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African tourism opportunities become more tangible

The Rezidor Hotel Group's Global Director of Sales and Marketing tells us about destination marketing, the first five-star hotel in Sierra Leone, and the challenges of marketing to/in Africa compared to the rest of the world...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Apr 2015 08:00

Sun International sells some African assets

Sun International says it will sell a portion of its interests in its African assets to a foreign subsidiary of Thailand-listed Minor International Public Co (Mint) for R664m.

19 Aug 2014 10:22

Grand Parade ups its stake in Mac Brothers

Grand Parade, the company responsible for bringing Burger King to SA‚ said it bought a further 32.9% stake in Mac Brothers for R42,79 million‚ to achieve cost efficiencies and gain greater access to the African markets.

20 May 2014 10:51

Ocean Basket eyes growth in foreign markets

Ocean Basket, the seafood restaurant famous for serving meals in frying pans, has aggressive plans to expand globally over the next three years.

By Zeenat Moorad 29 Jan 2014 09:31

Famous Brands half-year earnings up 20% to 180c

Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.

29 Oct 2013 10:34

More on offer for guests to Inhambane, Mozambique

The alliance between Massinga Beach and Castelo do Mar along with further developments by co-owner Darin D'Oliveira, will soon open up and boost Inhambane in Mozambique as a destination of choice, benefitting other lodges in the area.

22 Oct 2013 09:56

Mozambique seeks to curb boozing

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE: In laid-back Mozambique with its endless white beaches and bustling markets, alcohol is freely available but a proposed law seeks to end the country's liberal drinking culture.

17 Sep 2013 13:35

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013 09:21

Franchise sales up 16.8% for Famous Brands

Famous Brands has reported that its franchise sales increased 16.8% in the March to May quarter with a 16% improvement in South Africa and a 27.2% improvement in the rest of Africa region.

19 Jun 2013 11:34

Tourism growth outlook looks strong

Auditing firm PwC on Thursday (13 June) projected total room revenue in SA would grow at a compound annual rate of 9.2% between now and 2017 after overall spending on rooms in all categories rose by 13.4% in 2012 to R15.2bn‚ reflecting an increase in stay-unit nights and a 5.3% rise in the average room rate.

By Helmo Preuss 14 Jun 2013 07:54

Yum growth needs to be Streetwise too

YUM Restaurants International is establishing a steady platform for its KFC brand on the African continent from which it intends to grow "exponentially" in the future, according to Bruce Layzell, the group's general manager of new African markets.

By Nick Hedley 10 Jun 2013 08:34

Hotels moving in on Africa's potential

With limited opportunities for expansion in SA, a slew of hospitality companies are eyeing the rest of the continent, for future growth as there is an under-supply of quality hotels and upbeat economic prospects.

By Zeenat Moorad 10 Jun 2013 11:39

Africa must implement open skies policy

Improving safety‚ cutting fuel taxes and liberalising regulation to allow for greater connectivity between African countries are some of the key issues that must be tackled to boost aviation on the continent‚ International Air Transport Association's chief executive Tony Tyler said on Tuesday, (4 June)

By Nicky Smith 5 Jun 2013 10:54

Obama's itinerary for his Africa trip

WASHINGTON USA: President Barack Obama will leave on a first African tour next month, visiting Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa, but his itinerary released on Monday (20 May) bypasses Kenya, an ancestral homeland.

21 May 2013 11:32

Hilton plans to boost African presence

Hilton Worldwide has expanded its product offering in SA over the past six months and the US-based group intends to increase its presence in Africa‚ according to vice-president of operations for Africa and the Indian Ocean‚ Jan van der Putten.

16 May 2013 08:38

Time to unlock Africa's travel potential

The South African Tourism Indaba should expand its platform by attracting even more exhibitors and buyers from the African continent, Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk said on Sunday (12 May).

14 May 2013 11:56

Transnet on the hunt for foreign contracts

Transnet Engineering (TE), a unit of the state-owned freight and logistics company, is exploring new narrow-gauge markets in Latin America, South-east Asia and Australia in a bid to meet its growth targets, according to strategy and marketing general manager Thoba Majoka.

By Nicky Smith 6 May 2013 07:41

Taxes hammering Africa's aviation

Government policies towards aviation in Africa tend to see it as an "elite" product‚ rather than as a critical component of the continent's economic infrastructure.

By Bekezela Phakathi 22 Apr 2013 07:51

IMF forecasts "solid growth" for Africa

Economies in sub-Saharan Africa will ride out the bumpy global recovery in the next few years to post growth rates not seen outside Asia, the IMF said in its latest economic forecasts Tuesday (16 April).

17 Apr 2013 09:47

More people flying in Africa

Intra-Africa passenger numbers increased by 9.4% year-on-year (y/y) in January the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday (6 March).

By Helmo Preuss 7 Mar 2013 10:12

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