Eye on West Africa

I have to say that getting new hotels open in Africa is so frustrating. I looked back at an article I wrote for Business Traveller Africa last year, welcoming the forthcoming opening of such hotels as the Noom in Conakry, Marriott in Accra, Four Points in Ikot (Nigeria), the Ramada Plaza in Lagos, the Kempinski in Accra and others.

Ed’s Note

It’s beyond stating the obvious to say that 2016 is set to be an interesting year. Times are as tough as they’ve been for some...

Amadeus: What’s your Traveller Tribe?

Born in Johannesburg, living in Spain and working for a multinational company for the last 23 years, I’m set to join the ranks of...

Learning from leisure travel

The travel industry has gone to great lengths to develop a ‘wow’ retail shopping experience for leisure travellers. Consumer-friendly websites are being developed to...

Eye on West Africa

What goes up, must come down, and in West Africa that applies not only to planes, but also to entire airlines. Here in Nigeria,...

Why grading gives you a competitive edge

Does being graded by an accredited grading assessor give you, as a tourism operator, a competitive edge over your non-graded peers? Definitely! Think of...

Q&A: Making a comeback

Since the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in 2014, the region’s tourism business has taken a huge knock. While Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were hardest hit, surrounding countries suffered a severe drop in visitor numbers last year. Thankfully, with infection numbers on the decline, life is starting to flow back into West Africa. But Ghana experienced a double whammy of a badly performing economy on top of the medical crisis. This is no reason to count the country out, however. Axel Hauser, General Manager of the Moevenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, is confident that despite these setbacks, Ghana has what it takes to fully recover, and is already seeing occupancy figures rise.

An Eye on West Africa

If you’ve travelled to Nigeria, there’s always a recollection of some intense experience that one tends never to forget. Going over these memories sometimes...

ASATA Column: Navigate the fluctuating landscape

A technology ban, changing visa regulations and enhanced security measures at airports. The rules for travel seem to be fluctuating continuously, making it almost...