Is cruising still safe? Will I be insured? What you need to know about travelling during the coronavirus crisis
Is cruising still safe? Will I be insured? What you need to know about travelling during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has now reached more than 80,000 recorded cases, largely concentrated in China, with a death toll over 2,700 and rising.

By David Beirman 20 hours ago

On-site composting machine helps SA safari lodges combat food waste challenges
On-site composting machine helps SA safari lodges combat food waste challenges

Waste management represents a real challenge for lodge operators. In the Okavango Delta, all lodge waste must be trucked out to waste management facilities outside of the delta; however given the nature of food waste, this waste stream needs to be treated on-site. Current methods include adding this waste into food waste pits.

21 hours ago

#DI2020: Designing new plant-forward African cuisine with Selassie Atadika
#DI2020: Designing new plant-forward African cuisine with Selassie Atadika

Ghanaian experiential chef, Selassie Atadika, started her Design Indaba presentation by asking the audience to close their eyes and think of food they enjoy. Next, she asked everyone to try and identify the ingredients that make up those dishes, commenting that most people would not know where those ingredients come from.

By Angie White 1 day ago

Eco-artist Sarah Turner's giant suitcase made of plastic is on display at Heathrow.
BA plans to remove 30,000 suitcases of plastic from their flights

British Airways has set a new target to remove more than 700 tonnes of single-use plastic on board its flights in 2020, the equivalent to more than 30,000 suitcases full of single-use plastic, which is even more than the number of bags customers check in with the airline at Heathrow on an average day.

2 days ago

The new Grill Jichana
Iconic Rosebank property rebrands

The iconic Rosebank Hotel has relaunched as Southern Sun Rosebank.

2 days ago

"We want to see a much more inclusive marketing industry in South Africa" - SA Tourism CMO
"We want to see a much more inclusive marketing industry in South Africa" - SA Tourism CMO

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) recently appointed a suite of marketing and communications agencies in response to the RFP162/19 the organisation issued in June 2019.

By Jessica Tennant 3 days ago

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#MeetingsAfrica: Exploring why Africa's diversity gives it a competitive edge

According to business events industry leaders at Meetings Africa 2020, Africa's diversity is its competitive edge. In a panel discussion on building Africa's value proposition in the current global economy panellist Doris Parsons, director of Studiored Conferences & Communications, explained the reasoning behind this: "There are 54 countries as well as various regions such as SADC and the East Africa Community. One can go anywhere in Africa and get a different experience. For instance, Chad has the best camel race in the world. So we can work together to push this competitive advantage."

3 days ago

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Is tourism the answer to Ethiopia's job creation goal?

With Ethiopia's economy growing at a rate of 10.5% and 7.71%, in 2017 and 2018 respectively, it sets the Horn of Africa up for even further growth in the next decade, and government optimistic to create 20 million jobs over this period. In addition to the growing economy, Ethiopia has been leading tourism growth rates globally.

3 days ago

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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 3 days ago

#MeetingsAfrica: Connecting people and ideas to strengthen Africa's tourism market
#MeetingsAfrica: Connecting people and ideas to strengthen Africa's tourism market

The first leg of this year's Meetings Africa kicked off with discussions between buyers and exhibitors centred around relationships and sharing of ideas, and how these can impact tourism across the continent.

25 Feb 2020

A banner season for timeshare tourism
A banner season for timeshare tourism

The Vacation Ownership Association (Voasa) has reported a banner season for the peak festive period, with the occupancy rate averaging 90% across its affiliated resorts and other accommodations.

Issued by Vacation Ownership Association of Southern Africa 24 Feb 2020

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KZN to stake its claim as Africa's MICE and bleisure tourism destination

Tourism KZN is set to lobby for more conferences during this year's Meetings Africa, which takes place from 24-26 February 2020. "Thousands of delegates from around the world will converge at the Sandton Convention Centre to find suitable venues as destinations for their next big conference and meetings; the KwaZulu-Natal delegation will include representatives of several district municipalities to ensure the geographic spread of business events. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that the economic impact of business tourism is felt in all corners of our beautiful province," said Nomusa Dube-Ncube, MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs for KwaZulu-Natal.

24 Feb 2020