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8 trends that will help shape the hospitality industry in 2021
8 trends that will help shape the hospitality industry in 2021

Remaining agile and ahead of the curve of new travel trends while understanding consumer behaviour is vital for brand survival in any industry but even more so for brands operating in hospitality...

By Volker Heiden 19 Feb 2021

Qatar Airways expands SA network with 28 weekly flights
Qatar Airways expands SA network with 28 weekly flights

The weekly flights will be operated across Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg...

18 Feb 2021

How FlySafair is improving its customer experience as airlines face recovery
How FlySafair is improving its customer experience as airlines face recovery

FlySafair has just launched a new mobile app to make its customer's experience much simpler, by centralising all booking details into one place, enabling customers to manage their journeys on their own devices...

17 Feb 2021

CoCT, CPT International sets off to grow the aviation economy
CoCT, CPT International sets off to grow the aviation economy

"Together with our strategic business partners, we are implementing recovery plans for this crucial sector and have renewed funding for the successful Cape Town Air Access initiative, located in Wesgro, to ensure we get the aviation sector back on its feet while all roleplayers, including travellers, adhere to strict Covid-19 protocols."

17 Feb 2021

Study shows TGCSA's graded establishments are ready to receive guests
Study shows TGCSA's graded establishments are ready to receive guests

A study conducted by the South African Tourism Insights and Analytics team and the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa has shown that 95% of the graded establishments were confident with their level of implementation of the Covid-19 protocols...

16 Feb 2021

How can technology revive the travel industry?
How can technology revive the travel industry?

The industry now has a unique opportunity to reevaluate, restrategise, and create robust structures better suited to roll with the pandemic punches...

By Greg Cooke 15 Feb 2021

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20 borders fully reopened, 30 remain closed

South Africa's 20 land borders, which have only been partially operational for the past month, will now be fully open from today, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has announced.

15 Feb 2021

All things considered... do awards still matter?
All things considered... do awards still matter?

In a year in which the ground shifted seismically under our feet, where the collective travel industry is focused on survival rather than award show glory, are awards still relevant?

By Linsey Schluter 15 Feb 2021

Revolutionising eco-friendly business travel in the age of Covid-19
Revolutionising eco-friendly business travel in the age of Covid-19

Sustainable business travel programmes are set to boom post-Covid-19 as travel managers rally behind new opportunities to fast-track their climate compliance...

12 Feb 2021

Looking forward to safer air travel in 2021
Looking forward to safer air travel in 2021

For those in the aviation industry, the Covid-19 pandemic brought with it one of the most turbulent years on record. But for Aviation Co-ordination Services, the lessons of 2020 and the hope of a vaccine could see passengers return to a safer and more efficient airport experience...

Issued by ACS 11 Feb 2021

Is it ethical to quarantine people in hotel rooms?
Is it ethical to quarantine people in hotel rooms?

From February 15, people travelling to the UK from a country on the UK's travel-ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days...

11 Feb 2021

IATA training initiative to help laid-off airline cabin crew members re-enter the job market
IATA training initiative to help laid-off airline cabin crew members re-enter the job market

The International Air Transport Association training course will be offered free of charge for those who register before 23 February...

10 Feb 2021

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Call for entries: ITTFA opens submissions for international tourism film festival

The International Tourism Film Festival Africa has opened entries for the international version of their event; the deadline for submissions is 15 March 2021...

10 Feb 2021

What you need to do when flying during level 3 lockdown
What you need to do when flying during level 3 lockdown

Level three restrictions in the middle of the December holiday season came as an unwelcome, albeit not altogether unexpected, surprise on 28 December. So, what happens to your existing travel plans under level 3?...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 9 Feb 2021

5 trends that will shape the way South Africans travel in 2021
5 trends that will shape the way South Africans travel in 2021

Travel trends ebb and flow, but nothing has reshaped the way that people plan, book and travel quite like Covid-19. While 2020 put paid to many a trip (almost overnight), 2021 will give us the first taste of travel and tourism in a post-pandemic world...

