Swaziland Traditions Lifestyle Tourism 

Why Swaziland should be top of your list for 2018 travels

SWAZILAND’S 50/50 One of Africa’s last remaining monarchs King Mswati III of Swaziland will be holding lavish celebrations in 2018 to mark his 50th birthday and to celebrate Swaziland’s 50 years of independence. Already passionate about its own way of life, traditions and people, 2018 promises to be a year full of celebration for this tiny kingdom. SWAZILAND FOR THE ADVENTURE SEEKERS Despite being the smallest country in southern Africa, the Kingdom of Swaziland is an explorer’s playground with a remarkable variety of new activities to enjoy. From white water…

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Swaziland Tourism Southern Africa Swaziland Tourism 

48 Hours in Swaziland

Sublime handicrafts, stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country, that are home to The Big Five – plenty to keep busy for 48 hours! As one of the few remaining Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. Please follow and like us:

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Chatbots in the Hospitality Industry Getaways Tourism 

Nigeria Tourism: Chatbots in the Hospitality Industry

The premise of a chatbot is simple – automate communication and act as a window to access a service.   In the hospitality industry, one which is built around making the customer alpha, communication and information transactions must be smart, swift, insightful and analysable. Chatbots are hence the perfect tool for this type of communication and service provision. They live in messaging apps where today’s internet user spends a significant portion of his time, they are also cheap in the long run and can provide deep insights into customer preferences…

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Voice Search Getaways Tourism 

Voice Search and its impact on the Hospitality Industry

In years past, there was a dominant form of agricultural practice – sharecropping. A landlord would rent out his land, and farmers would rent it and pay in harvested crops. There was usually no other way for the farmer to get land, so the landlord was king!   Today, decades later, the king and farmer are still tied in a forced romance, only today, we call the king Google, and the farmers – brands in the hospitality sector. Save for a few like AirBnB that have managed to create a…

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Future Hotel Room Lifestyle Tourism Tourism & Travel 

The Hotel Room of the Future

Take a spin back to 1950, and you’ll be sure to find a well written and animated article on the subject – the hotel room of the future. It’s an interesting subject for players in the hotel space, a culmination of unhinged literary creativity, and fairly logical projections based on the trends and technology of the day.   More than ever, hoteliers will in the future strive to offer unique and personalised experiences to the guest, and to immerse him in an environment that is closest to his ideal throughout…

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Durban Getaways Tourism 

Barriers to facilitating travel in Africa

Africa’s travel and tourism sector continues to make major strides, accounting for 7.8% of African GDP (US $ 165 billion) in 2016. However, there remains challenges that hinder simplification of travel especially for Africans travelling within Africa. Speaking during the just concluded INDABA 2017, Africa’s top travel show held in Durban – Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa from 16th-18th; Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy identified four main barriers to democratizing travel in the continent, as published on the INDABA Daily News Magazine. Please follow and like us:

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Lake Malawi Ilala Getaways Tourism 

Malawi’s Ilala Ferry

The Ilala has chugged up and down Lake Malawi each week since 1951. On its 6 day round trip the Ilala travels over 400km from Monkey Bay to Chilumba near the lake’s northern end, with 13 stops along the way. Although Lake Malawi is totally landlocked, at 365 miles long, 52 miles wide and up to 700m deep you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at the coast! This vast body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand offers a plethora of water sport opportunities for those looking for…

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Kenyatta International Convention Centre Getaways Lifestyle Tourism 

Best Conferencing Facilities in Africa 2017

The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry is booming in Africa, with countries investing millions of dollars to construct or renovate existing conference facilities. This is largely influenced by the recognition of the continent as a preferred tourist destination, not only for leisure but also for business. The just concluded Meetings Africa Conference that brought together business events representatives from across Africa, is rather a stamp on the continent as the best place to hold conferences and meetings in 2017. Here are five of Africa’s best conference centers for…

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Africa Hotels Getaways Tourism Tourism & Travel Travel Tips 

Examining the State of Hotel Development in Africa

A total of 365 hotel chain development pipelines were reported in Africa in 2016, with 64,231 rooms. This is according to a report by the W-Hospitality Group; that provides advisory services in the hotel, tourism, leisure, and real estate industries to investors. This is a record 29.2% increase, from the 2015 numbers of 270 hotels and 49,715 rooms in the pipeline activity. Furthermore, a JLL hotel research (Jones Lang LaSalle) predicts an investment of $1.7 billion in 2017, in hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa with $1.9 billion more in 2018. This…

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By Tharin kaewkanya Lifestyle Tourism 

African tourism expected to grow further in 2017

During the first half of 2016, the worldwide international tourist arrivals increased by 4% according to United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO), as compared to the period between January and June the previous year. Specifically, Sub-Saharan Africa is noted to be on an upward recovery curve at (+12%). This is a promising growth trend in Africa’s tourism with incomparable nimbleness to the persistent challenges, including terrorism threats and negative portrayal of the continent by international media. The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) ECONOMIC IMPACT 2016, AFRICA Report shows that…

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