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Lonely Planet’s Best City to Visit in 2018, ratings for Seville, Spain, show no signs of dimming. A city characterised by warm, honey-hued buildings that are intricately detailed and dusted in gold, Seville’s architecture is breathtaking, impressing even the most well-heeled traveller.
Expect big, bigger and ‘wow’ from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “The attractions are all very easily accessible,” says Robin Hilton of Development Promotions, who has explored the capital many times, often with family in tow.
St. Petersburg can only be described as opulent. Be impressed by the glittering gold interior of the Hermitage Museum, or the fountains and gardens of the Peterhof Palace.
“Istanbul has become increasingly popular for South African travellers in these last few years,” says Sue Garrett, GM of Marketing and Product at Flight Centre. “Cosmopolitan Istanbul, with its diverse neighbourhoods and mix of Eastern and Western influences, old and new, is fascinating.”
Mozambique is the epitome of barefoot luxury. With around 2,500 kilometres of pristine coastline, beach and bush breaks are ideal, with lodges so luxurious that Robinson Crusoe would never want to leave. Hotfoot it to Mozambique for an easy-to-reach long weekend away or book a longer stay.
Vietnam is quickly becoming 2019’s favourite hideaway in South East Asia. From the motorcycle-thronged streets of Hanoi to the quiet of the Mekong Delta and the rural Ninh Binh province, Vietnam’s mix of chaos and calm is intoxicating.
With the world calling your name and a host of new and favourite destinations to discover, make this your year to travel. What are you waiting for?
By Dr John Demartini, business and human behavioural expert
Stop fearing failure
The long-standing belief that failure should be avoided at all costs often works against us. Allowing your team to make so-called ‘mistakes’ gives them room to learn and grow, so they’ll be less likely to ‘fail’ in the future. This benefits your staff as well as your business, because they trust that you’ll give them the freedom to challenge themselves, be creative and pick themselves up after experiencing the feedback we perceive as ‘failure’.
Loosening the reigns will quell your team’s anxieties and show that you trust their abilities. Give your staff more responsibility and delegate tasks that exceed their current skillset or knowledge, and they’ll be encouraged to step outside their comfort zone in their efforts to prove their potential and keep your trust. In doing so, they’ll achieve things they never thought possible.
Surrounding yourself with likeminded, supportive employees who agree with your ideas may provide a great (fake) self-esteem boost, but it’s also counterproductive. You will quickly find yourself leading a team of blind followers, rather than innovative individuals. This will hinder the progression and growth of your business and stifle your staff’s potential and creativity. Allow your staff to respectfully disagree with you. This shows you trust their opinions and insights. Encouraging lively debate will spark new ideas and fresh innovation that may yield outstanding results.
Provide regular feedback
Don’t wait until formal reviews to offer feedback. This deprives your staff of the opportunity to improve and develop their areas of weakness; it also creates fear and distrust and can put a damper on employee morale and productivity. Your staff will appreciate your timeous constructive criticism, and will be encouraged to seek your guidance and help in the future. The ultimate result? An environment with less stress and conflict.
Allowing your team a glimpse into your personal life – and encouraging them to offer the same – creates a more relaxed, comfortable work environment that naturally coaxes the best from your employees. Trust not only gives rise to strong teams; it also cultivates a cooperative, productive work environment that allows your business to grow and prosper.
By Grant Hesse, Chief Technology Officer of North Wind Digital
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By Lara-Anne Derbyshire, Brand Strategist, Boomtown
Entrepreneur and CEO of Decision Inc., Nicholas Bell, dreamt of building a billion-rand business from a young age. He launched Decision Inc. in 2008 and by the age of 30, he was running a R100-million business. Nicholas is responsible for driving the strategic and operational vision of the company.
India as we know it, is a land full of cultural richness, ancient wisdom and teachings that have penetrated today’s pop culture and celebrations that breathe life into your world.
Relax and restore at The Leela Palace in Udaipur
Named Udaipur’s only modern palace hotel, The Leela Palace is an exquisite stop on Luxury Gold’s 13-day Imperial Rajasthan journey. The 5-star accommodation is set amidst 12 acres of beautiful gardens, surrounded by the magnificent Aravalli mountains. Considered a fine example of royal Rajput architecture and grandeur, guests will take in the enduring allure of Jaipur’s glorious past and live like a modern maharaja in the Palace as they get a taste of royal therapy.
Explore local wildlife and take an unexpected Jeep Safari in Jaipur
Give back to a local community via sustainable travel in Rajasthan
Reports show that the definition of luxury travel is being reshaped by changing consumer behaviour. It’s now becoming a way of being as guests are looking for self-actualisation, which is the new ultimate luxury. Transformative and sustainable travel with the opportunity to give back is in high demand and travellers can look no further than the Imperial Rajasthan with ME to WE extension 16-day journey. The ME to WE Culturally Immersive Experience extension begins with guests journeying to the Aravalli Mountains. Over three days, guests will interact with locals to learn about daily life in rural India, contribute to a sustainability project in a local village and have the option to participate in a sunrise nature walk or yoga sessions.
