Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International has announced the debut of Sheraton Grand in Africa with opening of Sheraton Grand Conakry, welcoming it to the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognized for their exciting destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences.
African Travel Spend expected to rise 24 Percent with Introduction of African Union Passport Introduction in 2018
Travellers from four countries – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt were surveyed, with those having flown in the past 24 months saying they would spend 24 percent more with the introduction of the passport.
[Nigeria] Sheraton Lagos Unveils 107 Renovated Club Rooms and Suites and an All New Sheraton Club Lounge
The Sheraton Lagos Hotel unveiled 107 newly renovated club rooms and suites, all refreshed and elegantly furnished with modern interiors and enhanced amenities.
Jumia Travel is seeking to further empower its hotel partners across all markets with technology by unveiling the Web Extranet, a web version of the previously launched Extranet App on Android.
Overall international air travel to Africa has grown 5.6 percent this year through August compared to the same period last year, but North Africa has seen slow growth or even decline - people are scared to travel there -while East Africa has seen double-digit growth.
Nigeria spends about N750 million annually on Dubai tourism through taxation on tickets, the director of policy analysis, research and statistics, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr Paul Adalikwu, has revealed.
The United Kingdom has launched the Super Priority Visa Service in Nigeria to allow prospective visitors to Britain to process their applications within a 24 hour time frame.
As airlines, hotels and taxi businesses aggressively promote online bookings via their websites and social media sites, tour operators are losing a critical revenue stream, however, innovative businesses are shifting to medical tourism, which is fast becoming a global multibillion dollar industry.
Following BON Hotels’ acquisition of 4 Protea Hotels in Nigeria from Mariott Hotels last year, and with further management contracts under negotiation, the group has commenced an aggressive rebranding and refurbishment plan to have all the hotels completed for re-launch later this year.
AirChefs, the catering arm of South African Airways, today opened a new state-of-the art catering facility at the King Shaka International Airport which promises growth opportunities in the province.
Marriott International announced today the rebranding of Protea Hotels to capitalize on the travel aspirations of Africa’s growing middle class and the increased presence of international hotel brands in Africa
United Kingdom carrier, British Airways has reiterated its commitment to the Nigerian aviation market as it remains the airline’s biggest business hub in Africa.
Emirates, the world’s largest international airline with an extensive network across Africa, is set to increase its free baggage allowance for customers travelling on all its flights originating from destinations across the continent.
Air Seychelles takes home four prestigious World Travel Awards including ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has been awarded four prestigious accolades at the 2016 World Travel Awards, including the title of “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline” for the second year running.
Jovago.com has officially launched Jovago Extranet App, a mobile application that will revolutionize the daily tasks of Hotel Managers.
Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from around the world are being urged to cast their ballots ahead of the deadline for votes at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.
Villa Monticello, an award winning luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, has been nominated for 4 prestigious awards in the upcoming 23rd Annual World Travel Awards.
This new major investor confirms Jovago’s strategy to expand its operations and local presence in Africa in order to reach and meet the needs of travelers.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has started new services to Durban, the 3rd destination in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town on December 16, 2015 as per the following schedule.
Air Seychelles and Alitalia offer more travel options from Italy to Seychelles with major codeshare expansion
Alitalia, Italy’s leading carrier, and Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, have enhanced their codeshare agreement to provide Italian air travellers with unprecedented access to Seychelles.
Luxury hotel brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Abu Dhabi-based private real estate investment company Eagle Hills, today announced the development of a new luxury hotel in Morocco, Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé.
Arik Air, West Africa’s largest carrier has launched a customized air travel insurance aimed at taking passengers flying experience to a new level. The new air travel insurance enables a passenger to enjoy customized domestic travel insurance on Arik Air with only N1, 000.00
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, is set to enhance its flight schedule with convenient new flight timings and will introduce an additional service between Seychelles and Johannesburg to meet seasonal demand over the busy end-of-year period.
Guarantee Trust Bank (GT Bank) has signed an agreement with Dana Air to receive payment for the Lagos-based airline’s tickets purchased in Ghana.
Air Seychelles Cargo has launched Fast-Track, a priority air freight service for sending consignments quickly and efficiently.
From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hospitality leader Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc have announced aggressive expansion in Africa and Indian Ocean, increasing its market penetration across the region.
Arik Air, Nigeria and West Africa’s largest carrier, is resuming flight services to Monrovia, Liberia from October 5, 2015.
The long trusted and familiar logo for the Best Western brand has been a constant along its journey of global expansion and quality improvement, as the company has grown to 23 hotels around 10 countries in Africa and a diverse collection of more than 4,100 properties in over 100 countries around the world.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to open its first property in Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa.
The leaders of the major Global Travel and Tourism associations have welcomed the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
EgyptAir is to add an extra daily flight to Dubai during winter schedule from October.
One new start-up airline featured in the listings at the World Routes Forum in Durban, South Africa this week – and it is set to begin operations in West Africa.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand its footprint across the African continent by announcing the signing of two new properties in South Africa, in partnership with The Amdec Group.
