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Tourism News

Alcohol industry laments sales ban extension

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and National Liquor Traders (NLT) note their disappointment in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the current ban of alcohol sales by another two weeks. In a joint statement, the two organisations suggest that the decision to... 

Sun International secures easier loan terms to weather Covid hit - sources

By: Reuters     9th July 2021 Sun International has agreed easier borrowing terms with its lenders, two sources told Reuters, giving South Africa's biggest casino firm a year of financial breathing space as a third wave of Covid-19 crashes over the tourism industry. The deal with Standard Bank, Absa Group and Nedbank... 

Settlement of Covid-19-related insurance claims remains problematic, says ICA

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2021 Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) CEO Ryan Woolley says it is clear from new research released on July 6, that the short-term insurance industry (STI) earned record profits during the pandemic. He states that the STI therefore has “no reason” to further delay the settlement of all outstanding... 

New restrictions putting many jobs at risk, commentators warn

By: Donna Slater     28th June 2021 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the move to adjusted Alert Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions and the accompanying ban on alcohol sales, the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) is requesting government to reassess its measures and to focus on its vaccine rollout... 

Tourism dept says unable to reinstate Tourism Relief Fund

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 The Department of Tourism has confirmed that it is unable to reinstate the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) owing to the unavailability of financial resources to do so. The department is, therefore, focusing on the implementation of the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan (TSRP) to ensure a sustained return to... 

Tourism dept to defend equity fund in court

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st May 2021 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on May 31 provided an update on the Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), saying the department intends to defend the matter in court. The R1.2-billion fund was launched in January as part of the implementation of the commitments made during the State of the Nation... 

Report documents dangerous increase in illicit alcohol trade 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 A report by market research company Euromonitor International has indicated that illicit alcohol trade in South Africa has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% since 2017 and now stands at 12% of the R177.2-billion total industry market value. In volume terms, illicit trade made... 

Rescuing tourism from pandemic 'devastation' is priority for the next year

By: News24Wire      19th May 2021 Rescuing tourism from pandemic 'devastation' is priority for the next year The main focus of the Department of Tourism during the current financial year will be on the implementation of the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said during her department’s budget... 

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Iata welcomes G20 guidelines for restart of international tourism

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th May 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the global representative body for the airline industry – has welcomed the agreeing, by the Tourism Ministers of the Group of 20 countries (G20), of the ‘Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism’. The association urged the G20 governments to... 

Tourism dept designs SMME Workshop framework as part of economic reconstruction, recovery efforts

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th May 2021 The Department of Tourism has designed a small, medium-sized and microenterprise (SMME) Workshop framework with a restorative and regenerative approach to build economic activity. Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela made the announcement during a recent visit to Mbombela, Mpumalanga, after... 

Cabinet approves Tourism Sector Recovery Plan to preserve R189bn in value

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has approved the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, which Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says will facilitate the preservation of R189-billion of value. The plan is also expected to enable the tourism sector to recover to 2019 output and employment levels by 2023. 

Consumer behaviour to remain restricted as household budgets continue to take strain – Deloitte

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2021 Although it is now well known that Covid-19 has subdued global economies and put strain on consumers’ willingness to splurge on non-essential items, professional services firm Deloitte shines a light on how consumer behaviour is being shaped currently and how they plan to spend money going into... 

Solidarity, AfriForum says tourism equity fund hearing to be held on April 13

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2021 Trade union Solidarity and civil rights group AfriForum will be in the North Gauteng High Court on April 13 for the hearing of their case against the Department of Tourism and Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. The two institutions had instituted legal action after unsuccessful talks... 

Govt's R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund not only for businesses that are 100% black-owned - minister

By: News24Wire      18th March 2021 Government's R1.2-billion Tourism Equity Fund is not only for businesses which are 100% black owned, but open to those which are at least 51% black-owned and controlled, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane told the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday. "The response to the fund has... 

Southern Africa has ‘huge potential’ to benefit from the shift to green hydrogen

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 While there is growing momentum across the world in investing in hydrogen and the related import and export value chains, management consulting company Kearney MD Romain Debarre warns that there is still a lack of supply and demand for the hydrogen economy. While there is a market for hydrogen... 

AfriForum, Solidarity to pursue legal options over Tourism Equity Fund  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2021 Trade union Solidarity and civil rights group AfriForum have announced that they will proceed with litigation against the Tourism Equity Fund (TEF) after having unfruitful talks with the Ministry. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane suspended the TEF’s activities on February 5 until... 

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Tourism sector has lost billions of rands, shed more than 300 000 jobs - deputy minister

By: News24Wire      10th February 2021 South Africa's tourism industry has lost billions of rand and more than 300 000 jobs due to the hard lockdown since the outbreak of Covid-19. Deputy Tourism Minister Fish Mahlalela said the impact of Covid-19, accompanied by the hard lockdown, severely affected the tourism sector both locally and... 

Tourism sector has lost billions of rands, shed more than 300 000 jobs - deputy minister

Tourism fund suspended as Minister agrees to talks with AfriForum, Solidarity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2021 Trade union Solidarity and civil rights organisation AfriForum have welcomed the decision by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane to suspend the Tourism Equity Fund’s (TEF's) activities until discussions have taken place with the organisations. This follows after the two institutions sent... 

South African safari lodge sets ESG standard

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2021 The Mdluli Safari Lodge, built as part of a community and private sector sustainable tourism initiative, has been awarded a AA+ grade by independent investment advisory firm Impact Capital Africa for having an impact across four of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals... 

Hybrid events to carry industry, physical format still needed

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Innovation in the exhibitions, events and conferencing industry will result in a roll-out of hybrid events this year, says local exhibition company Specialised Exhibitions – a division of Montgomery Group - portfolio director Charlene Hefer. This involves a “blend of the on-site experience with... 

RESTARTING THE INDUSTRY
Innovation in the industry will see a roll-out of hybrid events, mixing the onsite experience with digital services and products
RESTARTING THE INDUSTRY Innovation in the industry will see a roll-out of hybrid events, mixing the onsite experience with digital services and products

Company leverages global partnership for virtual events

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Eastern Cape-based events organising company Inkanyezi Event Organisers has created the Global Partner Network, a group of leading event managers and trade facilitation leaders who will jointly organise several international business exhibitions and trade shows this year. Inkanyezi CEO Andrew... 

ANDREW BINNING
While virtual events are not the preferred option, many companies would rather take part in virtual events than nothing as a way to market themselves
ANDREW BINNING While virtual events are not the preferred option, many companies would rather take part in virtual events than nothing as a way to market themselves

US implements new travel restrictions 

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th January 2021 From January 30, at 12:01am EST, entry will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were in South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the US. In a statement from the US Embassy on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden’s proclamation comes into effect until further notice, as... 

US implements new travel restrictions

Govt launches R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2021 The Department of Tourism has launched the R1.2-billion Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), aimed at driving transformation in the tourism sector. The fund has been established in partnership with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) as a new financial support mechanism to stimulate investment and... 

V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town
V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town

Insurer trying to limit Covid-19 business interruption payout indemnity to just three months

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2021 Specialist public loss adjustment company Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) has expressed disappointment, but no surprise, at major insurance company Santam’s latest manoeuvre in the seven-month-long legal struggle regarding the paying out of the business interruption insurance claims of small and... 

Kasada acquires African hotel portfolio from AccorInvest

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 Kasada Capital Management – through the debut fund, Kasada Hospitality Fund – has acquired a portfolio of eight sub-Saharan African hotels from AccorInvest. The transaction relates to the Pullman, Novotel, Ibis Plateau and Ibis Marcory hotels in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; the Pullman, Novotel and... 

Santam trying to limit Covid-19 business interruption payout indemnity to just three months 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th January 2021 Specialist public loss adjustment company Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) has expressed disappointment, but no surprise, at major insurance company Santam’s latest manoeuvre in the seven-month-long legal struggle regarding the paying out of the business interruption insurance claims of small and... 

Lockdown claims are capped and won't cripple insurers, say claimants 

By: News24Wire      14th December 2020 Hotel and other hospitality establishment owners, whose lockdown claims remain in limbo as insurers await a Supreme Court of Appeal decision, say many of them may not live to see the end of the biggest case in SA's short-term insurance's recent history. Robert More, founder of More Family... 

Tourism dept, TIA embark on implementation of incubation programme

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th December 2020 The Department of Tourism and the Technology Innovation Agency have embarked on the joint implementation of the Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubation Programme (TTGIIP). The department has extended an invitation for South Africans aged 18 to 35 to apply for the course before January 8. 

E Cape govt launches summer tourism campaign amid escalating Covid-19 infections  

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th December 2020 Despite spiking Covid-19 infections in the Eastern Cape, the province’s tourism department is gearing up to welcome tourists this summer. Finance, Economic Affairs and Tourism MEC Mlungisi Mvoko launched a travel and tourism activation, in Coffee Bay, on Friday, under the theme ‘Experience Summer... 

Nelson Mandela Bay
Nelson Mandela Bay

Santam to apply to appeal against Covid-19 business interruption judgment against it

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2020 Insurance group Santam announced on Friday that it was going to seek leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down against it by a full bench of the Western Cape High Court. The Court ruled that the insurance group must pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and... 

Santam 'takes note' of business interruption ruling against it by W Cape High Court

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 Insurance group Santam has stated that it “has taken note” of the ruling by the Western Cape High Court that the insurance group pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen, and also pay all of the claimants’ legal costs. The business interruption had... 

Western Cape High Court rules against Santam in Covid-19 insurance claims test case

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th November 2020 A full bench of the Western Cape High Court ruled on Tuesday afternoon that insurance group Santam had to pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen, and also pay all of the claimants’ legal costs. The claims were submitted because of the near-total... 

Bidcorp reports mixed first-quarter performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th November 2020 JSE-listed Bidcorp says that, in regions and countries where lockdown restrictions have been eased, it has seen demand in the discretionary spend sectors recover; however, any businesses associated with large crowds, such as entertainment, sports events, business travel, conventions and... 

Western Cape's Maynier wants Covid-19 travel 'red list' scrapped

By: News24Wire      21st October 2020 The Western Cape government wants the Covid-19 travel "red list" scrapped because it is killing international tourism. "We are fighting hard to have this list scrapped," said Finance MEC David Maynier during a hybrid sitting of the Western Cape legislature. 

Western Cape's Maynier wants Covid-19 travel 'red list' scrapped

Antigen tests to be rolled out at points of entry into South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2020 Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 detection will be rolled out to all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect, the South African government has announced. It noted in an October 9 statement that the purpose of this was to effect the provisions of the level one travel regulations, which... 

Pandemic provides opportunity for African countries to grow domestic tourism

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2020 The pandemic and the lockdown measures implemented to mitigate its spread, have hit the tourism sector the hardest; however, there is an opportunity for African countries to better promote their tourism attractions and grow their tourism sectors. This was indicated by speakers at the Africa Brand... 

Iata warns of massive job losses in African aviation sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2020 Industry organisation the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has warned that the damage being done to the African aviation industry and on economies by the shutdown of air traffic owing to the Covid-19 pandemic has deepened. According to new data published by the Air Transport Action... 

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