Tourism Trends 2018

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What lessons can the tourism industry learn from the Cape Town water crisis?
What lessons can the tourism industry learn from the Cape Town water crisis?

South Africa can at times can be a very reactive country, meaning we seem to wake up very late on critical issues.

By Brett Hendricks 2 days ago

Onomo Hotels acquires Signature Lux, focuses on Africa strategy
Onomo Hotels acquires Signature Lux, focuses on Africa strategy

As the old adage states: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' It is with this in mind that Signature Lux Hotels has announced its acquisition by Onomo Hotels.

2 days ago

Tourist arrivals up but underwhelming
Tourist arrivals up but underwhelming

According to Stats SA 2017 tourism arrival statistics recently released, South Africa welcomed 10.29 million foreign tourists - up only 2.4% and well below the global average...

3 days ago

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New Protea Hotels development to bolster accommodation, attract mega-events to Lusaka

"The hotel's planned facilities are geared to provide for a range of much-needed amenities in the city - additional conferencing venues, high-end food and beverage services, and a spa. Most exciting is the amphitheatre which will attract mega events into the city."

21 Feb 2018

Ronel Bezuidenhout - managing director and principal at Capital Hotel School
Embracing face-to-face hospitality in the modern tech era

It is predicted that by 2020, society will harness the idea of robots and programmes taking over the duties of hospitality staff... As scary as that sounds, guests, starting from millennials and up, will still crave a true, honest and genuine exchange...

21 Feb 2018

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Kenya - Why tourists prefer Tanzania

Kenya has admitted that it has been losing tourists to Tanzania in recent years. The lack of adequate world-class hotels in Kenya had made Tanzania a better proposition for tourists in East Africa...

19 Feb 2018

La Rive Villa Franschhoek. Photo: Hamish Niven
Two luxury properties in sought-after Cape locations added to La Rive portfolio

The La Rive portfolio, managed by luxury villa expert Alexis Gillis, has launched two luxury private properties in Franschhoek and on the Atlantic Seaboard...

19 Feb 2018

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Save water, save tourism

Tourism is such an integral part of our economy. It is no wonder that 'Water Crisis' and 'Day Zero' elicit feelings of fear, not only among citizens but also with visitors and investors...

By James Vos 19 Feb 2018

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Extraordinary expands South African footprint with Mont d'Or properties

Extraordinary expanded their portfolio and South African footprint with the addition of The Mont d'Or Group's five luxury boutique properties...

19 Feb 2018

GinaZ BnB: a new arrival in Ballito
GinaZ BnB: a new arrival in Ballito

Beaches kissed by the African sun and washed by the warm Indian Ocean. Isn't this what we all desire for a beach holiday? Well, Ballito offers this and a whole lot more and has fast become one of the chosen destinations on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

By Tony Birkholtz 16 Feb 2018

Adclick Africa rebrands
Adclick Africa rebrands

Adclick Africa is now offering direct booking solutions to hoteliers in the country. This announcement was made by Adclick Africa's CEO, Velly Bosega, at a launch party held on 9 February...

Issued by Adclick Africa Media Group 15 Feb 2018

City Lodge Hotels Limited - Interim results for six months to 31 December 2017
City Lodge Hotels Limited - Interim results for six months to 31 December 2017

The City Lodge Hotel Group is making good progress with its targeted African expansion programme with new hotels in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique expected to be operation by the end of July...

Issued by City Lodge Hotel 15 Feb 2018

South African Tourism Board endorses Hostex as gateway to African market
South African Tourism Board endorses Hostex as gateway to African market

The South African Tourism Board has announced its endorsement of the pan-African food and drink trade show, Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa and IFEA...

15 Feb 2018

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Hilton strengthens presence in Egypt with dual-branded hotel in Cairo

Hilton continues to grow and develop in Egypt with the opening of the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis and by confirming plans for the debut of its luxury brand Waldorf Astoria in Egypt later this year...

