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Did you hear that Ghana has ambitious plans to become a major aviation hub in West Africa? Do you know that you can now buy FlySafair tickets on credit? And that Africa expects to see an extra 274 million passengers a year by 2036?

From new hotel openings to airline news, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting events in Africa Tourism News this week…

Ghana aims to become aviation hub in West Africa

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the vision of his Government is to establish Ghana both as an aviation hub within West Africa, and as the preferred destination of choice for travellers.

The President hopes to achieve this by working with the private sector to offer modern, attractive air transport infrastructure, and by building capacity and establishing institutional and policy framework to enhance safety and security of air services.

“It is in pursuit of this that Government has given policy approval for the establishment of a Home-Based Carrier with private sector participation, as part of efforts to fulfill our aviation-hub vision and also to enhance connectivity,” the President said.

He added Ghana is determined to fulfill its role as the gate way to West Africa and the government is poised to build the most people-friendly and business-friendly economy in Africa.

Fly now pay later with South African FlySafair

South African low-cost airline, FlySafair has partnered with consumer credit solutions provider, the RCS Group, to allow customers to purchase tickets with the airline on credit.

The partnership allows customers up to 55 days of credit interest-free and enabling them to choose their own payment terms over 24 or 36 months.

Commenting on the partnership, Head of Sales and Distribution at FlySafair, Kirby Gordon, said: “We believe that this is a solution which will enable markets which traditionally have been unable to afford air travel to begin flying, and we are extremely proud to be the South African carrier that pioneers this.”

Kenya Airways introduces wireless IFE solution

Passengers flying with Kenya Airways will soon enjoy streaming content on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The dynamic wireless inflight entertainment solution, Everhub enables passengers to engage with entertainment, on-board retail and destination services via their mobile device or laptop. Passengers can stream video and audio files, read publications, review city guides and view a live moving map.

Everhub is housed in a lunchbox-sized unit that’s stowed in an overhead locker. With replaceable, rechargeable batteries, each unit can provide 12 hours of streamed content to 60+ passengers simultaneously.

Number of air passengers to double by 2036

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036, a near doubling of the 4 billion air travelers expected to fly this year. The prediction is based on a 3.6% average Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) noted in the release of the latest update to the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

IATA predicts that Africa will grow by 5.9%. By 2036 it will see an extra 274 million passengers a year for a total market of 400 million passengers.

 

Four Points by Sheraton debuts in Tanzania

 

Marriott International has announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel, marking the debut of the brand into Tanzania.

The property features 106 rooms and offers guests all-day dining, a coffee shop and houses the famed Hatari Bar, named after John Wayne’s safari epic. Other facilities include an outdoor pool and a state of the art fitness center. It will also soon add a poolside bar.

“The entry of the Four Points brand into Tanzania is a significant addition to our rapidly growing footprint in Africa and reflects the strong traction the brand is gaining in the region,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

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