Articles tagged “africa”

Fastjet CEO Quits as Problems Mount

Fastjet CEO Quits as Problems Mount

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given the constant drip of bad news coming out of Fastjet since it launched in 2012, it's amazing that the airline is still flying.

2 weeks ago

Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

Richard Holmes, Skift

Club Med has finally committed to long-overdue expansion into sub-Saharan Africa. It’s good news for South Africa’s tourism prospects and introduces the brand to an untapped African market.

2 months ago

Botswana Tries to Appease Both Sightseers and Elephant Hunters

Botswana Tries to Appease Both Sightseers and Elephant Hunters

Mbongeni Mguni, Bloomberg

Despite lifting a ban on hunting elephants, Botswana says the animals won’t be killed in areas popular with photographers. However, the country risks harming its tourism industry and conservation efforts with the move.

2 months ago

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Jumia IPO Highlights Africa’s Shifting Online Travel Ecosystem

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Jumia is one of a few companies that deserve credit for building nascent online travel businesses in several African markets. But as Google and other tech platforms gain a continent-wide presence, they may use their pervasiveness to play kingmakers in online travel.

3 months ago

American Airlines Is Considering Flying to Africa and India With New Dreamliners

American Airlines Is Considering Flying to Africa and India With New Dreamliners

Brian Sumers, Skift

Since its merger with US Airways, American has taken a cautious approach with new routes. It has expanded to major Asian and South Pacific markets out of necessity but otherwise hasn't taken too many chances. It is nice to see the airline considering adding India and Africa.

5 months 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 months ago

Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld Alliance to Bolster Africa Reach

Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld Alliance to Bolster Africa Reach

Grant Martin, Skift

Frequent flyers on American, British Airways, or one of the other 13 members of the Oneworld alliance will soon have another member to look forward to for codeshare flights and frequent flyer points. The new member will also extend the alliance's reach into Africa.

7 months ago

Young Black South African Agents Inspire Their Peers to Travel

Young Black South African Agents Inspire Their Peers to Travel

Richard Holmes, Skift

Personal experience counts when it comes to encouraging young black South Africans to pack their suitcases and discover their own country, say the co-founders of Johannesburg-based Traveling Cheapskates. The co-founders build trips that they'd like to take, too, and feel like they intimately understand their customers.

7 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.

8 months ago

The Challenge for Ethiopia’s Luxury Push

The Challenge for Ethiopia’s Luxury Push

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ethiopia is slowly making its name in luxury tourism. The question is how fast will the rate of change be?

8 months ago