From airport facelifts to new routes, the tourism industry in Africa has once again been a hive of activity this week. We decided to give you a round-up of the most exciting African tourism news in the industry this week.
Mkhuze Airport Facelift to Boost KZN Tourism
Mkhuze Airport in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa is expected to receive a R32 million facelift. Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Sihle Zikalala, said the facelift would see the airport creating its own globally recognised identity as safari enthusiasts would be able to fly to King Shaka International Airport and thereafter take a direct flight to Mkhuze.
The area around Mkhuze boasts the highest concentration of game reserves in South Africa and includes Thanda, Phinda, uMkhuze, Pongola, Hluhluwe, Leopard Mountain, Rhino River, Bayete Zulu and Tembe Elephant Park amongst others.
Mauritius to build a Second Passenger Terminal by 2020
Mauritius is expected to start with the construction of a second passenger terminal in 2019 to be completed in 2020.
This announcement was made by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on 11 August 2017.
Fastjet introduces new route in Zimbabwe
Low-cost airline Fastjet has announced it will introduce a new route before the end of the year between Harare and Lusaka.
“Fastjet announces that it will operate a new route between Harare and Lusaka, with the first flight scheduled for 13 November 2017,” said Faith Chaitezvi, Regional Marketing Executive.”The additional route is the fifth Zimbabwean route for Fastjet as the airline celebrates its second anniversary in the country and fifth brand birthday this year.”
Ethiopian Airlines revamps fleet
Ethiopian Airlines has retrofitted the first of its B767-300ER aircraft with the carrier’s fully-flat business class seat.
The Cloud Nine business class seats feature 17-inch TV screens and in-seat power sockets. The aircraft’s economy cabin has also been refurbished, with new seats offering wifi and in-flight entertainment accessible on passengers’ personal devices.
Ethiopian’s B767-300ER aircraft operate on the airline’s Indian, Middle Eastern and African routes.
Passport required for Kruger National Park in South Africa
One of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa, the Kruger National Park has announced that from September 1 2017, guests that are 18 and older will be required to produce proof of identity to gain access to the park.
“Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently implementing additional gate access control systems at its entrance gates in the Southern part of the Park, which will require that as from 1 September 2017, all visitors who are 18 years old and above must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access. For non-South African visitors, they must produce passports but a South African driver’s licence will also be acceptable,” said the park’s managing executive Glenn Philips.