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Enjoy the latest edition of the Tourism Tattler Magazine

News, Views, and Reviews for Travel in, to and out of Africa.



As our magazine cover clearly shows, October is a month for celebration as the provincial award winners of South Africa’s Lilizela Tourism Awards wait to find who will take the coveted National Award titles in each tourism category at the gala ceremony, which will be convened at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 29 October 2017, and organised by South African Tourism. Click on the image to read more on pages 09 to 14.

I wish all the provincial nominees the best of luck and look forward to featuring all the National Lilizlea Tourism Award winners in the November edition.


I’m proud to announce that TourismTattler has joined the long-awaited dotAfrica (.africa) generic top-level domain (gTLD), as a media partner. This gTLD became available for businesses and the general public to register domains on 04 July 2017. To mark this auspicious occasion, a ‘Follow The Flag’ (#FollowTheFlag)roadshow is being planned to raise awareness of the .africa domain name.

The roadshow journey will kick-off in Benin on 21 November, and journey through Rwanda, Tunisia, DRC, and Botswana. The .africa team and its brand ambassadors will also embark on a two-week long trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to plant the .africa flag.

The .africa Team who will embark on this journey need the assistance of accommodation and transport service providers in the countries through which they will be travelling, as well as sponsors to fund logistics, including fuel for the journey. All sponsors and hosts will receive acknowledgement and significant media exposure for their support, and each will also be given free registration of a .africa domain name of their choice.

I appeal to readers to sarah-jane or call +27 (0)82 452 5327.

As usual, just click on the images below to read the October magazine content online. If you prefer to read a hard copy of the magazine, Peecho can print a copy in the Netherlands and courier it to your door.

Happy Reading!
#WeDoTourismSustainably #IY2017 #TravelEnjoyRespect

Des Langkilde. editor


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07 Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) Joins #IT2017 Initiative
Launched in 2011, the SSTL established a set of standards to encourage and guide Seychellois tourism operators to play a vital role in adopting best practices in the operation of their businesses. Seventeen businesses have already been certified.
08 Member Testimonials on Fair Trade Tourism
The owners of Umlani Bush CampThree Trees at Spioenkop, and Sani Lodge Backpackers explain why they joined Fair Trade Tourism and the benefits of accreditation.
09 Celebrating 2017 Lilizela Provincial Award Winners
The provincial legs of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards wrapped up at the end of September with the crowning of dozens of tourism products and services in the country’s nine provinces in five primary categories.
10-14 Lilizela Tourism Awards 2017: Provincial Winners List
Click on the image to view all provincial award winners. Next month, we’ll highlight the National award winners. Read more about Timbavati Safari LodgeBelurana River Manorde Stijl Gariep HotelBeverley Country CottagesHamilton ParksPetit & Grande PlaisirKosmos ManorRiver Place Manor, and Big Sky Cottages.
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16-17 National Sea Rescue Institute (Advertisement)
18 Tourist Arrivals & Hotel Stats for South Africa (repeat of September’s reported stats)
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.

19 Tourism Business Index Half-Year Report 2017
The TBCSA reports that the glass remains half-full for tourism in South Africa, despite a dip in half-year business performance for 2017. The TBI Report provides info about the level of business performance across the travel and tourism value chain.
20 Domestic Tourism: Trends & Opportunities
Lee-Anne Bac of Grant Thornton says that the domestic tourism industry can contribute more to South Africa’s economy if it manages to cater for everyone in the country rather than just focusing on traditional international tourists.
21 The Revenue Journey – Part 2: Navigating the Journey
In the second part of this series, hotel revenue expert, Derek Martin explains how to manage the revenue journey by keeping things easy and logical with a step-by-step approach.
22-23 Kruger Park 2017 Rhino Census
To mark World Rhino Day (22 September), Bonné de Bod and fellow filmmaker, Susan Scott, were granted exclusive access to the 2017 Rhino Census.
Here’s what they saw and learnt.
24 Bleisure Events: Africa’s Saving Grace
In this article, Elzaan van Rhyn explains how African conference and event facilities are attracting some of the biggest global strategic events by combining business with leisure (bleisure).
25 Hotel App to be Launched at ITB Asia 2017
A pioneer in empowering hoteliers with powerful, yet simple cloud-based hotel software to efficiently manage hotel operations, Hotelogix is set to launch its revolutionary mobile app, Hotelogix Mobile Hotel, at ITB Asia, 2017 at booth B46 from 25 – 27 October 2017 in Singapore.
26-27 Floral Cuisine: Using Flowers in Cooking
Chef Alida Giliomee shares some insights, tips and tricks that she’s learned about using edible flowers in cooking over a career spanning 16 years. With edible flowers ranging from Tulips to Borage, each contributes to the final composition holistically.
28 The Business of Food Travel Podcast
Launched by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), ‘Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel’ is a series of Podcasts presented by Erik Wolf and Aashi Vel. You are also invited to appear on an episode.
29  Social Media & Defamation – Part 2
Continuing this series from Part 1, our legal beagle, Louis the Lawyer,  highlights more reasons why businesses (or individuals) need to ‘Tread Warily’ with regard to Social Media and the legal consequences of Defamation.
30-31 Vehicle Review: Mazda BT-50 Conquering Sani Pass
TourismTattler contributor, Tessa Buhrmann, reviews the Mazda BT-50 4×4 Double Cab and puts the manufacturer’s marketing blurb challenge to the test with a trip up Sani Pass. Her final thoughts on the Mazda BT-50? Read on…