Articles tagged “africa”

Africa Edges Toward Adoption of Visa-Free Travel

Africa Edges Toward Adoption of Visa-Free Travel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press

Borderless travel has been a dream across Africa for years and it is slowing becoming a reality. Adopting It would not only improve trade, it would made it much easier for tourism to flourish.

4 days ago

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Pan-African Booking Player Travelstart Buys SafariNow in Lodging Play

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Regionally focused online travel success stories are as rare as rhinos in the wild these days. But this merger of two South African players may help an endangered species — independent-booking players — keep thriving in a market where so much is dominated by the global duopoly, the Priceline Group and Expedia.

5 days ago

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

Despite its infrastructure challenges and a reputation for red tape, the world’s biggest hotel brands can’t seem to get enough of Africa. With thousands of rooms in the development pipeline, African cities will soon be festooned with a slew of international brands. It’s good news for global travelers and local economies alike.

2 weeks ago

South African Airways Attempts Turnaround Under New Management

South African Airways Attempts Turnaround Under New Management

Paul Vecchiatto and Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg

South Africa seems serious about getting its state-owned carrier back on track. But it remains unclear exactly how the airline's new leadership plans on a return on profitability.

2 months ago

South African Airways Hires a Restructuring Expert in Bid to Save Airline

South African Airways Hires a Restructuring Expert in Bid to Save Airline

Loni Prinsloo and Arabile Gumede, Bloomberg

Some airlines can fail, and it's not a big deal. We have seen that in Europe recently. But South African Airways is the nation's top carrier. It must be saved. Let's hope the new CEO and new restructuring expert know what they're doing.

2 months ago

Top News Stories Localizing the Global Travel Industry From the Skift Gateway Series

Top News Stories Localizing the Global Travel Industry From the Skift Gateway Series

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Keep an eye on our Gateway series for more news and insight from our correspondents in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

4 months ago

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Knowing Our African Customers Has Been a Key Advantage

Richard Holmes, Skift

While many African carriers are struggling to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit, Ethiopian Airlines is firmly in the black and planning aggressive expansion. The magic formula? The right aircraft and routes, and a government that lets the experts get on with it.

9 months ago

Southern Africa’s Tour Operators Are Radically Rethinking Wild Animal Attractions

Southern Africa’s Tour Operators Are Radically Rethinking Wild Animal Attractions

Richard Holmes, Skift

A run of bad press and falling demand has forced segments of southern Africa's safari industry to take a long, hard look at their offering. The result? A more hands-off approach that's been a long-time coming.

10 months ago

African Aviation Has Many Complications Including a Lack of Volume

African Aviation Has Many Complications Including a Lack of Volume

Richard Holmes, Skift

Despite an enormous pool of potential passengers, Africa’s low-cost market has yet to take off. Are restrictive bilateral agreements to blame, or is something else going on here? For many airlines, the numbers just don’t add up.

10 months ago

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.

1 year 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 year 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.

1 year ago