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Shift noted in nature of SA hotel development
Shift noted in nature of SA hotel development

The nature of hotel development in South Africa has shifted, says Wayne Troughton, CEO of HTI Consulting, along with the manner in which such developments are funded and owned.

2 days ago

HVS launches executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry
HVS launches executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry

Tourism's importance as a driver of the South African economy is increasing which has led global hospitality consulting firm, HVS to open a branch of HVS Executive Search Africa, based in Cape Town, which will focus on corporate positions, general managers and heads of department in the hotel industry across the continent.

2 days ago

Ban on electronic devices will affect SA travellers
Ban on electronic devices will affect SA travellers

Following a US and UK government ban on electronic devices on flights, South Africans travelling to the UK and USA via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha and several other cities will no longer be allowed to use their laptops, iPads, tablets, kindles or e-readers inflight. The ban comes into effect on 25 March 2017 for people travelling to the US and immediately for people travelling to the UK.

2 days ago

From left to right: Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams (Executive Chef, Table Bay Hotel); Chef Pete Goffe-Wood (Celebrity Chef and Industry Consultant), Chef Carl van Rooyen (Executive Chef, Vineyard Hotel) and Chef Bertus Basson (Owner Overture Restaurant).
Renowned chefs debate restaurant industry challenges

The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) Cape recently hosted a Restauranteur's Think Tank to discuss challenges facing the restaurant industry.

3 days ago

Time Square team: In front, Brett Hoppé (General Manager: Time Square). Second row (left to right): Mohamed Cassim (IT Manager: Time Square); Emma Mothibi (VIP Operations Manager: Time Square); Elroy van Blerk (Operations Manager: Time Square); Faniswa Mkosana (Human Resources Manager: Time Square) and Kevin Caswell (Tables Manager: Time Square). 

Back row from (left to right): Anneli Petrowski (Personal Assistant); Sandise Sibanda (Marketing Manager: Time Square); Shaun Rennie (Group Surveillance and Security Manager: Sun International); Bianco Marini (Slots Manager: Time Square) and Ruben Nadesan, (Financial Operations Manager: Time Square).
Counting down to the opening of SA's most technologically sophisticated casino floor

With all of 2,000 slot machines and 60 tables installed at Sun International's Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria, spanning 7,530m² on two levels, South Africa's most technologically advanced casino floor is nearing completion and will open to the public on 1 April 2017.

3 days ago

Pauline du Paty
#BrandManagerMonth: Building a new brand in SA

I often wonder how I managed before Uber came waltzing into my life, solving the parking issue I so often have when in town, simplifying short distance travel and even pickups from the airport. But what about longer distances? Not only does Uber get way too expensive too quickly as the kilometres add up, but it also doesn't really offer long distance rides as a standard.

By Ilse van den Berg 3 days ago

Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom
Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom

African countries account for 16 of the 20 biggest fallers on the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index over the last decade. The 2017 edition of the index indicates that the continent as a whole suffered the most dramatic decline in travel freedom.

3 days ago

CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago
CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), in an effort to reduce water consumption, has implemented a number of initiatives to further curtails its use of potable and irrigation water. In February 2017, the City of Cape Town introduced level 3B water restrictions, and Provincial and City authorities have called on National Government to declare the Western Cape a disaster area due to the drought conditions. The value of water and the need to save water will once again be highlighted during National Water Week this week, which culminates in World Water Day on 22 March 2017.

3 days ago

Canada weighs banning on-flight electronics
Canada weighs banning on-flight electronics

OTTAWA, Canada: Canada is considering prohibiting personal electronics onboard flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa after both the US and Britain announced bans, the transportation minister said on Tuesday.

22 Mar 2017

Rebecca Rusch and adventurer Patrick Sweeney. Image: Pat R. Notaro III
Explore Africa's havens for bikers

From mountain biking to road cycling, BMX racing, or just leisure biking, Africa is an awe-inspiring destination for bikers across the world. With a topography that encompasses spiraling mountains, prairies, and thickly forested cycling tracks that have formed over years of being trodden on by bicycle wheels. Wondering where to find these scenic cycling trails, here are some of the best in the continent.

By Josephine Wawira 22 Mar 2017

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Fitness travel beyond the hotel gym

According to the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, which covered 33 US hotel across six global brands, only 22% of US hotel visitors still use hotel gyms. Yet, another research report released by the Global Wellness Institute state that “Global wellness tourism revenues grew from $494.1 billion in 2013 to $563.2 billion in 2015 – or 14%. A growth rate more than twice as fast as overall tourism expenditures (6.9%).” So, if wellness tourism is increasing while usage of hotel gyms is decreasing, where are travellers getting their fitness fix?

20 Mar 2017

Know these top five marketing trends to travel in 2017
Know these top five marketing trends to travel in 2017

With the advent of the internet and the whole world of opportunities that it has brought to us, the travel industry has gained momentum too. Marketers from all kinds of travel companies are making use of everyday apps on customers' smart devices to communicate the best deals and offers. With the maximum purchases happening online the travel industry is going completely digital to expand its business beyond expectations. Here are a few trends for the year 2017 that you need to watch out for.

By Stephen Marshal 20 Mar 2017

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

During Earth Hour when lights will be switched off at 8.30pm on 25 March 2017 to create awareness about climate change, Premier Hotels & Resorts will be educating guests about how they can help minimise their impact on the environment through adjusting their electricity consumption behaviour.

20 Mar 2017