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African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities
African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

Over the last eight years, travel and tourism have grown by 17.3% in the top 10 fastest-growing global destinations. This rate speaks to the rapid growth of tourism and how the industry, and an increasing priority for countries seeking new growth opportunities. In emerging markets tourism grew from 30% in 1980 to 45% in 2015 and is expected to reach 57% by 2030.

By Elias Aad 1 day ago

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Bird watching in Soweto with birdman Raymond Rampolokeng

Raymond Rampolokeng brings the binoculars into focus as he pans the riverbank. The nearby hubbub of Soweto hums in the distance, but his intense concentration guards the moment in a veil of silence. How he'd love to catch a glimpse of a Cape Sparrow, the indigenous bird to which he feels such a special connection.

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City of Cape Town, Airbnb to collaborate on spreading the benefits of tourism
City of Cape Town, Airbnb to collaborate on spreading the benefits of tourism

The City of Cape Town and Airbnb has signed a collaboration agreement to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities as well as promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination. This is the first collaboration agreement that the hospitality platform has signed with a city in Africa.

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Shots Fired: Gang violence on Cape Town International Airport's doorstep
Shots Fired: Gang violence on Cape Town International Airport's doorstep

Cape Town International Airport management confirmed that several shots were fired shortly after 5am this morning (Wednesday, 18 October 2017) on the upper roadway in front of the terminal building. Two people have been injured, with one person hit by a stray bullet who was stabilised before being taken to the hospital.

By Cari Coetzee 2 days ago

Construction set to start on Umhlanga Arch
Construction set to start on Umhlanga Arch

Last week saw the official ground breaking of A-grade catalytic development Umhlanga Arch in Durban.

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US revokes economic sanctions against Sudan: What it means for hospitality businesses

News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa's third largest country after two decades of severe restrictions.

By Josephine Wawira 2 days ago

Eat Out unveils the best everyday eateries in the Western Cape
Eat Out unveils the best everyday eateries in the Western Cape

The 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries in the Western Cape list has been unveiled. The winners in other provinces will be announced next week.

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Chris Lehane and Herman Mashaba at the announcement (Image Supplied)
Study shows Airbnb can be a major engine for economic empowerment throughout Africa

At a press conference in Johannesburg City Hall together, Airbnb Global Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Chris Lehane released the Africa Report, a study highlighting the economic and social benefits for families and communities using Airbnb. The study shows that there are now more than 100,000 homes in Africa listed on Airbnb and that there have been more than two million all-time global guest arrivals using Airbnb. This has helped to spread tourism benefits beyond hotels and tourist attractions.

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In need of hotel rooms, Seychelles' govt tells developers to begin projects or lose them

Eight out of 18 tourism projects excluded from a moratorium on large hotels in Seychelles could be reallocated if the project backers don't begin construction within a year, said a top official of the ministry of tourism.

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Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa
Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa

As part of Airbnb's vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities, the online marketplace has announced a $1m investment over the next three years to promote community-led tourism projects in Africa.

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Zeitz MOCAA a boost for local tourism and arts industries
Zeitz MOCAA a boost for local tourism and arts industries

The recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has been hailed a proverbial feather in the caps of the local tourism and arts industries. Joanne Selby, general manager at The Table Bay says: "The opening of Zeitz MOCAA bodes well for the local tourism industry, both as a museum for visitors to explore the works of African artists, as well as being a landmark attraction in its own right. It is certainly on the list of must-sees in Cape Town."

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#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts
#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts

Concepts Collection creates unforgettable luxury experiences - be it in the shape of a destination wedding, corporate event, group incentives, private celebrations or the ultimate in African holiday adventures. We chat to Founder and Managing Director Christina Holt and Group CEO Richard Holt to find out how it all started and what it takes to run one of the leading luxury brands in SA.

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

Can your growing business afford to use a travel expert?
Can your growing business afford to use a travel expert?

If you're watching every penny in your business, you'll probably be quite reluctant to outsource anything - including your travel planning.

Issued by Flight Centre 16 Oct 2017