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An Ode to the Durban Curry

Durban bunny chow curry

If you can read this whole story without laughing then you’ve probably never tasted a real Durban curry. I was crying by the end… This witty narration is probably fictional – it was doing the email rounds back in 2008, ...

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Miss South Africa 2020 Entries Open

Miss South Africa logo with 2019 winner

Johannesburg, 10 May 2020 – Entries for Miss South Africa 2020 open at 09h00 tomorrow and close on May 31, 2020, at midnight. The organisers believe they may have the best year ever and are hoping for a record number ...

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SA Celebrates Freedom Day Under Lockdown

newspaper clip image from SA Tourism Freedom Day advertisement

Monday, 27 April 2020 – Today is an important landmark in South Africa’s history; Freedom Day. To acknowledge the great sacrifices South Africans have made since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, South African Tourism has released a new television ...

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South Africa Enters Second Phase of Lockdown

Pretoria, 23 March 2020 – Today, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce an enforced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March. This follows the Presidents’ address of 15th March, when ...

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Travel Restrictions at South African Airports

COVID-19 virus image with ACSA logo

Johannesburg, 20 March 2020 – Airports Company South Africa has, together with other relevant aviation authorities, implemented air travel restrictions as detailed by the Minister of Transport in the International Air Services (Covid19 Restrictions on The Movement Of Air Travel) ...

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Mauritius Bans All Inbound Flights

Composite image showing a holiday resort with Mauritius flag and globe position

Mauritius, 18 March 2020 – The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, has announced today that no commercial aircraft will be allowed to land on the island with effect from 10:00 (Mauritius time) on Thursday, 19 March 2020. This ...

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South Africa in Lockdown against COVID-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa with SA flag and Covid-19 virus background

Pretoria, 16 March 2020 – South Africa’s President Cyril Rhamaphosa announced measures to combat the spread of Corovirus (COVID-19) on Sunday 15th March. The measures effectively place a lockdown on foreign tourists travelling to the country from some key inbound ...

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Value Added Tax in the Tourism Industry

hands holding calculator and pen

Value Added Tax (VAT) charged to clients in the Tourism Industry can be a minefield, especially when dealing with foreign tourists. In the tourism industry, not only does one need to look at the costs of putting together the trip, ...

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Panorama

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a five-star premium eco-luxury lodge, is set in a pristine Milkwood forest overlooking Walker Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.  Beyond a luxury experience, progressive tourism is incorporated into every level of the ...

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James Vos on eVisas and Tourism Growth

James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management in the City of Cape Town

Cape Town, February 2020 – During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of Nation Address, he announced the roll-out of Electronic Visas (eVisas), to make applications easier for tourists wanting to visit the country. As the incoming Mayoral Committee Member for Economic ...

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Amakhala Safari Lodge

Amakhala Safari Lodge

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout the prestigious Safari Lodge on the northern boundary of Amakhala Game Reserve. ...

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Sibuya Game Reserve

Aerial view of Sibuya Game Reserve

Located on the coast at Kenton on Sea in the Eastern Cape and spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, the malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve, Tented Camps and Lodge is South Africa’s only ...

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Top Tips for Road-Tripping Around South Africa

Road trip along Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town

So, you’ve decided to, or at the very least you are thinking about, going on a once in a lifetime road trip around South Africa. You definitely won’t regret it! From the beautiful beaches to the lush green mountain scenery, ...

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In Memoriam: David Munton 1936–2020

David Munton 1936–2020

Cape Town, 22 January 2020 – The travel industry joins City Sightseeing South Africa in mourning the passing of their Co-founder and Director, David Munton, this morning.  At 83, David Munton was well known in the South African tourism industry ...

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13 Tips to Surviving as a Small Tourism Business

Main image: Paul Miedema and Nelson Sebezela of Calabash tours. Operating a small tourism business in South Africa can be tough. Tourism Tattler asked tourism stalwart Paul Miedema of Calabash Tours for some tips and lessons learnt in operating his ...

