German airline Eurowings Discover debuts Frankfurt – Mombasa flights

KENYA – Eurowings Discover, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group, has launched its inaugural flight from Frankfurt to Mombasa, Kenya using A330-200 for its first flight before heading on to Zanzibar, Tanzania as a tag flight. From August 2 2021, this will be followed by further supplementary services to Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic with three flights a week, as well as to Windhoek, Namibia on five days a week. From October 2021, Eurowings Discover is planning further flights to Las Vegas and Mauritius and in the 2021 winter flight schedule,…

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IFC in deal to boost Victoria Falls flights and promote tourism

ZIMBABWE -The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will partner Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in efforts to attract more airlines and flights into the country’s premier tourist destination, Victoria Falls. The partnership, which also include partners like CPCS Transcom a consultancy firm and Cape Town Air Access, a project of  Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade, and Investment Promotion Agency for South Africa’s Western Cape, is focused on helping Zimbabwe conduct data analysis and facilitate dialogue with airlines to recover and strengthen Victoria…

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Marriot Hotel opens new branch in Lagos, boosting Nigerias tourism economy

NIGERIA – Marriot Hotel has announced its debut in Nigeria with the opening of the highly anticipated Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, that will provide unique hospitality service to Nigerians and others who yearn for luxury, efficient service, good taste and entertainment. The new hotel, which has redefined the skyline of Ikeja GRA adds grace and aesthetics to the beauty of Joel Ogunnaike Street and environs and boasts to be the best Marriot Hotel in Africa. The hotel which operates under Mack Folly Limited, a subsidiary of Skyway Group is located…

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Lufthansa to launch direct Frankfurt – Mombasa flights

KENYA – Eurowings, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group will launch passenger flights from Frankfurt to Mombasa and to Zanzibar on March 31, 2021, targeting tourists planning to visit the East Africa region. The German carrier that resumed passenger flights to Nairobi in 2015 after an 18-year hiatus said the new flight will originate from Frankfurt Airport in Germany on an Airbus A330 aircraft that carries 283 passengers. The airline will fly two times per week coinciding with the traditional low season tourism period which at the Kenyan…

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Etihad Airways resumes flights to Morocco’s coastal city of Casablanca

MOROCCO – Etihad Airways, the second-largest airline and flag carrier of the UAE, has announced resumption of passenger flights to Morocco’s Casablanca city starting Saturday, September 19. According to a report by Morocco World News, the Emirati carrier will operate three flights per week on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The airline further revealed that it will resume flights to Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second largest city, at the end of October. Etihad Airlines confirmed it will operate services two days per week to Rabat on Wednesdays and Fridays. It however…

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Ghana to roll out stimulus package to cushion hospitality sector operators from Covid-19

GHANA – The Government of Ghana has announced plans to roll out a Stimulus package of GH¢ 600 million cedis (US$103.90 million) to the tourism sector as part of measures to cushion operators in the hospitality industry from adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko- Mensah revealed the government plans during the Western and Western-North Regional Tourism Awards in Takoradi. In his speech during the awards, Mr Darko-Mensah lauded the hardworking staff in the hospitality industry for the successful Year of Return programme.…

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COVID-19 denies Morocco’s tourism sector revenues worth US$1.2 billion

MOROCCO – Morocco’s tourism receipts declined by 33.2% in the first six months of 2020, representing a loss of MAD 11.1 billion ($1.21 billion) due to challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a new report, Morocco’s Department of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF) revealed that the US$1.21 billion loss in revenues was occasioned by a 71% drop in tourism revenues in the first half the year. The report further revealed that number of tourist arrivals in Morocco decreased by 63% at the end of June 2020, while overnight stays…

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Namibia receives US$14.84m funding from German government for tourism sector

NAMIBIA – The German Federal Government has mobilized additional resources of US$14.84 million(N$250m) to support the Namibian Government, through the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, in mitigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the conservation and tourism sector. The conservation and tourism sector has been significantly affected by the loss of income from tourism, caused by worldwide lockdown measures and international travel restrictions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Countrywide employment and vital conservation activities are in jeopardy, risking the survival of local communities, wildlife and protected areas. The…

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Morocco’s travel receipts jump to record US$8.12B in 2019 – report

Morocco’s travel receipts jump to a record US$8.12B i

MOROCCO – Morocco’s travel receipts jumped to a record US$8.12B in 2019, up from US$7.5 billion recorded during a similar period in 2018, a new report by Morocco’s Exchange Office has revealed. The annual report on the Morocco’s balance of payments and international investment position also highlighted the travel receipt’s countries of origin. Data obtained from the report show that France issued the majority of Morocco’s travel receipts, accounting for MAD 25.7 billion ($2.6 billion). Spain came in second after France, issuing MAD 6.68 billion ($688.7 million) in travel receipts,…

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Morocco’s tourism recovery efforts receive a major boost from UNWTO, EBRD

MOROCCO – The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have pledged to support the recovery of Morocco’s tourism. The pledge by the two intergovernmental organizations is a major boost for Morocco’s tourism sector which had been hardest hit by the COVID19 pandemic. Earlier this month, Morocco had secured a US$48 million loan from the World Bank to cushion the country’s economy from the adverse effects of COVID19. The World Bank, at the time of approving the loan, expressed its satisfaction with…

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