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#Indaba2018: Creating experiences online

While technology is disrupting the tourism industry, it is also bringing with it benefits to the industry and the end user. By 2030, 1.8 billion tourists will visit the continent. Africa can greatly benefit from technology to grow its share of the global tourism market...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 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

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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

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

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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: 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

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

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

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US revokes economic sanctions against Sudan: What it means for hospitality businesses

News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa's third largest country...

By Josephine Wawira 18 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts
#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts

Concepts Collection creates unforgettable luxury experiences. We chat to Christina and Richard Holt to find out how it all started and what it takes to run one of the leading luxury brands in SA...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

Hotel bookings: Reviews and seamless payment methods take lead as drivers in online purchase
Hotel bookings: Reviews and seamless payment methods take lead as drivers in online purchase

An analysis of the Q3 Customer Behavior and Online Trends released by Jumia Travel, reveals insights into customer shopping habits and forecasts predictions for online hotel bookings...

By Josephine Wawira 9 Oct 2017

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Exploring Kenya's Masai Mara through the eyes of a hotelier

Kenya boasts of diverse destinations that remain major attractions for tourists from across the world. From the classic wildlife safaris

By Josephine Wawira 14 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future
#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future

Associate Dean and Professor at ESL, Dr Achim Schmitt, participated in a panel discussion on HR and education issues in the hospitality industry at the THINC Africa conference...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Is Pruvo the hotel industry's next big disruption?
#InnovationMonth: Is Pruvo the hotel industry's next big disruption?

We received word of an Israeli startup that is causing a stir in the hotel bookings industry. Pruvo enables travellers to rebook the same hotel room for a cheaper price...

By Cari Coetzee 12 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: Dealing with hotel development challenges in Africa
#THINCAfrica: Dealing with hotel development challenges in Africa

Rishabh Thapar sat down with a group of panellists at THINC Africa 2017 to discuss challenges in hotel development...

By Robin Fredericks 6 Sep 2017

The role of online travel in unlocking Africa's tourism potential
The role of online travel in unlocking Africa's tourism potential

In today's globally digital world, tourism related businesses are striving to position themselves on the online map. The travel sector is one that has, over the years, evolved in its online presence...

By Josephine Wawira 30 Aug 2017

Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism
Cape Town Tourism one of the top 25 tourism websites in the world

The site's user experience is outstanding, and that use of rich content such as video and tapping into global travel trends are what contribute to the site's success...

By Enver Duminy 22 Aug 2017

Simone Kuhn, Business Development Manager for Africa & Indian Ocean, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
#WomensMonth: In the business development driving seat with Simone Kuhn

We chat to Simone Kuhn, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's business development manager for Africa and Indian Ocean and one of Africa's Top 100 Women in Tourism...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Aug 2017

Anthony Berklich, founder of Inspired Citizen, in Morocco
#WTMA17: How do millennials define luxury travel and why does it matter?

While millennials are optimistic about the future, they believe in living for today. Therefore, they are willing to spend more on material items they feel are special to them, or dig deep for an experience of a lifetime...

By Cari Coetzee 31 May 2017

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Harnessing the power of technology to benefit African tourism businesses

Using technology to connect African nations through tourism will grow the continent's economy and improve its competitiveness with other global tourist destinations...

By Josephine Wawira 24 May 2017

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

"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."

By Cari Coetzee 16 May 2017

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

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

By Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

#Indaba2017: Africa moves you
#Indaba2017: Africa moves you

“Not only do we want to show the world what Africa has to offer, but by presenting a fantastic product, we want it to lead to more business and through that have a bigger impact on the economies of the different countries in Africa."

By Danette Breitenbach 10 May 2017

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

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...

By Cari Coetzee 9 May 2017

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#AfricaMonth: What's on the menu for Food & Hospitality Africa 2017?

We chat to Nick Sarnadas from Food & Hospitality Africa, the largest pan-African food, drink, and hospitality trade show, to find out what's on the menu this year...

By Cari Coetzee 4 May 2017

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#WTMA17: The Seychelles playing an active role in conserving its biodiversity

David Germain, the director for Africa and America's Seychelles Tourism Board, took us through all that the Seychelles' vibrant holiday destination has to offer...

By Robin Fredericks 2 May 2017

#WTMA17: Using digital marketing to convince young Africans to travel
#WTMA17: Using digital marketing to convince young Africans to travel

"Africa's online landscape is mobile but mostly feature phone based. Travel still needs to better embrace mobile by delivering mobile and thumb ready experiences to the African youth."

By Cari Coetzee 19 Apr 2017

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