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Africa’s vast aviation potential as the continent continues to increase airline frequency to the GCC will be explored at the Inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on April 30 and May 01.

This year’s Valentine day was marked with special African flavour that saw the launch of the first-ever Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) at Nairobi National Park’s historic Ivory Burning Site.

Marriott International announced rapid expansion plans across Africa. Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, amplified by five new hotel signings.

In July, hotels in the Middle East saw occupancy increase 5.8 percent to 59 percent while ADR decreased 5.8 percent to USD125.07 and RevPAR dipped 0.3 percent to USD73.82.

Qatar-based Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels announced the creation of an investment fund with a targeted investment capacity of over USD1 billion dedicated to hospitality in various Sub-Saharan African countries.

According to analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE), the top countries in the Middle East construction pipeline are Saudi Arabia with 209 projects/72,680 rooms, UAE with 208 projects /58,930 rooms and Qatar with 58 projects /13,667 rooms.

Lodging Econometrics’ (LE) recent Trend Report says construction pipelines for the Middle East and Africa continue to grow resulting in 875 projects /216,045 rooms combined.

Seatrade Maritime Awards, hailed as the largest and longest awards body for the maritime sector in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and African regions, is marking its 15th anniversary.

Ramada Downtown Dubai was again recognised by Luxury Travel Guide (LTG) in its Africa and Middle East Awards 2018.

Abu Dhabi-based regional IT consulting services specialist, Amadeus Gulf, partnered with Dubai-based philanthropic organisation, Dubai Cares, to bring quality education to underprivileged children in Senegal.