Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Costa Rica's smallest park packs an impressive collection of natural attractions -- wildlife, rain forests, white-sand beaches, coral reefs, rocky coves with abundant marine life. Then there's the forest, which is thick with massive ficus and two - and three-toed sloths, green and black iguanas, agoutis, four species of monkeys, and nearly 200 species of birds. Yes, it's a ...
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Delays, Strikes, and Overbooking

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Flight Delays and Cancellations If your flight is delayed, go immediately to an airline representative to ask what the problem is and when your plane is expected to depart. Don't be surprised if you don't get a satisfactory answer, however. Most delays are caused by snow, ice, thunderstorms, air traffic, mechanical problems, or other factors beyond the airlines' ...
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Classic New York Restaurants

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: New York is indisputably the restaurant capital of the world. No other city can boast such a profound variety of cuisines, from Aegean to Zambian, and virtually everything in between. But the dining scene in New York City evolves in fits and starts. Most restaurants are ephemeral, with seemingly built-in obsolescence. Yet some restaurants are really built to ...
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MICE market supports National Conventions Bureau

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) has welcomed the imminent establishment of a national conventions bureau. The bureau, which will be operational as a business unit inside South African Tourism by October next year, will improve the country’s capacity to bid for even more international conferences and events. It will also contribute to unity within ...
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Signature spa treatments boost business

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Kievits Kroon is a Cape Dutch themed property in Pretoria that does brisk conference business, incorporating the health, wellness and beauty treatments offered at its spa. Packages are created to celebrate the seasons and tie in with what clientele are looking for in different weather conditions. The property is celebrating spring with new spa packages to attract additional ...
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Cruise Talk

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Selecting a cruise can be confusing for even the most seasoned traveler. Besides researching your ports of call, you'll want to get a sense of your ship's particular culture -- who'll you'll be traveling with, for how long, and under what conditions. Below is a collection of threads from cruise devotees on our talk forums. Listen up. These folks ...
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AA Travel Guides warns against over-regulating the tourism industry

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: AA Travel Guides, publishers of information about tourist accommodation and travel options in South Africa for the past 18 years, has warned against over-regulation of the tourism industry. This follows the release of the draft Tourism Bill, which called for industry comments and input earlier this week. AA Travel Guides, which also runs the AA Quality Assured ...
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Southern Sun managers hosted by Soweto guesthouse owners

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Eight member guesthouses in Orlando West in Soweto which are enrolled in the Southern Sun Book-A-Guesthouse enterprise development programme hosted 29 Southern Sun managers from around the country recently. The managers were attending a management development course at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS). Book-A-Guesthouse is Southern Sun's national enterprise development programme that empowers women within the ...
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New marketing campaign for Cape Town

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Cape Town Tourism has introduced an inclusive global marketing campaign for the city.  “The campaign encapsulates the essence of every facet of what the City has to offer, from tourism to design, business and studies to the rich diversity of people and nature,” says the organisation. Says CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold: “Global best practice ...
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10 of the best easy walks in north Cornwall

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Land's End to Sennen Cove Distance 1.3 miles Start Sennen Cove Car Park, grid ref SW354263. Finish Point Lands End – SW342254 Downloadable route Sennen Cove draws a vast number of visitors to its golden sand, but many miss the great vistas afforded by a brief walk up to the old coastguard lookout – and the opportunity to ...
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Youngsters and skills development the future of tourism

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: On Friday, 2 September 2011, Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC) celebrated with four students whom they have nurtured since high school, when they graduated from the International Hotel School’s START (Skills Tasks & Results Training) programme. “We are so impressed with the results achieved with this particular group of students and the success of not only the individuals themselves, ...
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Extreme sports expo in SA

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group (TEPG) has introduced Atomic Junkies, an extreme sports and adrenalin fest that will take place at Johannesburg’s Coca-Cola dome from 6 to 9 April 2012. TEPG MD Carol Weaving says Atomic Junkies will be a hype-driven event: “We strive to attract the top talent. We will present what’s ‘cool’ and reach a ...
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Hotel Formula 1 Nelspruit launches ‘cocoon’ rooms

