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Things you don’t Know about the Durban July

Are you ready for Vodacome Durban July Event. Durban July 2015 is coming on 4th july. The Durban July is the biggest horse racing event on the African continent.

This year, the social event is set to hit another high note with the a nautical theme setting the mood.
Info About Event
Place: Greyville Racecourse, Durban
Date: Saturday, 4 July
Time: The first event will take place at 09:30 on Saturday morning
Entry Fee : R220
Theme: The captain’s Table

Below are the things you don’t know about Durban July Event :

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1. It’s the greatest racing, fashion and entertainment extravaganza on the African continent!

There is no other horse race in Africa with as much history behind it as the Durban July Handicap. The racing event started way back in 1897, growing in it following and prestige each year since. Today, racing and betting enthusiasts, as well as fearless fashionistas won’t miss it for anything. It really is South Africa’s premier horse racing event and currently offers a purse of R3.5 Million.

2. 13 is a lucky number at this race… In 1960 an international rugby match was played on the Saturday before the Durban July Handicap of that year. During the rugby match, left wing Hennie van Zyl scored both tries for the Springboks wearing the number 13 jersey. The scoreboard at the end of the game read 13-0.
One week later a horse named Left Wing, wearing the number 13 saddlecloth, won the Durban July Handicap!

3. Starting out small : The maximum number of horses allowed to participate in the race – or the ‘field size’ as the experts call it – was increased in 2003 to accommodate 20 horses. However, the biggest July field ever was in 1917, when 33 horses went to the start. On the other hand, the smallest July fields of only 7 horses too to the track in 1897, the first ever Durban July Handicap, as well as in 1908.

4. That Proud day in 2004: In 2004, South Africa celebrated 10 years of democracy. To mark this milestone all horses wearing the Number 10 saddlecloth in any race staged by Gold Circle for the entire year, carried a South African flag incorporating the number 10 on their saddlecloth.

5. How far?

The distance of the Durban July Handicap has changed nearly every decade, with the length of the course increasing every time.

In 1906 the distance changed from 1 mile (approximately 1609 meters) to 1 mile and 68 yards (approximately 1 671 meters). It changed again in 1913 to 1 mile 1 furlong (approximately 1 872 meters), and in 1915 to 1/4 miles (approximately 2 000 meters). The distance remained this way until 1940… but not for long.

In 1941, again, the distance was changed to 1 mile 2 1/4 furlongs (approximately 2 100 meters). In 1970, for the final time, the Durban July Handicap was changed to its current distance of 2 200 meters.

Story Found Via News24

Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival 2015

Get ready to enjoy the Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival on 13th & 14th june 2015. Calitzdorp is a quaint little town on Route 62, nestled in the heart of the klein karoo, Western Cape. Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival will take place at the historical Calitzdorp Railway Station.

Take a road trip of Calitzdorp by following the Route 62 which will allow you to view magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs.

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Event Details :

Event Type: Food & Wine

Dates :

Starting Date: 13 Jun 2015
End Date: 14 Jun 2015

Phone: 082 552 7715

Venue:

Calitzdorp Railway Station
Calitzdorp
South Africa

Organizer: Joey van Tonder

For more details Visit Official Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival website

Travvy Awards 2015 – Full List of Winners

Travvy Award winners were announced at a Gala banquet at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. These awards were created to honour the best of the best in all categories of travel, including cruises, tours, travel agencies, travel insurance, hotels and resorts, car rentals, airlines and more. South Africa got three awards in different categories: 1. “Sun International Table Bay Hotel” for the categoty of Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East. 2. “South African Tourism” for the category of Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East. 3. “Sthu Zungu“, South African Tourism North America for the category of Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive.

