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Leeu Collection's first London hotel to open in 2019

After an extensive search to find the perfect opportunity in London, Leeu Collection is now the proud owner of 55 Newman Street, it's first property in the city. Due to open in 2019, the former office building in the heart of fashionable Fitzrovia in the West End will be recreated into a 100-bedroom luxury hotel.

3 days ago

How property investors can capitalise on the 'bleisure' trend
How property investors can capitalise on the 'bleisure' trend

Mixing business and leisure travel, also known as 'bleisure' travel, has become a widely recognised phenomenon. The trend, says Bill Rawson, chairman of the Rawson Property Group, "has created some exciting opportunities in the short term rental space".

26 Apr 2017

Millennials are reshaping the face of global travel
Millennials are reshaping the face of global travel

Numbering around 79 million globally, millennials (born from 1981 onwards) are the largest generation to date and as this age group enters the workplace and begins to have families of their own, they also have the greatest potential influence to effect change these days. Born in a technological era, surrounded by high-tech gadgets and part of social networks from a young age, they are tech-savvy and more adventurous as well with research showing millennials are 23% more likely to travel abroad than their older counterparts.

26 Apr 2017

Greyton Lodge offers comfortable, contemporary farm-village style
Greyton Lodge offers comfortable, contemporary farm-village style

In 2012 a North West farmer decides it's time for a life change and asks his children what they should do. “They both said Cape Town,” explains Hendrik Bloem who, together with this wife Rensjah, has changed careers from farming with maize and livestock to owning and running Greyton Lodge in the picturesque Boland of the Western Cape.

By Brian Berkman 26 Apr 2017

#WTMA17: Rezidor's Marc Descrozaille talks African expansion
#WTMA17: Rezidor's Marc Descrozaille talks African expansion

We sat down with Marc Descrozaille, area VP, Africa and the Indian Ocean during World Travel Market 2017 as he shared insight into Rezidor Hotel Group's expansion into Africa and the group's plans for moving forward.

By Cari Coetzee and Robin Fredericks 26 Apr 2017

Tsogo Sun building new R220-million StayEasy in Maputo
Tsogo Sun building new R220-million StayEasy in Maputo

With the construction of a brand new R220-million hotel, Tsogo Sun is significantly increasing its investment in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. StayEasy Maputo is located just 2km from the luxury Southern Sun Maputo Hotel which had a R300-million makeover in 2014 to emerge as the largest hotel in the city with a total of 269 rooms.

25 Apr 2017

#WTMA17: How to evolve into a 21st century travel agent
#WTMA17: How to evolve into a 21st century travel agent

"We've all read that the travel agent is dead," said Natalia Rosa, director of the promotions division at Big Ambitions who is responsible for ASATA communications, speaking at World Travel Market Africa 2017. This statement was met with many a nod from the audience. The truth is, travel agents aren't dead, they are transforming into 21st century travel agents.

By Cari Coetzee 25 Apr 2017

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Progressive Signature Lux Hotels opens first hotel in SA

In June 2017, Signature Lux Hotels will open its first hotel in South Africa - and Africa - in the heart of the Golden Mile, Sandton Johannesburg. The progressive hotel chain is targeting tech-savvy millennials and business travellers with its four-star finishes and quality connectivity, with social hubs for enhanced networking opportunities.

25 Apr 2017

MediFin launches affordable travel insurance products
MediFin launches affordable travel insurance products

After noticing an increase in foreigners visiting South Africa, MediFin, a leader in cosmetic medical finance, has launched its very own online travel insurance products, MediFin Travel Insurance. The multi-peril international travel insurance offers all travellers peace of mind while travelling, whether they are South African residents travelling from South Africa or non-residents travelling to South Africa.

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 24 Apr 2017

#WTMA17: Taming the Wild West web of bloggers
#WTMA17: Taming the Wild West web of bloggers

What with accelerating technological developments and a mass of voices and content creators coming and going online, choosing who and what to pay attention to can feel a little overwhelming.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Apr 2017

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Summer winners of #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram comp announced

The winners of the summer category for Lourensford Estate's #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram competition has been announced. The competition features the beauty of the farm as it transforms throughout the seasons with three seasons still up to shoot and win!

24 Apr 2017

MSC introduces new ships, destination and MD
MSC introduces new ships, destination and MD

Not long after appointing former MSC Cruises South Africa CFO Ross Volk to the position of managing director, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has also announced that it will be introducing the MSC Meraviglia to the waters of the Mediterranean in June 2017, in time for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. The Meraviglia is the first of five vessels to be completed, with four more planned for launch into service within the next 12-15 months.

By Angie White 24 Apr 2017

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#WTMA17: Research indicates growing opportunities for outbound travel in SA

Research released by Grant Thornton and Reed Exhibitions at World Travel Market Africa 2017 indicates growing opportunities for outbound travel in South Africa, with much of the growth coming from intra-Africa leisure travel. According to Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA, outbound travel from South Africa has not been tracked well. "This research is the first step to enhancing the insights our members have around patterns of leisure travel by South Africans."

24 Apr 2017