WTA names The Blue Train Africa's Leading Luxury Train

The World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa and Indian Ocean recognised The Blue Train as Africa's Leading Luxury Train. The winners of the 2018 regional WTA awards were recently announced at the Durban International Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. The WTA is an annual global travel and tourism...

10 Oct 2018

Durban collects four WTA accolades

The winners of the 2018 World Travel Awards African and Indian Ocean were recently announced at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Durban International Convention Centre in Durban. The city received four awards with the ICC receiving the honours for being Africa's leading meetings and conference centre....

9 Oct 2018

National Geographic Expeditions, G Adventures add South America, Europe to new offerings

National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures have added new tours and destinations for 2019. The new additions expand into South America and Europe, which introduce a mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures. The new destinations include Bolivia, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Romania,...

25 Sep 2018

GTIP third window applications to start in September

The third window application period for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) will run from 1 September-30 November 2018. The Department of Tourism, along with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), launched the GTIP...

31 Aug 2018

SANParks opens parks for free

South African National Parks (SANParks) for the thirteenth year is once again opening up its parks during South African National Parks Week with free, open access to all South Africans. The 2018 Annual SA National Parks Week is scheduled for 10 to 14 September 2018.

29 Aug 2018

OR Tambo International prepares to welcome BRICS delegates

The OR Tambo International Airport has been working with government agencies on operational readiness and contingency planning as it welcomes delegates who are attending the 10th BRICS Summit. At least 2,500 delegates, including some 20 heads of state, are expected to attend the BRICS Summit,...

25 Jul 2018

Google CEO reveals Google Translate's money-making potential

Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently revealed during Google's second-quarter earnings conference call that Google Translate has the potential to create massive revenue via ads. The CEO revealed this by explaining that there is a high amount of people likely using the translation app when they are...

24 Jul 2018

MSC partners with YouTuber for social media masterclass

MSC Cruises has partnered with YouTube vlogger and influencer Luciano Spinelli to educate families on how to capture the best holiday snaps and videos through a content masterclass across its fleet. Spinelli will present a series of videos, in which will share tips on creating polished Instagram...

19 Jul 2018

Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference to focus on innovation

The third annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference will be held at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October 2018. A lineup of local and international speakers will share their insight on this year's theme of innovation and attendees will learn first-hand how to use this...

18 Jul 2018

MSC Cruises, Miami-Dade County to construct new terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade County have joined forces to construct a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami in Miami, Florida in the USA. The two had signed an agreement for extended preferential berthing rights as well as of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The new agreement extends MSC...

12 Jul 2018

Limpopo conservation areas get additional rangers

An eight-week ranger training course presented by the Southern African Wildlife College has graduated 39 new rangers to assist with the fight against wildlife crime in various conservation areas in Limpopo. The new rangers were trained in the practical and theoretical aspects of anti-poaching...

21 May 2018

Wesgro to launch the Halal Tourism Guide in Middle East

The Wesgro Leisure Tourism and Tsogo Sun will take a sales trip to the Middle East. The trip received endorsements from South African Tourism (Sat) and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa). The team is to launch the Halal Tourism Guide at the Arabian Travel Market 2018 in...

24 Apr 2018

Spier wins silver at Responsible Tourism Awards

Spier Wine Farm was awarded silver in the category of Decent Work and Inclusion and silver in the Best for Global Goals Reporting category at the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards. The Global Goals Reporting category is a new category that measures all entries against identified...

20 Apr 2018

Fair Trade rates Asilia as best in Africa

Fair Trade Tourism has rated Asilia as the most committed to responsible tourism standards in Africa. The rating was made in Fair Trade Tourism's review of certified safari lodges and camps, across eight countries in Africa. The survey found that Asilia has 48% of its properties certified at...

19 Apr 2018

Zambezi Queen Collection gets two WTA nominations

Two of the Zambezi Queen Collection's properties received World Travel Awards nominations; the Zambezi Queen has been nominated as Africa's Leading River Cruise Company and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge has been nominated as Namibia's Leading Tented Safari Camp. The Ichingo Chobe River Lodge was...

5 Apr 2018

WRSA acknowledges the efforts of SA's wildlife ranchers

The Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) presented Warrick Barnard from Woody Cape Wildlife in the Eastern Cape with the Southern Africa Rancher of the Year Award 2017 at its annual conference, which was recently held at the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort. The award is an acknowledgement of a rancher's...

