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Uganda: 68 Countries Ugandans Can Visit With No Visas:

December 15th, 2018

[Monitor] Kampala -Ugandans intending to travel abroad have at least 68 countries, 15 of them in Africa, they can travel to without a visa.

Seychelles: Eyeing New Tourism and Trade, Seychelles Signs Air Agreements With Eight Countries:

December 15th, 2018

[Seychelles News Agency] With an eye on furthering tourism and trade, Seychelles has signed eight air service agreements with eight countries at the annual Air Services Negotiation conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nigeria: Dana Wins Award:

December 14th, 2018

[Guardian] Dana Air has won the award for Africa's Best Domestic Airline of the year 2018, at the recently held Development in Africa Merits Award (DAMA), in Lagos.

Nigeria: Passenger Traffic Rises By 6.3%:

December 14th, 2018

[Guardian] The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic results for October, showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 6.3 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Nigeria: NPS Initiates Moves for Nature Tourism:

December 14th, 2018

[Vanguard] A strategic feedback mechanism to enthrone sustainable growth of rural and nature tourism within and around Nigeria's protected areas (National Parks) has kicked off in Okomu and Old National Parks in Benin, Edo State and Oyo State respectively.

Nigeria: "Our Room Occupancy Increased Due to Economy Growth":

December 14th, 2018

[Vanguard] General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi, Mark Loxley , has attributed the hotel's improved occupancy to the the improvement in the nation's economy compared to the previous year.

Nigeria: Arik Restores Warri, Gombe, MM2 Operators:

December 13th, 2018

[Guardian] Arik Air has restored flight operations to Osubi Airport in Warri, Delta, and Gombe Airport in Gombe State. These operations were suspended on Monday, following threats by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to withdraw its services from these airports, among others, over alleged N1.9 billion debt.

Ghana: Beating Traffic During Festive Season ... GhIPSS's Solution:

December 13th, 2018

[Ghanaian Times] The public is being encouraged to heavily turn to the use of electronic payment channels and avoid commuting through heavy traffic during the yuletide.

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Launches Flight Service to Manchester:

December 13th, 2018

[ENA] Addis Ababa -Ethiopian airlines inaugurated its second destination to Manchester in the UK next to London on Tuesday.

Angola: Cultural, Commercial Products Attract Visitors to Exhibition Pavilion:

December 12th, 2018

[ANGOP] Cairo -The combination of cultural and commercial products, as well as fashion-related material were the gimmicks for the people that visited, last Tuesday in Cairo, the Angolan exhibition pavilion at the first Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF/2018), which began last Tuesday in Egypt and is set to end on 17 December.

Zimbabwe: Forex Crunch Hits Passport Production - Backlog Reaches 117,000:

December 12th, 2018

[New Zimbabwe] Mutare -Zimbabwe's biting forex crunch is also affecting the production of passports with the backlog currently at 117,000 applications, officials have revealed.

Ethiopia: Passport Tease:

December 12th, 2018

[Addis Fortune] Over the past few months, Ethiopians heading to the Main Department for Immigration & Nationality Affairs Office to renew their passports or obtain new ones have found out that it is not as easy as it used to be.

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Aviation Guru Becomes Secretary General of AFCAC:

December 12th, 2018

[Addis Fortune] Aviation guru Tefera Mekonnen has been elected as the Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).

South Africa: Saving SAA - the Pilots' Perspective:

December 12th, 2018

[Daily Maverick] In many ways South African Airways is a microcosm of our wonderful country. While brimming with potential, and with many committed and wonderful people in it, our airline is also suffering the after-effects of State Capture. Having endured years of incompetent and corrupt leadership and management, we have been left with huge financial debts and, apart from a few exceptions, a lack of skilled, fit-for-purpose, experienced and accountable management.

South Africa: Practice Caution This Long Weekend:

December 12th, 2018

[] With a long weekend on the horizon, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged motorists to exercise extreme caution during the festive period.

Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Soil Can Boost Forex Revenue:

December 12th, 2018

[Addis Fortune] A retired African businessman planning to spend the remaining days of his life travelling the planet approached a consultant seeking advice on how he could manage his plan without the gruesome procedures of request and approval for visas to different countries.

Somalia: Somalia Resumes Issuance of Passports:

December 11th, 2018

[Shabelle] Somalia's Immigration Department has announced the resumption of its operations that include the processing of national identity cards and passports, after modernization of the system for several weeks.

Uganda: Tourism - Uganda Ends Year Healthier:

December 11th, 2018

[Monitor] Tourism, away from the sluggish growth that characterised the year, has made more gains.

Nigeria: Lagos, Osubi Airports Operate As FAAN Suspends Shutdown:

December 11th, 2018

[Guardian] Flight operations continued uninterrupted yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal II (MMA2) in Lagos and Osubi Airfield in Warri, Delta State, among others, despite earlier notice by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to shutdown the facilities over alleged indebtedness.

Kenya: Tourists Arrivals Up 7.8% in Nine Months to September:

December 11th, 2018

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Tourist arrivals in the nine months to September went up by 7.8 per cent to 777,791 from 723,174 visitors recorded during the same period in 2017.

Africa: Which Four Destinations on the Continent Are Cool for Travellers?:

December 10th, 2018

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Four African destinations have made it on to National Geographic Traveller's Cool List for 2019.

Nigeria: FAAN Grounds Lagos, Warri Airports, Others Over N2.6 Billion Debt:

December 10th, 2018

[Guardian] The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday announced the withdrawal of its services from the Murtala Muhammed Airport II (MMA2) terminal in Lagos. Also affected are the airports in Gombe, Kebbi and Delta states.The action, which takes effect this morning, is in protest against a debt of N2.608 billion allegedly owed by the facilities.

Africa: How to Unlock Continent's Tourism Potential:

December 10th, 2018

[Brookings] How to unlock Africa's tourism potential? In order to answer this question and help bridge the gap and offer business and policy leaders with Africa's biggest opportunities and perspectives in the sector, the Brookings's Africa Growth Initiative has just released a report entitled "Africa's tourism potential: Trends, drivers, opportunities, and strategies."

Rwanda: Wood, Tourism and ICT Exhibitors Shine At the Made in Rwanda Expo 2018:

December 10th, 2018

[New Times] The fourth edition of the annual Made in Rwanda Expo 2018 recently concluded with significant interest from many visitors and potential clients for the locally produced wood and ICT products and tourism activities that were largely driven by their high quality.

Nigeria: Commotion As Lagos-Bound Emirates Airline Plane Develops Fault:

December 9th, 2018

[Premium Times] Passengers on board an Emirates airline from Dubai to Lagos in the early hours of Sunday protested as the scheduled flight developed fault just as it was about leaving the Dubai airport.

Africa: Traffic Crashes Are Leading Killer of Children - WHO:

December 9th, 2018

[VOA] The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for urgent action to put a brake on road traffic crashes that kill 1.35 million people every year, mostly in poor developing countries.

Nigeria: Again, Emirates Flight to Lagos Delayed Due to Faulty Aircraft:

December 9th, 2018

[Premium Times] A second attempt at flying passengers to Lagos by Emirates Airlines was aborted Sunday morning as another pilot opted out of using the aircraft for the journey.

Africa: IATA Calls for Safer Skies and Affordable Flights:

December 7th, 2018

[East African] Africa has made significant progress towards safer skies, but governments need to show more commitment to reform if the gains are to be sustained.

Uganda: Bombardier Troubled, but Uganda Keeps the Faith:

December 7th, 2018

[East African] Uganda Airlines does not see any imminent risk in its choice of Bombardier's CRJ as the mainstay of its regional fleet, as questions mount over the Canadian aircraft manufacturer's future in the global aerospace industry.

Sudan: Sudan Airfares Take Third Hike in 2018:

December 7th, 2018

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Domestic and foreign airfares in Sudan have increased by up to 60 per cent; the third increase of this year alone.

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