Bench Events has revealed Accor will be the host sponsor of the Forum sur l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain in 2020. The show is the Francophone sister event of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, the premier hotel investment conference on the continent.
Airbus and the government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a framework of collaboration to support the development of the country’s aerospace industry.
Air Côte d’Ivoire has received a new A320 aircraft at a ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre, Toulouse. This ceremony was jointly presided over by Didier Evrard, Airbus executive vice president programmes and Abdoulaye Coulibaly, chairman, Air Côte d’Ivoire board of directors.
Air Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s national airline based in Abidjan, has signed a firm order for the purchase of an additional A320neo to complete its fleet. Air Côte d’Ivoire already distinguished itself in the spring by becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo.
As many as two dozen people have been killed in Grand Bassam, a coastal city in Côte d’Ivoire. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the attacks, with centred on three hotels in the Grand Bassam beach resort area. Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara confirmed two special forces soldiers died during the assault, along with as many as 22 tourists.
Officials at the British Foreign Office have continued to warn against “all travel” to Cote d’Ivoire as the endgame in the disputed presidential elections approaches. Three generals loyal to Ivory Coast’s besieged president Laurent Gbagbo are reportedly negotiating terms for his surrender in return for guarantees of safety for him and themselves.