Tourism in Central 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.
  • Painted huts offer Congo Kinshasa village a tourism lifeline

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/01 There’s no electricity and only 500 residents in the Congolese village of Makwatsha, but a longstanding tradition by its womenfolk has turned it almost by accident into a star attraction for Chinese tourists. The outside walls of the huts are decorated with paintings of local life, flowers and butterflies, making “the village of the women painters” a draw as well for tourists from France and Belgium. “For the colour, we use only the earth,” says Prosperine Mwelma, 60, dressed in a bright blue and yellow wrap and holding a paint brush.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Angola tourism minster speaks about the contribution of tourism

    ANGOLA, 2014/09/13 Angola is expanding in travel and tourism. The Angolan minister of Hotel and Tourism, Pedro Mutindi, said Wednesday that tourism sector increases and accelerates the creation of employment for young people and contributes significantly to the rapid economic development of the country. The minister said the revenues generated by the local infrastructure ensure the expansion of the markets. The undertaking as well ensure import and export of trading activities, part nations of different parts of the world.
  • Tourism accounted for 3.8% of the Congolese Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2014/03/22 Tourism accounted for 3.8% of the Congolese Gross Domestic Product (GDP), local mdia reported Wednesday, quoting a statement from the World Tourism and Transports Council (WTTC). Congo’s GDP was estimated at US$14.8 billion last year, or additional than US$3,000 per inhabitant. WTTC said that tourism had generated riches within the Congolese people next creating 30,614 jobs. WTTC reports that the year 2014 forcasts good perspectives for Congo.
  • UNWTO opening speech by President Robert Mugabe

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/08/26 The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly was declared open today by President R.G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the second and current President of Zimbabwe. As one of the leaders of the national liberation movements against white-minority policy, he was elected as chief of government in 1980. Just last month the controversial 89 year old president won an extra term despite irregularities alleged in the election by a lot of nations around the world. Here is his address to a record number of delegates from 124 nations that attended the opening Sunday night at the legendary Victoria Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
  • Kribi, The African Seaside City

    CAMEROON, 2013/05/06  Kribi seaside town of 50,000 inhabitants is located 160 km from Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital and 270 km from Yaoundé its political capital. Easily accessible by road, anyone can reach Kribi by car. A lot of other public transport companies can lead tourists to Kribi using buses that go due to 6-7 times a day from Douala and Yaoundé.
  • The Congo River tourism destinations

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2013/05/06 As part of the revival of tourism in the central African region, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has implemented a program of river tourism on the Congo River. The Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) is a developing country in Central Africa. The official language is French, and Lingala, Kikongo, and Kituba are as well widely spoken. The major cities are the capital, Brazzaville, located on the Congo River, and Pointe Noire on the Atlantic coast.