South Africa


Black-owned company partners with SA Tourism for luxury US-SA tours


The rise in African American travel over the past 6 years due to increased education and income led to the creation of travel companies, such as Travel Noire, NoMadness and Tastemakers Africa. Many travellers have already benefited from the development of the black travel movement. They’ve tapped into a wave of African Americans wanting to see different representations of themselves, and people from elsewhere who want authentic experiences. The Real South Africa offers curated experiences for the traveller who seeks to know who they are traveling with prior to landing on the continent. The Real South Africa has designed a luxury tour that offers itineraries that brings things African Americans care about most to their experiences.




The Durban South tourism tour

It was all aboard when tourism members boarded the bus on Thursday, 17 May to explore what attractions Durban South has to offer to holidaymakers. The Durban South tourism networking tour was a joint initiative between Sodurba Tourism, Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) and Umlazi Tourism. The tour started at Durban North Beach with the first stop at Wilson’s Wharf where the group was taken for a 30-minute boat ride, sponsored by Isle of Capri Cruises and Sodurba Tourism. The group then made its way to Umkomaas, where divers flock to the Aliwal Shoal, which is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world and a prime destination for scuba diving, snorkelling, as well as shark diving with or without a cage.

Moving on, the bus stopped at East Coast Brewery in Ilfracombe, another Sapphire Coast gem which few people might know about. After some refreshment, the group proceeded to Umlazi, the fourth largest township in South Africa. Their final stop was Eyadini Lounge with a presentation by all three CTOs, followed by a great feast. After a long day of touring, the bus returned to Durban North Beach in the late afternoon.


Source: South Coast Sun



South African Tourism USA Appoints Joshua Smith Manager: Trade Relations

South African Tourism USA recently announced that Joshua Smith has been appointed Manager: Trade Relations for the West Coast and will be based in Los Angeles. In his new role, Joshua will support South African Tourism USA’s efforts to boost arrivals from the North American market through the organization’s top travel trade partners while cultivating new relationships within the U.S. travel agent and tour operator community. Smith began his career with Virtuoso and later co-founded 45 Degrees Marketing, and served on the board of the U.S. Tour Operators Association conference planning committee and the National Tour Association’s Young Professionals Advisory Board.


Source: Travel Pulse



Tourism Sector Is Attractive For Foreign Direct Investment

“There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism. Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Sam Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998). Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South Africa. South Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences, but there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region.


Source: Brand South Africa




29% of Kenya’s international arrivals are from Africa

Africa accounted for 29% of international arrivals in Kenya last year as the Kenyan tourism industry grew facilitated by increased business and cultural ties between countries in the continent, according to Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.  Mr Balala was speaking at the 61st UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa Conference in Abuja, Nigeria. He also noted that creation of the Continental Free Trade Area would further boost intra-African tourism.

“Indeed, Africa has shown great potential over the last five years gaining a five per cent share of arrivals by region over the past five years. We believe Africa is the next frontier in the tourism business. As part of that investment, Africans wishing to visit Kenya are now eligible to receive a visa on arrival. Kenya is now among 21 African countries which have either relaxed or scrapped visa rules,” said Mr Balala.


Source: Business Daily



Ethiopia issuing online visas for all tourists since June 1

With effect June 1, Ethiopia began issuing online visas to tourists from around the world and other categories of visitors coming into the country. The news was released by Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Fitsum Arega. According to him, the move coupled with a relaxed visa regime will enhance the country’s openness and also entrench the leading reputation of its national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines. The announcement came a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that following Rwanda’s lead, Ethiopia was going to allow a visa-free regime for all Africans.




Visit Rwanda reports 21% surge in visitor numbers

The number of UK visitors to Rwanda has grown by 21%, according to the African country’s official promotion brand Visit Rwanda. Its full-year 2017 figures show 16,000 business and leisure travellers from the UK, a fifth more than in 2016. Visit Rwanda says travellers are making their way to the country for wildlife, new premium lodges and its scenery. Visit Rwanda, which became the official tourism partner of Arsenal Football Club last week, has been focusing on promoting the new ‘tourism circuit’ including all three of the east African country’s national parks at Akagera, Nyungwe and Volcanoes, as well as Lake Kivu and the capital Kigali. RwandAir launched services from London Gatwick to Kigali on board new Airbus A330 last year.





Airbnb revolutionises tourism

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, contributing more than 10 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. In South Africa, the sector contributed 2.9 percent to the GDP in 2016, according to the latest report from Stats SA, the Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa report released in 2018. Part of the growth of this industry can be attributed to home-sharing company Airbnb, which some believe has revolutionised the industry — changing the way people travel and experience travel destinations. Airbnb boasts over 4-million listed properties in over 65,000 cities across the world. Airbnb’s largest markets in Africa are South Africa, Morocco and Kenya. According to its recent Healthy Travel and Healthy Destinations report, Airbnb has not only opened up accommodation options, it has helped fight tourism overcrowding and changed the economics of tourism to benefit locals.


Source: Zongile Nhlapo at HuffPost