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Henley Passport Index: African countries introduce reciprocal measures to improve SA passport strength
Henley Passport Index: African countries introduce reciprocal measures to improve SA passport strength

Ethiopia, in particular, is easing entry requirements for foreign investors and privatising a number of key state-owned enterprises after years of a strong nationalist agenda...

2 days ago

How sporting events benefit the African continent
How sporting events benefit the African continent

We chat with Tim Smith, managing partner at HVS Consulting to find out more about how sporting events like the 2018 FIFA World Cup has benefited the African continent and its tourism industry...

By Robin Fredericks 13 Jul 2018

Local tourism in Nigeria forecasted to get N3.6bn boost
Local tourism in Nigeria forecasted to get N3.6bn boost

International arrivals and employment expected to grow by 1.5% and 3.4% respectively by the end of 2018...

11 Jul 2018

Key insights into Kenya's hospitality industry
Key insights into Kenya's hospitality industry

Jumia Travel, in its annual report delves into Kenya's travel, tourism, and hospitality ecosystem, looking at the sector's GDP contribution, as well as technology trends shaping the hospitality sector...

9 Jul 2018

Africa's hotel market proves resilient in latest PwC findings
Africa's hotel market proves resilient in latest PwC findings

The hotel industry's potential for business growth has been reflected in the increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers visiting the continent, as well as in the number of hotel chains established...

5 Jul 2018

Natural Selection opens first safari camps in Namibia
Natural Selection opens first safari camps in Namibia

Situated in the rugged and remote northwestern region, both camps opened in June 2018 and offer safari goers an in-depth experience far from the normal tourist track.

4 Jul 2018

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Airbnb Experiences a new stream of revenue in Johannesburg

Airbnb's Experiences launch in Johannesburg offers the city and its people a chance to become part of the local economy...

4 Jul 2018

THINC Africa 2018 a boost in African tourism
THINC Africa 2018 a boost in African tourism

"There's a consistently negative stigma around travelling in Africa which has been snowballing for years. We need to position ourselves correctly and draw attention to the positive experiences that can be had here."

3 Jul 2018

Climate-friendly initiatives and actions essential for tourism - UNWTO
Climate-friendly initiatives and actions essential for tourism - UNWTO

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, has called for the tourism sector to take more action in combatting climate change and biodiversity...

25 Jun 2018

Tourism creates 21 million jobs in Africa, exceeds manufacturing, banking
Tourism creates 21 million jobs in Africa, exceeds manufacturing, banking

"In the African continent, tourism supports about 21 million jobs translating to one in 14 jobs; this is how important tourism is. That is why we are making sure it takes its due place."

18 Jun 2018

#WTMA18: Bringing Africa to New York and New York to Africa
#WTMA18: Bringing Africa to New York and New York to Africa

NYC & Company became a major blip on our radar when it locked in the first ever city-to-city partnership with Cape Town to boost tourism between the two iconic cities. We caught up with Makiko Matsuda Healy, MD of tourism market development, to find out what New York tourism is all about...

By Cari Coetzee 15 Jun 2018

Tanzania's Serengeti voted Best African Safari Park of 2018
Tanzania's Serengeti voted Best African Safari Park of 2018

SafariBookings.com compiled a definitive list of Africa's best safari parks and after in-depth study which included more than 2,500 reviews from safari tourists and industry experts alike, Serengeti was rated the best African Safari Park with an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5...

By Alawi Masare 14 Jun 2018

The top 10 cities for travel and play according to Mastercard
The top 10 cities for travel and play according to Mastercard

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index: Play shows that special cities around the world are building a brand of fun, relaxation and enjoyment for like-minded travellers...

14 Jun 2018

Anthony Bourdain's window into Africa
Anthony Bourdain's window into Africa

I was drawn to how Bourdain upended the travel show genre, telling compelling and complicated stories about people and places most Western viewers tend to view through a lens of simplistic stereotypes or caricatures...

By Jacob Henry 14 Jun 2018

The future is hospitable, indeed
The future is hospitable, indeed

Hospitality isn't about serving tea and making beds. It's big business, with immense impact on a country's overall welfare. And it is in need of a new breed of leaders that can bring together the genius of innovation, undivided attention to the client experience and outstanding business savviness...

