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Hilton expands further into Mexico with new resort to open Q2 2012
Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise development agreement with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe for the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Scheduled to open in Q2 2012, Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort forms part of the company's aggressive expansion campaign to grow the Hilton Worldwide portfolio throughout Mexico and Latin America. Located five minutes from Puerto Vallarta's International Airport and cruise ship terminal, ...
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10 of the best family days out in south Cornwall
Walk in the footsteps of giants to St Michael's Mount, MarazionCross the causeway to a sea-encircled castle, once home to a legendary giant who was lured to his death by a brave local lad. Children love to hunt for the giant's stone heart etched in the pathway, follow clues to the castle turrets and stand in the firing line of bygone battles. The climb to ...
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Launch of braai season
The 24th September has been declared National Braai Day, and it also sees the nation celebrate Heritage Day, which is a public holiday. Catering group Compass Game Park Services (CGPS) has made the most of its location, the Kruger National Park, to launch a series of innovative boma and bush braai evenings for visitors. This is a new experience at the national park, and one generally ...
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10 Reasons We Still Love to Fly
Long delays, lost luggage, security hassles, rancorous flight attendants, scary little snacks you wouldn't feed to a guinea pig -- flying has become such a chore. But before you swear it off altogether, you might want to consider a few things about air travel and the airline industry that actually seem to be working, and working well. Indeed, here are 10 reasons why we still ...
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Minister launches National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism
Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk launched the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism today. Speaking from the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna, he highlighted that responsible tourism is about creating better places for people to live in, and better places to visit. He says that South Africa’s natural environment is one of its greatest tourism resources and the tourism industry needs to be actively ...
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Space – the final tourism frontier
Sir Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez dedicated the futuristic building that will see space tourism become a reality, “Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space”, yesterday (17 October). More than 800 guests attended the event and watched as Virgin Galactic’s commercial space vehicles soared through the skies of southern New Mexico during the dedication ceremonies of Virgin Galactic’s new home at Spaceport America. The flight ...
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Readers’ travel tips: London activities
Winning tip: Billingsgate fish marketWhether you are in east London to visit the Olympic Park or just looking for a way to keep the kids occupied, head down to Billingsgate and take a picnic, but be sure to pack a mackerel (as the fish market closes at 8.30am). When you spot Sammy the seal (although most likely Simone, in my opinion) in the Thames near ...
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London’s top five art exhibitions to visit
The Tanks: Art in Action, Tate Modern, Bankside Tate Modern just keeps growing, with bigger, wilder spaces. The buzz around the new Tanks dedicated to live and time-based art cannot be overstated: the former power station's underground oil tanks have been transformed into cavernous chambers studded with gigantic concrete pillars. Works that are usually performed on stage are given a new lease of life as the ...
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Just Back from Greece
Fodor's Assistant Editor Amy Wang recently sailed the Aegean Sea aboard a yacht, getting a taste of Santorini, Ios, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Delos, Syros, and Kythnos islands. Why the Greek Isles? For anyone who has ever glanced at a "Greek Isles" calendar and concluded that such beauty must be the result of Photoshop, I'm here to say that's not the case. Sandy beaches baked by a brilliant ...
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Successful Solo Lodging
Some people are adept at quantum physics. I know hotels. I've seen more hotel rooms than a New York City call girl on speed-dial. For years I've poked around lodgings throughout the world for consumer guidebooks, and one thing I've learned is that you never know what you'll find. Checking out a hotel room in St. Thomas, I walked in on a guy sitting at a ...
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Discount Theatre Tickets in London
The play's the thing in London's West End, but seeing one can be a pricey proposition. If you don't feel like taking out a second mortgage to pay for tickets, check out the Get Into London Theatre promotion, running through March 17, 2007. The promotion gives you the opportunity to buy discounted tickets to over 60 shows for f10 to f35. Offerings include hit musicals ...
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London’s top five live music pubs
The Shacklewell Arms, DalstonUntil recently, the Shacklewell Arms was a garishly painted Caribbean social that sat quietly in an unloved part of Hackney. Now the ripple effect of regeneration has changed all that. Dalston's rebirth as London's coolest neighbourhood has allowed most of the run-down boozers in the area a makeover, although the Shacklewell appears to have just swapped clientele as decor-wise it's still resolutely ...
