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African Pride Irene Country Lodge's Day Spa named one of the best

African Pride Irene Country Lodge's Camdeboo Day Spa has been named Best Luxury Hotel Spa and Best Luxury Day Spa in the 2015 World Luxury Spa Awards Country Winners category, voted by guests and industry consultants over the past year.

Two Oceans restaurant inducted into Tripadvisor Hall of Fame

The Two Oceans restaurant at Cape Point, which features one of the most spectacular views in the world, has been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame after winning a Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year in a row.

More than 13 million tourists visited Dubai in 2014

DUBAI: Dubai attracted more than 13 million visitors last year, official figures released on Monday showed, as the cash-flush emirate looks to reap the rewards of its growing tourism sector. A total of 13.2 million foreigners headed to Dubai in 2014, an increase of 8.2% compared with the previous...

Eskom has issued a load-shedding alert

Eskom has announced South Africans could be in for another bout of load shedding. It made the announcement this morning.

Hospitality H1 distributable earnings per combined linked unit down 7.4% to 82.45c

Property group Hospitality (HPB‚ HBA) said on Wednesday interim distributable earnings per combined linked unit to end December were down 7.4% to 82.45c. The A-linked unit distribution of 73.33c (2014: 69.83c) showed a 5% increase‚ consistent with the forecast and the distribution policy. The...

South African Tourism's Google+ page tops 150,000 followers

South African Tourism's Google+ page, Love South Africa, managed by Flow Communications, is one of the fastest growing South African pages on Google+ with 150,000 followers. South African Tourism decided to celebrate reaching the 150,000 mark by popping the cork on some bubbly, with the help of...

Hyatt ends Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa link

Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa will no longer be operated as a Hyatt Hotel. As of midnight on 30 November 2014, Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa will no longer be operated as a Hyatt hotel. "We have sincerely enjoyed flying the Hyatt flag in George for the past 5 years," said Peter...

New GM for Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Volkan Vural to the role of general manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg

Second award for the Tsogo Sun's Samantha Croft
Second award for the Tsogo Sun's Samantha Croft

In less than two months after being recognised as the leading woman in the corporate sector in KwaZulu-Natal by the KZN Businesswomen's Association, Samantha Croft, GM of the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Complex has won the Tourism & Leisure sector for South Africa in CEO Magazine's Africa's...

Club Mykonos offers Mandela Day 'care packages'

In the spirit of Mandela Day on 18 July, Club Mykonos in Langebaan will partner with Saldahna Bay Tourism and the local Pick 'n Pay to create 'care packages' for local families who are in need. Guests, hotel staff and local residents are encouraged to participate by donating R67 towards a Care...

Hilary Biller wins 2014 UJ's Golden Circle Alumnus Award

The University of Johannesburg has awarded Sunday Times Food Weekly editor, Hilary Biller, the 2014 School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) Golden Circle Alumnus Award. The award recognises future-fit leaders and their contributions to the tourism and hospitality sector. Biller has been writing...

SANParks Board thanks Dr Mabunda for 15 year service

Dr David Mabunda's career as chief executive officer of SANParks will come to an end on 31 March 2014, after two 5-year contractual terms. Dr Mabunda has worked for SANParks for 15 years, starting as director of the Kruger National Park in 1998 and was appointed CEO of SANParks in 2004. The Board...

LekkeSlaap.co.za receives Afrikaans support

LekkeSlaap.co.za, described as South Africa's first and only Afrikaans online accommodation site, has passed the 50,000 like mark on Facebook. "We are so proud, not only to have received so many likes from our Afrikaans following, but also to be able to show conclusively that Afrikaans should claim...

Joburg City Festival programme finalised

The Joburg City Tourism Association (JCTA) has announced that the programme for the Joburg City Festival, taking place from 25-31 August 2013, has been finalised. The programme will go live on Monday evening on www.joburgcity.net. Festival goers will explore, experience and enjoy Joburg's city...

No surcharge for MSC Cruises
No surcharge for MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises will not be imposing any currency surcharge on bookings already made and secured by deposit, for the local SA 2013/14 cruise season. The statement arises due to the Rand continuing to lose value against international currency and South African holiday makers increasingly raising concern...

TripAdvisor recognises Winchester Mansions' hospitality
TripAdvisor recognises Winchester Mansions' hospitality

Winchester Mansions is one of the top-performing 10% of businesses listed on TripAdvisor to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which honours hospitality excellence worldwide. To qualify for the award, the hotel had to achieve an overall reviewer rating of at least four out of five, and...

New website unpacks safari experience
New website unpacks safari experience

click to enlargeSouth African Lodges has launched new website with over 500 lodge accommodation offers from destinations in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. The website has special offers on the Home page; featured items and thought-leadership releases under the...

New Afrikaans online accommodation-booking website

A new Afrikaans online accommodation-booking website, LekkeSlaap.co.za, launched earlier this month. It has reportedly become one of the top Afrikaans brands on Facebook, with more than 27,500 fans and thousands of unique visitors since its launch on 4 March 2013. The website has been created by the...

The gift of giving back

Staff from Cape Town's Inn on the Square, visited the Emasithandane Children's Home in Nyanga East. In the visit, the staff spent the day assessing the property to make note of all maintenance required and to hand out toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, face clothes, pens and packaged to the children...

Online travel magazine adds content from other travel media

Getaway, Country Life, Wild, Divesite, Winestyle, Do It Now and a few more travel magazines have joined Nightjar Travel, the online travel magazine and destination guide, providing a feature article with click through options to their sites. The Nightjar Destination Guide has expanded its coverage...

Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa wins at 2011 World Travel Awards
Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa wins at 2011 World Travel Awards

DUBAI, UAE: Hilton Worldwide collected two 'best in class' awards at this week's World Travel Awards. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa won Seychelles Leading Hotel and, for the second year running, Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa won Leading Spa Resort in Mauritius. Each award is subject to a...

Award submission deadline for tourism awards extended

The deadline for the Welcome Awards, which recognise tourism businesses, operations and individuals that not only act as excellent hosts but also raise the levels of customer service and provide authentic South African experiences, has been extended to 14 January 2011. The winners will be selected...

Call for Tshwane tourism award nominations

This year, the Tshwane Business & Tourism Awards have introduced a general business component to make the awards more all encompassing. Anyone within the business and tourism sectors is encouraged to enter for these awards in recognition of excellence, innovation and development in the city. The...

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