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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

#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

#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

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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

#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

#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

#WTMA18: Changing the digital narrative for destination marketing organisations
#WTMA18: Changing the digital narrative for destination marketing organisations

Sharing some of his most favourite passions including surfing, balloons and unicorns, Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy took us through the destination marketing organisation and its relevance in a digital world during his talk at this year's World Travel Market Africa...

By Robin Fredericks 25 Apr 2018

Darrin Thomas, Manager, Marketing and Communications Africa, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Marketing Virgin Atlantic: Challenging the status quo with flair, passion and love

"I love that we, at Virgin Atlantic, are always taking calculated risks - we're always pushing the boundaries, but with the customer's best interests always in mind."

By Cari Coetzee 5 Apr 2018

The private members club set to transform Africa
The private members club set to transform Africa

The QSL Members Club will be an incubator for Africa's leading lights, an organic platform for ideas to be birthed, connections to be forged and for plans to be set in motion...

By Cari Coetzee 27 Mar 2018

Mauritians celebrate half a century of building a nation hand-in-hand
Mauritians celebrate half a century of building a nation hand-in-hand

As we took our seats in the grandstand, we could feel the electric atmosphere and the nation's uncontainable excitement - and this was no rock concert, nor was it a World Cup event...

By Ilse van den Berg 20 Mar 2018

#MeetingsAfrica: Tourism the driving force in Africa
#MeetingsAfrica: Tourism the driving force in Africa

Despite last year's global and local turmoil, tourism continues to be an economic driving force with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation estimating that international tourist arrivals to Africa grew by 8% in 2017...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Mar 2018

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Three African airports honoured at Airport Service Quality Awards

Airports Company South Africa's George Airport and King Shaka International, as well as another African airport, Nairobi Airport, were honoured at the ACI Airport Service Quality Awards...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018

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E-commerce penetration in Kenya ramping up travel

Travellers' resolve and ability to purchase services on the move has increased the reliance on mobile devices, thus giving service providers who invest in easy-to-use apps a rising edge...

By Josephine Wawira 9 Feb 2018

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#MeetingsAfrica: All that Africa has to offer

Wowing the world with what Africa has to offer. That is the purpose of Meetings Africa...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top trends for hotel investors in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Top trends for hotel investors in 2018

Today's hotel developers are under constant pressure to 'future-proof' their respective hotel projects. We see this translate into the function and style of hotels under development, as well as those hotels that have recently commenced operations across the continent...

By Michelé de Witt 25 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Visa openness the key to unlocking Africa's economy
#BizTrends2018: Visa openness the key to unlocking Africa's economy

While many parts of the world grapple with conversations around closing borders, there are murmurs of the opposite in Africa, a region renowned for its lack of visa openness and one that could see prosperity and growth if the barriers to travel were consciously broken down...

By Oz Desai 23 Jan 2018

62 million international arrivals in Africa in 2017
62 million international arrivals in Africa in 2017

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, Africa reached a record of 62 million international arrivals translating to a growth of 8%, which supersedes that of the international number of...

By Josephine Wawira 22 Jan 2018

What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change
What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change

In your dual role as travel marketer and Facebook consumer, the news that Facebook is going to 'clean-up' your News Feed will likely be met with a mix of joy and despair...

By Natalia Rosa 16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?
#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?

The travel agency of tomorrow will blend a personal and human touch with digital technologies. Instead of travel agents, we'll see the emergence of...

By Jannine Adams 15 Jan 2018

Simone Kuhn, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's business development manager for Africa and Indian Ocean
#BizTrends2018: Advancing brands by aligning with the mindset of travellers

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's business development manager for Africa and Indian Ocean shares four top travel trends the group is aligning with to advance its brands...

By Simone Kuhn 11 Jan 2018

Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar
#BizTrends2018: 2018 travel forecast - seven trends to anticipate

In 2018, there will be an increased swathe of people fully engaged in the sharing economy, communicating to the world the wonderfully enriching experiences that they have discovered...

By Gavin Tollman 9 Jan 2018

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Tourism grows in prominence as African governments position the sector in their agenda

With improved investment and aggressive positioning in both the public and the private sector's growth agenda, the sky - for destination Africa - is the limit...

By Josephine Wawira 5 Dec 2017

The importance of culinary tourism to travel destinations
The importance of culinary tourism to travel destinations

Modern-day travellers are more experiential in all aspects of their journey; from cultural immersion to local food sampling, a trend that has become a major influence in the growth of travel destinations...

By Josephine Wawira 22 Nov 2017

What to do and where to stay in Zanzibar
What to do and where to stay in Zanzibar

The heat slams your entire body in a suffocating, damp caress as soon as you step out of the plane's air-conditioned coolness; immediately curling hair into little frizzy ringlets and dew-ifying the face. It's overwhelming for a Capetonian used to fresh sea breezes and dry heats - Jambo Zanzibar, there is no mistaking we have arrived upon your welcoming shores!

By Ruth Cooper 21 Nov 2017

Chris Lehane, head of global policy and public affairs for Airbnb © .
Airbnb in Africa for the long haul

Airbnb's Chris Lehane elaborates on how Airbnb plans to expand into Africa, comments on some of the travel and tourism trends coming up and explains how a global brand such as Airbnb remains relevant, resilient and innovative...

By Juanita Pienaar 1 Nov 2017

Airbnb's Chris Lehane and CiTi's Joshin Raghurb
Airbnb's authentic experiences boost local communities through technology

Airbnb's Chris Lehane and CiTi's Joshin Raghurbar took part in a conversation on how, through technology, tourism can generate new economic opportunities and authentic experiences...

By Robin Fredericks 26 Oct 2017

#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times
#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times

Emirates has launched a $15m campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline's network of global destinations. We go behind the scenes of the campaign with Boutros Boutros...

By Cari Coetzee 24 Oct 2017

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