Africa: How Morocco charmed its way back to AU

How Morocco charmed its way back to AU The concerns of South African government officials regarding Morocco’s recent readmission to the AU were outlined in an article published Tuesday by Johannesburg-based newspaper Daily Maverick. Saying the decision was “bad news for South Africa,” the article quoted one South African official who called it “a regrettable decision” due to the country’s […]

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Africa: South African Home Affairs Minister nicknamed “The Tourism Terminator” for his Visa fumbles

South African Home Affairs Minister nicknamed “The Tourism Terminator” for his Visa fumbles In retaliation against New Zealand for introducing a 10 minute online eVisa process, the Minister of Home Affairs’ department has issued a decree that will result in over 90% of Kiwis having to travel from their home to another city if they want to apply for a […]

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South African Airways promotes tourism to Kenya

By Gulli Arnason South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) has launched a new safari vacation package to explore Kenya´s national parks and experience Africa´s exciting wildlife, the company said. SAA Vacations president Terry von Guilleaume said, “Travelers can enjoy the best of Kenya, visiting both Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara.” A division of South African Airways (SAA), the […]

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How increased VAT reduced Zimbabwe Tourism income

The Zimbabwe Council of Tourism (ZCT) is asking the government to reduce the value added tax (VAT) charged on foreign accommodation in the country. The increased tax is expected to result in 75% decline in Zimbabwe tourism numbers. The crisis of the tourism industry in Zimbabwe started last year when the government imposed a 15% VAT on the accommodation for […]

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Private equity builds African war chest amid commodity rout

Private-equity companies amassed a $4.3 billion war chest for investment opportunities in Africa last year as the global commodity rout and weakening local currencies cut prices of potential target companies. The fundraising was the highest since at least 2010 and compares with $1.9 billion in 2014, according to the London-based African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. The industry group […]

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South Africa to invest R100M in Domestic Tourism

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of a R100 million investment to boost local tourism is music to his ears. According to sanews.gov.za, the Minister said this when he participated in a debate of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly, on Tuesday. “Mr President, in your address to the nation on […]

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Further African Expansion For Protea Hotels – Two Additional Hotels In Kampala, Uganda

Protea Hotels announced the signing of contracts for the development of new hotel properties in Uganda. The deal was agreed between Protea Hotels, a member of Marriott International, and its local partner in the country. The new signing in Dubai affirms the company’s confidence in the strength of the Ugandan economy and in prospects for growth on the African continent. […]

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Fair Trade Tourism Appoints Two New Non- Executive Directors

Fair Trade Tourism has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors to its Board and a new representative based in Europe. The new Board members are Kenyan sustainable tourism expert Judith Kepher-Gona and South African tourism industry stalwart Caleb Mabaso. Kepher-Gona has spent more than 17 years at the forefront of the Kenyan tourism arena and has significant experience […]

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Rwanda and Ethiopia the model States of Africa go into partnership

LAST week, Rwanda and Ethiopia inked an aviation deal that on the surface looks routine, but which could be emblematic of a quiet yet significant shift in the nature of the region’s geopolitics, positioning the two states as growing players in a continent currently bereft of a clear strong leader. The agreement, whose biggest takeaway was the fifth freedom rights, […]

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