Did you know that selling travel insurance has become a lot easier for travel agents in Nigeria? Have you heard that after British Airways, Air France’s ‘Millennial’ airline Joon is now also launching direct flights to Seychelles?
From new routes, to hotel expansion in Africa and easier ways for travel agents to sell insurance, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting Africa Tourism News this week.
Amadeus teams up with Hepstar and Cornerstone in Nigeria
Thanks to Amadeus’ partnership with global insurance aggregator Hepstar, selling travel insurance has become a lot easier in Nigeria.
Travel agents in Nigeria can now sell Cornerstone Travel Insurance while making a booking in Amadeus Selling Platform and Sell Connect. They are able to add an insurance policy to a flight booking without ever having to leave the booking flow.
Rwanda to host AFRAA Summit in November
Rwanda’s national flag carrier, RwandAir, has finalised preparations to host the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) this November.
The three-day event from Nov.12 to 14 will be held in the prestigious Kigali Convention Centre in the capital Kigali. Up to 500 high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America are expected to attend.
Isiolo Airport to put Mt Kenya on the map
With the opening of the much anticipated Isiolo Airport expected soon, the Mt Kenya region is hoping to attract more visitors.
Commenting on the new airport, Regional Chairman of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers, Edward Wangeci, said: “For years, the tourism board has focused on beach and safari hubs. Here, we have the second tallest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro, and it is very scenic. With the Kenya Tourism Board focusing on the Mt Kenya region, the airport could not have come at a better time.”
Millennial airline Joon to fly to Seychelles
Air France’s new airline, Joon, which is aimed at millennial travellers has unveiled its first long-haul destinations to Mahe in Seychelles and Fortaleza in Brazil, effective from May next year.
Joon, which will be based under the watchful eye of its parent carrier at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, will first begin flying to four short-haul cities in December – Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto – before kicking off its long-haul routes.
Joon will fly Airbus A320s for its short-haul flights and A340s and A350s for its long-haul services. Food and drink menus (serving organic and non-organic fare) and entertainment systems will be available on board.
Protea Hotels by Marriott strengthens footprint in Nigeria
Protea Hotels by Marriott has announced the opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott, Owerri Select in South-Eastern Nigeria, a development, which further consolidates its presence in the country.
The 90-room hotel is located in Owerri city, the capital of Imo State. Imo State is commonly referred to as the “Heartland” and is regarded as the entertainment capital of Eastern Nigeria. The state is also a producer of oil and natural gas and is home to a large number of regional oil and financial services offices.
Commenting on the opening of the hotel, Mr. Volker Heiden, Vice President Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International said: “The opening of Protea Hotel by Marriott, Owerri Select, illustrates our confidence in the potential of Nigeria and is in line with our commitment to grow in strategic secondary cities across the continent.”