Wyndham expands in Africa

April 22, 2015 by  
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DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 22 April 2015: Wyndham Hotel Group announced, Tuesday, the opening of the 139-room Ramada® Resort Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Complementing Wyndham Hotel Group’s existing portfolio of franchised properties in Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria and Tunisia, the hotel  is the first property on the African continent to be operated  through the company’s growing management division.

Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam offers 139 rooms and suites. All rooms have flat screen TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities. Read more

Last travel frontier

April 16, 2015 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

JAMESTOWN, 16 April 2015: The tiny South Atlantic island of Saint Helena — where Napoleon died in exile — dreams of becoming a tourist draw when its first airport opens next year despite fears it cannot accommodate an influx of visitors.

For years only accessible by boat, St Helena has just one bank, no cash machine and no mobile telephone reception.

Sailing out to St Helena from Cape Town every three weeks, the boat journey takes five long days. Because the island is so remote, only 1,500 tourists visit each year.

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Egypt revises end-date for visas-on-arrival

April 3, 2015 by  
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CAIRO, 3 April 2015: Egypt on Thursday postponed a deadline to stop issuing visas on-arrival for individual travellers until the creation of an electronic visa system, after critics said the move could damage tourism.

Government officials said last month that starting from 15 May on-arrival visas would be granted only to groups travelling with tour operators.

Individual travellers would be required to apply for visas at Egyptian consulates, in a move aimed at bolstering border security.

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Africa tourism seeks branding

February 4, 2015 by  
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MADRID, 4 February 2015: Branding and promotions, foreign direct investment, human resources development and visa facilitation are top of the wish-list for Africa’s emerging tourism industry.

These key topics were given an airing at the VI Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) that involved 16 tourism ministers from Africa and the Middle East.

The yearly forum was held on the sidelines of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR).

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