Africa

Pandemic Costs Africa Nearly $55 Billion in Lost Travel and Tourism

Pandemic Costs Africa Nearly $55 Billion in Lost Travel and Tourism

Bate Felix, Reuters

The pandemic threatens an economic whiplash in Africa that could be worse than the disease itself. But the upside for wildlife is that trophy hunting has nearly stopped.

13 hours ago

Tunisia Tourism Trade Back in Business

Tunisia Tourism Trade Back in Business

Reuters

Ten percent of the gross domestic product of the north Africa nation is dependent on tourism. With coronavirus at bay for now, Tunisia's tourism players have fingers crossed.

6 days ago

What South Africa’s Virus Protocols Tell Us About Balancing a Travel Economy With a Nation’s Health

What South Africa’s Virus Protocols Tell Us About Balancing a Travel Economy With a Nation’s Health

Matthew Parsons, Skift

South Africa is understandably cautious as it approaches winter, and doing all it can to stave off a health crisis. But its strict and prolonged protocols might end up doing more harm than good.

4 weeks ago

Major South African Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Sees Hit to Core Profit

Major South African Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Sees Hit to Core Profit

Tanishaa Nadkar, Reuters

Tsogo Sun, which owns luxury properties in seven African countries including Nigeria and the Seychelles, is a bellwether for the pandemic's impact on international travel across southern Africa.

1 month ago

Ecotourism’s Collapse Puts Conservation Programs in Grave Danger

Ecotourism’s Collapse Puts Conservation Programs in Grave Danger

Patrick Greenfield and Peter Muiruri, The Guardian

Ecotourism's collapse due to the coronavirus isn't just bad for the humans who rely on it for revenue, but also the wildlife that it protects.

2 months ago

How a Women-Led Hospitality Team Is Paving a Path for Africa’s Next Generation

How a Women-Led Hospitality Team Is Paving a Path for Africa’s Next Generation

Colin Nagy, Skift

For Africa to realize a lot of its economic potential, especially within hospitality, elevating women to positions of leadership will help power and accelerate growth. Asilia's Dunia Camp in Tanzania, run by General Manager Angel Vendeline Namshali and her team of all women, is an example of this positive change.

4 months ago

Algeria Opens to Visitors and 11 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Algeria Opens to Visitors and 11 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In tourism news this week, Algeria hopes attracting tourists will bolster its finances as the oil and gas industry becomes less lucrative. Can it emulate neighboring Morocco to become a prime destination? Plus, why do politicians continue to ignore the tourism industry when it's a global economic force?

4 months ago

Can Algeria Avert Financial Ruin Through Revived Tourism and New Visa Rules?

Can Algeria Avert Financial Ruin Through Revived Tourism and New Visa Rules?

Reem Abdellatif, Skift

Algeria faces dwindling cash reserves and an unsustainable economic model. Like much of the Middle East, it must diversify away from oil and attract visitors. The strategically located North African country boasts many ideal destinations. It remains unclear, however, if the government can turn to its historically overlooked tourism sector for much-needed economic relief.

4 months ago

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

Colin Nagy, Skift

Connecting luxury travelers to the local community and fostering a better understanding of a destination is hard to do well. Here are two examples that the industry can draw inspiration from.

4 months ago

How South African Tourism Can Get Its Mojo Back

How South African Tourism Can Get Its Mojo Back

Colin Nagy, Skift

South African tourism is on the decline. There are several factors at play, but given the diversity of experiences that can be had in this country of 58 million people, what's needed is a new and sharper narrative.

5 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

6 months ago