Seychelles due for another arrival record as 2015 figures overtaken


(Posted 03rd December 2016)

As of yesterday was the previous arrival record of 276.233 passengers relegated to history when new arrivals at the Seychelles International Airport on Mahe received more visitors.
With a full month ahead, and December being normally a period when travel to the archipelago from cold Europe intensifies, is the magical 300.000 arrival mark now truly within reach, as the increase in arrivals in 2016 over the previous year has exceeded the 10 percent margin.
Seychelles Tourism Board CEO Mrs. Sherin Francis and her deputy Ms. Jennifer Sinon were at the airport yesterday to officially welcome the ‘record breaker‘ a couple from Italy.
Tourism stakeholders, while continuing to face a challenging cost environment, have expressed their support for the tourism board’s global marketing initiatives which has seen not just visitor number increase but which also brought new airlines to fly to the Seychelles, among them Turkish Airlines and soon also Qatar Airways, the latter launching daily flights in less than 10 days from Doha.
Some stakeholders expressed their hope that the trend can continue in 2017 which has seen uninterrupted growth since 2009, when the Seychelles Tourism Board was fundamentally restructured.
France and Germany remain Seychelles’ leading tourist source markets with a combined nearly 80.000 visitors but emerging markets have caught up such as China, which is already in the top five of countries of origin for tourists coming to the islands.
The income from tourism has to spread through all segments and has to reach especially those who put live savings into holiday lets, guest houses and small enterprises like taxis or boats. The government has promoted greater participation of Seychellois in the hospitality and tourism industry in the past years. They have stopped large scale new developments in favour of locally owned smaller properties. That is good but we need more promotion, more marketing for these kind of properties like guest houses and self catering. Besides that I only pray that our politics remain guided by common sense and that no bad politics come into play next year which could threaten our tourism success‘ said a regular contributor when sharing the latest arrival record before adding ‘I think we have a great team at STB and at the ministry and I am glad that the new president has retained them all. Success breeds success and one does not change horses in the middle of a race
More information about Destinations Seychelles, including links to ‘Seychelles Secrets‘ and other lower cost accommodation across the islands, can be accessed via

Tourism and Peace: Be part of it through ICTP Membership

International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) – Tourism and Peace: Be part of it!

More on the International Council of Tourism Partners
The Objectives of the IIPT Global Peace Parks Initiatives are:

  • To nurture the growth of peace and understanding at home and
    throughout the world.
  • To enhance awareness of a community’s commitment to peace and a
    healthy environment.
  • To create a common ground for members of the community to come
    together in celebration of their nation’s people, land, and heritage, and the common future of all humankind.
  • Reflect on our connectedness to one another as a Global Family and to the earth of which we are all a part.
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Peace Parks
& Destinations of Peace

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) teamed up with the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) and SKAL International

We are pleased to help expand the Peace Parks and Destinations of Peace project on behalf of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism.

What are Peace Parks?

  • Public Parks (National, Regional, Community Parks)
  • Private Parks at private corporations, institutions, universities, and even homes
  • A Peace Destination represented by a ministry or government, tourism boards or a destination management representative.
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Bombardier confirms sale of three more aircraft to Tanzania


(Posted 02nd December 2016)

In yet another aircraft deal between Tanzania and Bombardier, worth about 200 million US Dollars, has the largest East African country written aviation history by becoming the African launch customer for the brand new and only recently certified CS300 series. The news were broken here several days ago already courtesy of usually well informed sources in Dar es Salaam

Two months ago were two equally brand new Bombardier Q400NG’s delivered and received in Dar es Salaam with great fanfare. Both aircraft are already deployed and have helped Air Tanzania to reopen several domestic routes, and a third such aircraft is due, as part of the deal, to join the fleet in 2017.
While the Q400NG’s will all have a single class cabin with 76 economy seats are the two jets coming to Tanzania offering passengers a dual class layout of Business and Economy and will notably have WiFi connectivity. This is only the second such confirmed order in Africa following the two new Boeing B737-800NG’s of RwandAir – one already delivered and the second one due in May 2017 – which proved to be the trail blazer for this sort of inflight equipment on single aisle aircraft.
When the three additional aircraft have been delivered will Air Tanzania operate a fleet of all Bombardier aircraft, a fact which no doubt sweetened their deal with the manufacturer vis a vis training, maintenance support, spare part availability and most important price, comprising of a Bombardier Q300, three Bombardier Q400NG and two CS300’s.

