UNWTO and AFCAC Join Forces to Boost Air Connectivity in Africa

UNWTO and AFCAC sign MoU to boost Africa’s air connectivity and sustainable tourism.

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The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) have joined forces to unlock Africa’s tourism and aviation potential through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

This strategic partnership aims to generate jobs, drive inclusive growth, and enliven the continent’s tourism and aviation landscapes.

Promoting Sustainable Tourism and Connectivity

The MoU is centred around shared initiatives, including promoting sustainable tourism and the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).


The SAATM, a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, aims to create a unified air travel market across Africa, fostering greater connectivity and growth.

UNWTO noted it has actively participated in AFCAC initiatives like the SAATM Pilot Implementation Project, aiming to fast-track interconnectivity by 2025 and benefit both tourism and aviation sectors.

Commendation for Travel Facilitation

The UNWTO applauds initiatives by Benin, The Gambia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Seychelles offering free visas to African tourists, supporting the vision of increased connectivity and paving the way for SAATM’s success.