Tourism Trends 2018

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Tourvest Green Seat programme a boost for conservation programmes

Tourvest Destination Management, Africa's largest inbound tour operator and a member of integrated tourism group Tourvest,

9 Jan 2018

Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar
#BizTrends2018: 2018 travel forecast - seven trends to anticipate

In 2018, there will be an increased swathe of people fully engaged in the sharing economy, communicating to the world the wonderfully enriching experiences that they have discovered...

By Gavin Tollman 9 Jan 2018

Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism
#BizTrends2018: Trends shift as travel evolves

Travel is not a static experience - why, how and when visitors want to visit and interact with a destination is constantly evolving...

By Enver Duminy 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Creating new hospitality paradigms
#BizTrends2018: Creating new hospitality paradigms

Hotels' offerings must be relevant for a new generation of guests. These do not just include millennials, but also refer to modern travellers who expect more innovation from hotels...

By Gillian Saunders 8 Jan 2018

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In the age of cheap flights, city breaks and world cruises, how to make your holiday better for the environment

The ultimate aim of sustainable development is to protect the existing economic, social and environmental landscapes of a place. These are after all, what tourists come to explore...

By Brendan Canavan 8 Jan 2018

#MeTourism: The hidden costs of selfie tourism
#MeTourism: The hidden costs of selfie tourism

Research shows that it is not age, but the dark triad of personality traits - narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy that push people to pursue selfie glory regardless of the result...

By Marianna Sigala 5 Jan 2018

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Tropical island paradise with a cautious eye to growth

It's a nation that boasts warm azure seas and dream beaches, a landscape ranging from volcanic rocks to tropical rainforest, and stable democratic rule - yet many people have never heard of it...

4 Jan 2018

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The travel industry has sparked a backlash against tourists by stressing quantity over quality

Travel is a major global industry, but in 2017 it attracted unprecedented resentment and retaliation towards tourists...

By Carter A. Hunt 4 Jan 2018

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Southern right whales: Nurturing one of SA's greatest tourism resources

The Overberg's diverse fauna and flora have become a major drawcard for nature-lovers from across the globe and there's undoubtedly something really special to be found in the waters of the sheltered bays of Hermanus and the surrounding Cape Whale Coast towns...

3 Jan 2018

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Social media can help conservation

Table Mountain National Park has a problem, but Instagram can help...

28 Dec 2017

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Voluntourists' intentions may be misplaced

Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to "doing good". Yet these efforts to help people and the environment have come under heavy criticism - for good reason...

By Andrea Freidus 20 Dec 2017

KNP boosts its visitor management scheme with new vehicles
KNP boosts its visitor management scheme with new vehicles

Kruger National Park (KNP) management is upping its law enforcement presence and visibility on the road with four new vehicles from Toyota South Africa...

19 Dec 2017

Water wise hospitality in Table Mountain National Park
Water wise hospitality in Table Mountain National Park

The tourism industry continues to find innovative ways to reduce water consumption in hotels. Tintswalo Atlantic is one such establishment which has invested in new technology to aid water saving...

14 Dec 2017

#SiemensAirDrop: Travellers from Joburg to Cape Town encouraged to exchange baggage allowance for water
#SiemensAirDrop: Travellers from Joburg to Cape Town encouraged to exchange baggage allowance for water

This festive season Gautengers will descend on a drought-ravaged Mother City, putting more strain on water supply. They will be encouraged to exchange five kilos of their on-flight baggage allowance for five litres of water...

12 Dec 2017

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First Group commits to creating green vacation destinations

It's only a matter of time before green practices become a baseline requirement in the hospitality industry - 'going green' is no longer just a buzz phrase...

8 Dec 2017

SA's most endangered heritage sites 2017 announced
SA's most endangered heritage sites 2017 announced

The overwhelming public response to the call for nominations continues to show that South Africans are deeply concerned about the state of their cultural heritage...

7 Dec 2017

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Conservation efforts see cheetahs thrive in Mountain Zebra National Park

Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape celebrated ten years since the reintroduction of cheetahs in 2007 on International Cheetah Day...

5 Dec 2017

Empowering women to accelerate transformation, growth of tourism industry
Empowering women to accelerate transformation, growth of tourism industry

"Women have an important role to play in transforming the industry and growing tourism. The empowerment of women, especially at decision making and executive levels, needs to be accelerated..."

1 Dec 2017

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Westin Cape Town's water saving efforts reduce consumption

The Westin Cape Town has been making water smart efforts, which has resulted in one million litres of water saved a month....

30 Nov 2017

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Airbnb Experiences one year later: Foodies and millennials lead the way

Airbnb - as part of their vision to bring where travellers go, what they do and who they meet together into one people-powered platform - announced Trips a year ago. As part of that, Airbnb expanded Experiences to more than 40 cities across 26 countries...

28 Nov 2017

Partnership working towards making all of SA's Blue Flag beaches universally accessible
Partnership working towards making all of SA's Blue Flag beaches universally accessible

South Africa's beaches have become the envy of the world, but they fail to provide appropriate access for persons with disabilities to enjoy the sand and sea...

27 Nov 2017

2017 Kudu Awards winners announced
2017 Kudu Awards winners announced

The 13th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, 23 November, recognising conservationists for their contribution to the protection of the environment in SA...

24 Nov 2017

Western Cape tourism businesses initiate water saving campaign, enhances efforts
Western Cape tourism businesses initiate water saving campaign, enhances efforts

CapeNature, Airbnb, Wesgro and the Western Cape Government have partnered on a campaign to help tourists and small accommodation establishments save water...

22 Nov 2017

Cape Town can continue to welcome international and local travellers despite water crisis
Cape Town can continue to welcome international and local travellers despite water crisis

"During December, approximately 250,000 domestic tourists travel to Cape Town, but our data shows that around 290,000 Capetonians leave the city..."

21 Nov 2017

Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay
Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay

"Water conservation has become culture at The Table Bay. We are invested in every drop and we believe that collectively, even the simplest tactics can meaningfully contribute to saving water," says Joanne Selby.

20 Nov 2017

Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018
Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018

In a joint venture between Natural Selection, local communities and Dr Julian Fennessy, Africa's foremost giraffe expert, the safari tourism business will open a new camp in the remote and wild Kaokoland...

17 Nov 2017

Hayward's Grand Safari Company awarded best mobile safari in Africa
Hayward's Grand Safari Company awarded best mobile safari in Africa

Hayward's Grand Safari Company has received The Safari Guild's Best in Africa Award for top mobile safari at the 11th The Safari Awards...

15 Nov 2017

Kenyan Tourism CS joins #7SummitsAfrica to promote conservation through tourism
Kenyan Tourism CS joins #7SummitsAfrica to promote conservation through tourism

Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has joined the Mt. Kenya leg of the 7 Summits Africa Challenge, drawn to it by its driving ethos of promoting conservation through sustainable tourism in East Africa...

15 Nov 2017

Nelson Mandela Bay cruise tourism gives cause for sustainable coastal development
Nelson Mandela Bay cruise tourism gives cause for sustainable coastal development

"Cruise liner tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry. It is particularly significant for South Africa and Nelson Mandela Bay, as the cabinet accepted The Coastal and Marine Implementation Plan in 2017."

14 Nov 2017

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