Protecting authentic storytelling in tourism
Protecting authentic storytelling in tourism

The recent debacle brought about by a soft drink commercial invoking a social justice theme for an advertisement has highlighted the dangers of creating marketing plans in the bubble of a boardroom. There's a hunger in the marketplace for real voices, authentic storytelling - look at the popularity of the Facebook page for Humans of New York, for example - and that's the kind of storytelling tourism must seek to employ, but always with due respect to the storyteller. Storytellers must not be exploited.

By Enver Duminy 4 hours ago

uShaka continues to shine
uShaka continues to shine

The eThekwini Municipality will continue to invest in uShaka Marine World and is actively exploring public private sector partnerships that can add exciting new attractions to Africa's largest marine theme park.

Issued by uShaka Marine World 22 hours ago

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Freedom to roam: Sweden listed itself on Airbnb

The official tourism board of Sweden, Visit Sweden, has partnered with Airbnb to list the entire country and travellers won't have to officially book accommodation as all publicly owned land is entirely free and accessible to everyone.

2 days ago

Zanzibar about to undergo mega transformation of the sustainable kind
Zanzibar about to undergo mega transformation of the sustainable kind

Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd has announced the development of the Zanzibar Amber Resort which will see the cluster of tropical islets forming Zanzibar undergo a mega transformation in terms of social upliftment and tourism.

19 May 2017

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Karoo increasingly capturing the hearts of travellers, property investors

With its vast open spaces and a myriad of characterful towns, the Karoo is becoming a compelling and exciting tourism destination for travellers. According to Wayne Rubidge, Pam Golding Properties area principal in the Karoo, the reasons for this are apparent as the Karoo has so many different options to offer - not only for tourists but also those who want a relaxing getaway property of their own, which can also provide them with a regular income stream.

19 May 2017

THINC Africa Awards launched to honour the extraordinary in Africa's hotel industry
THINC Africa Awards launched to honour the extraordinary in Africa's hotel industry

HVS, the global hotel consultancy hosting the THINC Africa conference is launching the inaugural THINC Africa Awards to honour and recognise the most outstanding hotels, general managers and students in Africa. According to Tim Smith, managing partner of HVS, it's vital to highlight and acknowledge the variety and exceptional properties and service available to customers throughout Africa, both from a guest and an investment perspective.

18 May 2017

#Indaba2017: Tourism's potential to change and grow Africa
#Indaba2017: Tourism's potential to change and grow Africa

Tourism has the potential to change the African continent said President Jacob Zuma when he officially opened the 2017 Tourism Indaba. “Indeed, tourism is the new currency that ignites and unites our continent. We are looking forward to exciting times ahead for this industry on our continent.”

By Danette Breitenbach 18 May 2017

Top destinations for South African travellers 2017
Top destinations for South African travellers 2017

According to Flight Centre Travel Group, Cape Town, Australia, Thailand, New York and Mauritius are still popular destinations. However, Sri Lanka, Bali, Seychelles, Maldives, UAE, and Egypt are also the sought-after destinations for South Africans in 2017.

18 May 2017

#Indaba2017: Indaba rebranded to Africa's Travel Indaba
#Indaba2017: Indaba rebranded to Africa's Travel Indaba

The annual Travel Indaba has rebranded to Africa's Travel Indaba, reflecting its evolution from a locally-orientated event to one that is representative of the African continent. The Indaba has been taking place for more than 35 years, 25 of which have been in Durban, a venue that has been confirmed for the next five years.

By Danette Breitenbach 18 May 2017