Travel Recovery Speeds Up in Africa

 

(Posted 12th December 2022)

 

 

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DECEMBER 2022 | Issue 22-12

In some countries, the travel and tourism sector is expanding more than it was pre-pandemic. International travel is currently 30% behind pre-covid levels, yet Africa in Q4 of 2022 is just -19% under 2019 levels. At the same time, the 2023 outlook is even more promising, at -11% of international arrivals.

TRAVEL RECOVERY SPEEDS UP IN AFRICA

After a bumpy road in travel recovery during the post-pandemic phase, Africa is now performing above the global average when looking at international arrivals for 2022, according to ForwardKeys’ latest air ticketing data.
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TOP AFRICAN COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST DEVELOPED TRAVEL AND TOURISM SECTOR

17 regional countries have increased their travel and tourism development index. Here are the top African countries with the fastest-growing travel and tourism sectors.
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AFRICA SEES RETURN OF STOLEN ARTIFACTS AS BOOST FOR DIASPORA TOURISM

Although African officials view the tourism angle as secondary in their quest to retrieve stolen artifacts, they nonetheless see them becoming popular attractions for members of the diaspora..
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WORK FROM ANYWHERE? AFRICA SAYS, ‘WORK FROM HERE’

The trend has not gone unnoticed in Africa. A growing number of countries on the continent are recognizing the opportunity international workers bring, whether they are digital nomads, bleisure travelers or MICE visitors.
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FODOR’S 2023 GO LIST: TOP PLACES TO GO IN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

African destinations dominate the Fodor’s 2023 Go List including Carthage, Tunisia; Goreé, Senegal; The Okavango Delta; São Tomé and Principe; Spitzkoppe, Namibia; and Zanzibar, Tanzania.
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RWANDAIR…EMERGING BRIDE OF AFRICA’S AVIATION INDUSTRY

For Rwanda, popularly called “the country of a thousand hills and a million smiles,”RwandAir, the national carrier is complemented by readily available developed sites and destinations, road infrastructure and secured environment.
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HOW TO DO KENYA DIFFERENTLY

IN 2023

With living museums, private galleries and art classes, this is the year to discover the country’s creative safari rather than the Big Five
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OPENING A LUXURY TRAVEL COMPANY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Mark Blanton shared his experience as an expat entrepreneur in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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THESE RADIANT PORTRAITS SHOW WOMEN AS THEY WANT TO BE SEEN

At a Ugandan center for women with special needs, a photographer asked her subjects how they wished to be depicted: Capable, equal, and intelligent, they told her.
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4 AFRICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS TRAVELERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN
From beauty pageants for men to the mask craftsmen of the DRC, here are four African cultural traditions that have withstood the test of time.
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NIGERIAN ARTIST AYOBOLA KEKERE-EKUN CREATES HER COLORFUL
For Nigerian artist Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, eyes are a way of revealing the truth of someone’s character.
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7 SUPERSTAR LAGOS FASHION WEEK DESIGNERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

“Lagos Fashion Week tells a story of collaboration, co-creation and community,” says founder Omoyemi Akerele. “It’s about our diverse and dynamic culture, as well as historical references and commercial viability.
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AFTER BREAKING OUT ABROAD, MAXHOSA AFRICA WANTS TO BE THE LEADING LUXURY BRAND AT HOME

South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo explains how he is building Maxhosa Africa for the international market & unveils how he plans to break into Africa’s untapped luxury market.
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‘AFRICA, YOUR TIME IS NOW’, SAYS AYANDA SITHEBE, DIRECTOR OF AFRICA RISING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“The element of affirming the currency of African narratives was a big thing for us in terms of how we encourage filmmakers to package their stories in a way that it could reach the global markets.
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MEET THE AFRICAN DESIGNERS WHOSE WORK BROUGHT TO LIFE THE FICTIONAL KINGDOM IN ‘BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER’

The aesthetics of Afrofuturism and Afro-punk, the architectural designs by Zaha Hadid, and the cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa remain key and eye-catching references.
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Images from (top to bottom) courtesy of TTR Weekly; courtesy of Ventures Africa; courtesy of Skift; courtesy of Canva Stock;  courtesy of Fodor’s Travel; courtesy of Rwandair; courtesy of The Telegraph; courtesy of TravelNoire; courtesy of Sister Cities International Africa; courtesy National Geographic; courtesy of AFAR; courtesy of CNN; courtesy of British Vogue; courtesy of Vogue Business; courtesy of The Africa Report; courtesy of Artnet News.
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