Aha Hotels & Lodges announces portfolio acquisition of The Swakopmund Collection

Aha Hotels & Lodges has announced the addition of The Swakopmund Collection to its portfolio. The collection is a privately owned hotel group, operating three hotels at locations throughout Swakopmund, Namibia, which includes the Atlantic Villa, Beach Hotel Swakopmund, and Swakopmund Plaza Hotel. ...

20 hours ago

SAA suspends direct flights to Abuja, offers alternatives to passengers

South African Airways has temporarily cancelled flights between Johannesburg and Abuja from 25 May to 16 June because of what the airline has called ‘operational reasons'. Affected travellers may be re-accommodated on SAA's flights to Lagos, however, their onward transport to Abuja would be at their...

1 day ago

Vic Vermeulen named Flight Centre Travel Group ambassador

International motivational speaker, Vic Vermeulen has been named the new Flight Centre Travel Group ambassador. Following an accident that left him paralysed, Vermeulen has been using his platform to share his story with motivational speeches along with his best-selling autobiography, The Victor...

2 days ago

SANParks saddened by passing of Robbie Robinson

The South African National Parks has expressed its sadness following the death of its former CEO, Robbie Robinson who passed away on 15 May 2017. Robinson joined the SANPark Board as a marine biologist in 1966 and served as park warden at various parks including Tsitsikamma where he established...

18 May 2017

Airbnb data indicates R2.4bn contribution to SA economy

To coincide with the Tourism Indaba set to take place in Durban, Airbnb has released a data report, which indicates that the online marketplace and hospitality service contributed R2.4bn to South African economy in 2016. The report is based on internal company data collected between 1 January...

17 May 2017

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon launch digital platform

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have launched Discovery, a new web-based platform, which travellers can use to access content from the airlines' inflight magazines, Discovery and Silkroad, from anywhere in the world. The online platform will provide a broad range of articles and feature stories...

15 May 2017

Leeu Collection partners with celeb chef for international expansion

The Leeu Collection has partnered with Indian celebrity chef and restaurateur, Ritu Dalmia, as it looks to expand globally with the roll out of an international restaurant portfolio. The first two restaurants are to open in Milan, Italy in the latter part of 2017 and the United Kingdom in...

8 May 2017

Big Easy Durban's interior design wins silver at A' Design Awards

Ernie Els' The Big Easy Durban received the silver award for its interior design at the international 2017 A' Design Awards. The restaurant's interior was designed by the international hospitality interior design firm, Virserius Studio. The design is focused on the combination of modern design...

8 May 2017

Tracey Lange and Josie Eveleigh named MCs for the 2017 Sanlam Top Destination Awards

Heart 104.9 and Kyknet Bravo! presenter Tracey Lange and Josie Eveleigh of SABC 3's Where Josie Goes will be hosting the 2017 Sanlam Top Destination Awards. The gala awards ceremony is set to take place on Thursday, 14 September 2017....

3 May 2017

Spice Route Wines win big at 2017 NWC

Spice Route Wines received several accolades at the 2017 National Wine Challenge awards. Spice Route Wines' Amos Block Perpetual Reserve NV, Saffron Rosé 2016, and Terra de Bron Grenache 2015 were awarded in the Double Platinum/Top 100 category. The Spice Route Amos Block Perpetual Reserve NV...

3 May 2017

Ethiad launches special rewards programme for fashionistas

Etihad Airways launched ‘Runway to Runway', its new rewards programme for the fashion conscious, at a special dinner during New York Fashion Week in February. The event was co-hosted by Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo and the evening's special guest was Somali-American model Halima...

2 May 2017

CATHSSETA accredits Capital Hotel School with two NSC courses

The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority has accredited the Capital Hotel School and Training Academy with two national certificate courses; food and beverage services and accommodation. The accreditation allows the Capital Hotel School's corporate...

18 Apr 2017

Protea Hotels by Marriot honours top staff achievers

Protea Hotels by Marriott recently honoured its top staff achievers at its General Managers' Conference, held at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn. The General Manager of the Year Award was awarded to Deleur Stander, the GM of the Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch,...

7 Apr 2017

Single mum enjoys an aha moment

Mayenziwe Nombela, a single mother from Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, has been announced as the winner of a four-night stay for two at the aha Makalali Private Game Lodge and a two nights at the aha Casa Do Sol Hotel & Resort valued at R30,000, after she cooked her way through the aha Tastes: Designed to...

7 Apr 2017

Julia Situma and Farzanah Harris to represent Table Bay at the 2017 Inter Hotel Challenge

Sun International Table Bay has selected wine steward Julia Situma and chef Farzanah Harris as its representatives for the Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge. Situma will be mentored by Heinrich La Meyer and will be the hotel's spirits and wine pairing representative while Harris...

