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#WTMA18: An inside look at the Google Trekker Project
#WTMA18: An inside look at the Google Trekker Project

This was more than just putting South Africa on the map, it was a nation-building project with a common cause...

By Robin Fredericks 1 day ago

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#WTMA18: A wrap on three days of travel trade success

With travel trade from all over the world in attendance, a 6% increase in pre-scheduled appointments and marked growth in exhibitors, WTM Africa 2018 closed its doors to its most successful exhibition to date...

2 days ago

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Ocean safaris a boon for Nelson Mandela Bay tourism

NMB has great potential as a coastal and marine tourism destination because of the natural resources and prolific environmental heritage. Due to the incredible marine biodiversity Algoa Bay is also an internationally acclaimed Hope Spot...

18 hours ago

Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

2 days ago

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#WTMA18: Day two tourism business highlights

"It's always fantastic to see how WTM Africa allows attendees the platform to write productive business and make genuine connections that will indeed further tourism."

20 Apr 2018

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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...

19 Apr 2018

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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...

18 Apr 2018

Western Cape wine tourism taps into big data, grows SA travel industry
Western Cape wine tourism taps into big data, grows SA travel industry

According to Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism, wine tourists in the Western Cape are increasingly opting for guided tours with a growing preference for tailor-made itineraries to suit their specific interests...

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

Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour
Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour

The V&A Waterfront has launched a free audio walking tour, giving visitors insight into the history of the property and its evolution from an industrial port to one of the country's top attractions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 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

Millennials set to reshape the luxury industry through innovation
Millennials set to reshape the luxury industry through innovation

Research shows that luxury hotels have yet to unleash the full potential of innovation needed to attract and retain millennials. The simple fact that traditional luxury hotels and millennials appear at odds raises a straightforward question...

By Dr. Carlos Martin-Rios 11 Apr 2018

Curios and epicurean delights at the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay
Curios and epicurean delights at the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay

If you live in Cape Town and you haven't paid the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay a visit, you really should get going. If you're visiting the Mother City, I highly recommend you make the market one of your stops. This happy hubbub of food, craft and music makes for a great day out...

By Cari Coetzee 11 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

How the internet is reshaping World Heritage and our experience of it
How the internet is reshaping World Heritage and our experience of it

Most people's experience of World Heritage is now a digital one. Whether it's on social media, an official website, Wikipedia or a simple Google search, this shift in "visitation" means many people who engage with World Heritage will never physically travel to the actual site...

By Cristina Garduño Freeman 29 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

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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

The private members club set to transform Africa
The private members club set to transform Africa

The QSL Members Club will be an incubator for Africa's leading lights, an organic platform for ideas to be birthed, connections to be forged and for plans to be set in motion...

By Cari Coetzee 27 Mar 2018

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Northern Cape tourism SMMEs to benefit from new business incubator

The Tourism Business Incubator, which has now officially been launched in the Northern Cape, is poised to improve the viability and sustainability of SMMEs. The incubator will provide business support interventions to 50 tourism enterprises...

22 Mar 2018

SA woos 85 Nordic tour operators
SA woos 85 Nordic tour operators

The #NordicMeetSouthAfrica2018 initiative saw 85 Nordic tour operators embark on a seven-day trip showcasing the highlights of South Africa's different provinces and exposing them to local SMME experiences and top-notch hospitality...

15 Mar 2018

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#WTMA18: Retosa, Arta partnership to find more responsible tourism success stories

Retosa has partnered with the African Responsible Tourism Awards to encourage more entries to the awards from the SADC. The aim of the awards is to inspire change in the tourism sector by showcasing examples that tourism providers can learn from...

14 Mar 2018

SANParks continues to roll out security plans for its GRNP sections
SANParks continues to roll out security plans for its GRNP sections

To optimise national safety, the SANParks team have devised security strategies, led by major-general Jooste, to revisit risks, threats and vulnerabilities to the Garden Route National Park and its visitors...

14 Mar 2018

Western Cape wine tourism grows by 16%, lesser known wine routes enjoy increased popularity
Western Cape wine tourism grows by 16%, lesser known wine routes enjoy increased popularity

The 2017 Wine & Food Tourism Study showed that wine tourism in the Western Cape has grown by 16% between 2016 and 2017 and tour operators indicate that 99% of Cape Town-based itineraries include a trip to the Winelands...

14 Mar 2018

Facebook launches Trip Consideration tool
Facebook launches Trip Consideration tool

Facebook recently rolled out a new ad-optimisation programme called Trip Consideration. The new tool is only applicable to travel-related companies and offers an opportunity to turn travel intention into conversion...

14 Mar 2018

Newly discovered Hominin tracks adds to Western Cape heritage treasure chest
Newly discovered Hominin tracks adds to Western Cape heritage treasure chest

The discovery could help put the province on the map for visitors interested in SA's rich heritage...

13 Mar 2018

SA hosts mega Australasian familiarisation trip
SA hosts mega Australasian familiarisation trip

South African Tourism is currently hosting 52 travel agents from the Australasian region to familiarise themselves with all nine South African provinces...

13 Mar 2018

Celebrations as Mauritius marks 50th year of independence
Celebrations as Mauritius marks 50th year of independence

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is marking an important milestone this week, with various events and activities underway to celebrate the island's 50 years of independence, as well as it's 26th anniversary as a republic...

13 Mar 2018

WTM Africa 2018 to highlight investment in Africa
WTM Africa 2018 to highlight investment in Africa

WTM Africa 2018 is excited to announce its inaugural WTM Africa Tourism Investors' Forum, a platform dedicated to connecting ministers of tourism from countries across the continent, with eager investors...

Issued by World Travel Market Africa 12 Mar 2018

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