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31 August 2017 , 11:33 am

What’s the latest in Africa Tourism News?

Africa Tourism News

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Ethiopian Airlines and Rwandair are both launching new routes; African Ministers call for Open Skies, and the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali reveals we can expect 25 million arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2022.

We’ve lined up the most exciting developments in Africa Tourism News this week:

African Ministers urge to ‘open the skies’

At the Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, African ministers called on all African governments to liberalise tourism policies to make it easy for tourists and operators to move through the continent.

“Africa still grapples with intra-continental movement issues, which hamper tourism growth. Our governments should liberalise tourism policies through regional cooperation on easing visa restrictions and implementing open sky policies, if we are to move a step ahead globally in terms of tourism prosperity,” Tokozile Xasa, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism said.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism, Walter Mzembi, agreed and said: “Our governments should try to ease policies that drive the economic growth of the continent.”

RwandAir expands into Africa

RwandAir has unveiled three new destinations in West Africa from its new hub in Cotonou, Benin, with routes starting Sept. 30.

RwandAir will operate three weekly flights from its new hub in Cotonou to Conakry in Guinea, Bamako in Mali and Dakar in Senegal. This is in addition to the three destinations, Libreville in Gabon, Brazzaville in Congo, and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire that are set to be served from Cotonou effective Aug. 30.

Ethiopian Airlines introduces direct flights to Sao Paulo

Ethiopian Airlines Group is set to start direct flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil from September 16. The flight previously stopped in Lomé, Togo.

“We are delighted to offer our customers a faster and reliable connectivity between Africa, Middle East, Asia and Brazil with one of the shortest total Travel Time, operated with our state of the art fleet, Boeing 787,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines.

International arrivals to Africa reach more than 18 Million in 2017

Euromonitor International revealed the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 percent in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted for 70 percent of international trips to the Sub-Saharan African region.

This growth can be attributed to digital integration and increasing interaction between hotels, airlines, and car rental companies, using platforms such as social media, meta-search engines and the penetration of online travel agents. Other drivers include a growing short-term rental market, luxury travel, niche tourism, Meetings Incentives Conferences Exhibitions (MICE) and an increasing focus on domestic tourism.

Euromonitor predicts that growth in international arrivals to Sub-Saharan Africa will reach 25,000 million trips by 2022

 

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