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Cairo joins the Emirates A380 network

Following the recent debut of its flagship A380 aircraft on the Cairo route, Emirates will introduce a regular scheduled commercial A380 service to the Egyptian capital starting from 27 October, four times a week. Emirates will replace the 777-300ER aircraft currently operating EK923 and EK924 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The airline will also increase the frequency of flights between...

Wings expands footprint in US

Wings Travel Management is expanding its footprint in the United States with the acquisition of the energy and corporate travel business of Associated Travel in Louisiana. The agreement takes effect on 1 November and is a key strategic milestone for Wings, as it gives the company a presence in a second major US energy sector hub, complementing Wings’ existing operation...

African hotels need to woo the millennial market

In 2019, business travel doesn’t look much like it did 10 years ago. A younger, more tech-savvy global workforce has emerged over the past decade and is demanding more bang for its working buck. As the largest consumer group in the world today, it’s impossible to ignore the impact this generation is having and will continue to have for decades...

Advertorial: THE LEONARDO – Introducing the lap of luxury

Standing 55 stories in the sky, The Leonardo is Africa’s tallest and most iconic building. It’s the latest venture between the Legacy Group and Nedbank CIB and is a glorious mixed-use development that is raising the bar, in terms of lifestyle, concierge and luxury living, whilst at the same time taking centre stage at the very heart of Africa’s richest...

Defining luxury

What is ‘luxury’ or ‘premium’ travel? It's the million-dollar question, isn’t it? It’s also a question that a lot of travel suppliers are asking themselves, particularly those in the business of serving the top end of the market. That’s because there’s no use developing a product for the highest spenders without actually understanding them, their needs, and what their definition of ‘premium’...

Hotel check: Lincoln Plaza London Curio Collection by Hilton

BACKGROUND: Lincoln Plaza London is part of Curio Collection, Hilton’s smaller, upscale brand with around 60 properties around the world. This 129-room hotel shares a building (though not an entrance) with a set of apartments, whose residents can also use the gym and pool facilities. WHERE IS IT? Millwall on the Isle of Dogs, just south of Canary Wharf. The...

Flight check: Ethiopian Airlines A350 900

BACKGROUND: For years, Ethiopian Airlines has been considered a success story – if not the success story – of African aviation, and is the largest and most profitable carrier on the continent, with its youngest fleet. The flag carrier flies daily between Addis Ababa and London, departing Heathrow at 21h00 (21h45 on Wednesdays) and arriving at about 07h00 local...

Q&A: Sandton Convention Centre – Embracing innovation

Q: What are your thoughts on the current state of the SA conference and exhibition industry? A: Exhibitions continue to be accepted as smart marketing, with exhibitors recognising the broad-based opportunities for face-to-face interaction with a captive buying audience, while at the same time, more attention is being placed on cost management and more efficiencies are being built into the...

Q&A: aha – New broom

Q: What’s the background to your appointment as CEO, taking over from Neil Bald? A: I have been with aha since July 2008 and was their first employee. It was then called African Hotels and Adventures. When Relais Africa was bought by Tourvest, Relais Africa fell away and was rebranded African Hotels and Adventures. In August 2018 I moved across...

Joining forces

It had to happen, didn’t it? Earlier this year, Rennies Travel joined BCD’s Global Network after parting ways with HRG. That followed the 2018 news that American Express Global Business Travel had bought out HRG, which impacted greatly on the South African TMC industry. That’s because Amex GBT had an existing long-standing relationship with another of South Africa’s big players, Tourvest,...

Delivering value in the 21st century

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. That seems to be the over-arching outcome of a recent ASATA survey among South African business travellers, who were asked to weigh in on the value they believe their travel agent should provide. Almost five years after ASATA conducted its 21st century travel agent study, we’re launching the 2.0 version, looking at...

Radisson opens third Nairobi hotel

The Radisson Hotel Group has opened the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum, its third hotel in Kenya. The hotel’s 122 rooms and suites feature contemporary interiors, private balconies, upscale amenities and exclusive services like free wi-fi, individual climate control and 24-hour room service. They range in space between 20 and 133 square metres, with views of the pool or...