WTM Africa, Africa’s leading B2B inbound and outbound travel event, were the first in the travel and tourism industry to benefit from Fair Trade Tourism’s new initiative to train stakeholders to raise awareness on how the industry can play its part in protecting children
Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $8 trillion global travel and tourism industry has been honoured with the Best Global Distribution System Award for its Travel Commerce Platform at the 2015 Business Traveller Africa Awards.
Kenya Airways (KQ) and the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) have signed a pact to jointly market the country in a bid to turn around their fortunes.
Africa is set to develop the world's fastest growing Travel & Tourism market over the next 10 years, alongside Asia-Pacific, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Africa’s leading hotel-booking website Jovago announced the launch of a new mobile application which allows customers access their vast inventory of 25,000 hotels in Africa on and offline.
Skywise Airlines has won the award for Best Transport Operator at the Gauteng Getaway Show 2015.
Jovago.com and Safarilink Aviation today announced a new collaboration which will focus on customizing packages for tourists visiting various destinations within the country.
Multi-award winning low cost airline Mango has announced today that the airline will participate in the Rand Air Show on Sunday 23 August 2015 at Rand Airport.
Marriott International, Inc. has announced the opening of the Protea Hotel Select Takoradi, its first establishment in Ghana.
Air Seychelles and NIKI are now offering passengers new travel options following the agreement to codeshare on flights between Vienna and Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi and Mahé, and on services between the two biggest islands in Seychelles, Mahé and Praslin.
Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), has started operating on a daily basis, its Boeing 777-200, between Accra and Amsterdam, with a fully renovated cabin interior in both World Business Class and Economy Class.
Africa’s leading online hotel booking platform, Jovago.com has expanded operations to Mozambique with more than a hundred hotels already listed on the platform
Qatar Airways is continuing its rapid growth across Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent with an increase in flight frequencies to Asmara, Eritrea, and to Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mike Reyes is the founder and Managing Director of Reysogroup, Hong-Kong. Reyesogroup connects economies in Africa and India predominantly. His interveiw with Africa Business Communities.
Africa’s N°1 hotel-booking website, Jovago.com continues its expansion in Africa with the opening of the new office in Uganda. The launch takes place on the 12th of August in Kampala
British Airways Ghana has launched new and exciting on-board menus from Accra to London incorporating regional flair of both destinations.
Jovago.com announces its 2nd year anniversary celebration today, it has provided online hotel booking services by linking guests to hotels through listing assorted accommodation, providing an e-Marketing platform for hotels and publishing industry reports.
EgyptAir has put the New Suez Canal's logo on a number of its aircraft to celebrate the inauguration of the canal.
South African Airways Voyager and Ecobank join forces to launch the first co-branded credit card in Ghana
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, in partnership with Ecobank Ghana, Africa’s leading pan-African banking group, today announced their new-to-the-market innovation in response to existing market needs, following in-depth research.
Mastercard announced today that more travelers around the world will be able to check out quickly and securely now that several new transit and travel retailers are offering MasterPass.
Air Seychelles has welcomed the introduction of a visa waiver for Seychellois passport holders travelling to the UAE, effective from last week.
Scenic, the number one luxury travel operator to Africa, has launched its 2016 Africa program which includes the launch of a new extended itinerary and a number of new Enrich experiences and Freechoice activities
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Attends Global Entrepreneurial Summit In Nairobi With Presidents Obama And Kenyatta
Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced that its CEO, Brian Chesky will attend GES 2015 today to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent - which represents a huge opportunity for the company.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the country, in an event that is seen as a great endorsement for the country’s Tourism and Travel that has been facing several challenges including travel advisories and terrorism threats.
Emirates airline will connect Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali, to its global network from 25th October 2015.
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT)has opened Hilton Garden Inn Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.
Skywise’s perspective has been triggered by FlySafair’s current expansion initiative in the domestic airline industry. However, instead of being envy of a contender’s success, we welcome the news with open arms.
South African Airways (SAA) continues to drive implementation of its Long-Term Turnaround Strategy across the business. While commercially the airline has adjusted capacity against declining demand, 81% aggregate load factors marked the first quarter of the 2015/16 fiscal.
Skywise Airlines proudly announces a special promotion with tickets costing as little as R466, 64 all-inclusive, no-hidden costs, in support of Nelson Mandela Day this Saturday 18 July.
Kenya to host Tokyo International Conference on African Development summit next year as Gambia bows out
Kenya was given the honour to host the summit when the President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh withdrew his country’s offer to host the summit in favour of Kenya following lobbying by a Kenyan delegation led by Deputy President William Ruto in the Gambian capital Banjul.
Low-cost airline Mango was named as one of the world’s top 3 airlines in June for its in-time arrival performance.
Dignitaries including representatives of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Tourism, the Zambia Tourism Board and the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority joined passengers on the inaugural flight to celebrate the new service.
Air Seychelles has expanded its network reach in North Africa by adding Cairo to its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways.
