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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 wealthy personalities and business tycoons.

The Fairview Hotel has 127 rooms, while the City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers has 171 rooms and the Town Lodge Upper Hill has 84 rooms.

But in the latest development, the owner has been given the green light by the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) to sell the properties.

A side view City Lodge located in Two Rivers

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The owner has already received an offer from Actis, which has expressed interest in acquiring the three posh hotels at a cost of Ksh 1 billion. The new owner is expected to fully acquire the properties by April following the completion of paperwork.

The South African investor had also revealed its intention to sell its Tanzanian hotel City Lodge in Dar es Salaam for 7.3 million Ksh.

The decision to sell all assets was driven by the investor’s decision to exit the East African market and venture into other ventures in other regions.

“Due to delays in Competition Commission approvals, the extended shutdown dates have been extended to May 31. However, the remaining conditions precedent are being fulfilled and the sale is expected to be completed. concluded by the end of Apr. 2022,” the company said.

The investor recorded a loss of Ksh 2 billion at the end of 2020 on its East African units. Falling profits pushed the hotel business over the edge, forcing the owner to consider exiting the market.

The hotel received clearances from the regional anti-trust body, the Competition Authority Comesa, in December, which noted that it had received information from CAK that the acquisition did not pose risks of competetion.

The agreement to purchase the three hotels is the subject of a joint offer between Actis and another private company registered in the British Isles.

The outflow is just one indicator of the difficulties facing the hospitality industry. Over the past couple of years, many hotels have exited the market while others have gone up for auction due to the country’s tough economic conditions.

The iconic Outspan Hotel in Nyeri is among the swanky establishments that left the market following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Treetops Hotel in Aberdares, Nyeri, where Queen Elizabeth vacationed in 1952, also closed in 2021.

Other clubs and lounges across the country have also closed despite the government shelving a stimulus package to compensate for the sector.

Treetops Hotel located in Aberdare where Queen Elizabeth spent her holidays

Treetops Hotel located in Aberdare where Queen Elizabeth spent her holidays

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City Lodge reopens its 56 SA hotels https://JabberAfrica.org/city-lodge-reopens-its-56-sa-hotels/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 22:01:36 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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 end of December 2021 and expects to complete the sale of its East African operations for R460 million before the end of April.

Read: City Lodge losses mount but CEO hopes worst of pandemic is over

The 127-room Fairview Hotel, 84-room Town Lodge Upper Hill and 171-room City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi, Kenya have been sold to Ukarimu Limited, which is owned by the world’s leading real estate investor and Actis Africa Immobilier sustainable infrastructure.

The 148-room City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam in Tanzania has been sold to Faraja Limited, also owned by Actis.

City Lodge CEO Andrew Widegger said on Friday that the transaction had received unconditional approval from the competition commissions in Kenya and Tanzania and that the proceeds from the disposals will be used to strengthen the group’s financial position and enable it to resume hotel renovation plans.

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Widegger said South African year-to-date occupancies for February 2022 stood at 46% and the group expected monthly occupancy to improve and prices to recover over the next two business quarters.

He said the average occupancy rate for the six months to the end of December in the group’s South African operations, based on its total hotel room inventory, was 32%, with a low of 16%. in July 2021 and a maximum of 43% in November 2021.

An average occupancy of 30% was achieved for all hotels in the group during the six months to the end of December, compared to 17% for the corresponding period in 2020.

Statistics SA recently reported that the total revenue of the tourist accommodation industry, in nominal terms, increased by 46.6% in December 2021 compared to the same month in 2020.

He said accommodation revenue grew 18.4% year on year in December 2021, which he attributed to an 11.5% increase in the number of room nights sold and a 6.3 % of average revenue per night sold.

Widegger said the discovery of the omicron variant in South Africa at the end of November 2021 and the almost overnight closure of international travel routes to South Africa led to a decline in demand, which was significantly taken up by the internal leisure market.

In December 2021, the occupancy rate of open hotels in South Africa averaged 43% with 53 hotels open and five hotels open in the rest of Africa, he said.

“The fourth wave of Covid-19 infections and the temporary closure of international borders to flights departing from Southern Africa has had a limited impact on the group’s operations.

