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CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago
CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago

CTICC, in an effort to reduce water consumption, has implemented a number of initiatives to further curtails its use of potable and irrigation water...

22 hours ago

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WESSA applications for 2017/18 Blue Flag Season open

Applications from beaches, sustainable tourism boating operators and marinas for Blue Flag accreditation in the 2017/18 South African Blue Flag season are open...

1 day ago

Time Square team: In front, Brett Hoppé (General Manager: Time Square). Second row (left to right): Mohamed Cassim (IT Manager: Time Square); Emma Mothibi (VIP Operations Manager: Time Square); Elroy van Blerk (Operations Manager: Time Square); Faniswa Mkosana (Human Resources Manager: Time Square) and Kevin Caswell (Tables Manager: Time Square). 

Back row from (left to right): Anneli Petrowski (Personal Assistant); Sandise Sibanda (Marketing Manager: Time Square); Shaun Rennie (Group Surveillance and Security Manager: Sun International); Bianco Marini (Slots Manager: Time Square) and Ruben Nadesan, (Financial Operations Manager: Time Square).
Counting down to the opening of SA's most technologically sophisticated casino floor

Sun International's Time Square in Menlyn, South Africa's most technologically advanced casino floor, is nearing completion and will open to the public on 1 April 2017...

3 hours ago

Know these top five marketing trends to travel in 2017
Know these top five marketing trends to travel in 2017

With purchases happening online, the travel industry is going completely digital to expand its business beyond expectations. Here are a few trends for the year 2017 that you need to watch out for...

By Stephen Marshal 3 days ago

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

With 75% of hotels' environmental impact being directly related to excessive consumption, we have committed to transforming ourselves and, in turn, the environment, by adopting a more eco-friendly approach...

3 days ago

Elephant Cafe
Elephant Café enjoys bush gourmet cuisine success

The Elephant Café has been named The Luxury Travel Guide's Boutique Restaurant of the Year (Africa and Middle East) in the international 2017 awards, further establishing its reputation for bush gourmet cuisine...

17 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: Repositioned Club Med opens up a world of choices
#BrandManagerMonth: Repositioned Club Med opens up a world of choices

"The campaign is a lot more emotive and experience-driven to what we have done before (from a marketing perspective) and embodies and illustrates Club Med's double commitment

By Cari Coetzee 17 Mar 2017

Table Mountain Cableway
Table Mountain Cableway making every drop of water count

In light of National Water Week - 20 to 26 March 2017 - Table Mountain Cableway shares its water reducing measures to aid other businesses looking for ways to save water in drought-stricken Cape Town...

16 Mar 2017

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Sun International down more than 7% after trading update

Hotel and gaming group Sun International's share price plummeted more than 7%. The group said its South African casino operations faced difficult trading conditions...

16 Mar 2017

Hotels increasingly vulnerable to ransomware attacks
Hotels increasingly vulnerable to ransomware attacks

Hotels are doubly vulnerable because ransomware attacks may not only impede their systems but...

16 Mar 2017

Grenache masterclass with one of SA's top winemakers, David Sadie
Grenache masterclass with one of SA's top winemakers, David Sadie

David Sadie who is at the forefront of the Swartland winemaking revolution and the maker of some of South Africa's best Grenache is the special guest at Wine Menu's first wine tutorial for the year...

16 Mar 2017

Dream Hotels hosts their 12th Glam Awards Ceremony
Dream Hotels & Resorts awards top performers

Dream Hotels & Resorts held its 2016 Award Ceremony to recognise the achievements of its top-performing individuals in sales and hotel operations...

15 Mar 2017

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Creating beach life for Gauteng

A multinational water innovation company is planning to bring beach life to Gauteng. Swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing will be on offer in the new development...

15 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: The brand pillars of historic Lanzerac
#BrandManagerMonth: The brand pillars of historic Lanzerac

Lanzerac's GM, Barend Barnard, tells the Lanzerac story - from the estate's offering to its award-winning wine...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Mar 2017

Samsung smart bracelets MSC for Me
MSC digital innovation brings latest customer-centric technology to the sea

After three years of working with over eleven of the world's leading digital, tech and behavioural science experts, MSC Cruises unveiled its fleet-wide digital innovation programme, MSC for Me...

13 Mar 2017

Hanekom enjoys some local music with business owner and community member Sienna Charles on the Dwars River Escape Route. Image: Open Africa
EU-funded programme unlocking potential of local tourism routes

The objective of the project is to assist local tourism routes to become more sustainable and help communities unlock the tourism opportunities in their vicinity...

13 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: Carlson Rezidor, Africa's aspirational brand
#BrandManagerMonth: Carlson Rezidor, Africa's aspirational brand

"Instead of starting with a concept and hoping guests like it, we start with the emotions we want guests to experience, then create the concepts necessary to bring them to life."

By Cari Coetzee 13 Mar 2017

Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos, fitness center
Hotel fitness centres, a new gold in the hospitality industry

The growing trend from home based fitness programmes to local fitness memberships, now includes the need for travellers to keep fit even when on their trips, be it leisure or business...

By Josephine Wawira 10 Mar 2017

World's first craft beer brewed to be enjoyed while flying
World's first craft beer brewed to be enjoyed while flying

Betsy Beer is the first beer designed and brewed to be enjoyed at high altitudes. Because senses are dulled by up to 30% during a flight, Cathay Pacific wanted to brew a beer that was perfectly suited to this environment...

10 Mar 2017

Golfer at Tamarina
Preferential agreement enriches Mauritius golf offering

Sugar Beach Hotel has been renamed Sugar Beach Golf & Spa Resort after signing a preferential agreement with Tamarina Golf Club, based on the west coast of Mauritius, which has become a popular golfing destination...

By Cari Coetzee 9 Mar 2017

Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations
Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations

Jumia Travel has unveiled new destinations with new properties in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as outbound destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Mecca...

9 Mar 2017

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Airlines add 80,000 new seats with flights to Victoria Falls

80,000 more tourists a year could soon fly into Zimbabwe's resort town of Victoria Falls...

8 Mar 2017

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Hilton passes milestone, 100,000 open rooms across EMEA and counting

Hilton has passed the milestone of 100,000 rooms trading across its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) portfolio with close to 40,000 rooms currently under construction and expected to open by the end of 2020...

8 Mar 2017

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The best conferencing facilities in Africa 2017

The MICE industry is booming in Africa, with countries investing millions of dollars in constructing or renovating existing conference facilities...

By Josephine Wawira 8 Mar 2017

Previous winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards
Longlist for 2017 African Responsible Tourism unveiled

The 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round with over 30 tourism organisations, all demonstrating the power of responsible tourism in Africa, vying for top spots...

7 Mar 2017

The big business of bicycles
The big business of bicycles

The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's biggest individually timed cycle race, may only take a few exhilarating hours to complete but the impact on the Cape's tourism economy is ginormous...

By Enver Duminy 7 Mar 2017

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Hotels in Eastern Europe benefiting from misfortune of Western Europe

According to the 2017 European Hotel Valuation Index, hotels in Eastern Europe are benefitting from tough times in Western Europe with room values in the region seeing an impressive 11% average growth

7 Mar 2017

Popular Franschhoek hotel to close for major refurbishment
Popular Franschhoek hotel to close for major refurbishment

Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek, a popular hotel for both domestic and international tourists, is set to expand and undergo a major refurbishment...

7 Mar 2017

Countdown to Food & Hospitality Africa
Countdown to Food & Hospitality Africa

The second Food & Hospitality Africa (F&HA), powered by Hostex, will open at Gallagher Convention Centre on 7 May 2017...

7 Mar 2017

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