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Rwanda: I Hope Everybody Has a Chance to Go to Rwanda - Ellen Degeneres:

February 22nd, 2019

[New Times] Ellen DeGeneres said that the experience is thrilling and encouraged members of the audience to visit especially when the campus is completed.


Namibia: Give 50% to Members, Conservancy Managers Told:

February 21st, 2019

[Namibian] Conservancy managers are now forced to allocate 50% of the income from tourism concessions and hunting activities to community development projects.


Zimbabwe: Develop a Mindset Shift Towards an Export Culture:

February 22nd, 2019

[Zimbabwe Independent] Recent data from ZimStat indicate that Zimbabwe had a trade deficit of US$2,3 billion in 2018. As a country, we have lost the export culture that was prevalent in the 1990s where manufacturers were eager to venture into exports and our export basket was dominated by value-added products.


South Africa: Election Fever Grips the House As Home Affairs Back-Pedals On Fireblade Terminal Saga:

February 20th, 2019

[Daily Maverick] The agreement by Oppenheimer-owned Fireblade Aviation to operate its private terminal at OR Tambo International Airport is all above board. This was the embarrassing back-pedal by Home Affairs before MPs on Tuesday, after months of a furore that traversed the courts and the Public Protector's desk, leading ultimately to Malusi Gigaba's resignation over findings that he had 'told untruths' in the judicial proceedings. It's an episode that shows how politicking and political noise scuppers governance.


Angola: Angola, Uruguay Sign Agreement On Tourism:

February 20th, 2019

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angola and Uruguay signed Tuesday two cooperation agreements in the areas of Tourism and Social Action, Family and Women's Promotion, as part of three-day visit to Angola by Foreign Affairs minister of Uruguay, Rodolfo Nin Novoa , at the invitation of his counterpart, Manuel Augusto.


Ghana: Sex Tourism in Ghana? I Beg Your Pardon:

February 19th, 2019

[Public Agenda] "Africa is a marvellous continent. Girls are beautiful and very sexy. All they want is a man who has money, and the worst is when he is white. In all, I slept with more than 1,400 girls in six different countries. I have all their pictures in my album" ~ Jean Michel, French sex tourist


Uganda: Organisers Now Set Date for Miss Curvy Pageant:

February 19th, 2019

[Monitor] Kampala -The Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant will proceed as originally planned in spite of misgivings by a cross-section of Ugandans, including some religious figures, the organisers announced yesterday.


South Africa: SAA Aims to Break Even in 2021, Despite the Projected R7.2bn Loss in Next Two Years:

February 19th, 2019

[Daily Maverick] SAA executives say they have a plan. The airline will be restructured into three units, although differently from Eskom, with a new focus on innovation and profitability. It just needs to get out of the woods first.


Uganda: Uganda Golf Union Sign Deal With Tourism Board:

February 19th, 2019

[Monitor] Kampala -Despite the eternal perceptions related to participation in the sport, golf is one of the technical disciplines with infrastructure spread across Uganda.


Tanzania: Tourism Tops Tanzania Foreign Exchange Receipts in 2018:

February 15th, 2019

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tourism sector was the main contributor of foreign exchange receipts by the country in the year to December 2018, a Bank of Tanzania (BoT) report has revealed. In the BoT Monthly Economic Review (MER) report for the year ending December 2018, travel earnings (dominated by tourism) increased due to a rise in the number of tourist arrivals.


Nigeria: First Aircraft Lands At Bayelsa International Airport:

February 15th, 2019

[Guardian] Yenagoa -I've delivered on another ambitious project, says Dicksom


Africa: 5 Romantic Getaways in Africa:

February 15th, 2019

[Guardian] We always regard Europe as the perfect destination for a romantic city break. Once a romantic getaway comes to mind, the first place we think about are Paris-the city of eternal love, or Prague, or even Venice where everyone becomes a passionate lover, but there are romantic places you should think of right in Africa.


Uganda: Tourism Minister Sparks Controversy over Curvy Women Contest:

February 15th, 2019

[VOA] Uganda's junior minister for tourism this month sparked controversy by suggesting that curvy women could be promoted as a tourist attraction. Uganda earns billions of dollars off of wildlife tourism but, the idea of adding women to that list has generated heated debate about objectifying women.


