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Award Winning Sanctuaries

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are the current winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
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Congratulations To The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance!

Cape Town Tourism extend their warmest congratulations to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary for being announced as Provincial Winner of the Lilizela Awards 2014 for Visitor Experience – Wildlife Encounters.

These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service.

Have a look at what The South African Animal Alliance Sanctuaries are like by clicking here.

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Sanparks Hosts Vietnamese Celebrities In Awareness Campaign

SANParks has welcomed a Vietnamese group as part of an initiative to debunk myths about the perceived medicinal value of rhino horn.

The initiative is facilitated by SANParks Honorary Rangers in partnership with the Rhinose Foundation and will see the group of celebrities, media and top business people visiting the park for three days. 
“We want these celebrities to have a first-hand experience of the cruelty that these African giants are subjected to, and to use their influence to discourage the demand in their home country,” says Reynold Thakhuli, SANParks Acting Head of Communications. He adds that it is hoped that the celebrities will use their influence to help bring awareness and to educate their fellow citizens.
Vietnam is one of the main countries at the centre of the illicit trade in rhino horn, where it has been used for many centuries in the ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine as a cure for various ‘fevers’. Very recently, to a far greater and more damaging extent, it has been perceived as cure for cancer, as well as a sought-after status symbol and health tonic among the more wealthy sectors of the Vietnamese population.

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Compassionate Travel: Our Advice

There are simple, practical steps you can take on holiday to prevent animals suffering
What to avoid
Before you travel, ask if your tour operator has a policy on animal protection – and encourage them to introduce one if they don’t. And once you’re away, help to protect animals by following these practical tips:
Wild animals belong in the wild. If you do want to see animals when you travel, observe them in their natural habitat
Avoid cockfights, bullfights and any festivals or celebrations that cause suffering to animals – culture isn’t an excuse for cruelty
Stay away from local cuisine made from wild or endangered animals – or made using inhumane methods

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The 60-second Biography

Martin Hatchuel: The 60-second biography

Executive summary

Freelance writer & communicator for hire: specialist in tourism. Background in science, with a powerful ability to translate scientific concepts and jargon into language the lay public can understand. Also experienced in project management of web sites (with strong abilities in developing site architecture, creating content, etc.) and of print and advertising projects (brochures, adverts, etc.). And I enjoy making photographs and videos, and writing stories.

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Industry Holds Breath As Damage Sets In

While the tourism trade continues to engage with the Department of Home Affairs regarding concerns with new regulations, these have already hurt travel from at least one of SA’s growth markets: China.
Cullinan Holdings CEO, Michael Tollman, told Tourism Update the impact of the immigration regulations could already be felt on inbound tourism from China. Tollman has submitted two letters to Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, outlining the effects of the Immigration Act.

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