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Epicurean Edutainment At ON19 Restaurant

A unique epicurean edutainment experience has been launched at The Westin Cape Town hotel’s lofty ON19 Restaurant. Labelled as ‘1ON19’, the Executive Chef presents a 5-course menu focusing on one single ingredient paired with one particular cultivar sourced from vineyards ...

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The All New Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018

Mercedes-Benz never does things in half measure.  In keeping with the brands’ prestige image, the launch of their new X-Class  – a contender in the upper-end of the South African double-cab bakkie segment – was a two-day extravaganza of epic ...

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Trail Running in Mauritius

Thousands of local and foreign trailers joined in the 10th annual Ferney Trail Run to raise funds for the physically handicapped and nature conservation in Mauritius. By Debbie Hathway. Everybody wants to go to Mauritius, at least once, but my love ...

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Vehicle Review: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX

I’ve always been fascinated by the names that vehicle manufacturers bestow on their cars, and test driving fiery new Suzuki Ignis, this SUV certainly lives up to its chosen epithet. By Des Langkilde. The meaning of the Latin noun Ignis ...

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The Awesome Mazda CX-5 Akera AWD Auto

With kerb appeal to satisfy even the most sophisticated of motorists, one wouldn’t be surprised if this SUV’s ‘off-road’ abilities were somewhat limited. When Mazda gave Tourism Tattler an opportunity to review the CX-5 2.2L DE Akera AWD Auto – ...

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Exploring Sri Lanka from Tangle to Galle

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) – an island south of India – is renown for its diverse landscape, ranging from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. In this travel destination review, Tourism Tattler correspondent Adam Jacot de Boinod explores ...

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Exploring the Cape Whale Coast

If unusual destinations and unique experiences are attributes that differentiate tour operator and travel agent success, then the Cape Whale Coast region of South Africa’s Western Cape province should be included as it possesses both in abundance. By Des Langkilde. ...

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The Importance Of Online Reviews

Many tourists use online reviews to help them figure out where to stay, where to eat, or what to do while in town. This article provides tips and suggestions on how to manage Online Reviews to ensure greater customer satisfaction and repeat business. By Alexander ...

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Exploring Antigua Resorts

“Back can wait, but not belly” is a well-known Antiguan saying. Whether this refers to a massage before lunch I never found out, but luxury is very much on offer in the following four Leeward Islands resorts of Antigua and ...

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Authentic Phuket

Tourism Tattler foreign correspondent, Adam Jacot de Boinod visited Phuket − a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea − and reports on Thailand’s most popular beaches, high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. On an island buzzing with tourists reminding ...

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Beach Stay: Pine Lodge Resort

Driving south along Port Elizabeth’s Marine Drive towards the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, an imposing sign beckons travellers to pop-in for a visit at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre. So I did, and after a guided tour of the ...

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City Stay: The Hub Boutique Hotel

Port Elizabeth’s business and leisure suburb of Walmer is just 5 kilometres from the airport. Here’s Tourism Tattler’s recommendation on Where to Stay in and around Nelson Mandela Bay: The Hub Boutique Hotel The Hub Boutique Hotel is located in ...

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Beach Stay: Brookes Hill Suites

The beachfront promenade along Marine Drive in Port Elizabeth has many fine accommodation establishments. Here’s Tourism Tattler’s recommendation on Where to Stay in and around Nelson Mandela Bay: Brookes Hill Suites – Everything the leisure or business traveller could want ...

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City Stay: Cape Flame Guesthouse

Accommodation in and around Port Elizabeth can be found on the NMBT website at www.nmbt.co.za/accommodation. Many of these establishments are also listed on Tourism Tattler’s Trade Directory, which has been categorised by location and experience. Below is our recommendation on ...

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Review: 2016 ASEAN Tourism Forum

The 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) and the accompanying TRAVEX travel trade show, held in Manila recently, once again highlighted why this region is such a popular tourist destination. With experiences that range from extravagant ...

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TripAdvisor at 16, The Facts

TripAdvisor is no stranger to the travel trade but did you know that it started life above a tiny pizza parlour called Kostas in the town of Needham, Massachusetts, USA in February 2000, writes Peter Corcoran. Sixteen years later and ...

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Property Review: De Zeekoe

Farm Stays are growing in popularity and De Zeekoe in Oudtshoorn is more popular than most – and for good reason as it offers a truly unique South African farm experience to both domestic and international leisure travellers alike, writes ...

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ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress

I’ve attended travel trade conferences aplenty over the years, but ATA’s World Congress has set the bar in terms of programme content and quality speakers, writes Des Langkilde. The Africa Travel Association (ATA) 40th Annual World Congress held in Nairobi, ...

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Restaurant Review: Balata

The Balata Restaurant in the Fairway Hotel is reputed to offer the best cuisine that the Johannesburg hospitality industry has to offer. Marjorie Dean finds out if its reputation meets her discerning expectation. Winter evenings in Johannesburg don’t really tempt ...

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Venue Review: Fancourt, South Africa

When it comes to South African venues that are capable of hosting the entire spectrum of MICE events to 5-star standards, Fancourt certainly delivers beyond expectation, writes Des Langkilde. Fancourt, located just 7km from George Airport in South Africa’s Western ...

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Property Review: Gooderson Monks Cowl

Adventure into the Drakensberg at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort There’s nothing quite like an adrenaline rush against the backdrop of the breath taking Drakensberg and the 260,000 hectare Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage site and Mdedelo wilderness area, writes ...

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2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards Judging

Earlier this year, South African Tourism invited members of the tourism industry to form part of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards adjudication panel. This invitation was well-received, with the cream of the industry offering to do service on the Lilizela ...

