ASATA: The fuel surcharge debate

The burning question on my mind today is: why are airlines still levying fuel surcharges when fuel prices are at an all-time low?

An Eye on West Africa

Hard Rock has chosen Lagos as its second city in sub-Saharan Africa to open one of its iconic Hard Rock Cafes. Okay, so Johannesburg beat us to it, but that restaurant is a long way away, and this one is right here, in Victoria Island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Q&A: Moving forward

Despite its troubled financial situation, South Africa’s national carrier is making strides to recover its favourable standing. SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali outlined some of the recent changes to the airline’s route map and fleet and updated Business Traveller Africa on the effect the oil price and exchange rate have had on the airline.

Q&A: Back on track

In its nearly 20 years of operation, Birchwood Hotel and O.R Tambo Conference Centre has made a name for itself as the go-to venue for large corporate or government conferences. But the times are changing, and so is this stalwart establishment. Kevin Clarence chatted to Dylan Rogers about what’s been happening at Birchwood over the last 18 months.

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.

ASATA: Au Revoir

Robyn Christie looks back on her journey at ASATA and says her final goodbye.

Lonrho column

Your friend in Africa - Ewan Cameron - talks about the future of commercial aircraft in Africa.