Do you know which African country belongs to the top five most beautiful countries in the world?
We’ve rounded up some of the most relevant Africa tourism news this week, from new routes to airport changes, e-passports and hotel openings.
Which African country belongs to the ‘most beautiful countries in the world’?
South Africa is amongst the top five most beautiful countries in the world according to British travel company, Rough Guide’s 20 Most Beautiful Countries in the World listing.
Rough Guide reportedly received votes from readers globally and out of 195 countries to choose from, South Africa made it into the top five, following Scotland, Canada, New Zealand and Italy. Interestingly enough, South Africa was also the only African country to make it on the list.
Kenya’s cities show top growth in 2017
Kisumu, Eldoret and Nairobi are in the lead of Euromonitor’s predicted Top 10 African cities for growth in 2017.
The growth in GDP is attributed to the digital revolution being seen in the country. “Easier and cheaper access to the Internet has been a major driver of the e-commerce boom in many Kenyan (and African) cities, spurring an online retailing surge,” said Euromonitor’s Fransua Vytautas Razvadauskas.
Here are the top growing African cities to watch out for
1. Kisumu, Kenya
2. Eldoret, Kenya
3. Nairobi, Kenya
4. Mombasa, Kenya
5. Nakuru, Kenya
6. Tangier, Morocco
7. Agadir, Morocco
8. Abuja, Nigeria
9. Yaoundé, Cameroon
10. Mansoura, Egypt
Hilton opens first Double Tree property in Ethiopia
Hilton has announced it signed a management agreement with TAFBB Business PLC to open DoubleTree by Hilton Addis Ababa Airport.
The 106-room hotel will be located near the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and will offer a regular airport shuttle service for its clients.
“As the capital of Ethiopia and the location of the African Union’s headquarters, Addis Ababa is an important East African hub. Hilton has an existing hotel in the city centre, and we are now pleased to have signed this hotel near the international airport,” says Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton.
OR Tambo eases congestion for international pax
OR Tambo International Airport has opened a new passenger link between Terminal A and the Central Terminal Building to ease congestion at the main security and emigration checkpoints for international travellers.
After checking in, passengers wishing to avoid the security and emigration checkpoints at Terminal A will proceed through the new passenger link to the Central Terminal B security and emigration processing points.
Eurowings to launch Cape Town flights
Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary, Eurowings is to launch once-weekly flights between Cologne and Cape Town, effective November 5.
The new route will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 with 21 seats in Premium Economy, 46 in Economy+ and 243 in Economy.
Kenya rolls out e-passports
Kenya has launched a new generation e-passport.
The e-passport is embedded with a machine-readable computer chip which contains the holder’s biometric information on a tamper-proof page, and has been touted as a major step in curbing fraud and easing clearance at international airports where e-readers are installed.
“The database is enhanced with automated fingerprint verification system that guards against multiple passport issuance to the same person. This minimises theft of data and passport forgery,” said acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.