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April 23, 2019

AC Hotel by Marriott debuts in Cape Town

AC Hotels by Marriott has opened in Cape Town, its first property in Africa and the Middle East.

The 188-room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront is situated at the Yacht Club development of the V&A Waterfront, opposite the new cruise terminal and 400m from the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Marriott International Global President and CEO, Arne Sorenson, said: “There is so much about the future of Cape Town that is exciting. With the right kind of tourism policy, we should see arrivals into Cape Town and South Africa continue to grow. We very much want to be part of that.”

Middle East and Africa President and MD, Alex [...]

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April 18, 2019

Headed for Saudi Arabia: New Dakar venue a big win for team Hilux?

Temperatures will be brutal but Saudi Arabia will be a better Dakar racing location for the South African built Hilux bakkie.

It’s the world’s most famous and gruelling off-road race and now the Dakar is heading for its third host geography. Born in Africa, the Dakar has become synonymous with high-speed off-road driving and human drama as competitors are humbled by towering dunes and Tolkienesque ravines year after year, in a fantastic diversity of racing machines.

Although the Dakar started in Africa during the summer of 1977, and retains a unique identity associated with the continent through its iconic Touareg logo, it has been hosted in South America for the last [...]

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April 18, 2019

KZN to benefit from bumper Easter

KwaZulu Natal’s provincial economy is projected to receive an estimated €63m cash injection over the Easter season as an estimated 250 000 domestic and 60 000 international visitors are expected to arrive.

Durban Tourism is projecting an influx of 100 000 visitors alone over the Easter weekend who are all expected to spend on entertainment, holiday accommodation, car rentals and restaurants. The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) is also anticipating a late surge of bookings, with hotels in the province slowly filling up.

Charles Preece, East Coast Operational Manager of Fedhasa says: “Holidaymakers tend to book very late. Our hotels are not at [...]

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April 1, 2019

There will be affordable inner-city housing in Cape Town, but only when the plans are finalised

Inner-city affordable housing is on the cards for Cape Town if the provincial Department of Human Settlements has its way. On Tuesday, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela revealed plans to build housing in the Cape Town inner city — but could not provide specific timelines for when construction would begin in areas his department has identified. However, the civil society group Ndifuna Ukwazi is cautious of promises made close to an election.

There are plans for affordable housing in Cape Town’s inner-city areas — the CBD, Bo-Kaap and the wealthier suburbs of Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof — which will provide 10,000 housing opportunities, but Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says [...]

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