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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • loop shows the prospects of the luxury travel industry

    WORLD, 2017/03/05 In a few days. the luxury travel equitable loop opens its doors in Frankfurt am Major. From March 26-29, 2017, Frankfurt will transform into a mecca for the international luxury tourism industry. Germany's only luxury exhibition “loop - Luxury on our Planet” opens the floor for 100 international renowned hoteliers, hotel owners and providers of tourist luxury products to meet with 100 interested buyers from the German-speaking market. “loop brings the right people together at the right place and creates a vibrant community for travel agencies and even small niche operators and providers. The concept of the exhibition is designed to increase sales and compress time resources. In order to reach the same number of personal appointments as at the equitable, suppliers and retailers would normally require six months and would generate enormous travel expenses,” says Astrid Oberhummer, Founder and Organizer of loop.
  • 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.