Renovations at Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Français, part of Leeu Collection’s hospitality offering in Franschhoek,  will be closed from 22 May 2017 to 10 July 2017, while upgrades to all rooms and suites are taking place.

15 Rooms, including the LQF Villa, will undergo a soft refurbishment and will be returned to inventory on 10 July 2017.  A full refurbishment of the Four Quarters Suites will be completed by 01 October 2017 and 5 additional bedrooms (2 new Petite Auberge and 3 Petite Garden Suite) will be available as of 01 December 2017.  In addition, the House and Pool Suites will also undergo a full refurbishment and be ready for occupation on 01 December 2017.

The addition of a hospitality lounge will cater for the needs of early arrivals and late departures. The award-winning restaurant, The Tasting Room, will close on 30 April 2017 and be replaced by La Petite Colombe (scheduled to open in the first week of August 2017), headed by the celebrated La Colombe team.
Quartier Francais

Africa’s Hospitality Market: 2016 Year in Review

The year 2016 was a busy and interesting one for the African hotel market.

Hotel investment in Africa made progressive strides, with new hotels launched in new countries and cities across the continent.

Economics, political events, currency volatility and fluctuating tourism demand brought both challenges and opportunities to hotel markets across the region.

Here, African-based specialist hospitality, real estate and leisure consulting company, HTI Consulting, provides a brief summary of the top five and bottom five performers across 13 African cities for 2016, as indicated by STR Global.    
Occupancy rates, Average Daily Rates, rooms sold and future supply have all been taken into account.
Read More
Africa’s Hospitality Market


The New Google Earth Has 3D Views and Guided Tours

With this update, Google Earth becomes less of a blank canvas and more of a real, actionable travel tool.

The addition of ‘knowledge cards’ and Wikipedia-powered morsels of information about different places, means you have a better idea of what you’re actually looking at. For instance, if you’re doing a quick “flyover” of the neighborhood you’ll be staying at in Cape Town., you may discover that your hotel is down the street from the Iziko South African Museum — click on the knowledge card, and you’ll learn that it was the first museum in the country, founded in 1825. 
Read More

Table Mountain

Table Mountain Cableway 2017 annual maintenance


The Table Mountain Cableway will shut down operations for renovation and maintenance of the cars from Monday 24 July to Sunday 6 August 2017.

Tickets booked for the week of 18 July 2017 will have their usual seven-day validity period shortened to the following:

•             18 July – 6 days

•             19 July – 5 days

•             20 July – 4 days

•             21 July – 3 days

•             22 July – 2 days

•             23 July – 1 day

You will find your ticket validity dates within the description of your online booking link here.

WEF The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017

The World Economic Forum has, for the past 11 years, engaged leaders in travel and tourism to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world.

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country”.

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index enables all stakeholders to work together to improve the industry’s competitiveness in their national economies. The theme of this edition Paving the Way for a More Sustainable and Inclusive Future, reflects the increasing focus on ensuring the industry’s sustained growth in an uncertain security environment, while preserving the natural environment and local communities on which it so richly depends.
Download the report here
World Economic Forum


THINC Africa 2017

HVS is pleased to announce that the second Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Africa 2017 will be held on 30th and 31st August, 2017, at the FNB Portside Building, Cape Town. 

Southern Africa is rapidly gaining significance in the global tourism industry, establishing itself as a must-see destination, as well as a valuable investment playground. THINC Africa provides a unique platform to discuss the future of the tourism and hotel industry in this region, building on the immense success of the inaugural conference last year, when we welcomed almost 160 delegates from Africa and across the globe.  

The event will continue to bring together key decision-makers from across hotel development and investment markets, to explore the tremendous opportunities that this region presents and deliberate on how to mitigate the potential risks of hotel development in Africa. 

This two-day event provides ample opportunities for networking with peers and business contacts, allowing delegates to discover new and exciting opportunities in this fast- expanding market.

Speakers include Adrian Gardiner, Chairman, Mantis Collection and Neil Markovitz, Managing Director, Newmark Hotels.
Read More


Hundreds expected to visit Africa Travel Week

It is that time of the year again when travel professionals from across the world visit Africa for its annual Africa Travel Week. This year, the event will be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, from 19 to 23 April.

Organizers expect an increase in the number of travel professionals compared to last year. Some of this year’s guests include esteemed buyers, tour operators, local outbound travel agents and destination marketing organizations .besides which, there will be  interesting tourism products on show.

Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager of Africa Travel Week, reports that there has been a significant increase in both buyers set to attend the show and pre-registered travel professionals. “Our  pre-registered travel professionals are currently up by 26% compared to last year and our buyers are up by approximately 10%  in numbers too. 
Read More
Africa Travel Week

Condé Nast Traveler Unveils 2017 Hot List Awards

Condé Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 2017 HOT LIST with 75 properties around the world recognized as the best hotel openings of the past year. The HOT LIST selection process started with 675 contenders, and our congratulations go to the following properties in Africa for being featured:  L’Hotel, Marrakech,  Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay &  Sofitel Tamouda Bay Beach and Spa in Morocco, Leeu Estates in South Africa, Thanda Island & The Highlands in Tanzania, and andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe.
Read More
Conde Nast

15 off Skysafari

15% off Skysafari


Book aSkySafari journey for 2017 before 20th June and enjoy a 15% discount.

SkySafari Kenya Connoisseur: An 8-day safari with more than a hint of adventure – from the rugged and beautiful wilds of Meru, to the rolling plains of Loisaba and its offering of exciting safari activities, to the spectacle of nature’s greatest theatre – the Masai Mara.

SkySafari Kenya Classic: The allure of Kenya is legendary and this 8-day safari captures its true essence. Marvel at Amboseli’s famed elephants, lose yourself in the romance of Meru, and be awed by the finest wildlife viewing in the world in the Masai Mara.

SkySafari Tanzania Classic: This classic 8-day journey takes you through the baobab- and elephant-dotted landscape of Tarangire, to the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, finishing in the world-renowned Serengeti.  Read More

Sanganai/Hlanganani Expo Rescheduled

“The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority would like to inform its esteemed tourism partners, stakeholders and the nation at large, that Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo 2017 preparations have been resumed, despite the previous announcement of the event’s possible cancellation, owing to lack of funding”,  Chief Executive Officer Karikoga Kaseke said.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has received a “substantial amount of money” from the government to fund this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo, scheduled to take place in Bulawayo from 27 to 30 September.
Read More:


Conservation Triumph as Green Turtle Returns to Thanda Island

Thanda Island, the truly exclusive Indian Ocean hideaway, located off the Southern coast of Tanzania, was thrilled to welcome the most important of repeat visitors.
On 2nd April, between the hours of 8-12pm, a female Green Turtle! came ashore to lay her eggs on the beach, between the boathouse and the helipad.

 Owing to the endemic illegal fishing practices which had been taking place in the waters around Thanda Island, turtles had not been seen nesting on the island for seven years. However, last year the Thanda Island team had started to notice them swimming regularly in the surrounding waters. They are thrilled that their persistent pleas for increased policing from the Marine Parks Authorities, together with their own presence in the area, has been rewarded.
Read More
Thanda Island

Near-fatal buffa;p charge

Dereck and Beverly Joubert share intimate details of near-fatal buffalo charge

National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Dereck Joubert, has shared the gory and intimate details of a buffalo charge that nearly claimed the life of fellow explorer and wife, Beverly Joubert.

Just over a month after the incident took place on Friday, 3 March, in the Okavango-Delta in Botswana, the Jouberts shared an intimate account of it on their Big Cat Conservation Facebook page.

The incident resulted in Dereck’s having to coax his wife to consciousness several times due to a wound that missed a major artery in her neck by mere inches and almost damaged one eye.

Ironically,  it all came to pass on World Wildlife Day, the same day the award-winning South African documentary filmmaker Dereck celebrated his birthday.
Read more: