Editorial Comment

From the Editor’s Desk

Editors-Desk-Marjorie-DeanWell, Africa’s premier travel trade show Indaba is behind us for another year, so now it’s back to work, and running our tourism businesses. And the daily work of running a business features large in this edition. This is not the glamorous side of tourism that our clients see, but it’s the essential stuff that keeps our industry running.

Loane Sharp looks at the economy of South Africa (pages 8-9 in the magazine) – whatever else may happen we still have to operate in this environment, and, Loane says, public/private partnerships are increasingly the way to go.

We also tackle the vexed question of red tape in business – a bugbear to anyone who actually runs an entrepreneurial enterprise   See what well known columnist Ivo Vegter has to say about that under our Niche Tourism section (page 28 in magazine).

We look at an intriguing new way of capturing data about wildlife (pages 12-13 in magazine). And hear about progress from the Rhino Knights initiative – just one of many imaginative initiatives being undertaken in the cause of helping to stop the slaughter of one major species.

Brent Willie looks at the vexed question of visas – another stumbling block to the expansion of African tourism (pages 18-19 in magazine).

And we consider a recent report on access to finance for improving our efforts to comply with ever stricter new climate-friendly regulations, as well as what is happening in the hotel business that is eroding margins. And we consider a new way to put ‘bums in beds’.

There are our usual features on marketing and insurance, so plenty of real meat in this Tourism Tattler to keep you reading!


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