Entries tagged with “accommodation”.


The Leeu Collection is on an acquisition trail, and appears unstoppable in expanding its hospitality portfolio, in not only acquiring restaurants and accommodation establishments locally, but hotels in Europe, their U.K.-based Linthwaite House acquired last year being followed up by a new purchase in Florence, the former Collegio Alla Querce. (more…)

imageTraveller24 has compared accommodation prices in Cape Town and Johannesburg for hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, as well as Airbnb, and found that Johannesburg generally offers more affordable accommodation. (more…)

imageIn a survey conducted about the cost of accommodation in 30 South African suburbs, towns and villages, Camps Bay was found to offer the most expensive accommodation for the peak summer season. Surprising is that smaller towns also feature on the most (more…)

imageAirbnb is on an amazing growth trajectory, set to double the number of bed nights booked this year to 80 million, after seven years of operation. The sharing accommodation platform claims to have 1,5 million rental listings around the world .

A lot has been written already about the effect that Airbnb has on the hotel industry, (more…)

imageWesgro has announced that its Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau has won the bid to host the World Ophthalmology Congress, with 15000 delegates, in 2020.  The Congress will be one of the largest medical meetings in the world, and the largest ever held in Cape Town.

The value of the Congress has been (more…)

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*.  Cape Town has been named as one of 35 most beautiful cities in the world for 2015 by the UK Telegraph, in the company of Istanbul, Florence, Paris, Siena, Jerusalem, Oxford, Cambridge, New York, Rome, Sydney, Bruges, Seville, San Francisco, Bath, Lausanne, Venice, Edinburgh, London, Havana, Prague, Kyoto, Moscow, St Petersburg, Dubrovnik, Rio de Janeiro, and more.

Cape Town was praised for its ‘in-your-face beauty of a craggy mountain range that drops precipitously into a glittering sea, its flanks carpeted in greens and delicate florals – the Cape Floral Kingdom, smallest yet richest in the world’. The pristine white beaches with their granite boulders are also (more…)

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*  Cape Wine 2015 has been billed as a ‘revelatory‘ event, and will be a ‘multi-media look at the South African wine industry today’.  The showcase of our country’s wine industry, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 – 17 September, Cape Wine 2015 will also host a series of workshops and events, making it the largest wine show ever hosted in the Southern Hemisphere. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)

*   After a number of delays, Air China is to commence its direct flights between Beijing (more…)

imageRecently a group of bloggers was invited by its marketing team to experience a part of the 18 km Constantia Wine Route, being Constantia Glen, Groot Constantia, and Steenberg. We had a very informative and wine-derful day, experiencing parts of an excellent wine route of ten wine estates on our Cape Town doorstep! It has been synonymous with sweet wines drunk centuries ago already.

The Constantia Wine Route PR staff Carryn Wiltshire and her assistant Hayley had kindly organized for us to travel to Constantia by Uber, much appreciated for the return journey in particular. (more…)

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* The Tourism Business Council of South Africa has emailed accommodation establishments that amendments made. to the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 last year requires of hotels, motels, boarding houses, lodges, guest houses, and apartment buildings to keep a register of their guests, take a copy of their ID or passport (none of them do), and take the residential address details. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months! Interesting is that B&Bs are not included in the list, and that Airbnb is excluded, being accommodation in private homes and apartments in the main!

*   Cape Wine 2015 will include a number of seminars on topics as (more…)

AirBnBMy trip to Europe in June and July included challenging myself to try Airbnb, given that the new shared accommodation service stems from the formal accommodation industry.  It was a ghastly experience, and I will think twice before using this accommodation service again!

Airbnb has taken off in its seven-year existence, with 1 million accommodation listings in 34000 cities and towns around the world.  It has become a swearword for the formal accommodation sector, and is a massive threat! Its popularity stems from the more affordable accommodation options offered, and the personal contact one has with the host, to receive personal tourism tips. Hotels are moving unsold stock onto Airbnb, testimony of the power of this new shared accommodation offering. (more…)