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Elephant news from the Conservation Action Trust

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Ivory trading nations exposed

28 November 2016 | | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

The twenty-eight countries most responsible for the deaths of African elephants have been revealed in a new report, but other major offenders avoided censure as they failed to provide information or seize any ivory. Three years ago there were just eight but now the countries most implicated in the illegal ivory trade have grown almost … Full Story →


Time for Action – end the criminality and corruption fuelling wildlife crime

November 2016 | Environmental Investigation Agency | EIA |

The landmark London Conference in February 2014 brought together heads of state and government representatives to discuss the rise in the illicit trade in wildlife and to sign up to a series of commitments to tackle the trade. As we now take stock of the state of wildlife threatened by trade and the actions that … Full Story →


MEPs call for ivory trade ban, penalties against wildlife trafficking

24 November 2016 | New Europe | European Parliment |

MEPs advocate a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and call for common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Wildlife trafficking is worth an estimated €20 billion annually. It has grown in recent years, becoming one of the biggest and most profitable forms … Full Story →


Traditional Chinese Medical Authorities Are Unable to Stop the Booming Trade in Rare Animal Parts

21 November 2016 | Time | Charlie Campbell |

AFP/Getty ImagesA vet attends to a tranquilized rhino, which will be microchipped during an operation on Sept. 19, 2016, at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, in South Africa. Rhino populations are threatened by poaching to feed China’s voracious demand for rhino horn Although reputable practitioners of TCM have long shunned the … Full Story →


Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa

23 November 2016 | National Geographic | Christine Dell’Amore |

A national park in Botswana is struggling to support the staggering number of animals fleeing from poaching in other countries. A family of elephants walk along the grassy shores of Namibia, where they risk their lives each day to get food. Photograph by Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic Chobe National Park, BotswanaThe elephants swim across the … Full Story →

The Final Petra Declaration is now out – and more news

WorldTourismWire – The Final Petra Declaration is now out
WORLDTOURISMWIREindependent- outspoken

30 NOV 2016

Tourism Middle East:
The Final Petra Declaration is now out

On October 26 and 27 tourism leaders from the Middle east participated in the  jointly organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), brought together tourism stakeholders from the public, private, banking, investment and development sectors, who are working in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region and are driving tourism development on a national, regional or global level to identify the challenges and best-practices that are specific to the region, with a view to drafting comprehensive recommendations for tourism development in the future encompassing the following three priority areas:

  • Provide access to training and employment opportunities;
  • Enhance resource and energy efficiency
  • Strengthen local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

eTN Publisher was one of the panelist contributing to this important event.

The Final declaration known as the Petra Declaration was now released by uNWTO  it reads:

Declaration on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future

click to read the declaration 

WTTC and UNWTO call on UK to lift flight ban to Sharm el Sheikh
In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, stressed the importance of resuming operations to the Egyptian coastal resort as the current travel advisory is having devastating effects on the country’s economy and social stability. The ban has been in place since a Metrojet
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UNWTO congress to discuss the links between cultural heritage and creative tourism
The World Tourism Organization and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria will jointly host the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism on 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Congress will discuss how creative tourism can play a significant role in safeguarding and promoting tangible and intangible heritage as
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Ilunion Hotels receives UNWTO Ethics Award
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) has awarded Ilunion Hotels with the UNWTO Ethics Award. The Award distinguishes Ilunion Hotels for its work in the area of accessible tourism for all and its contribution to change attitudes, break down social barriers and make the accommodation industry more inclusive. This new category of the UNWTO
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Climate Change is still Existential – US election doesn’t change science
The president of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), Professor Geoffrey Lipman is alarmed. In his blog addressed to ICTP members he published his concern about the President Elect of the United States  of America, Donald J Trump. Professor Lipman is viewed as a senior authority in the global travel and tourism industry. Previously
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Brussels Airlines extends social media hours to 24/7


(Posted 30th November 2016)

Brussels Airlines has confirmed that the airline’s social media service will be expanded to reach passengers and clients around the clock with reply times promised to be in the half hour range.
This will be reassuring for travelers using Brussels Airlines out of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, where the airline is flying to five times a week, six times a week and once a week respectively but even more so in Europe and North America, where more and more individuals have shifted their communication platforms from the conventional email to their preferred social media platform.
Social media transactions have gained traction in recent years after launching the initiative in 2014 and a growing number of individuals are now using Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ to conduct ‘business’ and manage booking changes or make enquiries.
This latest development will also result in new positions becoming available at Brussels Airlines as the carrier seeks to recruit social media savvy individuals able to think on their feet and resolve travelers enquiries with due haste.
While presently some 500 such business conversations are taking place each day will the widening of the scope – even payments will be possible via social media platforms from next year onward – is this number expected to at least double and continue to grow in the future.
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Ethiopian returns to Conakry


