Network Expansion: Ethiopian Airlines Spreads Wings to Russia

Ethiopian Airlines will connect Africa and Russia with the launch of a new flight service between Addis Ababa and Moscow, Russia with effect from December 5, 2018. The thrice-weekly service which will be linked to Istanbul service, will be operated with the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. With the new service to Moscow, Ethiopian Airlines will connect Russia with 59 destinations in Africa, thereby facilitating better trade, investment and tourism relations between the two regions. Moscow is Russia’s capital and its political, economic and cultural center. It is the most populated city not just in Russia but also in Europe. Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing Airline in Afr

Emirates Skywards Introduces New On-demand Taxi App

Emirates Skywards has launched an on-demand taxi booking app called Emirates Skywards Cabforce in partnership with CarTrawler – the first of its kind in the world. The mobile travel companion app offers loyalty members affordable and efficient transportation service in 27 countries and 117 cities across the world with more countries in the pipeline. Cabforce mobile app allows members to book safe and reliable private taxis, executive cars and minibuses. Members can earn Skywards Miles on every ride booked through the app. The app offers fixed price quotes, online credit card payment and electronic receipts for every journey. The Emirates Skywards Cabforce app is free to download on iOS or An

Inside the Refreshed and Re-Energized Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai’s much loved landmark luxury hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, has re-opened following a 5 month refurbishment. Here’s everything you need to know about the re-energised hotel! The new look The refurbishment has been inspired by Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s location – the sea, the sand and the iconic hallowing sail. The result is a space that is contemporary yet warm, with white, gold and blue accents throughout sharing a seamless connection with nature. The new arrival From the moment guests arrive into a much lighter and airy lobby atrium, offering alluring views of the iconic Burj Al Arab the interior design evokes moments of the sea. High above the lobby hang three kinetic art installations,

Turkish Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines Sign FFP Agreement

In addition to its existing partnerships with 27 Star Alliance member airlines, Turkish Airlines has launched a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Partnership with Brazilian carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines by signing an agreement. The agreement was signed in the Azul Brazilian Airlines Headquarters in Sao Paulo, by Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer, Ahmet Olmuştur and Azul Brazilian Airlines Chief Financial Officer, Alexandre Wagner Malfitani in the presencesof executives from both sides, and representatives from international and local press. Miles&Smiles members now will be able to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by Azul Brazilian Airlines, as of January 1, 2019. Reciprocall

Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi Launches New Brunch Service

Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel Nairobi has introduced Bubbly Brunch, a new intercontinental dining service that will transform dining experience in Nairobi. Designed to further elevate guests' gastronomic experience, the new Seven Cuisine Bubbly Brunch features Italian, German, Arabian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese as well as Kenyan cuisines. Among other things, Nairobi's exquisite Bubbly Brunch features free flow Prosecco, cocktails, sparkling wine, juice bar and draught beer. Bubbly Brunch offers exhilarating entertainment and a dedicated children's corner to give parents more time to indulge in an uninterrupted dining experience. Bubbly Brunch takes place every Sunday at the hotel's Cafe Villa R

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Storms Botswana to Promote "Do KZN"

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) will be heading to Botswana from November 1-4, at the Game City Mall in Gaborone to promote KZN as a “must visit” destination for visitors, travel agents, tour operators and wedding and event planners. The Tourism Authority has been on an aggressive campaign to promote their domestic tourism campaign “Do KZN” focusing mainly on some landlocked provinces in the country such as Gauteng and the Free State ahead of the upcoming summer season. Tourism KZN will also be taking two emerging tourism entrepreneurs to Botswana - Leisure Holidays and Romaflo Travel – who are part of the Authority’s SMME Development Program who will meet agents and operators (trade) from

PaxEx: Emirates Unveils World's First Integrated Biometric Path

Emirates is gearing up to launch the world’s first “biometric path” that will offer its customers a smooth and truly seamless airport journey at the airline’s hub in Dubai International airport. Utilising the latest technology, passengers can check in for their flights, complete immigration formalities, enter Emirates Lounge, and board their flights, by strolling through the airport. The biometric equipment has been installed at Terminal 3 of Dubai airport and can be found at select check-in counters, Emirates Lounge in Concourse B and at select boarding gates. Trials for the Smart Tunnel, a project by the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) in collaborat

