Regional Tourism Critical to Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

 

(Posted 09th March 2023)

 

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MARCH 2023 | Issue 23-03

The Meetings and Events industry is leading the charge for African tourism recovery. Additionally, as new traveller trends emerge, destinations will need to evolve to meet new demands; identify new audiences and product offerings.
MEETINGS AFRICA 2023: REAL BUSINESS, SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES, AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
According to Acting Chief Convention Bureau Officer at the South African National Convention Bureau Zinhle Nzama, the number of confirmed meetings is edging closer to pre-pandemic levels.
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POST-COVID RECOVERY SPAWNS NEW FACE OF EAST AFRICA TOURISM

Cruise, adventure, culture and sports tourism are niche products expected to spur growth in the sector as countries seek to reduce over-reliance on traditional source markets in Europe and the US
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THESE TRENDS WILL DECIDE HOW WE TRAVEL IN 2023

From the economy to the environment, from health and wellness to food and friends, these factors are influencing how we travel the world this year.
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TRAVEL PROS BEKS BDLOVU AND BHEKI DUBE ON CHANGING HOW PEOPLE EXPERIENCE AFRICA

The safari operator interviews the upcoming hotelier about his vision for African travel in the future.
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TOURISTS TRAVELLING BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA’S BIGGEST CITIES, SAYS WTTC

The WTTC revealed positive signs of recovery for the South African Travel & Tourism sector with travellers heading back to its major cities.  The results show travellers are returning to cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg with all indicators bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels.
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FROM A ‘TRAIL RUN IN PARADISE’ TO CYCLING BIG 5 COUNTRY: AFRICA’S TOP DESTINATION EVENTS

Some of Africa’s most celebrated destinations targeting the world’s more active travellers with unique events in spectacular, surreal, & sometimes seemingly impossible surroundings – from a 1/2 trail marathon through an island paradise to a mountain bike race in big 5 country.
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THE AFRICAN SAFARI IS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

After three difficult years, tour outfitters are creating new offers to appeal to changed traveler

tastes and mindsets. If you’re eyeing a luxury safari in Africa, expect to find a changing landscape on the ground in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.

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MOROCCO IS ADDING SURFING AS PART OF ITS TOURISM DRAW

Morocco, one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, is eager to showcase one of its biggest and unlikely attractions — killer waves. Morocco’s push to make greater inroads in the global surfing tourism market — projected to be worth $3.1 billion in 2026 — is part of its Vision 2020 plan to boost tourism.
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4 EMERGING AFRICAN FASHION DESIGNERS TO WATCH IN 2023

Tthese are some of the names to keep a close eye on in the months to come.
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BASKETBALL AFRICA LEAGUE TO RETURN TO SENEGAL, EGYPT, AND RWANDA FOR ITS THIRD SEASON!

The much anticipated THIRD Season of the Basketball Africa League is finally here! Coming to you this March to May, get ready for basketball like you’ve never seen it.
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THE TOP 5 AFRICAN CITIES FOOD LOVERS MUST VISIT IN 2023

Attention all food lovers! Do you ever plan a trip around the food destinations of a city? Well, you’re not alone! The Global Foodie Index has been created to help travellers like you find the best cities in the world for outstanding cuisine.
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MOSAIC ARTIST REVIVES AS SUDAN’S

HISTORIC MOMENTS THROUGH CERAMIC CREATIONS

Despite being an ancient art form, mosaics aren’t popular throughout Sudan which means sourcing glass tesserae difficult and expensive. In response, al-Sherif uses what is available (usually ceramics) to create his artworks.
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YOUNG PEOPLE DRIVE NAIROBI’S GRAFFITT SCENE

Nairobi’s public buses and vans, called “matatus,” and their custom graffiti brighten the busy streets of Nairobi. The idea is the glitzier the vehicle’s design, the more customers it will attract. Hubbah Abdi has this report from the Kenyan capital.
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AFRICA’S LARGEST FILM FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON WOMEN

At the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, or FESPACO, African cinema has freed itself from Western models, with women leading the way.
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SUNDANCE WINNER CJ ‘FIERY’ OBASI IS REDFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A NIGERIAN FILMMAKER

Last month, “Mami Wata,” the latest movie by writer-director CJ “Fiery” Obasi, became the first feature by a Nigeria-based filmmaker to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Images from (top to bottom) courtesy of Voyages Afriq; courtesy of The East African; courtesy of AFAR:  courtesy of Robb Report; courtesy of Forbes Africa;  courtesy of WTTC; courtesy of News24; courtesy of Bloomberg; courtesy of Skift; courtesy of Africa Travel Week; courtesy of OkayAfrica; courtesy Basketball Africa League; courtesy of African Business Insider; courtesy of EuroNews; courtesy of VOA; DW; courtesy of CNN.

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