Africa Tourism Association News Updates

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IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON AFRICA’S AVIATION SECTOR & THE WAY FORWARD
Africa’s aviation sector could lose $6 billion of passenger revenue compared to 2019 according to IATA. That is $2billion more than was expected at the beginning of the pandemic. The fallout of COVID-19 could lead to 3.1 million Job losses in aviation and related industries.
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A FUNDING CRISIS AT DESTINATIONS SPURS NEW TOURISM MARKETING MODELS
DMOs have been forced to seek funding beyond revenue from hotel bed taxes, which aren’t expected back fully for four years. What’s emerging? A blended DMO model in which advocacy, corporations, & communities play key roles.
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DURBAN PUSHING HARD FOR QUICK TOURISM RECOVERY TO HELP SOUTH AFRICA’S ECONOMY
While Durban wasn’t spared from the pandemic, business leaders are optimistic reopening borders can deliver an accelerated recovery timeline without running the risk of losing control of the virus.
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WHY LAGOS, NIGERIA, IS THE CULTURAL CAPITAL WE’RE HEADING TO NEXT
Even against a backdrop of seemingly intractable challenges, frenetic Lagos has emerged as a powerhouse of fashion, art, and culture.
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12 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN GHANA
Ghana is a country that’s steadily reinventing itself.
Known for its colorful culture, wildlife and natural beauty, the West African nation had one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest-growing economies in the past few years, thanks to cocoa & a relatively recent discovery of oil.
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21 BEST PLACES TO GO IN 2021
After a year marked by grounded planes, closed borders, and mandatory quarantines, it felt key to have a 2021 list that is equal parts realistic and inspirational…fervent travelers are looking to scratch that itch in a major way in the months to come…please check out the African destinations – Ethiopia, Angola & Ghana – featured on the list.
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AFRICA TRAVEL WEEK CONTINUES DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION JOURNEY
With the launch of their successful virtual Meetings & Masterclasses focusing on often overlooked topics such as unpacking the African Diaspora travel market & travellers within the LQBTQ+ community, promoting Diversity & Inclusion continues to be a critical business priority for ATW.
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CONFIDENCE IN TRAVEL ADVISORS REMAINS STRONG
USTOA released new findings from a survey of its Tour Operator Active Members about post-COVID 19 plans for recovery and resumption of business.
Among the report’s most important findings, members, speaking to USTOA, said that their “confidence in travel advisors remain very strong”
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15 AFRICAN ARTISTS ON THE RISE
Artists hailing from the continent have continued to create despite conditions of invisibility and marginalization. Now more than ever, interest in contemporary African art is picking up and its artists are getting recognition both at home and internationally.
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TOP 100 MOST POPULAR AFRICAN FOODS

What to eat in Africa…

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ROBERT DE NIRO’S NOBU TO OPEN IN HOTEL IN MARRAKECH, 1ST IN AFRICA

The 71-room luxury hotel with dining venues, rooftop spaces set to open in 2021.

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MEET THE CREATIVES BEHIND SOUTH AFRICA/S CULTURAL ENERGY

A wave of young, boundary-pushing creative entrepreneurs is providing even more reasons to plan a visit to South Africa.

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NIGERIAN COMICS SERVE AFROFUTURISM DIRECT FROM THE SOURCE

The increasing global popularity of Afrofuturism is giving a boost to indigenous creators steeped in the cultures of the continent.

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IN ACCRA, FIVE DESIGNERS ARE REINVENTION GHANAIAN TRADITIONS
Ghanaian fashion is known for its use of vibrant colors and eclectic prints, and nowhere is this joyful approach to dressing more apparent than in Accra, the country’s capital city.
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‘THE FUTURE IS CERTAINLY IN AFRICA’

Simon Njami, co-founder of Revue Noire journal and the driving force behind numerous groundbreaking exhibitions worldwide over the past three decades, has curated the fair’s first display dedicated to contemporary African art.

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ESTHER MAHLANGU URGES AFRICANS TO HOLD ON TO THEIR TRADITIONS

One of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.

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AN ETHIOPIAN BOUTIQUE SHOWCASING ARTISANAL DESIGN

“My starting point is textiles,” she said. “I grew up appreciating fabrics, and what kind of colors and what kind of motifs are worn, and their significance. I always felt that these are such great stories to share and tell.”

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IVORIAN STARTUP, AFRIKREA, IS BUILDING THE ONLINE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AFRICAN CULTURE COMMERCE

Afrikrea’s mission is to enable African designers to create storefronts, receive payments from customers globally, and lower shipping costs for delivery.

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