By Sherif Mamdouh 12 Jun 2018

It is time to change the way you think about business travel
It is time to change the way you think about business travel

Whether you're new to business travel or a veteran corporate jet-setter, here are Flight Centre Business Travel's top tips to making business travel a healthy part of your lifestyle...

12 Jun 2018

Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment
Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment

"Retailers have been given to January 2019 to use their existing stock of plastic straws. We are going to start an intensive education programme as we also need to present importers with alternatives rather than just stating that we are imposing a ban."

11 Jun 2018

DW journalists investigate bias against Africa visa applications
DW journalists investigate bias against Africa visa applications

Data analysis by Deutsche Welle has shown that visa prospects are worse for Africans in comparison to the rest of the world...

8 Jun 2018

Ministers adopt UNWTO programme to develop tourism in Africa
Ministers adopt UNWTO programme to develop tourism in Africa

"This is a significant milestone for tourism on our continent. We have agreed to implement a series of measures which will develop and grow tourism in a way that advances economic transformation across Africa."

7 Jun 2018

Risk managers recognising importance of crisis communications
Risk managers recognising importance of crisis communications

Crisis communications, reputation and brand value retention are increasingly recognised by risk managers, lawyers and insurers as crucial to an airline, airport, hotel or other travel and tourism organisation's recovery and ability to continue doing business during and after a crisis event...

By Linden Birns 7 Jun 2018

Ethiopia begins issuing online visas for tourists
Ethiopia begins issuing online visas for tourists

The eVisa for Ethiopia now authorises tourists from across the world to apply for a tourist eVisa online. Once issued, the Ethiopian eVisa is valid for 30 or 90 days depending on the applicant's selection...

4 Jun 2018

Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care
Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care

Clinics, hospitals and entire countries are actively trying to attract medical tourists through costly advertisement campaigns and other promotional efforts. But what about the friends and family who accompany them?

By Valorie A. Crooks 4 Jun 2018

Increased passenger demand for Africa as global demand slows in April
Increased passenger demand for Africa as global demand slows in April

The upward demand trend remains strong, helped by continuing signs of improvement in the region's largest economies: Nigeria and South Africa...

1 Jun 2018

Is Airbnb the antidote to overtourism?
Is Airbnb the antidote to overtourism?

Airbnb's Healthy Travel and Healthy Destinations report shows that its platform and community model helps fight mass tourism, promotes sustainable travel and is changing the economics of travel and tourism to the benefit of local families and communities...

31 May 2018

Late Ugandan strongman Idi Amin built the chamber on the grounds of Buganda Lubiri Palace to store weapons and ammunition, but it was later used for torture. The chamber is now part of a guided tour. Photo:
Uganda turns to its dark history to attract tourists

Gifted by Nature is a slogan Uganda uses to promote its tourism, especially wildlife, primates, and freshwater lakes. Now, Uganda plans to join countries such as Germany, Cambodia, Japan and Rwanda as destinations for what is known as dark tourism...

29 May 2018

Ethiopia to allow all Africans to visit without visas "very soon" - PM Abiy Ahmed says
Ethiopia to allow all Africans to visit without visas "very soon" - PM Abiy Ahmed says

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has revealed that the country will "very soon" follow Rwanda's example allowing all Africans to travel to the country without visas...

28 May 2018

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How Hilton will reach its 2030 social and environmental goals

On top of removing plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018, Hilton revealed it will double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030...

24 May 2018

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Henley Passport Index: The most powerful passports in a time of global travel access growth

While Schengen Area countries have traditionally topped the index as a result of their open access to Europe, developed Asian nations have been able to secure equally high scores in recent years thanks to their strong international trade and diplomatic relations...

23 May 2018

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#AfricaMonth: Pave the way to Open Skies

Although it's certainly not feasible for Africa to have thousands of city pairs because the traveller demand simply doesn't exist, there are several hundred city pairs that would certainly be sustainable...

By Natalia Rosa 22 May 2018

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