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Regulating Airbnb encourages anti-competitive behaviour

The Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) has called on government to regulate Airbnb in South Africa. TBCSA claims that Airbnb is threatening the viability of conventional lodging providers such as hotels and could lead to job losses.

NEW | South Africa’s first LEGO Certified Store now open

Lego has long appealed to its fans both young and old and finally, the Great Yellow Brick Co has opened the first LEGO® Certified Store in South Africa.

Tourism from BRICs building SA economy

The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations have made significant inroads in South Africa’s tourism industry, which in turn has also generated business and economic growth.

REPORT | Africa’s hotel sector offers potential for further growth

Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years. An increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent reinforces the hotel sector’s untapped potential for business growth.

NEW | Emirates pioneers virtual reality technology on its website

Imagine walking through the latest Emirates plane to check your seat before you board. Well, wait no longer as Emirates pioneers immersive 360-degree virtual reality on its website for its aircraft interiors. Emirates has introduced 3D seat models on emirates.com, becoming the first airline to introduce virtual web reality (VR) technology on its digital platform.

Blue sky for Open Skies?

Israel approved the ‘Open Skies’ agreement with the European Union in 2013. The goals were to increase the number of foreign airlines operating in the country, expand the number of routes served, lower fares and stimulate tourism. An Open Skies setup makes it easier for airlines to negotiate their own terms for operation with their intended partner/particular airport.

REPORT | South African travel and performance index

Under tough economic conditions, the travel sector performed well in 2017, with 6.2% growth in turnover from 2016, according to a Travel Market Index study commissioned by the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA), which represents over 95% of South Africa’s travel sector.

Busting business travel myths

With the rise in digital nomads and travelpreneurs, it’s business as usual, whether you’re sitting at your desk, or 30 000 feet up in the air. Business no longer keeps office hours and if you’re a business owner or director, chances are you’re conducting business in a noisy coffee shop or in the waiting lounge of an airport.

South African travellers encouraged to register personal items with customs

While SARS confirms that it is not obligatory for South African residents travelling abroad to declare their personal effects when leaving the country, we encourage frequent travellers to do so to avoid any inconvenience or confusion.

LUX* Grand Gaube’s re-opening marks the dawn of a new era

Creative duo Kelly Hoppen MBE and Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam have reinvented this fresh-spirited luxury resort and spa. In doing so, they have introduced an innovative approach to style and hospitality to Mauritius. Re-opened at the end of last year (2017) on the African island’s northern coast, edging the private bay are two beaches, tropical gardens, brand new forward-thinking restaurants and sociable bars, 186 bedrooms and suites, a luxe-for-less boutique, and an indoor cinema for movie screenings and sporting events.
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