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Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea
Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The growing danger of animal selfies, and of feeding wild animals, is well documented, but interacting with wild animals isn't just dangerous for people. It can be bad news for the animals too...

By Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert 16 May 2018

The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)
The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)

The carbon footprint of tourism is about four times larger than previously thought, according to a world-first study published in Nature Climate Change...

By Arunima Malik & Ya-Yen Sun 15 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Travel marketing in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Travel marketing in Africa

One of the strengths of marketing travel to Africa is that its destinations offer so much diversity. How would an African Tourism Board even begin to market the continent as one brand when there are so many cultures, ethnicities, landscapes and languages that comprise the continent?

By Natalia Rosa 15 May 2018

#WTMA18: Championing African women in travel - Q&A with Alessandra Alonso
#WTMA18: Championing African women in travel - Q&A with Alessandra Alonso

The inaugural Women in Africa Forum took place during World Travel Market Africa 2018. Hosted by Women in Travel CIC founder Alessandra Alonso, the forum aimed to highlight the importance of women entrepreneurs in Africa...

By Ruth Cooper 14 May 2018

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#AfricaMonth: Creating a conducive environment for corporate travel in Africa

Rebone Motsatsi, Avis Rent a Car executive: commercial and licensees on corporate travel in Africa shares his thoughts on the business travel market, MICE destinations and the role government can play in making the country more attractive to corporates.

4 May 2018

Airbnb global study reveals millennials as predominant travel consumers by 2025
Airbnb global study reveals millennials as predominant travel consumers by 2025

The study outlines a number of key findings and trends among millennials who demand more adventurous travel experiences...

3 May 2018

#WTMA18: Six trends driving growth and change in African tourism
#WTMA18: Six trends driving growth and change in African tourism

Each region is different and coping with different tensions. Mature economies have been struggling to maintain positive growth, and emerging markets have had their own challenges to deal with...

By Cari Coetzee 3 May 2018

African Continental Free Trade Agreement to be welcomed as a boost for tourism
African Continental Free Trade Agreement to be welcomed as a boost for tourism

The African Continental Free Trade Area promotes the creation of a single market across the continent through the abolition of cross-border tariffs and greater efficiency at border posts. Opening up nearby markets can only bode well for African businesses...

By Danny Bryer 2 May 2018

Business events can lead the growth of African tourism
Business events can lead the growth of African tourism

As the economy continues to shift from being resource-based, knowledge industries such as tourism will become more sophisticated and important and while business travel makes up just a quarter of the overall tourism pie, its potential extends far beyond its current nominal contribution...

By Yugashnee Naicker 25 Apr 2018

#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced
#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards have been announced, competing in five categories as well as for the much-coveted 'Overall Winner'. Who will take the top spots?

12 Apr 2018

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Africa: On a roller coaster ride

Elections are very important for the hospitality industry in Africa. Investors - those who stay in hotels, and those who invest in them - need stability, which breeds confidence, and that means economic growth...

By Trevor Ward 5 Apr 2018

Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel
Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel

Millennials will soon become the largest group of travel customers, driving the evolution of the industry with a demand for cutting-edge digital solutions and a thirst for more 'bleisure'...

3 Apr 2018

Travel and tourism creates seven million new jobs worldwide
Travel and tourism creates seven million new jobs worldwide

WTTC's annual Economic Impact Research shows that travel and tourism were responsible for the creation of seven million new jobs worldwide. The report also shows that 2017 was a bumper year for the global travel and tourism sector...

29 Mar 2018

Facebook launches Trip Consideration tool
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

Film tourism profitable to cultural, creative economy
Film tourism profitable to cultural, creative economy

With film contributing R5.4bn to the GDP and providing 25,000 full-time equivalent jobs, film tourism can become a lucrative part of the creative industries and can play an important role in advancing other creative sectors.

12 Mar 2018

What the youth travel market is really about
What the youth travel market is really about

Millennial and GenZ travellers are not only lucrative for destinations, but they're also the market that is ready, and willing, to fully embrace sustainable travel...

12 Mar 2018

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IATA global passenger traffic results reflect slowest year-over-year increase

IATA's global passenger traffic results for January 2018 show that traffic rose by 4.6% compared to that of January 2017. These results indicate the slowest year-over-year increase in nearly four years...

9 Mar 2018

Ups and downs for Africa's hotel market in 2017
Ups and downs for Africa's hotel market in 2017

2017 proved another evolutionary year for Africa's hotel market as the continent continued to attract investment while economic and political events, currency shifts, and fluctuating tourism demand meant both risk and reward...

7 Mar 2018

Community-based wildlife conservation is bringing success to Tanzania
Community-based wildlife conservation is bringing success to Tanzania

Higher densities of giraffes and dik-diks have been recorded and participating villages are receiving a direct share of income from wildlife tourism...

By Derek E. Lee 2 Mar 2018

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The future of Airbnb: Airbnb unveils roadmap to 1bn guests

Looking to the next 10 years, Airbnb has unveiled a roadmap designed to bring the transformative benefits of local, personal and authentic travel to every type of traveller...

23 Feb 2018

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New personalised safaris and tour operator launched in Namibia

Orlando Safaris, based in Windhoek, has opened its doors to domestic and foreign tourists and offers a full service for arranging and booking safaris throughout Namibia...

20 Feb 2018

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New app a digital gateway to Abu Dhabi heritage

The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi is set to launch a 'one-stop' digital information platform initiave on cultural experiences in the emirate of Abu Dhabi on 27 February 2018...

14 Feb 2018

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#MeetingsAfrica: All that Africa has to offer

Wowing the world with what Africa has to offer. That is the purpose of Meetings Africa...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Feb 2018

Jumia Travel celebrates travel, tourism industry success at 2018 Ghana Travel Awards
Jumia Travel celebrates travel, tourism industry success at 2018 Ghana Travel Awards

Jumia Travel celebrated the second edition of the Ghana Travel Awards on 25 January 2018, honouring hoteliers, airlines and travel websites for their contribution to the success of the travel, hospitality and tourism industries in 2017...

29 Jan 2018

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Cape Town proves its mettle as Africa's events capital

Blessed with natural beauty, cultural attractions and sophisticated facilities, Cape Town has proven itself as a host of world-class events that draw in audiences and participants from across the world...

29 Jan 2018

What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change
What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change

In your dual role as travel marketer and Facebook consumer, the news that Facebook is going to 'clean-up' your News Feed will likely be met with a mix of joy and despair...

By Natalia Rosa 16 Jan 2018

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Record number of South African travellers flocked to the Seychelles in 2017

South African arrivals increased by 15% year-on-year for the year ending 2017, making SA the sixth best source market for the island destination...

12 Jan 2018

Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar
#BizTrends2018: 2018 travel forecast - seven trends to anticipate

In 2018, there will be an increased swathe of people fully engaged in the sharing economy, communicating to the world the wonderfully enriching experiences that they have discovered...

By Gavin Tollman 9 Jan 2018

#MeTourism: The hidden costs of selfie tourism
#MeTourism: The hidden costs of selfie tourism

Research shows that it is not age, but the dark triad of personality traits - narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy that push people to pursue selfie glory regardless of the result...

By Marianna Sigala 5 Jan 2018

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IATA: Global passenger traffic bounces back

IATA's global passenger traffic results show October's performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September...

6 Dec 2017

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