Articles tagged “south africa”

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.

1 month 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?

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

11 months 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

South Africa Considers Visa Waiver for India, China, Russia

South Africa Considers Visa Waiver for India, China, Russia

Rene Vollgraaff, Bloomberg

South Africa is trying to balance the nation's security needs against the negative impact that visa requirements have on visitation numbers.

2 years ago

South African Wine Tourism Projected to Double Over Next Decade

South African Wine Tourism Projected to Double Over Next Decade

Tshepiso Mokhema, Bloomberg

South Africa will need to be able to tell a story about why its wine country is distinctive from the others. If it can do this, it gives international visitors the reason they need to make the long trek.

2 years ago

Drought Hits South Africa’s Biggest Wildlife Park

Drought Hits South Africa’s Biggest Wildlife Park

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press

The severely low rain volume is more challenging for certain animals in Kruger park, such as hippos and buffalo.

2 years ago

Skift MeetingsIQ: Smart City Meetings in Vienna, Smart Content in L.A.

Skift MeetingsIQ: Smart City Meetings in Vienna, Smart Content in L.A.

Greg Oates, Skift

Destinations from Vienna to Los Angeles are promoting their smart city infrastructure and technology to engage meeting planners and attendees.

2 years ago