25-27 Jun 2017
GALLAGHER CONVENTION CENTRE, MIDRAND,
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
 
 
 
 
 

Industry News

 
 
 
 
 

Industry News

Video: The third and final day of one of Africa's biggest retail and hospitality expos

The Hotel Show Africa 2017 launched in Johannesburg this week and attracted more than 100 of the world's finest hospitality suppliers to the expo, which was co-located with SAITEX and Africa's Big 7 at Retail & Hospitality Week 2017

Thousand of people visited one of Africa's biggest trade expos. For three days visitors had the chance to see the very best in hospitality from around the world alongside two of the continen t's best loved shows: SAITEX, Africa's biggest retail product sourcing expo, and Africa's Big 7, its biggesy ...
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VISION CONFERENCE: How Africa can match the eco-standards in tourism

“Responsible Tourisms offers Africa the chance to set the standard worldwide” was the title of the discussion.

Tourists visiting South Africa are becoming more aware of sustainability issues across the board and the industry needs to understand this, an audience at The Hotel Show Africa 2017 heard. “Responsible Tourisms offers Africa the chance to set the standard worldwide” was the title of the discussion....
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SHOW NEWS: Five star culinary design

“Reaction at the show has been very good and people, from designers to hospitality industry professionals have been attracted to the products," Wechsler Hospitality

An eye-catching display of high-end catering products greets visitors to the Hotel Show Africa, showcasing the products of Wechsler Hospitality. Ceramics, cooking utensils, plates and cutlery are all on display at the stand set up by the 70-year-old company, which has 22 years in the hospitality ...
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VIDEO: Day 2 show review and a look forward to Day 3

A review of the second day of Retail & Hospitality Week Africa 2017 with its three expos: SAITEX, Africa's Big 7 and The Hotel Show

A look back at Day 2 including the Chefs' Challenge in Hall 5. Retail & Hospitality Week 2017 brings together SAITEX 2017, Africa's biggest retail products event, Africa's Big 7, the continent's premier food and beverage expo and The Hotel Show Africa 2017, new this year, as well as three of the ...
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VISION CONFERENCE: How secondary cities become prime hotel locations

Development in secondary cities has been successful in other parts of the world and now Africa is grabbing a slice of the action.

The Vision Conference has been one the key highlights of The Hotel Show 2017 with a strong list of key speakers. Yesterday morning a packed conference facility heard differing views on the importance of second tier cities and their development, which is one of the top expansion opportunities in ...
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SHOW NEWS: A hospitality world that includes everyone

Sitwell Consulting is at The Hotel Show Africa 2017 raising awareness of the requirements of people across the ability spectrum. For the hospitality sector, getting it right is more than just keeping customers happy

Raising awareness of the issue of mobility for people with a disability was the aim of Sitwell Consulting, which took a stand at the Hotel Show Africa. The company acts as consultants and analysts on the subject and provides design solutions, including chairs can provide easier access to buildings....
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VIDEO: Welcome to the first day of Retail & Hospitality Week Africa 2017

The Hotel Show Africa, SAITEX and Africa's Big 7 make up one of the most exciting trade shows in Africa. Take a look at the first day here

A look at the highlights of the first day of three of Africa's biggest expos. MORE NEWS FROM THE SHOWSSHOW NEWS: Brazil focuses on eco produceSHOW NEWS: Cementing friendship across the oceansSHOW NEWS 2017: What southern Africa offers the worldSHOW NEWS 2017: What southern Africa offers the ...
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SHOW NEWS: See the world's biggest television at The Hotel Show Africa

One panel to control all your household systems: BNC Technology brought a system developed all the way from Austria to South Africa

One company brought to South Africa a system that allows connection for multiple systems using just one panel to control them all.It was also showcasing the world's largest outdoor television the whopping 201 inch, C Seed. Nick Caripis, Solutions Architect and Managing Director of BNC Technology,...
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SHOW NEWS 2017: What southern Africa offers the world

All the best that southern Africa has to offer the rest of the world in the fields of retail and hospitality are currently on display in one place, according to South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabthe.

