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Q&A with Hilton’s Andrew McLachlan

Q: What does your role at Hilton as Managing Director of development in sub-Saharan Africa entail? A: I will be leading a team of developers to drive Hilton’s ambitious expansion plans across the sub-Saharan Africa region, partnering with local, regional and international investors to bring new hotels to the market or convert and reposition existing hotels to one of our...

Contemplating business travel? What might be keeping you up at night

With new airports opening from 1 July and South Africa’s Alert Level 3 regulations heralding in the return of business travel, you might be ready to pack your bags. Or not. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula recently announced that in addition to the original four main airports in South Africa that are currently operating, the following domestic airports will reopen from...

BON Hotels reopens across SA

After months of lockdown regulations, BON Hotels is reopening five of its properties in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Mpumalanga. In compliance with the regulations of South Africa’s level 3 lockdown, BON Hotels officially opened BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay, Die Kliphuis Standerton by BON Hotels and Buckler’s Africa Lodge by BON Hotels earlier this month to accommodate business travellers. As the...

Technology will help protect ‘Travel Bubbles’ from popping

In 2020, new vocabulary has seeped into global consciousness. From ‘new normal’ to the more practical yet equally disliked ‘social distancing’, the additions to this year’s dictionary paint a bleak, dystopian picture. But in the last few weeks, fresh terms are being met with interest from wanderlust-stricken travellers and cautious optimism from governments and businesses hoping to rebound from the...

Global State Of The Market study reveals when businesses expect to resume corporate travel

The majority of organisations will take a phased approach to resuming domestic and international business travel over the next 12 months according to the first phase of a combined multinational ‘State of the Market’ survey by global TMC, FCM Travel Solutions, and sister SME-specialist business travel provider Corporate Traveller. A total of 1,600 business travel managers, bookers and travellers at...

What does the ‘new normal’ mean for corporate travel?

Much has been said about the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is ushering in a 'new normal' in terms of the way people live and work. The same is certainly true of the way people think about and approach travel, both from a leisure and business perspective. Participants in the global travel industry are among organisations and businesses that have...

Sun International is ready to reopen

Sun International said it welcomed the announcement by the President that it could soon reopen its resorts, hotels, casinos and restaurants, and is well prepared to restart its operations. Anthony Leeming, Sun International CEO said, “Once government has announced the dates we will stagger the reopening of our properties across the country. Our leisure attractions, golf courses and swimming pools...

Delta to start new Cape Town-US service

Delta Air Lines is planning to start service between Cape Town and the United States this spring. Subject to government approvals, the US airline will begin flying from Cape Town to Atlanta on 25 October, using its flagship Airbus A350-900, one of the newest and most fuel-efficient aircraft types in Delta’s fleet. The westbound service will offer the only year-round...

COVID-19 threatens to ruin a record year for Africa’s hotel developers

African hotel development had returned to growth at the start of 2020, with more than 78,000 rooms in 408 hotels in the pipeline, according to the 12th annual survey by W Hospitality Group, acknowledged as the industry’s most authoritative source. However, the COVID-19 outbreak is now shattering the dreams of Africa’s hotel industry. The growth of the chains’ presence in...

Tsogo Sun Hotels are open for business

As the nation settles into the new norm of Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions and economic activity increases, Tsogo Sun Hotels reopened its doors on Wednesday 10 June. The safety of guests and staff members remains the Group’s absolute priority. This extends to how rooms are cleaned and disinfected, how public areas are taken care of and how food is prepared...

Global recognition for CLHG’s hygiene protocols

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has issued the City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) its ‘Safe Travels’ stamp of approval, in recognition of the international standards of health and hygiene upheld at its hotels. WTTC’s specially designed ‘Safe Travels’ stamp allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols....

Responsible air travel is safe air travel

The global airline industry has been working hard to establish protocols for a safe travel future in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic that will help kick-start the global economy once more. Not since 9/11 has there been such a fundamental overhaul of the operating policies of airlines and airports – and, as such, it’s no small undertaking. The airlines,...