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Coronavirus – Africa: Life after lockdown – Rebuilding tourism globally, sustainably

Coronavirus – Africa: Life after lockdown – Rebuilding tourism globally, sustainably

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The global tourism standstill due to COVID-19 has cost the sector dearly, especially in countries heavily reliant on it, like small island nations. A new UN report maps how tourism could be rebuilt.For Mahmood Patel, 2020 was supposed to be a bumper year for his Barbados-based, tourism-dependent small business ventures.They include beach-front apartments, an organic farm-to-table café and Coco Hill – a 53-acre agro-tourism rainforest that offers guided tours and is dedicated to promoting food security and land rehabilitation.The Barbadian entrepreneur says 2019 was the best year he had in almost a decade, and 2020 was tracking to be even better.“We broke even for the first time last December, and recorded profits in January and February this year,” he said. “We were...
AFRICA: Kenyan National Park Fire Extinguished

AFRICA: Kenyan National Park Fire Extinguished

KENYA
Blazing Flames Crisped landscapes and burnt animal remains, the aftermath of a horrendous fire at Kenya's Tsavo West National Park extinguished Monday, as announced by The Kenya Wildlife Service — after two gruelling days of firefighting efforts from the military, industry partners, non-governmental wildlife organisations, government agencies and around 400 local resident volunteers. Amongst them were Kenya Defence Forces, National Youth Service, Kenya Forest Service, Taita Taveta County, and - in addition, aerial teams had been deployed. Community efforts to preserve the Kenya national treasure The fire — which was only a few kilometres from another fire which had broken out a few days earlier, first started on Saturday at Sheikdam around 2 pm along the Maktau-Taveta Road to the So...
TOURISM: World Lions day – World Animal Protection insists on protection of lions to avert extinction

TOURISM: World Lions day – World Animal Protection insists on protection of lions to avert extinction

INTERNATIONAL
According to Edith Kabesiime, the campaigns manager at World Animal Protection, Africa’s lion population has declined from 200,000 in the last century to the current 20,000 which she said is alarming. “African lions are facing human and nature induced threats hence the need to prioritize their protection. We have witnessed the population of lions in Africa declined in the last decades as human beings occupy their habitat,”Kabesiime said. “Climate change, removal from their habitats for entertainment and poaching to satisfy the traditional medicine industry are some of the contributing factors to decline in wild lion populations. Shrinking of prey base linked to massive hunting has increased their risk of death by starvation. “ According to the conservationists, captive breeding o...
UGANDA: Entebbe Zoo reopens to boost tourism amid Pandemic.

UGANDA: Entebbe Zoo reopens to boost tourism amid Pandemic.

AFRICA, UGANDA
On Friday, the Minister for Tourism, Col. Tom Butime launched the standard operating procedures for the tourism sector at UWEC before officially reopening the facility after being satisfied with measures put in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus. According to an announcement by management at Entebbe Zoo, starting today Saturday, they have resumed their activities and open to visitors but under strict standard operating procedures to be followed. “After five months, we are excited to welcome you back and by working together, to stay safe and healthy, we can remain open,” the announcement by UWEC management said in part. “We kindly request you to adhere to social distancing rules and other Covid-19 preventive measures. Don’t forget to wear protective equipment as prescribed....
UGANDA: Man who killed Rafiki  jailed

UGANDA: Man who killed Rafiki jailed

AFRICA, UGANDA
The man who pleaded guilty to killing Rafiki, one of Uganda's best known mountain gorillas is to spend 11 years behind bars.Appearing before Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court, Felix Byamukama pleaded guilty to three offences; illegally entering a protected area (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park), killing a gorilla and a duiker. In the first case file, the Chief Magistrate, Julius Borere sentenced Byamukama to five, six and five years respectively. He’s to serve all the three sentences concurrently.In the second case file, Byamukama pleaded guilty to the offence of killing a bush pig, being in possession of bush pig and duiker meat. He was sentenced to five years for each offence and this, court said he will serve concurrently after his sentences in the first case file.This therefore, me...
UGANDA: Uganda tourism sector reopens after 4 months of lockdown

