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Tag Archives: Articles October 2019

New Cape Town Showroom for The Diamond Works

Entrance foyer at The Diamond Works Cape Town

New state-of-the-art showroom at 10 Christiaan Barnard Street, Cape Town signals a new era for the established diamond institute  CAPE TOWN Monday, 04 November 2019 – The Diamond Works will be opening its fourth showroom to the public for private tours ...

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Tips for Making Sure You Don’t Go Over Your Travel Budget

Budget abstract image of coins and calculator

While travelling and seeing the world can be very expensive, it is possible to do it on a tighter budget. Of course, to achieve this, you need to make sure that you plan your budget carefully and that you stick ...

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New Home for Pioneer Cheetah Jasmin

Cheetah Jasmin at Makutsi game reserve

The first successfully wilded female cheetah makes her way to Makutsi, Limpopo Makutsi Safari Springs, Limpopo – October 2019: In the last week of October 2019 Jasmin, the successfully wilded five-year-old female cheetah who was the very first to have ...

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South Africa’s Corporate Travel Forecast Looking Positive For 2020

Corporate Traveller

With economic growth considered the main driver of corporate travel, emerging economies such as South Africa are increasingly adding to the international pool of business travellers. Predicting positive growth in 2020, analysts say there is good news for South African ...

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ATV Riding Guide: Tips and Safety

ATV rider on dirt road looking at view

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad bike, four-wheeler, or quadricycle, is a 4-wheeled sport utility vehicle designed for off-road use and typically utilised for tourism recreation activities, farm-work and competitive racing. While ATVs are fun to ride ...

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Amadeus Identifies Two Key Growth Opportunities For Business Travel Agencies In Africa

Africa is an often overlooked continent, but businesses are beginning to change their perceptions and see the region as a land of opportunity and prosperity. According to Africa’s Business Revolution report by McKinsey & Company, global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run ...

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South Africa’s Tourism Business Performance Sees Further Decline

Tourism Business Index

South Africa’s tourism industry woes continue as the Tourism Business Index (TBI) shows a bleak picture of the outlook for the first half of 2019. 2018 proved to have been the worst year for business performance since the inception of ...

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Unlocking the Future of Tourism in the Digital Age

Future of the travel industry in the digital age

We live in a world that is in the throes of a digital revolution, and the speed at which change occurs is unprecedented. What does that mean for the travel and tourism industry? By Teresa Richardson In June, I participated ...

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Sanbona introduces Family Getaway Experience

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has introduced a Family Getaway Experience at Gondwana Family Lodge which is available during the South African school holiday period until 20 December 2019. Sanbona is situated close to Montagu in the heart of the Little Karoo, ...

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Airline Reduces Packaging Waste by 750 Tonnes

Airline catering employee among crates of packed meals

Dubai, 28 October 2019 – Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering services providers, has introduced a new packaging solution to further reduce waste across its food manufacturing operations. The company has replaced cardboard packaging with reusable crates ...

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New Multi-Trail Park to Launch in KZN South Coast

Organising members of the KZN South Coast Multi-Trail Park

The long-awaited KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trail Park will be launched on Sunday, 3 November 2019, giving nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to experience this unique Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) route development project. The launch is the first step in developing ...

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The Magic of Kuganha Tented Camp

Dining tables at Kuganha Tented Camp, Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Among other mesmeric qualities, the magic of Kuganha Tented Camp at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve lies in its tranquillity – an almost tangible sense of peace and quiet created by the camps discreet location where the chirping of birds and the occasional ...

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Buffalo introduced for the first time at Zulu Rock Lodge

A hers of seven buffalo being released at Zulu Rock Lodge

In a positive development for tourism and the ecology of the Babanango area of Zululand, Zulu Rock Lodge recently made history by introducing seven buffalo onto the reserve.  Zulu Rock, a beautiful 1,200-hectare private game reserve, is the first conservation ...

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Another Milestone for Cheetah Breeding, Wilding and Release Project

Male cheetah being release at Amakhala Game Reserve

The team behind the Cheetah Breeding, Wilding and Release Project – Ashia Cheetah Conservation NPO and Kuzuko Lodge – have attained yet another conservation milestone with the recent translocation of a wilded cheetah male from Kuzuko to Amakhala Game Reserve ...

