Covid-19: UNWTO Adopts Agenda for Africa for Recovery

Written by  |  Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

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.

Covid-19: Nigeria Seeks Tourism 'Marshall Plan' for Africa

Written by  |  Tuesday, 09 June 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for a 'Marshall Plan' to aid the recovery of the Travel and Tourism Sector in Africa, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the sector very hard.

''It is imperative for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to support Africa with a 'Marshall Plan' of sorts, in terms of technical assistance, capacity building and grants,''

Not Yet Uhuru for African Regional Economic Development

Written by  |  Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have jointly called for African countries to strengthen their economic integration. They made this call at the recent launch of the Africa Regional Integration Index 2019 (ARII 2019). This is the second such index to be produced, the first being ARII 2016. 

Research Shows Tourism Sector’s Support for Workers & Communities

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 May 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

As the sector faces up to an unprecedented challenge, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (a subsidiary of the World Tourism Organization) has analysed the steps being taken by businesses and trade associations to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Studying the actions taken by Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) in 25 countries, the research revealed that, in spite of staff furloughs, employers across the sector are stepping up their support for workers and for communities.

UNWTO: Tourist Arrivals to Drop by 60-80% in 2020

Written by  |  Sunday, 10 May 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. According to the United Nations specialized agency, the crisis could lead to an annual decline of between 60% and 80% when compared with 2019 figures. This places millions of livelihoods at risk and threatens to roll back progress made in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nigeria Announces Travel Ban to Visitors from World Major Economies

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 March 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a travel ban on 13 countries in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus). The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday, Chronicle reports.

The USA to Partner Osun State for Tourism Development

Written by  |  Friday, 13 March 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

United States of America, through its consulate in Lagos, has expressed its readiness to partner Osun Government to develop the state’s tourism sector.

US Consular General, Ms Claire Pierangelo, said this on 11th March 2020 when she and her team visited the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) certified Osun Osogbo Groove situated in the heart of the state capital.

AfCFTA and the Impact on African Tourism Development

Written by  |  Friday, 06 March 2020 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

From June, 2020, when the Coronavirus scourge must have abated, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will become operational, making the continent the world’s largest free trade area involving 55 countries with a population of 1.27 billion people, and a combined GDP of $2.6 trillion. The development is expected to increase trade among African countries that is currently put at a lowly 16 per cent.

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