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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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Event tourism boosts high season arrivals in Cape Town

The ever-popular Cape Town Rugby Sevens kicks off the weekend of December 8 and 9 2018, coinciding with Cruise Ship Season and the start of the summer holidays for many locals. After a turbulent year, the tourism industry is looking ...

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Tourism Boom for Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

ZIMBABWE, 19 November 2018 – Africa Albida Tourism has recorded its busiest year ever, as tourists flock to Victoria Falls, with its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoying 80-plus per cent occupancy over the past six months. In the ...

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Lilizela 2018 National Winners Revealed

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom at the Lilizela Awards

JOHANNESBURG, Saturday, 17 November 2018 – The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom revealed the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards national winners at a glittering function convened at the Sandton Convention Centre this evening. The sixth edition of the National Lilizela Tourism Awards ...

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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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Call for Proposals: African Tourism Innovation

UNWTO African Tourism Innovation

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD), is calling for proposals to enter the UNWTO/NEPAD Tourism Tech Adventure: Promoting African Tourism Innovation, an initiative dedicated to supporting the African startups that will lead ...

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An Insiders Guide to Europe

INSIDR Guide to Europe

It’s always a delight when I come across authors who share the same passions that I do. I recently had the opportunity to meet the guys from Insidr – a website for travellers, not tourists! They have curated some really useful tips ...

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Unlocking Tourism Growth Through Innovation

Wine & Food Conference

At the recent The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, held at Spier near Stellenbosch, renowned US-based big data specialist Cathy Huyghe of Enolytics LLC outlined an approach suggested for Cape Winelands wine, food and hospitality establishments, using big ...

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How Government Can Work with Tourism to Create Jobs

Brett Hendricks, General Manager Thebe Tourism Group

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 23 October 2018 – South Africa is a country in crisis, having been hit by several waves of bad news for the economy. However, with the government and the tourism private sector working together, we can ...

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Heritage and Technology Converge to Boost Tourism

Just in time for National Heritage Day on 24 September, Drakenstein Local Tourism Association has introduced a mobile application that combines the proud heritage of the region with the latest state-of-the-art technology. The Visit Paarl and Visit Wellington apps are ...

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Drakenstein Celebrates Heritage at Cape Wine

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 21 September 2018 – Drakenstein Local Tourism Association used the recently held Cape Wine 2018 to showcase the proud heritage and award-winning wines of the Paarl and Wellington regions. With 352 producers attending this year’s event, ...

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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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Property Developers Should Seek Advice on Hotel Projects

Property developers should seek early professional advice when embarking on hotel projects. An African awakening in the hotel development arena might be an understatement as hotel projects, contracts and deals are concluded at a rapid pace in many well-disposed countries ...

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BON Hotels Links Nigerea Tourism Circuits

BON Hotels’ growth in Nigeria has been prodigious and continues to flourish with the more recent acquisitions of 11 additional hotels in the region bringing their portfolio in West Africa up to 25 hotels across 14 cities and in so ...

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The big “Little 5”

The big “Little 5” Treasures of the Namib desert Namibia – the meeting place of extreme landscapes on Africa’s West Coast – on one side the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, and on the other side a ...

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Wellington Wows Global Cycling Fraternity

The small Boland town of Wellington in the Drakenstein Valley raised its international profile considerably when it recently won the titles of “Best Town Spirit” and “Best Stage Location” during the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic. This accolade has firmly established ...

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BON Hotels Signs New Hotel in Johannesburg

BON Hotels has added Destiny Exclusive Hotel, Wellness Spa & Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, to its South African portfolio. The modern, boutique-styled 40-roomed hotel will be known as Destiny Hotel and Convention Centre by BON Hotels. Located on ...

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Tourism body and wine route amalgamate

Wine tourism and destination marketing in Paarl is off to a great start for 2018 with Paarl Tourism and Paarl Wine Route amalgamating to operate under one umbrella with effect from January 2018. The decision, which was made during the ...

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Drakenstein Hosts 100 Women in Tourism

In celebration of Women’s Month, the Drakenstein Municipality hosted a hundred women on National Women’s Day, 9 August, to showcase the unique and diverse offerings of the region. The celebrations focused on the role of women in tourism and were ...

