Do you know that Amadeus signed a new airline? And have you heard that there were zero fatalities in aviation in Africa during the last year?
We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting Africa tourism news this week, from new hotel openings to new flights and statistics.
Radisson RED opens in Africa
The Radisson RED Cape Town has opened its doors in the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District, making it the first Radisson RED branded property on the African continent.
The hotel will offer: free, unlimited, high-speed WiFi that can be accessed throughout the building; a fully equipped gym; four events and games studios equipped with the latest technology; a rooftop grill, bar and pool; and 252 studios. Further to this, the hotel is pet friendly and prides itself on only stocking local beer.
Kenya Airways gets green light for USA
Kenya Airways has been given a permit to operate direct flights to the United States.
The foreign air carrier permit is effective 5 September and allows the airline to engage in “scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail from any point or points behind Kenya, via any point or points in Kenya and any intermediate points, to any point or points in the United States and beyond”.
Amadeus signs another airline in East Africa
Amadeus has signed another airline! Travel agents can now book Jubba Airways on the Amadeus system.
So, the next time your clients are jetting off to Somalia, Kenya ,Djibouti, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, you can now book them on Jubba Airways on your trusted Amadeus system.
Air Seychelles launches new scenic flights offering aerial view of Mahé
The Seychelles’ national airline – Air Seychelles has started offering ‘scenic flights’ in a bid to offer more products especially for tourists holidaying in the island nation.
Air Seychelles’ panoramic flights at low altitudes will allow guests to experience a bird’s eye view of some of the most beautiful spots of the Seychelles’ main island Mahé. The 30-minute flight departing the Seychelles International Airport, is designed to take guests on a tour of either North Mahé or South Mahé.
No airline accidents in Africa in the last year
In 2016 aviation in sub-Saharan Africa had its best performance within the last decade, with zero passenger fatalities and zero jet hull losses, according to IATA.
Globally, 65 accidents with 268 fatalities were recorded last year, but sub-Saharan Africa’s zero passenger fatalities and jet hull losses is a cause for celebrations.