15 Feb 2018

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Drought cancellations: Are you charging cancellation fees?

It appears that most hoteliers in Cape Town are not planning to charge cancellation fees for reservations that are cancelled due to the drought in the Mother City. Is this really the right decision?

By Theresa Prins 15 Feb 2018

Travel Expo 2018 fosters local, international travel demand
Travel Expo 2018 fosters local, international travel demand

The eighth edition of the annual Travel Expo, a showcase of over 150 South African travel companies under one roof, saw over 22,000 prospective travellers in attendance...

14 Feb 2018

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Morocco tops 11-million mark in record tourism year

Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10% increase over 2016, with tourists from "emerging markets" such as China and Brazil joining those from France, Spain and Germany...

14 Feb 2018

Marc Wachsberger, MD at The Capital Hotels and Apartments
Doing hotels The Capital way

We chat with Marc Wachsberger, MD at The Capital Hotels and Apartments, about hotels, the industry and what the future holds...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Feb 2018

Peter Hayward (owner) and Celia du Preez (production executive), Hayward’s Grand Safaris.
On a Grand Safari with Peter Hayward

What we have proved with tents in the last 27 years is that you definitely don't need bricks and mortar to have an experience...

By Cari Coetzee 12 Feb 2018

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Belmond acquires historic Tuscan castle in Italy

"We believe this stunning castle, steeped in Etruscan history, builds on our past experience of acquiring distinctive, timeless properties and restoring them to their iconic status through strategic investment."

12 Feb 2018

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Rainmaker's Vista.360 virtual tours proves a powerful boost for destination Namibia

Rainmaker's Vista.360 virtual tours were viewed by more than three million potential guests focused on Namibia as a destination in December 2017...

9 Feb 2018

An opulent view of the Radisson Blu
An opulent view of the Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is situated in the heart of Johannesburg city's upscale business district - a prime location which is only minutes away from attractions such as Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City shopping centre and many restaurants.

By Kim Lawrence 9 Feb 2018

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E-commerce penetration in Kenya ramping up travel

Travellers' resolve and ability to purchase services on the move has increased the reliance on mobile devices, thus giving service providers who invest in easy-to-use apps a rising edge...

By Josephine Wawira 9 Feb 2018

More than an apple a day in Grabouw's tourism future
More than an apple a day in Grabouw's tourism future

Although the fruit industry is the major Grabouw employer, two retirees who have changed focus to the hospitality industry believe that tourism will be the key force for good in the valley.

By Brian Berkman 9 Feb 2018

2018 hospitality IoT trends: Creating a home away from home
2018 hospitality IoT trends: Creating a home away from home

There's a seismic shift happening in the hospitality industry, forcing businesses to take their wireless infrastructure beyond just offering free Wi-Fi, to enabling next-generation guest journeys. Here are the four most important IoT and wireless trends for the coming year...

By Pieter Engelbrecht 8 Feb 2018

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First Group well prepared in the face of Cape Town water crisis

With Cape Town's Day Zero looming, First Group has intensified their efforts to combat the water crisis and safeguard the Cape's lucrative tourism industry...

7 Feb 2018

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Bon Hotels adds Destiny Exclusive Hotel, Wellness Spa and Conference Centre to portfolio

Bon Hotels has bolstered its South African portfolio with the boutique-style 40-roomed Destiny Exclusive Hotel, Wellness Spa and Conference Centre in Kempton Park...

7 Feb 2018

How corporate travel can benefit from hotel rate fluctuations
How corporate travel can benefit from hotel rate fluctuations

Like airlines, hotels have a perishable resource in the form of room nights. "If a room goes empty for the night, it can never be sold again..."

7 Feb 2018

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First DoubleTree branded hotel opens in Kenya

Located along Ngong Road, DoubleTree by Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham opens as the first DoubleTree branded property in Kenya...

6 Feb 2018

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