Did you hear that three African destinations were cited as the ‘Best in Travel’ for 2018? Do you know that Marriott International has strengthened its presence in Kenya? And that Ethiopian Airlines has added flights to Yaoundé, Libreville and launched direct flights to Zanzibar, while Emirates has strengthened its presence in Nigeria?
From new hotel openings to airline news and destinations for 2018, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting events in Africa Tourism News this week…
Three African destinations in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best in Travel
Djibouti, Mauritius and South Africa are among the Top 10 countries to visit in 2018 according to the recently announced Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 selection.
The East African country Dijbouti came in at number four on the list of top ten countries, while Mauritius was ranked at number eight and South Africa at number ten.
Marriott International strengthens presence in Kenya
Marriot International has announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, further consolidating its presence in Kenya.
Situated within the main complex of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the 172-room hotel is within easy reach from major highways and overlooks the famous Nairobi National Park.
The hotel offers fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel as well as a rooftop pool, a fitness center and a spa. With 3500 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, the hotel is an ideal venue for meetings and events.
Ethiopian Airlines adds flights to Yaoundé, Libreville, launches direct flights to Zanzibar
Ethiopian Airlines has announced the addition of a sixth weekly service to Yaoundé and Libreville from November 3. Flight ET0925 operates from Monday to Saturday, departing Addis Ababa at 08h45, landing in Libreville at 11h30. It departs for Yaoundé at 12h20, landing at 13h20 and returns from Yaoundé to Addis Ababa at 14h10 to land in the capital at 20h15.
Effective December this year, Ethiopian Airlines will also introduce thrice weekly direct flights from Addis Ababa to Zanzibar on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The airline currently operates a daily flight to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro.
Ethiopian Airlines Sales Manager (Zanzibar) Mohammed Mansour said that the airline is expanding its route network to widely introduce Africa and its untapped tourist attractions to the rest of the world and to further redefine passengers’ travel experience on board the airline.
Emirates enhances Nigeria service
Emirates has announced that it will reinstate its second daily service to Lagos and resume operations to Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, with four weekly flights from 15 December 2017.
The added frequencies to Lagos will be operated with Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. The reinstated service to Abuja will be served by a 360-seat Boeing 777-300 in a three-class configuration.
“Nigeria is a key market for Emirates and its importance is reflected by the fact that we will add 11 weekly flights between Dubai and two major cities in Nigeria, Abuja and Lagos,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa. “We thank the Nigerian authorities for facilitating the reinstatement of our flights to Abuja and Lagos which will, in turn, greatly benefit Nigerian tourism, trade, investment and economy at large.”
Carslon Rezidor enters the Maldives
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement for Radisson Blu Resort Maldives with Chang Hua Holdings.
Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, the property is one of the most anticipated new developments in Maldives in addition to being the first Radisson Blu resort in the market.