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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The summer of your smile

Malta International Airport (MIA) has published its traffic results for June 2018. Passenger movements were up by 14.6% over the previous June. It proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that summer here is a thing.

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 2 days ago

Get high: Why Elgin's Cape Canopy tour is bucket list worthy
Get high: Why Elgin's Cape Canopy tour is bucket list worthy

It's no small wonder why people head to the mountains to recharge. The clean air and refreshing sense of space are like natural remedies for a mind bogged down with city smog and strife...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

The impact of technology and OTAs on the hospitality industry
The impact of technology and OTAs on the hospitality industry

"As industry players become more tech savvy, there needs to be a balance between technology and human interaction. It is necessary to keep up with competition and global trends which are stirring creativity and innovativeness."

By Josephine Wawira 3 days ago

Joy in Bread and Wine on Happy Valley Road
Joy in Bread and Wine on Happy Valley Road

A drive down Happy Valley Road in South Africa's wine town Franschhoek is bound to leave you smiling, writes Eugene Yiga.

By Eugene Yiga 17 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An acceleration of arrivals
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An acceleration of arrivals

Something significant happened on the islands last month and it wasn't just the arrival of summer...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 13 Jul 2018

How sporting events benefit the African continent
How sporting events benefit the African continent

We chat with Tim Smith, managing partner at HVS Consulting to find out more about how sporting events like the 2018 FIFA World Cup has benefited the African continent and its tourism industry...

By Robin Fredericks 13 Jul 2018

Technology trends shaping the hospitality sector
Technology trends shaping the hospitality sector

Technology is progressively becoming the backbone of the hospitality sector, and the impact is significantly being felt by hoteliers in their interactions with consumers...

By Josephine Wawira 12 Jul 2018

Africa's travel growth exceeds expectations
Africa's travel growth exceeds expectations

"Developing our relationships with other African nations will allow us to capitalise on tourism growth across the continent."

By Enver Duminy 12 Jul 2018

How I became a "Nederburg Wooded Wine Expert" in just one day
How I became a "Nederburg Wooded Wine Expert" in just one day

A glass of heartwarming sweet wine, a couple of smiling faces, and mouth-watering canapes welcomed us upon arrival at Nederburg in Paarl...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A table of economies
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A table of economies

July's 30 degree-plus temperatures and long sunny days mark the advent of the Mediterranean summer season and herald the arrival of Malta's 2.3 million tourists...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 6 Jul 2018

Hands on: Facebook Local is the best travel app you won't want to download
Hands on: Facebook Local is the best travel app you won't want to download

Facebook Local is the social network's latest app feeding from its plethora of information that lets you search for things to do in your vicinity...

By Andy Walker 5 Jul 2018

Shortmarket Club reintroduces popular Prix Fixe winter lunch menu
Shortmarket Club reintroduces popular Prix Fixe winter lunch menu

Winter in Cape Town may be a gloomy and rainy affair yet cosy fireplaces, red wine quaffing, and hearty plates make the idea of heading out to dine super appealing...

By Ruth Cooper 5 Jul 2018

The best of Durbanville Hills Winery
The best of Durbanville Hills Winery

With Table Mountain at its back, rolling hills at its front, and an exceptional view of Robben Island in between, the Durbanville Hills Winery has become a firm favourite for wine and food lovers living in or visiting the Cape region...

By Cari Coetzee 4 Jul 2018

The art of storytelling in hotels and other spaces
The art of storytelling in hotels and other spaces

In marketing, generating a narrative is a complex blend of strategy, goals and voice; what makes it interesting in terms of hotels is that each individual hotel has an additional narrative according to its surroundings...

By Avukile Mabombo 3 Jul 2018

Making travel more inclusive and accessible to all
Making travel more inclusive and accessible to all

Collin Thaver of Southern Africa 360 lets us in why it's become a necessity to promote special needs tours, especially to the international market, as well as what accessible and disabled friendly travel could mean to the South African market...

By Robin Fredericks 2 Jul 2018

A focus on The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2018
A focus on The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2018

Marisah Nieuwoudt chats to tourist specialist and convener of the annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, Margi Biggs about the 2018 edition of the event that takes place at Spier on 17 October...

By Marisah Nieuwoudt 28 Jun 2018

Cloud technology is the key to personalise South Africa's travel experiences
Cloud technology is the key to personalise South Africa's travel experiences

Chantel Troskie, customer experience senior sales manager at Oracle takes a look at technologies the travel industry is turning to for a superior, connected customer experience...

