#VoyagesAfriq’s latest news from across #Africa

Join the Africa Youth in Tourism Summit
Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge focuses on skills development and innovation methodologies for youth in leisure and business tourism as well as MICE. The Youth Summit is scheduled for 28 to 30 July 2021 and will be held in Accra, Ghana. Register for the 2021 Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge and Summit. Read more here
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Yacine Hammadi Appointed Algeria’s New Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts
Algeria’s Government has appointed Yacine Hammadi as the North African country’s new Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts. He replaces Mohamed Ali Boughazi, who leaves the government after the latest reshuffle by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.At a handing over ceremony at the headquarters of the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts, in the presence of the sector’s executives, the new Minister expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the President of the Republic of Algeria, Read More here
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RwandAir and Qatar Airways ink Loyalty Partnership Deal
RwandAir has become the first – and only – Sub-Saharan African airline to launch a loyalty partnership with Qatar Airways.The two carriers have joined forces to offer RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members access to each other’s destinations with the opportunity to ‘earn and burn’ points across their reciprocal route networks.Under the new deal, RwandAir Dream Miles members will be able to fly to more than 140 Qatar Airways destinations using miles earned by flights bought through RwandAir. Read more here
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Italy to host 1st GLOBAL Youth Tourism Summit
The 1st Global Youth Tourism Summit (23-25 August 2021, Sorrento, Italy) will be the first of this kind at the global level, allowing young participants to be part of a unique experience, aiming to promote youth engagement in the tourism sector and empower younger generations in driving a more sustainable world. The summit is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Italy and. Read More here
Registration opens for Spotlight on Africa & Indian Ocean Virtual TravelExpo
Derek Houston Managing Director of Houston Travel Marketing reports an astounding response from Africa suppliers to participate at the first Spotlight on Africa Virtual Expo with 35 confirmed Exhibitors.Travel Trade Buyers can now apply to attend the Spotlight Virtual TravelExpo on 30 September.With Regional tourism within Africa now opening up again this is an ideal opportunity to meet with Africa & Indian ocean suppliers.

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National Tourism Destination Single Window Project unveiled with visitGhana app
The first phase of the highly anticipated Ghana’s National Tourism Destination Single Window Project has been unveiled with the introduction of the visitGhana app.The all-in-one application and platform is expected to enhance service quality across the tourism value chain and bring service providers and customers into one marketplace.

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UNWTO Supports Zimbabwe to Measure Value of Tourism
UNWTO commits to work with the Government of Zimbabwe to measure the importance of tourism for the country’s economy. Zimbabwe has identified tourism as a central pillar of its National Development Strategy, (NDS 1, 2021-2025). To reflect this, UNWTO is now working with the government on the development of the country’s first Tourism Satellite Account (TSA). The TSA will measure tourism’s contribution to Zimbabwe’s GDP, as well as its size relative to. Read more here
Is West Africa’s Domestic and Regional Tourism ready for take off?
My Guest, Dr. Adun Okupe is a leading researcher and expert in the fields of tourism, sustainable cultural practices, and leadership for societal change. Dr. Adun with her partners has led the conversation in promoting domestic and regional tourism in west Africa since the onset of the covi19 pandemic. She is an advocate for sustainable tourism development in West Africa as well as the cultural and creative industries in Africa. Read more here
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Air France announces service to Zanzibar
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Air France is continuing to adapt its network and increase services to “leisure” destinations. For the 2021 winter season (October 2021- March 2022), the airline will be offering its customers new services to sunny destinations around the world, on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.As of October 18, 2021, Air France will fly to Zanzibar (Tanzania), a brand new destination for the airline. Two weekly frequencies will be operated by Boeing 787-9, as a continuation of the flight to Nairobi . Read More here
Tourism takes Action on Plastic Waste and Pollution
Tourism businesses and destinations are stepping up their commitment to sustainability. Aimed at reducing waste and pollution across the sector, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) is welcoming 32 new signatories, with every global region represented behind the shared goal. Read more here
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