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SA tourism reaps benefit of open skies

SA's decision to open its skies to increased competition from foreign airlines in the run-up to 2010 is finally beginning to pay dividends, says SA Tourism CEO Moeketsi Mosola.

South African Airways leaves family stranded in Dubai

A British Family were recently left to fend for themselves in Dubai Airport when South African Airways failed to issue paper tickets for the new code-share route between Dubai and Cape Town.

R19bn tourist project set for KZN

The investors who have played a critical role in turning Dubai from a desert to what it is today, are now going to create "a new beginning" for the province, Premier Sbu Ndebele has said.

Dr. Seshi Chonco: “”Is South Africa a place you would want...

The government has not done enough to curb xenophobia, Tourism Kwazulu-Natal (TKZN) chairperson Dr Seshi Chonco said on Tuesday. He was speaking at Durban's Suncoast Casino on the impact of xenophobia on tourism in South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. Chonco said his opinion that government had not been doing enough was based on his experiences and his discussions with communities.

Tourism body applauds army deployment

The Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has applauded the decision to deploy the army in townships hit by xenophobic attacks. SATSA CEO Michael Tatalias said on Thursday the decision was right because police did not have the manpower to contain the attacks.

Mob violence may frighten off visitors

An upsurge in xenophobic violence in South Africa's biggest city could cause serious damage to efforts to attract visitors from across the continent, tourism chiefs warned on Tuesday.

Ugandans caught up in South African violence spree

KAMPALA, Uganda (eTN) - The result of South African President Thabo Mbeki’s ostrich policy towards the events in Zimbabwe, where he continues to play a most dubious role in supporting a combined anti-constitutional and military power retention scheme by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his goons, has now spread to the streets of South Africa.

12 die in South Africa anti-foreigner violence

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Emmerson Ziso fled hunger and repression in neighboring Zimbabwe, but now he wants to go back. Even his violent, chaotic homeland seems a haven compared to Johannesburg, where weekend attacks on foreigners left at least 12 dead.

Country must tighten loose screws on tourism

GLOBAL tourism hit new records in 2006, with 842-million arrivals, up 4,5% on the previous year. Last year, the industry generated $7-trillion, expected to rise to more than $13-trillion over the next decade. That means travel and tourism now accounts for 10% of the world's gross domestic product, 8% of jobs and 12% of global investment.

Passengers stranded after S.Africa airline grounded

JOHANNESBURG — Hundreds of passengers were left stranded on Wednesday after a South African private airline was grounded without warning following cash-flow problems.

African tourists avoid Cape and KwaZulu’

Tourists from other African countries avoid visiting the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal because of the racism and xenophobia they are subjected to in these provinces, South African Tourism's global product manager has said. That was the visitors' perception of black and white South Africans, Hanneli Slabber said at a Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa lunch in Durban recently.

Three tourists die in freak South Africa boat accident

CAPE TOWN - Three tourists died when a freak wave capsized their boat in shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa, authorities said on Monday.

‘Tjommies’ help lost tourists

Tourists visiting Cape Town now have no excuse for getting lost thanks to the Cape Town tjommies, a unique project taking unemployed people and turning them into visitor guides. The brainchild of non-profit organisation Men on the Side of the Road, the tjommies (Afrikaans slang for friend) are dressed in yellow bibs and red caps.

Pretoria to be global tourism destination

The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality hopes to develop Pretoria into a globally competitive tourism destination, by acknowledging businesses in the industry. The fifth annual Tshwane Tourism Awards will be held on Friday to acknowledge, reward and promote service excellence in the tourism industry. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday at the Reserve Bank Conference Centre.

SA forks out for high crime rate

South Africans are picking up a monumental tab for the state's apparent or perceived failure to protect them from crime but individuals may not claim tax relief for these expenses. According to a recent estimate by the SA Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR), South Africans spent a whopping R40-billion on private security in 2007.

Indian airline not ready to spread its wings to SA

Top Indian airline Jet Airways has postponed its foray into the South African market to concentrate on building its business in Asia and the Middle East. Voted India’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards last year, Jet said this week that it had put on hold “until further notice” plans to expand into South Africa.

‘High tourism figures are simply not true’

Overwhelming growth in the country's tourism statistics is misleading and not always what it seems, says Cape Town-based tourism expert Peter Koblmiller.

Truly tourism for the masses

MXOLISI Hoboyi might be poor but he can afford to take a train trip just for the fun of it. The unemployed 27-year-old Hoboyi from Viedgesville near Mthatha was so excited about catching the newly relaunched Kei Rail train from Mthatha to East London on Saturday that he got up at 5am in the morning so that he wouldn’t miss it.

South Africans galvanized to stop muggings on Table Mountain, Cape Town’s...

CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Cape Town has reclaimed its mountain from the muggers. After months of knife-wielding thugs on Table Mountain grabbing purses and headlines, authorities are quietly confident that they are on the way to restoring the battered image of the international tourist icon by taking on the criminals.

“…The use of violence is generally limited to those who offer...

According to the American Embassy, 14 Americans in the past 12 months have been robbed at gunpoint after landing at the OR Tambo international airport in Kempton Park, the Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday. The embassy said that gangs of robbers targeted people arriving at airport and robbed them either at their destinations or on the way to their destinations.

‘No syndicate’ targeting tourists

Foreign nationals arriving at OR Tambo International Airport will not be required to furnish customs officials with their addresses, the Border Control Operational Co-ordinating Committee said on Monday. Committee chairman Humbulani Ravele told a press briefing: "As a precautionary measure, customs officials removed the address fill-ins on the forms".

S. Africa records 9mn tourists in 2007

South Africa is well on its way to reaching a total of 10-million arrivals, according to Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

American tourist mugged on mountain

Despite the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) adding a helicopter to boost its security measures this month, muggers have struck again, this time targeting an American tourist on Skeleton Gorge. Tuesday's mugging came a week after TMNP announced it was using a helicopter to help fight crime and three weeks after three other attacks were reported on the mountain.

Chinese visitors help South Africa’s tourist industry

Growing prosperity in China is beginning to affect the global tourism industry. More and more Chinese are traveling abroad - especially this week, which includes the lunar New Year. One place that is benefiting from this trend is South Africa. A surge in Chinese visitors is helping South Africa's tourism industry achieve double-digit growth. "Ni Hao. Hello. Hello. Hello."
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