Premier skateboarding event rolls into Kimberley

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: International skateboarders will show off their skills in one of the most lucrative skateboarding competitions to be held in Kimberley this weekend. The Maloof Money Cup will be hosted between 30 September and 2 October and will offer prize money worth $500 000. The competition is the brainchild of businessman Joe Maloof, whose family are the owners of ...
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Overlooked and Underrated: Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Where: A rainforest-covered peninsula on Madagascar's northeast coast. The peninsula separates Antongil Bay from the Indian Ocean. The region is home to Masoala National Park. Maroantsetra town is the arrival (by air) and departure (by sea) point for visits to the peninsula. Why: Accessible only by foot or sea, Masoala is home to one of the last remaining ...
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Chic-nics’ all the rage as weather warms up

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Allee Bleue Wine Estate in Franschhoek is one of many properties with extensive grounds and big trees around the country to offer a new, smart take on the picnic concept. It will present the “chic-nic”, a stylish variation on al fresco dining and the traditional picnic, starting on 1 October. Visitors to the winelands estate can enjoy a sit-down ...
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FLASHBACK: 2002 continued… the year SA turned green

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Last week we looked at the busy first half of 2002. This week, we look at the second half of 2002, which was marked by the hosting of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This saw South Africa, and particularly Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, prepare to host 65 000 visitors. The country wondered whether the industry was ready ...
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FLASHBACK: 1987… from sous vide to spas

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Dear readers, I have been producing this series of Flashbacks for a little over three months now: each week summarising entire years in a feature-length article. Looking for what is different and what remains the same in the hospitality industry during the last 25 years of Hotel & Restaurant (originally named Hotelier & Caterer) has shown that the ...
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3 NYC Hotels That Won’t Break the Bank

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Anyone who's traveled much will tell you that New York City hotels are among the priciest in the world. Still, there are bargains in the Big Apple, including these: Hotel QT. Flash is hard to find on the cheap, but these spiffy digs give good groove for the buck. Yes, the rooms are quite small, but what the ...
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Great expectations for CWG auction

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: A one-of-a-kind 18-litre bottle of 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Reserve will be among the line-up of rare wines to go under the hammer at the 27th annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at Spier near Stellenbosch on Saturday. The proceeds of this collector’s wine will go towards the guild’s Protege Programme, a mentorship initiative for young, upcoming winemakers. ...
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Crush Camps: Getting Your Hands Into the California Wine Country

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Give yourself a couple of days in the tasting rooms of the California Wine Country and a certain antsiness might set in. You may find yourself looking longingly at the rows of grapevines or craning your neck to check out a winery's equipment. If you're starting to fantasize about the winemaking life, you're in luck. A few local ...
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Zambian Protea Hotel undergoes refurbishment

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The five-year-old Protea Hotel Cairo Road in Lusaka’s CBD is undergoing a refurbishment worth more than US$300 000. The public areas have so far been revamped, with the room renovation soon to be underway. The reception area, bar, restaurant and conference room on the ground floor have been transformed while the restaurant has been converted from an open ...
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L’Aquila, Italy

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: It's an out-of-the-way destination in Italy, but unforgettable nonetheless... Where: L'Aquila, Italy, 58 miles northeast of Rome. The city is 2,600-feet above sea level, on the shoulders of rugged Gran Sasso, the Apennine Mountains' highest peak. Why: L'Aquila boasts a striking mountain setting, fine architecture, a dramatic piazza, and unusual local cuisine. It's delightfully free of the ...
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Affordable Argentina: Not Anymore

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: It's no secret that over the past five years Argentina has become one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. The country's economic crash in 2001 and the subsequent devaluation of the peso turned Argentina into an absolute bargain for dollar and euro-toting tourists. Millions have been pouring in to enjoy the country's exotic destinations, like the breathtaking ...
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Top winelist at Kievits Kroon

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Four-star Cape Dutch-style Kievits Kroon in Pretoria has grown its reputation in fine-dining, winelist, conferencing and wellness. Its food and wine pairing events at Granita have showcased the cuisine of executive chef Sammy Mashile as well as the restaurant’s extensive winelist. Kievits Kroon MD Alan O’Leary is delighted to report that a third consecutive Diamond Award in the ...
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8 Free Things to Do in Tel Aviv

