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Botswana:Tourism Fastest Growing Economic Sector:

February 22nd, 2018

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -UNWTO programme manager for Botswana, Ms Vanessa Satur says tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification to become one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world.

Nigeria:Niger Delta Governors Raise Concern Over Development in Oil Region:

February 22nd, 2018

[Guardian] Abuja -At a time governors of the Niger Delta region, ministers and other stakeholders are raising concern over development in the oil region, the House of Representatives yesterday okayed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) N364.5 billion budget.

Tanzania:Special Body to Oversee Envisioned Vast Beach Investments:

February 21st, 2018

[Daily News] Mwanza -THE government plans introducing special authority to oversee tangible investments in all beach areas countrywide.

Ethiopia:World Economic Forum Doubts Figures From Tourism Revenue:

February 20th, 2018

[Addis Fortune] The World Economic Forum (WEF) in its latest international travel and tourism competitiveness report indicated the figures compiled by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism of Ethiopia are not based on accurate statistics, which is not acceptable in principle internationally.

Ethiopia:Ethiopian Employs New Cargo Packaging Solution:

February 20th, 2018

[Addis Fortune] The national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines adopts new packaging technology for cargo shipments called Opticooler, a container equipped with self regulating battery-powered cooling compressors.

Ethiopia:Hospitality Industry's Achilles Heel, Skilled Human Capital:

February 20th, 2018

[Addis Fortune] Quality talent is difficult to come by in Ethiopia's hospitality industry, exasperating customers of high-end establishments. Gaining hands-on experience will enable new graduates to address real service problems. Hoteliers and restaurateurs should likewise invest in the additional training to get them to acquire advanced skill-sets, writes David Desta (destadavid@gmail.com), a Cornell University graduate from the School of Hotel Administration who has been working in Ethiopia with Kuriftu Resorts for the

Nigeria:Tourism to Create 100,000 Jobs in One Year - Jones:

February 20th, 2018

[Vanguard] As the nation strives toward becoming a leading hub for tourism in Africa, fresh indication emerged that over 100, 000 Nigerians can be employed in the sector in one year.

Tanzania:Conservationists Hope World Bank Funds Will Help Save Selous:

February 20th, 2018

[Citizen] Conservationists believe that part of $150 million (about Sh330 billion) offered by the World Bank for boosting tourism in the southern circuit can be used to mitigate effects of economic projects planned within the Selous Game Reserve.

Kenya:Galleria Mall Says It Cannot Pay Bank Loans:

February 20th, 2018

[Nairobi News] The owners of Galleria Mall are back in court seeking to evict cash-strapped retailer Nakumatt, arguing that the supermarket's presence in the shopping complex is killing its business.

Uganda:Katonga On Track to Become 11th National Park:

February 20th, 2018

[Observer] Laying on the northern banks of River Katonga is Katonga Game Reserve that stretches over 210 square kilometres of land in Kamwenge and Kyegegwa districts.

South Africa:President Cyril Ramaphosa Extends Condolences for Loss of Tourism Portfolio Committee Chairperson Beatrice Thembekile Ngcobo:

February 20th, 2018

[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Honourable Beatrice Thembekile Ngcobo, who passed away on Sunday 18 February 2018, at the age of 74.

Egypt:Egyptian Embassy Takes Part in 27th 'Holiday World' Travel Show in Prague:

February 20th, 2018

[Egypt Online] Egyptian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Abdel Rahman Salah opened on Monday 19/2/2018 the Egyptian pavilion in the 27th Holiday World travel show in Prague.

Nigeria:With El-Rufai's Report, Fresh Controversy Trails Oil Revenue:

February 19th, 2018

[Guardian] By exhuming the 'politically buried' onshore/offshore dichotomy debate, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has started another round of controversy over territorial limitation of oil wealth control between the Federal Government and littoral oil-producing states.

Morocco:First Pilot Workshop in Morocco On the Writing Peace Manual On Feb. 21-22 in Rabat:

February 20th, 2018

[MAP] Rabat -The first pilot workshop using the recently published "Writing Peace Manual" will take place from 21 to 22 February 2018 in Rabat, Morocco, involving 14 schools of the Rabat district, UNESCO said in a press release.

Tanzania:Women Players in Tourism to Meet in Serengeti:

February 19th, 2018

[Daily News] WOMEN operators in tourism industry will meet for a one-day symposium dubbed 'Women in Tourism 2018' in Serengeti National Park this week to discuss the role of women in society and participation of women in the labour market.

