African Travel Industry
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Have you heard that Amadeus has launched new API with NDC capabilities? Did you know that Addis Ababa Airport sees record increase in number of passengers? And that Qatar Airways to launch direct flights to Gaborone

Grab a coffee, take a chocolate, sit back and read the most exciting developments in the African travel industry this month from new routes to new technologies and hotel openings.

Amadeus launches new API with NDC capabilities

Amadeus has launched an enhanced version of its web services solution, Amadeus Travel API.

This NDC-enabled solution is intended to give travel agencies worldwide access to new content and fares from airlines connected to the solution via an NDC connectivity.

Travix , a driver customer of Amadeus’ NDC [X] program, co-designed the solution and has had live NDC bookings in production since last year.

In line with the global launch of the solution, some travel agencies are to become early adopters, giving them first access to the solution and content offered by our airline driver customers via an NDC connectivity. These major industry players include AERTiCKET, American Express Global Business Travel,  BCD Travel,  House of Travel, and integrated tourism group TUI.

Amadeus Travel API, which integrates with travel agencies’ existing systems and allows them to build their own customised travel booking applications, will gradually be rolled out globally. The solution will:

  • Allow access to new airline content and fares alongside traditional content.
  • Simplify workflow of shop, order and pay.
  • Allow for the cross-selling of ancillary services and upselling of branded fares.
  • Allow for the changing and cancellation functionalities to include refund, void, or exchange options.
  • Allow agencies to work across multiple interfaces.

Protea Hotel opens first Fire & Ice! by Marriott in KZN

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge officially opened this month, making it the first Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotel in KwaZulu-Natal, and the fourth in South Africa. A short drive from King Shaka International Airport, the hotel is nestled along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline in close proximity to the uMhlanga Rocks Beach, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping Mall and the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Addis Ababa Airport sees record increase in number of passengers

A record number of international passengers are travelling through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the major gateway into Africa. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, was one of the busiest days for the Airport with 310 flights and 29,528 travellers (21,028 departing and 8,500 arriving passengers, respectively) which marked a record number of daily passengers served at the terminal.

As the home base of Ethiopian Airlines, serving over 120 cities around the world, Addis Ababa has turned into a bustling hub handling hundreds of flights each day. The Airport has seen a major expansion recently which will boost its capacity to cater to 22 million passengers annually.

Qatar Airways to launch direct flights to Gaborone

Qatar Airways has announced the launch of its new service to Gaborone, Botswana, starting 27 October 2019. The capital and largest city of Botswana will be the airline’s first destination in the African country.

The three-times weekly flights will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, featuring 36 seats in Business Class and 247 seats in Economy Class.

SA Tourism welcomes visa waiver for New Zealand, 6 other countries

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) has welcomed the Department of Home Affairs announcement that seven countries have been added to the list of countries that do not require a visa for travel to South Africa. This brings the total number of visa waiver countries to 75. The latest visa-free countries are Cuba, New Zealand, Ghana, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

Econet marathon boosts tourism at Victoria Falls

Players in the tourism sector were the biggest beneficiaries of the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon, which took place on Sunday, the 7th of July.

The event contributed to domestic tourism as 2 657 Zimbabweans from across the country took part in the event, with most of them bringing along their families and friends as cheerleaders.

The resort town has been a hive of activity and many people were still doing activities and sampling what the destination has to offer in terms of food, activities and art.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief operations officer Mr Givemore Chidzidzi said the marathon event complements government efforts to champion sports tourism.

Look out for more exciting travel news and developments happening in Africa soon…