At the heart of the City of Gold, beneath the warm sunshine in the opulent, tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst, lies the enchanting Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in for the night to discover more about this most exclusive of hotels.
Qatar Airways has increased daily capacity to the popular family holiday destination Cape Town, with the introduction of a Boeing 777 serving the route from this month. This means an additional 158 seats per day from Doha to Cape Town for passengers looking to enjoy South Africa’s holiday season.
Marriott International has revealed plans for the construction of three new hotel properties in Cape Town, in partnership with the Amdec Group. These will be three new hotels in the city: one under the company’s signature brand, Marriott Hotels, which will be the first Marriott Hotel in Cape Town; the second under the upscale extended stay brand, Residence Inn by Marriott, the first for South Africa; and the third the upper-moderate tier lifestyle brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, which is the first hotel under this brand for the Middle East & Africa region.
British Airways’ newest route from Gatwick means you’ll be able to leave it all behind for Cape Town and enjoy an adventurous break in the spectacular South African city. From November 24th the airline’s customers will be able to soak up Table Mountain’s stunning views, explore the Cape Peninsular or meander up the beautiful Garden Route with three direct flights a week from Gatwick.
Qatar Airways has launched new services between Doha and Durban, offering passengers the opportunity to experience another idyllic subtropical destination. The four-times-weekly service to Durban further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg, and is an expansion of the airline’s operations in South Africa.
Luis Pinheiro has been appointed regional director for Leeu Collection and general manager of Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek. Pinheiro, who is well-known in the global hospitality industry having worked in it for more than 30 years, will take up the role in September, overseeing all operational activities at Le Quartier Français. Based at Le Quartier Français, his initial focus will be to ensure continuity after the recent acquisition of this iconic property by Leeu Collection.
Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion in South Africa with the launch of a new destination Durban while simultaneously increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg. The airline will also increase its weekly frequency to Cape Town going up from five flights a week to a daily service.
WTM Africa 2015, the leading business to business tourism event in Africa, has been expanded to a three-day event, following the hugely successful inaugural show. WTM Africa launched in spring 2014 as a two-day event in Cape Town and immediately established itself as the leading business-to-business tourism event in Africa.
More than 1.5-million foreign tourists are drawn to South Africa every year for its Big 5 wildlife experiences and scenic beauty. What they often don’t know is that their dollars and Euros spent in the country’s many game reserves are contributing to the upliftment and development of impoverished rural communities.
Every cloud has a silver lining, they say – for foreign tourists in search of the ultimate safari vacation, South Africa’s currency, the rand, makes for very shiny prospects as it has devalued by between 22% and 32% against major currencies over the past 12 months, meaning that dollars, euros and pounds buy so much more in South Africa.