6 Apr 2017

Paarl and Wellington shine at Cape Winelands Tourism awards

The Cape Winelands District Municipality Tourism Awards recently took place in Wellington and saw members of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association, namely that of Paarl and Wellington, walk away with several accolades. The Paarl region produced two of the winners, namely Spice Route...

6 Apr 2017

First Group's service delivery wins at RCI OSCAS

First Group was announced as the Resort of the Year at the 29th annual RCI OSCAS, which took place at Sun City, Johannesburg. First Group received this tribute for two of its properties, namely La Cote d'Azur which won the Top Gold Crown-Medium award and Perna Perna St Lucia which won the Top...

4 Apr 2017

Tsogo Sun website wins gold at HSMAI Adrian Awards

The Tsogo Sun website has received a gold award for digital marketing - design and development, at the Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International Adrian Awards which was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. Senior industry and media experts selected the award winners...

4 Apr 2017

Famous Brands, Ringgold terminate agreement on Kruger Park restaurants

A dispute between Famous Brands and Ringgold, the franchisee of the Mugg n Bean and Debonairs restaurants at the Satara, Letaba and Olifants camps in the Kruger National Park, has led to the termination of an agreement between the two parties and the Ringgold's subsequent loss of the right to use...

24 Mar 2017

Ethisphere names Rezidor the World's Most Ethical Hotel Company for 2017

The Ethisphere Institute named Rezidor Hotel Group, a member of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the World's Most Ethical Company for the eighth time. The assessment of nomination is based on the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics Quotient framework, which delivers measurable ways in which to assess a...

24 Mar 2017

RIWHS and Le Morne Cultural Landscape sign twinning agreement

The Robben Island World Heritage Site and Le Morne Cultural Landscape in Mauritius recently signed a twinning agreement, in recognition of cultural diplomacy between the two countries. The agreement was sealed by the Robben Island Museum's council chairperson, Sibusiso Buthelezi, and Mauritian...

22 Mar 2017

Five of ACSA's airports receive Skytrax World Airport Awards

Five of Airports Company South Africa's airports were included in the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards' top 10 best airports in Africa. Cape Town International Airport was named the overall winner followed by King Shaka International which placed second, OR Tambo International placed third, East...

16 Mar 2017

Granny Mouse receives the 2017 Top Valued Establishment Award

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa received the 2017 Top Valued Establishment Award. The establishment was recognised as one of the best value accommodation destinations in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal based on rates by guests that book through AccommoDirect.com. Some of Granny Mouse's other recognitions...

10 Mar 2017

Mmatšatši Ramawela receives award at Global Awards for Empowered Women in Tourism

The CEO of Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Mmatšatši Ramawela, received an International Institute for Peace through Tourism Global Award at the Global Awards for Empowered Women in Tourism held in Berlin, Germany. The event is hosted by IIPT India alongside the UN World Tourism...

9 Mar 2017

Gold Travel launches first Johannesburg office

Midrand based travel company, Travel Master, has recently been rebranded and relaunched as the travel agency, Gold Travel. The planning of another branch opening in Centurion, Pretoria, is set for later this year. According to CEO of Cape Town-based Gold Travel, Konrad Laker, the company...

8 Mar 2017

SANParks Tourism Investment Summit to be held in April

The South African National Parks Tourism Investment Summit has been rescheduled and will now be taking place on 4 April 2017, instead of the initial date of 27 March 2017. SANParks has indicated that, despite changes in date, the inaugural will still be held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton,...

8 Mar 2017

SA tourism on showcase at the 2017 Meetings Africa

The 2017 Meetings Africa was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Participants, like the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, used the event as an opportunity to showcase what the South African tourism industry has to offer the global MICE sector.

8 Mar 2017

March is the celebration of pizza at Jamie's Italian

During the month of March, Jamie's Italian in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg will be celebrating pizza. Each week in March, Jamie Oliver's Italian themed restaurant will be serving a unique pizza which is a result of a partnership with local and international artisan producers. The pizzas will be...

7 Mar 2017

EU to become SA traveller destination of choice, if visa-free option becomes a reality

The South African department of home affairs indicated that there is a possibility for South Africans to travel to the EU without a visa. According to Cheapflights.co.za, this means that more South Africans will be opting to travel to countries in the EU as opposed to the UK which is currently their...

7 Mar 2017

Tintswalo Safari Lodge introduces the Grant Suite

The Tintswalo Safari Lodge introduced the new Grant Suite, a two-bedroom family suite, in the Manyeleti Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park. The new suite is connected to the main lodge by a raised wooden walkway and consists of two en-suite bedrooms, a lounge with private deck and a large...

27 Feb 2017

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