Articles tagged “south africa”

Ethiopian Airlines Considers Buying a Stake in South African Airways

Ethiopian Airlines Considers Buying a Stake in South African Airways

John Bowker, Bloomberg

Ethiopian Airlines is a an African aviation success story. Would it really be a good idea to get involved with the struggling South African Airways?

1 week ago

BCD Travel Pushes Further Into South Africa With Strategic Merger

BCD Travel Pushes Further Into South Africa With Strategic Merger

Isaac Carey, Skift

This is just the latest in a long string of similar moves from BCD Travel. Expect more mergers and acquisitions to follow, especially in Africa and the Middle East.

2 weeks ago

Perfect Starry Skies: A New Draw for Travelers to Southern Africa

Perfect Starry Skies: A New Draw for Travelers to Southern Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

The luxury safari market in southern Africa is a competitive space, and it pays to leverage any unique selling points. Now savvy lodge operators are trading on the darkness of the night skies to encourage bookings.

1 month ago

Cape Town’s Great White Sharks Have Disappeared and No One Knows Why

Cape Town’s Great White Sharks Have Disappeared and No One Knows Why

Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg

This is bizarre. Where did all the great white sharks go? No one knows. Perhaps an enterprising scientist can track down the answer.

2 months ago

Airlines and Astronomers Grapple to Share Africa’s Skies

Airlines and Astronomers Grapple to Share Africa’s Skies

Richard Holmes, Skift

There’s a dark irony in the fact that, when planning the world’s largest radio telescope, nobody thought to look up. Now, astronomers and airlines in South Africa are battling to find a way to keep the skies quiet and air traffic flowing smoothly.

2 months ago

Fastjet CEO Quits as Problems Mount

Fastjet CEO Quits as Problems Mount

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given the constant drip of bad news coming out of Fastjet since it launched in 2012, it's amazing that the airline is still flying.

4 months ago

Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

Richard Holmes, Skift

Club Med has finally committed to long-overdue expansion into sub-Saharan Africa. It’s good news for South Africa’s tourism prospects and introduces the brand to an untapped African market.

5 months ago

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Jumia is one of a few companies that deserve credit for building nascent online travel businesses in several African markets. But as Google and other tech platforms gain a continent-wide presence, they may use their pervasiveness to play kingmakers in online travel.

6 months ago

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.

9 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.

10 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.

11 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.

12 months ago