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Design And Culture In Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has always been Africa’s unofficial design capital and is marked by the ingenuity and entrepreneurial nature of its citizens – who make clever use of recycled materials, and produce cost-effective products which, at the same time, provide employment.   Cape Town’s design culture is illustrated by the number of tertiary education institutions offering degrees and short courses in design-related fields. It is also home to the internationally-lauded Design Indaba ...

Us Travel Industry Leads Economy In Job Growth

David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on Labor Department report that the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent for October 2012. “Today’s jobs numbers are more good news for the travel industry. At 7.6 million jobs in October, the travel industry has created 296,000 jobs since December 2009 – adding jobs in 29 of the past 34 months. This data shows the travel industry has recovered 59 percent of the jobs lo...

Plettenberg Bay Gets New Cctv Cameras

Today is a wonderful day for Plettenberg Bay and all its residents as the first of 3 High Spec CCTV camera’s has been installed on the Beacon Island Hotel to assist in keeping our residents and tourists safe whilst on the beach and to assist with surveillance on the access routes that is being used by burglars when they are going to break-in and when they leave, the remaining two CCTV camera’s will be installed in the Industrial area and was supplied by the Bitou Municipality once th...

Has Johannesburg Out-priced Itself For The Mice Market?

Many in the business event industry believe Johannesburg has gained a reputation for being too expensive, while others feel that a more effective marketing strategy needs to be adopted for the city to move up the global rankings.  

Monday Smile: More Dumb And Funny Warnings

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Specialise Or Diversify – What’s An Operator To Do?

On paper, the case for diversification can seem convincing. If customers are able to find everything they need from one trusted operator, why would they ever go anywhere else?

Saa And On Show Solutions Have Announced The Tour Dates For The Africa Showcase 2013.

The newly rebranded Africa Showcase, formerly the Southern Africa Showcase, will take place in September next year. It will take place in Boston on September 16, Chicago on September 17, Seattle on September 18 and Los Angeles on September 19.

Tafi Convention 2013 Dates Confirmed

The dates for the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) convention in South Africa have been confirmed as 24 to 27 February 2013. The event is being hosted by SATSA and sponsored by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, in the beautiful city of Durban, writes Marjorie Dean. The TAFI convention is a major event in the tourism calendar in India, and SATSA are delighted to host it in South Africa for the first time. More than 1000 delegates (businessmen, entrepreneurs and travel agency owners, are expected ...

Alan Winde's Statement

Below is a statement released by Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism after being mugged while cycling to work on November 2. At around 07h10 his morning, while cycling into work, I was pulled from my bike and my cellphone was stolen. My cellphone was tracked down via GPS and the suspect was arrested.

Yorkshire Housewife 'raised By Monkeys In Jungle'

The story of a Yorkshire housewife who spent five years in her childhood living with a colony of capuchin monkeys in Colombia is to be told for the first time in a book and planned television documentary.

Bayview Hotel Mid Week Madness

Mid Week Madness at the Bayview Hotel: Book any Standard Room for only R 399 per night (2 people sharing) between 22 October and 16 November 2012 Rates applicable only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Highlands Park Shelters Langur Population

DA NANG (VNS)— Viet Nam's largest troop of Grey-shanked Douc Langurs (pygathrix cinerea) are flourishing in the National Kon Ka Kinh Park in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. "We have counted 250 langurs living in the park. This is the largest troop in Viet Nam," said Tran Huu Vy, an expert from the Viet Nam Primates Conservation Programme.

Lion-tailed Macaque Taken Off ‘top 25’ Endangered List

State governments have acted positively to protect it, say agencies The lion-tailed macaque, one of India’s endangered mascot species, is no longer on ‘The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates’ list, after the international body compiling it determined that the State governments had acted positively to protect it.

Photo & Film Expo Starts This Thursday

The PHOTO & FILM EXPO is widely regarded as the continents' leading event catering to the photographic and filmmaking communities. It is also regarded as one of the most educational industry events in the world with over 100 unique WORKSHOPS offered FREE to attendees!

The History Of Vivisection

While its thought that Vivisection is a new horror in our society, the fact is that Vivisection has always existed in one form or another. In South Africa Vivisection can be traced back to the 1930's with the establishment of the first University-based medical schools. On a World wide scale however, Vivisection has existed for hundreds of years. There has always been an abundant supply of Human bodies, tissue and blood, which could be used to increase our understanding of Human Anatomy and patho...

Knysna Tourism Ceo Suspended

Press release: Chairman of the Knysna Tourism Board, Greg Vogt, announced today that the organisation’s CEO, Shaun van Eck, has been suspended.

Saa To Reinstate Cape Town Flights?

SAA wants to reinstate international flights from Cape Town, according to the new chairman of the SAA board, Vuyisile Kona.

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.