Eastern Cape, 24 March 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify road users of controlled blasting at Shaw Park quarry, between Port Alfred and Fish River, which will commence at 3pm on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. The R72 road will be closed for approximately 30 minutes. The Shaw Park quarry is situated next to the R72, near the intersection of the R72 with the gravel road leading to Shaw Park. The quarry extends from the SANRAL kilometre markers 20,800 to 21,200. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly and be cautious when making use of the road, and to comply with the directions of safety personnel. #SANRAL #R72 #ShawParkquarry #controlledblasting #PortAlfred #FishRiver #EasternCape CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Since launching in 2008, Airbnb has reimagined the way people travel. In the last few months, Airbnb’s business has expanded beyond accommodation to include unique travel experiences. Since the launch of the Trips platform in November, Airbnb is bringing together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all in one place. Trips is a people-powered platform designed to make travel both easy and magical and Cape Town was one of just 12 cities chosen for the global launch of Airbnb Trips. Trips exposes guests to the very essence of the city they visit by offering them authentic Experiences hosted by locals that share their passion, Trips is a great way to discover new and interesting things to do in a city and meet new people, whether you’re a visitor, or a local. With Trips, you could find yourself learning how violins are made in Paris, train with marathon runners in Kenya, or learn about the different cultures in Cape Town’s township communities. Surf with Purpose is a 3.5-hour Airbnb surfing Experience Muizenberg beach with internationally-accredited surfing instructor Apish Tshetsha. Apish is the first surfer to emerge from Masiphumelele. He is a graduate from the Waves for Change programme himself and today he is a REEF South Africa rider, who holds accreditation as a surf lifesaver and surf coach. Surf with Purpose is a social impact Experience, meaning that guests go on experiences with knowledgeable hosts from local non-profit organisations and get to know their causes, while also making an impact. 100% of what guests pay goes directly to the organisations as Airbnb waives their fees on social impact Experiences. Apish was born in Tsolo, a few km from Umtata, and grew up in Masiphumelele. He dropped out of school due because it was too expensive and government subsistence never came through. Eventually he met Tim, who taught him how to surf. Together they set up Waves for Change. Waves for Change is an award-winning non-profit . . .
Turkish Airlines has intensified its efforts to further improve the travel experience of its passengers, as it continues to expand its flight routes in Africa, and worldwide. In addition to its ever-expanding route network, Kharhiv (Ukraine), Conakry (Guinea), Phuket (Thailand), Voronezh and Samara (Russia) being the latest additions of this year, the airline flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries and excels in products and services designed to take the passenger experience to an even higher level. One of the main advantages for travellers who choose Turkish Airlines is the exclusive Arrival Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, a place of rest and relaxation for those who seek comfort and refreshment immediately after they land. Most business class lounges are departure lounges, taking care of your needs before you get on a plane, but for many business people, it’s important to be able to freshen up and do business the moment you land too. Offering travellers a warm Turkish welcome, the Arrival Lounge is located on a 250-squaremeter area, the lounge can accommodate 38 people and is open from 5.00 am until 1.00 am. With all its practicality and convenience, the place is designed for comfort, allowing travellers access to all kinds of tools for managing their business, as well as abundant gastronomic options including world-famous Turkish cuisine. A library, latest editions of local and international magazines, newspapers and Wi-Fi access, are among other facilities. The visitors will also find relaxation areas, equipped with showers, dressing rooms and an ironing room with staff to attend their needs. This is a lounge with exclusive access for Turkish Airlines Business Class passengers arriving in Istanbul and Elite Plus members traveling in Economy Class. Turkish Airlines Lounges now feature new wireless charging stations that let passengers charge their compatible mobile devices through power outlets located on the tables in the Lounge Istanbul . . .