You can discover the best that southern Africa can offer the world at Retail & Hospitality Week 2017 in Johannesburg, which began today (Sunday June 25). All the best that Southern Africa has to offer the rest of the world in the fields of retail and hospitality are currently on display in one ...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: The Cotton Traders Group’s bedding products— the best night's sleep

They are extensively tested in our on-site laboratory to ensure they adhere to the strictest international standards, many of which we actually exceed’

The Cotton Traders Group company is looking to expand into the African market using The Hotel Show Africa 2017 as a gateway: “We want to increase our footprint in Africa through the supply of world class bedding products to the hospitality industry." Founded 30 years ago, the family-owned managed ...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: TRIAX exhibits innovative new Wi-Fi products at The Hotel Show Africa

Introducing the Happy Hotel: a revenue-boosting hospitality solution

Danish technology company TRIAX arrives at The Hotel Show Africa with the Happy Hotel, a thrilling new mission to improve guest satisfaction and maximise revenues in the hospitality sector. It’s built around safe, billable and flexible Wi-Fi in each room. “A poor internet service is one of the main ...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: How Happy Hotel creates five-star wi-fi solutions for three star hotels.

T“At the Happy Hotel, connection nightmares are now a thing of the past, our Ethernet over coax delivers reliable internet to every room using existing coax cables, distributed through our safe and billable Wi-Fi solution.”

On June 25 to 27 at Hall 5 Stand G12 at The Hotel Show Africa TRIAX will be showcasing one of its smart solutions: Happy Hotel. For the hospitality industry Wi-Fi is key aspect for customer experience and TRAIX boldly says Happy Hotel creates five star hospitality solutions for three star hotels. “...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: Hotel management software promises to make booking easier and has Microsoft certification

While the channel manager is built to save time and to reduce manual risks, it manages all online distribution, where a traveller can book and it will instantly updates rates, calendar, and content.

HotSoft software is known for enabling its users to manage daily operations including customer data, bed booking, and easily increase the control over booking flow and finances. It is bringing its latest HotSoft8 - also known as Property Management System (PMS) - with a build in Channel Manager to ...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: Secure smart access solutions for buildings and rooms

One of Switzerland’s premier firm for access solutions will be making appearance at The Hotel Show Africa

The meger of Dorma and Kaba, Dormakaba is an organisation that offers solutions and services for secure access to buildings and rooms such as door hardware, entrance systems, safe locks, and key systems which will be showcased at The Hotel Show Africa. The company’s security access solutions ...
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Exhibitor News: Nu Menu - INNOVATIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY TO SHOWCASE AT HOTEL EXPO

Is this Uber for the hospitality industry? Nu Menu will be showcasing its innovative self-service kiosks from global supplier Ariane and in-room technology from iRiS which will be installed in South Africa for the first time at the new Signature Luxe hotel in Sandton.

Nu Menu Solutions will be one of the big tech exhibitors at The Hotel Show Africa 2017, recognised around the world as one of the largest and most influential global hospitality events. This is the premier of the event in Africa at the Gallagher Convention Centre. It is colocated with Africa’s Big ...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: Big brands in one place for the hospitality sector

Ambiance Hospitality, a one-stop-shop for the HORECA sector, will be at The Hotel Show Africa 2017

Formed to represent some of the world’s leading hotelware suppliers, Ambience Hospitality Brands Company was launched in South Africa to supply imported items from Europe to the hotel industry. The company will be showcasing trending products and concepts from each of their brands that include ...
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Hotel developments have more than doubled since 2009, according to new report

The African continent, and especially sub-Saharan Africa, is 'like a gold mine for hotel investors'

Hotel developments in Africa grew 13 per cent in 2016, according to an annual survey by W Hospitality Group. The ninth edition of its Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa had 36 international and regional contributors reporting almost 73,000 rooms under development in 417 hotels last year....
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: A range of natural surfaces to be presented in new colours and designs in Johannesburg

Discover new colours and designs of Caesar stone at The Hotel Show Africa 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre

International Slab Sales is a South African wholesaler of quartz, granite and marble with its sights set on Johannesburg on June 25.Founded in 2002 in South Africa, the company specialises in the supply of granite, marble, engineered stone and sintered porcelain. Marketing chief Megan Schumann said:...
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EXHIBITOR NEWS: One charging cable for multiple USB devices

‘According to technicians, our product was the first of its kind to be tested and approved by SABS in 2015’

Established in 2009, Axum Innovative Technologies specialises in software developments and hardware distribution. Following its core service, Axum introduced USB charging solutions in 2014 which it will be exhibiting in this year’s The Hotel Show Africa. The USB charger approved by the South ...
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Why The Hotel Show 2017 is a key part of South Africa’s drive for a 50 per cent increase in tourists by 2020

