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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.

1 month 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?

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 months ago