The East African Business Council and East African Tourism Platform have signed a memorandum of understanding geared to market the EAC bloc as a single and most attractive tourist destination.
Ethiopian Airlines has unveiled a new digital option dubbed My Sheba Space, to enable economy class travelers purchase one or more empty seats on board to get extra space and relax.
António Loureiro, together with his wife, Isabel, started the restaurant A Cozinha in Portugal in 2016. Fiercely committed to sustainability and zero waste, A Cozinha was recognized in 2021 by the UN as one of the 50 Best Small Businesses in the world.
Safari Hotels & Conference Centre, a prominent two-hotel complex in Windhoek, has become the first property in Namibia to join Accor’s portfolio.
In a move to support the ramp up of operations after boosting its passenger services to South Africa, Emirates signed an interline agreement with Cemair that opens up connections to six more destinations in South Africa.
Emirates and Airlink announced the expansion of their existing partnership into a unilateral codeshare agreement, giving travellers to and from South Africa convenient access to more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries.
Rossiya Airline (Aeroflot Group), in partnership with tour operator Biblio-Globus, resumed scheduled flights to popular Egyptian resorts from Sheremetyevo International Airport.
National Aviation Services (NAS) va assister les autorités locales pour le déploiement du dispositif de test rapide développé par Abbott ‘’Panbio ™ COVID-19 Ag’’ ainsi que son système de test de soins moléculaires ID NOW™.
Radisson Hotel Group announced the signing of Radisson Hotel Middelburg as part of the Group’s expansion plan in South Africa.
National Aviation Services (NAS) signed an agreement to partner with global healthcare company, Abbott, to drive the implementation of Covid-19 rapid testing solutions at major airports and transborder lounges across the African continent.
SITA has announced a new technology deployment offering passengers enhanced check-in and bag drop self-services with Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport (ADD).
Radisson Hotel Group announced the extension of its Moroccan footprint with the opening of four hotels in beloved tourist destinations Al Hoceima, Taghazout Bay, and Saïdia.
Radisson Hotel Group announced the signing of Radisson Hotel Djibouti. The hotel marks the Group’s entry into the country and brings its East African portfolio to 18 hotels and over 2700 rooms.
National Aviation Services (NAS), airport services provider, and NAC2000 Corporation have been awarded a tender to operate an airport lounge in the new terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka, Zambia.
Saad will lead the next phase of growth for Uber’s ride-sharing business across the region, bringing 15 years of strategy & marketing experience from the U.S., Singapore and Pakistan.
Airlink, the independent Southern African regional airline, will restart its safari lodge air transfer service effective 1 July 2021.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Morocco's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BB+' with a Stable Outlook.
Bolt has launched 'Bolt Drive' a new car renting service that allows customers to rent a car for short periods of time using the Bolt app.
Bolt is partnering with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the National Youth Service (NYS) to support the National Boda Boda riders training program launched in February 2021.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel.
SunTrust Bank has launched the Small and Medium Enterprises product loan for women in the logistics business tagged Women on Wheels (WOW).
In accordance with the permission of the Federal Air Transport Agency, S7 Airlines has launched sales for direct weekly flights from Moscow to Casablanca, Morocco, effective April 30th.
As countries seek to relax border restrictions, quarantines and lock-downs, they need a more reliable, trustworthy and efficient way to validate the health status of incoming travelers.
Zemen Bank and Mastercard launch Ethiopia’s first contactless Platinum Mastercard Prepaid Travel Card
Zemen Mastercard prepaid travel cards will enable cardholders to use cards with either of the two major currencies, namely U.S. Dollars and Euros, based on their travel destination.
Alstom announced it successfully installed and commissioned its SIL 4 signaling Electronic Interlocking SYSTEM, including a support system and SCADA that supervises and controls different subsystems.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), approved a loan of €145 million to finance reliability and performance upgrades to the country’s rail system under the Egypt National Railways Modernization Project (ENRMP).
The success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) hinges on the ability of African firms to understand and capitalize on the trade related opportunities offered by the AfCFTA
The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc has announced the launch of five new air connections between France and Morocco.
Wego, the online travel marketplace across the MENA region, announced the launch of ShopCash, an online shopping cashback and deal discovery app for Middle East consumers.
IBM, EGYPTAIR Tourism and Duty Free Co. announced a new agreement in which the airline will leverage IBM Cloud to scale and modernize EGYPTAIR Duty Free back-end operations and host its SAP Travel Retail System.
Expedia Group, the global travel platform and Accor, a world hospitality group, in conjunction with UNESCO, are joining forces to further extend the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge.
