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Articles tagged “africa”

Fastjet CEO Looks to South Africa to Curb Losses

Fastjet CEO Looks to South Africa to Curb Losses

Liezel Hill, Bloomberg

Low-cost carrier Fastjet recognizes the value in the South African market, but smartly wants to proceed with caution.

5 days ago

DNA Testing Becomes a Heritage Tourism Hook for Black Travelers

DNA Testing Becomes a Heritage Tourism Hook for Black Travelers

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Recent advances in DNA testing have made the service more accurate and affordable, which opens up the heritage tourism market to black Americans like never before.

1 month ago

The Dream of a Pan-African Budget Airline Is Fading

The Dream of a Pan-African Budget Airline Is Fading

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While some of fastjet's wounds have been self-inflicted, it hasn't been helped by problems in key markets. The radical turnaround plans initiated by the new CEO seem like the last throw of the dice.

3 months ago

Mauritius Seeks More Visitors From Growing African Middle Class

Mauritius Seeks More Visitors From Growing African Middle Class

Kervin Victor, Bloomberg

Today, only about 22 percent of visitors to Mauritius come from Africa. But with a growing middle class on the continent, Mauritius tourism officials say they want to attract more African visitors, including new ones from Nigeria.

6 months ago

A Record Number of Americans Traveled Abroad in 2015

A Record Number of Americans Traveled Abroad in 2015

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It turns out more Americans than ever flew to Europe and Mexico last year despite security fears.

9 months ago

Pan-African Booking Site Travelstart Attracts $40 Million in Funding

Pan-African Booking Site Travelstart Attracts $40 Million in Funding

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Whether hospitality or booking, Africa presents an enormous opportunity for first-movers right now.

10 months ago

Carlson Rezidor Sees Africa as Continent of Opportunity With New Hotel Openings

Carlson Rezidor Sees Africa as Continent of Opportunity With New Hotel Openings

Eric Ombok, Bloomberg

Several African economies like Nigeria and Mozambique are among the fastest growing in the world but that is hardly related to its potential for increased tourist arrivals, as Carlson Rezidor's CEO argues. Given recent terror attacks in Europe and Asia and backlash from last year's Ebola outbreak, the mostly unknown continent is sadly being lumped into the danger category even if many of its destinations are safe and ready for tourists.

11 months ago

FastJet Says Africa Expansion Held Back by Bureaucratic Roadblocks

FastJet Says Africa Expansion Held Back by Bureaucratic Roadblocks

Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg

Governments run a big part of the show with the Gulf carriers and they're doing just fine. FastJet's problem lies in the fact that its ambitions are too far ahead of the smaller Sub-Saharan African governments who simply aren't ready for mass tourism's arrival.

1 year ago

Startup Stories Series: Building a Booking Startup in Southern Africa

Startup Stories Series: Building a Booking Startup in Southern Africa

Dennis Schaal, Skift

How does a travel startup succeed in Zimbabwe and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa? Focus on a neglected space in a huge market. Whether startup Africabookings can make it as a business remains to be seen. The market opportunity, though, is certainly humongous.

1 year ago

The One Airline That Really Wants You to Know That ‘Africa is Not Ebola’

The One Airline That Really Wants You to Know That ‘Africa is Not Ebola’

Dan Peltier, Skift

It'll take more than a hashtag to get small-minded travelers comfortable with taking a trip to the African continent. Still, hats off to Brussels Airlines for trying to raise awareness of an issue that isn't being widely discussed.

2 years ago

Zimbabwe’s ‘Look East’ Policy Draws Much Needed Tourists from Asia

Zimbabwe’s ‘Look East’ Policy Draws Much Needed Tourists from Asia

Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg

Mugabe is nothing if not a survivor, and his focus on countries that don't know enough about his corrupt regime to stay away is a smart one.

2 years ago

EasyJet Founder Gets 10% Stake as FastJet is Raising $25 Million in Funding

EasyJet Founder Gets 10% Stake as FastJet is Raising $25 Million in Funding

Kari Lundgren and Chris Jasper, Bloomberg

Fastjet is bringing the low cost carrier model to Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. It's been tough-going so far, but this venture is being keenly watched to see if it can generate enough demand to be successful.

3 years ago