The Koekemoers
Travel shenanigans with Die Koekemoers

The Koekemoers is a brand new miniseries from the ATKV on the popular Die Groot Ontbyt on Kyknet. The show will have viewers ready to burst into laughter within three minutes before they hit the road to work. Although the show is produced to entertain viewers, it also offers a dedicated storyline as well as valuable holiday suggestions and tips each week on the ATKV resort's Facebook page that is linked to that week's episode. We spoke to ATKV's marketing manager, Reinard du Plessis and producer Nico Nel to find out more about the show and cast.

By Cari Van Wyk 3 hours ago

Operator selection for hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa
Operator selection for hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa

International arrivals to Africa surpassed the 50 million level for the first time 2012 as per UNWTO data. The following year, local group Protea was acquired by Marriot for $200 million. This set in motion the move of international operators to this emerging hospitality region, which has for decades served tourists looking for safari vacations. In 2014 international arrivals amounted to $36 billion in receipts, within which the Sub-Saharan Africa segment grew by 3 percent. The number of international visitors to Africa is forecast to reach the 85 million mark by 2020.

By Manika Dhama 7 hours ago

Lufthansa expands SA operations with direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town
Lufthansa expands SA operations with direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town

Lufthansa German Airlines will offer direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town commencing 2 December 2016, with flights departing from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Bookings for these flights will be available from 27 May 2016.

8 hours ago

Joburg tourism on the life of the city
Joburg tourism on the life of the city

Johannesburg Tourism's Welcome to Jozi - Make a visitor's day! campaign calls on each Joburg resident to be Johannesburg's tourism ambassadors while also highlighting everything Johannesburg has to offer in terms of tourism. We found out more from Laura Vercueil, PR and communications manager for Joburg Tourism.

By Cari Van Wyk 3 days ago

INDABA
The value of trade shows

We've just seen the back-end of the trade show season in the hospitality industry. Current conversation concerns the present value of participating in industry trade shows. Should we attend? Should we not?

By Guy Stehlik 3 days ago

Luxury Phuket more affordable than ever
Luxury Phuket more affordable than ever

The Pavilions Phuket in Thailand made a name for itself providing upscale, super luxurious accommodations for couples wanting to reconnect away from children and the frenzy that often accompanies family-centric holiday resorts.

By Brian Berkman 3 days ago

Emirates Iftar service and menu
Emirates brings back Iftar service for Ramadan

Emirates is bringing back its Iftar service for travellers during the holy month of Ramadan, allowing those observing Ramadan to break their fast with a nutritious and balanced meal. The Iftar boxed have been redesigned and will be available across all cabin classes on select flights which include those to and from the Gulf region and Umrah groups travelling to Jeddah and Medina. The service has been a mainstay on Emirates flights for over 20 years and is available for the whole month of Ramadan expected to begin on 6 June this year.

3 days ago

City Lodge Hotel Group updates African expansion progress on Africa Day
City Lodge Hotel Group updates African expansion progress on Africa Day

Work has begun on the 147-room City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Construction is also progressing well at the 169-room City Lodge Hotel Two Rivers in Nairobi. The development of Town Lodge Windhoek is to begin in June.

Issued by City Lodge Hotel 3 days ago

The new traveller, a new sense of adventure
The new traveller, a new sense of adventure

What makes a traveller? It's not the physical process of going somewhere, it's rather a state of mind. You can be in a plane or hold a map - geography doesn't make you a traveller, how you experience your trip does. There are some secrets to becoming a traveller rather than just a tourist, secrets that will take you where the magic really is.

By Enver Duminy 26 May 2016

Potential bumper year for SA tourism
Potential bumper year for SA tourism

If the strong rebound in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year is any indication, the tourism sector in South Africa is in for a bumper year. Compared to the first quarter of 2015, arrivals for the first three months of 2016 grew by 18.7%.

26 May 2016

ASATA Diners Club Award winners announced
ASATA Diners Club Award winners announced

ASATA and Diners Club have announced the names of those travel professionals who have been singled out to receive ASATA Diners Club Awards. The award winners were announced at the ASATA Diners Club Awards ceremony held during the ASATA Conference on 20 May at the Lourensford Wine Estate.

26 May 2016

British Airways A380 over Cape Town
British Airways adds services for Joburg and Cape Town

Adding to its already expanded Cape Town summer schedule, British Airways added two more flights. The airline normally increases its daily Cape Town/Heathrow schedule to a double-daily service over the busy southern hemisphere summer. It will also be adding three more flights from Gatwick to Cape Town commencing 24 November 2016.

26 May 2016

Can the hotel industry survive terrorism challenges in Africa?
Can the hotel industry survive terrorism challenges in Africa?

The hotel industry goes hand in hand with excellent security, as it is an integral part of a hotel's success. Hotels invest heavily in security measures, given that lack of it can render both guests and staff susceptible to a glut of perils not to mention damaging the hotel's reputation. Nevertheless, hotels offering accommodation in high-risk regions, despite their use of CCTV and camera control, face pervasive risks which require professional handling to avoid escalation.

By Josephine Wawira 25 May 2016