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#WTMA21: Africa Travel Week Virtual wraps on three days of travel trade success
#WTMA21: Africa Travel Week Virtual wraps on three days of travel trade successArticle

The virtual event featured a content programme with over 40-panel discussions and presentations by 170 international and Africa speakers on tourism-related trends in Africa and beyond...

12 Apr 2021

Domestic tourism to the rescue
Domestic tourism to the rescueArticle

Domestic and regional tourism is the light at the end of the tunnel, that holy grail that governments, tourism industries and stakeholders hope will ensure the sector's survival until international travel resumes...

Jenna Berndt 8 Apr 2021

WTMA21: Africa Travel Week day one highlights
WTMA21: Africa Travel Week day one highlightsArticle

Travel professionals from around the globe kicked off Africa Travel Week on 7 April 2021 with over 1,000 meetings and 15 content sessions all aimed at #MakingTravelHappenAgain...

8 Apr 2021

Between cows and cornfields in the Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition
Between cows and cornfields in the Nissan Qashqai Midnight EditionArticle

The Free State is a curious place: wonderfully welcoming with wide-open spaces, blue skies, and classic South African cuisine...

Ilse van den Berg 24 Mar 2021

7 truths about the hotel industry the pandemic reminded us are real
7 truths about the hotel industry the pandemic reminded us are realArticle

Last year gave the hospitality industry a nasty shock, but it also provided an opportunity to create a new environment in which our behaviours and decision-making can contribute to the evolution of better societies and more solidarity...

Tim Cordon 17 Mar 2021

Registration for Africa Travel Week Virtual now open
Registration for Africa Travel Week Virtual now openArticle

The fully-virtual Africa Travel Week, comprising World Travel Market Africa (WTMA) and International Luxury Travel Market Africa (ILTMA), is now open for registrations for media and trade.

15 Mar 2021

3 ways to ensure 'wellness' tourism provides a post-pandemic opportunity for the travel industry
3 ways to ensure 'wellness' tourism provides a post-pandemic opportunity for the travel industryArticle

With the right preparation, specialist destinations can benefit from an expected increase in demand...

Jaeyeon Choe and Michael Di Giovine 8 Mar 2021

Western Cape campaign to attract remote workers with Airbnb
Western Cape campaign to attract remote workers with AirbnbArticle

The Western Cape Government and Wesgro, in partnership with Airbnb, has launched a campaign to promote remote working domestically, as South African's take advantage of the flexibility that working from anywhere brings...

4 Mar 2021

4 reasons South Africans are loving local getaways
4 reasons South Africans are loving local getawaysArticle

According to RoomRaccoon, occupancy at boutique hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses across SA is steadily rising, thanks to locals...

25 Feb 2021

Africa airlines see 69.8% drop in passenger traffic demand
Africa airlines see 69.8% drop in passenger traffic demandArticle

Worldwide, 2020 was the worst year in history for air travel demand. Bookings for future travel made in January 2021 were down 70% compared to a year ago, putting further pressure on airline cash positions and potentially impacting the timing of the expected recovery...

4 Feb 2021

Tourism SMMEs: Looking for opportunity in uncertainty
Tourism SMMEs: Looking for opportunity in uncertaintyArticle

It's hard not feel overwhelmed. But while 2020 saw the overnight shutdown of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, Jurni CEO, Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa believes that 2021 will usher in a new way of travelling, opportunities amid the uncertainty, and the space to develop new tourism products and services...

28 Jan 2021

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

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...

Mariette du Toit-Helmbold 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Trends that will shape the vehicle industry in the short to medium term
#BizTrends2021: Trends that will shape the vehicle industry in the short to medium termArticle

There are signs of an economic recovery afoot, bringing with it a promise of improved business and consumer confidence and further release of pent-up demand. But it may yet be too early to confirm an ease of pressure on the sales pitch...

Faisal Mkhize 4 Jan 2021

Above-normal summer rainfall anticipated for 2020/21
Above-normal summer rainfall anticipated for 2020/21Article

According to the Seasonal Climate Watch issued by the South African Weather Service on 6 November 2020, above-normal rainfall is anticipated in summer rainfall areas. However, parts of KwaZulu-Natal may experience drier conditions during mid-to-late summer...

18 Nov 2020

Dept looks for opportunities to grow rural tourism
Dept looks for opportunities to grow rural tourismArticle

Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela says opportunities must be identified to grow rural tourism...

