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 2 days ago

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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 2 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 3 days ago

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%.

3 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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

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BON Hotels grows portfolio with Shishangeni Private Game Lodge

BON Hotels has taken over Shishangeni Private Game Lodge situated on a 15,000-hectare private concession of Kruger National Park. The lodge will be rebranded Shishangeni by BON Hotels.

25 May 2016

Howard Russell
#AfricaMonth: See the Africa of what was rather than what is

Africa is renowned for its many Safari experiences. Though most Safari experiences have been commercialised at this point due to their popularity, there are still a few destinations that can offer travellers a taste of the untouched wild. At We Are Africa I had the opportunity to catch up with Howard Russell, director of Chilo Gorge, a luxury safari destination "on the edge of serenity", to get their African story.

By Cari Van Wyk 25 May 2016

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South African passport the second most powerful in Africa

South African may often be frustrated with the costly and complex visa requirements for travelling to Europe and the US, but South African passport holders can travel to 58 countries visa free and another 32 that only require visas on arrival. This according to the 2016 Passport Index.

24 May 2016

Why SA hotels need to catch the growing tech wave with travellers
Why SA hotels need to catch the growing tech wave with travellers

According to Grant Thornton, South African hotels which continue to lag behind their global peers in adopting technologies to meet the needs of their increasingly sophisticated customers, risk being cut adrift in a digital economy.

24 May 2016

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Empowerment levels in tourism under scrutiny

The Department of Tourism will conduct a study on the state of transformation in the tourism sector to assess the effect of broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) codes. Amended codes for tourism were gazetted in 2015 to ensure black South Africans in the sector gain access to opportunities.

By Khulekani Magubane 23 May 2016

Hello Weekend, good morning Cape Town
Hello Weekend, good morning Cape Town

Cape Town Tourism's Hello Weekend campaign has gone live with a drive for attracting South African and Namibian visitors to Cape Town over the low season.

23 May 2016