#VoyagesAfriq’s latest Africa tourism news updates

Innovation, Technology, and Digitalization necessary for Tourism Evolution
In an ever-changing scene of the tourism world, occasioned by the onset of COVID-19, which has affected global travel and tourism, the sector is experiencing its most radical evolution yet. While this presents a myriad of uncertainties for businesses and livelihoods that are dependent on tourism and travel, the Director of Africa Department, UNWTO Elcia Grandcourt believes technology and innovation is needed to keep up with the dynamics. “Innovation, technology and digitalization are an integral part of the evolution process of the tourism industry. Read more here
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Hyatt Announces Plans for Debut of Property in Johannesburg
Hyatt has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with an affiliate of Millat Properties for Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton. The planned opening of the property will mark the introduction of Hyatt’s select service and extended stay brand, Hyatt House, to the continent and the third Hyatt-branded hotel in South Africa. The Hyatt House brand offers a flexible, elevated approach to extended-stay and helps guests enjoy the comforts of home when they are away from theirs. Read More here
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Ghana on course to Positioning itself as a MICE Hub in West Africa- GTA CEO
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Akwasi Agyemang has stated that Ghana is on track to becoming a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences Events/Exhibition (MICE) hub in West Africa. Speaking on the State broadcaster’s, GTV Breakfast Show, ahead of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge, he said the country’s ability to host such an event in the midst of an ongoing global crisis was a testament to Ghana’s readiness to be a competitive MICE-destination. Read More here
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Ghana to Train 30,000 Tourism SMEs in the next 3 Years
Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has stated that the government intends to train 30,000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector in the next three years. According to him, small businesses are unable to survive and ensure sustainability when founders suffer demise. “In Africa, 90% of businesses are all SMEs. But there is a challenge; only 50% of the tourism SMEs survive after the demise of their founders and it is not the best”, he posited. Read More here
WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards Entry Deadline on 31st August
Tourism stakeholders across Africa have just one month to get their entries in for the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2021, which for the first time has introduced regional awards, including Africa, India, Latin America and the Rest of World.This year, all the Gold winners will have a chance to win an inaugural WTM World Responsible Tourism Global Award. Each of the six categories will have its own Global winner, chosen from the four regional winners.Read more here
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Air Seychelles to resume Scheduled service to Mauritius in October
Air Seychelles will be resuming scheduled passenger flights to the neighbouring island of Mauritius this October, after an absence of more than 18 months on the route. The return of the Seychelles flag carrier to the Indian Ocean Island follows the announcement of the full reopening of the Mauritius borders starting from 1, October 2021, leading to further ease in movement for fully vaccinated travellers looking to explore the many treasures the tropical destination has to offer. Read more here
World Tourism Day Celebrations 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact. Both developed and developing economies have been hit. And marginalized groups and the most vulnerable have been hit hardest of all. The restart of tourism will help kickstart recovery and growth. It is essential that the benefits this will bring are enjoyed widely and fairly.UNWTO has therefore designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on Tourism for inclusive Growth Read more here
Country Manager of Rwanda Serena Hotel Daniel Sambai bares it on VA Podcast
Episode 89 of the VA Tourism Podcast celebrates Kenyan Hotelier, Daniel Sambai. Daniel who is currently the General Manager of the Kigali Serena Hotel has been narrating his two decades of learnings in the hospitality sector. Daniel Sambai is the Country Manager for Serena Hotels in Rwanda with the responsibility of overseeing both the Kigali Serena Hotel and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. Listen here
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Radisson Hotel Group expands Moroccan Presence with the Opening of Four Hotels
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Radisson Hotel Group has announced the extension of its Moroccan footprint with the opening of four hotels in beloved tourist destinations Al Hoceima, Taghazout Bay, and Saïdia. Located in the south, north and northeast of Morocco, the four hotels consist of three inviting resorts and a comfortable seaside residence, bringing the Group’s fast-growing Moroccan portfolio to more than 10 hotels in operation and under development.
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64th UNWTO Commission for Africa
The Secretariat of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) presents its compliments to the Members of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, the Affiliate Members of the region and has the honor to inform them that the Government of Cabo Verde invites them to participate in the Sixty-Fourth UNWTO Commission for Africa. The Commission meeting will be followed by the 2nd Edition of the UNWTO Global Tourism Investment Forum in Africa, to be held in Sal Island, Cabo Verde, from 2nd to 4th September 2021. Read morehere
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