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Best Western adds Cape Town hotel to portfolio

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has added adding Fountains Hotel, Cape Town to its growing portfolio of properties in Africa. The 156-room Best Western Fountains Hotel is in the heart of the city’s central business district. The hotel offers a buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner, and 24-hour room service. Event facilities include five conference rooms for up to 250 and a cocktail lounge.

Air Mauritius flies to Seychelles

Air Mauritius will commence operations to Seychelles effective 2 July. The flights will be operated twice weekly by an Airbus A319, offering 16 business and 108 economy class seats. Flight schedules for the Mauritius-Seychelles service have been designed to optomize connecting possibilities for passengers through the Mauritius hub. The flight will depart Mauritius at 08h30 on Tuesdays and land in the Seychelles...

Corporate Traveller introduces Sam:] to SA

Corporate Traveller is rolling out travel chatbot Sam:] to its customers across South Africa. Sam:], Flight Centre Travel Group’s Smart Assistant Mobile app, was first launched to customers in the UK and USA in 2018. Sam:] is programmed to keep travellers updated at all times, from weather updates at the destination to information on the traveller’s departure gate, flight time changes...

The President Hotel celebrates 21 years

The President Hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, is celebrating 21 years of operation since the late Nelson Mandela opened the newly-rebuilt property in 1998. To mark the occasion, the hotel is pampering its guests with seven days of ‘throwback’ experiences this week that aim to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Celebrations include sunset sundowners, tree planting,...

Air Seychelles launches new daily JHB service

Air Seychelles has launched a new daily service between the Seychelles and Johannesburg. The flight is operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 16 business class and 120 economy class seats. The Jo’burg leg departs O.R. Tambo International Airport at 13h45 and arrives in the Seychelles at 20h40.

RwandAir to fly to Tel Aviv

RwandAir will commence direct flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technology centre of Israel, from its Kigali hub starting on 25 June. This new route will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays by a Boeing 737-800NG offering 16 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. Tickets are now available for sale through the RwandAir website, sales...

Canopy by Hilton set to debut in Africa

Hilton has signed a management agreement with Growthpoint Properties to open a hotel under its lifestyle Canopy by Hilton brand. The 150-room Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2021 and will be the brand’s debut property in Africa. Canopy by Hilton launched in 2014 to appeal to travellers seeking locally-inspired stays and wishing to...

Lufthansa receives first A321neo

The Lufthansa Group has received its first A321neo in Frankfurt, which will be operated by Lufthansa. The aircraft features a new, improved seat and will be jointly introduced on the three network airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines. Each row of seats has its own USB ports in the current and future standard, which for the first time in the Lufthansa...

Hilton celebrates centenary

Hilton Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1919 in rural Texas, Hilton now has a global reach of 5,700 hotels in 113 countries and territories. As part of its celebration, Hilton has placed a spotlight on 100 moments that have shaped the modern world. The international survey, which polled 7,000 people, voted the conclusion of the second World...

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 Dutch airline has been flying for as long as a hundred years, offering connections from its Amsterdam hub to the rest of the world? That world is certainly a different place from what it was in...

Q&A: Wings Travel – Demonstrating value

Q: How would you describe the past five years of operations for Wings Travel? A: The downturn in the oil and gas sector in 2014 led Wings to pursue a strategy of growing our business in other client sectors, such as construction, security and technology, as well as expansion into other geographies. The last five years have seen considerable expansion...

Q&A: Minor Hotels – Steady expansion

Q: What’s your view on the current state of the African hotel industry? A: It is most certainly expanding aggressively in certain regions such as East and West Africa, and in specific countries such as South Africa. Q: Drilling down a bit further, what’s your view on the opportunities in the different hotel market segments – ‘luxury’ versus ‘mid-market’, for...