Articles tagged with: South Africa
Amy Sharpe from eWaterways tells us where she likes to holiday. She is running the London marathon on April 17th for a charity called ‘Shelter Box’ which sends out emergency relief boxes (each box contains a 6 man tent, first aid box, water makers, pots and pans, sleeping bags etc) to countries that have suffered major catastrophes.
e-Waterways will be at the Cruise Show at London’s Olympia this weekend
The travel industry, like every other, is always trying to second guess what visitors want, where they want to go to and how they might book. Research presented yesterday by Euromonitor, a big player in travel research suggests that by 2015, up to 50% of us could be booking our holidays and travel via our mobile phones.
In London yesterday, just a few days before the first match was the South African Minister for Tourism, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk. You would have thought he would be at home and welcoming visitors heading to the most high profile sporting piece of tourism that South Africa has held. But no, he was here addressing about 70 journalists and members of the travel community.
One reason was to emphasise that tourism was so important to the developing world and that after the World Cup was over, a marketing campaign would begin over here to encourage us to visit South Africa. They want to make it clear that South Africa wants visitors at any time of the year and the World Cup lasts for just a month.
It is a truth universally accepted by the visitor that if there is an attractive event, then locals will load the prices of accommodation, travel, airfares and everything else to try and make even more money. Air fares during the BA strike for example, seemed a lot higher than had been quoted previously by rival airlines. Accommodation prices for the Ryder Cup in south east Wales were, how shall I put this, fully explored for maximum benefit for some providers a little while ago but is now becoming a bit more realistic.
And the same seems to be the case in South Africa. One villa, according to Fleewinter the specialist accommodation provider, wanted to charge £3500+ per night for a villa that slept 12. The minimum rental was 5 days making the total cost £17,500. And you still had to pay for airfares and food and local travel on top. That works out at just under £1,500 per person just to share a room! Another wanted to charge £17,685 for a villa sleeping 18. Talk about taking the Michael.
Summer 2010 will see South Africa stage football’s greatest show: the FIFA World Cup. The games will be held in nine cities including Durban. The city has been pouring millions of rand into new infrastructure including a state-of-the-art football ground, The Durban Stadium, which will seat no fewer than 70,000 fans.
But there’s more to South Africa’s third largest city than the FIFA World Cup Finals. Local resident, Heather Reed, reveals why South Africa’s seaside playground rivals Cape Town as the Rainbow Nation’s most popular tourist destination…
Just before Christmas, we mentioned a few ideas that some of the experts thought would flourish in 2010. Today we have the thoughts of another four groups on what they think, ABTA, IPK, STA Travel and the Intercontinental Hotels chain. You might remember that Mintel thought it would be another year of the staycation with days out and weekend breaks becoming more prominent. And Euromonitor forecast the rise of pop up hotels which could be assembled (and taken down) quickly and which would offer inexpensive accommodation.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) says that Sri Lanka, Mexico and Thailand will see more tourists from the UK than they had in 2009.