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Tourism News

Western Cape ideally positioned to capitalise on growing adventure tourism, report posits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2024 The Western Cape is poised to emerge as a global hub for adventure tourism, a niche within the global tourism sector that is anticipated to be valued at $4.6-trillion by 2032, a recent report by Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the province,... 

Wesgro launches new domestic tourism campaign

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th March 2024 Western Cape trade, investment and tourism promotion agency Wesgro has launched a new campaign to attract tourists to the province. Unlike other recent campaigns, this one, called ‘With Love from the Locals’, is targeted at attracting domestic tourists. “We place immense value on our domestic... 

Avis partners with CemAir on new land-and-air travel offering

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th March 2024 Car rental company Avis Car Rental has entered into a partnership with airline CemAir, as part of its commitment to delivering enhanced travel experiences for customers. Central to the partnership is a new offering of a preferential pricing and exclusive specials on car rentals on all CemAir... 

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Avis Car Rental has entered into a partnership with CemAir

SADC Tourism Alliance disaster risk management workshop to help businesses recover faster

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2024 Regional tourism organisation the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Business Council Tourism Alliance has completed a two-day train-the-trainer workshop on tourism disaster risk management and crisis communication. Communication, risk management and tourism officials from 11 SADC... 

Wild animals in the Kalahari

Rhino poaching in South Africa increases in 2023

By: Reuters     27th February 2024 South Africa recorded 499 rhinos poached in 2023, 51 more than the previous year, despite efforts to protect the animals, the government said on Tuesday. South Africa is home to nearly half of the critically-endangered black rhino population in Africa and to the world's largest population of... 


Airlink reinstates Mbombela and Vilanculos flights for peak season

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2024 Regional airline Airlink will again provide its peak season “bush & beach” service linking Mbombela’s Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport with Vilanculos, which is Mozambique’s famous coastal resort destination, and Johannesburg. The direct service, which enables tourists to combine a safari... 

Cape Town reports nearly R4bn boost from 2023 events

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2024 The City of Cape Town has reported an almost R4-billion boost from the raft of events hosted in the Western Cape capital last year. The events include Africa’s first Netball World Cup, the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, the first Formula E race in sub-Saharan Africa, the Loeries Creative Week and the... 

Campaign launched to promote tourism to George, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2023 Inter-agency and public private partnership Cape Town and Western Cape air connectivity initiative Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) has announced it is partnering with Cape Town-based and leading African online travel agency Travelstart, to promote tourism to the town of George, and the adjacent... 

Wesgro CEO and CTAA official spokesperson Wrenelle Stander
Wesgro CEO and CTAA official spokesperson Wrenelle Stander

South Africa Tourism, Google sign tourism promotion agreement

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2023 Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille and search engine and Internet services multinational Google have signed a collaboration agreement to support the use of digital tools to enhance tourism experiences and sustainability, and to facilitate knowledge sharing and skills development. “The primary... 

Transnet expects 175 vessel calls as cruise liner season opens

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2023 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says it expects 175 vessel calls at South African port cities in the 2023/24 cruise liner season, which opened earlier this month. The vessels are expected to bring an estimated 166 933 passengers to local shores. 

Image of City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos 
James Vos at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal

Port Elizabeth port to welcome 37 560 passengers as cruise season starts

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2023 The arrival of cruise ship the Vasco da Gama at the Port of Port Elizabeth marked the start of the 2023/24 cruise season in Gqeberha, and the city expects to welcome to its shores 37 560 passengers onboard 28 cruise liners during the season, said State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority... 

The Vasco da Gama cruise ship
Photo by Nicko Cruises
The Vasco da Gama cruise ship

African travel, tourism can grow by another $168bn with the right efforts – WTTC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2023 The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that the African travel and tourism sector could add $168-billion to the continent’s economy and create more than 18-million new jobs, depending on three key policies to unlock yearly growth of 6.5% in the sector. The WTTC, together with... 

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Associations laud De Lille’s constructive engagement approach in tourism industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th November 2023 As the global tourism community converges at the World Travel Market in London this week, South African tourism associations have expressed their full support for Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille’s constructive approach in engaging the private sector since taking office. The country’s private... 

