News & Industry Affairs



  • Air travel innovation, collaboration key to enhancing customer experience 
    March 7, 2019. www.bizcommunity.com. The constant and sometimes unpredictable changes in the airline industry demand continuous improvement and different responses if companies are to remain globally competitive and robust. This was the overarching theme of the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA) Aviation Summit, titled Collaborate - Innovate - Disrupt: Propel to 2020, held in Sandton, Johannesburg on 28 February 2019.
         The focus of the summit was on innovation and disruption in the airline industry and the implications for both industry transformation and business operations. Read the original article here...

  • The first ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa
    February 25, 2019. ICAO news. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Cabo Verde will convene the First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa.
        The event will be held in Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cabo Verde from 27 to 29 March 2019. ICAO and UNWTO recognize the strong interdependence between air transport and tourism, and are committed to ensuring the sustainable development of both sectors. Maximizing and balancing the benefits of tourism and air transport requires enabling regulatory environments, coherent policies, good governance and quality infrastructure commensurate with the level of predicted tourism and air traffic growth. Read more about the conference here...
  • 4 African destinations to watch in 2019
    January 25, 2019. Dorine Reinstein, Travel Weekly. Based on 2019 and 2020 forward bookings, Africa is ideally positioned to answer the need for adventure and authenticity, according to industry players. In southern Africa, Namibia and South Africa are tipped to be hot travel destinations. Read the original article here...

  • Swiss-Belhotel expands into Africa
    June 18, 2018. Times of Oman news. 
    Swiss-Belhotel International, one of the world's largest hotel management groups with hotel-footprints in Australia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are targeting investment in Africa. The group recently signed an agreement with Zanzibar Crown Hotel and Resort Ltd to operate the Swiss-Belresort Zanzibar - opening for business in 2019.

       Talking about the potential Africa holds for the hospitality industry, Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India stated, “Africa is an exciting market because it is still in its infancy and there is plenty of room for growth. The tourism industry has been strengthened by both domestic and inbound travellers. The increase in intra-Africa travel is of particular interest to the hospitality sector because at least four out of every 10 travellers in Africa are from within the region."  Read the original article here...