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Africa is a hive of activity when it comes to tourism. We decided to give you a round-up of the most exciting African tourism news in the industry this week.


Rwanda to be the venue for the World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards which celebrate the best of the best in the travel and hospitality industries will be bringing the African leg of the celebrations to Kigali, Rwanda in October this year.

The awards will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre from October 10-12.

African airlines’ traffic soars, says IATA

African airlines’ traffic soared 9.9% in June, according to the latest passenger report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Capacity rose 7.1%, and the load factor jumped 1.7 percentage points to 64.3%, although this still was the lowest among all the regions.

“Conditions in the region’s two largest economies have continued to diverge, with business confidence in Nigeria rising sharply in recent months, while South Africa’s economy fell into recession in the first quarter,” explained the report.

New airport for Rwanda 

President – elect Paul Kagame has laid a foundation stone to officially flag off construction of Bugesera International Airport (BIA).

Construction has been planned in phases. The first Phase will cost $418 million, scheduled for completion by December 2018. After this phase, extension works will be undertaken worth $ 400 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $818 million.

Upon completion, Bugesera International airport will have capacity of handling 4.5 million passengers annually.

The airport is 30-minutes drive from the capital Kigali. It is located in Bugesera District, Eastern Province.

Africa’s hotels amongst the best in the world

Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked the top 100 hotels in the world in 2017, listing numerous African hotels among the world’s best.

The rankings are based on user reviews and surveys among Travel + Leisure’s reader base. The magazine asks readers to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.

We have listed the top five hotels in Africa, and where they ranked, globally:

Coming in on number five is Gibb’s Farm in Karatu in Tanzania. On number six is Tswalu Kalahari in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa, while Zarafa Camp in Selinda Reserve in Botswana comes in on number ten. Singita Sabi Sand in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa ranked 14th while La Residence in Franschhoek in South Africa scored the 18th spot of the top hotels of the world for 2017.