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Skyscanner acquires Twizoo to boost user content on hotels

The Ctrip-owned metasearch player says it will use Twizoo’s user content from social media alongside existing hotel reviews to help consumers make a more informed decision. In a statement CTO Bryan Dove says: “Skyscanner aims to serve all traveller needs, from inspiration through to planning and booking. Twizoo’s technology surfaces customer opinions from social media, […]

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ITB China strengthens partnership with China Tourism Association

ITB China, taking place May 16 – 18 in Shanghai, provides exhibitors and trade visitors with an important platform that focuses on the Chinese market. The China Tourism Association (CTA), founded in 1986, is the largest industry association for China’s travel and tourism industry with its 4,000 members covering the major travel verticals including hotels, […]

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Harare airport renamed: Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport

Harare International Airport is set to be renamed Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport at a colorful event to be held on site starting this morning. Zimbabwe Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr. Joram Gumbo confirmed that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had recently approved the renaming process since it is a requirement, as all […]

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Chundu Island Opens Under Seolo Africa Banner

The much anticipated opening of one of Zimbabwe’s premier private island lodges, Chundu Island, has arrived. Proud owners, Seolo Africa, who you may know from their already well-respected lodges, Rhino Walking Safaris and Rhino Post Safari Lodge, welcomed their first guests this past week; with both staff, wildlife and the intrepid explorers themselves rising to […]

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Mana Pools Camps Closed 1 December to 1 April

African Bush Camps properties in Mana Pools, Kanga Camp and Zambezi Expeditions, will close for the rainy season on 1st December. The camps will re-open on 1 April 2018, ready to welcome our first guests on the Super Sensory Safari- a pioneering, first of its kind 6-night experience gives safari goers the opportunity to explore the […]

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Top 10 Tips to Run Your Travel Agency Business

Even if you are the best of planners, the next few weeks are going to carry you along like a rogue wave and spit you out on the shores of 2018 before you know it. Keep ahead of the game with these tips to enhance your travel agency business. Hone your closing skills: You work too […]

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V&A Waterfront to host Ocean Life Festival

The V&A Waterfront recently announced the launch of its annual Ocean Life Festival – a new endeavour focused on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa’s ocean assets. The festival will see a curated programme of events and activations spread across the property between Monday, 27 November and Friday, 8 December. “The V&A Waterfront’s […]

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More growth expected in tourism sector

THE tourism industry is expected to experience growth in the years to come as opposed to other industries which have been adversely affected by the global economic crisis. Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) chairperson Shepherd Chinhoi said tourism has seen enormous growth, despite other industries experiencing a downward trajectory. Speaking at yesterday’s launch of HAN’s […]

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Rwanda looks for investment in entertainment facilities

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has urged investors to look at establishing entertainment and leisure facilities to cater for local and international visitors. Although the country has made strides in building quality accommodation and conference facilities, players in the tourism sector say there is a gap in the entertainment and leisure industry. According to RDB […]

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New adventure activity in Zimbabwe

A new outdoor adventure in Zimbabwe will launch at end of this month. Bernie Cragg, Director, told Tourism Update that Mutarazi Falls Sky Walk and Sky Line will offer a 360° panoramic view of Zimbabwe’s highest waterfall. “There are two bridges connected by a small field stone walkway, one 37m and the other 90m long. Sky Line […]

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Royal Caribbean Returns to U.S. Virgin Islands November 10

The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has issued a statement announcing the return of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas to the territory on Friday, November 10. U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp and Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty report that the cruise company will be the first to return to St. Thomas following back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes that impacted the territory last month. […]

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Why A Global Private Airline Should Be The Next Step In African Aviation

Travelers to and throughout Africa have long grumbled about airline connectivity, but things have changed and perhaps it is time that African aviation had its own global private airline. Years ago the complaints ranged from the long layovers in Paris when flying from one Francophone West African country to the next Francophone West African country […]

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Silversea Introduces New Couture Collection

Silversea Cruises has announced its newest travel line for 2018: the Couture Collection. The inaugural collection is an exclusive series of pre- and post-cruise ocean and land adventures ranging from five to 11 days, offering authentic and immersive travel experiences in remote regions of the Earth. The Couture Collection includes exclusive amenities ranging from private helicopter service […]

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New luxury safari camp (Dinaka) for Botswana

Ker & Downey’s newly acquired luxury tented safari camp, Dinaka, will open in Botswana in March. The camp is on a private reserve on the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Francesca Hird, Marketing Director, said the 16-bed camp would have seven twin/double tents and one family tent. The tents will be well […]

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Serengeti Balloon Safaris to offer migration flights

Serengeti Balloon Safaris will be operating flights in the Serengeti South from December 20 until March 31 to coincide with the great migration. They will give guests at Naabi Hills, Kusini and Ndutu the chance to watch part of this annual spectacle. The launch site will be flexible and move around to accommodate the movement […]

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OTAs dominate the Chinese travel market with over 70% digital bookings

Although the Chinese government has put pressure on China’s big airlines to drive more direct bookings, pushing back against the tide will be a mammoth task as EyeforTravel’s research finds that the sector has an Online Travel Agency (OTA) penetration of 77.5% for website bookings and 81.2% for bookings made through an app. In contrast, […]

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AirAsia X eyes expansion in China, Japan and South Korea

AirAsia X considers North Asia, namely, China, Japan, and South Korea, as its new market for growth, said AirAsia executive chairman and AirAsia X group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun. Due to the scarcity of resources, the long haul budget airline will also be rationalising its routes by reallocating some of the current Australian capacity to […]

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Uber’s biggest rival in India gets $1.1 billion from Tencent, SoftBank

Ola, Uber’s fiercest rival in India, has raised USD 1.1 billion from investors including Chinese internet giant Tencent and Japan’s SoftBank. The funding will give the ride-hailing service firepower to continue fighting Uber in one of the world’s largest mobile markets. Ola revealed it is also in advanced talks to raise another USD 1 billion […]

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Kenya unveils plan to turn around tourism

The Kenyan cabinet has approved the National Tourism Blue Print 2030 as part of efforts to help turn around the industry. The key pillars are product development, marketing, investment and infrastructure development. Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, said the Tourism Blue Print was approved last week, and when implemented it would boost the industry and encourage investors […]

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South Africa. Entry Regulations. Reminder to parents travelling with children

There are continued report of parents travelling with children being denied boarding at their airport of departure for South Africa. The confusion is over the small, “short Birth Certificates” which are unabridged and do not hold both parents’ details. These are not acceptable in this case. Recently British Airways refused boarding to parents with two […]

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