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It’s big business, this MICE business. According to a report published at the start of the year by Allied Market Research, titled, "MICE Industry by Event Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023", the global MICE industry was valued

Visa appointments for USA delayed

Visas & Passports Unlimited has advised that there is currently a delay in South Africa in the availability of visa appointments for the USA. The first available appointments are currently:

Fastjet launches Harare-Bulawayo route

Fastjet has announced that it will commence daily flights between Harare and Bulawayo from 20 July. Ticket sales are already open on, in fastjet shops and at all travel agents, with a special launch fare starting at $59, taxes included...

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

MSC adds second ship to SA season

MSC Cruises will be bringing two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. This will mark the first time that two different...

Eye on West Africa

A while back I wrote in this column about hotel branding, and how the big international brands don’t, as a general rule, own any of the hotels that they put their name on (with one or two exceptions).Mostly, in Africa, hotel groups manage the properties that they

An Eye on West Africa

The times are changing in the hotel industry in West Africa. Looks like we’re back in a growth phase again, driven by improving economies...

Air Seychelles enhances guest experience

Air Seychelles has upgraded its website booking engine, making it simpler and more user-friendly for guests to book their travel through their mobile or tablet devices.

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

Town Lodge Umhlanga Opens in KZN

The Town Lodge Umhlanga has opened, bringing the number of hotels in the City Lodge Hotel Group to 61. The Town Lodge Umhlanga is located...

BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors

BON Hotels has added BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu to its Nigerian portfolio, bringing the number of properties it manages in the region up to...

Delta brings first business class suite to SA

Delta Air Lines is bringing its Delta One Suite to Africa for the first time later this year, as the airline’s upgraded Boeing 777...