5 subtle ways to help you score a hotel room upgrade

By Clinton Moodley Mar 12, 2021

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Hotel upgrades are rare and few, but if you play your cards right, you may secure yourself one.

Be warned, hotels aren’t obligated to upgrade a guest no matter how convincing they are.

That said, nothing is impossible, and you may get bumped up to a bigger hotel room with luxurious amenities.

Here are five tips to help you get a hotel upgrade

Book off-peak season travel

Your chances for a room upgrade is far better when you travel during the off-peak season. There

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Hotel bed sheets turned into school shirts for Cape Town pupils

Danolene Johanessen, founder at Royal Kidz talks to Africa Melane about the wonderful initiative.

Through a collaboration with Marriott International and non-profit organisation Royal Kidz about 320 children at Klipheuwel Primary school in Durbanville received new school shirts, jackets, shoes, and socks most of which was made from repurposed hotel bed sheets.

Marriott International and Royal Kidz have been working together over the past 18 months, handing over a total of 3 000 similar donations to date to schools in under-served communities. Danolene Johanessen is the founder of Royal Kidz.

It was really about the passion of kids and children

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World’s First Space Hotel to Open in 2027

World’s First Space Hotel to Open in 2027

The first ever commercial space hotel, Voyager Station, aims to open by 2027. Accommodating 280 guests and 112 crew members, the project is being planned by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a construction company run by John Blincow. The station will be OAC’s first major project, and the first commercial space station with artificial gravity.

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The Orbital Assembly Corporation was formed with the purpose of accelerating the formation of a robust and

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5 ways to explore during load shedding

By Clinton Moodley Mar 15, 2021

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Load shedding can be a nightmare, especially when you are exploring a new destination.

With Eskom implementing stage 2 to replenish emergency generation reserves, travellers can work around the schedule to ensure they have the best travel adventures… even when the lights go out.

Here are some tips:

Factor load shedding into your schedule

Factor the load shedding times in your itinerary to help you plan your trip better. Depending on the time of day, you can move your itinerary around to make the

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Drive More Direct Bookings With A Versatile Hotel Booking System

In the recent past, hotels have shifted focus to acquiring more reservations while pocketing the highest profits. By 2023, it is predicted that over 700 million people will be booking their hotel rooms online. This is a great chance to employ an online hotel booking system that will create a commission-free booking source. And, with the right marketing and sales strategies, it is possible to build a sustainable direct reservations channel.

A common rule in the hospitality industry is ‘if it works, don’t change it’. However, the recent pandemic has done away with all the old rules. Hoteliers need to

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Chinese ‘polar bear hotel’ opens to full bookings, criticism

(CNN) — A hotel that bills itself as the world’s first “polar bear hotel” has opened in China‘s far northeastern Heilongjiang province, drawing both guests and criticism for its central feature: live polar bears.
The Polar Bear Hotel, part of the Harbin Polarland theme park in Heilongjiang’s capital and largest city, Harbin, opened its doors on Friday with the promise of round-the-clock polar bear viewing from all 21 guest rooms.

“Whether you’re eating, playing or sleeping, polar bears will keep you company,” Harbin Polarland’s official WeChat account said in a post dated March 11.

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