Category Archives: Tourism news

An iconic sculpture of an iconic man

  I have had the privilege of knowing Marco Cianfanelli since he was a Fine Arts and Art History student at Wits many years back and have followed his career with great interest. I was of course well aware of his monumental sculpture of Mandela constructed at the site of Mandela’s capture near Howick on that [...]

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Changing face of the travel and tourism industry

The face of the travel and tourism industry is changing rapidly, not only in the way that people access information on their holiday destinations, but also the kind of travelers and the experiences they are looking for. According to Google,  19% of hotel queries came through mobiles in 2012 , and it is predicted that [...]

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The Phoenix arises – 54 on Bath

The Grace hotel in Rosebank started as part of the Brand’s family-owned and run group of hotels.  The first of these hotels was the Mount Grace in the Magaliesberg.   In 1983 Chippy Brand and his wife, Cynthia, with no training in the hospitality industry, transformed the venue from a run-down church camp into a popular [...]

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Review on Craighall Park for the accommodation website Safarinow

Safarinow asked me to write a review of Craighall Park and have just submitted one. I got a  a reply saying:  ‘We’ll respond to any issues needing attention’  so maybe it will be changed and edited. However here’s the unedited copy: Craighall Park, an amazingly central suburb in the huge sprawling city of Joburg, is [...]

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Joburgers: funny, friendly and engaging

Two great short BBC video clips on Joburg.  One uses diamond cutting in Joburg CBD ,  a day in Soweto and a hip young radio talk show host to give a sense of the contrasts and differing social and economic demographics of Joburg http://www.bbc.com/travel/video/one-day-in/20121002-johannesburg While the other http://www.bbc.com/travel/video/one-day-in/20121010-johannesburgs-new-cultural-hotspots looks at the regeneration of Braamfontein.  Not [...]

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