South Africa’s Tourism Minister the Honourable Ms Tokozile will officially open(** AMENDED JUNE 23, SEE NOTE) The Hotel Show 2017 on June 25 in Johannesburg marking a new era in hospitality investment in the country

**Amended June 23. We have been informed that Minister of Tourism the Honourable Ms Tokozile Xasa has been called away on urgent business and will be unable to perform the official opening and initial keynote speech. Her place will be taken by the Deputy Minister Ms Elizebeth ThabetheTourism is at ...
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Luxury hotel opens inside Heatherwick's converted grain silo in Cape Town

Take a look at one of Africa's most exciting and visually stunning hotel projects The Royal Portfolio

The first part of Heatherwick Studio's renovation of a former grain silo building in Cape Town's harbour has been completed, with the opening of a hotel featuring bulging windows.London-based Heatherwick Studio – headed up by designer Thomas Heatherwick – is overseeing the conversion of the ...
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Why South Africa’s newest hotel and restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate

"Is that a spaceship in the middle of the Cape Winelands’ Breede Valley? " asks journalist Sarah Khan

"Your first glimpse of Bosjes Estate just might jolt you out of your seat," writes Sarah Khan, reviewing South Africa's newest hotel and restaurant on robbreport.com. "Is that a spaceship in the middle of the Cape Winelands’ Breede Valley?"The hotel, which opened in January, is a 90-minute drive ...
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Protea Hotels named "Coolest" Hotel Brand in South Africa by Sunday Times survey of under 22s

Now in its 13th year, Generation Next polls the opinions of over 5,500 young South Africans

In an announcement that owners say reinforces its brand's growing traction in the South African market, Marriott International today announced that Protea Hotels by Marriott has been named the Coolest Hotel Brand in the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey 2017. Designed for the progressive yet ...
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Tsogo Sun sets a new investment standard as it moves on Mozambique

TS builds $17 million 125-room hotel, the “StayEasy Maputo”, two kilometers from the group’s luxury Southern Sun Maputo Hotel,

South Africa's Tsogo Sun has revealed details of a $17 millionhotel project in the Mozambican capital of Maputo: called the “StayEasy Maputo”, it's just two kilometers from the group’s luxury Southern Sun Maputo Hotel“Construction of the new 125-room hotel began in mid-April 2017 and is scheduled ...
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Rezidor Hotel Group unveils its second Kigali hotel

New Park Inn for Rwanda is second new launch in the capital in just 12 months for Rezidor's determined Africa expansion programme

Rezidor Hotel Group is expected today (May 22) to officially open their second hotel the Park Inn in Kigali, Rawanda, just a year after opening Radisson Blu alongside the Kigali Convention Centre.The new establishment is a four-star 161-room hotel is in Kiyovu in Nyarugenge District and includes ...
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"The hotel industry is booming in Africa"

International investment will create a boom in tourism in Africa, according to constructionglobal.com

A number of international investors are set to expand into Africa, creating a boom in tourism across the continent, writes CATHERINE ROWELL for www,constructionglobal.com..InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) will be building six new hotels within the country, adding to its current portfolio in Asia ...
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A new industry conference that will help shape the future of hospitality in Africa attracts big names to Johannesburg

The full programme for The Vision Conference 2017 has been published this week offering a comprehensive insight into where the industry is today, and where it will be tomorrow from the people who know

Geri Wessels
The Hotel Show Africa 2017 brings one of the world’s leading expo brands to the continent for the first time and its three-day Vision Conference has attracted some of the biggest names in hospitality. Delegates at the conference in Johannesburg will hear first-hand from top hotel chiefs focused on ...
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Why Cape Town is Africa's top business tourist destination

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) names South Africa's west coast city best in Africa and among the top 50 in the world

Cape Town has been named the best business tourism destination on the African continent once again, a ranking produced by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) revealed, according to Cape Business News.The city is now considered the 39th best business tourism hub in the world,...
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Wine growers reveal silver lining to South Africa's drought with bumper harvest

"Drought conditions resulted in very healthy vineyards and smaller berries with good colour and flavour concentration"

Vineyard owners in South Africa after forecasting a 'exceptional wines' from the 2017 vintage following a harvest that was better than 2016 despite the drought. The wine industry body VinPro says the 2017 harvest, that is at 1,425,283 tonnes 1.4 per cent larger than in 2016, was initially expected ...
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How South Africa is attracting the world’s leading hospitality experts to advise on growth for the next decade

