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So You Think You Can Cook

If you have time, check out a Plett TV’s pilot “So You Think You Can Cook” at 5:30pm on

Slow Fest Copy For Mags 2013

The Slow Festival is held over Easter every year and is unique in many ways. Only one of its kind in Africa, it’s a festival celebrating the real things in life: Wholesome Goodness, Family, Friends, Fun, the Outdoors and Great food. There are plenty of activities for the children and indeed the whole family to do. There is entertainment galore, much to see, great competitions to be won and best of all, many deserving charities are supported by monies raised during the festival.

Frans Boekkooi's Latest Sculpture

I'd like to share Frans Boekkooi's latest sculpture with you ...

Saa And Us Airways Announce Codeshare

South African Airways and US Airways have announced a new bilateral codeshare agreement after receiving approval from the SA Department of Transport and the US Department of Transportation.

2013 Events Plettenberg Bay

To date the following can be confirmed for events in Plettenberg Bay. Please feel free to contact Patty Butterworth the GAA Administrator Tel: 0834535331 / Fax: 0862411975 should you require additional information about Plettenberg Bay and surrounds.

Itb Berlin 2013 - 6 To 10 March 2013

ITB Business Travel Days point the way to the future. Travel and event managers have to take decisions with the future in mind, which is why they must constantly take their core expertise to new levels and detect changing situations at an early stage. Very shortly, they will be gathering again at their established meeting place, at the ITB Business Travel Days in Berlin. From 6 to 8 March 2013 this three-day event features training courses on basic methods, information on strategies and tools i...

Knysna Business Networking Breakfast

In the first place, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and hopefully 2013 will be a fantastic year for all. For businesses relying on a good holiday season, the past few weeks looks like it was certainly worth it! The next Business Networking Breakfast will be held at Sirocco Restaurant on Thesen Harbour Town on the 7th of February 2013, with registration starting at 7.45am, with the event starting as soon as possible after 8.15am. We would like to finish no later than 10.00am.

The Famous “two Passes Rally” Is Taking Place In The Garden Route

Yes, it’s on! We’re back ... bigger and better than before. The famous “Two Passes” is taking place from Thursday 21st [“Harley Rights Day”??!] to Sunday 24th March 2013. And we’re going back to The Dunes for one last visit ... after all the rain in 2012 and having missed out on the famous “Two Passes” outride through the Groot River and Bloukrans River passes, we simply HAVE to give it another go! On Friday there will be an “E...

Tafi To Strengthen Sa-india Relationships

The convention of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) will take place from February 24-26 at the Durban International Convention Centre.

Should Indaba Become A Pan-african Show?

Sourced from Tourism Update: As calls from the tourism industry to re-invent Indaba persist, Tourism Update decided to investigate the advantages and drawbacks of broadening Indaba’s scope to include the whole of Africa instead of focusing solely on Southern Africa. Most South African product owners and tour operators would prefer Indaba to focus exclusively on Southern Africa. Ignus Le Roux, Marketing Manager Mantis, says Indaba, as it is now, with only Southern African countries, is ...

Discovering Animal Communication

UNIQUE WEEKEND WORKSHOP 9th – 10th February: Monkeyland, The Crags Special appearance by professional animal communicator Anna Breytenbach

Movies Influence Travel Decisions Of 40 Million Tourists

The travel decisions of 40 million tourists were influenced by movies, according to the latest survey conducted by the TRAVELSAT Competitive Index. The index is the leading standard reference, global and independent survey benchmarking destinations’ quality competitiveness using comparable data related to the brand experience.

Mpumalanga Tourism Withdraws From Indaba

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency recently announced that it would not be participating at Indaba this year. Kholofelo Nkambule, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications MTPA, says the agency is faced with serious budgetary constraints, which has led to a preliminary decision not to participate. “We are aware that Indaba is a critical platform to showcase and promote the destination to the broader trade and, as a province, our absence will have a huge impact. We have, over the year...

Eastern Cape Mirror

Please find attached (below) the January edition of Eastern Cape Mirror which is now out. We feature the story of a Giant Cross to be erected at Van Stadens. Read up all about it and watch the video at our online site:

Gri First Quarterly Meet

8 FEBRUARY 2013 VENUE – GEORGE MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE THEATRE 09h00 TEA AND COFFE 09h30 START NB – PLEASE RSVP   Blessings for the New Year ahead. Please find attached the agenda for the GRI meet of the 8 February 2013. It is important to note that we start at 09h30 but you can arrive at 09h00 should you wish to have tea or coffee. The line up is exciting and we have National and Provincial Government present to relay some new exciting inittaives which are to take place in t...

Tbi 2012 Rapport

The Tourism industry remains relatively upbeat about last quarter 2012 performance and the outlook for both the first quarter 2013 and the entire year ahead is positive. The Tourism industry index registered 104.6, against a normal of 100, and up from the 101,0 of quarter 3 2012. The forecast index for the Q1 2013 is 102.4. Generally the industry feels it’s business as usual, or even slightly better than usual for now. It’s a relief for an industry that has been through 2 very toug...

Over A Piece Of Cake

Written for Sunday Scribbling by the The Solitary Write. This is story time out here at the Solitary Writers space. So all you bloggers keep reading. This is a story of two cats who were two best friends.But sometimes they would fight over some petty issues. They spend their whole day tramping for food. They would steal food from houses and garbage boxes.It was a sunny day and their misadventures continued everyday as usual. This time they stole a chocolate cake from a birthday party.

The Monkey And The Crocodile

As Retold by Dr. Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller "I see a monkey,"said Crocodile's wife. I want to taste its heart. Get me that monkey now! I will not be happy until you bring me a monkey."

South Africa Confirms Responsible Blueprint With Dramatic Tourism Growth

Challenges ahead but goal bn revenue and 225,000 jobs by 2020. South Africa"s deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa outlined a tourism strategy for the country at this week"s Responsible Tourism conference in London. The strategy not only foresees dramatic tourism growth but also incorporates responsible tourism at its heart.

Trade Focus For South Africa

South African tourism has appointed Andrew Sharpe as trade relations manager in the UK responsible for joint marketing agreements, agency relations and educationals.