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South African tourism shines at World Travel Market

first_img13 November 2015The South African pavilion at London’s World Travel Market, held from 2 to 5 November, brought together 30 of the country’s best tourism projects, including representatives from provincial tourism agencies, as well as the cities of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Durban, in preparation for its hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.Top local hotels and hospitality and travel companies were also in attendance, including Protea Hotels, Thompson’s Travel, South African Airways and Rovos Rail. The pavilion featured presentations by four local safari companies and 15 game farms.World Responsible Tourism Awards for South AfricaThe Western Cape town of Gansbaai received a gold World Responsible Tourism Award for Best Destination, while the South African charity, Campaign Against Canned Hunting, took joint gold in Best Animal Welfare Initiative category.#WTM15 World Responsible Tourism Awards – Gansbaai wins Best Destination. #WRTA2015 pic.twitter.com/LkuLLWwU2G— Dept of Tourism (@Tourism_gov_za) November 4, 2015Visit us at @WTM_London stand AF300 for a #FiveMinuteHoliday to South Africa! #WTM15 pic.twitter.com/V8VLzOsD2n— South Africa Tourism (@VisitSA_UK) November 2, 2015Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom was one of the keynote speakers at the event’s Global Summit on tourism marketing. The minister spoke about how South Africa’s slogan, A world in one country, was proving highly effective, despite the challenges the industry faced nationally and globally.Minister on WTM World Responsible Tourism Panel #WTM15 pic.twitter.com/5ZOECXJ8XH— Dept of Tourism (@Tourism_gov_za) November 4, 2015In addition to congratulating Gansbaai and the Campaign Against Canned Hunting for their accolades this year, the minister also commended Bushmans Kloof for its silver award for Best Cultural Heritage Attraction. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve won silver for the Best Poverty Reduction award. “Our award-winning places, products and programmes demonstrate the leadership role South Africa is playing in developing and implementing responsible tourism,” said Hanekom.With 227 323 visits from Britain to South Africa between January and June 2015, an increase of 17% over the same period last year, the UK remains one of South Africa’s most lucrative tourism markets. Following the visa regulation adjustments made by the South African government in October, the country hopes to capitalise on the rest of Europe. Germany, France and the Benelux countries are all eager tourism markets for the country.Watch Ndabo Khoza, chief executive of South African Tourism: KwaZulu- Natal, at the WTM:Watch a WTM discussion on taking responsibility for wildlife and national parksShine a light on the bestEstablished by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism in 2004, the World Responsible Tourism Awards highlights and celebrates the most inspiring and enduring socially and environmentally responsible tourism projects around the globe.The vision for the awards, which are open to private and public enterprises and organisations, big and small, is to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what it is possible to achieve with responsible tourism, and to shine a light on the best of the best.The awards source prominent experts from the tourism industry, travel journalists, environmentalists and tourists themselves, to offer invaluable insights and knowledge on projects from around the world that fufil the vision of the awards and the event.The winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 were announced at @WTM_London! https://t.co/BCZABTz0cY pic.twitter.com/tSnF13zW8l— TTG MENA (@TTGMENA) November 6, 2015“The winners of the WTM awards and others in the sector who are striving towards greater sustainability are maintaining our country’s competitive edge in the global tourism market,” Hanekom said in a statement released at the end of the WTM. “Their success comes from taking a responsible approach right from the start of their planning, and then ensuring that all their products, services and activities are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable into the future.”The minister urged the winning organisations to spread the word of world- leading responsible tourism practices throughout both the local, African and global tourism industry. He advised that South African companies use the marketing strategies to target the needs and desires of the international tourist, saying: “Tourists are becoming increasingly concerned about social and environmental issues, and they want to support destinations and products that take responsible tourism seriously.”Southern African Tourism Services Association extended a message of support for the South African tourism products featured at this year’s WTM, and congratulated all the country’s category finalists and winners. “We extend special congratulations to Fair Trade Tourism for their immense work to promote and foster responsible tourism in South Africa and beyond,” it said in a statement.Source: Department of Tourismlast_img read more

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CBI searches former Samajwadi Party MP’s premises in Uttar Pradesh

first_img The case was registered following the Supreme Court’s direction, the official said.Jaiswal was abducted from Lucknow and taken to Deoria Jail, where he was allegedly assaulted by Ahmed and his aides who were lodged there and forced to transfer his business to them, the CBI FIR claimed.Ahmed was an SP member in the 14th Lok Sabha from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. SC orders transfer of jailed UP don to Gujarat prison The CBI on Wednesday searched the premises of former Samajwadi Party MP Ateeq Ahmad and others in Allahabad and Lucknow in a case related to the abduction and assault of a businessman, officials in New Delhi said.The searches are being conducted at six places in the two Uttar Pradesh cities, they said, adding that details would be given later.The CBI last month registered a case against Ahmad for allegedly assaulting and abducting real estate dealer Mohit Jaiswal in December 2018.Also Readlast_img read more

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Activist dies in police custody in Rajasthan

first_imgA transparency activist arrested along with two members of his extended family allegedly after a fight among them over their ancestral property died on Sunday in police custody at Balotra near here, said an officer. Following the custodial death of 42-year-old activist Jagdish Goliyar, all personnel of the Pachpadra police station have been transferred to the district police lines, said Barmer SP Sharad Chaudhary. The custodial death would be probed by a judicial magistrate, Mr. Chaudhary said. To ascertain the exact cause of the death, a medical board would be conducting his autopsy on Monday under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, he added. Balotra Deputy Superintendent of Police Subhash Chandra said the activist is suspected to have died of some internal injuries that he suffered in the fight with his family members.Goliyar worked as a typist at district court besides doubling up as a transparency activist.last_img read more

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Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown

first_imgGibson, Butler lead Timberwolves rally past Lakers MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano University dealt Perpetual Help its first loss of the season with a stunning 12-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-9 victory to close in on the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Chiefs, whose only loss in the eliminations was against the Altas, are now just a win away from winning their first title since joining the NCAA seven years ago and spoiling what had been a flawless campaign for Perpetual Help.Christian Dela Paz, who was named the 1st Best Middle Blocker, unloaded 24 points to lead Arellano and overshadow the efforts of rookie MVP Joebert Almodiel’s 18 points for Perpetual.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChiefs head coach Sherwin Meneses is aware that his team’s journey to the finals was in contrast to what the Altas’ took as the Chiefs had to first take on College of St. Benilde in the stepladder semifinals while Perpetual earned a bye to the finals.And that tought test against the Blazers was what provided the Chiefs the emotional boost they needed against the 10-time champion Altas. “We all know Perpetual, they won’t give up that easily and they know that the series is not over yet,” said Meneses in Filipino. “The benefit of our stepladder match it gave us that morale boost because when we played Perpetual [and losing in straight sets] our morale was really low.”“And I trusted my players in this game because we don’t really have that one star because everybody can contribute.”Meneses’ words weren’t just mere opinion as Dela Paz had ample support from his teammates who had nearly identical offensive numbers.Roi Domingo, John Cabillan, and Christian Segovia all had nine points apiece for Arellano while Kevin Liberato and Demy Lapuz had eight points each.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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