26 Oct 2020

How domestic travellers can support SA's tourism sector
How domestic travellers can support SA's tourism sectorArticle

Even those who were born and raised in South Africa can be pretty certain that there are a number of destinations yet to be explored...

Bianca Delport 21 Oct 2020

The Blue Train announces its 2020 reopening special
The Blue Train announces its 2020 reopening specialArticle

Following the president's announcement to move the country to Alert Level 1, The Blue Train is pleased to announce its 2020 reopening special for leisure travel that will run from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021...

Issued by Havas Johannesburg 25 Sep 2020

How tourism can lead Covid-19 recovery and why Africa is well placed to benefit
How tourism can lead Covid-19 recovery and why Africa is well placed to benefitArticle

Secretary-General of UN World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili's shares his thoughts on how African tourism destinations can lead in recovery efforts...

Zurab Pololikashvili 7 Sep 2020

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#TourismMonth: Western Cape receives WTTC global safety stampArticle

The Western Cape Government applied for the globally recognised stamp as a sign of its commitment to adhere to the WTTC's health and hygiene global standardised protocols and to further inspire confidence in the destination...

2 Sep 2020

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

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...

Sisa Ntshona 3 Aug 2020

Tourism recovery plan to be submitted to cabinet next month
Tourism recovery plan to be submitted to cabinet next monthArticle

"Working together with various stakeholders we have put together the tourism recovery plan and we are in the final stages of consultation and we will within the month of August submit the plan for cabinet for approval."

22 Jul 2020

Warc releases the 2020 Effective Social Strategy Report
Warc releases the 2020 Effective Social Strategy ReportArticle

Warc has now released the 2020 Effective Social Strategy Report, featuring insights and themes from the global Warc Awards, highlighting key social trends for effective marketing...

21 Jul 2020

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The tourism dilemmaArticle

As the industry looks to the domestic market to save it in the short term, we have to view this market framed within the bigger picture...

Di Brown 20 Jul 2020

Tourism, travel industry suffers loss of over R68bn in spend
Tourism, travel industry suffers loss of over R68bn in spendArticle

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa, says more than R68bn in tourism spend has been lost since South Africa's national lockdown began at the end of March...

23 Jun 2020

Entries open for 2020 Wine & Food Tourism Awards
Entries open for 2020 Wine & Food Tourism AwardsArticle

Sponsored by WWF South Africa through funding provided by Pamela and Neville Isdell, the award highlights the critical role of eco and social sustainability in the development and execution of relevant, appealing and competitive travel offerings...

18 Jun 2020

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How hotel management companies should prepare hotel owners for crisesArticle

No industry experiences smooth sailing all of the time. While you cannot prepare for everything ? we certainly did not foresee a global pandemic sending much of the world into lockdown so swiftly ? it is essential to have strategies in place to be prepared for potential crises...

Guy Stehlik 18 Jun 2020

South Africa tops travellers' post-Covid wishlists
South Africa tops travellers' post-Covid wishlistsArticle

Where will you be heading on your first post-Covid travel adventure? Research shows that most people will be going south when this all blows over...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 17 Jun 2020

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TBCSA presents its tourism recovery plan to parliamentArticle

The data-driven Tourism Recovery Strategy advocates for an earlier phased reopening of international tourism to South Africa as soon as September 2020...

10 Jun 2020

Tourism resumes limited operations in June
Tourism resumes limited operations in JuneArticle

South Africans, who have been confined to their homes, will now be allowed to venture out for hikes...

1 Jun 2020

#LockdownLessons: We need to plan, re-prioritise tourism for a new post-Covid-19 reality
#LockdownLessons: We need to plan, re-prioritise tourism for a new post-Covid-19 realityArticle

We chat to Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism as he shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how Cape Town Tourism is navigating these unusual times...

Robin Fredericks 26 May 2020

Pitch perfect or tone deaf, how are you talking to your clients?
Pitch perfect or tone deaf, how are you talking to your clients?Article

There will be no return to normal...

Di Brown 26 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Covid-19 impact on the tourism sector
#LockdownLessons: Covid-19 impact on the tourism sectorArticle

Covid-19 has been devastating for the tourism sector around the world and South Africa and the rest of Africa are no exception. There will be a significant negative impact on our sector at all levels in the short to medium term...

Sisa Ntshona 21 May 2020

SA travel bloggers launch platform in aid of local tourism
SA travel bloggers launch platform in aid of local tourismArticle

South African travel writers, Di Brown and Ryan Enslin have launched an innovative online platform called Virtual Bucket List.Guru, which seeks to contribute towards the medium to long term recovery of the South African domestic tourism industry...

