How sporting events benefit the African continent
How sporting events benefit the African continent

We chat with Tim Smith, managing partner at HVS Consulting to find out more about how sporting events like the 2018 FIFA World Cup has benefited the African continent and its tourism industry...

By Robin Fredericks 13 Jul 2018

Why Western Cape tourism's water saving efforts are to be celebrated
Why Western Cape tourism's water saving efforts are to be celebrated

"Cape Town is one amongst a host of cities around the world that faces water issues and we may have learnt our lesson earlier than others and can now be used as a global benchmark."

11 Jul 2018

THINC Africa 2018 a boost in African tourism
THINC Africa 2018 a boost in African tourism

"There's a consistently negative stigma around travelling in Africa which has been snowballing for years. We need to position ourselves correctly and draw attention to the positive experiences that can be had here."

3 Jul 2018

#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future
#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future

Associate Dean and Professor at ESL, Dr Achim Schmitt, participated in a panel discussion on HR and education issues in the hospitality industry at the THINC Africa conference...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

Guy Stehlik. Photo: Pixel Place
#THINCAfrica: The power of consolidation in hotel management

“Imagine if just 30 of the 78 hotel groups joined forces into an alliance partnership and consolidated into one powerful hotel management company..."

12 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: An economic rethink on domestic tourism
#THINCAfrica: An economic rethink on domestic tourism

CEO of Tourism, Sisa Ntshona shared his thoughts on global and local tourism and how we, as locals, can do our part in helping the South African economy through travelling locally...

By Robin Fredericks 12 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: Taking a closer look at hotel management contracts in Africa
#THINCAfrica: Taking a closer look at hotel management contracts in Africa

Carlson Rezidor's senior VP business development, Africa and Indian Ocean participated in one of the key panels which took place at the THINC Africa conference - The evolution of management contracts...

12 Sep 2017

Winner of the inaugural THINC Africa Awards General Manager of the Year, Kais Mbarek (GM at The Resort Group plc's Meliá Dunas Beach Resort and Spa in Cape Verde).
#THINCAfrica: The winners of the inaugural THINC Africa Awards

“The THINC Awards are our way of promoting the very best in Africa to ensure the rest of the world is aware of the extraordinary experiences they can enjoy when they visit this great continent.”

6 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: Dealing with hotel development challenges in Africa
#THINCAfrica: Dealing with hotel development challenges in Africa

Rishabh Thapar sat down with a group of panellists at THINC Africa 2017 to discuss challenges in hotel development...

By Robin Fredericks 6 Sep 2017

Peninsula GM Chris Godenir receiving THINC award
#THINCAfrica: Peninsula All-Suite Hotel GM awarded for exceptional business model

The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel GM was presented with a Special Recognition General Manager of the Year Award during the THINC Africa conference. His new age thinking is evident in his belief that real disruption...

5 Sep 2017

From left, Stephen Rushmore (global CEO and president of HVS), James Vos (Democratic Alliance shadow minister of tourism) and Tim Smith (managing partner HVS South Africa).
#THINCAfrica: Value of African hotel markets growing despite challenges

The number of markets included in the 2017 African Hotel Valuation Index continues to grow each year, exemplifying the ever-increasing interest in the African hotel market...

1 Sep 2017

Global president and CEO of HVS, Stephen Rushmore
#THINCAfrica: More sophisticated market sees hotel investment become less risky

Hotel investors, lenders, and management companies have become increasingly sophisticated over the past 10 years. As such, hotels are less risky investments and will attract investors with a long holder period...

31 Aug 2017

Mozambique readying itself for growth in business and tourism
Mozambique readying itself for growth in business and tourism

Prompted by the strong potential Mozambique offers to both hotel investors and operations, HVS, the host of the upcoming THINC Africa conference, will include a specialist round table on Mozambique...

24 Aug 2017

Renowned hotel architect Dexter Moren to speak at THINC Africa
Renowned hotel architect Dexter Moren to speak at THINC Africa

Highly awarded hotel architect and founder of Dexter Moren Associates, Dexter Moren is returning to THINC Africa by popular demand to share his expertise and experience...

