Archive for March 9th, 2017

Airbus test aircraft lands in Entebbe with humanitarian relief goods on board

Airbus Foundation and IFRC fly relief goods to Uganda

(Posted 09th March 2017)

The Airbus Foundation has used an Airbus A330 test aircraft to transport 17 tonnes of relief equipment and specialized water and sanitation equipment from East Midlands Airport, United Kingdom, to Entebbe, Uganda.
The goods are destined to assist the increasing number of refugees escaping the deteriorating conflict situation in South Sudan.
The humanitarian mission was organized jointly between the Airbus Foundation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as well as the British and Uganda Red Cross Societies. The humanitarian cargo included a Mass Sanitation Emergency Response Unit provided by the British Red Cross. The unit will allow the Uganda Red Cross to provide sanitation to thousands of people living in a recently established refugee camp on the Uganda-South Sudan border.
Hundreds – at times thousands – of people are crossing into Uganda every day‘ said Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General of the Uganda Red Cross Society. ‘For most, the journey has been harrowing and long. They have only been able to get out at night out of fear for their safety. When they arrive, they are exhausted and traumatized, and many are malnourished. These supplies will help local Red Cross volunteers to respond effectively and efficiently, and will help them to provide people with clean water and basic sanitation and prevent disease outbreaks‘.

With the increasing conflict in South Sudan forcing more refugees to flee, the region has spiralled into a humanitarian catastrophe in Africa. The IFRC called upon us for help to provide an Airbus test aircraft in order to pick up the relief goods and fly them to Uganda‘ said Fabrice Brégier, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft and a member of the Airbus Foundation’s Board of Directors. ‘We are pleased to be able to support and bring our logistical aid to the Ugandan Red Cross so they can help vulnerable people in the refugee camp‘.
The South Sudanese refugee population in Uganda has more than tripled in six months to almost 720,000, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Since December 2013, more than 1.5 million people have left South Sudan seeking safety in neighbouring countries while the families of their rival political leaders live large lives in the posh estates of Kampala, Nairobi and other African capitals.

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IATA publishes February 2017 Financial Monitor

IATA SHARES FEBRUARY DATA

(Posted 09th February 2017)

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February report of the Airlines Financial Monitor.
Key points:

  • The latest financial results for Q4 2016 show that the decline in profitability, which began in the third quarter of 2016, continued across most regions in the fourth quarter, albeit from historically high levels.
  • Global airline share prices continued their positive start to 2017 during February, outperforming the wider global equity market, as expectations for airlines profits improve, particularly in the US.
  • Brent crude oil prices have been broadly stable since December, and traded within a very tight band of $US55-57/bbl during February. Oil prices are still expected to rise only gradually over the years ahead.
  • Average passenger yields in US$ terms continue to fall, but the recent strength of the US$ may be disguising signs of a stabilization or slowing of this down-trend.
  • Passenger and freight demand both carried momentum into the New Year. The industry-wide passenger load factor remains stable at a record high, and the freight load factor has continued to recover.
  • Premium airfares generally held up better than those of the economy cabin in 2016, and premium’s share of revenues increased on a number of key routes. This has helped to support airline financial performance.

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The Good Safari Guide is wondering … Have they missed anyone?


Have we missed anywhere?

Can you help us..

The shiny, new Good Safari Guide website has just gone live, listing the 300+ best safari lodges in Africa.

We’ve rarely overlooked a great safari lodge since 2005 when the Good Safari Guide began, and we don’t want to start now. So we’d love your help..

Do you know a lodge that you think should be part of the Good Safari Guide? A really fabulous lodge or camp that you’ve been to, and would visit again in a heartbeat? Hit reply and let our editors know.

What is a Good Safari Guide lodge?

  • ‘Safari’ luxury or uber luxury
  • Comprised of the best team, particularly the guiding team
  • Of the highest international standards both behind the scenes and front of house
  • Considerate of the environment and local communities
  • Usually owner-run and managed
  • Wow factor – perhaps the location, the architecture, the food. When you experience it, you just know it.

We’d love to hear your ideas for the best safari lodges in Africa, so please do take a minute to hit reply and let us know if we’ve missed anywhere. If they look promising, we promise we will invite them to apply.

Dian Fossey – Remembered at the Virunga Lodge

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News update: Remembering Dian Fossey at Virunga Lodge

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Remembering Dian Fossey at Virunga Lodge
On 02 March we celebrated the opening of the new Dian Fossey Map Room at our Virunga Lodge. This stunning space pays homage to the conservationists and explorers of the Virunga volcanoes from 1870 to 1985 through a series of specially researched panels. In addition to an educational space, this stunning room will provide Virunga Lodge’s guests with a secondary lounge, space to welcome groups and lecturers, and a venue for private dinners to celebrate special moments.
Photo courtesy of Mark Edward Harris
Photo courtesy of Kenneth Burkey
Photo courtesy of Kenneth Burkey
Batwa Settlement Developments at Gahinga
After acquiring land near Mount Gahinga Lodge, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust is moving ahead with building a settlement for the local Batwa community. Currently the trust and our architectural consultants are working with the community to draft plans for residential structures that meet the needs of the community. We expect that the settlement is ready by late 2017. Stay tuned for more updates on this very exciting initiative!
Photo courtesy of Alexandra Avila
Limited-Time Special: Dian Fossey Safari – Virunga & Gahinga
To celebrate the opening of the Dian Fossey Map Room at Virunga Lodge we are offering a special six-day safari to trace the footsteps of Dian Fossey in Virunga and Gahinga. The safari includes a gorilla trek in Rwanda, and climbing a volcano or trekking golden monkeys in Uganda. Additionally, optional visits are available to hike to the Dian Fossey grave, to climb the Visoke volcano in the Volcanoes National Park, and to visit the Karisoke exhibit at the Karisoke Research Centre facility in Musanze. This safari will take you on a fascinating and adventurous tour of many of the places where Dian Fossey worked and lived during her research of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

This offer is available on bookings made until 3o September 2017, for travel through 31 March 2018, subject to availability. Please contact your Volcanoes Safaris sales consultant for more information or email salesrw.

