News & Industry Affairs



  • Swiss-Belhotel expands into Africa
    June 18, 2018. Times of Oman news. 
    Swiss-Belhotel International, one of the world's largest hotel management groups with hotel-footprints in Australia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are targeting investment in Africa. The group recently signed an agreement with Zanzibar Crown Hotel and Resort Ltd to operate the Swiss-Belresort Zanzibar - opening for business in 2019.


    Talking about the potential Africa holds for the hospitality industry, Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India stated, “Africa is an exciting market because it is still in its infancy and there is plenty of room for growth. The tourism industry has been strengthened by both domestic and inbound travellers. The increase in intra-Africa travel is of particular interest to the hospitality sector because at least four out of every 10 travellers in Africa are from within the region."  Read the original article here...

  • Intra-Africa business travel heats up as visa regimes fall
    November 27, 2017. Big Ambitions news. From December 1, South African and Angolan citizens will be able to visit each other's countries without having to obtain a visa. The news comes off the back of an announcement by Namibia that it would scrap visas for African citizens. The free movement of people is the cornerstone of regional integration, according to the African Development Bank. 

    "When business people can travel more easily across the continent because of liberal visa policies, they bring higher levels of investment, fresh skills and expand the range of goods and services on offer," says Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller SA General Manager. Read the original article here...

  • SADC Travels: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

    If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) for a life-changing visit. 

    GLTP straddles the borders of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe and joins some of the most established wildlife areas in southern Africa into a huge conservation area of 37 572km² (± the size of the Netherlands). This forms the core of the second-phase transfrontier conservation area (TFCA), measuring almost 100 000km² - the world's greatest animal kingdom. Read more...


  • SADC Travels: Lake Malawi National Park - World Heritage Site
    If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is enveloped by sandy beaches and the granite islands of the Cape Maclear peninsula, located at the southern tip of the lake. The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available.  Read more...


  • SADC Travels: Tourism's economic contribution to the region

    August 18, 2017. As one of Africa's largest economic contributors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and contributes to the sustainable prosperity of the region. The sector has a positive economic impact on local communities, and also encourages the sharing of Africa's colourful, diverse story including the regions social, cultural, environment and heritage treasures.

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  • SADC Travels: Peace Parks Foundation

    The Peace Parks Foundation, headquartered in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is a non-profit organisation founded in 1997 by Dr Anton Rupert together with founding patrons HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Nelson Mandela. 

    The Foundation advocates for the creation of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in Africa (a protected area that spans boundaries of more than one country or sub-national entitity, where the political border sections that are enclosed within its area are abolished), and provides services to these TFCAs such as political support-building, planning, project management, fundraising, and management training. Read more...


  • SADC Travels: Etosha National Park - Nambia's crown
    If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Etosha National Park, Namibia's great wildlife sanctuary, with its unique animal and bird life, and beautiful rest camps and luxury lodges. Read more...


  • Research reveals positive development in the African tourism sector
    June 15, 2017. Tourism News: BizCommunity. According to various stakeholders in attendance at WTM Africa 2017, the continued growth of African tourist arrivals coupled with key performance indicators such as increased airlift and hotel development, are all reasons to invest in the travel economy within Africa. Through the partnership between WTM Africa and Euromonitor International, research divulged at the exhibition showed that key performance indicators revealed positive development in the travel sector of Africa. Read more...