17 May 2020

New report: Cape Town's tourism sector could see more than 90,000 jobs lost
New report: Cape Town's tourism sector could see more than 90,000 jobs lostArticle

Cape Town Tourism has released a new report showcasing how the local tourism industry is suffering under Covid-19 regulations. The report includes insight into how prepared businesses are financially to ride out this storm, as well as...

12 May 2020

The shape of recovery - and why it may not be the right question to focus on
The shape of recovery - and why it may not be the right question to focus onArticle

If you weren't sailing smoothly before the crisis and/or don't see hospitality as a core business you should be evaluating your options to exit, or partner with a hotelier that will enable your business model, or a bank that will see you through the trough, so you can sell it at a better valuation during the recovery...

Rishabh Thapar 11 May 2020

#INTHEKNOW: Africa Travel Week launches virtual events for the tourism industry
#INTHEKNOW: Africa Travel Week launches virtual events for the tourism industryArticle

"The bite-sized brainstorming events are part of this new platform and aim to bring together the greatest minds in travel and tourism to come up with innovative solutions to some of the most difficult challenges we've ever faced."

11 May 2020

Africa's Travel Indaba, Lilizela Awards cancelled
Africa's Travel Indaba, Lilizela Awards cancelledArticle

Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the tourism industry had to re-evaluate and assess a number of business events which were scheduled to take place this year...

6 May 2020

Imagining an altered food landscape in a post-corona world
Imagining an altered food landscape in a post-corona worldArticle

Studio H is constantly reassessing and researching what we will be eating and how we will be eating in the future. In this trend report, they turned their attention to what an altered food landscape will look like in a post coronavirus world...

5 May 2020

#TourismStrong: Let's start creating digital stories about South Africa
#TourismStrong: Let's start creating digital stories about South AfricaArticle

Molefi Moketsi, chief technology officer at Jurni, shares four tips for tourism #SMMEs to leverage technology efficiently...

Molefi Moketsi 4 May 2020

Sisa Ntshona, SA Tourism CEO
Building a recovery plan for the tourism sectorArticle

SA Tourism is currently compiling a post-Covid-19 recovery plan for the sector. The plan will take into consideration various scenarios. These include developments in key traditional source markets such as the Europe and the US.

14 Apr 2020

Why Nigeria's hotel sector is set for a good year, despite challenges
Why Nigeria's hotel sector is set for a good year, despite challengesArticle

As one of Africa's largest economies, Nigeria has made significant strides in diversifying its oil-dependent economy, focusing on sectors such as technology, tourism, transport, and electricity, from gas to renewables...

1 Apr 2020

Preparing for a post-Covid-19 era in the tourism industry
Preparing for a post-Covid-19 era in the tourism industryArticle

Our world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. It calls for innovation and smart solutions as we brace ourselves for the economic and social impact of the outbreak and the much needed social isolation...

Mariette du Toit-Helmbold 25 Mar 2020

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Time for SONA to map out "the how" for tourismArticle

Now is the time for focus, funds and fast action to make a real difference, and we need both SONA and the upcoming Budget Speech to address concrete steps head-on, to fast-track tourism...

Lee-Anne Bac 11 Feb 2020

5 trends impacting the SA tourism sector in 2020
5 trends impacting the SA tourism sector in 2020Article

Changes in the local and global economy compel businesses in tourism to be proactive and agile in dealing with challenges and opportunities presented by evolving market dynamics...

10 Feb 2020

Diversifying approaches to conserving nature
Diversifying approaches to conserving natureArticle

Conservationists don't always agree about the best ways to reinforce the protection of nature. Debates about it can become confrontational...

Mucha Mkono, Jason I. Ransom, Katarzyna Nowak and Patrick O. Onyango 7 Jan 2020

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

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...

Martin Jansen van Vuuren 19 Dec 2019

Brett Hendricks, CEO, Thebe Tourism Group
Fly the flag with domestic tourismArticle

We owe the Springboks a great debt of gratitude. The team's Rugby World Cup victory proved to be a much-needed pick-me-up in the wake of doom and gloom over the past year...

Brett Hendricks 28 Nov 2019

Wine tourism boosts Western Cape economy
Wine tourism boosts Western Cape economyArticle

While the South African wine industry has faced many challenges since 2014, wine tourism is booming...

Glenneis Kriel 11 Nov 2019

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