#VoyagesAfriq’s latest Africa tourism news updates

Making Tourism Stronger and Ready for the Future- UN Tourism Chief
This has been another challenging year for our societies, our economies and tourism. Many millions of jobs and businesses remain in peril, at the mercy of an evolving crisis and of the actions of governments.However, we are by no means in the same place we were when the pandemic was declared in March 2020. In fact, we have succeeded in laying the foundations to restart tourism around the pillars of sustainability, innovation, people and investing for a resilient future .Read morehere
Senegal’s new commuter train makes first journey
A new $1.3 billion commuter railway in Senegal meant to ease traffic gridlock and modernise a crumbling public transport system made its inaugural journey from the capital Dakar on Monday.The Regional Express will connect Dakar with Diamniadio, an industrial city being built on a dusty plain about 40 kilometres (25 miles) away.The first new railway since independence from France in 1960 is a cornerstone of President Macky Sall’s Senegal Emergent plan, which includes a new airport, roads, sports arenas and a sleek conference centre. Read here
Meetings Africa 2022 on schedule to go Ahead
After the cancellation of the 20201 edition of the Meetings Africa global trade show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South African Tourism has confirmed that this year’s event will go ahead and will take place from 28th February 2022 to 2nd March 2022 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. Register here
Serengeti National Park Attracts More Visitors in Festival Season
A diverse group of tourists from different parts of the world has spent this festival season in Serengeti National Park where they had joyful moments such as viewing various beautiful wild animals including the Big Five.The ‘Daily News’ witnessed the tourists in dozens of vehicles conducting game drives on Christmas Day and Boxing Day at Seronera, the headquarters of the country’s largest national park. Read here
Exclusive with Director of FITUR, Maria Valcarce
My Guest Maria Valcarce Director of FITUR International Tourism Fair discusses next year’s edition of the travel show slated for 19th -23rd January 2022. She tells me the organizers have instituted measures to host the event in a safe and responsible way. Over seventy countries have so far confirmed their participation. Listen Here
Register for FITUR 2022
FITUR 2022 will be held from January 19 to 23, organized by IFEMA MADRID, under the slogan “Embracing the World” and will feature the Dominican Republic as a FITUR partner country.After the milestone of FITUR 2021, in its “Special Tourism Recovery” edition, and backed by the entire value chain of the international tourism industry, the Trade Fair dedicates all of its effort to its essential mission, to contribute to the recovery of tourism. Register here
AviaDev Africa returns to Madagascar
AviaDev Africa is delighted to welcome you to the treasure island of Madagascar for AviaDev Africa’s 6th edition. Join and participate in proactive discussions that will enhance air connectivity to, from, and within the continent. AviaDev Africa will bring together the key players in the African aviation community to forge new collaborations and partnerships to ensure that Africa remains connected regionally and internationally.Register here
Podcast Alert: Altaaf Kazi talks South Africa’s participation at Dubai2020 Expo
My guest Altaaf Kazi , General Manager Global PR, Communications and Stakeholder Relations at South African Tourism looks at South Africa’s participation at the ongoing Dubai 2020 Expo. He says SA’s participation has afforded the opportunity to convince the world and shift perception around safety and security issues which has been unfairly reported by the western media. Altaaf Kazi is seasoned media professional with two decades of experience spanning various roles in the media, sports, and tourism industries. Listen here