Radisson Hotel Group has signed six new hotels in Egypt as part of a portfolio deal across a number of its brands.
[Cote d'Ivoire] Digital Afrique Telecom launches smart card, ticketing system for efficient transportation
Digital Afrique Telecom has announced the successful launch of a Smart Card and Ticketing system to enable Ivorian public transport users to board over 700 buses everyday through contactless cards.
Hospitality management company, Aleph Hospitality, today has signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International for the first Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Liberia.
Increase in tourism in the country due to the roll-out programme for eVisas in South Africa and the low valuation of Rand will drive South Africa car rental and leasing market.
“Continued economic growth in many African countries is driving greater interest in the continent from a tourism perspective but it’s interesting to see that Ghana, in particular, is proving increasingly attractive as a leisure tourism destination.”
International tourist arrivals to Africa grew seven per cent above the world average in 2018, report
Africa and Middle East Middle East grew above the world average while Asia and the Pacific and Europe grew at 6%; 2018 totaled 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has sought effective collaboration with members of the African Union of Transportation and Logistics Organization to halt incidents of cross-border leakages of petroleum products.
Taxi hailing company Uber has launched UberASSIST in Nairobi.
[South Africa] Special Economic Zone to significantly contribute to the economic and industrial development
The Minister for Trade and Industry South Africa, said the recently designation of the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will contribute significantly to the economic and industrial development.
Kenyan-owned taxi-hailing app Little has announced plans to roll out minibus services in Nairobi in the new year.
In 2018, WorldVentures™, the direct seller of travel and leisure club memberships, embarked on unprecedented global expansion.
SAA (South African Airways) and Emirates are expanding their commercial relationship with enhancements to a codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both SAA and Emirates customers.
Africa’s travel and tourism industry continues to record impressive growth over the years. In 2017, the continent hit a 63 million high in international tourist arrivals as compared to 58 M in 2016 (+ 9% vs 2016).
Mauritania is serious about “rolling out the welcome mat” to foreign direct investment (FDI) following the launch of an online investment guide in the capital Nouakchott on 22 November.
Jumia has launched its Africa Hospitality Report 2018/19. The 2nd edition of the report looks at the 2017/2018 trends in the continent’s tourism, travel, hospitality and aviation industries.
South Africa Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry has received the assurance of the Tunisian business people that they are keen and committed to the establishment of the joint South Africa-Tunisia Business Council.
AC Hotels by Marriott, European-inspired lifestyle brand, has opened AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront marking the debut of the brand in Middle East and Africa.
Since Airbnb’s founding, 3.5 million guests have arrived at listings across Africa as a whole, and 2 million guests have arrived at listings on Airbnb in South Africa.
Regional low-cost carrier, Jambojet has appointed Mr. Allan Kilavuka as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer effective 1st January, 2019.
Kenyan based payment service provider DPO Group, has announced a partnership with Aero CRS (an airline customer reservation system) that will see DPO power all the payments at the back-end ensuring all parties receive their payments in real time.
Five months after rolling uberBODA operations in Kampala, Uganda, Uber has now launched the service in Nairobi.
A two-day Ad-Hoc Expert Group Meeting being held in Kigali is seeking to explore avenues through which financing for tourism development in the Eastern Africa region could be sustained.
Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, announced the signing of Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra, Kotoka Airport
Regional low-cost carrier, Jambojet has leased two new Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircrafts from Chorus Aviation Capital, to add onto their growing fleet of aircrafts.
Ethiopia has launched visa on arrival service for all African travelers as of November 1, 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines has changed the ultra-long haul route from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles to transit through Lome, Togo as of 17 December 2018 and will start a new route from Addis Ababa to Dublin via Madrid as of 15 December 2018.
Uber and Suzuki Motor Corporation have entered into a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the fuel-efficient UberCHAPCHAP option across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Free State Member of the Executive Council for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Ms Limakatso Mahasa will officially launch the revitalised Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park.
Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, today announce the opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park.
Further disruption in South Africa’s accommodation and property letting sector is on the cards as AirAdvance, a fintech startup, provides those offering private accommodation through Airbnb easy access to affordable finance.
Kenya is set to become one of the top five fastest-growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a projected rebound in GDP growth to 6% in 2018 and 7% by 2019 according to a Jumia hospitality report.
Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s collection of independent hotels, has announced that it will soon debut the brand into Kenya with Sankara Nairobi, slated to join the brand’s diverse portfolio of over 150 independent hotels.
Among the flights that are expected to be launched to accommodate the increasing number of tourists visiting Sharm El-Sheikh are flights from Azerbaijan to Sharm El-Sheikh that will start operating on November 8.
