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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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Guesthouses show growth

Income from the accommodation sector displayed an annual growth of 7% for February but the growth has not trickled down to all. While one entrepreneur said she was smiling all the way to the bank, another reported a drop in earnings.

By Mpho Sibanyoni 24 Apr 2014 09:45

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

The tourism video that's so bad...

... Even the Singapore Tourism Board, which commissioned it - has scrapped it. (Video - if you're brave and like something cheesy)

16 Apr 2014 06:55

KZN's Easter road safety campaign

Sharp focus will fall on road safety in KwaZulu-Natal as the country prepares for the upcoming Easter holiday this weekend.

15 Apr 2014 09:09

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

Magical world of bucket list destinations

After more than 10 years of criss-crossing Southern Africa as the Bush Editor of SA4x4 magazine Patrick Cruywagen has produced a fascinating collection of 150 'must-do-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime' destinations and activities that throws down the gauntlet to everybody with a love for travel and new experiences.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Apr 2014 09:01

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

Empowerment fund to aid tourism sector

A new empowerment fund to be launched in May will allow large companies in the tourism sector to boost their empowerment scores by investing in small businesses.

31 Mar 2014 09:41

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

Feel like a getaway without the kids? Feel like getting married and need a romantic venue? Try Ambre... now Adults Only

By Rod Baker 23 Mar 2014 16:12

Around SA in Madiba's footsteps

South Africans and visitors to the country can now explore South Africa using a Madiba-inspired tourist attraction map, which has just been launched by Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

19 Mar 2014 12:02

Sanral under fire for destroying rare plants

The company that brought us e-tolls stands accused of mowing and killing rare and endangered plant species growing along national roads.

By Bobby Jordan 18 Mar 2014 06:41

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

SAA takes delivery of new aircraft

South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of two new A320 aircraft, bringing the number of narrow bodied aircraft to join the fleet, to six, this year.

13 Mar 2014 11:26

Rescued from raging torrents

More than 130 people were rescued by helicopter from floodwaters in Lephalale, formerly Ellisras, in northwestern Limpopo on Tuesday, 11 March.

12 Mar 2014 09:53

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

Kruger camps, bridges closed due to flooding

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has advised Kruger National Park visitors to use alternative routes after a number of camps and bridges were closed because of flooding throughout the Mpumalanga province.

6 Mar 2014 05:54

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

HintHunt - the Escape Game - LIVE, is taking South Africa by storm!

London's number one attraction for 2013 (as rated on Trip Advisor) has arrived in Cape Town with a bang at the iconic Old Biscuit Mill. HintHunt is a live escape game wherein a team is locked in a room with the simple goal of solving the mysteries to escape... or not.

Issued by HintHunt SA 27 Feb 2014 10:36

A different picture on publishing, marketing

When a former magazine publisher turns his hand to creating bespoke customer-orientated media, you can expect it will be rich in visual content.

By brian berkman 26 Feb 2014 07:20

SAA's new plan will not put an end to the farce

South African Airways (SAA) has a new plan. No, not that plan, not last year's plan, or the preceding plan, or the succession of failed plans since the airline industry was nationalised in 1934, but a new one. There is nothing new in the plan, but it is a new plan. It is, as before, a special kind of plan, not for what will happen, but for what will not happen.

By Leon Louw 20 Feb 2014 10:18

Ethiopian plane forced to Geneva, hijacker arrested

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: An Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome was hijacked on Monday (17 February) and forced to land in Geneva, where the hijacker has been arrested, police said.

18 Feb 2014 11:49

Sustaining growth in tourism

The TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index (TBI), a business index that tracks and forecasts tourism business performance in South Africa, reported that tourism growth during the last quarter of 2013 exceeded expectations by reaching 114.6 points compared to a forecast of 110.8.

18 Feb 2014 10:22

Good to go...like a pro

At least the GoPro Hero3+ came back with me this time. (Video)

By Brian Berkman 18 Feb 2014 09:52

A mine of hidden gems

Road Tripping South Africa provides some fascinating glimpses of hidden gems tucked away on old familiar routes and destinations, which might come as surprising delights even to seasoned travellers.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 17 Feb 2014 07:40

Comair's interim dividend surprises market

Shares in Comair rose more than 10% after the airline said on Tuesday (11 February) that it had decided to pay an interim dividend of 5c a share‚ not something it ordinarily does.

By Max Gebhardt 13 Feb 2014 10:44

Lights go out at OR Tambo

OR Tambo International Airport was thrown into chaos on Tuesday night (11 February) when several aircraft were grounded or refused permission to land because the runway lights were not working.

13 Feb 2014 10:28

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

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