My City Tour Escapades: The Other Side of Ancient Ilorin

A few days ago, I got on a road trip to Ilorin with one of my friends named Bola. As you may already know, I love incorporating enthusiastic and tourism-orientated friends in my travel plans and trips. Bola happens to be one of such friends willing and ready to know more about tourism in Nigeria. Incidentally, she's a tourism student and trips like this widen the scope of her knowledge of tourism in particular and life in general. We got on the road to the ancient city of Ilorin, which is the capital of Kwara State. There are many untapped tourist attractions in Ilorin which are sadly, not known to many people. Those who know them don't seem to appreciate them as places of tourism interest.

British Airways Puts The World on Sale with Irresistible Offers

As one of the ways to mark its centenary year, British Airways has rolled out series of spectacular and irresistible offers to reward both existing and new customers. The centenary fares which are available for booking until July 16, include two-night breaks to European cities starting from £100, as well as offers to the USA, the Middle East and Asia. The packages from British Airways Holidays include flights and 2-night hotel stays from £100 per person to a number of European cities including Nice, Venice, Barcelona, Naples and Malaga. Three-night breaks to New York and Dubai are also available from just £379 per person and seven-night holidays to Barbados are a steal from £529 per person.

PaxEx: Etihad Airways and Al Hilal Bank Partner to Reward Guests

Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and Al Hilal Bank, have partnered to launch Al Hilal Bank Etihad Guest Visa credit card in the UAE. The programme offers UAE residents an attractive package of benefits including Silver or Gold Etihad Guest Tier Status with the first swipe of the card. Al Hilal Bank Etihad Guest Visa Credit Cards are available in Platinum, Signature and Infinite variants and offer a vast range of travel benefits, with a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 Etihad Guest Miles, which could be redeemed for a return flight from Abu Dhabi to Etihad destinations. Guests will receive 15 per cent miles back when booking a reward flight using their miles, and an annual

ITB Asia 2019 Introduces New Buyers Elite Partner Programme

ITB Asia, Asia’s Leading Travel Trade and Business to Business (B2B) Show has introduced a new Buyers Elite Partner Programme (BEPP). Under the new initiative, with every partner that recommends 15 successful buyers to attend the show, ITB Asia will provide complimentary hosting. This gives partners a platform to develop stronger trade ties with recommended buyers and secure more business opportunities together. To uphold the quality of buyers at this year’s show, ITB Asia has been working closely with industry partners old and new, from the MICE, Corporate and Leisure segments. Corporate partners this year include the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), Corporate Travel Ma

Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Flight to Garowe, Somalia

Ethiopian Airlines has concluded plans to launch flight service to Garowe, Somalia, via Bossaso, Somalia effective 15 July 2019. The three-weekly service to Garowe will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays using a Bombardier DH8 aircraft. As with Ethiopian's flight to Mogadishu, Somalia, the new service will significantly strengthen the long-standing people-to-people, economic and political ties between the two countries. The Garowe service will also enable Somalians in diaspora to travel to their homeland via Addis Ababa as well as get connected to the world through Ethiopian's global network of over 120 destinations. Ethiopian Airlines launched its debut flight to Somalia, Mogadis

KLM Offers Inspiration with Travel Guide on Amazon Alexa

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has become the world’s first airline to offer an inspirational service via the Amazon Alexa smart speaker. In conversation with the KLM bot, users are advised on suitable destinations, using a combination of images and spoken text. Users will also immediately be informed of the ticket price. All Alexa users are now able to go in search of the KLM destination best suited to their wishes. KLM’s Travel Guide offers inspiration as well as personal advice in terms of flight duration, budget, travel dates and specifications, such a “city trip” or “beach holiday”. Based on this information, KLM suggests the destination that best fulfils the passenger’s wishes, along with th

Ignite Your Travel Imaginations with RwandAir's Deals

Whether you're travelling for business or for pleasure, RwandAir has rolled out hot offers to help you fly more and pay less while igniting your travel imaginations. The limited-time offer allows you to enjoy a 25% discount savings when you book a flight to any of the airline's destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. ‪This offer is bookable from 24 June to 4 July, 2019 for travels between 21 June, and 14 July. To benefit from this great offer, book your flight using this promo code 210619. Book Now Operating from Kigali the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines in the region. It is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service an

