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Thinking of visiting the Kruger now that travel is allowed? You'll be thrilled to see what's new there
Thinking of visiting the Kruger now that travel is allowed? You'll be thrilled to see what's new thereArticle

Mid-year has always been a popular time for South Africans to travel to and to enjoy what the Kruger National Park has to offer...

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International travel makes a return under alert level 1
International travel makes a return under alert level 1Article

South Africa will reopen its international borders on 1 October 2020...

3 days ago

Fedhasa calls for private-public collaboration to boost tourism
Fedhasa calls for private-public collaboration to boost tourismArticle

"As an industry we have come together and worked tirelessly to ensure that travel is both safe and normal for our visitors and guests... It is my sincere hope that this collaboration continues and that public and private sector stakeholders work together to get South Africa's tourism, travel and hospitality community back on their feet..."

3 days ago

SA's tourism sector promises to keep travellers safe as borders set to open
SA's tourism sector promises to keep travellers safe as borders set to openArticle

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the country's borders would open to international travellers under the strictest conditions, the South African tourism sector has promised to keep these incoming travellers safe...

3 days ago

TBCSA appeals to government to reopen international boarders safely
TBCSA appeals to government to reopen international boarders safelyArticle

As a top export earner and high employment creator for low to semi-skilled workers, tourism has the best potential to reignite South Africa's economy quickly. International tourism can reopen safely, but it requires an enabling environment, which includes the reopening of international borders, an improved visa regime, air access and better safety for tourists...

9 Sep 2020

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How TMCs are addressing concerns faced by women in corporate travelArticle

Women continue to strive for all important work-life balance. Travel managers (and TMCs) worth their salt support this by implementing new travel policies, or improving on existing policies, to ensure that they meet the needs of each traveller...

11 Aug 2020

Appealing to the youth market: Why younger travellers will lead SA's tourism recovery
Appealing to the youth market: Why younger travellers will lead SA's tourism recoveryArticle

As South Africa's travel and tourism sector contemplates the future, it's clear that the country will need to appeal to intrepid, adventurous and more socially- and environmentally-conscious travellers - with the 18-34 category at the heart of its post-Covid recovery...

Tim Louw 28 Jul 2020

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The world needs conscious travellersArticle

Perhaps never before has there been a more apt time to celebrate conscious living...

Sue Garrett 22 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

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WiT Africa 2020 to connect Asian and African travel marketsArticle

The first WiT Africa, to be held on May 28 at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town will explore the opportunities and dynamism of a region that echoes what has been seen in Asia's emerging markets...

23 Jan 2020

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Semigration: What's all the hype about?Article

Grant Smee, entrepreneur, property investor and himself a semigrant shares his views on this growing trend...

Grant Smee 16 Jan 2020

4 ways urban lifestyle trends are changing the property landscape
4 ways urban lifestyle trends are changing the property landscapeArticle

There's a lot of talk about future cities, many of them being the sprawling metropolises of the world. The new world order for professionals, executives, and indeed millennial behaviour is to catch a taxi to work if needed, then to walk from work to gym, move on to coffee with friends - and cycle, walk or take a quick Uber home...

11 Sep 2019

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Entries open for Africa's first travel hackathonArticle

"This hackathon is the first of its kind in this market. And we are excited to be at forefront of revolutionising tourism to catch up with the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) with the aim of also collecting and storing accurate industry data..."

26 Jul 2019

New Newark/New York, CPT route to stimulate economic growth and job creation
New Newark/New York, CPT route to stimulate economic growth and job creationArticle

This non-stop flight between North America will commence on 15 December 2019, serviced by United Airlines on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner...

2 Jul 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends in wine and food tourism
#BizTrends2019: Trends in wine and food tourismArticle

The swinging doors to kitchen culture were first held open by celebrity chefs like Julia Child and Jamie Oliver. For the tourism industry, it was the travel documentary style of Rick Stein and Anthony Bourdain that beamed travel to exotic locations, and Cornwall, into our lounges...

Marisah Nieuwoudt 21 Dec 2018

WTM Africa launches dedicated hosted buyer programme for international exhibitors
WTM Africa launches dedicated hosted buyer programme for international exhibitorsArticle

"This programme will ensure that out outbound international exhibitors can arrange appointments with potential hosted buyers in advance that are actively selling travel, accommodation and experiences to the African market."

12 Sep 2018

Top insights into the business of outbound travel
Top insights into the business of outbound travelArticle

Commissioned by the Association of Southern African Travel Agents, the Travel Market Index conducted by Grant Thornton reveals that most of the outbound travel-acquired through ASATA-member travel agencies was corporate travel, accounting for 56% of all travel turnover...

