Have you heard that the South African travel industry is doing its bit to save water in Cape Town? Did you know that Kenya was voted the world’s leading safari destination? And that Mozambique will be opening a new airport?
From airport openings to rail routes and tourism levies, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting events in Africa Tourism News this week…
The travel industry does their bit to help solve Cape Town’s water crisis
As “Day Zero” is looming for Cape Town’s water supply and the city will be forced to turn off most taps, the travel industry is pulling together to raise awareness amongst tourists to the Mother City.
During a one-day activation at OR Tambo and Cape Town International airports, travellers can participate by having their luggage weighed at the Siemens AirDrop stand. Any travellers whose luggage is five (or more) kilos under the weight limit will be able to ‘exchange’ their unused kilograms for litres of water that will be delivered to Cape Town on their behalf.
And, SAA flight attendant Alexander “Zanda” Setlaleleng has also been praised by the provincial government. Passengers travelling between OR Tambo and Cape Town airports say Setlaleleng’s entertaining approach is key in raising awareness of the Western Cape’s water crisis.
“Ladies and gentlemen, SAA would like to advise you that the Western Cape province is in the grips of the worst drought in 100 years. We’re under extreme water restrictions and appeal to you to stay within the daily allocated water limit,” his message sounds. Setlaleleng even supplies tips on how to save the precious resource. “Keep showers short, very short. Flush toilets less and close the tap while brushing your teeth. Let’s save water while we have water to save.”
Kenya voted leading safari destination
Kenya has been voted the world leading safari destination at the 2017 World Travel Awards.
This is the third consecutive year the country has won in the category. President Uhuru Kenyatta says the win is a well-deserved accolade that speaks to all the country has to offer. “It is a moment of national pride for all Kenyans,” Kenyatta said.
Kenya emerged the winner against country nominees of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
New airport to open in Mozambique
The Chinese government has offered a grant of US$60m to Mozambique to build an airport at Xai-Xai, the capital of the southern province of Gaza.
The agreement was signed on 8 December by Mozambican Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi and Chinese ambassador Su Jian. According to Baloi, the airport will improve the mobility of people and goods.
Botswana cancels tourism levy
The Botswana Government has confirmed that it has cancelled the introduction of a US$30 tourism levy on visitors to country.
Addressing a Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC), Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Conversation, Jimmy Opelo, said that the ministry had decided to withdraw with immediate effect the proposed Tourism Development Levy (TDL) Bill, which was scheduled to be tabled in December 2017.
Kenya’s new train is boosting tourism
Hotels and parks at the Coast are attributing the high number of bookings to the Madaraka Express, the Daily Nation has reported.
Since introduction of the service in June, tourist facilities in Mombasa, Diani and Tsavo East and West national parks have been receiving more visitors compared with previous years.
The trains have gained popularity among Kenyans and international visitors due to cheaper fare of Sh700 and the shorter time they take to arrive in Mombasa and Nairobi (about five hours), compared with buses, which take eight hours.
Passengers travelling on the Madaraka Express enjoy free game viewing — including elephants, buffaloes, impalas, zebras and giraffes — in Tsavo East and West national parks.