ...

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The GIfA Biennial Awards of Merit are around the corner!

The Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA) hosts its biennial Awards for Architecture on 31 October 2013 at The Forum – Turbine Hall, one of Newtowns foremost architectural venues. With the Awards fast approaching and the winners already selected by the ...

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Mountain bike & trail running at Delheim in Simonsberg Conservancy

The annual and always popular Delheim MTB Day and Trail Run will take place on the 23rd and 24th of November at this beautiful Stellenbosch wine farm, which boasts picturesque views of Cape Town. The Simonsberg Conservancy will also raise ...

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WWF Warns of Sea Turtle Threat

Marine turtle expert Dr Ian Bell is concerned about the survival of Queensland’s marine turtles. As a biologist with the Threatened Species Unit at the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, he is working with marine turtles to understand ...

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Floors Direct Donates Flooring to SOS Children’s Village in Mamelodi

Floors Direct, SA leaders in wooden and laminated flooring, have partnered with SOS Children’s Village Mamelodi in providing R30 000 worth of brand new laminated flooring for one of the organisation’s six-bedroomed children’s homes. Established in 1985, SOS Children’s Villages ...

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Hilton Cape Town recognised as Eco-Friendly

Hilton Cape Town City Centre has been recognized for its on-going commitment to waste reduction after successfully  reducing its landfill output by 73% over the past five months.  The eco-friendly initiative was acknowledged recently with the presentation of a special ...

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Merida Vacations – Not Your Usual Sun &Sand Holidays InMexico

In spite of being the largest city on the Yucatan peninsula, Merida, Mexico, has a very easygoing and old-world feel to itthanks tothe elegantcolonial mansions, horse-drawn carriages, tree-lined wide boulevards, hidden courtyards and tropical gardens. The city also has a ...

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Hilton Windhoek and Hilton Durban Receive Leading Hotel Accolades

South Africa – 22 October 2013: Hilton Windhoek and Hilton Durban were recognised as Namibia’s Leading Hotel and South Africa’s Leading Business Hotel respectively, at the 2013 World Travel Awards in Kenya. “We are honoured to be recognised as Namibia’s ...

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Get your year end function venue sorted

As we hit the downward slope toward the end of the year, many companies are now turning their attention to planning and hosting the best year end function since last year. For many, these events are not only the highlight ...

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Five star Tintswalo Safari Lodge rewarded for excellence

Tintswalo Lodges’ emphasis on service excellence was recently reaffirmed when their Tintswalo Safari Lodge received a Lilizela Service Excellence Award, a newly introduced South African Tourism initiative. Minister of Tourism, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk presented the prestigious award to Tintswalo at ...

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Air support for anti-poaching in the Eastern Cape

The Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative will be able to launch additional aerial support and patrols for anti-poaching activities following the donation of an Aquila Trike on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. After hearing ...

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Gauteng Tourism engages with trade

Johannesburg 21 October 2013. Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) convened a Trade Growth Strategy Workshop at the Emoyeni Estate in Parktown today. Members of the Gauteng travel trade were invited to participate in the full day workshop, aimed at gleaning information ...

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Tsogo Sun Slots Factor R1.2 million winner announced

Tsogo Sun’s nationwide Slots Factor tournament culminated on the 21st September in a glittering finale hosted at Montecasino in Johannesburg. After eight weeks of thrilling qualifying and semi-final rounds played out at each of Tsogo Sun’s 14 casinos, 99 finalists ...

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Conrad Pezula Resort &Amp; Spa Named SA’s Leading Spa Resort

Western Cape, Knysna – 17 October 2013: Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa is celebrating after being honoured as South Africa’s Leading Spa Resort for a fourth time at the 2013 World Travel Awards, held in Kenya last night. “We are ...

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Durban ICC Hosts Critical and Intensive Care Congress

In September, the Durban ICC was the venue for the largest gathering of professionals from the international Critical and Intensive Care Medicine community ever held in South Africa. The 11th Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and ...

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Fairlawns appoints rep in Australia

Fairlawns appoints marketing expert in Australia Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Morningside Manor, Sandton, South Africa, has appointed Elite Representation Asia Pacific Pty Ltd to promote the award-winning hotel to the Australian travel market. Says Anna Thacker, Director and ...

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Delheim scoops 2013 Nedbank Green Wine Awards Trophy

Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, excelled at the 2013 Nedbank Green Wine Awards as overall winner of the Best Farming Practices category which favours a holistic, conservation-minded approach to farming and identifies ...

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OUTA’S Court Challenge & Decision On The Way Forward

On Monday 14 October 2013, the OUTA board met to consider whether to appeal the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal, in which OUTAs present legal challenge to eTolling was refused.  At this meeting, and during the week following ...

