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British Airways starts African and Indian Ocean Islands expansion

British Airways will be starting its services to the Seychelles, offering more flights to Mauritius, with more seats on other routes as part of its African network expansion. This will include services to the Seychelles between March and October, which will be operated by the airlines newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, as well as expanding its three current Boeing 777 services to five, from Gatwick to Mauritius as from October.

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Adventure race Expedition Africa to put spotlight on Namaqua West Coast

Preparations for Adventure Racing World Series' Expedition Africa, which officially launched in Vanrhynsdorp recently and will bring one of the world's most prominent adventure races to South Africa's Namaqua West Coast, have moved into overdrive. When competitors line up for the start of Expedition Africa Namaqua West Coast in May next year, global attention will be focused on a region known for its wilderness and hospitality.

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Is CRM dead in the travel industry?
Is CRM dead in the travel industry?

How can the idea of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) still be relevant in travel when today's consumers are in the driving seat and ‘manage' how and when they wish to engage with us?

By Craig Byren 2 hours ago

The power of exhibitions in the tourism and travel industry
The power of exhibitions in the tourism and travel industry

As proven by WTM Africa 2017, which saw $365,950,813 of business generated, exhibitions remains a powerful marketing tool for business, particularly for an experiential business in the travel and tourism sector where buyers appreciate face-to-face negotiations.

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IHG reveals new franchise-ready, midscale brand Avid
IHG reveals new franchise-ready, midscale brand Avid

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has revealed the name for its new high-quality midscale brand. Avid Hotels is franchise-ready and more than 150 owners have already expressed interest in the brand, demonstrating strong demand and great potential for Avid Hotels in this market segment. The first Avid Hotels locations are expected to begin construction in early 2018 and the first hotel is anticipated to open in early 2019.

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#TourismMonth: Sharing data. What does the future hold for the travel industry?
#TourismMonth: Sharing data. What does the future hold for the travel industry?

Will the travel industry ever be able to work together in such a way that it is able to offer travellers a perfectly seamless and personalised travel experience?

By Jannine Adams 1 day ago

Tourism business performance sees decline but it's not all doom and gloom
Tourism business performance sees decline but it's not all doom and gloom

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has released its half-year TBCSA Tourism Business Index (TBI) Report and says that, despite a dip in overall business performance in the first six months of 2017, the glass remains half-full for the travel and tourism industry to grow and contribute to the economy. The TBI Reports tracks and provides information about the level of business performance across the travel and tourism value chain, and also forecasts prospects for short-term future performance.

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City's big-spending visitors contribute to the tourism economy
City's big-spending visitors contribute to the tourism economy

Cape Town is a second home to the wealthy, with over 1,500 multi-millionaires (classified as those with personal wealth in excess of $S10m/about R130m) living in the city during peak holiday months, according to the AfrAsia and New World Wealth Review. While the city faces an ongoing internal challenge of development, there's no doubt that this influx of the super wealthy is adding to the region's economy.

By Avukile Mabombo 1 day ago

#SACSCCongress: Nigella Lawson on the role of food in storytelling
#SACSCCongress: Nigella Lawson on the role of food in storytelling

Internationally renowned food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson has amassed a loyal following of food lovers charmed by her no-fuss approach to cooking and ornate descriptions of food that are telling of her authentic passion for the subject.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

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#TourismMonth: Open skies, more business travel means a stronger Africa

In travel, the term 'open skies' mean far more than a torrential downpour. In Africa, it means the creation of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of revenue for the continent. It means making travel on the continent more affordable, business growth and increasing opportunities for innovation.

By Oz Desai 2 days ago

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SA's art and culture takes to the streets in New York

In a month-long partnership with Citi Bike which will see South Africa's unique art and culture taking to the streets of New York City, South African Tourism's US office is taking an innovative approach to grow the SA's arts, culture, and heritage offering by encouraging New Yorkers and visitors to the city to travel to South Africa.

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

The hospitality industry, in SA and Africa, has expressed concern regarding the lack of well educated, experienced hospitality professionals entering the market - the very issue that has prompted HVS to launch its executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry. On the other hand, according to Tim Smith, managing partner HVS South Africa, hospitality students have expressed that course content covers too much ground without delivering enough depth of content and cites lack of opportunity and low salaries as a barrier to significant participation in the industry by graduates.

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

Alipay and Zapper gives Chinese tourists in South Africa new payment option
Alipay and Zapper gives Chinese tourists in South Africa new payment option

Alipay, an online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, partners of Zapper, has made it possible for Chinese tourists in South Africa to pay at 10,000 Zapper-affiliated merchants across the country via their smartphones.

13 Sep 2017