South Africa – The perfect bleisure destination

South Africa certainly has it sorted when it comes to the bleisure trend. In fact, Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South African Tourism and member of the advisory board of The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s QUEST program (focusing on leadership and governance within Destination Management Organisations) says it’s a fact that people who visit South Africa for trade shows, tend to stay for longer or they return and bring their families.

Here is why you should combine your business trip to South Africa with some leisure time and activities:

Semi- or fully sponsored trip

Seeing that your company is already sponsoring the business part of your trip, you should have some extra cash to spend on leisure activities. Make it the adventure of a lifetime – take a trip to the beautiful Western Cape, drive the Garden Route, fly up North to the Kruger National Park or halt halfway at the majestic and super underrated Drakensberg.

Family friendly

South Africa has always been a family friendly destination and even while travelling for business, there are always ways in which you can combine it with a holiday. In fact, it is the best excuse to bring them along and show them what the country has to offer.

Scout and set up

Scouting has never been so much fun. See why your next meeting or exhibition should be hosted in South Africa and make a proper trip of it.

Competitive destination

Because of the bleisure trend that is so well nestled into what South Africa has to offer, South Africa is a highly competitive destination to host events and meetings in.

The know-how

South Africa has been investing in its MICE industry for quite some time. In fact, the Meetings Africa business events trade show that is coming up has been hosted here for 12 years and it has grown and attained competitive strength in the global market. Visiting this event will show you why South Africa is capable of hosting world-class business events and meetings.

Packaged for you

Many travel companies and hospitality specialists will admit to doing in-depth research into what business travellers expect from a visit to South Africa. This, in effect, allows them to tailor make packages for you, including both the best business and leisure experiences to your liking. Tsogo Sun, for one, is definitely one of the leaders in the field of customer profiling and the designing of customized experiences.

Sustaining and developing

With these things on everyone’s lips worldwide, greening, sustaining, uplifting and developing the environment and South Africa’s economy is certainly top of mind. Supporting initiatives and entrepreneurial enterprises that are key in getting these things done, are reason enough to take a bleisure trip to the sunny South.

Job creation

Bringing business to South Africa obviously means creating more jobs. Your leisure activities, in addition to your meetings and business endeavors, put bread on one or two families’ tables.

These upcoming trade shows are also another reason to visit South Africa:

Meetings Africa | 25 – 27 February 2019, Johannesburg

Seamless Africa | 12 – 13 March 2019, Cape Town

Decorex | 21 – 24 March 2019, Durban

IBTM Africa | 10 – 12 April 2019, Cape Town

International Luxury Travel Market Africa | 10 – 12 April 2019, Cape Town

World Travel Market Africa | 10 – 12 April 2019, Cape Town

Indaba | 7 – 9 May 2019, Durban

Photoblog: Kersefontein

I haven’t been to Kersefontein Guest Farm recently. These photos were taken in 2010 when I visited this farm near Hopefield in the Western Cape for a quick weekend away. I fell in love with its welcoming atmosphere, its magical light and its humble charisma.

The farm has been in the Melck family for centuries and accommodates different kinds of guests, including magazine photographers, during the year.

©Renate de Villiers

Part of the Melck family for centuries. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein ©Renate de Villiers

B&B Accommodation ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefonein company. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein Views ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein Views ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein farm house. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein farm house. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein light. ©Renate de Villiers

The light falls magically at Kersefontein. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein ©Renate de Villiers

A plane angle at Kersefontein. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein ©Renate de Villiers

River swimming. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein tree tunnel ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein tree tunnel ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein entrance. ©Renate de Villiers

Kersefontein entrance. ©Renate de Villiers