Archive for September, 2016

IATA Air Cargo Tracker September 2016

Updates from IATA which may well be of interest to my readers. Enjoy and feedback as usual is very much appreciated.

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The IATA newsletter for the air freight community! September 2016
EU Customs: Making a Difference to Modern Trade?
IATA and six other leading trade associations called on EU institutions to enhance the competitiveness of business and boost trade through more coordinated border management, additional benefits for economic operators and a harmonized implementation of the new European Customs Code (UCC) among the EU’s Member States. Read more about the outcomes of the conference co-organized by IATA…

Post e-Cargo Conference and Cargo-XML Workshop

From 13-15 September, over 180 participants from across the air cargo supply chain attended the 5th IATA e-Cargo Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Read about what happened…
The upcoming IATA Cargo Handling Manual

Cargo handling is an important component of the air cargo supply chain and is performed at thousands of airports all over the world by hundreds of different sized handlers. ​Find out about the new and upcoming IATA Cargo Handling Manual. Read more…

e-AWB reaches 40%

In August 2016, e-AWB has reached 40%. How is eAWB360 progressing around the world? Find out more…

CSC Resolution Manual, effective 1 October 2016!

The Cargo Services Conference (CSC) is responsible for the development and maintenance of standards for cargo industry procedures. The Cargo Services Resolution Manual (CSCRM) includes all amendments adopted at the 38th Cargo Services Conference held in March 2016.

The CSC Resolutions and Recommended Practices cover topics covering the broad cargo services issues and form the basis for many other standards including cargo handling, documentation, procedures, rules and regulations, ULD control, ULD technical specifications, dangerous goods regulations, live animals and perishables regulations, and automation standards Exchange industry information.

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Rwanda Tourism launch ‘Tembera U Rwanda’ today


(Posted 30th September 2016)

The Rwanda Development Board today announced the launch of the ‘Tembera U Rwanda‘ campaign, aimed at motivating Rwandans to explore their own country and put the spotlight on domestic travel. The launch will take place today, Friday, 30th September and the activities will run up to 01st October with a tour through the cultural heritage corridor with stop overs at different sites from Kigali to Huye District.

On the itinerary of the launch, several activities will be organized along the cultural corridor to give participants a glimpse into Rwanda’s rich cultural history. These include storytelling at Ijuru rya Kamonyi in Kamonyi District, Kankazi site, Urutare rwa Kamegeri in Ruhango District, historic tours of Nyagakecuru and Ibisi bya Huye. The tour will conclude with live cultural entertainment by the renowned all-female drumming troupe Ingoma Nshya atop Mount Huye.

Speaking at the press conference, the Chief Tourism Officer of RDB, Belise Kariza said: ‘The domestic tourism campaign is our call to residents to be active participants in the growth of the tourism sector by consuming local products and most importantly by contributing to the country’s brand. I appeal to the private sector to provide both tour packages and special accommodation rates for the domestic market especially at this time‘.

Tembera U Rwanda phase 2 will then roll out over a period of 3 months from October to December 2016. This campaign will characterized by bus trips for lucky trivia winners who will have a chance to travel free of charge to attraction sites around Rwanda. For the general public, participation will be on a first come, first served basis and registration will be done through the tourism reservations and sales offices around the country.

Kariza added that: ‘Rwanda is one of the most acclaimed destinations in Africa and it should be appreciated by its residents. With reduced rates for Rwandans and road access to every tourism destination, we invite Rwandans to bear witness to the remarkable experience we sell to the international market‘.

She concluded that domestic tourism is a worthwhile investment without regret and the opportunity to discover the country as a tourist is one that should be accessible to all. This supports the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day ‘Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility’; a day observed annually on 27th September in recognition of tourism’s contribution towards economic growth. Rwanda will commemorate the holiday in tandem with the launch of the domestic tourism campaign.

The Rwanda Development Board acknowledged support from partners namely the Southern Province, Kamonyi, Ruhango, Muhanga, Nyanza and Huye Districts; the Mountain Climbers Club, the Tourism Chamber, the Guides Association, local tour operators and transport companies that are partnering in this initiative.

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Reunion celebrates World Tourism Day this weekend


(Posted 30th September 2016)

Magma'Gnifique & Alon Karé Bat! ®

Alon Bat Kare‘ is the key word for encouraging domestic travel across this French Indian Ocean island as the local tourism board IRT leads the celebrations of World Tourism Day.
La Route des Laves will turn into an extraordinary playground of the 01st and 02nd of October, i.e. this weekend.
Buoyed by the Tourist Office of Saint-Philippe, the association of artisans and merchants of Saint-Philippe, the Inter-communal Tourist Office (ITO) to the east, Volkan Koté Association of Sainte-Rose and Reunion island Tourism (IRT), the double event Magma’Gnifique & Alon Karé Bat! ® offers a rich entertainment program of activities and meetings in the heart of the basaltic slopes of Grand Brûlé.

