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[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch
[10 Things I Love About...] Stellenbosch

Following a knockout stay at the historic and charming Coopmanshuijs Hotel in the heart of Stellenbosch, Contributing Editor Brian Berkman asked vivacious general manager Ilzebet Oosthuizen for her 10 Things She Loves About Stellenbosch...

By Brian Berkman 22 Aug 2014 09:35

Hospitality's distribution growth of 14.5%
Hospitality's distribution growth of 14.5%

Specialised Real Estate Investment Trust (Reit) Hospitality Property Fund posted distribution growth of 14.5% for the year to June‚ blasting growth expectations by only 4%.

By Alistair Anderson 21 Aug 2014 10:30

Film industry set to increase SA tourism
Film industry set to increase SA tourism

South Africa's varied landscapes, climate and variety of locations, which are able to pass for major cities or rural areas, has made the country an ideal destination for commercial film and TV productions...

19 Aug 2014 14:26

City Lodge to expand in East Africa
City Lodge to expand in East Africa

City Lodge Hotels has set aside R475m to build two new hotels in East Africa, and is looking for other opportunities to add hotels in capital cities across East and Southern Africa, the company said.

19 Aug 2014 10:38

Sun International sells some African assets
Sun International sells some African assets

Sun International says it will sell a portion of its interests in its African assets to a foreign subsidiary of Thailand-listed Minor International Public Co (Mint) for R664m.

19 Aug 2014 10:22

The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane
The Blue Train... a trip down luxury lane

Table Mountain, Karoo windmills, diamonds from Kimberly and wave-pounded shores of Cape Town are some of the themes of artwork on The Blue Train - the self-anointed window to the soul of South Africa.

By Brian Berkman 18 Aug 2014 12:02

Green Drop status awarded to Sun City
Green Drop status awarded to Sun City

The Department of Water Affairs has awarded Green Drop status to the Sun City resort near Rustenburg in the North West Province.

13 Aug 2014 09:43

Rhodes: the perfect destination for a winter break
Rhodes: the perfect destination for a winter break

If high altitude, extreme weather and a remote, snow-filled landscape are your preference for a perfect winter break - with some snow skiing thrown into the mix, then the north-eastern Cape town of Rhodes more than fits the bill, said Wayne Rubidge, Pam Golding Properties manager for the Karoo.

12 Aug 2014 12:21

Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly
Menlyn Boutique Hotel - from Havana to heavenly

Menlyn Boutique Hotel was initially built as a Cuban diplomatic residence - a good start, on which has been built a real gem of a hotel.

By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2014 07:24

Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge
Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge

When Showcook.com editor Annette Kesler began the Cape Legends Inter-Hotel Challenge, her goal was simple: to create and facilitate an opportunity for young talent to shine.

By Eugene Yiga 8 Aug 2014 11:25

Southern Sun Maputo reopens
Southern Sun Maputo reopens

Tsogo Sun's Southern Sun Maputo, now the largest hotel in the Mozambican capital, has re-opened after a four-month hiatus during which the hotel went through a US$30 million expansion and makeover that has added significant appeal, interest and comfort for business and leisure guests.

8 Aug 2014 10:04

Fairlawns is Number One
Fairlawns is Number One

Ranked number one by TripAdvisor users for Hotels in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has a lot to be proud of.

By Brian Berkman 6 Aug 2014 11:13

To the MannaBay born
To the MannaBay born

There is so much added value for guests staying at MannaBay that the room rate is great value when compared with run-of-the-mill five-star establishments.

By Brian Berkman 31 Jul 2014 11:47

International Hotel School awards R210,000 bursary
International Hotel School awards R210,000 bursary

Eighteen-year-old Rossouw Koen, a matric student at Swartland High School, Malmesbury, has been awarded the International Hotel School (IHS) "Ticket to Life" Bursary in Professional Cookery, valued at R210,000, after he won the Western Cape Finals of the annual competition at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel recently.

31 Jul 2014 07:25

Holiday rental company doubles its website traffic
Holiday rental company doubles its website traffic

Content marketing and holiday accommodation in Cape Town. A perfect match? This is how holiday rental company Capsol doubled the traffic to their website.

