Africa

Unrest in the Gambia Prompts Tourist Evacuation

Unrest in the Gambia Prompts Tourist Evacuation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Negative headlines are likely to put anyone off wanting to travel to the Gambia at least in the short term. How long this lasts depends entirely on when the political crisis in the country is resolved.

6 days ago

How an Economic Tourist Understands Africa’s Largest City

How an Economic Tourist Understands Africa’s Largest City

Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

We like the idea of "the GDP tourist," if for no other reason than it sincerely seeks to understand what it's really like to live like a local.

3 weeks ago

Egypt Hopes Newly Uncovered 7,000 Year Old City Will Bring Back Tourists

Egypt Hopes Newly Uncovered 7,000 Year Old City Will Bring Back Tourists

Ahmed Aboulenein, Reuters

You could cross your fingers and pin all your hopes on ancient relics ... or you could try to make your government slightly less of a dumpster fire.

2 months ago

Air Travel Is Still Inaccessible to Many in Africa Despite Rising Demand

Air Travel Is Still Inaccessible to Many in Africa Despite Rising Demand

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Demand for air travel in Africa is on the rise. The introduction of the pan-African passport in 2018 could help connect the continent and ease travel concerns, but only if airlines begin offering more route options to consumers.

2 months ago

First Cruise Ship Returns to Tunisia Since Fatal Museum Attack

First Cruise Ship Returns to Tunisia Since Fatal Museum Attack

Associated Press

We can't wait to see more visitors return to Tunisia.

4 months ago

Marriott Makes Plans to Double Workforce in Africa and the Middle East

Marriott Makes Plans to Double Workforce in Africa and the Middle East

Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg

If Marriott wants growth, it will find it here and in Asia. Starwood's expertise in these regions will certainly come in handy.

4 months ago

Experts Analyzed Travel Patterns to Predict Zika’s Next Landing Spots

Experts Analyzed Travel Patterns to Predict Zika’s Next Landing Spots

Maria Cheng, Associated Press

As Zika outbreaks hit parts of Florida and Singapore, experts are predicting that the next stops could be China, India and Nigeria. These are just predictions, though, because Zika has been around for decades and populations may have already developed immunity to the disease.

5 months ago

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

Elin McCoy, Bloomberg

Cheers to this oenophile travel wish list.

6 months ago

Tiny Comoros Islands Dreams of Big Tourism, Again

Tiny Comoros Islands Dreams of Big Tourism, Again

Kervin Victor, Bloomberg

Comoros has gone through decades of political upheaval, post-independence from France in 1975, and has dreamt big many times since on building its tourism industry, to little effect. Without accessibility and infrastructure, it's hard to see how it will be different this time.

7 months ago

Tunisia’s Tourism Industry Sees Double-Digit Drop Following Attacks

Tunisia’s Tourism Industry Sees Double-Digit Drop Following Attacks

Zohra Bensemra, Reuters

Considering that these numbers are from a government agency that doesn't want people to panic, we imagine the real numbers are even less inspiring.

7 months ago

Mauritius Seeks More Visitors From Growing African Middle Class

Mauritius Seeks More Visitors From Growing African Middle Class

Kervin Victor, Bloomberg

Today, only about 22 percent of visitors to Mauritius come from Africa. But with a growing middle class on the continent, Mauritius tourism officials say they want to attract more African visitors, including new ones from Nigeria.

7 months ago

Big Game Hunting Tourists Trumpet Their Contributions to African Economies

Big Game Hunting Tourists Trumpet Their Contributions to African Economies

Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg

We found it very hard to get too upset about Cecil, but we think that hunting tourism is a simplistic, narrow-minded practice that appeals to the worst instincts in people and reduces African destinations to outdated cliches.

8 months ago