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Qatar Airways expands SA network with 28 weekly flights
Qatar Airways expands SA network with 28 weekly flightsArticle

The weekly flights will be operated across Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg...

18 Feb 2021

Africa Travel Week unveils 2021 roadmap to reignite travel and tourism
Africa Travel Week unveils 2021 roadmap to reignite travel and tourismArticle

WTM Africa and suite of sister shows to run as a virtual event from 7 to 9 April 2021 with a live element from 1 to 3 September during Tourism Month...

27 Jan 2021

Government launches R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund
Government launches R1.2bn Tourism Equity FundArticle

Government on Tuesday launched the Tourism Equity Fund aimed at creating an inclusive and growing tourism sector by supporting entrepreneurship and investment on the supply side of the tourism sector...

27 Jan 2021

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Tourism industry norms and standards out for public commentArticle

The norms and standards are aimed at effecting common minimum health measures that will provide quality and safety assurance to potential visitors and travellers...

26 Jan 2021

Covid-19 beach closures hit small businesses in Plettenberg Bay
Covid-19 beach closures hit small businesses in Plettenberg BayArticle

Artists and small business owners in Plettenberg bay say they are battling to make a decent living since the beaches were closed...

20 Jan 2021

What does a post-Covid future hold for the MICE industry?
What does a post-Covid future hold for the MICE industry?Article

Tim Cordon, senior area vice president, Middle East & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group outlines some of the key factors that will give MICE operators an edge once the world begins emerging from the Covid-19 reality...

17 Dec 2020

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SANParks calls for shared responsibility in light of Covid-19 surgeArticle

SANParks fall within the jurisdiction of the identified hotspots in both the Eastern and Western Cape where an increase in Covid-19 cases have been reported...

10 Dec 2020

David 'Blackhawk' Simelane appointed as SA's first black game capture pilot
David 'Blackhawk' Simelane appointed as SA's first black game capture pilotArticle

SANParks has appointed Captain David Simelane as South Africa's first black game capture-rated pilot. Nicknamed 'Blackhawk', Simelane completed his game capture rating, which is an endorsement on his pilot license, with flying colours on 2 December 2020...

9 Dec 2020

What are travellers looking to get out of their December holidays?
What are travellers looking to get out of their December holidays?Article

As the festive season edges ever closer in a year that has been one of the most challenging in recent memory, many South Africans are tired, burnt out and looking forward to a well-deserved break. But what will summer holidays look like in December 2020, and how can you make it one to remember?

7 Dec 2020

What's in store for South Africa's travel sector this December?
What's in store for South Africa's travel sector this December?Article

Lee-Anne Bac and Christelle Grohmann, directors in Advisory Services at BDO go into detail on what can be done this December to start boosting the tourism sector...

Lee-Anne Bac and Christelle Grohmann 3 Dec 2020

SA Tourism to host virtual speed marketing sessions
SA Tourism to host virtual speed marketing sessionsArticle

South African Tourism is calling on all tourism businesses and service providers to take part in the 2020 Virtual Speed Marketing sessions. These sessions are an initiative of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa...

20 Oct 2020

Satellite technology gives SA tourism an opportunity to level the digital divide
Satellite technology gives SA tourism an opportunity to level the digital divideArticle

Satellite internet technology presents a just-in-time opportunity for South Africa's remote, power and income-challenged tourist businesses to remain visible, operational - and ultimately solvent...

13 Oct 2020

6 essential SEO tips for tourism businesses
6 essential SEO tips for tourism businessesArticle

One place where travel and tourism businesses can help their business to be more visible online is from search engine optimisation. Here are some helpful tips on how you can move your website to one of the top spots on Google and other popular search engines result pages.

Selina Bieber 12 Oct 2020

TBCSA calls for government consultation over inbound travel from high-risk countries
TBCSA calls for government consultation over inbound travel from high-risk countriesArticle

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa has welcomed the reopening of South Africa's international borders but has called for urgent consultation with government to understand the methodology used to define the list of high-risk countries from which leisure travellers are banned...

