The Impact of Technology and OTAs to the Hospitality Industry

By Josephine Wawira The importance of technology in tourism and hospitality is at the center of the World Tourism Day (WTD) 2018, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work. According to UNWTO’s Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, “harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community... Continue Reading →

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Africa’s tourism grows 6%, as int’l receipts remain strong in the first quarter of 2018

By Josephine Wawira Data Source: UNWTO According to the recent UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer, Africa consolidated last year’s robust results, led by Sub-Saharan Africa (+6%) while North Africa saw a 4% increase during the first quarter of 2018. International tourist arrivals also grew 6% in January to April 2018 compared to the same period last... Continue Reading →

Travel and Hospitality Trends to Dominate 2018

By Josephine Wawira 2017, Skift termed, “the year travel found its larger purpose in the world”. Though the year was marred by extreme economic and security uncertainties and instabilities across the board, from political upheavals, to the controversial Trump Travel Ban, the advancement of the industry is not a subject to be overlooked. Use of... Continue Reading →

Strengthening cultural tourism for the SDGS

By Josephine Wawira The rapid growth of cultural tourism is undeniably evident, and this, according to the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “comes with increased responsibility to protect our cultural and natural assets, the very foundation of our societies and our civilizations”. Major stakeholders at the just concluded 2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture... Continue Reading →

Tourism’s prominence grows, as African governments position the sector in their agenda

By Josephine Wawira The tourism sector in Africa, which according to UNWTO saw an 8% increase in international arrivals in 2016, is progressively becoming prominent largely due to the increased commitment from governments. Possessing massive potential to foster positive change and transformation, it is timely that most heads of states and governments are seeing the... Continue Reading →

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