UGANDA: Uganda tourism sector reopens after 4 months of lockdown

AFRICA, UGANDA
Tourism sites in Uganda have now reopened to start receiving visitors, Col (Rtd) Tom Butime the minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has said. But with the country’s borders still closed, domestic tourists and foreigners who are already in the country are the ones expected to visit these sites. The tourism sector came to a standstill in March after President Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of all borders, together with Entebbe airport, followed by the suspension of both private and public transport, business premises and any form of public gatherings. The measures meant that all tourist sites had to be shut to the public. However starting June, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) reopened national parks to tourists as government steadily started easing the lockdo...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Tourism Committee welcomes the Readjusted Budget of the Department of Tourism

Coronavirus – South Africa: Tourism Committee welcomes the Readjusted Budget of the Department of Tourism

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 10, 2020/ --The Portfolio Committee on Tourism has expressed its full support for the Department of Tourism’s efforts to reopen the tourism industry. Committee Chairperson, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, thanked the department for its commitment and effort to save the industry, while balancing the pressure both from industry stakeholders and the Covid-19 pandemic. The department has been commended for heeding the call to include the promotion of villages, townships and small towns in the District Development Model. “We all have a role to play in defeating coronavirus and rebuilding the tourism industry and our economy. Therefore, you have the full support of this committee to appropriately manage the controlled opening of the tourism industry in line with broader...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNWTO adapts Agenda for Africa to Accelerate Tourism Recovery

Coronavirus – Africa: UNWTO adapts Agenda for Africa to Accelerate Tourism Recovery

AFRICA
MADRID, Spain, June 30, 2020 -- Member States from across Africa have shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic. The sudden and unexpected drop in tourist arrivals has placed many millions of jobs at risk and threatened to roll back the progress made in sustainable development. Now, as UNWTO leads the restart of tourism, African Member States have set out their vision for the sector. This builds on the UNWTO Agenda for Africa – Tourism for Inclusive Growth, the roadmap for African tourism that was adopted at the UNWTO General Assembly in 2019, and is based on the responses to a survey sent out by ...
SA Parliament: Committee on tourism agrees that the legislatures’ tourism oversight forum will boost tourism

SA Parliament: Committee on tourism agrees that the legislatures’ tourism oversight forum will boost tourism

AFRICA
Cape Town, Parliament, Thursday, 25 June 2020 – The Portfolio Committee on Tourism yesterday held its quarterly meeting of the Legislatures’ Tourism Oversight Forum (LETOFO) to discuss and receive an update on progress on the state of tourism in rural areas, especially in villages, townships and small towns (dorpies) in South Africa. The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, in his opening remarks, reflected on the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality that people living in villages, townships and small towns are faced with, which is further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chairperson informed the meeting that the committee has adopted a working philosophy based on Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal of the tourism secto...
Coronavirus: New data shows Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism as UNWTO calls for Responsible Restart of the Sector

Coronavirus: New data shows Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism as UNWTO calls for Responsible Restart of the Sector

Uncategorized
MADRID, Spain, June 23, 2020/ -- As tourism slowly restarts in an increasing number of countries, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. UNWTO emphasizes the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. The Organization also reiterates the need for credible commitment to support tourism as a pillar for recovery. After several months of unprecedented disruption, the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer reports that the sector is beginning to restart in some areas, most notably in Northern Hemisphere destinations. At the same time, restrictions on travel remain in place in a majority of global destinations, and tourism remains one of the worst affected of all sectors. Against this back...
Coronavirus – Africa: Allied for Action – Tourism’s restart brings hope for millions

Coronavirus – Africa: Allied for Action – Tourism’s restart brings hope for millions

