Articles by Richard Holmes

Travel Megatrends 2018: Africa Needs to Woo Millennials at Home and Abroad

Travel Megatrends 2018: Africa Needs to Woo Millennials at Home and Abroad

Richard Holmes, Skift

Millennial-friendly products and services are finally on the rise in South Africa’s tourist industry, and the desire for immersive experiences could see a much-needed trickle down of tourism spend.

2 months ago

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

Despite its infrastructure challenges and a reputation for red tape, the world’s biggest hotel brands can’t seem to get enough of Africa. With thousands of rooms in the development pipeline, African cities will soon be festooned with a slew of international brands. It’s good news for global travelers and local economies alike.

5 months ago

Airbnb Growth in Southern Africa Raises Familiar Issues

Airbnb Growth in Southern Africa Raises Familiar Issues

Richard Holmes, Skift

Airbnb is booming in Africa, but the first cracks in the success story are beginning to show – in hotels griping about the lack of regulations, and locals priced out of prime property. Can African cities avoid the side effects of the sharing economy that already blight more-developed markets?

5 months ago

Tourism Flow to Victoria Falls Draws Flights and Lodging Investments

Tourism Flow to Victoria Falls Draws Flights and Lodging Investments

Richard Holmes, Skift

For tourism operators surrounding Victoria Falls, the fabled Zambezi river god Nyami Nyami appears to be smiling on them at last. After years in the tourism wilderness, the tide has turned and business is booming in the northern reaches of Zimbabwe.

1 year ago

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Richard Holmes, Skift

While many African carriers are struggling to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit, Ethiopian Airlines is firmly in the black and planning aggressive expansion. The magic formula? The right aircraft and routes, and a government that lets the experts get on with it.

1 year ago

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Richard Holmes, Skift

From wild safari getaways to its vibrant colorful cities, Africa has more than enough to tempt the 200 million Chinese tourists forecast to be trotting the globe by 2020. But is enough being done to roll out the welcome mat? It depends where you look.

1 year ago

Southern Africa’s Tour Operators Are Radically Rethinking Wild Animal Attractions

Southern Africa’s Tour Operators Are Radically Rethinking Wild Animal Attractions

Richard Holmes, Skift

A run of bad press and falling demand has forced segments of southern Africa's safari industry to take a long, hard look at their offering. The result? A more hands-off approach that's been a long-time coming.

1 year ago

African Aviation Has Many Complications Including a Lack of Volume

African Aviation Has Many Complications Including a Lack of Volume

Richard Holmes, Skift

Despite an enormous pool of potential passengers, Africa’s low-cost market has yet to take off. Are restrictive bilateral agreements to blame, or is something else going on here? For many airlines, the numbers just don’t add up.

1 year ago

Low-Cost Carriers in Africa Turning Non-Flyers Into Passengers

Low-Cost Carriers in Africa Turning Non-Flyers Into Passengers

Richard Holmes, Skift

Are cheap fares enough to tempt Africa’s vast "unflown" market to swop a bus for an Airbus? It’s certainly not easy making the numbers work in African aviation, but a handful of low-cost carriers are showing that a bit of creative thinking makes all the difference.

1 year ago