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The World’s Toughest Inflatable Boat Race

Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas Challenge boat on a wave

PLETTENBERG BAY, South Africa, 28 December 2019 – Hosted along the Western Cape coastline, the world’s toughest inflatable boat race takes place over five days between Plettenberg Bay and Gordon’s Bay. The race that separates the men from the boys, ...

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Inner Secrets of The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga

Acknowledged as the Grande Dame of hotels in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, The Oyster Box has earned its reputation as the best 5-star hotel in South Africa, not only by virtue of its numerous award-winning accolades but also by its world-class hospitality, ...

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South Africa Ranked Most Affordable Destination for USA Winter Travel

Snow skier descending on a tower of giraffe

NEW YORK, NY, 12 December 2019 – South Africa has been ranked as the top exotic destination for USA tourists to visit in Winter 2019/2020. This is according to Tourlane, an online travel expert for tailor-made dream vacations, whose index ...

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Long-Term Parking Tariffs at Airports Slashed for Holiday Season

Aircraft over Cape Town International Airport

Johannesburg, 12 December 2019 – Parking tariffs for stays of seven days and longer at South Africa’s four largest airports have been slashed for the peak holiday season from 13 December to 13 January. The reduced tariffs will apply at ...

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Cape Town Tourism Announces New Board Chairpersons

Cape Town Tourism chairpersons Brett Hendricks and Wahida Parker

CAPE TOWN, 11 December 2019 – The City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, Cape Town Tourism, has announced the election of Brett Hendricks as its new board chairperson with Wahida Parker continuing in her role as vice-chairperson effective immediately for ...

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Green Flag Hiking Trails Launched in Europe

Green Flag Trails Greece

In October 2019, trail professionals from 13 countries gathered on the island of Kythera, Greece, for the training of trail auditors using the South African born Green Flag Trails certification system, led by the World Trails Network. During the 7-days ...

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Great White Shark Behaviour

White shark gaping off Gansbaai, South Africa

Great White Sharks engage in a number of behavioural and social activities, ranging from courtship to complex social behaviour. White sharks are generally very curious; they display intelligence and they even socialize if the situation demands it. Below are a ...

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Nationalities Come Together to Make History

South Africa participates in the historic one-off Emirates A380 flight marking the 48th UAE National DayOver 540 passengers onboard bring to life the UAE’s multicultural strength and diversityA GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most nationalities on an aircraft. DUBAI, UAE, 02 December, 2019: Celebrating ...

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SA Government Rewards Incompetence with R2.6bn Bonuses

South African Rand currency

CAPE TOWN, 14 November 2019 – In the 2018/19 financial year, South Africa’s national and provincial governments spent R2.6 billion of public money on bonuses for cadres and millionaire managers. This includes R628 million spent by the national government, and ...

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R100M Upgrade for Protea Hotel By Marriott Kruger Gate

Ideally located in the Greater Kruger Conservancy, right at the Paul Kruger Gate and on the banks of the iconic Sabie River, the lodge-styled Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate reveals expanded amenities and enhanced experiences following an R100 million ...

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South Africa Scraps Travel Restriction for Minors

SA Tourism Welcome Man logo with Unabridged Birth Certificate Scrapped wording

JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2019 – International minors travelling to South Africa will no longer require Unabridged Birth Certificates or consent letters when travelling with their parents. The announcement made by the Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,  yesterday comes into ...

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2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards National Winners

2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards winner River House Manor receiving their award

JOHANNESBURG, 10 November 2019 – The national winners of the 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards received their trophies at a glittering function held at the Sun Arena in Pretoria last night. The event is held annually to honour excellence in South ...

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Springboks Rugby World Cup Glory Inspires Africa

The 2019 Springbok rugby team with the Webb Ellis Trophy

TOKYO, Japan, 2 November 2019 – The Springboks 32-12 victory against England today to clinch the 2019 Rugby World Cup trophy in Japan will inspire millions on the African continent. Commenting on the teams’ success, Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby ...

