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Tourism News

'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... 

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... 

An artist's impression of the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg
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... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Minister, MECs commit to post-Covid-19 recovery plan for the tourism sector

By: Yvonne Silaule     18th May 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and tourism sector MECs on Friday committed to creating a post-Covid-19 recovery plan for the sector, which has been severely impacted by restrictions implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Minister and MECs discussed this during an emergency... 

Tourism Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Tourism Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Airline and tourism bodies call for international support for African travel and tourism sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th May 2020 International financial institutions, international donors and country development partners have been urged to act to support Africa’s travel and tourism industry. This appeal has been made jointly by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the World Travel and Tourism Council... 

Umlani Bushcamp game tracker Abed Ndlovu with elephant, Limpopo province, South Africa
Photo by Umlani Bushcamp
Umlani Bushcamp game tracker Abed Ndlovu with elephant, Limpopo province, South Africa

Armscor to break even in 2020, Castle of Good Hope requests relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2020 The Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) and the Castle Control Board (CCB) on May 6 briefed the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its strategic plans and budgets for the 2020/21 financial year. The parties outlined their expenditure and performance plans for... 

Castle of Good Hope, in the Western Cape
Castle of Good Hope, in the Western Cape

Mboweni calls for Covid-19 support for companies across race lines  

By: African News Agency      5th May 2020 Finance minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday said companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis should receive support regardless of the race of their owners and hinted he was challenging minister of tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on the matter. "Race is a very vexing question," Mboweni told a meeting... 

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
Photo by WEF
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

South Africans expect Covid-19 impact to worsen – GlobalData

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2020 Consumer uncertainty is one of the greatest barriers facing the travel industry, and 70% of South African respondents in a recent survey by data analytics and consulting company GlobalData say they are still extremely concerned about the impact of Covid-19. In addition, 74% believe that... 

Court reserves judgment in case against Tourism Dept 

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th April 2020 The North Gauteng High Court has reserved judgment in the case against the Department of Tourism, brought by trade union Solidarity and lobby group AfriForum, regarding the allocation of relief funds amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.   Both organisations have accused the department of... 

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

SMMEs urged to apply for Covid-19 Tourism Relief Fund 

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th April 2020 As part of government efforts to ease the financial burden of the coronavirus on the local tourism sector, the Department of Tourism has launched the Covid-19 Tourism Relief Fund, aimed at small, medium-sized and microenterprises. Applications open on Tuesday, April 7 and close on May 30. SMMEs... 

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

Tsogo Sun to close 36 hotels as demand collapses

By: Reuters     22nd March 2020  South African hotel operator Tsogo Sun will close up to 36 hotels over the next few weeks after travel bans imposed by various countries to contain the coronavirus caused a "total collapse of demand", it said on Friday. Tsogo said in a statement it was looking to reduce costs and capital... 

South Africa clears quarantined vessels after suspected coronavirus case

By: Reuters     19th March 2020 South Africa ports authority said on Thursday that tests have come back negative for those onboard a cruise liner and cargo vessel which had been held under quarantine off Cape Town's port limits due to a suspected coronavirus outbreak. Countries around the world have barred cruise liners from... 

Registrar stresses guides' role in promoting South Africa's tourism sector

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th March 2020 South African National Registrar of Tourist Guides Morongoe Ramphele says tourist guides have a key role to play in the tourism value chain. “As the front-line professionals, information-givers and interpreters in the industry, and with growing global environmental and health scares, tourist... 

Stunned world grapples with 'once-in-100-year' coronavirus battle

By: Reuters     18th March 2020 Hundreds of millions of people worldwide were adjusting on Wednesday to once-in-a-generation measures to battle the coronavirus crisis that is not only killing the old and vulnerable but also threatening prolonged economic misery. The fast-spreading disease that jumped from animals to humans in... 

SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways is scaling down its capacity, as coronavirus impacts consumer demand, the airline said in a statement issued on Wednesday. The airline is cancelling as much as 162 flights between 17 March and 31 March 2020. Of these 38 are international and 124 are... 

 SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      16th March 2020 With South Africa's economy already feeling the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government is on the verge of finalising a comprehensive package of interventions to mitigate the expected impact. The president announced this in an address to the nation... 

Economy will be severely impacted by coronavirus - Ramaphosa

Mpumalanga agency expands tourism offering

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th March 2020 The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has launched the Ehlanzeni District Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route, in Mbombela. Speaking at the launch, on Friday, MTPA CEO Johannes Nobunga indicated that the primary purpose of the route was to complete the last leg of the Mpumalanga... 

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 Specialist engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has initiated a study into the potential health and commercial effects of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, on its projects and people, confirming on Thursday that the outbreak was already affecting project delivery in South Africa... 

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
Photo by Creamer Media
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Companies urged to gear up for gas revolution in Mozambique

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 Key players in the gas industry have urged the South African government and companies to gear up for the tremendous opportunities that the gas resources uncovered in Mozambique will offer.  A final investment decision (FID) has been taken for two projects, while the FID for a third project is... 

KfW, DBSA renew MoU

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2020 German development bank KfW has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with development finance institution, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), to continue their successful collaboration on the financing and implementation of programmes. The signing of the MoU took place on... 

Tourism sector urged to do more to curb youth unemployment

By: Yvonne Silaule     10th February 2020 Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela has called on the tourism sector to create more initiatives to curb youth unemployment in the country. Speaking at a graduation ceremony for learners who had successfully completed the Hospitality Youth Training Programme learnership, on Friday, he lamented... 

Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela
Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela

Wine producers, cellars to participate in wine tourism survey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 To determine the economic value of the wine tourism sector, wine industry body Vinpro has launched a survey among its members and South Africa’s wine route offices. The organisation, in a statement on Wednesday, said the survey would provide a credible benchmark that could be used to track the... 

19 SAA domestic and international flights cancelled

By: News24Wire      21st January 2020 Travellers are being advised that as many as 19 South African Airways (SAA) flights have been removed from the Airline Global Distribution Systems, as Treasury struggles to raise the necessary funds to keep SAA afloat.    Traveller24 has received confirmation via Flight Centre about the flight... 

19 SAA domestic and international flights cancelled

Public Enterprises, SAA, issue assurances to the country about the airline 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th January 2020 The Ministry of Public Enterprises on Sunday assured the country that it was in discussions with National Treasury regarding the provision, to State-owned company South African Airways (SAA), of R2-billion in post commencement finance (PCF), to help underpin the airline’s current business rescue... 

Public Enterprises, SAA, issue assurances to the country about the airline

First Great White shark seen off Cape Town in 20 months

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2020 The first great white shark in 20 months has been spotted in False Bay off Cape Town, easing concern that one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions had gone for good. The shark was spotted by the operator of a cage diving operation off Seal Island, said Gregg Oelofse, who oversees coastal... 

Years of drought threaten South Africa's wildlife industry

By: Reuters     6th January 2020 A severe drought is threatening South Africa's wildlife industry, with game farmers keeping fewer animals and tourists visiting game lodges in smaller numbers. Parts of the country have been affected by consecutive years of abnormally hot weather and below average rainfall that have scorched... 

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