Africa

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.

3 hours ago

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

This study — which shows that surfers can be a bellwether for future visitor growth — could help destinations adequately prepare for more tourists before they are overwhelmed.

1 week ago

Cecil Rhodes’ Grave in Zimbabwe Has Become an Awkward Tourist Attraction

Cecil Rhodes’ Grave in Zimbabwe Has Become an Awkward Tourist Attraction

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press

A grave is different than a monument, and it's smart of the government to see the commercial potential of Rhodes' grave for tourism. If you listen close, you can likely hear him spinning in it right now.

3 weeks ago

TUI Group in the Spotlight Following Tunisia Beach Attack Verdict

TUI Group in the Spotlight Following Tunisia Beach Attack Verdict

Alistair Smout, Reuters

Although the inquiry judge rejected a finding of "neglect" against TUI, the company is set to face further legal scrutiny from a case brought by some of the victims' families.

4 weeks ago

UK Still Won’t Allow Flights to Egypt’s Sharm el Sheik Resort

UK Still Won’t Allow Flights to Egypt’s Sharm el Sheik Resort

Amina Ismail and Mostafa Hashim, Reuters

Egypt's leadership has done little to nothing to convince the rest of the world it's ready to deal with its self-inflicted problems. Until it does, tourists will stay away.

1 month 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 month 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 month ago

Nigerian Government Grabs Control of Top Carrier Arik Air

Nigerian Government Grabs Control of Top Carrier Arik Air

Michelle Faul, Associated Press

The biggest of the West African carriers, Nigeria’s Arik made a tremendous mistake in trying to compete with large foreign airlines on long-haul routes. But ultimately the airline is vital for Africa’s largest economy.

2 months ago

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To understand what's going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo. Skift's readership has always been globally minded and it is increasingly global, as well, so our Gateway series is delivering on these dynamics, one original story at a time.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago