Articles tagged “south africa”

Cape Town’s Water Crisis: What the Tourism Industry Can Learn From the Myth and the Reality

Cape Town’s Water Crisis: What the Tourism Industry Can Learn From the Myth and the Reality

Rebecca Stone, Skift

The Cape Town water crisis has more to do with improper water management and inaccurate, inconsistent messaging than the city actually being in completely dire circumstances. That's why collaboration matters, between huge global organizations all the way down to individual travelers and locals, to promote the reality of international issues and the benefits tourism can have if done in a sustainable way.

3 weeks ago

Struggling South African Airways Needs $404 Million to Stay in Business

Struggling South African Airways Needs $404 Million to Stay in Business

Paul Vecchiatto, Bloomberg

The financial woes for South Africa's country carrier continue to grow. And it sounds like a $404 million bailout would only be a temporary fix as the airline grapples with far-reaching problems.

4 weeks ago

South Africa Tourism CEO Sees Water Crisis Changing the City Forever

South Africa Tourism CEO Sees Water Crisis Changing the City Forever

Emily Chasan, Bloomberg

South Africa tourism officials argue that the water crisis will change travelers' behavior, and that tourism revenue can reduce the severity of the crisis. Still, drought and climate change is a global problem that needs to be addressed on the international stage.

3 months ago

Ryanair Looks to South Africa For Pilot Hiring

Ryanair Looks to South Africa For Pilot Hiring

Thembisile Dzonzi, Bloomberg

Ryanair has always claimed it doesn't have problems recruiting pilots and to keep growing it's going to have to cast the net further afield. With South Africa's flag carrier struggling, that country is a good choice.

3 months ago

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Regionally focused online travel success stories are as rare as rhinos in the wild these days. But this merger of two South African players may help an endangered species — independent-booking players — keep thriving in a market where so much is dominated by the global duopoly, the Priceline Group and Expedia.

6 months ago

Airbnb Growth in Southern Africa Raises Familiar Issues

Airbnb Growth in Southern Africa Raises Familiar Issues

Richard Holmes, Skift

Airbnb is booming in Africa, but the first cracks in the success story are beginning to show – in hotels griping about the lack of regulations, and locals priced out of prime property. Can African cities avoid the side effects of the sharing economy that already blight more-developed markets?

6 months ago

Cape Town Museum Criticized for Favoring Tourism Over Pan-African Art

Cape Town Museum Criticized for Favoring Tourism Over Pan-African Art

Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa seemingly did a great job of building a major attraction — possibly so great that attracting tourists came at the expense of the artistic mission.

7 months ago

Tourism Boards Team Up to Attract High-Yield International Visitors

Tourism Boards Team Up to Attract High-Yield International Visitors

Laura Powell, Skift

High-end travelers are much more likely to embark on a very long-haul flight to a new destination than are budget tourists, so it is wise for the boards to focus on big spenders for any partnership.

8 months ago

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Richard Holmes, Skift

From wild safari getaways to its vibrant colorful cities, Africa has more than enough to tempt the 200 million Chinese tourists forecast to be trotting the globe by 2020. But is enough being done to roll out the welcome mat? It depends where you look.

1 year ago

Fastjet CEO Looks to South Africa to Curb Losses

Fastjet CEO Looks to South Africa to Curb Losses

Liezel Hill, Bloomberg

Low-cost carrier Fastjet recognizes the value in the South African market, but smartly wants to proceed with caution.

1 year ago

Oral History of Online Travel: How Travelstart Taught South Africa’s Airlines About E-Commerce

Oral History of Online Travel: How Travelstart Taught South Africa’s Airlines About E-Commerce

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Building up an affiliate network became a great marketing tool for Travelstart in South Africa a decade ago because print ads weren't effective. The incumbent competitors weren't particularly effective because they had no focus on e-commerce.

2 years ago

South Africa Is Trying to Recover Its Tourism Mojo This Year

South Africa Is Trying to Recover Its Tourism Mojo This Year

Stella Mapenzauswa, Reuters

Last year's visa changes severely hurt South African tourism. A weak currency may be just what it needs to get people back.

2 years ago