Juanita Pienaar
SOUTH AFRICA
The President Hotel turns 21: A coming of age

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[Juanita Pienaar] The President Hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town celebrated 21 years of exceptional experiences and memories since the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela opened the newly rebuilt iconic President Hotel in 1998...

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Robin Fredericks
SOUTH AFRICA
Weighing in on bespoke luxury travel experiences, and why it should matter

Weighing in on bespoke luxury travel experiences, and why it should matter
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[Robin Fredericks] Travel has evolved from being something from a rest and recuperation process to something which includes self-actualisation, but how does one factor this in?

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Juanita Pienaar
SOUTH AFRICA
#DistellInterHotelChallenge: Q&A w/ Annette Kesler and Chania Morritt-Smith

#DistellInterHotelChallenge: Q&A w/ Annette Kesler and Chania Morritt-Smith[Juanita Pienaar] We chat to the creative duo and business partners of Showcook, Annette Kesler and Chania Morritt-Smith, the masterminds behind the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge...

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Maroefah Smith
Maroefah Smith
25 chefs challenged to cook with sustainable seafood

The chefs were tasked with creating a dish a dish using sustainable seafood from the Sassi-approved list.The chefs were divided into teams led by executive chefs Rudi Liebenberg of the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Jocelyn Myers-Adams, representing the South African Chefs Association, Shane Louw of Monte Rochelle, Judi Fourie of the Victoria and Alfred Hotel and Lindsay Venn of Tsogo Sun.

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Guy Stehlik
SOUTH AFRICA
Lie low and stay in your lane

Lie low and stay in your lane[Guy Stehlik] 2018 brought plenty of hours of spring cleaning at BON Hotels: we cleared out the cobwebs and passed on projects, properties and relationships that, like outdated clothing, no longer fit us nicely. The result was an interesting period of introspection and lying low...

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Wynand Smit
SOUTH AFRICA
4 common customer service mistakes in hospitality

4 common customer service mistakes in hospitality[Wynand Smit] The hospitality industry is a complex one; it comes with high expectations for service excellence, whether that's from valuable conferences hosting hundreds to the intrepid single traveller looking forward to a relaxing break.

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Robin Fredericks
SOUTH AFRICA
Culinary passion, experience and awards with FYN Chef Peter Tempelhoff

Culinary passion, experience and awards with FYN Chef Peter Tempelhoff[Robin Fredericks] According to FYN chef Peter Tempelhoff, dining out is not a binary experience...

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Avukile Mabombo
SOUTH AFRICA
The new social hubs of urban spaces

The new social hubs of urban spaces
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[Avukile Mabombo] We're all aware of the primary functions of hotels: business and leisure accommodation and, depending on the property, meetings and conferences. Lately, though, hotels have adopted a fresh approach to the ways in which they merge seamlessly with their neighbourhoods...

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Sharmila Ragunanan
SOUTH AFRICA
Food in the hospitality industry: Why sourcing it locally matters

Food in the hospitality industry: Why sourcing it locally matters[Sharmila Ragunanan] As the desire for fresh local food continues to grow, farm-to-table dining is set to become an even more significant 2019 trend in the hospitality industry...

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Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster
SOUTH AFRICA
A South African's guide to moving to and Making it in Malta: My favourite diet

A South African's guide to moving to and Making it in Malta: My favourite diet
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[Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster] This week, we did what many South Africans do - we went out for a meal with friends. Turns out we were in tune with our 'supermaltese' powers as a new survey reveals that the islanders are Europe's keenest restaurant spenders (and consumers of hotel accommodation, but that's another story)...

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Maroefah Smith
Maroefah Smith
La Vita Health Spa treats the 2018 Gogos of the Year

First Group's La Vita Health Spa at the Palace in Durban treated the three best Gogos to a day of pampers. As the winners of the 2018 Hillcrest Aids Centre Gogo of the Year competition, they were given a brunch at the hotel's Pesto restaurant, which was followed by body treatments at the La Vita Spa, cosmetic gift hampers, and a travel set from Vaczone.

The Gogos also received a mix of beauty treatments and some jacuzzi time along with a bottle of champagne to toast the occasion.

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Maroefah Smith
Maroefah Smith
One&Only Cape Town hosts Reaching for Young Stars project

The students were invited to the skills exchange development programme in August and the orientation in September where they experienced talks, demonstrations, and lectures from top executive chefs, sommeliers, bakers, food authors and hospitality industry experts who have already found success in South Africa and around the world.They met the partners and judges, and interfaced with the farmers and producers who supplied the food ingredients rigorously selected for their adherence to the best local quality can offer.

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Juanita Pienaar
SOUTH AFRICA
Newly revamped President Hotel pays tribute to Cape Town

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[Juanita Pienaar] Last month the President Hotel invited members of the press to view their newly refurbished floors, proudly paying tribute to the beauty of Cape Town...

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Robin Fredericks
SOUTH AFRICA
#WomensMonth: Peermont's Sharon De Leur empowers success

#WomensMonth: Peermont's Sharon De Leur empowers success[Robin Fredericks] Sharon De Leur, marketing manager for Peermont Group, shares why she chose a career in hospitality marketing, the challenges she has faced and why it's important to have a month dedicated to women...

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Robin Fredericks
SOUTH AFRICA
#WomensMonth: Rising above challenges as women in hospitality

#WomensMonth: Rising above challenges as women in hospitality[Robin Fredericks] In celebration of #WomensMonth, we chat with Anneke Potgieter, director of operations and complex general manager at Silverstar Casino as she shares more on her challenges, career and words of wisdom...

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Danny Bryer
SOUTH AFRICA
Is South Africa ready for the "smart" hotel room?

Is South Africa ready for the "smart" hotel room?[Danny Bryer] There's a race on internationally among big hotel groups to unveil hotels that feature rooms equipped with the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that can carry out a variety of tasks for guests. This state-of-the-art hotel experience will likely become commonplace globally, the question is, is South Africa ready for such a development?

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Avukile Mabombo
SOUTH AFRICA
The art of storytelling in hotels and other spaces

The art of storytelling in hotels and other spaces[Avukile Mabombo] In marketing, generating a narrative is a complex blend of strategy, goals and voice; what makes it interesting in terms of hotels is that each individual hotel has an additional narrative according to its surroundings...

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Robin Fredericks
SOUTH AFRICA
#YouthMonth: Giving back to the future generation in the hospitality industry

#YouthMonth: Giving back to the future generation in the hospitality industry[Robin Fredericks] For Youth Month we chat to Maxwell Magodla, general manager at Bantry Bay Suite Hotel to find out more about the valuable lessons he has learnt from his own mentors and what he would like to impart on his mentees...

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Cari Coetzee
SOUTH AFRICA
The private members club set to transform Africa

The private members club set to transform Africa[Cari Coetzee] The QSL Members Club will be an incubator for Africa's leading lights, an organic platform for ideas to be birthed, connections to be forged and for plans to be set in motion...

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Theresa Prins
SOUTH AFRICA
Can independent hotels afford not to be revenue savvy?

Can independent hotels afford not to be revenue savvy?[Theresa Prins] Revenue management, although a well-established discipline in the industry for more than a decade, is a misunderstood, if not entirely absent concept in many hotels...

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