MICE Expansion: Bench Events Acquires Adria Hotel Forum

Bench Events has acquired southeast Europe’s leading hotel investment conference, Adria Hotel Forum, as it expands its global presence as a trusted organiser of hospitality investment forums and business events. Having co-founded the globally renowned International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Bench Events chairman, Jonathan Worsley, has continued to develop and deliver some of the most impactful hospitality investment and aviation conferences globally. The events organized by Bench events include the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, the Global Restaurant Investment Forum and AviaDev. Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), which was founded in 2013, h

Ethiopian Airlines Signs $500 Million Deal with Collins Aerospace

Ethiopian Airlines has signed a $500 million partnership deal with Collins Aerospace, one of the world's largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 25-year agreement covers maintenance of heat exchangers, air management systems and fuel metering units on 60 De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprops. Within its strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, Ethiopian Airlines envisions making its MRO unit the leading service provider in Africa with revenue close to $600 million. Ethiopian MRO unit has seen significant growth over the past decade and currently provides airframe maintenance on the Airbus A350XWB, Boeing 737/757/767/777/787, Bombardier Q100/Q200/

Virgin Atlantic Rolls Out Ticket Deals For Nigerian Passengers

To celebrate 18 years of flying to Lagos, Virgin Atlantic has rolled out anniversary travel deals for passengers travelling from Lagos to London and the United States of America. Economy Light offers start from USD310 return, Economy Classic deals start from USD390 return, while Economy Delight starts from USD480 return. Upper Class Deals start from The special fares are bookable until 8 July 2019. Outbound travel dates are from 15 September 2019 to 30 November 2019. Return flight must be within 12 months of outbound flight. This fare is exclusive of all taxes, and valid on direct round-trip flights from Lagos to London Heathrow and Lagos to United States destinations. Book Now. #Virgi

British Airways Launches New Amenity Kits For World Traveller Plus

British Airways is rolling out the next phase of its investment in its premium economy, World Traveller Plus cabin, by introducing a range of new amenities for customers. New amenity kits using material from recycled plastic bottles will be introduced from July 1 and will include all the essential items travellers need for a flight, including an eyeshade, soft socks, a pen, a toothbrush and toothpaste and lip balm from the Scaramouche & Fandango range. More comfort will be delivered through a stylish new quilt and cushion with the herringbone design that is synonymous with the pattern that runs throughout the airline’s First cabin. The new amenities, which are set to take to the skies from J

Etihad Airways Set to Launch Flights to Alexandria, Egypt

Etihad Airways is set to launch seasonal summer flights from Abu Dhabi to the beautiful and historic Egyptian city of Alexandria. Between 2 July and 31 August, Etihad Airways will operate scheduled flights between the two cities on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays an Airbus A320 aircraft. Outbound flights will depart Abu Dhabi at 2.15pm every, arriving in Alexandria at 4:00 pm. Return flights will depart Alexandria at 4:50pm, arriving back in Abu Dhabi at 10:40. With the addition of these seasonal services, Etihad will operate a total of 32 flights per week to Egypt - 28 flights to Cairo and four to Alexandria. Alexandria is one of oldest continuously-inhabited locations in the wor

Turkish Airlines Inaugurates Direct Istanbul-Port Harcourt Route

Turkish Airlines has commenced direct flights between Istanbul and Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the South-South region of Nigeria. The inaugural flight was operated on 24 June, 2019. With the new direct service, passengers from Port Harcourt can now experience the airline’s on board hospitality four times a week aboard the Boeing 737-900ER. Turkish Airlines flies to more destinations than any other airline in the world. It has the highest presence of any international airline in Africa where it currently flies to 55 destinations. Port Harcourt is Turkish Airlines’ third destination in Nigeria after Lagos and Abuja. The expansion to Port Harcourt entrenches Turkish Airlines’ position in the

