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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...

1 day 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...

2 days ago

Digital technology changing the face of tourism
Digital technology changing the face of tourism

Travellers no longer need to go further than their smartphone to plan and book an entire holiday, proving how much technology has revolutionised the tourism industry...

3 hours ago

Gold Travel's new look
Gold Travel rebrands and expands

Gold Travel, long-standing Cape Town corporate travel management company with a track record of over 40 years in the industry, recently revealed its new look...

5 hours ago

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...

2 days ago

To roam or not to roam: keeping in touch while working abroad
To roam or not to roam: keeping in touch while working abroad

South African businesses are wary about employees roaming while working abroad, with data costing up to R500 per MB. There are ways, however, businesses travellers can stay connected without breaking the bank...

2 days ago

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Collaboration will make life saving water bottles available at WTM Africa

In an effort to help raise awareness around the importance of having access to safe water and sanitation, WTM Africa has collaborated with international water development charity, Just a Drop...

20 Mar 2017

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 20 Mar 2017

World Heritage Sites team up to promote cultural diversity
World Heritage Sites team up to promote cultural diversity

World Heritage Sites Robben Island and Le Morne Cultural Landscape will be signing a Twinning agreement intended to promote cultural and commercial ties and...

17 Mar 2017

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

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Restored Angolan locomotive to be unveiled at heritage festival

The Angolan ambassador to South Africa will open the Stars of Sandstone 2017 Steam and Heritage Festival and officiate at a naming ceremony for one of the seven restored Angolan steam locomotives...

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

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#BrandManagerMonth: Cheapflights in a time of travel bans, Brexit and savvy consumers

We had a chat with award-winning commercial marketer and Cheapflights MD, Andrew Shelton, to find out what's in store for the Cheapflights brand in 2017...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Mar 2017

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Seychelles' annual carnival to merge with Creole Festival

Usually held in April, Seychelles' annual Carnaval International de Victoria will this year be incorporated into the Creole Festival scheduled to take place in October....

14 Mar 2017

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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

Capacitating tourist guides to continue the growth of tourism
Capacitating tourist guides to continue the growth of tourism

2017 International Tourist Guides' Day celebrations aimed to create awareness about peace and sustainable development in the tourism industry and provided tourist guides across the country a platform to...

13 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

Research shows Umhlanga can sustain greater hotel capacity as demand grows
Research shows Umhlanga can sustain greater hotel capacity as demand grows

The Umhlanga Hotel market represents 4% of the SA market and 28% of the KZN provincial market and over the past three years has consistently outperformed the national market in terms of...

6 Mar 2017

Dexter Moren Associates
Tsogo Sun's new dual-brand hotel development entering its final stages

Tsogo Sun's new dual-brand 19-story hotel development in Cape Town is entering its final stages with construction expected to be completed by September 2017...

6 Mar 2017

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