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Gooderson Leisure signs up with global tourism networking giant



The JSE listed Gooderson Leisure Corporation has put all its properties onto its own multi global distribution system (GDS) services company serving a massive global network of travel agents Reservhotels  providing access to all four booking systems, that of Galileo, Amadeus, Wordspan and Sabre. All GDS codes can be found on their Website at

“With the majority of bookings being predominantly made online it is key for Gooderson Leisure, being in this highly competitive tourism industry, to be globally connected with their own system and optimise the use of technology which is a top priority of the present day market. Given that the current exchange rate and the hunger for more unusual destinations present significant opportunities to grow the South African tourism market, we felt that it was important for Gooderson Leisure to increase its international presence and accessibility,” explained CEO, Gavin Castleman.

Connecting to Amadeus ensures that a resort is available to hundreds of thousands of travel professionals who generate millions of room nights per year. According to flightafrica, Amadeus averages 529 million bookings, sells seats on 145 airlines and records $66 billion in global travel sales in a year.

Gooderson Leisure Sales and Marketing General Manager, Gail Westphal explained that GDS service providers such as Amadeus are a fundamental part of the travel supply chain and are critical to travel agents’ sourcing travel products online.

As a global platform, it not only provides an estimated 800 000 travel agents with information about travel options and packages, but also enables them to shop around and compare product and reservation options. It notifies agents of special rates, fares, and travel packages and enables them to book these in real time for their clients.

Westphal says that independent travel agents, online agents and travel agencies are now using increasingly more sophisticated GDS systems to identify the best travel and accommodation options as well as the best products and rates for their clients. She said that it made sense for Gooderson Leisure to have their own connection to the global travel system, from a shared platform.

“ERes  links the bookings directly to the GDS bookings to ensure that we are operating with real time bookings.  The online market has grown significantly over the past four years and this is fast becoming the norm in our industry, where preferential partnerships are far easily maintained. It takes the hassle out of booking, replacing the early labour intensive manual systems,” ” she explains.

Gooderson Leisure, which was established in 1957, owns and manages a variety of leisure destinations across South Africa, offering holiday, conference and wedding offerings close to the beach, in the Drakensberg, in the bush and close to the Battlefields.

“Our mission is to add value and customer satisfaction through a consistent approach to service and operational excellence and to increase market share and our product offering in the tourism industry. We feel that, by linking our company directly to one of the foremost GDS service providers, we will achieve this,” Castleman says.

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REVIEW: Hilton Hotel Umhlanga Arch



Hilton Garden Inn is the first of its kind in South Africa, situated at the new Umhlanga Arch, welcoming both local and international guests. Durbanite recently experienced first hand what they have to offer.

From the moment you walk in, you experience a relaxed environment, making you feel right at home. The Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is a technologically advanced hotel, allowing guests to check in, select and unlock your room, as well as access the guest lift, easily from your mobile phone. The hotel boasts a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool with a great view of the upcoming developments in the area as well as the stunning sea Durban has to offer, as well as a laundry room and currency exchange for international guests.

The staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch are friendly and extremely helpful and have adopted a “Brightheartered Hospitality” approach.

“It was amazing, the staff remember your name, they learn more about why you are visiting and really go out of their way to make your experience a memorable one.” Commented Bianca Hauser, Durbanite contributor.

There are 203 rooms kitted out with coffee and tea brewers, a flat screen HDTV, a hairdryer, iron and ironing board (perfect for out of town guests), along with a mini refrigerator. Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch ensure to adhere to Covid-19 safety regulations by cleaning rooms before check in as well as after check out. They are currently participating in the Hilton CleanStay Program with Lysol Protection to deliver an even cleaner and safer experience for guests.

“I really felt comfortable during these times, as once staff clean a room, they have the Hilton CleanStay Room Seal that indicates to us that a room has not been accessed since it was cleaned and disinfected.”

The hotel ensures sufficient spacing in the dining hall and hand sanitizers can be found throughout the hotel. Guests are encouraged to use disposable gloves provided when dishing up salad for the meals and the Chefs are responsible for dishing up dinner, limiting exposure.

Together & Co aims to bring people together, “one meal, coffee and conversation at a time”. Those who are not guests at the hotel are also welcome to dine at the restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch also boasts a 24-hour self-service retail space, “The Shop”, which offers snacks, locally sourced food and beverages as well as essential personal items, should guests need anything.

To book your stay, visit their website.