Sub-Saharan Africa needs tourism for jobs and investment and a new expo based on one of the world’s most successful brands will bring international experience to Johannesburg in June 2017

Some of the world’s leading experts in hospitality have agreed to appear at the inaugural The Hotel Show Africa as part of its international three-day conference. The Hotel Show Africa brings together leading hospitality suppliers from around the world alongside the three-day Vision Conference, ...
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REPORT: Africa's Hospitality Market - Year in Review 2016

HTI Consulting reveals its top and bottom performing cities across the continent

"Last year saw hotel investment in Africa made progressive strides," says the boss of HTI Consulting. "There were new hotels launched in new countries and cities across the continent and in which factors such as economic and political events, currency volatility and fluctuating tourism demand ...
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Why a three-star hoteliers in South Africa are refusing to upgrade

"Our three-star hotels are better than any other in the world, and in many cases, even better than four-star offerings in Europe"

South African hotels are choosing NOT to upgrade their ratings to the next tourism star-level and continue to advertise their five-star facilities as three stars, says CEO and founder of Bon Hotels, Guy Stehlik.This is primarily due to the success in the 1980s, of South African chain, the Holiday ...
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Travel & tourism create one in every 10 jobs worldwide

New report by World Travel & Tourism Council reveals the vital role the sector plays in the growth of countries across the globe

Travel and tourism generated one in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016, according to a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of travel & tourism across 25 ...
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Will Londoners get a taste for South African cuisine?

New bbar restaurant serves everything from boerewors to bunny chow - and it's just around the corner from the Queen's house

A NEW restaurant just around the corner from Buckingham Palace is offering Brits the chance to sample South African food - and for many visitors it's the first timer they've tasted bobotie springrolls, biltong, chakalaka, boerewors and even curries.The Sunday Times interviewed paid a visit to the ...
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Why East Africa's biggest coffee shop chain sale is more than just a business deal

'The expected sale of Java House is being regarded as a bellwether deal to measure international private equity groups’ interest in the region,' says the Financial Times.

The expected sale of east Africa’s largest chain ofcoffee shops is being regarded as a bellwether deal to measure internationalprivate equity groups’ interest in the region, according to an article in today's Financial Times.TPG and Carlyle, two of the world’s largest buy outgroups, have expressed ...
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W-Hospitality Group Report: Hotspots for Africa's booming hotel sector

Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania topped the list last year as the continent's hotel pipeline was up 30 per cent

Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, have been highlighted as the three fastest growing countries in Africa's soaring hotel sector.Across the continent, the total number of rooms in the pipeline during 2016 was up almost 30 per cent compared with 2015 - "an extraordinary increase," according to the 36-...
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Carlson Rezidor reveals its top cities for new hotels in Africa

“When you go into the hotel sector it’s a long-term play, not a short-term play. So you look at the long-term fundamentals.”

Radisson Blu is Carlson Rezidor's trailblazer brand in Africa: by establishing the hotel in a developing city, the owner can organise everything from water treatment to food supply. Once established, the big names like the new Radisson Red, Park Inn by Radisson and its five-star Quorvus Collection ...
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Pension funds look to invest more in African hotel sector

Africa set to follow international hotel ownership model from pension investors. "Hotels outperform commercial, residential, or light industrial real estate over 10 years,” Andrew McLachlan, senior vice president at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group told How we made it in Africa

African pension funds are investing in hotel real estate across key countries on the continent according to a business development chief for one of the world's top hotel groups.In an interview with How we made it in Africa Andrew McLachlan (pictured right), senior vice president of business ...
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South African tourist guide becomes president of world federation

Alushca Ritchie, a registered tourist guide for the Western Cape, was appointed to head the internationally recognised body at the 17th biennial World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Convention

The World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations has appointed a South African tourist guide as its new President, reports Cape Business News.Alushca Ritchie (pictured left, from LinkedIn), a registered tourist guide for the Western Cape, was appointed to head the internationally recognised body ...
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Park Inn, Radisson's mid-market 'colourful' brand opens its fourth South African hotel

The Rezidor Hotel Group reveals the new Park Inn in what has become a concentrated expansion into southern Africa

Park Inn by Radisson announced the opening of its first property in Polokwane, South Africa, on Valentine's Day. The Park Inn Polokwane is the ninth hotel in country by The Rezidor Hotel Group, recognised as one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world.Located in Limpopo, the country's ...
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RSA Hospitality Fund in talks to buy $247m of Tsogo Sun hotel portfolio

