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Hotels in the Middle East reported negative second quarter (Q2) performance results this year, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.

The readers of prominent global travel publication, Travel + Leisure, have named Cape Town their number one favourite city in Africa and the Middle East for the 17th year.

International tourist arrivals grew by six percent in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for this year.

Hotels in the Middle East reported a negative May performance results, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.

In a joint statement with WESGRO, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Marriott International revealed how the region is open for business.

Latvian airline airBaltic transported 1,452,017 passengers during the first five months of this year, 22 percent more than in the same period in 2017.

Minor International (MINT) is acquiring 30 million shares in NH Hotel Group in a transaction valued at EUR192 million (USD225 million).

Latvian airline airBaltic announced a new route from Riga International Airport to Sochi International Airport.

Prisca Mupfumira, minister, tourism and hospitality industry, Zimbabwe, said that the country is planning on intensify tourism marketing efforts in Asia and the Middle East.

Damian Hickey will be the new managing director, agency commerce, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Travelport.