Africa

Zimbabwe Is Boosting Tourism Despite Its Ravaged Economy

Zimbabwe Is Boosting Tourism Despite Its Ravaged Economy

Colin Nagy, Skift

If you're reading the papers, Zimbabwe's economy looks like a disaster from the outside. But it offers one of the most interesting tourism experiences in Africa at the moment, and intrepid travelers have taken note.

3 days ago

Egypt Plans Hotel Investment Fund as Tourism Rebounds

Egypt Plans Hotel Investment Fund as Tourism Rebounds

Manus Cranny and Tracy Alloway, Bloomberg

Good news for those Egyptians who rely on tourism for their livelihoods but the country still has much to do to in order to put the industry on a sound footing.

1 week ago

Ethiopia’s Nascent Luxury Tourism Market Starts to Take Hold

Ethiopia’s Nascent Luxury Tourism Market Starts to Take Hold

Samantha Shankman, Skift

The question is not whether hoteliers and operators should invest in Ethiopia, but what is best for Ethiopia in balancing these new demands while protecting its people and its profound history and cultures.

1 week ago

Kenya Airways’ New Direct Route Could Boost Tourism to East Africa

Kenya Airways’ New Direct Route Could Boost Tourism to East Africa

Colin Nagy, Skift

A new direct flight from JFK to Nairobi will open up East Africa to business and tourism in positive ways. Travelers no longer need to waste time connecting in London or the Middle East, and both Kenya and surrounding countries will benefit from increased activity.

2 weeks ago

Tourism Marketing Campaign in Cape Town Turns to Surfers for Drought Recovery

Tourism Marketing Campaign in Cape Town Turns to Surfers for Drought Recovery

Richard Holmes, Skift

A savvy social media campaign is a good start, but Cape Town’s tourism industry has a long road ahead to undo the damage from the worst drought in a century.

3 weeks ago

Grand Prix Near Victoria Falls Stirs Opposition From Southern Africa Tourism Execs

Grand Prix Near Victoria Falls Stirs Opposition From Southern Africa Tourism Execs

Richard Holmes, Skift

The proposed Grand Prix in Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls is either a bold and ambitious vision for the future, or hubristic folly that will ruin the local tourism industry. Are investors and developers for real with their plans for a Grand Prix circuit on the outskirts of Victoria Falls? We'll see.

2 months ago

South Africa Will Overhaul Its Visa Rules to Woo Visitors

South Africa Will Overhaul Its Visa Rules to Woo Visitors

Paul Vecchiatto, Bloomberg

Easing entry restrictions for business travelers could help boost South Africa's effort to be a meetings and conventions center as the government targets more visitors to revive a flagging economy.

2 months ago

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

Sam Mkokeli, Bloomberg

These measures sound like an effective solution to dipping visitation. Hopefully Cape Town will be able to accommodate these potential tourists with the ongoing ramifications of its water crisis.

2 months ago

Trafalgar and Sister Brands Expand Into Southern and Eastern Africa

Trafalgar and Sister Brands Expand Into Southern and Eastern Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

The Travel Corp. is taking three of its core brands to Africa for the first time. It’s a savvy move, leveraging the local knowledge and infrastructure of its sister companies on the continent, with the feel-good upside of boosting inbound tourism to Africa.

3 months ago

Thomas Cook Evacuates 300 Customers From Red Sea Hotel

Thomas Cook Evacuates 300 Customers From Red Sea Hotel

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press

Thomas Cook only recently returned to Egypt and the Red Sea so it was wise for CEO Peter Fankhauser to speak out, vow to find out what happened, and to relocate guests as a precaution. Egyptian tourism, too, finds the tragedy a very unwelcome development.

3 months ago

Africa Needs More Than Visa-Free Travel To Lure Chinese Tourists

Africa Needs More Than Visa-Free Travel To Lure Chinese Tourists

Jing Travel

Despite a visa policy that seeks to encourage Chinese tourists to visit, African countries are not seeing great success. As this story points out, there are few direct flights, and the message promoting Africa's destinations is not getting through.

5 months ago

African Tourism Boards Often See the American Traveler as White

African Tourism Boards Often See the American Traveler as White

Dana Givens, Skift

While there’s interest among African tourism boards in marketing actively to black Americans, these boards are missing opportunities by not diversifying their strategies.

6 months ago