“However, the easing of Alert Level 1 restrictions since December 30, 2021 has had a positive impact on traveler confidence and late-night guest travel following the cancellation of curfews,” said he declared.

Hesitation to travel

Widegger said the new fiscal year had a particularly rocky start due to the severe third wave of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations caused by the delta variant.

This has caused reluctance to travel, as have Tier 4 lockdown restrictions which banned leisure travel to and from Gauteng during the key winter school holiday period.

“Violent civil unrest in South Africa in July increased the negative impact on business operations during this period,” he added.

“Fortunately, the group suffered no property damage as a result of the protests in KwaZulu-Natal.

“However, the majority of hotels in the area have temporarily closed due to security concerns and lack of fuel and food, and resumed operations as soon as the situation stabilized.”

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The steady improvement in occupancy and demand for hospitality services over the past few months has had a positive impact on City Lodge’s financial performance.

Total revenue for the period doubled to R436 million from R215.6 million for the previous period.

The group generated profit from operating activities before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) of R122.6 million compared to the loss of R131.7 million in the prior period.

The group’s net loss after tax fell 94% to R33.7 million from R550.4 million.

Overall diluted and non-diluted loss per share improved 90% to a loss of 6 cents from the adjusted loss of 60 cents in the prior period.

The group generated positive cash flow from operating activities of R13.1 million, after offsetting the impact of increased working capital of R45.1 million resulting from the increase in commercial activity and the settlement of accrued liabilities associated with the development of the Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City, compared to negative operating cash flow of R68.9 million in the prior period.

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No dividend has been declared.

At the end of December 2021, the group had a net cash and cash equivalent overdraft of R51 million compared to R35.3 million in December 2020.

Current liabilities exceeded its current assets, excluding assets held for sale, by R424.8 million compared to R9.4 million in the prior period.

The administrators of City Lodge believe that the group has sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations.

Widegger said the group has assessed and implemented various liquidity and capital measures to ensure it can weather the extended period of industry recovery due to Covid-19 and meet liquidity requirements. , working capital and expenses.

These include:

  • Obtain access to an additional R80 million of available term loan facilities and R48.4 million of short-term overdraft facilities;
  • Obtain waivers for initial debt covenants for all measurement periods through September 2022;
  • Implementing continued cost-cutting measures, including cutting wages and suspending contract workers until there is a steady recovery trend; and
  • Proceeds from the sale of its East Africa operations are expected by April 2022 and will be applied to the settlement of interest-bearing borrowings maturing within the next 12 months.

Shares of City Lodge rose 3.47% on Friday to close at R5.36.

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Inside El Padrino, one of the best luxury restaurants in Ghana https://JabberAfrica.org/inside-el-padrino-one-of-the-best-luxury-restaurants-in-ghana/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 22:52:46 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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 in Ghana are also an option for locals and visitors.

Opened in 2020, The Padrino is one of the newest luxury restaurants in Ghana, which started in Accra as a haven for luxury connoisseurs, foodies, cigar aficionados and West African celebrities.

Ghanaian celebrities love Juliet Ibrahim (Ghanaian actress, producer and singer), Nana Aba Anamoah (News Host, Broadcaster, Media Personality), Yvonne Nelson (a Ghanaian actress), and Kwesi Arthur (a Ghanaian rapper) are regulars. Africa’s most awarded hip hop star, Sarkodie celebrated his birthday at El Padrino with an intimate dinner for family and friends.

Sarkodie’s Private Birthday Dinner at El Padrino | Courtesy El Padrino

Open daily from noon for lunch until late at night, El Padrino also hosts special events, including cognac tastings, new product launches, private functions and corporate dinners.

The restaurant has a temperature-controlled glass-enclosed room that displays an extensive selection of Cuban cigars and cigarillos. Additionally, they offer a diverse range of tobacco blends and cigar types such as Cohiba and Montecristo allowing novices and aficionados to indulge in the absolute highest quality in taste, aroma and ambiance.

Selection of cigars | Courtesy El Padrino

“We opened our doors shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic which was one of the most challenging times in recent history, especially for the hospitality industry. Fortunately, we have come through this period and have developed a very tight-knit community of customers who appreciate and truly reflect our vision of a luxury dining and entertainment experience,” Paulo Borgi, director of El Padrino, told Travel Black.

According to the manager, El Padrino has become one of the best restaurants in Ghana and a favorite of celebrities and high profile personalities due to its exclusivity, luxury design, fine dining, bar and restaurant. live music.

Courtesy El Padrino

“Privacy is a priority for celebrities and high profile personalities and El Padrino is a hidden gem for intimate dinners, drinks or gatherings. They also require reservations to avoid overcrowding and adequate spacing between tables for ensuring privacy,” said Borgi.The venue is tucked away in a picturesque corner of the Atlantic Tower in Airport City, a perfect hideaway to escape the hustle and bustle of Accra.

The restaurant offers a decor that exudes luxury with its classic design of rich woods and dark brown and cream leathers. The comfortable sofas and armchairs are reminiscent of the living room of a distinguished home and offer guests maximum relaxation while enjoying their food and drinks.

Courtesy El Padrino

Borgi revealed that El Padrino offers continental cuisine including steak, seafood, pasta and plenty of fresh and healthy options for lunch and dinner. “The bar is complete with single malt whiskeys, cognac, vintage rums and wines to perfectly accompany a meal or for stand-alone enjoyment.”

Courtesy El Padrino

The restaurant is also home to the live Jazz & Blues Night event, one of Accra’s landmarks, with the band De Dynamics on Thursday nights followed by DJ Night on Fridays and a live band on Saturdays. Sometimes guests such as KOD or Kwesi Arthur joined the group for a surprise performance.

El Padrino is located at the Atlantic Tower in Airport City, Accra.


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Opinion: We should house homeless elderly people in hotels. We can, but the local government refuses. https://JabberAfrica.org/opinion-we-should-house-homeless-elderly-people-in-hotels-we-can-but-the-local-government-refuses/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 01:55:00 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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” of events, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put medically frail older people in grave danger.

This is especially true for the unsheltered, who are dying on our streets in record numbers, right before our eyes. Over the past two weeks, we have witnessed multiple deaths in the street. This alarming fact is ignored by those to whom we have entrusted the right to make decisions regarding the health, safety and well-being of our region.

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It is the legal, moral, and ethical obligation of the City and County of San Diego to provide safe haven for the most fragile members of our community. Group shelters are not safe or appropriate for older people for a wide variety of reasons: There are rarely bottom bunks available. They are vulnerable to other shelter residents who often steal from them. They cannot defend themselves when harassed by people with serious mental illness and substance use disorder. They have an increased susceptibility to diseases that regularly circulate in gathering places. And they don’t have the mobility to leave every day and roam the streets until they are let in at night.

It’s not just my opinion. Paul Downey, CEO of Serving Seniors, a San Diego-based nonprofit that helps poor seniors lead healthy, fulfilling lives, notes that one in four homeless people in San Diegans are over the age of 55. Many have mobility issues and avoid communal shelters where they have to sit on beds or share toilets.

These people often have complex medical issues and suffer from incontinence, lack of mobility and physical limitations.

We need hotel rooms with private restrooms for every senior as they manage their medical conditions and ailments.

Elderly people absolutely cannot maintain their health, much less recover from injuries and illnesses, when they sleep outdoors. Going to vital medical appointments without access to a phone, transportation, or a way to track their appointments unnecessarily exacerbates the negative health effects associated with aging. Life-saving prescriptions are often stolen from older people, and they are often victims of abuse and violent crime on the streets. The emergency services are naturally unable to take care of these people. Skilled nursing facilities are full. Our paramedics must constantly fill in on the front line and transfer people from the streets to the emergency services.

This is unacceptable negligence on the part of our elected officials. We have ample resources to take care of these people. This is politics at its worst, a matter of our will, a matter of ignoring marginalized populations who have no voice.

The City of San Diego has refused to access fully reimbursable funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide hotel rooms for these individuals. The county implemented a program, but despite great success, the county shut it down in March and hasn’t allowed new people in for months. There are two hotels that have been leased by the county and are fully staffed with security, food service, housekeeping and social workers with vacant rooms that could be used to house those who need it. Not needed anymore. Red tape and lack of conviction empty these much-needed rooms and keep our medically compromised seniors on the streets.

