Africa: Iran, S. Africa plan joint working group on tourism

Iran, S. Africa plan joint working group on tourism Iran and South Africa are planning to broaden tourism ties through forming a joint working group, which will be tasked with drafting a memorandum of understanding. Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Zahra Ahmadipour highlighted the issue in a meeting with the visiting South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom […]

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Africa: Former SAA manager Mr Ntshona appointed CEO of South Africa Tourism

Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has welcomed the appointment of Mr Sisa Ntshona as the Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism. The appointment has been approved by the Cabinet and was announced today by the Chairperson of the SA Tourism Board, Dr Tanya Abrahamse. Mr Ntshona has previously worked as Executive Manager for Africa and the Middle East at […]

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African Tourism: SA Tourism Minister Hanekom win Germans highest award

By Friday Nwosu South African Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom has been awarded the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany, the country’s highest honour. The Order of Merit was conferred on Minister Hanekom by Ambassador Walter Lindner, on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck, at a ceremony in Pretoria. The Order of Merit is the highest tribute that […]

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“Five things I learnt at INDABA” Francis Doku from Ghana

For the first time in as many years as I can remember, I was absent from the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Which also meant that I missed the beauty and suave of the world famous Red Room, for the first time. I tried to follow by watching the Vodafone live stream on YouTube, but my allocated internet bundle had run […]

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Open Skies could generate 155,000 jobs, $1.3 billion GDP in Africa-Derek Hanekom

By Friday Nwosu South African Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom has said Africa countries could create 155,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if the countries are willing to implement the Open Skies Agreement for the continent. Open skies refers to a bilateral or multilateral air service agreement that liberalizes the rules for international aviation markets and […]

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CNN’S Richard Quest to anchor Indaba ministerial platform

By Sebidde Kiryowa, Solomon Oleny Uganda might have a chance to showcase her offerings through the world media at the Minister’s Media Talk during this coming weekend’s global tourism expo, INDABA 2016, in Durban, South Africa. The highly anticipated Minister’s Media Talk, a panel discussion that will feature South African tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, global and African tourism experts, as well […]

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South Africa Enjoys Spike in African Tourist Arrivals

The number of tourists arriving in South Africa every month has shot through the one million mark for the first time since 2009, signaling the industry’s recovery from last year’s decline. In January this year 1 012 641 tourists arrived in South Africa, 15.4% more than January last year. Month to month growth in arrivals began improving prospects for the […]

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More Chinese Tourists Traveling to Africa

By Miroslav Atanasov When Chinese-looking persons enter the Nairobi City Market or Massai Market Fair in Kenya’s capital, they are often greeted with “Ni Hao” as they pass shops and stands. Some local shop-keepers have a broader Mandarin vocabulary, which helps them sell African woodcarvings, fabric, or other local souvenirs to Chinese tourists. China has recently become the largest outbound […]

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Indaba to get Partner for 2017 edition

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By Disha Shah Ghosh In order to make INDABA, the annual B2B tourism marketing platform of South African Tourism (SAT), more competitive and strong, the national tourism board has issued a tender to rope in an international third party partner into the organisation of the annual event. Sharing details about the development, Margie Whitehouse, Chief Marketing Officer, South African Tourism, […]

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South Africa to invest R100M in Domestic Tourism

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of a R100 million investment to boost local tourism is music to his ears. According to sanews.gov.za, the Minister said this when he participated in a debate of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly, on Tuesday. “Mr President, in your address to the nation on […]

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