Enugu Airport Closure: Ethiopian Airlines Flies to Port Harcourt

Following the closure of Nigeria's Enugu Airport, Ethiopian Airlines will operate flights to Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State of Nigeria from September 3, 2019 until 23 November 2019. The move of operations to Port Harcourt is to maintain Ethiopian Airlines service to the South Eastern part of Nigeria while Enugu Airport is closed for renovation. The flight to Port Harcourt will be linked to Ndjamena, Chad on on September 4th and 5th. From September 5, the service will operate direct between Addis Ababa and Port Harcourt. The three weekly non-stop service will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using a Boeing 737-800NG. Flight ET0931 will depart Addis Ababa at 8

Special Treat: KLM Offers New Sustainable Chocolate in WBC

To tease its customers' taste buds, KLM has from 26 August, been offering its World Business Class passengers a new, more sustainable version of the famous chocolate houses. The cocoa used which comes from farms in Panama that participate in the CO2OL Tropical Mix project in which KLM invests, is not only has a tasty, but also an environmentally friendly tale. The CO2OL Tropical Mix project combines reforestation activities with cocoa production and forms part of KLM’s CO2ZERO service. For the past ten years, this service has enabled passengers to compensate for their CO2 emissions by investing in a CO2 reduction project. In addition to CO2 storage, the CO2OL Tropical Mix project also provid

Island Bar's New Menu Adds Perfect Sundowner Experience

Tapas – traditionally a Spanish accompaniment to drinks in the late afternoon – could have been invented for Southern Sun Hyde Park’s Island Bar in Sandton, Johannesburg. A view fit for a selfie-lover, spectacular highveld sunsets, ‘lit’ ambience, and an exceptional range of craft beers, wines, cocktails, gins and other beverages, provide the perfect accompaniment to Island Bar’s newly launched tapas and a la carte menu. The signature items include Buttermilk chicken burger on a toasted sesame bun with lettuce, jalapeno and cilantro coleslaw, buttermilk-fried chicken breast, and Sriracha mayo; Oxtail steam buns with pulled oxtail stuffed in a steamed bun and topped with apple sambal; and Fri

Kenya Airways’ Revenue Jumps 12% on Network Expansion Gains

Kenya Airways has recorded a 12.2% increase in revenue for the six months period ended June 30, 2019 attributed to the positive performance of recently introduced routes, in line with the airline’s network expansion strategy. Revenue for the first half increased to Kshs. 58.55 billion from Kshs. 52.19 billion compared to the same period last year. During an investor briefing held on Tuesday, the Kenya Airways board and management conveyed optimism that the strategic investment initiatives the airline has been implementing in the turnaround programme for the past two years are progressively paying off. According to Kenya Airways board Chairman Michael Joseph noted, the airline will continue t

Emirates Celebrates Malayalam Calendar With Burst of Flavours

To further elevate passengers' on-board experience, Emirates is celebrating the beginning of the Malayalam calendar with a burst of flavours, making it even more special for Keralites. From 1 to 13 September, the airline will serve authentic Onam dishes across all cabin classes on all its flights to and from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Emirates’ chefs and catering teams have curated delicious festive menus with the distinctive flavours of the season that remain true to the taste buds even at 40,000ft. Passengers can enjoy traditional appetisers such as kaya varuthathu or crisp banana chips, sharkara upperi, banana roasted in jaggery, and kondatta mulaku —fried sundried chillies steeped in

Marriott to Eliminate Single-Use Shower Toiletry Bottles

In a bid to save the environment, Marriott International is expanding its initiative to replace tiny, single-use toiletry bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in guestroom showers with larger, pump-topped bottles. To date, the company has already rolled out larger bottles at about 1,000 properties in North America, and now expects most of its other hotels to make the switch by December 2020. When fully implemented across the globe, the program is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills; that’s about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30% annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage. Already, over 20% of Marriott’s more than 7,000 prope

