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Monday, 20 January 2020 12:08

JB Train Tours to close after more than 40 years

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After more than four decades in the tourism industry, train tour specialist, JB Train Tours, has decided to close.CEO, Johan Badenhorst, said after long discussion and meetings concerning alternative plans, the…
Monday, 20 January 2020 12:06

SA – the next big thing for Indian travellers

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Africa is set to be the go-to travel destination for Indian travellers, and tourism stakeholders across the continent are ready to promote Africa to India and implement strategies with tangible…
Last year saw a 5.6% increase in visitors to the Rainforest at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, following efforts to market the country to source markets.Figures released by the Zimbabwe Parks and…
The biggest challenge facing the airline industry in Southern Africa this year is sustainability and determining and implementing strategies that return airlines to profitability (or maintain profitability), under very difficult…
Acacia Africa is strengthening its focus on South Africa and neighbouring eSwatini with the launch of its new Signature Tours & Safaris collection. Composed of 11 itineraries that range in length…
The reputation of a destination can come under fire when negative press and social media are circulated worldwide, making it more important than ever to monitor any coverage and for…
Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:17

South Africa to welcome new hotel brand

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Tsogo Sun Hotels is introducing a new hotel brand, hi Hotels, the first of which is due to open at Montecasino, Johannesburg, at the end of January.Director of Operations at…
Obstacles to tourism growth will be addressed “more swiftly”.This promise was reiterated by President Cyril Ramaphosa as he delivered the opening address at the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) 2020 Business Economic…
Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:14

Tanzania goes digital to attract China

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Tanzania’s ambassador to China is working closely with East African tour operators on a strong digital marketing strategy targeted at drawing increased Chinese visitor numbers to the East African country.Mbelwa…
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:12

Azura acquires Mozambique property

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Azura Retreats has acquired Marlin Lodge on Benguerra Island, Mozambique.The hotel is undergoing development and will open as Azura Marlin Beach later in the year.Marlin Lodge closed after a fire…
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:11

Camps Bay hotel rebrands after renovation

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Following a five-month renovation and expansion, The Marly hotel has reopened and rebranded as The Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa.The property now has a new level featuring 29 additional suites.…
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:10

Kenya tourism sees good growth

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The Kenya Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has reported a 3.9% increase in its 2019 tourism earnings to KSh157.4 billion (€1. 39 billion).Cabinet Secretary of Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, released…
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:09

Classic Portfolio Zambia properties undergo refurbs

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Mfuwe Lodge and surrounding camps – owned by The Bushcamp Company and managed under the  Classic Portfolio umbrella – have undergone upgrades and have introduced two new activities for 2020.Located…
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:07

UK updates travel advisory for Kenya

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The UK has issued a travel advisory this week to citizens who will be travelling to Kenya.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advisory said: “There is a heightened threat of terrorism,…
Monday, 13 January 2020 11:58

Zim pays tribute to its heroes with new attraction

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The Chinhoyi Seven Heroes Monument (CSHM) in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West Province has opened, providing operators with a new add-on to their tourism packages in the area.The monument, managed by the…
Monday, 13 January 2020 11:55

Aleph Hospitality opens first hotel in Kenya

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The Aleph Hospitality group has opened its first hotel in Nairobi, the Best Western Plus Westlands, which marks the company’s continued expansion in the country.MD of Aleph Hospitality, Bani Haddad, said:…
Monday, 13 January 2020 11:53

Reports show growth in W Cape tourism

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Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, has welcomed the reports from the tourism industry indicating good growth in domestic and inbound tourism in the Western Cape.Tour…
Monday, 13 January 2020 11:52

KQ, BA partner to grow Europe-Africa connectivity

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Kenya Airways and British Airways have entered an interline partnership to provide customers with enhanced connectivity at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Heathrow Airport.Effective from late December, the partnership allows…
October last year saw a 2% drop in international tourist arrivals compared with the same month in 2018, according to the latest figures by Statistics South Africa.Data provided by the…
Monday, 18 November 2019 13:27

Mabula Guide Training Program Introduced

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Mabula Game Lodge is delighted to announce that the first four candidates have been selected for a Guide Training internship. The pilot program was born from a need to address…
Monday, 04 November 2019 12:30

StatsSA figures show drop in tourist numbers

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Looking at the StatsSA figures released on October 21, 2019, Director of the Tourism Specialist Unit at BDO, Christelle Grohmann, says we are in for some tough times ahead.She points that…
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