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Virtual reality and tourism in 2021
Virtual reality and tourism in 2021

"Virtual reality, or VR, is something that we have heard a lot about over the last few months - especially in response to Covid-19. It is becoming a big part of travel and tourism with many questions cropping up on what it looks like, how it works and, most importantly, how we can leverage it."

By Chelsey Hale 25 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Finding purpose and wellbeing through travel
#BizTrends2021: Finding purpose and wellbeing through travel

So what will travel look like in 2021 and going forward? One is understandably hesitant to make any confident predictions apart from the most obvious one being that 2021 will most likely continue to be a very difficult year for the global travel and tourism sector. If I had to highlight a few travel trends for the coming year and beyond, these would stand out...

By Mariette du Toit-Helmbold 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The value shift - how the travel customer has changed
#BizTrends2021: The value shift - how the travel customer has changed

For those of us who work in the travel industry, we know that travel as we knew and loved it, is over. As consumers grapple with uncertainty during this time, their purchasing behaviour has become more erratic and quite frankly almost impossible to predict...

By Natalia Rosa 6 Jan 2021

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#BizTrends2021: 5 government interventions urgently-needed to support air transport, tourism sector

The air transport industry was one of the hardest hit in 2020 with traffic and revenues falling off a cliff at the end of last March following the imposition of worldwide Covid-19 containment restrictions on travel...

By Muhammad Ali Albakri 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The 2020 hotel crash and 2021 crystal ball
#BizTrends2021: The 2020 hotel crash and 2021 crystal ball

The South African hospitality industry was well on its way to break records in 2020 until Covid-19 became our reality. Derek Martin, founder and CEO of TrevPAR World looks at how Covid-19 impacted the industry and what is needed for recovery...

By Derek Martin 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Together we can do so much more
#BizTrends2021: Together we can do so much more

Twenty-twenty was a devastating year for South Africa's tourism industry - but it was also the year that we came together as one tourism community and saw the power of true alignment and collaboration...

By David Frost 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: How the aviation industry is taking off during the pandemic
#BizTrends2021: How the aviation industry is taking off during the pandemic

Safety protocol, communication and collaboration across industries is key to economic recovery...

By Anand Yedery 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Understanding your "why" - establishing a new norm through purpose-driven actions
#BizTrends2021: Understanding your "why" - establishing a new norm through purpose-driven actions

In a year when we arguably found ourselves with more time on our hands than ever before, thanks to the Covid-19 lockdowns, the upside was the opportunity to step back from our hectic diaries, to consider the cost to society of our relentless focus on corporate profit.

By Ramsay Rankoussi 6 Jan 2021

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What the travel trends of yesterday mean for the future of travel

We are travelling more, and younger and younger generations are now setting out to see the world and there is an ever-increasing desire by travellers to venture further and further...

By Guy Stehlik 13 Jul 2020

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What does the future hold for the retail travel industry?

Jenna Berndt sits down with Sue Garrett, general manager of marketing and product at Flight Centre Travel Group, to talk about what the next 25 years will look like for the retail travel trade in South Africa...

By Jenna Berndt 22 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Travel forecast for intra-Africa travel in 2020 - Spotlight on Mozambique
#BizTrends2020: Travel forecast for intra-Africa travel in 2020 - Spotlight on Mozambique

Intra-Africa travel should be a priority for every African. While visas remain a challenge for many travellers and destinations, the good news is that air accessibility is improving - although in many cases those flights are still much too expensive...

By Natalie Tenzer Silva 21 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: Trends that will shape travel experiences in 2020

Several trends highlight that customers are moving towards self-service options, with 61% of travellers in South Africa surveyed preferring to hear about travel disruption via digital communications...

By Adrian Roodt 16 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: Waste management in the hospitality sector in 2020

Effective waste management is a universal problem that affects us all. It's the one factor we, in the hospitality industry, can collectively prevent from worsening during 2020...

