Travel Africa Extra Magazine
Travel Africa Extra Magazine
Shopping for a travel app? Quick fives to focus on.
From the golden years of face to face communication, and human contact to the advent of wireless internet, and new age robotics; tourism and travel has no doubt grown to be one of the leading sectors in technological advancement. This has truly given way to a new dawn; that of connected and seamless DIY planning, as well as paving way for global accessibility and ease of travel. Leading on the lists of travel enhancing gadgets is the smartphone, the multi-utility invention that can now literally open doors, control temperatures and track luggage. However, no one size fits all-if you are looking to buy or build a travel app that will cut across all aspects of travel, here are the basics to focus on.
By Katsiaryna Pleshakova
Minimalist and clean interface
Remember an app is supposed to provide a quick-fix solution to a pressing issue, thus should not leave room for distraction and unnecessary clutter. The first page/interface should link directly to well outlined solutions. Well controlled use of white for both aesthetic and functional reasons as well as overall design appeal is just as important. For great user experience (UX) loading speed and the ease of navigation must be accorded priority.
Travel itinerary generator
This will help you create and visualize the plan and outline of your trip ahead of your chosen travel date. For maximum benefits, the element should be well developed to pick locations with minimal input, match dates as instructed and also give proper estimates in terms of distance, time and possible detractors.
Language translator tool
For efficiency and to aid your stay in a foreign land; an in-app language translator tool will go a long way in helping you conquer the anxieties and suspicions that can arise on grounds of language barrier. On top of this, basic knowledge of local languages also helps in boosting confidence as people tend to be more attracted to those speaking their tongue, even in destinations without any hints or history of hostility or harassment.
Another important aspect for travelers crossing borders to a different currency. Whether converting to dollars, dirhams, yen, yuan, or rupees; accuracy is the most vital function. Additional information such as local exchange rates, projected short term performance and nearby exchange bureaus will also come in handy.
Travel apps have ceased to be a reserve of the tech-savvy, to be a key facilitator to seamless travel and discovery. Whether for hotel booking applications, flight reservations or simple tax pick-up, a scroll down your smartphone should be able to connect you to the desired service. These quick fives should give you a good perspective on what to look for when shopping, as you consider other aspects such as weather forecast, restaurant finders, and taxi-share.
QATAR AIRWAYS USES ATM PRESENCE TO ANNOUNCE 12 NEW ROUTES FOR 2018
(Posted 01st May 2017)
Qatar Airways brought its participation in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s largest travel show, to a successful conclusion by revealing a host of new destinations, showcasing product innovations and displaying the airline’s new Business Class Qsuite for the first time in the Middle East.
A number of exciting announcements were made by Qatar Airways at ATM, including the launch of the new high-speed broadband partnership with Inmarsat (GX Aviation), as well as plans to introduce a fifth daily non-stop service from Doha to Bangkok, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed to boost tourism between both nations, and the launch of the airline’s redesigned website set to go live in May.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: ‘The Arabian Travel Market has always been one of our most anticipated events of the year for the opportunities it brings, and 2017 proved to be no exception. We are delighted with the outcome of our participation at the Arabian Travel Market, where we demonstrated our continued commitment to innovation and growth, and showcased our ground-breaking Business Class Qsuite, reinforcing Qatar Airways’ leading position to the global travel, tourism and hospitality industries‘.
Significantly, H.E Mr. Al Baker also revealed a host of new destinations the airline will launch in 2018 including three more destinations in Africa: San Francisco, U.S; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh; Mykonos, Greece; Málaga, Spain; Accra, Ghana; Lisbon, Portugal; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Prague, Czech Republic; Kiev, Ukraine, and Mombasa, Kenya.
On day one of ATM, Mr. Al Baker hosted a packed press conference followed by an unveiling ceremony that revealed the highly-acclaimed new Business Class Qsuite for the first time in the Middle East before international media, travel trade leaders, industry representatives and VIP guests.
Mr. Al Baker welcomed and gave a tour of the Qsuite to industry leaders and dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
Thousands of visitors experienced Qatar Airways’ renowned hospitality at its impressive two-storey stand, while exploring the potential to travel the world through the airline’s network of more than 150 destinations.
Qatar Airways was named ‘Airline with the Best Business Class’, and the ‘Airline with the Best Cabin Crew’ on the eve of Arabian Travel Market at the prestigious Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2017. The awards are based on votes submitted by the readers of Business Traveller Middle East, and add to the international recognition and the growing list of accolades the carrier has received.
The airline currently holds the title of World’s Best Business Class as awarded by Skytrax in 2016, and its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) was also recently honoured with five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards and was ranked Sixth Best Airport in the World.
In Eastern Africa does Qatar Airways serve Entebbe and Kigali daily with an Airbus A320, flies double daily to Nairobi – the first East African destination to see wide body aircraft deployed on the route from October onwards – and also connects Doha with Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, again using Airbus A320 aircraft.
VICTORIA FALLS JOINS KENYA AIRWAYS DESTINATION LIST
(Posted 01st May 2017)
Tourism to Zimbabwe is set to benefit from the latest addition of flight routes to Victoria Falls as Kenya Airways will today launch a nonstop service from and to Nairobi.
The Embraer E190 service will operate three times a week, offering a two class cabin configuration of Kenya Airways’ award winning business class and economy class.
All three flights will then continue to Cape Town joining three existing flights operating since last year via the Zambian city of Livingstone.
This now covers both sides of the iconic Victoria Falls and combine this leading African destination with an equally iconic Cape Town where the Table Mountain and many other attractions await tourists.
ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER CONCLUDES VISIT TO RWANDA WITH SIGNING OF 11 AGREEMENTS
(Posted 30th April 2017)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn signed a series of bilateral agreements at the end of the three day state visit before they both participated in Umuganda, where they helped with the construction of a secondary school library building.Among the bilateral agreements were such covering extradition, legal assistance, communications but also tourism, a sector where Rwanda has excelled in past years and where Ethiopia has been facing challenges to grow the industry to its full potential.
The two countries already cooperation in the field of aviation where RwandAir is using the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy to train pilots, cabin crew and technicians and is using the Ethiopian Airlines maintenance facilities to service some of their aircraft instead of sending them overseas for mandatory maintenance.
A former Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake is in fact the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RwandAir, a further sign of close cooperation in the aviation industry.
Brussels Airport News Updates, in particular
of importance for all travelers on Brussels Airlines
out of their East African destinations Entebbe,
Kigali and Bujumbura … and others too of course …
|Brussels Airport Company|
Kafunta Safaris News Updates
Though not at ZATEX this year, I had to give South Africa
priority as they ‘sealed the deal’ well in advance, here come
more news from my hosts of last year, Katunta Safaris …