Etihad Cargo Selects ECS Group to Drive Provide New Regional Sales

In line with the implementation of the new global sales distribution structure across its network, Etihad Cargo has selected ECS Group to deliver a significant scope of its new regional sales operating model across multiple-territories. Etihad Cargo has entered into Cargo Service Provider (CSP) agreements with ECS Group’s subsidiary company Globe Air to provide customer service, reservations, post-flight support, operations support, accounting and billing support services in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Etihad Cargo will itself lead sales activities in those territories through its own commercial organization. Furthermore, throug

Aviation Africa 2020 Opens Next Week in Addis Ababa

One of the most strategically important aviation events in the 2020 calendar opens next week at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 4 to 5 March, 2020. Aviation Africa is a 2-day summit and exhibition under the theme ‘Creating a sustainable future for Africa’s aviation industry – Financially, operationally and environmentally – how Africa must adapt for tomorrow’s world’. Bringing together leaders across the civil aviation industry to discuss and debate the key issues that are driving change across the African Continent. Airline leaders from across the continent will be joining Ethiopian Airlines either on panels or in the audience including Air Uganda, Mauritania Airl

Travel Gurls Beach Volleyball Debuts Amidst Maximum Fun

The much anticipated Travel Gurls Beach Volleyball Tournament made its debut amidst fun and celebration. The event which held on the 22nd of February, 2020, at West Side Beach Resort, served the intended purpose, as girls won prizes for having fun. The trio of Gladys Ejoke of Kenya Airways, Deborah Patrick-Akhaba of Tripz and Adventures and Uju Oputa beat two other teams on a set of 2 to 15 points and 4 to 15 points respectively, to cart home the trophy. The trophies won included a weekend stay in Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort Uyo in Akwa Ibom State. The trophy was courtesy Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort and Vecta Travels. In the words of Gladys Ejoke who led her team to victory remarked that, "this ha

Going Places Together: Qatar Airways Codeshares with American Airlines

Qatar Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with American Airlines in a move that will increase commercial cooperation, bolster connectivity and create hundreds of new travel options for millions of customers. The new agreement will establish a partnership at a global level between two of the world’s most connected airlines, linking airport hubs in the US to Hamad International Airport in Doha. The codeshare will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel on American Airlines’ domestic flights departing Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia, The deal also covers American Airlines’ international flights to and from Europe, the Caribbean, as well as Central a

Ethiopian Airlines Rolls Out In-flight WiFi on Boeing 787 and Boeing 777

Following the successful launch of onboard Wi-Fi internet connectivity service on its A350 fleet, Ethiopian Airlines has now started rolling out the service to its Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 fleet. The internet service has already been activated on three Boeing 777 aircraft with more aircraft to join the service in the near future. Dubbed ‘Shebaskyconnect’, the service takes passengers’ onboard experience to a new level enabling them to enjoy seamless connectivity with the latest broadband satellite technology throughout their travel. Passengers can access the inflight connectivity service by purchasing vouchers at Ethiopian Airlines sales outlets including Addis Ababa International Airport c

Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa Joins Tsogo Sun Luxury Portfolio

Tsogo Sun Hotels will officially welcome the Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa in Hermanus, South Africa to its luxury portfolio effective 1 April 2020. Located in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, the 145-bedroom hotel includes facilities such as a top 10 nationally ranked championship golf course, an award-winning spa and conferencing facilities for up to 350 delegates. The hotel is 70kms from Cape Town International Airport and is on the doorsteps of both Kleinmond and Hermanus, ensuring that its peaceful setting is completely accessible. The addition of the Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa to Tsogo Sun Hotels’ portfolio enhances the group’s luxury property offering. Tsogo Sun Hotels is Africa’s l

Dana Air Increases Flight Frequencies Across Network

As part of it route consolidation and expansion project, Nigeria’s Dana Air has introduced additional flights on it Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo routes. The additional flights which will be operated by the airline’s latest Boeing 737 aircraft, will bring the total number of the airlines daily flight to 36 daily. Dana Air created the additional flights in commitment to its strategic route expansion program, and its bid to provide passengers with seamless connectivity and altruistic options. The additional flights include: Lagos –Port Harcourt at 6.48 and 12.06 daily, Port Harcourt to Lagos at 17.01 and 13.50, Abuja to Uyo at 8.37am and Uyo to Abuja at 10.35am. Other additional flights