For the second edition of Magma ‘nificent and the only edition of Alon Karé Bat! ® of the year 2016, the double event creates a bridge between the towns of St. Rose and St. Philip over the weekend.
On the ‘fertile‘ volcanic soil many activities await visitors from abroad and from across the island for a special weekend! Hike on the sulphurous slopes of Piton de la Fournaise, explore the lava tunnels, experience the bike trails or simply relax in a wellness Spa.

Free shuttles are available to ensure a comfortable traffic flow on each side of the recreation village. Notably will on this occasion the Route des Laves exceptionally be closed between the Virgin Umbrella (Sainte-Rose) and the gully Lemon Galet (St. Philip), from 08.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs to allow islanders and visitors to explore the location without vehicular traffic interfering with the fun.

Magma'Gnifique & Alon Karé Bat! ®

Former Safaricom CEO joins Kenya Airways Board of Directors


(Posted 30th September 2016)

Kenya Airways’ Annual General Meeting of the airline’s shareholders, among several other agenda items, had to elect three new directors to the board following the retirement of incumbents.
Among the nominees the AGM participants were to vote for was former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph, who, though apparently not present in person, was elected with the required number of votes to join the Board of Directors as of its next schedule meeting.
Joseph made a name for himself as founder CEO of what has become Kenya’s leading telecommunications and mobile money company before he stepped down several years ago. He, now 70 years old, is closely linked to Safaricom’s major shareholder Vodafone and his professional experience is expected to enrich the deliberations of the Board of Kenya Airways considerably.
For a rather brief period he was also Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board before in an unexpected move only months into his three year term he resigned for what was at the time cited as personal reasons.
Meanwhile has the Board’s Chairman Ambassador Dennis Awori, who took office a year ago, told shareholders that ‘Operation Pride‘ is on course to realize major financial gains during the current financial year after streamlining the fleet, making operational savings and expanding into the African market which is growing fast.
Financial results have been published on the Kenya Airways website and in part the social media platforms or by clicking on the following link:

Opinions clash at CITES COP 2017 over elephant protection measures

Ivory Trade Mechanism Rejected in Heated Debate at COP 17

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New Survey of Africa’s Elephants Reveals Catastrophic Declines

27 September 2016 | ATC News | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Africa’s elephant population has declined by 110 000 in the last 10 years, mainly due to poaching according to a new report presented by African Elephant Specialist Group at COP 17. Africa now only has 415 000 elephants based on population estimates from a wide range of sources – including data from the pan-African survey … Full Story →


Future trade in ivory dealt major blow yesterday; Trade in live elephants on agenda for today

27 September 2016 | Elephants & Ivory Report CITES CoP17 | Donald Lehr |

Providing analysis at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Johannesburg, on behalf of Fondation Franz Weber, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Pro Wildlife. Our experts are available for background and interviews. CONTACT: Don Lehr / … Full Story →


Members of Congress Urge US Delegates to Support Permanent Ban on the Ivory Trade

22 September 2016 | ETN | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Fifty-four members from both houses of the US House of Representatives sent a letter today to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, urging the United States to vocally and strongly support the highest level of protections for African elephants at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species … Full Story →


Prince William says it’s no longer acceptable to buy and sell ivory

23 September 2016 | Environment News Service | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

LONDON, UK, September 23, 2016 (ENS) – In a live satellite feed from London to invited audiences in Johannesburg and Toyko ahead of the major Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, which opens Saturday in Johannesburg, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, said that the world has a … Full Story →


European Union puts African elephants in jeopardy

23 September 2016 | ATC News | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

The first act of the EU as a full member of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may well jeopardise the future of African elephants. At the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) which opens in Johannesburg on Saturday 24th of September, the European Union will not … Full Story →


Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years – IUCN report

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 | IUCN | C.R. Thouless, H.T. Dublin, J.J. Blanc, D.P. Skinner, T.E. Daniel, R.D. Taylor, F. Maisels, H.L. Frederick, P. Bouche |

Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched today at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the … Full Story →


Conservationists and MPs call for a total UK ban on ivory sales

22 Septembrer 2016 | The Guardian | Damian Carrington |

Group including William Hague, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking write to prime minister Theresa May saying recent crackdown on sales of ivory less than 70 years old does not go far enough. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes on average due to the poaching crisis. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters The government must implement a total … Full Story →


