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South Africa New visa rules a “tourism tragedy” for South Africa?

South Africa is frequented by more than 9 million tourists each year. Between 2013 and 2014, South Africa saw a 6.6 percent growth in international tourist arrivals.

Last May, the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced new travel requirements as a means of tackling child trafficking and increasing national security. Tourists are now required to apply for visas in person in order for their bio-metric data to be captured. Documents also need to be in English. From June this year, all children travelling in, out, or through South Africa will need to carry an unabridged birth certificate.

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Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says there has been a negative impact on the tourism sector in the last six months as a result of the stricter visa regulations.

He told reporters that the number of tourists from countries now requiring a visa to enter South Africa has declined.

New visa regulations could see over half a million tourists denied travel to South Africa, says the Democratic Alliance.

 

Original story found via http://www.thesouthafrican.com

Travvy Awards 2015 – Full List of Winners

Travvy Award winners were announced at a Gala banquet at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. These awards were created to honour the best of the best in all categories of travel, including cruises, tours, travel agencies, travel insurance, hotels and resorts, car rentals, airlines and more. South Africa got three awards in different categories: 1. “Sun International Table Bay Hotel” for the categoty of Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East. 2. “South African Tourism” for the category of Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East. 3. “Sthu Zungu“, South African Tourism North America for the category of Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive.

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Know the full list of 2015 Travvy Award winners :

CRUISE LINES

Best Cruise Line Contemporary:- Royal Caribbean International

Best Cruise Line Premium:- Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Luxury:- Regent Seven Seas

Best Cruise Line Overall:- Royal Caribbean International

Best River Cruise Line:- AmaWaterways

Best Cruise Ship Contemporary:- Norwegian Getaway

Best Cruise Ship Premium:- Celebrity Reflection

Best Cruise Ship Luxury:- Seven Seas Mariner

Best Cruise Ship Overall:- Allure of the Seas

Best River Cruise Ship:- AmaSonata

TOUR OPERATORS & WHOLESALERS

Best Escorted Tour Operator Africa & Middle East:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Escorted Tour Operator Europe:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Mexico & Latin America:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Pacific Asia:- SITA World Tours

Best Escorted Tour Operator US and Canada:- Collette

Best Tour Operator Adventure Travel:- G Adventures

Best Tour Operator Caribbean:- MLT Vacations

Best Escorted Tour Operator Overall:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Vacation Packager Caribbean:- Travel Impressions

Best Vacation Packager Europe:- Europe Express

Best Vacation Packager Mexico & Latin America:- Apple Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Pacific Asia:- Down Under Answers

Best Vacation Packager US& Canada:- MLT Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Overall:- Travel Impressions

HOTELS & RESORTS

Best Hotel&Resort Chain Overall:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Luxury:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain MidMarket:- Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Best AllInclusive Resort Chain:- Sandals Resorts International

Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East:- Sun International – Table Bay Hotel

Best City Hotel Asia:- W Hong Kong

Best City Hotel Europe:- Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Best City Hotel Mexico & Latin America:- St. Regis Mexico City

Best City Hotel US &Canada:- St. Regis New York

Best Resort Asia:- Club Med Bali

Best Resort Caribbean:- Sandals La Source

Best Resort Mexico & Latin America:- Zoetry Paraiso

Best Resort US & Canada:- Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

CAR RENTALS

Best Car Rental Company Domestic:- Enterprise Holdings

Best Car Rental Company International:- Hertz

DESTINATIONS

Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East:- South Africa Tourism

Best Country Tourism Bureau Europe:- Visit Britain

Best Country Tourism Bureau Pacific Asia:- Tahiti Tourisme

Best US City CVB:- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Best US State Tourism Bureau:- Colorado Tourism

AIRLINES

Best Foreign Airline:- Air Tahiti Nui

TRAVEL AGENCIES & TRAVEL AGENCY GROUPS

Best Travel Agency Group (Consortium, Coop or Network):- Vacation.com

Best Retail Travel Agency:- Tzell Travel Group

Best Host Travel Agency:- Avoya Travel

RAIL TRAVEL

Best Rail Travel Company:- Rail Europe

Best Train Experience Worldwide:- Rocky Mountaineer

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Best Travel Insurance Provider:- AIG Travel Guard

TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Best Travel Technology Provider:- VAX VacationAccess

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive:- Sthu Zungu, South African Tourism North America

Most Innovative All Inclusive Resort Executive :- Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Most Innovative Car Rental Executive :- Greg Stubblefield, Enterprise Holdings

Most Innovative Consortia or Agency Group Leader :- John Lovell, Vacation.com/Travel Leaders Group

Most Innovative Cruise Executive:- Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian

Most Innovative Escorted Tour or FIT Executive:- Kensington Tours Team of Global Destination Experts

Most Innovative Europe Tourism Executive:- Carl Walsh, Visit Britain

Most Innovative Host Agency Leader:- Brad and Van Anderson, Avoya Travel

Most Innovative Hotels Executive:- Chris Austin, Starwood

Most Innovative Rail Travel Executive:- Randy Powell, Rocky Mountaineer

Most Innovative River Cruise Executive:- Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways

Most Innovative Travel Agent:- Tammy Levent, Elite Travel

Most Innovative Travel Insurance Executive:- Ellison Scudder, AIG Travel Guard

Most Innovative Vacation Wholesale Executive:- Jeff Adam, Down Under Answers

INDABA 2015 (9-11 May) – Durban, South Africa

INDABA is one of the largest and must visit tourism marketing events on the African calendar. Durban is the host city for INDABA 2015. INDABA is owned by South African Tourism and organised by Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management (Pty) Ltd.

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Venue

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC)
Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC)

Show Dates

Show Days: 9-11 May 2015
International Trade Days: 9-11 May 2015
Local Trade Days: 9-11 May 2015
ADMISSION RESERVED FOR DELEGATES OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE.

Show Times

09h00 – 18h00, 9 – 10 May 2015
09h00 – 17h30, 11 May 2015
Exhibitors can enter the halls from 08h00

Website

INDABA: http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za
South African Tourism: http://www.southafrica.net

Exhibitor Profile

INDABA brings together a showcase of South African tourism products and services for the international travel trade. Exhibitors in the Durban Exhibition Centre include provincial authorities and provincial products and African Countries. In the International Convention Centre, exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, media publications and industry associations. Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.

Buyer Profile

Inbound Tour Operators
Foreign Travel Agents
Airlines
DMC’s

Media Profile

INDABA has a dedicated local and international media who provide extensive coverage of the exhibition for the local and international markets through radio, television, newspaper and dedicated travel publications.

 

Original story found via www.indaba-southafrica.co.za