With 11 hotel signings recorded to date and 10 hotel openings lined up across the continent before year-end, 2021 is set to be a record year for Radisson Hotel Group’s expansion in Africa.
The need for contactless solutions can now change from an obstacle into an opportunity.
The pandemic led to an increase in contactless technology and experiences in the hospitality industry, and even as we return to a new normal, many of these innovations are likely to stick. A hotelier’s job is to make guests comfortable, and if guests have become accustomed to new ways of doing things, then hotels will need to accommodate.
With South Africa deep in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the country shifting to Adjusted Alert Level 4, the message being reiterated yet again is ‘Stay home. Stay safe’. For those in Gauteng, currently the epicentre of the outbreak in SA, unless you’re travelling for business, this isn’t optional under the current restrictions.
The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) is backing a legal challenge against South Africa’s adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions, which it says have hammered the industry.
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One year on, travel bans, social restrictions and new health protocols continue to disrupt the travel and tourism industry. The global pandemic highlighted clear flaws in traditional volume-driven tourism models which are no longer fit for purpose in the new pandemic era.
While lockdown forced many hotels to rethink their strategies, Premier Hotels & Resorts spent last year acquiring land in Umhlanga and constructing two new hotels.
The Winchester, previously known as The Winchester Mansions, has undergone a R90m refurbishment, which reinvents the hotel with a more contemporary look and feel, while still paying respect to the proud history of the building.
Hotels must adapt to the fact that US consumers are increasingly embracing contactless technology, argues Liesl Smith, senior vice president of marketing at FreedomPay.
New data has found that hotels offering more than just an overnight stay are reaping the benefits, with demand for packages on the rise significantly.
JOHANNESBURG, January 20, 2021: The new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City is set to open in a few weeks, adding 164 rooms and four suites plus conference and event space for up to 120 people and two restaurants to the growing Waterfall City hub in Midrand.
The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is working with all relevant partners – including the Department of Tourism, South African Tourism and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation – to ensure South Africa is removed from the so-called ‘red list’ of key source markets, which places heavy restrictions on travel to and from South Africa.
This includes the United Kingdom and the United States.
California-based company Gateway Foundation has revealed plans to build the first space hotel, expected to open in 2027. Called Voyager Station, the project will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), which describes itself as “the world’s first large-scale space construction company”.
According to JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, Covid-19 is expected to impact the hotel sector in Sub-Saharan Africa in the long term with an increase in the number of hotel transactions expected over the next few years. Vaccines have, however, buoyed prospects for the travel and tourism sector globally and recovery is expected to begin during 2021 into 2022.