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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

Date: 22 Apr 2014
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Episode 84: Agency focus - Source

Date: 2 Apr 2014
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Episode 82: An African Path to Success & Effective Measure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! to get 'cool' facelift

The unique Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! lifestyle concept is to undergo an evolution that will ignite and inspire a new generation of guests in the Mother City.

22 Apr 2014 14:55

Guesthouse of the Year finalists prepare to be winners

Winning doesn't always come easy, particularly for the five finalists of the Tsogo Sun Book a Guesthouse - Guesthouse of the Year 2014 Award, all of whom are South African entrepreneurs striving to take their guesthouse to the next level.

22 Apr 2014 11:38

Education crucial for continued tourism industry growth and success

With tourism and hospitality one of the fastest growing sectors in South Africa, contributing billions annually to the economy, young people are increasingly attracted to the idea of living the dream by choosing a career in the industry, believing that it will be a life filled with travel and glamour, with only an occasional interruption in the way of "real work".

17 Apr 2014 10:48

WTM Africa attracting exhibitors from all over the globe

The inaugural World Travel Market (WTM) Africa will take place at the CTICC, Cape Town from 2-3 May as a leading B2B exhibition for Africa's travel industry.

11 Apr 2014 11:44

Portugal's Golden Visa Programme offers EU citizenship

Interest is running high in Portugal's recently announced Golden Visa Programme, presenting the opportunity for South Africans to qualify for EU citizenship by acquiring property in Portugal.

10 Apr 2014 13:21

Linger at Long Beach

'Long Beach Resort is not so much a hotel or resort as a village - a village in which we set out to have something for everyone - to create a holiday destination to which guests will return, time and again' - Nicolas de Chalain, Long Beach's first GM.

By Rod Baker 8 Apr 2014 16:50

Get it on the Concierge Digibook, so it won't be missed

Most upscale hotels will send a few pointers on things to do while visiting along with the ubiquitous 'please book your restaurant and spa reservations in advance of your arrival' request with your hotel confirmation.

By Brian Berkman 2 Apr 2014 13:00

Buyers find Langebaan home prices 'exceptionally low'

Estate agents working in Langebaan, the attractive West Coast village just 100km from Cape Town, have only one message to give to those interested in the property prospects in the area.

31 Mar 2014 15:10

An oasis in Cape Town's urban space

Long Street Boutique Hotel's metropolitan setting makes it ideal to experience the best of what the Mother City has to offer, while staying in style.

31 Mar 2014 13:42

Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel scoops Best Hotel Nigeria again

The Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel has recently won Best Hotel Nigeria 2013/2014 African Region award, for the second time.

28 Mar 2014 10:45

Married in Mauritius

No, not Seattle... Mauritius, though cynics might suggest that wherever it's intoned, the longest sentence in the English language is "I do"*.

By Rod Baker 27 Mar 2014 05:58

Three-year refurbishment project for Hilton Durban

The Hilton Durban has commenced the biggest refurbishment programme in its 17-year history.

26 Mar 2014 09:30

Hotels show signs of recovery from slump

The South African hotel sector looks to be emerging from its post-Soccer World Cup slump based on occupancy and room-rate figures from last year.

By Alistair Anderson 25 Mar 2014 07:35

Ambre - 4-star with 5-star service

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By Rod Baker 23 Mar 2014 16:12

Orient Express rebrands: Crazy... or clever

When I first heard that Orient-Express had rebranded as Belmond my immediate reaction was what a crazy and misguided waste of brand equity. When I think Orient-Express, I think Agatha Christie, Lalique art decor crystal panels, and the elegance and romance of a bygone area.

By Brian Berkman 17 Mar 2014 12:36

IHG Green Engage allows guests to choose green

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is leading the move to provide more sustainable hotel stays to an increasing number of environmentally-savvy travellers, thanks to IHG Green Engage, which is the company's online sustainability management system designed to help all IHG's hotels manage and minimise their impact on the environment.

7 Mar 2014 10:02

Spectacular views from Zevenwacht Country Inn

Zevenwacht in Kuilsriver is perched high on a hill with magnificent Table Mountain views.

By Brian Berkman 5 Mar 2014 10:30

SA takes second place on African Transformation Index

South Africa has come second after Mauritius on the African Transformation Index released on Monday (3 March 2014)‚ indicating its economic transformation is better than most other African countries.

4 Mar 2014 09:36

Sun International's earnings down 20% to 325c

Hotels‚ gaming and resorts group Sun International has reported a 20% decline in diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 325c for the six months ended December. Last years its HEPS was 408c.

25 Feb 2014 09:29

City Lodge's earnings up 14% to 330.5c

City Lodge Hotels has reported a 14% rise to 330.5c in normalised diluted headline earnings per share for the six months to December.

14 Feb 2014 10:21

Big data to boost travel sector

Like all other industries, travel and tourism has traditionally been operated on gut feel, guesswork and historical data. Decisions on packages, pricing and destinations were made by operators, not travellers, and personalised packages were limited. However, big data is set to change this.

By Nadine Shenker 12 Feb 2014 08:05

City Lodge takes full ownership of two Kenyan hotels

Listed hotels group City Lodge Hotels has reached agreement with Nairobi-based Fairview Hotel to acquire the other 50% of a joint venture between the two companies‚ giving it full ownership of the Fairview Hotel and the Country Lodge in Kenya's capital city.

4 Feb 2014 16:17

Berkman takes to the bush... in luxury

I returned to Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg to find my healthier inner-self and connected with the ancestors in the process.

By Brian Berkman 3 Feb 2014 09:02

Host a 'one-of-a-kind' conference at Granny Mouse

Strategise, revive and unwind at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa located near Balgowan, in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Every company that hosts a conference should return home relaxed and invigorated - which is why they offer accommodation and specialised spa rates for those wanting to include into their tailor-made packages so guests will have an enjoyable experience.

28 Jan 2014 15:35

Tourism performs better than expected

SA's tourism sector performed better than expected in the last quarter of 2013‚ showing resilience despite global economic woes‚ according to the Tourism Business Council of SA's (TBCSA's) FNB tourism business index.

By Andiswa Maqutu 27 Jan 2014 10:43

Royal Chundu, paradise on the Zambezi

"That's a Narina Trogon," Solilo Kalumba, SK to his friends, pointed out. Armed with my iPhone Bird Guide App, I disagreed. "Narina Trogons don't live here," I read from the guide, smug in my correctness...

By Brian Berkman 27 Jan 2014 09:57

Creating a niche for the youth in responsible tourism

The future success of the hospitality and tourism industry in SA depends on a strong talent pipeline of young people within the industry who will continue the legacy of responsible tourism that is being so carefully established in this country, says Caleb Mabaso, FEDHASA's head of Strategic Projects.

24 Jan 2014 14:13

Promising outlook for SA's tourism industry in 2014

South Africa and its key tourist attractions have witnessed record festive season growth figures due to an increase in international and local tourism.

23 Jan 2014 12:12

Marriott clinches deal to buy biggest African hotel chain

US hotel giant Marriott announced it had finalised a deal to buy the Protea group, Africa's largest hotel chain, for US$186m.

23 Jan 2014 10:24

InterConti's a high-flyer

Staying in an airport hotel needn't be a grudge purchase. I wish our one night at the InterContinental OR Tambo could have been a week.

By Brian Berkman 21 Jan 2014 13:00

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