The cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg have formally joined forces to simultaneously address the substantive global shift toward urban tourism and the pressures being felt by their respective visitor industries.The three year Memorandum of Understanding between the cities – signed today at INDABA 2012 - will result in joint marketing and development programs, aimed at establishing the urban dimension of South Africa’s visitor brand and generating demand specifically for each city.
It is famed for having longest par-three golf hole in the world, its luxurious accommodation, the world’s first baby rhino orphanage and the Big 5 roaming wild and free on its safari conservancy. Visitors – many of them A-list celebrities – come from far and wide to experience Legend Golf & Safari Resort, in the Waterberg area of Limpopo.
The Leading Hotels of the World brand has revealed a range of exciting new developments from its two stands at INDABA 2012 in Durban. INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind.
As INDABA 2012 continues apace, Mantis Collection - a family run, private collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the world – has been bringing consumers up to date with its latest news. Across southern Africa a number of properties have seen some breathtaking developments, while Mantis is also adding a number of new destinations to its portfolio.
Destination tourism is not a new concept, but these days tourists are becoming more interested in what they can do and the variety of activities available to them in a particular area, making this concept more relevant and important than ever. The habits of the time-constrained, modern tourist make the need for a collaborative marketing strategy for an area’s tourism stakeholders essential and the trend in tourism is leaning more and more towards marketing an area as a destination or ‘tourism node’.
As the early morning sun appears over the horizon, the guests finish up their teas, coffees and early morning snacks, excitement building as they board the open safari vehicles in anticipation of another exceptional game viewing experience. They are departing from The Mushroom Lodge and Presidential House that are uniquely located on the Mfuwe Lagoon in the South Luangwa Park, Zambia.
The investment of US$2.7m in a new luxury room block by Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is but one of many positive indicators that Zimbabwe tourism is on a steady revival path after a faltering past decade. So said Ross Kennedy, chief executive of Africa Albida Tourism, at INDABA 2012 currently underway in South Africa.
Community-based eco-tourism where the needs of both the local population and environment are catered for is not an entirely new concept but is one that is gaining momentum in Africa, according to discussions at INDABA 2012. Where implemented well, the benefits are far reaching for the local communities and the natural areas they serve.
Johannesburg Tourism Company has confirmed it plans for the annual INDABA trade show in Durban, which begins in this weekend. Representatives from the body will be networking with international leisure travel industry and business associates, media and stakeholders at their exhibition stand, as well as a networking breakfast to be held at the Hilton Hotel on May 14th 2012.
Three Cities Exceptional Hotels has announced Ryan Brayshaw from Nelspruit as the newly appointed general manager for the premier family and leisure resort in Mpumalanga, Greenway Woods Resort. The popular resort is situated on the border of the White River Golf Estate and is just 30km from the Numbi Gate, allowing easy and convenient access for guests into the acclaimed Kruger National Park.