[Cape Town, 19 January 2019] – Since its official launch in Q4 of 2018, NJIN Agency has prioritised the signing of specific (much-loved) South African brands and companies where the agency felt it could make a real and positive impact. By signing with the WSB Cape Cobras Cricket Team as its full-service digital marketing and technologies partner, NJIN Agency is taking strides to further position itself as the go-to agency for South African sport, music and entertainment companies. >> view NJIN Agency website “To be fair, we’ve previously enjoyed an association with the WSB Cape Cobras under the umbrella of our former parent company, so it’s not like this is 100% new,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “But we’re happy that we’ve been chosen to take over and move that relationship forward . . . Following our recent partnership with The Parlotones, we’re satisfied with the way iconic and Proudly SA brands are embracing our message.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS Community-focused with an unwavering commitment to getting the very best performances out of their team, The WSB Cape Cobras is very much a mirror image of NJIN Agency’s approach to service delivery. “The WSB Cape Cobras are proudly pedantic about who we choose to partner with,” says Brand and Sponsorships manager, David Brooke. “NJIN Agency has proven itself to be reliable and thoughtful in their approach to our digital marketing and technology requirements . . . we expect great things from our partnership going forward.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS “We’re just super-chuffed to be able to contribute to the WSB Cape Cobras,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “For our Cape Town-based clients and team-members the association also affords the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best players showcase their talent in what is, surely, the most beautiful cricket ground on the planet. We’re honoured to be a part of the WSB Cape Cobras family.” For more information please visit . . .
REMOVE ME: Mahala Johannesburg 19 January 2019 - You definitely don't want to miss out on the best way to kick off 2019! If you’re a cool cat, you will know about Woodstock! In the summer of 1969 Woodstock made history through its three day music festival, which was held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City. The festival attracted more than 400, 000 people, who gathered in the name of peace and music. It was unexpected and at the same time, gave rise to the notion that human beings are inherently good and peace loving; and music is the food that feeds such souls - plus, we all need a day or three out of the city. Boutique Farm Festival 2019 (#BFF2019) offers you just that - a three day festival with more than 20 of South Africa's greatest music acts, hosted at the Tweefontein Melkery farm, conveniently located just off the R21 between Pretoria and Kempton Park. Unlike Woodstock, we want to manage expectations and are starting out small. We have made 400 tickets available to the public, which includes free camping for three (3) days and to ensure your comfort, we promise you enough showers and toilets. Bring your friends, your tents and get ready for an unforgettable three day weekend from the 25th to the 27th January, 2019.#BFF2019 brings you a three day festival of 20 of South Africa's greatest music acts, hosted at the Tweefontein Melkery farm, conveniently located just off the R21 between Pretoria and Kempton Park. We want you to be part of the best crowd the bands could ever hope for but we also want to ensure your comfort, hence we are only making 400 tickets available. This includes free camping for the 3 days, so bring your own tents. ***** TICKETS ***** Buy your tickets @ https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/boutique-farm-festival-2019 R375 per person or R555 per person including festival shirt. No under 18s. No day tickets. Some good news! We have decided to reserve a limited amount of walk-in . . .
Johannesburg , 19 January 2019- December 2018 has come and gone and we find ourselves in January 2019. This however does not mean the end of the holiday period in South Africa. As such, many South Africans, as well as tourists from across the world, will be making their way to different parts of our country. Hotels are usually at full capacity during peak season and service is the order of the day, just as it is in any other part of the world where tourists flock to for their annual holiday break. During this time, hotel rooms are in high demand, all the time, for earlier check-ins. As a partner to the hospitality industry, Servest collaborates with its clients to find innovative and effective solutions to ease the pressures during the busy season. Maalikah says, “As a service delivery agent, we motivate and reward our colleagues to do their best in the time they are given, with the least amount of disruption to our clients.” At this time of year, the industry is under even more pressure than usual, and any mistake from service providers reflects negatively on the image of our client’s brands, a responsibility that Servest takes extremely seriously. As the end user, this being the hotel management, it often costs them in having to provide their guests with gratis products, food and favours, if a room is not ready on time. This inter-dependent cycle of turning over rooms, is an economic model in its own and can make or break the reputation of a locale. Having a dependable cleaning team, is therefore as important as any other component of the hotel’s offerings. This brings to mind the in-sourcing versus outsourcing debate, with the latter still being favoured, particularly in the hospitality environment, as it is much more cost effective when you do the maths with respect to HR matters, uniforms, cleaning equipment and products; as well as the daily management of the function. “We often have hotels who have in-sourced employees, request additional workers . . .