Ethiopia:Tour Guides' Role in the Smokeless Industry:

February 19th, 2018

[Ethiopian Herald] Tour guides play a key role in image building and in bolstering the smokeless industry said Tewedros Derebew, Director of Tourist Service Quality Assurance and Grading at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Ethiopia:Land Transportation for More People-to-People Communication:

February 19th, 2018

[Ethiopian Herald] ADDIS ABABA - The land transportation which was started between Ethiopia and Sudan is creating a good people-to-people communication. Beyond the economical advantages, this public transportation strengths the people social relationship, said Authority of Transport. And there is a plan to connect all east African countries through public transportation.

Namibia:Firm Launches Domestic, Foreign Tourists Service:

February 19th, 2018

[New Era] Windhoek -Namibia's world-renowned tourism sector received a new entrant last week when Orlando Safaris launched its services locally to domestic and foreign tourists as a safari specialist and tour operator.

Zimbabwe:Rainbow Tourism Group Mulls Expansion:

February 19th, 2018

[The Herald] Listed hospitality group Rainbow Tourism Group is aggressively looking for expansion opportunities on projected growth in room demand after recent political developments that have brought a new ray of hope into the local market, CEO Tendai Madziwanyika has said.

Nigeria:Bayelsa Fast Becoming Nigeria's Medical Tourism Hub - Obasanjo:

February 19th, 2018

[Vanguard] Yenagoa -Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, weekend said the huge investments by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State in ensuring quality healthcare delivery will soon turn the state into a medical tourism hub in the country.

Kenya:KTB Pushes for Change of Tack in County Tourism:

February 19th, 2018

[Nation] Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) wants county governments engaged in formulation of a national calendar of events that help attract tourists to their jurisdictions.

Kenya:Tourism Surges in Watamu as Politics Subside:

February 19th, 2018

[Nation] Hotels in the seaside town of Watamu in Kilifi County are doing booming business following a sharp rise in the number of international visitors.

Nigeria:Emir Seeks Media Support to Promote Tourism, Agriculture:

February 19th, 2018

[Vanguard] The Lamdo Gashaka in Taraba, Alhaji Zubairu Hammangabdo, on Sunday urged the media to assist in promoting the tourism and agricultural potentials of his domain.

Kenya:Insecurity Killing the Once Vibrant Tourism Industry:

February 19th, 2018

[Nation] Sitting in a corner in his shop at the Malindi Tourist Curio Market, 33-year-old James Matiro ponders his next move.

Namibia:Tour Guide Orlando Haraseb's Rise to Safari Ownership:

February 19th, 2018

[Namibian] In 2015, Namibian tour guide Orlando Haraseb, who worked for Ultimate Safaris , won a silver award at the Wanderlust Travel World Guide awards at an event held at the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Africa:Airbnb Looks for Tourism Growth Across Africa:

February 17th, 2018

[Digital Content Africa] Airbnb is an international shared economy start-up that has built its presence in Africa without a lot of hoopla. At the end of last year, it released a progress report on where it had got to so far and set itself some ambitious targets for working with townships and rural communities. Russell Southwood spoke to its Regional Marketing Consultant (Southern Africa) Velma Corcoran about where it's headed.

Angola:Angola Exempts Tourism Visas to One Asian and Four African Countries:

February 17th, 2018

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angola has exempted tourism visas to stay up to 30 days per entry and 90 days a year to four African countries and one Asia nation, based on the principle of diplomatic reciprocity, according to a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, based on the recent Presidential Decree by the Angolan Head of State.

Zimbabwe:Rainbow Tourism Group Launches Mobile Application:

February 16th, 2018

[The Herald] Hospitality concern, Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG), has launched an integrated mobile application RTG Gateway, a first for the industry that is expected to boost domestic tourism and enhance the ease of doing business within the tourism sector. The application is expected to promote domestic tourism by increasing visibility of smaller brands in the country, while providing convenience in service delivery across value chains.

Uganda:Race-Based Job Advert Aimed at Finding International Talent - Hotel:

February 15th, 2018

[Monitor] Serene Suites and Hotel says a job advert that appeared in a local daily and widely criticized by the public for being discriminatory was intended to recruit a talent with expert experience and international exposure.

East Africa:Kenya Admits Losing Tourists to Tanzania:

February 15th, 2018

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Kenya has admitted that it has been losing tourists to Tanzania in recent years.

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