Angola: Angola Hosts World Tourism Forum:

February 15th, 2019

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Republic of Angola will host the World Tourism Assembly from 23 to 25 May, announced Thursday the chairperson of the World Forum, Bulut Baggi.


Nigeria: Avengers Adopts Atiku, Threatens to Crumble Economy If Buhari Rigs Poll:

February 14th, 2019

[Vanguard] Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has warned that if President Muhammadu Buhari rigs his way back to office, it would once again cripple the country's economy.


Africa: Valentine Special - Marketing Africa As a Female Sex Tourism Destination:

February 14th, 2019

[Vanguard] Finally, African men's sexual prowess can be put to use. Already, quite a number of women from the western world are embarking on sex tourism trips to Africa. When they come, they are served, serviced and pampered, writes Tatenda Gwaambuka on how female sex tourists are exploiting African men."Older women from Europe and North America are now known to frequent African resorts in pursuit of 'sexcapades' as they are called," Tatenda describes.


Africa: No Jet Losses for African Carriers in 2 Years As Safety Record Improves:

February 14th, 2019

[East African] Despite the loss of 14 lives, Africa looks set to maintain a positive air safety record for a third successive year, with no fatal commercial airline jet accidents reported during the first half of 2018.


Nigeria: Nigeria Loses Over N144bn Yearly to Medical Tourism On Cancer:

February 14th, 2019

[Guardian] Every year Nigerians spend over $1,000,000,000 (N360 billion) on medical tourism with cancer care accounting for $400,000,0000 (N144 billion).


East Africa: Region's Airlines Up Competition With New Routes:

February 14th, 2019

[East African] Air Tanzania will in the next two weeks start flights to Lusaka, Zambia, and Harare. It also plans to launch long-haul flights to China and India at the end of March.


Nigeria: NIMET - Dust Haze to Disrupt Flight Operations:

February 13th, 2019

[This Day] Abuja -The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), yesterday warned of an impending considerable amount of dust which, it noted, would disrupt flight operations across the country's airports.


Uganda: Minister Kiwanda Summoned to Parliament Over Miss Curvy Contest:

February 13th, 2019

[Monitor] Parliament has asked the State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda to shade more light on the controversial Miss Curvy beauty contest.


Africa: SA Tourism Reschedules Africa's Travel Indaba 2019:

February 13th, 2019

[This Day] South African Tourism will reschedule this year's Africa's Travel Indaba following confirmation by President Cyril Rampahosa that May 8 will be the date for the country's national elections.


Rwanda: Rwanda Targets U.S.$74 Million From Conference Tourism This Year:

February 13th, 2019

[New Times] The year 2019 looks brighter for the country's conference tourism sector, which is expected to fetch $74 million by June, according to Rwanda Convention Bureau.


Uganda: Those Criticizing Minister Kiwanda Over Miss Curvy Pageant Are Selfish - Oulanyah:

February 12th, 2019

[Monitor] A section of MPs, including the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, have supported junior tourism minister Godfrey Kiwanda's decision to endorse the use of "curvy women" to attract tourists to Uganda.


Liberia: Marriott Signs Historic Franchise Deal for Hotel in Monrovia:

February 12th, 2019

[Observer] The Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia, expected to open in 2020


Uganda: What Uganda Can Learn From Thailand's Medical Tourism:

February 12th, 2019

[Monitor] Medical tourism is the new trend in health care. Thailand, for instance, has made strides in improving its medical tourism scene, positioning herself among the top medical tourism destinations in the world.


Rwanda: Rwanda to Woo Middle Easterners at Tourism Market in Tel Aviv:

February 12th, 2019

[New Times] Rwanda will look to woo more Middle Eastern tourists at the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM2019) which opens today in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Uganda: I've No Powers to Cancel Miss Curvy Pageant, Says Minister Kiwanda:

February 11th, 2019

[Monitor] Female Ugandan activists have since last Thursday been slamming a government supported campaign to use "curvy women" to attract tourists to the east African nation.


Uganda: Tour Operators Denounce Miss Curvy Contest:

February 11th, 2019

[Monitor] Tour operators under their umbrella body, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators [AUTO], have condemned the miss curvy contest endorsed by the state minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, recently.


Zimbabwe: NRZ Says Costly Commuter Trains Unsustainable - Urges Government Subsidy:

February 11th, 2019

[New Zimbabwe] THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is making huge losses from its passenger trains, the company's general manager has revealed.


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