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Nigeria: Buhari's Vacation - the Hurdles to Curbing Medical Tourism:

February 24th, 2017

[This Day] While President Muhammadu Buhari's government has tried to curb medical tourism by discouraging its officials from accessing healthcare abroad, his own trip to London for medical reasons has undermined Nigeria's healthcare system.

Tanzania: Online Hotel Booking Web Announces New Service:

February 23rd, 2017

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Online hotel booking website Jumia Travel has expanded its services by integrating with flights to tap the increasing electronic commerce.

South Africa: Tourism On Transfer of Tourism Grading Support Programme:

February 23rd, 2017

[SA Govt] Cost of grading reduced as support programme transfers to the department

Zimbabwe: Govt Sets Up Tourism Fund:

February 23rd, 2017

[The Herald] Government is setting up a tourism revolving fund (TRF) to improve products and make them more accessible to local tourists and domestic investors, a senior official has said.

South Africa: SAA Merger Still On the Cards As Consultants Finalise Review:

February 22nd, 2017

[News24Wire] The merger of South African Airways (SAA) with South African Express, and the introduction of a strategic equity partner, are still being considered, National Treasury said in its 2017 Budget Review.

South Africa: China Remains Leading Growth Market for Country's Tourism Industry:

February 21st, 2017

[Focac] Cape Town -China remained the leading growth market for South Africa's tourism industry, with year-on-year growth recorded at 38 percent last year, figures released on Monday showed.

Nigeria: Forex Issues Ground Nigeria Aviation Sector:

February 21st, 2017

[CAJ News] Lagos -NIGERIA'S aviation sector has not been spared the economic slowdown currently afflicting the country. Based on data from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, last year, passenger traffic declined by 0,5 percent year-on-year (y/y) on domestic flights. Furthermore, the recent national accounts released by the National Bureau of Statistics show that air transport contracted by 3,1 percent in the third quarter of 2016. "We link this underperformance partly to the continued squeeze on household pockets which

East Africa: Uganda's Tourism Excellence Awards Showcase the Best of the Best:

February 21st, 2017

[Independent (Kampala)] The end of the 2017 edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) was marked with a gala dinner at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel to give hosted buyers and international travel media a befitting send off and celebrate excellence in the country's tourism industry.

South Africa: Airports Company Ranked Among Ten Most Punctual in the World:

February 20th, 2017

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has congratulated the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) for having being ranked among the ten most punctual airports in the world.

South Africa: Inquest Opened Into Icelandic Tourist's Table Mountain Death:

February 20th, 2017

[News24Wire] An inquest has been opened after the body of an Icelandic teenager was found on Table Mountain, Western Cape police said on Monday.

East Africa: Countries Unveil Joint Regional Tourism Portal:

February 21st, 2017

[East African] Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have launched an online portal in a bid to market the region's as a single tourist destination.

East Africa: Rwanda Development Board, RwandAir Awarded At Uganda Tourism Exhibition:

February 20th, 2017

[New Times] The Pearl of Africa Tourism expo in Kampala, Uganda, closed yesterday with Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and RwandAir winning excellence awards.

Africa: International Fund for Animal Welfare Says Pangolins in Danger of Extinction:

February 19th, 2017

[Ethiopian Herald] The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said pangolins are the world's most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction.

Mozambique: Lodge Owners Vow to Rebuild After Tropical Storm Dineo's Destruction:

February 18th, 2017

[News24Wire] Thatched roofs ripped off exotic beachside shelters. Asbestos sheets flung to the sand. A diving school that caters for the blind largely reduced to rubble.

Africa: Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda Launch East Africa Tourism Portal:

February 18th, 2017

[New Times] In an effort to market the region as single tourism destination, the three Northern Corridor integration project partner states of Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda yesterday launched the East African Tourism portal.

South Africa: 600 000 Fewer Tourists Since Introduction of Visa Regulations:

February 17th, 2017

[DA] In the Portfolio Committee on Tourism today, it became clear that there have been 600 000 fewer tourists since the introduction of visa regulations.

