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Our February cover features a meerkat (Suricata suricatta) recharging her solar-panel-like belly as the African sun rises over the semi-arid Klein Karoo scrubland of De Zeekoe farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa (read more on pages 13 and 21 in this edition).

Text of Tourism Tattler February 2016

  • FEBRUARY 201602 Tourism Tattler Trade Journal

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    PUBLISHERTourism Tattler (Pty) Ltd.PO Box 891, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Website:

    EXECUTIVE EDITOR Des LangkildeCell: +27 (0)82 374 7260Fax: +27 (0)86 651 8080E-mail: editor@tourismtattler.comSkype: tourismtattler

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    Disclaimer: The Tourism Tattler is published by Tourism Tattler (Pty) Ltd and is the official trade journal of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA). The Tourism Tattler digital e-zine, is distributed free of charge to bona fide tourism stakeholders. Letters to the Editor are assumed intended for publication in whole or part and may therefore be used for such purpose. The information provided and opinions expressed in this publication are provided in good faith and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Tourism Tattler (Pty) Ltd, SATSA, its staff and its production suppliers. Advice provided herein should not be soley relied upon as each set of circumstances may differ. Professional advice should be sought in each instance. Neither Tourism Tattler (Pty) Ltd, SATSA, its staff and its production suppliers can be held legally liable in any way for damages of any kind whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from any facts or information provided or omitted in these pages or from any statements made or withheld or from supplied photographs or graphic images reproduced by the publication.


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    MAGAZINE SPONSORS07 Mercedes-Benz25 City Lodge Group

    EDITORIAL04 Accreditation05 Cover Story BUSINESS06 App to Boost Rural Tourism08 SATSA Market Intelligence Report09 Tourism Business Index Q410 Travel Trade Challenges in 2016 COMPETITION12 Win a set of 5 Stonecast crockery pots CONSERVATION13 Meerkat Adventures EVENTS14 Big Ideas for Small Meetings

    15 Status of Festivals in South Africa16 Fourteen Amazing Festivals in Africa HOSPITALITY21 Property Review: De Zeekoe24 City Lodge opens Downtown JNB Hotel LEGAL26 The Consumer Protection Act - Part 1 RISK27 Tourism Insurance - Part 2 TRANSPORT30 Mercedes Sprinter SetS the Standard TRADE NEWS Visit our website for daily news updates


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  • Accreditation

    The African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta)Tel: +44 20 7937 4408 Email: Website: www.atta.travelMembers in 22 African countries and 37 worldwide use Atta to: Network and collaborate with peers in African tourism; Grow their online presence with a branded profile; Ask and answer specialist questions and give advice; and Attend key industry events.

    The Africa Travel Association (ATA)Tel: +1 212 447 1357 Email: Website:

    ATA is a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), and a registered non-profit trade association in the USA, with headquarters in Washington, DC and chapters around the world. ATA is dedicated to promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. Established in 1975, ATA provides services to both the public and private sectors of the industry.

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    National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA)Tel: +2786 186 2272 Fax: +2786 225 9858 Website: NAA-SA is a network of mainly smaller accommodation providers around South Africa from B&Bs in country towns offering comfortable personal service to luxurious boutique city lodges with those extra special touches youre sure to find a suitable place, and at the same time feel confident that your stay at an NAA-SA members establishment will meet your requirements.

    Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA)Tel: +2711 315 2420/1 Fax: +2711 315 2422 Website: is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) institution responsible for tourism growth and development. RETOSAs aims are to increase tourist arrivals to the region through. RETOSA Member States are Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA)Tel: +2786 127 2872 Fax: +2711 886 755 Website: www.satsa.comSATSA is a credibility accreditation body representing the private sector of the inbound tourism industry. SATSA members are Bonded thus providing a financial guarantee against advance deposits held in the event of the involuntary liquidation. SATSA represents: Transport providers, Tour Operators, DMC's, Accommodation Suppliers, Tour Brokers, Adventure Tourism Providers, Business Tourism Providers and Allied Tourism Services providers.

    Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association (SHTA)Tel: +248 432 5560 Fax: +248 422 5718 Website: The Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association was created in 2002 when the Seychelles Hotel Association merged with the Seychelles Hotel and Guesthouse Association. SHTAs primary focus is to unite all Seychelles tourism industry stakeholders under one association in order to be better prepared to defend the interest of the industry and its sustainability as the pillar of the countrys economy.

    World Travel Market WTM Africa - Cape Town in April, WTM Latin America - So Paulo in April, and WTM - London in November. WTM is the place to do business.

    International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP)Website: www.tourismpartners.orgICTP is a travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to Quality Services and Green Growth.

    International Institute for Peace through TourismWebsite: www.iipt.orgIIPT is dedicated to fostering tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation.

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    Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA)Contact: Website: wFounded in the 1970's, SAVRALA is the representative voice of Southern Africas vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management sector. Our members have a combined national footprint with more than 600 branches countrywide. SAVRALA are instrumental in steering industry standards and continuously strive to protect both their members interests, and those of the public, and are therefore widely respected within corporate and government sectors.

    The Safari AwardsWebsite: www.safariawards.comSafari Award finalists are amongst the top 3% in Africa and the winners are unquestionably the best.

    World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel ConfederationWebsite: www.wysetc.orgWYSE is a global not-for-profit membership organisation.

    World Luxury Hotel AwardsWebsite: www.luxuryhotelawards.comWorld Luxury Hotel Awards is an international company that provides award recognition to the best hotels from all over the world.

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  • Tour Operator App to Boost Rural Tourism

    Local non-profit organisation Open Africa in partnership with Die Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are working together on innovative project to develop an online product that will assist tour operators with the process of sourcing new, emerging and community-based tourism businesses and experiences for their tours and itineraries.

    The project aims to provide local tour operators with a wider range and better product knowledge of the emerging and community-based tourism segment which is hoped will increase businesses between emerging and community-based enterprises and established tour operators.

    The partnership comes after Open Africa, together with the Responsible & Inclusive Business Hub (RIBH) from GIZ, hosted a networking session in August 2015 with selected tour operators to explore the challenges faced by including community-based tourism enterprises in their itineraries and to see how those challenges could be overcome. The workshop provided valuable insight into the business practices of tour operators and a number of innovative ideas were discussed.

    Open Africa will also develop a toolkit with practical resources to assist tourism enterprises to deliver a high-quality hospitality experience. This will be tailored to the type of business as these range from attractions to accommodation, activities and tour guides.

    The tool will also allow tour operators to assess, score and provide feedback to attractions, accommodation and tour guides that participate in the programme. The product will be launched in May 2016 at the annual Tourism Indaba in Durban, where tour operators will be given a live illustration of the product features.

    It is hoped that the product will increase understanding on the part of emerging and community-based tourism enterprises of the needs and requirements of tour operators and how they can improve their businesses to meet these standards consistently. In return, tour op