SMEs key to tourism success according to SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona

SMEs key to tourism success according to SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona

When SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona was appointed almost a year ago, he said his mission was to support government’s strategic decision to wean the country’s economy off its reliance on resources and focus on service industries like tourism to help GDP growth. The former investment banker had statistics on his side – tourism numbers to South Africa had increased 13% from the previous year and a record-breaking 10 million international tourists had visited the country.

Then the GDP numbers released in June for the first quarter of 2017 showed that trade – particularly in catering and accommodation – had…
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TOKYO AND ALL ITS ODDITIES

TOKYO AND ALL ITS ODDITIES

Asia is easily a top contender on any travel bucket list. Japan, which reached a record of 24 million tourists in 2016, proves as testament. This was a 21,8% increase from the previous year. While it hosts travellers from across the globe, it was travellers from as close as China, South Korea and Taiwan that dominated the pool of the recorded influx.

Trevor Crighton shares his experience with getting to grips with Tokyo’s oddities and extremes – and how it was all worth it.

A polite cough at my shoulder draws my attention from my phone. Gesturing at it, the woman looks at me and…
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Winter Getaway – Oaklands Country Manor

Horse-riding at Oaklands Country Manor. Images courtesy Oaklands Country Manor

Horse-riding and polo are on offer at Oaklands Country Manor.

Winter holidays should be defined by roaring fires, stunning meals and warm hospitality – and at Oaklands Country Manor, just three hours from both Durban and Johannesburg, you’ll find an abundance of each.

Each of the 17 suites is beyond stylish and offers beautiful views – polo fields in the foreground, against the backdrop of the majestic Central Drakensberg. Oaklands boasts world-class polo facilities and has hosted international matches. However,…
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