September 20, 2017


Turkey eyes $7.5B in healthcare tourism next year

As an ambitious competitor, Turkey is eyeing a larger share in global health tourism as sector representatives hope to generate revenue of $7.5 billion next year.

Founding Chair of Turkish Healthcare Travel Council (THTC) Emin Çakmak noted that Turkey has positioned itself as the rising star of global physical therapy and rehabilitation, and highlighted that the sector will close this year at $7 billion, while the aim for the next year is"...

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September 20, 2017


Kenyan tourism upbeat despite repeat presidential election

The number of tourists has remained steady despite heightened political temperatures in the country. The peak tourist season coincided with Kenya's General Election and by the time the country went to the polls on August 8, the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara had attracted thousands of visitors. ALSO READ: Raila now links IEBC, Jubilee with complicity with Safran The annulment of the presidential poll days later prompted fears that some visitors might suspend their planned vacations in the country. But"...

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September 20, 2017


International tourist arrivals in Africa in 2017 on the rise, according to Euromonitor

In a report released during 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, independent provider of strategic market research Euromonitor has disclosed that arrivals of foreign tourists in Africa have increased by 6.5% in 2017, to reach 18.55 million, against 16.35 million in 2012.

Euromonitor attributes the increase to various factors including “the digital integration and increasing interaction between hotels, airlines, and car"...

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September 16, 2017


RDB moves to tap into W.Africa's tourism market

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is seeking to attract more tourists and investors from West Africa.

During the 13th international market travel exhibition held in Akwaaba, Lagos Nigeria early this week, RDB showcased Rwanda’s remarkable attractions and investment opportunities as part of efforts to attract more tourists and investors to Rwanda.

Billed as West Africa’s"...

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September 13, 2017


Namibian tourism industry set to expand

Windhoek - Namibia, long famous for its giant sand dunes and more recently as the birthplace of Angelina Jolie's baby, is now southern Africa's fastest-growing tourism market, the World Travel and Tourism Council said on Thursday.

'You are now forecast to be growing almost twice as fast as your neighbours. That's a very exciting opportunity,' WTTC Vice President Richard Miller told an industry group, detailing the results of"...

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September 12, 2017


South Africa says taxi violence threatens tourism industry

The South African government says violence between metered taxi drivers and drivers who use Uber’s ride-hailing app threatens the country’s tourism industry.

Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa said Monday that property destruction and the “general mood of uncertainty” surrounding the clashes could push tourists to travel to other countries instead of South Africa.


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September 10, 2017


The First Group Marks Hotel Portfolio Milestone with Completion of TRYP by Wyndham Dubai

Global property developer The First Group has taken possession of its second hotel property, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, marking another significant milestone in its portfolio development strategy.

The completion of the 675 upper mid-scale hotel in Dubai’s sought-after Barsha Heights district, also marks the TRYP brand’s debut in the city, cementing The First Group’s position as a respected"...

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September 7, 2017


Joe Falter Replaces Paul Midy as Jumia Travel CEO

Joe Falter has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Travel replacing Paul Midy who takes up a different position within the larger Jumia Group.

Jumia Co-Founder Sacha Poignonnec expressed his confidence in Falter as the right leader to accelerate the travel company’s journey towards becoming the only preferred travel agency in the continent and beyond.


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September 6, 2017


Nepal Africa Film Festival in offing

The sixth edition of Nepal Africa Film Festival-2017 is all set to begin from September 18 at Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kamalpokhari.

According to a press statement released by Nepal Africa Film Festival, the fest is being organized in collaboration with College of Journalism and Mass Communication (CJMC), Balkumari and Zanzibar Film Festival, Tanzania.


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September 5, 2017


SA's domestic tourism is worth R63 billion - Stats SA

Tourism data released yesterday by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed that total expenditure on domestic overnight trips increased from R62 billion in 2015 to R63bn last year, while day trips saw a decrease in expenditure from R25bn in 2015 to R23bn in 2016.

Stats SA said the increase in expenditure between 2015 and 2016 on overnight trips was largely driven by increased spending in the higher living standard measure subgroup (LSM 8-10).


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