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South Africans encouraged to explore, experience every corner of their own country
South Africans encouraged to explore, experience every corner of their own country

We don't have the same culture of travel that others do, especially when it comes to travelling in our own country, but the abundance of what you can experience is mind-boggling...

By Jonathan Cohen 1 day ago

African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities
African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

Using data to understand travellers' spending behaviours, their habits as well as their preferences, has the power to increase the number of customers and the spend...

By Elias Aad 19 Oct 2017

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Bird watching in Soweto with birdman Raymond Rampolokeng

Rampolokeng was unemployed when he came into contact with the Wits Bird Club and Birdlife SA. The former groups gave him the chance to take part in a bird guide course that changed everything...

19 Oct 2017

City of Cape Town, Airbnb to collaborate on spreading the benefits of tourism
City of Cape Town, Airbnb to collaborate on spreading the benefits of tourism

The City of Cape Town and Airbnb has signed a collaboration agreement to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and promote Cape Town across the world...

19 Oct 2017

Shots Fired: Gang violence on Cape Town International Airport's doorstep
Shots Fired: Gang violence on Cape Town International Airport's doorstep

It has been confirmed that several shots were fired at Cape Town International Airport and that two people have been injured. It's suspected that the shooting is related to increasing gang violence in the area...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Oct 2017

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US revokes economic sanctions against Sudan: What it means for hospitality businesses

News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa's third largest country...

By Josephine Wawira 18 Oct 2017

Chris Lehane and Herman Mashaba at the announcement (Image Supplied)
Study shows Airbnb can be a major engine for economic empowerment throughout Africa

The study shows that Airbnb has helped to spread tourism benefits beyond hotels and tourist attractions...

18 Oct 2017

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In need of hotel rooms, Seychelles' govt tells developers to begin projects or lose them

Eight out of 18 tourism projects excluded from a moratorium on large hotels in Seychelles could be reallocated if the project backers don't begin construction within a year...

17 Oct 2017

Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa
Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa

As part of Airbnb's vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities, it will invest $1m to...

17 Oct 2017

A close-up look at what happens when tourists and Maasai communities meet
A close-up look at what happens when tourists and Maasai communities meet

A study of the interaction between tourists and a Maasai community raised questions about the boundaries between research, tourism and entertainment...

By Vanessa Wijngaarden 17 Oct 2017

Zeitz MOCAA a boost for local tourism and arts industries
Zeitz MOCAA a boost for local tourism and arts industries

The recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has been hailed a proverbial feather in the caps of the local tourism and arts industries...

17 Oct 2017

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IATA World Air Transport Statistics reveals industry's 2016 performance

The 2017 edition of the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) yearbook, reveals the airline industry's performance statistics for 2016, with Africa accounting for 2% of the global market...

16 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts
#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts

Concepts Collection creates unforgettable luxury experiences. We chat to Christina and Richard Holt to find out how it all started and what it takes to run one of the leading luxury brands in SA...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

Can your growing business afford to use a travel expert?
Can your growing business afford to use a travel expert?

If you're watching every penny in your business, you'll probably be quite reluctant to outsource anything - including your travel planning...

Issued by Flight Centre 16 Oct 2017

Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial trophies
Finalists set for glory at national Lilizela Tourism Awards

The fifth edition of the national Lilizela Tourism Awards honours the best-of-the-best among business owners, contractors and professional working in the South African tourism and hospitality industry...

16 Oct 2017

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World tourism remains resilient despite global uncertainties

“This is the sixth year in a row that travel and tourism have outpaced the global economy, showing the sector's resilience, and the eagerness of people to continue to travel and discover new places..."

By Josephine Wawira 13 Oct 2017

When visa applications become time-consuming and frustrating
When visa applications become time-consuming and frustrating

According to the International Passport Index, South Africa ranks at 47 in the top 50 most powerful passports in the world? However, only 13 of the continent's 55 countries allow Africans visa-free entry...

By Konrad Laker 12 Oct 2017

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Winners of World Travel Awards Africa announced

The World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony 2017 saw Rwanda take top honours as Africa's leading destination...

11 Oct 2017

MSC Cruises' innovative surveillance system bridges gap in overboard detection
MSC Cruises' innovative surveillance system bridges gap in overboard detection

MSC Cruises has launched a new vanguard video surveillance system, further optimising aspects of security for all guests and crew on board the ship...

11 Oct 2017

AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month
AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month

AfricArena, described as the largest tech innovation conference for startups and investors hosted on African soil, will take place from 6-7 November 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre...

11 Oct 2017

Joburg takes top destination city in Africa in Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index
Joburg takes top destination city in Africa in Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index

According to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, Joburg was the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 with Cape Town rising from third place to become the second most popular...

11 Oct 2017

From left to right: Bernard Cassar, Paul Umoh, Otto Stehlik, Kenny Mwandu, Emeka Nwandu - BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu
Bon Hotels acquires additional four properties, dominates Nigerian hotel space

Following on their commitment to Nigeria and the development of its hotels and tourism segment, Bon Hotels has acquired an additional four properties, bringing the total to...

10 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: At the forefront of customer feedback and online reputation management
#EntrepreneurMonth: At the forefront of customer feedback and online reputation management

How can establishments in the hospitality industry manage the masses of online reviews and reviewers out there? This is where Go Review, launched by Social Places, comes in...

By Cari Coetzee 10 Oct 2017

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Cape Town chefs educated on Halal gourmet cuisine to meet needs of Muslim travellers

Muslim travellers are becoming a significant segment in the global travel and tourism sector and Cape Town Tourism has been seeking ways to develop awareness around Muslim travellers' needs...

10 Oct 2017

Bernard DUPONT via  - Auob Riverbed, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
R18.1m to develop Dawid Kruiper Rest Camp

SANParks has made R18.1m available for the development of the Dawid Kruiper Rest Camp within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park as agreed to in 2015 by SANParks and the ‡Khomani San...

9 Oct 2017

Hotel bookings: Reviews and seamless payment methods take lead as drivers in online purchase
Hotel bookings: Reviews and seamless payment methods take lead as drivers in online purchase

An analysis of the Q3 Customer Behavior and Online Trends released by Jumia Travel, reveals insights into customer shopping habits and forecasts predictions for online hotel bookings...

By Josephine Wawira 9 Oct 2017

RIP Michael Hans ‘Spatz' Sperling
RIP Michael Hans ‘Spatz' Sperling

Pioneering icon of the South African wine industry and patriarch of Delheim, Michael Hans ‘Spatz' Sperling, has passed away...

9 Oct 2017

Activists condemn craze for wild animal selfies
Activists condemn craze for wild animal selfies

The craze for tourists taking selfies alongside wild animals, then posting on Instagram is fueling cruel treatment of iconic species in the Amazon, activists warn...

6 Oct 2017

2017/18 season will see 62 Blue Flags fly in SA
2017/18 season will see 62 Blue Flags fly in SA

The forthcoming 2017/18 South African Blue Flag season, officially opening 1 November 2017, will see 44 beaches, seven marinas and eleven sustainable tourism boats collectively fly 62 blue flags...

6 Oct 2017

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