Speaking at the Tourism Month launch at the Drakensberg Sun Resort in KwaZulu-Natal on 23 August, Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane emphasised that tourism has the potential to boost South Africa's economic growth and improve job creation, which requires an inclusive tourism sector.
She highlighted the importance of Tourism Month as a means to both South Africans and visitors from outside the country's borders to travel and experience our country's diverse offerings.
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As part of its partnership with the SA Guide Dogs Association, Montecasino's executive management team suggested names for the association's newest additions. Following the final decision made by the SA Guide Dogs Naming Committee, the labrador puppies were named Bella and Mario.
The big theme at the 2018 The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference was innovation. The conference was recently held at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. In line with the theme, several speakers focused their discussions on the role of big data. US-based big data wine specialist Cathy Huyghe was this year's headline speaker this year.
The winners of the sixth annual Distell Inter Hotel Challenge were recently announced at a gala awards event at the Belmond Mount Nelson in Cape Town. Siya Molefe from the One & Only Cape Town was named chef of the year, while Samantha Swartz from The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town was crowned wine steward of the year.
The Peace Parks Foundation and Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) launched its Tourism Conservation Fund (TCF) in Cape Town and Johannesburg recently. The joint venture aims to secure South Africa's biodiversity through the development of commercial linkages between the country's high-value wildlife reserves and communities historically excluded from sharing in their value.
Highlights from day two at the World Travel Market Africa 2018, held at the CTICC in Cape Town on 19 April 2018, included the Speed Networking sessions, the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange and the African Business Travel Association (ABTA) Corporate Travel Forum.
Leisure Connexion and the Gauteng Tourism Authority hosted the first GP Lifestyle Tourism Street Party at 1 Fox Precinct, Ferreirasdorp on World Tourism Day, 28 September 2017. The event was aimed at gathering roleplayers in the tourism industry to showcase Gauteng as a destination and to highlight its offerings.
The recent Sanlam Top Destination Awards paid tribute to local entrepreneurs who have contributed to the success of the South African tourism industry. The 35 establishments were the overall winners in their respective categories and star gradings.