News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

Kenya: Tourism gropes in the dark of losses related to COVID-19

“According to data from Kenya Private Sector Alliance at least 3.1 million jobs in travel and tourism were affected in the year 2020 as hotels, bars and restaurants, tour operators, airlines, travel agents and their suppliers and support services recorded low business.”

via The East African

New coronavirus strain in Botswana

“Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Edwin Dikoloti says in view of the new strain, coupled with the evidence of the soaring numbers of COVID-19 cases, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi had approved the extension of the travel restrictions imposed under the emergency powers regulation”

via Daily News

Sierra Leone announces new COVID-19 travel measures as dozens of new cases are recorded

“President Bio’s government announced that it has revised its process of screening all passengers arriving at the Lungi International Airport, following an alarming increase in the number of reported new cases in the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

RwandAir monitoring coronavirus strain spread in UK

“The national carrier, RwandAir, says it is ‘monitoring the situation’ in the UK where a new strain of COVID-19 pandemic has forced many airlines to suspend flights to the country, and countries to impose travel bans.”

via The New Times

Coronavirus: Five countries block flights from South Africa

South African scientists last week confirmed that the new variant could see more people infected in the country’s second wave than in the initial surge… While it is still unclear whether it is more deadly, it appears to be spreading faster and parts of the Eastern and Western Cape provinces are facing strict lockdown restrictions. Israel, Turkey, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland have all barred air travel to and from South Africa.”

via Vanguard

Malawian perceptions of COVID-19 have shifted alongside public health messages

“Public understandings of COVID-19 have shifted over time in Malawi, affected by infection rates and experiences beyond its borders. During a year of political upheavals in the country, Steve Beloved Kaunga reports from Blantyre on how citizen commentaries have interacted with government public health messages.”

via Africa at LSE

Morocco suspends flights with UK over virus variant

“Morocco has suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom until further notice amid the emergence of a new coronavirus strain.”

via Anadolu Agency

COVID-19 pushes African airlines to the brink

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa’s airlines, but some analysts suggest that a more streamlined industry offering better services could emerge as a result.”

via African Business Magazine

Kenya Airways eyes role in distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

“Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways is seeking to play a role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa. The airline is banking on its stature as a well connected airline in Africa to take the vaccines to every region on the continent using its networks and cargo routes.”

via The East African

Airlines back in the sky, raising hope of recovery

“Tourism stakeholders are optimistic over industry’s recovery following Kenya Airways resumption of service on the Nairobi-New York route on November 29, despite low bookings ahead of the Christmas holiday. Regionally, last week, Uganda Airlines announced resumption of direct flights from Uganda to Mombasa.”

via The East African