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Tbi 2012 Rapport

The Tourism industry remains relatively upbeat about last quarter 2012 performance and the outlook for both the first quarter 2013 and the entire year ahead is positive. The Tourism industry index registered 104.6, against a normal of 100, and up from the 101,0 of quarter 3 2012. The forecast index for the Q1 2013 is 102.4. Generally the industry feels it’s business as usual, or even slightly better than usual for now. It’s a relief for an industry that has been through 2 very toug...

Over A Piece Of Cake

Written for Sunday Scribbling by the The Solitary Write. This is story time out here at the Solitary Writers space. So all you bloggers keep reading. This is a story of two cats who were two best friends.But sometimes they would fight over some petty issues. They spend their whole day tramping for food. They would steal food from houses and garbage boxes.It was a sunny day and their misadventures continued everyday as usual. This time they stole a chocolate cake from a birthday party.

The Monkey And The Crocodile

As Retold by Dr. Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller "I see a monkey,"said Crocodile's wife. I want to taste its heart. Get me that monkey now! I will not be happy until you bring me a monkey."

South Africa Confirms Responsible Blueprint With Dramatic Tourism Growth

Challenges ahead but goal bn revenue and 225,000 jobs by 2020. South Africa"s deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa outlined a tourism strategy for the country at this week"s Responsible Tourism conference in London. The strategy not only foresees dramatic tourism growth but also incorporates responsible tourism at its heart.

Trade Focus For South Africa

South African tourism has appointed Andrew Sharpe as trade relations manager in the UK responsible for joint marketing agreements, agency relations and educationals.

Financial Press Warms To Thomas Cook Chief

Thomas Cook's new chief executive Harriet Green appears to be winning over the financial press after making her mark on the tour operator. Green, who joined the troubled company in May and who could receive a pay package worth almost £3 million in her first year, was featured in a positive light in several articles over the New Year. The Times named Thomas Cook in its 10 shares to follow this year thanks to Green's recovery programme.

All About Vultures

Vultures are large, scavenging Birdsof prey having bald heads and weak claws which feed chiefly on carrion (the carcasses of dead animals). The condor, king vulture, turkey buzzard, and black vulture are well known American species of vultures. There are 20 species of vulture. Vultures can eat meat which is in any stage of decay.

All About The Ostrich

The ostrich (Struthio camelus) has long and very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes with a long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable of flight. The adult male grows to about about eight feet high. The body of the male is covered with elegant black plumose feathers, while the wings and tail furnish the most valuable white plumes.

All About Eagles

The eagle is a large keen-sighted diurnal bird of prey noted for its broad wings and strong soaring flight. A member of the bird family Accipitridae (falcon). The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted eagles are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysa), the imperial eagle of Europe (A. mogilnik or imperialis), the American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), the European sea eagle (H. albicilla) and the great harpy ea...

All About Cranes

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The Crane is a large long-necked, straight billed wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts ofthe world. Cranes mate for life. There are15 species of cranes. Cranes are often confused with storks and Herons.

All About Swans

Swans are stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird belonging to Cygnus, with very long neck and usually white plumage. The swan has a large and strong beak, a long neck, and are noted fortheir graceful movements when swimming. The European white, or mute, swan (Cygnus gibbus), bends its neck in an S-shaped curve.

All About The Kiwi

The Kiwi is a flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck, stout legs which is grayish-brown in color. The kiwi is only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes. The kiwi is the smallest of a group of flightless, running Birds that includes the Ostrich and Emu. The kiwi has loose, bristly, hair-like feathers and long whiskers. Kiwiare shy and usually nocturnal. They mate for life. The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand. Kiwis do not have tails.

Facts About Chickens

The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a domestic fowl bred for meat or eggs. Gallinaceous birds are described as heavy-bodied ground-feeding domestic or game birds including Turkeys, grouse, quail, pheasant and chickens. The chicken is the most populous bird in the world. Over 50 billion chickens are reared annually as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs.

Peacocks Are Pretty

A peacock is a male peafowl, the Peahen is a female Peafowl belonging to the pheasant family of Birds. Peacocks have a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with brilliant plumage adorned with iridescent eyes or spots. The species in general or collectively are referred to as peafowl. Although most people call the species peacocks, the word really only refers to the male bird. There are 3 species of peacocks (peafowl) Indian, or blue peafowl; Green peafowl and the Congo peafowl.

All About Turkeys

Turkeys are large American gallinaceous birds belonging to the genus Meleagris, especially the North American wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), and the domestic turkey, which was probably derived from the Mexican wild turkey, but had been domesticated by the Indians long before the discovery of America.

All About Flamingoes

The Flamingo is a large pink to scarlet web-footed wading bird with down-bent bill which inhabits brackish lakes. Their color is usually red or pink. The American flamingo is termed P. ruber and the European is P. antiquorum. The pink colorof their feathers comes from eating pink shrimps. If these are excluded from their diet their feathers are white.

Bird Jokes And Riddles

Why do seagulls fly over the sea? (Because if they flew over the bay they would be called bagels!) Why does a flamingo stand on one leg? (Because if he lifted that leg off the ground he would fall down!) Where does a peacock go when it loses its tail? (A re-tail store!) Did you hear the story about the peacock? (Yes, it's a beautiful tale!) What is even smarter than a talking bird? (A spelling bee!) Why do hummingbirds hum? (Because they forgot the words!) What do you give a si...

You'll Get A Hoot Out Of These!

Someone said you sounded like an owl. (Who?) What do you call an owl with a deep voice? (A growl) Why did the owl say, "Tweet, tweet"? (Because she didn't give a hoot!)

Riddlles And Jokes About Ducks

What does a duck like to eat with soup? (Quackers!) What geometric figure is like a lost parrot? (A polygon!) What happens when a duck flies upside down? (It quacks up!) What did the duck say after he went shopping? (Put it on my bill!) What do you call a crate of ducks? (A box of quackers!) What do you call it when it rains chickens and ducks? (Foul weather!)

Jokes And Riddles For Kids

What does a mixed-up hen lay? (Scrambled eggs!) What does an evil hen lay? (Deviled eggs!) Where do tough chickens come from? (Hard-boiled eggs!) Why did the chicken cross the road? (To get to the other side!) Why did the chewing gum cross the road? (It was stuck to the chicken's foot!) Why did the turkey cross the road? (It was the chicken's day off!) Why did the turkey cross the road twice? (To prove he wasn't chicken!) What do you get when a chicken lays an egg on top of ...