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World Tourism Day 2021: Official Message by Secretary-General of UNWTO
The human desire to travel and explore is universal, which is why tourism must be open for everyone to enjoy. So too must the many social and economic benefits that tourism brings be available to everybody. World Tourism Day 2021 highlights the power of ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’. By celebrating this day, we state our commitment that, as tourism grows, the benefits that come will be felt at every level of our broad and diverse sector, from the biggest airline to the smallest family business. Read more here
Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit set to for Sept in South Africa
The Department of Tourism and South African Tourism will host the first ever Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit, which is set to take place from 19th to 21st September 2021, coinciding with Tourism Month in South Africa. Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit aims to be a catalyst for engagement on the current state of tourism on the African continent. Taking into account challenges facing the global tourism industry, Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit will, through various engagement sessions, gather the tourism sector to Read more here
Ethiopian Establishes B767 Passenger to Freighter Conversion Site in Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Airlines Group, the leading aviation group in Africa, has established a global standard cargo Conversion program to convert the B-767-300 ER to dedicated freighter services in a partnership agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, ‘’In line with our Diversified Aviation Business Model of Vision 2025, we have been increasing our cargo capacity in fleet, ground service infrastructure and cargo connectivity network. Read More here
Join 2021 World Tourism Day Celebrations
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
Alisa Osei-Asamoah writes: Domestic travel, a key to Ghana’s tourism revival
The current Coronavirus pandemic has necessitated the need for us to focus our attention to the domestic market for Ghana’s tourism growth. Like most countries around the world, Ghana’s tourism received a heavy battering following the onset of the pandemic. Just when the sector was set to see a turnaround with the highly successful ‘Year of Return,’ the advent of Coronavirus which in most cases, halted travel across countries and continents, unfortunately, rolled back the numbers and receipts.

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Inter Tourism Expo Accra, Register Now!
Inter Tourism Expo, Accra (iNTTA 2021), the largest tourism and trade show in Ghana organized by Global Signature GH under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to be hosted in Accra, capital of Ghana to promote its brands, destinations, products and services in Ghana with Exhibitors, Buyers and Trade visitors from the African Continent and travel professionals all over the world. Read more here
WTM London and Travel Forward pledge ‘utmost priority’ for health and safety
Organisers of WTM London and Travel Forward have unveiled details of robust safety measures for the face-to-face shows at ExCeL London. This year, the shows will be hybrid with the physical events taking place on 1-3 November, followed by the virtual shows on 8-9 November. The live events will be one of the first face-to-face gatherings for the international travel and tourism sector since restrictions eased and the WTM & TF teams are drawing upon its global experience and expertise to deliver a secure environment in which to conduct business. Read more here
Roman Krabel: From Chef to Managing leading Hotel Chains
My conservation today is with the General Manager of Ghana’s Accra City Hotel Roman Krabel. Roman who has been spearheading operations & pre-openings for world-leading Hotels, along with private brands and properties ranking from 5 to 3 Stars and managing facilities with 450+ rooms in Europe, Asia, the US and Africa discusses the challenges and opportunities of the hospitality sector in West Africa. Listen here
The Seychelles Magpie Robin is being sold as world’s first ‘digital species’!
Nature Seychelles, supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Porini Foundation, have launched the world’s first Digital Species – the Seychelles Magpie Robin – which is up for sale as the first-ever Digital #NatureCollectible (a Non-Fungible Token for conservation). The launch was on CNN on 19th July. A month later 46 Tokens have been sold = 78% (13 Tokens left) amounting to USD 10,000. Read More here
64th UNWTO Commission for Africa Meeting (CAF)
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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