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Historic flying-boat stop inspired by "flight of angels"

The view from Victoria Falls is so impressive that 68 years ago British Airways' forerunner, BOAC, added a stop to its UK/ Johannesburg service, just so its customers could see it. It launched the new service on 4 May 1948, using Solent flying boats. These departed Southampton and - via five stops, including the one at the Falls - landed on the Vaal Dam four-and-a-half days later.

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INDABA puts greater focus on tourism SMMEs
INDABA puts greater focus on tourism SMMEs

Putting a firm focus on the sector's Small, medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), Tourism INDABA will have a Hidden Gems Zone built to showcase products and services from 70 South African SMMEs. There will also be workshops to provide knowledge and tools and how to access the market and grow their businesses.

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#Stellenblog campaign gives world the Stellenbosch Experience
#Stellenblog campaign gives world the Stellenbosch Experience

Withing one week the 2016 #Stellenblog campaign reached close to 4,7-million people worldwide, revealing an exceptional amount of publicity for the Stellenbosch region. Showcasing Stellenbosch beyond just its vines, the #Stellenblog campaign saw international and local bloggers explore as much of the area as they could fit into just a few days to get a feel for why Stellenbosch is the perfect hub from where to explore surrounding regions like Cape Town.

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Why SA tourists are choosing the Maldivian sunny side of life
Why SA tourists are choosing the Maldivian sunny side of life

South Africans are increasingly making their way to the white sandy beaches and blue waters of the Maldives with a 12.7% increase in the number of South Africans travelling to the Maldives over 2015. Although South Africa is still a small market in terms of Maldivian tourism, the Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) does view South Africa as a key market and is looking at expanding it. Mohamed Adam, deputy managing director of the MMPRC, told us more.

By Cari Van Wyk 1 day ago

Karoo by the sea at Shelley Point
Karoo by the sea at Shelley Point

Vasco da Gama was the first Portuguese explorer and navigator to establish a direct sea route between Europe via the Cape to India. During this voyage, he called at Saint Helena Bay on 7 November 1497. A diarist noted about that voyage: "Now disembarking in the spacious bay to see the wonders of the savage shore, etc." 519 years later, the shore is still as savage. Glancing at the jagged rocks and the razor-sharp mussel shells that make up the bunkers at the beach at St Helena's Shelley Point it is not hard to imagine what it must have been like when Da Gama and his crew rowed from their ship to the shore in the buffeting waves.

By Brian Berkman 1 day ago

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Qantas latest pilot uniforms unveiled in style

Qantas has unveiled the latest pilot uniforms for its almost 3,000 domestic, international and regional pilots, created by Australian fashion designer Martin Grant.

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Dine on the River of Kings
Dine on the River of Kings

The Chao Phraya River winds its way through Bangkok like an arterial vein. Life in this magical city begins on the river - from the grand Royal Palace complex to the bewilderingly beautiful Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn with its towering centre column that seems to reach to heaven. There are many river cruise companies offering food and entertainment but the Manohra Cruises by Anantara Riverside Resort is among the most elegant.

By Brian Berkman 1 day ago

16 reasons why you should see the Great Migration in 2016
16 reasons why you should see the Great Migration in 2016

Known as one of the seven wonders of the world, the annual great wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania is truly nature's greatest spectacle.

By Jarred Manasse 2 days ago

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Tourism growth sets the tone for a bumper year after 2015 decline

Tourist arrivals grew 15% year on year in January and 18% in February, setting the tone for a bumper year for the tourism industry this year, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in Parliament on Tuesday. This followed the 6.8% decline last year.

By Linda Ensor 2 days ago

Industry salutes Togo's best five-star hotel
Industry salutes Togo's best five-star hotel

Togo's top internationally branded five-star hotel has opened - providing delegates to the forthcoming Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Lomé on 21-22 June with a prime example of achievement in a continent often perceived as being difficult for developers.

Issued by Bench Events 3 days ago

Boris Dzhingarov
Business travel safety tips to remember

Travelling for business purposes is much more common now than it used to be. We no longer have to sacrifice comfort and affordability is much higher than it used to be. However, this does not mean that you cannot ignore other parts of the experience and simply travel. Safety is crucial and you want to be sure that you will be completely safe. Always remember the following.

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 days ago

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Key influences in the growth of African tourism

Tourism development is viewed as a key pillar for African development and a major reflection of economic activities that directly or indirectly stimulate its growth. Global tourism has continued to grow prodigiously to 1.133 billion arrivals in 2014 according to ADB's Africa Tourism Monitor 2015, a 4.3% increase over 2013 and further indicates that Africa saw 65.3 million arrivals, representing 5.8% of total international arrivals in 2014. With $ 43.6 billion in receipts, Africa holds 3.5% of this market share.

By Josephine Wawira 3 days ago

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ExpoRSA curating valuable learning experiences

ExpoRSA recently brought the American Museum of Natural History's award-winning travelling exhibition, The Power of Poison, to Cape Town for the first time. When ExpoRSA presents an exhibition, it always has a focus on education and usually comes with additional educational material and benefits for teachers. After attending the exhibition, we wanted to know more about ExpoRSA and the exhibitions they bring to our country from Nick Dreyer, director of ExpoRSA.

By Cari Van Wyk 3 days ago