27 Mar 2018

SANParks adjust prices in line with VAT increase

The South African National Parks (SANParks) indicated that its tariffs will be adjusted in line with the recent 1% increase in value-added tax (VAT). The adjusted tariff prices will be implemented on 1 April 2018. SANParks had consulted South African Revenue Services (SARS) for guidance in...

27 Mar 2018

Africa Albida Tourism picks up ZCT accolacdes

Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) has won two Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) awards, whilst Nigel Frost was named Tourism Personality of the Year. Zimbabwe's tourism and hospitality minister Prisca Mupfumira presented Frost with the award at the ZCT Harvegal Marketing Tourism Achievers' Awards...

6 Mar 2018

Wilderness Search and Rescue receives Cableway donation

Table Mountain Cableway has donated Wilderness Search and Rescue technical equipment that will assist the agency in increasing the safety, efficiency, and speed of rescue operations. The equipment will also enable missions into areas where the terrain prevents the use of traditional pulley-based...

23 Feb 2018

Maldivian tourism industry in full swing amid state of emergency

The Maldivian Ministry of Tourism and tourism stakeholders in the country have issued a message of reassurance regarding the industry amid a state of emergency. The ministry has stated that the emergency has had no impact on travellers and that all tourism and travel related businesses are...

8 Feb 2018

City of Cape Town to host annual regional conference

The City of Cape Town has been chosen by the Lufthansa Group to host the group's internal Annual Regional Conference for Africa and the Middle East. It is the first time the event will take place in South Africa and the choice of decision indicates the group's commitment to assist the city as a...

31 Jan 2018

Zambezi Queen named World's Leading Boutique Cruise for fifth time

The Zambezi Queen received the World's Leading Boutique Cruise award at the 2017 World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony; this is the fifth time that Zambezi Queen has received the accolade. The ceremony was held at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam on 10 December...

12 Dec 2017

WC establishments nominated for WTM Responsible Tourism Awards

Marine Dynamics, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, and Moonglow Guesthouse in the Western Cape have received nominations for the 2017 WTM Responsible Tourism Awards. The winners will be announced at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London, England on 8 November 2017. Marine Dynamics is a shark...

2 Nov 2017

SANParks' tariffs increase

The South African National Parks' (SANParks) yearly price increase is implemented from 1 November 2017. SANParks also charges a 1% community levy on all reservations for accommodation and activities in order to fund projects that support the surrounding communities. These new fees are valid...

1 Nov 2017

16 women graduate from Tourism EDP

Sixteen women have graduated from the executive development programme (EDP) through Unisa Graduate School for Business Leadership (Unisa SBL) in Pretoria. The graduation ceremony was officiated by Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa and deputy Telecommunications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The...

23 Oct 2017

Cape Town Pass enters partnership with SmartPass Africa, Leisure Pass

Cape Town Pass has entered a marketing agreement partnership with SmartPass Africa and the UK-based Leisure Pass Group. As part of the partnership agreement, Cape Town Pass and SmartPass Africa will combine efforts, while the Leisure Pass Group will market the product internationally. Cape Town...

20 Oct 2017

Professional Passenger Services comments on tourist attack

The CEO of Professional Passenger Services (PPS), Dorian Toussaint, commented on the recent hijacking of 36 Dutch tourists by referring to the matter as "highly concerning for the tourism industry". Toussaint said PPS is currently in the process of upgrading its fleet with advanced CCTV and...

19 Oct 2017

Giltedge Africa wins seventh Leading Luxury Tour Operator award

Giltedge Africa was named South Africa's Leading Luxury Tour Operator at the 2017 World Travel Awards Africa. This is the seventh year that Giltedge has received the accolade. The World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global tourism...

12 Oct 2017

Saxon collects several awards at WTA

The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa received a number of accolades at the Africa gala ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa was awarded as South Africa and Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel, while the Shambala Private Game Reserve was named Africa's...

12 Oct 2017

Robben Island affirms its business as usual

Robben Island Museum (RIM) has assured all tourists and guests that it is business as usual following an incident with a chartered ferry that partially sank between Cape Town and Robben Island. RIM has also ensured that it is compliant with national laws and regulations. The incident of a...

6 Oct 2017

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