A Nigerian Celebration of Rice

Nigerians love rice…white rice, fried rice, jollof rice, ofada rice, coconut rice, etc. So it was with much excitement that I received the news of the opening of a fast-casual restaurant dedicated to rice. The restaurant is simply called ‘Rice’ and it is at Jubilee Mall, Plot 21 Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase One, Lagos. It is very conveniently located in the heart of the commercial…

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Rwandair to start flying to Guangzhou, China

Rwandair, Rwanda’s national airline, has announced that it will commence flights to Guangzhou, effective June 18, 2019. This route will be tagged to the airline’s existing Mumbai route and flown three times weekly – Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Guangzhou will be Rwandair’s second Asia route, after it launched the Mumbai route in April 2017. The flight will be operated by one of its Airbus A330…

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Asky Airlines will start service from Lagos to Johannesburg

If you have to travel extensively across West and Central Africa, you may likely have flown an Asky Airlines flight or two. Now you will be able to fly Asky Airlines to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, beginning June 15, 2019. The airline will connect Lagos to Johannesburg with a daily service, via Douala and Libreville. Douala will have three direct weekly flights and Libreville…

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South African Airways to begin direct flights to Mainland China

The South African national airline announced it will begin flying direct between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China. The flights will begin on September 18, 2019. The Johannesburg-Guangzhou route will especially connect business and corporate travelers to the heart of China’s manufacturing region. This will be the only direct service between the two cities. Currently, SAA flies to Hong Kong and this service will be increased to…

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Kenya’s first Autograph Collection by Marriott opens in Nairobi

The Story The Sankara Hotel Nairobi is located in the Westlands part of the city. The hotel is owned by Westlands Hotels Limited/Sankara Hotels Group, and opened its doors to the public in 2010. It was operated by Sankara Hotels Group, until the rebranding was announced in October 2018. The Sankara Nairobi is largely targeted at the business traveler, and has a boutique vibe, despite…

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The Providence by Mantis scheduled to soon open in Ikeja, Lagos

The Providence by Mantis is a boutique hotel located at Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja GRA. It is scheduled to open in June 2019. The project was signed as a management agreement in 2016 and the original opening date has been pushed forward since late 2017, however it is expected that the property is now ready to begin operations. The hotel will consist of 79 rooms,…

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Marriott, Accor & Other Hotel Chains Continue to Expand in Africa

W Hospitality Group has released the findings of its 11th annual survey of the pipeline of branded hotels in African markets. The survey looks at foreign and African hotel brands with operations in more than one country, and the deals they have signed for new hotels. Marriott topped the list in terms of the number of hotels planned, with 81 hotels and almost 17,000 rooms….

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News: Airbnb Leads $160m Funding Round for Short Term Rental Startup

The Story Airbnb, alongside other investors such as Tishman Speyer, RXR Realty, Fifth Wall Ventures, and Starwood CEO Barry Sternlicht, will provide $160 million in Series B funding to Lyric. This round of financing raised about 50% equity and brought the total fundraising for Lyric to $185 million. Lyric, whose competitors include well-funded hospitality startups such as Sonder and Domio, essentially provides premium property and…

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