“Good Tourism” news from Africa & the Middle East

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles from Africa & the Middle East; especially under-reported stories or those covered by non-industry media. The “GT” Blog will often summarise a story and link to the original source thereby encouraging coverage of sustainable tourism and/or responsible tourism news and practices.

Nigeria tourism’s squandered opportunities

Nigeria tourism perhaps shoud be red-faced like this rainbow agama

In an op-ed for This Day, Kunle Aderinokun (Associate Editor) and Demola Ojo (Editor and travel writer) write about the reasons tourism in the world’s seventh most populous nation could be, should be an economic goldmine. While the excerpt below focuses on Nigeria tourism, the writers also discuss squandered opportunities in agriculture, oil, mining, and […]

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COMESA tourism, wildlife, heritage handbook launched

COMESA tourism, wildlife, heritage handbook launched

Advertise Here The Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA) launched The COMESA Tourism & Wildlife Heritage Handbook; Single Market – Countless destinations at the 41st World Tourism Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda. The handbook is part of the COMESA Sustainable Tourism Development Strategic Framework, which has been recognised by member states as a […]

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Oman ecotourism an investment target

Oman ecotourism a target for investment

Oman ecotourism is set to receive an injection of development funds after the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) to develop ecotourism in nature reserves. A committee involving MECA and MoT was formed earlier this year to prepare strategies and plans for the […]

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August 15, 2017


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Botswana boards the bandwagon of ecotourism & sustainable tourism

Rifai & Muohi discuss training and sustainable tourism Botswana

Botswana has no choice but to practice ecotourism and sustainable tourism, according to University of Botswana Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Kgomotso Moahi who was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Botswana Tourism Organisation and the University of Botswana (UB). UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai was the guest speaker at the July 26 […]

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Minister raises racism at South Africa Tourism Month launch

South Africa tourism minister raised racism at tourism month launch. Meanwhile, the many races of South Africa are represented in the Nelson Mandela University Choir. Source: GovernmentZA https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/35872724332/

An holistic focus on the socioeconomic benefits of tourism to communities is at the heart of South Africa Tourism Month, September 2017, which was launched last week. “This is why it is so vital to encourage South Africans to travel around their own country,” South Africa Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa said. “Not only will […]

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Pollution plan cooked up at Kenya’s Lake Naivasha

Sunset at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Source: Gopal Vijayaraghavan / Wikimedia

Nice places to live are nice places to visit. With Lake Naivasha tourism taking a hit due to pollution, a social enterprise has cooked up a plan to clean up the lake and provide cheap meals to local villagers. Report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Standing on a muddy patch on the shores of Lake […]

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