By Chantel Troskie 26 Jun 2018

Bonnievale Wines' The River Collection: fresh, fun and fabulous
Bonnievale Wines' The River Collection: fresh, fun and fabulous

We recently headed out of town to attend Bonnievale Wines' new premium wine range launch, dubbed The River Collection. A fitting name, seeing that the Breede River is the main, life-giving artery of this region...

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Jun 2018

Importance of innovation and digitalisation in growing tourism
Importance of innovation and digitalisation in growing tourism

The industry is experiencing a great deal of innovative disruption, with trends such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and mobile bookings and payments taking centre stage...

By Josephine Wawira 21 Jun 2018

A Sandton business hotel stay that won't leave you feeling blue
A Sandton business hotel stay that won't leave you feeling blue

Where to stay in the Sandton area really depends on why you are there. While Sandton is an ever-changing landscape with buildings and road works falling and rising like a yo-yo, that it remains the money hub is a constant.

By Brian Berkman 21 Jun 2018

New tapas-style eatery Upper Bloem ticks all the boxes
New tapas-style eatery Upper Bloem ticks all the boxes

As a self-admitted foodie snob, it's not often that I whole-heartedly adore every dish placed in front of me when I eat out, let alone if there happens to be TEN dishes placed in front of me. However, this unicorn of a culinary experience happened last Saturday night at Upper Bloem Restaurant...

By Ruth Cooper 20 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: How to get a job in travel
#YouthMonth: How to get a job in travel

Natalia Rosa cites some of South Africa's leading travel professionals, and their words of wisdom on the travel industry...

By Natalia Rosa 18 Jun 2018

Schulphoek House in Hermanus introduces more eco-friendly features
Schulphoek House in Hermanus introduces more eco-friendly features

The five-star graded Schulphoek House, just three kilometres outside of Hermanus' CBD, has benefitted from a major 2017 upgrade which includes wonderful pieces of South African art and modern furniture.

By Brian Berkman 18 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism

If South Africa is reality, then Malta is wonderland. Or vice versa, as I've discovered on a visit back to the old country...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 15 Jun 2018

Ultimate romance at Emily Moon River Lodge
Ultimate romance at Emily Moon River Lodge

Legend has it that Harry Mallard built a magical place for his Emily, and the love they share is said to touch all who visit Emily Moon River Lodge today...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Jun 2018

#WTMA18: Bringing Africa to New York and New York to Africa
#WTMA18: Bringing Africa to New York and New York to Africa

NYC & Company became a major blip on our radar when it locked in the first ever city-to-city partnership with Cape Town to boost tourism between the two iconic cities. We caught up with Makiko Matsuda Healy, MD of tourism market development, to find out what New York tourism is all about...

By Cari Coetzee 15 Jun 2018

Unique game viewing with Gondwana's new mountain bike trails
Unique game viewing with Gondwana's new mountain bike trails

I've experienced my fair share of diverse game reserves and game drives over the years, however a recent stay at the Gondwana Game Reserve on South Africa's Garden Route, just four hours out of Cape Town, offered the most unique game viewing experience yet; upon two wheels and through the handle bars of a mountain bike.

By Ruth Cooper 14 Jun 2018

Unique travel experiences for the Muslim tourist in Cape Town
Unique travel experiences for the Muslim tourist in Cape Town

The Mother City is a family-friendly destination with access to prayer spaces, great airport facilities, rich cultural heritage, ease of communication, simple visa requirements and increasing capacity in terms of air connectivity...

By Avukile Mabombo 13 Jun 2018

Ushering in a new era for brandy at the Cause | Effect Cocktail Kitchen
Ushering in a new era for brandy at the Cause | Effect Cocktail Kitchen

Inspired by Cape Town's fynbos, oceans, vineyards and mountain, Cause | Effect is an experiential cocktail kitchen and brandy bar that celebrates locally produced brandies...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Jun 2018

Ensuring the sustainability of sustainable tourism
Ensuring the sustainability of sustainable tourism

"Our role as tourism professionals is to ensure the sustainability of sustainable tourism. That is, we're to ensure that all of the principles are built into the foundations of what we're doing and that every strategy we have for business growth and development recognises this..."

By Danny Bryer 12 Jun 2018

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