The domestic market in Tanzania as well as the regional market are becoming more competitive as both business and leisure travel are steadily increasing‘ said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary at Tanzania’s Ministry of Works, Communications and Transport before adding: ‘Therefore it is vital to operate aircraft that offer superb passenger comfort and amenities. Of course, high reliability, operational flexibility, as well as excellent fuel efficiency and economics are also necessary. Both the Q400 and CS300 aircraft more than satisfy these parameters‘.

We are delighted that the Q400 aircraft which entered service with Air Tanzania earlier this year are proving their superior economics and versatility. The CS300 aircraft will allow Air Tanzania to expand both its domestic and regional markets, and it has the range to open new international destinations such as the Middle East and India at the lowest cost. The C Series jet aircraft have the right attributes to develop these markets‘ then added Mr. Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Africa and the Middle East, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Including the purchase agreement announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 566 Q400 and 360 C Series aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines confirms that Victoria Falls will join their network from March 2017


(Posted 02nd December 2016)

Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines has just confirmed that it will start four weekly flights to Victoria Falls, site of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, as of March 26, 2017, with the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior. The information was already reported here while the AFRAA Annual General Assembly was underway a few weeks ago in Victoria Falls.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said when making the announcement; ‘It is a continuation of our efforts to achieve the goal of connecting Africa to the world, by adding multiple points in Africa and serving air connectivity needs of the continent. Tourist travelers and vacationers from major cities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa will enjoy hassle-free connections to Victoria Falls via our strategic hub at Addis Ababa. Looking forward, we shall continue to expand our network in Africa to better promote and facilitate growth in the business and tourism sectors, as clearly outlined in our fifteen years growth strategy, Vision 2025‘.

Ethiopian also offers special fares for tour packages to the major African tourist destinations such as Mombasa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar-Es-Salaam but also to Johannesburg, Maputo and Cairo.
To take advantage of our tour packages, please visit the nearest Ethiopian office or email at ETHolidays



(Posted 02nd December 2016)

Belgium, which can be reached with ease from both Uganda and Rwanda with five and six flights respectively per week by Brussels Airlines, which offers the proverbial ‘Savoir Vivre‘ in the air when flying out of Entebbe, Kigali or Bujumbura, is already known for the wide range of attractions.
The European capital of Brussels alone is home to dozens of top rated restaurants, museums, parks and monumental buildings including the shining Atomium and the ‘Mannekin Piss‘ which no visitor to Brussels should miss.
The country side, take for instance the F1 racing circuit of Spa, too is rich of sites worth visiting and offers many lessons of history including the battlefield where Napoleon was defeated, known as Waterloo. It has become a byname today referred to around the world in regards to defeats from which one can no longer recover.
Dozens of little breweries create some of the world’s best beers and pittoresque little villages dot the entire country making visits more than worth the while. All along do Belgians also speak English making visitors from around the world more than welcome.
Now has Flanders, one of the two big regions of Belgium, announce the opening of a brand new convention centre in the city of Antwerp, so read on what is on offer there as the headline ‘A Room With A Zoo‘ certainly will get everyone’s attention:


“Proceeds from every event go towards operating the parks and the Centre for Research and Conservation”

A Room with a ZOO in Antwerp

The Flanders Meetings & Conventions Centre (FMCCA) has announced the official opening of its new convention centre in Antwerp and A ROOM WITH A ZOO. Located within one of the world’s best preserved & award winning 19th century zoo, the Centre provides the Meetings Industry sector with a new venue for the 21st century.

FMCCA was officially opened this weekend by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

Describing Europe’s latest conference and meeting venue, Ms. Anja Stas, Chief Commercial Officer FMCCA said; ‘H.M. the Queen Mathilde of Belgium officially opened the FMCCA on 27th November. Combining history with the very latest technology, in a city often described as small but with a larger than life attitude for culture and business, this brand new Centre is set within one of the founding ZOO’s in the world. With meeting and conference rooms in historical surroundings and facilities that will provide a truly unique attitude and creativity to meetings and events – we have a living and breathing historic monument now accessible to the world of meetings and events‘.

The proceeds of all commercial activities – including those of every event – will go entirely to operating the parks and the Centre for Research and Conservation.

The focus is on offering something really different for our clients and delegates which could an early morning run through the ZOO surrounded by the elephants and giraffes, or a tea-break with networking, watched over by gorillas. Breakfast with penguins, a yoga stretch by the flamingo pool or a nightly stroll through the sleeping ZOO, are all possible but we have so many options, the combination is endless. Our team will be happy to provide a customized programme, it’s all about the client’s choice‘ added Anja Stas.

With easy access from Europe and the world, both Brussels & Antwerp International airports are close by and the main railway station located next door, the FMCCA will provide a low environmental impact, sustainable and low energy consumption venue with the latest technical facilities and equipment. Antwerp itself offers over 4,600 hotel rooms within walking distance from FMCCA.