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KwaZulu-Natal 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 the ...

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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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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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5 Unique Reasons to Visit Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Tourist taking a photo of elephants at Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Besides the fact that Inverdoorn is conveniently positioned a mere 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town International Airport (and 40 minutes from Aquila Game Reserve), there are many reasons why you should visit this Private Game Reserve. Some of these reasons are unique to ...

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2019 Wine and Food Tourism Awardees Announced

2019 Wine and Food Tourism Awardees

Cape Town, 18 September 2019 – South Africa’s top wine and food tourism providers were named honourees in the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Awards at the close of this year’s Wine and Food Tourism Conference held at Spier near ...

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The Best English Language Centres for Foreigners in South Africa

Chalkboard with Never Stop Learning words

Learning a new language when travelling abroad is one of the most beneficial experiences for tourists. With English being the first language in South Africa, there are many English language training centres but some are better than others. So, where ...

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Domestic Tourism Poised for Growth

Johannesburg, 11 September 2019 – Despite the prevailing tough economic conditions putting pressure on disposable income, South Africans are still travelling and touring local destinations.  According to the annual review by the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism ...

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Sho’t Left Travel Week Lifts Off With 16 Days To Go

Sho't Left Travel Week branding

SOUTH AFRICA, Friday 06 September 2019 – Sho’t Left Travel Week is back for 2019 with lots more deals for domestic travellers to choose from. Taking place between 23-29 September 2019, the week is packed with great travel deals, with ...

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Why Timeshare Rentals Offer the Best Holidays

Lounge area at The Peninsula timeshare in Cape Town

In the past timeshare resorts were for the exclusive use of owners and their families or friends, but not anymore. These sought-after resorts are becoming a popular choice for people holidaying on a budget and wanting peace-of-mind when it comes ...

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Popular Travel Destinations in Africa

Giraffe stretching to reach tree canopy leaves

As the second biggest continent in the world, Africa is renowned for its wildlife and expansive landscapes. This is a continent that mesmerizes visitors with images of crystalline waters, vast grasslands, exotic fauna and flora, white-sand beaches, and majestic mountain ...

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R3.5m Geneva Trip Affects 10.2m Unemployed

Michael Cardo - the DA Shadow Minister of Employment and Labour

The South African government spent a whopping R3.5 million on a 12-day trip to Geneva for 35 delegates in June. In this article, Dr Michael Cardo MP – the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Employment and Labour, asks how ...

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National Minister Of Tourism, A First For Wine And Food Conference

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Margi Biggs

For the first time, a national government minister will attend the annual Wine & Food Tourism Conference, when South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, presents the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Awards at Spier, near Stellenbosch on 18 September. ...

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South Africa Expands Visa Waiver List

Passport with visa

DURBAN, 10 July 2019 – South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added seven countries to the visa waiver list for travel to South Africa. Citizens of Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, New Zealand, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and ...

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ATA To Host World Tourism Conference in Joburg

ATA World Tourism Conference Johannesburg

New York, 18 June 2019 – The Africa Tourism Association (ATA) will be hosting the World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22 – 26 July 2019, and will highlight the opportunities tourism can bring to African economies. In less ...

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Africa To Celebrate Travel And Tourism Change-Makers In Durban

2019 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum

DURBAN, 18 June 2019 – Africa, will once again celebrate travel and tourism change-makers at the 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards, slated to take place from 28 to 29 in Durban. Registration for complimentary attendance as well as entries ...

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2019 Wine & Food Tourism Awards Deadline Extended

Wine tasting

The deadline for nominations to enter the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Awards has been extended to 30 June – see entry links at the end of this post. The annual Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, currently in its ...

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Awesome Street Art in Johannesburg

Awesome Graffiti Street Art in Johannesburg

Art tourism is a growing niche and Johannesburg might not be the first place you think of as a destination for visiting awesome street art sites but as you will see from my list below, local street artists are quickly ...

