Mihingo Conservation Foundation Charity Run & Mountain Bike Race

Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo National Park – Uganda announces: Mihingo Conservation Foundation Charity Run & Mountain Bike Race

5th Mihingo Charity Run & Mountain Bike Race – 10th June 2017

5th Mihingo Charity Run
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Mountain Bike Race – 10th June 2017

We’re getting VERY excited!! In less than 3 weeks it’s the 5th Mihingo Charity Run and Mountain Bike Race (Saturday 10th June 2017) so we hope you’ve got your trainers on and are ready for some fun in the bush! This year we are moving the start of our races and our campsite to a more magical position on the edge of the valley below the lodge. Ralph has just been there and only 100m away was a herd of 20 eland and 80 buffalo, as well as zebra, impala and warthog all munching the wonderful green grass. He was organizing the position of bar, the camp kitchen, the loos and the showers. This year there will be plenty of water stops, clear directions, more accuracy with the timings (Activate Uganda), cold beers and good food. Please can all participants arrive at least 30 minutes before the race starts to pick up your bibs. We’ll get up early on Saturday morning and the first event to set off will be the Mountain bikes at 7.15 a.m. The half marathon and full marathon will start together at 7.30. The 10km will start at 8am and the 5km at 8.30am. If you haven’t already registered there is still time but PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at Banana Boat Kisementi or by contacting reservations. All the money raised goes to support the Mihingo Conservation Foundation which is a project that helps to protect leopards and hyenas outside Lake Mburo National Park as well supporting Giraffe research in the park, and helping to fund nearby local schools. We look forward to seeing you for a lovely long weekend.

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No Dragons in Uganda but a Dragon Boat Race regardless

UGANDA SET FOR INAUGURAL DRAGON BOAT RACE

(Posted 23rd May 2017)

The first ever Dragon Boat race will take place in Entebbe in a couple of days time, making Uganda only the second country in Africa to participate in such an event after South Africa.
Local teams are said to have been training up for the races for several weeks now and will meet a Chinese university team, reportedly coming to the country to test their skills against Ugandan boatmen.
At least thirty teams have registered for the races which are taking place on Lake Victoria off the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre compound.
At stake are not just trophies and honours for the winners but also a major step forward for Uganda as a country. International Dragon Boat Federation President Mr. Mike Thomas was quoted in local media promising Uganda an invitation to the next world championship races, should the organization and performances of the Ugandan races meet their standards and tick all the right boxes.
A source close to the Uganda Tourism Board indicated that should the races become a regular event it would feature in UTB’s annual events calendar and receive promotional exposure as part of the growing sports tourism segment the board has been promoting in past years.
All the best to the competitors when the races are flagged off on the 28th of May.

Seychelles’ on course for third UNESCO World Heritage Site

VENN’S TOWN UNESCO WHS PROJECT ADVANCES TOWARDS FINAL STAGES

(Posted 23rd May 2017)

This has taken a lot longer than we once hoped for but the project has remained on course. Many challenges had to be overcome but give or take a year, we will have our third World Heritage Site after the Vallee de Mai and the Aldabra Atoll‘ commented a source from Victoria, the Seychelles’ capital, when passing updated information about the state of the Venn’s Town application to UNESCO.
First mentioned here in 2013 has Venn’s Town captured the imagination of many visitors to the site high up in the mountains of Mahe and the site has remained a regular visiting spot for this correspondent too, when on the islands on assignment.

Former Tourism Minister St. Ange said to this correspondent in 2013, quoted at the time: ‘Mission Lodge was formerly known as Venn’s Town in the 1870s. It was set up by the Church Missionary Society, a philanthropic group in 1876 to 1889 to accommodate children of liberated slaves. The site is situated on top of a mountain at 450 meters in a national park, far from the main town area, a place unique in biodiversity and history and commanding one of the best panoramic views of the islands. The last batch of liberated slaves landed in Seychelles in 1875, but Venn’s Town still accepted children born of African parents working as labourers and on plantations. The site symbolizes the beginning of formal education and Christianity for the liberated slave children of Seychelles. The site was an important stop along the slave route in the 18th and 19th century in the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa, and was also an important element in the makeup of the African Diaspora. Venn’s Town of Mission Lodge is a site that demonstrates something in human life that is regrettable, but that took place. It represents an event in the whole world in terms of slavery. These are the symbols of freedom. Venn’s town is the only site in the world that served freed slave children. It is today inhabited and begging to be recognized by the world as a unique historical Site for the World. We are after protecting this site for all to see. A cultural site with a million dollar view, but for us in Seychelles, a site with a unique cultural dimension out of the commercialization world. We need it to become a site for the world, which is why we are after seeking UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site’.
Reunion has in the past partnered with the Seychelles to improve the facilities at Venn’s Town, providing support to clear up the pathways, improve signage and help clear the remaining buildings from vegetation, leading to an increase of visitor numbers to the site.

Venn’s Town is located in the Morne National Park, also an increasingly popular site for tourists wanting to explore Mahe’s mountains in the centre of the island.