19 Jun 2018

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February shows rebound in passenger traffic growthArticle

"As expected, we saw a return to stronger demand growth in February, after the temporary slowdown in January. This is supported by a robust economic backdrop and solid business confidence."

6 Apr 2018

SA woos 85 Nordic tour operators
SA woos 85 Nordic tour operatorsArticle

The #NordicMeetSouthAfrica2018 initiative saw 85 Nordic tour operators embark on a seven-day trip showcasing the highlights of South Africa's different provinces and exposing them to local SMME experiences and top-notch hospitality...

15 Mar 2018

Global passenger traffic results for 2017 show rise in demand
Global passenger traffic results for 2017 show rise in demandArticle

"2017 got off to a very strong start and largely stayed that way throughout the year, sustained by a broad-based pick-up in economic conditions..."

2 Feb 2018

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IATA: Global passenger traffic bounces backArticle

IATA's global passenger traffic results show October's performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September...

5 Dec 2017

Tourvest consolidates travel brands, looks beyond southern Africa for growth opportunities
Tourvest consolidates travel brands, looks beyond southern Africa for growth opportunitiesArticle

A partnership between Tourvest and German tour operator partner Dertouristik, has prompted the group to look beyond southern Africa for further growth opportunities...

10 Nov 2017

Africa's emerging hotel markets attractive for foreign investors
Africa's emerging hotel markets attractive for foreign investorsArticle

“The emerging markets are a sought after destination for foreign investors - it is in these markets where there are continued economic growth and a need for additional infrastructure."

16 Aug 2017

Collaboration to see Africa promoted at CEMS China Tourism Series
Collaboration to see Africa promoted at CEMS China Tourism SeriesArticle

CEMS is collaborating with Africa Tourism Partners to facilitate the participation of African travel and tourism sectors in the CEMS China Tourism Series to take place in November...

3 Aug 2017

Future for SA hotels looks rosy
Future for SA hotels looks rosyArticle

2016 was a positive year for South Africa's hotel sector, with further growth forecast over the next five years. This is the finding of PwC's 7th edition of the Hotels Outlook: 2017 - 2021...

Danette Breitenbach 29 Jun 2017

PwC Hotels Outlook 2017-2021: Africa's hotel sector remains resilient
PwC Hotels Outlook 2017-2021: Africa's hotel sector remains resilientArticle

Africa's hotel sector has remained resilient in the face of strong economic headwinds. South Africa's hospitality sector is poised for further growth in the next five years...

28 Jun 2017

Is Airbnb really a threat to the hotel industry?
Is Airbnb really a threat to the hotel industry?Article

We read all the time about how the sharing economy - a new form of doing business that puts the supplier and the customer together digitally, leaving out the intermediary - threatens the sustainability of existing businesses...

Danny Bryer 29 May 2017

#WTMA17: Reunion Island, for the curious traveller
#WTMA17: Reunion Island, for the curious travellerArticle

"Reunion Island offers the perfect retreat away from the mundane and allows for the curious traveller to venture into the unknown, with a promise of adventure on the horizon."

Cari Coetzee 16 May 2017

#WTMA17: An African experience with a cultural twist in Swaziland
#WTMA17: An African experience with a cultural twist in SwazilandArticle

Swaziland Tourism recently exhibited at WTM Africa 2017, showing that this small, landlocked country has big aspirations for its tourism industry...

Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

#WTMA17: Euromonitor shares key tourism trends in Africa
#WTMA17: Euromonitor shares key tourism trends in AfricaArticle

Speaking at WTM Africa 2017, Christy Tawii, research analyst at Euromonitor International explored some of the key trends influencing and driving growth in the African tourism industry...

Cari Coetzee 8 May 2017

Hotel management companies: Finding the perfect match
Hotel management companies: Finding the perfect matchArticle

Whether buying or building a hotel, the decision to involve a hotel management company is a big one...

Guy Stehlik 3 May 2017

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SA can expect an influx of international visitors over EasterArticle

South Africans can prepare for an influx of foreign visitors over the Easter week with data pulled by Cheapflights showing a 61% surge in searches for travel into South Africa over this period...

24 Mar 2017

SA tourism industry looks to relaxed visa restrictions to boost arrivals
SA tourism industry looks to relaxed visa restrictions to boost arrivalsArticle

South Afrca's tourism industry has welcomed the planned easing of visa restrictions, which should boost arrival numbers and offset slowing domestic holiday travel...

