The tourism sector, which was brought to a halt due to Covid-19 restrictions, is showing signs of recovery with an indicator being the increase in international arrivals. This is according to Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu who tabled the department’s budget vote to a mini-plenary of the National Assembly on Thursday.
Google’s Consumer Insights research tool has identified a significant growth in South Africans’ search interests during level one of the Covid-19 lockdown. Searches such as “things to do”, “weekend getaways”, “flights to and flights from”, and destination-related searches have surged 200% in the past two years.
The Hotel & Hospitality Show is back for its fifth run and this year’s theme is “Redefining Hospitality – Recovering for Future Growth”.
The world coming to a standstill for the pandemic-related lockdowns allowed nature to revive itself. For example, findings by Science Direct show that India’s lockdown resulted in a 500% decrease in sewage and industrial emissions in the Ganga River and a 44% reduction in air pollution because of restricted human mobility, which came as a relief for the environment and wildlife in the area.
After a difficult time, the business travel market is experiencing an exciting recovery. We’ve seen a massive spike in demand growth to 80% of pre-Covid levels during the past month, once more outstripping supply, which stands at 65% of pre-Covid levels. In general, all flights showed an increase in yield during March.
Radisson Hotel Group delivers a strong start to the year with five hotel signings in Africa in the first quarter
Radisson Hotel Group continues its ambitious African growth and development plan with five new hotel signings secured across the continent to date this year, adding almost 600 rooms to its African portfolio. In 2022, the Group aims to add more than a dozen hotels, reaching just over 100 hotels in operation and under development on the continent.
The lifting of the National State of Disaster – after 750 days – announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night (April 4) was widely welcomed but industry leaders highlighted that there were still obstacles that needed to be addressed – including the regulations for events, the PCR test regulations for children as well as the proposed new health regulations.
Selo Group, an award-winning and fully integrated development company based in Singapore, announced the appointment of Piet Van Zyl as chief regenerative officer.
– Transaction marks Kasada’s first acquisition in South Africa
– The Cape Grace is one of the continent’s most recognised hotels
– Renovation will be guided by high ESG standards
When you hear people say that tourism plays a vital role in South Africa’s economy, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that they’re talking about major game parks, the companies that have the concessions for the country’s biggest attractions, and big hotel groups. But small, medium, and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) are just as crucial to the industry.