South Africa considered the Peak of Business Tourism ranks:

South Africa has moved up the  ranks in the International Congress and convention  Associations positioning from 37th to 34th. Cape Town and Durban were rated as Africa who top cities for meetings and events.

Kenya and Morocco follow in suit after South Africa as also being countries of high business travel visits for conferences. In  the African ranks   it was Cape town 1 st followed by Durban 2nd and then Nairobi in 3rd place.

The International Aids Conference will be held in South Africa for a second time in Durban in 2016 with an estimated 20,000 delegates planned to come. 

With South Africa leading the way in conventions and events management for the business traveler. This  really sets an example for all the other countries to follow. The MICE industry is huge and continues to grow as more countries and people continue to grow and  participate in business. 

South Africa climbs Business Tourism Rankings,(2014).retrieved on Tuesday 20th May 2014 from http://allafrica.com/stories/201405200909.html

 

Ethiopia: Gigantic price reduction on Toruist products

A great deal of price cuts are being attacked and reduced in Ethiopia as competition is getting more fierce in the tourism industry.

Ethiopian airlines has butchered 40 % off domestic flight tickets, that will be commencing on May 1, 2014. The airline industry is not the only industry that is cutting prices also a 20 % reduction from the tour operators are following suite. 

With flight prices that were going at 62 dollars have become 58 dollars which was to Axum. Tourist will also bask in the shine in which flight prices of $118  will be reduced to $ 70 that is also to Axum. 

The Ethiopian Tourism Organisation (ETO) introduced these methods to help boost tourism in the country and also to make tourism more attractive and affordable. Furthermore more talks are being held with hotel’s as the ETO tries to convince the hoteliers to reduce there rates by 30-40% according to Fitsum Gezahegn who is the president of the Operators Association and a board member of the ETO. 

The tourism facilities in which are situated in Ethiopia are limited but growing. In so prices are reduced in order to attract more people to come and utilize these tourism facilities. “The tourist sector needs to accomplish two things” explained Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian and Board Chairperson of the ETO product development and marketing. As also “We should also look into new tourist sources, like china, japan and other Asian countries:” he explained. 

The amount of travelers that make there way to Ethiopia is at a crunching low 600,000 people as compared to South Africa which has 9 million people  and Kenya with 1.8 million. explained Solomon Tadesse. 

With such a strategy this only leaves people with only a few choices ,and that is to take hold of the opportunity. This is a serious move that is being performed  by Ethiopian Tourism Organization in which hotels might slash there rates by 30 or 40 %.  You don’t hear to many hoteliers thinking of holding such talks!This is a big deal as much as Ethiopia does not have a lot of tourism facilities but once again  are trying to make the best of their facilities. This just means as a tourist you get to travel around more and also spend more. So there is good value for your money. 

The airlines industry which is a seriously competitive industry has also agreed to reduce there prices. This is like a win win situation in which let just say that the tourists get to win not just small or just enough but a lot. 

Merhatsidk,M(2014).Ethiopia: Sweeping price cuts target tourist Growth. Retrived on Thursday 15th May 2014 from http://allafrica.com/stories/201405151188.html

South African most illustrious show case at the Indaba 2014:

Indaba is sponsored by South African tourism and also held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Center  in Durban South Africa.  In the last two years the show has held its title as it won the Africa’s best travel and tourism show, this was presented by the Association of World Travel Awards. With attendance of more than 9,276 in 2013 Indaba has become recognized as must see on the tourist check list.

Indaba showcases the best of South Africa best tourism products to the individuals that make their way into the country.

The event will be taking place on the 10th – 12th of May 2014. Tweeter feeds and Facebook posts will be provided live from the event to keep interested parties hocked on the event.

The Indaba event organizers have taken the liberty to plan ahead of time to have shuttles for guest to go to and fro from the event back to their respected hotels.  

 

Reference:

SSQ Exhibitions.(2014). Four of SA’s most distinguished brands at the Tourism Indaba 2014. Retrieved on Tuesday 6th May 2014 from http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/373/112964.html

 

Idaba. Retrieved on Tuesday 6th May 2014 from http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za/

UN agency explains that challenges are looming ahead of time in the tourism sector:

 

The united Nations World tourism Organization (UNWTO) explained that challenges are on the loom toward the tourism  industry.  As this will have global effects and might inhibit the service sector from further developing into a greater industry. This industry tends to provide a lot of positive feedback about growth as was mentioned at the ITB Berlin in Germany.

On this note Kenya will be part taking in the trade fair as the cabinet secretary in charge of east African affairs, Commerce and Tourism Ms Phylis Kandie will be leading the delegation.

In his speech by the UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai said that tourism has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors, one that drives global growth and development, creates millions of jobs, spurs exports and investment and transforms lives. This was mentioned at the ITB 2014.

“To ensure our sector remains competitive, we must address several challenges, which we have set as priorities at UNWTO, committed to transform these into five major opportunities” he supplemented.