The bridge on the N4 that crosses the Groot Marico River in Groot Marico was damaged due to recent storms and rain in the region from December to February. Liam Clarke commercial manager of Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, operator of the N1N4 toll route, explains that one side of the bridge is damaged. For safety reasons, traffic restrictions on the bridge were introduced from Friday, 13 January 2017. These temporary restrictions will continue until the bridge has been repaired which is estimated to be about 6 months. “Bakwena has implemented a manual stop/go system. Vehicles will be able to use only the one side of the bridge that isn’t damaged, while Bakwena assesses the full extent of the damage. Only then can we establish what remedial action is required and how long it may take. We are confident the bridge is in no immediate danger to road users. Restricting traffic to one side of the bridge will reduce the amount of traffic on the bridge at the same time. This is in the interest of the safety of road users,” says Clarke. This option was determined the most effective by Bakwena’s team of engineers. They also considered the alternative of completely closing the bridge. “However, closing the bridge altogether would have meant a 36km detour for motorists,” says Clarke. Due to further heavy rains and the recent flash floods in early March, the preparation works for the Groot Marico bridge repairs have been delayed and as a result commencement of the repairs will take place during the autumn and winter months when the possibility of rain is minimal. The anticipated completion date for the repairs is August 2017, weather permitting. The recent rain also resulted in the flooding of the Selons River which caused extensive damage to roadside furniture and to the road surface on the bridge crossing the river. As a result, a temporary stop/go was put in place for a period of one week in order to allow clean up works to be carried out. “We call . . .
Konrad Laker, CEO of Cape Town-based Gold Travel, will see his expansion plans pay off as the group launches their first Johannesburg office in March. Travel Master, a Midrand based travel company that has been on Laker’s radar since 2013, will be rebranded and begin trading as Gold Travel come 1March 2017. Laker says that Travel Master is a perfect fit for the Gold Travel group: “Being a small business, focussed on going the extra mile for the corporate client is what we are about.” The Cape Town stalwart and industry leader of over 40 years will continue to increase its footprint throughout South Africa, with plans for another branch opening in Centurion, Pretoria, later this year. “The idea is to expand into the major city centres in South Africa by identifying sustainable, operational businesses that would benefit from our structure, transformation policies and our reputation in the industry”. The long-term vision is to develop into Africa as Laker believes that this would be a logical next step. The company facilitates a large amount of travel throughout Africa attributed to, according to Laker, the South African corporate and entrepreneurial growth north of our borders, many offices being set up in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Angola and Mozambique, to name a few. “We see huge potential in Africa; the current status quo results in some of our clients not receiving the services they are accustomed to as we are unable to service them, so it is becoming increasingly necessary to have a presence in Africa.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Full circle bespoke communications agency, Red Carpet Concepts (RCC) has been appointed by Zanzibar Amber Resort, a Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited development, to handle its below and through the line marketing portfolio. Zanzibar Amber Resort is set to be the largest five-star beach, golf and hospitality resort development in East Africa, sustainably appointed across 1520ha of prime Indian Ocean coastline and 4km of private beach in North Eastern Zanzibar. Serving both new investor residents and visitors alike the resort offers an exclusive portfolio of five of the finest international hotel brands and an array of premium residency options that extend from penthouse condominiums to beachside villas and private islands. In addition to the plethora of real estate and hospitality options, Zanzibar Amber Resort will encompass East Africa’s first signature Ernie Else Design golf course, deep-water marina, underwater restaurant, Souk, fully-equipped equestrian centre and international polo club, dedicated airport and tropical aqua park as well as an international school and world-class medical facility. For more information on Zanzibar Amber Resort contact the Red Carpet Concepts press office at email@example.com, or visit them online at https://www.zanzibaramberresort.com to find out more about their real estate options available from mid 2017. Visit www.redcarpetconcepts.co.za to find out more on our exciting projects. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Northern Cape Province is calling on all tourism service providers in the province to enter the 5th annual Lilizela Tourism Awards. Initiated by the National Department of Tourism, the awards aim to reward service excellence and innovation in the tourism industry. According to MEC Mac Jack from the provincial Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, they would like to encourage tourism businesses in the province to enter as it can create great opportunities and exposure. “Northern Cape establishments have done really well in the past and the Lilizela Awards can definitely open doors in terms of showcasing our product offerings to a broad audience. It is also validates the province as a premier destination that offers authentic experiences combined with exceptional service to all our visitors. We realise that the hospitality and tourism industries can be really demanding, so this is also a chance to acknowledge our product owners for their dedication and hard work,” mentions Jack. A panel of industry professionals will judge the various categories and the public can vote for their favourites via an online voting system. Categories include service excellence, universal accessibility, the Minister’s Award for innovation in tourism, and the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are spearheaded by South African Tourism and according to CEO Mr Sisa Ntshona, sustainability and contribution to inclusive growth have become important considerations in the adjudication process. “Our main objective is to work with the industry towards inclusive growth, while helping to grow new players into the industry. Tourism has, more than any other sector, the potential to act as an engine for growth in South Africa. This includes the potential to create employment, generate foreign exchange, encourage entrepreneurship and act as a driver for other sectors of the economy,” stated Ntshona. Tourism businesses ranging from . . .
