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SA wins big at World Travel Awards

first_imgA view of Green Point in Cape Town with the city’s 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium at left, and Table Bay beyond. The city regularly receives global accolades for its tourist attractions. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jane Larcombe World Travel Awards Press and PR Director +44 1892 785071 jane@janelarcombecommunications.com RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA restaurant best in the world • SA a favourite among expats • Dash of Zulu in heart of London • SA shines at world travel showMary AlexanderSouth Africa cleaned up at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa last night, winning 36 awards out of the total 49 categories. Despite the pyramids, Egypt, its nearest rival, managed to win only four.For the sixth time in seven years the city of Cape Town was named Africa’s leading destination, at an awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, South African Tourism the continent’s leading tourism board and Durban harbour the leading port.Of the 49 categories, six were awarded to multinational entities with a strong presence in South Africa. Kenya, Morocco and Namibia garnered one award each.Cape Town, South Africa’s most-visited destination, regularly receives international accolades for its attractions. This year it joined Paris, London, New York and Venice as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most beautiful cities in the world.In 2009 the city was named best destination in the Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s second-best city by Travel+Leisure magazine, the world’s best entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Luxury Travel Awards, and best tourism investor city in the AI Tourism Investor Awards. Cape Town was also named one of the “places of a lifetime” by National Geographic in 2008.The World Travel Awards also nominated Cape Town as the leading destination in the world in 2002, 2005 and 2006.“These awards are an incredible endorsement,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit Helmbold. “Being recognised by the industry makes all the hard work we put into hosting the Fifa World Cup in Cape Town so worthwhile.“We do believe that Cape Town is one of the greatest cities to live, visit, study and invest in. It’s a place of a lifetime, and it just keeps on getting better.”The World Travel Awards, first held in 1994, is a tourism industry initiative, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the globe voting for the winners.The full list of the 2010 World Travel Awards for Africa winners:Africa’s Leading Airline: South African AirwaysAfrica’s Leading Airport: OR Tambo International Airport, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Apartment Hotel: The Regent, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Business Car Rental Company: AvisAfrica’s Leading Business Hotel: Hilton DurbanAfrica’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Travel with FlairAfrica’s Leading Casino Resort: The Palazzo Montecasino, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Conservation Company: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Convention Hotel: Sandton Sun, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Destination: Cape TownAfrica’s Leading Family Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Green Hotel: The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Innovative Hospitality Company: Signature Life HotelsAfrica’s Leading Low-Cost Airline: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & SpaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Lodge: Shambala Private Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Train: The Blue TrainAfrica’s Leading Luxury Villa: Thanda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre: International Convention Centre Durban, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel: The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Online Tour Operator: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Port: Durban (Port)Africa’s Leading Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Safari Lodge: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Spa Resort: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Sports Resort: Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Suite: Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Fairmont ZimbaliAfrica’s Leading Tourist Board: South Africa TourismAfrica’s Leading Town House Hotel: Shamwari Town House, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Agency: Club Travel, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Exhibition: INDABAAfrica’s Leading Travel Management Company: Travel with Flair South AfricaAfrica’s Tourism Personality Of The Year: Dr Aupindi Tobie Aupindi – MD Namibia Wildlife ResortsAfrica’s Leading Golf Resort: The Palmeraie Golf Palace, MoroccoAfrica’s Leading Beach Resort: Diani Reef Beach Resort & SpaAfrica’s Leading Beach Destination: Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Beach Hotel: Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna Hurghada, EgyptAfrica’s Leading River Cruise Company: Sonesta Nile CruisesAfrica’s Leading Villa: Queen Cleopatra Villa, Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Car Hire: EuropcarAfrica’s Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruise LineAfrica’s Leading Game Reserve Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Hotel Group: Starwood Hotels & ResortsAfrica’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company: &Beyond Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyondlast_img read more