9 Feb 2021

South Africa's airlines look to local travellers for support
South Africa's airlines look to local travellers for support

The travel industry is in dire straits the world around after almost a year of strict travel restrictions that has seen casualties across the board. Now, SA airlines are turning inward to try and save their businesses by sweetening the deal for local travellers...

Issued by SA Airlines 9 Feb 2021

New Mauritius route introduced for FlySafair
New Mauritius route introduced for FlySafair

South African airline FlySafair will be introducing a Johannesburg to Mauritius route once the two countries' borders reopen...

8 Feb 2021

Positioning Mozambique as the premier tourism destination
Positioning Mozambique as the premier tourism destination

By re-injecting gas revenues into the economy and facilitating infrastructural development nation-wide, Mozambique can realise its goal of becoming a regional tourism leader...

By Charné Hundermark 8 Feb 2021

SiteMinder reveals SA's Top 12 hotel booking channels in 2020
SiteMinder reveals SA's Top 12 hotel booking channels in 2020

Hotel industry guest acquisition platform, SiteMinder has unveiled the lists of distribution channels that brought the greatest booking revenue to hotels in 2020 and those since the global hotel booking reset began in April...

5 Feb 2021

Mdluli Safari Lodge achieves AA+ investment grade rating
Mdluli Safari Lodge achieves AA+ investment grade rating

Mdluli Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park has earned the highest-achievable ICA +Impact Sustainable Development Goal Investment Grade core rating of AA+...

5 Feb 2021

Africa airlines see 69.8% drop in passenger traffic demand
Africa airlines see 69.8% drop in passenger traffic demand

Worldwide, 2020 was the worst year in history for air travel demand. Bookings for future travel made in January 2021 were down 70% compared to a year ago, putting further pressure on airline cash positions and potentially impacting the timing of the expected recovery...

5 Feb 2021

Vinpro pushes ahead with court application
Vinpro pushes ahead with court application

Despite the partial lifting of the ban on the local sale of liquor, Vinpro on behalf of its members will continue with its urgent court challenge to avoid any future disruptions in the South African wine industry and its value-chain due to a rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations...

5 Feb 2021

The Blue Train resumes its full service offering
The Blue Train resumes its full service offering

The Blue Train has announced that it will be resuming its full operations after a temporary shutdown due to the Covid-19 second wave alert in December 2020...

Issued by Havas Johannesburg 4 Feb 2021

Radisson remains on track to boost Africa hotel development
Radisson remains on track to boost Africa hotel development

Ahead of its five-year plan, the Radisson Hotel Group continues its transformation and seeks to cement its leadership across the continent but also aims to be recognized as one of the top three hotel brands in the world.

4 Feb 2021

Introducing Babanango Game Reserve - an exciting new reserve in the heart of Zululand
Introducing Babanango Game Reserve - an exciting new reserve in the heart of Zululand

Babanango Game Reserve promises a captivating bush experience, and they definitely deliver on their promise. Situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, this new kid on the block is something special...

By Di Brown 4 Feb 2021

Greyhound, Citiliner to cease operations
Greyhound, Citiliner to cease operations

As of 14 February 2021, Greyhound and Citiliner will be closing its operations...

3 Feb 2021

Covid-19 vaccine - will it signal a return to 'normality' for business travel?
Covid-19 vaccine - will it signal a return to 'normality' for business travel?

Business travel took a massive hit in 2020 as Covid-19 led to travel restrictions, border closures and lockdowns. Many companies introduced complete travel bans for their employees, while others opted for essential travel only...

3 Feb 2021

Beaches open again, but damage has been done, say informal traders
Beaches open again, but damage has been done, say informal traders

Traders who missed the peak tourist season say that despite the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night that beaches are now open once again, the damage has been done...

By Nokulunga Majola 2 Feb 2021

Relief for SA's hospitality sector welcomed as President eases restrictions
Relief for SA's hospitality sector welcomed as President eases restrictions

Fedhasa calls on consumers and establishments not to jeopardise lives and livelihoods by adhering strictly to the health and hygiene protocols...

2 Feb 2021

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Curfew, booze, beach ban eased

A number of Covid-19 restrictions under adjusted level 3 have been eased following a decline in the number of positive cases, hosipal admission and deaths, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 1 February...

2 Feb 2021



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