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Book into a farm cottage for a getaway that brings you nearer to nature
Book into a farm cottage for a getaway that brings you nearer to nature

Agritourism or farm stays is a growing hospitality sector and the reasons why are clear: better bang for the buck and an opportunity to be nearer to nature...

By Brian Berkman 6 Sep 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

2018 hospitality IoT trends: Creating a home away from home
2018 hospitality IoT trends: Creating a home away from home

There's a seismic shift happening in the hospitality industry, forcing businesses to take their wireless infrastructure beyond just offering free Wi-Fi, to enabling next-generation guest journeys. Here are the four most important IoT and wireless trends for the coming year...

By Pieter Engelbrecht 8 Feb 2018

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Travel and hospitality trends to dominate in 2018

Various tech solutions, diversification of services by hotels, and the surge of millennial travel are just some of the highlights that marked 2017. The question is, will these continue to dominate in 2018?

By Josephine Wawira 26 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top trends for hotel investors in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Top trends for hotel investors in 2018

Today's hotel developers are under constant pressure to 'future-proof' their respective hotel projects. We see this translate into the function and style of hotels under development, as well as those hotels that have recently commenced operations across the continent...

By Michelé de Witt 25 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Alternative payment methods gaining ground in corporate travel
#BizTrends2018: Alternative payment methods gaining ground in corporate travel

Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and sometimes invention is spurred by convenience. Business travellers increasingly use not one or two, but three or four different payment mechanisms throughout the duration of their trip...

By Pascalle Albrecht 25 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Entrepreneurs redefine SME business travel
#BizTrends2018: Entrepreneurs redefine SME business travel

Jetlag, tasteless in-flight meals and 2pm hotel check-ins can hardly be considered hardships when you've been clocking 16-hour days to grow your SME business. So, what's trending in the world of travel management in the SME realm?

By Ryan Potgieter 24 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Three trends travel suppliers should take note of in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Three trends travel suppliers should take note of in 2018

With South Africans having to work even harder for their money, they will likely be a lot more cautious, and deliberate, about what type of travel they will be spending their hard earned money on.

By Olivier Hannaert 23 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Visa openness the key to unlocking Africa's economy
#BizTrends2018: Visa openness the key to unlocking Africa's economy

While many parts of the world grapple with conversations around closing borders, there are murmurs of the opposite in Africa, a region renowned for its lack of visa openness and one that could see prosperity and growth if the barriers to travel were consciously broken down...

By Oz Desai 23 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Four trends making their mark on the future of travel
#BizTrends2018: Four trends making their mark on the future of travel

As with other industries, tourism and travel are enjoying the integration of a number of new and emerging technologies, which are poised to create enhanced user experiences throughout the travel lifecycle...

By Eran Feinstein 22 Jan 2018

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In-the-moment-marketing: The lucrative hunting grounds for hoteliers

Let's face it. Traditional marketing methods are increasingly becoming obsolete at the speed of the internet revolution. On the other hand, smart technologies are creating immense opportunities that hotel brands can leverage for more cost-efficient guest acquisition...

By Joseph Neusu 19 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Unpredictable travel data? Challenge accepted
#BizTrends2018: Unpredictable travel data? Challenge accepted

Collecting data remains a challenge and turning it into relevant and useful insights is a greater challenge still. We see this as a unique opportunity for the professional travel management company to deliver true value...

By Euan McNeil 19 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Travel trends for youth travellers
#BizTrends2018: Travel trends for youth travellers

These are the top trends that will drive youth and millennial travellers in 2018...

By Kelly Jackson 18 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Travellers looking for more bang for their travel buck
#BizTrends2018: Travellers looking for more bang for their travel buck

Value and service continue to remain high up on the agenda for South Africans when it comes to both corporate and leisure travel...

By Andrew Stark 18 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Does timeshare deserve its bad rap?
#BizTrends2018: Does timeshare deserve its bad rap?

The term 'timeshare' all too often conjures up images of late-night phone calls and promises of freebies if you can endure the persuasive sales pitch. Despite this poor reputation, timeshare in South Africa has been growing in stature...

By Brent Dickson 17 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Hospitality trends set to dominate 2018
#BizTrends2018: Hospitality trends set to dominate 2018

It's that time of year when businesses examine what's forecast for the next year. As competitors in a growing tourism and hospitality market, we need to be driving the trends rather than reacting as late adopters...

By Avukile Mabombo 17 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Travel influence - inspiring authentic and conscious travel in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Travel influence - inspiring authentic and conscious travel in 2018

Travel bloggers and influencers have become responsible for providing authentic travel experience to their readers, from destination travel best practices to providing insight into enhancing travel adventures...

By Dawn Jorgensen 16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?
#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?

The travel agency of tomorrow will blend a personal and human touch with digital technologies. Instead of travel agents, we'll see the emergence of...

By Jannine Adams 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Connecting travel brands in a meaningful way
#BizTrends2018: Connecting travel brands in a meaningful way

Travel marketing and PR is still evolving quite quickly - every year bringing a new tool or method into the mix. The mantra for professionals in this industry right now is integration and meaningful connections...

By Natalia Rosa 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Why the travel industry should be keeping its ear to the social media ground
#BizTrends2018: Why the travel industry should be keeping its ear to the social media ground

YouKnow Digital, in partnership with consumer insights platform Crimson Hexagon, launched an extensive South African Consumer Trends Report. MD at YouKnow Digital unpacks the report focusing on the travel and hospitality findings...

By Kelvin Jonck 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Six food trends for 2018
#BizTrends2018: Six food trends for 2018

The trend is still leaning to eating light and healthily, diners want to know the source of their food (farm to table is still very popular) and they are also considering eat-in options where they enjoy the best of both worlds by ordering their favourite dishes from their preferred restaurants.

By Janine Fourie 11 Jan 2018

Simone Kuhn, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's business development manager for Africa and Indian Ocean
#BizTrends2018: Advancing brands by aligning with the mindset of travellers

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's business development manager for Africa and Indian Ocean shares four top travel trends the group is aligning with to advance its brands...

By Simone Kuhn 11 Jan 2018

Velma Corcoran, Airbnb's local representative for South Africa
#BizTrends2018: The authentic travel experience with a twist

Airbnb has been gaining momentum across the globe with investments fast-tracking their influence in the travel market through authentic experiences...

By Velma Corcoran 11 Jan 2018

Andy Hedley, GM Southern Africa, Amadeus
#BizTrends2018: Airlines in the digital realm - putting data in the driving seat

Airlines have never had such access to the brains and feelings of their customers as they do today. By leveraging this data, airlines will be able to start experimenting with creative and fun new tools...

By Andy Hedley 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top hospitality trends 2018
#BizTrends2018: Top hospitality trends 2018

Leon Meyer, general manager at The Westin Cape Town shares his top hospitality trends for 2018...

By Leon Meyer 10 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: Tourism and travel - Africans are doing it for themselves
#BizTrends2018: Tourism and travel - Africans are doing it for themselves

Where once demand was dependent on international travellers Africans are now doing it for themselves, and as a consequence creating a much more robust and sustainable industry...

By Tim Smith 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

The importance of culinary tourism to travel destinations
The importance of culinary tourism to travel destinations

Modern-day travellers are more experiential in all aspects of their journey; from cultural immersion to local food sampling, a trend that has become a major influence in the growth of travel destinations...

By Josephine Wawira 22 Nov 2017

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