Ilha de Mozambique: our strategy for staying ahead in difficult times

The pandemic has brought international tourism to a standstill, and here on Ilha we are really feeling the pinch. Our strategy for staying ahead at this difficult time is to attract more Mozambicans as well as those foreigners who are still in country.  Isn’t this the same strategy that every Mozambican destination is trying? Yes, … Continue reading Ilha de Mozambique: our strategy for staying ahead in difficult times

Can Ilha de Mozambique thrive without its Ibo destination partner?

Even before Covid-19, tourism operators in the north of Mozambique were facing their biggest challenge in years. For many tourists, a trip to Northern Mozambique wouldn’t be complete without a stay on both Ilha De Mozambique and Ibo. The two are often promoted and sold together by agents. But since the cyclone and ongoing civil … Continue reading Can Ilha de Mozambique thrive without its Ibo destination partner?

How we spent it: the changing face of luxury

The appeal of “stuff” has lessened. Special experiences matter more. It’s why, for instance, LVMH a world leader in quality goods is buying up hotels and building up its leisure portfolio. Tacked on to the search for transformative experiences is the desire to learn. “There’s been a paradigm shift from the search for experiences to reach for something … Continue reading How we spent it: the changing face of luxury

Worlds first fully electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Canada – African skies next?

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes.

Travellers set to enjoy bush and island safaris on one trip

The journeys of travellers in Mozambique keen to enjoy both bush and island safaris are set to be made easier under a new initiative by leading responsible tour operators. Blue Zissou’s sister company Ilha Blue and Gorongosa National Park have agreed to work together to meet the aspirations of intrepid travellers who want to combine … Continue reading Travellers set to enjoy bush and island safaris on one trip

Ditching the quick city break and re-embracing the two-week holiday instead.

This idea being put forward by travel professionals as a way to reduce the carbon produced by flying. The maths is simple, turn three long weekends in Barcelona, Vienna and Rome into one two-week holiday to Catalonia and you’ve already cut your emissions by two thirds. But what will this mean for Africa? Is four … Continue reading Ditching the quick city break and re-embracing the two-week holiday instead.

Building resilience in the face of climate change

For many Mozambican tourism operators 2019 will go on the record as one of the most disappointing years yet. Just when it seemed that tourism was finally beginning to justify all the time and effort that operators had invested, along comes cyclones Idai and Kenneth leaving devastation in their wake. Add to this the unrest … Continue reading Building resilience in the face of climate change

Heads Up! Mozambican Whale Watching is set to become big business.

Over the past month, 16 coastal towns South Africa and Mozambique have held festivals to announce the arrival of humpback whales journeying north along the migration route from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Mozambique. This program of festival events has been supported by the World Cetacean Alliance; an international partnership of over 90 businesses, … Continue reading Heads Up! Mozambican Whale Watching is set to become big business.

How to attract skilled professionals to work as volunteers in your responsible tourism business?

At WTM Africa in Cape Town, Ilha Blue made a presentation on how to bring young professionals from across the world to work as volunteers in their Responsible Tourism business, creating mutually beneficial experiences. These volunteers can bring exactly the skills that many small tourism businesses struggle with, and help the business by completing a … Continue reading How to attract skilled professionals to work as volunteers in your responsible tourism business?