Two Oceans to explore
South Africa’s iconic Two Oceans Aquarium provides an unforgettable look at the life that thrives beneath the waves of the southern African coastline, a coastline that’s more than 2,500km long and exceptionally bio-diverse. The Aquarium, built in 1995, is a perennial favourite amongst locals and tourists, famous for introducing visitors to the magnificent animals and plants that call this stunning coastline home.
With an emphasis on conservation, the Two Oceans Aquarium’s collection – which holds more than 200 species – showcases local wildlife and changes often, resulting in a dynamic experience geared towards fostering curiosity and love for the ocean. Discover what the warm Indian Ocean, with its bright and colourful fish and coral, has to offer. In contrast, the cold Atlantic Ocean, with its silver darting fish, swaying kelp and sleek predators, is sure to leave visitors marvelling at a world unseen by most.
Conveniently located at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s only aquarium is open 365 days a year. It’s a great alternative on bad-weather days when outdoor activities have to be cancelled, and no pre-booking is required. There are also several added activities on offer at the Aquarium, from photo opportunities and guided tours to animal experiences and scuba diving. With education, conservation and entertainment intricately woven together to form an attraction that offers something for everyone, the Two Oceans Aquarium is a destination for all seasons and ages. We can’t wait to “sea” you.
Source: Two Oceans Aquarium
Shared vacation ownership boosts South Africa’s economy
South Africa is ranked the 5th highest country for vacation ownership and 4th in terms of future purchase interest. Among the top establishments are Drakensberg Sun. Not only is shared vacation ownership good for our health by ensuring that we take regular holidays, it’s also good for our country’s economy. According to a 2016 worldwide Oxford Economics Industry Study, the timeshare industry spans the globe with 5,491 resorts and 194 million room nights, supporting nearly 1.3 million jobs.
In South Africa, which is ranked the 5th highest country for vacation ownership and 4th in terms of future purchase interest, it is a R3.5 billion per annum industry that has a significant footprint in the tourism and hospitality sectors. It’s knock-on effect has a positive impact on the country’s economy by contributing billions of rand to the GDP and generating employment for around 27 000 people, ranging from highly skilled to informal positions. Alex Bosch, spokesman for the Vacation Ownership Association of Southern Africa (VOASA), said the study also found that vacation owners generally spend more than double what a hotel guest spends on local attractions. Timeshare made up for 63% of the apartments in Umhlanga, 60% of the apartments in the Drakensberg and 70% of the apartments in the Hazyview / Kruger Park area.
Africa’s most popular tourist destinations
Tourism is an important economic activity globally. Apart from direct economic impact, the industry has direct and indirect impacts. In Africa, global tourist arrivals grew by eight per cent last year and the rise is expected to be maintained, at a pace of four to five per cent, this year. Here are the most competitive tourist destinations in Africa, according to UNWTO and World Travel & Tourism Council. 1. South Africa; 2. Kenya 3. Zambia; 4. Tunisia; 5. Nigeria; 6. Morocco; 7. Mauritius; 8. Tanzania; 9. Namibia; 10. Egypt.
Kenya, Uganda seek to deepen tourism cooperation
Kenya is working with Uganda to grow intra-country tourism and enhance their common marketing plan globally. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) officials said Uganda is Kenya’s largest tourism source market in Africa. Betty Radier, KTB’s Chief Executive Officer, said in Nairobi that the ease of movement between Kenya and Uganda by road and air has made it easy and inexpensive for travelers to explore the two countries. “Kenya Airways operates regular flights between Entebbe and Nairobi. KTB anticipates that the recent entry of Jambojet, a low-cost carrier, into Entebbe will make travel much more affordable to wider Ugandan population,” Radier said in a statement issued in Nairobi. “Once in Nairobi, they can connect easily to popular destinations such as Mombasa and Diani by either by air, road or through the Madaraka Express Service on Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR),” she added. As part of further engagement, Radier announced that Kenya will participate in the three-day Pearl of Africa Travel Expo (POATE) which has been organized by the Uganda Tourism Board from Friday in Kampala.
Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
Zambian Embassy successfully conducts U.S first quarter tourism shows
The Embassy of Zambia in Washington D.C has successfully participated in three largest annual travel and adventure tourism shows in the United States of America. Zambia’s Ambassador to the U.S His Excellency Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, S.C. says the Mission’s active participation in the shows has raised Zambia’s tourism profile to over 100,000 U.S. travel agents, tour operators and potential tourists who visited the country’s stand at the Travel and Adventure shows that have been held in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. Dr. Simbyakula said Zambia has hit record high in promoting its tourism industry to the U.S market. He reiterated the need for the Embassy to continue participating in these largest tourism shows as one of the strategies to attract more tourists from the U.S. into Zambia.
Source: CNBC Africa / APO
UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative on Wildlife and Tourism launches Media Award
The UNWTO/Chimelong Media Award seeks to recognize the most committed and original purveyors of news and stories related to wildlife conservation and tourism. “To engage the media and to recognize the work of journalists in the coverage of wildlife and sustainable tourism.” This is the ultimate goal of the Media Award announced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the occasion of Wildlife Day celebrated on 3 March. The UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative aims to promote the value of tourism for wildlife conservation and also includes training to tourism administrations and to media on the theme.
The UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative is being implemented between 2017 and 2019 and aims at engaging key stakeholders like the media and tourism administrations in fostering sustainable tourism as a means to protect wildlife. Seven African countries (Republic of Guinee, Niger, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Benin, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo) hosted in 2017 activities of the UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative. Over 100 tourism officers and 50 media professionals have enhanced their capacities and understanding on wildlife through these activities.
Source: Travel Daily News
Transpay expands global payouts to Australia, NZ and South Africa
Transpay, the cross-border payments platform, has announced the expansion of its service offering to include direct-to-bank deposits in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Transpay clients are now able to send local currency payouts directly into bank accounts in these countries. According to 2017 data from the World Bank and the International Labor Organization, self-employment rates in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa range between 14.4 and 17.6 percent. As professional services continue to globalize with the rise of online marketplaces, the ability to receive mass payments from overseas partners without excessive or unexpected transaction fees presents an economic benefit to individuals, businesses, and their national economies alike.