1 Oct 2020

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ACSA welcomes reopening of international bordersArticle

"Our three international airports, O.R Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town, are ready to facilitate cross-border travel and will continue to adhere to the measures and protocols that have been in place for domestic travel over the past few months."

17 Sep 2020

Call for food entrepreneurs to join the Cape's first kitchen incubator
Call for food entrepreneurs to join the Cape's first kitchen incubatorArticle

The V&A Waterfront has taken the next step in making the Western Cape's first inclusive kitchen incubator a reality by calling for applications...

17 Sep 2020

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..."

17 Sep 2020

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

Tourism businesses advocate for sustainable industry recovery post-Covid
Tourism businesses advocate for sustainable industry recovery post-CovidArticle

Samara Private Game Reserve has announced its acceptance as a fellow member of The Long Run - a global community of nature-based tourism businesses committed to meeting the highest standards of sustainability...

8 Sep 2020

Visit Stellenbosch new initiative to stimulate town's tourism economy
Visit Stellenbosch new initiative to stimulate town's tourism economyArticle

To tackle the revival and recovery of the tourism sector in times of Covid-19, Stellenbosch is embarking on a range of initiatives aimed at supporting local business, driving demand and inspiring locals to experience and share their town...

3 Sep 2020

Kubayi-Ngubane urges restaurants to stick to Covid-19 rules
Kubayi-Ngubane urges restaurants to stick to Covid-19 rulesArticle

The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has noted with concern the non-compliance by some restaurants since the move to alert level 2 of the Covid-19 risk adjusted strategy...

1 Sep 2020

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SANParks announces free access week dates for 2020Article

"SANParks has postponed the free access week which is traditionally held in September, to November due to the Covid-19 alert level 2 regulations which restrict the number of persons allowed within public spaces."

1 Sep 2020

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Table Mountain Cableway reopens in SeptemberArticle

Thanks to the easing of the national lockdown regulations, The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company is now ready to welcome local and domestic travellers from Tuesday, 1 September 2020...

24 Aug 2020

TBCSA, partners launch new Covid-19 protocols safety app
TBCSA, partners launch new Covid-19 protocols safety appArticle

The app will aid in the safe reopening of the industry by training business owners on the safe implementation of the Covid-19 tourism safety protocols...

6 Aug 2020

SANParks welcomes relaxation of regulations
SANParks welcomes relaxation of regulationsArticle

"We appreciate that after four months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature. However, we are obligated to ensure that the opening of our national parks for accommodation is done under the strictest health protocols to safeguard both our staff and guests."

3 Aug 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

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The importance of reliable data to reposition South Africa's tourism industryArticle

Reliable data and the smart analysis of it are key to steering the tourism industry through this time of uncertainty. But more than that, it is the blueprint for building a better road in the future and repositioning the tourism industry for sustainable success...

Emily Djock 28 Jul 2020

The importance of travelling locally
The importance of travelling locallyArticle

Clinton Thom, general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, pens why the local industry will need locals to support them as much as possible...

Clinton Thom 28 Jul 2020

Hats off (and masks on) to those on the frontline of local tourism
Hats off (and masks on) to those on the frontline of local tourismArticle

In an industry that serves almost 1,5 million of the economically active population in South Africa, and in an economy that was already ailing before the onset of Covid-19, the stakes couldn't be higher...

Ryan Enslin 27 Jul 2020

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Update on the state of tourism in SAArticle

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa recent webinar, discussed and raised concerns, and solutions on the current state of the tourism industry in South Africa, ranging from UIF-TERS to agri-tourism.

21 Jul 2020

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V&A Waterfront adopts WTTC's safe travel protocolArticle

The V&A Waterfront is the first attraction in South Africa to adopt the World Travel and Tourism Council's Safe Travels stamp, which is specifically designed to address Covid-19 and similar outbreaks.

