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BizzyBody NG to Launch ‘The BizzyBody’ Social App on the 1st of March

To mark her 2nd anniversary, Nigeria’s largest online event directory and event multimedia solutions outfit – BizzyBody NG has decided to take Nigerians by surprise again! This time, they will be launching a new mobile app into the market called ‘The BizzyBody’.

According to the founder – Ayeni Oluwaseun, this mobile app hopes to be the best thing that will happen to the Nigeria Event and Entertainment Industry this year, as it hopes to bridge an enormous gap in the event business value chain. ‘The BizzyBody’ also hopes to be the average Nigerians phone buddie with interesting features that will get every prospective event attendee glued to the app.

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Early subscriptions have begun for the app and has since gone viral, with already over 1000 subscriptions since the announcement on February 18, 2018, probably due to the reward program attached with ‘sharing the message’, and their promise to allow access to exclusive features of the app to early subscribers.

You may want to participate in this and get some cool prizes too.

Click here to sign up as an early bird: http://app.bizzybody.ng

Full details of The BizzyBody app features will be unveiled at launch date on March 1, 2018.

We are anticipating, and we hope you are too.

Registrations for Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018, rebranded to focus on continent’s world-class tourism businesses, now open

Registration has opened for Africa’s Travel Indaba, which will transform Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre into a lively hub of activity from 8 to 10 May 2018 under the banner Africa’s Stories, Your Success.

Owned and managed by South African Tourism, Africa’s Travel Indaba has over the past 37 years established itself as the continent’s premier tourism trade show.

“We are excited to be moving into 2018 with renewed energy and focus following the rebranding of the show as Africa’s Travel Indaba. This new positioning affirms that the show belongs to the entire African travel industry, and that at its heart is stimulating tourism and inclusive economic development on our continent,” said South African Tourism’s Chief Executive Officer, Sisa Ntshona. According to Ntshona, participants have many enhancements to look forward to at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018.

Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts about 7 000 delegates from all over the world, and last year the trade show bustled with more than 1 000 exhibiting businesses from 18 African countries, showcasing an array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1 500 local and international buyers.

Evelyn Mahlaba, General Regional Manager looking after the Africa region at South African Tourism, added that Africa’s Travel Indaba is an important business to business marketing platform that facilitates business growth for travel trade partners across the continent. Last year’s group of buyers achieved admirable business successes that we hope to build on in 2018 for the benefit of not only South Africa’s tourism industry but also for the continent as a whole.

“We have managed to put together excellent educational for our sales staff with Sun International as well as all-inclusive travel packages that did so well that we sold them all. South African Airways gave us their ITX Fares for packaging and we managed to do an incentive trip for Standard Bank of 104 people to Durban – thanks to Indaba,” says Rob McConaghy, Managing Director at Ulendo Travel Group in Malawi.

Love for Africa, Southern Africa Travel Specialist, operating out of Zimbabwe stated that business picked up because of their participation in last year’s INDABA. “Our business for 2018 is looking phenomenal and our bookings are up. We’ve signed deals with a few more properties in South Africa and have had quite a few of our current clients add South Africa onto their itineraries,” says Erica O’Donnel, Executive Director at Love for Africa.

According to the Business Development Manager, George Ogola, The Continental Travel Group in Kenya was able to confirm a significant amount of bookings in 2017, across hotels, transfers, and excursions, which generated substantial profit for the company.

Steffi Presske, Senior Travel Consultant/Director at Gondwana Tours and Safaris in Botswana expressed an interest to participate in Africa’s Travel Indaba again this year because it is the most important trade show for the company. The company was able to make many new contacts last year and deepen existing partnerships. They have grown immensely since 2017; almost doubling turn over and employing 2 more sales agents.

Buyers from the following countries attended and participated at INDABA last year, Angola, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Significantly, said Ntshona, the 2017 event saw more than 20 000 confirmed business matchmaking meetings taking place between businesses and travel buyers – up by 47% over the previous year’s figure.

“This indicates that businesses are extracting value out of their participation in Africa’s Travel Indaba, with an online matchmaking system that closely pairs buyers’ needs with exhibitors’ offerings. This saves time and makes for a more efficient and productive trade show, where networks are expanded and business deals are sealed,” said Ntshona.

“Taking pride of place will be our Hidden Gems pavilion, which will again showcase excellence among tourism businesses from all nine provinces in South Africa.  These businesses may be small in size, but are big on authentic, unforgettable travel experiences. We will also be building on the success of last year’s Lap of Luxury pavilion to roll out the red carpet for a selection of South Africa’s exclusive five-star accommodation offerings, hosted by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA),” Ntshona added.

