Top Resa 2014 – the key to the French market


(Posted 19th September 2014)

It is now just four days to go before Salon Top Resa 2014, France’s most important travel show, opens its gates in Paris. Reunion Tourism will make a show of force this year with a stand of 264 square metres and a large number of private sector stakeholders will be on site together with key staff of Ile de la Reunion Tourisme.

Over 40 hotels, resorts, DMC’s and other companies will exhibit in Paris, showcasing the new face of Reunion island and portraying a fresh dynamic image which the island’s tourism gurus have created over the past year.

New technology has been introduced at the stand and tourism trade visitors and potential travelers have something to look forward to when they come to discover what awaits them on Reunion.

The following companies will be at Top Resa next week with the exhibition running from the 23rd to the 26th September inclusive, held again at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles Hall 7.2 – M29 (Indian Ocean region).

  • Hospitality

Iloha Seaview Hotel ****, * Lux Resort & Hotels (LUX * Island The ***** / Meeting The Reef Hotel ***), Palm Hotel & Spa ****, Saint Alexis Hotel & Spa **** Club Hotels Reunion, The Union of Hoteliers Reunion (Archipelago *** / Tropic Condo Hotel *** / Hotel Residence Les Creoles *** / Blue Margouillat Seaview Hotel **** / **** The Boucan Canoe / Diana Dea Lodge **** / **** Dimitile Hotel / Exsel Authentic Hotels (Alamanda Hotel ** – Hotel Blue Beach *** – Hotel Floralys *** – The Victoria Hotel *** – The Reeds Des Sables), The Nautilus Beach ***, The Plump Juliette *** Novotel Saint-Gilles *** Roche Tamarin Lodge & Spa ****.

  • Incoming Agencies

Alizoa Travel Anthurium Tourism, Tourism Bourbon, Bar Reef, Connections Meeting, Arabian Tours, Tours Papangue, Passion Outremer, Yes We Can Travel.

  • Car rental

Go to Low Price Car, ITC Tropicar, Jumbo Car & Dacia Easy Rent.

  • Helicopter companies

Reef Helicopter Helilagon

  • Groups

CléVacances, Gîtes de France Reunion, Association of Diving Professionals (GPP), Reunion Vacation Intense (CHALLENGE), Trade Association of Sport Leisure in Reunion Island (SYPRAL).

  • Sights and Museums

The National Botanical Mascarin, the Baths of Cilaos.

Make an appointment with Reunion where much is to be discovered and click on for added details.

Also exhibiting at Top Resa will be the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands organization aiming to promote not just each island individually but aggressively market the concept of interisland travel, now that more and more air connections are already available or will shortly be launched.

PRESS RELEASE: Etihad Airways celebrates social media success.

SimpliFlying names Etihad their top airline at the annual award ceremony in New York earlier this week.

18th September 2014


Wins Best Emerging Airline on Social Media Award at the SimpliFlying Awards

Named ‘Most Influential Brand in the UAE’ on LinkedIn

Reaches historic milestone of one million Facebook fans globally

Launches new Pinterest brand account

Etihad Airways is celebrating social media success after being named winner of the Best Emerging Airline on Social Media Award at the SimpliFlying Awards 2014, and for having reached one million Facebook fans globally.

The SimpliFlying Awards recognise the best social media campaigns and practices in the aviation industry. The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony during the Travel Distribution Summit North America in New York this week, attended by more than 400 travel and hospitality executives.

A rigorous process of public voting and an expert panel of judges selected the UAE flag carrier as winner of the Best Emerging Airline on Social Media Award, in recognition of the airline’s sophisticated strategy, engaging content, targeted promotions and campaigns, and focused community management over the past 12 months.

Etihad Airways undertook various initiatives on its social networking pages to engage fans and build a stronger bond with them, alongside generating revenue for the airline. The pages provide real-time news updates about the brand, sponsorships, route additions, products and services, special offers and brand-engaging games.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Social media channels have become a vital part of our broader digital and communications activity. This award further inspires us to be pioneers in the global travel industry in terms of recognising and harnessing the power of social media, and telling the Etihad Airways story in innovative ways.”

