South Africa plans merger of national airlines


South Africa will explore merging two of its state-owned airlines, South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express, and seek a minority equity partner for the company, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. Many of South Africa’s 300-odd state entities are a drain on the government’s purse and a team commissioned by President Jacob Zuma to review the companies recommended […]

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Congregants flee church after the ‘devil’ appears

by Thsepo · Worshipers at a Pentecostal church sustained minor injuries after a naughty 15-year-old boy caused a stampede. The faithful bolted out of the church, falling over each other after the alleged rascal, hidden from their view, pretended to be ‘the devil’ and scared them stiff. It all began after worshipers closed their eyes and began chorusing a prayer […]

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Ooni Of Ife Builds N7.6 Billion Ife Grand Resort, Employs 20,000 Widows

A new dawn in the history of Ile Ife occasioned by the recent appointment of 40 years old Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja 11, as the Ooni of Ife, has continued to resonate with the Ooni set to declare Ife as a tourism zone in furtherance of his promise to foster peace and unity and bring economic prosperity to his […]

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Sustainable tourism initiatives recognized by the UNWTO Awards (2)


The Itaipu Technological Park (Brazil), the Treetop Walking Path (Lithuania), the Sisterhood of Survivors Program (Nepal) and Re-Inventing the Government in Tourism (Indonesia) were the winners of the 12th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The projects were selected among more than 100 candidatures from 30 countries (Madrid, Spain, 20 January 2016). The Awards, recognizing innovation in four categories […]

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How can we unlock Africa’s tourism potential?

With a projected growth of 3.7% in 2015 and accounting for nearly 9% of the continent’s GDP, Africa’s travel and tourism industry has incredible potential to help generate growth, create jobs and enable development. Yet, this potential remains largely untapped. Indeed, African countries continue to remain largely closed off to each other as a result of policies and the lack […]

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Akwaaba Partners Carnival Calabar for Tourism

The Africa’s largest street party carnival, Carnival Calabar is unveiling its 2015 theme in Lagos on Sunday 22nd November which happens to be the opening day of the biggest travel exhibition in West-Africa-Akwaaba. At the unveiling, Akwaaba delegates from all over the world will have a taste of what to expect in Calabar come December. The carnival unveiling in Lagos will be […]

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Nigeria Aviation Industry Supports 254,500 Jobs, Contributes N184.7bn to GDP

By Chinedu Eze The aviation industry in Nigeria currently supports 254,500 jobs and contributes $940 million (N184.7 billion) to national GDP, according to a Philips Consulting report on the aviation sector made available to THISDAY. The report said 49 per cent of sum amounting to $462 million or N90.8 billion is a direct output of the aviation sector (via airports, […]

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Kenya Tourism signs on Wakanow for West African Market

A beach resort in Diani. The number of tourists have dwindled in the last three years as visitors from Europe and US shun the country’s attraction for fear of terrorist attacks

By DOREEN WAINAINAH And MATHIAS RINGA Tourism industry players have stepped up efforts to woo visitors from West Africa and United Arab Emirates even as hoteliers blame county governments for rolling back the gains. The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has partnered with Kenya Airways and a West African tour operator to intensify marketing in Ghana and Nigeria. Share our story:

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African American Tourism Professionals meet black congressmen in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, September 17, 2015, the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, the authority of black meeting professionals in the hospitality industry, will present its inaugural “State of Black Tourism Address” followed by a panel discussion of distinguished leaders. Chairwoman Ana Aponte -Curtis states, “I will address how the economic relevancy, social and political power of African […]

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