Boris Dzhingarov
Five smart management tools to enhance your restaurant business

Many people usually underestimate the importance of business management but the truth is that businesses cannot survive without effective management. Managing a restaurant business can be quite difficult because of factors such as intensified competition, rising costs and increased margins.

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library

#BAmyValentine British Airways ambassador Salama Detlefsen snaps a selfie with pop-up art of the airline's six most romantic destinations
British Airways pops up with this year's lover's list

Through interactive pop-up street art, British Airways unveiled the top six getaways this Valentine's Day. Based on desirability and popularity, the airline named London, Paris, New York, Rome, Mauritius and Victoria Falls as this year's most romantic escapes.

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SANDF to showcase PE as the people centric port

From Saturday 13 to Tuesday 16 February 2016, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will give Nelson Mandela Bay residents the chance to get up close and personal with some of South Africa's most prestigious naval ships.

Elephant by Simon Cox
Autumn, the season for Kruger

Most people associate safaris with being outdoors under South Africa's fierce summer sun. What is not commonly known is that the best time to head out into the bush is during the autumn months to enjoy the large variety of indigenous fauna that our land shares with us.

#DesignMonth: Finding the perfect venue
#DesignMonth: Finding the perfect venue

Two sisters, Moira Johnston and Nicky Rosin, came together to solve a problem most organisations and people struggle with at some point or another - finding the right space for your event. They created EventRoom, launched recently, and made finding a venue, big or small, for any event from a bachelor party to a wedding, from team building to expo, easy to find and at your fingertips. I asked Moira and Nicky to share their story with us.

By Cari Van Wyk

©Ulrich Mueller via 123RF - People in the arrival hall at the O.R. Tambo International airport
Dismal 2015 tourism figures wipe out previous growth

Overall SA tourist arrivals are down -6.8% for 2015 compared to arrivals recorded during 2014, despite a strong finish for South African tourism in the final quarter.

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Earn while you fly has announced the launch of a new partnership with global travel rewards programme, Avios South Africa. The partnership will allow kulula fans who join Avios to collect Avios points at an earn rate of three Avios for every R10 spent on kulula flights.

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Five tourism trends to take note of

The tourism industry has become one of the critical sectors that will boost growth and job creation this year. According to Charnel Kara, Tourism Specialist for FNB Business. "While the tourism sector contributes a significant portion to South Africa's GDP, its impact will be even more significant as the country faces the possibility of a recession, and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) having cut its growth forecast to 0.9% from 1.5% for this year."

Beach walker on Robberg Peninsual - Photo by Galeo Saintz
Get your takkies out for the Garden Route Walking Fest

Offering visitors and locals the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Garden Route, the Garden Route Walking Fest will take place over the Easter Weekend. The fest offers 52 walks between George, Knysna, Plett, Natures Valley and Storms River.

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Le Touessrok: for the senses and imagination

The waterfront Mauritian hideaway, Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa in Mauritius, celebrated its grand opening on 11 December 2016. The resort Resort and Spa has been extensively remodelled; its 200 rooms and suites offer infinite views across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and guests have exclusive access to Ilot Mangenie, a private island.

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Abu Dhabi sees more SA tourists arrive

Tourist arrivals from South Africa to the Emirate have grown over 50% since the opening of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) office in Johannesburg in March 2015.

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Airbnb Travel Trends: top Valentine's day destinations

Around 3.5 billion couples are getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14. Many of them are on the move and discovering somewhere new to celebrate love this year.

From left to right: CapeNature tourism manager Ramese Mathews, CapeNature executive director: marketing an eco-tourism Sheraaz Ismail, CapeNature chief executive officer Dr Razeena Omar, Comet Corporation managing director Bruce See (representing Eco-tourism Africa).
CapeNature awarded ECO Certification

In a first of tourism products in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), CapeNature's Kogelberg, Robberg and Goukamma Nature Reserves have been awarded the ECO Certification by Ecotourism Australia.