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A Sweet Diwali in the Clouds

chicken curry with sweet potato

Emirates ushers in the festival of lights by treating customers in all classes to an array of sweet and savoury delicacies JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – 24 October 2019: In celebration of Diwali, Emirates will be offering customers a variety of ...

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Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Mykonos

Mykonos pebble beach with shoreline homes and cafe

If you are looking for a destination that has it all, look no further than the Greek island of Mykonos. There are many reasons why 29.5 million tourists visited Greece last year, making it one of the most visited countries ...

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Mhondoro wins Platinum Diners Club Winelist Award

The Mhondoro Food and Beverage Team

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa has won a coveted Diners Club Platinum Winelist Award for the third consecutive year. The luxurious 5-star safari lodge was the only Diners Club Winelist Award winner in Limpopo province this year. 205 Restaurants from ...

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Discover Dazzling Dubai and its Attractive Offerings

Tourists shopping in Dubai

JOHANNESBURG, 23 October 2019 – South African travellers – whether flying solo or with families will be awed by Dubai’s many attractive offerings including shopping festivals, traditional souks, stunning beach resorts, fine dining, adventure waterparks and much more. With year-round ...

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Mobile App Disrupts Tourist Guide Recruitment

Recruit a guide mobile app

An innovative new mobile application is rapidly changing the way that tourist guides find work, and tour operators find skilled nature/field, culture, and adventure guides in southern Africa. Review by Des Langkilde. Developed by Cape Town-based entrepreneur duo Darren Smith ...

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Tencent To Help Boost Chinese Tourism To South Africa

MoU signing between SA Tourism and China's Tencent

SHENZHEN, China, 22 October 2019 – South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane witnessed the signing of a strategic co-operation agreement between South African Tourism and Tencent – a company that owns a popular platform in China called WeChat. This ...

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Growth Forecasts for Luxury Tourism Market

Luxury tourism tented camp by Hayward's Safaris

Luxury Tourism – the travel industry niche sector designed to satisfy the lavish travel expectations of high net worth individuals – has reached a global value of 831 billion U.S. dollars and is currently growing at a faster pace than overall tourism. ...

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Free Recharge Electricity for a Year

A Volvo plug-in hybrid car driving along the coastline

Good news for South African motorists is that Volvo Cars’ Recharge campaign is also being rolled out in South Africa – meaning a year of free electricity! This follows an announcement by Volvo Cars that their ground-breaking global incentive scheme, ...

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Is Business Travel Bad for your Mental Health?

It’s a fact: Local travellers record more stress and less sleep during business trips More than half of local travellers believe business trips do not impact on their health. However, statistics tell a different story: Most business travellers skip exercising, ...

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31 Niche Tourism Groups


If you thought that Niche Tourism covers just a hand-full of interest groups, think again. In the 5th edition of his book ‘Marketing Tourism in South Africa’, Richard George identified 20 distinct Special Interest or ‘Niche’ tourism groups, and we’ve ...

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Pop in for Polkadraai-and-Popcorn this summer

display of wine bottles with popcorn snacks

The Stellenbosch Hills wine pairing is the fun must-do of the season from 1 December through to 30 April. Back by popular demand is Polkadraai-and-Popcorn, the ultimate anti-serious wine pairing at Stellenbosch Hills. When first launched, Polkadraai-and-Popcorn went off the ...

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Top Alaska Hiking Adventures

Man hiking in Alaska

Alaska is a frontier destination with several stunning landscapes. Explore this state by following the many trails within its mountains. Here are the top six to include in your itinerary.

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Preparing for Your First Trail Run

Imagine this scenario: you’ve been planning this for months; you and a group of friends are headed to the Italian Alps to go hiking. A year ago, you started joining fun runs but only those done in the city. It ...

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Want to Teach English Abroad?

teacher with blackboard in background

These are the Top 5 countries for South Africans to head to Working abroad is a dream that many of us have particularly in the age of social media and the jealousy-inducing #wanderlust hashtags that appear on your feed. For ...

