New report says Kenya and South Africa will set the pace for luxury hotel openings in Africa
ICBC’s I Go Global rewards scheme for its card holders in China and was unveiled in Johannesburg on Wednesday
An estimated 1,144,088 international tourists arrived in South Africa between January and May this year, up 10.6% from the same period last year. Samsung is collaborating with hotels to transform premier businesses into Smart Hospitality hubs where guests can walk into a lobby and a video wall informs them of local attractions and must-do activities in the area”
Airbnb, the mobile app-based hospitality booking site which allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, will invest $1 million in community-based African tourism projects between 2018 and 2020
Tourism in Africa up in 2016 after two years of decline with South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania leading the new drive to attract visitors though almost two thirds of tourism spend is the continent’s own travellers
Brainworks Limited is the first Zimbabwean company to have a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Brainworks has subsidiaries in real estate (Dawn Properties), hospitality (African Sun), logistics (FML) and financial services (GetSure, GetBucks and GetCash).
Johannesburg attracted 4.57m international overnight visitors 2016 – up 24 per cent on the previous year, who spent $2.56 billion.
Cape Town rose from third place in 2015 to become the second most popular African destination city in 2016 with 1.52-million visitors.
Hotel chief reveals how hotels are working together to ensure they meet guests’ needs and help protect the region’s tourism sector as Avian bird flu outbreak causes more than two million chickens to be culled and sees egg prices soar
Millennials – born from 1981 to 1997 – are the target guests for the new Signature Lux Hotel in Johannesburg. It promises swift self-service checkin, free uncapped wifi and 40-inch TVs as well as promising exactly the location that the under 30 traveller now requires, says the operator, which plan five more South African hotels within 18 months
South African nationals become the 15th qualifying nation for accommodation after booking their flight. Economy class passengers will receive a one night stay at a 4-star hotel; and business class passengers a two night stay at a 5-star hotel in Sultanahmet and Taksim, popular neighbourhoods widely regarded as the central points of Istanbul.
Zeitz Museum of Art is open in Cape Town in the transformed silo that is also home to one of the city most luxurious hotels
This project has transformed the waterfront area in Cape Town with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which is stunning visitors a few weeks after opening. And occupying six floors above the museum is The Royal Portfolio Hotel, accommodated within the grain elevator portion of the building where grain was once lifted by elevators from the track bed to the top so it could be weighed, cleaned, bagged, stored and distributed.
In Africa, 116 hotel projects are in the planning phase, 155 projects are under construction, 36 projects are in the pre-opening phase and 42 projects are near completion
“I love steak. And I like the temperature of my room to be 68°F. I also like to watch sports. Imagine if the hotel I’m staying with knew all this about me before I even arrived on property. At check-in, they could suggest the nearest steakhouse and remind me what channel ESPN is on. They could even have the temperature of the room preset to my preference. Or they could push a notification to me via the app, suggesting a steak special in their restaurant to keep me on property and increase my spend with them.”
“From improved air access to increased hotel capacity for conferencing, many nations across the continent are shaping up for a competitive future. With the development of business travel facilities, leisure travel opportunities are also growing”
Farrel Hirsch appointed chef of View restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
“South Africa produces a bounty of high quality ingredients, and so we want our diners to taste the finest this country has to offer,” says Farrel Hirsch, the new chef appointed to one of Johannesburg’s finest hotels
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