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Weddings: Stats, Trends & Budgets

Is the global wedding industry, estimated to be worth $298 billion* on the rise or declining? The following statistics, trends and wedding budgets reveal some interesting facts. By Des Langkilde. Considering that the average marriage age in South Africa is ...

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Property Review: Hotel Verde Cape Town

The airport industrial area of Cape Town, South Africa is not an address which inspires images of ‘environmentally-friendly’ or ‘carbon neutral’, but Hotel Verde is both these things, writes Kirsten Bohle. Nestled amongst the parking lots of rental car companies ...

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Venue Review – Spier

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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Exploring the Six Senses of Grootbos

Sunset view from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve with location map

In South Africa, there are ample hospitality establishments who provide 5-star accommodation combined with matching cuisine, but very few who excel in catering to all 6 experiential senses, namely sight, smell, taste, touch, hear and spirit. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve ...

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Event Review – Greyville Exhibition and Events

Tourism Tattler joined over 500 media, hospitality, corporate and government event organiser representatives at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse on Thursday 18 September, to discover what the Greyville Exhibition and Events Company has to offer the travel trade. By Tourism Tattler Director, ...

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Property Review: Wild Clover Farm

The likelihood of finding a four-leaf clover in nature is 1 in 10 000, and according to Irish superstition, brings the finder good luck. Tourism Tattler found both when visiting this unique hospitality establishment located in Stellenbosch, along Cape Town’s ...

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Art in the Seychelles

Seychelles is renown as a ‘melting pot of cultures’ but there’s also a rich tapestry of artistic creativity scattered about this Indian Ocean paradise that attracts an eclectic mix of artists and sculptors who can best be described as bohemian. ...

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Property Review: Entabeni Safari Conservancy

A Legend(ary) Cultural Conglomeration Tourism Tattler correspondent, Renate de Villiers visited Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa’s Limpopo province to discover what developments have taken place under the portfolio management of Legend Lodges, Hotels and Resorts. All over the world ...

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Property Review – Kempinski Seychelles

If a 6-star grading exists for accommodation establishments in the Seychelles, that would be my rating for this superb resort. From the friendly and efficient attention of staff on check-in to the luxurious room amenities, wide ranging facilities and ample ...

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Laid Back Lamu Island, Kenya

An aerial view over Manda Island, Kenya

There’s a tangible sense of the past, as if time has ceased to exist in Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago, that is uniquely memorable and appealing for niche leisure tourism. By Des Langkilde. This information map of the Lamu Archipelago is displayed ...

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Property Review: Toad Tree Lodge

Toad Tree Lodge, in the Kuleni Game Park,  is a wilderness haven – not only for the teeming game and birdlife but also for discerning tourists who want a self-catering South African bush experience within close proximity to KwaZulu-Natal’s King Shaka ...

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Property Review – Mdumbi Backpackers

Mdumbi Backpackers, located  on the Wild Coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is quickly becoming a badly kept secret. By Tourism Tattler correspondent Ingrid Sinclair. Unobtrusive on a hill with a 180-degree view of one of South Africa’s most beautiful ...

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Scotland and Turkey

Tattler editor Marjorie Dean is just back from a holiday in Europe. On trend, she decided to mark a special occasion by taking her whole immediate family of children and grandchildren on a holiday together. Then she and her husband ...

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Conventions — Par Excellence

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) invited Tourism Tattler, as the official trade journal to SATSA, to participate in a two-day trip to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s business events capabilities and facilities and to attend the annual South African ...

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Ndumu River Lodge

Ideally positioned along KwaZulu-Natal’s Route 22, between the village of Jozini and the Mozambique border, Ndumu River Lodge provides an ideal wilderness retreat for business travellers, incentive groups, wedding functions or just a long-weekend away. By Des Langkilde Researching the ...

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Property Review – Ubizane

Ubizane – The Place of Calling Ubizane Wildlife Reserve in South Africa lives up to its isiZulu name as a place that invokes natures call to experience her abundance of flora and fauna – natural assets that are as unique ...

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Restaurant Review – BiCE Hyde Park

Real Italian fine dining lights up Hyde Park Experience an authentic Italian journey of taste and flavour at BiCE Ristorante was the invitation. Who could resist that? Certainly not me, writes Tattler editor, Marjorie Dean. I have driven past the ...

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Warm and Welcoming – Natal Spa

Gooderson Leisure – A South African company for South African people.  That’s what their marketing material says. And on a recent visit to the lovely Natal Spa resort by Tattler Editor Marjorie Dean there was an opportunity to see just ...

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From Post Office to Monarch Hotel

Converting a post office into a five star hotel may have been a challenge for some but not for the Mantis Collection who have retained the old world elegance of this historical landmark, writes Des Langkilde. Once the iconic 1930’s ...

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Art Deco Boutique Hotel

Adrian Gardiner’s Shamwari Townhouse in Port Elizabeth underwent a major Art Deco revamp and relaunched as No5 Boutique Art Hotel with some innovative features, writes Des Langkilde. In choosing the new identity, No5 Boutique Art Hotel, the Mantis Collection literally ...

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Origins of the Mobile Tented Safari

A safari experience is unique to Africa but what does it take to put together a truly memorable safari reminiscent of bygone colonial times? Tourism Tattler’s Bev Langkilde spoke to award winning entrepreneur, Peter Hayward who is acknowledged as being ...

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Good Value, Good Fun

Memories you can afford As tourism statistics show, both local and international tourists aren’t staying at home but rather going back to basics and demanding value for their money plus memorable experiences that couple “fun” with good service. Gooderson Leisure, ...

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Mauritius from a travel trade perspective

Despite the islands close proximity to the African continent, Mauritius attracts more inbound tourists from Europe than from Africa, which is ironic considering the difference in travel time and the wealth of attractions, leisure resorts and business tourism benefits that ...

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