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All things considered... do awards still matter?
All things considered... do awards still matter?Article

In a year in which the ground shifted seismically under our feet, where the collective travel industry is focused on survival rather than award show glory, are awards still relevant?

Linsey Schluter 15 Feb 2021

Havas strengthens digital offering with new head of digital
Havas strengthens digital offering with new head of digitalArticle

Havas is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Jayes as its head of digital. He takes the reins to build on the agency group's existing digital offering, housed under the Havas Boondoggle division...

Issued by Havas Johannesburg 9 Feb 2021

Covid-19 vaccine - will it signal a return to 'normality' for business travel?
Covid-19 vaccine - will it signal a return to 'normality' for business travel?Article

Business travel took a massive hit in 2020 as Covid-19 led to travel restrictions, border closures and lockdowns. Many companies introduced complete travel bans for their employees, while others opted for essential travel only...

3 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

Virtual reality and tourism in 2021
Virtual reality and tourism in 2021Article

"Virtual reality, or VR, is something that we have heard a lot about over the last few months - especially in response to Covid-19. It is becoming a big part of travel and tourism with many questions cropping up on what it looks like, how it works and, most importantly, how we can leverage it."

Chelsey Hale 25 Jan 2021

New Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City is green and keen to welcome guests!
New Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City is green and keen to welcome guests!Article

The new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City is set to open in a few weeks, adding 164 rooms and four suites plus conference and event space for up to 120 people and two restaurants to the growing Waterfall City hub in Midrand...

Issued by City Lodge Hotel 21 Jan 2021

Business travel trends: The travel consultant of the future
Business travel trends: The travel consultant of the futureArticle

With a brand-new vaccine rolling off the shelves, 2021 is looking a lot more positive as the industry begins to recover and rebuild. What can we expect from our travel consultant in the future?

Linsey Schluter 19 Jan 2021

Meet Monika Iuel, the new chief marketing officer at Wesgro
Meet Monika Iuel, the new chief marketing officer at WesgroArticle

Monika Iuel has been appointed as the new chief marketing officer at Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape...

Evan-Lee Courie 18 Jan 2021

WTTC: Downfall of discriminating against unvaccinated travellers
WTTC: Downfall of discriminating against unvaccinated travellersArticle

With comprehensive Covid-19 testing allowing for the free and safe movement of travellers, there should be no further requirements for proof of vaccination from the coronavirus...

Linda Hohnholz 13 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

South Africa, Canada join forces to host virtual SA Music Week in 2021
South Africa, Canada join forces to host virtual SA Music Week in 2021Article

South Africa and Canada are set to join forces to host the 2021 South African Music Week, which will be held virtually from 26 to 28 January...

29 Dec 2020

Muhammad Ali Albakri
#BizTrends2021: 5 government interventions urgently-needed to support air transport, tourism sectorArticle

The air transport industry was one of the hardest hit in 2020 with traffic and revenues falling off a cliff at the end of last March following the imposition of worldwide Covid-19 containment restrictions on travel...

Muhammad Ali Albakri 21 Dec 2020

#BizTrends2021: Together we can do so much more
#BizTrends2021: Together we can do so much moreArticle

Twenty-twenty was a devastating year for South Africa's tourism industry - but it was also the year that we came together as one tourism community and saw the power of true alignment and collaboration...

David Frost 21 Dec 2020

#BizTrends2021: The value shift - how the travel customer has changed
#BizTrends2021: The value shift - how the travel customer has changedArticle

For those of us who work in the travel industry, we know that travel as we knew and loved it, is over. As consumers grapple with uncertainty during this time, their purchasing behaviour has become more erratic and quite frankly almost impossible to predict...

Natalia Rosa 21 Dec 2020

The pandemic that stole Christmas
The pandemic that stole ChristmasArticle

Ovatoyou ran two surveys during lockdown to gain a clear read on how we've fared during the pandemic and where to from here. Founding director Amanda Reekie unpacks the key findings...

Issued by imagineNATION Alliance 14 Dec 2020

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How to re-enchant tourismArticle

After Covid-19 becomes a tragic chapter in the history of the tourism industry, leaders will have to find ways to rebuild the industry and to increase both the number of people travelling and regain profitability.

