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Century City extends hotel offering

Century City Conference Centre and Hotel in Cape Town has broken ground on a brand-new hotel in the complex. Aimed for completion in mid-2021, Century City Hotel Bridgewater is an addition to the Century City Hotels brand, and is set to complement the existing hospitality offering in the node. The existing Century City Hotel will be rebranded as Century City Hotel...

Second A320neo for Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles has confirmed it will take delivery of its second A320neo aircraft in April 2020, which is equipped with 12 business and 156 economy class seats. In addition to providing increased capacity across the airline’s network, the newest acquisition will further improve the operational performance of Air Seychelles, allowing better schedule flexibility within the overall flight programme. In August, Air...

TGCSA offers online training

In an effort to continually improve quality standards within the tourism sector, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa has partnered with the International Hotel School and Summit, a private education and training institution, to provide online training videos to help upskill employees within graded establishments. The following four training programmes have been identified as important for accommodation establishments and have...

Roodevalley Faircity Hotel receives revamp

As part of the acquisition of the Faircity Hotel Group by Premier Hotels, The Roodevalley Faircity Hotel has undergone a facelift. During the course of this year, there have been a number of upgrades to the hotel’s facilities, including relocating the hotel’s bar to a new separate area adjacent to the Country Kitchen Restaurant. As part of the facelift, the group has upgraded the Cormorant...

Jurni booking tool unveiled

Jurni, a first-of-its-kind travel and tourism data management company, has launched the pilot phase of its Tourism Booking Tool and its Tourism Data Hub. Affordable and easy-to-use, the Jurni Booking Tool is expected to level the playing field for tourism players in South Africa by empowering all tourism businesses, including smaller and rural-based SMMEs, to access customers through a digital...

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 decision to add a surcharge to GDS bookings and drive customers directly to their channels. But, nearly five years later he’s a popular member of the South African travel industry and proud of what the Lufthansa...

Q&A: Avis – Staying Relevant

Q: What is the state of the car rental industry in South Africa? A: The measured car rental industry has a fleet in excess of 70 000 vehicles that facilitate 2,7 million rental transactions and in excess of 17 million rental days. The revenue generated by the industry, before taking into consideration the value of vehicles sold when they reach...

SAA to enter into business rescue

South African Airways’ board of directors has adopted a resolution to place the company into business rescue at the earliest opportunity. This follows consultation with its shareholders and the Department of Public Enterprises, and is an attempt to find a solution to the company’s well-documented financial challenges. Furthermore, the company is seeking to minimise the destruction of value across its subsidiaries...

Q&A: Legacy Hotels – Leaving a legacy

Q: Can you summarise where you are with the Leonardo development? What has been done and what is still to be completed? A: We are weeks away from opening our doors, and currently in the final stages of snagging. We have our sights set on an official launch date on 1 February 2020. Completed thus far is: all our basement...

Flight check: British Airways B737-800 Business Class

BACKGROUND: British Airways is operated in southern Africa by Comair and flies daily between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The outbound flight leaves O.R. Tambo International Airport at 11h25, arriving at Vic Falls Airport at 13h05, whilst the return flight departs Zimbabwe at 13h55 and arrives in Johannesburg at 15h35. Comair uses a Boeing 737-800 on this route. CHECK-IN:...

Hotel check: Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

BACKGROUND: Previously a Sun International-owned and operated property, the Royal Livingstone fell under the Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group’s management in 2015 when MHG bought the majority of Sun International’s African assets, including a stake in this hotel. But it wasn’t until 2016 that Minor acquired full ownership of the property and rebranded. WHERE IS IT? On the banks of the...

Geneva – European Cool

Being a European city with banking and diplomacy at its core has given Geneva a rather staid reputation. But scratch the surface and you will find a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with an alternative side, replete with bohemian neighbourhoods, flea markets, live music clubs, contemporary art, and independent design. According to Business Traveller India, here’s how and where to uncover...