Ghana to get a $1.2bn ultra-modern ecotourism park in its capital city

Visitors walking along the canopy walk, a series of foot bridges suspended 30 meters in the air over the treetops, in Kakum National Park, Ghana. File Photo©Olivier Asselin/AP/SIPAGhana has decided to convert one of its forest reserves – Achimota Forest – into a world-class recreational facility and a major tourism destination hub in West Africa at a cost of $1.2 billion.

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Aviation: Rise in traffic helps brings Air Mauritius back into profit

Photo©ReutersA 9 percent rise in passenger traffic helped Air Mauritius swing back into profit in the last quarter, having made a loss in the same period last year, the airline said on Thursday.

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Ghana scraps visas for African nationals

File photo©Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAGhana has scrapped visas for African nationals using its only international airport as a way of promoting tourism and investment in the West African country.

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Ethiopia earns $3,4 billion from tourism

Photo©Elias Asmare/AP/SIPAEthiopia earned more than $3.4 billion from tourism receipts in the fiscal year that ended on July7, a huge leap from last year's revenues.

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Secrets of Ghana's sweet savannah

 Zaina is built in a vernacular style. Photo©ZaniaThe little-known Mole National Park in Ghana's north offers an intimate encounter with nature and the lives and stories of the nearby communities.

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Aviation: Senegal in strategic partner search for new national airline

Photo©ReutersSenegal has created Air Senegal, a new national airline intended to replace the West African nation's now defunct, heavily indebted carrier Senegal Airlines, the minister of tourism and air transport said on Friday.

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Zimbabwe: New visa regulations to boost tourism

File Photo©ReutersZimbabwe tourism authorities have relaxed visa requirements in a drive to shore up the tourism sector, following a report ranking the 27 out of 52 countries on the continent's visa openness index by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Zimbabwe tourism tax weighs down sector

Zimbabwe recorded a nine percent increase in tourist arrivals in 2015 but there are fears increasing accommodation costs will cut the growth of the country's tourism sector significantly in the near future.

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Kenya aims to cut external, fiscal deficits

Finance Minister Henry Rotich says the global slump in the price of crude oil had helped the Kenya's current account deficit to improveKenya's economy is expected to grow 6.1 percent in 2016 and the government wants to trim ballooning budget and current account deficits to steady the economy, its finance minister said on Thursday.

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Investment: Saudi investor eyes Egypt's resort tourism sector

Photo©ReutersA Saudi businessman is in talks with Egyptian authorities over a $4 billion tourism resort in Egypt's Red Sea region of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egyptian tourism minister Hisham Zaazou told Saudi newspaper Okaz.

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Kenya: Festive frolics by the sea

Photos© www.thesandskenya.comIt's time to down tools and head for the beaches, water sports and historical charm of Kenya's coast

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Niger's Agadez, a smugglers’ haven

Photos© Issouf Sanogo/AFPIn Agadez, on the edge of the Sahara, an entire economy has grown up around the West African migrants trying to reach Libya and beyond

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Climate Change: Coastal erosion threatens Senegal, West African tourism

Debris seen in front of Hotel Espadon, which closed after waves made it too difficult to maintain in Saly, Senagal. Photo©ReutersThe European winter is the high season for tourism in Senegal as visitors flock to its sea and sun to escape the cold, yet since last year the doors of the luxury Hotel Espadon have been closed.

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Mauritius Country Profile 2015: High income, here we come

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Rolls suggest that the new coalition of Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam's Labour Party and Paul Bérenger's Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) is guaranteed to dominate the next elections, which are expected to take place early in 2015.

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Zimbabwe Country Profile 2015: Desperation leads to Russian roulette


The year 2015 is unlikely to hold major improvements to the weak Zimbabwean economy.

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Sao Tomé e Principe Country Profile 2015: A triumph for Trovoada

altAmidst the habitual party fragmentation and vote-buying, Patrice Trovoada's Acção Democrática Independente (ADI) won an unexpected absolute majority in legislative elections on 12 October 2014, increasing the ADI's share from 26 to 33 of the 55 seats.

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Equitorial Guinea Country Profile 2015: Obiang's game to play

altEquatorial Guinea will not have another presidential election until 2016, and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 72, is following a common script of attempting to stay in power for as long as he can while making as few compromises as possible.

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Kenya Country Profile 2015: That engine just keeps rolling

altBuoyed by the confidence of local and international investors, Kenya's economy looks sufficiently stable to survive the damage done by a sharp drop in income from tourism after a spate of terrorist attacks – and it should remain strong enough to shrug off rising inflationary pressures going into 2015.

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Seychelles Country Profile 2015: Catching fish and tourists

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Gently favourable economic trends and the increasingly positive international image of the Seychelles will help President James Michel and his ruling Parti Lepep maintain a firm grip in 2015.

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Rwanda Country Profile 2015: Political and security rifts

altAlthough the government will try to keep the spotlight on Rwanda's economic advances, it will become increasingly difficult to disguise the political rifts within the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

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