Taxi hailing firm Uber has announced the new Safety Toolkit which, over the next few weeks, will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Africa, Europe and Middle East.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomes the announcement made on 8 October by President Mulatu Teshome of a visa-on-arrival regime for all African passport holders entering the country.
KiteBnB will be expanding into South Africa and Mauritius through AccelerAfrica, a business development company that helps technology companies from Europe to penetrate the African market ina a smooth, fast and cost efficient manner.
AccorHotels, the global travel and lifestyle group, announced a record year of development in Africa.
African-based specialist hospitality, real estate and leisure consulting company, HTI Consulting, summarised the top five performers across 13 African cities for the first half of 2018 as indicated by STR Global.
Global hospitality company Hilton has announced an initial investment of $1 million to drive sustainable travel and tourism in Africa. To do so, the company will focus on five key areas.
AccorHotels and Platinum Properties, the Project Company of the Pullman Accra Airport City, have announced the signing of a landmark agreement for Pullman Accra Airport City.
Hilton has announced it is on track to more than double in size in the next five years with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton – the company’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Africa.
Radisson Hospitality AB, publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden and part of Radisson Hotel Group, has announced the signing of Radisson RED Hotel Abidjan Plateau, Ivory Coast.
From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Kenya, Marriott International today announced rapid expansion plans across Africa. Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, amplified by five new hotel signings.
According to the July issue of Africa Tourism Monitor 2018, recently published by the African Development Bank, the continent earned $36.2 billion in revenue from 62.9 million international visitors in 2016.
Jumia has partnered with Amadeus, a leading travel technology company to launch the first flight marketplace in Africa.
In 2017, the hospitality industry supported 1.1 million jobs (9% of total employment), and by end of 2018, the employment rate is expected to rise by 3.1%; according to a Jumia Hospitality Report.
DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Egidio Monteiro to take on the role of CEO, Southern Africa, with effect from 1 October 2018.
Ethiopia currently heads the league for hotel development in East Africa, according to a regional focus from the influential annual hotel pipeline survey by Lagos-based W Hospitality Group.
A total of 7 million tourists visited Morocco in the first seven months of 2018, up 7 percent year on year, according to statistics released by the Moroccan Tourism Ministry
Based on H1 2018 figures from STR, provider of data and analytics for the global hotel industry, Marrakech has emerged as a standout performer among key African cities.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has commenced twice weekly freighter service to Bogota, Colombia as of August 29, 2018.
Kenya Airways has reported a Sh4b loss after tax for the first six months of 2018 from Sh5.6 billion recorded same period last year.
Travelport, a global travel commerce platform, and FCM Travel Solutions (FCM), have announced an expanded long-term technology partnership.
While the apartment hotel space is relatively new territory in Africa, with only a handful of significant players, great possibilities exist on the continent.
Global hospitality group Hilton has opened Hilton Inn in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. The hotel is the second Hilton Garden Inn property to open in Sub-Saharan Africa this year, and joins 42 existing Hilton properties in Africa.
DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a new agreement to form a joint venture company – DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd., to build the Leading Cargo Logistics provider JV company in Africa.
Radisson Hospitality is proud to announce the signing of a new Radisson hotel in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Radisson Hotel & Apartments Abidjan Plateau signing brings the group’s Africa portfolio to 86 hotels and almost 18,000 rooms in operation and under development.
In a move geared towards promoting Uganda’s tourism, the Speaker of Uganda Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has launched a Uganda culture park in China.
The World Bank has approved two International Development Association (IDA)* credits of $60 million for the Ghana Energy Sector Transformation Initiative Project and the Ghana Tourism Development Project.
Marriott International announces the launch of Tahseen in Egypt, a hospitality training program developed in response to a growing need for talent within the industry.
“Quest’s World of Wonder can be summed up in one sentence: We’re going to interesting places to meet fascinating people,” says Richard Quest.
Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years. An increase in the number of travelers, and an expansion in a number of hotel chains reinforces the hotel sector’s untapped potential for business growth.
Nigeria holds its pole position for hotel development in West Africa despite a slight reduction on last year, according to a regional focus by the influential annual hotel pipeline survey from Lagos-based W Hospitality Group.
Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, in partnership with the Kalyan Group, has marked its expansion to Sub-Saharan Africa to operate Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo.
Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has announced the re-introduction of its ‘Lounge Key’ programme at the airports.
Initial conflicting figures notwithstanding, the harmonised data of the aviation industry has shown a positive outlook for air travel business, with marginal growth across the board in 2017.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has received from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Niger to the AU the instrument of ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area from Niger.
Marriott International today announced the opening of Sheraton Bamako Hotel marking its entry into Mali, in West Africa.
