Have you heard the latest travel news for Africa? Did you know that Kenya Airways has expanded with more routes into Europe? Have you heard that RIU Hotels & Resorts is expanding into Senegal? And that Flight Centre and Amadeus are collaborating on a new NDC initiative?
Grab a coffee, take a chocolate, sit back and read the most exciting developments in the African travel industry this month…
Kenya Airways launches two routes to Europe
On Thursday, 13 June 2019, Kenya Airways announced it launched flights to Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland – the airline’s fourth and fifth European destinations after Amsterdam, London and Paris. The airline will operate the new routes four times weekly using its flagship aircraft Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Second Four Points hotel opens in Tanzania
Marriot International has opened its second Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Tanzania – the Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel.
“Our vision is to offer an uncomplicated travel experience for both business and leisure. Perfectly situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is at the epicenter, steeped in history and surrounded by local attractions,” said Siddharth Chaudhry, general manager of Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel.
Robben Island becomes a Protected Marine Site
Robben Island has been declared as one of twenty newly protected marine sites in South Africa.
Marine protected areas are designed to restore over-exploited marine stocks, promote research and eco-tourism and protect coastal and off shore habitats.
Robben Island, situated in Table Bay adjacent to the City of Cape Town has 3 priority objectives: to protect the breeding and feeding area of endangered seabirds like African penguins, to help rebuild important abalone and west coast rock lobster stocks, and to promote the area for tourism and protect the area’s cultural heritage.
RIU Hotels & Resorts to Expand into Senegal
The RIU Hotels & Resorts chain has purchased a site in the Point Sarène area on Senegal’s west coast, a location that is developing as a tourism destination.
The company is investing 150 million euros, which includes the purchase of the site and the development of two hotels. RIU will create 300 jobs for the opening of each property, totaling 600 new employment opportunities once both hotels launch in November.
Ethiopian Airlines adds Addis Ababa-Marseille route
Ethiopian Airlines will be launching three weekly flights between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Marseille, France from 02 July 2019.
Marseille will be the second French destination of Ethiopian Airlines after Paris.
Nico Bezuidenhout returns to Mango
Nico Bezuidenhout will again join Mango in October as permanent CEO.
In a statement released by SAA, it said that the Board of South African Airways supports the appointment made by the Board of Mango Airlines.
This latest appointment of a permanent CEO at Mango, a subsidiary low-cost airline wholly owned by South African Airways, is a further step in stabilising leadership and strengthening the executive capacity of the Group.
“We are pleased to welcome Nico Bezuidenhout back into the SAA Group. His appointment will advance the implementation of the turnaround strategy of SAA Group,” said SAA Board Chairman JB Magwaza.
Flight Centre Travel Group to test Amadeus’ new NDC-enabled user interface and help drive adoption
Amadeus and Flight Centre Travel Group, have unveiled an enhanced graphical user interface of the NDC-enabled Amadeus Selling Platform Connect.
In an important milestone for Amadeus’ NDC-X program, the Flight Centre Travel Group is poised to begin testing the enhanced interface and will start making NDC bookings via the new integrated solution in Selling Platform Connect in the coming months. As one of the largest global travel companies, with more than 40 brands and equity-owned operations in 23 countries Flight Centre’s feedback will be key to driving adoption.
The new design incorporates feedback from Flight Centre and Amadeus’ other NDC-X program partners and creates an intuitive user experience that caters to the diverse retailing needs across different markets.
For more on the NDC, check out these five take-aways from our Travel Tech Talk webinar on NDC
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