Archive for March 10th, 2017

Reunion is ‘Winging It’

Winging It: South African reality TV shooting on Reunion Island

(Posted 10th March 2017)

The South African presenters of the reality show Winging It were on the island of Reunion for five days. The program, which will run for 30 minutes, will be broadcast on South African television in a few weeks during prime time viewing slots.

Winging it means improvising without much preparation. Here is the definition of the new South African reality show broadcast on the DSTV bouquet, which concept is to give the impression that everything is improvised.

The pitch: two friends, presenters Janez Vermeiren and Siv Ngesi, meet on Reunion for 48 hours, without a program and without an agenda. Their journey will lead them to the discovery of an unknown land. On the spot, they will experience a maximum of experience by taking part in many activities and all at a very steady pace.

During their stay on the intense island, Janez Vermeiren and Siv Ngesi discovered the west coast and its blond sandy beaches, flew over the island’s rugged landscapes in a helicopter, tasted the combination of flavors of Reunion gastronomy, slipped into the white water slides while canyoning, were hiking in the unreal landscapes of Piton de la Fournaise and discovered street art made in Reunion Have before plunging into the underwater depths of the Indian Ocean.

Winging It shooting at the Plaine des Sables

The presenters, already well known to South African viewers, are ex Top Billing, a lifestyle television program.They’re not on their first such show as they have already presented and produced many similar events such as GQ, Cosmo Sexiest Men 2015 and Man Cave.They are returning today with Winging It, an innovative, young, trendy show.

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Winging It à l’île de La Réunion

Governments need to step up for the protection of children says UNWTO


(Posted 10th March 2017)

The 32nd meeting of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection focused on the role of governments in advancing the fight against the exploitation of children in tourism (9 March 2017).

Child protection is the responsibility of all – communities, private sector, academia, but governments have a leading role to play‘ said Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Network, opening the meeting.

There is a bright and black side to tourism; we need to recognize the black side exists and address it with no shame. We need zero tolerance to any form of child exploitation. We cannot allow the tourism infrastructure to be used for this and shouldn’t have any issues in exposing such situations‘ said UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai.

The meeting, which was attended by the Ministers of Tourism of Ghana and Sudan, was an opportunity to share best practices from India (TMB), Kenya, Maldives, Myanmar, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), the World Childhood Foundation, and Uruguay representing the Regional Task Force for the Protection of Children in Travel and Tourism of the Americas (GARA), which Uruguay presides since last year.

Cross-government coordination and commitment as well as cross-sectoral cooperation were pointed out as key factors to advance child protection in tourism.

The World Tourism Network on Child Protection (formerly the Task Force for the Protection of Children in Tourism) is an open-ended network featuring the multi-stakeholder participation of a range of tourism stakeholders, from governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to tourism industry groups and media associations. Originally formed in 1997, since 2007 its mandate has been to prevent all forms of youth exploitation in the tourism sector (i.e. sexual exploitation, child labour and child trafficking).

The Network’s meetings, held annually at the worlds’ foremost Travel and Tourism Fairs, serve as a platform for key actors to exchange experiences and best practices, present awareness-raising materials and capacity building tools, and promote the adoption of professional codes of conduct or other responsible practices in line with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

The activities of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection are co-ordinated by the UNWTO Secretariat and monitored by an Executive Committee established in November 2000.

Aviation courses in Africa

AviAssist Foundation publishes course list for 2017/18


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Our 2017-2018 course catalogue is now available
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Our new catalogue gives you detailed information about the courses the Foundation can bring right to your doorstep, as it has done throughout Africa for the past 20 years. We bring you world class training courses that are up to a seventh of the price of having a similar number of staff trained abroad. Want to learn how we do that? Have a read in the introduction part of the catalogue and learn about our dedicated practising volunteers and our fantastic transport partners & sponsors.

With our courses stocked by practising professional volunteers, we can usually deploy our courses no more than twice per year. So book early to push safety in your operations.

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Besides the courses covered in this brochure, the Foundation also conducts customised programs to meet specific requirements and is constantly developing new training courses. Plans for new courses include a course on the Management of Air Navigation Service Providers. Get in touch and tell us about your training needs.

Soon, more and more of our courses will be run from our AviAssist Safety Promotion Centre (ASPC)- Rwanda. The ASPC-Rwanda will be East Africa’s leading resource centre for safety promotion, with training courses just one of the many services offered.

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Kenya Airways in sale and leaseback for two B737-700NG’s


(Posted 10th March 2017)

Kenya Airways has confirmed that the airline has sold two Boeing B737-700NG’s it acquired in 2002 and 2003 but leased back the two aircraft for continued operation.
Mbuvi Ngunze, the CEO of Kenya Airways, made the announcement and said: ‘We are very pleased with this milestone which is in line with our on-going turnaround plan. Air Partner has found a suitable buyer for the two aircraft from whom the airline will lease them for a period of 18 months to ensure seamless operations‘.
The airline has over the past year and a half rolled out ‘Operation Pride‘ aimed at restoring profitability and cutting cost without compromising on the quality of operations and this latest move now only leaves the airline with one surplus Boeing B777-200, still due to be either leased out or sold together with a spare part package and spare engine.
Next on the horizon is Victoria Falls, which Kenya Airways intends to serve from April onwards three times a week in conjunction with Cape Town, the first new destination KQ is launching in 2017.

More endorsements for St. Ange candidacy


(Posted 10th March 2017)

Seychelles Tourism Minister Loustau-Lalanne endorses former Minister St.Ange as the island’s Candidate for SG of the UNWTO in function at ITB in the presence of Taleb Rifai the outgoing SG of the UN Body,

The Seychelles Stand at ITB in Berlin was buzzing on Thursday late afternoon as Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO arrived at the Seychelles Stand with his entourage for the island’s cocktail event. Also present were Anil Gayan, Tourism Minister of Mauritius, Najib Balala, the Tourism Minister of Kenya, Joachim Duster, from the Federal Republic of Germany’s Federal Office, Lela Krstevska from the Government of Macedonia Tourism office, a number of officials from Tourism Departments from around the world and also members of the Tourism Trade.

Edith Hunzinger , the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the one honoured to open the formal part of the evening before handing over to Sherin Francis, the CEO of the Tourism Board who spoke about the successes of the island’s tourism before speaking publicly to her former Minister Alain St.Ange saying that she wanted to wish him well and assured him that the island’s Tourism Board was proud of him and supported his candidature.

Roy Kinnear, the CEO of Air Seychelles on his part spoke about the Air Seychelles new direct non-stop flights to Dusseldorf and then called on Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the new seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who used the opportunity to formally endorse Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO. ‘We are right behind you, we wish you success in the coming UN elections and we look forward to tango with the UNWTO‘ said Minister Loustau-Lalanne.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and now Candidate for the post of SG for the UNWTO started off his address by thanking Minister Loustau-Lalanne for his support and good wishes and also Sherin Francis and her Tourism Board team their support. Former Minister St.Ange also thanked Taleb Rifai of the UNWTO for being present at the Seychelles function with his entourage and also Minister Anil Gayan of Mauritius and Minister Najib Balala of Kenya for being present. ‘Today I say thank you to Taleb Rifai, the outgoing Secretary General of the UNTWO for being present. We worked closely with you and appreciated your successes and accomplishments for tourism. I need to reassure you and your Team at the UNWTO that if I am chosen as your replacement your legacy will be safeguarded as we also move the UNWTO forward to face the challenges of the new era. Much will be done to face the challenges of each region as the UNWTO grows to respect aspirations of each Member State and together face their challenges. I assure everyone to remain focused on the 11 and 12 May when the UNWTO elections will be held‘ said St.Ange of the Seychelles.

Taleb Rifai took the mike to deliver the final speech of the night and thanked Alain St.Age for his work for tourism and for getting him to Seychelles for the second edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria. ‘It was a trip that I remember vividly as the welcome, the people and the beauty of the islands marked me‘ Taleb Rifai said before adding that he wished Alain St.Ange well in the coming elections for the new SG of the UNWTO.

Nairobi Now Events Updates

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