South Africa

Tourism Month puts spotlight on ecotourism

With ecotourism having become a major driver of tourism growth in South Africa, Tourism Month (September) in South Africa has put the spotlight on this sector. “The greatest opportunity for South Africa is capitalizing on ecotourism to ensure that the people living in the areas being visited, are benefiting from the economic growth,” says Charnel Kara, tourism expert at FNB Business. It is generally known that for every 8 to 10 tourists in South Africa one job is created. As a sub sector, ecotourism is one of the fastest growing sub sectors worldwide, reporting growth of between 10 – 15% annually.

Source: R News


Unlocking domestic travel potential among young South Africans

The key to unlocking domestic tourism and travel potential in South Africa is to create and nurture a travel culture among all its peoples, and especially among its young, increasingly mobile and highly aspirational Afrilennials – young black South Africans. This is the strategic intent driving all local communications coming out of South African Tourism’s marketing partner, FCB Joburg. According to FCB President Ramaphosa has acknowledged that travel and tourism will play a critical role when it comes to growing South Africa’s GDP, creating employment and sharing the country’s wealth.



SANParks’ new gate technology for Table Mountain & West Coast

South African National Parks is introducing new gate access technology at Table Mountain and West Coast National Parks on November 1, 2018. The new gate technology is expected to streamline ticket purchase and quick access for visitors to these parks. The roll-out of the new gate system coincides with the introduction of differential conservation fees at Table Mountain National Park which offers South African residents and Southern African Development Community (SADC) national reduced rates. Visitors to these parks will now be able to buy digital tickets on-line prior to their arrival at the gate; these digital tickets will then be scanned at the gate for quick access. The system also caters for tour operators who in the past had to purchase group tickets from SANParks offices.

Source: IOL

Chinese tourists charmed by natural beauty

In recent years, African countries have taken a top spot as popular destinations among Chinese tourists. There was a 40 percent year-on-year increase of tourists purchasing travel packages to Africa via Ctrip, according to statistics by the online travel agency. The post-80s generation stands as the main demographic, accounting for 30 percent of the purchasers. Egypt, Mauritius, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia and Ethiopia are among the most popular destinations. In 2017, about 69,000 Chinese tourists visited Kenya, while South Africa received 97,000 Chinese tourists during the same year.



Township tourism offers massive opportunity for female entrepreneurs

Last year, travel and tourism sustained 1.5 million jobs in South Africa and contributred 9% of the total GDP. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) forecasts that the sector will contribute R424.5bn to the overall South African economy in 2018, yet female, especially black women, representation in the sector remains extremely low. Tim Smith, Managing Director of HVS Africa believes that developing township tourism is a key enabler to set this right.



Tintswalo Safari Lodge introduces specialist photographic safaris

Tintswalo Safari Lodge has introduced specialist photographic safaris which includes a fully equipped, private game drive vehicle with an experienced guide and a wildlife tracker. Situated within the Manyeleti Game Reserve that borders the Kruger National Park, the Timbavati and Sabi Sand game reserves, the area is known for excellent game viewing and presents once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunities. The rangers leading Tintswalo’s photographic safaris are wildlife photography experts. The on-site Photo Hub at Tintswalo Safari Lodge caters for the needs of photographers and a selection of cameras and lenses are available for rental.

Source: Tintswalo Lodges



New Tourist Info Centre at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The Greater Kruger Information Centre, a new initiative to provide tourist information on the area, was launched on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), located just off the R40 between Hoedspruit and Hazyview. The information centre is located on the premises of and at the entrance to HESC, the African wildlife facility that focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. The information centre is aimed at promoting the tourism potential of the Greater Kruger area to tourists and business travellers.

The new KZN travel app

The KZN Travel Guide by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal will make planning your trip to the province must easier.

With the launch of the KZN Travel Guide by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, visitors can access a range of offerings via the travel app that allows travellers to look for activities, eateries and accommodation effortlessly. The app is available for download on Google Play and iStore. The app is free.

Source: IOL Travel News



FCB Joburg launches a new TVC for South African Tourism

FCB Joburg has launched a new television commercial (TVC) for South African Tourism’s ‘Sho’t Left’ initiative. The 60-second TVC, titled It’s your country, enjoy it, is currently flighting on all major TV stations and online. The overriding consumer insight guiding this intitative is that the majority of South Africans, mostly black South Africans, believe that they are excluded from travel and tourism experiences in their own country.



South Africa’s visa system to be overhauled

Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that government is looking at a complete overhaul of the country’s visa system. Speaking at a post-cabinet media briefing on 6 September, Mokonyane said that this would include the visa rules governing children, scarce skills and turnaround times. She added that the package is currently being formulated by government and would be revealed shortly.

Source: BusinessTech


New Elgin Railway Market launched

The new Elgin Railway Market was launched on Saturday 16 June as the steam train, Josephine, made her way into Elgin Station. It’s the brainchild of businessman Roger Orpen, who converted the old apple warehouse into a bustling steampunk station market boasting local vendors, live music and a gateway to the beautiful Overberg town. Creating a beautiful space where art deco meets Victorian, visitors to the market can greet the train on the station platform or view its arrival from the Market’s leisure deck overlooking the railway. Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food vendors purveying everything from fragrant curries, to shawarmas, pizza and ribs and burgers.

Source: Rabbit in a Hat Communications


Zanzibar island set for first major tourism exhibition

Targeting to attract more tourists, the island of Zanzibar is organizing its first international tourism exhibition in October this year from October 17-20 and hopes to attract over 150 travel and tourism business companies across the world. The 4-day exhibition, to be held in the historic Stone Town, will be an ultimate business event for the domestic and international tourism industry.



Zimbabwe’s tourism booming after Mugabe exit

The departure of Robert Mugabe has brought about a tourism  boom in Zimbabwe. Mugabe was removed from power in November. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO Karikoga Kaseke revealed the tourism boom at the Sanganai World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo. Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga said the tourism expo is giving his government a platform to re-engage with the world after decades of isolation. More than 600 exhibitors and buyers are part at the Sanganai World Tourism Expo.

Source: ENCA