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Is the star system still vital for hotels?

By Evelyn Masaba A regular traveller who has been to several hotels around the world’s popular cities can easily tell you the difference between the standards and star rating of a hotel. Yet the question is, is the star rating still as relevant as it was years ago? First off, what is star rating and what does it mean for ...

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Jumia Travel launches new web extranet for hotel managers

Jumia Travel is seeking to further empower its hotel partners across all markets with top-notch technology by unveiling the Web Extranet, a web version of the previously launched Extranet App on Android. The tool allows hotel managers to confirm and view their incoming Jumia Travel reservations, change their rates and update availability. According to Charles de Moucheron, Chief Operating Officer ...

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Cautious optimism for investors in sub-Saharan Africa hotel sector

Investor sentiment for hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa remains positive despite economic headwinds in key markets, according to the latest JLL research into the sector. The long-term outlook continues to be strong and is driven by positive economic, demographic and tourism trends, with all indicators pointing to continued hotel demand growth as the region’s economy and hotel sector continue to mature. ...

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Carlson Rezidor on track to achieve more than 23,000 rooms in Africa

An accelerated African growth for Carlson Rezidor, one of the world’s largest hotel groups, is on track to achieve its target of more than 23,000 rooms open or under development in Africa by the end of 2020. Wolfgang Neumann, Rezidor’s president and CEO who is a speaker at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali, says the hotel group ...

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Marriott International expands its footprint across Africa

Marriott International continues its robust expansion across the African continent with news of brand-new signings of new properties in Cape Town, Nairobi, Cairo and Mauritius. This announcement comes hot on the heels of Marriott’s recently completed acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which has created the world’s largest hospitality. The transaction has increased Marriott’s distribution in Africa, thus affirming the ...

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Hilton builds for the future at AHIF with its first modular hotel in Africa

Hilton Worldwide has marked this year’s ongoing Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali with the announcement of new properties and extensions in three African countries. It continues the company’s commitment to expansion across the continent as it seeks to double its footprint from its existing 39 hotels to more than 80 hotels in the next 3-5 years. Among the ...

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Positive growth forecast for East African hospitality sector

Wayne Troughton, CEO of HTI Consulting forecasts positive growth for the EAC hospitality and tourism sector, with a number of new projects and international brand entrants lined-up for the coming years. “East Africa is expected to deliver the strongest real GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade, according to BMI Research,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of specialist global ...

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Bisate Lodge set to open next to Volcanoes National Park

Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park, is on track to open for guests on 1 June 2017. Comprising just six forest villas, Bisate Lodge will offer a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and a holistic exploration of this beautiful region. “We are extremely proud of the progress we ...

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Kigali rated most attractive city in Eastern Africa for the global hospitality industry

Kigali is the most attractive city in Eastern Africa for the global hospitality industry, according to hospitality industry executives who attended the Fourth Annual Africa Hotel Expansion Summit and Hospitality Round Table, which took place on September 8-9 at the Julius Nyerere Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was noted that Rwanda is one of the countries with ...

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Caves become 5 star hotels for luxurious vacations

Often, the hotels where tourists worldwide check in do not always stand out with anything special. This is not the case if talking about spectacular caves transformed into luxurious 5 star hotels with furnished apartments: all the comfort, in addition to an unforgettable experience. There are several such hotels luring tourists from around the world.   The cave-hotels in Cappadocia, ...

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