The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has launched an e-visa service for all international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 01, 2018.
At first glance, one cannot help but notice that Nigeria is prime ground for investment. Any doubts as to that fact are dissolved when you examine the sheer number of startups being funded, especially in the ICT sector.
Max Donzella is Director of VIP Business Immigration, a firm that consults on and manages investor immigrant programs into Quebec, Canada. The immigration program is currently open all African countries.
BON Hotels' growth in Nigeria has been prodigious and continues to flourish with the more recent acquisitions of 11 additional hotels in the region bringing their portfolio in West Africa up to 25 hotels.
Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive collection of passionately independent hotels, has welcomed five African Pride Hotels to its growing global portfolio, marking the debut of the brand in South Africa.
Stanbic Bank Kenya and Industrial Commercial Bank of China unveil new initiative to promote tourism and trade
Stanbic Bank Kenya and Industrial Commercial Bank of China, have launched a new initiative to promote tourism between Kenya and China by offering incentives for travel, shopping and leisure to tourists visiting the two countries.
Seven out of every ten holiday bookings globally are done online in what points to the unrivaled space of tech in modern day tourism.
South Africa ranked as one of the ten most Muslim-friendly travel destinations among non-Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries, as ranked in the annual Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index 2018.
iflix, the global player in entertainment service for emerging markets has announced the launch of its exclusive partnership with Egypt’s mobile operator, Vodafone Egypt to offer Vodafone subscribers unlimited access to iflix’s vast library of thousands.
Vivo Energy Mauritius, the company that distributes and sells Shell products, and the Titanium Travel Club travel agency have announced the beginning of a commercial partnership for the travel sector.
InterContinental Hotels Group that runs a chain of global hotel companies has opened the Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport in partnership with The Lazizi Premiere Limited.
Marriott Hotels, part of Marriott International, today announced its debut in West Africa, with the highly anticipated opening of Accra Marriott Hotel.
ATC Aviation Services is the new General Sales and Service Agent for leading air cargo carrier Saudia Cargo in South Africa starting May 1 this year.
Marriott International tops this year’s table for the most planned new hotel rooms under construction in Africa, according to the influential annual hotel pipeline survey by W Hospitality Group.
Swiss-Belhotel International signed has signed a management agreement with Zanzibar Crown Hotel and Resort Limited to operate the beautiful Swiss-Belresort Zanzibar expected to open for business in 2019.
Hilton will once again be welcoming guests to the Moroccan capital city of Rabat from 2022 after a landmark deal was signed with Wessal Capital.
Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, has ranked Port Louis the best city in Africa, according to their 2018 Quality of Living Survey.
Africa overtakes Japan and Australia as the most preferred destination by Chinese travelers, TravelZoo Survey
Travelzoo® , a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, is forecasting the largest popularity growth of Africa in 2018 among avid Chinese travelers.
DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Elhadji Galaye Ndaw as Country Manager in Senegal.
As the first hotel-booking online platforms in Nigeria, Nitestay.com is launching a new website for customers.
In December 2017, the unique rainmaker VISTA.360 virtual tours, powered by Google Street View Trusted, was viewed by more than 3 million people.
Global hospitality company Hilton marked the official opening of its spectacular new resort on the Island of Sal in Cabo Verde, announcing the company’s debut in the country and further growing the brand's portfolio of world-class resorts.
2017 was a record year for Marrakech’s tourism. For the first time in history, the ocher city crossed the threshold of 2 million tourists welcomed in a year and more than 6 million overnight stays.
Egypt saw a 55-percent rise in international tourism since the beginning of 2017 until November after a decline in tourism in 2016, according to an analysis of the market conducted by GfK.
Destinations around the world welcomed 1.1 billion international tourists between January and October 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.
Shell and bio-bean are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds, a development that has triggered renewed challenge to Nigerian beneficiaries of Shell’s LiveWIRE program.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which is among the fastest expanding hotel groups in the global hospitality space, has recently announced that it is continuing its ongoing growth in Africa, opening a property in its 30th country on the continent: Cameroon.
West Africa has been at the heart of the continent’s growth and economic transformation in recent years.
Tourism is now emerging as a dynamic sector for economic growth and development in Eastern Africa.
Marriot International, Inc. has opened its second hotel in the “World’s Wildlife Capital”, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, further consolidating its presence in Kenya.
COMESA and the International Organization on Migration (IOM) have resolved to give fresh impetus towards the implementation of programmes on the free movement of people across the region.
African cities must adopt holistic approach to tourism growth, Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index
Tourism has been a catalyst for economic growth in Africa. The sector is especially important now when governments are seeking out ways to drive diversification as part of their growth strategies.