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Ecotourism: A Case Study

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that tourists who participate in ecotourism activities want reassurance that their host follows defined ecotourism principles. By Des Langkilde. Ecotourism Definitions In his book ‘Ecotourism: An Academic Definition’ (1999 ...

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Wild About White River

Zamani Restaurant at Destiny Lodge in White River

White River, 9 May 2019 – Your bucket list of favourite destinations for holidaying in South Africa will no doubt include a trip to the Kruger National Park – the bush and its unique something coupled with the anticipation of ...

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Spreading South Africa’s Good News

Filmmaker Shani Kay standing against a South Africa flag and SA INC logo

Spreading South Africa’s good news is at the heart of SA INC., a new 20-part series set to air on local TV channels with the objective of changing the narrative in South Africa to highlight and celebrate the country’s successes and ...

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KZN Tourism Routes

KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Routes

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province has a rich heritage of history, culture, crafts and endemic fauna and flora.  In this article, Tourism Tattler explores the province’s well-planned tourism routes and provides links for more information on each route. Much of ...

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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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Sleepy West Coast? Think Again!

Protea and fynbos with sea in background

South Africa’s West Coast has long had a reputation as a winding stretch of land linking quaint fishing villages and rolling hills of… well, not much at all. Recently, however, the region has experienced a remarkable renaissance that’s attracting visitors ...

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TGCSA Kicks Off 2019 Road Shows

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa logo

Johannesburg, 19 February 2019 – The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) team kicked off their countrywide provincial roadshows in Cape Town today. The aim of the roadshows is to outline the new grading criteria to all establishment owners and ...

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Winery Celebrates Muscat Vintage

Cape Town, 12 February 2019 – Stellenbosch Hills winery has marked an auspicious year with the release of its latest vintage Muscat de Hambourg. It was 30 years ago that the celebrated winery first produced the wine, South Africa’s only ...

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Wesgro Welcomes #Sona2019 eVisa Announcement

Tourist using laptop with South Africa Tourism and eVisa logos on screen

Cape Town, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Wesgro has welcomed President Ramaphosa’s announcement regarding the implementation of an eVisa regime in 2019 at the State of the Nation Address last night. With the goal of reaching 21 million tourists by ...

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Opposition Party Responds to #Sona2019

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and DA Leader Mmusi Maimane against backdrop of SONA 2019

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 08 February 2019 – Following yesterday’s State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), issued several thought-provoking, and highly relevant, press releases today. Time is ...

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African Pride Mount Grace Appoints New GM

Anthony Da Silva GM at African Pride Mount Grace

Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 05 February 2019 – Autograph Collection by Marriott International today announced the appointment of Anthony Da Silva as General Manager of the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection. In his role as ...

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Elements Luxury Suites Launches in Sea Point

Bedroom at Elements Luxury Suites, Sea Point, Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, 21 January 2019 – Short-term rental company Totalstay, in partnership with Elemental Property Developers, have launched Elements Luxury Suites, a development in upper Sea Point offering a variety of luxury accommodation for short-term rental. The unique ...

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Hotel Group Adopts Plastic-Free Straw Initiative

Plastic-free straw in beverage

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 January 2019 – In alignment with the plastic-free straw commitment of leading hotel group Accor Hotels, Mercure Hotels South Africa has fully adopted the initiative from January 2019 across their branches in Randburg, Midrand, Bedfordview and Nelspruit. Prior to the initiative ...

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New GM for Visit Knysna Tourism Office

Colleen Durant, Visit Knysna Tourism Office

Knysna, South Africa, 28 January 2019 – Colleen Durant has been appointed as the new General Manager for Visit Knysna Tourism Office as of 11 February 2019. Commenting on the appointment, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain said: “The appointment ...

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Stellenbosch Harvest Parade

It’s time to whip on your glad rags and join the parade! Once again, a merry, family-friendly spectacle hits the streets of Stellenbosch on Saturday, February 2 when farm locals of this renowned wine region take to the streets accompanied ...

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The uMfolozi: A Conservation Story

Zulu Chief

The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a special conservation story – the story of how Dr Ian Player started a global effort to save the rhino from extinction, and how years later five tribal chiefs contributed their land to conserve ...

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Badplaas Resort Recovers From Flood Damage

Flood damage to the warm water pool at Badplaas, A Forever Resort.

