5 reasons to stay at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna
5 reasons to stay at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna

From the unusual design to the picturesque location, there are many reasons to stay at the unique power-station-turned-boutique-hotel, The Turbine Hotel and Spa in Knysna...

By Ruth Cooper 25 Nov 2020

Enjoy laid-back yet luxurious beachside accommodation at The Bungalow in Plett
Enjoy laid-back yet luxurious beachside accommodation at The Bungalow in Plett

Synonymous with family holidays, post-matric parties, à la Plett Rage and surf safaris, the small yet vibey seaside town of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape is an ideal holiday destination for both families and solo travellers...

By Ruth Cooper 19 Nov 2020

7 outdoor adventure activities in Plett and Knysna
7 outdoor adventure activities in Plett and Knysna

Now that the lockdown levels have eased and the travel ban to South Africa has lifted, both locals and overseas visitors can start planning their December holiday trips in the country. Plettenberg Bay and Knysna along the Garden Route in the Western Cape are great holiday destinations for outdoor adventures...

By Ruth Cooper 17 Nov 2020

Explore an active volcano on Reunion Island now that it is open for travel
Explore an active volcano on Reunion Island now that it is open for travel

Ryan Enslin reminisces about connecting with Mother Nature on Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, in Reunion Island, now that it is open and welcoming visitors...

By Ryan Enslin 20 Oct 2020

How to explore the wild at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
How to explore the wild at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo has plenty on offer when it comes to exploring the wild...

By Di Brown 30 Sep 2020

Covid has completely altered the travel industry - and it's not all bad
Covid has completely altered the travel industry - and it's not all bad

After having endured one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, it is understandable that South Africans have become much more appreciative of the prospect of travel and the many joys that it brings to their lives...

By Sue Garrett 23 Sep 2020

Trade shows and travel to Africa: What South Africa's top source markets reveal
Trade shows and travel to Africa: What South Africa's top source markets reveal

Keen visitors from around the world are hampered by travel advisories, insurance and air access says Africa Travel Week...

By Chelsey Hale 27 Aug 2020

7 secluded, self-catering getaways to take advantage of now leisure travel is open in SA
7 secluded, self-catering getaways to take advantage of now leisure travel is open in SA

Add these secluded, self-catering accommodation options in the Western Cape to your social-distancing getaway list now that leisure travel has opened up...

By Ruth Cooper 24 Aug 2020

Putting people first to restore traveller confidence
Putting people first to restore traveller confidence

Consistent with the message of our government, South African Tourism's key message since the Covid-19 outbreak, has been to put the preservation of human life at the centre of our response to the pandemic...

By Sisa Ntshona 3 Aug 2020

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The importance of reliable data to reposition South Africa's tourism industry

Reliable data and the smart analysis of it are key to steering the tourism industry through this time of uncertainty. But more than that, it is the blueprint for building a better road in the future and repositioning the tourism industry for sustainable success...

By Emily Djock 28 Jul 2020

Travel agents go independent - ITC model on the rise in South Africa
Travel agents go independent - ITC model on the rise in South Africa

Even before the pandemic, we saw more travel agents choosing to become independent travel consultants in order to work independently from home - essentially running their own travel agency.

By Chantal Gouws 16 Jul 2020

Treedom along the Garden Route ticks all the right travel trend boxes
Treedom along the Garden Route ticks all the right travel trend boxes

Once the leisure travel industry starts to open up again, it is predicted that travellers will want to explore remote, secluded, eco-friendly and self-catering accommodation options in their own countries. One such retreat getaway is the recently-built eco-friendly Treedom Villas and Vardos in the beautiful Wilderness area along the popular Garden Route...

By Ruth Cooper 16 Jul 2020

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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

In Review: Self-isolate in style at Spanish Farm Guest Lodge's self-catering luxury villas
In Review: Self-isolate in style at Spanish Farm Guest Lodge's self-catering luxury villas

As the local tourism and travel industry tentatively opens up, South Africans can start venturing out of 'house arrest' and help boost our struggling tourism industry by escaping to remote and secluded accommodation options across the country...

