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Foreign investor sells 3 posh hotels in Nairobi

A foreign investor has been given a nod to sell three of its high-end hotels in Nairobi, including the prestigious Fairview. The South African investor owns Fairview Hotel, Town Lodge and City Lodge Two Rivers. The three hotels stand out for their state-of-the-art facilities and rich hospitality, attracting hundreds of …

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City Lodge reopens its 56 SA hotels

JSE-listed City Lodge Hotel Group has reopened its 56 South African hotels and six of its seven hotels in the rest of Africa as occupancy rates slowly improve following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group has significantly reduced its net loss in the six months to the …

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Inside El Padrino, one of the best luxury restaurants in Ghana

Ghana is known for its stunning scenery, diverse animal life and miles of sandy beaches along a beautiful coastline. Additionally, the country has a rich history and culture, recently becoming one of the favorite destinations for African Americans. However, the country can offer much more than that, as luxury restaurants …

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Opinion: We should house homeless elderly people in hotels. We can, but the local government refuses.

Zamudio is director of Homeless Outreach Housing 4 the Homeless. She lives in Mission Hills. The true measure of a just society can be gauged by how it treats its most vulnerable members; on the issue of homelessness among the elderly, San Diego is failing. There is a “perfect storm” …

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South Africa’s luxury dog-friendly hotels are sobering

Some politicians complain that white people care more about their pets than the majority of their impoverished black compatriots. “If a person can afford to keep their dog in such circumstances, that’s their business,” said Hassan Khan, who works at The Haven District 6 feeding center next to SuperWoof. Tilana …

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Tunisian hotels aim to maintain stability during the Covid-19 pandemic

Tunisia had over 9 million international tourists before the pandemic and has seen a sharp increase in tourist numbers since 2016 (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/ST.INT.ARVL?locations=TN). Kevin Dyck is the Owner of Mosaic North Africa and North Africa Tours Director and according to his interview regarding the impact of Covid-19 on South Africa / …

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Review: Vancouver’s Dine Out Festival a much needed boost for restaurants

Over 300 restaurants are participating in this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival, which runs January 14-31.ThreeSixty Photography / Document When the Dine Out Vancouver Festival launched 20 years ago, it was conceived as an opportunity to give restaurants a boost during the gloomy January. This year, for a milestone anniversary …

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TUI to finance hotels and cruise ships with investment funds – report

BERLIN, January 5 (Reuters) – TUI TUIGN.DE plans to finance new hotels and cruise ships by creating investment funds rather than borrowing, said its chief strategy officer, as quoted by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche. The world’s biggest holiday company had to be buoyed by billions of euros in government aid after …

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17 new stellar hotels that match their geography

Opening a new hotel, especially in an ongoing pandemic, is an act of optimism, an invitation that says: “come see us, be our guest”. Hundreds of new spots to stay debuted in 2021 and early 2022. From campgrounds under the stars in Maine to eco-lodges in the African wilderness, they …

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Kenya: coastal hotels expect up to 95% occupancy during the festivities

Nairobi – A section of tourism and hospitality stakeholders have expressed optimism that the occupancy rate at coastal hotels is likely to reach 95% during this Christmas holiday season, a huge improvement on the same period from last year. Players noted that the high numbers will be driven by the …

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Kenya: Old Kisumu hotels struggle to compete with new entrants

In its heyday, Sunset, one of the oldest iconic hotels in Kisumu and the Greater Western Region, was revered for its high-end services. Strategically located in the leafy suburb of Milimani, near Impala Sanctuary Park, Sunset was one of the few luxury lakefront hotels in the city from the 1970s …

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Palace says hotels that violate quarantine protocols will face penalties GMA News Online

Malacañang warned on Wednesday that hotels caught violating quarantine protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic would face penalties. “It belongs to the Ministry of Justice [to file charges]. We are under a public health emergency and we are governed by very strict laws, ”Acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said in an …

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Tsogo Sun Hotels still only 50% of rooms occupied before the pandemic

For the hospitality industry in particular, ease and affordability of travel is of paramount importance, as is the safety and confidence of tourists. Tsogo Sun Hotels has published its unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended at the end of September. It says occupancy rates and rooms sold are …

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The hotels regain full occupancy

As large vaccination campaigns in South and Southeast Asia are in full swing, sources said bookings for hotel rooms and conference rooms are increasing every month. Business in the hospitality industry has finally picked up, as foreign delegates and corporate clients visit the country after a year and a half …

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Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar Win 5 Prestigious Travel Awards

Transcorp Hilton Abuja won four (4) awards, including Best Business Hotel in Africa, for the seventh consecutive year at the 28th World Travel Awards. The hotel, which is owned by Nigeria’s leading hotel brand, Transcorp Hotels Plc., Has also won the awards for Nigeria’s Leading Hotel, Nigeria’s Leading Business Hotel …

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Food waste decreases in hotels during pandemic