E-visa Positions Ethiopia Towards Becoming Conference Hub

Ethiopian Airlines Group connects global passengers around the world within 10 hours’ radius with its vast network of more than 120 international destinations and award-winning services. Being a major transit hub to Africa, Bole International Airport also offers conference participants easy access to get connected to the world. In the past few years, Ethiopia has taken significant strides towards making travel simple and seamless. The launch of an e-visa service for all international visitors is chief among the measures taken. Introduced as part of a national initiative to transform Ethiopia’s tourism sector, the e-visa service allows international tourists to enjoy hassle-free visa processi

PaxEx: Delta and Bombas Team Up For On-board Experience

During the month of September, Delta One customers will receive a free pair of Bombas dress socks in their in-flight amenity kits — and with each pair given on board, another will be donated on the ground. As part of the partnership, Bombas will donate 300,000 pairs of their specially designed donation socks to Covenant House, which provides care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked and exploited youth throughout the country. Bombas has a long-standing partnership with Covenant House, providing socks and support to many of their locations. Delta also supports Covenant House facilities in cities across the country, and provides volunteer support throughout the year to

Nigeria Slashes Visa Applications Fees For American Citizens

Less than 24 hours after the United States of America imposed new Visa fees on Nigerians, the Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday, responded by reducing the visa application fees for American citizens. Nigeria's Ministry of Interior, in a statement on Wednesday, announced that the visa fee of Americans had been reduced, saying that starting from 29 August, 2019, US citizens can now pay $160 for visa application. According to the Ministry of Interior, Nigeria had engaged with the United States Embassy on the issue and in the aftermath, a Committee was set up to conduct due diligence in line with the Ministry’s extant policy on reciprocity of Visa fees. The Committee had concluded its a

Four Seasons Resort Maldives Launches All-Pool Water Villas

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has launched reimagined all-pool water villas offering cool, calm and exceedingly chic overwater and loft-style living in the Maldives. Launching on November 1, 2019, the new villas will feature twice as much living space outside than in to create vastly extended indoor-outdoor hideaways that bring the ocean closer at all times. A spectacular extension brings the total outdoor area to 182 square metres, split into multiple, dedicated zones: sun-drenched decks, shaded social spots and dining areas, over-water hammocks, day bed and an al fresco shower. A new shaded oceanside living and dining pavilion with swing couch flanks the 12-metre 40 foot

Explore the World From Abuja with Ethiopian Airlines Discounts

Ethiopian Airlines has rolled out irresistible flight deals this season for passengers travelling from Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The deal includes discounts of up to 20% on flights originating from Abuja to all Ethiopian Airlines’ destinations across the world. This offer is bookable till 10 September, 2019 for travels between 1 September 2019 and 30 November 2019. Book Now With a young fleet, Ethiopian Airlines operates flights to over 120 destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. #EthiopianAirlines #Abuja #TravelDeals

Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years of Flying to India

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is preparing to celebrate 15 years of service to its largest and busiest market, India. Etihad launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi, and the Indian city of Mumbai in September 2004, within its first year of operation. Three months later, flights were also launched between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi. Today, Etihad operates 159 weekly flights to 10 destinations in India including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. Through its Abu Dhabi hub, the airline connects each of the Indian gateways to international destinations in the Middle East, Europe, the

United States Imposes New Reciprocity Visa Fees on Nigerians

Effective 29 August, 2019, Nigerian citizens applying for the United States visa, will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa categories. The new reciprocity fee range from $80 to $110 (28,8000 to N39,600) depending on the visa category, and can only be paid at the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General. According to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, the fee was imposed to reciprocate a similar fee by the Nigerian government on American citizens applying for Nigerian visa. "The total cost for a U.S. citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria is currently higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a compa