Reps routinely come up with excuse after excuse as to why they can’t do anything about this crisis. Supervisory board chairman Nathan Fletcher recently said hotels were less willing to work with the county and there had been staffing issues. I think it’s just a lack of will and a pathetic evasion on his part.

San Diego’s homelessness crisis is an elder abuse issue, a gender discrimination issue, a racial justice issue, a human rights issue, a veterans issue, and a civil rights issue. Our African American community bears the brunt at 6 percent of the general population but 30 percent of our homeless population.

It is a question of will or lack of resources. Over the past few years, our area has been inundated with new funding from government programs such as Project Roomkey, the Homeless Emergency Assistance Program, and the Housing, Assistance, and Homelessness Prevention Grants. -shelter, in addition to all the usual annual funding sources.

We can no longer rely on GoFundMe to provide reasonable housing for our most vulnerable neighbors in San Diego. We need our government agencies to act.

In the meantime, help us by participating in our GoFundMe for “Hotels 4 Houseless Seniors”. Visit housing4thehomeless.org to make a tax-deductible donation.


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South Africa’s luxury dog-friendly hotels are sobering https://JabberAfrica.org/south-africas-luxury-dog-friendly-hotels-are-sobering/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/south-africas-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 Kruger, a 35-year-old estate agent, recently moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town and regularly deposits her beagle with AtFrits.

“He can’t wait, he literally jumps out of the car,” she told AFP by phone.

Whether luxury dog ​​hotels should exist in a country with such high levels of poverty and inequality remains a moot point.

A stay in AtFrits’ most expensive room costs R535 ($35) per day. The government sets the national poverty line at R890 per month.

Yanic Klue, owner of AtFrits, says she is doing her part to fight poverty by creating jobs.

“I have 37 employees that I give income to,” she said.

She donates 10% of hotel revenue to help stray dogs, including neutering.

She also runs a non-profit project that teaches poor township women in South Africa to sew dog clothes for the hotel boutique.

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South Africa’s strict lockdown at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic reduced demand for dog hotels because people were working from home and not going on holiday.

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Tunisian hotels aim to maintain stability during the Covid-19 pandemic https://JabberAfrica.org/tunisian-hotels-aim-to-maintain-stability-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:24:15 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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 / other African countries he mentioned that “We work in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and recently we have private tours in Egypt. The tourism industry has come to a standstill for international travelers visiting Algeria. They have yet to reopen their borders since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. In Tunisia there have been seasons when their covid numbers were lower and tourists could visit, but overall tourist areas and sites are stores that are largely empty and without any groups visiting. the industry has been without a stable income or jobless since the start of the pandemic.”

According to STR data, the majority of hotels in Tunisia belong to the upper middle class at 26.8% and 18.6% to the middle class. Most hotels are located in the Tunisian region.

Hotel La Perla Hammamet (middle class), Royal Golf (upscale class), Park Place Hotel (economy class), Yasmine Beach Resort (upscale upper class) are some examples of hotels that have closed for the past 3 years, but STR has not provided the exact date of closure. Asked about the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on hotels in Tunisia, Kevin Dyck replied that “Many large resort hotels have closed along Tunisia’s tourist coastal areas, which are used to large numbers of tourists during the summer months. Due to the low number of reservations, hotels have not been able to reopen. We have seen a number of boutique hotels and guesthouses continue to operate and serve many domestic tourists.

Average hotel revenue by year shows fluctuating revenue over the past decade. Unemployment and economic problems caused protests and upheavals in 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/22/tunisia-unrest-government-imposes-night-curfew-unemployment-protests- attacks). The chart above is remarkable as revenue was the lowest in 2016 compared to the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Since December 2021, Tunisia has reported an increase in cases of Omicron variants and imposed stricter travel restrictions. Like other countries, Tunisia is open to international travelers but requires travelers to present proof of vaccination against Covid-19. When you plot the percentage change in supply and demand since the start of the year (May) on a graph, it suggests that 2020 and 2021 had the highest percentage change in demand at -48 .70 and -21.40 respectively over the past decade. However, the percentage change in supply has been constant since 2011.

