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African tourism trends in the age of developing smart cities

Over the last eight years, travel and tourism has grown by 17.3 percent in the top ten fastest-growing global destinations

By Elias Aad 11 hours ago

US revokes economic sanctions against Sudan: What it means for hospitality businesses

News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa's third largest country...

By Josephine Wawira 1 day ago

Study shows Airbnb can be a major engine for economic empowerment throughout Africa

The study shows that Airbnb has helped to spread tourism benefits beyond hotels and tourist attractions...

1 day ago

In need of hotel rooms, Seychelles' govt tells developers to begin projects or lose them

Eight out of 18 tourism projects excluded from a moratorium on large hotels in Seychelles could be reallocated if the project backers don't begin construction within a year...

2 days ago

Airbnb announces $1m investment in community-led tourism projects in Africa

As part of Airbnb's vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities, it will invest $1m to...

2 days ago

#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts

Concepts Collection creates unforgettable luxury experiences. We chat to Christina and Richard Holt to find out how it all started and what it takes to run one of the leading luxury brands in SA...

By Cari Coetzee 3 days ago

Ethiopia launches e-visa service for African and international MICE participants

The service enables MICE participants to issue their visa, book, pay and check-in their flight with Ethiopian Airlines - all online...

13 Oct 2017

Fastjet releases Mozambique schedule

Fastjet has released its flight schedule operations to Mozambique which comes as positive news for Mozambique as a whole as travellers will achieve greater access to different destinations in the country...

13 Oct 2017

Bon Hotels acquires additional four properties, dominates Nigerian hotel space

Following on their commitment to Nigeria and the development of its hotels and tourism segment, Bon Hotels has acquired an additional four properties, bringing the total to...

10 Oct 2017

Hotel bookings: Reviews and seamless payment methods take lead as drivers in online purchase

An analysis of the Q3 Customer Behavior and Online Trends released by Jumia Travel, reveals insights into customer shopping habits and forecasts predictions for online hotel bookings...

By Josephine Wawira 9 Oct 2017

Hilton commits $50m to Africa Growth Initiative for conversion of 100 hotels

Hilton has committed $50m over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative. The funds are intended for the conversion of around 100 hotels into Hilton branded properties...

6 Oct 2017

Rethinking travel distribution

Some GDS systems have limitations when it comes to the way they merchandise airline product and ancillary offerings. But IATA's new NDC protocol could close this gap...

6 Oct 2017

Fastjet expansion plans to improve Mozambique air access, boost tourism

Fastjet's plans to expand into Mozambique in the near future have been welcomed by tour operators. The carrier announced that it would raise $44m to fund expansion in South Africa and Mozambique...

4 Oct 2017

Can travel managers truly advise on African destinations if they've never travelled into Africa?

Is it possible for travel managers to truly offer reliable advice on African destinations if they've never travelled into Africa themselves?

3 Oct 2017

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International

IHG expands resorts portfolio with four new properties in South East Asia

At the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the growth of its resort portfolio with the signing of four new properties.

14 hours ago

IHG reveals new hotel concept in Singapore

The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, carefully curated by world-class designers, architects and culinary purveyors, offers 225 studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse.

2 days ago

A close-up look at what happens when tourists and Maasai communities meet

My study of the interaction between tourists and a Maasai community raised questions about the boundaries between research, tourism and entertainment. For one thing, the local Maasai generally classify overseas visitors, whether researchers, NGO workers, businessmen or tourists, in the same category. I also found that cross-cultural interactions don't always help to break down stereotypes.

By Vanessa Wijngaarden 2 days ago

MSC Cruises' innovative surveillance system bridges gap in overboard detection

MSC Cruises has launched a new vanguard video surveillance system, which will optimise on-board security, allowing for the speediest intervention in the unlikely event a person or object falls overboard.

11 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: At the forefront of customer feedback and online reputation management

The industry is increasingly being characterised by millennial travellers and their preferences. With the rise of the millennial traveller came an increase in online reviews - the importance of which cannot be understated as it can make or break an establishment's popularity and, therefore, its bottom line. Online reviews have come to fill a meaningful role in the industry: while travellers use online reviews as a measure that will determine a booking - or not - establishments have come to find value in these reviews as they can confirm great service or indicate where service needs attention, increase interaction with guests and consumers and, therefore, contribute significantly to guest retention.

By Cari Coetzee 10 Oct 2017

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