ANTALYA The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the world as we know it, altering our habits, from the way we travel to the interaction between people. class = “cf”> Despite all the discomfort and problems it has caused, one of the unlikely benefits of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be …

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FEATURED: Canal + launches Christmas promotion for hotels and other service companies | New times

The Business to Business (B2B) department of Canal + Rwanda has launched a Christmas package for large hotels, restaurants, airports, hospitals and other service providers. The promotion will run from November 15 to December 31. Companies will be eligible for promotions on one or the other of the three subscriptions …

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Hotels call on government to market venues, ease restrictions

By JONATHAN KAMOGA The Ugandan hotel industry, grappling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen hotel occupancy rates drop below 40% before the December holidays, now wants the government to ease restrictions and commercialize the country’s tourism in foreign markets, with an emphasis on its natural heritage. …

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Kenyan hotels shine in Global Tourism Awards

For David and Maggie Kopp, Kenya is their second home. For 20 years in a row, the couple from the UK have visited the country to sample the wildlife of the Maasai Mara and the pristine sandy beaches of the Kenyan coast. Even the Covid-19 pandemic could not dissuade them …

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Barrows Hotels seeks acquisitions in Asia and Africa

LONDON, November 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Barrows Hotel Enterprises operates more than 10,000 hotel rooms internationally in more than 10 countries. The company started in 2008 as a real estate investor in the Dubai residential market. Since 2012, Barrows has changed strategy and the company is fully focused on …

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Barrows Hotels is looking for acquisitions in Asia and

LONDON, November 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Barrows Hotel Enterprises operates more than 10,000 hotel rooms internationally in more than 10 countries. The company started in 2008 as a real estate investor in the residential market in Dubai. Since 2012, Barrows has changed strategy and the company is fully focused …

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HOZA Restaurant Brings African Culture and Experience to Downtown Easton | Regional News from Lehigh Valley

EASTON, PA – Few of Lehigh Valley residents will visit Africa, but culture and taste can be experienced in downtown Easton, just off Center Square. Sibu Mafundikwa’s HOZA restaurant is what she describes as “Pan-African”, with flagship products from across the continent: Nigerian-style grilled chicken, West African Jollof rice and …

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Construction begins on new hotels and restaurants at Epic Central in Grand Prairie

Construction of a large, city-owned investment in Grand Prairie with two new hotels, a convention center and a food court is underway. City leaders and private partners on Thursday celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Epic Central, a 172-acre park nestled along George W. Bush Tollway and Arkansas …

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On the art of trying new restaurants

Many years ago I embarked on a new practice of restaurant exploration that I called my “trying new things” routine. At least once a month, I would go to a restaurant or delicatessen that I did not know, that was not part of a chain, a place I had never …

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Valor Hospitality Partners announces strategic partnership with CityBlue Hotels in East Africa

Valor Hospitality Partners, a global full-service hotel management company, today announced its recent partnership with CityBlue Hotels, Africa’s fastest growing local hotel chain, owned by The Diar Group. As part of a long-term agreement, the new joint venture, to be called Valor Diar, will initially operate Divine Residences by CityBlue …

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Hotels relaunch their plan to open a boutique in Uganda

By GILBERT MWIJUKE International hotel brands are targeting the Ugandan market as part of efforts to revive the tourism sector. In 2020, the International Conference Association ranked Uganda as the sixth most popular meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition (Mouse) destination in Africa. The idea was to encourage international hotel chains …

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Zimbabwe: Hotels ask government to review lockdown as occupancy drops to zero

The hospitality industry has pleaded with the government to review the current stringent Covid-19 lockdown restrictions as room occupancy levels hit zero as the industry faces huge financial losses. Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com on Saturday, the President of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ), Clive Chinwada, lamented the low levels of …

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African hotel investor sees potential for budget / mid-range hotels

The Kasada Hospitality Fund recently acquired the 414 room Safari Hotels and Conference Center in Windhoek, Namibia. Kasada Capital Management is an independent investment platform within the Kasada group, dedicated to the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa. The group has hotels operated under the brands of its strategic partner Accor, …

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Transcorp Hotels launches Aura platform in Nigeria

Nigeria: Transcorp Hotels, Africa’s leading hotel brand, has announced the launch of Aura, an Airbnb-style platform, as the continent’s tourism industry prepares for the anticipated post-pandemic travel recovery. The platform is the company’s first alternative accommodation database and will connect travelers to accommodations, restaurants and cultural experiences across Nigeria. Similar …

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“African communities are on their knees because this government does not care about travel”

Every UK tour operator has suffered this year as global travel restrictions put much of the world out of reach. Even today, nine months after the start of the Covid pandemic, a quarter of countries – 59 in total – have still not reopened their borders. But for long-haul specialists …

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South African culture, history and heritage in Durban

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly rocked the world, with travel and tourism a major engine of global growth accounting for 10% of the global economy, one of the hardest-hit industries. The epidemic has in its wake created serious domino effects in the ecosystem; not only the major airlines or hotel …

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