Archive for February 16th, 2017

Victoria Falls next for Kenya Airways

VICTORIA FALLS SET TO WELCOME KENYA AIRWAYS

(Posted 16th February 2017)

On the 18th of May will Kenya Airways launch flights from Nairobi to Victoria Falls, in conjunction with a final destination Cape Town. The airline will use an Embraer E190 on the route and serve both VFA and CPT three times a week, every Saturday, Monday and Thursday. Fifth freedom traffic rights ensure that Kenya Airways can uplift passengers between the two cities in addition to passengers out of Nairobi.
The flights will leave Nairobi at 07.20 hrs local time, land in Victoria Falls at 10.20 hrs local time and then reach Cape Town at 13.25 hrs, again local time before starting the return journey which will reach VFA at 17.10 hrs and Nairobi late evening at 22.00 hrs local time with easy onward connections to Europe and Asia.
The airline has been operating for some time now flights to Cape Town via the Zambian city of Livingstone, across the Zambezi River from Victoria Falls and the new flights will bring the overall number of Cape Town services to six per week.
The new service will make Kenya Airways the only airline to serve both Livingstone and Victoria Falls and give travelers the option to land either in Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile are the three daily services out of Nairobi to Harare continuing, direct as well as via the Malawian city of Lilongwe and via Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city.

Candidate St. Ange is all in during the ‘All Out Politics’ programme on Sky News

ST. ANGE SCORES BIG POINTS IN RACE FOR UNWTO TOP JOB

(Posted 16th February 2017)

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Alain St. Ange had the opportunity earlier in the week, to be on the global news channels twice in a day, first with Adam Boulton of Sky News and later with Richard Quest of CNN.
In both appearances did St. Ange convincingly tell his hosts and the world why he should become the next Secretary General of the UNWTO when he explained his vision for the position and the direction UNWTO would take under his stewardship.
Later that day he was also interviews on the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme, making it three big hits in a single day and reaching a global audience with his ‘Tourism For All‘ banner headline.
With three months left until the May elections for a successor of Dr. Taleb Rifai, who after two terms of office will step down at the end of the year will St. Ange and others running for the top job no doubt have to be visible and ever present in the eyes of their constituents and it is here that Alain St. Ange will no doubt make an impact this weekend when he will be guest of honour of the East Africa Tourism Platform at the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo which goes underway tomorrow morning.
He will not only delivery a keynote address but also participate in the ministerial round table and then meet the East African media who will be very keen to hear from an African candidate what plans he would have, if elected, to raise visitor numbers from a measly 58 million a year into the 100 plus million range in the near future.

See the interview clip via the following link: https://youtu.be/cw616zgevLk

Cruise for Colobus Survival

Colobus Conservation News Updates

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Tumbo was abandoned when she was 6 months old. Barely clinging to life when she arrived, Tumbo needed x-rays, a new enclosure and life-saving veterinary care. Thankfully Tumbo survived, but sadly she is one of only 4000 remaining Angolan colobus monkeys in Kenya. Tumbo is now fully recovered and is leading a small group of colobus orphans into the first ever Angolan colobus release in the world. Every colobus monkey counts with hunting and deforestation rapidly pushing this subspecies toward extinction.

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News updates from the Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland – Marula Festival

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The Kingdom of Swaziland certainly packs a cultural and entertaining punch despite of its relatively small size, and starting the year off with a bang is what this nation does best!

The Swazi people are united by culture and values and the Marula Festival, locally known as ‘Emaganwini’, is one of them. Such events have kept this nation united and inseparable, making it the unique destination that it is.

The Swazis unite in song and dance during this festival, particularly the women who are the brewers of the marula beer. It’s all about dancing and celebrating the provision of the fruit that is not only used for the beer but also for different purposes such as skin care products.

The Kingdom of Swaziland celebrates the start of the Marula season with the annual Marula festival. The Marula season begins each year in mid February and continues until May, bringing with it a celebration of the harvest of the marula fruit. The festival is increasing in popularity, and swiftly becoming one of the country’s most exciting traditional ceremonies.

The festival is over a couple of days with the Queen Mother arriving at Buhleni Royal Residence on the first day, and the women of the area present bucket-loads of marula fruit harvested over the last week. All the women are dressed in traditional clothing and respect is shown, praise and thanks are given.

The second day, which is also the main day, the King usually joins the Queen Mother and the Marula Brew, Umganu, is presented to their majesties, who partake of the brew and declare the season open. This is celebrated by song and dance, specific to the occasion.

Following this, marula brew, buganu, is officially blessed and may be consumed across the country. A second event of similar rituals is held at His Majesty’s Hlane Royal Residence.

The festival will take place from 15th to the 28th of February, and will be a cultural experience not to be missed!

For added information about the Kingdom of Swaziland click on www.thekingdomofswaziland.com

Ethiopia targeted by Accor Hotels

THREE ACCOR HOTEL BRANDS SET DATES FOR OPENING IN ADDIS ABABA

(Posted 16th February 2017)

AccorHotels, a leading global hotel operator, has reportedly entered into 3 partnerships with Ethiopian investors for the construction and management of 3 hotels in Addis Ababa.
A 162 room Mercure located in the vicinity of the United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa will be built by Tihnat Investments PLC and is expected
to open its doors in 2020. The hotel will include 156 standard rooms, 6 suites,
400 square meters of meeting and banqueting spaces, several restaurant and bar outlets, as well as a gym & spa.

A 135 room ibis Styles has been signed with Metro Hospitality Services PLC
enterprise. The hotel, also located near the UN headquarter and integrating full F&B
services and meeting spaces, should be completed by 2019.