The legacy of the 19th Century Great Hall, the Marble Hall, The Winter Garden, Darwin Hall and the Verlat Hall are now all available as part of the conference centre, plus 20-30 meeting rooms with over 25,000m2 and a capacity to hold events for up to 2,700 delegates. The venue provides flexible open space areas and venues for banquets and dinners including the Aquarium which houses one of Europe’s largest reef aquarium. Dinner@ ZOO also provides options to hold garden parties, Galas Dinners and networking events in the ZOO when it is closed to the public – providing a “truly VIP experience”; added Stas.

Antwerp ZOO was opened in 1843, and is one of the founding zoos in the world with some 7000 animals and 550 species. It has an award winning reputation for global preservation and breeding programmes.

So take your convention, meeting or your own visit to Belgian , explore the capital Brussels, the country’s beaches, landscapes and forests, the historical monuments and sites and of course sample some of the thousands of restaurants and hundreds of beers which made Belgium a hotspot of European cuisine – and as the icing of the cake let some of the world’s finest selection of pralines melt on your tongue.


Keen to travel around the world? Here is an affordable way of how to go about it!

oneworld airline alliance offers round the world flights

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oneworld now offers round-the-world
southern hemisphere ticket

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oneworld® is offering a new version of its oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare – for travel solely in the southern hemisphere.

It follows the recent launch of services by LATAM Airlines between Brazil’s Sao Paulo and South Africa’s Johannesburg – making a circumnavigation of the globe south of the equator possible on oneworld member airlines for the first time.

Qantas links Johannesburg with Sydney and its extensive Australasian network. Both LATAM and Qantas link Sydney with Santiago, with an option of a stop in New Zealand – and then on to LATAM’s unmatched South American network.

oneworld Explorer’s new three-continent version is available for sale from select countries in the southern hemisphere – including Australia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.

It includes flights on a South West Pacific–Africa-South America-South West Pacific routeing, flying in a westwards or eastwards direction – with flights included within each continent. oneworld is the only airline alliance with an Australia-based member airline, in Qantas.

Unlike other round-the-world fares, oneworld Explorer’s price is based on the number of continents you visit, not the distance you fly, making planning and pricing your journey much more simple and flexible.

Prices of this new three-continent version of oneworld Explorer (excluding taxes and other charges) start from, for travel starting in

  • Australia and the South West Pacific – AUD 3,299 Economy, AUD 10,499 Business Class.
  • South Africa – ZAR 21,560 Economy, ZAR 80,460 Business Class.
  • South America, excluding Brazil – USD 3,200 Economy, USD 8,600 Business Class.
  • Brazil – USD 3,300 Economy, USD 8,100 Business Class.

The alliance’s member airlines serve almost 70 destinations in Australia and the South West Pacific, around 120 in South America and nearly 50 in Africa – and more than 1,000 in 150 plus countries worldwide.

You can plan and book your oneworld Explorer round-the-world trip online, and find full details, at

oneworld offers the widest range of alliance fares. Besides round-the-world fares, it also provides a variety of options for visiting several or just one continent.

About oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers. They include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates. As part of oneworld, these airlines:

  • Serve more a thousand airports in 150 plus countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
  • Carry some 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft.
  • Generate US$ 130 billion annual revenues.

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network. Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

oneworld is the world’s most highly prized global airline group, with more “best alliance” awards than its competitors combined, including currently:

  • FlightStats’ On-Time Performance Award 2015 for the third time running.
  • Business Traveller’s 2016 Best Airline Alliance, for the fourth year running.
  • World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2015, for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Global Traveler magazine’s 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey Award – for the seventh year in a row.
  • Premier Traveler’s Best of 2015 Awards – for the third year running.
  • Business Traveler North America’s 2015 Best in Business Travel Awards.


News from ‘further down South’ by Gill Staden

Welcome to another edition of the Livingstone bi-weekly courtesy of Gill Staden, who granted permission to reproduce her new broadcast here.


Kazungula Bridge Delayed

Livingstone-Mazabuka Road to become dual carriageway

Money for Lake Tanganyika

Flights to Kalabo

Chikondi, a baby vervet saved

Christmas gifts from Lower Zambezi

Painted Dog news

Lion Pride around Kariba Town

More news on the Zim hyena

Water from the Zambezi to Bulawayo and then South Africa

Bond notes for Zim

Vintage Air Rally on the way

Rhino shot in the Okavango

Schuckmannsburg road

Senior Citizens from Windhoek have a treat

Brown hyena seen in Mahango

Some videos:


Kasanka bats


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