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

#MYMPUMALANGA TOURISM CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

Known as The Place Where the Sun Rises, Mpumalanga holds a special place in many a heart. Whether the connection is based on protected spaces where wildlife can roam safe and free, the spectacular views accompanying almost every road, the rich cultural diversity or the hospitality of the local people, one thing is for sure: it’s a province that welcomes the world with open arms.

While Mpumalanga has fans from all corners of the globe, there is one group we hold especially dear.

“As we commemorate our greatest national icon, Tata Madiba’s 100th birthday later this month, we’d like to invite…
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#MYMPUMALANGA TOURISM CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

SA RANKED IN TOP 10 MUSLIM-FRIENDLY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

As travel trends continue to emerge across all spheres of society, culture and interests, Muslim-friendly tourism has become a booming sector, as reflected in the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018 released in April.

The report found that for a second consecutive year, both Singapore and the UK ranked as top international non-OIC destinations for Muslim travellers, coming in at first and second place respectively. South Africa ranked seventh, descending from fourth place in 2017.

In addition to a region’s destination marketing, the ranking looked at factors such as infrastructure and services.

READ MORE: 2018 Travel trends by Airbnb

It…
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SA RANKED IN TOP 10 MUSLIM-FRIENDLY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

102 VISA-FREE DESTINATIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS

Powered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in-house research and expert commentary, Henley & Partners has released its latest Henley Passport Index. The report ranks passports from every country around the world according to the number of countries its holders can travel to without a visa.

According to its website, “the Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa”.

READ MORE: South African travellers can register valuable goods…
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102 VISA-FREE DESTINATIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS

4 DELICIOUS ITALIAN-INSPIRED EATERIES TO TRY

This month we’re tucking into an array of delicious Italian-inspired treats – and we didn’t even have to leave SA’s shores!

Forti Grill & Bar

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This is the philosophy behind chef Fortunato Mazzone’s food at Forti Grill & Bar in Pretoria (Time Square, Menlyn Maine). A combo of fine dining and Italian cuisine, peppered with recipes passed down through the family (“Prawns of My Father” has been on the menu since 1976), the vibe and small touches bring the Italian character home, with wine, art and music integral…
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4 DELICIOUS ITALIAN-INSPIRED EATERIES TO TRY

TOP 10 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

According to the World Happiness Report 2018 released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, Finland is the world’s happiest country out of 156 nations.

The report looked a six determining factors that support well-being, namely income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. In addition to assessing the 156 countries’ happiness levels, this year’s report also assessed 117 countries according to the happiness levels of their immigrants.

In second place is Norway, followed by Denmark in third position and Iceland and Switzerland in 4th and 5th place respectively. South Africa ranked at 105, with Mauritius ranking the highest on the continent…
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TOP 10 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD