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.
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.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) South African Low Carbon Transport (LCT) Project has announced the extension of project activities in the Northwest Province.
Ethiopia extends E-Visa service to Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) participants
Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines Group has launched E-Visa service for African and international participants of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions to be held in Ethiopia.
CityBlue Hotels has announced its first property in Kenya with the opening of the CityBlue Creekside Hotel & Suites, Mombasa.
[South Africa] Johannesburg is Africa’s most visited city in the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index
Johannesburg has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016, followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts plans to double the number of Hyatt hotels in Africa, with six new hotels expected to open by 2020.
On a continent where unemployment is a major concern, tourism – especially tourism between African countries – is providing hope.
The Domestic tourism survey 2016 report released by Statistics South Africa shows a pattern of decline in domestic tourism over the past two years, with the total number of day trips decreasing from 44,3 million in 2015 to 39,4 million in 2016.
Digitization and niche tourism drive 2017 international arrivals to Africa to over 18 million, Euromonitor
Market Research Company Euromonitor International has revealed the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.
The COMESA Business Council (CBC) will next week launch a regional tourism and wildlife heritage handbook to promote COMESA as a single tourist and wildlife destination.
The hospitality sector in Africa’s emerging markets looks set to profit from foreign investment and an influx of foreign travelers.
Excellent Guides Tanzania, Ltd., the only East African safari tour company that is fully owned and operated by local Tanzanian guides, has opened its doors to the U.S. Travel Market.
Taxify, a ride sharing company in Africa has entered into a strategic partnership with Didi Chuxing, the world's leading mobile transportation platform.
As Director of Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) here in Namibia, I am tasked with promoting and highlighting the Importance of our sector.
Linebooker, a Cape Town based online bidding platform in the freight transport sector, has produced an average saving of 12% for its clients since it launched five months ago.
After the successful implementation of an intelligent new safety feature was introduced to Uber driver-partners in South Africa early this year, the company has announced that the same feature will be implemented in other markets in Africa.
BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play.
African governments should make it easier and safer for Africans to travel within the continent, the United Nations said in a new report has said.
Countries in the African region have underscored the need to embrace an integrated approach towards marketing and promotion of cruise tourism to immensely gain from the sector.
South Africa’s hospitality sector is poised for further growth in the next five years bolstered by inbound travelers amid a difficult and volatile economic climate.
Passengers travelling on the Madaraka Express trains between Nairobi to Mombasa will from Wednesday pay their fares via M-Pesa, removing a hurdle that had opened the ticketing business to middlemen.
With over one million tourists per annum, Namibia is known as a top ecotourism destination and it’s a sector that’s growing as evidenced by the 5% year on year growth in international traffic into Namibia.
Governments across East Africa are set to change transportation and trade development by investing in the expansion and rehabilitation of existing roads, the creation of new road links between key cities and cross-border connections
Kenya’s tourism sector got a major boost as President Uhuru Kenyatta opened two international hotels and laid the foundation stone for the tallest building in Africa.
Marriott International has announced the signing of an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited, to debut The Ritz-Carlton brand in the exotic Zanzibar Archipelago. Slated to open in 2021, the 90 room all-suite and villa resort will bring the defining luxury experience of The Ritz-Carlton to one of the most magical destinations in the world.
According to Seychelles visitor arrivals statistics released by the statistical bureau, the number of visitors increased again in April to 36,016 from 31,918 in March 2017 an increase of 33.0% from April last year. The number of visitors stood at 27,122 in April 2016.
The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum have launched the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index.
Global travel technology provider, Sabre Corporation, is celebrating ten years of success in Nigeria and the continued growth of the local travel industry.
Viking River Cruises has announced details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation that will reflect Viking's award-winning Scandinavian design.
Bolloré Transport & Logistics Ivory Coast has launched public water transport vehicles in the Ebrié Lagoon. Six water buses, which will be operated by Société de Transport Lagunaire (STL)
In the wake of the decline in tourism, the Egyptian Ministry of Sports and several sports federations have begun to boost tourism by organising international championships in Egypt, especially in touristic areas such as El-Gouna, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.
The much-awaited construction of standard railway track from Lagos to Ibadan has commenced with the Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidel Okhiria advising those with illegal structures on the railway right of way to leave immediately.
Kenya is now the third highest ranked sub-Saharan African country in terms of its travel and tourism competitiveness, according to a World Economic Forum report.
Leading travel commerce platform Travelport has entered into an arrangement with Kenya’s Travel Creations that will see Travel Creations become the first travel agent in Africa to roll out ‘GOL’ an online booking tool powered by Travelport’s technology.
Kenya and the rich Persian Gulf nation of Qatar have signed agreements of cooperation on tourism, education and culture as part of activities marking the Emir of Qatar’s State Visit to East Africa’s economic powerhouse.
Ghana’s leading telecommunications service provider, MTN, has announced a partnership agreement with Uber Ghana to offer free rides for MTN customers.
In celebration of Global Money Week, Uber and Old Mutual have announced that they will be extending its free money management course that took place in South Africa to its driver-partners in Accra, (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria) and Nairobi, (Kenya).
Uganda has started an aggressive and marketing and promotion marketing campaign in order to increase tourist arrival from the current 1.3 million visitors to four million by the year 2020, according to Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Tourism.
Marriott International to debut Aloft Hotels in Mauritius with signing of the brand’s first adaptive re use project in Africa
Marriott International, Inc. has announced plans to launch its cutting-edge Aloft brand in the capital city of Mauritius with the signing of Aloft Mauritius Port Louis. Slated to open in early 2019, the hotel will be the brand’s first adaptive reuse project in Africa.
South Africa has celebrated the reopening of Elandsfontein Intermodal Terminal saying it would enhance the competitiveness of the rail system in the country.
The process of obtaining a Nigerian visa has been likened to a “camel passing through the eye of a needle.” To visit, foreigners need to successfully navigate a maze of paperwork both before and after they get into the country.
Diani Reef Resort &Spa has launched a model that will allow holiday-makers save for their vacations. Under the model, ‘Easy Pay Plan’, domestic tourists will be able to choose what package suits them and pay in installments through bank transfers and mobile payment platforms.
The Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) has appointed six new managers. The agency is seeking to fill positions in legal, procurement, finance, public relations and communications as well as audit departments.
Listed South African transport and logistics company Imperial Holdings has acquired 70 per cent stake in Kenya based Surgipharm company in a deal estimated at $35 million. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.
The management of Safaricom-backed taxi hailing app Little is set to launch a mobile-based Savings and Credit Co-operative Society (Sacco) for its drivers.
Tourism Finance Corporation has hired six managers to drive the parastatal’s reform agenda as the key foreign exchange earner tourism industry begins to recover.
GE Transport and Transnet, South African-based freight logistics chain have entered a digital partnership to seamlessly connect shippers and transport operators in streamlining pricing and capacity on the network, shipment planning, fuel costs savings and delivering goods to the market more effectively.
Zambia has received $620,00 for the construction of a modern bus station in Southern Province’s provincial capital Choma.
Tanzania has picked Turkish construction company YapiMerkezi and Portuguese building firm Mota-Engil to build a railway at a cost of more than $1.1 billion to connect the East African country with landlocked neighbours.