DHL Industrial Projects, is supporting Dunakeszi Járműjavító Kft with the transport of the largest order of rolling stock in the history of Hungary. In total, 676 coaches are being transferred from the production site in Dunakeszi, Hungary, to Egypt.
British Airways operated by Comair, South Africa’s premium full-service airline, announced the reopening of bookings for daily regional flights between Johannesburg and Harare.
Airlink, the privately-owned regional airline, will launch a convenient new direct service between Cape Town and Walvis Bay, commencing on 02 March 2021.
Ethiopia is the latest destination to be awarded the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp, following major steps implemented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism last year.
Startup studio 1888EC partners with Mastercard Foundation to create digital solutions for tourism sector in Ethiopia
Startup studio 1888EC announced a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to create Ethiopia's first travel and leisure platform aimed at creating digital solutions and job opportunities within the contry's tourism sector.
[Kenya] Safaricom collaborates with Forward Travelers to offer digital fare collection solution to commuters
The service is powered by Simple Fare, a mobile and financial integration technology developed by Netcen Interactives. Simple Fare enables a commuter to pay fare through Lipa Na M-PESA with the payment immediately reflecting to the bus crew’s phones.
Alternet Systems, Inc. (ALYI), announced finalizing plans for its first rideshare electric motorcycles to go into service by July of this year. ALYI has an order to deliver 2000 electric motorcycles in Kenya to be deployed into the motorcycle taxi (boda) market.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the Biden administration to exempt farm labor from its recent proclamation suspending travel from several countries due to COVID-19 concerns. The ban includes guest workers from South Africa.
Asset Manager Futuregrowth has put its vote of confidence in the tourism industry by buying a significant stake in Thebe Tourism Group in South Africa.
More than 100 million jobs could return to the global Travel & Tourism sector during 2021, as the world recovers from the crippling COVID-19 pandemic, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Qatar Airways resumed flights to Cairo in the Arab Republic of Egypt with a daily service. QR1301 departed Hamad International Airport to Cairo International Airport at 15:15 local time and landed at its destination at 17:40 local time.
DHL Express, world’s express service provider together with Boeing announced that the global logistics company placed an order for an additional eight new Boeing 777 freighters.
The National Authority for Tunnels, a governmental authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport of Egypt, and Siemens Mobility signed an MoU to design, install and commission Egypt’s first ever high-speed rail transportation system.
Acrow, an international bridge engineering and supply company, announced it has provided 26 modular steel bridges to the National Road Administration of Mozambique, to restore vital transportation routes damaged by cyclones in 2019.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), joined forces to support countries that are among the most dependent on tourism for jobs and economic growth.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) appointed Raphael Kuuchi as Director Government, Legal and Industry Affairs in Consulting capacity effective 01 January 2021.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is breaking fresh ground with a $12 million loan to Al Dau Al Haram for Hotel Operations for the regeneration of a brownfield site into a Hyatt Regency hotel in Egypt.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) appointed Kamil H. Al-Awadhi as its Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East, effective 1 March 2021.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed a €1.128 billion agreement to support investments in the rehabilitation and expansion of metro and tram systems in Alexandria and Cairo.
According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), destinations welcomed 900 million fewer international tourists between January and October when compared with the same period of 2019.
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy (MKWC) joined hands with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, and other key stakeholders to launch the Mawingu Mountain Bongo Sanctuary, an 800 acre indigenous forest area on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
GMAF DIRECT, Gor Mahia’s digital supporters trust has entered into a pioneering project with BuuPass, a digital marketplace for travelers across Kenya.
Leep Africa, a Johannesburg-based South African company, has developed the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) mobile hotspot network.
Accor, world-leading augmented hospitality group, has added India and Turkey to its Middle East & Africa region.
O-CITY, the automated fare collection provider by BPC, announced its initiative to drive contactless payments across bus services in Nairobi, Kenya.
Airlink, the privately-owned and independent regional airline, has opened reservations for flights between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, which will commence on 1 December 2020.
Airlink, the privately-owned and independent regional airline, will connect South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when it launches its new scheduled passenger flights between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi on 30 November 2020.
The World Bank approved $150 million in additional financing for Morocco’s Urban Transport Program, which started in 2015, to strengthen the country’s capacity to offer quality service in public transport.
Sabre Corporation, software and technology company powering the global travel industryannounc ed the signing of a long-term, technology agreement with BIDTravel.
Bolt, on-demand transportation platform in Africa has up-scaled security and safety features on the platform to improve safety and well-being of passengers, riders and drivers during a Bolt trip.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and UNWTO are collaborating in a project on developing the tourism sector in Liberia with a focus on surf tourism in the Robertsport destination.