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Wonder Women

The hotel and hospitality business is a tough one; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Why, then, do so many women opt for this as a career choice? This industry requires among many things mental strength, ...

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BON Hotels sign 12th hotel in Nigeria

BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with ...

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Sun Resorts Awarded the Best Hotel Chain in 2017

During the 3rd edition of the “Victoires du Tourisme” which occurred on Wednesday 31st May in Paris, Sun Resorts won the title of the best hotel chain 2017. The group henceforth outperforms the Beachcomber and Lux* hotel groups. Solea, which ...

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Drakenstein Shines at Tourism Awards

Members of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association(Paarl & Wellington) walked away with several accolades during the recently held Cape Winelands District Municipality Tourism Awards hosted in Wellington.  This was the fifth edition of the awards, which recognise exceptional performance within ...

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Gold Travel Launches in Jozi

Konrad Laker, CEO of Cape Town-based Gold Travel, will see his expansion plans pay off as the group launches their first Johannesburg office in March. Travel Master, a Midrand based travel company that has been on Laker’s radar since 2013, ...

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Namibia – Single, Available and Exotic

The recent currency roller- coaster, expensive travel visas and fears of terrorism across Europe and the East have left African business and holiday travellers searching locally for their travel, meetings and conference options. Exotic destinations are becoming a stretch on ...

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A Lilizela Service win for Garden Court Blackrock Hotel

The South African tourism industry celebrated its top business owners and service providers at the fourth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the 16 October 2016. From this year’s record number of 1122 ...

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Tourism a ‘Window of Opportunity’ for SA

Cape Town – Tourism is one of the best performing sectors in South Africa’s economy with its strong competitive advantage, the favourable exchange rate and the global growth in outbound tourism. James Vos MP, the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of ...

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City of Tshwane to Host SETE 2016

The 6th edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference, will run from the 25-27 October 2016 at the Protea Hotel Fire&Ice! in Menlyn, Tshwane (Pretoria). SETE is a dynamic business-to-business platform that is aimed at positioning South ...

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Looking to China for SA Inbound Tourists

Billions of rands are being invested into South Africa by Chinese corporations, trade delegations are coming and going on official visits, and interest in South Africa is on the rise in terms of tourism. By Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town ...

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Tito Mboweni Elected Chairman of TBCSA

Pretoria. The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has elected former South African Reserve Bank Governor, Mr Tito Mboweni, as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. The appointment was ratified at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which ...

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Tsogo Sun Invests at Sabi River Sun Hotel

Tsogo Sun, the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, continually focuses on the renovation and renewal of their properties to maintain the high standard which is synonymous with visiting a Tsogo Sun property. To this end, Tsogo ...

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Tsogo Sun Hotels Ranked Among the Top 10 on TripAdvisor

Three iconic Tsogo Sun Durban properties have been ranked among the top ten hotels in the city according to world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor. The hotel group is delighted to announce that Garden Court Marine Parade is currently recognised as ...

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Food in Tourism Marketing

By Dr. Peter E. Tarlow There is little doubt that food is a major part of the tourism experience.  Because eating is an essential part of living, food or culinary tourism has a broad base of appeal.  In fact, often ...

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2016 New Year Message from SA’s Tourism Minister

The message below, dated 21 January 2016, is directed to all business and trade stakeholders in tourism from the South African Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom. Dear Friends in Tourism The whirlwind holiday season has subsided for South Africans, ...

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Super-rich Tourism in Africa

A recent study by New World Wealth titled ‘Millionaire Tourism in Africa’, says that around 43,000 multi-millionaires visited Africa in the 12 months to September 2015. South Africa was the most popular African destination for the super-rich, with roughly 11,000 ...

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How Tourism Can Lead To Rural Regeneration

Creative packaging and marketing of rural tourism attractions can lead to job creation and rural regeneration, writes Prof. Melville Saayman. Earlier this year, whilst doing research in one of the national parks, I was confronted by poverty and the impact ...

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10 Tips on Selecting Tour Operator Software

For Tour Operators, it always comes down to cost; but investing in tools that will improve productivity, manage workflow, reduce errors and give your travellers a professional look and feel are an absolute must, writes Linday de Heer. Embrace the ...

