South Africa

Tintswalo’s Chapman’s Peak lodge to reopen in October

Hout Bay, Cape Town – Tintswalo Atlantic will re-open for business no later than 1 October 2019, following the devastating fire of 5 February 2019, which destroyed half of the luxury resort on Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town. Owner and Tintswalo Lodges CEO Lisa Goosen says that the site clearing has started, and construction is expected to commence in March. Caused by kitchen equipment failure, the fire wiped out the main lodge bar, kitchen, dining room and lounge areas, as well as one of the 11 guest suites. Four years ago (March 2015) the entire lodge burned to the ground when a runaway veld fire destroyed huge swathes of natural vegetation, homes, and businesses all over the Cape Peninsula. Through sheer determination and with the help and support from staff, neighbours and local businesses, the lodge was rebuilt in eight months, to re-open in October 2015.

Source: Fivestar PR on behalf of Tintswalo Lodges

Garden Route highlighted on tourism roadshow in India

George – The George and Wilderness Tourism team attended the South African Tourism Roadshow in India earlier this month in an effort to strengthen tourism ties between the two countries. The tourism officials saw about 1,200 tour operators and travel agents during the roadshow, including about 500 from Mumbai, 300 from Delhi, and 200 from both Chennai and Calcutta. George and Wilderness showed off products, activities, accommodation and restaurants. The Garden Route areas were represented with marketers from George and Wilderness Tourism, Fancourt, Protea Hotels by Marriot, Oudtshoorn Tourism, Cango Caves, Mossel Bay Tourism, along with Freaking Fast Waverider, The Diaz Hotel & Resort in Mossel Bay, Gondwana Game Lodge, Bloukrans Bungi in Tsitsikamma as well as SA Forest Adventures, making up just over 10% of the total exhibitors.  The roadshow covered four cities across the east, west, south and north of India, and the delegation from George took 10 flights in eight days, moving from one city to the next. Shanam Jain, of Maurya Travels, is set to visit George in April and said it was a pleasure to meet George Tourism manager Joan Shaw at the roadshow.  President Cyril Ramaphosa announced recently he would work on SAA reinstating direct flights between Joburg and Mumbai, and South African Tourism has set a target of bringing 100 000 India visitors to South Africa each year in the next few years. If this happens, the Garden Route and George could easily capture 50% of this market, Shaw said.

Source: Cape Times, IOL

Tourism Grading Council roadshow starts off 2019

Johannesburg – The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) got off to a good start as the organisation recently launched its provincial roadshows, starting in Cape Town, South African Tourism said. “2019 represents a historic and momentous year for the Grading Council with the soon to be implemented revised grading standards for accommodation establishments taking effect on 1 April 2019,” TGCSA said. The roadshows, which started in Cape Town and will take place across the country, ending on 19 March in North West, will outline the new grading criteria to all establishment owners and at the same time introduce the new accolades programme to all stakeholders. “Apart from the new grading criteria, we are also excited by the accolades programme, which allows for properties to capitalise on niche market differentiation. Accolades includes insignia and criteria for niche markets such as child-friendly, pet-friendly, wedding venues, spa and wellness facilities, 4×4 etc.,” said chief quality assurance officer at SA Tourism, Darryl Erasmus.

Source: Business Report / African News Agency

Dates change for South Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban

Durban – The dates for the popular travel trade show, Travel Indaba, have been pushed up several days and will now take place from May 2 to 4 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The event was initially scheduled for May 6 to 9, but those dates were changed as a result of South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the national elections will take place on May 8. Sisa Ntshona, CEO of SA Tourism, set up a task team immediately following Ramaphosa’s announcement to explore all viable options, deciding that it was best to move the Indaba forward by four days. Chief executive of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, said he would like to reassure the industry that despite the new date, Indaba will still be a fantastic show to attend.

Source: Dorine Reinstein, Travel Weekly

South African Airways offers special industry fares for trade shows

Johannesburg – South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa, has announced it is offering travel industry fares in both Premium Business and Economy Class to travel partners and industry colleagues who are planning to attend the International Luxury Travel Market from April 7 to 9; the World Travel Market Africa, April 10 to 12; and We Are Africa, May 13 to 16, all of which will held in Cape Town, as well as for Africa’s premier travel show, Indaba, hosted by South African Tourism, in Durban from May 2 to 4. These roundtrip fares start at $520 (restrictions apply) for economy class and $4,620 (restrictions apply) for business class from New York JFK or Washington Dulles to Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. Special low add-on fares are also available to select destinations on SAA’s extensive route network throughout southern and eastern Africa to give delegates an opportunity to travel around the region. For reservations and details download the application form by visiting or calling SAA reservations at (866) 359-7227.

Source: Dorine Reinstein, Travel Weekly


New bridge connects 4 Southern African countries

Kazangula, Zambia – The Kazungula Bridge, a 923-metre-long and 18.5-metre wide construction, will link Kazungula in Zambia to Kasane in Botswana and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The Kazungula bridge will be constructed at Zambezi river and Chobe river intersection – at the spot where Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia meet – and should be completed towards the end of 2020. The road and rail bridge will be open to the public and will ease traffic between the four countries. Apart from easing tourist traffic, the bridge will also enhance regional trade and integration between the countries: traders and fishers will be able to abandon their floating planks and rickshaw boats for an easier means of travel across the Zambezi river. The bridge will include a single-line railway track, as well as a paved section for pedestrians to cross, and two border posts between Botswana and Zambia. The proposal was submitted at the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa summit, where the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank confirmed their commitment to the project.

Source: Cheryl Kahla, The South African

Marriott on track to open 200 hotels in Africa by 2023

Marrakech, Morocco – Marriott International has signed three new deals across North and West  Africa, including its debut property launch in Liberia besides new hotels in Ghana and Morocco thus reinforcing its commitment to boosting its presence across the continent. The hospitality giant is on track to expand its footprint in Africa to 200 hotels by the end of 2023, said senior company officials on the sidelines of Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain held in Marrakech, Morocco. The new deal signings – The St. Regis Marrakech Resort at Morocco, Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport at Ghana and the debut Liberian property Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia – highlight the company’s growth in these countries, they stated.

Source: TTN Worldwide

Zimbabwe at the Berlin ITB conference

Harare – Zimbabwe recently presented itself as ready for a tourism boost at the International Tourism  Bourse (ITB Berlin) as the country steps up efforts to lure international tourism arrivals and propel the re-engagement drive. ITB Berlin ran from 6 to 10 March. It is the world’s leading travel trade show and one of the major tourist source markets for Africa. By attending ITB Berlin 2019, Zimbabwe aimed to generate business leads, create and consolidate on existing and new relationships. It also aimed to market the destination through assuring the German market of the safety and viability of Zimbabwe given the recent occurrences. In a preparatory briefing ahead of the event, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira said global recognition of destination Zimbabwe by various prominent travel sites like Lonely Planet, makes it imperative to maintain the status and continue to make brand Zimbabwe shine in the region and internationally. Following the aforesaid endorsements, this year’s selling point for Zimbabwe will be a bundle of benefits that include everything that Zimbabwe has to offer from the landscape to the all year round lovely climate and the wonderful people.

Source: Zimbabwe Chronicle