Hospitality and Tourism News Updates This Week.

  • The tourism industry is lobbying the government to allow it to open up during lockdown level 3. While travel and hospitality will be phased in for business purposes under the next phase of the lockdown, leisure and recreational travel is still banned. In fact almost all of the things the industry depends on are still prohibited, including travel between provinces (for non-essential things), sit-down restaurants and on-site consumption. The industry says if it is only allowed to operate at level 2 or 1, there may be no industry to open.
  • The hospitality industry remains among key sectors greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with some firms now resorting to reducing employees’ salaries by 50 percent. Players in the industry have already given up on resuscitating business in the remaining half of the year as they continue operating on losses due to the pandemic.
  • Plane loads of tourists aboard Ethiopian, KLM and Turkish airlines are expected to land in Tanzania in the next one week, marking a critical milestone in the on-going re-opening of the country’s economy following nearly two months of lockdown. The country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, hotels and schools are all heeding President John Magufuli’s directive to re-open the entire economy following what he termed as significantly reduced cases of coronavirus patients in the country.
  • The government has released two billion shillings from the exchequer to cushion the hospitality sector that has been adversely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking Monday during the Madaraka Day celebrations at State House Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the stakeholders of the hospitality industry will meet to finalise on the protocols to guide the processes of re-opening the sector.
  • Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala has officially launched a virtual safari live stream campaign to showcase game safaris in some of the parks and reserves across the country. The six-week expedition across the country will be part of the ongoing #MagicAwaits campaign led by the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).