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Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago An enabling environment can further boost the multiplier effects of tourism on job creation and economic growth in regions not supported by other industries, says #IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang. She says the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic presents a unique... 

Open borders lauded by tourism stakeholders

By: Donna Slater     18th September 2020 Stakeholders in the tourism industry have lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to allow restricted international travel to South Africa to resume as an effort to help rebuild the tourism and hospitality industry in South Africa. This sentiment was conveyed during a Governance... 

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 With President Cyril Ramaphosa having announced the move to a Level 1 lockdown for South Africa, effective September 20, positive reactions have been streaming in from all spheres of the economy, but grievances around weekend alcohol sales, the curfew and only partially reopened borders remain.... 

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

Knysna Ziplines opens to the public

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 Knysna Ziplines, the Garden Route’s longest and highest zipline is ready for those scouting for an exhilarating expedition, and will open to visitors on September 18. The ziplines were given a thumbs up to proceed with construction in 2017, but were disrupted by the 2017 Knysna fires. Work... 

Knysna Ziplines opens to the public
Knysna Ziplines

Tourism sector appealing to govt to reopen borders

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2020 Adding its weight to the call for urgently lifting restrictions to save South Africa’s economy is the tourism sector, which was among the first and hardest hit by the lockdown measures instituted in the State of Disaster. The second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) contraction indicates the... 

Tourism sector appealing to govt to reopen borders

DUT, Ithala sign MoU to boost KZN economy

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has applauded the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) between her department’s Ithala Development Finance Corporation and the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The signing, according to... 

DUT, Ithala sign MoU to boost KZN economy
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism And Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Tourism body calls for reopening of borders

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 Tourism has the potential to reignite South Africa’s ailing economy, but to do so, it requires more than support from South Africans, not least government giving the green light for reopening the country's borders, says umbrella body the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). Citing... 

Tourism sector ready to deliver economic recovery plan to Cabinet

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th September 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday said the Department of Tourism was ready to deliver a three-pillar plan of economic recovery to Cabinet. She told the media during a briefing that the plan was aimed at helping the sector recover following the significant losses suffered as a... 

Visit Stellenbosch launches initiative to drive tourism sector's recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd September 2020 To assist in the revival and swift recovery of the tourism sector, the town of Stellenbosch is embarking on a range of initiatives to support local business, driving demand and inspiring locals to experience and share their town the same way a tourist would, destination marketing organisation... 

Key court case in tourist business interruption claims against insurers on Tuesday

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2020 A case of the greatest importance for the hospitality and tourism sector, on the one hand, and the insurance sector, on the other, is to be heard by a full bench of the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. The case is Ma-Afrika Hotels and the Stellenbosch Kitchen restaurant versus insurance group... 

South Africa working towards reopening international borders

By: African News Agency      31st August 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Monday said the South African government was working towards the reopening of international travel, which had been put on ice for months since President Cyril Ramaphosa imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.  “Our next step is to... 

 South Africa working towards reopening international borders
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

ICA notes slow progress in Business Interruption claims process ahead of court case

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th August 2020 There has been slow progress on the Covid-19 Business Interruption claims process ahead of the September 1 court case, specialist loss adjustment firm Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) noted during a webinar on August 26. The company is representing more than 700 clients in the tourism and... 

Tourism sector's road to recovery has begun, says Kubayi-Ngubane

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the sector’s road to recovery has begun and that the department is in the process of consolidating inputs received towards the Tourism Recovery Strategy, which will be submitted to Cabinet in the coming weeks. The start of Level 2 lockdown,... 

Tourism sector's road to recovery has begun, says Kubayi-Ngubane
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

From Africa to America, businesses and insurers face survival showdowns

By: Reuters     18th August 2020 Wynand du Toit's safari camp in South Africa's Pilanesberg National Park lies abandoned, its tents ripped open by baboons and its survival in the balance after his insurer rejected his Covid-19 claim. In the United States, Miami restaurant owner Luis Debayle has laid off two-thirds of his staff... 

Oil spill puts five-decade Mauritian fisher family in a bind

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2020 It may take a decade to restore a delicate ecosystem in Mauritius after a bulk carrier ran aground and spilled oil into the island nation’s pristine waters. Some fishermen fear they may never get their lives back. The vessel that left Mauritius almost helpless after it spilled 1 000 t of fuel oil... 

More German experts coming to help reactivate South African industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2020 The German embassy in South Africa expects further technical experts from that country to arrive in South Africa, subject to the approval of the South African government. The first contingent of these experts, sent to help reactivate and upgrade German-owned factories and service companies in... 

Why so much world trade passes Mauritius’s pristine beaches

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2020 The bulk carrier Wakashio was 11 days into a month-long voyage to Brazil when it hit a reef off Mauritius causing it to spill fuel into the island’s crystal clear waters, endangering baby turtles and unique plants in a nearby nature reserve. Given the vastness of the Indian ocean, why was the... 

Covid travel restrictions devastate Africa’s tourism earnings

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2020 Global restrictions on travel have dealt a devastating blow to African nations who depend on tourists and their hard currency to support an industry that employs millions of people on the continent. National carriers in Mauritius, Kenya and Namibia run into more financial trouble as flights were... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th August 2020 The amended Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products has been announced by Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Guided tour operators, which includes overland safari vehicle operators, will now be permitted to operate in national parks from August 7, provided... 