Tunisians depend on the hotel and tourism industry as a source of income. Kevin suggested the following concrete measures for hoteliers/tour operators to combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, “There are practical steps such as ensuring guides and drivers follow strict health and safety protocols and have masks and gel readily available for customers. Tour operators may also be looking for ways to continue employing their staff during this economic downturn. It is hard on many individuals and families who have been out of work since March 2020.” The fundamental law of supply and demand suggests that if the supply remains the same and the demand decreases, the price will fall. In addition, hotels should not increase their room rates during this new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic or the next few years.

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Review: Vancouver’s Dine Out Festival a much needed boost for restaurants https://JabberAfrica.org/review-vancouvers-dine-out-festival-a-much-needed-boost-for-restaurants/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/review-vancouvers-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 bogged down by snowstorms and the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, that support is even more needed.

Over 300 restaurants are participating in this year’s festival, which runs Jan. 14-31 and features set menus, priced between $ 29 and $ 59. A complete list of restaurants and special events is available on the reservation platform: dineoutvancouver.com.

It’s a long list to study. And there are dozens of stand-up restaurants that I highly recommend – AnnaLena, Ancora, Boulevard, Burdock & Co, Forage, L’Abattoir, Le Crocodile, Maenam, Torafuku and Vij’s, to name a few. -a.

But if you’re looking for something a little different, or fancy trying something new, here are 10 choices that stand out as very compelling.

Carlino Restaurant and Lounge

$ 65 for five courses (dinner)

This northern Italian restaurant opened at the Shangri-La Hotel in early December, replacing the short-lived Miantiao. I usually wait at least three months before visiting a new opening – and I advise others to do the same. Why rush when the whole menu is still being tested and doomed to change? Dine Out is the exception, as new restaurants tend to go out of their way to impress. If you’re intrigued by the hearty Friulian flavors – thick jota soup (beans and sauerkraut), salads with bitter chicory, and cjarsons (dumplings stuffed with red beets) – Carlino’s five-course menu seems to be excellent value- price.

Mandarin Kirin Restaurant

Kirin’s three-course Dine Out menu, with optional wine pairings, is a rare opportunity for a more intimate meal.Handout

$ 48 for three courses (lunch or dinner)

Set menus are not the norm for Cantonese banquet restaurants. A good family style dinner requires a table of at least four (preferably eight to 10) people. So Kirin’s three-course Dine Out menu, with optional food and wine pairings, is a rare opportunity for a more intimate meal. It’s also a good deal with choices of appetizers that include chicken lobster in a cream and butter sauce or whole South African abalone braised with prickly sea cucumber and fish mouths. .

Luppolo Brewing Company

Glasses of beer line the Luppolo Brewing Company bar.DARRYL DYCK / The Globe and Mail

$ 28 for three courses (dinner)

He had me at “beeramisu”. This Italian craft brewery is one that I have been planning to visit for a long time. And not just because he brews a ripasso-style brett with second-press apricots. Apparently he’s also throwing in a great pizza, which you can order as part of the menu on the spot or take out (two pies and a four-pack for $ 50). I would choose to dine there, if only because I’m curious about what tiramisu made with beer looks like.

Vancouver Fishing Company

$ 59 for three courses (lunch or dinner)

Before visiting this Granville Island restaurant for the first time last winter, I mistakenly felt it was a tourist trap. Next, Executive Chef Summer Stuart served me the best grilled cheese sandwich (with lobster, bacon and gruyere) I have ever inhaled. Unfortunately, grilled cheese isn’t on her Dine Out menu, but her excellent tomato bisque is. And given that Ms. Stuart is one of the few chefs who goes out of its way to break down whole fish, anything you order is pretty much guaranteed to be fresh.

Max Restaurant

$ 30 for three courses (dinner)

Trend forecasters have been predicting the traditional Filipino food breakthrough for almost as long as we anticipate the arrival of a Jollibee outpost in the Metro Vancouver area (three sites of the Manila-based chain are apparently underway) . Meanwhile, Max’s Restaurant (another chain) has quietly satisfied the masses with its famous fried chicken. If you’ve never had the pleasure of a sizzling bangus (milkfish belly) or lumpiang ubod (heart of palm egg) steak, Dine Out is a good time to try something new.

