SA’S TOURISM NUMBERS TAKE A HIT

South Africa has seen a 6,9% decline in inbound foreigner traveller numbers for the period April 2017 to April 2018, according the Statistics SA’s latest findings released on 18 June.

The drop is estimated to have seen foreigner arrival numbers shrink from 14 million  to 1,3 million, while outbound and transit traveller numbers have also been hit, with a 9% and 4% drop respectively.

While other reports have attributed the decline to unfriendly-visa policies and difficult economic conditions globally, Cape Town lost R1 billion in tourism revenue due to the drought that began in 2015, which led to water restrictions that…
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SA’S TOURISM NUMBERS TAKE A HIT

CHANGING THE GAME: EMMA DICKS

South Africa is a vibrant country bursting with creative energy and ambition and Emma Dicks (29) is one of the many young pioneers changing the face of their industries.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is at the forefront of global innovation, but this sector has a serious diversity problem. That tech remains male-dominated is as true in the offices of Silicon Valley as it is in the computer labs of Cape Town. Dicks is part of a growing movement challenging the status quo and introducing women and girls to the world of coding.

“My driving force is to…
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CHANGING THE GAME: EMMA DICKS

CAPE TOWN MAKES IT ONTO LIST OF WORLD’S BEST CITIES

The 2018 World’s Best campaign by Travel and Leisure has ranked Cape Town 12th on its list of the best cities worldwide, as voted by its readers.

Popular tourist destinations have been ranked according to the scores submitted by global travellers as part of the publication’s annual World’s Best Awards survey.

According to their website, “Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.” The result was a list of 15 incredible global destinations.

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At the top of the list is the city of San Miguel de Allende in the…
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CAPE TOWN MAKES IT ONTO LIST OF WORLD’S BEST CITIES

THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES

Paarl, a seemingly slow-paced town just 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, is far more than just a community of farmers and winemakers. There’s culture, history, world-class restaurants and a bounty of natural beauty around every corner, making it the perfect location for The Light House Boutique Suites.

With equal parts luxury and homely comforts, this grand former family home is now a glorious attention-to-detail boutique guesthouse, with each room furnished with timeless pieces that marry with the theme of each space.

While the garden and patio area provide the perfect setting for opulent brunches, indoor dining – available on request – is served with the same care and thought…
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THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES

WHY THE WORLD IS BEGINNING TO BAN AIRBNB

Airbnb data analytics foundation AirDNA – which analyses data from the online hospitality service’s 4 000 000 rentals globally – shares performance insights from its listings worldwide and estimates that the vacation rental industry will grow to amount to $170 billion by 2019. The rapid growth of Airbnb listings has also had adverse impacts on property markets, however, and in some instances, tourism sentiment.

Having grown from 85 total cumulative rentals in 2010 to 36 378 in 2018 in Cape Town, would-be renters are finding it increasingly difficult to find full-time rentals in the city and the surrounds as owners are opting for short-term letting.

The phenomenon is not unique…
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WHY THE WORLD IS BEGINNING TO BAN AIRBNB

TRAVELSTART REVEALS SA TRAVELLERS’ FAVE DESTINATIONS

Having analysed 800 000 individual trips booked on its platform departing from local airports since the start of 2017, online travel booking website Travelstart has revealed the most popular destinations for South Africans.

At the top of the list of domestic destinations loved by South Africans is Cape Town, followed by Johannesburg (OR Tambo Airport) and Durban in third position – all of which have maintained their position as the top three destinations for the past four consecutive years, according to All4Women. Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport came in at fourth position, with Port Elizabeth in fifth.

“Since 2014, there has…
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TRAVELSTART REVEALS SA TRAVELLERS’ FAVE DESTINATIONS