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THE PRESIDENT HOTEL IS READY TO WELCOME BACK GUESTS

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The President’s doors are open and ready to welcome guests back to the comfort and safety of their hotel. In celebration, they have launched their experience video, which showcases the iconic hotel and its perfect location to access, explore, discover ...

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Best Fishing Adventures in Africa

Deep sea fishing boat with Africa continent in wake

The first thing most people will think about when they hear ‘Tourism in Africa’, is Safari. It is true, Africa’s wildlife is the most iconic in the world and this great continent has some of the most varied animals on ...

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How To Improve Your Writing Skills

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Tourism students often fail to obtain high grades for their academic projects because of poor quality. It’s induced because of weak writing skills. Consequently, they ought to somehow improve those skills and enhance their academic score. Oftentimes, the only salvation ...

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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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Preparing for a Cycling Tour Holiday

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Whether you’re planning to visit a new location for the first time, or revisiting one of your old favourites, cycling is the best way to get the most out of your holiday experience. However, when planning a cycling holiday, it’s ...

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Food Waste in Tourism

Food waste in a garbage bin

Food waste in tourism is a bigger issue than previously thought There are major gaps in how food waste in tourism is understood and calculated, according to researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Southern California. ...

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10 Tips to get Tourism PR Published

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

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4 Travel Budget Myths to Stop Believing

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There are lots of useful budget travelling tips out there, but these ones are different. Read on so you'd know which travel budget myths to throw right out the window.

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Why Travelling Can Be Rehabilitating

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We often underestimate the true value of travel and how therapeutic it can be. We live in an age where substance abuse is on the rise, and finding long term solutions cannot solely ride on medication. While the detox process ...

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How to Increase Digital Visibility at Zero Cost

Judith Lewis with Wine & Food Tourism Conference logo

Top digital strategist to show Wine & Food Conference delegates how to up their communication game at zero cost Wineries can easily and effectively raise their digital visibility and strategically enhance their impact without having to spend an additional cent ...

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Popular Travel Destinations in Africa

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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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Best Casinos and Shows in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is known for its bright lights, amazing casinos and restaurants, along with dazzling shows of every variety. With so much to see and do in one location, it’s easy to get lost when planning a perfect Las Vegas ...

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How to Prepare for a High-Altitude Trip

High-altitude climbers trekking through snow

Research shows that many countries are recognising and prioritising adventure tourism as active spending of free time becomes more popular with tourists. Lazing away holidays on the beach is slowly being replaced by attractions that test our physical abilities. In ...

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Dion Chang To Headline Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2019

Dion Chang, headline speaker at the Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2019

This year’s Wine & Food Tourism Conference, taking place at Spier near Stellenbosch on 18 September 2019, will feature South Africa’s most respected trends analyst, Dion Chang, as headline speaker. Known as an innovator, creative thinker, and walking ideas bank, ...

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Tourism Savvy Party Registers In Seychelles

Members of the One Seychelles political party

Mahé, Seychelles, 18 June 2019 – A new political party headed by Seychelles’ former tourism minister, Alain St Ange presented documents for ‘One Seychelles’ to be registered with the Electoral Commission. According to the Seychelles News Agency, the chairperson of ...

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2019 Wine & Food Tourism Awards Deadline Extended

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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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People on the move at City Lodge Group

City Lodge Hotel Group general managers Elizabeth Clarke, Mduduzi Mnyakeni, and Sinazo Mazantsana.

JOHANNESBURG, 17 May 2019 – City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has announced the appointment of three new general managers at their City Lodge Hotel Durban, Road Lodge Port Elizabeth, and Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg properties. Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke has been appointed ...

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Côte d’Ivoire Reveals $5.8 Billion Tourism Plan

Monogaga Beach in Côte d’Ivoire

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, 02 May 2019 – Ivorian Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana has revealed a strategy document aimed at making Côte d’Ivoire Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination from 2025 onward. The document entitled ‘Sublime Côte d’Ivoire’ aims to invest ...