Shashank Nigam, SimpliFlying’s CEO, said: “Etihad Airways has adopted a methodological approach to social media marketing, resulting in a dramatic increase in engagement over the last year, particularly around the launch of their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 products, which will be taking to the skies in December. The airline came from behind and has taken the competition by storm.”

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, recently revealed Etihad Airways as the most influential brand headquartered in the UAE based on engagement among LinkedIn’s membership of 313 million professionals. The ranking follows a number of successful campaigns the airline ran on the platform, taking its number of followers above 120,000.

Fresh from its social media achievements and recognitions, Etihad Airways has reached the historic milestone of one million fans on its Facebook page and over 100,000 followers on its Twitter account (@EtihadAirways). The airline has witnessed considerable growth in the number of social media users over the past year, more than doubling its Facebook ‘likes’ with an additional 512,000 fans and increasing its Twitter followers by 75 per cent.

In celebration of the achievements, the airline has launched a ‘#OneMillionMoments’ social media promotion in which fans can share photos of their memorable Etihad Airways travel moments using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win a pair of Economy Class flight tickets to anywhere on the airline’s flight network. The competition is open until 30 September 2014, after which a panel of judges will choose the best entry. For more information, and to view the full terms and conditions for the promotion, visit Etihad Airways’ Facebook page.

To expand its social media reach further, Etihad Airways has launched a new Pinterest account, which will be used as a destination and inspirational marketing tool. It will allow fans to connect and engage with the airline directly through content on the Pinterest boards, featuring popular destinations across the network, world-class products and services, and exciting travel ideas.

“We are thrilled to launch our new Pinterest account, which will anchor Etihad Airways as a key channel on the internet for travel planning. Pinterest has enormous potential to reach our target market and create brand associations through visually-appealing content,” Mr. Baumgartner added.

Pinterest has become increasingly popular, especially among women, with more than 70 million registered users worldwide, of which 40 million are monthly active users. It is considered second only to Facebook in social media in terms of sending referral traffic to websites.

Etihad Airways continues to broaden its social media offerings and plans to develop an official blog and launch new brand accounts in multiple languages. These new endeavors are all part of an enduring effort from Etihad Airways to improve the experience of fans of the airline, who can stay connected with the airline by visiting any of its social media channels:

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· Instagram:

· Google+:

· YouTube:

· LinkedIn:

· Pinterest:

Go Places and National Museum of Kenya ink new PR and marketing deal


(Posted 19th September 2014)

The National Museum of Kenya has yesterday signed a comprehensive deal with Go Places to market on of Kenya’s main tourist attractions and focal point of history and culture for the country.

The new deal is a continuation of now six years of cooperation and is expected to take the promotion of NMK to new levels.

Both parties, after signing the deal at the office of the National Museum of Kenya Director General Dr. Yassin Ahmed, issued the following statement:

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Go Places Magazine, the flagship publication for Leisure and Travel Guides East Africa has sealed a continual partnership deal with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) whereby Go Places will through its various digital and print platforms continue to disseminate information and other forms of marketing communication related to the museums and other heritage sites countrywide.

The long term deal penned by Go Places Group CEO , Mansoor Jiwani and the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya Dr. Ahmed Yassin marks a continuation of the business relationship that has lasted for the past six years.

The signing ceremony conducted at Dr. Yassin’s office at the NMK headquarters in Nairobi, asserts Go Places magazine’s position as being one of the pivotal channels in enabling NMK effectively undertake their core functions which include heritage, promotion, collection &documentation; research preservation and conservation.

NMK synthesizes the information generated from research and collections and presents the same to the public for the purpose of raising awareness and learning amongst the general population through exhibitions, education programmes and other multimedia channels.

NMK houses one of the most unique and diverse collections in the world. Through Go Places digital and print publications, NMK’s will be able to reach a targeted local, regional and international audience.

The award winning Go Places brand, has over 22 years’ experience in the tourism industry and has been involved in promoting various touristic ventures locally, regionally and internationally. Other publications under the Go Places brand include Go Places Conference Directory, Go Places Hotel & Accommodation Guide & Go PlacesRestaurant Directory.

