Hospitality News & Highlights This Week

  • The local tourism sector is showing signs of recovery following the reopening of the sector on 17 June, preliminary statistics show. Statistics from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) show that major facilities across the country are starting to see a growth in traffic with the optimism of growth in the coming weeks.
  • Egypt’s tourism plan for fiscal year 2020/2021 includes investments worth EGP 5.2 billion (approx. USD 325 million), down by 28.8 percent from an expectation of EGP 7.3 billion (approx. USD 456 million) in FY19/20. The drop in tourism investments is due to the coronavirus crisis which affected tourism worldwide, the country’s minister of planning and economic development Hala El-Saeed said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • The Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority has allowed hunting companies to carry out their activities for six more months to serve tourist who have started trickling in slowly as countries around the world begin easing their Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the hunting companies were given only six months to do their work but this year the firms will enjoy twelve months of operations.
  • Greece and Egypt have decided to lift the quarantine for tourists between the two countries, according to a joint statement issued by Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis and Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany. This is Egypt’s first corresponding tourist agreement with a European Union country. The two countries are now aiming to strengthen cooperation in the tourism sector, in an effort to resume activities in the vital economic sector, the statement said.
  • Rwanda Development Board on Saturday, 4 July 2020, launched a digital application that will enable end users to view the course of the liberation struggle and therefore boost both domestic and international tourism.