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Know the full list of 2015 Travvy Award winners :

CRUISE LINES

Best Cruise Line Contemporary:- Royal Caribbean International

Best Cruise Line Premium:- Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Luxury:- Regent Seven Seas

Best Cruise Line Overall:- Royal Caribbean International

Best River Cruise Line:- AmaWaterways

Best Cruise Ship Contemporary:- Norwegian Getaway

Best Cruise Ship Premium:- Celebrity Reflection

Best Cruise Ship Luxury:- Seven Seas Mariner

Best Cruise Ship Overall:- Allure of the Seas

Best River Cruise Ship:- AmaSonata

TOUR OPERATORS & WHOLESALERS

Best Escorted Tour Operator Africa & Middle East:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Escorted Tour Operator Europe:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Mexico & Latin America:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Pacific Asia:- SITA World Tours

Best Escorted Tour Operator US and Canada:- Collette

Best Tour Operator Adventure Travel:- G Adventures

Best Tour Operator Caribbean:- MLT Vacations

Best Escorted Tour Operator Overall:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Vacation Packager Caribbean:- Travel Impressions

Best Vacation Packager Europe:- Europe Express

Best Vacation Packager Mexico & Latin America:- Apple Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Pacific Asia:- Down Under Answers

Best Vacation Packager US& Canada:- MLT Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Overall:- Travel Impressions

HOTELS & RESORTS

Best Hotel&Resort Chain Overall:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Luxury:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain MidMarket:- Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Best AllInclusive Resort Chain:- Sandals Resorts International

Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East:- Sun International – Table Bay Hotel

Best City Hotel Asia:- W Hong Kong

Best City Hotel Europe:- Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Best City Hotel Mexico & Latin America:- St. Regis Mexico City

Best City Hotel US &Canada:- St. Regis New York

Best Resort Asia:- Club Med Bali

Best Resort Caribbean:- Sandals La Source

Best Resort Mexico & Latin America:- Zoetry Paraiso

Best Resort US & Canada:- Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

CAR RENTALS

Best Car Rental Company Domestic:- Enterprise Holdings

Best Car Rental Company International:- Hertz

DESTINATIONS

Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East:- South Africa Tourism

Best Country Tourism Bureau Europe:- Visit Britain

Best Country Tourism Bureau Pacific Asia:- Tahiti Tourisme

Best US City CVB:- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Best US State Tourism Bureau:- Colorado Tourism

AIRLINES

Best Foreign Airline:- Air Tahiti Nui

TRAVEL AGENCIES & TRAVEL AGENCY GROUPS

Best Travel Agency Group (Consortium, Coop or Network):- Vacation.com

Best Retail Travel Agency:- Tzell Travel Group

Best Host Travel Agency:- Avoya Travel

RAIL TRAVEL

Best Rail Travel Company:- Rail Europe

Best Train Experience Worldwide:- Rocky Mountaineer

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Best Travel Insurance Provider:- AIG Travel Guard

TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Best Travel Technology Provider:- VAX VacationAccess

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive:- Sthu Zungu, South African Tourism North America

Most Innovative All Inclusive Resort Executive :- Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Most Innovative Car Rental Executive :- Greg Stubblefield, Enterprise Holdings

Most Innovative Consortia or Agency Group Leader :- John Lovell, Vacation.com/Travel Leaders Group

Most Innovative Cruise Executive:- Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian

Most Innovative Escorted Tour or FIT Executive:- Kensington Tours Team of Global Destination Experts

Most Innovative Europe Tourism Executive:- Carl Walsh, Visit Britain

Most Innovative Host Agency Leader:- Brad and Van Anderson, Avoya Travel

Most Innovative Hotels Executive:- Chris Austin, Starwood

Most Innovative Rail Travel Executive:- Randy Powell, Rocky Mountaineer

Most Innovative River Cruise Executive:- Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways

Most Innovative Travel Agent:- Tammy Levent, Elite Travel

Most Innovative Travel Insurance Executive:- Ellison Scudder, AIG Travel Guard

Most Innovative Vacation Wholesale Executive:- Jeff Adam, Down Under Answers

All about WTM Africa 2015

WTM Africa is the leading business-to-business (B2B) exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel and tourism markets. It provides a platform to launch new products, increase brand awareness, enter new markets and to develop new business relationships. It’s a three day event which will held at Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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Know all the information about WTM Africa 2015 event :

Event Venue :

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Convention Square
1 Lower Long Street
Cape Town
8001
South Africa

Show Dates :

Wed 15th April 2015: 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 16th April 2015: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri 17th April 2015: 10:00 – 17:00
If you would like to know more about exhibiting at WTM Africa please submit the enquiry form here : http://www.wtmafrica.com/Forms/Enquiry-Form/

50 Miler Canoe Marathon 2014, KwaZulu Natal, Durban

Keep up to date with all the information and activities of “50 Miler Canoe Marathon 2014” event held in KwaZulu Natal, Durban (6-7 December 2014).

