I’m not a robot

It’s the biggest South African TMC story of 2019. The details – for those in the industry – are well-known, but here’s a quick recap. American...

Service With a Smile

Vishal Koovejee, CEO of Salsa Tours, had coffee with Editor Dylan Rogers to chat about the wholesale corporate travel industry

Strengthening Presence

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is one of the big players on the international hotel scene, with a portfolio of nearly 250 properties, including 37 hotels in 19 African countries. That number is set to grow, as Starwood, like most of its competitors, has plans to further strengthen its presence here. Editor Dylan Rogers sat down at Meetings Africa with Martina Boettcher, the group’s Regional Director of Marketing for Africa & Indian Ocean, to get a clearer idea of what the Starwood approach is.

Adding a Bit of Pizzazz

Tsogo Sun is an African hotel, gaming and entertainment giant, with a portfolio of 14 casinos and over 90 properties across Africa and the Seychelles. It’s no surprise then that they have a couple of experienced operators on their payroll, such as Gauteng North Director of Operations Norman Wallace at Tsogo Sun’s 54 on Bath property in Johannesburg.

Converting opportunities

Along with Marriott and Carlson Rezidor, Hilton are the international group with the most impressive African hotel development pipeline, and the group already operates...

Passionate hoteliers

According to W Hospitality Group’s ‘2014 African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline’, Carlson Rezidor holds the largest hotel pipeline on the continent, with 30 hotels and 6,300 rooms under development. No surprise then that the group’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Office Olivier Harnisch was in Johannesburg recently, and made himself available for a coffee with editor Dylan Rogers.

Where we need to be

The travel industry’s corporate card space is a competitive one, with American Express one of the main players, globally. Nedbank is the licence partner...

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...

Nimble and Innovative

Just eight years ago, 99.9% of Flight Centre’s business in South Africa was made up of leisure travel, according to Stark. Today that spread is roughly 60-40 in favour of leisure versus corporate, and Stark is a happy man, with fewer of his eggs all in one basket.

Big Potential

Cresta Hotels is one of Southern Africa's largest hotel management groups, managing or operating 17 hotels in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia, three of which the group owns. Ten of those properties are in Botswana, but editor Dylan Rogers was drawn more towards what Cresta CEO Glenn Stutchbury had to say on Zimbabwe, where the group has five properties, covering Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.

Filling the gap

Well, it’s not just this individual property, but a growing group of hotels, with, in the short-term, two more Home* Suite Hotels properties planned...

Strong Growth

A lot has happened since Neil Bald joined aha five years ago. The group has grown its portfolio from 12 hotels and lodges to over...