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ATLF tourism forum enters final day in Botswana

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Hundreds of stakeholders in the tourism industry from 42 countries around the world are expected to wrap up discussions on breaking barriers in the sector at the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum in Gaborone, Botswana.

The 6th tourism forum that began with a masterclass session on Tuesday will today focus on, among other issues, forging public-private sector partnerships to thoughtfully leverage concessions for tourism development in African communities and hard talk on intra-Africa connectivity and cost of travel.

Beatrice Chaytor – Head of Division, Trade in Services DTIID, AfCFTA Secretariat says to mitigate the cost of air travel in Africa some short flights from one country to another, currently classified as international flights, should be considered domestic flights.

“The cost of a ticket between Lome and Accra … when you add the government taxes and all, you then end up with about a ticket of about 400 dollars for a 15-minute flight, so what we are proposing is that these types of flights, internally, should be considered domestic, rather than international flights.”

Hundreds of stakeholders in the tourism industry from 42 countries around the world are expected to wrap up discussions on breaking barriers in the sector at the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum in Gaborone, Botswana.

The 6th tourism forum that began with a masterclass session on Tuesday will today focus on, among other issues, forging public-private sector partnerships to thoughtfully leverage concessions for tourism development in African communities and hard talk on intra-Africa connectivity and cost of travel.

Beatrice Chaytor – Head of Division, Trade in Services DTIID, AfCFTA Secretariat says to mitigate the cost of air travel in Africa some short flights from one country to another, currently classified as international flights, should be considered domestic flights.

“The cost of a ticket between Lome and Accra … when you add the government taxes and all, you then end up with about a ticket of about 400 dollars for a 15-minute flight, so what we are proposing is that these types of flights, internally, should be considered domestic, rather than international flights.”

UNWTO Senior Expert on Communications in Africa, Koji Bentum-Williams says Africa needs to realise that the world has changed and invest more in technological development and infrastructure.

He has reiterated the views of many other delegates at the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum in Gaborone about easing up Visa restrictions to improve intra-Africa travel.

Issues of leakages in the tourism sector across Africa, where revenue generated doesn’t improve the lives of the local communities have been cited as one of the major challenges.

Bentum-Williams says concerted efforts need to be put into addressing this.

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