Uganda: Hotel Owners Reap Big Prior to Tourism Expo:

February 17th, 2017

[Monitor] Hotels and lodges in tourist sites have continually filled to capacity prior to the 2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) that is scheduled to run from today to Sunday February 19 at Sheraton Kampala Hotel gardens.

Africa: World Converges in Kampala for Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo:

February 17th, 2017

[Independent (Kampala)] Uganda hosts the 3rd Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) that will attract international hosted buyers from Europe, the Americas , Africa, Australia and Asia.

Africa: Be Part of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo:

February 17th, 2017

[Monitor] For the last two weeks, Uganda's tourism offerings have been widely covered by local media as part of the activities preceding the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE). The country's rich offerings in flora, fauna and heritage sites is a fact universally acknowledged. Likewise is the contribution of the tourism sector to Uganda's GDP which currently stands at 10 per cent and employs more than one million people.

South Africa: South African Airways to Study Comair Judgement:

February 16th, 2017

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -South African Airways (SAA) says they will study the judgement made by the South Gauteng High Court with regards to Comair.

South Africa: Court Rules in Favour of Comair in South African Airways Case:

February 16th, 2017

[News24Wire] Comair advised shareholders on Wednesday that the South Gauteng High Court has ruled in its favour in a case Comair initiated against SAA 14 years ago in respect of the national carrier's anti-competitive travel agent incentive schemes.

Zimbabwe: Gloomy Prospects for Tourism:

February 16th, 2017

[Financial Gazette] ANALYSTS have warned that Zimbabwe's tourism industry is unlikely to grow this year, with a number of factors combining to undermine growth.

Sudan: Council of Ministers Approves Sudan Aviation Strategy:

February 17th, 2017

[SNA] Khartoum -The Council of Ministers on Thursday approved Sudan aviation strategy for the period 2017-2031 as presented by the State Minister for the Ministry of Defense, Gen Ali Mohamed Salim

Nigeria: Accolades, Misgivings Trail Govt's Takeover of Arik Air:

February 16th, 2017

[Daily Trust] Lagos -Arik Air, the largest airline in Nigeria performed so badly that the intervention of the Federal Government was fait accompli. Its operations had not only been erratic but epileptic.

South Africa: Local Tourist Guide Appointed As President of World Body:

February 15th, 2017

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations has appointed a South African tourist guide as its new President.

Somalia: Auditor General Overturns Air Control Transference:

February 15th, 2017

[Shabelle] Somalia's auditor general Dr Nur Farah Jimale has called in the outgoing aviation minister Ali Jama Jingale to rescind his plan to transfer the country's airspace to foreign countries.

Somalia: Daallo Plane Carring Somali MPs and Ministers Makes Emergency Landing in Nairobi:

February 15th, 2017

[Dalsan Radio] A Daallo plane made an emergency landing at Nairobi's JKIA Airport after one of its engined failed. Kenya security and firefighters rushed at the runaway before the plane landed after it was denied to use the Wajir International Airport.

Zimbabwe: Mzembi's UNWTO Bid Under Threat From Seychelles:

February 14th, 2017

[The Herald] Former Seychelles Tourism head, Mr Alain St Ange has come under fire for violating diplomatic etiquette in his desperate bid to counter Dr Walter Mzembi as Africa and Sadc's sole candidate for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation secretary-general set for May. Dr Mzembi, who is Zimbabwe's Tourism and Hospitality Minister is currently drumming up support from other countries and regions after he was endorsed by both Sadc and the AU.

Uganda: Madhvani Group Acquires Kigali's Umubano Hotel:

February 14th, 2017

[Independent (Kampala)] The new investor will renovate the facility to tap into growing country's tourism sector

Rwanda: Airspace Agreement With Mali to Boost Trade:

February 14th, 2017

[New Times] Trade and tourism between Rwanda and Mali could flourish following a new bilateral Airspace Service Agreement signed yesterday in Kigali.

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