Wendie White
#BizTrends2017: travel companies in tune with the tech savvy traveller will thrive

Wendie White, the MD of Lloyd Orr Communications which specialises in communications strategies for travel and tourism organisations has enjoyed 32 years' experience in the South African travel industry, having spent most of her career in wholesale outbound tour operating. We asked White to give us her outlook on Tourism 2017.

By Cari Coetzee 3 hours ago

Photo: Troy Davies - Kirstenbosch Galileo open air festival
December 2016 exceeded expectations for tourism in Cape Town

Expectations were exceeded with visitor traffic at the city's major attractions and Cape Town International Airport in December 2016.

21 hours ago

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Abu Dhabi evolving into a distinctive global destination

In Mastercard's new Global Cities Index Report, Abu Dhabi ranks as the fastest-growing destination in the Middle East and among the fastest-growing in the world. The UAE capital's compound annual growth rate of 19.81% in overnight visitors between 2009 and 2016, places the emirate in third place alongside major upcoming destinations such as Osaka, Japan and Chengdu in China, and above established hubs such as Tokyo, Riyadh and Taipei in Taiwan.

1 day ago

Fomo Travel: The lay-by startup looking to make travel easier
Fomo Travel: The lay-by startup looking to make travel easier

Travelling the world can be a costly endeavour, however, SA startup FOMO Travel aims to make it much less of a burden on your wallet.

Issued by Platinum Seed 1 day ago

The Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre Complex in Durban
SA cities first in Africa to be included in GDS-Index

The first cities in Africa to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), an innovative new way to measure the level of sustainability cities offer to the MICE events (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) industry, are Durban, Cape Town, and Tshwane.

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Ten reasons why you should explore the Karoo in 2017
Ten reasons why you should explore the Karoo in 2017

Sprawling for over 400,000 square kilometres, the Karoo is a semi-desert natural region of South Africa, just a little bit bigger than the country of Germany. If you're looking for peace and quiet away from the busy city, then the Karoo should be right at the top of our travel wish list. Become immersed in a place of immense spaces, wide-angle horizons, craggy mountain ranges and starry skies. If you're sorting out your travel plans, here are 10 reasons why you should explore the Karoo in 2017:

By Jarred Manasse 2 days ago

The rise of the old school general manager
The rise of the old school general manager

There's been something fundamental missing in this last decade of hotel management: the unflashy, workaholic general managers, those who started their careers waiting tables, scrubbing kitchen counters and floors, climbing the ladder, slowly learning all of the necessary skills to eventually become the general manager.

By Guy Stehlik 2 days ago

Fairview goats get a skywalk and playpark
Fairview goats get a skywalk and playpark

Fairview constantly finds itself at the forefront of the wine and cheese industry. “They constantly innovate every single aspect of the customer experience, which has led to their success,” says international wine tourism consultant, Peter McAtamney, an international guest speaker at the recent The Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference held in Cape Town in November 2016.

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Travel trends and top destinations for 2017

From flexible flight options to new off-the-beaten-track destinations, Cheapflights share their annual travel predictions for 2017 that travellers and the travel industry should keep an eye out for.

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Top six destinations for South African travellers in 2017

British Airways has made its list of the top six destinations for South African travellers in 2017:

13 Jan 2017

Camp Shawu
Shishangeni's Camp Shawu reopens after mini-renovation

After a mini-renovation, Shishangeni, operated by BON Hotels, has re-opened Camp Shawu. Guests can now make their way to the refurbished pool and pool deck along the new walkway as well as enjoy a meal at the beautifully appointed dining area.

13 Jan 2017

Why travellers to Zimbabwe should carry small denomination notes
Why travellers to Zimbabwe should carry small denomination notes

Corporate Traveller issued the advisory that South African business travellers to Zimbabwe should carry small denomination notes as they will receive change in bond notes which cannot be used outside Zimbabwe or converted back to hard currency. This, following Zimbabwe's introduction of the bond note in response to a shortage of hard currency in the country.

13 Jan 2017

Lavishly remastered Queen Mary 2 to dock in Cape Town
Lavishly remastered Queen Mary 2 to dock in Cape Town

The Queen Mary 2 will sail into Table Bay and dock in Cape Town for two nights on 26 January 2017, the first stop on her world cruise after a £100-million remastering which involved QM2's renowned Queens and Princess Grill suites and restaurants being given extensive enhancement.

13 Jan 2017