Bruno

Bruno is a new farm-to-table restaurant at the Versante hotel in Richmond that goes all out.Handout

$ 29 for lunch; $ 59 for dinner (three courses)

Bruno is another (relatively) new farm-to-table restaurant at the Versante hotel in Richmond that goes all out. The Will Lew’s Dine Out menu will feature many of its signature dishes, including duck truffled with lavender, mussels in saffron cream and maple-glazed kurobuta pork belly, at excellent prices in more accessible portions. . (Duck, for example, is usually only served as a sharing platter.) If you fancy turning the night into a stay, the hotel offers special guest room rates, starting at $ 149.

Liuyishou hot pot

Liuyishou Hot Pot’s meat platters are of very high quality.Handout

$ 22 for lunch; $ 39 for dinner (three courses)

Chinese fondue has exploded in Metro Vancouver in recent years. La Liuyishou, based in Chongqing, is one of the best chains and offers great value for money. Its meat platters, in particular, are of very high quality. If you like it hot, order the Szechuan-style broth, which, for two or more, comes with a spicy beef-tallow (Alberta Angus) that melts in the pot. Interestingly, Liuyishou was the first local restaurant to pack take-out fondue when the pandemic struck, which previously seemed unlikely. The Robson Street location (the only Dine Out participant) also makes great cocktails.

The acorn

The Acorn is one of Vancouver’s best vegetarian restaurants.John Lehmann / The Globe and Mail

$ 59 for three courses (dinner)

Shira Blustein is the owner and visionary of Vancouver’s best vegetarian restaurant. Brian Luptak is the former chef and co-author of the recently published cookbook Acorn: vegetables reinvented which receives all the distinctions. But Devon Latte is the new executive chef. And after being blown away by its cuisine during a pop-up offsite dinner last summer, I am extremely looking forward to revisiting the restaurant for the full experience. The menu at Acorn’s Dine Out restaurant will include a daily main course made with the freshest ingredients from breeding and forage, which sets it apart. But there is a set of desserts – sweet dough of small spelled with quince, fig, lime curd and Nootka rose frosting – that really appeals to me.

Five sails

The panoramic views over Coal Harbor at the Five Sails Restaurant are incredible.Nora Hamade / Document

$ 59 for three courses (lunch and dinner)

The great thing about Dine Out is that it provides a low risk opportunity to try your luck at a restaurant you’re not entirely sure about. For me, it’s Five Sails at the Pan Pacific Hotel. The panoramic views over Coal Harbor are incredible (go for lunch, if you can). Pastry chef Daria Andriienko is a star in the making. The original executive chef? Meh. His classic French menu was heavy in flavor and the dishes were all weirdly deconstructed. I’m much more interested in trying the restaurant again now that Chef Robbie Robinson has taken the helm and Stefan Hartmann (formerly Bauhaus) is overseeing as the new Culinary Director of the Glowbal Group.

Arike Restaurant

Arike is a modern Nigerian restaurant that deserves to be widely acclaimed.DARRYL DYCK / The Globe and Mail

$ 59 for five courses (dinner, additional vegan menu)

I kind of feel like a loving teenage boy with a crush on silly eyes, but I’m not going to stop recommending Arike until this modern Nigerian restaurant wins the praise it deserves. Sam Olayinka is one of the city’s most innovative chefs and this gourmet five-course menu includes an aged brioche with maple butter and Berber, an explosively vibrant pineapple and carpaccio salad, a smoked grilled suya strip loin and a cassava cake with coconut mousse cheese – is my top choice of the whole festival.

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TUI to finance hotels and cruise ships with investment funds – report https://JabberAfrica.org/tui-to-finance-hotels-and-cruise-ships-with-investment-funds-report/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 13:00:57 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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 its travel business collapsed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TUI has been slow to recover and due to its existing debt, which has increased during the pandemic, TUI has had to look for other ways to finance new cruise ships or hotels, Peter Krueger said on Wednesday, quoted by WirtschaftsWoche .

“There is enough money in the market and we already have very concrete interested parties,” Krueger said, adding that plans for investment funds are quite advanced.

“Our integration removes most of the risk for investors,” said Krueger, who plans to present details within weeks.

WirtschaftsWoche said TUI plans to build more than 100 new hotels and up to six new cruise ships in the coming years.

