Club Med and 269 global brands win at World Branding Awards

At least 270 brands from 33 countries were named Brand of the Year at the recent World Branding Awards, which was held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace in London, England. The winners are judged on brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting; 70% of the scoring...

9 Nov 2018

Emirates looks to SA for its wine lists

Emirates has partnered with 25 South African wineries - including Ken Forrester, Porseleinberg, Klein Constantia, Waterkloof, and Boekenhoutskloof - to expand its in-flight wine collection. Other wine-producing regions Emirates purchases from includes Australia, New Zealand, France, and...

22 Oct 2018

Rudi Swart takes over Gold Reef's food and beverage services

Rudi Swart was appointed as Gold Reef City's new food and beverage manager. Swart has been with Tsogo Sun for nine years and served in various positions within the group. In his new role, he will heads up a team of 270 people and is expected to enhance the dining experience offered at the...

12 Oct 2018

WTA names The Blue Train Africa's Leading Luxury Train

The World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa and Indian Ocean recognised The Blue Train as Africa's Leading Luxury Train. The winners of the 2018 regional WTA awards were recently announced at the Durban International Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. The WTA is an annual global travel and tourism...

10 Oct 2018

Fastjet wins World Travel Award

Fastjet was acknowledged as Leading African Low-Cost Airline at the 2018 World Travel Awards. Air Transport World also recently named the airline Africa's Best Value Airline and, last year, it received the Skytrax World Airline Award as Best African Low-Cost Airline.

9 Oct 2018

WTA reckons Cape Town International is Africa's leading airport

The Cape Town International Airport was once again hailed as Africa's Leading Airport at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean. The gala awards ceremony was recently held at the Durban International Convention Centre and attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators,...

9 Oct 2018

Durban collects four WTA accolades

The winners of the 2018 World Travel Awards African and Indian Ocean were recently announced at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Durban International Convention Centre in Durban. The city received four awards with the ICC receiving the honours for being Africa's leading meetings and conference centre....

9 Oct 2018

Hilton Durban is still South Africa's Leading Business Hotel

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Africa collected 14 awards at the 2018 World Travel Awards - Africa and the Indian Ocean. The Hilton Durban held onto its title as South Africa's Leading Business Hotel for the sixth consecutive year. The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism...

8 Oct 2018

Mauritius comes out tops at WTA Africa and the Indian Ocean

Mauritius received three accolades at the 2018 World Travel Awards (WTA) - Africa and the Indian Ocean. The winners of the awards were recently announced at the Durban International Convention Centre. The Indian Ocean island was recognised as the Leading Honeymoon Destination, the Leading Cruise...

8 Oct 2018

Pepperclub Hotel & Spa to compete with The Ritz at WTA

The Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town received its sixth consecutive Africa's Leading City Hotel at the 25th World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa and the Indian Ocean. It now joins The Ritz in France, Grosvenor House in England, and Belmond Miraflores Park in Peru as nominees in the 25th annual World...

8 Oct 2018

FCM retains Africa's Leading Travel Management Company title

FCM Travel Solutions has retained its title as Africa's Leading Travel Management Company for the fourth year in a row at the 2018 World Travel Awards. The winners of the 2018 instalment of the awards were recently held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The...

8 Oct 2018

Jennifer Hugé to leave La Colombe

La Colombe's front of house manager Jennifer Hugé is set to vacate her role in pursuit of a new restaurant venture in Cape Town's CBD. Hugé joined the restaurant as a waitress, quickly moving into a relief maître d' position, and subsequently front-of-house manager. She is known for her food and...

8 Oct 2018

Lufthansa to introduce flights to the US, Southeast Asia

German airline Lufthansa will introduce new flights to the USA and Southeast Asia in mid-2019. From 3 May 2019, Lufthansa will offer its first connections from Frankfurt to Austin in Texas; an Airbus A330-300 will be in service five times a week on the route between the destinations....

8 Oct 2018

Radisson Hospitality's African expansion includes 10 new hotels

Radisson Hospitality AB announced its intention to expand its presence in Africa with 10 new hotels across the continent at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF). The Radisson Hotel Group currently has 90 hotels and 18,000+ rooms in operation and under development across 31 countries, and plans...

4 Oct 2018

American Express includes Terroir Restaurant in Fine Dining Awards

The Terroir Restaurant on the Kleine Zalze Wine Estate in Stellenbosch was included in the American Express list of the country's top restaurants for 2018 and 2019. The American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards were recently held at the Embassy Hill in Constantia, Cape Town. The awards...

