Tourism in North Africa

  • British woman languishes in Egyptian jail for carrying painkillers

    EGYPT, 2017/11/04 Egyptian authorities have detained a British woman who entered the country carrying painkillers. Laura Plummer, 33, a shop worker who lives in Hull, was arrested next 290 tramadol tablets and some naproxen for her husband’s sore back was found in her suitcase. She again reportedly signed her name beneath a 38-page statement in Arabic, upon request, believing she would be able to leave the airport afterwards and begin her two-week break by Red Sea.
  • Egypt: PM Meets Tourism Investors

    EGYPT, 2017/10/17 Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Monday 2/10/2017 received a group of tourist investors to review problems facing the sector and proposals to solve them. The ministers of tourism and civil aviation took part in the conference. The participants discussed files related to the tourism investment field, inclunding the procedures for granting visas to Egypt, the removal of some bureaucratic procedures that hinder investment in the field.
  • 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.
  • The future of the tourism in Egypt Accessibility and attracting investors the key issues for tourism industry say industry leaders

    EGYPT, 2016/04/07 Egypt’s major tourism stakeholders are optimistic about the next of the rapidly rebounding sector as the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy takes flight While Egypt and its world-famous attractions may have been a must-visit destination for a lot of people, since the 2011 revolution times have been tough on the tourism industry. The fall in tourist numbers has led to action by the government and the Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) in the form of a $68 million campaign that aims to reach 20 million tourists by 2020. However, with the arrival of political stability, Egypt’s tourism sector is presently seeing gradual recovery. 9.9 million tourists came to the country in 2014, up from 9.5 million in 2013. The campaign aims to further increase tourism numbers by focusing on six major areas: marketing, accessibility, cultural development, productivity, business development and new project development.
  • Morocco Bids to Replace Turkey, Egypt as Russian Tourist Destination

    EGYPT, 2016/04/03 The North African kingdom wants to quintuple the number of Russian tourists within three years. 31 March 2016 Additional nations are seeking to exploit Egypt’s and Turkey’s tourism woes by making inroads into the Russian sun-and-sand package tour business. Morocco has joined the race, revealing plans to attract far larger numbers of Russian tourists, Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad says. “Russia offers us a large opportunity. We want to increase the number of arrivals from Russia by 400 %, from 40,000 per year to 200,000 per year, over three years,” Haddad says as reported by Bloomberg.
  • Morocco wants more Russian tourists

    CASABLANCA, 2016/04/03 The Ministry of Tourism of Morocco is planning to attract additional travelers from Russia, China and West Africa next a significant decline in tourism from Europe. The opening up of new air routes is underway, according to the minister Lahcen Haddad. “We want to increase the number of arrivals from Russia from 40,000 to 200,000 per year over three years,” said Haddad, pointing out that Russia offered Morocco large opportunities. Tourism from Europe has declined significantly in recent years due to the turmoil in traditional holiday destinations in the Middle East. Instability in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia since the Arab Spring inclunding recent terrorist attacks in Turkey are keeping European travelers away.
  • Tourist numbers in Egypt have plunged in recent months

    EGYPT, 2016/01/08 A string of British airlines have again delayed the resumption of regular flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh following a plane crash before this year. The airlines initial suspended flights next the crash of a Russian airliner near the Red Sea holiday destination on October 31 in which all 224 people on board died. Investigators have concluded it was downed by a bomb and the Islamic National group has claimed responsibility. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the attack had raised doubts about "the capability of the security on the ground" at the airport.
  • Tunisia has been actively restoring its national image

    TUNISIA, 2015/09/29 Tunisia has been actively restoring its national image next the attack on the National Bardo Museum, attempting to revive its crucial tourism industry, local media said on Friday. The museum raid, which left 23 people dead and over 50 others injured, was the majority deadly one since Tunisia's independence from France in 1956. The Islamic National group later claimed responsibility for the attack. While Tunisian authorities were investigating on the identities of the attackers, local citizens spontaneously began mending the spotted image of the historic North African country, according to local media Tunis Times.
  • Discovering Tetouan and its region

    MOROCCO, 2015/09/28 Entirely renovated recently, Sofitel Tamuda Bay offers an oasis of calm and voluptuousness on one of the majority beautiful bays of the Mediterranean.