#TourismMonth: Sharing data. What does the future hold for the travel industry?
#TourismMonth: Sharing data. What does the future hold for the travel industry?

Will the travel industry ever be able to work together in such a way that it is able to offer travellers a perfectly seamless and personalised travel experience?

By Jannine Adams 22 hours ago

Tourism business performance sees decline but it's not all doom and gloom
Tourism business performance sees decline but it's not all doom and gloom

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has released its half-year TBCSA Tourism Business Index (TBI) Report and says that, despite a dip in overall business performance in the first six months of 2017, the glass remains half-full for the travel and tourism industry to grow and contribute to the economy. The TBI Reports tracks and provides information about the level of business performance across the travel and tourism value chain, and also forecasts prospects for short-term future performance.

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#TourismMonth: Open skies, more business travel means a stronger Africa

In travel, the term 'open skies' mean far more than a torrential downpour. In Africa, it means the creation of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of revenue for the continent. It means making travel on the continent more affordable, business growth and increasing opportunities for innovation.

By Oz Desai 1 day ago

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SA's art and culture takes to the streets in New York

In a month-long partnership with Citi Bike which will see South Africa's unique art and culture taking to the streets of New York City, South African Tourism's US office is taking an innovative approach to grow the SA's arts, culture, and heritage offering by encouraging New Yorkers and visitors to the city to travel to South Africa.

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Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2017 winners announced

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards ceremony, held 14 September 2017, saw 35 accommodation establishments walk away winners in their respective categories and star gradings. The evening, themed #MyHeartBeatsAfrica, recognised the local entrepreneurs who have helped make the South African tourism industry the success that it is.

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Is it ethical to take a luxury holiday in a ‘developing' country?

Thinking of booking a luxury holiday to a developing country so you can experience the authenticity of a culture untouched by Western influences? And are you hoping to help the underprivileged in the country to “lift them out of poverty” through your tourist spending? It's worth exploring just how ethical such a trip might be.

By Paul Hanna 15 Sep 2017

How does a prime tourist attraction comply with water restrictions?
How does a prime tourist attraction comply with water restrictions?

Capetonians are thirsting for ways to save water as the Mother City remains in the grip of drought. Saving water is not just the responsibility of residents, though, but also of local and international tourists. From having buckets in showers to catch grey water and encouraging guests to act responsibly, hotels and accommodation facilities have already put measures in place. But, it's still a challenge for popular tourist attractions like Cape Point.

15 Sep 2017

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Exploring Kenya's Masai Mara through the eyes of a hotelier

Kenya boasts diverse destinations that remain major attractions for tourists from across the world. From the classic wildlife safaris to the sandy beaches at the coast and metropolis cities full of vibrant life, this east African country has a full bucket list of marvels to explore.

By Josephine Wawira 14 Sep 2017

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Want to add a digit to your blogging income? Here's how

Blogging is a great way to substantiate your income and perhaps even do it as a full-time profession of choice. While social media and mass media is quick to position bloggers as social influencers and promote this profession to aspiring bloggers; the reality is that cutting it in the industry is downright difficult.

By Phindiwe Nkosi 14 Sep 2017

#TourismMonth: What are the travel jobs of the future?
#TourismMonth: What are the travel jobs of the future?

They say that universities are training students for jobs that don't yet exist. Take a trip down memory lane and you'll realise that 10 years ago jobs like app developer, uber driver and social media manager weren't even a figment of our imagination.

13 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future
#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future

The hospitality industry, in SA and Africa, has expressed concern regarding the lack of well educated, experienced hospitality professionals entering the market - the very issue that has prompted HVS to launch its executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry. On the other hand, according to Tim Smith, managing partner HVS South Africa, hospitality students have expressed that course content covers too much ground without delivering enough depth of content and cites lack of opportunity and low salaries as a barrier to significant participation in the industry by graduates.

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

Alipay and Zapper gives Chinese tourists in South Africa new payment option
Alipay and Zapper gives Chinese tourists in South Africa new payment option

Alipay, an online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, partners of Zapper, has made it possible for Chinese tourists in South Africa to pay at 10,000 Zapper-affiliated merchants across the country via their smartphones.

13 Sep 2017

Nelson Mandela Bay offers diverse activities for such as sandboarding for youth to enjoy that are affordable and accessible through purchasing the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass.
#TourismMonth: NMB host #YTC2017, explores future opportunities for youth tourism

Nelson Mandela Bay is currently hosting the South African Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC) Conference #YTC2017 which brings together youth from around the country to participate in dialogue and future opportunities for the industry during Tourism Month under the Tourism Month theme, “We do tourism sustainably.” Representation from across the country includes the Western Cape, Garden Route, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Gauteng - the focus routes for the youth industry.

13 Sep 2017