With the easing of the South Africa’s lockdown restrictions – travel and tourism recovery plans are in full effect. Known globally as a “world in one country”, South Africa offers an incredible diversity of travel destinations, world-class service standards and an excellent infrastructure for travel and tourism. In recognition of the pandemic impact on the global travel industry, this year’s theme ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth – Covid-19 Recovery – Building Back Better’ highlights how countries around the world are now focused on the revival of safe travel.
“As the world continues to grapple with pandemic restrictions and uncertainties, it is our domestic travellers who are driving local tourism. We see South Africans exploring their own country and enjoying their own well-developed hospitality and tourism industry, says
Volker Heiden, Area Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa, Marriott International. “Long periods of stay-at-home restrictions and ongoing work-from-home scenarios are contributing to a pent-up demand for safe, local travel. Domestic tourism provides the opportunity to safely enjoy all the beauty and wonder that South Africa has to offer.”
Unbeatable Bush Retreats
As one of the world’s top African wildlife destinations, getting out into the bush is always going to be a signature South African holiday experience. There’s nothing quite like finding your rhythm in Africa’s wild heart and spotting the iconic Big Five mammals in their natural habitat. Marriott Bonvoy properties such as the popular Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate, Protea Hotel by Marriott Polokwane Ranch Resort and Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge offer families and friends modern and comfortable, bush-inspired accommodations as well as extraordinarily easy access to the country’s best national parks and reserves.
Bonding Family Adventures
Holiday time builds family relationships and makes exciting and happy memories that last a lifetime. Getting away together, relaxing, playing and learning all about a new place refreshes parents and children alike and strengthens our bonds to each other. At this time, many families are keen on destinations they can drive to where the road trip itself is an important part of shared adventure. Top Marriott Bonvoy properties that are ideal for family holidays include Autograph Collection Irene Country lodge and Spa, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! By Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge and Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands.
Classic City Breaks
There’s so much to do when you escape to the city, and both Johannesburg and Cape Town offer a vast array of fun activities and places of interest. From the arts, history and culture, to sports, shopping and foodie forays, there’s so much choice. South Africa’s luxury travellers are looking right now for thoughtful, special experiences that foster their well-being and connection to each other. Favourite Marriott Bonvoy properties such as Cape Town’s Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! By Marriott Cape Town and Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, as well as the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch put you in the best position to explore our dynamic cities and experience the best they have to offer.
Ultimate Coastal Getaways
There’s good reason why South Africa is famous for its beaches and a trip to either coast holds the promise of a relaxing and pleasurable holiday. The warm Spring weather is ideal for indulging in the fun-in-the-sun freedom of a beach vacation. Base yourself at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Karridene Beach in KwaZulu-Natal, or at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay on the Garden Route and enjoy carefree days at our fabulous coastal destinations.
According to Heiden limited travel options have had a significant impact on us all.
“We’ve become much more tuned into living in the moment and seizing opportunities when we can. We’ve had to be open to being more spontaneous when it comes to making our travel plans,” he said.