Cape Fur Seal Trade Remains Shrouded in Secrecy

21 September 2016 | National Geographic | Katarzyna Nowak |

Namibia’s sealing industry persists in the face of a global trend toward ending the trade. A Cape fur seal basks in the sun along the Namibian coast. During the past decade the country has exported nearly 400,000 seal skins for the commercial “wild fur” trade. Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Creative Namibian Sunshine isn’t … Full Story →


Botswana breaks ranks with neighbors on ivory trade ahead of U.N. meeting

September 21, 2016 | Reuters | Ed Cropley |

Foreign tourists in safari boats observe elephants along the Chobe river bank near Botswana’s northern border where Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia meet. March 4, 2005. Reuters/Peter Apps/File photo Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population, will break ranks with its southern African neighbors and not support bids at an upcoming U.N. conference to allow … Full Story →

Ivory trade mechanism rejected in heated debate at COP17

27 September 2016 | Africa Geographic | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Yesterday Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism (DMM) for a future trade in ivory was roundly rejected by parties, led by outspoken opponents Burkina Faso, Kenya, Republic of Congo and Chad. Negotiations over the plight of elephants began in controversial style yesterday at the 17th Conference of the Parties … Full Story →

Sustainable tourism is the number one goal for ‘Small Island Developing States’


(Posted 30th September 2016)

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) and l’Institut de la Francophonie earlier this week hosted a three-day workshop on sustainable tourism in the Small Island Developing States.

Held at the Savoy Resort and Spa in the northern part of Mahe, the workshop was officially opened this week by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange in the presence of the Foreign Affairs and Transport Minister Joel Morgan, French ambassador to Seychelles Lionel Majesté-Larrouy, Principal Secretary for Culture Benjamine Rose and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Mrs. Sherin Francis.

Also present were the ambassador and director of the Bureau régional de l’OIF pour l’océan Indien (BROI) Mr. Malik Sarr and representatives of the tourism sector hailing from Seychelles, Madagascar, São Tomé and Principe, Mauritius, Comoros and Guinea-Bissau.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Sarr said the IOF puts a lot of emphasis and importance on the development of sustainable tourism. Mr. Sarr added that tourism is an industry that offers extraordinary potentials in the developed countries as well as developing ones.

Mr. Sarr in closing offered his and his organization’s thanks to the government of Seychelles for accepting to have this workshop hosted here.

Officially opening the workshop, Minister St.Ange said it has always been seen that sustainable tourism is solely about the natural environment.

Yes, it is indeed important for us to preserve and protect the beauty of our natural surroundings, but we must also include our culture in the development of sustainable tourism, he added.

Minister St.Ange said there is no culture without people and the foundation of a sustainable tourism industry is when one puts people at the centre of its development.

He also spoke about the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label, which has as one of its criteria the inclusion of culture in the tourism establishments. On this note Minister St.Ange said if we do not have our culture at the base of our industry, then we will not have a sustainable tourism sector

He added that it is important for us to reflect on sustainable tourism and its development and to realise that it encompasses more than just protecting the natural environment.

He added that Seychelles is an ideal place to host such workshops on sustainable tourism as we are a group of islands that has tourism as the pillar of its economy.

More flights coming to the Seychelles as Austrian Airlines sets launch date


(Posted 30th September 2016)

Following the success of scheduled long haul flights to some of the world’s leading vacation destinations like Mauritius, the Maldives and Colombo has Austrian Airlines, a member of Star Alliance and part of the Lufthansa Group, earlier in the week confirmed that a weekly flight from Vienna to Mahe will be launched on the 25th of October next year, giving a 12 months lead to promote the destination and have the plane filled with tourists.
Austrian will use a Boeing B767 for the service which is scheduled to leave Vienna every Wednesday evening at 20.05 hrs, landing on Mahe at 08.00 am the next morning. The return flights takes off from Seychelles International Airport at 10.10 hrs and is due to touch down in Vienna again at 16.30 hrs the same day.
This announcement is largely credited to the untiring efforts of the Seychelles’ Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Seychelles Tourism Board to increase connectivity to the islands and bring more visitors to the archipelago.
With a new visitor record established last year, the 8th in succession, are arrival figures for 2016 already ahead by over 10 percent compared with last year, setting the stage for another year of sustained growth.
When asked about the recent political developments on the islands did one regular commentator, on condition of anonymity, say a few hours ago: ‘All Seychellois are united in supporting tourism. It is our mainstay economic activity and no one will put those achievements in danger. The former opposition now has a majority in parliament but the presidency and government are still in the hands of Parti Lepep. I have great hope that they will all heed the advice of founder President Sir Mancham who called for cooperation and compromise as the way forward. Personally I much regret the decision of President James Alix Michel to step down next month but Vice President Faure has gained much experience over the past years. One thing is sure that tourism will continue to grow and that everyone in politics, the business community and our people at large will work together to keep this important sector on the road from success to success‘.
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