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Tourism Trends 2018

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Tackling Tulbagh with tents and kids is child's play

About 30 minutes out of Cape Town en route to Tulbagh, I look in the rearview mirror and see my sister's face, happily stuck between my two nephews on either side of her. But, we all know these moments don't last very long...

By Ilse van den Berg 3 days ago

Durban is slowly becoming a seaside city without any sand

Durban is becoming a seaside city without any sand as strong waves pummel its beaches. Swathes of what used to be wide stretches of sand are now underwater and beachside infrastructure is being destroyed...

3 days ago

IFEC product standpoints for African airlines, tech-savvy passengers and content producers

As the exciting IFEC revolution takes shape, African airlines must comply by providing their tech-savvy passengers unrivalled customer experience onboard and African content producers a golden opportunity to tell the African story 35,000 feet in the air...

By Kevin Odhiambo Opiyo 1 hour ago

Seven reasons tourism needs major events

With the Cape, Johannesburg and Durban all in various degrees of water shortages, the industry needs more than a Get Well card, and events are what will see us on the road to recovery...

By Danny Bryer 25 minutes ago

Is international travel really cheaper than local travel?

Many South Africans hold firmly on to the belief that it is cheaper to visit Thailand or Zanzibar than to trek to the coastlines of Cape Town or Durban. However, put this theory to the test, and you'll see this assumption simply isn't true...

By Sharmila Ragunanan 3 hours ago

Sygic to accept three-word addresses

Sygic, a leading GPS technology company has announced a partnership with innovative addressing system what3words...

Issued by Sygic 2 days ago

Egypt sees tourism rebound ahead of vote

Travel agencies, hotel managers, and diving centres told AFP that reservations are rising, especially in Red Sea destinations such as Hurghada and Marsa Alam...

3 days ago

How the free movement of people could benefit Africa

Tourism in the Seychelles increased by 7% annually between 2009 and 2014 when the country abolished visas for African nationals. By 2015, thanks to increased revenues, it had become a high-income country with thriving real estate, aviation and service industries...

By Tshepo T. Gwatiwa, Michael Noel Sam 15 Mar 2018

SA woos 85 Nordic tour operators

The #NordicMeetSouthAfrica2018 initiative saw 85 Nordic tour operators embark on a seven-day trip showcasing the highlights of South Africa's different provinces and exposing them to local SMME experiences and top-notch hospitality...

15 Mar 2018

Drought should not impede Easter travels to the Eastern and Western Cape

Water levels are already stretched in both the Eastern Cape and Western Cape due to the ongoing drought, however, the coastal cities should be more than capable of meeting demand from increased tourism activity...

15 Mar 2018

Facebook launches Trip Consideration tool

Facebook recently rolled out a new ad-optimisation programme called Trip Consideration. The new tool is only applicable to travel-related companies and offers an opportunity to turn travel intention into conversion...

14 Mar 2018

Dale Simpson on the journey to create/curate the guest experience

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group recently rebranded to Radisson Hotel Group. Dale Simpson, curator of Radisson Red in Cape Town, explains the thinking behind the evolving brand and the changing role of the hotel GM...

14 Mar 2018

Western Cape wine tourism grows by 16%, lesser known wine routes enjoy increased popularity

The 2017 Wine & Food Tourism Study showed that wine tourism in the Western Cape has grown by 16% between 2016 and 2017 and tour operators indicate that 99% of Cape Town-based itineraries include a trip to the Winelands...

14 Mar 2018

#WTMA18: Retosa, Arta partnership to find more responsible tourism success stories

Retosa has partnered with the African Responsible Tourism Awards to encourage more entries to the awards from the SADC. The aim of the awards is to inspire change in the tourism sector by showcasing examples that tourism providers can learn from...

14 Mar 2018

SANParks continues to roll out security plans for its GRNP sections

To optimise national safety, the SANParks team have devised security strategies, led by major-general Jooste, to revisit risks, threats and vulnerabilities to the Garden Route National Park and its visitors...

14 Mar 2018

Virgin Atlantic unveils three new ways to fly as part of multimillion-pound investment in economy

Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of three new ways to fly economy as part of a multimillion-pound investment in the cabin for the 21st century traveller.

Issued by Urban Espresso 14 Mar 2018

Somerset West welcomes new eatery Nom Nom

Offering coffee, brunches, light lunches and Benguela Cove wine tastings the new Somerset West eatery Nom Nom, which replaces fine-dining restaurant Benguela on Main offers residents of the area a more relaxed, less formal, yet no less delicious spot to get their daily calories.

By Ruth Cooper 13 Mar 2018

SA hosts mega Australasian familiarisation trip

South African Tourism is currently hosting 52 travel agents from the Australasian region to familiarise themselves with all nine South African provinces...

13 Mar 2018

Newly discovered Hominin tracks adds to Western Cape heritage treasure chest

The discovery could help put the province on the map for visitors interested in SA's rich heritage...

13 Mar 2018

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How to tap into the power of youth travel

The New Horizons survey of more than 57,000 young travellers globally, conducted once every five years, provides an overview of the youth travel market, which WYSE Travel Confederation and UNWTO have estimated to account for 23% of international arrivals annually. While growth in youth travel globally seems a sure thing, a critical factor remains for attracting more millennial and Gen Z travellers - and it's not avocado toast or free Wi-Fi.

8 Mar 2018

Cathay Pacific set to launch non-stop flights to Cape Town

Complementing its daily non-stop flights to Johannesburg, Cathay Pacific is set to launch a seasonal non-stop service to Cape Town - three-times-weekly from 13 November 2018 to 18 February 2019 - directly linking Hong Kong and the Mother City for the first time.

23 Feb 2018

The smart strategy behind Tourism Australia's 'Croc Dundee' Super Bowl pitch to the Americans

Tourism Australia has resurrected Crocodile Dundee in a new Super Bowl commercial that has already reached hundreds of millions on the day and through social media. Some may have cringed at the ad reinforcing stereotypes about Australians as hospitable bush-dwellers, but this is actually a good strategy.

By John Sinclair 20 Feb 2018

Etihad exec's marathon round-the-world journey breaks Guinness World Record

Etihad Airways' high flying executive Andrew Fisher travelled around the globe in the fastest time and in the fewest number of flights - a record-breaking feat with the Guinness World Records officially declaring his successful attempt a world record. Fisher clocked a flying time of 52 hours and 34 minutes, beating the previous record by 3 hours and 13 minutes, and using only four scheduled commercial flights instead of five to achieve his lifelong ambition.

16 Feb 2018

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