Upgrading Our Bwindi Lodge
Our Bwindi Lodge is undergoing an extreme makeover – with a new layout in the main lodge and a total new look. The bandas are also receiving love, and are being upgraded on a one-at-a-time basis. The new bandas boast in-room fireplaces to keep you warm and cozy during your stay at Bwindi Lodge. A new spa facility is also being planned.

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Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

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June 13-16, 2017
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On June 13-16, 2017 the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will convene business and government leaders at its 11th biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Washington, DC. The 2017 Summit will be one of the first opportunities for the U.S. and African private sector to engage with the new U.S. administration and and U.S. agency appointees.

Since 1997, CCA’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit has been regarded as the essential U.S. conference on doing business in Africa.

Registration will open shortly. For more information, please visit Summit.CorporateCouncilonAfrica.com

Macedonia also wades into UNWTO elections and gives St. Ange the thumbs up

MACEDONIA’S LELA KRSTEVSKA ENDORSES ALAIN ST. ANGE

(Posted 09th March 2017)

Woman’s Day 2017 at ITB in Berlin was the occasion for the IIPT India to hold the 2nd Edition of the successful "Celebrating Her" Conference in the Palais Am Funkturm.

Following that conference many gathered on the Seychelles Stand at ITB to see Lela Krstevska formally present Alain St.Ange, the former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles with a letter of endorsement.

Lela Krstevska said in the presence on a group of women who had attended the "Celebrating Her" conference that one of the main reasons for her endorsement of Alain St.Ange is his immense experience and positive attitude, which she believes is really important in maintaining the high profile and respect that UNWTO has achieved in recent years, not only in the tourism industry but across a broader spectrum. Guided by his extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and his vision, he will pitch UNWTO to a new position that will help to unify the industry.

The tourism industry provides rewarding and important employment opportunities for women in developed and developing countries. This helps to provide women with economic independence and empowerment and strengths their position in society. As a woman myself I am convinced that Mr St.Ange will help the gentler sex and will drive initiatives that improve the position of women even further. I would be more than happy to assist him with this‘ said Lela Krstevska of Macedonia.

In her letter of endorsement Lela Krstevska of Macedonia writes: ‘Alain St.Ange has a rich portfolio in business that provides him with the utmost credibility for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). One of the main reasons for my endorsement of his Candidature is his immense experience and positive attitude, which I believe is really important in maintaining the high profile and respect that UNWTO has achieved in recent years, not only in the tourism industry but across a broader spectrum. Guided by his extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and his vision, he will pitch UNWTO to a new position that will help to unify the industry.
The tourism industry provides rewarding and important employment opportunities for women in developed and developing countries. This helps to provide women with economic independence and empowerment and strengths their position in society. As a woman myself I am convinced that Mr St.Ange will help the gentler sex and will drive initiatives that improve the position of women even further. I would be more than happy to assist him with this.
Mr St.Ange’s extensive experience in tourism and hospitality and in the private sector are a great foundation for building a successful plan that identifies tourism development issues and opportunities, whilst at the same time forming long-term sustainable strategies.

His political career in Seychelles have provided him with the knowledge and understanding that is crucial for the position and his passion for the industry and for people have earned him the trust of value of the tourism industry.
Mr St.Ange achieved outstanding results for the tourism sector in the Seychelles in spite of the general downturn in the global economy. Thanks to his hard work and open-mindedness he already demonstrated the capability and capacity of establishing cooperation in Seychelles between local stakeholders and representatives of tourism associations. This is one aspect that I believe is absolutely essential, since he stands for the idea of giving a chance to the member states to establish close collaboration with UNWTO through opening representative offices of UNWTO in their regions.
Mr St.Ange’s policies and commitment make him the ideal candidate that will provide a really meaningful contribution for substantial growth and development of the industry and will help to prioritize the implementation of important issues in the sector. He is also fearless about facing the challenges and constraints of the current political situations. He understands the real important of some of the most important issues such as safety and security, climate change, sustainable development and respects the rights of everybody being able to travel – that are important for us, are also in accordance with his convictions.
On a personal note I wish Alain all the very best and the support of my country and my region. He is a very special man and it is a pleasure to know him
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Alain St.Ange who was at ITB in Berlin to push the Seychelles candidacy for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations world Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) thanked the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for the letter of endorsement. ‘Macedonia is part of the Balkan States which are recognised as an important tourism region. This endorsement from that part of the world means a lot as we see support coming in from tourism regions from far and wide. The coming elections of the UNWTO is one where the Community of Nations from the four corners of the World will sit together to choose their new Secretary General and Seychelles is one of the six candidates vying for the position alongside Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea and Zimbabwe‘ said St.Ange

This endorsement comes hot on the heels of comments by Wellington Manjengwa emerging from Zimbabwe over the candidacy of their own Dr. Walter Mzembi, published here yesterday and available through the following link:

https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/wellington-manjengwa-of-zimbabwe-writes-alain-st-ange-a-story-of-defying-the-odds/

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