9 Nov 2016

Tourism body threatens legal action on visas
Tourism body threatens legal action on visasArticle

Despite the government announcing in late 2015 that some of the more onerous requirements of SA's new visa regulations had been eased, little has changed...

Bekezela Phakathi 12 Oct 2016

Essence Festival Durban announces lineup
Essence Festival Durban announces lineupArticle

South African artists Black Coffee, Thandiswa Mazwai and Lady Smith Black Mambazo as well as Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams will perform at South Africa's first Essence Festival Durban.

21 Sep 2016

Hotel assets attract investor interest
Hotel assets attract investor interestArticle

The hospitality sector is poised for significant growth because of strong interest in local hotel assets, says global hospitality consulting and services group HVS...

Bekezela Phakathi 18 Jul 2016

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Emirates to add third daily flight to Cape TownArticle

Emirates has announced that it will introduce a third daily service between Dubai and Cape Town from 4 July 2016, supplementing two current daily flights between the two cities...

10 May 2016

Go2Africa platform to disrupt local travel industry
Go2Africa platform to disrupt local travel industryArticle

Go2Africa, niche inbound travel specialists, is developing a new platform which is set to disrupt the local travel industry in 2017 by providing a...

1 Apr 2016

SA tourism industry to leverage easing visa restrictions
SA tourism industry to leverage easing visa restrictionsArticle

The South African tourism industry has welcomed a planned easing of visa restrictions which will boost arrival numbers and offset slowing domestic holiday travel...

10 Mar 2016

Visa rules hurt SA during peak season
Visa rules hurt SA during peak seasonArticle

Initial indications are that the tourism industry failed to take full advantage of the traditionally busy December period because of the "absurd" visa regulations...

Bekezela Phakathi 5 Jan 2016

New measures for immigration regulations
New measures for immigration regulationsArticle

PRETORIA: New measures have been introduced to address concerns raised by stakeholders in the tourism sector regarding the new visa regulations...

26 Oct 2015

Travel sharing companies to present at e-Tourism Summit
Travel sharing companies to present at e-Tourism SummitArticle

Airbnb and Uber will be presenting at the 2015 e-Tourism Africa Summit for the first time. The e-Tourism Africa Summit will be held at...

14 Sep 2015

Visa's #MyEverywhere campaign set to share SA's beauty
Visa's #MyEverywhere campaign set to share SA's beautyArticle

On 8 May, Visa launched a digital campaign with the long-term goal of changing the way the world sees South Africa and how South Africans see themselves...

Leigh Andrews 8 May 2015

Online travel bookings have exploded
Online travel bookings have explodedArticle

Travel company, Expedia has reported that online travel bookings have exploded over the past year, having grown by 29% in 2014...

20 Apr 2015

Pro-African, pro-travel #BeEbolaSmart campaign launched
Pro-African, pro-travel #BeEbolaSmart campaign launchedArticle

Safari365, in partnership with Cape Town Twitter celebrity James Costello, has launched a pro-African, pro-travel social media campaign titled #BeEbolaSmart, in an aim to alleviate fears and sensationalism...

17 Nov 2014

PwC report anticipates growth in Africa's hospitality sector
PwC report anticipates growth in Africa's hospitality sectorArticle

Despite the state of the South African economy, the hospitality sector is poised for further growth in the next five years in the wake of a number of inbound travellers to the African continent, according to a report issued by PwC.

23 Jun 2014

TripAdvisor study finds that SA is a "wish list" dream destination
TripAdvisor study finds that SA is a "wish list" dream destinationArticle

International traveller interest in South Africa is on the rise according to a recent TripAdvisor traffic study. Views of South African destinations on the travel site grew by over 250% from 2012 to 2013 and travellers from China, Austria, Switzerland and Germany showed the largest increase in terms of interest in South African destinations over the past year.

15 May 2014

Opportunities in hospitality through FEDHASA Cape membershipArticle

South Africa's hospitality industry is poised for strong growth in the next five years. According to a report issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers in June 2013, this growth will be driven by a vast increase in inbound travellers into the African continent.

9 Sep 2013

June tourist accommodation up 7.9% y/y
June tourist accommodation up 7.9% y/yArticle

Income for SA's tourist accommodation sector rose by 7.9% year-on-year (y/y) in current prices in June after a 10.1% y/y gain in May‚ Statistics SA's tourist accommodation survey released on Monday (19 August) showed.

Helmo Preuss 20 Aug 2013

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