Hospitality and Tourism News This Week

  • Frontline communities that live adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park are among the beneficiaries of a USD 400,000 (UGX 1.5 billion) conservation grant meant to support wildlife-based tourism communities that have been devastated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Morocco’s National Social Security Fund has extended the application deadline for tourism sector operators wishing to benefit from financial support.
  • International arrivals in Kenya fell 91.2 percent last month compared to a similar period last year, highlighting the adverse effects of the coronavirus disease on the tourism sector.
  • Morocco plans to restart its tourism sector by allowing tourists back into the country. On September 11, Air Arabia Maroc announced that some tourists would be allowed back into the country despite the extension of the state of health emergency.
  • The Saqqara Antiquities Region, most famous for the Step Pyramid, received its first tourist group on Monday, about 14 days after the resumption of cultural tourism in Egypt.
  • The Rwanda luxury and tourism scene is about to get an exquisite addition, in the name of a boat hotel, named Kivu Queen-uBuranga by the Mantis group, which will be unveiled early next year in the pristine waters of Lake Kivu.
  • The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has announced an 8-week campaign, ‘Take On The Pearl’ aimed at attracting local tourists to experience the treasures and attractions of their country. As the coronavirus pandemic with its international travel and lockdown restrictions continues to bite the tourism sector hard, UTB is now focusing on the local tourism to provide some sustenance.