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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" Oscar Wilde

Dear ATC Reader,

It was Africa Day yesterday, where people from all over the continent, as well as around the world, come together to promote peace and harmony. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on May 25, 1963. So, wherever you are, let’s celebrate the African way of life, culture, art, music, wildlife and Africa’s love for bright colours! Enjoy these stories from our latest issue of the magazine!

Taking responsibility

"What is it about Malawi that inspires me, tugs my heart strings and makes me smile?” asks Dom Webb, founder and managing director of The Responsible Safari Company (RSC). “It’s the people, the chaos, the buzz, the freedom, the potential.”

The tourist dollar can have a huge positive impact on local communities. Emma Gregg discovers how tour operators and lodges are giving back to the Warm Heart of Africa — and how you can, too

Walking in the wild

"It was our first dusk. We’d parked by an enormous baobab tree, decanted G&Ts into glasses and walked 200m through the dimming bush. Somewhere in the shadow of the reddening cliffs, a lone jackal called. We headed towards the empty riverbed, intent on watching the sun set from its gentle, sandy depths."

Rose Gamble relays her experience of walking in the remote Gonarezhou National Park, one of southern Africa’s great untramelled reserves

Going it alone

"It’s Etosha National Park in December. A summer storm darkens the sky and against the blinding-white pan, billowing nimbus clouds are building. Springbok and zebra walk away, with purpose, into the mopane scrub. And then the rains begin, with splashes the size of dinner plates. There is an intoxicating odour of grass, wild sage and shrubs. With each sense enlivened, you absorb every part of this unforgettable spectacle, one of the richest experiences in Africa. Rather than being rushed back to the lodge for tea, you stop and stare at the marvel before you — for it is experiences such as these that, in my opinion, make self-drive in a 4WD the best way to explore Namibia.

Andrew St Pierre White tells us why Namibia is such a brilliant place for a road trip, regardless of your past experience — and how you can make the most of it

Tree of life

Gregory Hutton travels to northern Ghana to discover the nutritious qualities of the baobab fruit and what it means to local rural communities

Taste of the Seychelles

The delectable food on this archipelago is in itself a draw. Anna Vujicic reveals what to expect on your plate in this Indian Ocean idyll

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Dates: May 24-31, 2017 Venue: ADD – University of Nairobi & Nairobi National Museum

Nairobi Now news updates

Dear ATC Readers,

Welcome to this week’s Nairobi Now newsletter!

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Also, email us to submit your events or suggest new ideas and collaborations.

These are the latest events posted on Nairobi Now – you’ll find more upcoming events published on the blog:

Kenya Airways anounces major reduction in annual losses


(Posted 26th May 2017)

An operating profit of nearly 900 million Kenya Shillings is just the sort of news outgoing CEO Mbuvi Ngunze wanted to tell the Kenyan public before, in a few days, he will leave his position as the airline’s Group Managing Director, though remaining on board for a few more months as consultant for the incoming CEO.
While the airline’s bottom line still shows a loss of 10.2 billion Kenya Shillings is this nevertheless a reduction from past years and, year on year a drop by nearly 61 percent. The operating profit constitutes a turnround as last year the company wrote a 4.1 billion operating loss, a sign that the measures taken by the airline under ‘Operation Pride‘ fulfilled expectations and beshamed the regular naysayers. That programme of cost savings and restructuring is now 70 percent complete and will be seen through to the final stages by new CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
Under Mbuvi’s stewardship did the company incur some 50 billion losses during the past two financial years, that however also greatly reduced from the record lossed made previously before Mbuvi was appointed CEO.

The link to the full financial statement will be added here once it is available on the company’s website as will the formal statements made by Chairman Michael Joseph and Mbuvi Ngunze on the occasion of announcing key data of the company’s 2016/17 financial year which ended on 31st of March.

Ugandans turn ‘tourists’ as Christians from all over the country walk to Namugongo


(Posted 26th May 2017)

Thousands of Christian pilgrims are on the road once again, from Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and South Sudan, walking towards the Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, outside the capital Kampala, to participate in the annual celebration of the Ugandan saints.