One of Africa's biggest hotel operators Tosgo Sun continues to increase working ties with South Africa's sole hotel focused property investment trust

South Africa’s Hospitality Property Fund has revealed it is bidding up to $247 million (Rand 3.3bn) for hotel assets from Tsogo Sun, one of the country's biggest hospitality operators, listed on the JSE, with 14 casinos and 90 hotels across Africa and the Middle East.Hospitality PF already has 10 ...
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Hotel sector investment forecast to soar in sub-Saharan African

Hotel transactions reach almost $250m in the past six months and JLL - commercial real estate specialist - predicts escalating investment activity

Hotel owners in Africa are finding new ways to release capital to further invest in the continent's market, according to a new report by JLL, the commercial real estate specialists. JLL has increased its presence in the sub-Saharan sector and oversaw the $36 million sale of the Hyatt Regency in ...
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President highlights tourism as key driver of jobs in South Africa in State of the Nation Address

Zuma claims 13 per cent increase in tourism visitors to his country last year making it one of the key industry growth sectors for South Africa

The 2017 State of the Nation address by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma may have been hit by controversy as opposition parties delayed his speech by more than an hour last night (Feb 9).But tourism was a key focus during his hour-long speech, which started an hour and 20 minutes later than ...
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Johannesburg climbs the list of top 100 international destinations

New report by Euromonitor identifies the top 100 cities for international travellers in 2015... and Johannesburg is on the rise

The Top 100 Cities Destination Ranking for 2015 international arrivals. Despite falling arrivals, Hong Kong remained the top city destination in the world for the seventh consecutive year, with 26.7 million international visitors in 2015.The new 100 cities ranking shows that:Dubai is the top ...
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Hospitality sector urged to join fight to save water in southern Africa

Guests also need to understand the pressure much of the region is under to conserve supplies says the head of the region's hospitality association

Tough new water restriction in Cape Town came into force on February 1 and FEDHASA, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa has called on its members to optimise water resource management across the industry. Dam levels had dropped to below 40 per cent by the end of January and water ...
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Nando's looks to UK Stock Exchange for new listing

South Africa's most famous restaurant chain looks to issue public shares again, 16 years after it left the SA Stock Exchange

Nando’s Group, the South African fast-food company known for its spicy chicken and fries, is considering an initial public offering, according to Bloomberg.The restaurant chain, launched in the 1980s was listed on the South African Stock Exchange in 1997 but delisted six years later. Now the ...
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Hotel forced to pay computer hackers after its keycard system is hijacked

Cyber criminals force Austrian hotel to pay $1,600 ransom to restore system - it is the third time and some observers believe there maybe hundreds of other hotels which have been victim but have not gone public

A top hotel in Europe has admitted it had to pay thousands in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who hacked the hotel's electronic key system, which stopped the issue of new keycards until a ransom was paid.The incident is the third time the four star Austrian hotel has been hit and has sent ripples ...
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Best hotel in South Africa revealed by Tripadvisor

Boasting "the ultimate in colonial charm and style", the Oyster Box has been voted the country's top hotel

The Oyster Box, a five-star luxury hotel in Umhlanga Rocks is the finest hotel in South Africa according to TripAdvisor, which revealed the international hotel category winners in their 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards."Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and ...
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WATCH: The 30-floor hotel constructed in just 15 days

Cheaper and more energy efficient said contractors, but five years on could this help Africa meet its tourism accommodation? The special time lapse video shows the construction in China that set a new standard for speed building

30-Story Building Built In 15 Days (Time Lapse)
Builders in China completed a 170,000 square foot, 30-story prefabricated hotel in just 15 days.Construction workers bolted together the new hotel, in Dongting Lake in Hunan province, from pre-made modules put together in a factory and then placed them on steel structures at the construction site. ...
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Regional airlines put Zimbabwe back on their destination list as country chases tourists

Government opens skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe

RawadAir and Ethiopian Airlines are the newest airlines to fly to Zimbabwe, as the government opens up its skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe.The two airlines will start flights to Zimbabwe this year and are banking on the ...
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Marriott opens its first hotel in sub-Saharan Africa

World class 155-room facility in the Nigerian capital marks the beginning of Marriott International's big push south

The Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel is the first for the Marriott International brand in sub-Saharan Africa.A statement from Renaissance said the hotel in Nigeria’s commercial centre “offers world-class amenities, modern aesthetic, sophisticated service and unique programming that reflect the brand’s ...
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Why the Africa Cup Of Nations is more than just a football tournament

The hospitality industry recognises AFCON 2017 offers a showcase for the continent and a boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors

"A successful AFCON 2017 with all the euphoria that comes with it will only show the whole world what a peaceful and amazing continent Africa is and that they are welcome anytime to enjoy a safe, free and interesting vacation."This was the promise to the hospitality sector for the football ...
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Rwanda's move to become a key conference destination for Africa

Hospitality industry pledges support for country's MICE amibitions

Investors in Rawanda’s hospitality sector have pledged to double the efforts and help support the country's plan to position itself as a regional conference hub, according to a report by The New Times.Seth Tugume, the Rwanda Hospitality Association chief, said this will enable key players, ...
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How Nigeria Loses Millions of Dollars in Global Tourism to its African neighbours

African nations are embracing tourism and the jobs and money it brings - so why is Nigeria failing to push itself onto the world stage?

For the second year running, Nigeria did not attend one of the world's biggest tourism expos the latest indication that this African nation is missing out multimillion-dollars in travels and tourism.In a widely syndicated article, Funke Olaode attended the three-day The World Travel Market in ...
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REPORT: 57,626 hotel rooms in 309 projects in Africa.

The Under Contract total in Africa represents a 5.1% decrease in rooms Under Contract compared with December 2015.

STR's December 2016 Pipeline Report shows 158,441 rooms in 555 projects Under Contract in the Middle East and 57,626 rooms in 309 projects Under Contract in Africa.Under Contract data includes projects in the In construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the ...
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Movenpick, Accra, becomes Sub-Saharan Africa's biggest open-market hotel sale

Mauritius-based investment fund has announced the acquisition of the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel

A Mauritius based investment fund has announced the acquisition of the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana, from Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).Quantum Global Investments Africa Management Ltd revealed that the acquisition closed on 28 December 2016 and marks the most sizable open-market hotel ...
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Why 2016 was a 'bumper year' for South African hospitality

Second half of year saw leisure tourism up 26 per cent helped by more South Africans choosing to vacation in their home country

Tourism and hospitality authorities have predicted a “bumper year end for domestic tourism”, ahead of updated festive season statistics, expected to be released next month.Sun City‚ the Kruger National Park and the traditional holiday cities of Durban and Cape Town topped the list of favourite ...
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Cape Town named in top 15 must-visit hotels in 2017

The Silo is a unique location set to be the jewel in the The Royal Portfolio hotel collection

A restaurant overlooking Table Mountain, a spa along with a rooftop pool and lounge make The Silo one of the most exciting hotels in Africa this year.It is built in an historic grain silo complex above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and, according to a new CNN report: "The Silo ...
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Top five roof top bars in Johannesburg

How to get the best view of this amazing city, chosen by one of its leading tourism websites

Johannesburg is one of the greenest cities in the world at more than 1,500 metres above sea level and it's the heart of South Africa.But where are the finest places to eat and drink and be guaranteed a great view? www.joburg.co.za has selected five of the finest.Randlords"Randlords is located in ...
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South Africa's own $283m Time Square casino and hotel complex set for 2017 opening

South Africa's second largest casino and hotel with more than 200 rooms began construction in 2013 and is set to generate millions in revenue and a tax injection for the government

The R4 billion ($283m) Time Square casino and hotel complex in Pretoria will open on schedule in April 2017 according to developers, speaking this week.The new casino will be the second largest in South Africa after GrandWest Casino in Cape Town, with 2,000 slot machines and 60 tables. Time Square ...
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Africa's Green Queen backs The Hotel Show in Johannesburg

Africa is set to see huge growth in hospitality over the next decade and The Hotel Show Africa offers a unique forum for operators and suppliers to meet. Sustainable growth is a cornerstone and one of the continent’s leading authorities will be at the show. Meet Lorraine Jenks

International professional speaker, sustainability coach, green procurement consultant, climate reality leader and ethical food activist: Lorraine Jenks (pictured) is a leader in motivating green and environmental initiatives in the corporate and private sectors. Sometimes referred to as the ‘...
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The cost of eating out at South Africa's top five restaurants

Revealed, the country where $200 a head buys you some of the finest dining experiences... in the world