(Posted 30th November 2016)

Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that flights to Conakry / Guinea will resume on the 01st of February next year, with initially five weekly services, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday out of Addis Ababa and the following day returning from Conakry. Ethiopian will use a Boeing B787-800 on the route.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide our customers a new choice of fast and efficient connectivity via our Addis Ababa gateway to and from our global network together with a multiple award winning customer service and care. Charting a route that joins Africa, East to West and North to South, Ethiopian is greatly contributing to the economic, tourism, and trade development of the African continent. We are proud to add Conakry among our West African destinations and further deepen our African route network. Conakry will be our 54th African and 96th international destination‘ said Ethiopian’s CEO Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam when making the announcement.
Conakry is also served by Ethiopian’s partner airline ASKY out of Lome, offering a range of connections both further into West Africa and via Addis Ababa into the global network of Ethiopian Airlines.

Tanzanian government signs purchase agreement for three more aircraft

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(Posted 30th November 2016)

It was reliably learned overnight that Bombardier has concluded an add on deal with the Tanzanian government to their delivery of two Q400NG’s at the end of September.

Pen was put to paper yesterday for the delivery of a third Bombardier Q400NG in a single class configuration but notably did the brand new C-Series get an entry into Africa when two of the CS300 variants were ordered at the same time.
Only days ago was the first such CS300 delivered to global launch customer AirBaltic after Swiss, part of the Lufthansa Group, had taken delivery of their CS100 variant at the end of June also a global launch customer.

The delivery dates for the two CS300 jets are yet to be fully confirmed but the third Q400NG might join the fleet already in H1 of next year. This will then facilitate the resumption of flights to more domestic and regional destinations before the CS300’s, the most economical aircraft on the market in its class, will then allow for the rollout of more African routes.

This deal comes at a time when local rivals Precision Air and Fastjet in Tanzania remain in loss making territory and coincides with Fastjet suspending their flights from Dar es Salaam to Entebbe and Nairobi, giving Air Tanzania unexpected openings to take on such vacated routes with smaller and more efficient aircraft.

The sale of the first ever CS series aircraft to Africa by Bombardier is a coup of sorts over other manufacturers, in particular Embraer and will probably help to open the African market for such jets in the 100 – 150 seat market.

In a related development was it also learned that the Tanzanian government is in talks with Boeing over the purchase of a Boeing B787 Dreamliner to allow a revived Air Tanzania launch intercontinental flights similar to what is presently taking place in Rwanda, where the government, through RwandAir, has however opted to buy two Airbus A330 models.

This now also makes the air very thin for a revival of Air Uganda as the regional market appears saturated, given the status of Kenya Airways as regional force, the emergence of RwandAir as a serious and fast growing African contender already serving Uganda through fifth freedom right flights and a revived Air Tanzania with eventually 6 or seven brand new aircraft which will, in combination of the three, leave any newcomer trailing in their wake.

For breaking aviation news from Eastern Africa, look no further than this space.

Fastjet turns four amid major restructuring


(Posted 30th November 2016)

It is four years today that Fastjet took to the skies over Tanzania with a single Airbus A319,
Over the years has the airline grown to a fleet size of as many as six A319’s before more recently an austerity programme has seen the fleet size reduced again, the only owned A319 sold and smaller more efficient aircraft leased to cut cost.
Fastjet Tanzania today serves four domestic destinations out of Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Mbeya and Zanzibar while also operating daily flights to Johannesburg and services to Lusaka and Harare several times a week.
Sister company Fastjet Zimbabwe flies double daily from Harare to Johannesburg and three times a week from Harare to Victoria Falls.
Flights to Entebbe – three times a week – and to Nairobi, once operated doubly daily, are being suspended effective 05th of December to allow for a sweeping review of operations, the number and type of aircraft deployed and flight frequencies in order to move towards profitability.
An additional fund raising will take place in early 2017 when the airline’s head office will have moved from London Gatwick to Johannesburg. Efforts to launch Fastjet in Zambia and Kenya, for now, have been halted until the future direction of the company has been resolved under new CEO Nico Bezuidenhout.
Meanwhile though, is a Happy Birthday wish appropriate, despite the challenges the airline faces in the immediate future. Happy Landings!

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