Grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax while we tell you all about what happened in the travel industry in Africa this month…
Have you heard that Africa has recorded the world’s second-fastest increase in demand for air travel in July? Did you know that Ethiopian rolled out stopover packages? And that the first Hilton Garden Inn opened in Zambia?
From hotel openings to travel industry news and new airlines, we’ve rounded up the most exciting Travel News from Africa for this month…
Africa records world’s second-fastest increase in demand for air travel in July
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy global passenger demand for July with all regions reporting growth.
In terms of international passenger markets, July traffic for African carriers rose 6.8%, the second highest among the regions. Although this represented a decline from 11.0% growth recorded in June, the seasonally-adjusted trend remains strong. Capacity rose 3.9%, and load factor jumped 2.1 percentage points to 76.0%. Higher oil and commodity prices are supporting economies in a number of countries.
Etihad Airways launches hand-baggage only fare
Etihad Airways has launched a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ across selected destinations, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required.
The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan.
Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “After a successful trial of the ‘Deal Fare’ late last year, purchasing behaviour demonstrated guests appreciate having more choice and like to be able to select the travel option that best meets their needs.”
Ethiopian rolls out stopover packages
Ethiopian Airlines has rolled out stopover packages without any additional airfare with a view to promoting tourism into Ethiopia.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “Ethiopian is working with all stakeholders in the tourism chain to make Ethiopia a tourism destination of choice. With its many riches, the world has yet to truly discover Ethiopia and tourism has the potential to become the main foreign currency generator for the country and a mass job creator for the youth. With the stopover packages, we aim to attract a significant portion of our transit customers in Addis as tourists and to considerably enhance the flow of tourism into the country.”
First Hilton Garden Inn opens in Zambia
Hilton Garden Inn, the award-winning mid-scale brand by Hilton, has officially opened its doors at Lusaka Society Business Park on Cairo Road.
Hilton Garden Inn general manager Kudzayi Nheweyembwa said: “We are delighted to be opening the first Hilton Garden Inn property in Zambia. We are in close proximity to numerous restaurants, shops and offices so both leisure and business travellers will be met with a stay tailored to their needs and we look forward to welcoming them with our bright and happy service.”
AccorHotels to expand in Nigeria with two new brands in 2020
AccorHotels is expanding its pipeline in Africa with the signing of Pullman and MGallery Ikoyi in Nigeria. The signing marks the debut of the two brands which are expected to open in late 2020, a statement from the company said.
In partnership with TomHawksworth Limited, Pullman Ikoyi will feature 204 keys while the MGallery Ikoyi will have 100 rooms and will be located in the affluent neighbourhood of Ikoyi and Banana Island.
Commenting on the signing, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa (MEA) CEO Olivier Granet said: “Since opening our very first hotel in Nigeria almost 20 years ago, we believed in the long-term potential of the destination having witnessed incredible growth as one of the largest economies in Africa. As the market continues to evolve, there is a need for international brands and it is our commitment to fill this gap with two of our leading upper upscale brands – MGallery and Pullman.”
Ethiopian Airlines partners in launch of Chad national carrier
Ethiopian Airlines has finalised an agreement with the Government of Chad for the launch of Chad’s national carrier, due to launch on 1 October.
The agreement will see Ethiopian Airlines hold a 49% stake in the joint venture while the Government of Chad will retain 51%.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines remarked: “The strategic equity partnership in the launching of the new Chad national carrier is part of our Vision 2025 multiple hub strategy in Africa. The new Chad national carrier will serve as a strong hub in Central Africa availing domestic, regional and eventually international air connectivity to the major destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. I wish to thank His Excellency President Idriss Deby Itno, the Government of Chad and the stakeholders in the aviation sector in Chad for their strong support to the project.”