Africa: Tour companies and hotels see a bigger increase in tourist arrivals in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia’s tourist spots are seeing a surge in the pace of new visitors, according to tour operators and hoteliers. Visitor traffic at the country’s northern, southern and eastern major attractions show a massive up in number from the same time last year, several tour operators, hotels and lodges contacted by Ethiopia Observer revealed. This is despite setbacks like widely reported […]

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Africa: ‘Zimbabwe tourist arrivals, hotel occupancy on the increase’

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ZIMBABWE is ranked a lowly 114 out of 136 countries, according to the 2017 Global Tourism Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum. Zimbabwe Independent business reporter Tinashe Kairiza (TK) spoke to the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe vice-president Clive Chinwada about the state of tourism and challenges inhibiting growth of the sector in Zimbabwe, among other issues. Below are the […]

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Africa: Bother a Tourist and get a £406 fine in Egypt as Tourism authorities seek to protect Visitors

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Tourists could be saved from over-zealous touts at Egypt’s most popular archaeological sites after the country’s government approved a new fine of to 10,000 Egyptian pounds (£406) for those caught overstepping the line. The new rule, part of the broader Antiquities Protection Law, will target those in and around tourist sites or museums such as the pyramids of Giza, selling […]

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Unbelievable or Bogus? French Tourist claims sleeping with over 1000 Africans and impregnating 600 in 2 years

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Forty-year-old French tourist, Jean Michel, has confessed to having sexual intercourse with more than 1,400 girls from six African countries-namely Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and Guinea, adding that he impregnated over 600 of the women within two years. His confession which was posted in an online news site “Africa24” was translated from French to English by Simon Ateba […]

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Africa: UPDC inaugurates The Residences Apartments in Amuwo Odofin

UPDC inaugurates The Residences Apartments in Amuwo Odofin When UACN Property Development Company, UPDC Plc acquired the former Durbar Hotel, Festac, Lagos in 2002 under the privatisation programme of the Federal Government, the company’s objective according to the Managing Director of UPDC Plc, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran, was to turn the abandoned hotel and its premises into a tourist destination that […]

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Tourism: Tunisia gains 600,000 new Russian Tourists as Egypt and Turkey suffer Russia ban

Tunisian tourism authorities reported declining numbers of international visitors. From January to September 2016, the country’s tourist revenues declined by more than 8% compared to the same period in 2015, and by 34% compared with 2014, announced the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism. The revenues amounted to 730 million euros, compared to 800 million euros in the first nine months of […]

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Akwaaba: Uganda to scrap VAT for Tourism outlets via a Presidential intervention

Nigeria’s population of over 170m people offers the opportunity as a major market for tourist travels to Uganda. That is according to Uganda’s Acting ambassador to Nigeria, Nelson Ocheger ,one of the participants at AKWAABA 2016, an event that attracted over 13 countries and stakeholders in the tourism and travel industry in Africa. “Nigeria is a very big country and […]

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African Tourism: Tourist dies in Thailand after wild sex with a transgender

A tourist has been killed after banging his head on the wall while having ‘vigorous sex’ with a transsexual escort in Thailand. The naked body of a foreigner was found in a hotel room in the resort city of Pattaya on the country’s eastern Gulf coast in the early hours of Sunday morning. There are reports in Thailand that the […]

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International tourism rise 4% in 2015 grew more than global merchandise Trade

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International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion. Income generated by […]

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Waivers and subsidies are bringing Tourists back to Mombassa in Kenya

Kenya will soon begin to reap the positive effects of its aggressive tourism recovery campaign. From July, a weekly European charter plane will be flying tourists to the coastal region. A charter plane run by TUI Poland with a capacity of 180 passengers will from this [2016] summer begin weekly direct flights to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport. However, Tui Germany […]

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