Hospitality News and Updates | Africa & Middle East.

  • The Rwanda Convention Bureau on Wednesday announced the reopening of meetings and conferences, as the country tries to gradually revive tourism and hospitality sectors, key foreign exchange-earners.
  • Egypt reopened its famed Giza pyramids to the public on Wednesday after a three-month closure, seeking to restart a vital tourism industry battered by the novel coronavirus.
  • Rwanda will host the secretariat of the East Africa Tourism Platform, a regional private sector body for tourism in the East African region, which was set up by TradeMark East Africa in 2011. The platform was established as an initiative to promote the East African Community as one tourism destination, and some describe it as a lobby group for tourism business.
  • The Department of Tourism has published a new directive that enables further businesses including sit-down restaurants, casinos, conferences and hotels to reopen at advanced level 3 lockdown.
  • The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, is expected to launch a domestic promotion initiative, whose players will be key stakeholders in the tourism sector in Dar es Salaam on 1 July 2020. A press release issued in the city said the blueprint dubbed ‘Domestic Tourism Promotion Initiative’ targeted to raise the awareness of Tanzanians and foreigners living in the country on various touristic attractions available in the country.
  • The hospitality industry is set for full reopening amid Covid-19, whose impact has led to job losses for workers in the sector and indefinite closures of some hotels.The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said Tuesday it has developed health and safety protocols for the sector in light of complexities posed by coronavirus pandemic.
  • The United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have pledged to support the recovery of the tourism sector across the economies where the Bank invests, including Morocco.