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Reunion Island’s SA invasion

French cuisine, vibey, upbeat island style music and island styled hostesses greeted guests as they entered the Melrose Arch Plaza in Johannesburg and V & A Waterfront in Cape Town this past week. These two venues provided guests with an ...

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Business Travellers Rely on ‘Just in Time’ Working

Business travellers are increasingly becoming mobile ‘just in time’ workers, with more than 9 out of every 10 completing preparation for meetings during their journey, according to new research published by HP. The survey of regular business travellers in Europe ...

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Factors to consider before hiring bouncy castles

Bouncy castles are a great way to make any event special for your kids. Whether it is a birthday party or a family get together expected to be attended by a lot of kids, having a bouncy castle in your ...

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What is a whiplash compensation calculator and where can I find one?

Often, when someone has been the blameless victim of an accident, and they are considering making a personal injury compensation claim, they would like to know how much they could expect to be awarded. This is the information they are ...

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African online travel agency receives World Travel Award

Southafricaholidays.com, a one stop online travel shop for Africa, celebrated its success at the World Travel Awards in Nairobi, Kenya on 16th October 2013, when Southafricaholidays.com was named as “Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency”. Hailed as “The Oscars of the ...

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Royal Livingstone Hotel awarded World Travel Award for Leading Hotel in Zambia

For the seventh year running, Sun International’s Royal Livingstone Hotel has been awarded the World Travel Award for Leading Hotel in Zambia. Leading global travel industry professionals nominate and then vote for their favourite travel destinations, airlines and other travel ...

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Africa needs mid-market and budget hotel brands

Massive opportunity for developers and operators. Grant Thornton believes there is a gap for mid-range hotel chains on the African continent. Gillian Saunders, the company’s global leader Hospitality and Tourism has said that hotel developers and operators are missing a ...

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The Last Word Intimate Hotels garners another award

For the fifth consecutive year The Last Word Long Beach has been voted South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel by the World Travel Awards’ travel and tourism professionals worldwide. “The tribute recognises commitment to excellence over the last 12 months,” says ...

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Why China is making a big play to control Africa’s media

When one of South Africa’s biggest newspaper chains was sold last month, an odd name was buried in the list of new owners: China International Television Corp. A major stake in a South African newspaper group might seem an unusual ...

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Take time out with Kaapzicht at the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch

Feeling exhausted and jaded this time of year? Then make your way to Kaapzicht wine estate, when the gracious Steytler family serves up the perfect pick-me-up antidote – the last but definitely not least Bottelary Hills ‘Pop Up’ Winemakers Lunch ...

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Durban ICC voted the best in Africa for the 12th time

The Durban International Convention Centre has done it again! The Centre has been acknowledged by the prestigious World Travel Awards as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre for the twelfth time. The Durban ICC took top honours amongst nominees which ...

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Local hospitality industry has proven valuable in Sports Tourism

The success of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa still lingers on with an increasing number world class sporting events being hosted on in the city of Durban. Hailed as South Africa’s playground, the city has definitely lived up ...

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SafariNow Launches Destination Inspiration Finder

Are you itching for a holiday or weekend away but don’t even know where to start looking, or what type of getaway you feel like? SafariNow, South Africa’s largest online accommodation booking site, has launched a nifty new feature that ...

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Delheim Estate goes green with riverside picnics

Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, combines its meticulous conservation of environmentally sustainable wine production with its passion for good food and nature, with delicious Green Picnics at the river’s edge. Summer is ...

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Maropeng is Fair Trade Tourism-certified

Visitors to the Cradle of Humankind who prioritise sustainable tourism and travel can now be assured of Maropeng’s status as a Fair Trade Tourism entity across the board – whether they’re visiting the visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind ...

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Africa’s Tourism Arrivals

International tourism arrival figures are a hotly debated issue but Tourism Tattler thought it would be interesting to take a look at arrival figures for the continent of Africa and rank them. Movement indicates the comparison between 2011 to 2010 – ...

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Hotel industry needs to consider social media to connect to guests

Hoteliers need to consider implementing a social media strategy to enable them to connect to guests, says PwC. Hotels need to take every step to keep the number of guests coming back to their establishment and maintain their reputation and ...

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STTP launches Mxit App

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) has launched a Mxit App, allowing the organisation engage with South African youth. The purpose of the MySTPP Mxit App is to educate youth on their important role in tourism and in helping to ...

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Seychelles Festival Kreol to be launched with ‘Grande Case’ feel

The annual Festival Kreol is to be staged in Victoria, Seychelles from  25-41 October 2013 and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture have made known that they are planning the Festival Opening Ceremony in the centre of Victoria with a ‘Grand ...