Study shows Western Cape had biggest cruise season ever

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2023 A new economic impact study shows that the Cape Town Cruise Terminal welcomed 70 cruise ship calls carrying 145 000 two-way passengers and 42 000 crew members between November 2022 and May this year, says Cruise Cape Town. This marks the biggest cruise season the passenger terminal has seen to date. 

Image of the Cape Town Cruise Terminal

Western Cape Minister reaffirms target of a R1tr economy by 2035

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2023 Addressing the Cape Town Air Access 2023 Annual Review function, Western Cape provincial Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister Mireille Wenger highlighted the province’s plan to achieve a R1-trillion economy by 2035. This plan was designated “Growth for Jobs”, abbreviated to G4J. As the... 

Department of Tourism, Airbnb sign MoU

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2023 Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille on August 29 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global accommodation platform Airbnb. The agreement will see South Africa’s Department of Tourism work closely with Airbnb to advance tourism services that are aimed at growing tourism in the country... 

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Patricia de Lille

Visitor numbers recovered to four-million in first six months, says Minister

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2023 Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille on July 27 reported that South Africa’s tourism sector continued to exhibit strong recovery, with more than four-million tourist arrivals recorded in the first six months of this year. This was a significant increase from the 2.3-million tourist arrivals between... 

RwandAir set to launch daily direct London flights

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2023 Airline RwandAir will soon launch daily direct services between London’s Heathrow airport and Kigali, as it continues to expand its European network and meet additional demand for UK flights. The African airline, which has been operating from London since 2017, will increase capacity on its... 

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RwandAir landing

KITE 2023 promises to be ‘bigger and better’

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition, also known as KITE, will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from July 18 to 20 for the fortieth consecutive year.  Attendance numbers are expected to exceed those of last year, at 2 716, even though the 2022 event was the first in-person... 

Head shot of Specialised Exhibitions portfolio director Charlene Hefer
CHARLENE HEFER This year’s exhibition promises to deliver insight into Industry 4.0 and the potential benefits for KwaZulu-Natal

IFC invests $13m in Africa Conservation and Communities Tourism Fund

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2023 Development finance institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has made a $13-million investment in the Africa Conservation and Communities Tourism (ACCT) Fund to support the post-pandemic recovery and sustainable growth of sub-Saharan Africa’s ecotourism sector. The investment will... 

Drones used in anti-poaching

26th May 2023 Various technologies, such as tracking tags, closed circuit television cameras and thermal cameras, Wireless Sensor Networks, mobile apps and drones, are being used for intelligence and communications in anti-poaching operations to protect wildlife. However, these technologies bring with them the... 

Tim Harris appointed to chair interim SA Tourism Board

By: News24Wire      4th May 2023 Former Wesgro CEO Tim Harris will chair the interim SA Tourism Board. Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille said she would gazette the appointment on Friday. 

Green Tourism Incentive Programme calls for applications

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2023 In recognition of National Energy Month and in mitigation of the current energy constraints faced by the country, Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille has invited all eligible tourism enterprises to apply for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) during the eight application window, which is... 

Visa issues must be fixed expeditiously to bolster investment, BLSA says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2023 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has been working with government to fix the country’s visa regime; however, last week showed signs that very little progress had been made, BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso writes in her weekly newsletter. She points out that about 56 000... 

Pilot tourism-boosting project floated to grow the industry

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2023 A new strategy to reinvigorate tourism in South Africa – the Domestic Tourism Remodelling Model (DTRM) was highlighted at the 2023 Tourism Research Seminar, hosted by the Department of Tourism on March 24 under the theme ‘Advancing tourism growth and development through research: phase of... 

Expo advances export potential of food sector

17th March 2023 South African Fruit and Vegetables Canners Export Council (SAFVEC) GM Jill Atwood-Palm says the Gulfood Exhibition that took place in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from February 20 to 24, provided South African companies with an opportunity to increase exports globally.    SAFVEC was... 