Finally, a 230 keys ibis will also be managed by AccorHotels on behalf of Abay
Technic Trading. Located 200 meters from the Africa Union, the hotel, which
should open within 2021, will be one of the tallest building in the area with 22
floors. It will be built in accordance with the brand specifications, allowing
therefore, for an optimised use of space and a greater comfort for its clients. A
full F&B offering will be included in the hotel as well as 300sqm of meeting space.

Official signature ceremonies were held in the presence of newly appointed
Steven Daines and Olivier Granet, respectively CEO and COO of AccorHotels for
Africa & Middle East. Steven Daines declared after the ceremony ‘We are very
happy with the signature of these 3 projects representing more than 500 rooms that will help build a leadership for AccorHotels across segments on this promising and fast growing market by 2020, after the signature of a 330 rooms Pullman in 2014 and a 156 keys Novotel in 2015. AccorHotels has strong ambitions to maintain leadership on the continent by consolidating its position in West and North Africa and by boosting its development in East and Southern Africa. I would like to warmly thank our partners for their trust and confidence in building a successful partnership
‘.

These projects will bring an additional international branded offer into the Ethiopian
market, as well as a new segmentation, responding to the need for good quality and
reasonably priced hotel rooms in Addis Ababa which has been lacking for some time..
Already a leading operator in Africa, AccorHotels operates 111 hotels with 19,600 rooms across market segments from luxury to economy, across 21 African countries and employs more than 10,000 staff.

Wakanow set to open UK office

WEST AFRICA’S LARGEST ONLINE AGENCY EYES UK PRESENCE

(Posted 16th February 2017)

Wakanow, Africa’s fast-rising and Nigeria’s No.1 online travel company, has announced plans to formally launch commercial operations in the UK as part of their efforts for global expansion and in a bid to consolidate their foray into Europe. The announcement is coming barely months after it launched DestinationsAfrica(R), a global booking platform that aggregates the best of African packaged holidays from over 23 African countries. This has, needless to say, caught the eyes of the continental tourism offices now keen to engage with Wakanow and position themselves for a rise in cross Africa travel.

Wakanow, which already operates commercial offices in Nigeria and Ghana as well as service outlets in Dubai and the UK, will launch its office in the UK, showcasing a cutting-edge booking portal that will offer flights and hotel bookings and Transfers/Protocol services, for intra-Europe travel as well as for outbound travel into Africa. The office will be based in Surrey, London.

The new UK booking portal will ride on the success of Wakanow’s well-tested technologies and service excellence to extend the traditional African warm welcome to millions of travelers looking for efficient and well-priced travel packages into and around Africa and Europe, though the immediate target seems to be West Africans living in the UK.

Speaking ahead of the formal launch which is slated for March this year, Founder and Group Managing Director of Wakanow, Mr. Obinna Ekezie, said the new addition to the fast-growing travel brand would allow the company to serve the European markets and demonstrate its capacity to compete favorably on the global stage. He explained that at present already a good number of bookings on the Wakanow Nigeria booking portal were originating from the UK and other countries outside of Nigeria and it was therefore a natural progression for Wakanow to cater for this market.

In his words ‘We are very delighted about the forthcoming launch of Wakanow UK, and this excitement stems from our conviction that this addition has the capacity to offer something different to the European market when it comes to travelling into Africa. Our protocol services into Africa is built on very strong relationships and will ensure our prospective customers get the most hitch-free and hassle-free movement in and out of the continent. Wakanow has honed her skills in African travel over the last 8 years and will bring that to bear in not only offering best priced deals but making sure that her interactions with these travelers will deliver a more positive narrative for African businesses‘.

He then added that ‘Not only are we going to replicate the same excellent customer service for which the Wakanow brand is known for, but we are also going to take the lead in expanding the frontiers of travel and driving significant traffic to Africa through our broad mix of custom-fit and themed vacation offerings available on our DestinationsAfrica platform. We will leverage our vast knowledge of the African space and her wealth of untapped destinations to create exclusive travel products that offer fresh and incredible experiences for our customers‘.

The Wakanow UK launch will be followed by the opening of several other Wakanow offices across Africa, with Wakanow Kenya and Wakanow South Africa already under way. Riding on the back of advanced technology, Wakanow will "switch on" her online booking portals in 6 other African countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Tanzania. Other countries include Dubai and the US.

Wakanow is a rising force on the African Tourism scene and already Nigeria’s No. 1 online travel booking company. The company has won many awards including the Tony Elumelu’s fastest rising company awards, a host of travel industry Awards and more recently, the CNBC Business Leader of the Year award which went to the Founder and Managing Director, Mr. Obinna Ekezie. Wakanow has strong affiliations with hundreds of hotels, airlines and other service providers globally and has facilitated over 800,000 travel bookings since its launch in 2008.
The company is leveraging heavily on technology and accelerated customer service models and today represents the rapidly changing the face of travel in Africa.

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Aviation Africa 2017 in Kigali / Rwanda

Aviation Africa 2017 – One week and counting

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To find out who is exhibiting and speaking at our event, to be held in Kigali next week, please click the cover of our Event Guide below:

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The sold out conference and exhibition will be one of Africa’s largest Aviation events offering the opportunity for the international aerospace industry to network with Africa.

The Event in Numbers:

520 Registered Attendees (at 12 February)
54 Exhibitors
100 Airline Delegates
26 RwandAir buyers
110 Senior Government from Africa
34 Media
72 Speakers & Panellists for the two day conference
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