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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.

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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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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."

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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.

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.

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#DesignMonth: Revolutionising the safari experience

Through combining the concept of crowdsourcing and social media, Kruger enthusiast Nadav Ossendryver has created an app that has revolutionised the way tourist and wildlife lovers interact and participate in game-viewing. Including the Latest Sightings app, a YouTube channel and the website, no-one will have to miss out on the latest wild sightings while on a safari.

By Cari Van Wyk

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SAA continues flying to Brazil despite virus outbreak

South African Airways (SAA) will continue to fly between Johannesburg and Sao Paolo, in Brazil, after the World Health Organization concluded that there is no justification to impose a travel ban due to the outbreak of the Zika virus.

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Unabridged birth certificate travel rule scrapped

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief after the Department of Home Affairs announced on Thursday it is amending its controversial rule that makes it a requirement for parents to have their minor children's unabridged birth certificates available before they can travel.

By Lizeka Tandwa