Hospitality News and Updates This Week.

  • Rwanda’s National carriers, Rwandair has announced a prolonged suspension of commercial flights into the country despite a recent cabinet meeting opening tourism and hospitality activities including holding meetings in hotels. The cabinet on 16 June 2020 reopened domestic and international tourism. However, international tourists allowed are only those on charter flights.
  • The Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said the second deconfinement phase will include a relaunch of more economic, social, and cultural activities in both Zones 1 and 2. The announcement may also include gradual launch of domestic tourism, which was directly affected by the COVID-19 crsis. Tourism accounts for 11 percent of Morocco’s GDP.
  • An extraordinary cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, chaired by President Paul Kagame resolved that hotels be allowed to host gatherings, meetings and conferences effective immediately. The meeting has also allowed domestic and international tourism for visitors travelling with chartered flights to resume.
  • Egypt has announced it will reopen its borders for tourism to seaside resorts starting on 1 July 2020. The cabinet has indicated international flights will be allowed to enter the country from 1 July 2020, while foreign tourists will be permitted at the resorts least affected by Covid-19.
  • The President of Maldives said that the country’s border will be reopening for tourism on July 15th, 2020 and international flights will resume. The gorgeous 1190 coral islands and 26 atolls of the Maldives are almost completely reliant on tourism and for the first time in 47 years, they have not had a foreign arrival.
  • Swiss-owned Planhotel Hospitality Group is offering pre-paid products for its Coast-based properties where prospective guests pay 50 percent of the cost to reserve a room. The offer ending Monday will see holiday-makers buy holiday bonds valid for two years for three properties — Diamonds Dream of Africa, Sandies Malindi Dream Garden and Sandies Tropical Village.