Articles tagged “africa”

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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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.

9 months 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.

10 months 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.

11 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago