World Travel Market Africa 2018

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February shows rebound in passenger traffic growth

"As expected, we saw a return to stronger demand growth in February, after the temporary slowdown in January. This is supported by a robust economic backdrop and solid business confidence."

6 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

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IATA global passenger traffic results reflect slowest year-over-year increase

IATA's global passenger traffic results for January 2018 show that traffic rose by 4.6% compared to that of January 2017. These results indicate the slowest year-over-year increase in nearly four years...

9 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

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Three African airports honoured at Airport Service Quality Awards

Airports Company South Africa's George Airport and King Shaka International, as well as another African airport, Nairobi Airport, were honoured at the ACI Airport Service Quality Awards...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018

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Automated passport readers at CAI a warm welcome for travellers, defence against security threats

By supplying Cairo International Airport with automated document readers, Gemalto is enabling faster border crossings for millions of travellers while ensuring rigorous security checking...

13 Feb 2018

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British Airways enhances long-haul flights with Wi-Fi

The first three British Airways long-haul aircraft powered with Wi-Fi is now in service. Over the next two year, the airline will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft, allowing customers to browse and stream from the comforts of their seats...

5 Feb 2018

Global passenger traffic results for 2017 show rise in demand
Global passenger traffic results for 2017 show rise in demand

"2017 got off to a very strong start and largely stayed that way throughout the year, sustained by a broad-based pick-up in economic conditions..."

2 Feb 2018

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Record number of South African travellers flocked to the Seychelles in 2017

South African arrivals increased by 15% year-on-year for the year ending 2017, making SA the sixth best source market for the island destination...

12 Jan 2018

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IATA: Global passenger traffic bounces back

IATA's global passenger traffic results show October's performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September...

6 Dec 2017

Growing customer demand has Cathay Pacific Group introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its fleet
Growing customer demand has Cathay Pacific Group introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its fleet

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon adopt Gogo's 2Ku satellite-based broadband in-flight connectivity technology - it will be installed on the airlines' Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft...

23 Nov 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

Welcoming the world: Rwanda to start issuing visas on arrival for all countries
Welcoming the world: Rwanda to start issuing visas on arrival for all countries

Global citizens, prepare to pack your bags to visit Rwanda. The country has announced that effective from 1 January 2018, nationals of all countries will get a visa upon arrival without prior application...

By Arthur Chatora 20 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

Emirates boost Algiers service with extra flight, becomes daily
Emirates boost Algiers service with extra flight, becomes daily

Emirates Airlines will be adding an extra flight to its service between Dubai and Algiers as of 13 December 2017, complementing Emirates' current six flights a week and making it a daily service....

3 Nov 2017

NEXTT: Delivering on the future of air travel
NEXTT: Delivering on the future of air travel

On-ground concepts will increasingly be required to optimise the use of emerging technologies, processes and design developments. The New Experience in Travel and Technologies initiative aims to help deliver this future...

27 Oct 2017

US-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in
US-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in

US-bound travellers will face security interviews before checking in for flights at a number of global airlines as anti-terror measures are stepped up around the world...

26 Oct 2017

Air passengers want more digital technology, more control over travel processes
Air passengers want more digital technology, more control over travel processes

IATA's 2017 Global Passenger Survey showed that passengers expect technology to give them more control over their travel experience. Digital travel processes are the expectation and passengers want more...

26 Oct 2017

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The world will have to prepare for 7.8 billion air passengers by 2036

IATA expects 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036, a near doubling of the four billion air travellers expected to fly this year, according to the latest 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast...

25 Oct 2017

#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times
#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times

Emirates has launched a $15m campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline's network of global destinations. We go behind the scenes of the campaign with Boutros Boutros...

By Cari Coetzee 24 Oct 2017

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Fastjet releases Mozambique schedule

Fastjet has released its flight schedule operations to Mozambique which comes as positive news for Mozambique as a whole as travellers will achieve greater access to different destinations in the country...

13 Oct 2017

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A new distribution landscape: Bringing blockchain to the travel industry

Lufthansa Group has partnered with Winding Tree which has dedicated itself to reorganising travel distribution. With a decentralised B2B marketplace system powering blockchain-based travel booking transactions...

11 Oct 2017

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British Airways starts African and Indian Ocean Islands expansion

As part of its African network expansion, British Airways will be starting its services to the Seychelles, offering more flights to Mauritius, with more seats on other routes...

20 Sep 2017

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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

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Fastjet rebrands in-flight magazine

The in-flight magazine of Fastjet, Smart Travel, has been relaunched as Places Magazine to reflect the extended market the airline covers across Africa...

4 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

Etihad adds year-round flights to Egypt, Nigeria
Etihad adds year-round flights to Egypt, Nigeria

Etihad Airways is adding year-round flights to Cairo and Lagos later this year to cater to growing demand to and from the United Arab Emirates...

17 Jul 2017

Air Seychelles introduces state-of-the-art passenger handling technology at home airport
Air Seychelles speeds up passenger processing with new state-of-the-art technology

The airline - which provides ground-handling services to airlines operating from Seychelles International Airport - is currently upgrading its technology to ensure a smooth travel experience every step of the way...

14 Jul 2017

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Qatar to allow residents of Seychelles visa-free travel

Qatar is giving residents of Seychelles visas on arrival as a result of negotiations with the Seychelles Foreign Affairs Department...

28 Jun 2017

Fastjet takes 'Best African Low-Cost Airline' title
Fastjet takes 'Best African Low-Cost Airline' title

Fastjet has been awarded the 'Best African Low-Cost Airline' title at the World Airline Awards, presented by Skytrax, at the Paris Air Show in France...

21 Jun 2017

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