Africa

Provocative ‘Go Back to Africa’ Travel Campaign Sees Early Success in Ghana

Provocative ‘Go Back to Africa’ Travel Campaign Sees Early Success in Ghana

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Much of the black travel movement is concerned with destinations that see few black visitors. Now one of the movement’s key companies is focusing on a decidedly black space: the African continent.

6 days ago

Ethiopian Airlines to Spend $5 Billion to Build a Next-Generation Airport for Africa

Ethiopian Airlines to Spend $5 Billion to Build a Next-Generation Airport for Africa

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In a region that has historically struggled in the aviation field, state-run Ethiopian Airlines is truly a success story, playing a key role in the country's economic development and helping solidify its status as a tourist destination. A new airport takes it to the next level.

2 weeks ago

A Bush Pilot Who Always Longs to Return to African Skies

A Bush Pilot Who Always Longs to Return to African Skies

Colin Nagy, Skift

Kirsty Henderson has arguably one of the coolest jobs in aviation: She’s a bush pilot, ferrying passengers across scenic African landscapes like Botswana. What’s more, she’s helping show aviation as a viable career path for young women.

4 weeks ago

African Cities Invest to Boost Cruise Ship Arrivals

African Cities Invest to Boost Cruise Ship Arrivals

Richard Holmes, Skift

Overcrowding in traditional markets and a growing demand for more adventurous itineraries will help Africa attract more cruise lines to its ports. But key to any future growth is understanding that cruise ships require more than just bricks and mortar on the quayside.

4 weeks ago

Rebounding Egypt Offers New Opportunities for Enterprising Tour Guides

Rebounding Egypt Offers New Opportunities for Enterprising Tour Guides

Reem Abdellatif, Skift

E-commerce is unlocking new opportunities for travel and tourism gurus in Egypt and the Middle East. Local entrepreneurs are attempting to capitalize on the convenience of having an online business, but filling the gap for much-needed niche tourism services can be difficult to accomplish in a highly competitive market.

4 weeks ago

Botswana Takes Another Shot at Elephant Hunt Despite Tourism Warnings

Botswana Takes Another Shot at Elephant Hunt Despite Tourism Warnings

Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg

Conservationists worldwide warn tourists may go elsewhere. But Botswana is not listening. It does so at its own risk, as tourism accounts for a fifth of its economy.

1 month ago

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

Colin Nagy, Skift

If leaders continue to look at African conservation as a charitable cause, it is doomed. As a growth industry — yes, an industry — that creates jobs and economic mobility, there is still hope for a sustainable future driven by the very young population on the continent.

2 months ago

Ivory Coast Aims to Make Tourism the Third Pillar of Its Economy

Ivory Coast Aims to Make Tourism the Third Pillar of Its Economy

Baudelaire Mieu, Skift

Ivory Coast — which saw its tourism industry wiped out in 2011 — is hoping to raise $1 billion to grow the sector and create much-needed jobs.

2 months ago

Egypt to Capitalize on Tourism Boom With Experiential Offerings

Egypt to Capitalize on Tourism Boom With Experiential Offerings

Manus Cranny, Bloomberg

Egyptian tourism is on a major upswing after fully recovering from the 2011 uprising. The next step is taking the country beyond its reputation for sun, sea, and cultural tourism.

2 months ago

Tourism-Dependent Morocco Appoints Growth Czar to Restructure Economy

Tourism-Dependent Morocco Appoints Growth Czar to Restructure Economy

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

Morocco's rising social needs, debt burden, and position in an unstable region means it cannot rely on tourism alone for its economic future.

2 months ago

UK Lifts Flight Ban to Popular Egypt Resort

UK Lifts Flight Ban to Popular Egypt Resort

Salma El Wardany, Bloomberg

This is very good news for Egypt, which has taken steps to tighten security not just at airports but at tourist places. Hopefully Russia will follow soon in resuming flights.

3 months ago

Cape Town’s Conundrum: Sharks Gone and Now the Whales Too

Cape Town’s Conundrum: Sharks Gone and Now the Whales Too

Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg

This year Cape Town's coast had the fewest whale sightings in a couple of decades. If climate change is to blame, that poses a long-term problem for South African Tourism, the government's official promotion agency.

3 months ago