3 Oct 2018

Uniworld launches U by Uniworld

River cruise line Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has expanded its charters and incentives services with the introduction of U by Uniworld. Since the cruise line began promoting charter opportunities in 2017, the business has grown 195%; catering to corporate incentive travel, meetings,...

3 Oct 2018

Emirates launches flights to Edinburgh

UAE-based airline Emirates recently completed the inaugural flight of its new service between Dubai and Edinburgh. This marks the airline's second destination in Scotland and the eighth in the United Kingdom. To celebrate the commencement of the service, Emirates and Edinburgh Airport held a...

3 Oct 2018

Mugg & Bean implements new payment method for customers

Restaurant company Mugg & Bean has made Samsung Pay available as a payment option at its sit down and on-the-go restaurants across the country. Customers of Mugg & Bean that are also users of the recently unveiled Samsung Pay application may now pay their bill using a compatible Samsung Galaxy...

1 Oct 2018

National Geographic Expeditions, G Adventures add South America, Europe to new offerings

National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures have added new tours and destinations for 2019. The new additions expand into South America and Europe, which introduce a mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures. The new destinations include Bolivia, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Romania,...

25 Sep 2018

Fastjet leads on-time performance in Africa

Fastjet's on-time performance continues to lead all other African regional airlines. In August the carrier achieved a 90% average network on-time performance; exceeding the 90% mark for its sixth month. Considered one of the most consistently punctual airlines in the world, Fastjet counts amongst...

21 Sep 2018

Ettore Bilotta redesigns Turkish Airlines' uniforms

Italian haute-couture designer Ettore Bilotta has updated Turkish Airlines' uniforms in celebration of its 85th anniversary. Bilotta crafted the uniforms in line with the traditional patterns found in artisanal Turkish glassware, as well as local ceramics and calligraphy, before combining these with...

21 Sep 2018

Emirates expands daily flights to Riyadh

Emirates introduced an additional daily flight to Riyadh. The inclusion of the fourth daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving the Saudi capital to 28. The Boeing 777-300ER services the flight in a three-class configuration. Emirates has been serving the...

10 Sep 2018

Andrew Rogers leaves Aha in pursuit of personal business interests

Andrew Rogers has vacated his role as Aha Hotels & Lodges business development director. He intends on pursuing personal business interests. Before joining Aha, Rogers had founded his own real estate consultancy business.

7 Sep 2018

Flight Centre app aims to simplify travel

The Flight Centre Travel Group has launched a new app, which will allow users to local and international flights. The app will also allow users to plan a holiday as it provides tools that will enhance travel during a trip, including a built-in navigation system and an activities exploration feature....

5 Sep 2018

Swiss wants to know if there's a doctor on board

Swiss International Air Lines has introduced Lufthansa Group's special 'Doctor on Board' programme to its passengers. The programme identifies registered doctors on the passenger list and discreetly contacts them in the event of an in-flight medical emergency. The programme is aimed at ensuring...

4 Sep 2018

Travelstart wins PriceCheck Tech and E-commerce Award

The 2018 PriceCheck Tech and E-Commerce Awards recognised Travelstart for its mobile shopping experience. The awards acknowledge South African people and businesses in e-commerce and technology. The winners are selected through a public voting stage and a panel of judges. See the full list of...

4 Sep 2018

First Group gives Port Owen Marina an upgrade

First Group recently gave the Port Owen Marina in the West Coast a R2m refurbishment. The upgrade forms part of First Group's R179m refurbishment programme currently rolled out at its properties countrywide. The marine resort has a newly built Italian inspired La Vita Spa as well as a modernised...

31 Aug 2018

GTIP third window applications to start in September

The third window application period for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) will run from 1 September-30 November 2018. The Department of Tourism, along with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), launched the GTIP...

31 Aug 2018

Marriott creates one loyalty programme

Marriott International has combined its three loyalty programmes: Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The rewards programme now operates under one set of benefits and currency, which includes the entire loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700...

31 Aug 2018

Swiss, Smood.ch takes Food to Gate

Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) collaborated with Switzerland-based food delivery platform Smood.ch to introduce its passengers to Swiss Food to Gate. The service allows passengers to order food and drinks online on their day of departure and have it delivered directly to their boarding gate...

30 Aug 2018

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