If you want the best in the business you often have to fork out for the privilege, and that’s true when it comes to the top restaurants in the country, according to Nigeria Today, which has been pricing up the cost of eating out in South Africa.But what it revealed is that top cuisine is available ...
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Discover why so many international hoteliers are investing in Africa

International hoteliers are moving in with multiple new properties at a time in a bid to keep pace with soaring demand, says a new article by the Middle East's leading business publication

"African leaders striving to develop their economies without relying on resources are turning to tourism, and international hoteliers from Wyndham and Marriott to Hilton, Rezidor and AccorHotels are not only getting in on the action, but picking up their pace of investment."Arabian Business is the ...
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South African hotel giant spends Rand $35.3m in UK

Brexit and a devalued pound make UK attractive to Tsogo Sun Holdings - and 'cheap sterling' means it will invest more

South Africa's Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd plans to buy more hotels in the United Kingdom where it is performing well where a weak in pound has made assets much more affordable, it said today, after reporting flat half-year profit.Africa's biggest hotels and gambling operator, which also has interests ...
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Government ministers agree new sustainable tourism charter for Africa

United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) launches first African Charter on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism

A new charter has paved the way for the promotion of "responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism," across Africa launched last week by the United Nations World Trade Organisation.African Ministers of Tourism and heads of delegation along with UNWTO officials met in Marrakech as part of the ...
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CAPE TOWN'S $780M REGENERATION OF SEAFRONT SITE

TWO-YEAR STRAND PAVILION PRECINCT UPGRADE BEGINS IN KEY TOURIST AREA

Work has begun on Cape Town's latest regeneration project upgrading the Strand Pavilion Precinct in one of the city's most well-known tourist areas.It is the latest in a series of projects across the city aimed at making the city more attractive to visitors and residents costing Rand 11.4 million (...
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New Wi-Fi solution for South African boutique hotels and B&B

South Africa's open Wi-Fi provider VAST Networks targets tourists with new UK company deal

hotel wifi
Owners of boutique hotels are to be targeted by a new Wi-Fi service across South Africa, allowing them to meet one of the most important requirements of guests.WiFi provider VAST Networks announced it has partnered with UK-based WiFi Solutions MyAirangel, to provide "a cloud-based WiFi platform and ...
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Tourists love wine and now South Africa is set to boost its vineyard visitor attractions

"We look forward to working with the industry to help realise the enormous potential wine tourism has in contributing to our country’s overall tourism growth.”

After its big game, visiting South Africa's wine regions is tourists second favourite choice of destination and now the wine industry has has revealed plans to attract even more visitors.A new national wine tourism strategy is a step closer to being realised after The Business of Food and Wine ...
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Why online booking growth is not always good news for hotels

Sites that allow people to 'rent' holiday accommodation could fall foul of the law and may also encourage tax evasion, warns FEDHASA CEO

Online booking platforms offer the traditional, formal hospitality sectors multiple opportunities to market their inventory and secure bookings. With today’s rising consumer preference to research, identify and transact for what they want online, preferably using their phones, most hotel chains, ...
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Key African hotel markets point the way to 2020

PwC report: 'Africa is steadily developing into one of the world’s great regions for travel'

A fall in the value of the South African Rand and a relaxation of visa regulations saw foreign visitor numbers soar at the start of 2016, according to a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).The PwC report, Rooms with an African View, Hotels Outlook: 2016-2020, focused on four other key African ...
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Dunkin’ Donuts arrives in South Africa

...and there will be 250 in total say new partners

American coffee and baked good brands, Dunkin’ Donuts, opened its first restaurant in South Africa in October... its 45th country.Customers queued outside the restaurant on opening day in Goodwood, Cape Town to get a taste of its famous coffee and donuts.The master franchise agreement between ...
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12 things you didn't know about the African hotel industry

AFK Insiders' guide to hotel growth across the continent

Africa is experiencing a 30% increase in hotel development year on year during 2016, according to afkinsider.com.And it offers 12 things you need to know about the future of the hotel industry in Africa, which is "under-supplied with growing tourism and a rising middle-class".It says: “The stats ...
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Marriot Hotels reveals plans for five new establishments in South Africa

RSA's biggest hotel operator reveals $218m investment to attract growing African middle class

Marriott International has revealed that its property development partner, Amdec Group, will spend R3 billion ($218 million) on five new hotels in South Africa as the company looks to tap Africa’s growing middle class.American multinational Marriott, which last month won the final clearance to buy ...
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