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HVS to release white paper on African game lodge industry

From day trips to multi-week adventures, self-catering lodges to luxury tents, the demand for wildlife experiences are increasing as tourism in sub-Saharan Africa grows. As tourist and investor interest grows in this sector, HVS has released a white paper, Learnings From and For Africa's Game Lodge Industry, which brings some peculiarities and challenges of the lodging industry to light and also lists some lessons/best practices for developers.

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Front from left to right: Desmond Khalid Golding (CEO of RETOSA), Sem Shikongo (Chairman of RETOSA), Digu // Naobeb (CEO of Namibia Tourism Board).

Middle from left to right: Vasco Manhica, (Chairman of the private sector association in Mozambique), Sisa Ntshona (CEO of South African Tourism), Albino Mahumana (CEO Mozambique Tourism Authority), Dr Kaseke (CEO of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority)

Back from left to right: Martin Kennedy (Communications Officer of Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association) and Paul Matamisa (CEO of the private sector Zimbabwe Tourism Council)
RETOSA reworks strategy to enhance tourism in SADC

The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) leadership has spent a day at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg developing RETOSA's repositioning strategy with the aim of moving the SADC region share of tourism from its current 2% of global tourist arrivals and receipts respectively to 5% within the next decade. In a departure from past practice which saw more preoccupation with governments or public sector, the new vision is founded on strong partnerships with the private sector.

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Gagasi FM opens its satelite station at uShaka
Gagasi FM opens its satelite station at uShaka

On Friday, 21 July, Gagasi FM opened up their satellite studio situated within the uShaka Village Walk Mall at uShaka Marine World and will be broadcasting on weekends, school holidays as well as selected public holidays.

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Rwanda concludes agreement for new Bugesera Airport

With the backing of the African Legal Support Facility, the Government of Rwanda has taken a concrete step toward becoming a transportation hub for the East African region with the signing of a concession agreement for the construction and operation of Bugesera International Airport.

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Sharing economy: three key industries for growth

Whilst 'sharing economy' is not a new concept, digital formats, alongside the rapid expansion of the online ecosystem, have led to an exponential increase in the sharing of physical goods, space, skills, and resources.

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What's new in Dubai?

Dubai's new openings in the first half of 2017 have added a host of new experiences across art, culture, entertainment and dining to its offering. Here's what to look forward to in the second half of 2017:

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AHIF, AviaDev and WTA Africa are all happening at the same time, in the same place

For the first time, Rwanda will welcome the World Travel Awards with the Africa Gala Ceremony 2017 taking place at the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre on 10 October 2017 alongside the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and AviaDev Africa (10-12 October).

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David Germain, Director: Africa and America's Seychelles Tourism Board and Amanda Lang, marketing manager, Alphonse Island.
Speed networking at the Seychelles Roadshow

The Seychelles Roadshow took place at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on 20 July 2017. The first leg of the Roadshow included a MICE speed networking session, which was presented by 18 Seychelles tourist offices that served as information links between the Seychelles, potential visitors, tour operators, travel agents and the media. These offices included Air Seychelles, Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association, Vision Voyages, Alphonse Island, Berjaya Hotel, Constance Hotels, Eden Bleu Hotel, Hilton Seychelles, Six Senses, Sunsail and the Moorings, SeyUnique, The Holiday Factory, Thompsons Holidays and Variety Cruises.

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Why the Cape Winelands should target Afropolitans
Why the Cape Winelands should target Afropolitans

According to Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Services which owns the Thebe Tourism Group, Afropolitans (cosmopolitan Africans) could boost the South African economy by more than R2bn annually and grow tourism if they are given appealing reasons to travel locally.

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Ulf Rydin via  - Msembe airstrip in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
$156m plan to boost tourism in Ruaha, Selous

ARUSHA, Tanzania - The government announced a $156m (Sh340bn) major plan to boost tourism in the southern circuit. The plan, which will be financed by the World Bank (WB), will involve upgrading of roads leading to the iconic tourist sites in the zone, including the Ruaha National Park and Rungwa and Selous game reserves.

By Zephania Ubwani 3 days ago

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?
Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn't it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in 2009), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

By Susanne Becken 3 days ago

SA Tourism ensures SMMEs participate in SA's first Holiday Expo
SA Tourism ensures SMMEs participate in SA's first Holiday Expo

South African Tourism has teamed up with the Future Group hosting the inaugural Holiday Expo, which is expected to attract 7,000 visitors over two days, in an effort to ensure that SMMEs in the tourism industry get the opportunity to market and showcase their businesses on consumer-facing platforms.

21 Jul 2017

IATA, A4A launches year-long campaign to improve baggage tracking
IATA, A4A launches year-long campaign to improve baggage tracking

More than four million bags are carried by airlines across the globe annually, with less than 0.43 percent not arriving with their owners. The industry, however, is determined to do even better. With the goal to reduce mishandled bags and increasing efficiency in baggage operations, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A) have launched a global campaign related to baggage tracking.

21 Jul 2017