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Hosts of COP17 delegates attend workshop on energy efficiency and greening
Hoteliers based in KwaZulu-Natal recently learnt all about what it takes to be an environementally-friendly establishment after attending a workshop hosted by founder of online hospitality directories Hotelstuff/Greenstuff, Lorraine Jenks. The workshop, a collaboration with Eskom, focused on greening and energy efficiency for hoteliers in and around Durban who will be hosting the COP17 Climate Change Convention delegates later this year "We sat down with Eskom earlier ...
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Busy tourism month planned for Mossel Bay
Popular seaside destination, Mossel Bay, is pulling out all the stops this Tourism Month to make sure it continues to attract visitors in future. “The theme for this year’s Tourism Month is ‘Tourism - Linking Cultures,’ and this is particularly appropriate for Mossel Bay, which is something of a crucible of South African culture,” says Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm. She says that the work of the ...
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10 of the best easy walks in south Cornwall
Porthcurno to Logan RockDistance 1 mile Start Porthcurno car park, grid ref SW288223 National Trust downloadable route and map Porthcurno is a classic Cornish beach. The golden sand is surrounded by a host of strangely shaped rocky outcrops, and it's thought that this is what gave the place its Cornish name – "cove of horns". Up on the western side of the beach is the Minack ...
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Toll roads: Cape Town takes court action
The City of Cape Town has filed an application for an interim interdict to prevent the South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) taking further steps to convert the N1 and N2 highways into Cape Town into toll roads. The City filed the application last Friday “in the public interest because it believes that millions of people and businesses will be adversely affected financially by the proposed ...
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Dion Vengatass from Mount Nelson Hotel is Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year 2011
A handful of South Africa’s finest chefs have walked away with top honours in the Senior, Junior and Team of Four categories in the whirlwind mystery basket finals of the Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year 2011 that took place on Friday, 16 September. Unilever Food Solutions Head Office in Umhlanga, Durban was the site of the exciting cook-off which attracted hundreds of entries from ...
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InterContinental sets sights on growth in Russia
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) sees Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as a huge growth opportunity, and plans to have 100 hotels open by 2020. The hotels are estimated to create more than 8 000 new jobs for local people in addition to the 2 500 already working at hotels from the IHG family of brands across Russia and the CIS. IHG currently has ...
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Next Best Thing to a Willy Wonka Museum
With all the buzz that surrounded the opening last year of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, it's easy to forget that Roald Dahl was the mastermind behind the fantastical world of Wonka. Fortunately, a museum devoted to the children's writer has opened its doors for business. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which honors both Dahl and the many characters from his famous ...
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At your service!
The second Annual South African Guest Relations and Concierge Conference took place on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at La Toscana Montecasino in Johannesburg. This new forum was established in 2010 for both guest relations managers and concierges from four - and five-star properties in Johannesburg to share ideas, keep up to date with the latest industry trends and discover the attractions and activities in and ...
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Vic Falls Safari Lodge triumphs again
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has won the Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents' (AZTA) Best Safari Lodge of the Year Award for the 16th year in a row. The announcement was made at the annual AZTA Awards ceremony held in Harare. Recognition from the travel trade industry makes this accolade particularly special, so thank-you to the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents”, says Glenn Stutchbury, MD of Africa ...
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Six Top Stops in the Lake District
England's Lake District is one of the U.K.'s most majestic regions, an inspiration to outdoor enthusiasts and bookworms alike. Indeed, poet William Wordsworth is the district's King Midas, and you'll find all of his old stomping grounds dispersed throughout the region. Here are our picks for six quintessential stops not to be missed. 1. William Wordsworth's Home on the Range The famed Romantic poet once dubbed Grasmere's ...
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Dick Cole, the leader of Mebyon Kernow, the political party that is fighting for Cornish identity, has devoted his life to the cause. With notes to himself scribbled on his hand, and protected against wind and rain by a shapeless blue fisherman's sweater, Cole is the picture of the Cornish politician on the stump. He has certainly had to make sacrifices – he used, for example, ...
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The beauty of a One&Only marriage
A 76ft motor yacht and a new ballroom have been added to the facilities at the One&Only Cape Town, which has created new options for the booming wedding market. With a new ivory colour palette and the addition of six crystal chandeliers to the decor, the new ballroom is a space now suited to the most elegant of weddings. Measuring 2 314 sq ft, the ballroom also ...
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