SITAONAIR to Provide In-flight Connectivity For Air Côte d’Ivoire

Air Côte d’Ivoire has selected SITAONAIR for inflight connectivity across its new fleet of A320neo aircraft to enable enhanced levels of passenger satisfaction. The deployment, due in September 2020, will see Air Côte d’Ivoire’s new fleet enter into service with both SITAONAIR’s Mobile ONAIR and Internet ONAIR Wi-Fi over Inmarsat’s cutting-edge GX Aviation network. The airline’s selection is set to meet increasing passenger demand for the ultimate level of speed and seamless connection. SITAONAIR’s Internet ONAIR portal will also provide Air Côte d’Ivoire with a host of additional services with the potential for new ancillary revenue, as well as personalized content for its passengers. The a

British Airways Enhances NDC with New Capability and Content

British Airways is strengthening its New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform with significant new initiatives which will enable agents to better integrate and manage NDC in the operational environment. The initiatives will accelerate the benefits available to customers who book through NDC enabled travel agents. NDC is a travel industry-supported programme launched by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to improve communications between airlines and travel agents. NDC facilitates access to a richer and more complete inventory from the airlines, as well as access to the wider range of services they offer, than was possible through legacy systems. The latest changes will driv

Radisson Hotel Opens Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis

Radisson Hotel Group has opened Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis, the latest property in the Group’s rapidly expanding portfolio across the Middle East. Located at Dubai Digital Park, Dubai’s first ever smart city project built with the latest AI and IOT technologies, Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis brings RED’s forward-thinking style to the desert. The brand presents a playful twist on conventional hotel stays with a culinary hangout with a casual feel and a buzzing social scene. Using integrated technology and bold design personality, Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis comprises of 104 contemporary designed rooms, eight suites and 59 apartments made created with millennials in mind. Signatu

Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort Hosts Trade Partners in Lagos

On Wednesday 19 February 2020, the Commercial team at Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort hosted a Sales & PR Cocktail Dinner in Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with Cabo Verde Airlines. Following the launch of the direct route from Lagos to Sal Island by the national airline, Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort and Cabo Verde airlines invited key stakeholders within the tourism industry in Lagos. The event which took place at the Hard Rock Café, Victoria Island Lagos, was attended by Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, as well as media and influencers who were urged to promote Cape Verde as a destination. The very successful event, followed by meetings during the entire week, was a pioneering and smart mov

Air France to Launch New long-haul service to Chennai in India

Air France will launch a new long-haul service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Chennai in India with effect from 14 June 2020. The three-weekly service will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 with a capacity of 279 seats including 30 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 228 in Economy class. Flight AF108 will leave Paris-CDG at 10:10 local time, and arrive in Chennai at 23:30. Flight AF107 will leave Chennai at 01:05 local time and arrive Paris-CDG at 08:00. During the summer season, flights will operate from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and from Chennai on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tickets will be available as from 2 March 2020 on Che

Emirates Wins Big at Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards

Emirates’ stellar wine programme was recognized at the Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards held in London on Monday, 24 February, 2020. The airline picked up multiple awards including 2 Gold awards, 2 Silver awards and a Bronze award for its carefully curated wine lists. The awards include: Gold Business Class Fortified - Dow's Colheita Port, 1992, Douro Valley, Portugal First Class Fortified - Vin de Constance Klein Constantia 2013, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa Silver Business Class Rosé - Whispering Angel 2018, Côtes de Provence, France First Class Red - Les Forts de Latour, 2005, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France Bronze First Class Fizz - Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 – Plénitud

Hyatt Expands in Turkey with Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park