World of Hyatt Loyalty Members to Earn Points From Alila Hotels

To give World of Hyatt loyalty members more options to earn and redeem points, Hyatt Hotels has introduced Alila Hotels into the World of Hyatt loyalty program beginning June 25, 2019. This program expansion allows World of Hyatt members to enjoy more unique stay options, earn and redeem points as well as in-hotel benefits at 16 Alila properties in Asia, Southwest Asia and the U.S. This deal follows Hyatt’s November 2018 acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality and its recent integration of the Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre brands, with the Destination Hotels brand set to follow later this year. Following the completion of the Alila Hotels integration on July 16, 2019, more than 40 hotels ac

Qatar Airways Debuts in Portugal with Direct Flights to Lisbon

Qatar Airways’ first ever passenger flight to Portugal landed at Lisbon Airport on Monday 24 June 2019, as the airline adds to its rapidly expanding European network. The new daily direct services to Lisbon will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, offering 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. Business Class passengers enjoy fully lie-flat beds as well as a five-star food and beverage service served ‘dine on demand’. Passengers can also enjoy Oryx One, the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, , offering up to 4,000 options. The service opens up a world of connectivity for customers travelling from Lisbon to destinatio

Cookies in Space: DoubleTree Sends Hospitality into Orbit

If you haven't tasted made-in space cookies before (I'm not sure anyone has though), you might just be on the verge of doing so, and it'll be the DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie. DoubleTree by Hilton will take hospitality to new heights when its famous chocolate chip Cookie becomes the first food baked in space inside a prototype oven designed to make long-duration space travel more hospitable. Later this year, DoubleTree by Hilton will make aerospace history when a batch of DoubleTree Cookie dough is launched along with the prototype oven in a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a landmark microgravity experiment. Working in partnership with Zero G Kitchen, wh

AviaDev Contributes R3.3 Million to South Africa’s GDP

An independent analysis by I&M Futureneer Advisors of the economic impact created by AviaDev Africa, indicates that it generated R3.3 million of direct expenditure with R525,000 in tax income to the government. This figure considers the deals and new routes that Cape Town and South Africa secured and derives the estimated value on the country’s GDP. Further analysis of the figures also suggests that the event helped to sustain 16 full time and part time employment opportunities. Later this year, AviaDev is holding its 2nd Air Service Development training workshop on 23-24 September in Addis Ababa. This workshop will deliver hands on knowledge and enable participants to effectively market

South African Airways Wins Big at Skytrax Awards 2019

South African Airways (SAA) has claimed the Skytrax award for Best Airline Staff Service in Africa for the seventh time, reaffirming its vision as the leading airline on the African continent. The airline also won awards for Best Cabin Crew in Africa 2019; Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa 2019, and Best Business Class Lounge in Africa 2019. The Best Airline Staff Service award recognizes service excellence across the entire spectrum of front-line customer service touch points. The award covers South African Airways’ staff service for both airport and on-board experience. Customer satisfaction scoring evaluates all aspects of staff service efficiency, friendliness and service hospital

Air France-KLM and Accor Hotels Partner to Reward Guests

Accor Hotels and Air France-KLM are strengthening their existing partnership by offering a dual reward scheme to their entire global loyalty customer base. Under the new deal, customers will earn Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward Points automatically when flying with Air France and/or KLM or staying at an Accor hotels. This new partnership offers customers more opportunities to earn and redeem. It allows both the Air France-KLM and Accor Group to reward their members across more stages of their journey. To take advantage of the service, members must link their accounts on www.flyingblue.com or on Le Club AccorHotels website. #AirFrance #KLM #AccorHotels #TravelDeals

Tsogo Sun Hotels Rolls Out Deals to Mark 50th Birthday

It’s Tsogo Sun Hotels’ 50th birthday! To celebrate, the hotel is giving away amazing specials of up to 50% off on accommodation at selected hotels over the winter holidays. Book a SunBreaks vacay at any of the participating hotels, save up to 50% and experience a holiday made of memories, while creating truly magical and fond holiday memories Rates are quoted per room per night and include breakfast. Two kids under 18 stay and eat breakfast free when sharing a family room with two adults, at select hotels. The birthday offers are valid from 15 June – 15 August 2019. Rates are applicable for bookings of up to 4 rooms and are not available for group and conference bookings #TsogoSun #TravelDea

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