Airbnb rental site raises $450m

2014-04-20 16:04

Online lodging listings website Airbnb has inked a $450m funding deal with investors, says a source close to the matter.

Africa hotel development shows divergence

2014-04-16 12:44

International and regional hotel chains are signing more deals in sub-Saharan Africa than in North Africa, research shows.

Rand, overseas demand lift tourism

2014-04-15 11:42

The weak exchange rate and a strong overseas leisure demand have helped SA's tourism business, according to an index.

Winning the tourism war

2014-04-11 09:14

SA's cities are locked into a battle for the spoils of economic victory in the tourism stakes. Rob Baker takes a look at winners and losers.

WTM Africa to focus on responsible tourism

2014-04-07 17:12

World Travel Market Africa will bring responsible tourism to the forefront during its inaugural show taking place at the CTICC.

Dubai buys stake in hotel manager Kerzner

2014-04-03 13:31

Dubai's sovereign wealth fund has bought a stake in global hotel management firm Kerzner International.

British Airways increases Cape Town flights

2014-04-02 17:05

British Airways officially opened its new R19.8m lounge at Cape Town International Airport and says it is increasing its winter schedule to the Mother City.

Kenyan tourism sector tumbles

2014-03-30 11:22

Kenya's vital tourism sector has tumbled after attacks by Islamist militants carried out in retaliation for its intervention in neighbouring Somalia, a report says.

Responsible tourism in Cape Town

2014-03-07 17:23

The hospitality organisation Fedhasa says its members are serious about responsible tourism.

Coach blast knocks tourism in Egypt

2014-02-20 19:49

The bombing of a coach carrying Korean holidaymakers in the Sinai peninsula has dealt Egyptian tourism a hammer blow, just as it was attempting a fragile recovery.

Weak rand will lure more tourists - BA

2014-02-07 17:11

The weaker rand is a boon, which will bring more tourists to South Africa, according to Jamie Cassidy of British Airways.

Meetings and events industry to grow

2014-02-02 15:15

The $1.2trn spent on global business travel was 5.4% up on 2012, with indications that 2014 will also show an increase, says an expert.

India to ease visa restrictions - report

2014-02-02 12:52

Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas, reports local media.

Weak rand boosts South African tourism

2014-01-31 10:19

SA policymakers have watched the rand plunge against the dollar over the last year, but the tourism industry is happily raking in the extra dollars.

Tourism in SA sparkles

2014-01-24 19:06

Tourism has boomed beyond expectations in the final three months of last year, says the Tourism Business Council of SA.

W Cape economy shines as tourists pour in

2014-01-23 20:08

The tourism industry contributes more than R18bn to the Western Cape's economy annually and employs 150 000 people, says MEC Alan Winde.

Spain is world number 3 spot for tourists

2014-01-21 15:18

Spain announced Tuesday it has retaken the number three spot in world tourism in 2013, overtaking China by luring a record 60.6 million international visitors.

Cyprus tourist arrivals dip

2014-01-20 14:56

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus fell last year when an EU bailout rescued its banking system from collapse, according to official figures.

Tourists in SA smiling all the way

2014-01-19 07:16

Clutching shopping bags, quaffing wine, and lounging on pristine beaches: South Africa's weak rand is drawing few complaints from foreign tourists who these days get more bang for their tourist bucks.

Why shoot the elephant?

2014-01-16 12:17

How cut off from reality do you need to be not to recognise the danger of a charging elephant, asks Susan Erasmus.

Cape Town seen as number one spot to visit

2014-01-13 10:54

Cape Town has received the top spot on the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to go in 2014, ahead of such destinations as Los Angeles and the Seychelles.

Passenger traffic rises on strong BA performance

2014-01-07 20:30

The International Airlines Group has posted a 3.6% increase in December traffic and shares immediately rose following the release of the figures.

Durban beaches crammed

2013-12-27 21:50

Inclement weather conditions in Durban did not stop over 400 000 people from visiting the city's beaches on Christmas and Boxing Day, the Ethekwini municipality says.

Passengers flock to OR Tambo

2013-12-19 18:30

An official says passenger numbers are increasing at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.


