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    We have it all, enthuses Tourism KZN in countdown to premiere of Aewon Wolf and Kyle Deutsch music video

    By Jehran Naidoo 11h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare DURBAN – A pair of KwaZulu-Natal-born musicians have teamed up with Tourism KZN to produce a music video in the hope of reinvigorating the province’s tourism sector, which was damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Aewon Wolf and Kyle Deutsch, together with iNCO Creative, recently produced “We Have It All”, a music video that showcases the natural beauty of the province. Both Wolf and Deutsch said that they were eager to share the beauty of their home with the rest of the world, explained Tourism KZN liaison Snenhlanhla Mihlali in a statement […] More

  • Flights banned and bookings cancelled as ‘South African variant’ causes reputation damage
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    Flights banned and bookings cancelled as ‘South African variant’ causes reputation damage

    The South African tourism industry says that the country risks losing out on millions of rands because of concerns around the so-called ‘South African-variant’ of Covid-19. The variant, which was first discovered by scientists in the country, has unfairly led to South Africa being targeted as a destination for tourists to avoid, industry stakeholders told parliament last week. Because of this, major lucrative events – such as the planned Lions rugby tour – were in jeopardy, and accommodation and flight bookings were already being cancelled. In response, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) said that the country needs […] More

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    KZN locks down local holiday tourism, business and foreign travel not so much

    The province’s tourism body is trying to fuel the industry by reminding people what it has to offer 01 March 2021 – 20:38 With relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, KwaZulu-Natal’s hospitality sector is betting on a travel boom as the Easter holidays loom. Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) has embarked on an aggressive drive to promote rebuilding the sector in the aftermath of the second wave by showcasing the north and south coasts, as well as popular inland spots to bolster domestic travel… Read further. More

  • DPE hits back at disgruntled pilots over vaccine flight claims
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    DPE hits back at disgruntled pilots over vaccine flight claims

    The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) dismissed claims made by a pilots’ association that the South African Airways flight transporting a consignment of Covid-19 vaccines was an unnecessary expensive exercise as untrue… The second consignment of Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrived in SA on Saturday. Image: Twitter According to a News24 report, the chair of the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa), Grant Back, said the flight would cost tax payers and the government about R5m, “a price tag that could have been avoided if the government used another commercial flight scheduled for the same day”. “At the moment Saapa members, who […] More

  • De Hoop Collection Tour guide Lizo Msululu makes rock pools come alive (Credit: Mark Taylor)
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    Lockdown: De Hoop Nature reserve ‘in survival mode’ as turnover plunges

    De Hoop Collection Tour guide Lizo Msululu makes rock pools come alive (Credit: Mark Taylor) One of South Africa’s most important and internationally famous conservation areas, De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape and its partner De Hoop Collection, has been clobbered by Covid-19 and lockdown regulations imposed during 2020 and over the festive season. The reserve, near Cape Agulhas and three hours from Cape Town on the southern tip of Africa, is the biggest flagship Cape Nature Reserve (Some 36 000 hectares ) and a UNESCO Ramsar World Heritage site owing to its variety of indigenous plants. […] More

  • 50 000 tourism businesses had either temporarily or shut doors
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    50 000 tourism businesses had either temporarily or shut doors

    By Tshego Lepule 5h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Cape Town – The Covid-19 pandemic has had such a severe impact on tourism that authorities say visitor numbers dwindled to like 30 years ago when South Africa barely registered on the international travel map. Meanwhile, SA Tourism said 50 000 tourism businesses had either temporarily or permanently closed. The latest report released by Statistics SA into traveller movements showed that for December, when compared to the previous year’s figures, arrivals for foreign travellers dropped by a staggering 82.1% from more than 1.5 million in 2019 to about 280 000. Numbers […] More

  • Google and SA Tourism launch ‘Explorer’s Paradise’ – Gadget
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    Google and SA Tourism launch ‘Explorer’s Paradise’ – Gadget

    Google Arts & Culture (GAC) and SA Tourism today announced South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise, an online exhibition where visitors from all over the world can explore South Africa through a collection of 500 images and videos, 55 Street Views and 20 digital stories. This is the first phase in a long-term collaboration to celebrate South Africa’s diverse people, its rich cultural heritage and its breathtaking landscapes. COVID-19 has put pressure on the tourism industry in South Africa, and globally, and the project offers audiences the opportunity to virtually discover the best of the country. “South Africa has been aptly […] More

  • Public Enterprises clarifies SAA Cargo flight to Brussels
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    Public Enterprises clarifies SAA Cargo flight to Brussels

    Covid-19 Vaccine Claims that the South African Airways (SAA) flight dispatched by government to transfer a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines was an expensive exercise, are devoid of the truth, says the Department of Public Enterprises. In a statement on Friday, the department said these claims seek to sabotage the role of SAA Cargo in the national effort to transport vaccines and other valuable cargo into the country.  “Once again a minority of SAA pilots tried to protect their own self-interests and pockets by attempting to discredit a flight to transport vaccines back into the country to protect health workers from […] More

  • DPE says pilots’ association’s claims over SAA R5m vaccine flight are dishonest
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    DPE says pilots’ association’s claims over SAA R5m vaccine flight are dishonest

    By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Feb 26, 2021 Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Johannesburg – The Department of Public Enterprises has hit back at the pilots’ association after the latter accused it of wasting money on a flight to pick up vaccines in Belgium. The South African Pilots’ Association (Saapa) had said this week the flight would cost about R5 million. It said instead of using an empty SAA flight to Brussels to fetch the vaccines, government should have loaded the vaccines on a commercial flight, which was going to be cheaper. But the department on Friday hit back at Saapa and said […] More

  • Google partners SA Tourism on virtual exhibition site
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    Google partners SA Tourism on virtual exhibition site

    South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise Google SA has teamed up with SA Tourism to develop an online exhibition where visitors from all over the world can explore South Africa through a collection of 500 images and videos, 55 Street Views and 20 digital stories. The platform, called South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise, is the first phase in a long-term collaboration through Google Arts & Culture (GAC) to celebrate SA’s diverse people, its rich cultural heritage and its breath-taking landscapes. GAC features content from over 2 000 leading museums globally and archives that have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to […] More

  • Hope Health Passport tech can revive ailing tourism, events and sport sectors
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    Hope Health Passport tech can revive ailing tourism, events and sport sectors

    By IOL Reporter Feb 26, 2021 Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare Cape Town – Travelling abroad, attending concerts in stadiums or sport events seem a distant dream, with talk of Covid-19 ’’being here to stay’’. However, all is not lost. In December last year, a live music event called Recharge 2020, which was staged at the Waterfront in Cape Town using Health Passport Worldwide technology, showed we aren’t necessarily doomed to living a heavily restricted life. Not when at least 275 people can be tested every hour and deliver results in 15 minutes. This solution combines secure mobile technology with official […] More

  • Visit South Africa virtually with Google and SA Tourism's Explorer's Paradise
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    Visit South Africa virtually with Google and SA Tourism’s Explorer’s Paradise

    Google Arts & Culture (GAC), in partnership with SA Tourism, yesterday launched an online exhibition called “South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise”, which allows visitors from all over the world to explore SA through a collection of 500 images and videos, 55 Street Views and 20 digital stories. Image: Supplied This is the first phase in a long-term collaboration to celebrate South Africa’s diverse people, its rich cultural heritage and its breathtaking landscapes. Covid-19 has put pressure on the tourism industry in South Africa, and globally, and the project offers audiences the opportunity to virtually discover the best of the country. […] More

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