1 Ncondo Place, Umhlanga Ridge Umhlanga

Durban, 4320, South Africa



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Distillery 031’s new creation : The D’Urban Scarlet Gin



Adding to their range of award -winning craft distilled gins, Distillery 031 are proud to announce their latest colourful creation, the D’Urban Scarlet Gin.

The D’Urban Scarlet Gin is the world’s first gin made with cascara or coffee cherries. Cascara is the red, fleshy covering around the coffee bean which adds a subtle berry note to the gin without being overpowering. The Cascara also infuses a gorgeous scarlet colour to the gin giving it a very Festive feel.


We are giving away 1 x Gift Box of D’Urban Scarlet Gin, to enter simply leave a comment below. *Std. T&C’s apply.

The Gift Box contains:-
– 1 x bottle of D’urban Scarlet Gin (750ml)
– 1 x Rose-gold metal jigger for pouring your Gin in style
– 1 x Cocktail recipe booklet to help you unleash your inner mixologist

Distillery 031 has joined forces with Beaver Creek Coffee Estate on the KZN South Coast in this revolutionary new gin. This exciting gin is crafted in small batches and carries a respectable 43% alcohol content.

The newcomer is South Africa’s most internationally awarded gin, having won gold medals in New York, London and San Francisco. It joins two other award-winning gins from the Distillery 031 stills, the D’Urban Dry Gin and the D’Urban Barrel Aged Gin. 031 was recently awarded the South African Distillery of the Year 2018 in the New York International Spirit Competition.

Situated in the hub of Durban’s Station Drive, Gin pioneers Distillery 031 have been picking up an armful of coveted international and locally awards for their original spirits created on-site.

A decade in the making after distilling its first experimental batch in 2008, this year has become an award-winning vintage for the bespoke Durban distillery. 031 is owned by Andrew Rall who is passionate about creating craft spirits that offer a distinctly Durban unique flavour.

The Distillery offers tours with the option of tasting the fine spirits manufactured onsite. It also is a bespoke functions venue with a fabulous cocktail bar.

For more info visit or contact them on 087 941 4540.


*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. Comment below to stand a chance of winning one bottle of D’Urban Scarlet Gin.
  2. Competition opens on 27 December 2018 and closes at midday on 14th January 2019, South African Standard Time.
  3. Winner will be randomly drawn on 14th January 2019. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winner will be notified via email. Should winner not respond after three attempts to contact, a redraw will take place.
  5. Winner will need to arrange to collect their prize from Durbanite representative.
  6. Winner must be over the age of 18 years old. Proof of ID will be required.
  7. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite’s determination of the winners is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  8. The prizes are non-transferable for cash. If you are the winner, a copy of your South African identity document or passport may be required as proof that you are in fact the winner whose name was drawn.
  9. By entering this competition you agree to all the terms and conditions stated above.
  10. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite and, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
  11. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.


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OneCart has launched in KZN!



Have you ever wished you could order groceries online and not have to go to the shops?
Well, thanks to OneCart it’s now possible!

OneCart has been operating in JHB and Cape Town, and have now launched their service to the following areas in KZN:
Ballito, Durban North, La Lucia, Morningside, Musgrave, Umhlanga and surrounding areas.


A few of us at the Durbanite office decided to try out OneCart to see what the hype was about.
We logged into their website and were prompted to enter our delivery address.

OneCart then provided us with stores we could shop from. We decided to go with just Pick ‘n Pay.
Although you can shop from multiple stores in one go which is awesome!


It was then time to select our products – we couldn’t believe how easy it was to simply click and add how many we wanted of the same product.

We were also surprised to find that some of the products were cheaper online than in the actual shop. Score!

After selecting our items, we scheduled for delivery to be for the following day between 5-6pm.
Side Note: You can choose to get your groceries delivered in 2 hours from when you first place your order, or you can choose any other day afterwards at a chosen time slot.

As soon as we placed our order, we received a confirmation email along with an SMS telling us who our shopper would be.

The following day we were kept up to date with SMS and email notifications. And sure enough, at 6pm on the dot, our shopper arrived with our order in cute, branded OneCart bags!

It is such an awesome service offered to KZN. A lot of us work full time and don’t have a lot of hours in the day to get grocery shopping done.

We will definitely be using OneCart again and again!

Did we mention that your first delivery with them is FREE?
Just use the coupon code ‘FREEDELIVERY’ on your first order upon checkout ️

You can also download their mobile app, available on iOS & Android.

So next time, order your groceries online and SAVE TIME!

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