The story of Airbnb in Africa is one of positive growth. The mobile app-based hospitality booking site allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, and it continues to thrive and grow in Africa. Established in 2008, Airbnb hosts have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries since the early days of the company, with Cape Town in South Africa proving to be the most popular African destination for the Airbnb hosts and users.
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Staff, 5:59 am
The largest airport in Senegal will open its doors on December 7, after more than a decade of development and delays. Blaise Diagne International will have initial capacity for three million passengers per year, rising to 10 million per year, making it one of the highest-capacity airports in Africa.Blaise Diagne will take over services from Léopold Sédar Senghor Internationa, which will cease operations. The $575 million megaproject is envisioned as the centerpiece of a new development program.
Mongabay, 8:28 am
Camera traps have proven to be a powerful tool in conservationists’ arsenal for monitoring forests and wildlife. But the mountains of data they capture need to be sifted through in order to be useful, which often presents a significant challenge for cash-strapped conservationists and researchers. To meet this challenge, a team led by Anabelle Cardoso, a PhD candidate at Oxford University in the UK, has turned to citizen science.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am
Airbnb has made a commitment to invest $1 million in community-led tourism projects across the African continent over the course of the next few years. Airbnb, the mobile app-based hospitality booking site which allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, will invest $1 million in community-based African tourism projects between 2018 and 2020.
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:04 am AFKI Original
Today the airline industry in Africa is drastically different from a decade ago. The economic growth in the region and improved political stability underpin increased international traffic on the African continent, and perhaps it is time for Africa to have its own global private airline. Estimates place Africa as the third fastest growing region in this category, trailing only the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:25 am AFKI Original
There are a number of ways in which drone technology is positively impacting industries in Africa, with numerous sectors benefiting from the advantages that drone tech provides. Previously associated with warfare and destruction, drones of all shapes and sizes are now being developed to tackle everyday issues and empower communities across the continent. From agriculture to safety in shark-infested waters, drones have found their place in a modern African context.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:02 am AFKI Original
Political angst and turmoil combined with terrorism has slashed tourism in numerous countries across the world, including on the African continent, and countries are desperate to reignite tourism after the damage dwindling numbers have caused. But Tunisia, Kenya, and Egypt are now overcoming the issues that have plagued their countries in an effort to see tourism numbers return, and early signs are good. Much still needs to be done, but these three nations are on the right track.
amcdermott, 12:22 pm AFKI Original
Hailing from Jamaica, but American by way of higher education and culture, I’ve spent much of the last three years in countries around Africa, and I am excited by the potential for design and innovation there. I’ll go to a restaurant with friends in Maputo and fumble around for my credit card to cover the bill. By the time I look up, someone’s laughing at me because they already paid the bill in 10 seconds from their phone with M-Pesa. From Asia and Central America came tailors and tactile labor, from India came software engineers, and soon, from Africa, will come creatives.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:42 am AFKI Original
Africa has embraced mobile like few other regions of the world have, with some of the highest mobile penetration rates and the majority of internet users accessing content online via their mobiles. Whether one considers online banking, apps for healthcare, connecting through social media or voting for a political party, Africans have fully embraced mobile technology and all of its possibilities. Here are the 12 things you didn’t know about how Africans have embraced mobile.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:37 am
An open digital transport mobility platform founded by students of the University of Cape Town in South Africa won the 2017 Promising Transport Innovation Award at the annual summit of the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig, Germany. WhereIsMyTransport has been recognized for innovation used within the platform, centralises mobility data, allowing anyone to build upon the transport information or use it to develop software products such is mobility apps for transport users, while the metrics can be further analysed to improve transport provision. WhereIsMyTransport has potential applications for both private and public enterprise.
Global Risk Insights, 6:33 pm
Proponents of the sharing economy say Uber and Airbnb benefit Africa, but who exactly is benefiting? They’re inserting themselves into existing informal sharing dynamics, acting as corporate middlemen and disrupting existing livelihoods. Underdeveloped formal sectors and high unemployment in Africa created the sharing economy out of necessity. Uber and Airbnb are taking a share of the profits.
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