Archive for February 6th, 2017

Africa Travel Week is ‘buzzing’

Excitement builds for Africa Travel Week

Excitement builds for Africa Travel Week
Various sectors of the inbound and outbound travel trade have demonstrated their excitement for the upcoming Africa Travel Week to be held in Cape Town from 19 to 23 April 2017. Three travel industry events all held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, will take place over the course of an action-packed week including WTM Africa, ibtm africa, and ILTM Africa.

WTM Africa is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the title of Best Joint Trade Exhibition in the 6 001 – 12 000 sqm category at the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) ROAR awards in Johannesburg on 26 January 2017.

The AAXO ROAR awards, a showcase of excellence within the exhibitions industry, was established in 2016 with the aim of providing an inclusive and representative set of awards to recognise successful exhibition strategy incorporating marketing, public relations, operations, activation, social responsibility and sustainability.

Image: Highlights from Africa Travel Week 2016
Focusing on the meetings industry in Africa, ibtm africa has announced a collaboration with both the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), as well as Meetings magazine. The latter will aim to provide better quality information on the industry and how to improve your business dealing within it, while a new Career Progression Programme will aim to better skill those working in the meetings sector.

Both partnerships strive to enhance awareness around ibtm africa as an educational programme, but also further collaboration between industry bodies to facilitate growth within the meetings industry within, and outside of, the African continent.

Luxury travel exhibition, ILTM Africa has confirmed it will host up to 100 of the finest luxury travel brands from the continent in pre-scheduled meetings with international agents. Buyers confirmed include US based Brownell Travel, Silktravel from the Netherlands and Brazilian luxury specialists PHD Travel. With around 90% of buyers new to ILTM Africa, and a third completely new to the ILTM Portfolio, it promises to be an event of great new business connections and opportunities.

To find out more about each of these unique events, and to make sure you’ve registered, visit

About WTM Africa:
WTM Africa is a vibrant, culturally diverse, must attend business-to-business travel and tourism event, with a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to African and International travel professionals.

Join travel professionals from 77 countries and regions over three days in Cape Town, South Africa. WTM Africa is an international event providing a platform to showcase your products to serious buyers.

About ibtm africa:
A key highlight of Africa Travel Week, ibtm africa has evolved from a table top event to a high quality content driven education programme which focuses on content that includes technology, future trends, procurement and consolidation, expert thought leadership, leveraging off the benefit of Foreign Exchange and the convergence of the travel and meetings industry.

About ILTM Africa:
ILTM Africa is a specialist invitation-only event, where the very best travel agents and advisors from across the world meet Africa’s most spectacular luxury travel experience providers.


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Sheraton Kampala gets new Director of Sales and Marketing


(Posted 06th February 2017)

The Kampala Sheraton Hotel has just confirmed that Mr. Michele Magrone has joined as new Director of Sales and Marketing, following in the footsteps of Mrs.
Jennifer Musiime, who left late last year for family reasons.
Michele worked for the past couple of years in the Kingdom of Bahrain, for Sheraton and other hotel companies and before that for Starwood in the Gulf area in various assignments. He brings a wealth of experience with him and will no doubt have to dig deep, given that Carlson Rezidor will in a few months open a new Quorvus Collection hotel not far from the Sheraton Kampala.
The Kampala Sheraton has in recent years made a real impact again with its restaurant business and its meeting facilities and has more recently embarked on a refurbishment programme to progressively modernize the hotel’s room product and bring it in line with the competition across the city at the five star level.
For now though it is a warm welcome to Michele to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

Qatar Airways claims new record for ‘longest flight’


(Posted 06th February 2017)

Qatar Airways’s flights QR 920/921 between Doha and Auckland / New Zealand will claim new world record for the longest scheduled commercial flight, when the Boeing B777-200LR will return to the airline’s hub airport Hamad International in the morning.
The outbound flight was airborne for some 16 hours and 10 minutes – arriving 15 minutes ahead of ETA – while the return flight, which is now underway, is estimated to take 17 hours and 30 minutes due to prevailing head winds. In both directions does the aircraft cross over 10 time zones. On both flights will two cockpit crews be on duty, i.e. four pilots instead of the usual two, to ensure that the extra distance can be covered safely with a rested crew.
Qatar Airways wrestled this record from rival Emirates, which had previously held it with their flights to Auckland, due to the longer distance from Doha, some 342 kilometres north of Dubai.

Notably could passengers watch the two movie trilogies which made New Zealand popular with people around the world, the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, as time will be enough, both ways, to watch these epic films which won much acclaim besides plenty of Oscars. Both film series were shot on location in New Zealand and prompted tens of thousands of Tolkien fans to travel there.
Travelers on Qatar Airways from the airline’s East African gateways Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar can all connect in Doha to Auckland and experience staying for a record time in the air as the inaugural flight rotation is now nearing completion.
The airline group’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Akbar Al Baker is expected to be in Auckland for the formal launch celebrations on Tuesday. New Zealand’s who is who, from politics to business and of course the travel trade will on the occasion raise their glasses to the new services linking one of the world’s most remote countries to the rest of the globe.

Air Mauritius cancels several flights due to impact of tropical cyclone ‘Carlos’


(Posted 06th February 2017)

After Mauritius authorities officially announced a Category Two alert as tropical cyclone ‘Carlos‘ approached the island, has national airline Air Mauritius too taken precautions and cancelled several flights scheduled to arrive in Port Louis later today, 06th February. The airline made announcements of flight cancellations yesterday with the affected inbound services now expected to land in Mauritius on the 07th of February instead of the 06th.
Affected were flights to Pierrefonds MK256/7 which were cancelled, MK 140/1 to Rodrigues which were also cancelled and MK 248/9 to Reunion, which too fell victim to the bad weather. This information was later revised when the airline announced that all regional and international flights due to depart or arrive from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on 06th February, i.e. later today, would be cancelled due to weather conditions.
Delayed by a day – landing is now due tomorrow 07th February – were the following long haul flights: From Paris flight MK 045, flight MK053 from London and flight MK687 from Beijing.
Subsequent aircraft rotations may also be affected and passengers are advised to check with the airline to ascertain the status of their flights.

Other airlines with flights to Mauritius are likely to follow suit and also cancel or delay by at least a day their services and any passengers booked should consult with their respective airlines if they have not been contacted already.

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