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Key influences in the growth of African tourism

Tourism development is viewed as a key pillar for African development and a major reflection of economic activities that directly or indirectly stimulate its growth. Global tourism has continued to grow prodigiously to 1.133 billion arrivals in 2014 according to ADB's Africa Tourism Monitor 2015, a 4.3% increase over 2013 and further indicates that Africa saw 65.3 million arrivals, representing 5.8% of total international arrivals in 2014. With $ 43.6 billion in receipts, Africa holds 3.5% of this market share.

By Josephine Wawira 11 hours ago

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ExpoRSA curating valuable learning experiences

ExpoRSA recently brought the American Museum of Natural History's award-winning travelling exhibition, The Power of Poison, to Cape Town for the first time. When ExpoRSA presents an exhibition, it always has a focus on education and usually comes with additional educational material and benefits for teachers. After attending the exhibition, we wanted to know more about ExpoRSA and the exhibitions they bring to our country from Nick Dreyer, director of ExpoRSA.

By Cari Van Wyk 11 hours ago

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Kruger goes Disney

The growth of the black middle class has prompted SANParks to build luxury hotels in Kruger National Park. The latest is a luxury lodge near Malelane, to be operated by the Radisson Blu hotel group.

11 hours ago

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Tourism body says Mbalula's sports ban will hurt sector

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's ban on four federations from bidding for international events could have a devastating effect on inbound tourism, an industry body has warned.

By Fifi Peters 29 Apr 2016

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Radical innovation necessary to revive tourism in the Bay

The drop in the number of holidaymakers over the summer holiday season in the Bay and the consistent decline in market share in the Eastern Cape over the last decade indicate that a new inclusive strategy is urgently needed to build both domestic and international numbers to destinations throughout the Eastern Cape. Downward momentum is a difficult trend to reverse and we need to maximise the potential of all areas of our tourism offering.

By Glenn van Eck 29 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: online bookings scaled to grow
#CommerceMonth: online bookings scaled to grow

Changes in customer behaviour coupled with a growing trust in online services have bolstered the growth of e-commerce. Travellers are more likely to book a holiday, flights or accommodation online than make their way to their closest brick and mortar travel agent, providing an ideal environment for online booking companies to thrive. We spoke to Tom Williams, COO of online booking site SafariNow, to find out how e-commerce has changed the way business works.

By Cari Van Wyk 28 Apr 2016

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KLEBA to improve business and tourism in Kruger Lowveld region

The Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (KLCBT) joined forces with various regional chambers in the Kruger Lowveld region to launch the Kruger Lowveld Ehlanzeni Business Alliance (KLEBA). Alliance members include the KLCBT, NAFCOC, FABCOS, AHI and all of the business chambers within the Ehlanzeni District (Lydenburg-Mashishing, Bushbuckridge, Pilgrim's Rest, Graskop, Sabie, Hazyview, Malalane and Barberton), as well as the broader Kruger National Park.

26 Apr 2016

Express gateway to Cape Town centre
Express gateway to Cape Town centre

Finding the Holiday Inn Express (HIE), an InterContinental Hotels Group hotel, can be a little like walking a maze, finding the parking even more so, but if you use public transport or a taxi service you're golden and once you get there and see what else is in the maze with you... it's worth it.

By Cari Van Wyk 26 Apr 2016

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SA attracts more visitors in February

The total number of tourists grew 18% to 803,770 in February compared with the same month last year, Statistics SA reported on Monday.

26 Apr 2016