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  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • International Arrivals To Africa Reach More Than 18 Million In 2017

    BOTSWANA, 2017/09/09 Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed before this week the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 % in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted for 70 % of international trips to the Sub-Saharan African region.
  • New air links provide support for Tanzanian tourism

    TANZANIA, 2017/08/01 An expansion in air connections, inclunding low-cost routes, is expected to help sustain Tanzania’s increase in visitor numbers and strengthen its tourism sector. Last month the UAE-based low-cost carrier flydubai announced that from late October it will launch six flights per week between the UAE and Kilimanjaro, the site of Africa’s tallest peak. The airline by presently operates services to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, and has plans to increase the number of direct flights to the latter from three per week to eight.
  • Ugandans Urged to Use Lakes and Rivers to Attract Tourists

    UGANDA, 2017/07/28 South African Airways has advised government to copy from prominent world tourism destinations and popularize tourism investments around and on the country's water bodies. Speaking in an interview on Monday, Ms Yogi Biriggwa, the South African Airways country manager Uganda, said prominent destinations such as Mauritius, Rio-de-Jenairo in Brazil, Southern France, Durban in South Africa, and Mombasa in Kenya are popular globally because of their locations and investments on and around the water bodies. She said this makes them attractive and easy to market internationally.
  • Djibouti’s tourism ambitions garner overseas support

    DJIBOUTI CITY, 2017/06/24 A spate of new capital projects should help Djibouti increase overseas visits in the coming years, as the government continues to prioritise spending on tourism development. Among the biggest developments under way is a new $200m airport, which is currently under construction at Ras Siyyan in the Obock region of north Djibouti. The Ahmed Dini Ahmed International Airport is being financed via a Chinese development loan agreement and built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. Construction started in January 2015, and the facility is expected to accommodate 350,000 passengers at the same time as it opens by the end of this year, with that number rising to 767,000 by 2021.
  • Moratorium update on large hotel projects in Seychelles

    SEYCHELLES, 2017/03/05 A moratorium on large hotel projects in Seychelles, specifically on Mahe and the inner islands, was announced by former President James Michel in his address on the occasion of Seychelles’ National Day which falls on June 29, 2015. The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine has published a inventory of hotels which was approved before the moratorium on new large hotels in the country came into force. Members of the local media were presented with the inventory yesterday afternoon during a press conference held at the ministry’s headquarters, Espace building.
  • Kenya’s MICE tourism segment on the rise

    KENYA, 2016/11/24 Stronger brand recognition, an improved security climate and higher capacity are driving increase in Kenya’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism segment. Kenya has seen a steady rise in MICE tourist arrivals over the completed few years. In 2015 the country hosted 117,630 foreign arrivals taking part in MICE activities, representing a 13% increase on the 2014 total, and 15.6% of the total number of international tourist arrivals for the year.
  • Sri Lankan Airlines greeted in Seychelles with water cannon salute

    SRI LANKA, 2016/11/11 As is customary with all inaugural flights landing at the Seychelles International Airport, the Sri Lanka Airlines airbus arriving at Seychelles for the initial time, received a water cannon salute upon arrival. Seychelles welcomed this new airline this week, only two days next Turkish Airlines landed at its international airport for the initial time. This morning marked Sri Lankan Airlines’ maiden flight to the Seychelles.
  • Presidential intervention expected to save upcountry hotels from ruin

    UGANDA, 2016/11/11 Uganda's owners of upcountry hotels, safari lodges, and camps have breathed a sigh of relief at the same time as President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the annual Investors Round Table conference, directed his Finance Ministry and tax collectors to scrap Price Added Tax, which before in the year raised accommodation cost by 18 %. The President correctly pointed out that if tourism is to be an invisible export, it has to be treated like exporting coffee, i.e., without levying VAT on such services.
  • Luxury Four Seasons Private Jet to land in Seychelles

    SEYCHELLES, 2016/11/11 The Four Seasons Private Jet offers guests an unrivaled luxury experience, combining visits to a number of the 101 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which are presently open in 42 nations around the world, as part of a diverse range of itineraries, inclunding culinary discoveries, international Intrigue, and extraordinary adventures. On Friday, November 11, 2016, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles will welcome guests of the Four Seasons Private Jet - the hotel industry's initial fully-branded private jet experience, which will land into Seychelles for the very initial time. Guests of the Four Seasons Private Jet will each remain in a luxurious tree-home style villa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles for a total of 4 nights before continuing on the jet's 19-day journey to 6 spectacular Four Seasons destinations, as part of the Cultural Escape tour.