Sudan Airways is to make three direct flights per week between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Khartoum International Airport, Sudan
Jovago, Africa’s N°1 hotel-booking website is proud to announce the opening of new offices in Accra, Ghana. The expansion across Africa shows consistency in covering the African continent with localized Jovago presence in order to reach and satisfy the needs of all our customers. Ghana’s booming population provides a great opportunity for tourism and business.
The Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Development Board, will host the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in 2016 in Kigali.
AccorHotels group affirms its leadership in Africa On the occasion of the French President’s visit to Angola, AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, sealed an exclusive partnership with the major Angolan company AAA ACTIVOS LDA.
Qatar Airways launched its second new destination of the year, touching down in the Spice Island of Zanzibar yesterday. Zanzibar is the airline’s third route in Tanzania, following Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro.
Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc – which acquired South Africa’s Protea Hotel Group in 2014 – and Netflix announced a partnership to revolutionise the guest room entertainment experience
Rwanda has imported seven lions from South Africa in a bid to boost the tourism industry which is the country's biggest foreign exchange earner.
The Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, which offers visitors powder-white beaches surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise oceans and lush tropical vegetation, has been voted the Leading Indian Ocean Destination at this year’s World Travel Awards.
Etihad Cargo, the freight business of United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier Etihad Airways, has increased its freighter services to Africa with the launch of a cargo only service from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Maya Maya Airport, Brazzaville (BZV), in the Republic of Congo.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments, safety regulators and industry to take action to drive aviation connectivity and infrastructure development in Africa for the economic and social development of the continent.
Kenya Airways has been recognized as the Best Business Class in this year Africa World Travel Award, for the third year running.
Transcorp Hilton Abuja has been honoured with an unprecedented five awards by the voters of the 22nd World Travel Awards.
ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines, the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, headed by Fatima Beyina-Moussa, who is also President of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), took part in the Planète PME trade fair at Palais d’Iena in Paris on 17 and 18 June.
fastjet is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to dispose of its interest held by the Company and fastjet Air Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of fastjet, in airline Fly540 Ghana Limited (Fly540 Ghana), the loss-making investment it had previously acquired from Lonrho Aviation in July 2012.
Hilton Worldwide, the world's fastest-growing hospitality company, today announced the signing of a management agreement with the Swaziland Public Service Pensions Fund to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mbabane, Swaziland.
AAR a world leader in airframe maintenance and supply chain solutions, and South African Airways Technical (SAAT), the maintenance division for the leading airline in Africa
Proflight Zambia has teamed up with MTN Zambia to offer customers an additional payment solution when buying tickets.
South African Airways (SAA),Africa's most awarded airline, has been named "Best Airline in Africa" by Skytrax for the thirteenth consecutive year.
Air Seychelles has expanded its network reach into India by adding Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata to its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways.
Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is set to upgrade its services to Uganda with the deployment of larger Boeing 777-200LR on the daily Dubai to Entebbe route from Oct. 1.
The initiative aims to drive international tourism during holidays, and reward cardholders during the summer holidays.
UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has appointed Toyin Alaran as its new general manager for Uganda, following the launch of its new services between Entebbe and Abu Dhabi in May.
Tunisia’s Minister of Transport, Mahmoud Ben Romdhane made a visit to Toulouse today to witness Tunisia’s national airline, Tunisair, taking delivery of its first A330-200.
ASKY has today announced that it has reached the milestone of 2 million passengers transported on its flights since commencing operations in 2010. ASKY currently operates over 150 flights and covers 22 cities in 19 countries across West and Central Africa.
Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flight to Hargeisa landed today at Hargeisa Egal International Airport marking the launch of a direct four times weekly service to Hargeisa.
Morocco became the first African nation to become a member of the International Transport Forum (ITF). The organisation’s top decision-making body, the Council of Ministers of Transport, unanimously agreed to the accession of the three countries at the ITF Summit in Germany.
Air Seychelles has celebrated a significant milestone in the development of the airline by registering the first Airbus aircraft in its fleet under the Seychelles civil aircraft register.
South African Airways has - in what is a significant achievement for the airline – strengthened its position in West Africa, with the upcoming introduction of a second West African country linking air travel to North America.
RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, is pleased to announce the resumption of flights to Kamembe effective June 15th 2015.
The findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by W Hospitality Group, a vital strategic advisor to the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), show a surge in hotel development in Africa, with a jump in the development pipeline to 270 hotels and nearly 50,000 rooms, and with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) exceeding North Africa by almost 70%.
An event dedicated to business tourism will bring together operators and the public on Tuesday in the Mozambican capital to assess “the qualities and capabilities” of the sector in Mozambique
Air Djibouti is on schedule with its plans to begin operations in late 2015. The new airline, established by the Government of Djibouti to support the development of the country as a regional hub for commercial and logistics services, has confirmed that it will commence cargo operations later this year and add passenger services in 2016.
Consumers booking flights through low cost airline Mango’s mobile apps can now make secure and convenient payments using MasterPass, MasterCard’sdigital wallet service.
Marriott International, Inc. is setting the stage for significant and ambitious growth within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region according to its president and chief executive officer, Arne Sorenson