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Environmentally-aware travellers a fast growing niche

Travellers concerned with the treatment of the natural environment are a fast-growing market according to experts in environmental tourism. The environmentally-aware traveller represents one of the fastest growing niche markets in the tourism, travel and leisure sectors today and this … Continue reading

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Overlooked and Underrated: Ouro Preto, Brazil

Where? Ouro Preto, about 210 miles north of Rio de Janeiro and 97 miles southeast of Belo Horizonte. Why? This is where you’ll see some of the best examples of baroque architecture in Brazil. It’s also the best place to … Continue reading

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SA Tourism’s innovative Touch Table wins two Loerie Awards

South African Tourism’s (SAT) Touch Table, a first in interactive travel and tourism trade communication, has won two awards at the 33rd annual Loerie Awards – a Silver Loerie in the category of ‘Internet, Mobile and Interactive Communication: Applications and … Continue reading

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New warning on job cuts in SA hotels

A new warning has been issued about the possibility of more job losses in the hotel industry. This time it comes from Marius Earle, the group operations director of Three Cities Hospitality which manages and markets hotels all over Southern … Continue reading

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Pickpocket-proof: Money Belts and Their Alternatives

Backpacks, back pockets, and open purses are easy targets for pick-pockets. Keeping your passport and funds secure in a money belt may save your vacation from an unfortunate run-in with a talented thief, but the traditional rogue-blocker is not your … Continue reading

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London 2012 event listings 28 July: what’s on during the Olympics

Theatre London Road, National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, SE1, to 6 Sep, nationaltheatre.org.uk Return of Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s hugely original musical play set around the real murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich. The Bruce Lacey Experience, Camden Arts … Continue reading

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Ryan Shell new head chef at Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant

Having undergone extensive refurbishment, Franschhoek’s Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant has re-opened this weekend under management of the von Arnim family with new head chef Ryan Shell at the helm. Shell, who is 28, has taken over in time for the … Continue reading

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KZN entrepreneurs in line for big rewards

Four young KwaZulu-Natal entrepreneurs will earn a healthy boost for their businesses soon thanks to the South African Breweries Limited (SAB) KickStart Entrepreneurial Development Programme. About R380 000 in grants, mentorship and training is up for grabs in the KZN … Continue reading

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London’s top five quirky restaurants and bars

The Doodle Bar, Battersea Behind Foster & Partners’ glossy offices on the banks of the Thames, a creative community has quietly taken over the warehouses between Battersea Bridge and Albert Bridge. To find the studios where fashion designer Vivienne Westwood … Continue reading

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London 2012 event listings 29 July: what’s on during the Olympics

Theatre 1936, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, EC1, to 5 Aug, sadlerswells.com Tom McNab’s play asks whether a boycott of the Berlin games of 1936 might have changed the course of history. Edvard Munch, Tate Modern, South Bank, SE1, to … Continue reading

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Emma’s Eccentric Britain: kitesurfing in Northumberland

Everything about today fills me with a sense of dread. I am a poor swimmer, I have no upper body strength and I am afraid of heights. Yet here I am, sitting in a car park in Beadnell bay waiting … Continue reading

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The Don Group quits hotel sector to get out of the red

The Don Group Limited, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, said in a statement released on 6 October 2011 that due to the depressed economic conditions and plummeting profits, it had turned three hotels into residences and had … Continue reading

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Olympic runs: the best places to stay for the Games within easy reach of London

Cambridgeshire From punting on the river, exploring the grand university colleges and picnicking in the parks to dancing to live music at night, Cambridge gets a first for its attractions. This summer, there’s a Sculpture Promenade and Han China exhibition … Continue reading

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Radisson to open second Park Inn in Cape Town

Set to open in November the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore will be the second Park Inn by Radisson to open in South Africa. While some will say that Cape Town needs another hotel like a fish needs … Continue reading

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From Harry Potter to The Da Vinci Code, Lit Tours are All the Rage

by Michelle Delio Want to meet the muses? Or perhaps you’d rather crack codes, act like a kid, travel back in time, have a serious adult conversation, solve a mystery, or learn to fly on a broomstick? If your answer … Continue reading

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10 of the best family days out in Cumbria

Baking and craft workshops at Little Salkeld The first thing children will notice about The Watermill at Little Salkeld are the candy-pink walls. The second might be the chickens foraging for spilt grain by the entrance to this restored working … Continue reading

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Crowd-free places: My perfect London day out

I’d start my perfect day with a bowl of muesli, eaten in my swimming costume, ready for a gentle swim at the Golden Lane leisure centre, a small, quiet pool near the Barbican . Next I’d walk up City Road … Continue reading

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Cancellations, Delays Bedevil South American Travel

The recent deadly crash of a commercial airliner in Sao Paulo sent the already reeling Brazilian airline industry deeper into crisis. On Saturday, it received a further scare when a radar failure in the Amazon region caused some 20 international … Continue reading

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Durban to host the Sports & Events Tourism Exchange in 2012

South African Tourism (SAT), Sports and Recreation SA and Thebe Exhibitions & Project Group (TEPG) have announced that Durban has been awarded the hosting of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) in 2012. “The city of Durban will be … Continue reading

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$25 & Under: The Best Gifts to Bring Back from NYC, London, and Paris

Between penny-pinching in a tight economy and airlines’ new luggage restrictions, only so many treats for those at home are likely to make it back in your suitcase. But no need to nix the knickknacks-buying easy-to-pack gifts on the cheap … Continue reading

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Just Back from Montana

Fodor’s Copy Chief Linda Schmidt (along with husband and husky) spent much of August driving from New Jersey to Choteau, Montana, and back. Linda then returned to the Rocky Mountain Front for the month of November to work as the … Continue reading

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Boost for Cape convention business

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau has once again received the international hallmark of excellence, following the annual BestCities external audit. An external audit of service standards is a requirement for certification as a member of the BestCities … Continue reading

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Global tourism growth for first half of 2011 ‘healthy

International tourist arrivals are estimated to have grown by 4,5% in the first half of 2011, consolidating the 6,6% increase registered in 2010. Between January and June of this year, the total number of arrivals reached 440-million, 19-million more than … Continue reading

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Tempelhoff does it with sustainable seafood

The Greenhouse Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia was the venue yesterday for a lunch where group executive chef Peter Tempelhoff presented a range of dishes from his menus to a gathering of prominent foodwriters. Liz McGrath, owner of … Continue reading

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