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Tourism in West Africa

  • 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.
  • UNWTO announces training on tourism and biodiversity in West and Central Africa

    AFRICA, 2017/05/29 The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated today 22 May 2017. On this occasion, UNWTO is launching a capacity building program on sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection, to be implemented in West and Central Africa. The program will build on previous tourism and biodiversity seminars that UNWTO successfully delivered in The Gambia, Ghana, and Tanzania and will address biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, taking into account the importance of this topic to safeguard next opportunities for local people to generate gain from sustainable tourism development.
  • Cote d’Ivoire to re-emerge as a tourism destination

    ABIDJAN, 2016/06/18 Côte d’Ivoire is working to burnish its image as a major tourist destination through increased capital investment and government-led initiatives, inclunding regulatory reforms, promotional campaigns and security improvements. The country has a broad offering, ranging from cultural diversity to conference facilities, and a wealth of natural attractions. However, the political instability of the previous decade impacted Côte d’Ivoire’s appeal as a tourist destination, and as the country has stabilised, the government has sought to recapture its former allure. In 2014 Côte d’Ivoire hosted 471,000 international visitors, up 24% year-on-year and nearly twice the number recorded in 2010. Additional than 500,000 visitors were estimated to have arrived last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), roughly in line with the government’s projections needed to reach its target of 1m visitors by 2020.
  • Resort Group’s new hotel in Cabo Verde opens in November

    CAPE VERDE, 2016/03/26 The new hotel of the Resort Group (https://www.theresortgroupplc.com/) that is being built on the island of Sal, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) – the Llana Beach Hotel – will be ready in November, Cape Verdean newspaper Expresso das Ilhas reported. The project, costing an estimated 80 million euros, covers an area of almost 75,000 square metres and will offer its guests 600 suites, seven swimming pools, night clubs, five restaurants, conference rooms and water sports, amongst other facilities.
  • What to Do in Guinea-Bissau

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2015/02/28 What to Do in Guinea-Bissau 1. Varela: Just south of the Senegalese border, in the Cacheu region, this beach can be a challenge to reach, but its stunning views, pine forests, and remote feel make it worth the trip. 2. Bolama Town: Bolama Town, on the landward side of Bolama Island, provides a look back at the past grandeurs of the Portuguese empire. Crumbling mansions, decaying colonial buildings, and leafy avenues make a lovely backdrop for an evening stroll.
  • Tourists in Gambia told to stay in their resorts

    GAMBIA, 2014/12/31 British tourists in Gambia have been advised to remain close to their beach resorts next reports of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace. Rumours circulating in the tiny West African country – a former British colony - spoke of a failed military coup attempt in the capital Banjul while long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh is out of the country on a visit to France. There was a blackout on Gambian national radio and television and the city was in lockdown, but the government denied there had been coup attempt. However, a foreign diplomat said unknown gunmen had attacked the palace and the presidential guard was involved in the fighting.
  • Ebola has claimed over 5,000 lives in the West African States of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    GAMBIA, 2014/11/12 Though Gambia remains Ebola-free, the disease's pandemic in some West African nations has adversely affected the tourism sector in The Gambia, according to former Director of Tourism Shiekh Tijan Nyang. Nyang, who is presently the principal of the Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia, told PANA here Sunday that the misconception about the disease has caused a “critical damage” to the country’s fragile tourism industry.
  • Foodie travelers explore the cuisines of Angola, Botswana and DRC

    AFRICA, 2014/11/08 For a lot of travelers, food is the central focus of their journeys. They are often called “foodie travelers,” and enjoy partaking in the various types of food found in the myriad of cultures around the world. How else does one get to take in and savor the culture of a place than through an experience of food that involves all the senses? Hearing the sizzle coming from the kitchen, smelling the aromas of the dishes being prepared, seeing the plates of delightful food being served, tasting the delectable flavors, and in a lot of cases, eating without utensils and reveling in the feeling of picking up one’s food and licking one’s fingers like a delighted child. The fifteen nations of Southern Africa - Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – offer a wide variety of delicious dishes for the foodie traveler to enjoy. Today, we explore some of the foods of Angola, Botswana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Gambia welcomes British tourists

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2014/10/07 About 182 British tourists arrived in the Gambia over the weekend, being the initial batch of tourists for the season, brought in by Thomas Cook. They were welcomed by the Minister of Tourism, Benjamin Roberts, at Banjul International Airport. Flights are scheduled for each week between Banjul and London, sources told reporters.