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Pride Pesa Show 2014, Storymoja Festival 2014, New Jack Swing & Medic East Africa 2014

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Storymoja Festival 2014 is still here with us with a gathering of the greatest minds like one Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka. Amy Winehouse makes a return at Tamambo while Choices Pub hosts Kaz at Thursday Nite Live.

Plays like Forbidden, Dinner Theatre and A Plan of Action await you in different theatres around town.

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Kilifi hoteliers say new taxes and fees will kill their businesses


(Posted 19th September 2014)

Hotel and resort operators in Kilifi County, Kenya coasts, have expressed their dismay and disappointment with their county government over ongoing attempts to load yet more taxes and fees on their ailing businesses.

The county has risen to notoriety over plans to buy a palatial mansion for the county governor some time ago and affected hoteliers were less than amused over what one regular source called ‘trying to bleed us to financial death to finance the opulent lifestyle of county leaders gone out of control. This is not the devolution we voted for and wanted but which politicians turned into another avenue to eat and feast at our expense’.

Garbage collection charges, over and above already existing fees, are proposed to hit hotels to the tune of up to 300 US Dollars extra per month while added bed levies of 50 shillings per bed have been introduced for the 2014/15 budget of the county. The county is also trying to force tour operators to pay added levies for their vehicles which has brought the Kenya Association of Tour Operators into the fray, as they too dismissed the attempt to extract more money from them as futile and bound to fail.

This comes on the back of over a dozen resorts in Kilifi closed for lack of business and those still open struggling to make ends meet with record low occupancies which hardly allow to pay recurrent expenses at the end of the month.

The Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers Coast Branch and other tourism trade associations have strongly protested the planned measures and warned that the sector cannot sustain yet more charges from counties and central government or else may collapse altogether.

It is understood that the level of opposition has taken the county government by surprise, prompting a temporary suspension of the charges while ‘consulting’, in turn getting added feedback from tourism operators that there is in fact nothing to consult over but to scrap the plans for the new fees and levies.

Similar attempts to burden the tourism industry with yet higher cost were previously reported from Mombasa and Kwale counties, where equally the tourism industry stood up and collectively opposed what one source at the time said were extremely high and would lead to the closure of more businesses.

The trials and tribulations of being South Sudanese in these times

Thudan Gai Majiok wrote moving piece which I came across and which provides an insight of how an South Sudanese citizens views the actions and retractions of his government over the past days. Taking one’s frustrations out on Southern Sudanese, be they in Kampala or in Nairobi, it just as uncivil as the action of the regime in Juba was. It is uncalled for, and it must be condemned, full stop.

Enjoy the read, I certainly did and it hopefully opens a few eyes.

September 17, 2014

Why are we handcuffed and taken hostage in our own country?

By Thudan Gai Majiok


Ministry of Public Service and Labor Ministerial order

Ministry of Public Service and Labor Ministerial order

September 17th,2014 (Nyamilepedia )-When I heard the news on the 16th September, 2014 about foreigners ceasing work in South Sudan, I paused to think whether the decision made was patriotic, coherent and sagacious. I asked myself whether this decision was really and thoroughly discussed in the council of ministers’ meeting and whether its repercussions were well calculated and whether the minister knew that UPDF and other allied forces were in South Sudan.
When I came to Kampala town on 18th September, 2014, I found that some very white papers, written “South Sudan expels foreigners” pinned on every street I passed through and I could hear Ugandans laughing and yapping “South Sudanese will see it if they expel our sons and daughters”. I could hear them (Ugandans) say “they have started again. This time they will regret it. It won’t be like the boda bodas’ issue”.
I could not continue moving around. I looked for a place to sit. I entered the Bamako Hotel. I ordered some snacks and sat quiet. Even without spending some much time (I could remember having stayed for only 5 minutes), a certain corpulent Ugandan walked to where I was sitting and said “Mr. Sudanese, how is Sudan, bring my money I left in Sudan?” I looked up at him. I could not say any word to him. A group of men behind me called him in Luganda. I guessed they were telling him to leave the “Sudanese” alone. He walked away and joined the team. They continued laughing and could stare at me as I was taking my snacks. I paid my bill and left for my lectures. I could hear them say (good that they said it in English) to the lady at the counter “don’t give him his balance”. I was given my balance and walked away.
During our lectures for ‘the State & the Economy’, South Sudan and its leadership was an example cited in the class. We (South Sudanese students in this class) were troubled and mortified. We wanted the lectures shortened. Some of us pretended to go for short calls but never returned. South Sudan became a laughing stalk throughout the lectures!
Another serious issue that also came across my eyes on 17th September, 2014, was Mwangi S. Kimenyi’s analysis and statement, which briefly reads “The decision by the government is clearly a stupid one. It lacks any sound basis, and it runs counter to any informed and developmental-minded leadership. Such a move reminds us of the action by the former dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin, who, early in his reign, expelled foreigners and even seized their investments.

