VR technology gives new meaning to 'holidaying at home'. But is it really a substitute for travel?
VR technology gives new meaning to 'holidaying at home'. But is it really a substitute for travel?

Tourism is a quintessential part of the "experience economy", creating memories that can be recalled, re-lived and re-shared for a lifetime. But not all travel experiences take place in the real world...

By Vikki Schaffer,Alexandra Bec, Brent D. Moyle, Noel 10 hours ago

Use of innovative technology in designing diverse tourism products
Use of innovative technology in designing diverse tourism products

Investment in new technology provides the tourism sector with opportunities for novelty, aimed at providing a platform for designing new and tangible tourism products...

By Josephine Wawira 3 days ago

Seamless Travel - Why shouldn't the journey be as pleasurable as the destination?
Seamless Travel - Why shouldn't the journey be as pleasurable as the destination?

Leisure travel is supposed to be a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately, even the best holiday tends to involve large quantities of administration and frustration before you get there...

By Bronwyn Williams 20 Sep 2018

These 5 technologies are transforming the travel experience
These 5 technologies are transforming the travel experience

The whole notion of what today's hyperconnected travellers want, and what they value, has changed. While cost, choice and convenience are still significant, booking decisions are now based on the experience...

By Guido Verweij 19 Sep 2018

The value behind the transaction
The value behind the transaction

With the proliferation of online tools allowing customers to see the product end-to-end, the assumption is often that this would make the travel buyer's job even easier, but it doesn't...

By Nicole Adonis 19 Sep 2018

#TourismMonth: Surge of the digital travel consumer
#TourismMonth: Surge of the digital travel consumer

Digitalisation is increasingly seen to empower travel consumers especially those seeking diversification and personalisation for a remarkable experience...

By Josephine Wawira 18 Sep 2018

AccorHotels' MyChicAfrica platform a gateway to Africa lifestyle, travel
AccorHotels' MyChicAfrica platform a gateway to Africa lifestyle, travel

AccorHotels' MyChicAfrica travel media platform aims to make the continent more accessible and open for not only international travellers, but for Africans and the diaspora to rediscover and celebrate fashion, art, dining, modernity, design and adventure...

13 Sep 2018

Africa and the digital tourism opportunity
Africa and the digital tourism opportunity

Digital tourism in Africa contributed almost 3% to the South African GDP in 2016 and provided jobs to more than 686,000 people, as such, tourism means big business...

12 Sep 2018

Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed
Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed

Takealot cleaned up at this year's Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards, bagging four of the 14 awards presented, including the coveted E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2018

Finalists announced for 2018 PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Awards
Finalists announced for 2018 PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Awards

The 2018 PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Awards shortlist has been announced...

27 Aug 2018

Disruptive tech driving transformation in tourism
Disruptive tech driving transformation in tourism

The world as we know it is changing, with technology disrupting how we explore the global village...

By Enver Duminy 23 Aug 2018

Travelport, IBM launch AI travel management platform for corporates
Travelport, IBM launch AI travel management platform for corporates

Delivered via the IBM Cloud, the platform uses IBM Watson capabilities to intelligently track, manage, predict and analyse travel costs in one place to fundamentally change how companies manage and optimise their travel programmes...

22 Aug 2018

Tapping into data for enhanced tourism experiences
Tapping into data for enhanced tourism experiences

Large tourism enterprises across the globe are snapping up apps, business solutions and more to ensure that they're part of the digital revolution, but are these emerging technologies translating to an excellent visitor experience?

By Wynand Smit 2 Aug 2018

The impact of technology and OTAs on the hospitality industry
The impact of technology and OTAs on the hospitality industry

"As industry players become more tech savvy, there needs to be a balance between technology and human interaction. It is necessary to keep up with competition and global trends which are stirring creativity and innovativeness."

By Josephine Wawira 19 Jul 2018

Technology trends shaping the hospitality sector
Technology trends shaping the hospitality sector

Technology is progressively becoming the backbone of the hospitality sector, and the impact is significantly being felt by hoteliers in their interactions with consumers...