Ethiopian Airlines and the United States announced a partnership agreement that will enable the nation’s flagship carrier to source locally grown produce and ingredients for preparing in-flight meals for global passengers.
Emirates and Airlink have announced an interline agreement, widening Emirates’ reach into Southern Africa as countries begin opening their borders for travellers.
Low-cost airline Ryanair is set to resume flights in and out of Morocco.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as the two parties work together to restart global tourism.
World Bank confirms economic downturn in Sub-Saharan Africa, outlines key polices needed for recovery
Driven by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 global pandemic, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to fall to -3.3 percent in 2020, pushing the region into its first recession in 25 years, according World Bank's latest regional economic analysis.
Ethiopian Airlines Group, Largest Aviation Group in Africa announced it will cover the medical insurance including repatriation, evacuation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 as of 1st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021.
A new World Bank report identifies agribusiness, entrepreneurship, apprenticeship, construction, tourism and sports as key sectors that can offer increased employment opportunities for Ghanaian youth.
Emirates announced it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October).
As growing numbers of countries around the world ease restrictions on travel, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new Tourism Recovery Tracker to support global tourism.
With the easing of travel restrictions across the globe, Ethiopian announced it will restart scheduled commercial flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town as of 01 October 2020.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) approved $100 million in new funding to support development operations in Burundi, Nicaragua and Ghana.
Emirates announced it will resume passenger services to Casablanca, Morocco effective 18 September 2020.
Proflight Zambia has expanded its cargo capacity by designating some of its fleet to operate dedicated cargo flights between Lusaka and Johannesburg.
The World Bank approved a grant of $130.8 million from IDA to ease the movement of goods and people and improve access to social services and job opportunities in the refugee hosting districts in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda.
United Airlines announced plans to expand its global route network with new nonstop service to Africa, India and Hawaii.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the delivery of vital infrastructure services in Morocco with a €300 million financing package to state-owned utility and transport companies.
Kenya is the first country globally to be awarded the recommended status of the “Safer Tourism Seal” by Rebuilding Travel.
A regional electronic Corridor Trip Monitoring System which will allow cross border road transport operators, drivers, regulators and law enforcement agencies to record and monitor driver wellness data has been approved by the Tripartite group.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new data indicating that the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s aviation industry and economies has worsened sharply since the previous assessment in April.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline has increased the frequency of its scheduled flights on its domestic destinations to meet the growing demand.
On 25 July 2020, a bulk carrier vessel, MW Wakashio, ran aground on the reef of Point d’Esny, off the coast of Mauritius, approximately 40 kilometres southeast of the country’s capital, Port Louis, carrying nearly 4,200 metric tons (MT) of fuel.
South Africa responded swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the sharp drop in activity adds to long-standing challenges and raises the urgency for structural reforms, according to a new OECD report.
The Tripartite Council of Ministers of three regional economic communities in the eastern and southern Africa have approved new harmonized trade and transport facilitation guidelines.
[Sierra Leone] IOM strengthens capacity of airport frontliners as Freetown International Airport reopens
After being closed for four months, Sierra Leone’s only international airport has reopened to foreign commercial flights.
YuPlan Limited is a Zimbabwe digital startup that allows customers to book a venue from anywhere in the world.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline resumed its service to Duala and Yaoundé in Cameroon, with services being initially available three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Germany mobilizes additional €13m for Namibia to mitigate COVID-19 challenges in conservation, tourism sector
The German Federal Government has mobilized additional resources of €13 million to support the Namibian Government, through the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, in mitigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Herders in Africa’s arid Sahelian region follow a seasonal cycle as they seek greener pastures for their livestock. Every year, thousands of men and beasts travel what’s known as “transhumance corridors” in a pilgrimage as old as time.
China Yutong Bus has donated more than 1.2 million medical masks to African countries and shared the experience of public transport pandemic prevention in China.
The world’s tourism sector could lose at least $1.2 trillion, or 1.5% of the global gross domestic product UNCTAD said in a report.
The Government of Sudan last month began facilitating the return home of the first of an estimated 15,000 Sudanese nationals stranded overseas, many in urgent need of assistance, with the support of IOM.
The African Development Bank has joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO)and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) to reduce trade finance gaps that emerge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) are joining forces to boost the recovery of the tourism sector across the 38 economies where the Bank invests.
The Security Council renewed the sanctions regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo for one year, while extending for 13 months the mandate of a Group of Experts tasked with assisting in the oversight of those measures.
The National Aviation Services (NAS) has received its first IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration in Tanzania for its operations at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro international airports.
The African Development Bank has approved a $1.2 million grant to Ethiopia’s government to finance a feasibility study into a standard-gauge railway (SGR) link between Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1%.