15 Aug 2017

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HVS to release white paper on African game lodge industry

HVS has released a white paper which brings some peculiarities and challenges of the lodging industry to light and also lists some lessons/best practices for developers...

27 Jul 2017

To advance youth in tourism, we need to advance new skills
To advance youth in tourism, we need to advance new skills

There are opportunities for young South Africans in the travel and tourism industry, but we need to ensure they have the skills to march into the future with confidence...

By Tim Smith 18 Jul 2017

Hilton sponsors second THINC Africa Conference
Hilton sponsors second THINC Africa Conference

“We are bullish on Africa and believe it represents a huge opportunity for us, with the emerging middle class, urbanisation trends and increased arrivals to the continent."

27 Jun 2017

THINC Africa Awards launched to honour the extraordinary in Africa's hotel industry
THINC Africa Awards launched to honour the extraordinary in Africa's hotel industry

The inaugural THINC Africa Awards are being instituted to honour and recognise the most outstanding hotels, general managers and students in Africa.

18 May 2017

THINC Africa 2017: Exciting future for African hotel market
THINC Africa 2017: Exciting future for African hotel market

“The evolution of the hotel market across Africa continues with some of the largest international brands announcing they were opening hotels in new countries."

23 Feb 2017

#BizTrends2017: Driving growth in African tourism
#BizTrends2017: Driving growth in African tourism

Africa was once perceived as relatively dangerous and expensive, with either luxury accommodation or poor quality hotels. Now people understand you can have an amazing experience...

13 Jan 2017

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#THINCAfrica: dedicated cruise terminal at V&A to support maritime trade, cruise tourism

TNPA awarded the V&A Waterfront preferred bidder status for an estimated R179 million investment which will cover the construction and operation of a dedicated cruise terminal...

12 Sep 2016

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#THINCAfrica: why digital investments are crucial for the hospitality sector

"There is a direct correlation between digital investment and balance sheet value. It works in tandem. The more you invest in digital, the more your balance sheet will be worth."

9 Sep 2016

James Vos
#THINCAFRICA: Tourism a window of opportunity for SA, but we have to work for it

Vos spoke on the role of governments in promoting tourism. He said the positive effects of tourism included the growth of industries such as transportation, accommodation, wildlife, arts and entertainment...

9 Sep 2016

James Vos - Photo: Gary Skirrow
#THINCAfrica: Business tourism industry has major impact on SA economy

Business tourists spend three times more than leisure tourists on average, driving South Africa to secure major conferences and exhibitions...

8 Sep 2016

Image Source: Hotels.com - Cresta Riley's, Maun, Botswana
#THINCAfrica: Hotels are expanding their African footprint

Despite some short-term challenges, Africa is open for business when it comes to hotel development with hoteliers of all sizes expanding their African footprint...

7 Sep 2016

Tim Harris
#THINCAfrica: Cape Town's new air routes to change the face tourism

Delegates at THINC Africa applauded the news that Cape Town has five new air routes and four expansions. According to Wesgro CEO, "This is only a start."

7 Sep 2016

THINC Africa to play host to operator vs owner debate
THINC Africa to play host to operator vs owner debate

Southern Africa offers two types of opportunities to the bigger brands and operators...

5 Sep 2016

Commodities slump won't impact long-term hotel development in Africa
Commodities slump won't impact long-term hotel development in Africa

The commodities slump in Africa and subsequent impact on business travel should not impact on long-term sustainability of hotel development in Africa, currently experiencing a boom on the continent...

31 Aug 2016

HVS confirms sterling list of speakers for THINC Africa
HVS confirms sterling list of speakers for THINC Africa

HVS in South Africa has confirmed a sterling list of global and local speakers and topics for the upcoming inaugural Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference,

12 Aug 2016

HVS to host inaugural THINC Africa in Cape Town
HVS to host inaugural THINC Africa in Cape Town

According to the WEF Africa's travel and tourism industry has a projected growth of 4.9%. It is this potential that has led HVS to set up shop in Cape Town as a springboard into Africa...

23 Jun 2016

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