By Sharmila Ragunanan 13 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Data dive - 3 areas of focus for digital companies
#BizTrends2020: Data dive - 3 areas of focus for digital companies

When applied correctly and ethically, data is a powerful resource in how businesses target and personalise customer interactions in the digital age...

By Odette Faling 7 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: The future of the travel agent profession

Digital has changed the face of travel, both making it easier for consumers to plan their own travel experiences and lowering the barriers of entry to the hospitality industry through apps such as Airbnb and Uber. The travel agent, the traditional middleman, has therefore been squeezed from both sides...

By Olivier Hannaert 6 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: A weak economic outlook for South Africa won't stifle business travel demand

The economic growth forecast for South Africa remains uncertain with weak investor sentiment and lingering policy uncertainty...

By Oz Desai 6 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: SA wine industry shifting gears

The South African wine industry is entering a new phase of repositioning, consolidation and reinvestment. Although challenges such as climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures are expected to continue into 2020, it has led to the industry becoming more streamlined, focused and adaptable...

By Rico Basson 6 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 5 South African tourism trends to watch in 2020

Many global megatrends, that will have an impact on the South African tourism industry, have already been identified. These include the rising importance of technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, flight shaming and the rise of carbon-neutral trips and the rise of Bleisure...

By Martin Jansen van Vuuren 6 Jan 2020

The number 1 skill for travel marketers in 2019
The number 1 skill for travel marketers in 2019

For many years, content has been king when it comes to marketing travel and tourism brands. This is changing...

By Natalia Rosa 4 Feb 2019

Food in the hospitality industry: Why sourcing it locally matters
Food in the hospitality industry: Why sourcing it locally matters

As the desire for fresh local food continues to grow, farm-to-table dining is set to become an even more significant 2019 trend in the hospitality industry...

By Sharmila Ragunanan 23 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Tourism the golden ticket to job creation
#BizTrends2019: Tourism the golden ticket to job creation

In a country where over six million people are unemployed, it is no wonder that job creation has been the hot topic...

By Andrew Stark 22 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: A Proptech (R)evolution
#BizTrends2019: A Proptech (R)evolution

It's no secret that technology has revolutionised much of our lives. Why then, is the property rental journey still the same as it was 100 years ago?

By Daniel Levy 22 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: 2019, a year to reconnect, revitalise and re-engage
#BizTrends 2019: 2019, a year to reconnect, revitalise and re-engage

The buzzword for 2018 was conscious travel. People were interested in carbon footprint, contributing to communities and supporting local economies. The buzzword for 2019 is "Transformative Holidays"...

By Olivier Hannaert 21 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Put the 'human' back into corporate travel in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Put the 'human' back into corporate travel in 2019

Robots might be rumoured to take over the world in the future, but for now - in 2019 - the corporate travel landscape is about to get a whole lot more 'human'...

By Oz Desai 16 Jan 2019

Trends in local SA travel
Trends in local SA travel

South Africans are increasingly exploring their own country, which offers a diverse range of destinations and activities just a few hours' drive, or short flight, away.

By Kerry Hayes 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Why rent when you can buy?
#BizTrends2019: Why rent when you can buy?

Investing in owned media to promote your travel brand...

By Natalia Rosa 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Top consumer/business trends in aviation for 2019
#BizTrends2019: Top consumer/business trends in aviation for 2019

Using Air France-KLM (AFKLM) and its performance, as a global airline, as a benchmark against which we measure consumer and business trends...

By Wouter Vermeulen 15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: What is the key to a successful tourism sector in Africa?
#BizTrends 2019: What is the key to a successful tourism sector in Africa?

The quick answer is sustainability, that is both environmental and economic sustainability...

By Tim Smith 14 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The role of data in sustainable tourism
#BizTrends2019: The role of data in sustainable tourism

Will we see a time coming when tourists will simply slip on a headset and travel without leaving their homes?

By Enver Duminy 14 Jan 2019

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Trends developing in Africa travel

Tourism is an organic industry, growing and changing as the needs and wants of travellers shift, and service providers adapt their offerings to meet these requirements...

By Kerry Hayes 9 Jan 2019

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