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ISSUE 05 – MAY 2017

May’s front cover features three prime examples of sustainable tourism in Africa. If you haven’t already identified these renowned eco-friendly properties, they are Karongwe Portfolio, Hotel Verde and Jaci’s Lodges.

Hotel rates come under the spotlight this month with many South African properties having hiked 2018 room rates by 20%, while some have posted increases as high as 45%. What’s your view on this contentious topic?

From this month, the Tattler magazine is also hosted on Magzter – a digital magazine reading platform that reaches 31 million registered users! Last month we joined Yumpu (click on the cover link above to view) and PressReader’s 300 million subscribers who now have access to Tattler during their travels at thousands of hotels, libraries, airports, cruise ships and cafes around the world.

Happy reading. Meet me at #Indaba2017

Des Langkilde. editor


02 The Hotel Show Africa 25-27 June 2017
05 Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 08-09 June 2017
Fair Trade Tourism Joins IYSTD17 initiative
Commenting on the partnership, FTT’s Marketing Manager said, “Fair Trade Tourism is proud to play a leading role in certifying sustainable tourism programmes in South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar.”
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07 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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08 Tips on Greening your Tourism Business
Ecotourists seek out businesses that have “green” practices in place, and even indifferent tourists prefer a sustainable establishment over one that is not. Here are some quick and easy tips to going green.​
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09 Hotel Verde Cape Town – Africa’s Greenest Hotel
| Jaci’s Lodges
Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests.​​
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11 | Hotel Verde – Africa’s greenest hotel
Hotel Verde has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market.​
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12 | Karongwe Portfolio
What sets Karongwe Portfolio’s six luxury lodges apart from similar properties in the Limpopo province is its commitment to working hand in hand in uplifting surrounding communities both in terms of employment and wildlife conservation.​
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14 7 Steps to Successful Route Tourism Development
Route Tourism or ‘route development’ has been described as the world’s best hope to secure sustainability in travel and tourism, writes Marlien Lourens in this extract from her Master of Tourism degree dissertation.
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16 The Vertical Potential Of Airport Transfers
It’s time we started rethinking the ways in which travellers are getting to and from airports, and the ways in which travel merchants can integrate these into their services writes Carey Finn in this thought provoking article.
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17 SA Tourism Stats: May 2017
Get the latest Overseas and African Tourist Arrivals, Hotel RevPar, and Airport Passenger Arrival statistics for 2017.
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18 Are South Africa’s Room Rates Sustainable?
That’s the big question being asked by tour operators and booking agents, so I turned to Grant Thornton, TravelSmartCrew and Lalibela Game Reserve for their expert opinion.
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20 Reunion Island: Tropical Incentive with a French Touch
In the meetings industry, no other destination has such an apt name as Île de la Réunion (The meeting Island). This tropical island is a popular destination for exotic incentives with quality guaranteed.
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22 Network with ATA in Rwanda from 28-31 August
If your tourism business focusses on selling Africa to the world, then Remarkable Rwanda is where you need to be to meet new business partners and network with influential Africa Travel Association members from the USA.
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23 Medical Tourism Certification – Added Value or Waste of Money?
Medical tourism is an increasing but challenging market. Patients have particular needs when undergoing treatment abroad and high quality and cost-effective medical care needs to be managed, writes Angeliki Katsapi.
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24 Protecting the Female Traveller
Since the inception of modern tourism, women have played a significant role in developing the world’s largest industry. Here are some ideas to improve security for the ‘single’ female traveller, writes Dr Peter Tarlow.
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25 The Hidden Power of Ritual in Tourism
Anita Mendiratta describes some powerful rituals that must be taken into account when marketing tourism experiences to gain a personal connection with travellers.
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26 Email Marketing 101 for Tourism Business
Email Marketing is one of the best advertising sales tools around. You could say that it is the pipeline through which sales reach your business, easily returning R500 to every R12.50 you spend.​
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30 | A Guide to Cultural Tourism
Cultural tourism provides a glimpse into people’s lives in terms of art, architecture, religion, food, clothing and anything else that may have contributed to shaping their culture, writes Yvonne Nhuta.
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Lalibela Game Reserve
Jaci’s Lodges
Hotel Verde
Karongwe Portfolio
Réunion Island Tourism Board
The Hotel Show Africa
Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017