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Rwanda eyes African football to boost tourism, increase air traffic and grow grassroots football

Rwanda eyes African football to boost tourism, increase air traffic and grow grassroots football

RWANDA is set to co-sponsor the inaugural African Football League as it seeks to leverage the upcoming competition to drive tourism, bolster grassroots sports, and increase air traffic. In a significant collaborative effort, the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board, the Ministry of Sports, and RwandAir, unveiled this milestone partnership in a notification released on Tuesday (October 17). According to Véron Mosengo-Omba, CAF Secretary General, the alliance with the ‘Visit Rwanda’ campaign “marks a major milestone.” “Together, we will unlock new horizons for the beautiful game on our continent, showcasing its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and the passion…
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From food pilgrimages to gastronomy festivals, Africa is betting on its rich cuisines to boost tourism

From food pilgrimages to gastronomy festivals, Africa is betting on its rich cuisines to boost tourism

IN March, Cameroon hosted the 'Diaspora Kitchen' on the banks of the Sanaga River in the small coastal town of Mouanko. The two-day culinary event featured 20 chefs and hundreds of visitors from both local and international backgrounds. The event focused on cultural exchange, with a special emphasis on the gastronomic traditions of Cameroon. Attendees were treated to dishes that showcased the diverse flavours of the country's cuisine, with discussions, training sessions, workshops and demonstrations revolved around only one topic: Food. "Seeing these ingredients being used in their indigenous context as opposed to just being sprinkled for curiosity's sake is…
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Africa’s tourism sector bouncing back

Africa’s tourism sector bouncing back

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY NEWS that French hospitality giant Accor has re-opened Nairobi's Fairmont The Norfolk after shutting down the hotel for nearly two years, as well as the Dubai state-carrier Emirates announcing plans for two daily flights to Mauritius beginning in June, are the latest signs of growing tourist interest, and a rise of arrivals in Africa. Tourism markets in Africa are bouncing back as economies in the continent continue to relax COVID-19 rules to bolster their economies. “The hotel and Accor regional team have worked closely together to reopen the hotel and its facilities,” said Accor Kenya…
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Tourism in Africa: Next destination – recovery

Tourism in Africa: Next destination – recovery

LIZA EUSTACE  THE one golden thread that the entire global tourism industry is clinging to is the practical and widespread roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, which will hopefully go a long way in restoring the fortunes of worldwide travel and tourism. The resuscitation of the travel and tourism sector will reignite growth and sub-Saharan Africa's economic prospects. As Africa's overall development continues, the long-term hope is that infrastructure spend and construction related to transport, airports, ICT infrastructure and health facilities will be key spurs for economic growth. Combining competitive pricing with unique historical, cultural, and natural experiences, will serve as…
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Review of nine African ‘blue economy’ projects shows what works and what doesn’t

Review of nine African ‘blue economy’ projects shows what works and what doesn’t

IFESINACHI OKAFOR-YARWOOD, Lecturer, University of St Andrews AFRICA has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth US$1 trillion per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors. These industries are collectively called the “blue economy”. They are recognised as central to Africa’s sustainable development. They can also play a key role in achieving the continent’s Agenda 2063. This includes achieving integration, prosperity and peace. But for this to happen, it’s important that the benefits are equally distributed. And resources must be used…
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With borders closed, South Africa pins hopes on cash-strapped local tourists

With borders closed, South Africa pins hopes on cash-strapped local tourists

WENDELL ROELF LISA Krohn’s Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town - normally abuzz with backpackers from around the world - today sits largely empty, a sign of how the pandemic has crushed South Africa’s tourist industry. “This place is like a morgue,” she said, contemplating the Victorian-era building’s deserted foyer. Following a five-month lockdown, South Africa is easing domestic travel restrictions, allowing hotels to reopen. With international borders still closed, the government is pinning its hopes on domestic tourism, echoing a strategy being tried from Vietnam to New Zealand with mixed results. South Africa remains among the countries hardest hit by…
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Namibia eases coronavirus restrictions to attract tourists

Namibia eases coronavirus restrictions to attract tourists

NAMIBIA has further eased restrictions for international tourists to try to prevent the collapse of a sector hit by the coronavirus pandemic after the country closed its borders in March. The Tourism Ministry has announced that tourists could go to their pre-booked destinations and take part in activities for up to five days, after which they will be tested for the virus. If they stay at their pre-booked destination for less than five days they can proceed to another destination without a test. In rules introduced in July, tourists had to quarantine at their first destination for seven days, which…
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Bedouins go back to their roots in Egypt as COVID-19 hits tourism

Bedouins go back to their roots in Egypt as COVID-19 hits tourism

MENNA A. FAROUK FOR years, Um Saad has been urging fellow Bedouins to tend their orchards and vegetable patches in the mountains of Egypt's South Sinai. It took a pandemic for them to listen to her. Tourism, her community's main source of income, has been wobbly for years - rattled by militant attacks and political unrest. But COVID-19 has decimated the sector, encouraging many Bedouins to go back to the livelihoods of their ancestors. "This is one good thing about the coronavirus," said Um Saad, 75, sitting outside the house where she has lived for decades near the town of…
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South Africa eases restrictions on international travel, alcohol sales

South Africa eases restrictions on international travel, alcohol sales

SOUTH Africa will open up travel to all countries in an effort to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced, despite having the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent. Africa's most advanced economy, which has recorded more than 740,000 COVID-19 cases and over 20,000 deaths, has seen infections rise since it eased lockdown restrictions in September to their lowest levels. Ramaphosa, in a televised national address, said normal trading hours of alcohol would be restored too, after sales were restricted on weekends in an effort to reduce pressure on hospitals due to alcohol-related…
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SA to clamp down on captive lion breeding

SA to clamp down on captive lion breeding

SOUTH AFRICA will clamp down on captive lion breeding after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism, the environment minister said yesterday. In the nearly 600-page report, the panel appointed by the ministry in 2019 recommended that South Africa end the breeding and keeping of captive lions for economic gain, including hunting them and tourist interactions such as cub petting. The panel also recommended an immediate moratorium on the trade of lion derivatives such as bones, which they found to pose major risks to wild lion populations in South Africa. Barbara Creecy,…
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