Nicole Biondi
Six lessons in storytelling

Storytelling as an art form is ancient, part of what makes us human. As the world shifts to all things digital, our storytelling has adapted, but remains an effective tool for marketing and building brands. For tourism professionals, storytelling can be incorporated all the time as a means of reaching visitors and potential visitors. Here are some pointers for creating productive narratives:

By Nicole Biondi 20 hours ago

Online booking methods: SA travelers still want a human touch
Online booking methods: SA travelers still want a human touch

Much has been made of the impact that new technology - and particularly the rise of digital - is having on the travel industry. Mobile apps, big data, analytics and (more recently) bots are among the emerging tools that are undoubtedly changing the business of travel. According to the recent PI Datametrics Digital Travel Report, digital travel sales totaled more than $533 billion in 2015, and by 2019, 'worldwide digital travel sales will top $762 billion.'

By Tom Williams 1 day ago

Top entrepreneurship tips from a local tourism expert
Top entrepreneurship tips from a local tourism expert

"We are hosts, not travel agents," says entrepreneur and owner of travel companies Luxury Safaris and PG Tops, Pieter Geldenhuys. Geldenhuys has been in the South African travel business for eight years and knows the industry inside and out.

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Why travellers should take a second look at travel insurance

According to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, there are some instances in which medical treatment can be withheld by a foreign country if a person has no proof of funds or travel insurance. Therefore, travellers should carefully review their travel insurance to ensure they are sufficiently covered should an unexpected injury or event take place while abroad.

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Top 10 apps for travellers
Top 10 apps for travellers

The railway made traveling long distances quicker than horse-and-cart, the internal-combustion engine added to that, and inflatable tyres made road travel easier on the bones and buttocks. Air travel was changed forever by the jet engine and the Boeing 747. Technology has changed travel in more ways than we can think of.

24 Jun 2016

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Brexit: how will currency fluctuations affect Cape Town tourism?

How will the currency fluctuations caused by Brexit, in particular, affect tourism in Cape Town?

By Enver Duminy 24 Jun 2016

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Cosy up to winter travel on Cape Country Routes

South African winters are synonymous with cold and harsh conditions. For many professionals, the long stress-free, sunny days of a December holiday is in the distant future.

23 Jun 2016

HVS to host inaugural THINC Africa in Cape Town
HVS to host inaugural THINC Africa in Cape Town

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Africa's travel and tourism industry has a projected growth of 4.9% and accounts for nearly 9% of the continent's GDP. It is this potential that has led HVS, global hospitality consulting and services group, to set up shop in Cape Town as a springboard into Africa.

23 Jun 2016

Seated row from left to right: Ruth Kamau (Small Accommodation segment Chair), Rob Kucera (FEDHASA Cape Chairperson), Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa (National CEO), Karin Augustyn (Trusted Partners segment Alternate), Noli Mini (Young Professionals segment Chair)

Standing row from left to right: Terence Lategan (Restaurant & Catering segment Alternate), Sissel Tellefsen (Small Accommodation segment Alternate), Marvin Rashopola (Young Professionals segment Alternate), Rema Wiese (Fedhasa Cape Executive Officer), Chris Godenir (Hotels segment Alternate) and Carl van Rooyen (Restaurant & Catering segment Chair). (Absent on this picture: Jeff Rosenberg (Hotel segment Chair) & Alan Lester (Trusted Partners Chair).
FEDHASA highlights gains and goals at AGM

The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa for the Western and Northern Cape's (FEDHASA Cape) 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held early June at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. Chairperson Rob Kucera, general manager of The Westin, Cape Town was re-elected during the proceedings and has now entered into his second term on the Board.

22 Jun 2016

Carlson Rezidor leading hotel boom in Africa
Carlson Rezidor leading hotel boom in Africa

Accelerating its growth strategy in Africa, Carlson Rezidor has opened five Radisson Blu hotels in the first six months of 2016 and signed four new hotels including the first Quorvus Collection in Africa. The group is entering its 28th country in Africa and taking the Park Inn by Radisson brand to the Indian Ocean Islands.

22 Jun 2016

Collaboration to benefit wildlife of Tala Game Reserve
Collaboration to benefit wildlife of Tala Game Reserve

Husqvarna and Illovo Sugar have linked up with Tala Collection Private Game Reserve in a veld management and rehabilitation programme to ensure the game reserve's rhinos and other wildlife are safe and have the right environment to thrive in as well as creating much-much need employment and skills training in the area.

22 Jun 2016