Africa

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?

2 days ago

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech Near Popular Tourist Site

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech Near Popular Tourist Site

Reda Zaireg , Associated Press

Marrakech is already rich in artistic attractions, but this museum could become an icon like its namesake. It's off to a good start by giving visitors more to do than just tour the galleries.

1 month ago

Nigeria Won’t Issue Visas on Arrival for Africans

Nigeria Won’t Issue Visas on Arrival for Africans

Associated Press

The African Union has been advocating for continent-wide visas on arrival, but it doesn't look like Nigeria would be part of the effort.

1 month ago

First Commercial Flight Arrives at One of World’s Most-Remote Islands

First Commercial Flight Arrives at One of World’s Most-Remote Islands

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press

British-controlled St. Helena, 1,200 miles west of the Angola-Namibia border, sees tourism development as its economic lifeline. It is now getting a weekly commercial flight to test out the prospects.

1 month ago

Cape Town Museum Criticized for Favoring Tourism Over Pan-African Art

Cape Town Museum Criticized for Favoring Tourism Over Pan-African Art

Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa seemingly did a great job of building a major attraction — possibly so great that attracting tourists came at the expense of the artistic mission.

1 month ago

Cape Verde Offers Visa-Free Travel for EU Citizens in Bid to Boost Tourism

Cape Verde Offers Visa-Free Travel for EU Citizens in Bid to Boost Tourism

Ana Monteiro, Bloomberg

Cape Verde has extensive public debt, and tourism represents a way to help ease the financial burden on its government and bring jobs to its residents.

2 months ago

Zimbabwe Hosted Annual Carnival Despite Acute Problems

Zimbabwe Hosted Annual Carnival Despite Acute Problems

Associated Press

Zimbabwe's carnival appears to have been boondoggle as the country faces severe hardships, including drastic job cuts for Air Zimbabwe employees. There isn't much positive going on in Zimbabwe for the moment when it comes to tourism or otherwise.

2 months ago

Tourism Boards Team Up to Attract High-Yield International Visitors

Tourism Boards Team Up to Attract High-Yield International Visitors

Laura Powell, Skift

High-end travelers are much more likely to embark on a very long-haul flight to a new destination than are budget tourists, so it is wise for the boards to focus on big spenders for any partnership.

2 months ago

U.S. Issues Egypt Travel Warning Following Attack on Tourists

U.S. Issues Egypt Travel Warning Following Attack on Tourists

Associated Press

Egypt has been trying for years to counter the evidence that travel to the country is unsafe, and this travel warning from the U.S. concerning ISIS attacks represents yet another blow to Egypt's flagging tourism sector.

4 months ago

U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough Yellow Fever Vaccine for Travelers

U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough Yellow Fever Vaccine for Travelers

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

A shortage of yellow fever vaccine in the U.S. could act as an impediment for travelers looking to visit South America and Africa this year.

7 months ago

Egypt’s Tourism Officials Promise That Tourist Sites Are Safe

Egypt’s Tourism Officials Promise That Tourist Sites Are Safe

Fay Abuelgasim and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

Problem is, nobody trusts Egyptian officials. And when it comes to the country's tourism industry trusting their motives is even more difficult.

7 months ago

Egypt to Diversify Tourism and Target New Markets In Recovery Plan

Egypt to Diversify Tourism and Target New Markets In Recovery Plan

Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

There have been plenty of previous attempts by Egypt to revive its ailing tourism industry and none so far have proved wholly successful. Diversifying its offering and targeting new markets is a good idea but improving the security situation remains crucial.

7 months ago