Lufthansa Now Drives More Than Half Its Bookings Directly

When Lufthansa Group reported its earnings on Thursday, it said that in December it sold 52 percent of its tickets directly. That represented the most significant share of direct sales in the company’s history, executives said. For full-year 2018, the number of bookings made through the websites and mobile apps of Lufthansa, Swiss, and Austrian, and by corporate customers and travel management companies using […]


African Tourism Board plans impressive launch in Capetown at WTM

The African Tourism Board (ATB) is planning for an impressive launch event during World Travel Market (WTM) in Cape Town, South Africa. On April 11, 2019 from 1530-1730 hours, an international team of experts will conduct an informative and enlightening meeting of African Tourism Board members. Ministers of Tourism and leaders of the African and international travel and tourism sector, along with exhibitors […]


Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

As the list of countries banning the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft grows and more airlines suspend services, more travelers are getting nervous about flying on planes similar to the one which crashed on Sunday near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people aboard. That anxiety is putting travel management companies into a difficult position of whether to advise clients against […]


FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

U.S. regulators are grounding all Boeing 737 Max jets less than 24 hours after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying there was “no basis to order” U.S. carriers to stop flying the airplanes. The order covers not just the Boeing 737-8 models flown by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines — the type that has been involved in two accidents […]


Southwest May Bear Biggest Brunt After FAA Grounding of Boeing Max Jets

With the Federal Aviation Administration grounding all Boeing 737 Max jets on Wednesday, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines now must rejigger schedules to ensure they inconvenience as few passengers as possible. All three will need to cancel or delay flights, especially short term, before they’re able to make changes to which aircraft they fly on what routes. United, with 14 […]


Airbnb Signals IPO Might Not Come This Year

Airbnb is now signaling that it will not go public this year, despite the initial public offering buzz that has surrounded the company since early last year. “We have already said that we are taking the steps to be ready to go public in 2019, that doesn’t mean we will go public in 2019,” Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk told Business Insider in […]


Skift Forum Europe Opening Event Will Be At Google’s UK Office

Admit it, one of the best parts about attending a conference is getting to explore the city you’re in. When you’re in conference sessions all day, you need a good balance of time to relax and unwind as well. Here at Skift, we’re obviously supporters of having a well-rounded conference experience, so that’s why we plan an opening night bash […]


Seychelles’ win first place in China competition

Seychelles’ coco de mer covered in snow? The tropical animals and plants found in Seychelles are not likely to be exposed to the extreme cold anytime soon, but a snow sculpture competition in China put the island nation’s warm-weather fauna and flora into snowman territory. Visitors to the Heilongjiang Provincial College Snow Sculpture Competition had the chance to see a Seychellois-themed snow sculpture built […]

South Africa

Green economy to grow South Africa economy

South Africans must look at waste from an economic perspective as the green economy of the waste sector has the potential to create jobs and empower Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), says President Cyril Ramaphosa. “This is a sector that has the potential to create 69 000 new jobs and empower more SMMEs and cooperatives. The chemicals industry, valued […]