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Destination Marketing: The Quest for Funds

Tourism marketing, be it in support of destinations, attractions, airlines, airports, hotels, resorts or events, has become a very expensive game. The ability to reach audiences, attract awareness, excite interest, and ultimately to convert into action – arrivals, bookings, bed-nights, ...

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New GM for Southern Sun Maharani Tower

Tsogo Sun is delighted to announce the appointment of John Aritho as General Manager of Durban’s iconic Southern Sun Maharani Tower. As the “new face” of the newly refurbished Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani complex, Kenyan-born Aritho, who is also ...

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Durban remains supreme in the Zulu Kingdom

Durban is known for its warm climate, fabulous beaches and relaxed vibe. According to the 2012 tourism sector statistics published by the Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN), Durban accounts for 70.3% of all tourists in the province and a top destination to ...

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Celebrate Spring with Oysters and Bubbly

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain, American humourist and novelist (1835 – 1910). Oysters and bubbly… a timeless taste combination that can’t be beaten, leaving you feeling indulgent and filled with ...

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Celebrity Chef Series Donation Celebration

Col’Cacchio pizzeria has celebrated its most successful Celebrity Chef Series to date with an incredible R339 225 donated to The Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape. The ...

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Super sweet snowboard designs

What are some of the best snowboard designs of recent years? The best snowboard designs tend to come from famous brands and artists that have devoted their careers to producing prints and other designs for boards that can allow riders ...

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Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s New Breakfast Menu

Cold pizza is great for breakfast. Unless you can have soldiers, flapjacks and poached eggs! Breakfast is now the most important meal of the day at select Col’Cacchio pizzerias. Until lunchtime and then dinner, that is. Say good morning to ...

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Adventure Tourism: SCUBA Diving

Adventure tourism, and SCUBA diving in particular, has become an immensely popular leisure tourism activity, specifically over the past 10 years. SCUBA diving offers a great opportunity for tourists to participate in an outdoor activity with family or a partner, ...

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Off Road Guides and Tour Operators Association of South Africa

In 2005 the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism called for owners and users of inland 4×4 recreational driving tracks to move towards better-regulated and more equitable practices in respect of their activities in South Africa’s inland environment. Users and ...

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Article Comments from September

Congratulations to Pete Allsop of Ilha Blue Island Safaris in Mozambique, whose comment has been chosen as the prize winner for September. Pete’s prize of two Isobecher Stainless Steel Mugs has been delivered to him with the compliments of Livingstones ...

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Waterkloof Six Senses Evening

Waterkloof, the beautifully appointed wine estate ‘in the sky’ on the outskirts of Somerset West, will tantalise all the senses and more, when it kicks off the 2013 Helderberg Wine Festival in elevated style with a Six Senses Evening of ...

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South Africa a destination of choice for home buyers

Propelled into the global spotlight and often described as ‘the world in one country’ during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, South Africa retains its fascination as an international destination, as borne out by the growing number of tourists who visit ...

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More accolades for The Windmills Resort

The Windmills Resort in KwaZulu-Natal was once again honoured at the prestigious African Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) Bride’s Choice Award. The Midlands boutique hotel won the title of best coastal boutique hotel for the second consecutive year and scooped the ...

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SUBIOS, Seychelles is Just around the Corner

Summary 1: If you are a marine life and water sport lover then SUBIOS, Seychelles is an excellent festival for you. SUBIOS – Seychelles’ Festival of the Sea is a celebration of Seychelles’ extraordinary marine heritage and the many ways ...

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SETE encourages SA Corporates Buyers

The Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), taking place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 22 – 24 October 2013, provides a dynamic business to business platform bringing together businesses from the sports and tourism industries who will showcase ...

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End of the Road for Rhino Knights

After traversing 9,259km on foot and bicycle around Southern Africa for rhino, Isabel Wolf-Gillespie finally completed the marathon journey after four months and eighteen days on the road, and arrived back in Durban on Wednesday 18th September at 17:30pm. Here’s ...

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Virunga Under Oil Threat – DR Congo

Ever heard of Virunga? It’s Africa’s oldest national park, and a treasured World Heritage Site, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it could be threatened by oil exploration, writes Des Langkilde. Rainforests, volcanoes, rare and beautiful wildlife – ...

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The New ‘POPI’ Act – Part 6

‘POPI’ is an acronym for the PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT. PRINCIPLE #4 – FURTHER PROCESSING LIMITATION By Adv. Loui Nel. This section is an extension of the process limitation provisions contained in principle two (see page 26 of the ...

