News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

Ethiopia steps in to deliver respirators to Latin Americans

“Ethiopia has emerged as a key transit hub for the shipment of much sought-after medical equipment to Latin America, as poorer countries complain they are being muscled out of the market by richer nations and their cargo seized during refuelling stops in Europe and the US.”

via Financial Times

South Sudan reopens airports despite rise in COVID-19 cases

“In a letter dated May 11 and addressed to all airline operators in the country, David Subek Dada, chief executive officer of the South Sudan Civil Aviation said the country’s airspace opened on Tuesday in line with last week’s presidential directive to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.”

via The East African

How COVID-19 is destroying Africa’s tourism industry

“At the beginning of 2020, Africa’s tourism sector looked set for a lucrative year. The continent had the world’s second fastest growing tourism industry and was projected to rake in billions of dollars. But when COVID-19 struck, tourists stopped coming and the industry ground to a sudden halt.”

via Deutsche Welle

Planning for post COVID-19 in tourism (Uganda)

“Once Uganda emerges from this crisis, business managers especially in the tourism sector have to reinvent their product offers to survive in the post-coronavirus economy. In all his presidential addresses, President Museveni admitted that one of the sectors that have been hit hard and will take time to it recover is tourism sector.”

via Daily Monitor

Kenya Airways seeks KSh 7 billion bailout to recover from coronavirus storm

“Debt ridden Kenya Airways is seeking another KSh 7 billion bailout from the government as it hopes to recover from the coronavirus storm that has halted its operations.”

via Tuko

COVID-19: Hotels, restaurants to register all customers (Rwanda)

“All hospitality establishments including hotels, restaurants, coffee shops among others will be registering all customers patronising their premises, in order to strengthen the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

via The New Times

More businesses adopt salary cuts, lay-offs to survive (Ghana)

“With the local tourism and hospitality industry, alongside the education sector, grinding to almost a halt, with its attendant job cuts and reduced salaries, many more businesses in other sectors are exploring these options in order to sustain operations until a vaccine is found or the virus is brought under absolute control.”

via Business & Financial Times (Ghana)

COVID-19: Tanzania relaxes restrictions on international flights

“Tanzanian government has relaxed some restrictions on international flights to allow some categories of flight movements amid growing demand for the service, authorities say. The relaxation touches repatriation flights, operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, technical landings where passengers do not disembark and other safety-related operations.”

via Daily Monitor

State waives virus testing cost as plans to reopen hotels takes shape (Kenya)

“The government has waived the cost of COVID-19 testing for the business sector from Sh4,000 to Sh1,000, Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala has said. This, Balala said, is a move aimed at supporting the economy which is already taking a hammering due to the global pandemic. This follows efforts by the government to reopen restaurants while protecting Kenyan lives in the process.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Pandemic offers chance to rethink future of airlines

“The coronavirus pandemic has brought unremittingly bleak news for Africa’s airline industry. The continent’s commercial fleets are grounded as tourism and business travel have shuddered to a halt.”

via African Business Magazine