Articles tagged “africa”

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.

2 days 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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.

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.

5 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?

5 months 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.

5 months ago

Moroccan Government Plans to Sell Stake in Iconic Luxury Hotel

Moroccan Government Plans to Sell Stake in Iconic Luxury Hotel

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

A hotel with such a storied history will surely be an easy sell. The only sticking point might be the other shareholders.

6 months ago

African Low-Cost Airline Fastjet Is Running on Fumes

African Low-Cost Airline Fastjet Is Running on Fumes

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It looks like the end is nigh for beleaguered Fastjet. Unless investors are willing to put up more cash for an airline that shows no sign of profitability six years after launching.

7 months ago