Exploring the world: Where do the globe's most affluent spend their holiday?
Exploring the world: Where do the globe's most affluent spend their holiday?

With the holiday season in full swing and affluent increasingly searching for unique experiences rather than growing their material possessions, the luxury travel market is booming. What are the travel trends among the affluent worldwide?

6 hours ago

SA Tourism's Sho't Left Travel Week addresses local tourism challenges
SA Tourism's Sho't Left Travel Week addresses local tourism challenges

South African Tourism's Sho't Left Travel Week initiative will see a host of trade partners, airlines, hotel groups and tour operators offer discounts during the week starting 24 September 2018. As one of the key highlights announced at the launch of World Tourism Month this morning in Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape, the travel week, which coincides with the celebration of World Tourism Day on 27 September in Mthata, will provide South Africans eager to explore the country with local travel deals.

23 hours ago

International spotlight on fair and inclusive tourism shines on Cape Town
International spotlight on fair and inclusive tourism shines on Cape Town

Being asked to speak at the Summit is a fantastic opportunity to represent what Cape Town Tourism is doing, in addition to learning from our peers, particularly as we note urban growth taking place and the effect this has on tourism. The World Bank states that more than half the world's population lives in cities, and this proportion will reach 70% by 2050. To make sure that tomorrow's cities provide opportunities for all, it is essential to understand that the concept of inclusive cities involves multiple spatial, social and economic factors.

By Enver Duminy 1 day ago

Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced for 2018
Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced for 2018

The Pinotage Association in collaboration with Absa has announced its Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners for 2018. The trophy ceremony was held at Cavalli estate outside of Somerset West, which saw a panel of judges comprising Neil Ellis of Neil Ellis Wines (chairman), Samarie Smith, Benguela Cove's Brand and Business Manager, winemaker Francois Haasbroek, wine educator Nomonde Kubheka and Francois Rautenbach, wine buyer for Singita.

1 day ago

How to use performance marketing to grow business effectively
How to use performance marketing to grow business effectively

DCMN Cape Town recently hosted their first Open Night for startups in Cape Town, in which Travelstart shared their growth story, providing practical advice and tips on how to use performance marketing to grow businesses effectively.

2 days ago

June global passenger demand rises by 7.7%
June global passenger demand rises by 7.7%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced its global passenger traffic results for June showing a demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) rise of 7.8% percentage points compared to June 2017 - this is up from 6.0% year-over-year growth recorded in both May and April, with the capacity for June (available seat kilometres or ASKs) increasing by 6.5%, with the load factor rising by 1.0 percentage points to 82.8%.

2 days ago

PwC ranks Cape Town as number 1 city of opportunity in Africa
PwC ranks Cape Town as number 1 city of opportunity in Africa

PwC's latest research findings have ranked Cape Town as Africa's top city of opportunity. Wesgro councillor, Bretton Herron - in partnership - commented that "with an unemployment rate 13 percentage points lower than the national figure, and 10 points lower than the average metro, Cape Town is a city of genuine opportunity for millions of people." Overall, Cape Town ranked 24th out of 31 cities, 6th out of the middle-income country cities and first in Africa.

3 days ago

Promotion of Kenya's tourism key to its growth
Promotion of Kenya's tourism key to its growth

Kenya's tourism industry has undergone challenges such as the uncertainty surrounding the political landscape in 2017. Yet, its resilient performance has been impactfully felt on the Kenyan economy, directly contributing Ksh294.6bn ($2.9bn), which is approximately 3.7% of the GDP in 2017. By the end of 2018, the contribution is expected to rise by 5.2% to Ksh310.1bn and to Ksh515bn by 2028.

In a hospitality report by Jumia Travel, Kenya earned $1.2bn from tourism expenditures last year, up from approximately $989m in 2016; a 20% increase. This, as international arrivals to Kenya reached 1.4 million as compared to 1.3 million in the previous year, representing an increase of 9.8%.

By Josephine Wawira 3 days ago

The benefits of tourism in growing Africa's economy
The benefits of tourism in growing Africa's economy

Tourism has become important to the growth of any economy, which is why so many countries are now reviewing and developing their tourism policies.

By Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

Creating smart destinations with sustainable, innovative methods
Creating smart destinations with sustainable, innovative methods

The hospitality industry has seen a massive shift in focus internationally, from hotel design and technology to experience-based differentials - with the intention of capturing the guests' attention. As such, having a niche offering, such as green innovations which are intriguing visitors the world over, also helps.

13 Aug 2018

Save money when travelling abroad by thinking like an economist
Save money when travelling abroad by thinking like an economist

A record number of tourists and business travellers visited a country other than their own in 2017, and this year is already on pace to exceed that tally.

By Jay L. Zagorsky 10 Aug 2018

How can tourism boost opportunities for Zimbabwe?
How can tourism boost opportunities for Zimbabwe?

According to an analysis by African Sun Limited, Zimbabwe is currently ranked 117th among the most likely travel destinations in the world category as compared to South Africa which ranks 60th. As such, politicians should shift their focus from recent election result to the future of the country, which boasts multiple opportunities especially in that of the tourism industry, says Rishabh Thapar, HVS Africa associate director, as tourism could play a massive role in alleviating both economic and political instability.

10 Aug 2018

Hospitality manager training a growing success in Nigeria
Hospitality manager training a growing success in Nigeria

A recent report released by BON Hotels shows that the group's strategy to build local skills and training through a 'home-grown" programme in the Nigerian hospitality industry, has been of success in boosting the number of Nigerian managers. The programme was adopted by the group two years ago when they entered the Nigerian hotel management arena.

10 Aug 2018