Five ways to keep your carbon footprint low while travelling

By Lillian Gaitho   Apart from the positive impact as a leading economic frontier and the fastest growing sector, tourism also accounts for 5-12% of global greenhouse emissions through related activities such as travel, adventure and comfort amenities. Although most stakeholders are aware of this fact, most are quite uncertain of curbing measures that they…Read more Five ways to keep your carbon footprint low while travelling

Steady growth of internet penetration in Africa, a boost for e-tourism  

By Josephine Wawira Currently, there are approximately 345 million internet users in Africa, representing 9.3% of the total population and a penetration rate of 27.7%. These analytics presented in a hospitality report by Africa’s leading online travel agency, Jumia Travel, reflects the opportunity that lies for tourism and hospitality industry players in exploiting the internet…Read more Steady growth of internet penetration in Africa, a boost for e-tourism  

Air transport, Africa’s most viable means of transport

By Josephine Wawira Africa accounts for only 3% of the world’s air traffic. ‘IATA’ predicts a stronger growth of 4.8% in passenger numbers in the next 5 years starting 2017, thanks to the increase of international flights into the continent. This is according to a recently published Hospitality Report for Africa by Jumia Travel, which…Read more Air transport, Africa’s most viable means of transport

The Modjadji Royal Kraal: A Tale of African Cultural Heritage

By Josephine Wawira   A visit to one of South Africa’s most well maintained cultural sites, the Modjadji Royal Kraal, brings to life a tale of the only matrilineal dynasty in the country. Surrounded by the exquisitely green Wolkberg Mountains North of Tzaneen, in Limpopo Province, sits the majestic village that is home to the…Read more The Modjadji Royal Kraal: A Tale of African Cultural Heritage

Tourism and hospitality Industry patterns in Africa

By Josephine Wawira Jumia Travel & Accor Hotels give insights into Africa’s Hospitality Industry, 2017 Tourism in Africa is essential for both international and intra-border trade; apart from serving as a major employer by contributing 1 /10 jobs (UNWTO) the sector also serves a unique role in cultural integration and inter-mediation, therefore cementing the basis…Read more Tourism and hospitality Industry patterns in Africa

Harnessing the power of technology to benefit African tourism businesses

By Josephine Wawira With an internet penetration rate of approximately 27% in Africa, there is yet a lot to be achieved; but this is an opportunity for tourism businesses to harness and benefit from. Players such as Jumia Travel are already in the forefront; which according to its CEO Paul Midy, the company is keen…Read more Harnessing the power of technology to benefit African tourism businesses

Barriers to facilitating travel in Africa

By Josephine Wawira Africa’s travel and tourism sector continues to make major strides, accounting for 7.8% of African GDP (US $ 165 billion) in 2016. However, there remains challenges that hinder simplification of travel especially for Africans travelling within Africa. Speaking during the just concluded INDABA 2017, Africa’s top travel show held in Durban -…Read more Barriers to facilitating travel in Africa