Lufthansa Group and Amadeus renew 30-year partnership

The Lufthansa Group and Amadeus have announced an agreement to renew their longstanding technology partnership. Through the deal, Amadeus’ Altéa Passenger Service System (PSS) will continue to provide Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and

Marriott opens Four Points in Algeria

Marriott International has opened the Four Points by Sheraton Setif in Algeria. The hotel is conveniently situated in the centre of the city, providing easy access to Setif’s new tram line and Setif International Airport just 20 minutes’ drive away. Four Points by

SWISS to introduce premium economy

Swiss International Air Lines is introducing a new premium economy class on its long-haul aircraft fleet. The additional class of travel will supplement the three existing classes – first, business and economy – from the second quarter of 2021. The new product

Mango partners with Tourvest Retail Services

South African low-cost carrier Mango Airlines has enlisted the expertise of Tourvest Retail Services to facilitate the purchase of onboard food and beverage, along with supplying a duty-free retail solution for its customers. According to Mango, it will be

Mercure’s new loyalty programme

Mercure Hotel Group SA, a division of AccorHotels, has launched its Le Club loyalty programme. The programme has more than 70 partners globally, is active in 3,500 hotels in 100 countries and is designed for travellers who enjoy exclusive benefits at an

Acquisition saves Pezula

Specialist tourism advisor TPF Advisors recently consulted a South African consortium on the acquisition of the Pezula Hotel on Garden Route for a value of R240m ($16.6m). The luxury hotel consists of a commercial area of over 5,800m2 and 78 sectional title

First refurbished SWISS A340 returns to revenue service

The first SWISS Airbus A340 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich for Tokoya (Japan) on 7 March. All of the airline’s A340s are undergoing the refurbishment, one after the other; and under current planning, all five

An Eye on West Africa

Had things gone to plan, I would have been writing this after the presidential election in Nigeria, and talking about the potential impact of the result on the hospitality industry. No fewer than 73 candidates were in the running, although I did notice that some

ASATA: Be cyber-savvy

Ever had a delayed flight? Exhausted, frustrated and in need of escape, it’s easy to whip out your phone, laptop or other mobile device and use the free wi-fi available at the airport or coffee shop. And in that moment, you put your, and your company’s, data,

Moving with the times

Cars remain a vital component of land travel for much of Africa. Whether you rent a vehicle, drive yourself around in a private car, catch a lift with a friend, flag down a taxi or book an Uber, the humble and hardworking automobile is the vehicle that gets you

Hotel review: Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4

BACKGROUND: The new Crowne Plaza opened in October and shares a lobby and facilities with the Holiday Inn Express T4. It’s important if arriving by taxi to not confuse this with the Crowne Plaza Heathrow or the Holiday Inn Express Heathrow, both of

Star Alliance opens new lounge at Schiphol Airport

Star Alliance customers travelling from the Dutch capital can look forward to a new premium lounge experience at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The new Star Alliance Lounge will welcome eligible first and business class passengers and Star Alliance Gold