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#AfricaMonth: Pave the way to Open Skies

Although it's certainly not feasible for Africa to have thousands of city pairs because the traveller demand simply doesn't exist, there are several hundred city pairs that would certainly be sustainable...

By Natalia Rosa 2 hours ago

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Business boost - Air Seychelles partners with Booking.com

Under the partnership, Booking.com will enable guests travelling with Air Seychelles or other airlines to book a selection of accommodations...

18 May 2018

Mauritius: E-commerce service launched to promote local operators
Mauritius: E-commerce service launched to promote local operators

The e-commerce service of the tax-free shopping digital portal Shopping Mauritius, an online platform to showcase products of tax-free shopping and handicrafts operators of the Creative Mauritius, was launched on 11 May...

17 May 2018

How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends
How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends

Smart cities are often discussed as being the key to future urban living. The increase in capacity for more complex information can help solve human and environmental problems by saving energy and regulating traffic flow...

By Nick Davies 17 May 2018

Fastjet, Emirates interline agreement to stimulate future traffic connections
Fastjet, Emirates interline agreement to stimulate future traffic connections

Following its migration to its new reservation platform, Fastjet has concluded a refreshed interline agreement with Emirates...

17 May 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea
Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The growing danger of animal selfies, and of feeding wild animals, is well documented, but interacting with wild animals isn't just dangerous for people. It can be bad news for the animals too...

By Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert 16 May 2018

The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)
The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)

The carbon footprint of tourism is about four times larger than previously thought, according to a world-first study published in Nature Climate Change...

By Arunima Malik & Ya-Yen Sun 15 May 2018

Seven countries to visit during #AfricaMonth
Seven countries to visit during #AfricaMonth

A photographer's paradise and an adventurer's utopia, there's no place in the world like Africa. In the spirit of celebrating the African continent and its people during #AfricaMonth, perhaps it's time to see what awaits you in your own backyard.

By Chelsey Hale 15 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Travel marketing in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Travel marketing in Africa

One of the strengths of marketing travel to Africa is that its destinations offer so much diversity. How would an African Tourism Board even begin to market the continent as one brand when there are so many cultures, ethnicities, landscapes and languages that comprise the continent?

By Natalia Rosa 15 May 2018

Renaming of Songwe International Airport on the cards
Renaming of Songwe International Airport on the cards

Mbeya Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) has decided to change the name of Songwe International Airport to Mbeya International Airport, to attract more investors and tourists...

By Merali Chawe 14 May 2018

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Sustainable conferences and events: An event greening guide

Conferences and events have a significant impact on the communities and the environment where they are hosted - some good, some bad. What is the right way to address sustainability?

14 May 2018

#WTMA18: Championing African women in travel - Q&A with Alessandra Alonso
#WTMA18: Championing African women in travel - Q&A with Alessandra Alonso

The inaugural Women in Africa Forum took place during World Travel Market Africa 2018. Hosted by Women in Travel CIC founder Alessandra Alonso, the forum aimed to highlight the importance of women entrepreneurs in Africa...

By Ruth Cooper 14 May 2018

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TMCs: When global isn't truly global

If you're wanting to go global-first, your travel management company (TMC) is going to need to be truly global. The reality is that many TMCs, even those who claim to be, are not...

By Euan McNeil 11 May 2018

#Indaba2018: Telling Africa's stories to increase tourism
#Indaba2018: Telling Africa's stories to increase tourism

"Showcase our Indaba and take it to more than 80 countries here for the next three days." This year's theme is Africa's Stories, Your Success and focuses on a united goal to deliver authentic stories to increase tourism to Africa sustainably...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 May 2018

#Indaba2018: Victoria Falls records a 13% increase in tourist visits
#Indaba2018: Victoria Falls records a 13% increase in tourist visits

Tourists are once again flocking to Zimbabwe, with the country's top resort town of Victoria Falls enjoying record numbers...

9 May 2018

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#Indaba2018: Tourism's time in the spotlight

Indaba is a tourism trade B2B affair, but tourism in the African context is closely linked to infrastructural development within the individual countries that make up the continent...

By Danny Bryer 9 May 2018

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Cape Town becoming top art lovers destination

Cape Town boasts many iconic experiences, but it is fast becoming the world's newest art hot spot. Now there are new experiences for art aficionados as Cape Town finds its feet among the art capitals of the world, with artwork transcending the traditional craftwork mostly associated with Africa...

9 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The rise of Nigeria - why we should be paying attention to this travel market
#AfricaMonth: The rise of Nigeria - why we should be paying attention to this travel market

There's an energy and dogged determination one feels when visiting Nigeria for the first time. It's that palpable can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves, hurry-up-and-wait atmosphere that is simply intoxicating...

By Natalia Rosa 8 May 2018

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ICCA names Cape Town top MICE destination in Africa

Cape Town has been named as the number one meetings destination in Africa for the tenth consecutive year...

8 May 2018

Director-General for the Department of Environmental Affairs, Nosipho Jezile-Ngcaba with the Fund's CEO Paul Zille, Chairman Mavuso Msimang and board members David Frost and Yolan Friedmann at the launch on 2 May 2018 in Johannesburg.
Tourism Conservation Fund to secure SA's biodiversity, promote more inclusive tourism industry

The conservation of South Africa's biodiversity is a critical component in securing the future of tourism, an industry many South Africans depend on for their livelihood...

7 May 2018

KZN, Durban open for business as it readies for Africa's #Indaba2018
KZN, Durban open for business as it readies for Africa's #Indaba2018

Underpinning Africa's Travel Indaba is tourism which energises economies and fuels the economic transformation of countries on the continent. Its benefits range from livelihoods improvement to export diversification...

7 May 2018

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IHG expands African presence with Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport

"We currently have 25 operating hotels across eight countries in Africa, and we are looking at expanding our presence further by more than 27%, in three to five years."

4 May 2018

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#AfricaMonth: Creating a conducive environment for corporate travel in Africa

Rebone Motsatsi, Avis Rent a Car executive: commercial and licensees on corporate travel in Africa shares his thoughts on the business travel market, MICE destinations and the role government can play in making the country more attractive to corporates.

4 May 2018

Airbnb global study reveals millennials as predominant travel consumers by 2025
Airbnb global study reveals millennials as predominant travel consumers by 2025

The study outlines a number of key findings and trends among millennials who demand more adventurous travel experiences...

3 May 2018

#WTMA18: Six trends driving growth and change in African tourism
#WTMA18: Six trends driving growth and change in African tourism

Each region is different and coping with different tensions. Mature economies have been struggling to maintain positive growth, and emerging markets have had their own challenges to deal with...

By Cari Coetzee 3 May 2018

African Continental Free Trade Agreement to be welcomed as a boost for tourism
African Continental Free Trade Agreement to be welcomed as a boost for tourism

The African Continental Free Trade Area promotes the creation of a single market across the continent through the abolition of cross-border tariffs and greater efficiency at border posts. Opening up nearby markets can only bode well for African businesses...

By Danny Bryer 2 May 2018

Marriott moves into West Africa
Marriott moves into West Africa

The opening of the Accra Marriott Hotel near the Ghanaian capital marks the Marriot hotel group's debut in West Africa.

30 Apr 2018

Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day
Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day

More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend the inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum...

30 Apr 2018

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Hospitality innovation: An oxymoron?

Innovation. It's the lifeblood of many industries. But in our industry, hospitality, innovation tends to be incremental rather than radical...

By Dr. Christine Demen-Meier 26 Apr 2018

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