Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Africa


In Brief
June 2019 509

Fairmont looks beyond the usual safari

FAIRMONT Hotels and Resorts Kenya presents a three-stop destination with the potential for leisure and business guests to experience the best of East Africa. The resorts offer unrivalled luxury and adventure in three iconic properties; The Norfolk in Nairobi, Mount Kenya Safari Club near the base of Mount Kenya and Mara Safari Club within the plains of the Masai Mara. 

The three-stop experience begins at the Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi – a landmark hotel steeped in history. Explore the capital city’s best attractions, and next on the circuit is Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club; the exclusive former home of actor William Holden which has played host to Hollywood’s elite. The exclusive retreat not only straddles the equator but is also nestled in the foothills of Africa’s second highest peak (Mount Kenya).

The hotel marks its 60th anniversary this year and to celebrate this milestone a new gourmet restaurant has recently opened and in the pipeline are two new villas, a new spa and wellness offering, CSR activities and conservation project.

The itinerary concludes at Fairmont Mara Safari Club, where the thrill of safari awaits. Combining a traditional camping experience with the comfort of a luxury resort hotel including four-poster beds and en-suite bathrooms, the resort is the perfect base for leisure and guided safari game drives.

 

dusitD2 Nairobi begins work

DUSIT International has announced it will reopen the dusitD2 Nairobi hotel at the heart of the 14 Riverside complex, located in Nairobi’s exclusive Westlands neighbourhood. The 14 Riverside complex is a major commercial hub, housing numerous restaurants, shops, international offices and the dusitD2 hotel. The complex was targeted in an act of terror on January 15, which claimed the lives of 21 innocent people, including four full-time employees and two contract security staff of the hotel. No guests were harmed in the attack.

Demonstrating the resilience of the local community, the 14 Riverside complex has already sprung back into action with tenants and business owners returning to help to beautify the area.

dusitD2 Nairobi has been temporarily closed since the incident.

 

Hyatt Regency Algiers Airport opens

OPERATED under a management agreement with Société d'Investissement Hôtelière EPE SPA, the hotel adds to Hyatt’s growing brand presence across Africa, joining Hyatt’s existing seven properties in Africa.

Located at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers, Algeria, the 320-room hotel is in close proximity to the newest terminal, and is the only hotel linked to the terminal at the moment.

Included within the hotel’s portfolio of amenities are dedicated airline lounges, a Regency Club lounge, a swimming pool and a 2,200-sq-m lobby. The hotel is home to three modern dining venues and offers about 949 sq m of flexible meeting space.

 

RwandAir now connects to Guangzhou

RWANDAIR, the flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, will commence flights to Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong and the third largest city in China, from June 18.

The airline will fly to Guangzhou three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Guangzhou will be tagged to the existing Mumbai route and will be operated by an Airbus A330 with triple class cabin and wi-fi onboard, in-flight entertainment and comfortable seats with more legroom.

Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of RwandAir, says: “With the increasing volume of trade between African countries and China, the need to meet the high demand of businessmen and traders travelling between Africa and Guangzhou is strongly felt. This new route will open new business opportunities and also increase our passenger and cargo traffic.”

Guangzhou is a major shopping destination for merchants and features popular tourist attractions such as the iconic Canton Tower and Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort, which offers an amusement park, international circus, water park, safari park, a bird park and a hotel.




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