Press Releases

“I just want to congratulate you on the updates from your event, including this one in Africa. You are wise enough to send interesting, newsworthy reports coming out of the conference, especially for media who cannot attend. These are useful (we published more than one) and show understanding for what serious journalists want and need to cover an event without it reading like PR. Kudos to you and your team.”    HOTELS Magazine, Editor in Chief

Below is a selection of recent press releases.

  • Outbound China travel surges for Lunar New Year but will peak in summer

    China’s decision to ditch its zero-Covid policy has triggered a surge in flight bookings, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys. And it’s the intra-regional neighbours in Asia who will reap the benefits the most. ForwardKeys China Market Analyst, Nan […]

  • The Bench launches AviaDev Real Estate

    [caption id="attachment_3271" align="alignright" width="228"] Jon Howell, Founder & CEO, AviaDev[/caption] The Bench, which is well known for organising AviaDev, the premier platform dedicated to growing connectivity to, from, and within the African continent alongside a portfolio of world-class hotel investment […]

  • The sleeping dragon awakens

    China’s decision to ditch its zero-Covid policy has triggered a surge in flight bookings, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys. On 7th December, Chinese authorities announced that a negative PCR test would no longer be required for air travel […]

  • A Mega Week for Tourism Investment in Nairobi

    The Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF), the premier tourism and hospitality investment conference in Africa, will return to Nairobi on 12-14 June 2023. Overlapping it, AviaDev Africa, the leading aviation route development conference for Africa will take place on 14-16 June.  […]

  • New passport rules have scuppered EU school visits

    [caption id="attachment_3264" align="alignright" width="200"] Richard Toomer, Executive Director, Tourism Alliance[/caption] New research published today shows that in a survey of 82 specialist European tour operators, the number of students they sent to the UK in 2022 was down 83% compared […]

  • The best visited destinations of 2022

    ForwardKeys, which has the world’s largest and freshest database of flight tickets, has revealed the performance of top global destinations of 2022 in an extensive review of the year. The country list is headed by the Dominican Republic, the city […]

  • IHG partners with Msafiri Limited to open Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels across African markets

    [caption id="attachment_3245" align="alignleft" width="328"] Holiday Inn[/caption] IHG® Hotels & Resorts has signed franchise agreements to rebrand three properties in Tanzania and Kenya to join the IHG portfolio of brands. The move sees IHG Hotels & Resorts swiftly expand its presence across […]

  • Radisson Hotel Group continues to strengthen its presence in Africa

    Radisson Hotel Group plans to strengthen its already impressive presence in Africa. The Group has ambitious plans to reach 150 hotels and 25,000 rooms within the next five years across the continent, making Africa a key region for growth. Currently, […]

  • FIFA World Cup boosts travel to the Gulf

    The latest analysis by ForwardKeys shows that flight bookings to Qatar from the thirty-one countries competing in the football World Cup finals, and from the UAE where many fans are basing themselves during the tournament, are currently 10 times the […]

  • Big guns target AHIF

    The Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) has revealed an impressive speaker line-up for its 2022 conference. The programme features several government ministers, the Chair of Morocco’s tourism development agency, the Chair & CEO of Royal Air Maroc and a battery […]

  • Flight from Russia

    Following Vladimir Putin’s announcement on 21st September of a partial mobilisation in Russia, the first since World War 2, bookings on Russia outbound flights soared. Tickets issued for Russian outbound travel in the 7 days after the announcement (21-27 Sept) […]

  • ARC and ForwardKeys Partner for New Destination Marketing Tool

    Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) and ForwardKeys are pleased to announce the launch of Destination Gateway, a new data tool designed for destination marketing organizations (DMOs), tourism bureaus and conventions and visitors bureaus. This new product combines ARC’s industry-leading ticketing data […]

  • Record breaking summer for flights to Greece and Turkey

    Air travel to the southeast corner of Europe substantially exceeded pre-pandemic (2019) levels in the peak summer months of July and August. The report has come from ForwardKeys, which has the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of air ticketing available. […]

  • Europe’s aviation chaos crushes confidence in flying

    With multiple news reports of flight cancellations, as airports, suffering with staff shortages, struggle to cope with surging demand, ForwardKeys has taken a closer look at air traffic disruption, by analysing recent trends in intra-European flight bookings for travel in […]

  • WebBeds’ global clients able to offer travellers app to reclaim VAT in France.

    SkipTax app automates reclaim of VAT for purchases made in France [caption id="attachment_3212" align="alignright" width="300"] Anders Kjong, President – Europe[/caption] WebBeds clients earn incentive on all claims WebBeds, the world’s fastest-growing B2B travel intermediary, providing accommodation and ground product distribution […]

  • WebBeds increases distribution of transfer portfolio through integration with Travel Compositor.

    WebBeds’ transfer portfolio includes Private Cars, Mini Van, Mini Bus, Shuttle Bus, Shuttle Bus Express 15,667 transfer products offered in 1,190 destinations worldwide Travel Compositor work with 150+ leading operators and 20,000 Travel Agencies in 40+ markets WebBeds, the world’s […]

  • Global air travel is set to recover 65% in Q3

    A new report, produced for the World Travel Market (WTM) by ForwardKeys, reveals that in the third quarter of the year, July, August and September, global air travel is set to reach 65% of where it was before the pandemic […]

  • US visitors lead revival of struggling Southeast Asia

    The latest data from ForwardKeys reveals that while Southeast Asia has been lagging far behind the rest of the world in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors from the USA are coming back in substantially greater numbers than from […]

  • Africa hotel development: It’s Egypt, Morocco, Accor & Marriott

    Just four words are needed to sum up the main findings of this year’s African hotel chain development pipeline survey conducted by W Hospitality Group, in association with the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF); those words are Egypt, Morocco, Accor […]

  • AHIF Returns to Morocco

    The Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) will return as an in-person event in 2022, taking place on 2 - 4 November, at the luxurious Fairmont Taghazout Bay (pictured), a five-star resort with leisure and business facilities, next to Agadir. AHIF […]