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Africa News and Briefs

March 17, 2008 By: Mackenzie Allison Travel Agent

NonStop Flights to Port Ghalib

Have clients heading to Egypt? Well, their journey to Sun International at Port Ghalib (—an oasis comprised of three distinct properties—will be a bit easier with new, direct flights twice a week from Cairo International Airport to Marsa Alam International Airport. For an added bonus, from July to September, the flights will be increased to four times a week. Egypt Air Express, which is a branch of EgyptAir (, offers the service. In June, Delta Air Lines ( will introduce a new nonstop flight between New York's JFK airport and Cairo. Port Ghalib, a Sun International Resort, in Egypt


W Hotels (, Starwood Hotels & Resorts' innovative luxury brand with 21 hotels throughout the world, is adding North Africa to its distinguished portfolio. The property, which is scheduled to open in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2010, will comprise a 150-room hotel—including 14 W Suites, three WOW Suites and an Extreme WOW Suite—and 68 whole-ownership villa residences. W Marrakech will be part of the Al Maaden Resort development and will offer views of an 18-hole championship golf course. Also on the list of offerings are two restaurants, a fitness center, spa, destination bar, poolside bar, meeting space and a gift shop. For those staying stateside, W also has announced openings in several U.S. cities, including Austin, downtown New York, Scottsdale, Philadelphia and South Beach. For a complete list of W Hotel openings and to find out more about existing properties, contact The Koutoubia, Marrakech, Morocco (Photo provided by Moroccan National Tourist Office)

CC Africa Expands in Botswana

Safari operator CC Africa will unveil two new luxury, semi-permanent tented camps in March, as well as other offerings in June. Both camps, Savute Under Canvas and Chobe Under Canvas, will be in the Chobe National Park and comprise six tented suites each. The suites will include a queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom. In June, the company will open two additional luxury camps and introduce a 10-day mobile safari. Xaranna Tented Camp and Xudum Delta Lodge will occupy a private, 1,000-square-mile reserve in the Okavango Delta. The 10-day safari, the Botswana Explorer Expedition, will include two nights in Moremi National Park and four nights in Chobe National Park before the trip ends at Matetsi Private Game Reserve near Victoria Falls. Visit to learn more.

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