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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has released an advisory on increased malaria risk in three provinces.The NCID announced that there's an extended seasonal risk of malaria, with an increase…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:58

EU commits $20 million to prevent poaching

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The European Union has committed to fund Ksh2 billion ($20 million) to support Kenya’s efforts to combat illegal poaching and trafficking of wildlife products.EU Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, commended…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:42

Study urges endangered listing for cheetahs

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A comprehensive assessment of cheetah populations in southern Africa, supported by the National Geographic Society, indicates that the species is facing a dire situation.In a study published on December 11…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:39

Diani Beach Festival attracts global skydivers

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At least 500 international skydivers are expected to visit the Kenya coast for Diani Beach Festival.The festival began on December 9 and ends on New Year’s Day.Diani Beach Festival Director, Sandip…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:37

Hoteliers urge Kenya Railways to increase frequencies

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The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has been requested to increase the Madaraka Express train frequencies between Nairobi and Mombasa for tourists visiting the coast. Since last week, holidaymakers have had…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:34

Think pink: Capitalising on LGBT travel

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Pink tourism for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers, while previously a niche market, has emerged as a major game player and one on which the tourism industry can…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:32

Hidden Gems: Showcasing African lifestyle in Soweto

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Shova Lifestyle Origin offers tours through Soweto to art galleries, holds events, exhibitions and includes a fashion boutique. It holds the #TheVilakaziStreetNightMarket on the last Thursday of every month, which…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:37

New K9 unit to combat wildlife crime

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A new K9 unit has been established by Project Rhino to put a stop to wildlife crime. The K9 unit has been immediately put to work in the Zululand district…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:35

Botswana cancels tourism development levy

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Botswana has stopped the introduction of a $30 tourism development levy.Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Permanent Secretary, Jimmy Opelo, said the proposed levy had been withdrawn to allow…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:09

New Uganda expressway will reduce travelling time

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A new expressway between Entebbe and Kampala, scheduled for completion in May, is expected to reduce travelling time to about 20 to 30 minutes.The 49km-long expressway is expected to significantly…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:04

How to combat cyber piracy and online travel scams

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In an increasingly online world, cyber piracy and online scams are an ever-growing threat. Banks have had to become smarter to prevent phishing attempts and online banking fraud. Customers are…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42

Unique partnership changes KNP tourism for the better

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In 2015, Open Safari Vehicle (OSV) operators and SANParks united under the guidance of Satsa to launch an OSV self-regulation initiative in the Kruger National Park.At the time, SANParks Managing…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:36

What to expect from Millennials in 2018

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Trekksoft (an online booking and payment software provider for tour and activity companies) has released its Travel Trends Report 2018. The research team broke down how Millennials will approach travel…
Friday, 08 December 2017 07:50

Forecast: Top 5 travel trends for 2018

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Trekksoft (an online booking and payment software provider for tour and activity companies) has released its Travel Trends Report 2018. Tourism Update shares the key findings.1. Booking trendsTrekksoft researcher, Lucy Fuggle, says: “After…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:53

Most travellers want accommodation grading - study

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The Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has released the findings of its 2017 Perception Study on Grading in South Africa.Data was gathered over three months through an online questionnaire…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:12

A guide to gorilla trekking

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Tracking the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda is a bucket-list experience. Tourism Update gets insider tips from the industry.When to go?Christiaan Steyn, Marketing Manager for Drifters Adventours said: “Uganda has a tropical…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:59

Western Cape prepares for water-wise tourism arrivals

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Water-saving campaigns aimed at tourists have been launched, as tourism arrivals are predicted to increase drastically this upcoming festive season throughout the Western Cape.Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities said…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:51

Hot-air balloon safaris come to Ruaha National Park

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Serengeti Balloon Safaris will operate in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania from June 15, 2018.Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park, covering 20 000 sq km in the southern part of…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:50

Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort opens

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Following a three-month renovation, Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius has reopened as the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort. Flora Fubbs, General Manager – Product, Marketing & Operations for The…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:47

First MICE Africa Masterclass comes to Johannesburg

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Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) and Grant Thornton will host the first ever Africa Masterclass in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events/Exhibitions (MICE) in Johannesburg, from February 20-23.Themed ‘Growing destination tourist arrivals through…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:46

Zambezi Cruise Safaris reveals 2018 plans

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Zambezi Cruise Safaris will commence new weekly cruises next year, as well as upping frequencies.New weekly cruises from Victoria Falls are set to launch, with a dedicated vessel to run…
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