Dr Peter E. Tarlow 7 Dec 2020

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SA's tourism industry to recommit to the fight against Covid-19Article

The Association of Southern African Travel Agents has called on all stakeholders in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry to get behind President Cyril Ramaphosa's call to recommit to the fight against Covid-19, by complying with stringent health and hygiene protocols.

4 Dec 2020

Black Friday lessons provide a festive boost for local e-commerce stores
Black Friday lessons provide a festive boost for local e-commerce storesArticle

"The number of PayGate transactions saw a very solid 40% year-on-year growth this Black Friday weekend, although we didn't see any of the big spikes in transactions we have seen in previous years."

2 Dec 2020

Can roots tourism build social justice? A case study of travellers to Ghana provides insights
Can roots tourism build social justice? A case study of travellers to Ghana provides insightsArticle

It is a good time to ask how the travel and tourism industry has contributed to racism and how that can change...

Alana Dillette 2 Dec 2020

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SA tourism sector to ensure universal accessibility for allArticle

International Day for Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on 3 December and aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development...

30 Nov 2020

World Travel Awards announces 2020 World category winners
World Travel Awards announces 2020 World category winnersArticle

Winners include Maldives, Portugal, Lisbon and The Algarve...

30 Nov 2020

The robust travel culture of Jacaranda FM listeners
The robust travel culture of Jacaranda FM listenersArticle

Target Group Index South Africa 2019 (TGISA) shows that Jacaranda FM listeners have a keen sense of adventure and believe 'that you only live once', so it's important to have as much fun as possible...

Issued by Jacaranda FM 24 Nov 2020

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Radisson to debut 10th hotel in NigeriaArticle

The new addition further strengthens the group's presence in one of its key African markets, bringing its Nigerian portfolio to 10 hotels in operation and under development...

20 Nov 2020

New WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards category now open for entry
New WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards category now open for entryArticle

Entries are open for Reigniting Africa, a new award category in the inaugural WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards to acknowledge the most impactful, story-driven Covid-19 campaign...

17 Nov 2020

Openview introduces People°s Weather channel
Openview introduces People°s Weather channelArticle

Openview is thrilled to introduce Africa's first and only 24/7 weather, environmental news and lifestyle channel, People°s Weather. Available on channel 115...

Issued by eMedia 17 Nov 2020

Emirates, FlySafair partner to strengthen SA travel options
Emirates, FlySafair partner to strengthen SA travel optionsArticle

The partnership will see Emirates and FlySafair offer the ease of single-ticket travel, as well as easing tagging of baggage for travellers transferring from Emirates' three gateways - Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban to FlySafair domestic points in South Africa, such as Port Elizabeth, East London and George...

16 Nov 2020

Prism Awards open entries for virtual 2021 event
Prism Awards open entries for virtual 2021 eventArticle

Entries to the Prism Awards are officially open and the search for the best campaigns for the 2020 period is now on with a special entry-fee free award for Covid-19 campaigns...

13 Nov 2020

With December around the corner, are South Africans ready to travel again?
With December around the corner, are South Africans ready to travel again?Article

And most importantly, is the travel industry prepared for the country's peak holiday season? Kirby Gordon, CMO of FlySafair, looks at how the industry is rebuilding customer confidence in travel and tourism...

Kirby Gordon 13 Nov 2020

Green light given for tourism to reopen in full, with health and hygiene protocols
Green light given for tourism to reopen in full, with health and hygiene protocolsArticle

While many competitor destinations will remain closed for the foreseeable future, tourism in South Africa has been given the green light to operate in full with stringent health and hygiene protocols in place to safeguard the wellbeing of staff and guests...

12 Nov 2020

Rethinking travel through regenerative tourism, tech advancement
Rethinking travel through regenerative tourism, tech advancementArticle

With world arrivals forecast to be down 50% by the end of 2020, the global travel supply chain is under immense pressure...

9 Nov 2020

World Travel Awards announces Africa 2020 winners
World Travel Awards announces Africa 2020 winnersArticle

World Travel Awards - the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism - has unveiled its Africa 2020 winners to coincide with its inaugural Africa Winners Day.

