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BON Hotels grows portfolio with Shishangeni Private Game Lodge

BON Hotels has taken over Shishangeni Private Game Lodge situated on a 15,000-hectare private concession of Kruger National Park. The lodge will be rebranded Shishangeni by BON Hotels.

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Howard Russell
#AfricaMonth: See the Africa of what was rather than what is

Africa is renowned for its many Safari experiences. Though most Safari experiences have been commercialised at this point due to their popularity, there are still a few destinations that can offer travellers a taste of the untouched wild. At We Are Africa I had the opportunity to catch up with Howard Russell, director of Chilo Gorge, a luxury safari destination "on the edge of serenity", to get their African story.

By Cari Van Wyk 2 hours ago

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South African passport the second most powerful in Africa

South African may often be frustrated with the costly and complex visa requirements for travelling to Europe and the US, but South African passport holders can travel to 58 countries visa free and another 32 that only require visas on arrival. This according to the 2016 Passport Index.

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Why SA hotels need to catch the growing tech wave with travellers
Why SA hotels need to catch the growing tech wave with travellers

According to Grant Thornton, South African hotels which continue to lag behind their global peers in adopting technologies to meet the needs of their increasingly sophisticated customers, risk being cut adrift in a digital economy.

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Evening shot of Terroir's outdoor eating area.
Terroir-bly delicious: Plating up for Winter 2016

Now in its 12th year of operation, Terroir continues to dazzle among Stellenbosch's cluster of culinary stars, with chef Michael Broughton - at the helm since that first oven switch back in 2004 - constantly aiming to outdo the restaurant's personal best, particularly with the new 2016 Winter Plate options...

By Leigh Andrews 1 day ago

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Empowerment levels in tourism under scrutiny

The Department of Tourism will conduct a study on the state of transformation in the tourism sector to assess the effect of broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) codes. Amended codes for tourism were gazetted in 2015 to ensure black South Africans in the sector gain access to opportunities.

By Khulekani Magubane 1 day ago

Hello Weekend, good morning Cape Town
Hello Weekend, good morning Cape Town

Cape Town Tourism's Hello Weekend campaign has gone live with a drive for attracting South African and Namibian visitors to Cape Town over the low season.

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Self-catering for an affordable Phuket island holiday
Self-catering for an affordable Phuket island holiday

One of the many great things about a holiday in Thailand is starting your day with a Massamum Curry and knowing that the greatest risk to your person is being struck by a falling branch in the forested Nai Yang Beach. Other than seeing the planes arrive over the ocean and dip low behind the trees, there is nothing to indicate that Phuket's brand new airport is, literally, five minutes away.

By Brian Berkman 2 days ago

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Africa-Middle East finalists for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 announced

Registration for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 closed on 7 April with the 10 semifinalists chosen from each of the twenty regions around the world. Young chefs from more than ninety countries submitted their applications to together with their signature dishes in the hopes to compete in the 2016 edition of S.Pellegrino's global talent search to find the best young chef in the world.

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Emirates launches swish Cape Town lounge
Emirates launches swish Cape Town lounge

For us mere mortals boarding a plane means endless waiting, long queues and uncomfortable plastic seats. But for Emirates' top-end clients, its new premium lounge at Cape Town International Airport (CIA) adds another facet to luxury for which the airline is famed.

By Nicci Botha 2 days ago

National culinary team unveils bounteous cold table
National culinary team unveils bounteous cold table

Held every four years, the Culinary Olympics held in Germany attracts participation from across the globe and consists of two categories. One of these categories is to display culinary art unlike anything seen anywhere else in the world.

20 May 2016

Ryan Wallace with Anthea Myburgh (Fleewinter) and Charlotte April Harris (Charlotte Travel Limited).
#AfricaMonth: Authentic African stories and why we should tell them

A lot has been said about tourism's potential to contribute to and grow the economy, to create jobs and to overcome poverty. It certainly has the potential to do all those things, but it should also be said that tourism has the potential to allow Africans to tell authentic African stories thereby creating a truer, fuller picture of Africa and address misconceptions that exist for foreign visitors. Apart from the usual benefits, that is why events like We Are Africa are invaluable. Delegates from across the continent and the world came together to do business and to tell real African stories from real people who are really in Africa.

By Cari Van Wyk 20 May 2016

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Five ways to contribute to the sustainable tourism agenda

As Africa develops its tourism industry, the question of sustainability is more important that ever before. The need for tourists to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and the economy of not only their countries of origin but also their tourism destinations, is imperative.

By Josephine Wawira 20 May 2016