By Josephine Wawira 12 Jul 2018

Hacking your holiday: how cybercriminals are increasingly targeting the tourism market
Hacking your holiday: how cybercriminals are increasingly targeting the tourism market

Imagine if a hacker shut down the baggage handling system of one of the world's busiest airports. Or took control of a fleet of autonomous delivery trucks and re-routed them to disrupt rush hour traffic...

By Joe Burton 27 Jun 2018

Cloud technology is the key to personalise South Africa's travel experiences
Cloud technology is the key to personalise South Africa's travel experiences

Chantel Troskie, customer experience senior sales manager at Oracle takes a look at technologies the travel industry is turning to for a superior, connected customer experience...

By Chantel Troskie 26 Jun 2018

Importance of innovation and digitalisation in growing tourism
Importance of innovation and digitalisation in growing tourism

The industry is experiencing a great deal of innovative disruption, with trends such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and mobile bookings and payments taking centre stage...

By Josephine Wawira 21 Jun 2018

Entries now open for Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards
Entries now open for Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards

Entries are officially open for the third annual Tech and E-commerce Awards hosted by price comparison website Pricecheck...

15 Jun 2018

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Digital personal assistant Zoe the next step in MSC Cruises' evolution

This latest innovation demonstrates how MSC Cruises is employing next-generation technology to create a connected cruise experience that puts the guest in control of their cruise...

29 May 2018

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#Indaba2018: Creating experiences online

While technology is disrupting the tourism industry, it is also bringing with it benefits to the industry and the end user. By 2030, 1.8 billion tourists will visit the continent. Africa can greatly benefit from technology to grow its share of the global tourism market...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 May 2018

What will it take for travel consultants to survive?
What will it take for travel consultants to survive?

They say that the universities and colleges of today are training people for careers that don't even exist. The question we should be asking in travel is: What are the skills that future travel professionals will need to do their jobs?

21 May 2018

Mauritius: E-commerce service launched to promote local operators
Mauritius: E-commerce service launched to promote local operators

The e-commerce service of the tax-free shopping digital portal Shopping Mauritius, an online platform to showcase products of tax-free shopping and handicrafts operators of the Creative Mauritius, was launched on 11 May...

17 May 2018

How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends
How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends

Smart cities are often discussed as being the key to future urban living. The increase in capacity for more complex information can help solve human and environmental problems by saving energy and regulating traffic flow...

By Nick Davies 17 May 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea
Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The growing danger of animal selfies, and of feeding wild animals, is well documented, but interacting with wild animals isn't just dangerous for people. It can be bad news for the animals too...

By Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert 16 May 2018

#Indaba2018: Amadeus, SA tourism industry enters into transformational collaboration
#Indaba2018: Amadeus, SA tourism industry enters into transformational collaboration

Amadeus IT Group - in a first-of-its-kind public-private collaboration - will develop a new National Tourism Visitor Information System as well as establish a Travel and Tourism Training Academy to accelerate skills development and create career opportunities for young South Africans in the industry...

11 May 2018

#WTMA18: Digital as the predominant channel for travel
#WTMA18: Digital as the predominant channel for travel

Working with destinations around the world on their digital strategies, Cook and his team have been witness to how tourist boards, government and private sector associations adapt and grow in the travel space...

By Robin Fredericks 10 May 2018

KZN, Durban open for business as it readies for Africa's #Indaba2018
KZN, Durban open for business as it readies for Africa's #Indaba2018

Underpinning Africa's Travel Indaba is tourism which energises economies and fuels the economic transformation of countries on the continent. Its benefits range from livelihoods improvement to export diversification...

7 May 2018

#WTMA18: Six trends driving growth and change in African tourism
#WTMA18: Six trends driving growth and change in African tourism

Each region is different and coping with different tensions. Mature economies have been struggling to maintain positive growth, and emerging markets have had their own challenges to deal with...

By Cari Coetzee 3 May 2018

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