Oman Air has appointed Holiday Aviation as general sales agent for South Africa. The deal will ensure easy access for African customers to Oman Air’s award-winning products and services as well as the airline’s highly competitive fares.
With a new tourism strategy being rolled out, new product coming to market, and a renewed government focus on the sector, there is plenty happening in South African tourism. Here Tolene van Der Merwe, hub head for the UK & Ireland for South Africa Tourism, tells Breaking Travel News all about it.
The Brighter Group has been awarded the UK PR contract for South African Tourism following a competitive tender process. The agency will deliver a strategic communications campaign targeting key traveller segments to further drive visitor numbers to the destination.
Taking up the role of chief executive with South Africa Tourism in late 2016, Sisa Ntshona is seeking to utilise his experience in the banking sector to inject a new professionalism into the body. Here he talks with Breaking Travel News reporter Eleanor Hawkins at Indaba 2017 to discuss his plans for the future.
The Cradle of Humankind is an unassuming rolling vista, just an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Petoria. But it’s what has been hidden underneath the 180 square kilometres of scrubland for more than three million years that has recently been grabbing headlines. We find out more as Eleanor Hawkins visits for Breaking Travel News.
Tokozile Xasa, the first female minister of tourism in South Africa was appointed to her post in October last year, having served as deputy minster since 2009. Here she speaks to Eleanor Hawkins about her plans for the developing sector during Indaba 2017, the preeminent trade show for the hospitality community in Africa.
South African Tourism is set to launch a revolutionary, world-first product – called Good Times in a Box – to stimulate domestic tourism. The product, introduced at Indaba, aims to make travel more accessible to the potentially lucrative domestic market, which remains relatively untapped.
South African tourism minister Tokozile Xasa has extolled the value of small businesses to the hospitality sector in the country during Indaba 2017. “We need to work together with various government departments, as enablers and influencers of tourism destination competitiveness, to grow and transform our sector and economy,” said minister Xasa.
Indaba returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from May 16th-18th, sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout to make it easier for the world to come and sample the tourism treasures Africa has to offer.
The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis, on Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, is set to open its doors to guests in April.
History, explains Lynette Carolissen, principal of the Klein Handjies Preschool at Boschendal estate near Franschhoek, may well show that the decision by Boschendal’s new owners to support this preschool was the most beneficial of all the changes and improvements that they have brought about since taking over the estate in 2012.