30 Jul 2014 15:17

Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel
Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel

A mere 400m from the airport I potentially found the solution to make those early flights just a little bit better... Hotel Verde, dubbed "Africa's Greenest Hotel" - and rightly so.

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014 10:55

Top spots in Australia to spend your vacation
Top spots in Australia to spend your vacation

Partying or relaxing? Australia is the best place to be. Down Under offers a lot... whatever your taste, Australia has it.

By Amelia Verona 25 Jul 2014 06:43

Taj Cape Town's HR department shines
Taj Cape Town's HR department shines

The Taj Cape Town Human Resources Department were selected as the winner of the Best Human Resources Team in the luxury international division of the Taj Awards for Business Excellence (TABE) awards ceremony held earlier this month.

23 Jul 2014 09:52

Become a fan of Fancourt
Become a fan of Fancourt

Imagine soft green mounds, rolling hills, wispy clouds, the gentle caress of the sun on your cheek, the sound of chirping birds and the nee-yow of golf carts in the distance. Imagine this and you might have a pretty good idea of what it might be like to stand overlooking the lush green grounds of Fancourt, the premier leisure resort on the Garden Route on a still-and-sunny winter's day morning.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Jul 2014 09:32

Four Rosmead, for sure!
Four Rosmead, for sure!

Four Rosmead is the kind of Cape Town boutique hotel where you would put your visiting family and friends who can afford to fly First but choose Business class instead.

By Brian Berkman 22 Jul 2014 11:49

May total income for accommodation industry up 7.6% y/y: survey
May total income for accommodation industry up 7.6% y/y: survey

Total income for South Africa's tourist accommodation industry rose by 7.6% year on year (y/y) in nominal terms (current prices) in May...

22 Jul 2014 06:11

Accommodation sector's income up 7.6%
Accommodation sector's income up 7.6%

Total income for South Africa's tourist accommodation industry rose by 7.6% year-on-year (y/y) in nominal terms (current prices) in May‚ Statistics SA's tourist accommodation survey showed.

21 Jul 2014 11:31

SANParks opens bookings for 2015 Winter holidays
SANParks opens bookings for 2015 Winter holidays

The South African National Parks (SANParks) have announced that the holiday bookings in various national parks under its management for the June 2015 to July 2015 period will open on Tuesday, 22 July 2014.

18 Jul 2014 09:38

The Queen - fit for a king
The Queen - fit for a king

When you're staying in the land's third oldest hotel you expect to see cracks showing and the plaster crumbling from the walls.

By Brian Berkman 18 Jul 2014 09:00

Tsogo Sun uses chess to teach disadvantaged learners
Tsogo Sun uses chess to teach disadvantaged learners

The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess Programme uses chess to teach science, maths and life skills to kids - catalysing positive change which impacts thousands of disadvantaged foundation grade learners' lives with these crucial subjects.

16 Jul 2014 11:45

Use Avios to book your accommodation
Use Avios to book your accommodation

Saving up to go on that dream South African holiday is now even easier with Avios. As of this month, members of the Avios Travel Rewards Programme in South Africa can use their Avios at over 1,200 hotels and game lodges around the country, in addition to more than 30 000 hotels worldwide.

16 Jul 2014 07:47

Beacon beckons
Beacon beckons

People who think that the Pansy Shell is what most identify with as the symbol of Plettenberg Bay are wrong.

By Brian Berkman 14 Jul 2014 10:45

Blue Views acquires South Beach Camps Bay
Blue Views acquires South Beach Camps Bay

Previously known as The Bloomberg, South Beach Camps Bay will undergo total renovation and reopen in September this year.

11 Jul 2014 08:00

A great repast at The Plettenberg
A great repast at The Plettenberg

All top hotels now enquire about dietary requirements when you book but this is the first time I've been presented with a full menu tailored to my low-carb, high-fat, no sugar diet.

By Brian Berkman 9 Jul 2014 12:29

Isibindi Africa launches Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Isibindi Africa launches Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Isibindi Africa continues to provide new experiences with the launch of a new destination, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge which will be the only private lodge within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal, which will be opening its doors in December 2014.

9 Jul 2014 11:11

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