Aluminum food cans opened up to display their contents, which are baked beans beans, peas, mushrooms, corn, peppers and kidney beans
NO SUCH THING AS CAN'T South African Fruit and Vegetables Canners Export Council says the Gulfood expo can hold great potential for South African food exporters

Initiative sets out to improve tavern experience

By: Halima Frost     17th March 2023 Earlier this month, multinational brewing company Heineken South Africa spearheaded the launch of an initiative, Taverns of the Future, at The Spot 1818 in Phiri, Soweto.  The Spot 1818 is one of the taverns to benefit from the initiative. 

A red carpet leading up to a newly revamped Tavern, The Spot 1818, in Soweto, as part of Heineken South Africa's Taverns of the Future initiative
RED CARPET TO THE FUTURE The Taverns of the Future initiative was officially launched earlier this month by Heineken South Africa and its partners

Important responsibility for new Minister of Electricity, but reshuffle questionable – commentators

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2023 There are some positives in the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, with some appointments having been welcomed by industry organisations; however, many were concerned by underperforming Ministers being kept on and some reassigned, changes not being sufficiently decisive and... 

Gauteng to host fifteenth BRICS Summit

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      3rd March 2023 Gauteng will play host to the fifteenth BRICS Summit in August, under the theme ‘BRICS and Africa: Partnership For Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development, and Inclusive Multilateralism’. This was confirmed by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele. 

St Helena welcomes news that Airlink will resume extra summer flights later this year

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2023 St Helena Tourism, an official agency of the South Atlantic island’s government, on Thursday welcomed the news that South African regional airline Airlink was going to increase the number of its flights from Johannesburg to the territory, during the 2023/2024 Southern summer season. Currently,... 

An Embraer E190 of Airlink
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

ConCourt shoots down govt appeal over BEE in Covid-19 tourism funds case

By: News24Wire      8th February 2023 SA's highest court has declined to hear an application for leave to appeal a lower court's ruling that found the state was wrong to include Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) as a criterion to access Covid-19 relief grants in the tourism sector.  In April 2020, as the Covid-19... 

US, SA partner to combat wildlife trafficking

By: Sane Dhlamini     25th January 2023 Following talks between South African officials and US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen relating to combatting illicit finance linked to the illegal wildlife trade, a task force has been formed. Yellen said to protect wildlife populations from further poaching and to disrupt the associated... 

Signs of improvement in African visa policies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th December 2022 The 2022 Africa ‘Visa Openness Index (VOI)’ report shows that African countries are making progress in their freedom of travel policies, most of which had been severely curtailed by the Covid-19 crisis. The yearly publication, prepared by the African Development Bank Group in collaboration with... 

The expectations of younger adult passengers are transforming the global air travel industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th December 2022 So-called ‘Gen Z’ and ‘millenial’ travellers are driving a digital transformation of the transport industry in general and air transport in particular, multinational air transport information technology (IT) company SITA reports. The company released its Meet the Megtrends report on Wednesday,... 

Cape Town tourism recovers to pre-Covid levels, as another US airline lands in the city 

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd December 2022 Cape Town’s tourist sector was nearly back at pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels. “In all our key [tourism] markets, in Cape Town, we are nearly recovered,” reported Western Cape tourism, trade and investment promotion agency Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander on Thursday evening. She was addressing a... 

Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander
Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander

Western Cape, Cape Town authorities highlight growing tourism, trade links with the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th November 2022 The US was now the Western Cape province’s largest single source of tourists and the province’s biggest single export market, highlighted provincial Premier Alan Winde on Thursday evening. He was addressing a function to mark the inauguration of the first direct flight connection between Cape... 

Eurowings Discover launches direct flights from Frankfurt to KMI Airport in Mpumalanga

By: Yvonne Silaule     17th November 2022 German airline Lufthansa Group’s leisure carrier Eurowings Discover has launched direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, to the Kruger Mpumalanga International (KMI) airport, in Mpumalanga, South Africa. KMI is located in Mbombela, near the world-renowned Kruger National Park that is popular with... 

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