5 years of EATP has brought East Africa’s Tourism closer

EATP

Cross border movement across the East African region has realized an average year on year growth of 2% since 2014. This is according to the East African Tourism Platform, which while marking 5 years of existence, notes that in 2015 the number of regional tourist arrivals from within the EAC member states was approximately 852,000 representing 65% of tourism arrivals. […]

Read more

Africa: Nigerian people are daunting, flamboyant, aggressive– Burundian ex-beauty queen Carmen

eco-tourism women

Beautiful Carmen Nibigira (PhD) is a former Director-General of the Burundi National Tourism Office and currently the Coordinator of East African Tourism Platform (EATP). She has travelled extensively in and out of Africa for work and leisure. The ex-beauty queen spoke with OKORIE UGURU about her life, her impression of Nigeria, Nigerians and tourism in general. WHERE did you grow […]

Read more

Tourism: Reality check as Government sponsored Travel show SITES collapses in Tanzania

Anything from internal wrangles to logistical challenges to lack of international interest to continuing disagreements with the Tanzanian private sector have been cited as reasons why S!TE, the Swahili International Tourism Expo, has failed to take off this year. While sources close to the regional tourism apex body EATP have already months ago intimated that the fair may not take […]

Read more

Africa: East African MPs want more from EAC single tourist Visa

East African lawmakers are not happy at the slow implementation of the Single Tourist Visa, saying it has made little progress in boosting the tourism industry in the region as envisioned. Nusura Tiperu (Uganda) said the region has vast tourist attractions which have not been fully exploited under the Single Tourist Visa plan. “There needs to be more information and […]

Read more

Tourism: Accra Weizo opens new frontiers for seamless travel in Africa

By Wale Olapade Travelling freely within the Africa borders had never been an easy task due to different restrictions and unstable policies by governments and authorities at different ports of entry. with this scenario, the continent had also suffered different degrees of setback in terms of business development and economic integration. Again, this clog had for decades made seamless travel […]

Read more

2016 Accra Weizo: Promoting Seamless Travel in West-Africa

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional organisation of 15 West African countries was established on 28 May 1975 with the main objective of promoting economic integration and cooperation among its members. To what extent the sub-regional body has succeeded in promoting economic integration and cooperation among its members is yet to be seen as seamless air […]

Read more

Burundi Instability Harms Tourism in East Africa

The instability of Burundi, the East African country fighting poverty and political crisis, has an impact on the business activities of the East Africa Community (EAC), which has tried to promote the whole region as one destination to boost tourism in East Africa. According to the chairman of the Burundi Chamber of Hotels and Tourism, Dennis Nshimiyimana, the situation in […]

Read more

EATP tackles hindrances to East Africa as a destination

In a brainstorming session involving the five members States which make up the East Africa Tourism Platform, practical and proactive steps have been identified and earmarked as necessary footholds to where actions are necessary in order to eliminate the hindrances to seamless and competitive activities in marketing the East Africa as a destination with practical possibility. The meeting took place […]

Read more