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Contiki takes on Thailand as its newest 360° VR destination

Contiki's global team has partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to create an immersive 360° virtual reality and cinematic Thailand experience aimed towards the millennial traveller...

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Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom
Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom

African countries account for 16 of the 20 biggest fallers on the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index over the last decade, with the continent as a whole suffering the most dramatic decline in travel freedom...

22 Mar 2017

Rebecca Rusch and adventurer Patrick Sweeney. Image: Pat R. Notaro III
Explore Africa's havens for bikers

From mountain biking to road cycling, BMX racing, or just leisure biking, Africa is an awe-inspiring destination for bikers across the world...

By Josephine Wawira 22 Mar 2017

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Fitness travel beyond the hotel gym

If wellness tourism is increasing while usage of hotel gyms is decreasing, where are travellers getting their fitness fix?

20 Mar 2017

Lauren_vdM via  - Nassau, Bahamas
10 destinations South Africans can visit visa-free

There is a number of beautiful destination South Africans can travel to without a visa. Here's a list of the top ten visa-free destinations with insights and must-see locations...

17 Mar 2017

Stars 2015 David Benn afternoon train climbing to Mooihoek
Restored Angolan locomotive to be unveiled at heritage festival

The Angolan ambassador to South Africa will open the Stars of Sandstone 2017 Steam and Heritage Festival and officiate at a naming ceremony for one of the seven restored Angolan steam locomotives...

16 Mar 2017

Gogos on Tour
Driving local travel with Gogos on Tour in the Western Cape

With the aim to drive local travel, South African Tourism has kicked-off its Gogos on Tour campaign in Western Cape; an initiative aimed at showcasing the ease of travel for short leisure breaks around South Africa...

15 Mar 2017

Five safari destinations for first-time travellers
Five safari destinations for first-time travellers

Safaris promise unique cultural encounters, captivating wildlife adventure, and spectacular scenery. Here are five of the best safari destinations for first-time travellers:

By Jarred Manasse 14 Mar 2017

Andrew Shelton
#BrandManagerMonth: Cheapflights in a time of travel bans, Brexit and savvy consumers

We had a chat with award-winning commercial marketer and Cheapflights MD, Andrew Shelton, to find out what's in store for the Cheapflights brand in 2017...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Mar 2017

Golfer at Tamarina
Preferential agreement enriches Mauritius golf offering

Sugar Beach Hotel has been renamed Sugar Beach Golf & Spa Resort after signing a preferential agreement with Tamarina Golf Club, based on the west coast of Mauritius, which has become a popular golfing destination...

By Cari Coetzee 9 Mar 2017

Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations
Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations

Jumia Travel has unveiled new destinations with new properties in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as outbound destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Mecca...

9 Mar 2017

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Airlines add 80,000 new seats with flights to Victoria Falls

80,000 more tourists a year could soon fly into Zimbabwe's resort town of Victoria Falls...

8 Mar 2017

Previous winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards
Longlist for 2017 African Responsible Tourism unveiled

The 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round with over 30 tourism organisations, all demonstrating the power of responsible tourism in Africa, vying for top spots...

7 Mar 2017

Behind the scenes: Sarah Graham's Food Safari recipe mag
Behind the scenes: Sarah Graham's Food Safari recipe mag

After starting her food blog in 2010, Sarah Graham has published multiple cookbooks and has been travelling around the country cooking up a storm...

By Cari Coetzee 3 Mar 2017

Entries for 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards open
Entries for 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards open

The Lilizela Tourism Awards will once again celebrate the best of the best in accommodation establishments and other tourism-related products and services.

2 Mar 2017

HomingPin homing in on travellers' lost stuff
HomingPin homing in on travellers' lost stuff

Around 20 million bags are mislaid at airports yearly and thousands of mobile phones left behind in taxis. HomingPIN offers an innovative solution to this global problem with the HomingPIN tag...

2 Mar 2017

Adrega via  - Robben Island Museum
Two-day celebrations on Robben Island to honour tour guides

Robben Island Museum, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, will host a two-day celebration in honour of International Tourist Guide Day...

1 Mar 2017

Singer Group, FOMO Travel partnership set to disrupt the travel industry
Singer Group, FOMO Travel partnership set to disrupt the travel industry

The Singer Group has partnered with fintech startup, FOMO Travel to offer customers a new way to book and pay for future travel...

28 Feb 2017

Biking through the desert
The shift from luxury travel to authentic experiences

Travellers are more concerned with the narrative of the trip than the brand-based luxury elements that traditionally drove travel purchase decisions...

28 Feb 2017

LTA redefines luxury in new travel incentive offerings
LTA redefines luxury in new travel incentive offerings

This year the LTA showcase will mainly highlight intimate meetings, bush style conventions and conferencing in breath taking natural settings. Open skies allow for creativity, heritage and culture; taking executives back to basics...

28 Feb 2017

Hot air balloons over Bagan
Ten reasons to explore unspoiled Myanmar

A hidden gem among South East Asia's more popular destinations, Myanmar boasts virtually untouched beaches, some of the world's oldest and most sacred Buddhist temples and awe-inspiring natural scenery...

24 Feb 2017

New Contiki campaign encourages travellers to see the bigger picture
New Contiki campaign encourages travellers to see the bigger picture

Reflecting its No Regrets Philosophy, Contiki, in its latest campaign, asked 18- to 35-year-olds one question: What will you do in 2017 that you'll remember forever?

21 Feb 2017

Google Maps adds bucket list feature
Google Maps adds bucket list feature

You can create lists of places, share your lists and follow other lists, all without ever leaving the Google Maps app...

15 Feb 2017

BobiMpower via  - MV Minerva cruise ship of Swan Hellenic
G Adventures diversifies portfolio with acquisition of boutique cruise line

G Adventures has acquired UK cruise line Swan Hellenic, further diversifying its portfolio of brands, adding boutique small ship cruising to its...

10 Feb 2017

Spier Burgers & Blends
Stellenbosch Wine Routes outshines peers at international Wine Tourism Challenge

The Stellenbosch Wine Routes organisation has again impressed judges in the international Wine Tourism Challenge and was named the winner of Best Promotional Body...

8 Feb 2017

WildArk acquires first wildlife conservancy in SA
WildArk acquires first wildlife conservancy in SA

Conservation organisation WildArk, together with guide training organisation EcoTraining, has acquired its first wildlife conservancy known as ‘Pridelands'...

8 Feb 2017

Clearing up the confusion: What travellers between SA and New Zealand need to know
Clearing up the confusion: What travellers between SA and New Zealand need to know

New visa regulations have come into effect for travellers from New Zealand to South Africa and vice versa, causing confusion and concern. Immigration and citizenship law specialist Stefanie De Saude clarifies matters...

By Stefanie De Saude 6 Feb 2017

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Why millions chose Africa as their safari destination

Tourists select the continent as a destination for wildlife viewing and to enjoy the sunny skies. Africa is the world's number one destination for safaris which range from the exotic to the very simple...

By Marco Scholtz 3 Feb 2017

Tchegera Island, Congo
The time is now for remote Africa to take advantage of global travel trends

The number of international visitors travelling to historically avoided or forgotten destinations in Africa has seen a steady increase since 2000...

3 Feb 2017

Caution urged following avian flu outbreak
Caution urged following avian flu outbreak

Since November 2016, some 40 countries have reported avian flu, also know as bird flu, outbreaks in wild birds and domestic poultry...

1 Feb 2017

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