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Spanish hoteliers commit support for local products

Owners and senior executives of the largest hotels and resorts in Jamaica under the Inverotel umbrella, an association representing Spanish hoteliers, have committed to expanding their purchasing and support for local products and services. The hotel operators met with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and other local tourism officials in Spain’s capital city, Madrid. According to…

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International Tourism Growth continues to outpace the Global Economy

1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in 2019, globally. A 4% increase on the previous year which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector, especially in view of current uncertainties. By the same token, this calls for such growth to be managed responsibly so as to best…

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St Croix’s Must-Visit Food Festival Is Back

St Croix, one of the Caribbean’s hottest culinary destinations right now, is set for another edition of the popular Taste of St Croix food festival.  The 2020 edition of the event, which will be held on April 2, will be its 20th anniversary, returning to the heart of historic Christiansted. More than 50 chefs, farmers, brewers, distillers…

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Visit Vanuatu’s first agro-tourism resort. It’s awesome!

Heard of agro (agricultural) tourism? See the new Palm House Boutique Resort & Organic Farm for glorious clarification. Sitting pretty on 3,800 hectares of organic farmland, The Palm House is situated on the north-west coast of Efate Island, 45 minutes from capital Port Vila. Formerly a private sanctuary, the property has been expanded to encompass…

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Cabo Verde is one of West Africa’s most attractive tourist markets

Cabo Verde is among the most attractive tourist markets in West Africa at a time when the continent is increasingly attracting tourism investment, according to an assessment released by Hospitality and Tourism International (HTI) Consulting. The assessment, released during the African Property Investment (API) Summit, which took place on 2 and 3 October in Johannesburg,…

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Synchronise tourism, trade and investment frameworks: First Lady

ZIMBABWE Youth in Tourism patron, First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa, has called on African countries to synchronise their tourism, trade and investment policy frameworks to take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. In a speech read on her behalf by acting Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Nqobizitha Ndlovu at the…

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Quarter 2, 2019 Review on Visitor Arrivals for SPTO member countries

The SPTO has released its Quarter 2 2019 Review on Visitor Arrivals for SPTO member countries (including Palau).   This quarterly report presents a comparative analysis of visitor arrivals in Pacific Island countries in the June Quarter of 2019, over the corresponding quarter in 2018. Of the twenty (20) Pacific Island countries, twelve (12) responded with the required data, with estimates for Kiribati and Timor Leste.…

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South Africa’s township foods are being remade as gourmet dishes by a new generation of chefs

What is South African cuisine? Is it mielie pap? Boerewors? Milk tart? At his new fine dining restaurant, Les Créatifs, in Johannesburg’s Bryanston neighborhood, Chef Wandile Mabaso is gradually incorporating traditional ingredients in his menu. He develops experimental flavors using South African staples. Chakalaka, a spicy vegetable relish, is fermented in beetroot juice. Creamy risotto…

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Women-owned restaurants that are making their mark on the food scene

While the culinary world continues to be dominated by male chefs and restaurateurs, there are a number of female chefs and restaurateurs who are dishing up significant and inspiring moments in the food scene. Here are two women who have made a name for themselves in the SA culinary world. Nthabiseng Ramaboa, fondly known as chef Nti, is a celebrity chef, blogger,…

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Kenyan chef breaks Guinness World Record

A Kenyan Chef, based in Mombasa on Sunday broke the world record in a cooking competition. Chef Maliha Mohammed broke the Guinness World Record after emerging the longest cooking chef. Maliha set a new record by cooking for 75hrs non-stop beating current 68hrs record. The current world record is held by Rickey Lumpkin from California,…

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