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L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections.
Nelson Mandela Bay to host SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) will play host to the South African Tourism Association 2018 conference, under the theme Transforming Geographical Spread...

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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...

2 days ago

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#WTMA18: African Responsible Tourism Awards 2018 winners announced

"The judges looked for winners who might educate and inspire others, challenging the industry to achieve more by demonstrating what can be done by businesses and organisations to realise the ambition of responsible tourism. That ambition is simply put: to use tourism to make better places for people to live in."

2 days ago

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New Durban cruise terminal confirmed

A newly signed agreement between Transnet and KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) is paving the way for a new cruise terminal facility in the Port of Durban...

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#WTMA18: New 28-destinations strong Cape Way circular route to boost local tourism

World Travel Market Africa 2018 will see the launch of a new route combining popular tourist hotspots with some unknown and unique Cape destination...

3 days ago

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

This is your country: SA Tourism promotes local travel with inspiring TV ad
This is your country: SA Tourism promotes local travel with inspiring TV ad

From the Union Building in Pretoria to Krugersdorp, the new South African Tourism TV ad demonstrates a wealth of tourism activities on offer locally...

17 Apr 2018

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Conserving cultural heritage for future travellers

On 18 April, the International Day for Monuments and Sites, global attention will be focused on the need to conserve culturally significant monuments and sites. The doors of many sites around the world will open for free...

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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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

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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

Five must do activities when visiting Mauritius
Five must do activities when visiting Mauritius

Mauritius is not what I had expected. As our bus travelled from Mahebourg to Port Louis, the lush greens and palm trees reminded me of Port Shepstone...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 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

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Take it from me: I'm not signing up to become a space tourist just yet...

With any type of human exploration, there are risks as we push boundaries, and there are inevitably mishaps and fatalities as a result. Space exploration is no exception...

By Rowena Christiansen 9 Apr 2018

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SAASA breaks ties with Fair Trade Tourism on grey areas in captive wildlife criteria

Following the recent announcement of Fair Trade Tourism's (FTT) captive wildlife criteria, The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) has broken its ties with the organisation...

6 Apr 2018

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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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Poor road conditions a challenge to the potential of Mpumalanga's Panorama Route

The president of the Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism has implored the Mpumalanga Provincial Government to take tourism seriously. Considered one of the most popular tourist routes in Mpumalanga, the Panorama Route needs fixing...

4 Apr 2018

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Why South Africa's unabridged birth certificate regulation should be revoked

The regulation affects all travellers, regardless of nationality, who travel to and from South Africa with children. It's a demanding expectation of foreign families, particularly those who book trips to South Africa without having heard of the documents...

4 Apr 2018

More opportunities to enter job-generating tourism industry
More opportunities to enter job-generating tourism industry

With South Africa being a top tourist destination, we need to be giving more people opportunities to enter this job-generating industry by equipping them with relevant skills...

3 Apr 2018

Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel
Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel

Millennials will soon become the largest group of travel customers, driving the evolution of the industry with a demand for cutting-edge digital solutions and a thirst for more 'bleisure'...

3 Apr 2018

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How will the VAT increase impact on your next holiday?

The 1% VAT increase is a negligible factor when it comes to airline bookings and will only be applicable on the base fare of domestic air travel...

By Dorine Reinstein 29 Mar 2018

Travel and tourism creates seven million new jobs worldwide
Travel and tourism creates seven million new jobs worldwide

WTTC's annual Economic Impact Research shows that travel and tourism were responsible for the creation of seven million new jobs worldwide. The report also shows that 2017 was a bumper year for the global travel and tourism sector...

29 Mar 2018

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Why Zanzibar was chosen for East Africa's greenest hotel

Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, owner of the 106-roomed Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort & Spa which recently opened its doors to the public, said he chose this particular piece of paradise due to the increasing popularity of...

29 Mar 2018

Electronic SA visa applications to curb fake permits
Electronic SA visa applications to curb fake permits

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department will this year introduce an electronic visa application system in order to curb fraudulent permits from foreign nationals...

28 Mar 2018

MSC Cruises first cruise line to receive Bureau Veritas award for sustainable and environmental stewardship
MSC Cruises first cruise line to receive Bureau Veritas award for sustainable and environmental stewardship

MSC Meraviglia has received Bureau Veritas' '8 Golden Pearls' award for sustainable and environmental stewardship, making MSC Cruises the first cruise line to receive the award...

28 Mar 2018

Destiny Lodge Nelspruit by Bon Hotels
Destiny Lodge Nelspruit an ideal fit for the Bon brand

Bon Hotels has added the four-star, 35-roomed Destiny Lodge Nelspruit to its portfolio. Immediate upgrades are planned...

28 Mar 2018

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Embracing community curation at !Khwa ttu's new San Heritage Centre

!Khwa ttu's new San Heritage Centre will open its doors to the public in Septemeber, housing interactive displays and presentations that depict the lives of the San...

28 Mar 2018

Asilia's southern Tanzania experiences now in VR
Asilia's southern Tanzania experiences now in VR

Asilia Africa has introduced virtual reality videos of their experiences in southern Tanzania, showcasing the beauty and breadth of Tanzania's largest but little-known safari areas: Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve...

27 Mar 2018

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