Africa: Rwanda Is Building a Low-Footprint, Luxury Tourism Industry From Scratch and Succeeding

“The president is coming!” The excited whispers ripple around the sumptuous new Singita Kwitonda Lodge on the Rwandan side of the verdant, haze-shrouded Virunga volcanoes, then become increasingly urgent: “He’s outside!” “He’s here now!” Like the hundred or so other international guests who made the journey to this hauntingly beautiful spot for the lodge’s opening ceremony, I am intrigued to […]

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Tourism: The two travel trends every agent should take note of for 2020

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Tapping into the next ‘big’ thing is key for every industry, and travel is certainly no exception. With fads coming and going at the drop of a hat (believe it or not Extreme Heat Tourism was an actual thing), and others proving to have far more staying power (we don’t see Destination Weddings or River Cruising going anywhere anytime soon), […]

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Africa:Queen Hadassah Ibinyingi Gloriana Allaputa Wins Ms United Nations World 2019

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Hadassah, Ibinyingi Gloriana has won the 2019 edition of the Ms United Nations World. Hadassah Ibinyingi beat other contestants to the crown at the just concluded event which was held at the Lovely Professional University Jalandhar, India. Speaking after her victory, Hadassah attributed her success to hard work and perseverance, “It was a 5 year dream and three years journey […]

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Tourism: Cities of South Africa radiate purple with the Jacaranda in bloom

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Whenever Pretoria-based Karabo Makwetla steps out between September and January, he is met with an explosion of purple, courtesy of Jacaranda trees in full bloom. A radio jockey for North West University’s Mahikeng campus station NWU FM 105.5, Makwetla is no stranger to these trees. When Spring beckons, the thousands of Jacaranda trees that dot Pretorian avenues (Pretoria is nicknamed […]

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Africa: Eyitayo Rotimi Wins Top 100 Tourism Personality in Nigeria Award

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The Group General Manager of Esporta Group, Eyitayo Ayoola Rotimi has been listed as one of the top 100 tourism personalities in Nigeria. Mr Eyitayo is a certified management strategist, consultant, trainer, planner and chartered human resources professional with over 15 years’ management experience in hospitality and tourism industry. He is a member of various professional bodies both national and […]

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Africa: International Arts and Craft Exhibition begins November 20

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The second in the series of tourism related events for the week is the yearly International Arts and Craft Exhibition organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) headed by Otunba Olusegun Runsewe. It is the 12th edition of the arts and craft exhibition, which is billed to open on November 20 at the FCT Exhibition Pavilion by […]

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News: Should Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Be Built in a Kenyan Village?

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If all goes according to plan, construction work on a 61-storey skyscraper – which is being mooted as the tallest structure in the whole of Africa – will soon start in Watamu, a sleepy fishing village and tourist resort about 20 kilometres south of Malindi along Kenya’s coastline. But lack of clarity on how the developer managed to get approval […]

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Africa: Why we chose Badagry to mark 400th anniversary of slavery in Africa

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BADAGRY, a coastal town in the suburb of Lagos played a major role in the history of the contact between Nigeria, Europe and the Americas, It was a major slave outpost and market during the centuries of slave trade. Now Badagry is a thriving tourism site that attracts people of African descent from all over the world, but many do […]

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Africa: South African Tourism appoints Kgomotso Ramothea as acting hub head

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Kgomotso Ramothea has been appointed as the acting hub head at South African Tourism for the UK & Ireland. She has 17 years experience in the communications industry and over nine years’ overseeing the communications and marketing strategies at South African Tourism. In her new role, Kgomotso will be responsible for the overall marketing, brand management and trade marketing for […]

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Africa: How Kenya loses race for sports tourism billions

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Sports tourism has made impressive strides in the last two decades globally, thanks to the steady growth of the sports industry. According to the United Nations Economics Commission for Africa, for the last 20 years there has been growing focus on sports tourism globally, involving travel for purposes of watching sports events, active participation in sports or simply to gaze […]

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