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Lucid launches SA’s newest hotel brand Home* Suite Hotels

13 June 2019, Cape Town- Lucid Ventures, the R350M Cape Town based Hotel Fund, this week announced the launch of an all new boutique hotel brand Home* Suite Hotels into the South African market.  The brand aims to attract discerning ...

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Adventure Tourism: An Operators Guide To Risk Transfer

The business of providing adventure activities to tourists is a contentious issue when it comes to securing risk transfer via short term insurance. The reasons are as complex as this niche tourism sector is diverse. This article explores how the ...

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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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How to Become a Tourist Guide in South Africa

Tourist guide with a cycling group

Tourist guides in South Africa are some of the most important people in the travel trade. They interact on a personal level daily with tourists, and a good tourist guide can make a holiday visit really memorable.  In this article, ...

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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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Tourism: Economic Friend Or Environmental Foe?

Young man with a sunflower

Cape Town, 8 May 2019- Whilst it boosts the economy, encourages growth and development, by nature, tourism takes its toll on the planet. On the doorstep of Cape Town International, Hotel Verde finds ways to turn the potential curse into ...

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Bon Hotels Partners With The Sunflower Fund

Young man with a sunflower

Cape Town, 30 April 2019 – The BON Hotels Group has announced a multi-tiered CSI partnership with The Sunflower Fund Registry for Africa. The Sunflower Fund is a donor recruitment centre and stem cell registry that fights blood diseases like ...

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Call for Comments on SA Tourism Amendment Bill

Tourist pointing at sky

South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, published the Tourism Amendment Draft Bill in the Government Gazette on 15 April 2019. Tourism stakeholders have 60 days (by 15 June) to provide comment. The Tourism Act, 2014 remains the legislative framework ...

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Entries Open for 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards

Lilizela Tourism Awards Trophies

JOHANNESBURG, Friday, 03 May 2019 – Entries for the South African tourism industry’s premier awards, the National Lilizela Tourism Awards, are open. Now in its seventh year, these awards recognise those who work passionately and with pride to deliver a ...

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SA Tourism Performance Sees Further Decline

Tourism Business Index masthead

Pretoria, 26 April 2019 – South Africa’s tourism industry woes continue as 2018 proves to have been the worst year for business performance since the inception of the Tourism Business Index (TBI) in 2010. The index shows a bleak picture ...

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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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BON Hotels acquires 4-star boutique hotel, Die Kliphuis in Standerton

Standerton, 27 March 2019 – On Wednesday, 25 March 2019, BON Hotels announced the acquisition of Die Kliphuis, a boutique hotel located in Standerton, to augment the group’s fast-growing portfolio. This elegant, sandstone homestead, steeped in history, has over the past ...

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How is Africa faring when it comes to adopting new hotel technology?

Robot hand with concierge bell

Cape Town, 25 March 2019– Hotel technology is developing in leaps and bounds across the globe with the African continent in particular gaining traction as a major force in the hospitality industry. The region’s potential continues to grow as several countries ...

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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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Rescued Circus Lions Arrive in South Africa

Circus Lion in Ukraine

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 04 March 2019 – Four lions rescued from a Ukraine circus have been released into their new home at the Kragga Kamma Game Park after being airlifted by Turkish Cargo. National flag carrier Turkish Airlines’ cargo ...

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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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Hotel Group Sets New Strategy For South Africa

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton

Johannesburg, 17 February 2019 – Radisson Hotel Group has announced its new commercial strategy for South Africa. The Group currently operates 11 hotels and 2,200+ rooms across the country and is also one of the fastest growing hotel brands in ...

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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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Hotel Group Announces Waterfront Acquisition

Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2019  – African hotel group ONOMO Hotels have announced the addition of their second Cape Town property, Signature Lux Waterfront by ONOMO, into their portfolio. The recently-launched hotel brings a new competitor to the ...

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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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Plett Cancels 2019 Wine & Bubbly Festival

Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, 05 February 2019 – Plett Tourism and the Plett Winelands have cancelled the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, which was to be convened from 23 & 24 March 2019. The festival has been postponed to March ...

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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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Animal Interaction Consultation Workshop Dates Announced

Cheetah cub paw in human hand

SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Thursday 24 January 2019: The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is inviting the travel trade to join a series of consultative workshops on the topic of animal interactions to be held across the country from 12 February ...

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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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Revenant Red breathes new life into a South African classic wine

Many of the great, long-lived Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon wines of the 1950s, 60s and 70s conspired over a secret ingredient. Cinsault was hidden within the wines without mention on the label, lending elegance and perfume to these Cape classics. Sadly, ...

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Partnership to Redefine Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa partnership team

Brand South Africa, the official custodian of South Africa’s nation brand, has partnered with Business Leadership South Africa and SA INC. to redefine the national conversation. The team at Regency Global, producers of the SA INC. TV series, aim to ...

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How To Keep Luxury Incentive Travel Local

waiter with coffee on a tray

Is it possible to retain local corporate incentive spend within South Africa’s borders rather than lose out on incentive event budgets paid to outbound destinations? To find out, we asked Mobile Safari Outfitter Peter Hayward to give his opinion on ...

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The Travel Dilemma: Book Ahead or Last Minute?

Trafalgar guided holiday to Ireland

The great dilemma of whether to book ahead for a planned holiday or to wait for a last-minute bargain is common. South Africans, in particular, worry about losing out on currency fluctuations and often leave booking their holiday abroad ’til ...

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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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50 Ways to explore Cape Town for under R50

South Africa’s Mother City has a lot to offer budget-conscious tourists. Make the most of your Cape Town visit by exploring the following 50 things to see or do for R50 or less – or even for free! 1. Explore ...

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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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New Partnership to boost South African Tourism Sector

Amadeus Group staff

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2018 – In what has been dubbed an unprecedented alliance, key stakeholders in South Africa’s travel and tourism sector are partnering with Amadeus IT Group and South Africa’s Department of Tourism in a ground-breaking public-private sector ...

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SA Tourism CEO To Sit On UNWTO Advisory Board

SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona UNWTO QUEST logo

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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Tourvest Acquires Mozambique Voyages

a beach in Mozambique

Tourvest Destination Management has acquired Mozambique Voyages, a DMC specialising in both self-drive and tailor-made holidays in Mozambique.

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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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Stage Set for National Lilizela Tourism Awards

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018

JOHANNESBURG, 17 November 2018 – The much anticipated National Lilizela Tourism Awards ceremony kicks off tonight at the Sandton Convention Centre from 4 pm. The sixth edition of the national Lilizela Tourism Awards ceremony will be hosted by renowned media personalities, ...

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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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Countdown to Meetings Africa 2019 begins

Meetings Africa 2019 Sisa Ntshona

The countdown to Meetings Africa 2019 has begun. The team here at the South Africa National Convention Bureau is hard at work preparing and looking forward to welcoming and hosting all delegates from across the world to our magnificent country. ...

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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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#WTMLDN 2018: KZN Promotes Global Connectivity

TKZN staff at WTM London 2018

On display at WTM London, which is taking place at Excel from 5-7 November 2018, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) is promoting KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Zulu Kingdom to top operators from all over of the world, engaging them on packaging tours ...

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Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers Launches “Chef’s Cut” Menu

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers is hosting a unique, limited edition chef’s menu with secret dishes and flavour combinations to tantalize the palate. Curated by Executive Chef Cameron Giles, “Chef’s Cut” is a menu offering that features a fresh ...

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Promising Tourism Businesses Rewarded in the Cape

The winners of the annual Cape Town Tourism Board Development Fund (BDF) have been announced at a glittering industry function at the Cape Town International Conference Centre in the city. The BDF, established in 2014, has already aided several businesses ...

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Toyota Tops 2018 MOTY Awards

SAVRALA 2018 MOTY Awards

Toyota South Africa Motors (Tdominated the SAVRALA 2018 Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards and even clinched the Leasing Category to become the overall winner by some margin.

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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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