Archive for February 4th, 2017

Seychelles News Agency confirms excellent chances for UNWTO candidate St. Ange

Seychelles’ former tourism minister confident of winning world tourism body’s secretary-general post

Victoria, Seychelles | February 4, 2017, Saturday @ 11:33
Seychelles’ former tourism minister confident of winning world tourism body's secretary-general post

Alain St. Ange is Seychelles candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the UNWTO. (State House)

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(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles’ former minister of tourism says he is confident that he can win the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

As we stand today I know that if the elections go into the second round, I shall be part of the second round balloting. The winner needs 50 percent plus one of the total votes in the first round to pull through‘ Alain St. Ange told SNA.

St. Ange stepped down as the minister of tourism, civil aviation, ports and marine in December last year and expressed his intention of applying for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO.

The post of Secretary-General of the UNWTO is the highest public sector tourism position currently available and St. Ange said, ‘My experience as a former tourism minister is essential for the position‘.

The voting by member states will be held on the May 11 in Madrid, Spain. No candidate from Africa has held the UNWTO Secretary General’s post since the inception of the organisation in 1975.

Tourism is the main contributor to the economy of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. St. Ange said this means the Seychellois understand tourism well and we live with and from tourism.

The networking with tourism ministers from all over the world always made us look at tourism with one voice, and as tourism ministers, we all know the challenges the industry faces today‘ he told SNA.

The UNWTO is the leading international organisation in the field of tourism and promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability. It also offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

The current Secretary-General of UNWTO is Taleb Rifai, a Jordanian national who is due to step down at the end of the year.

Five candidates aside from St. Ange have confirmed their intentions to stand for the post. They are from Brazil, South Korea, Zimbabwe, Mexico and Georgia.

St. Ange told SNA his name was put forward for the post some 18 months ago.

Internally we knew that nomination formalities needed to be done by March 2017 for the May 2017 elections. Most candidates take the opportunity that the January tourism trade fair of Spain offers to launch their bid‘ added St. Ange.

The international tourism trade fair in Spain called FITUR is a global meeting point for tourism professionals and was held January 18-22 in the Spanish capital Madrid.

Armed herdsmen attack Kenyan tourist camps

A harrowing tale of the attack on the Suyian safari camp … I have been asked to ‘downplay’ this because there is now some government reaction but truth told, this needs to be made public to show the potentially devastating consequences of such farm, ranch and conservancy invasions to Kenya’s tourism industry, and worst of all, at the start of an election year which is already causing concerns among leading overseas tour operators.
The Kenyan government needs to react much stronger, with much greater determination to stamp out this menace and nip it in the bud before it spreads like wildfire to other conservancies, ranches and farms.


Unrest in northern Kenya has spread to cattle ranches that support sustainable wildlife tourist camps.
Armed herdsmen have been marauding through this region in their 1,000s, burning property, shooting at farmers and tourists, raiding cattle and slaughtering elephant and zebra.
The government appears unable to contain the unrest. Over the last year hundreds of small holders have abandoned their land. Among themGeorge Mwai, who isconfined to a wheel chair since being shot trying to defend his medium sized cattle ranch and wildlife farm.
Now the land grabs have spread to long established wildlife ‘conservancies’, where ranchers combine raising cattle with tourism and wildlife conservation.
On Sunday night a tourist camp run by a respected botanist, Anne Powys, was razed to the ground. It has been reported some 10,000 tribal herdsmen descended on the exclusive bush camp known as Suyian Soul.
Guests staying at the thatched camp report seeing…

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Sauti Za Busara gets cash boost


(Posted 04th February 2017)


Sauti Za Busara, which last year to the regret of thousands of music and performing arts fans had to be cancelled due to a lack of funds, can now look ahead into a more secure future.
The Swiss Embassy earlier in the week presented the organization with a cheque worth 260 million Tanzania Shillings for the next three editions of East Africa’s most popular music and art festival.
This year’s edition, number 13, goes underway in less than a week and will run from the 09th to the 12th of February, once again staged in the Stone Town on Zanzibar’s main island of Unguja, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More than 400 artists from about 40 groups will be performing live music, covering Africa like no other festival of its kind.
Reports from Zanzibar speak of ‘full house’ though it is understood that some rooms may still be available, as are seats on the dozens of scheduled flights every day between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

2017 Line-up Announced!

Flying the "Africa United" flag, this year’s festival will feature 400 artists (40 groups) performing live on three stages:

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana) Sarabi (Kenya)Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band(Ghana / Germany) Simba & Milton Gulli (Mozambique) Jagwa Music(Tanzania) Bob Maghrib (Morocco) Karyna Gomes (Guinea Bissau) Sami Dan & Zewd Band (Ethiopia) Chibite Zawose Family (Tanzania) Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar) Wahapahapa Band (Tanzania) Buganda Music Ensemble(Uganda) Batimbo Percussion Magique (Burundi) Kyekyeku (Ghana) H_art the Band (Kenya) Grace Barbé (Seychelles) Roland Tchakounté (Cameroon / France) Imena Cultural Troupe (Rwanda) Isau Meneses (Mozambique) Sahra Halgan Trio (Somaliland) Tausi Women’s Taarab (Zanzibar) Swahili Encounters(Zanzibar / Various) CAC Fusion (Tanzania) Ze Spirits Band (Tanzania) Loryzine(Reunion) Madalitso Band (Malawi) Mswanu Gogo Vibes (Tanzania) Matona’s G Clef Band (Zanzibar) Afrijam Band (Tanzania) Cocodo African Music Band(Tanzania) Kiumbizi (Pemba) Rico & the Band (Zanzibar) Usambara Sanaa Group (Tanzania) Mcharuko Band (Zanzibar) Taarab – Kidumbak Group(Zanzibar) and more

The festival is 100% live, proudly showcasing quality, originality and innovation, with priority for young and emerging artists and music with cultural identity.

Festival Events

Sauti za Busara brings together people from around the world to celebrate African music under African skies. Click here to see Festival Timetable.

February Time Events
Tue 7 10:00 Tickets – On the Door
A limited number of festival passes and day tickets on sale at Old Fort Reception. See details
daily 14:00 Movers & Shakers: for invited musicians and arts professionals. Programme includes: Digital Opportunities Workshop for East African artists to increase their online visibility and Censorship vs. Freedom of Expression Seminar. See details
Thu 9 15:00 Batimbo Percussion Magique (Burundi) free performance at Mnarani Michenzani
Thu 9 16:15 Carnival Parade: All are welcome to join the festival kick off from Mnarani Michenzani to Forodhani.
daily 16:00 Forodhani stage – free shows daily in the gardens
daily 19:00 Main venue performances inside the Old Fort
daily Busara Xtra: Festival Fringe events happening across the island. See noticeboards, programmes, website & social media for latest updates
Tue 14 20:00 After-Party: Festival vibes continue at Jambiani on Zanzibar’s East Coast for Valentines Night at Coco Blue
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