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SATSA Market Intelligence Report

This month’s Market Intelligence Report from SATSA has been extracted from data available as at 27 September 2013, by Martin Jansen van Vuuren of Grant Thornton. To view the data, see page 21 of the Digital Magazine or Download a PDF ...

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Social Media Marketing – Part 3

In part three of this series Pieter Philipse looks at some useful social media monitoring and analysis tools. Last month we started off by researching our present position in Social Media Marketing and I hope this gave you some clear ...

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Winner of the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the Tourism Tattler September 2013 subscriber competition – Charlene Ramsden of Greenlife Africa Safaris , in Cape Town, South Africa. Charlene’s competition entry was the first correct entry to be drawn, and she has won a two-night fully ...

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Must-see attraction in Cape Town these holidays

No trip to the Mother City is complete without a personal tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, where local and international tourists are invited for a unique experience to explore, discover and learn about the world’s most precious gem ...

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Serengeti Highway Update

Tanzanian contracts awarded to tarmac roads West of the Serengeti Serengeti Watch, a non-profit organisation founded to oppose the Tanzania Governments intention to build a commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park, has discovered via a report published in the ...

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It’s Our Little Secret: Hidden Gems Along the West Coast

eden on the bay

We love tourists and their euros, make no mistake. But with The Season about to start, it’s nice to know that there are some things that will always remain ‘our little secret’. We all love a secret. We love knowing ...

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Indescribable thrills at Mercedes-Benz SA CV stand

Expect to see German engineering at its ultimate with the Mercedes-Benz truck, bus and van models, as well as class-leading American and Japanese marques Freightliner; Western Star and FUSO at the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle stand at Nasrec from 18 – ...

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Seychelles Tourism discussed at Top Resa Tourism Trade Fair

The ongoing successes of the Seychelles Tourism Industry has been centre of discussion points with the Press at the French Tourism Trade Fair – Top Resa. It was Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who ...

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All You Need to Know About the Yacht Charter Services in Greece

More and more people are opting to experience the thrills of a yacht charter when they take their vacations nowadays. Who can blame them? The freedom and fun associated with this is unlimited. You can explore a wealth of different ...

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Directory Listings increase SEO

One of the main benefits of listing in a trade directory  is highly quality back links. All search engines consider the number of back links you have and a listing will give your website the required back links. You cannot find an ...

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Mobile Marketing Explosion

Mobile marketing is exploding as consumers increasingly use their smart phones and mobile devices to travel, shop and spend. Current trends in mobile usage provide compelling reasons for the travel trade to create their own easy-to-use and interactive mobile website ...

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Registration opens for The SUMMIT

Gauteng Tourism and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) have officially announced the hosting of the inaugural South African Travel & Tourism Summit now known as “The SUMMIT” to be held on the 14th and 15th October 2013 ...

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Namibia to host 2013 Adventure World Travel Summit

Namibia has been chosen as the destination to host the Adventure World Travel Summit in 2013, from 26 to 31 October 2013, writes Jean Haupt. Held on an annual basis, the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) brings together decision makers ...

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E-Tolls – What Now?

Following the Constitutional Court’s decision to set aside the interdict on eTolls (which effectively allows SANRAL to start tolling if they can or want to), what now for the various anti-eToll movements and OUTA’s challenge? Note must be made of ...

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Driving trust in employees

Want to trust your employees to do the job right? Train them like you would teach them to drive, writes Vanessa Merit Nornberg. Building trust in an employee is very much like teaching someone to drive. You don’t just hand ...

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How to pull out of a slump

I hope nobody told you the travel business was easy. I attended a Cruise World forum in Seattle, USA where the travel professionals in attendance seemed upbeat about business prospects, affirming the general sentiment that pent-up demand for travel is ...

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Combating rhino poaching

Since Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles donated six Volkswagen Amarok bakkies to the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative in June 2011, the vehicles have travelled almost 300 000 kilometres and have been used in a large number of successful anti-poaching ...

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How to barter bed-nights for media

We all know that advertising builds brands and generates new business leads, but when marketing budgets shrink and cash-flow dries up, we need to find practical solutions to retain top-of-mind awareness. What better way to do this than to trade ...

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Mobile lessons from a boutique hotel

Understanding your customer inside out, taking lessons from others who have done it well, knowing how much you have to spend, and getting the right technology partner on board are all key to a good design strategy, writes Philipp A.L. ...

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Goliath Heron takes on Hippos

Stunning action images from the lens of wildlife photographer Marie-France Grenouillet. These images were taken during a boat trip from Ruckomechi Camp Lodge on the Lower Zambezi, Zimbabwe on 13 May 2012. Born in Normandy, Marie-France spent her childhood in ...

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