20 Jul 2020

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New report: SA's local travel industry in for a bumpy rideArticle

Cape Town Tourism has presented its Consumer Impact Report, which reflects that even once travel opens up and despite a desire to travel, it's going to take a while to recover as consumers have little to no disposable income to use on leisure travel...

16 Jul 2020

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SANParks prepares to reopen its accommodation facilitiesArticle

The South African National Parks says it is preparing to recall its hospitality staff for a phased approach in the reopening of its overnight facilities...

19 Jun 2020

Webinar: Gauteng Tourism Authority reignites sector confidence
Webinar: Gauteng Tourism Authority reignites sector confidenceArticle

As a first step towards reaffirming solidarity and the gradual and eventual reopening of the tourism sector, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched its first webinar in a four-part series of targeted engagements...

19 Jun 2020

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Tourism KZN's SMME online workshops open for registrationArticle

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is running a series of online workshops for small tourism enterprises on recovery strategies and effective measures required to operate during the pandemic...

15 Jun 2020

De-risking tourism: Prioritising safety protocols across all sub-sectors
De-risking tourism: Prioritising safety protocols across all sub-sectorsArticle

Tourism has been one of the hardest-hit sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic, and if matters are left as they are, it is likely to be among the last to recover...

20 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

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#Covid19 and the current state of tourism in SAArticle

"The current inability of businesses to cover costs is likely to lead to more business closures. This, together with the cancellation of planned investments, indicates a huge concern that there will be no supply, when tourism moves more fully towards recovery, which we hope will be during 2021."

8 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

Businesses urged to apply to tourism relief fund
Businesses urged to apply to tourism relief fundArticle

The R200m Tourism Relief Fund has been established as an intervention to mitigate against the impact of Covid-19 in the tourism sector...

8 Apr 2020

Covid-19 - an opportunity for value-driven tourism products
Covid-19 - an opportunity for value-driven tourism productsArticle

Post-pandemic price-conscious travellers will want a bigger bang for their buck than ever before...

7 Apr 2020

5 tips on how tourism SMMEs can survive lockdown
5 tips on how tourism SMMEs can survive lockdownArticle

With no airlines flying into or out of South Africa and no tourists to participate in experiences, tourism SMMEs are finding themselves in a difficult situation. Is it even possible for tourism SMMEs to remain productive during lockdown?

6 Apr 2020

Why #LockdownSA shouldn't be a holiday for tourism SMMEs
Why #LockdownSA shouldn't be a holiday for tourism SMMEsArticle

The lockdown time could be put to good use to make such businesses more competitive and efficient...

1 Apr 2020

Tintswalo goes digital with all-new virtual safaris
Tintswalo goes digital with all-new virtual safarisArticle

The virtual safaris include video footage of actual sightings, as well as some of the exhilarating encounters experienced by its game rangers on patrol...

31 Mar 2020

5 things to do with the family during SA's nationwide lockdown
5 things to do with the family during SA's nationwide lockdownArticle

As ambassadors for travel, South African Tourism is responding to the challenge of travel, without leaving your home...

27 Mar 2020

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#Covid19: Kruger National Park records one positive caseArticle

One positive case of the novel coronavirus has been recorded in SANParks Kruger National Park (KNP) - a French tourist who was part of a group of six who had booked a two-night stay in the national park...

27 Mar 2020

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#Covid19: SA restaurants to comply with nationwide lockdownArticle

All restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops required to close...

25 Mar 2020

SA tourist attractions to be closed
SA tourist attractions to be closedArticle

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has instructed tourist attractions across the country to close following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of a national lockdown from midnight on Thursday to curb the spread of Covid-19...

25 Mar 2020

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Update: SA Tourism cancels Travel Trade FridayArticle

The spread of the Coronavirus has presented the world with a new set of business challenges and a very unpredictable environment to operate in...

24 Mar 2020

Cape Town Tourism temporarily shuts down, goes digital
Cape Town Tourism temporarily shuts down, goes digitalArticle

The City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism has decided to temporarily close its Visitor Information Centres and redeploy staff to different areas of the business where they are needed.

23 Mar 2020

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