Did you hear that enabling airlines to improve intra-Africa connectivity is one of IATA’s priorities for aviation in Africa? Do you know that Lagos could soon see the opening of the equivalent of the Rockefeller Centre in New York? And that Africa’s tourism is growing faster than tourism in Europe or the Asia Pacific?
From aviation updates to new hotel openings and improved road connections, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting events in Africa Tourism News this week…
IATA outlines priorities for aviation in Africa
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted five priorities which must be addressed for aviation to deliver maximum economic and social benefits in Africa. These are:
-Enhancing safety efforts
-Enabling airlines to improve intra-Africa connectivity
-Unblocking airline funds
-Avoiding air traffic management re-fragmentation and over-investment
-Ensuring that Africa has the professionals it needs to support the industry’s growth
Aviation currently supports 6.8 million jobs and contributes $72.5 billion in GDP to Africa. Over the next 20 years passenger demand is set to expand by an average of 5.7% annually.
“Africa is the region with greatest aviation potential. Over a billion people are spread across this vast continent. Aviation is uniquely placed to link Africa’s economic opportunities internally and beyond. And in doing so, aviation spreads prosperity and changes peoples’ lives for the better. That’s important for Africa. Aviation can help in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and improving both healthcare and education,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in a keynote address delivered on his behalf by Raphael Kuuchi, IATA Vice President, Africa, to the 49th African Airline’s Association Annual (AFRAA) General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda.
Africa’s tourism growth beats Europe and Asia Pacific
The latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Tourism Barometer shows that Africa’s tourism growth has overtaken Europe and Asia Pacific.
Between January and August this year, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period in 2016 – a robust 7% increase, well above the growth seen in previous years.
UNWTO reported that Africa’s growth was by far the strongest coming in at 9%, Europe following close behind at 6%, and Asia and the Pacific at 6%, the Middle East at 5% and the Americas 3%.
Equivalent of the Rockefeller Centre in New York to open in Lagos
Marriott International and Landmark Africa Group have announced the signing of Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments.
In a joint statement, Marriott and Landmark Africa Group said that the development was designed to be the first Lagos equivalent of the Rockefeller Centre in New York or the Canary Wharf in London.
Slated to open in 2020, the project will include the Renaissance Lagos Hotel as well as the Marriott Executive Apartments. The hotel and apartments will offer a wide range of amenities, including local and international restaurants, spa facilities, a fitness center, and an infinity pool with access to a 100-meter-long boardwalk overlooking a vibrant beach club offering exciting watersports.
New highway to link the coast of Kenya and Tanzania
The coastal road between Malindi in Kenya and the northern Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo is due to be transformed into a major highway, according to the African Development Bank.
The 445 km Malindi-Bagamoyo highway begins from Malindi, a resort town in Kenya and moves through Mombasa and the Lunga Lunga border town on the Kenyan side before crossing into Tanga, Tanzania through Pangani and Saadani to Bagamoyo. Construction is due to commence late next year, with the and completion anticipated within three years.
Accor Hotels expands in Ivory Coast
Accor Hotels has signed a hotel management agreement (HMA) with Noral, a private group in Ivory Coast, for a combined 200-room Novotel and 110-apartments Adagio complex in the capital city of Abidjan, expected to open in 2020.
Once complete, Novotel Abidjan Marcory will feature 200 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, sky-lounge and pool on the rooftop, meeting facilities, and a dedicated fitness area. Adagio Abidjan Marcory aparthotel will provide serviced accommodations with staff availability around-the-clock, combined with the flexibility of 110 modern fully-equipped apartments. The complex is in close connection to the airport, ideal for international and regional business travellers in transit.