During their journeys on foot – moving the same way Jesus himself criss crossed the Holy Land and his apostles then followed in his footsteps are they bracing rain and shine.
Their pilgrimages often take hundreds of kilometres to complete and several groups from Tanzania have been on the road for over two weeks already before reaching Namugongo in time for the 03rd of June celebrations. This phenomenon is in fact growing year by year and following the visit of Pope Francis to the shrine two years ago, have Christians from around the world began to join the faithful from Uganda, the region and notably Nigeria, from where more and more Catholics now make Namugongo their African Lourdes.

(Pictures taken along the Kampala to Mbarara highway of Christians, both Catholics and Anglicans, walking towards Namugongo)

Martyrs Day is also, besides the annual Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo, Uganda’s key showcase in the annual calendar of events in Eastern Africa, attended by delegations from the private sector, tourism ministries and tourism boards to help promote multi country visits, of course made easier through the common East African tourist Visa.
The Uganda Tourism Board has, more so since the papal visit, taken Namugongo pilgrimage promotions in to overdrive and by the look of it does it pay off as hotels in Kampala and the vicinity of Namugongo are beginning to hang out the ‘Fully Booked‘ signs. Bus operators and airlines too are reporting peaking demand for travel to Uganda in the days immediately prior to the 03rd of June, when Uganda celebrates Martyrs Day the way only the people of the ‘Pearl Of Africa‘ are capable of doing.
If in Uganda and especially Kampala on the 03rd of June, do join the faithful in Namugongo where more than a million people are expected to congregate for the day’s prayers and services.
A word of caution though, access the event venue early to avoid being stuck in traffic and reaching late, though the saint’s would probably understand this.


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UNWTO news updates

United Nations World Tourism Organization News Updates

The Philippines will host the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

Policy leaders, statisticians, academicians and private sector will convene in Manila, The Philippines, next June 2017 (21-24), to discuss new methodologies to measure the full impacts of tourism. The 6th edition of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Conference on Statistics, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, will address the topic of ‘Measuring Sustainable Tourism’.

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UNWTO Commission for Asia and the Pacific meets in Bangladesh

In 2016, Asia and the Pacific received 309 million international tourist arrivals, 9% more than in 2015; by 2030 this number is expected to reach 535 million. Over 20 countries gathered in Bangladesh on 16-17 May for the 29th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commissions for Asia and the Pacific and South Asia, to discuss challenges facing the sector in the region, opportunities for sustainable tourism development and the programme of work of UNWTO in Asia for the coming two years.

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105th UNWTO Executive Council meeting concludes in Madrid

Madrid, Spain, hosted the 105th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) between 11 and 12 May. The Meeting focused on current trends and challenges facing the tourism sector and on the three priorities of the Organization – safe, secure and seamless travel; the impact of technology in the tourism sector and sustainability.

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UNWTO Executive Council recommends Zurab Pololikashvili for Secretary-General for the period 2018-2021

The 105th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, meeting in Madrid, Spain, on 12 May 2017, recommended Zurab Pololikashvili, Ambassador of Georgia in Spain, as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2018.

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The need for multi-stakeholder cooperation to enhance responsible tourism underlined at the 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism

The potential of cooperation to foster ethical practices in the tourism sector was the major conclusion of the 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism. The 2-day event held in Krakow, Poland, was attended by 200 participants from 32 countries.

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Making tourism a tool to fight poverty: ten years of the ST-EP Initiative

Tourism is one of the most viable and sustainable economic development options and the main source of foreign exchange earnings in many developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Today, international tourism accounts for as much as 6% of all exports in the 49 LDCs. Aware of the close relation between tourism and local economic development and committed to help enhance tourism’s contribution to poverty alleviation, UNWTO launched the ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty) Initiative at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The Initiative focuses on enhancing the Organization’s longstanding work to encourage sustainable tourism – social, economic and environmental – with activities that specifically alleviate poverty, delivering development and jobs to people living on less than a dollar a day. Following the launch of ST-EP, activities concentrated primarily on awareness raising and resource mobilization. As a result, a number of important donors and development organisations offered their support to the initiative, including the Governments of the Republic of Korea; Italy; Macao, China; Flanders; and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV).

