Akwaaba: How Governments hinder Airlines and Aviation in Africa

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Chinedu Eze writes that most African airlines are financially weak and cannot play in the big league of international carriers owing to poor policy implementation by governments One of the things people took away from this year’s Akwaaba African travel market was the exposition and insight given about African airlines and why it lags behind other regions in the world. […]

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Tourism: Punishing Western propaganda against Zimbabwe and its Tourism-an opinion

By: Obi Egbuna Jnr Simunye During the month of September the US, British and Canadian embassies arrived at the bizarre conclusion that it was in their best interests to warn their citizens about the dangers of traveling to Zimbabwe in the near future. While the objective of diplomacy is to foster and maintain positive bilateral relations, this latest manoeuvre is […]

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EVELYN MAHLABA: Nigeria contributed the highest spends to our tourism

South African Tourism (SAT) last month was in Nigeria for a travel road show with the regional director, Africa, Evelyn Mahlaba leading the team from SAT’s Johannesburg office. She speaks with ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA on the tourism agenda of her country and the premium its places on the Nigerian market among other related issues. What are your core responsibilities as […]

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Africa: Visa on Arrival grew Rwanda arrivals by 22% and 50% for trade with East Africa

The image of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chadian President Idriss Déby proudly holding the first two copies of the newly launched pan-African passport at the African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali this month marked the type of historic moment rarely seen at such gatherings, where outcomes are often measured in declarations or resolutions. With the launch […]

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Africa: Mzembi seeks African Union support for top UNWTO job

Back in the village, in the land of milk, honey and dust or Guruve, a cock is seen the day it is hatched. Dr Walter Mzembi, the longest serving Minister of Tourism in the world, this week takes his campaign to clinch the United Nations World Tourism Organisation secretary general’s post to the African Union summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr […]

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The Black Knight of Africa: How Robert Gumede is Expanding His Legacy Across the Continent

Robert Gumede is one of Africa’s most accomplished business leaders and investors. The 55 year-old South African entrepreneur is the founder of the Guma Group, a leading black-owned investment company with businesses spanning Information Technology, mining, tourism, infrastructure development, hospitality and energy in several African countries. Gumede is most popular for founding Gijima Group, an ICT company that provides application […]

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African Trade: Zimbabwe lobbies neighbours on ivory trade, will not burn stocks

Zimbabwe is seeking support from its neighbours to be allowed to engage in international trade in ivory and will not burn its 70 tonnes of ivory stocks as Kenya did last month, the environment minister said on Wednesday. Zimbabwe and Namibia are bidding to open up international trade in elephant ivory, against initiatives led by Kenya for a complete global […]

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African Trade: Zimbabwe lobbies neighbours on ivory trade, will not burn stocks

Zimbabwe is seeking support from its neighbours to be allowed to engage in international trade in ivory and will not burn its 70 tonnes of ivory stocks as Kenya did last month, the environment minister said on Wednesday. Zimbabwe and Namibia are bidding to open up international trade in elephant ivory, against initiatives led by Kenya for a complete global […]

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Travel in Africa: 11 things influencing travel on the continent

There has never been a more exciting time to be an African, as the continent collectively wakes up to the potential that exists within Africa and rises to overcome the challenges it faces. Sure, on social media we have an onslaught of #DaysYouNeedToRemember, so much so that you could understandably glaze over one for the other – but if there […]

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80%of what is produced in Africa is exported depriving Africa of growth

As growth in developed markets such as Europe, China and North Africa continue to stagnate, greater regional integration in Africa, amongst all role players, is needed to capitalize on the continent’s growth potential. This is according to Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, who says that when comparing intra-regional trade statistics, Africa’s rates are amongst the lowest in […]

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