PaxEx: KLM Launches New In-flight Meal Service for KLC

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched a new meal service for Business Class passengers on its KLM Cityhopper (KLC) flights from the forthcoming winter schedule onwards. With effect from 28 October 2018, Business Class passengers on KLM Cityhopper (KLC) will be served new, high quality meals which are now more substantial and varied. The meals which are served in the Europe Business Class (EBC) Box, now have more individual elements. Granola & jam for yoghurt as well as salad dressing & nuts are now separately served. Until noon, customers will be served fresh fruit and cold cuts consisting of cheese and meat with a hot roll. After noon, they will be served a salad and side dishes including a

First Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in London Opens

Kimpton Fitzroy London, the first hotel from boutique luxury brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the UK, has opened its doors in London’s Bloomsbury neighbourhood. The hotel combines late-Victorian heritage with a modern vibe. The glamour of the building paired with Kimpton's signature service brings a new exclusive hotel offering to London. Set on Russell Square, Kimpton Fitzroy London features 334 luxurious rooms and suites, a large ballroom, various restaurants and bars, modern meeting rooms and a 24-hour fitness centre. A true homage to British history and design, the hotel is named after the original architect of the building, Charles Fitzroy Doll, a Titan of British architecture in

Tourism: Ethiopia Introduces Visa on Arrival For All Africans

This is a good news for travellers, especially tourists. Ethiopia will begin to issue visa on arrival to all Africans starting November 9, 2018. This development was made known by Fitsum Arega, chief of staff at the Ethiopian Prime Minister Office, on Friday. According to Arega, the visa-on-arrival policy for fellow African visitors is in line with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's vision of a closer and full integration in the continent. "Consistent with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's vision of a closer and full regional integration in Africa, where minds are open to ideas and markets are open to trade, Ethiopia will start on arrival visa to all Africans starting from Nov. 9, 2018," Arega said

Kenya Airways Inaugurates Non-Stop Nairobi-New York Service

His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya today flagged off Kenya Airways first ever non-stop daily flight from Nairobi at 22:25 to New York City arriving at 6:55 AM EST. This marks a major milestone for Kenya Airways by becoming the first airline in East Africa to offer a non-stop direct flight from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Kenya to John F. Kennedy International Airport in the United States. The non-stop flights between Nairobi and New York City is set to provide a seamless experience for business and leisure travelers alike. It will open up Kenya and the region to the world. The opening of the New York City destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Ai

Italy Celebrates Tourism Boost with WTM London Sponsorship

Italy reported a 5.3% increase in arrivals to the destination in 2017 and next year is set to be an important one for the destination as it commemorates 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci and welcomes visitors to the city of Matera – European Capital of Culture 2019. During WTM London 2018, the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) will sponsor the WTM Buyers’ Club, while it will also have an increased presence around London. Initiatives include a stand creative at Waterloo Station on the Sunday November 4, before WTM London and the first day of the show, Monday November 5, while the destination will also be featured on digital bus stops in Oxford Street during WTM week. In addit

Beyond the Straw: Delta Removes Single-Use Plastics Onboard

To be more environmental-friendly, Delta is continuing the removal of single-use plastic items, including stir sticks, wrappers, utensils and straws from its aircraft and Delta Sky Clubs. The ongoing effort comes on the heels of the airline's leading move to remove plastic wrap from international Main Cabin cutlery in April, and is expected to eliminate more than 300,000 pounds in plastic waste annually – that's more than the weight of two Boeing 757 aircraft. Delta is already replacing plastic straws and stir sticks in Delta Sky Clubs with bamboo drink stirrers and birch stir sticks, while customers onboard will see the elimination of red plastic straws and stir sticks in favor of the s