The consequences of such actions—namely the collapse of the Ugandan private sector—are well-known, and it is quite surprising that a struggling economy would take actions that accelerate the downward spiral of economic growth and human development. Again, I say this is quite stupid on the part of the South Sudanese government”. I asked myself whether this would be seen an insult by minister Ngor or whether minister would require an apology like the drama we saw between president Kiir and IGAD’s Executive Secretary.
Mwangi S.Kimenyi’s analysis is proven by today’s ( 17th September, 2014) news that says “South Sudan has reversed its decision for IGAD member states”. That South Sudan would exempt Ugandans, Kenyans Somalis, Rwandans, Ethiopians, and Burundians from the order. Mr. Minister, in this case, who are the foreigners here? Did you mean the whites or the Arabs being foreigners? Who are these? You need to release another order because the one you released on 16th September has been spat on and does no longer carry any legal value.
In conclusion, this decision was actually meant to target foreigners and international organizations that have been vocal about abuses on South Sudanese nationals by government security agents. When the Nuer aid workers were killed in Maban by government aided militia, some international organizations and foreigners condemned the killings and asked them government to stop the ethnic-based killings countrywide. This was not received well by government.

When UNMISS Nuer workers were detained and their transport documents confiscated, foreign aid workers trooped the airport and the Nuer aid workers were rescued. This was not also liked by some government officials.
So, it is like these foreign aid workers and some international organizations have blockaded the government from executing their ethnic-based targets. What a drama!.
Mr. Minister, for God’s sake, where are you taking this nation? So, it is arrived at that your decision was not patriotic, coherent and sagacious. No decision that counters the interests of Uganda, Kenya and other allied countries will ever work in South Sudan. We are handcuffed and taken hostage if you do not know, Mr. Minister.
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Phone companies set to cap roaming charges for East Africans, well, some East Africans


(Posted 18th September 2014)

The mobile phone companies in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya have finally agreed on new tariffs for citizens of the three countries, when they travel across the borders and use their phones on roaming arrangements. Hitherto perceived as often outrageously expensive, apart from Airtel’s Africa tariff, will travelers now be given a break come October 01st when the new charges come into effect. Cross region travel is a key part of the three countries’ trade and tourism links and lessening the out of pocket expenses for Ugandans, Rwandans and Kenyan’s when visiting the neighbours will very likely help to boost further increases in visits among the three.

Previously did roaming calls, when using one’s own phone, often cost more than calls to Europe, the US or India with consumer organisations hammering away at the phone companies of profiteering through extortionate tariffs, while travelers evaded the charges by purchasing a local SIM card, denying the phone companies the joy of mega profits by tech savvy visitors.

Sadly will citizens of Burundi and Tanzania once again be left out of this arrangement which was prompted by recent directive after top level meetings between the leaders of the three coalition countries to bring down the cost of doing business within the three. While Burundi has of late made overtures to become first a regular observer when the three meet, has Tanzania made no such moves at this time.

The purchase of SIM cards has of late been regulated by the three countries and photo ID is now required to buy and activate a new SIM card, but the investment of a bit of time gives visitors access to local call tariffs and affordable data bundles, which under roaming arrangements have been a major cash cow for local phone operators.


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