BADPLAAS, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 31 December 2018 – Following a flash flood that partially affected Badplaas, A Forever Resort on Friday, 28 December 2018, Forever Resorts South Africa has announced that the resort is open for business while restoration and ...

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SA Tourism CEO To Sit On UNWTO Advisory Board

SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2018 – South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, has been appointed onto the advisory board of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) QUEST program. UNWTO.QUEST is a program designed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ...

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The Blue Train Repositions Brand

The Blue Train

PRETORIA, South Africa – The Blue Train launched its new brand repositioning on Friday 23rd November 2018, the first in over 20 years, augmenting the brand to meet the evolving needs of the discerning traveller, and launching its MICE (Meetings, Incentives, ...

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Top 10 KZN Lilizela National Winners

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Lilizela 2018

DURBAN, 19 November 2018 – The national Lilizela Tourism Awards dubbed the “Oscars” of the industry, catapulted ten KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) tourism businesses to the top as they walked away with prestigious trophies to prove their worth in service excellence and have ...

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Stellenbosch Wines Win Big

Heartland of South African wine records another vin-torious year Stellenbosch has long been a centre of excellence across diverse fields, from sport to academics. In terms of wine, this year is no exception with a spectacular roundup of achievements over ...

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ONCE in Joburg Wins at Lilizela Awards

ONCE in Joburg

JOHANNESBURG, 19 November 2018 – After being awarded the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial title of best 4-star backpackers in Gauteng, ONCE in Joburg has come out on top at the National Awards Ceremony as the best backpacker accommodation in the ...

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Home Affairs Minister Resigns

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

SOUTH AFRICA, 13 November 2018 – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has finally served his letter of resignation to the Presidency following mounting pressure from the Democratic Alliance (DA) for President Cyril Ramaphosa to give him the boot. This comes ...

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MSC Musica Launches SA Summer Season

MSC Musica Launches SA Summer Season

DURBAN, South Africa, 8 November 2018 – MSC Cruises celebrated the arrival of MSC Musica in Durban yesterday by hosting media, travel agents and distinguished guests for an overnight experience onboard prior to the start of her seasonal tour in South ...

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SANParks Fees to Increase from 1 Nov 2018

SANParks Crocodile Bridge Gate

PRETORIA, South Africa, 31 October 2018 – South African National Parks (SANParks) will increase its Conservation fees from 1 November 2018 at all National Parks. All funds generated from conservation fees are used with the primary mandate of SANParks, which is ...

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AirAdvance To Front Airbnb Booking Payouts

South Africa rand currency

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Monday, 29 October 2018 – Further disruption in South Africa’s accommodation and property letting sector is on the cards as AirAdvance, a fintech startup, provides those offering private accommodation through Airbnb easy access to affordable finance. It uses a ...

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Green Flag Trails Launched in Graskop

Wonder View Graskop

MPUMALANGA, South Africa, 29 October 2018 – Earlier this month, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency launched the new Green Flag accredited BlydeHiking Trails which are approximately 30 kilometres in distance, at Wonder View Graskop, Mpumalanga. Guests and media were treated to ...

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Emirates Grows Wine Investment In South Africa

Cape Wine Farm

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is growing its relationship and investment with South Africa’s top local wine producers. Since 2005, the airline has partnered with 25 South African wineries, from which 50 different South African wines have been enjoyed ...

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Iconic President Hotel Revamped

CAPE TOWN, 16 October 2018 – Steeped in history as one of the oldest properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, the iconic President Hotel celebrates two decades since its namesake; former President Nelson Mandela reopened its doors in 1998 with a fresh ...

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Mozambique Ranked Greenest Country In The World

As global citizens celebrate World Environment Health Day today, research from energy comparison experts MoneySuperMarket reveals that Mozambique causes the least impact on the world’s climate while South Africa is listed as Africa’s biggest polluter. As research into climate change continues, it only ever becomes ...

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Weekly SA Forex Update

SOUTH AFRICA, Monday 17 September 2018 –  After the recent doom and gloom, last week finally brought some welcome relief for us Springbok supporters, and it wasn’t a bad week for the Rand either! By Bruce Burnett. These are the mid rates ...