Akwaaba ATM 2019: Gambia Returns For Tourism Marketing

The DG of the Gambia Tourism Board - Abdoulie Hydara has confirmed that Nigeria is a very important market for Gambian tourism and the reason for its attendance at the Akwaaba trade fair every year. Nigerians are known as high spenders and with the close proximity to the Gambia, the country has an opportunity to penetrate fully in the Nigerian market. Many meetings are lined up during the Gambia's presence in Nigeria to showcase what the Gambia has to offer to Nigerians. Due to the importance it puts in Nigeria, the Gambia tourism board will appoint a Destination Manager to represent the Gambia towards the promotion and marketing of destination Gambia in Nigeria. The Gambia has lots of inves

Seamless Connections: Kenya Airways and Delta Expand Codeshare

Delta Airlines and Kenya Airways have expanded their codeshare deals to cover the African market even more and ensure more seamless connections in Africa. Routesonline reports that from 1 September 2019, Delta's codeshare partnership with Kenya Airways will expand to include additional four routes via Nairobi. The new routes Delta routes in Africa, operated by Kenya Airways include Nairobi – Dar es Salaam, Nairobi – Entebbe, Nairobi – Lusaka, and Nairobi – Maputo. #kenyaAirways #Delta

Emirati Women’s Day: Emirates First Officers Spread Their Wings

To mark this year’s Emirati Women’s Day, five talented and passionate Emirati First Officers at Emirates helped put the spotlight on women in aviation, and the advancement of women in the UAE, by flying to five continents on the same day. Watch the video, released on Emirates’ social media platforms, and see how these women literally spread their wings and spread a message of inspiration from the UAE to the world. Emirati women continue to make their mark in the aviation industry. In the Emirates Group, more than 1,100 Emirati women are employed across diverse functions. The women's professions span a myriad of roles across the company, from operational departments like Flight Operations and

Dive In, Make a Splash: W Hotels Debuts in Oman with W Muscat

Make a splash. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International has opened W Muscat, the brand’s newest beachfront W Escape and the second to open in the Middle East this year. Set against the stunning backdrop of the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, which form a stark contrast to the historic capital city’s lively waterfront, W Muscat sits at the intersection of the bustling Shatti Al Qurum area. The new hotel opens in an ideal locale to bring the W brand’s signature take on playful luxury to the serene waterfront of Oman. The architectural narrative of W Muscat immerses guests in the concept of exploration and the illustrious storytelling tradition of the nomadic Bedouin traveler. Its striking

Turkish Airlines Spreads Wings to Mexico City and Cancun

Turkish Airlines has expanded its world-leading network with the launch of scheduled flights to Mexico City and the coastal holiday resort of Cancún. The new linked service will be operated three times a week from Istanbul using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offering 300 seats including 30 business class seats and 270 economy class seats. With the new services, Turkish Airlines now flies to 315 destinations in 126 countries, more than any other airline. Mexico is an increasingly popular destination for international business travelers and tourists. Mexico City is the biggest city in Central America and one of the biggest in the world. Cancún is famous for its beaches, diving and entertainment –

PaxEx: Air France Introduces Vocal Assistant Platforms

Air France is meeting the needs of its increasingly connected customers and elevating their experiences by offering them its services on different vocal assistant platforms. Wherever they are in the world, Air France customers can now check the status of their flight, consult departure and arrival times and find out about the services available on board with the Google Assistant, available on smart speakers and compatible telephones. “I want to know if my flight AF1234 is delayed", "I want to know about the services on board flight AF1234", "I want to know the departure terminal of flight AF1234” are some of the questions customers can ask using the Google Assistant. Similarly, Air France al

Italian Debutants Showcase Fresh Ideas at WTM London 2019

Six exhibitors from Italy will make their debut at WTM London 2019 – the event where ideas arrive – showcasing new destinations, cutting-edge technology and fresh touring inspiration. They include Heart of the Dolomites – a new tourist board promoting digital-detox holidays in the mountainous region of northern Italy – and inbound tour operator TUO Travel, which plans to unveil new partnerships and excursions at WTM. Other new Italian exhibitors are Air Home Restaurant, a start-up peer-to-peer website, offering the chance to book social foodie experiences around the world, such as cooking shows, tastings and meals. Accommodation specialists exhibiting for the first time are Espogest, a

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