Government creating enabling environment for growth
Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa says the government is doing everything it can to create an enabling environment that will assist industry growth and contribute to jobs. Minister Xasa said tourism supports an estimated 700 000 jobs in South Africa and contributes 3% to gross domestic product (GDP) directly. Speaking... Read more
Draft tourism strategy under the spotlight
Tourism industry role players have met with Minister Tokozile Xasa to share their views on the Draft National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS). Hosted in Johannesburg on Monday, the consultative session was aimed at soliciting inputs, as well as stimulating the public and private sectors to ensure alignment and sharing... Read more
Cape Town Tourism goes inclusive with community
The road to inclusivity is a sensitive one. The “bull in a china shop” approach is one that can announce your presence but it can also lead to lasting damage. So says Enver Mally, Chairperson of Cape Town Tourism. Instead, Mally states, engagement must follow a consultative process that... Read more
NW to grade tourism establishments for free
The North West Department of Tourism has entered into an agreement with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) to grade establishments at a cost to the department. “We will be grading 100 tourism establishments within the Villages, Township and Small Dorpies (VTSD) areas for free,” North West... Read more
SA gets ninth World Heritage Site
Inscribed as the ninth World Heritage Site in South Africa, the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape has been added to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) prestigious list of sites. The area, which has now been recognised by UNESCO as a site of universal value, covers the entire... Read more
Cape Town is Africa and Middle East’s best city
Cape Town has been named “Best City in Africa and the Middle East” in the esteemed Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for 2017. The award underscores the city’s consistent favour with world travellers, providing even more exposure to a global audience. Cape Town placed 8th overall on “World’s... Read more
Africa to launch single air transport market in 2018
An African single air transport market will be launched in January 2018, with 40 plus countries expected to be signatories by then. So far, 20 African countries out of 55 have subscribed to African single air market. This was announced by David Kajange, the Head of the Transport and... Read more
SAA marks 10 years of flying to Munich
South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday marked 10 years of flying to Munich, Germany. “The daily flights between Munich and Johannesburg are a significant part of our European network strategy and also an important connection for the industry and trade, as well as for tourism from Southern Germany, Austria... Read more
SA hotel industry poised for growth
The hotel industry in South Africa is poised for growth, says Tourism Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe. Speaking at the Hotel Show held in Johannesburg on Sunday, Deputy Minister Thabethe said according to the 2016 hospitality report by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the number of available hotel rooms will rise at... Read more
Cape Town: Countering seasonality
Cape Town buzzes with thousands of international and domestic tourists from about November to April, with a particular visitor frenzy during December. But, when it gets to the Cape’s winter months, things are a lot quieter. And, much like in Game of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’. This seasonality has... Read more