Marriott International today unveiled Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty brand replacing the current loyalty brands – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – and reflecting the unmatched benefits, single loyalty portfolio and experiences announced last year. Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to enrich the world. Marriott Bonvoy launches on February 13 when the logo and branding begins rolling out across all consumer touchpoints, including on property, marketing and sales channels, digital, mobile and co-brand credit cards, bolstered by a multimillion-dollar global media campaign starting in late February. “Marriott Bonvoy marks an evolution in travel because it represents more than a loyalty program,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International. “Marriott Bonvoy is a travel program designed to bring to life our extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 129 countries and territories, while also providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling and pursuing their passions.” Linnartz continued, “Represented by a simple, bold and modern logo, Marriott Bonvoy is welcoming and optimistic. Our 120 million members have access to the world’s leading hotel portfolio at the best room rates and member benefits, as well our collection of Moments experiences that bring exploration and discovery of the world to the forefront.” Beginning on February 13, Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments will become Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which together with Marriott Moments will feature approximately 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations available for purchase or by redeeming points. In addition. In addition to accessing locally relevant sights and excursions, such as hiking into glacial Patagonia, desert treks on camelback in Morocco or cruising to Vietnam’s timeless floating villages, members can indulge in once-in-a-lifetime experiences . . .
JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
SA Tourism performance steady as the year draws to a close South Africa, Johannesburg – Thursday, 20 December 2018: The latest analysis of South African Tourism’s (SA Tourism) performance in 2018 shows a slight growth during the period January to October when compared with the same period last year. SA Tourism’s Strategic, Insights and Analytics (SIA) team today released their report for the January to October period and shows an overall increase in growth of 1,7% when compared to the same period in 2017. This amounts to 8,6 million international tourists that have visited South Africa during this reporting period. African land and air arrivals have been key to the growth with air arrivals from the continent showing a healthy 6,8% rise. Increase in arrivals from Angola (38%), DRC (19,9%) and Ghana (17,8%) has stimulated this growth. From an African land arrivals view, the 2,7% increase in growth can be attributed mainly to increase in arrivals from visitors from Malawi (13,3%) and Zimbabwe (7,7%). “It’s really encouraging to see visitors from the continent making South Africa a destination on their travel plans,” said South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona. “The growth is in line with some of the recently implemented visa reforms as well as some regional airlines increasing their flights into South Africa. We look forward to working closer with them through our Tourism Execution team on the continent to drive more visitors to South Africa.” On the international front, Ntshona acknowledges that there is work to be done. “We are still recovering from barriers that had affected us in 2017 and the early parts of 2018, but are working extremely hard in addressing these challenges,” explained Ntshona. “With the visa reforms in place and the unabridged birth certificates issue taken care of, we can now work tirelessly in promoting South Africa as a destination of choice having taken away factors that have previously made people doubt travelling to . . .
Limpopo, Musina, Beit Bride Border Post, 13 December 2018: South African Tourism (SA Tourism) will be rolling out its Welcome campaign during the busy festive season period to foster better engagement between our border post officers and visitors passing through these border posts. The roll out currently extends to three of the busiest land border posts – Beit Bridge between South Africa and Zimbabwe, Lebombo between South Africa and Mozambique and Ficksburg between South Africa and Lesotho. Officials at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport have also received training. The initiative will provide border post officers at South Africa’s ports of entry with the tools to improve their services and ensure that guests have the best possible experience in our country. “First impressions always last and everyone has a role to play in ensuring that the first impressions of visitors at our border posts is welcoming. This will ensure that visitors get their trip in South Africa off to a memorable start,” explained Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer at SA Tourism. “Our visitor experience team have been working extremely hard with Department of Home Affairs officials over the last few weeks and we are extremely confident that visitors passing through our border posts will get a warm South African welcome every time they enter the country.” During the busy festive period, SA Tourism will also be hosting regular activations at Lebombo, Beit Bridge and Ficksburg posts. Visitors will feel welcome almost immediately as a variety of South African experiences will be advertised on arrival with some fantastic deals and discounts on offer as well. “I must also commend the Department of Home Affairs for embracing the Welcome Campaign. The officers and staff at the various ports of entry have been fantastic and are definitely ready to welcome visitors into our beautiful country,” added Erasmus. Apart from Department of Home . . .
Durban, 12 December 2018. TOURISM into markets where airlines establish direct flights historically experience a 30-40% growth within the first year of the route’s establishment, according to research released by Dube TradePort (DTP). The news comes as Durban welcomed three weekly direct British Airways (BA) flights per week into King Shaka International Airport from October with the city making its inaugural appearance on the airline’s Top 19 Must-See Destinations for 2019. BA announced in May that it would include Durban on its direct service as the airline rolled out a ?4.5 billion five-year customer investment plan. The service will complement Durban’s growing connectivity to global hub airports and the route will be serviced by the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Currently, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air Mauritius, Pro-flight Zambia and Airlink all provide direct international air connectivity to and from King Shaka International Airport. Earlier this year KwaZulu-Natal economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said international cargo routed through the Dube Cargo Terminal had experienced continuous year-on-year growth since 2010, translating into a 138% hike in volumes. Introducing new passenger flights previously has shown a 25% hike in cargo volumes, and it is expected that the introduction of the direct BA flight will provide additional bi-directional capacity of approximately 20 tons per flight, into the key markets for cargo into and out of KZN. In breaking the news, BA chairman and CEO Álex Cruz said Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back atmosphere made the coastal city “the perfect holiday destination” and a gateway to nature reserves, parks and historic sites. “Durban has a thriving food, drink and art scene, defining the city as a must-visit for culture and adventure. It is also home to the busiest port in South Africa and is a large manufacturing hub, . . .
Travoline offers cheap hotels and flights in the USA, UK providing exclusive discounts this holiday season. Every year Travoline introduces its Holiday Season Sale beginning during the Black Friday through Cyber Monday and Christmas through New Year. Travoline this year takes pride in letting the customer know, that this is Travoline’ s consecutive 5th Year of providing holiday hotel sales. Travoline makes travel easier and comfortable providing complete packages required for travel. Customer booking hotel from Travoline, can also book car rentals, flights and can book a complete vacation package in the USA & UK. While booking vacation packages, travelers has the option to customize the option in choosing their flights and accommodation in three, four or five-star properties according to their budget. “Vacation are memorable moments when with friends and family. Travoline ensures that the experience of customer is good, providing instant bookings, real-reviews for the customer to choose the best stay and hassle-free experience” said Nishanthi, Managing Director of Travoline. “We are pleased to introduce the holiday season sale every year and happy to see our customers get the real savings that fits their budget. Thanks for customers for trusting and choosing us.” She added. Apart from the USA and the UK, Travoline also provides incredible hotel deals in the Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Switzerland and Netherlands. Customers can book the rooms with big discounts be it a budget, economy or luxury hotels. To make the customer well aware about the prevailing hotel discounts, Travoline has an integrated booking engine, which shows the hotel room availability and the offers side-by-side while searching for the hotels in any region or country. Travoline has also got few Middle-East hotels which provides deals for the customer travelling to the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Qatar for the new year 2019. Travoline donates a part of its profits to the . . .
All night entertainment at lavish Grande Provence New Year’s Eve Bid farewell to 2018 with a lavish New Year’s Eve bash with all night entertainment, bottomless flutes of bubbly, canapés and tapas at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Guests will be spoilt for choice with tasty and bountiful morsels starting from 20h00. A line-up of live entertainment, fire performers and DJ’s will take guests through to the magic hour to welcome the New Year. Grande Provence will be pulling out all the stops to sound in 2019. The cost of the New Year’s Eve festivities is R2 600 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 021-876 8600. Diary listing information: Dates: 31 December 2018 Time: 20h00 Venue: Grande Provence Heritage Estate, Franschhoek Cost: R2 600 per person Booking: Call: (021) 876 8600 or e-mail email@example.com. More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale. Part of the internationally acclaimed Huka Retreats, other facilities Grande Provence offers guests are The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .