#WTMA18: Changing the digital narrative for destination marketing organisations
#WTMA18: Changing the digital narrative for destination marketing organisations

Sharing some of his most favourite passions including surfing, balloons and unicorns, Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy took us through the destination marketing organisation and its relevance in a digital world during his talk at this year's World Travel Market Africa.

By Robin Fredericks 1 day ago

The smart hotel of the future: How to leverage IoT to create the guest experience
The smart hotel of the future: How to leverage IoT to create the guest experience

Regardless of the size or type of property, every hotel operator that wants to remain competitive and relevant will have to embrace IoT devices and related wireless innovations over the next year to enable next-generation guest experiences.

By Pieter Engelbrecht 1 day ago

Business events can lead the growth of African tourism
Business events can lead the growth of African tourism

While leisure is an important component of the tourism mix, operators need to develop a more diverse offering, driven by business tourism and conferencing. According to the South African National Convention Bureau, South Africa hosts about one million delegates at business events every year, supporting over 250,000 jobs directly and indirectly in this sub-sector alone.

By Yugashnee Naicker 1 day ago

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WTM Africa 2018 sets positive tone for tourism sector

World Travel Market Africa 2018, as well as ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market and IBTM (Incentives, Business, Travel and Meetings) focusing on luxury travel and business travel respectively, is part of Africa Travel Week, the biggest tourism trade event on the continent. In the face of a turbulent economy, it's wise to question the value of hosting such events.

By Danny Bryer 2 days ago

#WTMA18: How small travel and tourism companies can market themselves effectively
#WTMA18: How small travel and tourism companies can market themselves effectively

Day one of World Travel Market Africa saw Big Ambitions director of promotions, Natalia Rosa, share her insights into marketing for small tourism and travel companies.

By Robin Fredericks 2 days ago

#WTMA18: An inside look at the Google Trekker Project
#WTMA18: An inside look at the Google Trekker Project

Launched at the end of 2017, the Google Trekker Project saw Google, the Discover Africa Group and South African Tourism - and a whole host of tourism organisations from SanParks to Cape Nature - establish a project comprising over 200 volunteers from all walks of life across South Africa to make their way around the country's rich tourism landscapes, capturing its natural heritage.

By Robin Fredericks 2 days ago

South by Southwest film festival from a South African creative's perspective
South by Southwest film festival from a South African creative's perspective

This year's South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival was "some kind of collective consciousness" according to Daniel Schoeman, creative technologist at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, who attended this annual conglomerate of film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences last month.

By Jessica Tennant 2 days ago

#WTMA18: Wesgro's water-offset tool for visitors to boost water-wise tourism
#WTMA18: Wesgro's water-offset tool for visitors to boost water-wise tourism

In an effort to boost #WaterWiseTourism in Cape Town and the Western Cape, the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, launched the world's first water-offset tool, My Water Foot Print - created by Wesgro, in conjunction with Flow - at WTM Africa 2018.

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City Sightseeing water conservation efforts reduces consumption to 20 litres a day

With effective water-saving habits and a desalination plant, City Sightseeing has reduced its municipal water usage from 8,000 litres of water a day to 20 litres.

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Airbnb release global impact data, offers healthy alternative to mass travel

Airbnb's newly released transparency data on the positive impacts of the home sharing in cities and countries across the world shows that the vast majority of guests say they chose Airbnb because they want to live like a local (79%) and because it is more convenient than hotel locations (89%). More than half of guests using Airbnb globally (53%) say the money they saved using Airbnb was spent at local businesses, and almost half of all guest spending (44%) takes place in the communities where they stay, which are spread across cities and beyond hotels and traditional tourist hotspots.

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#WTMA18: A wrap on three days of travel trade success

With travel trade from all over the world in attendance, a 6% increase in pre-scheduled appointments and marked growth in exhibitors, WTM Africa 2018 closed its doors to its most successful exhibition to date. Key and emerging source markets were represented in buyers and travel professionals from 58 countries, including the Americas, Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern regions from countries such as United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China, India, Brazil, Canada and Argentina.

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L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections.
Nelson Mandela Bay to host SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) will play host to the South African Tourism Association 2018 conference from the 23-25 July 2018 at the Sun Boardwalk Convention Centre, where delegates will gather to discuss issues affecting the tourism sector.

20 Apr 2018

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#WTMA18: Day two tourism business highlights

WTM Africa 2018 has closed on a busy second day. Chardonnay Marchesi, South Africa Portfolio Director for Reed Exhibitions' Travel, Tourism & Sports Portfolio, says of the second day: "It's always fantastic to see how WTM Africa allows attendees the platform to write productive business and make genuine connections that will indeed further tourism."

20 Apr 2018