Tourism News Africa
THE CLIMATIC CHANGES TO DESTROY WORLD’S HERITAGE SITES ACROSS THE GLOBE
The world’s heritage sites are threatened by the rising sea levels over the next 2000 years. It is believed that there are also other threats including wild fires, increasing temperatures and droughts sites. The unique ecosystem and rich biodiversity in Africa might at one point be no more, 50% of the world’s remaining endangered 800 mountain gorillas live in south western Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable and have potential to generate US$ 151 million each year but the gorillas are now under long term risk from climate driven changes in their forest. Other sites at risk are cape Floral region protected areas, South Africa, Lake Malawi national park, Malawi.
ONLINE GORILLA PERMITS UGANDA – RWANDA
We very well know that 70% of the tourism revenue in Uganda comes from gorilla trekking. When Rwanda increased her permits, Uganda was tempted to do the same but could not since Rwanda has a competitive advantage. Uganda should provide more promotional and seasonal rates to attract more tourists. The gorilla permits had to go online but had not yet due to absence of the machinery.
SEX TOURISM IN EAST AFRICA
Negative impacts of sex tourism in East Africa. According to the global report about 3 million people travel to exotic destinations like east Africa to engage in sex tourism due to her zesty sceneries, wildlife and beaches. The concept of leisure travel is wrongly preserved by people who travel with an aim of engaging in sexual activities. This is usually by people who are willing to pay and those that sell their bodies. This has introduced young girls and boys of ages 13, 15 and 17 into sex tourism.
South Africa is targeting Chinese and Indian tourists after relaxing her visa rules. These rules had reduced the number of Chinese tourists by nearly half the number and Indian tourists by 17%. South Africa wins responsible tourism award due to her magnificent natural resources and sceneries which were named at the world travel market.
West African tourism destinations remain untapped for a huge number of Russian tourists whose income has steadily grown over the past few years and have shown high interest in touring different parts of the world. This is highly due to the Ebola virus and the terrorist’s attacks in this part of Africa.
- Why Ethiopia beat Tanzania in tourism Revenue. Ethiopia’s numbers are increasing as many visitors are looking for coffee producing East African Nations. According to the minister of culture and tourism, Ethiopia raised more than 1.7 billion in the first six months.
- Namibia plans to auction elephant tusks and rhino horns stock piles which it says would sell. The Namibian Minister of Tourism also added that although it might compromise the security, it would be worth billions of Namibian dollars since the stocks come from Namibia. These had killed 25% of the elephants there. Aside from this Namibia has also opened its borders so any one from an African country is being granted access into the country without a visa.
UGANDA RWANDA TANZANIA
Ever been to home and farm stays, Nshenyi Culture Village?
It’s an hour’s drive from Mbarara at the corner of the country side where Uganda Rwanda and Tanzania meet. The family farm practices agriculture and community tourism. On the way to the farm one gets a beautiful view of rolling hills with green vegetation. One also sees Kakobo River which is a tributary of the famous River Kagera. And at the gate, there is a place where every tourist plants a tree. All this shows how culture and modern society meet.
Ugandan students use technology to promote tourism. Two students from Makerere university have launched a pan African tourism new portal that enlists over 50 African states www.safariafrica.com is making head way in the tourism industry on the continent for it’s the innovative way of packaging all the strategic tourist attractions features in Africa. The first of its kind and aims at publicizing the narrative of endowment in Africa.
Malawi is to relocate 500 elephants from the south of the country to their new home Nkhotakola wild life reserve. This has been the worlds largest relocation of elephants . The elephants are to be transported for over 300 km from over crowed reserves to halt the steep decline in elephants.
Seychelles tourism board during the Indaba trade fair signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African tourism Board. The agreement promotes promotional efforts and collaboration in developing the tourism in dustry of both countries as they seek to jointly position Seychelles and South Africa as touristic destinations and increase their market profiles as preferred destinations; collaborate on marketing activities, tourism campaigns and travel trade promotions aimed at increasing the market share of both countries.