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Independent Agents Swamped By Recruitment Enquiries

Independent agents have reported a surge in recruitment enquiries from both Thomas Cook and TUI agents since TC announced redundancies and shop closures last week. Barrhead Travel has invited Thomas Cook staff, whose jobs are under threat, to start sending in their applications for jobs with the independent. Chairman Bill Munro said Barrhead is looking for staff for five new shops currently in the pipeline.

The Getaway Show - Cape Town

Three days and counting to the opening of the Cape's leading travel and outdoor show - the Getaway Show. The event has grown exponentially and this year our exhibits have increased by 30% which means bigger marquees and a fuller and busier Show. We're confident visitors will arrive in their thousands to enjoy a superb day out with friends and family.

Tukulu Wines To Carry Ethical Seal

Fives wines from the Tukulu range will feature South Africa's recently introduced ethical seal. These are its 2009 Unwooded Syrah, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 and 2010 Pinotage, 2011 Organic Chardonnay and 2012 Chenin Blanc. Granted by the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) for complying with its code of good conduct, Tukulu is amongst the first to display the seal.

Fair Trade Tourism Standard Under Review

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is in the process of revising its certification standard. The revision will not only ensure its continued alignment with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) but also enable the certification of a wider range of tourism products in the southern African region.

Individual Employee Tax A Huge Challenge For Incentive Travellers

European companies’ willingness to not only reward their employees with incentive trips but also, in some cases, pay for their workers’ increased tax liability, is a testament to the effectiveness of incentive travel as a motivational tool, delivering the return on investment companies desire. Yet, individual employee tax for incentive travellers in countries such as France, Germany and The Netherlands, remains a significant challenge for SA’s DMCs.

So You Think You Can Cook

If you have time, check out a Plett TV’s pilot “So You Think You Can Cook” at 5:30pm on

Slow Fest Copy For Mags 2013

The Slow Festival is held over Easter every year and is unique in many ways. Only one of its kind in Africa, it’s a festival celebrating the real things in life: Wholesome Goodness, Family, Friends, Fun, the Outdoors and Great food. There are plenty of activities for the children and indeed the whole family to do. There is entertainment galore, much to see, great competitions to be won and best of all, many deserving charities are supported by monies raised during the festival.

Frans Boekkooi's Latest Sculpture

I'd like to share Frans Boekkooi's latest sculpture with you ...

Saa And Us Airways Announce Codeshare

South African Airways and US Airways have announced a new bilateral codeshare agreement after receiving approval from the SA Department of Transport and the US Department of Transportation.

2013 Events Plettenberg Bay

To date the following can be confirmed for events in Plettenberg Bay. Please feel free to contact Patty Butterworth the GAA Administrator Tel: 0834535331 / Fax: 0862411975 should you require additional information about Plettenberg Bay and surrounds.

Itb Berlin 2013 - 6 To 10 March 2013

ITB Business Travel Days point the way to the future. Travel and event managers have to take decisions with the future in mind, which is why they must constantly take their core expertise to new levels and detect changing situations at an early stage. Very shortly, they will be gathering again at their established meeting place, at the ITB Business Travel Days in Berlin. From 6 to 8 March 2013 this three-day event features training courses on basic methods, information on strategies and tools i...

Knysna Business Networking Breakfast

In the first place, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and hopefully 2013 will be a fantastic year for all. For businesses relying on a good holiday season, the past few weeks looks like it was certainly worth it! The next Business Networking Breakfast will be held at Sirocco Restaurant on Thesen Harbour Town on the 7th of February 2013, with registration starting at 7.45am, with the event starting as soon as possible after 8.15am. We would like to finish no later than 10.00am.

The Famous “two Passes Rally” Is Taking Place In The Garden Route

Yes, it’s on! We’re back ... bigger and better than before. The famous “Two Passes” is taking place from Thursday 21st [“Harley Rights Day”??!] to Sunday 24th March 2013. And we’re going back to The Dunes for one last visit ... after all the rain in 2012 and having missed out on the famous “Two Passes” outride through the Groot River and Bloukrans River passes, we simply HAVE to give it another go! On Friday there will be an “E...

Tafi To Strengthen Sa-india Relationships

The convention of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) will take place from February 24-26 at the Durban International Convention Centre.

Should Indaba Become A Pan-african Show?

Sourced from Tourism Update: As calls from the tourism industry to re-invent Indaba persist, Tourism Update decided to investigate the advantages and drawbacks of broadening Indaba’s scope to include the whole of Africa instead of focusing solely on Southern Africa. Most South African product owners and tour operators would prefer Indaba to focus exclusively on Southern Africa. Ignus Le Roux, Marketing Manager Mantis, says Indaba, as it is now, with only Southern African countries, is ...

Discovering Animal Communication

UNIQUE WEEKEND WORKSHOP 9th – 10th February: Monkeyland, The Crags Special appearance by professional animal communicator Anna Breytenbach

Movies Influence Travel Decisions Of 40 Million Tourists

The travel decisions of 40 million tourists were influenced by movies, according to the latest survey conducted by the TRAVELSAT Competitive Index. The index is the leading standard reference, global and independent survey benchmarking destinations’ quality competitiveness using comparable data related to the brand experience.

Mpumalanga Tourism Withdraws From Indaba

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency recently announced that it would not be participating at Indaba this year. Kholofelo Nkambule, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications MTPA, says the agency is faced with serious budgetary constraints, which has led to a preliminary decision not to participate. “We are aware that Indaba is a critical platform to showcase and promote the destination to the broader trade and, as a province, our absence will have a huge impact. We have, over the year...

Eastern Cape Mirror

Please find attached (below) the January edition of Eastern Cape Mirror which is now out. We feature the story of a Giant Cross to be erected at Van Stadens. Read up all about it and watch the video at our online site:

Gri First Quarterly Meet

8 FEBRUARY 2013 VENUE – GEORGE MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE THEATRE 09h00 TEA AND COFFE 09h30 START NB – PLEASE RSVP   Blessings for the New Year ahead. Please find attached the agenda for the GRI meet of the 8 February 2013. It is important to note that we start at 09h30 but you can arrive at 09h00 should you wish to have tea or coffee. The line up is exciting and we have National and Provincial Government present to relay some new exciting inittaives which are to take place in t...