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#WTMA18: An inside look at the Google Trekker Project
#WTMA18: An inside look at the Google Trekker Project

This was more than just putting South Africa on the map, it was a nation-building project with a common cause...

By Robin Fredericks 1 day ago

The Maslow at Time Square (Images Provided)
Design masterpiece The Maslow at Time Square unveiled

The metamorphosis of Sun International's Time Square in Menlyn into an encompassing, state-of-the-art hospitality,

1 day ago

Reduced development pipeline, strong demand expected to improve hotel performance in East Africa
Reduced development pipeline, strong demand expected to improve hotel performance in East Africa

The impact of the elevated supply growth across the region will likely continue to be felt in 2018, but strong demand fundamentals will improve hotel performance thereafter...

1 day ago

Art, artisan food, and loads more at Spier
Art, artisan food, and loads more at Spier

Although easily accessed via Baden Powel Drive off the N2, the Spier Estate feels like a world away.

By Brian Berkman 1 day ago

#WTMA18: Wesgro's water-offset tool for visitors to boost water-wise tourism
#WTMA18: Wesgro's water-offset tool for visitors to boost water-wise tourism

The tool allows visitors to the Cape to calculate their daily water usage, and then to offset this usage by donating money to water conservation projects...

2 days ago

World Travel & Tourism Council via  - Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom at the World Travel and Tourism Council's Global Summit in Buenos Aires.
G20 forum commits to strengthening tourism industry capacity to generate jobs

To promote entrepreneurship in tourism, especially for women and the youth, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and his G20 counterparts have committed their countries to create more jobs around the world...

2 days ago

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Airbnb release global impact data, offers healthy alternative to mass travel

Since the company was founded 10 years ago, travellers have discovered new destinations and neighbourhoods off the typical tourist path, bringing the economic benefits of tourism to small businesses and local residents around the world...

2 days ago

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#WTMA18: A wrap on three days of travel trade success

With travel trade from all over the world in attendance, a 6% increase in pre-scheduled appointments and marked growth in exhibitors, WTM Africa 2018 closed its doors to its most successful exhibition to date...

2 days ago

Exhibitors lines up to meet with Buyers from all over the world for a Speed Networking session today. (Image Supplied)
#WTMA18: Day two tourism business highlights

"It's always fantastic to see how WTM Africa allows attendees the platform to write productive business and make genuine connections that will indeed further tourism."

20 Apr 2018

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#WTMA18: First day highlights from meetings, networking and events

Travel trade show World Travel Market Africa 2018 opened its doors at the CTICC in Cape Town on 18 April 2018 - welcoming a host of travel professionals eager to meet, network and consolidate business...

19 Apr 2018

Refurbished Ritz Hotel and revolving Top of the Ritz restaurant, a new Cape Town must-do
Refurbished Ritz Hotel and revolving Top of the Ritz restaurant, a new Cape Town must-do

The iconic Ritz Hotel best known for it 360° revolving restaurant which sits on the 23rd floor of the hotel like an akwardly landed spaceship, has been synonymous with the Seapoint skyline since the early 70s...

By Ruth Cooper 18 Apr 2018

Baby boomers transform vacation ownership travel
Baby boomers transform vacation ownership travel

While it is true that mature travellers join their children and grandchildren on multi-generational holidays, the frequent nature of travel among boomers poses significant opportunities for South Africa's tourism sector, including vacation ownership...

By Sharmila Ragunanan 17 Apr 2018

Tsogo Sun adds StayEasy to Mozambique portfolio
Tsogo Sun adds StayEasy to Mozambique portfolio

Tsogo Sun Hotels has announced the addition of a new offshore hotel property StayEasy Maputo to its portfolio - this is the third hotel for the group in Mozambique...

17 Apr 2018

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Developing next-gen hospitality solutions

A group of hoteliers and hospitality consultants decided to create a system of standards that worked together and had new functionality that would be adopted by the industry - 'next-generation solutions', they call it...

