The latest Tourism Tattler, brought to you courtesy of Desmond Langkilde


ISSUE 03 – MARCH 2017

As our March front cover clearly shows, this edition focusses on B2B travel trade shows in South Africa. We investigate the, as yet, unanswered question: Does the tourism industry benefit from B2B trade shows, and if so, is the presence of two major travel trade shows sustainable? (see pages 18-19).

Of course, there’s a lot more informative content in this edition, so browse through the content below and click away. If you prefer to read offline, just download the magazine or better yet, order a printed copy.

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Yours in Tourism,
Des Langkilde. editor


04 Developing Africa’s Health Tourism Potential
Health Tourism can potentially provide a lucrative niche market to grow tourist numbers into Africa. However, reliable information on this sector is hard to find. But this is going to change as from June this year.
05 The Hotel Show Africa 2017 (Advertisement)
06 The Cape Town v Pretoria Parliament Debate
During the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 09 February, President Jacob Zuma set in motion a snowball discourse on the moving of Parliament to Pretoria, away from Cape Town, to reduce costs. The move will cost taxpayers R7 billion.
07 Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017 (Advertisement)
08 SA Tourism Stats: Jan-Dec 2016
Get the full year’s Foreign Tourist Arrivals, Hotel RevPar, and Airport / Passenger Arrival statistics for 2016, and the Car Rental Data (Jan-May 2016).
To download and save this report as a PDF file click HERE.
09 Can South Africa Sustain Tourism Growth?
While South Africa’s 12.8% increase in the number of overnight tourists recorded during 2016 compared to those recorded during 2015 is laudable, further analysis of the data reveals there’s still work to be done to ensure long-term growth.
10 Making the Most of an African Safari in the Rain
Tourists come to South Africa for two things – sun and safari. But do they realise that it’s bound to rain at some point? So how do lodges keep their guests enthusiastic when they find that their 3-day safari is going to be a rainy one?
12 Reunion Island: Perfect for Easter Holidays
Réunion Island is a quick 4-hour flight on Air Austral from Johannesburg and what’s more, South African passport holders don’t require a visa for a visit of up to 90 days which makes this destination a great option for your clients Easter holidays.
14 The Impact of Drought on SA’s Wildlife Environment
To provide a better understanding of the impact of South Africa’s drought on wildlife and on the environment, Andrew van Heerden and Anthony Whateley give their views with specific reference to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park reserve.
16 Taking Action Against Plastic
To kerb the disastrous environmental impact of plastics, a new report released by the World Economic Forum provides a tangible plan for the global plastics industry to take action across all types of plastic packaging.
18 Does South Africa Need Two B2B Travel Trade Shows?
Looking at the statistics from both Indaba and WTM Africa reveals that B2B trade shows do make a significant contribution to the country’s tourist arrivals, to the economy, and to job creation. But looking ahead to 2018, does South Africa still need two trade shows?
20 Diabetes: Are You At Risk?
Early diagnosis of diabetes is important if complications are to be prevented or delayed. If you are over 35 and have any of the risk factors highlighted in this article, you should be tested every year.
22 The Importance of Hotel Entertainment
Guy Stehlik, the CEO and founder of BON Hotels, is often asked which hotel was THE best that he’d ever stayed at and why? It’s a common question and one that he has an easy answer for and enjoys watching people’s reactions to his reply.
23 Can you justify your Fixed-term Employment Contracts?
It’s important for employers to ensure that they are able to justify the grounds for fixing a limited duration of employment contract and that there is full compliance with the relevant regulations to avoid adverse orders from the Labour Court.
24 The Law of Contracts – Part 27
Continuing his series on The Role of Service Level Agreements, Louis the Lawyer looks at the advantages of Arbitration as an option to Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
In Part 9 of this series, Louis concludes his checklist on Risk Identification & Management for Adventure Sports Operators with the subject of Insurance.
Sound advice to avoid the sharks out there!
26 Online Marketing for your Small Business
Businesses are recognising that their customers spend a considerable amount of time online and are coming up with innovative ways to market and promote their services on the web. Where should you start?
28 How to gain Green Flag Trails accreditation
Tourists want reassurance. For this reason, hotels are star graded, beaches are awarded Blue Flag status, and clean and safe trails are Green Flag accredited. In this article, Professor Leon Hugo explains how to gain accreditation.
30 The Awesome Mazda CX-5 Akera AWD Auto
Tessa Buhrmann headed for Amakhosi Safari Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal to test the Mazda CX-5’s all-wheel-drive capability on off-road bush trails and river crossings. “This one is definitely a keeper,” she says.


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