The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is working with all relevant partners – including the Department of Tourism, South African Tourism and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation – to ensure South Africa is removed from the so-called ‘red list’ of key source markets, which places heavy restrictions on travel to and from South Africa.
This includes the United Kingdom and the United States.
California-based company Gateway Foundation has revealed plans to build the first space hotel, expected to open in 2027. Called Voyager Station, the project will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), which describes itself as “the world’s first large-scale space construction company”.
According to JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, Covid-19 is expected to impact the hotel sector in Sub-Saharan Africa in the long term with an increase in the number of hotel transactions expected over the next few years. Vaccines have, however, buoyed prospects for the travel and tourism sector globally and recovery is expected to begin during 2021 into 2022.
The North West provincial government recently held meetings with the management of Sun International’s Sun City Resort, with discussions focusing on taking the resort to ‘greater heights’.
A luxurious new Steigenberger resort has made its debut on the shores of the Red Sea on Egypt’s east coast, around 55 km from the popular tourist hub of Hurghada.
Accor has opened one of the largest internationally-branded hotels in the Somerset town of Bridgwater; the 144-room ibis Bridgwater. Operated by Cycas Hospitality as part of a management agreement with Zeal Hotels and Sandgate Investors, the new-build property is the first ibis hotel in the UK to showcase the brand’s new Plaza-design throughout.
The tourism industry has welcomed the official decision by SA Rugby and the British & Irish lions to proceed as planned with the Castle Lager Lions Series in South Africa in the scheduled playing window this year, and eagerly awaits clarity on whether spectators will be permitted at stadiums for the upcoming tests in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
It’s challenging to manage any business in the unknown, and without a doubt, the last six to twelve months have been a very anxious and troubling period for the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry at large.
During the course of the month, the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database shows that almost 50,000 hotel rooms will go live around the world, fuelled by a strong showing from the US and Europe.