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Economic Volatility & Tourism in SA

South Africa’s current economic volatility offers opportunities for tourism growth and job creation, but government must pave the way by removing obstacles that inhibit growth and the country’s competitiveness as a destination, writes Unathi Sonwabile Henama. Charles Dickens in his ...

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New Legacy For Tourism in Zimbabwe

African Sun and Legacy Hospitality today signed an agreement to co-operate in the development of Tourism in Zimbabwe. The agreement provides for the management, refurbishment and expansion of five of African Sun’s strategic assets. Bart Dorrestein, Chairman of the Legacy ...

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Branding Africa

Recently the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Regional Conference on Enhancing Brand Africa and Fostering Tourism Development was hosted in Accra, Ghana to discuss branding Africa. Velma Corcoran reports on the outcome. I joined delegates from across the continent, ...

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Waterkloof Estate warms up with a hearty Winter Platter

Waterkloof Estate is warming up with a hearty Winter Platter. Bring on the big chill as Waterkloof, the arresting cellar ‘in the sky’ outside Somerset West, famous for its award-winning architecture, elegant wines and omnipresent views, gives reason to embrace ...

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Cover Story – July

Our cover for July is dedicated to the National Arts Festival – a major tourist attraction, and an important event on the South African cultural calendar. It is also the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. ...

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Managing Credit Card Fraud in Tourism

The tourism industry is a popular target for credit card fraud, according to a leading payment services provider – but there are ways to manage the risk, writes Elzaan Rohde. “Accommodation establishments like hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs are especially vulnerable ...

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Cover Story – May 2015

Our cover for May features Hotel Verde Cape Town – ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ – for a while anyway. Because the hotel’s owner, Mario Delicio and his industrious team have just launched Verde Hotels – a hospitality solutions group that aims ...

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How to Streamline your Tour Operator Business

Surprisingly, there are still tour operators who rely on manual (spreadsheet and other) solutions to run their businesses, which invariably leads to costly errors, resource wastage and loss of business due to the slow turnaround time in getting quotes to ...

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Are Concierges Right For Tour Operators?

In this article, guest blogger Julia Barrero of Xola looks at the ecosystem of tourist-driven sales for tour operators with a special focus on hotel concierges. But before asking whether you should be pursuing hotel concierges as a booking engine ...

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Cover Story – April 2015

Our April cover depicts the restored Slave Bell at Spier Wine Farm, which was built by Van der Byl in 1825. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. ...

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Law of Contracts – Part 9

In Part 1 (August 2014), I categorised risk into five categories, namely; 1. PEOPLE, 2. MONEY, 3. LAW, 4. SERVICE and 5. ECOLOGY. In this series, I deal with the risk profile of each, i.e. broadly speaking the areas of ...

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Cover Story – January 2015

A prosperous New Year to Tourism Tattler’s readers. To me, the new year provides a new chapter in life waiting to be travelled and written. New destinations to be discovered, questions to be asked, and answers to be gleaned. But ...

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Why Deep Discounting Doesn’t Work

Hotels that participate in last-minute discount deals might not make the best business decision – no matter whether it is done to raise awareness or as a way to boost occupancy. By Tourism Tattler contributor, Jean Francois Mourier. Black Friday ...

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Open Skies under attack

The US Open Skies policy and resultant market liberalization agreements entered into with governments around the world are under attack by some airlines that seek to frustrate foreign carrier new entry. To maintain Open Skies and robust competition, the Business ...

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Cover Story – November 2014

This edition of Tourism Tattler is dedicated to the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA). The TGCSA was established in the year 2000, and operates as a business unit of South African Tourism. Over the past 14 years, the ...

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Southern Africa: Island hopping at its best

The Southern Africa region consists of 15 countries, including Madagascar; Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania – perfect island hopping destinations. By Kwakye Donkor. The Southern Africa region consists of 15 countries, namely, Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, ...

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Money & Payment

In Part 1 (page 36 – August issue), I categorised risk into five categories, namely; 1. PEOPLE, 2. MONEY, 3. LAW, 4. SERVICE and 5. ECOLOGY. I will be dealing with the risk profile of each, i.e. broadly speaking the ...