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Reasons to Include France for Business or Leisure Travel

Eiffel Tower Paris-France

As a collective of beautiful countries and gem-like cities, Europe is endowed with historical places, majestic scenery, and valuable business assets. These attributes make European countries and cities ideal for both business and leisure travel. If you want to marvel ...

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The Mantis uMfolozi Race to Antarctica

People walking on ice

The Mantis Collection has launched an incentive competition for South African booking agents, and the prize is a trip for two to Antarctica worth R450, 000.

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SA Harvest launches in South Africa

SA Harvest, an NPC committed to food rescue in South Africa, hosted their official launch at The Service Dining Rooms, Cape Town, on Wednesday 16 October, aptly, on World Food Day. The organisation’s purpose is to eliminate hunger and food waste through ...

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Delheim Honours the Life of Wine Pioneer Spatz Sperling

Winemake Spatz Sterling

Delheim Estate has released a once-off and super-exclusive Cape Blend that celebrates the life of the late Spatz Sperling. Called Iconoclast, this wine from the 2012 vintage is a tribute to the South African wine pioneer and his fearless challenge ...

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Comment on Unabridged Birth Certificate Visa Issue

Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group

UPDATE: JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2019 – International minors travelling to South Africa do not require Unabridged Birth Certificates or consent letters when travelling with their parents. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Johannesburg, 15 October 2019 – Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group, ...

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Rugby World Cup Changing Perception of Japanese Culture

Rugby World Cup Japan logo on a rugby ball

The Rugby World Cup is helping change the “common stereotype” of Japan around the world, according to Japan Tourism officials. Key factors influencing this change are: Language, architecture and food will set this year’s Rugby World Cup apart from previous ...

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10 Reasons Why Northern Lights Should Be On Your Bucket List

The Northern Lights aurora viewed across a mountain range

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, is a spectacle of nature that has fascinated generations of tourists who have witnessed this entrancing, dramatic, magical display. The dancing aurora is certainly one of the unique wonders of the world. If you have not ...

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The Best Safety Tips for Solo Female Travellers

A female solo traveller with drink in hand

Following the article ‘The Best and Worst Countries for Solo Female Travel‘, here are 42 tips for women travelling alone as compiled by travel bloggers Asher and Lyric Fergusson. This article is republished with acknowledgement to asherfergusson.com. Start with safer ...

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10 Tips to get Tourism PR Published

As a publisher of content aimed at travellers and the tourism trade, my email inbox is flooded with press releases – many of which are trashed because the content is either badly written, does not comply with my website or ...

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The Best and Worst Countries for Solo Female Travel

A solo female traveller walking along a coastline

Journalists Asher and Lyric Fergusson have collaborated with a group of students studying Journalism and Research at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain to create an infographic that ranks the World’s ‘Worst (and Safest) Countries for Solo Female Travel in ...

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2019 Youth Travel Awards Winners Announced

Global Youth Travel Awards 2019 Logo

The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE) has announced the 2019 Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) winners. On the final evening of 11 October, delegates attending the close of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Lisbon dressed to ...

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Isibindi Announces New Property and Foundation Patron

Vusi Khanyile with Isibindi Africa Lodge’s Tsowa Safari Island in background

ESHOWE, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Following the launch of Tsowa Safari Island in the Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe on 01 August 2019, Isibindi Africa Lodges (Isibindi Africa) has announced the appointment of Vusi Khanyile as Patron for the Isibindi Foundation. ...

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Registration Opens for Film Tourism Festival

Hands holding film board with ITFF logo

CAPE TOWN, 10 October 2019 – The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STTP), organisers of the inaugural International Tourism Film Festival-Africa (ITFFA), has opened registrations to attend the festival taking place in Cape Town and the Northern Cape from 20-24 November ...

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Part 3: Understanding Exposure

The single most important element in photography is light, as it is the capturing and recording of light that creates truly stunning photographs. By Peter Wickham. The amount of light allowed to be captured is called the exposure and therefore ...

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The Difference Between MICE and Business Tourism

Passengers disembarking at an airport

The difference between the term MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) and Business Tourism is the focus. By Helen Brewer. MICE are focused on the requirements of the end-user. The end-users are the decision-makers (buyers) for holding a MICE gathering and ...

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