Tag: Fedhasa

  • Where are tourism’s Titans, and why is the tail wagging the dog?

    I am fortunate to have known some of the titans of South Africa’s tourism industry — Sol Kerzer of Southern Sun & Sun International, Hans Enderle of City Lodge, David Jack of the V&A Waterfont (who I worked with for 25 years) and many others.  I miss people like them in today’s tourism industry.  <!– […]

  • Poor Johannesburg!

    In the Western Cape, we see tourism marketing being depoliticised in efforts to make it more efficient and focused (see here), while Cape Town Tourism ups the bar to be more relevant and represent the interests of the industry and its members more effectively. In Johannesburg — the country’s largest city and the main gateway…

  • Fedhasa — when credibility fails

    It is a sad day when one has to question transparency and integrity at Fedhasa — South Africa’s oldest representative hospitality organisation. The whole issue of Rooms4U has been covered in previous blog posts (click here to read them all) but what was missing was any response from Fedhasa — which is at the centre…

  • 2010 and a Can of Worms

    Good and bad has come out of the whole rooms4u saga and the conundrum of the “official South African accommodation and bookings portal.” The good was renewing an old aquaintance with Sindiswa Nhlumayo,  the deputy directory-general of tourism.  She brought a bit of clarity to the whole issue. The ‘bads’ were several.  Firstly, the Department…

  • 2010, Kortbroek & tourism mafia

    Are the Minister of Tourism and his Department (DOT) a bunch of blundering idiots or are they getting into bed with a tourism mafia?  Their latest announcement seems to be ill-conceived and acknowledges that accommodation arrangements for the 2010 World Cup are not as rosy as he claims. Here are the facts: It started on…