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Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey inspire South Africa’s youth to new heights

The amazing progress being made by the youth of South Africa has been brought sharply into the media spotlight by the visits of two of the world’s leading female icons – Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The country is also emerging as the frontrunner to host the One Young World Summit in 2012, as BTN finds out.

Joburg emerges as favourite to host One Young World 2012

Joburg emerges as favourite to host One Young World 2012

Joburg has emerged as one of the frontrunners to host the One Young World Summit in 2012, a dynamic global platform for young leaders making a difference in their communities. The City of Gold, where 42 percent of the population is under 24, provides a vibrant and enterprising environment to nurture its youth.

Thailand tourism arrivals surge 25 percent

Thailand tourism arrivals surge 25 percent

International visitor arrivals to Thailand surged 24.4 percent to 8.2 million in the first five months of the year, according to new figures from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Fuelling the growth is the kingdom’s programme to become the Asian hub of sport tourism.

Peter Andre to perform at SOHO Square

The award-winning SOHO Square – the most popular place for visitors to eat, drink, have fun and shop on the Red Sea – is playing host to singer songwriter Peter Andre on 2 September 2011, and will mark one of his first concerts to promote the release of his new single Perfect Night. A fortnight later the top entertainment complex in Sharm el Sheikh will play host to the World Travel Awards.

Mantis Collection brings a taste of Argentina to the polo season

Mantis Collection brings a taste of Argentina to the polo season

Following the success of the inaugural Mantis Collection-sponsored Gaucho Polo event at the 02 Arena earlier this year, the luxury hotel operator is offering spots fans a second chance to indulgence. On July 1st enthusiasts from around the world will descend on picturesque Richmond, on the outskirts of London, to watch the world’s top players.

Jumeirah ambassador Rory McIlroy wins US Open title

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and member of Dubai Holding, celebrates the victory of its global brand ambassador, golfer Rory McIlroy, in the US Open at the Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. McIlroy’s victory in the United States is just the latest triumph for Dubai-based Jumeirah – which was celebrating a number of titles at the World Travel Awards earlier this year.

Bangkok reaffirms its sport tourism credentials

Bangkok reaffirms its sport tourism credentials

The world snooker elite will be heading to Bangkok next month as the capital of Thailand plays host to Snooker World Cup next month as part of its programme to become the sporting hub of Asia.

Best in Travel launches Facebook app

Best in Travel launches Facebook app

Best in Travel, the digital magazine for luxury travel, has launched a new Facebook app, which offers all the interactive features of the monthly magazine but tailor-made for the world’s biggest social networking site.

Take the Caribbean Holiday you Deserve

Take the Caribbean Holiday you Deserve

Holidays to the Caribbean 2011 have hit an all time high as consumer favourites for quality, value and peace of mind. Take the Caribbean holiday you deserve set at the price you want to pay with family holidays done your way.

BTN Focus: Paul Gardiner, Mantis Collection

The Mantis Group specializes in boutique luxury that aims to conserve a vanishing way of life - a winning formula that is now seeing the South Africa brand expand globally. BTN talks to Paul Gardiner, International Marketing Director, about this expansion into new markets and his view of how hospitality is evolving.