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Accor’s Hotel Formula 1 has made a name for affordable prices, convenient location and innovation. It is proud of its one-star grading. The brand is ideally positioned for travellers with restricted budgets, with its slogan: “Be smart, Stay smart”. The brand continues setting industry benchmarks with the introduction of its sixth “cocoon” concept room at Hotel Formula 1 ...
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East to west: My perfect London day out by city guide editor Ben Olins

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: For more than 100 years, busy days have begun at E Pellici, at 332 Bethnal Green Road in the East End, and we can think of no better place to start ours than in this honeyed art-deco-style Anglo-Italian cafe. If possible we'll take a seat at the rear by the serving hatch and enjoy breakfast with the accompanying back-and-forth ...
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Spitalfields and around: My perfect London day out by the Gentle Author

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Whenever I need to fortify myself with breakfast before setting out into the East End streets to pursue the mudlarks, bunny girls, diamond thieves, trannies and costermongers that form the subjects of my daily interviews, I go to Leila's on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch for its celebrated ham and eggs cooked with a pinch of sage. No one ...
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Gumede aims for KZN’s top 10

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The ability to work well under pressure has enabled Eshowe-born chef Robert Gumede to rise through the ranks in some of KZN’s best kitchens over 20 years and aim to be rated as one of the best in the province. Now head chef of the Dish restaurant at the Royal Palm Hotel in Umhlanga, Gumede says: “I appreciate being ...
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10 great activity holidays in Cornwall

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Art hotel in PenzanceArtist Residence, a quirky hotel which opened in April 2011 in an historic Georgian building, has eight rooms decorated by young Cornish and British artists. There's The Artist's Studio with a "floating" bed and blackboard doors for guests to add their own doodles, a nautical room with recycled furniture, and Urban Splash, a room designed by ...
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London’s top five hotels to visit, even if you don’t stay

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Best for food, St John, West End This boutique hotel (it's really more of a restaurant with rooms) was launched last spring by the bon viveur co-founders of London's nose-to-tail restaurants St John and St John Bread and Wine with the new mantra of "from table-to-bed". Set just off Leicester Square, Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver's latest spot serves ...
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Vacation at Home with the Kids?

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: by Lisa Oppenheimer It's hot, it's humid and it's raining. The air-conditioning is broken, and the kids are activity-less for a whole week between camps and the start of school. That's five days: 120 hours; 7,200 minutes; 432-thousand seconds (not including weekends). An eternity. For those not lucky enough to be in possession of plane tickets to ...
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Classic London Restaurants

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The days when London dining was synonymous with bad food are over. The revolution in London's kitchens began simmering in the 1970s, and by the 1980s a handful of influential restaurants had brought it to a boil. Gourmet magazine recently termed this multicultural city "The best place to eat on the planet," and its restaurants made up 22% of ...
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Turn-downs with a twist are a turn-on

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: It’s often the little details that make a hotel stay memorable – like the turn-downs at Durban’s luxury Oyster Box Hotel. The offering focuses on exclusive and personalised touches. Every morning, the hotel’s management discusses the day’s turn-downs. Regular treats include nougat, Turkish delight, coconut ice, chocolate brownies, macaroons, mini-meringues, home-made marshmallows or fudge. Overseas visitors can ...
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Henk Bredenoord of Status Hotels assesses the state of the industry

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Henk Bredenoord, operations director of Status Hotels and an experienced hotelier, shares some of his thoughts on the recent news in the hospitality industry: “Here are just a few comments about the articles that have been doing the rounds with regards to hotels going bankrupt because the business is so bad. “If you look around at the ...
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2011 Joburg Shopping Festival runs from 17 to 25 Sept

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The 2011 Joburg Shopping Festival is set to take place at eight participating centres from 17 to 25 September in Rosebank, the CBD and Woodmead. Festival partners include SAA, freight service UBag, six Johannesburg hotels (Don Suite Hotels, InterContinental, The Peech Hotel, City Lodge Group, Mapungubwe Hotel and The Reef Hotel) and Welcome Tourism Services, who have partnered to ...
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Just Back From Prague

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Fodor's editor Doug Stallings recently spent a week in Prague, learning first-hand why this small and compact city is one of Europe's most popular destinations. Why Prague? Many parts of the Old Town look just as they did in the Middle Ages. The hotel I stayed in was built in the 1400s. I went to church concerts, ...
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