Cape Town, Its International Airport, and Port of Durban Among World Travel Awards 2019 Winners

The 26th World Travel Awards ceremony was held in Mauritius over the weekend, and Cape Town, the city’s International Airport, and the Port of Durban, were among the winners for Africa.

The Awards, established in 1993, aim to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

For 2019, regional gala ceremonies were held in North America & the Caribbean (Jamaica), Middle East (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Mauritius), Europe (Madeira, Portugal), Latin America (La Paz, Bolivia), and Asia & Oceania (Phu Quoc, Vietnam).

Cape Town won in the category of Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2019, for the second year in a row. For information on Cape Town, visit Cape Town Tourism.

Cape Town International Airport won in the category of Africa’s Leading Airport 2019, for the third consecutive year. For info about CTIA, visit their website here. The airport has major redesigns scheduled in order to lengthen its runway to accommodate larger aircraft, in an effort to maintain Cape Town’s capacity for tourism.

Cape Town featured once again, with Table Mountain winning in the category of Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019. Info about Table Mountain can be found here.

Among other South African winners was the Port of Durban, which won in the category of Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2019, for the second year in a row. For information about the Port, visit its website here.

Durban also won in the category of Africa’s Leading  Meetings & Conference Destination 2019, for the third consecutive year. Information about Durban can be found on the city’s tourism website here.

Other categories and respective winners for 2019 included Africa’s Leading Airline (Ethiopian Airways); Africa’s Leading Brand (Ethiopian Airways); Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination (Nairobi, Kenya); Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel (Radisson Blu, Kigali, Rwanda); Africa’s Leading Green Hotel (Aberdare Country Club, Kenya); and Africa’s Leading River Cruise Company (Zambezi Queen Collection).

For the full list of winners for the African region, click here.

Recently, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about how he believes tourism is the new gold in Africa. Speaking at the conclusion of the Africa Travel Indaba in Durban, President Ramaphosa hailed the continent for being a tourism hub saying, if nurtured well, the sector would benefit not only individual countries, but also its citizens.

 

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Opinion: Africa’s Success Relies on its Capacity to Harness its Youth’s Potential

Although the headwinds facing globalization are growing in force around the globe, it has not yet managed to stem the desire by many to relocate in search of better prospected. Africa is no exception. According to the most recent round of the Afrobarometer survey, a continental public opinion survey conducted in 34 countries, more than one in three Africans have considered emigrating at the time of the interviews between 2016 and 2018.

This sentiment was particularly strong within the young and educated cohorts of the sample. About half of young adults (aged 18-25 years), and the same proportion and highly educated respondents indicated that they have given thought to the possibility of leaving their home countries in search of better opportunities. This has implications for the continent’s development.
According to the Population Division of the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Africa’s demographic profile currently displays a youth bulge.

Although fertility rates are slowly declining, the continent still has the fastest-growing youth population, with about 60% below the age of 25. The possibility of a so-called ‘demographic dividend’ to be derived from the continent’s youthful population, can only materialize if young people are educated and employable. If, however, those who fall within this category are keen to look for opportunities elsewhere in the world, the prospects for leveraging this potential demographic windfall are diminished. The chart below shows the proportion of those who have considered emigrating by socio-demographic group using the latest Afrobarometer data from 34 countries.

There may be several reasons why young people are considering the possibility of emigrating. Arguably, the lack of sustainable economic opportunities counts among the them. Youth unemployment might be a global phenomenon, particularly in the context of international economic stagnation, but the lack of congruence between the promise of a demographic dividend, and the and growing unemployment certainly does not encourage the prospect for a better life among young Africans. Research shows that a significant majority of young Africans are currently facing unemployment. It may be a virtue, but patriotism does not put food on the table, and according to the Afrobarometer data, shown below, finding work and escaping economic hardship count among the most frequently cited reasons to consider emigrating.

Given that migration is mostly driven by social and economic factors, policy responses should be on the creation of opportunities for young people to enter economic supply chains. Their ability to leverage such opportunities will, in turn, depend on the quality of education that they received. As such, investment in relevant education pathways into the economy would be critical. In light of this, developed countries, governments and public organisations should to create the room for young Africans to thrive. Failing to heed the needs and expectations of young people will come at a high price for the prosperity of the continent, its governance and the ability to retain and up-skill this essential constituency.

