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5bn Not Enough To Turn Sa Into Aviation Hub

The R5bn guarantee the South African government recently granted South African Airways is not nearly enough to turn South Africa into a major aviation hub, according to Michael Tatalias, SATSA CEO. He explains government needs to make more serious investments if it wants SA to be a full-fledged BRICS member and be considered a valuable player in the BRICS market.

Performance Driven Tourism Marketing

Today businesses in the travel and tourism industry face increasing challenges to achieve a favorable rank position and improve PPC performance, as costs have increased dramatically while conversion rates have declined. In the past, a well-funded campaign was often all that was required to obtain a sufficient number of clicks and conversions. Now, tactics that were once successful are no longer generating the desired number of conversions while cost per click has increased significantly. If spon...

How To Make Travel Website Mobile-friendly

According to the latest statistics, in the year 2014 it is expected that at least one billion users around the world will use a mobile device for payments. Obviously travel and hospitality industry just cannot ignore such a market development move. To keep users of iPhones, Androids, and windows mobile systems on your website and as a result sell more ahead of competitors, travel trade professionals follow their customers by developing the mobile-friendly versions of their websites.

Monkey Heaven

TEXT AND PICTURES DALE R MORRIS www.geckoeye.com Monkeyland, near Plettenberg Bay, is a 12-hectare slice of forest that literally teams with happy smiling monkeys.

Monkey Heaven

TEXT AND PICTURES DALE R MORRIS www.geckoeye.com Monkeyland, near Plettenberg Bay, is a 12-hectare slice of forest that literally teams with happy smiling monkeys.

Cape Town Tourism: Connecting Industry, Travelers And Opportunities Through Technology

Influence the strategic direction of the Cape Town Tourism industry by nominating members for the Cape Town Tourism Board. Cape Town Tourism is constituted as a voluntary, not-for-profit tourism industry organisation, which is accredited as a Local Tourism Association in terms of the provisions of section 19(1) of the Western Cape Tourism Act, No.1 of 2004, which means that we are guided by a Strategic Tourism Industry Board as elected by our members.

The Role Of Greener Buildings In Smart Cities

According to the Green Building Council of South Africa, buildings account for a large amount of land and they consume 40% of the world’s energy. Green buildings can reduce this consumption by 30-70%. South Africa has already made notable progress towards converting to more sustainable buildings, with a number of big corporate brands converting their corporate buildings to greener buildings.

Wildlife Tourism In South Africa: Ethics, Experience, And Eyes-open Travel

“When we think of Africa, we think of its wildlife. Yet it is the African wildlife that the tourism industry too often exploits, abuses and neglects in pursuit of profitable tourism. In order to turn a profit, the industry trades, hunts, butchers, cages, orphans and experiments on its most valuable resource.” -Fairly Wild Written by The TWO OREGONIANS http://twooregonians.com/2012/09/questionable-ethics-wildlife-tourism-south-africa/  

Wildlife Poachers Face A New Enemy

According to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, illegal trafficking of wildlife now ranks as the 3rd largest criminal industry in the world. Every year, millions of animals are slaughtered or kidnapped because of the value placed on their pelt, skin, horns, tusks or meat. This industry driven not just by criminals looking to make a quick buck, but also by complex social, economic and environmental issues.

Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge Presented By Stonehage And Discovery

Without doubt this has become Pletts leading sports event – The Sabrina is more than just a sports event – it has become the main fundraiser for the Sabrina Love Foundation which assists kids with special needs in the Bitou region. Every cent of your entry fee is channelled directly into the fund.

The Fat Fish Opens On Central Beach In Plettenberg Bay

A funky, hip but stylish fish restaurant and tapas bar, The Fat Fish takes tapas to a new gastronomic high. On Central Beach Plettenberg Bay, with great views of our beautiful bay.

Kurland’s Festive Feasts

Kurland Hotel, the renowned 5-star family friendly Relais & Châteaux member property, in the Crags near Plettenberg Bay, proudly announces its ‘Festive Feasts’ for this holiday season created by the award-winning Executive Chef, Leon Coetzee.

Plettenberg Bay Pipped In World Travel Awards ‘best Beach Destination’

The annual World Travel Awards took place last week and resulted in a string of accolades for South African tourism brands and a Best Beach Destination place for Cape Town. Cape Town competed against Bazaruto in Mozambique, Diani Beach, Kenya, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania and previous winner, Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt for the top beach attraction.

Nsri Plett Rescue Launch

While having breakfast on Sunday morning in Plett, Derek Frielinghaus, an ex Plettenberg Bay station commander, heard the siren for a Sea Rescue call out … a boat was overturned in the river mouth. It took just on 3 minutes for the rescue boat to hit the water… for what turned out to be a false alarm with good intentions.   Derek took pictures of the launch.

Artist Announced For Shamwari’s ‘pride Of Cape Town’ Lion

Shamwari Group is proud to announce that local artist, Andile Dylvane has joined forces to create a unique design for Shamwari’s life-size fibreglass lion sculpture, which is part of the Pride of Cape Town public arts event set to launch at the V & A Waterfront in March 2013, masterminded by the Born Free Foundation and Wild in Art.

Affordable High-speed Satellite Broadband Now Available Across South Africa

After months of extensive testing and training, Vox Telecom has announced that the new YahClick satellite broadband service is now fully commercially available across South Africa. YahClick is the first Ka-band satellite service available in South Africa and is the result of a partnership between local telecommunications company Vox Telecom and Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat. Ka-band satellites transmit many highly focused, overlapping ‘spot beams’, each covering a relatively small area,...

Food, Fun And Fantastic Music At Bay Harbour Market This Weekend

Food, music, art and a whole lot of fun are on the menu for Bay Harbour this weekend – make sure you pop in at the most vibrant market in Cape Town!   Taking to the stage for Friday Nite LIVE! on October 5 is SA music legend Steve Van along with bass player and pianist Pete Stein. Steve has enjoyed success on the local music scene with various bands including Junglebook Vultures, Rust and the Vans. More recently, the acoustic rock pioneer has been working on a new album with Pete St...

Spotlight On Africa

You’re invited to attend the Spotlight on Africa Travel Workshops this week Spotlight Venues and Times: Wednesday 03 October 08h30-12h00 Sunnyside Park Hotel Parktown Johannesburg Thursday 04 October 08h30-12h00 RadissonBlu Hotel Sandton –ideally situated for Gautrain users! Special Offer for Pretoria & Midrand attendees –R50 contribution for Gautrain Ticket or Petrol.

Things To Say If You Get Caught Sleeping At Your Desk

15. "They told me at the blood bank this might happen." 14. "This is just a 15 minute power-nap like they raved about in the last time management course you sent me to." 13. "Whew! Guess I left the top off the liquid paper" 12. "I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!"

Airlink Increased Its Flight Frequency From Durban To Bloemfontein

Airlink has increased its flight frequency between Durban and Bloemfontein from two to three flights per day from October 1. The additional flight will accommodate the mid-afternoon traffic between Durban and Bloemfontein.