Hoteliers bank on adoption of the African Open Sky Policy

Written By: Regina Manyara Gitau

Hoteliers bank on adoption of the African Open Sky Policy
Artistic impression of the Dongo Kundu bypass that is set to be completed by 2018

Hoteliers at the coast are banking on adoption of the African Open Sky Policy and the operationalization of the Dongo-Kundu bypass to boost tourist arrivals.

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They argue that the improved road network via Dongo-Kundu will ease traffic snarl ups that often occasion tourist to miss flights or cancel bookings.

Stakeholders in the tourism sector are upbeat about the adoption of the African open sky policy saying it will boost tourist arrivals especially from emerging markets across the African continent.

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They argue that open skies agreements have worked in other regions like Europe and Latin America and hope to leverage on this to achieve the sectors’ target of 3 million tourist arrivals in five years.

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The Single African Air Transport Market is one of the flagship projects of the African Union Agenda 2063 for the socio-economic transformation of the continent.

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Despite being a popular means of transport for persons travelling to the coast, the standard gauge railway capacity is an issue during the festive season.

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Hoteliers are calling for the increase in train frequency and capacity.

The operationalization on the Dongo-Kundu by pass has been hailed as a game changer in the transport sector that is expected to ease traffic congestion.

Recreational facilities have begun customizing holiday packages targeting travelling groups like families and corporates ahead of the high season that starts this month.


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