July 15, 2018


First-ever Africa Tourism Leadership Awards

Africa Tourism Partners and its Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF) strategic partners are excited to announce the first-ever Africa Tourism Leadership Awards (ATLA). These Awards will be presented on 31 August 2018 in Accra, Ghana. These are Pan-African tourism leadership awards that seek to recognize leadership, change-makers, excellence and innovation in Africa’s tourism sector. It is anticipated to be the ultimate Pan-African tourism industry public-private sector networking event in Africa.


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July 12, 2018


Minister Derek Hanekom supports VAT-free sanitary pads

South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Tuesday threw his weight behind calls for sanitary pads to be VAT-exempt.

Hanekom was speaking during a visit by hundreds of pupils from schools across the country to Parliament for a youth summit.

'There is a panel at the moment which is making recommendations on which items should be VAT-exempt and there is a very strong"...

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July 12, 2018


Marriott launches Tahseen Hospitality Training Program in Egypt

Marriott International announces the launch of Tahseen in Egypt, a hospitality training program developed in response to a growing need for talent within the industry. Created in partnership with Helwan University and Professional Development Foundation (PDF), the program is focused on fast tracking the next generation of hospitality leaders from Egypt by providing them with firsthand experience and a springboard to launch successful careers in the industry. The company today unveiled the program at a signing ceremony graced"...

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July 10, 2018


Tanzania begins crackdown on rogue tourism businesses

Tanzanian authorities said on Monday they have started verifying registration certificates and licenses for firms that are engaged in tourism businesses in the east African nation.

Gaudence Milanzi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said the move was aimed at identifying and removing all unregistered and unlicensed firms from doing the tourism business.


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July 10, 2018


African Unity; A Prerequisite For Tourism Development

’It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world’’ – Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

The African Union (AU) founded on September 9, 1999 was formed with the view to accelerate the process of integration within the continent so that it plays a more prominent role"...

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July 9, 2018


The drought seemed to hit Cape Town tourism hard — but a new report says hotels did okay

The drought in the Western Cape seemed to hit tourism hard, and data suggests hotels dropped their prices to keep rooms occupied as they took away bath plugs and urged guests to shower in short bursts. But the actual impact on hotels may have been muted, a new report by PwC suggests. Year on year guest nights at Cape Town hotels overall actually grew by 1%, says PwC's hospitality industry leader, Pietro Calicchio Although there is no official data released on the impact of the drought just yet, Calicchio says his firm relied on reports sent to them by industry analysts on the hotel market. Growth in guest nights came from more moderately priced three-star hotels, which posted a 3% increase compared to the overall 1% number. Five-star hotels experienced a modest decline in guest nights in 2017 according to the report, in part because of slower growth in foreign tourism and also because......

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July 7, 2018


Hospitality Key to Economic Growth

Government has taken a deliberate decision to establish Botswana as a centre of conference tourism, which has enormous potential to attract international tourists and meeting delegates alike, and whose contribution to the economy will be invaluable.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi said this when officially opening the Room50Two Boutique Hotel, located in one of the prime areas of Gaborone's Central Business District.


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July 4, 2018


New infrastructure at the Coast set to spur tourism

Hoteliers at the Coast are upbeat ahead of improved tourist arrivals as the July high season begins, thanks to enhanced security and infrastructural development.

Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) Coast branch executive officer Sam Ikwaye lauded the government for ongoing infrastructure projects.

“We are expecting a lot of investment in coastal"...

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July 4, 2018


Seif Saleh Alshunnar Becomes Youngest Emirati to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Seif Saleh Alshunnar recently beat his brother Ali’s current record as youngest Emirati to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, at only 14 years of age. Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world.

Seif’s older two brothers had respectively held the title in turn, with Moawiyah Saleh Alshunnar at age 15 and a half and Ali Saleh Alshunnar at age 15 and 1 month


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July 3, 2018


Record Growth for Thailand Elite Residence Program 

(AETOS Wire)-- Thailand’s bespoke residence-by-investment offering, the Thailand Elite Residence Program, is celebrating a year of record-breaking growth, as applicant numbers for the highly sought-after program continue to swell. After Henley & Partners was appointed exclusive global concessionaire for the program in April last year, registration numbers grew from an average of 300 per year to over 900 for the April–December 2017 period. This upward trend has continued in 2018, with 161 new residents on-boarded in March alone. According to Dominic Volek, Managing Partner of Henley & Partners Singapore and Head of Southeast Asia, “interest in the program among Chinese nationals is picking up significantly, while citizens of the UK, Germany, Australia, the US, and Japan make up the bulk of the existing client base”. Volek explains that Henley & Partners......

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