9 Nov 2020

Travel industry prepares to do business at WTM Virtual
Travel industry prepares to do business at WTM VirtualArticle

Travel and tourism professionals from around the world will reconnect with vital business partners this week at WTM Virtual...

9 Nov 2020

Visit Stellenbosch launches new brand and logo
Visit Stellenbosch launches new brand and logoArticle

The new Stellenbosch brand identity captures the town's warmth and generosity, providing a fresh vibrant palette and visual elements that reflect our youthful charm...

5 Nov 2020

Survival of the wisest - embracing wisdom under pressure
Survival of the wisest - embracing wisdom under pressureArticle

While it would be unfair to say that the hospitality and tourism sectors were hardest hit when the struggle has been global, this year has certainly forced us to face up to inevitable questions around our future survival prospects...

Ramsay Rankoussi 4 Nov 2020

6 simple things to consider when it comes to leveraging your website
6 simple things to consider when it comes to leveraging your websiteArticle

Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown forced many of us to embrace the world of social media and online tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams as a means of survival...

Bianca Delport 3 Nov 2020

Sun International's The Table Bay is officially reopened for business
Sun International's The Table Bay is officially reopened for businessArticle

Following seven long months of lockdown, Sun International's five-star Table Bay Hotel will once again throw open its doors to guests as of today, 30 October, making it the final hotel in the group to reopen...

Robin Fredericks 30 Oct 2020

FlySafair urges competition to return to the skies
FlySafair urges competition to return to the skiesArticle

FlySafair is urging its competitors to return to the market as quickly as possible in order to meet rising consumer demand for domestic flights...

27 Oct 2020

10 must-see locations in sub-Saharan Africa
10 must-see locations in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Leisure travel hasn't been an option for many of us, this year, with Covid-19 and all the other things that came with the novel coronavirus. But with the borders now officially open to some countries, our continent seems like the perfect place to start our travels...

22 Oct 2020

Entrepreneurs tackle Covid-19 language challenges and job creation
Entrepreneurs tackle Covid-19 language challenges and job creationArticle

Two young entrepreneurs are doing their part to help alleviate South Africa's most pressing challenges: managing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and the knock it has taken on the economy...

21 Oct 2020

Digital Covid-19 health pass launched for travellers
Digital Covid-19 health pass launched for travellersArticle

The Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum have launched international trials for CommonPass, a digital health pass for travellers to securely document their certified Covid-19 test status while keeping their health data private...

21 Oct 2020

Live expo to demonstrate best practice and safety protocols; restart the exhibitions and events industry
Live expo to demonstrate best practice and safety protocols; restart the exhibitions and events industryArticle

The Restart Expo is a small scale exhibition designed by Specialised Exhibitions and Johannesburg Expo Centre as a showcase for government, industry, media, PCOs, exhibitors and visitors to see what exhibitions will look like post-Covid-19...

Issued by Johannesburg Expo Centre 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

These reminders could make or break your road trip
These reminders could make or break your road tripArticle

Having not been able to schedule a getaway during the higher levels of lockdown, some of our good holiday habits might be lacking. Brushing up on these key reminders before you set off will ensure your escape is well remembered...

Bertus Visser 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

4 ways you can travel safely in 2020
4 ways you can travel safely in 2020Article

As the tourism industry gradually opens up, South Africans are keen to travel once again. But some might feel a little hesitant and uncertain about embarking upon their first trip - especially after having spent so much time at home during lockdown...

9 Oct 2020

Africa Travel Week rolls out final phase of meetings, masterclasses
Africa Travel Week rolls out final phase of meetings, masterclassesArticle

The final phase kicks off on Thursday, 8 October at 3pm with three virtual sessions focusing on digital tools and marketing...

7 Oct 2020

Looming cash crisis threatens global airline industry
Looming cash crisis threatens global airline industryArticle

The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average rate of $5 to $6bn per month in 2021.

7 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

E-commerce should buoy SA's Black Friday 2020 sales
E-commerce should buoy SA's Black Friday 2020 salesArticle

While not expected to show the same growth as previous years, retail mega-event Black Friday could still help local retailers struggling to make up lost lockdown revenue...

30 Sep 2020

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