Minorities gain from Chinese tourist boom

2014-04-22 15:00

Domestic tourism is fuelling a Chinese tourism boom that is bringing money to poorer ethnic minority regions and propping up their fading traditions.

Hotel property industry could pick up

2014-04-17 17:00

Three hectares of land in Irene, Pretoria, have been made available for the development of a hotel, offices and a conference centre.

SA hits tourist high in December

2014-04-15 14:48

December 2013 recorded the highest ever number of tourists in South Africa in one month, with 937 792 people entering the country.

Branson buys luxury Franschhoek estate

2014-04-14 15:48

Richard Branson’s worldwide luxury collection of retreats has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase a luxury estate in Franschhoek.

Cape records bumper summer season

2014-04-09 19:00

International arrivals to Cape Town over the summer season have surged by 15% compared to the previous year, the city's tourism director says.

Ibiza oil-drilling plans face firm resistance

2014-04-04 10:51

Plans to drill for oil off the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza have met with fierce opposition from locals, who fear the beaches and marine life will be damaged.

China will power world tourism - poll

2014-04-02 18:25

The Asia-Pacific region, led by China, will be the main force driving world tourism in the next 10 years, according to a survey.

Oil quest threatens Africa's oldest reserve

2014-03-30 13:51

The quest for oil may be the latest threat to Africa's most venerable wildlife reserve, located in the DRC and already hard hit by deforestation and poaching.

SA must step up business tourism competition

2014-03-17 15:13

South Africa needs to grow business travel if it wants to stay ahead of other African countries, warns an expert.

Germany remains important for SA tourism

2014-03-06 13:10

In the German market, South Africa is increasingly setting itself apart as a country that offers value for money, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

Iranian president concerned about disappearing lake

2014-02-20 12:16

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is concerned about saving the country's biggest lake and preventing it from disappearing completely.

TUI confident about tourism season

2014-02-06 09:31

TUI Travel, the world's biggest tour operator, is confident about 2014 after seeing strong demand for holidays in its key January booking period.

Pan African travel market launched

2014-02-02 14:22

The organisers of the World Travel Market in London are expanding their flagship event to Africa with a similar launch in Cape Town.

Morocco sees more tourists, but less money

2014-01-31 17:00

Morocco welcomed 10.5 million tourists last year, a gain of 7%, but the money they spent in a country actually dipped.

SA Tourism opens office in Nigeria

2014-01-28 14:08

As part of its partnership strategy, South African Tourism has opened its first regional marketing office in Lagos, Nigeria.

Protea Group launches property in Lusaka

2014-01-24 10:08

Demand for accommodation and conferencing facilities in the Zambian capital Lusaka has prompted Protea Hotels to launch a fourth property there.

Weak rand lures tourists from US, Africa

2014-01-23 05:30

South Africa has become a high quality and value for money travel destination compared to its peers due to the rand exchange rate.

World tourist numbers jump

2014-01-20 19:02

International tourist numbers have surged to nearly 1.1 billion in 2013, despite global economic troubles, the World Tourism Organisation has announced.

Wine tourism footprint expanded

2014-01-20 14:39

More and more visitors want to engage in wine tourism activities at or near the site where the wine is produced.

Fewer visitors to Robben Island

2014-01-17 05:30

The only tourism attraction in Cape Town to have reported a drop in visitor figures for December 2013 was Robben Island.

Unrest no deterrent for Mozambican tourists

2014-01-15 09:21

Owners say some guest house owners in Mozambique were fully booked for the December holidays, despite media reports about violence.

Economy, flood blamed for Limpopo tourism drop

2014-01-13 05:30

The Limpopo Tourism Agency says visitor numbers to the area fell over the festive season as a result of the poor economy and floods.

V&A Waterfront to develop mid-market hotel

2014-01-06 14:20

Given the growth in domestic, business and leisure tourism, the V&A sees an opportunity for a mid-market hotel development.

Over 3m travellers through SA ports

2013-12-27 07:58

More people passed through the country's national ports of entry this year compared to last year, says the home affairs department.

SA tourism arrival growth solidifies 2010 World Cup gain

2013-12-17 12:42

Tourist numbers for the first half of 2013 have increased considerably - but SA's popularity with visitors from the UK and Germany seems to be waning.

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