The latest Tourism Tattler edition is now available


ISSUE 04 – APRIL 2017

Looking at the pristine environments of Grootbos and Sibuya nature reserves whose images grace our April edition cover, and at all of the dandelion seed graphics scattered throughout the images of this month’s content, it’s pretty obvious that we are committed to the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development theme.

And a worthy UNWTO theme it is too. I urge you to read some of the content, follow the links provided, and find out how sustainable tourism can develop your business and leave a lasting legacy. Besides Grootbos Nature Reserve and Sibuya Game Reserve, Amakhala Safari Lodge and Tswalu Private Game Reserve have also come onboard to share their eco-friendly stories. And if you want to know how to market sustainable tourism to your guests and suppliers, Lalibela Private Game Reserve shares what works and what doesn’t. So, what’s your story?

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.

Note: Click on the images to open the article in your web browser.

Yours in Tourism,
Des Langkilde. editor

The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General
After 42 years of European, North American, and Asian leadership domination, Africa finally has a chance to take the helm and steer the UNWTO into the global future of tourism as the race for the top post heats up.
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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa
Through a series of features published throughout this year, Tourism Tattler will be profiling African destinations, products and services who implement sustainable tourism practices. What’s your story?
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09 Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons
Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award-winning directory website with a host of eco-travel choice icons, which make it easy to find places to eat, shop, stay and play the green way.
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10 How to Market Sustainable Tourism
To find out how a Big-5 safari attraction markets sustainable tourism to guests and suppliers, I interviewed Vernon Wait, Marketing Director at Lalibela Private Game Reserve.
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Grootbos Forest Lodge
Grootbos has an enviable track history of implementing sustainable tourism initiatives. So successful in fact, that they now help other hospitality businesses to create their own ‘green’ initiatives.
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13 Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps
Besides being South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat, Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps maintains its low-impact, sustainable tourism reputation in a myriad of ways.
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14 Amakhala Safari Lodge
Discover how Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail contributes to local community education, training, HIV/AIDS support, and environmental conservation at Amakhala Safari Lodge.
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15 Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve
As South Africa’s largest private game reserve Tswalu started as a conservation project 20 years ago, to restore denuded farmlands in the Northern Cape’s Kalahari savannah eco-system – and a lot more.
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16 Unsustainable Aviation? The US Open Skies Debate
The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies accuses Gulf-owned Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates of exploiting US aviation policy but says their gripes are “Spinning to the abyss.” There’s a lesson to be learnt here.
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17 The Biggest Challenge Facing DMO’s Today
Destination Management Organisations have a unique historical opportunity to lead the shift from an old and obsolete way of doing tourism to one that is regenerative rather than extractive.
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18 SA Tourism Stats: Jan-Feb 2017
Get the latest Overseas and African Tourist Arrivals, Hotel RevPar, and Airport Passenger Arrival statistics for 2017.

To download and save this report as a PDF file click HERE.

20 Exploring the Wild Nature & Rich Culture of Reunion Island
Réunion Island is a unique blend of tropical paradise and adventurer’s dream. With three Grande Randonnée footpaths crossing the island, tourists can immerse in the Island’s culture and natural majesty. Continue reading…
22 Benguela Current Health Check
A sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and jobs in South Africa, Namibia and Angola.
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23 Tourism Trade to Converge at Hotel Show Africa
Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to host the hotel and tourism sector as buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world converge at the event.
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24 The Worst Hotel in the World
Last month Guy Stehlik of BON Hotels wrote about the BEST hotel that he has ever stayed at. This month he considers the WORST hotel. Amuse-bouche for thought.
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25 Tourism Eduction: Online Staff Training
Online learning removes boardroom barriers and allows staff to learn at their own pace. So why aren’t more companies – and individuals – taking their training into the digital space? asks Nawal du Toit.
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28 The Worlds Largest Adult Traveller Population
If the world’s volunteers were to form a single country, known as Volunteerland, they would form the largest adult population in the world, behind only China. And they’d have $1.3 trillion to spend!
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30 Vehicle Review: Mazda3 Astina 2.0 Auto
Tessa Buhrmann found the Mazda3 Astina to be a fun car to drive, and in addition to being good to look at, it is robust too – surviving the South Coast’s potholes really well, with not even a flat tyre.
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