Radisson Hotel Group debuts third hotel in Morocco – Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle

MOROCO – Radisson Hotel Group has announced the debut of its second brand and third hotel in Morocco with the signing of Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle in partnership with Al Hoceinia Hospitality. With construction already underway, the hotel is scheduled to open in 2023 and will consist of 133 guestrooms and suites. Located in the heart of Casablanca’s vibrant and exclusive Gauthier district, one of the prominent corporate, financial and entertainment districts, Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle is just 2.5 km from the glistening La Corniche, the…

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Russia’s S7 Airlines and Aeroflot to start flying to Morocco in their destination expansion plans

MOROCCO – Russian carriers S7 Airlines and Aeroflot are set to start flying to Casablanca, Morocco, as part of plans to expand their travel destinations. Flights to Casablanca’s Mohammed V International (CMN) will begin on April 30 before switching to a Sunday service from May 9. The route, which will be S7’s first to Morocco, will be operated using Boeing 737-800s. The airline will become the second carrier to serve DME-CMN this summer alongside fellow oneworld alliance member Royal Air Maroc. Morocco’s flag-carrier currently provides 2X-weekly flights, set to increase…

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Etihad Airways resumes flights to Morocco’s coastal city of Casablanca

MOROCCO – Etihad Airways, the second-largest airline and flag carrier of the UAE, has announced resumption of passenger flights to Morocco’s Casablanca city starting Saturday, September 19. According to a report by Morocco World News, the Emirati carrier will operate three flights per week on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The airline further revealed that it will resume flights to Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second largest city, at the end of October. Etihad Airlines confirmed it will operate services two days per week to Rabat on Wednesdays and Fridays. It however…

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Africa Re disburses US$3.3m to assist stakeholders in COVID-19 Pandemic fight

AFRICA – The African Reinsurance Corporation (Africa Re), the premier reinsurance group in Africa, has announced the disbursement of the sum of US$3.3 million to assist stakeholders in the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the continent. This assistance will be managed by the Africa Re Foundation, an independent institution, set up to handle the corporate social responsibility projects of the Africa Re Group. This support will be channelled to various government and private institutions at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic for awareness campaigns, preventive measures,…

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Morocco’s largest city to get 200 locally manufactured buses to enhance comfort, safety of commuters

MOROCCO – Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca, is set to acquire 200 locally manufactured buses to enhance the comfort and safety of commuters, Morocco World News has reported. Morocco’s Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy visited the factory in Skhirat, near Rabat, to check on the ongoing production of Casablanca’s new bus fleet. Out of the 200 new buses expected at the end of the year, Elalamy confirmed that the factory had so far produced 60. According to a report by Morocco World News, the new buses are being produced by…

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Actis, Westmont joint venture acquires Sheraton Casablanca Hotel

MOROCCO – Actis and Westmont Hospitality Group (“Westmont”) have acquired the 309-key Sheraton Casablanca hotel, Morocco. According to a statement by Actis, the Sheraton Casablanca hotel offers a unique opportunity to acquire the largest internationally branded hotel in Casablanca. The hotel was built in 1989 and is well-located in the heart of Casablanca near the Old Medina and harbour. “Actis and Westmont acquiring the landmark Sheraton Casablanca and investing to make the Sheraton once again the first choice for business travellers and meeting hosts in Morocco is a logical addition…

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Royal Air Maroc, British Airways sign codeshare agreement to offer more choice to customers

MOROCCO – Morocco’s flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with British Airways. Royal Air Maroc explained that the new agreement will create new routes across Morocco including Casablanca and Agadir that will provide customers with more convenience and flexibility. The airline further revealed that the agreement will also offer flights with flexibility between  London Heathrow and Marrakech, RAM said in a statement. A codeshare agreement allows two or more airlines to share the same flight. According to Maghreb Arab Press, the agreement…

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Aston Martin expands into Morocco, opens first North Africa dealership in Casablanca

MOROCCO – Aston Martin, British independent manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers, has announced plans to open its first dealership in Morocco’s coastal city of Casablanca before the end of June. According to Morocco World News, not only will the dealership be the first of the British carmaker’s in Morocco, but the first in North Africa. Aston Martin said that it will open its showroom – a 400 square meters large off Casablanca’s Boulevard Sidi Abderrahmane- with “Global British Motors,” a subsidiary of the holding company Bugshan Maroc.…

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Casablanca to get US$100m IFC loan to extend tramway, modernize 2,000km of road

MOROCCO– The Casablanca-Settat region is set to sign a US$100 million loan agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank, to finance the construction of lines 3 and 4 of the Casablanca tramway system. In addition to building the lines 3 and 4 of the Casablanca tramway, the loan is also intended to modernize rural roads of around 2,000 kilometers the region surrounding the economic city. The proposed new tramway Line 3 will have a length of 12.5 kilometers and a total of 20 stations.…

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Royal Air Maroc set to expand operations with new direct flights from Casablanca to Beijing.

MOROCCO – Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Morocco’s national carrier has officially announced that its direct Casablanca-Bejing air route will open next year on January 16. In a statement issued in September this year, Royal Air Maroc said that for the first time, there will be a direct flight between Morocco and China. Beijing and Morocco are estimated to be about 6,273 hours apart and the direct flight between the two cities is expected to reduce travel time to just about 13 hours. RAM will deploy its B787-9 Dreamliner for the…

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