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.

  • The Caribbean dominates the destination rankings in 2023

    ForwardKeys, the leading travel analytics firm, with several unrivalled datasets, has revealed that the Caribbean is the global destination of choice in 2023, continuing its dominance of the destination rankings since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. The rankings look […]

  • Namibia’s Landscape to Shine at the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum 2024

    The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), which is the premier tourism and hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers, will take place on 25 - 27 June 2024, in […]

  • Top travel trends and destination rankings in summer ‘23

    ForwardKeys, the leading travel analytics firm has identified six major trends in global air travel this summer. They are revealed by an analysis of the top destinations and top origin markets compared to last year and to pre-pandemic levels in […]

  • WebBeds Announced as Principal Partner of English Premier League Club, Fulham FC.

    [caption id="attachment_3424" align="alignright" width="450"] (L-R) Raúl, De Cordova-Reid and Reed wearing WebBeds sleeve logo for the first time in Fulham’s 2-1 win against Hoffenheim[/caption] Fulham Football Club and global online marketplace for the travel trade, WebBeds, have announced a partnership […]

  • WebBeds appoints Guy Stolk as Director of Chains – Europe

    WebBeds, the global marketplace providing accommodation and ground product distribution services to the travel industry, announces the appointment of Guy Stolk to the position of WebBeds’ Director of Chains - Europe. WebBeds has made a senior-level appointment to its European […]

  • The 100 most popular destinations this summer

    ForwardKeys, the leading travel analytics firm has revealed the hundred most appealing destinations this summer (1st July – 31st August), based on how extensively travel to them has been searched online.  ForwardKeys Flight Searches data, which is the most comprehensive […]

  • WebBeds woos hoteliers in Orlando

    [caption id="attachment_3397" align="aligncenter" width="640"] WebBeds IMPACT Summit 2023. L to R: Stuart Dale - SVP Global Sales, Roomdex, Amr Ezzeldin - President – Middle East & Africa, WebBeds, James Phillips - President – Americas, WebBeds, Jeff Chase - Executive Director, […]

  • CityBlue opens in South Sudan and Tanzania

    [caption id="attachment_3392" align="alignright" width="300"] Urban by CityBlue - Dar[/caption] CityBlue Hotels, Africa’s fastest-growing local hotel chain, is pleased to announce the signing of management agreements and the commencement of operations from July 2023 of the CityBlue Panorama Hotel & Suites, […]

  • The Emin Pasha joins the CityBlue Collection in Uganda

    CityBlue Hotels, Africa’s fastest-growing local hotel chain, is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement between Diar Hospitality and The Emin Pasha Hotel commencing June 2023, a prestigious and luxurious 4-star hotel located in the heart of Kampala. [caption […]

  • Radisson Hotel Group announces seven new hotels in Africa for the first half of 2023, maintaining its growth momentum across the continent

    Radisson Hotel Group continues its ambitious growth in Africa with the signing of seven new hotels, adding over 1,400 rooms to its African portfolio. The new hotels expand the Group’s brands, spanning from upscale to premium luxury lifestyle with a […]

  • Marriott International continues expansion of Protea Hotels by Marriott with five new deal signings in Africa

    [caption id="attachment_3375" align="alignright" width="200"] KarimCheltout, Regional-Vice President - Development, Africa & All-Inclusive, EMEA at Marriott International[/caption] From the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum in Nairobi, Marriott International announced five deal signings in Africa under its Protea Hotels by Marriott brand. The […]

  • Business travel recovery is set to overtake leisure

    The latest research from ForwardKeys, which has the most comprehensive and up to date flight ticketing data available, reveals that the recovery in global business travel is set to overtake leisure travel in July. Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys, said: […]

  • Africa’s top hospitality investors headline the AHIF programme

    [caption id="attachment_3367" align="alignright" width="200"] Mathew Weihs, Managing Director, the bench[/caption] With the agenda of the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) just announced, the event’s organiser, the bench, has confirmed that several of Africa’s largest and most influential hospitality investors will […]

  • WebBeds promotes Felipe Vidal to Regional Director of Sales – Southern Europe

    WebBeds, the global marketplace providing accommodation and ground product distribution services to the travel industry, announces the promotion of Felipe Vidal to the position of WebBeds’ Regional Director of Sales - Southern Europe. WebBeds has promoted talent from within its […]

  • Ramadan travel falls short

    Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys, said: “Ramadan travel this year is still far behind the heights it reached before the pandemic in 2019. However, a major factor in assessing the recovery of Ramadan travel are the dates when the festival falls […]

  • Egypt and Marriott power hotel development in Africa

    When it comes to hotel development across Africa, Egypt and Marriott are the two phenomena to watch. This insight comes from this year’s African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline report, widely acknowledged as the industry’s most authoritative source, documenting and analysing […]

  • WebBeds announce partnership with Luxair and LuxairTours

    [caption id="attachment_3330" align="alignright" width="640"] From left to rightÑ Peter Vermeulen (Vice President Product, Purchase & Destination Management, LuxairTours), Christophe Van Damme (WebBeds - Regional Director of Sales France & Belux), Thomas Fischer (Chief Commercial Officer, Luxair), Daryl Lee (WebBeds - […]

  • WebBeds launch online tool at ITB to improve rate parity

    WebBeds has launched a new online tool to their hotel partners, called “Parity Monitor”, as the first phase of a major initiative within the company to streamline internal processes and improve the speed of resolving parity issues. This new tool […]

  • Impact of the Ukraine war on travel:

    One year on from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ForwardKeys, which has access to the freshest and most comprehensive flight booking data available, has analysed the impact of the war on travel. It reveals a number of trends, some expected and […]

  • New Petition: Remove LTNs and Greenwash Traffic Schemes

    Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), so called “clean air zones” and new, underused cycle lanes are all deeply unpopular. So [caption id="attachment_3320" align="alignright" width="216"] David Tarsh[/caption] much so that a new petition has recently appeared on the UK Parliament website ( demanding a […]