November 20, 2017


MCI Middle East and Zahara Tours Join Forces to Bring Association Events to Oman

MCI Middle East is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Zahara Tours in the Sultanate of Oman and have now launched MCI Oman. The partnership reaffirms MCI’s strategy of growing the Middle East and driving the meetings industry forward in its emerging markets.

With 130+ associations based in Oman, the country has the opportunity to host large"...

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November 19, 2017


South African, Chinese banks launch project to spur tourism growth

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and South African Standard Bank on Wednesday launched “I Go South Africa” program in partnership with South African Tourism in Johannesburg.

The initiative will capitalize on the growing appetite among Chinese travellers to visit South Africa by offering discounts and special offers from South African merchants, said Lincoln Mali, Standard Bank’s group head of card and emerging payments"...

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November 16, 2017


Hilton Worldwide plans Egypt expansion, sees pick-up in tourism

Hilton Worldwide (HLT.N) aims to increase the number of hotel rooms it manages in Egypt by 40 percent by the end of 2022, the company’s vice president for the North Africa region said.

The U.S. company, which runs thousands of hotels around the world and manages 17 hotels in Egypt, aims to add 2,500 rooms and take on seven more projects in the North African country by 2022,"...

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November 16, 2017


Smart Hospitality transforming South Africa’s hospitality industry

Millennials are upwardly mobile, they are wired into the world around them with the newest technology, they expect connectivity options to cater to their every need and they demand control of every aspect of their lives. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, enjoy travelling and by the year 2020, it is expected that half of all tourists will be millennials.

However, not only millennials are filling hotel rooms at South Africa’s prime holiday"...

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November 15, 2017


South African Tourism in dismal performance at WTM London 2017

The 2017 London World Travel Market which was a big boost to the economy of some European continents, however, offered a tale of low tide for the majority of the countries in the African Section.

As if the organiser of the London WTM had the premonition of what could become of the African countries, the African section which is usually on the right wing and middle section"...

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November 14, 2017


In Morocco, a blue tourist town is turning green

Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour — green.

Chefchaouen — known locally as Chaouen — wants to become a model for sustainable development at a time when the northwest African kingdom has shone a spotlight onto its commitment to the environment and a greener future.


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November 13, 2017


Dalma Mall Hits the Records by Winning 3 Gold Awards and 1 Silver at MECSC MENA Retailer Conference

Dalma Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Abu Dhabi, has recently won three gold and one silver awards at the 2017 Middle East and North Africa Shopping Centres (MECSC) Retailer Conference (RECon).

Presented at a gala dinner in Dubai in its 6th edition, the prestigious awards recognize excellence in retail, marketing and design/development in the MENA region’s shopping centre industry. The"...

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November 7, 2017


South African Tourism brand ambassadors open stand at World Travel Market

South African Tourism’s new Brand Ambassadors – Bheki and The Princess – opened the stand at World Travel Market (WTM) 2017.

The ambassadors represent characters from South African Tourism’s new brand film which places people at the heart of the South Africa story. The film focuses on Bheki, a young Mbhaco (a traditional Xhosa wedding gown) maker who travels the country in search of inspiration for an Mbhaco for the Princess.


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November 6, 2017


Air Transport, Morocco’s bridge to Double Size of Tourism Sector by 2020

The achievement of Morocco’s 10-year plan, Vision 2020, aiming to double the size of tourist sector and boosting revenues to $15bn annually by the end of the decade hinges on the development of air transport, Morocco’s tourism and air transport minister Mohamed Sajid said.

Bringing air transport into the tourism sector “has created a synergy”, Sajid said in an interview with the Financial Times, adding that his department"...

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November 2, 2017


China Made 10% Of Tourists Visiting Africa In 2016

The massive influx of Chinese tourists to Africa has in the recent years made a buzz, and it is for all possible reasons. After seven consecutive years of annual double-digit growth in spending, China continues to lead global outbound travel, reaching US$ 261 billion of Chinese travelers’ expenditure in 2016, a 12% growth since 2012.

Approximately 135 million Chinese outbound tourists travelled in 2016, out of which 10% were bound for Africa"...

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