(Reporting by Miranda Murray; Editing by Alexander Smith)

((Miranda.Murray@thomsonreuters.com;))

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17 new stellar hotels that match their geography https://JabberAfrica.org/17-new-stellar-hotels-that-match-their-geography/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 11:02:42 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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 are an inspiration for future trips, whether you leave next month or next year. Here are some of the most notable:

Eco-lodges

Habitas AIUIa, Saudi Arabia
The Nabataeans, the ancient civilization behind Petra in Jordan, also built the monumental tombs and water wells at Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia. The neighboring 96-room Habitas eco-lodge, framed by the same sandstone canyons, has an infinity pool, site-specific art installations, and impact-free, tent-like suites that meander along the river. desert sand.

Cielo Lodge, Costa Rica
This striking newcomer, once a logging site, has been transformed into an off-grid eco-lodge, powered by solar panels and small-scale hydropower with sewage used for landscaping. This is Costa Rica, so expect full nature immersion, with wildlife walks along a series of waterfalls and a nighttime frog trail.

Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana
Relaunched in early 2021, Xigera is located in the Moremi Game Reserve, home to kingfishers, hippos and leopards in the Okavango Delta. In Botswana, where most lodges make sustainability a priority, Xigera goes the extra mile with a renewable energy hub, water treatment plant and electric safari vehicles. Sleek interiors feature eye-catching fabrics, handcrafted furniture, and sculptures by contemporary African artists.

The Britomart Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s first hotel to receive the country’s Five Green Star certification produces greenhouse gas emissions about 50% lower than required by the building code. Other elements that exemplify green hospitality include low VOC paint on the walls, driftwood knobs on the doors, and a sustainable seafood restaurant serving underrated but delicious local fish.

Cool historical conversions

Reschio Castle, Umbria, Italy
Count Benedikt Bolza lived in this 1,000-year-old castle, but he recently moved, transforming the estate and its old chapel into a magnificent 36-room hotel. The location sells itself: nestled among the green furrows of the Italian countryside, with cypresses and pines. What sets Reschio apart is its modern, swirling dig into the past. Bolza, an architect, designed everything from beams to lampshades, as well as a Roman spa in the old wine cellar. Rooms deviate slightly from the aesthetic of stone walls, with modern canopies paired with decor-style lamps and mid-century chairs.

Murtoli Estate, Corsica, France
Twenty-five years after renovating a series of shepherds’ huts, the owners of this rural French retreat have converted an adjacent farmhouse into an elegant hotel nestled between organic gardens and olive groves. Guests have full access to the estate, with its wild walks and peaceful Mediterranean sands.

The Harrison Chambers of Distinction, Belfast, Northern Ireland
A 19th century merchant’s house near Belfast Botanic Gardens has been transformed into a chic sanctuary dedicated to local authors, lavish antiques and quirky design. It’s a quirky and welcome addition to the city’s hotel landscape: expect freestanding tubs on reclaimed wood floors, rooms named after local heroes like CS Lewis and singer Ruby Murray, and Bridgerton-stylish four-poster beds under lush wallpapers.

Hotel Saint-Vincent, New Orleans, Louisiana
A former 19th-century orphanage, rich in red brick and wrought iron, has been renovated and reinvented into a 75-room boutique hotel in NOLA’s Lower Garden District. The legendary Texan hotelier Liz Lambert has infused the place with a moody decor (bathrooms adorned with coral tiles, a chapel transformed into a nightclub) and playful comfort (a tiled swimming pool by Saltillo, gelatin bears in the rooms. minibars).

Kruger shalati, South Africa
Permanently parked on an out of service railway bridge in Kruger National Park, this charming lodge offers accommodation in converted wagons and along the bridge itself. A pool deck suspended above the Sabie River offers views of hippos, elephants, and other animals in the waters below.

Bottle hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana
A 1920s Coca-Cola bottling plant is now the lavish setting of the most distinctive new hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Flag bearer of the city’s revitalized Bottleworks district, the 139-room property has revived the site’s art deco details: brass railings, terrazzo tiled floors, and a grand spiral staircase built to resemble a soda fountain. . The on-site Garage Food Hall, located where cola delivery trucks were once parked, is home to a dozen vendors selling ice cream, Asian food, and local drinks.

