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Types of Travel Insurance Explained

Travel Insurance Explained

In today’s world of uncertainty and increased frequency of unexpected events, risk transfer by means of travel insurance is more important than ever before. Preparing for the unexpected places you in an offensive position, especially when you leave the comfort ...

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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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How to Travel and Earn Money on the Way

combine travelling and money making

It sounds like a dream, and it is perfectly possible: you could be earning money and travelling around the world. You no longer have to worry about when you are finally going to have enough money in your travel fund ...

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Africa’s Travel Growth Exceeds Expectations

International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. By Enver Duminy. The UNWTO’s panel of experts described ...

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Glencairn Trail Run 2018

HIMEVILLE, South Africa, 20 September 2018 – A weekend of trail running through the spectacular scenery of the southern Drakensberg at the foothills of the majestic Sani Pass will be taking place on Friday 12 October – Sunday 14 October. Based at ...

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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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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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5 Steps to Dealing with Emergencies Abroad

Travelling abroad is an exciting activity that millions undertake each and every year. Whether embarking on beach holidays or jetting off for city breaks, every holiday type comes with its joys but unfortunately, they come with risks too. When we ...

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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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Travel Is Not For Sissies

I like to be in charge of my life and my decisions and no more so than when it comes to booking online for family holidays, a business trip or some ‘me’ time. By Konrad Laker. But then I found ...

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Tips on Holiday Travel with Kids

If you have kids, no doubt you love them to bits and relish spending time with them over the holidays. But travelling with them can feel like it’s taking the sheen off what should be a special time. It needn’t ...

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New Executive Director Appointed at BON Hotels

The board of BON Hotels is delighted to welcome Paul Umoh, who has been appointed Executive Director of Operations at BON Hotels International West Africa, taking over from the late Pieter Bekker, who had mentored him over the past 13 ...

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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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Is Your Passport Travel-Ready?

If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming South African school holidays, make sure your passport is in order. That’s the advice of Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist. ...

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Namibia Attracts Honeymooners

The world is large and your choice of honeymoon destinations is endless but with its magnificent location, accessibility and affordability you would be remiss not to consider Namibia for your honeymoon or wedding ceremony, where red desert dunes, rugged mountains ...

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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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New Restaurant Opens in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2

The Alps just got a little closer: “Sportalm”, the latest addition to the wealth of food choices in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2, will appeal to outdoor types with its mountain-themed decor and Alpine specialities. The lower level of the new restaurant – which ...

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Property Review: Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, located in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape Province near East London, is more than just a wildlife sanctuary – it’s an experience! By Des Langkilde – Editor: Tourism Tattler Trade Journal. Inkwenkwezi (meaning ‘Star’ in isiXhosa) ...

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Property Profile: Nkwichi Lodge

A halcyon paradise, hidden in the ancient mountains of Lake Niassa, lies a place so secret, it’s been forgotten in the mists of time! Nkwichi Lodge is located in the north-western corner of Mozambique, on the easter side of Lake ...

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Perfect Weekend trip planning to Agra

Planning a trip to Agra is not a farfetched dream at all. In fact, if you have a car at hand you can drive to Agra from Delhi or Noida in less than 4 hours. To spend minimum time on ...

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Wikitourism Comes of Age

Access to tourism-related information has become a lot easier since the launch of South Africa’s home-grown Wikitourism online portal two years ago. All content is publicly available with copyright permission, which means that anyone can freely use the information. By ...

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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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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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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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Governments Recognise Benefits of Visa Facilitation

Visa facilitation has experienced strong progress in recent years, particularly through the implementation of visa on arrival policies according to UNWTO’s Visa Openness Report. This largely reflects an increased awareness among policymakers of the positive impacts of visa facilitation on ...

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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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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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Tourism Challenges in the New Year

In part one of a two part series, Dr. Peter Tarlow looks at issues that are likely to challenge the travel and tourism industry during 2015. Now that the December holidays are past, and the parties have ended, just like ...

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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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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 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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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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Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Botswana’s Okavango Delta became the 1000th site inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage List on 22 June. This significant listing increases Africa’s protected resources to 89 properties. By Des Langkilde. The Okavango was ...

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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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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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kulula Teams up with AirPlus

Johannesburg, 10 June 2014: kulula.com has teamed up with AirPlus International, a global provider of business travel payment solutions for corporations, to enable travel agents booking on the GDS system to use their AirPlus accounts to pay for kulula flights. ...

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Safari Awards Voting Opens

As a Media Partner, Tourism Tattler supports the The Safari Awards, which principally honour safari properties globally, but also shine the spotlight on conservation organisations, rural charities and conservation individuals. The Safari Awards know that every safari is unique and ...

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Emirates Ups Services to India

Emirates, a global connector of people and places will expand its A380 network to 28 destinations, when it launches a daily A380 service to Mumbai International Airport on 21st July. EK 500 and EK 501 between Dubai and Mumbai will ...

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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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Africa’s Visa Requirements

Africa is one of the regions in the world with the highest visa requirements. Visa restrictions imply missed economic opportunities for intra-regional trade and for the local service economy such as tourism, cross-country medical services or education. During the African ...

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Travel Trade Shows

How to attract the best of them. Trade shows have long been seen as an important marketing tool for a large number of industries that need to exhibit their products to a specific audience. By Dr Peter Tarlow. Since almost ...

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January Cover Story

As we enter the dawn of a new year, the Tourism Tattler January 2014 magazine looks at the trends that we could expect to shape travel and tourism during 2014 (see pages 10 -13). We also look at some amazing ...

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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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The Robertson Small serves up yesteryear sensations

Revel in the past and pleasures of the quaint town of Robertson when The Robertson Small Hotel, a 5-star retreat where old-world elegance meets chic sophistication, relives the valley’s golden days with a Remembrance of Things Past Dinner on Saturday, ...

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