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.

  • Hong Kong looks set to suffer a dramatic drop in visitors

    A freshly updated report from ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight bookings a day, has revealed that the recent wave of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, culminating in the closure of the airport on Monday, has had the effect […]

  • Addis Ababa leads Africa in hotel room rates

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, posted Africa’s highest average daily rate (ADR), according to the most recent 12-month data from STR. The market will play host to the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) on 23-25 September at the Sheraton Addis. From July […]

  • Feast of Sacrifice holiday boom

    A report from ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight bookings a day, has revealed that the 2019 Feast of Sacrifice holiday is set to see a boom in outbound travel from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Currently, forward […]

  • Bench Events and APO Group Form Long-Term Partnership to Help Drive Hotel Investment in Africa

    Deal covers the next three editions of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and the Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain (FIHA) – the two largest events in the African hospitality industry calendar. Bench Events, organiser of the Africa Hotel Investment […]

  • Sri Lanka struggles to recover from Easter bombings

    A report from ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight bookings a day, has revealed that three months after the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, on April 21st, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is still suffering; although a slow recovery appears to […]

  • Ethiopia Backs AHIF

    Prominent figures from Ethiopia’s public and private sectors have spoken out publicly to welcome the return to Addis Ababa of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), which is the premier tourism and hotel investment conference in Africa, and to encourage […]

  • Hong Kong suffers a short-term, short-haul set-back

    A report from ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight bookings a day, has revealed that the recent wave of demonstrations in Hong Kong, against the controversial extradition bill, has had the effect of deterring people from making plans to […]

  • Eurostar and WebBeds expand hotel package programme

    Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, is increasing the choice of properties in its hotel collection, in partnership with WebBeds. 70 new hotels will be added to its rail and accommodation packages; 25 in […]

  • ForwardKeys forecasts a tourism boom in Madagascar

    Boda Narijao, President of the Madagascar National Tourist Office ForwardKeys forecasts a tourism boom in Madagascar A study undertaken by ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight booking transactions a day, reveals that Madagascar, which is a magnet for nature-loving […]

  • AHIF will generate $millions for Addis, $billions for Africa

    Martin Jansen van Vuuren I and M Futureneer Advisors An independent assessment by the international tourism advisory expert, Martin Jansen van Vuuren, a partner at Futureneer Advisors, has quantified the significant economic benefits to host countries of the influential Africa […]

  • Travellanda takes on a trio of sales stars

    Travellanda, the award-winning and fastest-growing wholesale travel company in the UK, has appointed three new Sales and Business Development Managers to help it expand into India, the Middle East and Spanish-speaking markets.   [caption id="attachment_2382" align="alignleft" width="150"] Ajay Rohila[/caption] [caption […]

  • Some Caribbean destinations benefit as deaths in Dominican Republic deter US tourists

    A spate of unexplained deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic, which have received extensive coverage in the media, and are now being investigated by the FBI, has caused tourist numbers to plummet. However, at the same time, tourism […]

  • Istanbul is expected to be Europe’s tourism hot spot in Q3 2019

    A study undertaken for European Cities Marketing (ECM) by ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight booking transactions a day, reveals that Istanbul is set to be Europe’s city tourism hot spot in the third quarter of 2019 (July 1st […]

  • We have the money; let’s do deals

              Olivier Granet,                                 Ilaria Benucci                   Jonathan Worsley CEO, Kasada                               Director, CDC Group         Chairman, Bench Events The AHIF agenda for September 23 – 25 at the Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia, has […]

  • Russians rush to APAC

    It’s boom time for Russian arrivals in Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, thanks to a doubling in seat capacity on direct flights from Russia to selected APAC destinations. The trend is revealed in the latest findings from ForwardKeys which predicts future travel […]

  • Independent travel and events fuel Chinese tourism

    “Chinese tourism is FIT and healthy.” That is the situation, as summed up by Olivier Ponti, VP Insights at ForwardKeys, which forecasts travel trends by analysing over 17 million flight booking transactions a day. But what is behind this assessment? […]

  • Egypt heads the Africa hotel development top ten

    9th May 2019 The stars of hotel development in Africa are Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia, according to the 11th annual survey by W Hospitality Group, acknowledged as the industry’s most authoritative source. The four countries head the top ten […]

  • Sri Lanka suffers cancellation tsunami

    [caption id="attachment_2328" align="alignleft" width="250"] Jameson Wong, Director, Business Development, APAC, ForwardKeys[/caption] Analysis by ForwardKeys, which forecasts future travel patterns by analysing over 17 million flight booking transactions a day, reveals that a tidal wave of cancellations has hit Sri Lanka […]

  • Marriott leads Africa hotel chain development

    The big chains, Marriott and Accor, are leading the way in African hotel development which overall has more than 75,000 rooms in 401 hotels in the pipeline, according to the 11th annual survey by W Hospitality Group, acknowledged as the […]

  • Argentina’s economic woes benefit tourists

    International travellers are flocking to Argentina, taking advantage of the poorly performing peso to boost the value of their holiday spending money, according to latest findings from ForwardKeys, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 17 million flight booking transactions […]