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Cape Town, Africa's top destination for art aficionados
Cape Town, Africa's top destination for art aficionados

A holiday immersed in Cape Town's creative energy is the perfect recharge for the soul. A year-round celebration of exciting talent, the city is abuzz with galleries, public and street art as well as art, décor and design events...

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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...

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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...

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 20 Mar 2017

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...

20 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

Ecocubo's alternative living space
Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

The University of Porto (UPTEC), Portuguese startup Ecocubo has created a prefab perfect for travellers...

By Bo Bushwinkel 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

Three reasons to discover the Robertson Wine Valley
Three reasons to discover the Robertson Wine Valley

I recently attended the Hands on Harvest festival in Robertson. Taking place over a weekend every year, the festival aims to promote the winemakers and farms of the area with multiple events, hands on activities and, of course, wine tastings.

By Ruth Cooper 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

Andrew Shelton
#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

#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

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

Avtosha via
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

Miles ahead in Africa's richest mile
Miles ahead in Africa's richest mile

If you want to stay in Africa's richest mile, and who wouldn't, The InterContinental Johannesburg, Sandton Towers is your go-to for high glamour allure in a hotel that oozes international affluence and elegance...

By Brian Berkman 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

Ajale via  - Bratislava
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

Rest up at Hunter's Rest
Rest up at Hunter's Rest

Protea Hunter's Rest Hotel, by Marriott, is the perfect breakaway from the hubbub of city stress and just a short 90-minutes from Pretoria and within proximity of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

By Brian Berkman 6 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

The worst hotel in the world
The worst hotel in the world

My recent blog on the best hotel I've ever stayed at got me thinking of the contrary. What is the worst hotel I have ever stayed at?

By Guy Stehlik 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

Unimaginably trendy and upwardly mobile
Unimaginably trendy and upwardly mobile

Not ever did I imagine I'd use the words Pretoria and Hipster in the same sentence and yet the Summit Precinct, next door to Menlyn Mall, the largest in Africa with the recent addition of 500 new stores, is just such a place.

By Brian Berkman 3 Mar 2017

Menlyn Maine exterior
Capital Hotel Group brings extended stay concept to Tshwane

The Capital Hotel Group is launching the first high-end apartment hotel in Tshwane, The Capital Menlyn Maine, on 15 March 2017...

3 Mar 2017

Breaking away to Breedezicht
Breaking away to Breedezicht

I recently had the opportunity to experience unspoiled Witsand for myself with Breedezicht as my home base and found out just how special this little haven is...

By Cari Coetzee 3 Mar 2017

Alex Kyriakidis
Marriott International looking to the promise of Africa

The business world has increasingly started to shift focus to Africa, and with global hotel companies aggressively expanding on the continent, this is possibly most evident in the hospitality sector...

2 Mar 2017

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