Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) |

Tourism Grows 4% in 2021 but Remains Far Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Africa saw a 12% increase in arrivals in 2021 compared to 2020, though this is still 74% below 2019

UNWTO reports 4% rise in international tourist arrivals in 2021; however, 2021 was another challenging year: arrivals still 72% down on pre-pandemic levels; recovery needs stronger coordination and increased vaccination rates. Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist…

Source: Republic Of South Africa: Western Cape Provincial Government |

Western Cape on 27% recovery in international trips for December 2021

Early airport data shows 27% recovery in international trips for December 2021, compared to December 2019

The Western Cape Government is concerned with the decline in international passenger numbers recorded at Cape Town International Airport since December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.  While domestic tourism increased notably between 2020 and 2021, providing a very welcomed relief for the tourism and hospitality sector in the Western…

Source: Parliament of the Republic of Uganda |

Uganda: MPs asked to exempt tourism sector from budget cuts

The tourism sector has over the last two financial years lost over Shs22 billion on account of budget cuts on consumptive items

Members of Parliament have been asked to exempt the tourism ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) from budget cuts in order to revamp the COVID-19 hit sector. While presenting the tourism sector’s Budget Framework Paper for financial year 2022/23 before the Parliamentary Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry on Thursday, 13…

Source: Department of Tourism, Republic of South Africa |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu welcomes decision by EU countries to remove SA from red lists

Minister Sisulu also thanked tourism stakeholders that have lobbied with her to ensure that South Africa is removed from all red lists

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the decision by EU countries to remove South Africa from red lists following the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. “While these moves are welcomed, it comes after the peak of the tourist season and in the wake of over R1 billion lost in…

Source: Department of Tourism, Republic of South Africa |

Minister Sisulu engages Limpopo Tourism Stakeholders

Minister Sisulu, who is in Limpopo to attend the ruling party’s 110-year anniversary and the ANC’s January 8 Statement taking place on Saturday, joined delegates virtually

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu today held a stakeholder engagement summit with Limpopo tourism sector. The event, co-hosted by Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism and Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) was held at Protea Hotel in Polokwane. It was attended by various stakeholders including Women in Tourism (WIT), South…

Source: Republic of Mauritius |

Well-being of the Population and Prosperity of the Economy are Government’s Priorities, States Prime Minister

Prime Minister Jugnauth expressed his hope that the population lives in peace, mutual respect, and unity

‘In 2021, we have been protecting the health of the population and have revived economic activities. Government will do its uttermost for the safety of the population in these trying times and for the betterment of the local economy’. The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement, this…

Source: Department of Tourism, Republic of South Africa |

Limpopo boasts tourism experience #UnlikeAnyOther

It was the fourth instalment of the Provincial Showcase hosted by the South African Pavilion

In a bid to attract a good mix of leisure and business travellers, Limpopo Tourism positioned itself as a sports, wildlife and industry mecca at the Expo 2020 in Dubai last night. It was the fourth instalment of the Provincial Showcase hosted by the South African Pavilion. The series promotes…

Source: Department of Tourism, Republic of South Africa |

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on an investment drive in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region

The UAE is one of South Africa’s top bilateral trade partners in the Middle East, with total exports worth ZAR 25.4 billion in 2018

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on an investment drive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region Tourism Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu engaged with potential investors during her four-day visit in Dubai, to strengthen relations between South Africa and the UAE into a more comprehensive strategic partnership. Minister…

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UNESCO: The PM Unveils Announcement Certificate of BRGBO Biosphere Reserve

The new BRGBO Biosphere Reserve has also been identified by Birdlife International as an important bird area as well as a key biodiversity area owing to the high density of endemic species per square kilometre

The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, proceeded this morning, with the unveiling of the announcement certificate and commemorative plaque of the new and extended “Black River Gorges – Bel Ombre (BRGBO) Biosphere Reserve” under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme.  The event was held at Alexandra Falls Viewpoint,…

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The African Nature Based Tourism Platform - Connecting Funders to Beneficiaries in 11 Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa

The African Nature-Based Tourism Platform seeks to connect funders to communities and small and medium enterprises involved in nature-based tourism in 11 African countries

The newly launched African Nature-Based Tourism Platform (NatureBasedTourism.Africa) is 8 months into its first year of the three-year project phase. It is an innovative collaboration to channel vital COVID-19 relief and recovery funding to communities and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in nature-based tourism in Africa.  Africa witnessed an…