Tourism Minister publishes amended Risk Adjusted Strategy
Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

TBCSA launches app to assist tourism industry navigate Covid-19 protocols

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2020 Through a multistakeholder partnership, hospitality, travel and tourism sector lobby organisation, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), has launched a tourism and hospitality industry Covid-19 assistance mobile application – the Opus4business App. The app is intended to aid in... 

Tourism department releases list of SMEs that benefited from R200m fund

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, on August 5, made public a list of small, medium-sized and microenterprises that benefited from the tourism relief funding programme during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has forced the vast majority of the sector to close its doors in line with... 

V&A Waterfront to launch food incubator

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2020 The V&A Waterfront will develop the Makers Landing, a local food incubator for South African flavours and culture, as part of the Cape Town Cruise Terminal. This is expected to be completed by September and open to the public by December. 

Curfew to move to 22:00 to accommodate restaurants

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th July 2020 Tourism Minister Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced that the national curfew will move to 22:00 to assist the restaurant industry. “In our recent discussions with the restaurant sector, two issues were raised with regard to current regulations. One was the crippling effect of the 21:00 curfew... 

'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 KwaZulu-Natal's MEC for economic development, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, on Wednesday expressed "relief" after Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) confirmed a R2.5 billion investment in the province's automotive economy.  The company will be building a hybrid synergy drive (petro-electric) car at its plant... 

 'Relief' as Toyota confirms R2.5bn hybrid production in Durban
Photo by Supplied by KZN EDTEA
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs during a meeting with Toyota South Africa

Tourism sector's recovery to take place in phases, says Minister

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd July 2020 The tourism sector's recovery will take place in phases, Minister Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said in a budget vote speech on July 22. "With regards to interventions, we envisage that Phase 1 of interventions will primarily focus on the protection of the domestic supply side of the sector. In Phase... 

Radisson Group to build six new hotels in Africa

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2020 Radisson Hotel Group is adding another six new hotels to its African portfolio, with one each planned in Durban and Kempton Park – bringing the total to almost 100 hotels across 32 African markets.   Radisson Hotel Group executive VP and chief development officer Elie Younes says the addition of... 

Radisson Group to build six new hotels in Africa
An artist's impression of the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg

TBCSA appoints legal heavyweights as it considers legal route to reopen industry

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2020 The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has appointed attorneys and a senior counsel as it considers a legal route to try and ease government-imposed restrictions under Covid-19 Alert Level 3. The TBCSA states that the industry suffers a loss of more than R748-million for every day... 

Claims adjustment company hopes insurers will now settle following FSCA ruling

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th July 2020 Specialist public loss adjustment firm Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) on Wednesday expressed the hope that South African insurance companies will now honour business interruption insurance claims submitted by their clients, to cover losses suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. On July 9... 

Tourism industry considering its options

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2020 The board of Umbrella body the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) recently held an urgent meeting to discuss way forward for the sector. This is after various attempts to convince government to allow a phased reopening of the tourism sector, especially the use of leisure... 

Anger rising in South African tourism sector against insurance industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 A bitter backlash against leading South African insurance companies continues to grow in the country’s beleaguered tourism/conservation sector. A video is in circulation, made by a game lodge or game farm which, unsurprisingly, does not identify itself but which an independent source within the... 

Pandemic severely impacting on tourism, but there are positives, says WHO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on tourism and travel in Africa; however, there are opportunities for the tourism sector in the medium term, and potential for recovery as borders start reopening, speakers said during a World Health Organisation- (WHO-) hosted webinar on July 2. WHO... 

Chilean company seeks to acquire 50.1% of Sun International

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th June 2020 Chilean investment company Nueva Inversiones Pacifico Sur (IPS) has made a formal proposal to the board of tourism, leisure and gaming group Sun International, expressing its interest in making a firm intention offer to acquire 50.1% of its total ordinary shares through a partial cash tender... 

Hilton appoints hotel chain veteran MD of its African development team

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th June 2020 NYSE-listed hospitality group Hilton has appointed Andrew McLachlan MD of development in sub-Saharan Africa. He joins the company with 30 years’ experience in the African hospitality market, including serving in senior corporate roles within major hotel chains in South Africa.  

Tourist guides to benefit from Covid-19-related relief fund

By: Yvonne Silaule     8th June 2020 Registered freelance tourist guides who have been impacted on by the measures implemented to help slow the spread of Covid-19 will soon receive some financial assistance as the Department of Tourism prepares to roll out a three-month relief fund. This follows an announcement by Tourism Minister... 

Self-drive excursions for day visitors resume in national parks

By: Yvonne Silaule     8th June 2020 South Africa National Parks (SANParks) has announced that self-drive excursions for day visitors will be permitted from Monday June 8 in parks that cater for this service. SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni on June 6 assured the public that SANParks had used the past week to prepare for the expected... 

Creecy outlines activities allowed under the Covid-19 Lockdown Level 3

By: Yvonne Silaule     2nd June 2020 Hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, and recreational fishing are among the activities to be allowed under Level 3, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has announced.   

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will continue his consultative tour on Friday, ahead of the country moving down to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown. His office announced that the president would hold virtual engagements with stakeholders in the tourism sector who had asked to meet him. Ramaphosa has... 

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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