New airline routes, new hotel openings and new tourism agreements… Africa has once again been a hive of activity this week.
Check out the following exciting news developments in tourism across Africa this week:
Delta launches flights from JFK to Nigeria
Delta has announced it will add a second route to Lagos, Nigeria, in March next year. The flight, from New York JFK, will join Delta’s existing Lagos service from its hub in Atlanta.
Flights will depart three times per week on a two-cabin Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Air Namibia also introduces new routes to Nigeria and Ghana
Air Namibia will fly to Accra, Ghana with a stop in Lagos, Nigeria. The route for the two new destinations will be Windhoek-Lagos-Accra on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using the Airbus A319-100.
“The operating schedule and flight timings allow smooth and convenient connections inbound and outbound to our regional flights, connecting West Africa via Windhoek to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Vic Falls, Gaborone, Walvis Bay and Durban,” said the airline in a statement.
FlySafair unveils new routes in South Africa
FlySafair has unveiled the flight schedule for its new routes from Durban to Port Elizabeth and from Durban to East London.
The 6-weekly flight to East London will launch on November 27 and will depart from Durban at 09h50 to arrive in East London at 11h05. Return flights depart East London at 11h30 to arrive in Durban at 12h45. From December 2, the airline will introduce a daily flight.
The flight to Port Elizabeth will launch on November 27 as well with a 6-weekly schedule, which will become a daily schedule from December 2.
13 new hotels to open in Kenya
A total of 13 hotels are set to open their doors in Kenya over the next five years, growing the bed space by more than 2,400 rooms, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
“Kenya benefited from the lifting of travel advisories … and growth in domestic tourism in a strong economic environment, as well as a series of incentives introduced by the government,” reads part of the report. The incentives include elimination of VAT on park fees, removal of visa fees for children as well as the reduction in park fees by Kenya Wildlife Service.
New York City and Cape Town sign tourism agreement
NYC & Company, the US City’s official destination marketing organisation, joined Cape Town Tourism to sign a first-ever city-to-city partnership to boost tourism between Cape Town and New York City.
This is the first agreement of its kind NYC & Company has signed with a destination marketing organisation on the African continent.
The two-year alliance includes a collaboration agreement between the two destination marketing organisations, the sharing of best practices in tourism marketing and the exchange of marketing assets to boost reciprocal travel.