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Mzanzitravel now supported by South African Tourism

Mzanzitravel and its publisher, Second Chance Media, are proud to announce that South African Tourism now officially supports Mzanzitravel as a magazine that plays a key role in promoting domestic tourism. Here is an extract from the letter sent to Mzanzitravel by Altaaf Kazi, General Manager Global PR, Communications and Stakeholder Relations on 19 March 2019:

“To Mzanzitravel Magazine. Allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate you on an excellent publication. Mzanzitravel plays a key role in promoting Domestic Tourism and we are grateful for your efforts in publishing the magazine. The magazine goes a long way in showcasing the best South Africa has to offer and at the same time encouraging fellow South Africans to travel. We fully support Mzanzitravel Magazine’s objectives which is to promote and inspire local travel…. We believe that the Mzanzitravel Magazine has the potential to grow even further through the support of the rest of the South African Tourism Industry. We appreciate your commitment to highlighting all aspects of the South African Tourism landscape. We therefore proudly support Mzanzitravel Magazine.”

Mzanzitravel at World Travel Market Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba!

The team from Mzanzitravel once again attended Africa’s two premier travel expos this year – the first being the Word Travel Market (WTM) held from 10 to 12 April in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, followed by Africa’s Travel Indaba held from 2 to 4 May in Durban. Both proved once again to be a great and successful experience!

The feedback from our staff was that they all had a wonderful time and that it was worth every minute of their time being at both events. It was an ideal opportunity for us to engage with existing clients and meet new ones, and not forgetting also to mention all the influencers that made the effort to meet up with us. We could not keep up with the demand as our Mzanzitravel magazines were flying off the shelves.

Mzanzitravel certainly proved itself to be the magazine of choice for so many. We also used the opportunity to familiarise our many guests with other avenues of tourism-related business we have affiliated with to further improve and grow the magazine in order that we help both local and international tourists to fully explore South Africa.

We’d like to thank everyone who made appointments with us as well as those who stopped by to connect with us. For those who could not make it to meeting with us, please feel to email us at admin@mzanzitravel.co.za so we can catch up on all that happened.  To the organisers of WTM and Indaba: well done on yet another two great and successful travel and tourism exhibitions that undeniably play a huge part in putting South Africa and Africa on the global tourism map.

Two Oceans Aquarium Wins Top Tourism Awards at WTM

Cape Town – The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town won two prestigious tourism awards at the World Travel Market (WTM) in Cape Town. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions in the V&A Waterfront and draws thousands of visitors each year. The aquarium was announced as the winner of the Gold and Silver awards in the “Attractions” and “Global Goals Reporting” categories respectively, at the annual African Responsible Tourism Awards handed out at the WTM each year. The award of Best for Global Goals Reporting is given to a tourism organisation that balances tourism and sustainability in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and which reports it.

President Ramaphosa reinforces SA commitment to tourism at Durban’s Indaba

Durban – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated the government’s commitment to advancing tourism in South Africa as a key growth sector. He described tourism as “the window for all of us to present to the world for [people] to see what type of country we are” and added, “Tourism has an extensive value chain that stimulates economic growth and activity”. President Ramaphosa acknowledged there were challenges that are being addresses, such as overhauling the red tape and visa requirements, undoing the incorrect perception that South Africa is an unsafe travel destination, securing investments in infrastructure, and empowering youth and women to facilitate growth. He said the industry can look forward to visa-free travel through Africa by Africans and one African airline in the future. “South Africa is dedicated to working with the rest of the continent towards a united Africa. We must brand and build Africa as a continent with only the best, and we can achieve that as a united continent,” he said.

Grootbos Private Nature reserve wins African Responsible Tourism Award at WTM

Cape Town – Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has been announced as the overall winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards for 2019. The Awards recognise leaders in responsible tourism in the most culturally diverse continent. Grootbos has been recognised for its substantial growth in its conservation impacts, in delivery across the economic, social and environmental agendas. These include the Football Foundation, which provides positive role models and a safe space for local youth, reaching 9000 youth each year and providing daily sports coaching in hockey, athletics, soccer and netball and canoeing as well as female empowerment, environmental education, food for sport, grassroots soccer, HIV/Aids and water safety programmes. Speaking before an audience of over 100 tourism professionals, Heidi van der Watt, managing director of Better Tourism Africa pinpointed what makes the award winners the leaders in responsible tourism in Africa: “Our winners have an ethos that extends beyond the commercial – linking thriving business with the wellbeing of local people and the longevity of their environments.”

Source: Independent Online

Africa

Jamestown To Jamestown Memorial Trip To Ghana

Jamestown, Ghana – The Jamestown to Jamestown Memorial Trip to Ghana, an official event of Ghana’s Year of Return, was announced at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, California by  Diallo Sumbry, Ghana’s first Black American Tourism Ambassador, in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Sumbry attended the annual Awards ceremony in his official role where notable celebrities including Beyonce, Jay Z, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Taraji P. Henson were honoured and the formal announcement of Jamestown to Jamestown was made. Jamestown to Jamestown will provide an opportunity for NAACP leadership, members and the African American community to travel from Jamestown, Virginia, to mark 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans at this the landing site to the Jamestown section of Accra, Ghana, a former port and slave market, for a memorial trip to honour both ancestors and the struggle for Black liberation in August. Event partners include South African Airways, African Ancestry.com, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, Diaspora Affairs- Office of the President, Sun Seekers Tour and The Adinkra Group.

Source: Africa.com

Africa’s tourism sector creates 24.3 million jobs – WTTC

Lagos, Nigeria – Travel and tourism business in Africa is booming, growing 5.6 per cent in 2018, compared to the global average of 3.9 per cent and the broader African economy rate of 3.2 per cent. This places Africa as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific. Such growth is partly explained by North Africa’s rebound from security crises as well as the development and implementation of policies that promote travel facilitation in the continent. For over 25 years, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global private sector of travel and tourism, has produced the authoritative research on the economic contribution of the sector. Research also shows that, in 2018, travel and tourism contributed $194.2 billion to the region’s economy, representing 8.5 per cent of the continent’s GDP. The sector also contributed 24.3 million African jobs, or 6.7 per cent of total employment.

Source: Sun News Online

World

US warns Americans of kidnapping risk in 35 nations, including parts of Africa

Washington, USA – The US State Department has updated its travel advisories for 35 countries with a new indicator to highlight the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking. The announcement came days after American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her tour guide were rescued by security forces after being abducted in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. High-threat countries including Uganda will now be labelled with a “K” in order to “communicate more clearly to US citizens the risks of kidnapping and hostage taking by criminal and terrorist actors around the world,” the department said Tuesday. Travel advisories the following countries have been updated to include the “K” indicator: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine (in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine), Venezuela, and Yemen.

Source: Zachary Cohen, CNN, with Brent Swails and Christina Maxouris