Tourism is noted by government as one of the major industries with the potential to drive down the immensely high rates of unemployment in the country – if harnessed to its full potential. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo have in many ways embraced this notion.
Some 10 million passengers passed through Cape Town International Airport in 2016, which accounts for a 36% year-on-year (y/y) increase in international arrivals at the airport in April 2016 when compared to the year prior. The question to ask is where these tourists spent their money, and on what exactly?
Yes, we are coastal and really should be investing more in water transportation instead of choking our roads with more cars than they can carry, giving juice to our infamy as a traffic-jam capital. Yes, there are 17 million of us and sometimes this means there aren’t enough houses to go around (or not enough competent officials in the Works and Housing Ministry, or maybe explain the problem is never this simple).
But these aren’t the only songs on the album of our lives. There are many more stories about us in this megalopolis that admittedly should no longer be… Read More
South Africans know all too well how much money goes into a European holiday. After spending a small fortune on flights, we have to convert our hard-earned rands into euros, and shell out for accommodation, food, transport and entry fees to tourist attractions. The good news is that not every trip to a European country needs to break the bank – there are many relatively inexpensive idyllic destinations. We take a look at some of Europe’s most budget-friendly options.
Bulgaria comes out tops in terms of affordability. Think R75 for your average meal,… Read More
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has revealed that Sierra Leone saw the highest growth in tourist numbers in the world in 2016.
The country saw a 310% increase in tourists, from 24 000 visitors in 2015 to an impressive 74 400 in 2016. With the risk of Ebola being alleviated following the 2014 outbreak in West Africa, the country has seen more travellers taking an interest in visiting it.
Do you spend a lot of time travelling for work? Here are a few tips to make your trips a lot less stressful.
Take everything you think you’re going to need for your trip out of your closet, and then halve it. That’s what you should pack. Yes, it’s good to be prepared for different weather and all that, but think about it, do you really need six jerseys and five pairs of shoes? The lighter you pack, the easier your trip will be.
Also, invest in a distinctive suitcase that you can easily identify at the luggage carousel.
Travelling does not only impact your personal life, but it can even influence your career. From the culture and social norms to the different business practices to which you are exposed, you gain a richer understanding of the world – an asset that can only benefit your professional life and make you a more attractive candidate to employers.
International registered training organisation Unskilled argues that “most employers will agree that travel can give you an impressive set of life-skills, including time management, people skills and self-confidence.”
Speaking to The Guardian, career adviser at the University of Gloucestershire Katie Bateman says travel may… Read More