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Win with MasterDrive

To enter this competition, simply find the answer to the following question and click on the button below to enter OR email editor@tourismtattler.com with the answer. NB: Remember to include your full name, business name and contact number. “In what ...

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Cape Town Diamond Museum celebrates World Tourism Day this September

World Tourism Day, held annually on the 27th of September, aims to raise awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The importance of tourism in Cape Town is astounding, ...

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Cape Town Tour Operator Course – 25 Aug 2014

The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is offering an Introductory Training for Tour Operators course in Cape Town, South Africa, in response to the demand of the market. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to ...

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Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta – Seychelles

A team from the Seychelles Tourism Academy working on the Praslin Culinary and Arts Fiesta, was on the island at the end of last week to update their Praslin partners and hoteliers on the latest developments and what remains to ...

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Ebola Outbreak Update

The South African Department of Health has issued the following statement dated 01 August 2014. Note that there are links to two PDF documents at the end of this article that can be downloaded from this website for more information ...

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Tourism Business Performance Down

South Africa’s tourism business performance dipped in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index (TBI). By Kagiso Mosue. The report shows a score of 94.7 across April, May and June, indicating performance ...

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Access to Finance

A critical factor in SMME development Entrepreneurs need access to finance, but they also need access to other factors that contribute to business success, such as training, mentorship and market access. By Paula Bester. When an entrepreneur speaks of the ...

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World Heritage Sites List for Africa

The importance of World Heritage sites in Africa cannot be underestimated. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. A UNESCO World Heritage listing ensures that the natural ...

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The Fine Print

In Part 1 of this three part series, I wrote about the importance of building a culture of ownership and looked at the ‘Big 5’ preventative measures in managing risk. In part 2, I will deal with the fine print ...

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SA Tourism Board Appoints New Chairperson

Following the resignation of the Chairperson of the Board of South African Tourism, Mr Frank Kilbourn last week, the Minister of Tourism Mr Derek Hanekom has appointed Mr. Zwelibanzi Mntambo as the new Chairperson of the board with immediate effect. ...

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KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival

If wine tasting, house music and fabulous food sounds like a divine date, then you are in for a treat because TOPS at SPAR are taking you on a date to remember as they confirm that thirteen of South Africa’s ...

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SATSA Aids Gauteng Tour Operator Permitting Issues

Following a meeting with MEC Ismail Vadi and his executive team, the Southern African Tourism Services association (SATSA) is pleased to announce that the Department of Transport in Gauteng has made an allowance to continue with the current permit system, ...

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Best Shopping Deals in Turkey

Tourists want to make their shopping experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible. If your travel clients are looking for a unique shopping destination to add to their bucket list, Turkey is the answer. By Amelia Verona. In Turkey, your ...

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SA Tourism Minister Broaches Immigration Debacle

South Africa’s tourism minister Derek Hanekom has called for urgent discussions between his department and Home Affairs about the detrimental impact that the new immigration regulations might have on tourism. In the media statement posted below (presumably prompted in response ...

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Nairobi’s hotels could grow if stability improves

Kenya’s Nairobi hotel sector has demonstrated an impressive resilience and strength in the wake of a turbulent 18 months and is likely to reach its true potential with a period of political and economic stability. This is the conclusion of ...

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9 Essential Skills for Entrepreneurs

Operating a successful tourism business requires certain skills. Test your own proficiency against these nine skill sets. By Thys Buitendag CA (SA). Being an entrepreneur is a demanding but mostly rewarding job. In a large corporate environment there are probably ...

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10 Tips to get Tourism PR published

As a publisher, editor and blogger to the travel and 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 magazine’s editorial ...

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Travellers Want Personalised Service

Primary research of 7,000 international globetrotters worldwide reveals the latest needs and desires of today’s traveller. The expectations of 21st century travellers are evolving – and the standards expected of global hotel brands are high, according to new research published ...

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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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Marketing lifeline for SMMEs in tourism sector

Social media guru, educator and founder of the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, Dave Duarte, will throw a lifeline to small and medium enterprises in the tourism, travel and hospitality sectors later this month when he hosts a one-day workshop on ...

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