African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities
African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

Over the last eight years, travel and tourism have grown by 17.3 percent in the top ten fastest-growing global destinations. This rate speaks to the rapid growth of tourism and how the industry, and an increasing priority for countries seeking for new growth opportunities. In emerging markets tourism grew from 30 percent in 1980 to 45 percent in 2015 and is expected to reach 57 percent by 2030.

By Elias Aad 4 hours ago

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Bird watching in Soweto with birdman Raymond Rampolokeng

Raymond Rampolokeng brings the binoculars into focus as he pans the riverbank. The nearby hubbub of Soweto hums in the distance, but his intense concentration guards the moment in a veil of silence. How he'd love to catch a glimpse of a Cape Sparrow, the indigenous bird to which he feels such a special connection.

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IHG expands resorts portfolio with four new properties in South East Asia

At the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the growth of its resort portfolio with the signing of four new properties.

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City of Cape Town, Airbnb to collaborate on spreading the benefits of tourism
City of Cape Town, Airbnb to collaborate on spreading the benefits of tourism

The City of Cape Town and Airbnb has signed a collaboration agreement to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities as well as promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination. This is the first collaboration agreement that the hospitality platform has signed with a city in Africa.

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Shots Fired: Gang violence on Cape Town International Airport's doorstep
Shots Fired: Gang violence on Cape Town International Airport's doorstep

Cape Town International Airport management confirmed that several shots were fired shortly after 5am this morning (Wednesday, 18 October 2017) on the upper roadway in front of the terminal building. Two people have been injured, with one person hit by a stray bullet who was stabilised before being taken to the hospital.

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

Construction set to start on Umhlanga Arch
Construction set to start on Umhlanga Arch

Last week saw the official ground breaking of A-grade catalytic development Umhlanga Arch in Durban.

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Club Travel Corporate celebrates its birthday, grants 30 wishes
Club Travel Corporate celebrates its birthday, grants 30 wishes

Club Travel Corporate, as part of its socio-economic development strategy, called on its various stakeholders - including its staff and clients - to submit a wish for any charity, cause, business or individual in need as part of its recent 30 Wishes campaign.

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L-R: Carine Munting, UNICEF partnership manager; Leon Meyer, GM at The Westin; Marilize van Niekerk, executive secretary to the GM; Sandra Bisin, UNICEF chief of communication and partnerships; and Jeremy Harris, radio personality and event MC.
Westin-Unicef Charity Ball raises another R1m in 2017

This year's Westin-Unicef Charity Ball, hosted by The Westin Cape Town on Saturday, 14 October, matched the previous year's donations, raising R1m.

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US revokes economic sanctions against Sudan: What it means for hospitality businesses

News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa's third largest country after two decades of severe restrictions.

By Josephine Wawira 1 day ago

Eat Out unveils the best everyday eateries in the Western Cape
Eat Out unveils the best everyday eateries in the Western Cape

The 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries in the Western Cape list has been unveiled. The winners in other provinces will be announced next week.

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Chris Lehane and Herman Mashaba at the announcement (Image Supplied)
Study shows Airbnb can be a major engine for economic empowerment throughout Africa

At a press conference in Johannesburg City Hall together, Airbnb Global Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Chris Lehane released the Africa Report, a study highlighting the economic and social benefits for families and communities using Airbnb. The study shows that there are now more than 100,000 homes in Africa listed on Airbnb and that there have been more than two million all-time global guest arrivals using Airbnb. This has helped to spread tourism benefits beyond hotels and tourist attractions.

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Zeitz MOCAA a boost for local tourism and arts industries
Zeitz MOCAA a boost for local tourism and arts industries

The recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has been hailed a proverbial feather in the caps of the local tourism and arts industries. Joanne Selby, general manager at The Table Bay says: "The opening of Zeitz MOCAA bodes well for the local tourism industry, both as a museum for visitors to explore the works of African artists, as well as being a landmark attraction in its own right. It is certainly on the list of must-sees in Cape Town."

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Crimson, YouKnow launch social analytics-based trends report
Crimson, YouKnow launch social analytics-based trends report

YouKnow Digital in partnership with consumer insights platform Crimson Hexagon launched the South African Consumer Trends Report at the Bryanston Country Club in Johannesburg earlier today, 12 October.

By Jessica Tennant 12 Oct 2017