Find below additional links to earlier articles written on this subject:

https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/seychelles-makes-mission-lodge-a-priority-to-attain-unesco-world-heritage-status/

https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/seychelles-uses-fitur-presence-to-promote-unesco-whs-bid-for-mission-lodge/

https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/seychelles-on-course-to-have-mission-lodge-recognized-as-a-unesco-whs/

https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/foundation-stone-laid-for-new-information-and-visitor-centre-at-venns-town/

https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/heritage-week-ends-in-the-seychelles/

Long haul fleet renewal on course at Brussels Airlines

BRUSSELS AIRLINES EYES 2018/19 PERIOD TO ACQUIRE 7 NEW AIRBUS A330-300CEO’S

(Posted 23rd May 2017)

Just a few months after the complete acquisition of Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, on behalf of the Eurowings Group, takes an important investment decision, confirming its confidence in the sustainable future and development of Brussels Airlines in general and its successful long-haul operations in particular. This is the largest investment project in Brussels Airlines’ 15-year history. Thanks to this fleet replacement project, we will be able to offer our customers even more comfort, with quieter, more efficient and even more environmental friendly aircraft. Also in terms of the on-board service, we wish to offer our guests a unique travel experience in an exclusive Business Class, a revamped Economy Privilege and a new Economy Class. In our efforts to continuously improve our offering in our Brussels hub, we want to offer our guests a travel experience that really makes them feel at home and our crews the possibility to go the extra smile that our guests deserve every day‘ said Bernard Gustin, the CEO of Brussels Airlines when commenting on the intended replacement of the airline’s Airbus A330 fleet in 2018 and 2019, when at least 7 aircraft leases expire.

The replacement aircraft will all be Airbus A330-300 variants, the larger of the two available for airlines, and again be the ‘classic‘ version instead of the ‘NEO‘ kind now entering the market. All new aircraft will according to information received be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. This will simplify maintenance as this powerplant is now common across the Lufthansa Group and will reduce maintenance and part storage cost.
It could not be established though if the new aircraft will be of the ‘enhanced‘ 242 ton version which would allow for an increase in cargo capacity.
Airline sources also confirmed that the long haul fleet renewal will also bring with it an entirely new cabin layout with all three classes, Business, Economy Privilege and Economy seeing new seat products being introduced.
Especially Business and Economy Privilege, both with a new state of the art cabin layout, will no doubt catch the eye of travelers, even though Brussels Airlines’ present business class is already among the best in the skies.

The decision of the airline’s board also finally takes off the table any possible integration into the Lufthansa low cost airline structure which had at one time been suggested and ruffled feathers in Belgium before the full acquisition of Brussels Airlines’ shares by the Lufthansa group.
Brussels Airlines, in the best tradition of Belgian aviation, will remain a full service airline, connecting Europe’s capital city with more destinations in Africa than any other European airline.

In East Africa does Brussels Airlines serve Entebbe / Uganda five times a week and also flies six times a week to Kigali / Rwanda, once in conjunction with Bujumbura / Burundi.

UNWTO expands Biodiversity Training to West and Central Africa

MORE BIODIVERSITY TRAINING FOR AFRICA

(Posted 23rd May 2017)

The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated today 22 May 2017. On this occasion, UNWTO is launching a capacity building programme on sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection, to be implemented in West and Central Africa.

The programme will build on previous tourism and biodiversity seminars that UNWTO successfully delivered in The Gambia, Ghana, and Tanzania and will address biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, taking into account the importance of this topic to safeguard future opportunities for local people to generate income from sustainable tourism development.

The seminars to be held staring June 2017 will focus on building capacities of tourism stakeholders and on maintaining and improving the quality of the tourism product to enhance client satisfaction in the following countries: Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea (Conakry), and Niger.

Primary beneficiaries of the capacity building programme are tourism employees and small entrepreneurs at the grass root level who will be encouraged to act as champions for biodiversity conversation and environmental protection in their enterprises and communities.

The contribution of tourism to conservation is increasingly recognized by the international community. The Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Wellbeing was released on the occasion of COP 13, (the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity) held in Mexico last December. The Declaration recalls that “tourism is an excellent vehicle to use in spreading environmental awareness worldwide, not to mention the livelihood support it provides for communities living in and around reserves and natural areas” and recognises that tourism can be an enabling agent of change.

Through these training seminars, UNWTO continues its long-standing work in strengthening capacities of tourism stakeholders in gaining a better understanding of the relationship between tourism and environmental protection, developing tourism products based on the unique biodiversity in a destination and using tourism development as an incentive to invest in biodiversity conservation and environmental protection.

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

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Gambia’s new national carrier launches flights across West Africa CGTN Africa
The airline’s management says it will initially serve six West African destinations, namely Banjul, Freetown, Dakar in Senegal, Accra in Ghana, Lagos in Nigeria, and Monrovia in Liberia facilitating trade and tourism among the countries… Read more>>

Kenya Airways’ budget carrier plans international flights The Africa Report
Kenyan budget carrier Jambojet expects government approval this month to start flying to destinations outside the country, and will lease more planes to start the flights in the next two years… Read more>>

Register Now For The 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism, 21-24 June 2017

UNWTO prepares for the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism, 21-24 June 2017

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