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The soft silence of Tokyo

Imagine you are in a city of close to 15 million people. You are walking down a large street. It is a lot like 5th Avenue in New York. For a couple of seconds, you are happily staring at one of the beautiful window displays. You turn around and your child is gone...

By Damon Stapleton 14 hours ago

National minimum wage to hit the tourism and hospitality industry hard
National minimum wage to hit the tourism and hospitality industry hard

Despite an industry sectoral determination, the hospitality and broader tourism sector are known to pay low wages and in some cases actually below minimum wage or just on the minimum wage. This means that the new National Minimum Wage will impact the majority of tourism businesses...

By Lee-Anne Bac 1 day ago

South Africa highly praised at the WTTC Africa Leaders Forum
South Africa highly praised at the WTTC Africa Leaders Forum

The inaugural WTTC Africa Leaders Forum lauded the country for the progress made in travel and tourism at its inaugural Africa Leaders Forum held in Stellenbosch to discuss the key issues facing our travel and tourism sector...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 7 Dec 2018

7 key insights revealed into Chinese outbound travel
7 key insights revealed into Chinese outbound travel

South African Tourism, Wesgro, V&A Waterfront and The Table Bay Hotel recently hosted a China Ready Workshop in Cape Town with key local tourism trade representatives...

7 Dec 2018

Automation in the travel industry: Build lasting customer relationships
Automation in the travel industry: Build lasting customer relationships

Airlines, hotels and other hospitality companies are turning to automated services to remove the bottlenecks that have traditionally stood in their customers' way...

By Chantel Troskie 6 Dec 2018

UNWTO/UNESCO Conference: Cultural tourism sustains communities and living heritage
UNWTO/UNESCO Conference: Cultural tourism sustains communities and living heritage

Cultural tourism policies and strategies must consider the perspectives and interests of local communities, who can also assist governance bodies in balancing tourism development with heritage conservation and safeguarding...

6 Dec 2018

What the millennial market wants from the travel industry
What the millennial market wants from the travel industry

Keeping up with global trends is hugely important for South African companies involved in the tourism industry. If we want to encourage more foreigners to visit our shores, we have to listen to what they want...

By Judiet Barnes 6 Dec 2018

The evolving role of the DMO in optimising tourism opportunities
The evolving role of the DMO in optimising tourism opportunities

No matter what your reasons are for travelling, be it business or leisure, chances are you are joining the majority of visitors who research, plan, pay for and enjoy visits to destinations...

By Enver Duminy 4 Dec 2018

Norval Foundation to host the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction
Norval Foundation to host the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction

Wine connoisseurs will have the opportunity to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive wine vintages at the annual American Express Barrel Auction, which takes place on Friday, 1 March 2019...

3 Dec 2018

5 restaurants with great views of Cape Town
5 restaurants with great views of Cape Town

Visitors to Cape Town are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining rooms with a view...

3 Dec 2018

Nigeria grants tax exemption to tourism investors
Nigeria grants tax exemption to tourism investors

Nigeria has granted a three-year tax exemption and export incentives to intending tourism investors. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Wednesday at the fourth edition of the Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition...

By Alain St.Ange 28 Nov 2018

Vision Style Awards names eco-resort Bisate Lodge Most Innovative New Venue
Vision Style Awards names eco-resort Bisate Lodge Most Innovative New Venue

Rwandan safari camp, Bisate Lodge has been named the winner of 'Most Innovative New Venue' design in the 2018 Vision Style Awards...

27 Nov 2018

KZN women in tourism launch empowerment programme, enhance opportunities
KZN women in tourism launch empowerment programme, enhance opportunities

Women involved within the tourism sector in KwaZulu-Natal have formed a regional chapter, Women in Tourism...

26 Nov 2018

SA first Africa country to host WTTC Africa Leaders Forum
SA first Africa country to host WTTC Africa Leaders Forum

World Travel and Tourism Council gathered the CEOs and regional leaders of the top Travel & Tourism companies from across Africa, along with tourism ministers and regional experts at its inaugural Africa Leaders Forum in Stellenbosch on 22 November 2018...

