Monday, February 6

Tourism

Ethiopian Airlines Inaugurates second Aviation Academy Campus in Hawassa
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Ethiopian Airlines Inaugurates second Aviation Academy Campus in Hawassa

Ethiopian Airlines Group has inaugurated a new aviation training center in the city of Hawassa. The new aviation training center in Hawassa will serve as the second campus for Ethiopian Aviation Academy and will currently be providing pilot trainee programs. The facility accommodates different types of classrooms, three training simulators, three aircraft parking and workshop hangars, trainees’ and instructors’ dorm rooms, a cafeteria and sports ground for various sport types. Ethiopian Aviation Academy had been providing aviation training at its base campus in Addis Ababa to trainees from different parts of the world. The new training center will enable the academy to accommodate more trainees.Regarding the new Aviation Academy campus Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew ...
Beyond the Return’ surged Kakum National Park visitations in 2022
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Beyond the Return’ surged Kakum National Park visitations in 2022

The “Beyond the Return” initiative was one of the key drivers to the sharp increase in tourist visitations to the Kakum National Park in 2022, Mr Michael Amonoo, the Marketing Officer for the Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust (GHCT), has said. Beyond the Return, is a follow-up to the “Year of Return” launched in 2019 by the government to invite people of African race to visit Ghana to commemorate 400 years since the first enslaved Africans touched down in Hampton, in the English colony of Virginia in America. Mr Amonoo told the Ghana News Agency, a total of 136,256 visited the Kakum National Park in 2022 as compared to 84,491 in 2021, indicating a 61.26 increase in visitations. The ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative attracted hundreds of people from the diaspora including Usher Raymo...
South African Tourism Ministry Blasted Over Proposed Spurs Sponsorship
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South African Tourism Ministry Blasted Over Proposed Spurs Sponsorship

South Africa's tourism ministry has denied reports suggesting it planned to sponsor Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has distanced herself from the reported R1 billion deal amid widespread outrage. A report by Daily Maverick revealing that South Africa was planning to sign a R1 billion sponsorship package for Spurs triggered a wave of outrage on social media as well as from opposition political parties. Citing documents seen by the publication, the report claimed the government, via its marketing agency SA Tourism, was preparing a proposal to sponsor the Premier League outfit for three years. Daily Maverick cited sources as informing them Sisulu was keen for the deal to sail through before President Cyril Ramaphosa r...
South Africa government pursuing sponsor deal with Tottenham
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South Africa government pursuing sponsor deal with Tottenham

The South African government is pursuing a sponsorship deal with Premier League club Tottenham, following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, Malta and others who have used the world’s biggest soccer league to promote their countries. South Africa’s Ministry of Tourism said Wednesday it was looking to conclude a memorandum of understanding with Tottenham through SA Tourism, which is the tourism marketing arm of the government. South African media reports claimed the deal would be worth $52 million over three years from the start of the 2023-2024 season and give SA Tourism branding space on Tottenham’s uniform, among other things. The Ministry of Tourism didn’t give financial details of the deal and said it must still gain final approval from government. Righ...
Enforcing standardization at all tourism establishments will boost Ghana’s tourism – Analyst 
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Enforcing standardization at all tourism establishments will boost Ghana’s tourism – Analyst 

Mr. Emmanuel Frimpong, a tourism consultant, and analyst at Pishon Consult Limited says ensuring standardization at all levels of the tourism establishment would help boost the country’s tourism potential.  He said, “there must be a synchronized standard that all establishments must follow and adhere to, so that patrons would receive equal service at all facilities, no matter the location, and operators can be punished when they default.”  “There are no standards that establishments are following or adhering to, so everyone does things their own way. If authorities can pay attention to some of these things, Ghana has the potential to attract tourists not just internationally but domestically as well.”  In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Frimpong called on Authorities...
Boti Falls, a leading tourist destination
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Boti Falls, a leading tourist destination

The twin falls with the male one on the left and the female on the right Boti is a small community within the Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region with a population of about 1,000 inhabitants and has been in existence since 1903. In the words of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Yilo Krobo, Eric Tetteh, during that period when the British were holding sway in the Gold Coast, it was only a small community of thatched houses and a population of fewer than 50 inhabitants, most of whom were peasant farmers and hunters. According to the MCE, a few years later a Catholic Priest discovered the flowing of water from two streams on a mountain into the valley deep in the forest on the outskirts of Boti. The streams, which take their source from the Ponpon River of whi...
Malawi signs tourism visibility deal with Spanish club Deportivo Leganés
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Malawi signs tourism visibility deal with Spanish club Deportivo Leganés

Club Deportivo Leganés, a football team based in the Leganés community of Madrid, Spain, that currently competes in the second tier of the Spanish league system, the Segunda División, has signed an agreement with the Malawi Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Wildlife, to join the club’s rotating ‘main sponsor’ strategy. The ‘main sponsor’ strategy allows companies from different sectors to have the opportunity to associate themselves with CD Leganes, to “enjoy the notoriety that comes with being a ‘main sponsor’”. A statement from Secretary for Tourism, Culture & Wildlife, Chauncy Simwaka says the club will be displaying the logo ‘Malawi, The Warm Heart of Africa’ on the front of the team’s jersey in matches as well as in different media — both physical and digital. “With thi...
UNWTO at FITUR 2023: Investing in a Diverse, Sustainable Future for Tourism
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UNWTO at FITUR 2023: Investing in a Diverse, Sustainable Future for Tourism

Madrid, Spain, 20 January 2023 – At FITUR 2023, UNWTO served as the bridge between public and private leaders to advance plans to build a more diverse, resilient, and sustainable tourism sector. With the latest UNWTO data pointing to a return to pre-pandemic arrival levels in some world regions in 2023, Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili once again joined His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain in opening the major travel trade fair. Reflecting the Organization’s priorities, UNWTO placed tourism investments, rural development, diversification, sustainability, and accessibility center stage over the course of four days. Investment and building trust Against the backdrop of FITUR, UNWTO and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) strengthened their existing partnership to f...
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The Global Ghana Girl Shares Local Tri-State Gems Not To Miss

Meet Melissa a.k.a. The Global Ghana Girl, a British-born Ghanaian-American based in New Jersey. A Healthcare Communications Specialist by day and travel blogger/digital creator by night, she shares her personal travel experiences and inspires young professionals to balance travel with their careers so they can live vibrantly outside of their 9-5. “I believe that there’s more to life than the 9 to 5, and that adventure can be found anywhere – whether that’s in your backyard or across the globe,” says Melissa. “Travel provides us the opportunity to recharge, experience other cultures, and connect with new people. I enjoy sharing my advice with others who would like to travel more often but aren’t sure where to start.” Photo courtesy of The Global Ghana Girl. Through her b...
Making Ghana ‘Mecca’ for Pan Africanism: December in GH boosts tourist
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Making Ghana ‘Mecca’ for Pan Africanism: December in GH boosts tourist

Akwasi Agyeman — Chief Executive Oficer, GT Tourist arrivals in the country for December last year rose by 16.37 per cent to 98,873, showing a strong recovery from the heady days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using data from the Kotoka International Airport, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) said the highest tourist arrivals for the month of December in recent times had been 116,438 international arrivals from all entry points in 2019, a feat achieved due to the Year of Return. However, the numbers declined in 2020 to 43,645, representing a 62.52 per cent decrease to the COVID-19 pandemic, which came with travel restrictions. Subsequently, in 2021, the numbers picked up by 94.67 per cent to 84,965 and continued the upward cruise to 98,873 last December, which impacted widely a...