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Study shows 44% of leisure travellers plan and book vacations at the last minute
Study shows 44% of leisure travellers plan and book vacations at the last minute

While conventional wisdom would suggest the vast majority of the world's travellers plan and book their trips a month or more in advance, a study by Hoffman York reveals that nearly half opt for last minute vacation booking...

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BON Hotels adds new DRC development to its Africa portfolio

BON Hotels have extended their African presence with the addition of its Karibu Kolwezi hotel. Situated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 55-roomed hotel, which is scheduled to open in April next year, will be the first of its kind for the Lualaba Province of the DRC.

1 day ago

A South African's guide to moving to and Making it in Malta: My favourite diet
A South African's guide to moving to and Making it in Malta: My favourite diet

This week, we did what many South Africans do - we went out for a meal with friends. Turns out we were in tune with our 'supermaltese' powers as a new survey reveals that the islanders are Europe's keenest restaurant spenders (and consumers of hotel accommodation, but that's another story)...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 1 day ago

Cape Town Air Access welcomes V&A Waterfront as private sector supporter
Cape Town Air Access welcomes V&A Waterfront as private sector supporter

Established in 2015, Cape Town Air Access brings together the public and private sector to help secure direct routes into Cape Town International Airport...

1 day ago

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Lufthansa extends business lounge at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa's business lounge expansion follows an increase in passenger numbers using the already two existing lounges in the area. Now, with the additional 1,100 square metres, seat capacity has increased by 40%...

1 day ago

Mastering the art of giving people what they want in 2019
Mastering the art of giving people what they want in 2019

Personalisation has become a buzzword in the travel industry with the rise of the digital age. As travel businesses, we are increasingly challenged to build a personal connection with the consumer or risk losing them to businesses that do.

By Teresa Richardson 2 days ago

The CTICC exceeds its revenue growth by over 14% in 2018
The CTICC exceeds its revenue growth by over 14% in 2018

The CTICC has revealed its 2017/18 Annual Financial Results, which reflects a record break in revenues and operating profits, with contributions of R4.5bn to the South African national GDP and R3.1bn to the GGP of the Western Cape...

2 days ago

Amadeus, SA tourism industry partner to strengthen inclusive transformation
Amadeus, SA tourism industry partner to strengthen inclusive transformation

South African travel and tourism stakeholders have partnered with Amadeus IT Group and South Africa's Department of Tourism to develop a technology-driven programme to strengthen and transform the public-private sector...

2 days ago

O.R Tambo boosts safety, security for festive travellers
O.R Tambo boosts safety, security for festive travellers

According to O. R. Tambo International Airport's general manager, Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana, the airport's community is gearing up for the busiest time of the year to help an anticipated four-million passengers get their holiday travels underway...

2 days ago

Spruce up your festive Stellenbosch stay with the Spier Light Art Festival
Spruce up your festive Stellenbosch stay with the Spier Light Art Festival

With the spongy green grass of Spier farm beneath our toes and a veritable picnic feast warming our bellies, we couldn't tell if they were shivers of cold from the light breeze rustling through the trees or fear from the otherworldly feathered beings of Stravinsky's Firebird ballet and ghostly lights in the bamboo forest and haunting operatic voices from the Spier Light Art Festival...

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

Cape Town's Alba Restaurant, a floating success for SA tourism
Cape Town's Alba Restaurant, a floating success for SA tourism

The Alba is South Africa's first and only fine-dining, floating restaurant, seating 72 people in comfort and measuring 22 metres in length with a six-metre beam...

3 days ago

Cape Winemakers Guild inducts two new members
Cape Winemakers Guild inducts two new members

Winemakers JD Pretorius and Samantha O'Keefe have been announced as members of the Cape Winemakers Guild...

3 days ago

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The soft silence of Tokyo

Imagine you are in a city of close to 15 million people. You are walking down a large street. It is a lot like 5th Avenue in New York. For a couple of seconds, you are happily staring at one of the beautiful window displays. You turn around and your child is gone...

By Damon Stapleton 3 days ago

The Shortmarket Club expands with The Commissary
The Shortmarket Club expands with The Commissary

At the recent Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, The Shortmarket Club in Cape Town was ranked as one of the 20 best in the country...

