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Rethinking tourism so the locals actually benefit from hosting visitors

Tourism today has a problem and needs an entire rethink. Pundits are debating overtourism, peak tourism and tourismphobia. Cities such as Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik are witnessing a backlash against imposed forms of tourism.

By Freya Higgins-Desbiolles 2 days ago

#AfricaMonth: Africa's top leisure destinations for business travellers
#AfricaMonth: Africa's top leisure destinations for business travellers

Biz Community's #AfricaMonth couldn't have come at a better time. The South African government has prioritised domestic tourism as a means to improving the country's tourism product and growing foreign arrivals and investment while renewing its commitment to increasing visa-free travel in Africa. These priorities are vital to the sustainability of our tourism industry and emerging outbound markets on the continent.

By Jenna Berndt 21 May 2019

Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy
Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy

Aiming to raise awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Blue Economy, the Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) is coming to Tunis, Tunisia from 25-26 June 2019. Confirmed speakers include Government ministers and officials from Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Somaliland, Tunisia and Seychelles.

10 May 2019

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W Hospitality names Radisson Blu Africa's fastest growing hotel

According to the recently published 2019 W Hospitality Pipeline Report, Radisson Blu has for a second year in a row, secured the leading position as the hotel brand with the most hotels under development and the most hotel deals in its pipeline in Africa. The group's upper midscale brand, Park Inn by Radisson has also entered the same top 10 brand list, securing the fifth position.

9 May 2019

African airlines see 2.1% rise in demand for passenger travel
African airlines see 2.1% rise in demand for passenger travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced its global passenger traffic results for March 2019. The results show that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs) rose by 3.1%, compared to the same month a year ago, which was the slowest pace for any month in nine years. This largely was owed to the timing of the Easter holiday, which fell nearly a month later than in 2018.

9 May 2019

Hilton expands footprint, debuts four properties in Africa
Hilton expands footprint, debuts four properties in Africa

Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton's continues its strong growth in Africa with four open properties and an additional 14 in the pipeline. The properties represent first-in-country openings for Hilton Garden Inn and for the Hilton enterprise as a whole, including Botswana, Zambia and Uganda.

6 May 2019

#Indaba2019: Tourism key to Africa's growth
#Indaba2019: Tourism key to Africa's growth

Opening this year's Africa's Travel Indaba, which took place between 1-3 May, South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom quoted the words of Nelson Mandela, when he opened the first Indaba in a free South Africa: "It is in tourism that nature and humankind meet most equitably and profitably. It also provides resources for the conservation of our natural heritage. Tourism is making an important and valuable contribution to the South African economy." Twenty-four years later, these words still echo through the tourism sector, says Hanekom.

By Danette Breitenbach 6 May 2019

#ATMDubai: Machine learning, artificial intelligence will revolutionise the way you do business
#ATMDubai: Machine learning, artificial intelligence will revolutionise the way you do business

Technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to transform the hospitality and travel sectors, but operators must strike the right balance between high-tech and high-touch. This was the message from industry experts participating in Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019 between 28 April and 1 May, who told attendees that - if implemented effectively - the latest innovations will help them to 'sell travel' more effectively in the future.

2 May 2019

TPConnects launches IATA NDC-based SaaS software for global travel agents
TPConnects launches IATA NDC-based SaaS software for global travel agents

Dubai-based TPConnects has launched a Software as a Service (SaaS) based web solution for global travel agents named Go Online. Travel agents can now download their own B2B agent platform; booking engine with the website and mobile app integrated with their own Global Distribution System (GDS), Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs), New Distribution Capability (NDC) airlines, hotels, cars, insurance, etc with their own payment gateway.

2 May 2019

Radisson Hotel Group signs three hotels to enter Madagascar
Radisson Hotel Group signs three hotels to enter Madagascar

The Radisson Hotel Group has signed an agreement with Groupe Talys, for three hotels to enter Madagascar, namely the Radisson Blu Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront, Radisson Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront and Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Centre, which in total, comprises 254 rooms. The agreement consists of two hotel conversions and one hotel under construction, with all three hotels scheduled to open in 2020. Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: "We continue to lead the African pipeline in the upper upscale segment. This three-deal signing further cements our position and reflects our commitment to the continent."

30 Apr 2019