Talk Africa: Reopened Skies and Tourism


As African countries resume international flights, the tourism sector is set to be handed a major boost. As one of the top foreign exchange earners for destination countries in Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic has left the sector in tatters.

According to the International Air Transport Association, IATA, demand for travel is forecast to fall by 58 percent in 2020, while passenger revenues will decline by over $6 billion as compared to the previous year. Billions of dollars are projected to be lost in the tourism sector this year.

So how prepared are airlines, hotels and the tourism industry to return to business? And how do we see the sectors overcoming some of the hurdles caused by the Corona pandemic?

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