(Posted 06th April 2022)
Africa’s Travel Indaba will create spaces for people to connect- SAT Boss
Building on the success of Meetings Africa, South Africa Tourism (SAT) is poised to give patrons of this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba more opportunities to connect and do business in a safe environment.Acting CEO of South Africa Tourism said this when he took his turn on the VA Tourism Podcast with Kojo Bentum-Williams.
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Applications for 2022 Best Tourism Villages Open
The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO initiative will return for a second year as it establishes itself as the world’s leading network focused on tourism for rural development.Launched in 2021, Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO promotes and enhances the role of tourism in safeguarding rural villages, along with their landscapes, natural and cultural diversity, knowledge systems, and local values and activities, including gastronomy.
A flag, an Anthem and an Airline
As African countries attained their independence in the 1950s and 1960s, a common joke was that the three symbols of their newfound sovereignty were a national anthem, a national flag, and a national airline.
Indeed, the following decades saw the rise and fall of numerous national and multi-national airlines throughout the continent, almost exclusively funded by national treasuries and controlled by state appointees.
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First National Tourism Satelite Account Launched in Zimbabwe
UNWTO has partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (MECTHI) of Zimbabwe to launch the country’s first National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA).The Account shows the size and significance of the tourism sector for the Zimbabwean economy, based on the last available pre-COVID-19 data and on data gathered before the formal transition of the national currency from US dollar into the Zimbabwean Dollar.
ATW: Business Travel Sector comes together at IBTM AfricaAfrica Travel Week is urging Africa’s event, exhibition, and incentive organisers to reserve their seats for IBTM Africa, running alongside WTM Africa on 13 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).“WTM Africa may be our flagship show, but we also host a range of value-add events such as IBTM Africa which specifically targets the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) industry,” says Martin Hiller, Creative + Content Director: Travel, Tourism and Creative Industries at RX Africa.
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Radisson Hotel Group names Bert Fol as Regional Director for Africa Radisson Hotel Group has announced a transition in its African leadership team with the appointment of Bert Fol as Regional Director for Africa, focusing on English Speaking Africa and the promotion of Sandra Kneubuhler to District Director for South Africa, in addition to her role as Country Director of Sales. Sandra Kneubuhler, Country Director of Sales and District Director, South Africa. Kneubuhler, a South African national, started her hospitality career in 2001, holding various positions in Zambia, Switzerland, Thailand, and Qatar before returning to South Africa.
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Register and Exhibit at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 Africa’s Travel Indaba brings together a showcase of Southern African tourism products and services for the international travel trade. Exhibitors in the DEC (Durban Exhibition Centre) includes, provincial authorities, provincial products and African Countries. In the ICC (International Convention Centre), exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, luxury products, Hidden Gems, media publications and industry associations. Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.
Podcast Alert- Amir Golbarg In this episode, the Senior Vice President Operations Middle East and Africa at Minor Hotel Amir Golbarg tells me, some of its hotels are back to pre pandemic levels. Amir who has been attending the 16th Meetings Africa in Johannesburg South Africa says Minor Hotels is committed to expanding its enviable footprint in Africa.