It’s long been regarded as one of Africa’s luxury island destinations, and for good reason - stunning beaches, gorgeous views, great food, excellent service and stunning hotels that make the most of the beautiful surrounds. Now the Seychelles wants to be taken seriously as a MICE destination.
Made In Africa
Fashion has always been in vogue in Africa – but now it could be big business, too, as new designers and start-up brands target the global market.
Relais Des Plateaux
This art deco hotel has 46 neatly appointed, soundproofed, air-conditioned guestrooms, in four different categories.
Dreamliner - Boeing's B787 Has Changed The Aviation Landscape
There’s something unique about a brand-new aircraft. It’s not just the fresh-out-of-the box smell, or the sight of an interior as the designer intended it, rather than following the wear and tear of hundreds of passengers. It’s not even the specially selected crew accompanying you on the inaugural flight, or the senior pilot chosen to fly it home. It’s the difference of approach, says Tom Otley of Business Traveller UK.
The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre has over the past 20 years built a reputation as a South African conferencing ‘giant’ with an impressive offering that caters to just about any event. But, like any good business, it needs to evolve and diversify, if it is to continue prospering. That’s according to Founder and Director, Kevin Clarence, who joined editor Dylan Rogers for a coffee in Johannesburg.
British Airway Business Class
No queues for Club and First World passengers made boarding a breeze and once in my seat
Hilton are making a big statement in Africa, committing $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative, in the form of around 100 hotel conversions. Hilton made the announcement at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Kigali, Rwanda in October, where editor Dylan Rogers took the opportunity to sit down with Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice-President, Development: Europe, Middle East & Africa.
A Different Type of Value
The speed of technological development in the modern age and the rise of millennials in the workplace have resulted in many industries having to change the way they’ve traditionally done business. The loyalty space is no different, as Kate Kennedy discovered.
Peermont Metcourt Hotel
Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Convention and Entertainment Resort, located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport, has extended its select-services Peermont Metcourt hotel by 100 rooms, which includes 93 family sized rooms, six Classic King Rooms and one suite. The $8.5 million expansion project has increased the hotel’s capacity from 248 keys to a 348 key facility, expanding Emperors Palace’s room capacity to 757 across its four hotels.
Riding The Wave
Legacy Hotels & Resorts is in a good space, with a diversified portfolio of hotel and resort properties that ensure the South African-based group can weather any particular market segment storm, and provide it with a platform from which to explore new territories. Managing Director Paddy Brearley hosted editor Dylan Rogers for a coffee in Johannesburg, to update Business Traveller Africa on Legacy’s various properties.
More Than A Stopover
For so long overshadowed by its fellow emirate Dubai, Abu Dhabi is shedding that ‘underdog’ status after a couple of years of sustained growth and a more focused approach to what it offers its visitors – both business and leisure.
We’ve all felt it – the pinch of rising prices, the escalated cost of living and the resultant belt tightening. But it’s not just the consumer sitting at home – the majority of corporates have for some time been looking to cut their costs, particularly in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Travel is one of the first areas looked at, as Kate Kennedy discovered.