AFRICA
MADRID, Spain, June 18, 2020/ -- By UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvil Global tourism has never been more united than it is now. Both in assessing the impact of COVID-19 and in looking at how we can restart tourism in a responsible way, based on the best that our sector has to offer: sustainability, innovation, collaboration and solidarity. It’s more than three months since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis continues to threaten jobs and livelihoods in tourism and beyond. Changing gears to #RestartTourism The UNWTO led Global Tourism Crisis Committee supported our guidelines to restart tourism, and we are now transforming this determination into concrete actions for recovery. Our efforts are being rewarded at the highest level...
Mexico reports 3,494 new COVID-19 cases as tourists return to beaches

Mexico reports 3,494 new COVID-19 cases as tourists return to beaches

INTERNATIONAL
MEXICO CITY: Mexico's health ministry reported 3,494 new confirmed coronavirus infections along with 424 additional fatalities on Saturday (Jun 13), bringing the total in the country to 142,690 cases and 16,872 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count. It has not stopped foreign visitors from visiting Mexico's Caribbean coast, with its popular beaches gradually reopening to tourism with new sanitary measures in place. "I've been stuck in New York City in my apartment for three months, so I decided that on the beach somewhere open was probably a good call," said web designer Sam Leon, 31, after arriving Saturday at the airport of famed resort town Cancun. Others were similarly undeterred, even as M...
Coronavirus – Africa: Recovery of tourism in Africa could drive recovery of African economies

Coronavirus – Africa: Recovery of tourism in Africa could drive recovery of African economies

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 11, 2020/ -- “Recovery of tourism in Africa could drive recovery of African economies”, said H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, in her address to the 63rd United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Regional Commission for Africa (CAF). The first ever virtual meeting of the UNWTO’s CAF was held on 8 June 2020, with active participation of 140 participants from 30 countries, including 24 Ministers of Tourism and representatives of 10 international organizations. Recovery and resilience were the central themes of the meeting which discussed the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector in Africa, improving the Continent’s resilience, stimulating tourism recovery and urgent mitigation measures and guide...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Tourism Committee briefed on Call to Reopen Tourism Industry

Coronavirus – South Africa: Tourism Committee briefed on Call to Reopen Tourism Industry

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 10, 2020/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Tourism yesterday met with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) to discuss the tourism business sector’s call for the urgent reopening of the industry in order to rescue over half a million jobs in the country. The council lobbied the portfolio committee to support its call for the gradual reopening of the tourism business in the country, warning that any further delays in easing tourism restrictions could result in the loss of about 600 000 jobs in the sector. The organisation also warned that if South Africa did not open soon enough, it ran the risk of losing its market share and the position as a destination of choice for many international tourists. TBCSA wants government to announce a date for th...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Committee on Tourism urges Department to work with National Empowerment Fund to assist Tourism Sector

Coronavirus – South Africa: Committee on Tourism urges Department to work with National Empowerment Fund to assist Tourism Sector

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 3, 2020/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Tourism yesterday adopted and supported the report of Budget Vote 38 of the Department of Tourism and South African Tourism. The adoption of the department and its entity’s budget votes is part of the process of deliberating and approving the department’s five-year strategic plans and annual performance plans, as required by the Money Bills Act of 2009. As a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak and its devastating impact on the travel and tourism sector, the Department of Tourism and South African Tourism had to revise their planning. While some programmes had to be stopped completely in this financial year, others will only commence in the third and fourth quarter. New projects in response to the novel coronaviru...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Committees on Tourism welcome the continued focus of Department of Tourism to create 21 million jobs by 2030

Coronavirus – South Africa: Committees on Tourism welcome the continued focus of Department of Tourism to create 21 million jobs by 2030

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 27, 2020/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Tourism; and the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour yesterday, in a joint meeting, received a briefing from the Department of Tourism on its strategic and annual performance plans. The committees welcome the reappointment of Mr Victor Tharage as the Director-General for the Department of Tourism for the next five years, which bodes well for the continuity of programmes and initiatives of the department. Tourism is the most affected sector of all sectors during the lockdown as a result of Covid-19, and the committees appeal to the department that whilst the revised strategic and annual performance plans indicate that the target of 21 ...