The Covid-19 crisis has disproportionately affected tourism, a sector that accounts for millions of jobs around the globe. While no one can say with certainty when tourism will recover, people are starting to dream again of getaways whether closer to home or to remote destinations.
HotStats, the leading global provider of monthly profit and loss benchmarking data, and the Middle East and Africa affiliate of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), a non-profit organization established in the U.
Croatia, Ecuador and Ghana are the latest in a long line of major destinations to use the world's first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Thailand's Minor Hotels has confirmed that its Avani Hotels & Resorts brand is on track to open more than ten new properties in the next few years, including debuting in four new countries.
Whilst the COVID-19 crisis is currently hitting operational hotels hard, the situation for hotel projects under development on the African Continent has not been addressed. It should be expected that dossiers for hotel projects will need to be more robust than ever before when being presented to investors and banks.
Member States from across Africa have shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic.
African hotel development had returned to growth at the start of 2020, with more than 78,000 rooms in 408 hotels in the pipeline, according to the 12th annual survey by W Hospitality Group, acknowledged as the industry's most authoritative source.
Recovery and resilience were the central themes as the members of the World Tourism Organization's Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) met for the 63rd time today. Reflecting the extraordinary circumstances, the meeting was held virtually, bringing together Ministers of Tourism from across the region with representatives of the African Union, the West African Monetary Union and from the private sector, to plot a united course towards a stronger and better tourism sector.
Airbnb has announced the launch of #GetBehindTheMask, a host led movement to support communities struggling with the impact of COVID-19. In partnership with the Western Cape Government's Maskathon and Afrika Tikkun, the initiative will kickstart with an Online Experience on how to create face masks, alongside a call to action from the host community to challenge others to make masks.
Five international air transport and tourism bodies have launched an appeal to international financial institutions, country development partners and international donors to support Africa's Travel & Tourism sector which employs some 24.