News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

Affected by the impacts of COVID-19: Seychelles National Parks Authority Shifts its Operations

“With its activities highly dependent on tourism which has been severely affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the personnel of the Seychelles National Parks Authority which obtained financial autonomy in January 2018, have had to shift their operations.”

via Seychelles Nation

Coronavirus: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

“After more than three months without flying, airline companies are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date.”

via The Africa Report

Liberia Experiences Spike in COVID-19 Cases As the Country Prepares to Reopen Its International Airport

“For weeks now, many have been quietly concerned that Liberia had been under-reporting the number of COVID-19 cases. However, over the past few days, the rapid rise in the number of positive tests have triggered a wave of reactions with many laying the blame squarely on emerging differences between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Public Health Institute.”

via Front Page Africa

With no tourists, Kenyan operator’s planes are grounded

“Across Africa, wildlife reserves and parks have closed their gates as tourists stay home, hitting the continent’s multi-billion-dollar tourist industry and leading to job cuts and loss of income for thousands.”

via The East African

COVID-19: Tourism revival requires stern enforcement of safety protocols (Ghana)

“The situation at some hospitality facilities in the Bono Region epitomizes the devastating impact of COVID-19 in the country. Eusbett Hotel, a 3-Star facility in Sunyani with 150 rooms and ten (10) conference centres has had its occupancy reduced from 88 percent to two percent. Management of the Hotel responded to the situation by cutting down staff strength from 150 to 60.”

via BFT Online

Reviving Botswana’s Tourism Industry after COVID-19

“The Botswana tourism sector cannot avoid the threats posed by the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Considering that tourism relies on physical interaction between people, it does not come as a surprise that the sector has borne the brunt of the global pandemic.”

via Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Air Arabia Morocco Details Plan for Domestic Flight Resumption

“The low-cost Emirati airline Air Arabia announced today its intent to resume domestic flight activity in Morocco starting June 25. Air Arabia pledges a gradual resumption by launching only 14 air connections to and from seven major cities, including Agadir, Dakhla, Fez, Marrakech, Nador, Rabat, and Tangier.”

via Morocco World News

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says his country needs ‘fiscal space’ amid the COVID-19 crisis

“‘Coronavirus is mainly a health issue, and our key focus is ensuring that we keep our people safe,’ he said. ‘But this is also an economic crisis because it has resulted in some key sectors hugely affected by lockdowns. We were forced to close our airspace, which affected tourism, a very critical part of our economy.'”

via Atlantic Council

Tunisia’s economy could shrink by as much as 7% this year

“The government ended all restrictions on movement and businesses this month and will open its sea, land and air borders on June 27. However, the pandemic is hammering the tourism sector, which contributes nearly 10% of gross domestic product and is a key source of foreign currency.”

via Reuters

South Africa is working on a plan to decide which countries’ tourists to allow visit

“Now tourism in South Africa is edging toward a revival, with both the government and travel industry mapping out plans to welcome visitors back in phases but there are already concerns it may be too early and instead coincide with the peak of South Africa’s COVID-19 infections.”

via Quartz Africa