The Emirates Philosophy

It’s been an interesting few months for Emirates in South Africa – a spat with the South African government, the launch of a seventh daily flight, and now a falling oil price to contend with, as the market wants to know why its flights to Dubai aren’t any cheaper. So, it was a good time for editor Dylan Rogers to catch up with Fouad Caunhye, Emirates’ Regional Manager Southern Africa: Commercial, over a coffee in Johannesburg.

Tough going

Hertz Southern Africa CEO Wils Raubenheimer took office around three years ago and soon after gave his first interview to Business Traveller Africa. That’s...

Still going strong

Did you know that KLM is the world’s oldest airline still operating under the same brand it started under? Or even the fact that the...

Industry Needs First

Amadeus Southern Africa has a new General Manager in the form of Scotsman Andy Hedley, with the former Head of Technical Business at Travelstart taking office in November – giving him just enough time to see what he’s in for, before treating editor Dylan Rogers to lunch at the Amadeus office in Johannesburg.

Consistency and service

Atlantis Corporate Travel, a South Africa travel management company with offices around the country, has been in existence for nearly 20 years, but perhaps...

Clearer Focus

Sun International has always been a gaming group with hotels, but that focus began to blur with the emergence of some of the group’s more iconic properties. As a result, the last three years of introspection have brought the South African gaming giant back in line with a more clearly-defined strategy, as explained by CEO Graeme Stephens to Dylan Rogers in Johannesburg.

Dreaming Big

It’s been a year of change for Dreams, the South Africa-based outbound tour operator, with a new owner and a host of new products to now offer its customers. Erica Barrett remains head of the operation, but now also heads up Songhai Travel. She joined editor Dylan Rogers for a coffee in Johannesburg to explain the new structure.

Bumpy Road Ahead

It’s been a year since Bidvest announced that it would no longer represent Budget Car Rental in the South African market, with Avis Southern Africa granted the brand representation. So, the time seemed right to pick the brain of Avis Budget Rent a Car, South Africa CEO Rainer Gottschick on all things car rental-related.

More Value

Hilton Worldwide is one of the big players in global hospitality with over 4,500 hotels in nearly a hundred countries. That portfolio is growing, with Africa very much part of that development strategy, including the roll-out of a host of mid-market Hilton Garden Inn properties, as explained by Africa & Indian Ocean Vice-President Jan van der Putten to editor Dylan Rogers over coffee in Johannesburg.

A different model

Former Rezidor and Faircity hotel executive Mark Wernich recently joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts in Cape Town, which is where editor Dylan Rogers caught...

On his way

By his own admission, it was a pretty rocky start for Schulz in South Africa in mid-2015, as the local face of Lufthansa’s controversial...

Bumpy Road Ahead

It’s been a year since Bidvest announced that it would no longer represent Budget Car Rental in the South African market, with Avis Southern Africa...