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Get up, lazybones, and meet your guide at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Clock Tower in Old Jaffa for a walking tour of one of the oldest ports in the world. Jonah set out for his meeting with the whale from these shores, and Alexander the Great, Saladin, and Napoleon all left their mark here. The cobblestone lanes ...
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10 of the best campsites in Cornwall

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Lovelane Caravans, Roskilly's Organic Farm, HelstonFans of retro will be in their element in Lovelane's period caravans, restored to their former glory and equipped with nostalgic touches such as thimble-like gold-rimmed cups from the Queen's coronation, a Goblin Teasmaid or a hand-embroidered tablecloth. The campsite is a short stroll or bike ride to Roskilly's farm – famous for ...
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Fairtrade Week from 14 to 20 November

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The Fairtrade Label South Africa (FLSA) is set to hold the first Fairtrade Week around the country. The campaign is aimed at raising public awareness about Fairtrade products and processes. The Fairtrade Week slogan is: “Taste the Change”, and is designed to encourage consumers to learn about the potential of fair trading: the significance it plays in improving lives ...
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Rental Cars Don’t Float and Other Travel Mistakes

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: For travel nuts, trips top many a resolution list--- who doesn't want to resolve to explore the Greek Islands? However, before you were your own travel agent, your list might have included a more basic promise to be a smarter traveler. Looking back at a travel mishap, you might crave some sort of divine intervention---a way to go ...
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The East End: My perfect London day out by City Secrets editor

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: I would begin with breakfast at Rochelle Canteen on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch (arnoldandhenderson.com). This lovely, understated restaurant with communal tables is housed in a converted bike shed, part of a former primary school now used for studio space. I would then take a tour of 19 Princelet Street Synagogue (having planned well in advance as it is ...
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Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo heads up National Convention Bureau

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: South African Tourism (SAT) has appointed Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo as executive manager of the newly-established National Convention Bureau (NCB), effective 1 November 2011. She was most recently head of the Convention Bureau and Events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited. The NCB is designed to enhance South Africa’s business tourism capacity and continue to grow the country’s status as a ...
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FLASHBACK: September 1992 – Excellent advice from top industry professionals

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Back in September 1992, Hotelier & Caterer (as Hotel & Restaurant was called then) editor Andrew Moth said in his hugely popular Viewpoint column: “The South African Tourism Board has responded with commendable speed to expressions of concern from hoteliers over the lack of a level playing field for all suppliers of accommodation. For years hoteliers have had to ...
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London 2012 Olympics: how to stay in the capital for free

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: As questions go, "How can I stay in an expensive part of London during one of the world's biggest sporting events for nothing?" seems as pie in the sky as asking, "How can I get the body of an Olympian by next Tuesday?". And yet living in the lap of luxury for two or three weeks during the ...
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Glitz and Gigawatts: 5 Days in Las Vegas

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Nightclubs, casinos, theatre, dancing girls, exploding volcanoes, million-dollar paintings -- you could easily spend a lifetime in Vegas and still not exhaust the city's bottomless gift for glitz and razmatazz. But if time is limited, you'll need a list of the best things to see and do in a short time. The following itinerary will help you structure a ...
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10 of the best campsites in the Lake District and Cumbria

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Syke Farm Camping Ground, ButtermereSyke Farm is tucked away in a quiet Lake District valley to the south-west of Keswick in the tiny hamlet of Buttermere. This is an unpretentious, no-frills campsite with an unapologetically back-to-basics approach. Facilities are fairly basic – there's no reception or shop, and the only source of provisions is the farmhouse in the village ...
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Protea Hotel President completes second phase of renovation

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The renovation of the Protea Hotel Presidne tin Cape Town reaches the halfway mark next month. The Protea Hotel President’s renovations started in July last year and after a 2010/2011 summer break, three floors of the hotel will be complete by the end of the next month. Hotel GM Debra Sivertsen says the refurbishment of the rooms ...
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Hilton to open first hotel in Erbil

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Hilton Worldwide is set to open its first hotel in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan. Comprising of 200 serviced apartments, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Erbil is expected to open at the end of 2013. The new hotel will be strategically located on Erbil’s central thoroughfare, close to the recently expanded Erbil International Airport and the Ainkawa ...
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