SA sparkling wines on world top 10 list

first_img27 November 2012 Two South African sparkling wines, Pongracz Rose Brut and Boschendal Le Grand Pavillon Brut Rose, made it onto the top 10 “Best Sparkling Wines in the World” list at the 2012 Effervescents du Monde competition held in Dijon, France earlier this month. Effervescents du Monde is a competition where over 100 judges select the best sparkling wines from 660 entries coming from 25 countries around the world. The Top 10 2012 actually includes 19 wines as “some wines are rigorously equal” and could not be excluded from the list, Effervescents du Monde said in a statement. The winners were announced at the event hosted from 14 to 16 November. The competition’s ambition is to “award reliable and representative medals each year, reflecting the founding motto of Effervescents du Monde: diversity, quality and high standards”. “In 2012, Spain, Italy and Switzerland obtained many medals. These three countries [were] very closely followed by Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Portugal,” competition organisers said. The competition is in its 10th year, and aims to highlight the efforts made by sparkling wine producers and encourage scientific research and knowledge about these wines. It was certified by the French consumer protection agency and the European Union in 2003. “To be amongst this illustrious line-up of the best sparkling wines in the world in the land of Champagne, is a wonderful recognition for our Pongracz team and we are particularly proud of the recognition for our Rose,” said winemaker Elunda Basson. “The 2012 edition has been a success, with growth in participation showing that there is increasing interest in international, quality-based competitions,” Effervescents du Monde said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Web Office Week

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Web Office This week Read/WriteWeb will be featuring a series of posts about the Web Office. Let’s start by summarizing what exactly is a Web Office. In a June post we mentioned that a Web Office suite should have, at the least, the following apps in it: email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. These are the core products of Microsoft Office, the dominant office suite package. You could also make a case for apps like contacts manager, task manager or even project management to be in the core products, but we’ll keep things real simple. Here’s how the main Web Office contenders shape up:Web Office Suite: Core Products Note: Zimbra and Microsoft Office Live don’t have separate names for their appsIt’s certainly over-simplifying, but it helps to get a sense of where all the main players are in creating a basic Web Office suite. Google Apps has everything but Presentations, but that is rumored to be here soon after recent acquisitions in that space. Zoho has the most complete offering so far, including many other apps not listed (Meeting, Wiki, etc). Zimbra also has an impressive offering – like Google it is only missing Presentations. ThinkFree has the main productivity apps, but it doesn’t have email or calendar.A note about Microsoft. Currently it has a number of different offerings, all under the ‘Office Live’ banner – there are 7 products listed on this page, including Office Live Premium and Office Live Groove. But as yet, no sign that Microsoft will risk its massive desktop Office revenues, by offering an online office suite. Indeed, that may never happen – as Microsoft attempts to create a desktop/online hybrid around its ‘services’ strategy. There are signs though that Microsoft is at least experimenting – earlier this month they announced a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite. However it isn’t a browser-based office offering, as was rumored last year.Here’s this week’s poll: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mark Crowley Promoted to Head of Profit Protection at John Lewis Department Stores

first_imgMark Crowley has been promoted to Head of Profit Protection at John Lewis Department Stores in the United Kingdom. Mark was formerly the Senior Manager of Profit Protection for the retailer, a position that he held since joining the company in 2014. After serving with the British Army as an Officer Cadet, he joined Arcadia Group Ltd. as a Fraud Investigations Manager in 2005, where he was promoted to Audit/Head Office Loss Prevention Manager in 2007. Mark moved to Gap Inc. as a District Loss Prevention Manager, and then to Burberry as Senior Manager-Global Asset & Profit Protection Operations prior to joining John Lewis. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with Business Information Systems from Middlesex University.Congratulations Mark! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Brand safety: Balancing risk and opportunity for your organization