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Home Suite Hotels Launches in South Africa

Home Suite Hotels Rosebank room

Johannesburg, 02 May 2019 – Home* Suite Hotels has launched their first hotel on the corner of Oxford and Bristol Roads in Rosebank. A second Rosebank hotel is under development and a third in Sandton. A further three hotels are planned for ...

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Tourism Tattler Wins Best Digital Travel Trade Platform 2019 Award

MEA Markets 2019 Awards

We are proud to announce that TourismTattler.com has been awarded: ‘Best Digital Travel Trade Platform’ by MEA Markets 2019. “Following on from your recent nomination acceptance – and our dedicated research stage – the judging panel have now made their ...

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An unofficial guide to the German Travel Contracts Act

While reading this article concerning the German Travel Contracts Act and the relevant Consumer Protection issues, kindly note that I am not a professional Legal Beagle – my views are the result of “donkey’s years” of hands-on experience in circumventing ...

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Family Fun in Paarl and Wellington

Children with an Alpaca

The stunningly beautiful Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington have become renowned as the ultimate holiday destination for families. Whether you’re planning a quick day visit, weekend stay or extended holiday breakaway, multi-generational groups are accommodated with varied activities and ...

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African Tourism Board to Launch in Cape Town

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Cape Town, South Africa, 18 March 2019 – The African Tourism Board (ATB) is planning an impressive launch event to coincide with World Travel Market (WTM) on 11 April 2019. The event, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, will see ...

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African Tourism Sector Booming

Africa Globe in space with aircraft

Travel & Tourism in Africa is booming, growing 5.6% in 2018 compared to the global average of 3.9% and the broader African economy rate of 3.2%. This places Africa as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific. Such growth ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Eco-Logic Awards

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Entries for the 8th annual Eco-Logic Awards are now open. Presented by The Enviropaedia, South Africa’s online environmental encyclopaedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership, the awards event will be held on 5 June 2019, which is World ...

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Atta Partners With Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways aircraft in flight

London, 19 February 2019 – The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) has announced a new partnership with Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways will be Atta’s Airline Sponsor until February 2021. Commenting on the new partnership Chris Mears, CEO of Atta ...

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Pros and Cons of Booking UK Serviced Apartments

apartments on a cobbled street in the UK

When it comes to accommodation in the United Kingdom (UK), it’s always better to consider available options before booking. Serviced apartments are becoming an increasingly popular option for travellers as they provide more comfort and freedom, without the price tag ...

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Prague Mini Guide: The Stag Do and Beer Capital of Europe

Prague at sunrise

Prague is a historic gem of Central Europe. But this city has much more to its reputation than just pristine architectural splendour. The Bohemian city will surprise you with its active and vivid nightlife and the endless amount of top-quality ...

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ORTIA Unveils Multi-Billion Airport Precinct Plan

ORTIA Precinct Plan Building

JOHANNESBURG, 12 February 2019 – O.R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) today unveiled the first phase of an R4.5 billion mixed-use development plan that will see its Western Precinct acquire new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-related ...

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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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#SONA2019: The Cost Of SAA Bailouts To Taxpayers

South African Airways aircraft tail against storm clouds

Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated topics of last night’s State of the Nation (SONA) address by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was the ongoing dilemma of what to do with flagging State-Owned Enterprises. Eskom, the SABC and ...

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Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 Postponed

Front entrance to Africa's Travel Indaba

DURBAN, South Africa, 07 February 2019 – Following this evening’s State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who confirmed that 08 May 2019 will be the date for the national elections, South African Tourism will reschedule this year’s ...

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Airline Introduces Entertainment Syncing Ahead Of Travel

Airline passengers can browse over 4 000 channels of entertainment on the Emirates app, create personalized playlists and sync selection to seat, once on board. JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 06 February 2019 – Emirates has introduced an innovative new function on ...

