News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

Gambia Tourism to Suffer $292 Million Loss Due to Coronavirus

“Gambia stands to lose $292 million as global travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic wreak havoc with the country’s tourism, a key source of foreign exchange. Government revenue from the hospitality industry is forecast to decline by $108 million this year, while the sector as a whole is forecast to suffer a loss of $184 million, according to an impact assessment by the national bureau of statistics.”

via Bloomberg

Namibia’s borders open, conditional to neighbours

“As the six-month long COVID-19 state of emergency lapses, Namibia’s borders are once again open but travel might still be limited as some other countries remain locked down.”

via The Namibian

South African Cabinet Considers Reopening International Borders

“The plan envisages borders being reopened in a two-phased approach, with travel initially being allowed within the continent before routes to destinations further afield are opened up, subject to conditions.”

via Bloomberg

COVID-19 team okays borders, airport opening (Uganda)

“The COVID-19 National Taskforce has proposed the reopening of Entebbe airport, borders, places of worship and universities for final year medical students. According to the proposals sent to President Museveni on Monday, the taskforce maintained the closure of schools, bars and public gyms.”

via Daily Monitor

Woes of hoteliers during COVID-19 (Uganda)

“Since the easing of the lockdown, some parts of the vulnerable economy were opened to resume business by the President. However for hoteliers, the ‘new normal’ is biting hard as they enforce the Standard Operation Procedures from the Ministry of Health such as social distancing.”

via Daily Monitor

COVID-19: Airport reopens, other borders remain closed (Ghana)

“President Akuffo-Addo has announced that the Kotoka International Airport will reopen and resume operations from Tuesday, 1st September 2020. This decision, according to the President, has been communicated to international airlines.”

via BFT Online

Egypt allows coronavirus tests on arrival for tourists

“Visitors to Egypt will no longer have to produce a negative coronavirus test to enter the country after fears that tourists would cancel their holidays because of the requirement. Instead, the country’s civil aviation authority told airlines that visitors could get a polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival at these international airports for $30.”

via Arab News

Time to Re-open

“Africa’s lockdown era is nearing the end as policymakers focus on how to live with COVID-19 rather than defeat it. While retaining measures to protect public health wherever possible, the priority is now shifting to opening up economies again. One major pointer towards a return towards normality is that international flights are restarting. While fraught with possible danger, it marks the point where the era of waiting and seeing what COVID-19 will do ends, and the living with the virus stage commences.”

via Africa Confidential

COVID-19 Impacts Summer Economy Across Morocco’s Beaches

“With borders closed, Morocco’s GDP has suffered significantly. The International Monetary Fund ranked Morocco’s tourism sector as the fourth hardest hit by COVID-19 worldwide.”

via Morocco World News

Optimism in Egypt despite strict virus protocols

“Following a government decision, EgyptAir will ask passengers arriving in the country to submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival. Waheed Assem, a board member of the Tourist Chambers, said while the government decision has caused controversy in the tourism industry, he remains optimistic about the outcome.”

via Arab News