26 Nov 2018

Positive growth for SA tourism despite economic barriers
Positive growth for SA tourism despite economic barriers

During September 2018, South Africa experienced an upsurge in both domestic and regional tourism, with trips in and around the country experiencing an increase of 8.5% when compared to the same period of last year...

23 Nov 2018

Maputo-Catembe Bridge. Image by Jcornelius, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Maputo-Catembe Bridge a historic development

Cabinet has congratulated the South African engineers involved in the historic development of the longest suspension bridge in Africa...

23 Nov 2018

2018 SANParks Kudu Awards winners announced
2018 SANParks Kudu Awards winners announced

SANParks recently held its 14th Kudu Awards ceremony celebrating its employees, as well as multiple stakeholders who play a pivotal role in strengthening conservation in SA...

22 Nov 2018

R5m Grand Parade upgrade will include revamped trading kiosks
R5m Grand Parade upgrade will include revamped trading kiosks

The proposed plan is to upgrade the trading kiosks to fit-in with the new revamped overall aesthetics of the precinct...

22 Nov 2018

Art Route puts Stellenbosch's art on the map
Art Route puts Stellenbosch's art on the map

The Stellenbosch Visio magazine and Stellenbosch 360 have been working alongside the town's creative community to create a map of its art offerings...

20 Nov 2018

Two Oceans Aquarium celebrates 23 years with Free-On-Your-Birthday initiative
Two Oceans Aquarium celebrates 23 years with Free-On-Your-Birthday initiative

In celebration of the 23 years since it opened, the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has launched a Free-On-Your-Birthday initiative...

13 Nov 2018

Travel megatrends transforming Africa
Travel megatrends transforming Africa

Travel is an ever-shifting industry; how visitors adapt in their preferences is a challenge for any tourism and hospitality professional to identify and meet their requirements in order to stay relevant...

8 Nov 2018

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts attract over 75,000 visitors per year
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts attract over 75,000 visitors per year

From November to April, set amongst this beauty, one of the highlights on the itinerary of things to do in Cape Town is attending the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 7 Nov 2018

SA, Kenya to introduce multiple entry visa
SA, Kenya to introduce multiple entry visa

Plans are underway for South Africa and Kenya to introduce a 10-year multiple entry visa for businesspeople to ease movement between the two countries...

6 Nov 2018

WowZulu to boost community-based tourism
WowZulu to boost community-based tourism

Community-based tourism has received a massive boost with the recent launch of WowZulu, an initiative that seeks to create inclusive tourist destinations that serve as a best-case South African model for the sector...

5 Nov 2018

2018 World Golf Awards drives for quality
2018 World Golf Awards drives for quality

The 5th annual World Golf Awards was hosted at La Manga Club, Spain, where South African golfing legend Gary Player was voted 'Golf Course Designer of the Year'...

5 Nov 2018

Why conservation success stories in Tanzania need a closer look
Why conservation success stories in Tanzania need a closer look

By several accounts, 2018 has been a great year for community-based conservation in Tanzania...

By Jevgeniy Bluwstein, Jens Friis Lund & Peadar Breho 2 Nov 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Invest in stone
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Invest in stone

The Maltese have a saying - invest in stone - which means put your money into property...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 26 Oct 2018

South Africans can't switch off... even on holiday
South Africans can't switch off... even on holiday

South Africans were under significantly more pressure than their global holiday counterparts to balance staying connected to social media and work, while also making the most of their holiday...

26 Oct 2018

Technology, wine and the black middle class
Technology, wine and the black middle class

Big data is a powerful and innovative tool that wine, food and hospitality establishments can use to get closer to consumers...

25 Oct 2018

8 suspected poachers nabbed in Kruger National Park
8 suspected poachers nabbed in Kruger National Park

SANParks earlier this week welcomed the arrest of eight suspected rhino poachers during counter poaching operations inside the Kruger National Park...

25 Oct 2018

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