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61st UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas (29 May – 2 June 2017, San Salvador, El Salvador and Roatán, Honduras)
International Seminar on New Technologies Applied to Tourism (29 May – 1 June 2017, Roatán, Honduras)
61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe (6-7 June 2017, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova)
6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism (21-24 June 2017, Manila, Philippines)
World Conference on “Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking low-carbon growth opportunities” (26-27 June 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan)
2nd International Western Silk Road Workshop (27-28 June 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Danube Region: New Perspectives (29-30 June 2017, Belgrade, Serbia)
UNWTO Asia-Pacific Tourism Marketing Evaluation Workshop (6-7 July 2017, Changshu, China)

Second Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism

In 2012, UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme launched the Global Report on Food Tourism outlining the state of gastronomy tourism. The report presented various examples of tourism and gastronomy professionals with extensive experience in international organizations, destination management, in both tourism enterprises and training schools.

The 2nd Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism provides recent trends in gastronomy tourism, in addition to experts’ analyses and case studies suggesting best practices. The report, developed by the UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme with case studies from 60 contributors including UNWTO Member States, Affiliate Members and partner organizations, showcases how gastronomy tourism can be a driver for modern tourism in creating authentic experiences while promoting sustainable tourism. The report offers an introduction to a variety of themes related to gastronomy tourism, such as case studies on product development and experience in gastronomy tourism, challenges, communication and branding, good practices as well as training and skills in gastronomy tourism. In essence, the 2nd Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism provides a holistic perspective of the state of gastronomy tourism today and an outlook for the future of the sector.

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6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism

On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the Government of the Philippines and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are organizing the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics to be held in Manila from 21 to 24 June 2017 with the objective of addressing the issue of the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism.

Sustainable tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets. This is now also recognized at the highest international level with the UN General Assembly having adopted several resolutions acknowledging the role of tourism in sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This calls for evidence to support policy and track progress.

A core component of the conference will be the presentation of the first draft of a new statistical framework for tourism —one that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable tourism (economic, environmental and social) and across relevant spatial levels (global, national and subnational).

UNWTO recognizes that, apart from being a technical exercise, the development and implementation of a statistical framework for sustainable tourism is very much a strategic endeavor that will require stakeholder engagement, inter-institutional coordination and political leadership.

Participants will have the chance to discuss methodological advances, explore emerging issues and learn from pioneering country experiences in this area of measurement.

The Manila Conference will gather for the first time Ministers, Statistical Chiefs, Policy experts and statisticians dedicated to sustainable development, environment and tourism.

Website and Registration

UNWTO 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism

About ‘Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ (MST)

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


19 days left till the U.S.-Africa Business Summit:
Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to offer a 15% discount on flights to the 2017 U.S.-Africa Business Summit…. Read more


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How Online Marketing Transformed Hotel Business in Africa – Estelle Verdier- MD Jumia TravelFootprint to Africa
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Namibia’s national airline gets approval to start flight to the US CGTN
Namibia’s National carrier, Air Namibia, has won approval to fly to the United States. The airline hopes to generate revenues through its code-sharing agreement…. Read more>>

Brussels Airlines continues partnership with Club Med


(Posted 25th May 2017)

Brussels Airlines and Club Med have decided to extend their partnership for the next two years. Brussels Airlines thereby continues to be Club Med’s favourite airline partner on the Belgian market.

The extension of the contract was signed by Christina Foerster, Chief Commercial Officer at Brussels Airlines and Eric Georges, Managing Director at Club Med. Brussels Airlines has been the preferred airline partner of Club Med since 2010. Thanks to the partnership, the holidaymakers of Club Med fly in comfort with Brussels Airlines to several Mediterranean destinations. Club Med customers are according to feedback very satisfied with the flights and the service of Brussels Airlines. This high satisfaction rate played an important role in the decision of the extension the partnership.

Brussels Airlines and Club Med also worked out the successful “Fly & Ski”-formula with which passengers can fly to the 20 Club Med resorts in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Furthermore both partners promote the Meetings, Events & Incentives offer of Club Med.

In Eastern Africa does Brussels Airlines fly five times a week to Entebbe / Uganda while serving Kigali / Rwanda six times a week, once in conjunction with Bujumbura / Burundi.