Mastercard partners KTB to drive growth of tourism numbers in Kenya

KENYA – Mastercard, a global technology company, has signed a three-year partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) which seeks to drive the growth of tourism numbers in Kenya by leveraging various Mastercard channels, including its Priceless.com platform. The collaboration which is the first-of-its-kind for Mastercard in Africa will enable KTB to plan, execute and improve its campaign reports through…

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Hospitality Group PrideInn launches its 8th hotel to tap conference tourism

KENYA – Hospitality Group PrideInn Hotels, Resorts and Camps has opened its 8th hotel along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway in Machakos County. Dubbed PrideInn Plaza, the facility has 64 rooms and suites and nine conference halls. It sits on 50,000 square feet of space capable of hosting 4000 guests. With the new addition, Pride Inn becomes the largest hotel chain capable…

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Radisson Individuals debuts in Egypt with launch of Marina Resort Port Ghalib

EGYPT – Radisson Hotel Group has launched the Group’s newest brand, Radisson Individuals, in Egypt with the opening of Marina Resort Port Ghalib, a member of Radisson Individuals. Located along the desert coastline of the Red Sea, the property is close to Port Ghalib’s palm tree-lined promenade and yacht-docking harbor. In addition, the resort is situated close to various tourist…

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IMF upgrades Egypt’s real GDP growth for 2022 to 5.6 percent

EGYPT – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded Egypt’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by 0.4 percent in 2022 to 5.6 percent, compared to the fund’s October 2021 projections. Egypt has managed to do well amid the  Covid-19 pandemic compared to other oil-importer countries according to Petya Koeva Brooks, the IMF’s deputy director of the research department. She…

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German airline Eurowings Discover debuts Frankfurt – Mombasa flights

KENYA – Eurowings Discover, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group, has launched its inaugural flight from Frankfurt to Mombasa, Kenya using A330-200 for its first flight before heading on to Zanzibar, Tanzania as a tag flight. From August 2 2021, this will be followed by further supplementary services to Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic with three flights a week, as well…

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IFC in deal to boost Victoria Falls flights and promote tourism

ZIMBABWE -The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will partner Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in efforts to attract more airlines and flights into the country’s premier tourist destination, Victoria Falls. The partnership, which also include partners like CPCS Transcom a consultancy firm and Cape Town Air Access, a project of  Wesgro,…

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Marriot Hotel opens new branch in Lagos, boosting Nigerias tourism economy

NIGERIA – Marriot Hotel has announced its debut in Nigeria with the opening of the highly anticipated Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, that will provide unique hospitality service to Nigerians and others who yearn for luxury, efficient service, good taste and entertainment. The new hotel, which has redefined the skyline of Ikeja GRA adds grace and aesthetics to the beauty of…

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Lufthansa to launch direct Frankfurt – Mombasa flights

KENYA – Eurowings, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group will launch passenger flights from Frankfurt to Mombasa and to Zanzibar on March 31, 2021, targeting tourists planning to visit the East Africa region. The German carrier that resumed passenger flights to Nairobi in 2015 after an 18-year hiatus said the new flight will originate from Frankfurt Airport in…

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Etihad Airways resumes flights to Morocco’s coastal city of Casablanca

MOROCCO – Etihad Airways, the second-largest airline and flag carrier of the UAE, has announced resumption of passenger flights to Morocco’s Casablanca city starting Saturday, September 19. According to a report by Morocco World News, the Emirati carrier will operate three flights per week on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The airline further revealed that it will resume flights to Rabat,…

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Ghana to roll out stimulus package to cushion hospitality sector operators from Covid-19

GHANA – The Government of Ghana has announced plans to roll out a Stimulus package of GH¢ 600 million cedis (US$103.90 million) to the tourism sector as part of measures to cushion operators in the hospitality industry from adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko- Mensah revealed the government plans during the Western…

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