Articles tagged “africa”

AccorHotels Sets Up $1 Billion Fund With Qatar Partner to Focus on Africa

AccorHotels Sets Up $1 Billion Fund With Qatar Partner to Focus on Africa

Deanna Ting, Skift

So much for being asset light. However, this strategy does align with previous comments AccorHotels' CEO has made about wanting to lead in emerging markets, Africa included.

4 weeks ago

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Forget millennials. It's their parents who have the money and time to sign up for luxury experiences around the globe. With the aid of digital communications, going alone no longer feels like tragedy but an asset.

2 months ago

Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Laura Powell, Skift

Rwanda is setting itself up as Africa's new big luxury tourism destination. And while mountain gorillas are the country's main attraction, new luxury lodges will help open up other regions of this small, yet highly diverse country.

2 months ago

Letting Troubled South African Airways Go Bust Isn’t So Simple: Here’s Why

Letting Troubled South African Airways Go Bust Isn’t So Simple: Here’s Why

Brian Sumers, Skift

One expert called South African Airways a "vanity project." That's probably accurate, because the carrier has lost money for six consecutive years. But the airline will survive, because the government wants it to. That's the way it works. No one wants to see a national airline disappear.

2 months ago

Airlink Flexes Its Muscles in Africa Focusing on Regional Routes

Airlink Flexes Its Muscles in Africa Focusing on Regional Routes

Richard Holmes, Skift

On a continent still very much in love with the notion of a flag carrier, money-losing or not, privately owned airlines offering scheduled services remain something of a rarity. But carriers like South Africa’s Airlink are showing lumbering state-owned airlines how it’s done.

2 months ago

Ethiopian Airlines To Launch Offshoots to Build on Its Dominance in Africa

Ethiopian Airlines To Launch Offshoots to Build on Its Dominance in Africa

Bloomberg, Christopher Jasper

Ethiopian wants to become too big to fail but it should also remember that its Gulf Carrier rivals have hit some rough air on their quests for dominance.

3 months ago

First Unified Tourism Voice for Africa Faces Challenges

First Unified Tourism Voice for Africa Faces Challenges

Richard Holmes, Skift

Is the formation of a pan-African tourism body the solution to boosting the continent’s tourism numbers? With industry players slow to sign up, the new African Tourism Board initiative from the International Coalition of Tourism Partners has its work cut out for it.

4 months ago

AccorHotels Takes Stake in African Hotel Chain Mantis Group

AccorHotels Takes Stake in African Hotel Chain Mantis Group

Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg

AccorHotels said it would look at doing more deals in 2018 and it's been true to its word. Like Accor's deal to buy the similar-sounding Mantra in Australia, the Mantis investment gives Accor greater exposure to a market outside its European heartland.

4 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Africa Needs to Woo Millennials at Home and Abroad

Travel Megatrends 2018: Africa Needs to Woo Millennials at Home and Abroad

Richard Holmes, Skift

Millennial-friendly products and services are finally on the rise in South Africa’s tourist industry, and the desire for immersive experiences could see a much-needed trickle down of tourism spend.

6 months ago

Looming Water Shutoff Threatens Cape Town Tourism

Looming Water Shutoff Threatens Cape Town Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

In less than 100 days, Cape Town may run out of water. While the impact on the city’s crucial tourism industry has been limited thus far, that could soon change.

7 months ago

Africa Edges Toward Adoption of Visa-Free Travel

Africa Edges Toward Adoption of Visa-Free Travel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press

Borderless travel has been a dream across Africa for years and it is slowing becoming a reality. Adopting It would not only improve trade, it would made it much easier for tourism to flourish.

8 months ago

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Regionally focused online travel success stories are as rare as rhinos in the wild these days. But this merger of two South African players may help an endangered species — independent-booking players — keep thriving in a market where so much is dominated by the global duopoly, the Priceline Group and Expedia.

8 months ago