Do you know that the US President has congratulated African leaders on the ‘tremendous business potential of the continent’? Have you heard that British Airways is now launching direct flights to Seychelles? And, art lovers will be happy to hear that world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa is opening in Cape Town this weekend.
We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting Africa Tourism News this week, from new museum openings to new flights and statistics.
Tourism to Victoria Falls surges
International tourist arrivals to Victoria Falls rose 16% in 2016 and have gained an additional 32% on that in the first 6 months of 2017. This is according to figures released in a tourism survey of the Victoria Falls region, conducted by Africa Albida Tourism.
The increase is mainly thanks to Victoria Falls’ new international airport, which is now capable of landing direct long haul wide-bodied aircraft, and has facilitated the launch of several new flights this year.
British Airways launches direct flights to Seychelles
British Airways has announced it is launching direct flights to Seychelles from 24 March 2018, deploying a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
British Airways will become the only airline offering non-stop service between Seychelles and the UK, which is an important market for Seychelles. Visitor arrivals from the UK & Ireland, which is currently the Seychelles’ fifth largest market, stands at 15,427 to-date for 2017, representing a 22 percent increase over last year.
Kenya Airways gets thumbs up for US flights
Kenya Airways has been given a permit to start operating direct flights to the United States, effective 05 September.
The foreign air carrier permit allows the airline to engage in “scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail from any point or points behind Kenya, via any point or points in Kenya and any intermediate points, to any point or points in the United States and beyond.
World’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa to open in Cape Town
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is opening its doors to the public on 22 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.
This will be the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and is expected to contribute to a stronger, wider appreciation of Africa’s cultural heritage.
The museum’s founding art collection, the Zeitz Collection, is on long-term loan, and forms the basis of the extensive art on display at the newly opened museum.
The museum has 9,500 sq metres of custom designed space, spread over nine floors, carved out of the monumental structure of the V&A Waterfront’s historic grain silo complex. The galleries and the cathedral-like atrium space at the centre of Zeitz MOCAA have been carved from the silos’ dense cellular structure of forty-two tubes that pack the building. The development includes 6,000 sq metres of exhibition space in 100 galleries, a rooftop sculpture garden, state of the art storage and conservation areas, a bookshop, a restaurant and bar, and various reading rooms. The museum will also house a Costume Institute, and Centres for Photography, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image, Performative Practice, and Art Education.
US President highlights business potential in Africa
President Donald Trump this week met with the leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa.
During this meeting, the President mentioned the tremendous business potential of the continent. “For American firms, it’s really become a place that they have to go — that they want to go,” he said, adding that some of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa.
Trump explained he would like to partner with the continent on important issues such curbing violence and achieve peace, as well as health challenges. He added: “Africa, I have to say, is a continent of tremendous, tremendous potential. The outlook is bright.”