Cape Town, 2 March 2017 - Described as ‘the continent of opportunity for the 21st century’, the focus of the business world has started shifting increasingly to Africa. This is possibly most evident in the hospitality sector, with global hotel companies aggressively expanding on the continent. “We at Marriott International have looked to the promise of the Middle East and Africa region for a good few years now,” explains Alex Kyriakidis, President, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “Our presence in the Middle East is now substantial and constantly growing, and we began a rollout of new properties in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014, with the acquisition of South African-based Protea Hotels. That move immediately projected us into the top spot in terms of hotel companies’ presence on the continent.” The more recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts has provided Marriott with an even greater footprint in Africa. Kyriakidis points to the significant change in parts of the sub-continent, where particular countries are enjoying political stability, and are free of conflict, for the first time in recent years. “This allows for economic growth, and a consequent increase in business travel. At the same time, the international leisure traveller has demonstrated enthusiasm for visiting many parts of the continent, too.” Increasing travel within and into the continent is heavily dependent on air access, and many airlines have added new flights to various parts of the sub-continent. However, there is still room for increasing air access even further. Population growth in Africa is significant – increasing by over 30 million people a year – and in certain parts of the continent, this comes together with increasing wealth. A new middle class is emerging – offering great potential for the hospitality industry in the years to come. “This is a new market for both regional travel, and for outbound travel from the continent. “We are also seeing a . . .
Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the private Manyeleti Game Reserve has launched a brand-new spa, exclusively for guests staying at the lodge. Named ‘Bush Willow Spa’, after its namesake tree that grows in abundance in the reserve, the new wellness facility has been completely rebuilt and presents a haven for those in search of complete relaxation amidst the soothing sounds and invigorating scents of the African wilderness. The Bush Willow Spa is a luxurious bushveld retreat, with large windows and doorways opening onto a wooden deck, surrounded by nature only. The spa’s philosophy centers around the traditional healing power of trees – and with more than 336 species, including some Baobabs that are estimated to be over 4,000 years old, the Kruger region presents a veritable Garden of Eden. Many trees and shrubs have medicinal properties that have been used for hundreds of years by African communities – and are still being utilised by traditional healers today to treat a variety of disorders. Surrounded by the natural power of trees of the wilderness, spa visitors will walk away from their treatments with mind, body and spirit restored and rejuvenated. The spa comprises two single treatment rooms – separated by a sliding door, these can also be turned into a dual treatment room for couples. A Hydrobath, located on a wooden deck out in the open bush, makes for a unique spa experience, allowing guests to become one with nature. The two-seater bath offers a wonderfully romantic treatment for couples and is best enjoyed as a signature ‘Hydrotherapy Session’ (R300 per person), or as an added extra for Honeymooners booked in for a spa lunch on the deck. Based on the ancient knowledge that water has healing and cleansing benefits, the jet bath works on stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow, while also helping the body to detox. The 20-minute session is a great addition to any of the spa’s body treatments - especially used in conjunction with African bath salts and . . .
Cape Town, 2 March 2017: Luxury hotel and spa resort, the African Pride Mount Grace Country Hotel & Spa, will soon fall under the leadership of Ernst-Jan ‘EJ’ Hiltemann. He’ll be stepping into the shoes of Anton Meiring, who recently took up the reigns at the Protea Hotel by Marriott® OR Tambo. With a wealth of industry experience, Hiltemann is well-qualified to take on the position of General Manager of this well-known establishment. Having studied at the ML Sultan Hotel School and at Switzerland’s prestigious Hotel Institute Montreux, he joins Protea Hotels by Marriott from his role as head of operations for the Durban region of AHA Hotels and Lodges. Having worked as both a hotel General Manager and in operations, Hiltemann’s knowledge of the industry is extensive. This, coupled with his passion for people, bodes well for the hotel’s future. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Marriott International within the African Pride Hotels brand, especially in one of its leading properties. Being part of the world’s largest hotel group is certainly something I treasure, and I am sure I will have a stimulating and exciting time in my new role that I take up on 27 February,” Hiltemann says. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .