Managing Your Tourism Business

A loadshedding survival guide for your business

One thing which is uniting a diverse South Africa is our mutual disdain for loadshedding. The situation is annoying enough for individuals, but for your business it can be more than just an inconvenience. This article discusses how to make sure your business is not disrupted or that you have a contingency plan.

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Competition law compliance - Q&A

When starting a small business,it's important to ensure that you’re not contravening competition law. Competition law has two sources: the Competition Act, 89 of 1998, and the common law (i.e. law based on case law and old authorities). The Competition Act focuses on two broad areas: (a) harmful competitive practices that existing businesses may not engage in; and (b) the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions. This article explores how not to contravene competition law.

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Compliance in the hospitality industry

As with any industry, the hospitality industry has a framework of rules, regulations and guidelines for issues pertaining to human resources.
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Developing a tourism package

When running a tourist-related venture, it's important to consider packaging your product or service.
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Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA)

The EMIA scheme develops export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country. The purpose of assistance under the EMIA scheme is to partially compensate exporters for costs incurred in respect of activities aimed at developing export markets for South African products & services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into South Africa.

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Get more customers than you can serve

A good flow of customers is essential in any business, but this is often one of the aspects of your business you struggle with most. It sometimes seems that you never have enough customers, notwithstanding all your efforts to increase sales. This article looks at how to grow your customer base.

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How to ensure your business can be found online

So you've registered a domain, got your website up and running and believe you've established your business online. Like many businesses you might think your online marketing work is finished, but there are a few more steps needed to make sure that people actually find your site and interact with you online. This is a journey not a destination. Noto Modungwa, former Commercial Manager for eCommerce and Web Strategy at MWEB Business says there are a number of different tools available to do this but business owners are often unsure where to begin.

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Marketing your guesthouse online

Many guesthouses and B&Bs around the country enjoyed the boom in business that the Soccer World Cup brought about, but it has been a challenge for these small businesses to keep the momentum going since the World Cup ended. Many of the most successful South African lodges used the Internet to catch the lion’s share of bookings. The Internet provides many opportunities for guest house and B&B owners to market their businesses, especially when budgets are tight and traditional advertising is sometimes not an option.

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Producing a tourist brochure

A tourist brochure has a very specific purpose and there are certain guidelines you can follow to ensure it achieves these goals.
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Really free marketing ideas

How to improve your brand image and visibility at zero cost, or maybe even less than that.

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Sureswipe

Sureswipe is one of South Africa’s first card Payment Service Providers (PSPs) established in 2008 to make card payment acceptance easy and accessible to all independent retailers and service providers. We offer a suite of products that cater for businesses of all sizes providing efficient, affordable and safe payment systems. Over 9000 independent retailers across South Africa are currently using Sureswipe card machines.

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Three insights into small business success in the tourism industry

It’s a fact: tourists love South Africa. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism directly and indirectly contributes to an estimated 4.3% of the country’s GDP and employment, supporting one in every 23 jobs. Despite the encouraging statistics, it can be challenging for new small businesses aimed at the tourist industry to enter this potentially lucrative industry. This article provides three insights into small business success in the tourism industry.

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Yola

Yola was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 2007, the brainchild of Vinny Lingham, the pioneer behind innovative digital marketing company Click2Customers. We're one big, happy family, focused on something we love to do: Making it easy for you to get your business online. And we promise that whether you're a small business owner, a nonprofit, or just want to make a wedding site, a resume site, a portfolio site, or any kind of site at all, we'll help you get it done. Quickly. And easily.

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