By Eugene Yiga 3 days ago

5 tips to travel more sustainably while in Africa
5 tips to travel more sustainably while in Africa

Africa today is not yet affected by overtourism, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't travel more sustainably...

By Erika Atienza and Martin Tvede Larsen 3 days ago

Improving guest experience: Managing cost and driving revenue
Improving guest experience: Managing cost and driving revenue

When it comes to better hotel service; complimentary bottled water and a continental breakfast are a good start, but the hoteliers who will stand out in 2019 and beyond will be those who use a combination of modern technologies to increase guest satisfaction...

3 days ago

Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020
Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020

Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention Bureau, together with the support of the South African National Convention Bureau will play host to Kenes Exhibitions' Agritech Africa 2020 in Cape Town.

3 days ago

National minimum wage to hit the tourism and hospitality industry hard
National minimum wage to hit the tourism and hospitality industry hard

Despite an industry sectoral determination, the hospitality and broader tourism sector are known to pay low wages and in some cases actually below minimum wage or just on the minimum wage. This means that the new National Minimum Wage will impact the majority of tourism businesses...

By Lee-Anne Bac 3 days ago

Why human interaction is still relevant in growing hospitality
Why human interaction is still relevant in growing hospitality

"Today, there are roughly 124 different roles available across food & beverage, housekeeping, front office and chef departments. This industry is possibly the most diverse environment to cater to varied personality types, and this won't change much in the future."

11 Dec 2018

SATSA dissatisfied with amended unabridged birth certificate regulations
SATSA dissatisfied with amended unabridged birth certificate regulations

The Southern African Tourism Services Association has stated that the amended regulations around foreign minors required to carry Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBCs) do nothing to help the South Africa market...

11 Dec 2018

Cape Town, Western Cape secures over R1bn in business events
Cape Town, Western Cape secures over R1bn in business events

Meetings secured are expected to attract 32,080 delegates between May and September...

11 Dec 2018

2019 family travel forecast: Millennial travel is about to change
2019 family travel forecast: Millennial travel is about to change

Family travel is set to grow by 25% in 2022, from 300-million trips recorded in 2017 to an estimated 376-million over the next four years, according to research by data and insight agency GlobalData...

By Chelsey Hale 10 Dec 2018

Meeting the expectations of digital travellers this summer
Meeting the expectations of digital travellers this summer

Kate Mollett, regional manager for South Africa at Veeam takes a look at the expectations of digital travellers this summer and how businesses in the tourism and travel industry can meet their demands...

By Kate Mollett 10 Dec 2018

7 key insights revealed into Chinese outbound travel
7 key insights revealed into Chinese outbound travel

South African Tourism, Wesgro, V&A Waterfront and The Table Bay Hotel recently hosted a China Ready Workshop in Cape Town with key local tourism trade representatives...

7 Dec 2018

Lisa Ford to represent The Table Bay at national Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs Competition
Lisa Ford to represent The Table Bay at national Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs Competition

Twenty-five-year-old chef de partie, Lisa Ford from Parow was recently put to the test against other young chefs from the Western Cape in the regional Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs Competition, and, having trumped the competition, will represent The Table Bay in the national event...

7 Dec 2018

VoiceMap now part of local street art tour
VoiceMap now part of local street art tour

Nadia Agherdine and Anthea Brock, local street art guides, are taking their tours to the next level with the introduction of voice mapping to ensure accessibility for more locals...

7 Dec 2018

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IATA records healthy growth of 6.3% for global passenger demand

"October's healthy performance is reassuring after the slower demand growth in September-some of which was attributable to weather-related disruptions. However, the bigger picture is that traffic growth has moderated compared to earlier in the year."

7 Dec 2018

Automation in the travel industry: Build lasting customer relationships
Automation in the travel industry: Build lasting customer relationships

Airlines, hotels and other hospitality companies are turning to automated services to remove the bottlenecks that have traditionally stood in their customers' way...

By Chantel Troskie 6 Dec 2018

UNWTO/UNESCO Conference: Cultural tourism sustains communities and living heritage
UNWTO/UNESCO Conference: Cultural tourism sustains communities and living heritage

Cultural tourism policies and strategies must consider the perspectives and interests of local communities, who can also assist governance bodies in balancing tourism development with heritage conservation and safeguarding...

6 Dec 2018

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