Tourism: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 7:45 am
For the first time since 2009 more international and regional hotels chains are expanding into sub-Saharan Africa than in North Africa as demand for hotel rooms and services in the southern countries that had been neglected by hospitality investors for a long time due to difficult economic conditions, picks up in tandem with rising economies in the region mainly fuelled by an oil and gas boom and a growing middle class.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:18 am
South African author Peter Delmar and digital tour guide Tourism Radio have launched a storytelling app dabbed ‘The Platinum Road’ – features images, maps, historical stories about vanished Tswana cities, the Anglo-Boer War and the Freedom Struggle – covers the Platinum Road linking South Africa and Botswana. The app is free for Android and iOS users and doesn’t incur data charges once downloaded. It also has information on geology, wildlife, curious place names and stories from South Africa’s famous short-storyteller, Herman Charles Bosman.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:39 am
The entrance of Gulf carriers in Africa’s air and cargo passenger industry is fuelling cutting edge competition, which could sink poorly run and loss-making state-owned airlines. Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad are among new airlines, which are staking their claim in African skies, outcompeting with the continent’s giants such as South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways and budding ones like Air Namibia, only to mention a few
Makula Dunbar, 5:12 pm
Tunisia is seeking to benefit from the achieved political success by promoting a new image for its tourism through social media. Since coming to office, Tourism Minister Amel Karboul said she would exploit the political calm and the security improvements achieved by Tunisia in a bid to promote tourism recovery by attracting visitors from various countries.
Dana Sanchez, 11:29 am
One of South Africa’s most colorful, controversial and successful businessmen, Sol Kerzner built Sun City. This week he sold his family’s interests in Kerzner International Holdings to Investment Corporation of Dubai. Its portfolio is comprised of wholly and partly government-owned businesses.
Becca Blond, 10:06 am AFKI Original
Painted dogs are some of the most special animals to spot in Hwange, especially if you manage to see a pack hunting. These African wild dogs are endangered. Less than 5,000 remain on the continent. Zimbabwe is one of their last strongholds.
Dana Sanchez, 3:57 pm
If the sale goes through, it won’t be the first luxury tourist retreat the British billionaire has bought in South Africa or Africa. He also owns a private game reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve bordering Kruger National Park, a luxury tented retreat in Kenya and a hotel in Morocco.
Becca Blond, 12:41 pm AFKI Original
Sri Panwa is considered a minimalist retreat, but all the villas come with private infinity plunge pools. One of my favorite Thailand properties, Sri Panwa is a stylish resort on Cape Panwa in Phuket. It is spread across 40 acres of tropical forest high above the Andaman Sea. It’s also home to a swank and happening nightclub and multiple restaurants.
Dana Sanchez, 3:40 pm AFKI Original
Global stakeholders will converge in Cape Town in late April for the inaugural World Travel Market Africa. Moguldom Emerging Markets will be there to promote its new website, AFKTravel. “It’s encouraging that there are more exhibits of this type coming to the continent,” said Mark Walton, a Moguldom Media Group consultant.
Becca Blond, 10:49 am AFKI Original
Victoria Falls is an adventure town for adrenaline junkies. Activities are set against a backdrop of one of the seven wonders of the world. Bungee jump or swing off the 330-foot bridge straddling the Zambezi River, arguably the world’s most scenic. For something slightly less intense, ride the zipline across the gorge.
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