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Predictions for Native Advertising

Native Advertising definition: Paid content that matches a publication’s editorial standards while meeting the audience’s expectations. Facebook and Twitter fail this definition because neither are publishers. The same is true with Google AdWords. Source: www.copyblogger.com No one knows exactly what ...

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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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Zimbabwe Safe to Visit Despite Unrest

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

The management of Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) has confirmed that Victoria Falls remains calm, safe and stable despite civil unrest experienced in parts of Harare and Bulawayo over the past week. The civil unrest started when Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa ...

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5 Awesome African Adventures for US Travelers

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Since it’s the cradle of humanity, every modern human has roots in Africa — and perhaps that’s part of its magnetic attraction for global adventurers. But apart from its seminal role in human history, it continues to influence global culture ...

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Kenya Tourist Circuits Unaffected by Nairobi Terror Attack

Kenya fag over Nairobi National Park

Following the horrendous terror attack that occurred at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday, the Kenya Tourism Federation has confirmed that all tourist circuits across the country are operating normally. The country is safe, and tourists are urged to continue with ...

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Paradise Found: St Helena Island

aircraft wing with view over st helena island

As the crow flies directly from Angola to the east coast of Brazil, somewhere in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean is where you find the remote island of St Helena.  St Helena is famous for being the residence ...

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WTM Africa 2019 Registration Opens

WTM Africa entrance

Registration for the continent’s leading B2B Travel Trade Show, WTM Africa 2019, is officially open. Hosted in partnership with the City of Cape Town from 10-12 April 2019, WTM Africa brings travel exhibitors, buyers, experts, media and stakeholders from across ...

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Positive Future for Botswana Tourism

wttc economic impact report Botswana

According to the latest World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Economic Impact report for Botswana, positive growth is expected for the country over the next ten years. “Inclusive growth and ensuring a future with quality jobs are the concerns of ...

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Brazil’s favourite destination for New Year’s Eve 2019

New Year Fireworks over Rio

Rio de Janeiro is the most searched destination by Brazilian travellers to ring in 2019. This is according to the Rio Convention & Vistors Bureau press office, which cites evidence to the statement through a survey from the Kayak travel ...

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5 SPA Trends for 2019

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The most exciting 2019 SPA trends are good news for nature and lovers In recent years, the wellness industry has been growing more rapidly than ever. At the same time, the focus of SPAs has shifted from beauty to overall ...

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Thai Tourism Records Growth

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Thailand tourism recorded total international arrivals of 31.25 million in January-October 2018, up 7.84%, generating an estimated 1.63 trillion Baht in tourism revenue

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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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‘Tis The Season For Emirates Festive Offerings

South African travellers on Emirates can look forward to celebrating Christmas joy at 40,000 ft. this December with a delicious festive menu and nostalgic holiday films on board. The most popular holiday destinations for South Africans travelling on Emirates this festive ...

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The evolving role of the DMO in optimising tourism opportunities

From the dawn of democracy in South Africa, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming swathes of visitors from across the globe. Some came to see the remarkable country that Nelson Mandela did so much to promote, some came simply as ...

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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 Tourism Awards 2018 National Winners

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

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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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100 Best Attractions for a Road Trip Journey in South Africa

Breath-taking sunsets, an incredible amount of beautiful and diverse wildlife, unspoiled and rugged scenery! These are just a few words to describe South Africa. If you are craving adventure, diversity, and excitement, then this ultimate list of the top 100 best tourist attractions in South Africa is for you.

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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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Tourism Insurance Part 3

Bandaged couple on a bench

Summary: Part 1 in this series covered an introduction to insurance, an outline on the EC Directive, the basics of risk management, and financial guarantees, while Part 2 looked at liability insurance.Part 3 concludes the subject of liability. TYPES OF ...

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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

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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. By 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

home office

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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