Africa & The Middle East Hospitality News and Updates

  • RAM launched its first flight linking Casablanca and Dakhla yesterday. It is the first day Moroccan authorities have allowed domestic flights to resume in order to revive Morocco’s economy and tourism sector, as part of the gradual easing of the country’s COVID-19-induced lockdown.
  • Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, Senior Minister, on Wednesday launched a USD 9 million tourism grant scheme under the Ghana Tourism Development Project, geared towards revitalising the tourism sector that has highly been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, being provided by the International Development Agency of the World Bank Group, would benefit about 1,000 small and medium scale enterprises in the tourism and hospitality sector.
  • The Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Wildlife has said only licensed tourism units will qualify for a financial boost from the special fund meant to cushion industry players from effects of Covid-19. Spokesperson for the ministry, Milca Manyozo, said the government was concerned that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the tourism industry.
  • Hundreds of workers in the hospitality industry in Kenya’s Western tourism circuit have been sent home after hotels in Nyanza and Western regions started shutting down their operations this week due to adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.