Eight hotel trends in sub-Saharan Africa to look out for in 2018
Eight hotel trends in sub-Saharan Africa to look out for in 2018

Following a subdued performance in 2017, hotels in sub-Saharan Africa are expected to improve its performance in 2018 with budget and midmarket segments showing strong demand fundamentals.

According to Xander Nijnens, head of hotels and hospitality group for sub-Saharan Africa at JLL: "Global investor interest is likely to increase, with a search for yield in a long global real estate cycle, as well as demand for platform investments in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite high global debt liquidity, we expect financial leveraging to remain challenging in the region, while transaction volumes are forecast to continue their upward momentum."

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Carlson Rezidor opens second hotel in Dakar, develops MICE offering

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its second hotel in Dakar, Senegal. Radisson Hotel Dakar Diamniadio features 152 contemporary guest rooms and over 14,700 m² of space for large-scale exhibitions, conventions and events.

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#BizTrends2018: Visa openness the key to unlocking Africa's economy
#BizTrends2018: Visa openness the key to unlocking Africa's economy

After years of pedestrian economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa, we're starting to see some improvements in many of the continent's major economies, with the World Bank projecting growth rising to 3.2% in 2018 - almost three times the economic growth the region saw in 2016.

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Mango increases flights to Zanzibar
Mango increases flights to Zanzibar

As of 8 March 2017, Mango Airlines will be increasing its flights to the island of Zanzibar. Travellers can expect the addition of a Thursday 10am flight to the existing Tuesday and Saturday departures from OR Tambo International Airport - this will enable seamless connections from other South African cities such as Cape Town and Durban.

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62 million international arrivals in Africa in 2017
62 million international arrivals in Africa in 2017

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, which categorises the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development, Africa reached a record of 62 million international arrivals, translating to a growth of 8%, with an arrival increase of 5% in sub-Saharan Africa and 13% in North Africa - the continental growth supersedes that of the international number, which stood at 7% in 2017 to reach 1,322 million.

By Josephine Wawira 1 day ago

The competitive edge: Why an effective PR strategy is a must for the hospitality industry
The competitive edge: Why an effective PR strategy is a must for the hospitality industry

The hotel industry is a highly competitive field, so it is no surprise that an effective public relations (PR) strategy is paramount to enabling long-term, sustained messaging to keep your establishment top of mind.

18 Jan 2018

City Lodge Hotel opens at Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi
City Lodge Hotel opens at Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi

City Lodge Hotel Group's third hotel in Nairobi and 59th hotel in Southern and East Africa

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Mark Essien, CEO of Hotels.ng
Hotels.ng expands on hotel bookings and flights to win in Africa

There were only 300 Nigerian hotels listed online in 2013, but by 2017 Hotels.ng raised over $1.5m in venture capital to list over 10,000 hotels across 320 cities with pictures and reviews. It has also added over 5,000 places of interest in Nigeria to its site, it has acquired a stake in event booking website, OgaVenue, and importantly, became profitable in 2017.

17 Jan 2018

What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change
What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change

In your dual role as travel marketer and Facebook consumer, the news that Facebook is going to 'clean-up' your News Feed will likely be met with a mix of joy and despair.

By Natalia Rosa 16 Jan 2018