Have you heard the latest African Travel News? Did you know that Air Mauritius will commence flights to Seychelles? Have you heard that RwandAir is planning to fly to Tel Aviv? And that Hilton is planning to open another 14 hotels in Africa?
Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and read up on the most important African travel news of the past month…
Air Mauritius to commence flight to Seychelles
Air Mauritius will be commencing two weekly flights to the Seychelles, effective 2 July 2019. The flights will be operated by the Airbus A319, offering 16 business class and 108 economy class seats.
Air Seychelles launches new daily Johannesburg service
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has this month successfully launched a new daily service between the Seychelles and South Africa’s biggest city also capital of Gauteng province, Johannesburg.
Charles Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer of Air Seychelles said: “After having added a sixth weekly frequency last year, we are thrilled to be now offering daily service between the two countries which also demonstrates the importance of strengthening business, tourism and cultural ties between the Seychelles and South Africa.”
RwandAir to fly to Tel Aviv
RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda is delighted to announce that it will commence direct flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technology center of Israel, from its Kigali hub starting from 25th June 2019.
RwandAir will seamlessly connect tourists and business travellers between Tel Aviv and its network three times a week via its Kigali hub. This new route will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays by a Boeing 737-800NG offering 16 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class.
Game-changing data company launches in South Africa
South Africa’s former Tourism Minister Mr. Derek Hanekom last month launched Jurni, an innovative public-private venture that is expected revolutionise and transform South Africa’s Travel and Tourism Industry.
“This is a global first. There is no project like this anywhere else in the world,” said Andy Hedley, MD of Amadeus Southern Africa. “This initiative has brought the entire travel industry together.”
Hilton Garden Inn Expands Footprint in Africa
Hilton Garden Inn, is celebrating strong growth in Africa with four open properties and an additional 14 in the pipeline just three years after opening its first hotel on the continent in 2016.
Hilton Garden Inn will welcome several first-in-country properties over the next few years in the region. Hilton Garden Inn Kampala in Uganda and Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane in Swaziland are in the pipeline to open this month as first-in-country properties for both Hilton Garden Inn and the Hilton enterprise. The pipeline also projects Hilton Garden Inn Windhoek in Namibia to open later this year, another first-in-country for Hilton Garden Inn. Other African countries in the Hilton Garden Inn pipeline include Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Corporate Traveller introduces ‘Sam:]’ chatbot service for South African SMEs
Corporate Traveller is rolling out travel chatbot Sam:] to its customers across South Africa.
Sam:], Flight Centre Travel Group’s Smart Assistant Mobile app, was first launched to customers in the UK and USA in 2018. It proved to be a game-changer, with many clients saying that Sam:] ‘saved’ them during their business trip by being the first to alert them to flight delays and disruptions. The app was awarded for the ‘best user experience’ at the 2019 Mumbrella Travel Marketing Awards in Sydney, Australia.
Be sure to also check out Amadeus’ latest app, Amanda, which was specifically designed for travel agents.