Indulge the senses at the Fairmont Jaipur
The 5-star luxury Fairmont Jaipur has a wide range of experiences to offer from hot air balloon rides to hiking through the famous Aravalli hills, any experience is attainable at the opulent hotel. The jewel of the Fairmont is said to be the spa, with 12 treatment rooms designed to create a beautiful sanctuary. Guests can indulge in a range of therapeutic and rejuvenating massages including traditional Indian and international treatments. Everything at the Fairmont Jaipur from the rooms and food to the excursions and wellness offerings will truly amaze guests on the Essence of India with Ranthambore 8-day journey.
Drift through tropical backwaters on a deluxe houseboat in Kerala
Exploring the narrow canals of Vaikom village has never been easier in deluxe houseboats. Many areas have been left untouched by modernity and travellers will drift around in comfort plus experience life as a local in the village as they try their skills at weaving pineapple leaves or coconut husks. In Alleppey, guests cruise the glorious backwaters and spend the night on a traditional houseboat whilst on the 16-day Spirit of North and South India journey.
Enjoy royal treatment at an elegant High Tea tasting in Jaipur
On Luxury Gold’s Imperial Rajasthan 16-day journey, travellers will journey to the Amber Fort to relish in the exquisiteness of its royal halls, before returning to Jaipur to see the Hawa Mahal, visit the royal observatory and Sukh Niwas, Jaipur’s City Palace. At the City Palace, travellers will indulge in an elegant High Tea fit for royalty as a VIP experience available exclusively to Luxury Gold guests.
Experience exceptional dining at Baradari Restaurant in Rajasthan
A sought-after restaurant that offers contemporary Rajasthani cuisine alongside continental dishes inspired by the region, Baradari is a creative union of old world with new. The restaurant has only been open for three years but has already amassed a reputation for traditional and authentic cuisine that delights the palate. Travellers experience the exceptional cuisine on the Essence of India with Ranthambore 8-day journey.
By Andries du Preez, Country Manager, San Miguel
By Adriaan Pask, CIO, PSG Wealth
Saving too little, especially for retirement
The number one mistake people make remains not saving enough, and the pain is primarily felt in the retirement space. This retirement shortfall gap currently sits at around $70-trillion and continues to grow at around $28-billion every 24 hours. When you consider that the 2008 Global Financial Crisis caused $2.8-trillion in stock market losses, you realise that those losses were less than 1% of the total retirement income shortfall. We tend to become obsessive about market events because media reports keep them top of mind and because they confront us with a loss right now, rather than because of the severity of their impact.
Emotional reactions to market events
The above graphic highlights that we tend to focus on the wrong things when assessing their impact: short term factors often carry more weight than they rightfully should. Market volatility can be unsettling, but it should not deter you from saving. Yet we find many people postpone saving, believing volatile markets won’t reward them, or opt to save in cash instead of investing in stock markets. Being swayed by recent market volatility often leads to poor financial decisions based on emotions, rather than facts. It’s critical to keep your eye on the long-term horizon of your investment and filter out the noise. You want to be invested in funds that offer a smoother return over time and consistently stay above the benchmark, rather than jumping from one best performing fund to another, trying to time the market and getting it wrong.
Ignoring inflation and opting for cash
While inflation does not reduce the money you have saved up, it manifests itself through reduced spending power. Its impact is negligible in the short run but profound in the long run. It is crucial to price inflation into your wealth plan. If your returns don’t beat inflation, you’ll never achieve your financial goals. Investments in cash do not help you to grow your wealth in real terms.
Beware the real enemies of wealth
Market volatility can slow down wealth creation in the short term, but saving too little, together with emotional decision-making and inflation are by far the biggest enemies of wealth. Speaking to an experienced financial adviser can help you decide on, and stick to, a suitable investment strategy that will optimise your desired outcomes and help curb emotional decisions during turbulent times. Provided that you are guided by an expert and invest in quality shares, equities are well worth the wait and risk, as they have been proven to beat inflation by a wide margin over time.
It’s clear that even a modest switch to renewable power could take a big step in achieving the National Development Plan that calls for the procurement of “at least 20 000 MW of renewable electricity by 2030”. And doing so could be very good for business.
Francois Portier joined Bacardi’s global team in August 2004, as the Commercial Director of Bacardi France, where he worked to develop their portfolio and market share in various channels. In 2011 he led the Danish market, before joining the Middle East and Africa team, where he successfully launched Bacardi’s Customer Marketing Department in Dubai. Portier headed the development of the Bacardi business in South Africa and Kenya, and recently took on the responsibility of leading the Sub-Saharan African markets. Francois is also leading the South & East Africa Bacardi Martini, from the Johannesburg head office in South Africa.