A Hyatt Hotels Corporation affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Orjin Konaklama Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş. for the first Hyatt branded hotel in Izmir, Turkey. Expected to open in 2021, the 161-room hotel marks the seventh Hyatt branded property in Turkey and the brand’s entry into Izmir, the country’s third largest and one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean. Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be part of a new major development, Istinye Park Izmir, slated to become a local landmark comprising of a high-end shopping mall and an impressive 860,000 square foot (80,000 square meter) park. Located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the airport, the hotel will be in close proximi

Cabo Verde Airlines Stops Flying to Salvador in Brazil

Cabo Verde Airlines will stop flying between Sal in Cape Verde and Salvador in Brazil with effect from March 1, 2020, reports Lusa. The airline cited fleet utilization due to expansion and launch of new destinations in 2020 for Europe and Africa, as the reason for this cancellation. The last outbound flight from Sal will operate on 2 March, 2020 while the last inbound flight from Salvador will operate on 3 March, 2020. According to the airline, all passengers affected by the cancellation will be accommodated on flights out of Recife or Fortaleza. Passengers who don’t want to change tickets will get full refund. At this point, it is not clear whether the company plans to resume flights on the

British Airways Increases Frequencies to Popular Destinations

British Airways is adding more flights to some of its most popular destinations in the US and South Africa from April. The airline will be increasing its services from Heathrow to Miami, Seattle and Cape Town, offering those customers who want to travel during the busy spring period more flexibility. British Airways recently announced that it would be increasing services next winter from Gatwick to Cape Town, St Lucia and Cancun. The airline will also be launching six new European routes starting from July from Heathrow to Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey. As always, members of the British Airways Executive Club can earn Avios on their British Airways booking. Avios can be spent

Southern Sun Rosebank Hotel Launches with New Grill House

One of Rosebank’s most iconic properties has relaunched as Southern Sun Rosebank and proudly houses what is destined to become Rosebank’s favourite grillhouse, The Grill Jichana Dating back to 1924 when it opened as a residential house and then a two-storey hotel owned by SA Breweries in 1932, the Rosebank hotel has provided leisure and business travellers with a convenient, stylish base from which to explore and do business in Gauteng. Tsogo Sun Hotels, through the Hospitality Property Fund, has proudly managed the property since 2009. The public spaces have been rejuvenated to evolve the DNA of the hotel. From the reception area with a monotone graphic metallised map of Rosebank, to the ma

KLM Group Breaks New Record in Centenary Year

KLM has released its 2019 records which indicated that the airline’s revenues increased by 1.7%, rising to over EUR 11 billion in 2019. This is a new record. The KLM Group also broke a second record in its centenary year, carrying more than 44 million passengers, with KLM welcoming 35 million and Transavia 9 million. KLM’s operating income amounted to EUR 853 million, with a margin of 7.7%. Owing to higher fuel costs and a challenging cargo market, this result was lower than that achieved in 2018. Thanks to the airline’s good operating results, KLM was able to invest more than EUR 1.3 billion in customers, staff, fleet, digitization, lounges and other facilities in 2019, as was the case

Le Spa Casablanca Celebrates Women’s Day with Special Offer

Le Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca has chosen to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020 with a month long special offer. All female guests will receive 30 minutes of complimentary massage time when booking a Maison d’Asa hammam of their choice. International Women’s Day marks an important celebration for the advancement of women’s right as well as achievements. Spa Manager Marie Cuvellier is delighted to be able to extend this offer as a gesture of goodwill to local as well as new guests. The Offer Book any Maison d’Asa hammam treatment of choice and receive a complimentary 30 minute massage Offer available from March 1 to 31, 2020 Offer is only valid subject to prior rese

Rejuvenate in Accra With Kempinski Hotel's Weekend Offer

Whether you want it quiet or loud, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, has created the perfect package to help you relax and rejuvenate on weekends. The weekend offer gives you the opportunity to book a stay for two nights in Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra from Friday to Sunday and enjoy 15% discount on rooms. In addition to the 15% discount, you also get to enjoy Complimentary mini bar in room, and complimentary Wi-Fi. This offer is valid until 31 December 2020. Offer is subject to availability and local taxes. Booking must be guaranteed with a valid credit card. Bask in the warmth of the city of Accra and indulge in the hotel's Mediterranean-inspired meals, and signature cocktai



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