first_img Posted on 12th November 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Brand safety: Balancing risk and opportunity for your organizationYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019 Imagine a seesaw with a flamingo on one side and a grizzly bear on another. How would you ever stabilize them? That is how most digital marketers feel when they ask me to help balance out business-first decisions and brand safety. What does that mean? Simply put, it’s the natural and growing conflict between the need to increase profits or market share and ensuring that marketing and sales efforts don’t negatively impact the positive attitudes of prospects and customers toward the organization. Simpler yet, it’s the balancing of opportunity and risk in digital marketing and sales.Balancing out these strategic and operational issues can appear complicated at first glance. But the uncomplicated place where I tend to start with anyone who calls me is understanding the specific growth or market challenges facing the organization and defining digital policy and practices around sentiment analysis.Brands from any and all verticals use sentiment analysis to understand prospect and customer reactions, opinions and behaviors toward products or services. But while the analysis methodology has long been used to measure the latest social media campaign, it can be used as the foundation for your broader marketing and sales efforts, telling you exactly how far and fast you can push your efforts without damaging your brand. So why isn’t everyone jumping on the bandwagon? Should you take the leap? Let’s examine some of the intricacies of sentiment analysis to ensure you can proceed with eyes wide open.The challenge of quantifying reputational risk It is straightforward to tie a one-off large-scale event to brand and reputation impact. Consider a news story about a data breach or an accessibility lawsuit impacting your organization. Obviously we can calculate the loss of revenue, cost of recovery, and potential legal liability. Weighed against the cost of mitigation, we can derive a clear understanding of the risk/benefit scenario and make a business decision on the most logical path forward. What is much harder to measure is how broadly and for how long the news stories will continue to cause trust issues and ill will with prospects and customers.What I’ve found to be successful is to gather all (or as many as possible) mentions of the organization across any and all channels (e.g., news, social media, TV, radio, customer service recordings, customer surveys, user purchasing history, etc.) and use a text and data analytics engine to measure sentiment. That means identifying and categorizing opinions expressed in a piece of text in order to determine if the attitude toward the organization is positive, negative, or neutral. By tracking organizational reputation (and brand) in key demographics and markets, we can develop a solid set of sentiments that can help us track risks that impact hard-to-measure things such as influence, trust, and leadership. This approach allows us to quantify a reputational baseline. Against that baseline, we can measure trends over time or at specific events, and leverage an agile methodology to test how aggressively we can market and sell before we start to get close to a decline in that influence, trust, and leadership area. In other words, we can tell how far we can push before we encounter brand risk and start to negatively impact our reputation.Getting the full pictureCreating a picture of your organization’s reputational risk goes beyond understanding how the entity is viewed in the marketplace. It requires the identification and quantification of the reputation of your products as well as those of your suppliers. That means understanding your entire digital ecosystem and measuring its brand risk in the context of your organization, products, and services. For example, I have a client that was involved in the AWS data exposure incident earlier this year. While the AWS relationship with my client wasn’t known well publicly, it still had a (marginal) negative impact on the brand.Each vendor, agency or independent consultant is part of your ecosystem. So are boards of directors (past and present), brand ambassadors and influencers, and anyone else who touches your brand. You should map them all out and, based on a matrix of prioritization, determine who should be included in your full-picture analysis. After all, there is risk associated with each entity. Conversely, if any one of those entities is seen favorably, you can also benefit from such awareness and sentiment.Managing and capitalizing on event-based risks Let’s continue this discussion with my AWS example. Understanding that there was a small, but real, brand risk, we decided with leadership to proactively reach out to users, and as news of the AWS breach began to spread, users were already informed of what the organization knows about the incident and what it was doing to ensure consumer data was protected. The reputational risk measurement indicated that we managed to contain the negative rollback on the organization’s brand. It also indicated to executives the level of effort to put into communicating around AWS and the incident in the future. Lastly, it allowed us to collectively understand what kind of risk we might have with AWS going forward and whether there was a return on investment (ROI) to be gained by moving to a different hosting environment.The same approach that we used to determine the AWS incident risk and mitigate against it, devising a good response plan, could be used in a number of other scenarios to understand marketing and sales options for your organization. Consider for a moment the latest YouTube advertising scandal. Your organization could perform the same analysis used for the AWS sentiment analysis to understand impact on competitors and other operating companies advertising on YouTube. Based on the negative brand impact (if any), you could better understand the type of risk your business could incur and proceed to use YouTube advertising or, conversely, stop advertising in that channel.Will you keep your finger on the pulse of brand safety?By using sentiment analysis, you can keep your finger on the pulse of your brand safety risk and dial your digital marketing and sales activity up or down as appropriate, thereby delivering on the business’ bottom line. You can also minimize your exposure to brand-damaging events. With a measured approach, you can best balance your opportunity and risk and develop a better approach to marketing and sales. Moreover, you can develop the type of digital policies that will unleash creativity and innovation in the organization while keeping the business safe.The post Brand safety: Balancing risk and opportunity for your organization appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Brand safety: Balancing risk and opportunity for your organization HomeDigital MarketingBrand safety: Balancing risk and opportunity for your organizationlast_img read more

SAINTS have signed Jordan Turner on a twoyear con

first_imgSAINTS have signed Jordan Turner on a two-year contract.The 23-year-old centre is currently with Hull FC and will link up with his new club next season.“Jordan is one of the most exciting talents in the game at the moment and we are delighted to secure his services for the next two seasons,” Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said.“Not only does he possess good feet and a great turn of pace, but he’s matured into an excellent defender too.“At 23 he is still developing and will no doubt do so further under the tutelage of Nathan Brown and his staff.”A former England under 18s Academy International and Captain, Turner joined Hull FC from Salford City Reds in 2010.He’s scored nearly 35 tries in close to 100 Super League appearances and is versatile enough to play in the back row.last_img read more