One of the main messages that were  discussed   about at the ITB is the need to improve travel facilitation. The process takes a while to get a visa for people to travel around to different countries. If the process can be speeded up a major impact on the number of arrivals will pick up.  The process needs to incorporate items such as technology to help boost the use and spread of visas.

“Air connectivity is another critical area, considering the clear linkages between aviation  and tourism, and the fact that over 50 percent of the world’s international tourists reach their destination by air, while many countries  still have disjointed  policies between the two sectors” explained Mr. Rifai.

With the economic growth, job creation and development opportunities that the tourism brings comes the over-arching challenge of sustainability” he added.

The tourism industry is a significant industry as it plays a major role in different economies . The tourism  industry has been growing and so with growth demands that the industry should make rules and regulations to control the growth that will be with the tremendous increase in time to come.  We want the tourism industry to be sustained and not dragged in the dust, if the the way things are currently going  are to be the same.

Source:

Mwakio,P.(2014).UN agency warns of challenges facing  the global tourism industry. Retrived on Tuesday 25th March 2014 from http://in2eastafrica.net/un-agency-warns-of-challenges-facing-global-tourism-industry/

 

Tourism Numbers soon to be Quadrupled in Uganda:

Well it seems that 2014 has started off well for the Ugandan tourism board as they plan on fully utilizing there natural beauty, and strategic intentions to boost up number to the highest. As the new executive director of the Ugandan tourism board Steven Asimwe plans for the present and future.

“The onus is upon everyone to paint a rosy picture of Uganda as a destination” said Asimwe. “I appreciate the outgoing team for attracting 1.2 Million visitors here annually. However, with the new team we intend to quadruple the figure”

Asimwe has come in with  an enthusiastic atmosphere as he plan on making sure that his time in office will be used not just well ,but with the utmost urgency to get things done and done well that will happen. He plans on working with the whole country, regional partners, conservation groups , local government , cultural institutions  and the media to help bring about the  Ugandans vision 2040 that the nation has set.

“Somehow Uganda has stayed on the face of the world with source of the River Nile being declared one of the seven wonders of African, Kidepo Valley national park was also named one o the best on the continent” Said Baguma.

“The Ishasha tree climbing lion won as award in the national geographic photo contest”.

“This part of the world, endowed with 1050 different bird species was declared a bird species was declared a bird watchers paradise”.

“Kenya put in sh 74b to tell the world what they have, Tanzania comes close on their heels with sh12b .  Rwanda trails with sh 12b “. Added the great lakes director Amos wekesa.

“Uganda has stagnated at sh 221m. The budget ought to be beefed up. And our products need a presence on the tourism maps”.

Words have not fallen on deaf ears as the words have magically reached the world bank who provided a staggering $25b to be implemented in show casing the treasures of Ugandan products.

Half of the funds have been allocated to renovate and refurbish the Jinja School of tourism and Human resource.

Maria Mutagambwa explained that the new Ugandan tourism board that has come have come at a time when  the continent is currently having problems with poaching.

“We have to jealously protect our wild life form this illicit trade”. Explained Mrs Mutagambwa

Poachers seem to be becoming ever more sophisticated as they are just one pace ahead of the game. New tricks and abilities need to be developed and implemented as fast as possible to curb out Poaching to keep the elephants and rhino alive and any other animal for that matter.

It seems that Uganda will not be to far from all the other tourism countries in Africa. This is one country that sounds like there have a lot planned for tourism.

Source:

In2EastAfricaReporter.(2014). We intend to quadruple tourists numbers-new UTB Boss. Retrieved on Tuesday 18th March 2014 from http://in2eastafrica.net/we-intend-to-quadruple-tourists-numbers-new-utb-boss/

Natural beauty of mountain Kilimanjaro compounded with tourists in Tanzania

As of currently they have been an astounding number of tourists who have been making there way to the summit of Africa. A majority of people seem to be threatening the natural beauty and features of MT Kilimanjaro as a vast number of climbers make their way to the mountain.

Mt Kilimanharo National Park Conservator, Mr Erastus Lufungulo explained that the amount of climbers who have been making there way to the Kibo peak has been adding over the years. The climbers are few but the helps who carry things for the climbers have been increasing. These include Porters, cooks, and other supporting staff.

. Said by the Mr Lufungulo at a parliamentary committee on land, Natural Resource and Tourism.“More than 50,000 foreign tourist climbers have made it to the top of the mountain but a whooping 200,000 helpers have helped the climbers carry things.

The Tanzania National Parks Director General, Mr Allan Kijazi. The mountain can handle 100,000 climbers every year and anything further than that starts to cause damage to the natural beauty, as in which this needs to be protected.

The 50,000 tourists who climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year make a good number,but the problem comes when each of them wants to take along huge teams of porters and other helpers” explained Mr Kijazi.

 TANAPA plans on enforcing measures to control the number of support staff.

However trying to implement these measures might become a problem over the long run as famous people are starting to make their way to the Tanzania.

What do you think should be done?

Nkwame,M.(2014). Tanzania: Mt Kilimanjaro Overwhelmed By Climbers. Retrieved on Monday 10th February 2014 from http://allafrica.com/stories/201402101240.html