In light of the water shortage currently affecting the Western Cape (including the iconic city of Cape Town), Ntshona said: “For our industry specifically, we are taking charge and showcasing how we can meet the future now and create the ‘new normal’ in how we do tourism, sustainably and responsibly –  something we have focused on for years. Even with the drought situation in the Western Cape, Cape Town and South Africa are still very much open for tourism business.”

He said the country’s and the continent’s many tourism jewels would be on proud display at Africa’s Travel Indaba. “We invite everyone who is passionate about African travel and tourism development to come and see, meet, network, do business and be inspired at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018. We look forward to being partners in propelling our continent’s tourism industry forward, together.”

NIGERIA MAJOR STOP AS UK TRADE COMMISSIONER EMBARKS ON TOUR OF AFRICA

On Friday February 23rd 2018 the UK’s Africa Trade Commissioner, Emma Wade-Smith, will be visiting Nigeria as part of a wider visit programme to the region, focusing on trade and investment.  Her visit follows a number of senior British ministers across Africa including Foreign Secretary of State, Boris Johnson who visited Nigeria last August with the then Development Secretary; Sir Liam Fox, Secretary of State for Trade, visiting South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda and Ethiopia; Harriet Baldwin, the new Minister for Africa who recently concluded a trip to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire; in addition numerous Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys.   What’s clear is that in the 18 months since Britain voted to leave the EU, the UK is serious about their goal to be champions of free, fair and inclusive trade with Africa to mutual benefit.

Commenting on her objectives on visiting West Africa and Nigeria in particular, Emma Wade-Smith said: ‘Nigeria and the UK have a long and solid business relationship.  As our economies evolve, so too does our commercial partnership.  Nigeria is a country of immeasurable prospects.  I want to help more British business people understand the scale and range of opportunities that there are in Nigeria, to build relationships well beyond this vibrant and exciting city’.

The UK Trade Director for West Africa, Kate Rudd, who is based in Lagos covering the region, highlighted the uptick in activity and said, ‘I’m excited to see the level of political will to do something positive and lasting in Africa, there hasn’t been such a high level of engagement in recent times.  It’s vital when Africa is developing so quickly, and the UK is taking a different historic path, that we work together to realise the potential of this great continent, taking our relationship firmly beyond aid because the future really is all about trade’.

‘There is a perceptions issue, but we are challenging that.  It is clear there is more stability, good governance and transparency in West Africa in particular than in the recent past, there are already a good number of British businesses doing well here and adding value to the markets they are present in, but so much more could be done for mutual benefit given the scale of the opportunities on offer.  My team’s role in West Africa is to dispel the myths, provide guidance and introductions, and help increase the value and volume of bilateral deals’.

South African Airways promotes corporate travel with incredible rewards

L-R: Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo and Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics, Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

South African Airways (SAA) Africa’s most awarded airline has urged corporate travel managers in Nigeria to take advantage of the airline’s incredible new Voyager – SAA frequent flyers’ reward system in flying from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa and beyond.

South African Airways recently held a Corporate Travel Managers forum in Lagos during which Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways explained the new Voyager reward system to credit passengers with miles based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class.

According to Kemi, “South African Airways is always prioritising the welfare of its passengers hence, our new Voyager reward is now based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. For every N48 you spend flying South African Airways, you are guaranteed 1 Mile.”

L-R: Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo; Stella Aghedo, Sales Executive, South African Airways; Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics and Olorunloba Koleosho, Travel Desk Officer both of Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

“In addition, South African Airways also offer corporate travel managers super corporate deals up to 14% with seamless upgrades, priority boarding, priority waitlist and lounge access as part of the many rewards attached,” Kemi added.

South African Airways opened its doors for corporate travel managers to leverage the incredible advantage of flying the airline through either a tripartite partnership which involves the airline, the corporate and a travel management company or otherwise a direct partnership between the airline and the corporates.

The airline reminded the corporates aside flying the Lagos-Johannesburg route with the new A330-300 aircraft with exceptional configurations in both the Business and Economy cabins, passengers do not also require transit visa travelling beyond South Africa to other Southern Africa countries including Mauritius, Maputo, Harare and more where South African Airways has route network.

Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo, a subsidiary of South African Airways highlighted the functions of SAA Cargo to include the air freight of general, specialised cargoes and courier services from Lagos across the world.

Mohammed Kwajaffa, Trade Relations Manager, West Africa at South African Tourism showcased South Africa as a fun and adventurous destination rated as the 5th most beautiful country in the world by a recent international ratings report.

South African Airways presented amazing rewards to corporates at the forum which includes a Business Class ticket and free upgrade from Economy to Business Class from Lagos to any destination in South Africa.