Articles tagged “south africa”

The Secret to 72 Years of Profit at South Africa’s Comair

The Secret to 72 Years of Profit at South Africa’s Comair

Richard Holmes, Skift

Do airlines need non-airline businesses to survive? If one company’s unbroken 72-year run of profits is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding yes.

2 months ago

South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism

South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

South Africa's onerous visa regime for minor travelers continues to hobble its all-important tourism industry. Amendments published last month may look like good news, but read them closely and – industry insiders say – not nearly enough has changed.

3 months ago

Young Black South African Agents Inspire Their Peers to Travel

Young Black South African Agents Inspire Their Peers to Travel

Richard Holmes, Skift

Personal experience counts when it comes to encouraging young black South Africans to pack their suitcases and discover their own country, say the co-founders of Johannesburg-based Traveling Cheapskates. The co-founders build trips that they'd like to take, too, and feel like they intimately understand their customers.

4 months ago

British Airways Is Filling In Where South African Airways Is Fading

British Airways Is Filling In Where South African Airways Is Fading

Richard Holmes, Skift

To the delight of local tourism authorities, British Airways has been only too happy to fill the gap left by an ever-shrinking South African Airways. This week, Durban was the latest African city to welcome a direct route to the United Kingdom.

5 months ago

South Africa Will Overhaul Its Visa Rules to Woo Visitors

South Africa Will Overhaul Its Visa Rules to Woo Visitors

Paul Vecchiatto, Bloomberg

Easing entry restrictions for business travelers could help boost South Africa's effort to be a meetings and conventions center as the government targets more visitors to revive a flagging economy.

6 months ago

Banks Won’t Lend South African Airways Any More Money

Banks Won’t Lend South African Airways Any More Money

Paul Burkhardt, Bloomberg

South African Airways has lost money for six consecutive years, and it makes sense that banks have run out of patience. There's also little chance that Abu Dhabi-based Emirates might take an equity share in South African Airways.

6 months ago

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

Sam Mkokeli, Bloomberg

These measures sound like an effective solution to dipping visitation. Hopefully Cape Town will be able to accommodate these potential tourists with the ongoing ramifications of its water crisis.

6 months ago

Airlines Recoup $500 Million in Blocked Funds From African Countries

Airlines Recoup $500 Million in Blocked Funds From African Countries

Richard Holmes, Skift

Accountants at Emirates, British Airways, and South African Airways must be breathing a sigh of relief. A combination of economic carrots and airline sticks — smoothed over by IATA diplomacy — has helped international carriers recoup more than $500 million in blocked funds from African governments since the start of 2018.

7 months ago

Uber to Cover Its South African Drivers With Insurance in Case of Violence

Uber to Cover Its South African Drivers With Insurance in Case of Violence

Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg

Sometimes you can do well by doing right. Uber is correct to offer insurance to its drivers in South African cities in case of their death or injury due to violent attacks or crime. That move should also help it woo more drivers to sign up.

8 months ago

African Tourism Boards Often See the American Traveler as White

African Tourism Boards Often See the American Traveler as White

Dana Givens, Skift

While there’s interest among African tourism boards in marketing actively to black Americans, these boards are missing opportunities by not diversifying their strategies.

10 months ago

South Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Faces Hurdles

South Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Faces Hurdles

Odwa Mjo, Bloomberg

Tsogo Sun, which owns luxury properties in seven African countries including Nigeria and the Seychelles, may have hit the limit of its ability to do financial contortions for a while.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago