Precision Air affirms 01st of July launch date for Entebbe

NEW ROUTE LAUNCHES ON 01ST OF JULY WITH ENTEBBE DAR ES SALAAM FLIGHT TAKING OFF AT 11.20 HRS

(Posted 25th June 2017)

Precision Air’s Commercial Director Mr. Robert Owusu yesterday reaffirmed to this correspondent that the long awaited inaugural flights from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro to Entebbe were on course to launch in six days time.He stated that the decision to relaunch flights to Entebbe came after a detailed market study which revealed that there was growing demand for flights between Tanzania and Uganda.
Precision Air halted Entebbe flights in 2013 after which Fastjet entered the route but also withdrew in December last year following a fleet rationalisation exercise with left them with no aircraft to remain on the route. Precision Air subsequently decided to step into the gap using their ATR72 aircraft which is more economical to operate on relatively short regional routes.

Apart from the business relationships Tanzania and Uganda have a very rich history and we are going to honor that history by connecting the two countries through our services. We will start with four flights per week every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and every and Saturday. Passengers between Tanzania and Uganda should expect affordable and reliable flights‘ did Mr. Owusu say.

The airline also announced the appointment of their preferred sales agent in Uganda and named the Uganda Travel Bureau as their PSA to promote ticket sales on the route.

The first flight out of Entebbe will leave this coming Saturday at 11.20 hrs and will operated via Kilimanjaro before terminating in Dar es Salaam.
Precision Air presently operates the widest domestic network in Tanzania among the three major carriers and also serves Nairobi. Most recently has Precision launched scheduled services to Seronera, an airfield in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. Precision Air is also the only local airline quoted on the Dar es Salaam stock exchange.

Watch this space for updates from the inaugural flight celebration next Saturday.

Ethiopian Airlines signs up for five more Bombardier Q400NG’s

MORE BOMBARDIER TURBOPROPS FOR ETHIOPIAN

(Posted 25th June 2017)

Ethiopian Airlines has during the recently concluded Paris Air Show also signed additional purchase agreements with Bombardier, the Canadian manufacturer of business jets, commercial turboprop aircraft and the state of the art C-Series jets.
Ethiopian, which was during the aviation exhibition also once again named by Skytrax as the African Airline of the Year, already operates 19 Bombardier Q400NextGen’s and was in fact pioneering the dual class layout with the manufacturer, offering a business class section on board of these aircraft.
The turboprop fleet is mainly deployed on domestic services but also serves the Eastern African region and makes regular appearances in Entebbe, Kigali but also Kilimanjaro and Mombasa, among others. The deal is worth nearly 162 million US Dollars at current list prices for this aircraft type.
The add on order for five more of these aircraft, which cruising speed is only marginally lower than jet aircraft, will boost the airline’s ability to increase frequencies on domestic and regional routes as well as open up new destinations in the wider Eastern African region.
Ethiopian Airlines has for the last financial year also once again written a record profit into their books with available data suggesting a profit rise by a staggering 70 percent after uplifting more than 7.5 million passengers.

Our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines extends beyond straight buyer-seller‘ said Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. ‘Ethiopian is an Authorized Service Facility for Q400 aircraft and operates the only Q400 aircraft flight simulator in Africa. In addition, we have worked together to support other Q400 aircraft operators such as RwandAir and Congo Airways‘.

 

We are reordering the Bombardier Q400 turboprop as it is the core element in serving our expanding domestic and regional destinations‘ said Tewolde GebreMariam, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines before adding: ‘Its 360-knot speed capability, low operating costs, environmental credentials and passenger comfort, especially with its cabin flexibility for single and dual-class passenger configuration are worth mentioning. The Q400 aircraft shines in terms of climb rate, single-engine ceiling, and greater revenue-producing payload capability from our hot weather, high altitude airstrips, these performance attributes being critical to interchangeability with our jet fleet‘.

 

Immediate former Ugandan Tourism Minister passes

UGANDA MOURNS DR. MARIA MUTAGAMBA

(Posted 25th June 2017)

Dr. Maria Mutagamba, Uganda’s former Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, passed away yesterday in Kampala, aged just 64. She was born in what today is Rakai District in September 1954 and after attaining her A-levels at St. Mary’s Namagunga gained her academic honours at Makerere University and later at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Maria served as tourism minister between 2012 and 2016, when she retired on her own volition from elective politics after serving as a Member of Parliament since 2001. Before being appointed tourism minister she held the portfolio of Water and Environment after first being appointed to government as a State Minister for Water.
Though serving in the tourism ministry for only one term did Dr. Maria swiftly earn the industry’s respect.
She brought the Africa Travel Association Annual Congress to Uganda in 2014 and then served as the organization’s President until the congress in Nairobi a year later. During her presidential year she helped to put Uganda on the map of American travel agents and tour operators where she made a big impact through her professionalism and personal charm. It was during her term of office when a Ugandan culinary speciality, known as ‘Rolex‘ first rose to regional and international fame after she named it a ‘tourism product‘ and swiftly made an impact with regular ‘Rolex‘ festivals since held in Kampala.
This correspondent knew Dr. Maria very well and had a happy reunion with her just a couple of months ago, sadly unaware of her worsening medical condition.
Condolences are expressed to Dr. Maria’s family and friends and the people of Uganda on the occasion of her passing on.

Reunion’s hiking lodge operators meet to map out their future

HIKING IS BIG BUSINESS IN REUNION AS SPECIALISED OPERATORS MOVE CLOSER TOGETHER

(Posted 24th June 2017)

Annual working meeting of the hiking partners of Reunion’s reservation platform

Earlier this month the reservation platform of Reunion Island Tourism (IRT) invited the owners of the island’s hiking lodges to their second annual meeting. Hosted by La Nouvelle, in the heart of the Mafate circus, the partners were able to meet, share their experiences and pool their skills.

The hiking lodge Le Relais de Mafate welcomed 17 owners of hiking lodges, all partners of the regional reservation platform, at the second annual meeting organized by the IRT. Over the course of a morning, these local tourism stakeholders were brought together in order to maintain the dynamics of the network and allow them to exchange experiences in terms of hosting hikers.

The meeting was also an opportunity for Isabelle Nativel, Information and Marketing Director of IRT, to present the new booking platform convention to owners and managers of lodgings, as well as explain the actions to be carried out in the second half of 2017. Participants were also able to express their wishes, ideas and proposals concerning the actions to be implemented for 2018. The organization of this meeting offered the possibility to stakeholders in a common field to share their knowledge but also to discuss the problems encountered in their specialised area of activity.

This meeting, according to an IRT source, was a great success among the professionals present who before leaving, set the date and venue for next year in Saint-Philippe, for the third annual working meeting.

Added details about Reunion island can be found via www.reunion.fr

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Germans once again top visitor numbers to the Seychelles

GERMANY OVERTAKES FRANCE AGAIN WITH MOST VISITORS TO SEYCHELLES

(Posted 24th June 2017)

Almost halfway through the year 2017, Germany has taken the number one spot as the Seychelles main tourism market once again.

According to latest statistics the National Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday, 21,642 German visitors came to the island nation up to Sunday June 18th. This figure is a massive 29 percent above those recorded for the same period last year.

This means Germany has surpassed its closest contender, France, which has long been the main tourism market for Seychelles. France, which was number one since the beginning of the year is now second, having sent 20,922 visitors to the island destination. This trend was last observed in 2014, when Germany outperformed France in terms of visitor arrivals before France regained its position in 2015.

Air links between the Seychelles archipelago and Germany received a huge boost this year, which is seen as a major contributing factor to the increase in German visitors. The national airline, Air Seychelles started twice-weekly direct flights to Dusseldorf in March 2017. In recent years, the route was primarily served by German leisure airline, Condor, which also started to charter a second direct weekly flight to Seychelles last year.

Commenting on the latest trend in visitor arrival statistics, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis said: ‘Seychelles today is more connected to its source market than ever and that is especially for Germany. More airlines to the destination also means more marketing support for Seychelles as well‘.

With Austrian Airlines scheduled to launch a once-weekly nonstop service to Seychelles in October this year, it is expected that this will further boost visitor arrivals from Germany and other German-speaking markets, including Switzerland and Austria.

The Seychelles Tourism Board has increased efforts to create awareness of the destination among German travelers with the support of its partners, including the national airline and other international carriers that bring visitors from German-speaking markets to Seychelles.

It is important to always look at the big picture where growing the tourism number for the country. Where we see opportunity for growth, our team always look to capitalize on it. The team out there with our faithful partners has done a tremendous job and should be commended‘ concluded Mrs. Francis.

Visitor arrivals from Europe as a whole is also encouraging having increased by 21 percent so far compared to the same period last year. Aside from France, which has so far recorded a decrease of 4 percent, other European markets have recorded positive results so far — Italy (6%), Russia (31%), Germany and UK & Northern Ireland (29%).

Ranked fourth among the leading markets, the United Kingdom is one that has also shown remarkable progress in recent years.

Generally, there’s been positive results from the Seychelles tourism markets in Africa, America, the Middle and Asia in spite of a 17 percent decrease in arrival figures from China which is largely attributed to the lack of direct flights this year. To date, the total number of holidaymakers that have disembarked in Seychelles stands at 159,659, representing a 21 percent increase compared to last year, already positioning the island nation to record once again a deep double digit tourism upswing in 2017.

Added information about the archipelago is available via www.seychelles.travel

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