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UNWTO Warns Against Blanket Travel Restrictions
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations calls out against the introduction of blanket restrictions on travel, as witnessed in recent days. This call echoes the concerns raised by UNWTO Members during the 24th UNWTO General Assembly (30 November–3 December). Countries from all global regions expressed their solidarity with Southern African states, calling for the immediate lifting of travel bans imposed on specific countries Read more here
Themba Khumalo is Acting CEO of South African Tourism
The Board of South African Tourism (SAT) has appointed the organization’s Chief Marketing officer Themba Khumalo as SAT’s new Acting Chief Executive Officer.This follows the resignation of Ms. Sthembiso Dlamini who officially ceased to head the organization on 30th November 2021 after she had communicated her desire to leave the post and the organization Read here
Morocco to host First UNWTO Regional office in Africa
The Kingdom of Morocco has received the nod from the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to host the first regional office of the UN Tourism Agency in Africa.At its 115th session of the Executive Council Meeting held in Madrid, the council approved a request by the Governments of Morocco, and Brazil to host regional offices of the organization subject to the ratification of the General Assembly. The decision on the establishment of the offices. Read morehere
Seychelles rolls out Biometric Corridor for Contactless screening at Airport
The Ministry of Transport has announced the launch of a biometric corridor for health travel screening at Seychelles International Airport, becoming the second country in the world after the UAE to leverage walk-through biometrics at its borders, guaranteeing contactless and secure travel and an unmatched customer experience for all travelers arriving by air. Read more here
Côte d’Ivoire’s Tourism Minister elected President of UNWTO Executive Council
The Minister of Côte d’Ivoire Siandou Fofana has been elected by the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as president of the council for a year.In a fervently contested election of the Executive Council Chair, Mr Siandou Fofana won by landslide against the candidate from the Republic of Bahrain.The Executive Council is one of the important and powerful unit of the organization. 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
Accor signs first Mantis in Masai Mara, Kenya, set to open in 2024
Accor, a world-leading hospitality group with over 400 hotels across India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey is expanding its footprint in Eastern Africa with the opening of the first Mantis property in Kenya. The Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge is set to become a highlight property for the brand and the group, offering direct access to the Mara-Seregenti game reserve: the ideal location for unique safari experiences! Read more here
The Role of Women in Cabo Verde’s Tourism Restart
With the restart of tourism in West Africa’s archipelago Island of Cabo Verde in full force, Women Entrepreneurs working in Cabo Verde’s Tourism Sector, Neusa Goncalves, and Divania Fortes want more inclusion of women in the tourism sector. Neusa Gonçalves is a 48-year-old entrepreneur whose career in tourism started in 1996 as one of the first tour guides on Sal island despite the young age rose through the ranks and in 2018 became the president of Aprotur (Tour Agencies, tourism transportation and tourism suppliers Association). Listen here

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