World Travel Market Africa 2018

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#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced
#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards have been announced, competing in five categories as well as for the much-coveted 'Overall Winner'. Who will take the top spots?

12 Apr 2018

Millennials set to reshape the luxury industry through innovation
Millennials set to reshape the luxury industry through innovation

Research shows that luxury hotels have yet to unleash the full potential of innovation needed to attract and retain millennials. The simple fact that traditional luxury hotels and millennials appear at odds raises a straightforward question...

By Dr. Carlos Martin-Rios 11 Apr 2018

Nbi101 via  - Nairobi
Africa: On a roller coaster ride

Elections are very important for the hospitality industry in Africa. Investors - those who stay in hotels, and those who invest in them - need stability, which breeds confidence, and that means economic growth...

By Trevor Ward 5 Apr 2018

Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel
Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel

Millennials will soon become the largest group of travel customers, driving the evolution of the industry with a demand for cutting-edge digital solutions and a thirst for more 'bleisure'...

3 Apr 2018

Colosseum Vacation Home in Rome, Italy - Level access is via a pretty courtyard which leads into the spacious, newly modernised home, with one bedroom and bathroom that have been specifically converted for guests with a disability or mobility issue. Source:
Airbnb releases new filters and features to help disabled guests find the right accommodation

Airbnb has released 21 new accessibility filters to aid disabled guests in find accessible travel accommodation. Previously, guests on Airbnb were only able to search for ''wheelchair accessible' listings, which did not always meet travellers' individual needs...

20 Mar 2018

Facebook launches Trip Consideration tool
Facebook launches Trip Consideration tool

Facebook recently rolled out a new ad-optimisation programme called Trip Consideration. The new tool is only applicable to travel-related companies and offers an opportunity to turn travel intention into conversion...

14 Mar 2018

Film tourism profitable to cultural, creative economy
Film tourism profitable to cultural, creative economy

With film contributing R5.4bn to the GDP and providing 25,000 full-time equivalent jobs, film tourism can become a lucrative part of the creative industries and can play an important role in advancing other creative sectors.

12 Mar 2018

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Emirates goes behind the scenes for International Women's Day

The video shows Emirates' female employees carrying out all key activities for the operation of flight EK 225 from Dubai to San Francisco. A team of over 75 women from more than 25 nationalities worked on the flight...

9 Mar 2018

Ups and downs for Africa's hotel market in 2017
Ups and downs for Africa's hotel market in 2017

2017 proved another evolutionary year for Africa's hotel market as the continent continued to attract investment while economic and political events, currency shifts, and fluctuating tourism demand meant both risk and reward...

7 Mar 2018

Hotel Verde Zanzibar opens doors to guests, promotes responsible tourism
Hotel Verde Zanzibar opens doors to guests, promotes responsible tourism

On 21 March 2018, Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort & Spa will open its doors to guests for the first time...

6 Mar 2018

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Carlson Rezidor rebrands to leverage international brand equity of the Radisson name

"The creation of the Radisson Hotel Group is an evolution of our long-term partnership with the Rezidor Hotel Group. Together, we are clarifying and executing a new brand architecture to create more value for our guests and owners."

6 Mar 2018

Saudis, Singapore check into AccorHotels
Saudis, Singapore check into AccorHotels

AccorHotels announced the sale of a 55% stake in the subsidiary that owns its hotels to a group of international investors including the sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia and Singapore...

1 Mar 2018

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The future of Airbnb: Airbnb unveils roadmap to 1bn guests

Looking to the next 10 years, Airbnb has unveiled a roadmap designed to bring the transformative benefits of local, personal and authentic travel to every type of traveller...

23 Feb 2018

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Hilton strengthens presence in Egypt with dual-branded hotel in Cairo

Hilton continues to grow and develop in Egypt with the opening of the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis and by confirming plans for the debut of its luxury brand Waldorf Astoria in Egypt later this year...

15 Feb 2018

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#MeetingsAfrica: All that Africa has to offer

Wowing the world with what Africa has to offer. That is the purpose of Meetings Africa...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Feb 2018

What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change
What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change

In your dual role as travel marketer and Facebook consumer, the news that Facebook is going to 'clean-up' your News Feed will likely be met with a mix of joy and despair...