Big spaces

Paradero Todos Santos, Lower Mexico
The sunny desert of Baja Mexico may not be the most obvious place for Brutalist-inspired architecture, but Yektajo Valdez Architects perfectly blended an expanse of low-rise concrete buildings into a landscape of farmhouses and of cactus fields. The 35 suites all have private outdoor spaces such as rooftop relaxation areas or bathtubs. The 130-foot-long infinity pool and half-moon shaped solarium are ideal for lovers of photogenic minimalism.

Under Canvas Acadia, Maine
One hundred acres of wooded waterfront property near Acadia National Park on the Maine coast contains 63 tent suites, bookable from late spring through early fall. This family-friendly glamping resort, a 30-minute drive from the park’s rocky trails, offers morning yoga, a restaurant serving sophisticated camp food, and live music in the evenings (with s’more roasting) around communal fireplaces. .

Zannier Bãi San Hô Hotels, Vietnam
In an unspoiled corner of central Vietnam between rice fields, rolling hills and a coral reef, Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô is the stuff of honeymoon dreams. The villas borrow the vernacular of Southeast Asia: all thatched roofs and woven bamboo walls, topped off with muslin-draped beds and giant tubs. Activities include snorkeling trips to secluded bays and planting or harvesting rice. Làng Chài, the restaurant, is located on the fine sand.

Camp Sarika by Amangiri, Utah
This rugged branch of luxury icon Amangiri carves its own niche with 10 canvas-roofed one- and two-bedroom lodges with plunge pools, industrial furnishings, and views of the otherworldly Utah desert. . The most beautiful feature of the pavilions? A foyer under the stars, where guests can swap stories of day trips to nearby national parks (Zion, Bryce).

The city sleeps

Arthaus Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
With Ottoman-inspired decor and a garden dotted with Roman relics, this chic newcomer can be found in the bohemian district of Gemmayze, the Lebanese capital, which is bouncing back from the devastating port explosion of 2020. Its 25 rooms, spread over several historic structures, present antiques, rare books and contemporary art.

The Hoxton, Rome, Italy
The lines between work and family life have blurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some hotels have the concept reduced to an art, like this newcomer to the Eternal City with lobbies that look like lounges and chic cocktails to end the day. In a modernist building with a dusty pink facade, the 192-bed urban retreat mixes 1970s furniture and Murano glass chandeliers salvaged from interiors inspired by Italian cinema. Open all day, the Cugino restaurant is as comfortable for breakfast as it is for aperitifs.

The Social House, Nairobi, Kenya
This is no ordinary African boutique hotel, skillfully dodging both the colonial tropes and the corporate vibe of many regional options. Instead, the people of Nairobi are packing four stylish bars and restaurants, with menus ranging from Scandinavian to Peruvian-Japanese. Sleep in one of the 83 guest rooms with smartphone controls and contemporary Kenyan-inspired decor.

This article originally appeared in National Geographic traveler United Kingdom. It has been updated and extended.

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Kenya: coastal hotels expect up to 95% occupancy during the festivities https://JabberAfrica.org/kenya-coastal-hotels-expect-up-to-95-occupancy-during-the-festivities/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://JabberAfrica.org/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 domestic market which is supported by school closures.

PrideInn Group of Hotels chief executive Hasnain Noorani said he believes hotel occupancy in the coastal region will increase by up to 100% over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve weekend. .

Noorani added that the current political stability along with the easing of Covid-19 measures has had a positive effect on the tourism industry and has attracted tourists from the mainland to experience the Christmas atmosphere on the coast.

“The tourism and hospitality sector that had just found its footing after nearly two years of devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is being shaken again as countries erect new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the Omicron variant,” Noorani said.

Nevertheless, industry players are concerned that due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, tourism and hospitality businesses will be affected early next year.

“The tourism and hospitality industries were the most affected sectors during the first and second waves of Covid-19. Recently, following a drop in the number of cases and a high number of vaccinations, these sectors were experiencing the green shoots of recovery, however, the Omicron scare has once again sown fear in the hospitality industry, with many tourists considering canceling their advance reservations and hotel room reservations.” he added.

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