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Growing the South African Economy For All

CAPE TOWN, 12 September 2018 – The following remarks were delivered by the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, during an urgent debate on ways to mitigate South Africas’ economic recession in Parliament today.  Honourable Members, The choice we face as ...

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Coworkers To Swap London For Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, 11 September 2018 – Coworking Days – a global community network of Freelancers and Digital Nomads – has launched Coworking Safari South Africa, an innovative 14-day trip that will see Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs swapping London for Cape Town, The Great Karoo and the ...

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Call For #ShotLeft Travel Week Partners

South African Tourism Sho't Left Campaign

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 28 August 2018 – In a bid to promote domestic travel, South African Tourism is launching Sho’t Left Travel Week, a ground-breaking initiative that will see a host of trade partners, airlines, hotel groups and tour operators offering ...

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SA Tourism Decline In First Half Of 2018

PRETORIA, 27 August 2018 – South Africa’s tourism sector should be in better shape than it currently is. That’s the word from Tourism Business Council of South Africa’s interim CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, following the release of its Tourism Business Index ...

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Mantis Group Appoints New CEO

JOHANNESBURG, 27 August 2018 – Following the 50% acquisition of the South African based company Mantis by AccorHotels in April 2018, Philippe Baretaud has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Mantis Group. “Philippe will be responsible for leading the ...

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Aquila Buys Inverdoorn Game Reserve

CAPE TOWN, 20 August 2018 – Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa today announced and confirmed its acquisition of the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape. The agreement was concluded on Thursday 16 August 2018. Over the last 20 years, ...

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The Killing of Tourism in South Africa

Canned lion hunting and trading in lion skeletons are having ever-widening negative ramifications for tourism in South Africa, with more than 40 airlines refusing to transport trophies, global marches, petitions, and hundreds of media reports combining to tarnish the country’s ...

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How Mining Benefits Africa’s Economy

Statue of miner with mining gear in background

The term ‘mining’ often drums up images of dusty, dark tunnels, hefty pieces of machinery like drills and crushers and rubble filled with valuable minerals and materials. However, while these are commonly found, the industry in and of itself is ...

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Shishangeni Lodge by BON Hotels introduces bush walks The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Shishangeni Bush Walks to their list of things to do. This new excursion has ...

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Three Tree Hill Opens Burchells Cottage

SOUTH AFRICA, 09 August 2018 – A spectacular new family cottage has opened at Three Tree Hill to cater for increased demand from families who want adventurous, active holidays. Located in the Spioenkop Nature Reserve near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, this 105 ...

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Women’s Day Message from DAWN

SOUTH AFRICA, 09 August 2018 – Today is National Women’s Day and a public holiday in South Africa. This day commemorates the historic march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria as thousands of women from across the country gathered to ...

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SANParks Marks World Ranger Day 2018

PORT ELIZABETH, 31 July 2018 – The Department of Environmental Affairs in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks) today launched World Ranger Day in Addo Elephant National Park. Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson delivered the commemorative message highlighting the dedication and ...

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World Celebrates #MandelaDay2018

SOUTH AFRICA, 18 July 2018 – Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 is being celebrated worldwide today to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and ...

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SA’s Visa & Birth Certificate Regulations Update

CAPE TOWN, 13 July 2018 – The controversial requirements of unabridged birth certificates for travellers visiting or departing from South Africa with their children may soon be amended. This latest development forms part of the Department of Home Affairs modernisation programme, which includes upgrades ...

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Panasonic Launches SA Headquarters

CAPE TOWN, Thursday 12 July 2018 – Today, Panasonic South Africa – a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation – launched its new South African Headquarters in Century City, Cape Town. The event was attended by the Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation ...

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Ramsgate Book & Art Festival Expands

The annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, set in the picturesque, seaside village of Ramsgate on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast is set to expand in 2018. This cultural, colourful and community-driven festival is entering into its fourth year and is now ...

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Power Lines Driving Cape Vultures to Extinction

VulPro, an NGO that works tirelessly to safeguard Africa’s vulture population through rescue and rehabilitation, has warned that unless urgent action is taken, South Africa’s electrical grid could be driving South Africa’s endemic Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) towards extinction. This comes ...

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WTM-Africa Kicks Off in Cape Town

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. It is all systems go as WTM Africa 2018 kicks off today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to deliver an exhibition dedicated to furthering the potential of tourism on the continent and ...

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