Gugu Nonjinge is a Project Leader at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR). Are you interested to read more about IJR’s research and community reconciliation work? Visit their website on www.ijr.org.za, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

 

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World Bank Invests $200 million in Egyptian SMEs, Focuses on Women-Led Projects

The World Bank (WB) has approved the allocation of $200 million for backing entrepreneurship and SMEs in Egypt, giving top priority to women-run projects, the country’s Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said.

It has been widely proven that companies run by women are one of the fastest growing small sized companies, she added.

The Investment Ministry seeks encouraging businesswomen to make investments, as well as empowering women to get funds, Nasr said while addressing a session of the World Bank spring meeting under the theme “A New Economy for the Middle East and North Africa”.

She highlighted the importance of boosting support offered by the bank to the private sector, along with encouraging innovation in the Arab region.

Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) fund plays a key role in supporting women-run projects like “Mastora” project which targets breadwinning mothers, Nasr said, pointing out to the ongoing coordination between her ministry and the SMEs development program.

Meanwhile, World Bank Group Vice President for Middle East and North Africa Ferid Belhaj praised progress achieved by Egypt in the domains of empowering women and supporting SMEs, along with the domain of communication and information technology.

Belhaj also commanded the digital conversion adopted by Egypt’s government bodies along side efforts of the government to turn itself into a digital one through creating a digital participatory environment among state ministries and institutions.

Meanwhile, the two sides asserted the importance of joint regional cooperation with the aim of enhancing the regional economic integration that targets improving the pro-emerging projects business climate.

 

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SA President Ramaphosa: Tourism is the New Gold in Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said tourism is now emerging as “the new gold” in Africa.

Speaking at the conclusion of the Africa Travel Indaba in Durban, President Ramaphosa hailed the continent for being a tourism hub saying, if nurtured well, the sector would benefit not only individual countries, but also its citizens.

“Tourism is the new gold; it’s the new gold mines that our countries can come across…It is a sector that is thriving and has tremendous potential for further growth, and more particularly for job creation,” said President Ramaphosa.

He said South Africa was determined to take advantage of its tourism potential by overhauling the visa process to encourage more visitors to the country.

The leader also called on other African countries to develop the sector so as to reap the most from it.

During discussions with journalists on Friday, South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom acknowledged that visa restrictions and tedious application processes, especially for Nigeria, had discouraged people from applying for the travel document.

Yet, Nigeria was one of the biggest tourism sources for the country outside southern Africa.

Ramaphosa added that crime should be dealt with across Africa so that the continent is not branded an unsafe destination for travel.

He praised Kenya, Uganda and South Africa efforts to ensuring tourists’ safety through Kenya Tourism Federation Safety and Communication Centre, the Uganda Tourism Police and the National Tourism Safety Monitors programme in South Africa.

Tourism offers an opportunity to showcase a country’s arts, culture and industries.

“We tend to think of tourism as being associated with pleasure motives such as visiting iconic sites and getting involved in recreational activities, but it can also embrace business, education, health or religion as a basis for travelling,” said Ramaphosa.

The Africa Travel Indaba is a tourism marketing expo and networking forum that showcases tourism products in Africa.

It is organised by the South African Tourism and attracts regional and international buyers and sellers.

This year’s edition attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors and buyers, including regional tourism board and government agencies.

 

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Economic Commission for Africa Launches African Women Leadership Fund in Morocco

The Economic Commission for Africa has launched the African Women Leadership Fund in Morocco on the sidelines of the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development.

In order to strengthen women’s economic empowerment and facilitate the emergence of women fund managers, the fund aims to facilitate the access of African women entrepreneurs and cooperatives to sustainable capital, lower barriers to entry for women asset managers focused on investing in women-owned and women-led businesses.

The fund will also provide technical assistance to accelerate the training and growth of female asset managers.

The Fund was created following a call by the African Women Leadership Network, and has been established by the Economic Commission for Africa under the leadership of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Chairperson of the African Union, with the support from UN-Women, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission and the African Women Leadership Network.

Over the next decade, the Fund aims to invest up to $500 million in businesses run by African women.

The Morocco launch aims to introduce it to Moroccan women, who, like their African counterparts, face daunting financial challenges which impede the sustainability of their businesses, but also to businesses and other players in the national financial ecosystem.

 

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