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It’s a two day event which will start from Saturday 6 Dec.2014. In this event, there will be a great opportunity for Paddlers to experience the thrill of the rapids, weirs and obstacles along a route.

For the honor of people who are fighting against cancer & in memory of those people who have passed on, Umzinyathi Canoe Club is collaborating with Lettie Paddle (www.lettiepaddle.co.za), which is an organisation that raise funds to help peoples who are suffering from cancer.

know all the useful info about Event :

Date : 6-7 December 2014
Venue : Umzinyathi Canoe Club, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Entry Fees for Event :

– For Senior R495.00
– For Junior R300.00
– Late Entry for Senior – R495.00 + penalty fee (R150.00) = R645.00
– Late Entry for Junior – R300.00 + penalty fee (R150.00) = R450.00

Entry Methods : You will have two methods to enter.

1. For Online Entries : You can enter online by visiting http://www.canoesa.co.za
2. Email Entries : Visit http://www.50miler.co.za/emailentry.html & fill in the form.

Closing Date for Entries : Normal entries will be closed on Friday 28 November 2014 at 16h00.
Registration : Registration will take place at Keg and Trout, Hillcrest on Friday 5 December from 5pm-7pm

NB: Payment proof must accompany all fax and email entries.

Race Rules for Paddlers :

A wristband will be issued to all Paddlers. It will be compulsory to wear this band during the event. In case of absence of band, paddlers will be disqualified. get more details here : http://www.myriver.co.za

Payment Method :

Send your proof of payment to Lana by emailing at : admin@50miler.co.za

NB: Use your Boat Number as your reference.

Banking Details :
Umzinyathi Canoe Club
Standard Bank
Hillcrest (Branch Code: 045726)
Account Number: 062550071

For detailed inquiries, you can visit official website of 50 Miler Canoe Marathon : http://www.50miler.co.za

Geek Fest 2014 in Johannesburg

This November, enjoy the Geek Fest-The Dark Carnival with your family and pets.

1. Date, Time & Venue

– November 29, 2014 – November 30, 2014
– Saturday 10:00 AM – Sunday 12:00 AM

Address:-

Ball And All Driving Range
Plot 126, Cnr Malibongwe & Lion Park Road
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

2.Things to do and see in Geek Fest 2014

– Geek Street Market
– Cosplay
– Pet Parade
– Beer Garden
– Robot Wars
– Hero Clix
– Movie Marathon
– Geek Quiz & Plenty Of Prizes
– Magic the Gathering
– Bands and much more…

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3. Cost:

– At the Gate on that Day :

R60 per adult
R30 per child under 12

– Web Tickets :

R50 per adult
R25 per child under 12

– R10 parking per car

Want to hire a car in advance, visit : http://www.carrentalworld.co.za

4. Prohibited Weapons:

– Radio jamming
– High voltage electric discharge
– Liquids (glue, oil etc.)
– Lasers above 1 milliwatt
– Un-tethered projectiles
– Open combustion (fire, explosive etc.)
– Visual obstruction
– Halon

5. Cosplay Entry Fee: R20
Note : There will be three categories: Anime/Comics, Gaming & Sci-fi/Fantasy.

6. Pet Parade entry: R20 (All money will be donated to charity).
Note : All pets must be socialized.

7. All kinds of sellers are invited to Sell their Goods, Promote their Brand & advertise their Services.
Stall fee : Starts from R450

For detailed information, Visit : http://www.darkcarnival.co.za/geekfest-2014/
To purchase tickets online, Visit the page : http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=829802552