16 Apr 2018

Protea Hotels signs new hotel in Loftus Park precinct
Protea Hotels signs new hotel in Loftus Park precinct

Expected to open later this year, the hotel will offer 152 modern rooms as well as conference facilities and meeting rooms catering for up to 180 delegates...

13 Apr 2018

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New luxurious hotel for Victoria Falls

From early 2019, Mbano Manor will offer a unique and nature-based travel experience for the global, high-end tourist who seeks comfort and privacy to commune with nature...

By John Kachembere 13 Apr 2018

RonPorter via
South African tourism holding steady

South African Tourism, asserts optimistically that the current water crisis may actually help position the country as a global leader in sustainable tourism practices, including the judicious use of water...

By Kerry Dimmer 13 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

Three reasons BYOD dominates in tourism
Three reasons BYOD dominates in tourism

'Bring your own device' is frowned upon in many professional sectors, with legitimate fears around data security. Hospitality-based businesses, however, should not ignore the fact that their market is dedicated to a culture of BYOD...

By Wynand Smit 12 Apr 2018

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Western Cape economy, communities benefit from R5bn Airbnb boost

New data released by Airbnb, which looks at host earning and guest spending, shows the home sharing company has had a positive impact on the growth of guests and on local families, communities and businesses...

12 Apr 2018

Millennials set to reshape the luxury industry through innovation
Millennials set to reshape the luxury industry through innovation

Research shows that luxury hotels have yet to unleash the full potential of innovation needed to attract and retain millennials. The simple fact that traditional luxury hotels and millennials appear at odds raises a straightforward question...

By Dr. Carlos Martin-Rios 11 Apr 2018

Adclick Africa sponsors FEDHASA Golf Day
Adclick Africa sponsors FEDHASA Golf Day

Over 150 c-suite executives from different hotels are expected to participate at FEDHASA Inland's Golf Day on Friday, 20 April. Adclick Africa is one of the sponsors...

Issued by Adclick Africa Media Group 11 Apr 2018

Umhlanga Arch the perfect fit for SA's first Hilton Garden Inn
Umhlanga Arch the perfect fit for SA's first Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton has signed a management agreement with UA Hotel Company to open a 207-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch, a mixed-use development under construction in Umhlanga's Ridgeside precinct...

10 Apr 2018

KZN's North Coast a destination treasure trove for economic growth
KZN's North Coast a destination treasure trove for economic growth

According to Grant Thornton research, KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast has attracted more than 800,000 visitors between March 2017 and February 2018 and is considered a treasured leisure destination...

10 Apr 2018

The Maslow Sandton offsets conferencing carbon emissions by funding Wonderbag project
The Maslow Sandton offsets conferencing carbon emissions by funding Wonderbag project

The hotel will offset the carbon emissions generated by the use of their meeting rooms and conference facilities by investing in carbon offsets which will be used to fund the Wonderbag Project...

10 Apr 2018

The Safari Club South Africa is under new ownership
The Safari Club South Africa is under new ownership

Having successfully run Ecosouth Safaris for a decade, Cara Lloyd made the move of taking over The Safari Club South Africa in a bid to reinvent the establishment...

Issued by Nomatone 6 Apr 2018

AccorHotels, Mantis Group partners to boost ecotourism footprint in Africa
AccorHotels, Mantis Group partners to boost ecotourism footprint in Africa

This partnership is accompanied by the launch of Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA), which aims to amplify both groups' commitment towards preventing the accelerating decline of Africa's wildlife...

6 Apr 2018

Darrin Thomas, Manager, Marketing and Communications Africa, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Marketing Virgin Atlantic: Challenging the status quo with flair, passion and love

"I love that we, at Virgin Atlantic, are always taking calculated risks - we're always pushing the boundaries, but with the customer's best interests always in mind."

By Cari Coetzee 5 Apr 2018

Nbi101 via  - Nairobi
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

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