By Ruth Cooper 8 Jul 2020

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Challenging the challenges of booking a flight during the Covid-19 pandemic

Even though it might not feel like it when every day is some combination of a nightmare written by Franz Kafka and George Orwell, there will come a time when Covid-19 is behind us and more of us realise that it's safe to fly again...

By Eugene Yiga 25 Jun 2020

Put Mauritius top of your post-Covid-19 travel list: Touring the Aubergine Garden at LUX* Belle Mare
Put Mauritius top of your post-Covid-19 travel list: Touring the Aubergine Garden at LUX* Belle Mare

Getting used to the new normal under the coronavirus pandemic does nothing to abate the need to travel to Mauritius.

By Debbie Hathway 23 Jun 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: Long live the new king
#OrchidsandOnions: Long live the new king

There seems to be a new Nando's in town - or at least a wannabe Nando's. I'm not talking about flame-grilled chicken icons, though Nando's is in that particular area. The fast food group has for going on two decades now, been king of the heap when it comes to producing funny, gag-filled advertising...

By Brendan Seery 9 Jun 2020

5 ways to help the travel industry right now
5 ways to help the travel industry right now

While South African Tourism is working on the recovery plan for the industry, there are still things we can do in our own capacity to help out...

By Guy Stehlik 20 May 2020

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The world of digital in uncertain times

With few warning signs, and in a mind-bending and staggering short space of time, the human species, in a fight for survival, has been jolted into a state of isolation and social distancing...

By Mike van Eck 14 May 2020

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#LockdownLessons: Green is the new luxury - Q&A with travel writer Dawn Jorgensen

Travel writer and earth advocate Dawn Jorgensen shares her #LockdownLessons and predictions on how travel will shift to a more authentic, climate-friendly and sustainable focus post Covid-19...

By Ruth Cooper 29 Apr 2020

#LockdownLessons: Dream today, visit Treedom Villas tomorrow
#LockdownLessons: Dream today, visit Treedom Villas tomorrow

#TheLockdownSeries: Debbie Nortje, founder and managing director of Treedom Villas and Vardos, shares how Covid-19 has impacted this dream destination...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Apr 2020

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Trends set to shape local travel in 2020

Big Ambitions' Chelsey Hale highlights key trends set to impact South Africa's tourism industry in 2020...

By Chelsey Hale 3 Mar 2020

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#OrchidsandOnions: Gumtree gets it right - again

Latest ads take a jab at current generation's obsession with celebs, stuff and Fomo...

By Brendan Seery 25 Feb 2020

4 trends that will disrupt the status quo of corporate travel
4 trends that will disrupt the status quo of corporate travel

Oz Desai, General Manager Corporate Traveller, shares his views on how the next decade will challenge the status quo of corporate travel in South Africa...

By Oz Desai 10 Feb 2020

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Personalising the unique traveller experience through AI

The greater the pool of data, the more potential it has for valuable business insights, particularly in industries like travel where the spotlight is increasingly shining on personalisation...

By Adrian Roodt 24 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: 2020's top 7 travel trends and predictions
#BizTrends2020: 2020's top 7 travel trends and predictions

Trends in travel and tourism, much like trends in other sectors, tend to come and go. Different destinations and experiences enjoy their moment in the sun before a new trend catches on. For 2020, however, we see more subtle changes in the way travellers are thinking, and it might just change how we travel forever...

By Teresa Richardson 23 Jan 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

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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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South Africans should work together to make the country a destination of choice

The tourism sector is one that has managed to demonstrate great resilience despite a less than favourable economic climate...

By Jerry Mabena 9 Jan 2020

What to do in a motor vehicle accident? Stay calm!
What to do in a motor vehicle accident? Stay calm!

Getting involved in a motor vehicle accident is a daunting and unpleasant experience. But what should you do if you have been involved?

By Naresh Maharaj 7 Jan 2020

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