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South Africa Still a Hit With Tourists

South Africa Still a Hit With Tourists

Tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 10.5% for the first six months of 2012, more than double the global average of 5% for the same period. “Stats SA’s tourism figures indicate that South Africa experienced an excellent first half of the year, attracting 4,416,373 tourists to the country between January and June 2012, compared [...]

Uganda Leads Africa in Tourism Growth

Uganda is now ranked top in tourism industry growth in Africa, the secretary of tourism in the Kenya ministry of tourism, Dr. Nelson Githinji has said. According to the 2011 tourism review in Africa, Uganda’s tourism sector grew by 25% in 2011 while that of South Africa and Tanzania realized growth of 21% and 13.4% [...]

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Africa Tourism Hinges Future Growth On Diversity

Tourism in Africa is now on the recovery process from the world economic recession and financial crisis of 2008 and 2010. However, tourism arrivals remain low compared to global averages. The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretary General Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya says Africa receives 4.8 percent of the tourism market in the [...]

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Number of UK Visitors to Uganda Soars

The number of tourists coming to Uganda from the UK and Ireland has surpassed previous years’ records despite the recent challenges. A statement from the Uganda High Commission in London said there were increased applications for Uganda immigration entry visas averaging about 50 applications per day. The peak was in May-June when applications reached the [...]

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The Buzz About Haiti – as a Tourist Destination

Haitian president Michel Martellywas back on stage this year. But instead of performing the routines that made him famous, he was proposing something perhaps more audacious: Haiti as a tourist destination. From Davos to Miami, Mr. Martelly has spent part of his first year as president promoting the country’s tourism industry as a way to both change its image and grow the [...]

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South Africa Still Among Top Business Destinations

South Africa remains among the top 15 ‘long-haul’ business events destinations in the world and is the premier business events destination in Africa, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. “Our ambition is to compete with the biggest and best business events destinations in the world,” he told delegates at the opening of the annual Southern [...]

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African Tourism Slowly Coming of Age

Jet-lagged, 500 delegates from around the world arrived in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in May to deliberate on the path to Africa’s tourism future. To unwind, Zimbabwe’s Tourism Authority, host of the congress of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), had organized a fun-filled welcome. The delegates toured Victoria Falls – one of the world’s seven natural [...]

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Stability Brings Growth to Zimbabwe’s Tourism Sector

Zimbabwe’s tourism sector has picked up as Tourist visits have increased by 18 percent to 346,299 in the first quarter of this year from the same period last year, on the back of a stabilizing economy and political environment. The figures were revealed in a quarterly report by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). The increase, [...]

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More Tourists Flocking to South Africa

South Africa saw exceptional growth in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2012, says the country’s Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. Launching the latest tourist arrival figures in Tshwane on Sunday, Van Schalkwyk said that overall tourist arrivals to the country grew by 10.5% in the first quarter of 2012, with strong growth coming [...]

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