Africa

Battered Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Devastation

Battered Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Devastation

Richard Holmes, Skift

There’s some hard work ahead to correct public perceptions, but luxury tourism in northern Mozambique should be able to weather the fallout from Cyclone Kenneth. And the local economy needs it now, more than ever.

4 days ago

Accor to Open 30 Hotels in Egypt Citing Strong Rebound

Accor to Open 30 Hotels in Egypt Citing Strong Rebound

Bella Genga, Bloomberg

Accor will open 60 hotels in Africa, half of them in Egypt. Remember it bought the Movenpick chain, which has a strong footprint in Egypt? That comes in handy now as the brand is well-recognized in the region and will open doors for an Accor expansion there.

4 weeks ago

First Direct U.S. Flights to Cape Town in 15 Years Will Be Boon to Tourism

First Direct U.S. Flights to Cape Town in 15 Years Will Be Boon to Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

United’s plan to launch direct flights between New York and Cape Town, South Africa, is a potential bonanza for tourism in the city and the wider region. Now local operators are holding thumbs the seasonal route becomes year-round.

1 month ago

Uganda Deals With Bad Publicity After U.S. Tourist Abduction

Uganda Deals With Bad Publicity After U.S. Tourist Abduction

Fred Ojambo, Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s effort to score domestic political points with Twitter-based diplomacy makes addressing the problem of traveler security and kidnappers demanding ransoms more difficult by antagonizing foreign leaders, rather than wooing them.

1 month ago

Progress Finally Being Made on a Single African Passport

Progress Finally Being Made on a Single African Passport

Richard Holmes, Skift

Will 2019 be the year that the African Union passport is made freely available to the continent’s 1.2 billion citizens? Probably not, but technocrats at the 55-nation union say progress is being made.

4 months ago

Will the Nairobi Attacks Dent Kenya’s Tourism Boom?

Will the Nairobi Attacks Dent Kenya’s Tourism Boom?

Richard Holmes, Skift

After this week’s terror attacks in a Nairobi hotel complex, a question mark hangs over the continued growth of Kenya’s lucrative tourism industry. But tourists have been here before, and as long as there are no follow-up attacks, mass cancellations seem unlikely.

4 months ago

A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

Tourists pay up to $1,300 a night for steak and luxury suites in a national park full of wildlife that, merely a decade ago, seemed unsalvageable because of poachers. The turnaround by a nonprofit is a compelling example of creative problem-solving for national parks across Africa and the world.

4 months ago

Courting a New Generation of Safari Goers

Courting a New Generation of Safari Goers

Colin Nagy, Skift

As African countries continue to grow their tourism markets, travelers are learning that a safari doesn't necessarily have to be a luxury, once-in-a-lifetime thing. Rather, some innovators are creating reasonably priced experiences that can serve as a great entry point for a wider range of visitors.

5 months ago

Cairo Attack Kills Two Vietnamese Tourists

Cairo Attack Kills Two Vietnamese Tourists

Ahmed Khalil El-Sayed, Bloomberg

5 months ago

Egypt Says Its Giant Museum for Ancient Treasures Will Finally Open in 2020

Egypt Says Its Giant Museum for Ancient Treasures Will Finally Open in 2020

Brian Rohan, Associated Press

Egypt has a long way to go before it's back to pre-Arab Spring tourism levels. A great, new museum will help, but it's just part of the fix the country needs.

5 months ago

South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism

South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

South Africa's onerous visa regime for minor travelers continues to hobble its all-important tourism industry. Amendments published last month may look like good news, but read them closely and – industry insiders say – not nearly enough has changed.

5 months ago

What the Travel Media Gets So Horribly Wrong About Africa

What the Travel Media Gets So Horribly Wrong About Africa

Colin Nagy, Skift

For being one of the most important business, political, and tourism stories, a lot of Africa coverage tends to only hit a few notes. Here are some ideas on how travel reporting can evolve, and incorporate more voices and add deeper perspectives.

6 months ago