Taj Cape Town Offers Cape Town’s Fastest Hotel WiFi

Guests staying at Taj Cape Town can now surf, stream and work on the fastest hotel internet WiFi connection in the City of Cape Town, thanks to an upgrade to a 500Mbps fibre line. The lightning-fast WiFi will be available in the hotel’s rooms, restaurants, conference rooms and public areas and offers guests uncapped and unshaped access, without additional fees. With the increasing trend of non-verbal communications, the new fast WiFi connectivity at Taj Cape Town will aid business travelers, who need to stay in touch via video conferencing. The increased connectivity speed at Taj Cape Town will also facilitate bandwidth-heavy 4K video calls, allowing travelling workers to share information d

See The World More with South African Airways Travel Deals

South African Airways has rolled out October deals for passengers travelling from Africa to some of its popular destinations around the world. Whether you want to discover the many surprises of London or the iconic skyscrapers of New York or the beautiful skyline of Hong Kong, the special offers will ignite your imagination. Deals include flights from Accra to New York (from USD 1,628), Nairobi to Perth (from USD 1,588), Lagos to Sao Paulo (from USD 1,069), Nairobi to Frankfurt (from USD 1,469). Other deals are Dakar to Washington (from XOF 574,700), Harare to London (from USD 860), Windhoek to Munich (from NAD 10,353), and Blantrye to Hong Kong (from USD 1,046). These deals which are for re

Qatar Airways Increases Flight Frequency to The Maldives

Qatar Airways has added an additional daily flight to the Maldives, providing passengers with even more flexibility and choice when planning a getaway to the tropical island paradise. The new service to Malé Velana International Airport, which is set to launch on 28 October 2018, is part of the airline’s expansion plan in Asia. Qatar Airways currently operates 14 weekly flight from Doha to the Maldives. The additional service will be operated by both the A330-300 and A320-200 aircraft, and will take the number of weekly flights to 21. In October 2017, the airline upgraded its double-daily A330 service to the Maldives with an A350 featuring a total of 283 seats, with 36 Business class seats a

Hospitality: Cape Town's 26 Sunset Villa Redefines Luxury

26 Sunset Villa in Cape Town, South Africa is a remarkable property with an architectural design that compliments the natural elements of stone and wood as well as a deck showcasing 180 degree views of the ocean. It features ultra-modern interiors, a tablet controlled home entertainment system, a solar heated swimming pool and open plan wooden bathrooms complete with trickling rain showers. The location and design combine to offer guests secluded tranquility and perfect opportunities to relax, revive & reboot after enjoying the exhilarations Cape Town has on offer. Fall asleep to the sounds of crashing waves and awake to a fresh ocean breeze scented dawn. Leave feeling utterly spoilt and ins

Air Peace Flight Returns to Base Over Cabin Pressurization

An Air Peace aircraft operating Flight 7252 from Lagos to Owerri on Thursday returned to base after the crew observed a change in the aircraft's cabin pressure. In a statement, Air Peace said the captain of the flight descended to a level where it would be comfortable for passengers before making a return to Lagos in line with global best practices in the aviation industry. Upon safely landing in Lagos, passengers on board, who had remained calm, were transferred to an alternate aircraft and flown to Owerri. Regretting the inconvenience and discomfort caused to customers on board the flight, the airline assured members of the public that the incident had nothing to do with the engines

Etihad Airways Deploys Boeing 787 to Kuala Lumpur and Brussels

Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 on its daily scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, effective 20 December this year, and to Brussels, effective 3 January 2019. The new two-class 787 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. The 28 Business Studios feature direct aisle access, a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches upholstered in fine Poltrona Frau Leather, in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. Guests can also enjoy mobile connectivity, onb

PaxEx: British Airways Invests in New Customer Service Initiative

As part of its plans to enhance the overall passenger experience, British Airways has initiated a multi-million pounds investment in training its staff at London Heathrow Airport. The investment which is beginning with customer service hosts at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, is part of the airline’s plan to have the most skilled, responsive and flexible customer team. As part of a new approach, between now and next summer a huge training operation will get underway to enable every host to help customers across a range of different areas. The trained staff will be able to help passengers with ticketing, flight re-booking, changing flight reservations, finding delayed luggage or providing up to date f

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