By Natalia Rosa 16 Jan 2018

Gavin Tollman, CEO, Trafalgar
#BizTrends2018: 2018 travel forecast - seven trends to anticipate

In 2018, there will be an increased swathe of people fully engaged in the sharing economy, communicating to the world the wonderfully enriching experiences that they have discovered...

By Gavin Tollman 9 Jan 2018

AccorHotels to open two-tower Raffles hotel and residences on Dubai's famous Palm Jumeirah
AccorHotels to open two-tower Raffles hotel and residences on Dubai's famous Palm Jumeirah

Set to open in 2021, Palm360 will be the first beachside resort for Raffles in Dubai and the tallest structure on Palm Jumeirah with a 155m long sky pool connecting the towers 170m above ground...

7 Dec 2017

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Turkish Airlines rolls out braille boarding passes for visually impaired passengers

Turkish Airlines has started to roll out embossed boarding passes written in braille. Visually impaired staff at Turkish Airlines were involved in the research and development of the new passes...

22 Nov 2017

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Developing smart cities, identifying unique experiences key to growing tourism in Africa

To ensure sustained tourism and overall economic growth, African cities need to find ways to develop into smart cities capable of attracting visitors, offering unique experiences and overcoming...

3 Nov 2017

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In need of hotel rooms, Seychelles' govt tells developers to begin projects or lose them

Eight out of 18 tourism projects excluded from a moratorium on large hotels in Seychelles could be reallocated if the project backers don't begin construction within a year...

17 Oct 2017

Alessandra Alonso, founder of Women in Travel
WTM Africa adds Women in Travel to its 2018 programme

With strong indications that women entrepreneurs are on the rise, the World Travel Market Africa team have announced the addition of the Women in Travel Meetup to its 2018 programme...

10 Aug 2017

David Germain, Director: Africa and America's Seychelles Tourism Board and Amanda Lang, marketing manager, Alphonse Island.
Speed networking at the Seychelles Roadshow

We caught up with the director for Africa and America's Seychelles Tourism Board and marketing manager for Alphonse Island at the Seychelles Roadshow, to find out more about MICE services and its positioning within the Seychelles...

By Robin Fredericks 26 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Why the Seychelles' ban on large hotel developments is a good thing
#CSIMonth: Why the Seychelles' ban on large hotel developments is a good thing

Bigger, better, taller and more expensive is becoming less of a trend as top tourism destinations globally are shifting focus to the preservation and conservation of their tourism heritage and natural resources...

13 Jul 2017

Seychelles named top island destination in Africa and Middle East
Seychelles named top island destination in Africa and Middle East

Seychelles has been named the top island destination in Africa and the Middle East in the Travel + Leisure's 2017 World's Best Awards...

11 Jul 2017

Tsogo Sun collects 77 TripAdvisor 2017 awards
Tsogo Sun collects 77 TripAdvisor 2017 awards

66 Tsogo Sun properties have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and 11 Tsogo Sun hotels and resorts have won 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards...

30 Jun 2017

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#WTMA17: The Seychelles playing an active role in conserving its biodiversity

David Germain, the director for Africa and America's Seychelles Tourism Board, took us through all that the Seychelles' vibrant holiday destination has to offer...

By Robin Fredericks 2 May 2017

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Seychelles reports 17% increase in South African visitors

The latest figure from the Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics shows around 903 visitors entered the country in January, compared to 750 last year, marking a 17% increase...

2 Mar 2017

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#THINCAfrica: Hotels are expanding their African footprint

Despite some short-term challenges, Africa is open for business when it comes to hotel development with hoteliers of all sizes expanding their African footprint...

7 Sep 2016

Lessons from Seychelles for Nigeria's tourism master plan
Lessons from Seychelles for Nigeria's tourism master plan

Data is needed to help assess policies that govern future industry development and to provide knowledge to help guide successful and sustainable travel and tourism investment decisions...

By Olukayode Kolawole 30 Aug 2016

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