Archive for March 13th, 2017

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Seychelles’ delegation too expresses satisfaction over ITB 2017 attendance


(Posted 13th March 2017)

Unlike a small section of the international media, which is attempting to downtalk the success of ITB 2017, has the Seychelles followed Kenya in praising their success at the world’s largest international tourism trade show.
The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Mrs. Sherin Francis has in fact described this year’s ITB in Berlin as a hugely successful one for the destination. The Seychelles’ stand was buzzing with meetings throughout the three main trade days from morning to evening.

As for the previous years, members of the Seychelles’ tourism trade members were present in large numbers and feedback received from most of them were very positive and encouraging.

They pointed out that Seychelles was again one of the highly sought-after destinations where everybody are looking forward to forge better working relationship with as they have noticed the huge potential for business.

This is very encouraging and supportive of the work the STB office has been doing together with the local tourism trade partners and their counterpart on the market‘ Mrs. Francis said.

Among those sharing their views on this year’s ITB were Lenny Alvis, General Manager at Mason’s Travel and Natalie du Buisson who was representing the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association.

It has been an excellent ITB and we see the production going up. There has been immense interest on the destination. Seychelles is booming on the German, Switzerland and Austrian markets‘ Mr. Alvis said before adding: ‘With the direct Air Seychelles flight to Düsseldorf and the Austrian Airlines’ operations which is due to start in October this year, we expect the figures to keep increasing and a better performance on the German speaking territories’.

The interest on the market is looking good ahead and the travel trade are very happy with the performance‘ said Miss du Buisson who was there to push the small and medium-sized tourism establishments.

The immediate former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Alain St. Ange, was also in Berlin to advance his campaign for the top job at the UNWTO and while there met some of his fellow competitors for the job besides engaging with other tourism ministers from around the world who had come to Berlin to represent their respective countries.
St. Ange described his campaign as ‘going very well‘ and thanked the many individuals and organizations which had in recent days handed him yet more endorsements.

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Atta – The African Travel and Tourism Association News Updates

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Weekly members news summary from Atta – The African Travel and Tourism Association
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Please find below this week’s summary of the Atta members news featuring news from across the African continent and beyond.

Atta Members Weekly News Summary
13 March 2017

80,000 More Tourists a Year Could Soon Fly into Victoria Falls | Africa Albida Tourism | Read More

Tourism from US & Canada continues to grow as more North Americans visit Uganda | Uganda Tourism Board | Read More

Cashless payment at LHR, LGW and North America airports | British Airways | Read More

Endangered Bird of Prey Thriving in South Africa’s Great Karoo | Samara Private Game Reserve | Read More

First road cycling holidays to Ethiopia launched | Tadele Travel | Read More

Cumbre / Summit CEMAC held at the Grand Hotel Djibloho 07 – 17 February 2017 |  Luxury Hotels Management Company – Grand Hotel Djibloho | Read More

Upclose with 12 of Africa’s threatened species | Africa Geographic | Read More

Authentic Experiences Key to Securing Millennial Bookings | Acacia Adventure Holidays | Read More

Uganda all set for IAAF International Cross Country Championship | Uganda Tourism Board | Read More

Celebrating 25 years of Exceptional Journeys with The Hide | The Hide Safaris | Read More

Rwanda and Sao Tome e’ Principe sign bilateral air service agreement


(Posted 13th March 2017)

A new bilateral air services agreement was signed over the weekend between the island nation of Sao Tome e’ Principe and Rwanda, allowing for flights between the two African countries when either national airline is ready to do so.
Also inked were additional bilateral agreements covering a mutual Visa Waiver, cooperation in tourism, trade, agriculture and animal resources.
The cooperation between the two countries is an extension of Rwanda’s deliberate expansion of friendly relations in Africa and follow in the footsteps of similar deals signed in the recent past with Morocco – a country which re-entry into the African Union Rwanda supported greatly – but also with Djibouti and Mozambique, also Portuguese speaking, among others.
Rwanda has in recent years positioned herself as one of Africa’s leading MICE hubs with added hotel capacity in Kigali and the opening last year of the new Kigali Convention Centre while also putting national airline RwandAir into position to commence intercontinental flights for the first time in its history when launching Mumbai on the 03rd of April.
A sizeable Rwandan destination has just returned from the world’s largest international tourism trade fair, ITB, and members of the delegation commented favourably on interest levels, business conducted and growing demand for Rwanda holidays though two were outspoken in condemning the strike at Berlin’s two airports as damaging the image of Germany around the world.
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Team Kenya returns from ITB with much optimism


(Posted 13th March 2017)

The International Tourism Bourse in Berlin, the world’s leading Travel Trade Show that provides a business platform for global touristic offers closed yesterday with a lot of optimism among the Kenyan participants.

Delegation leader, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala brought with him some 42 companies to represent the destination while also attending key international meetings on the sidelines of ITB 2017. Among them were the Hotel Investment Forum as well as a number of UNWTO sessions which served to introduce some of the candidates aspiring for the job of the Secretary General UNWTO.

(Hon. Balala (middle) seen here with his colleague Maurice Loustau-Lalanne from Seychelles (left) and the Seychelles candidate for UNWTO’s top job Alain St. Ange (right)

The Cabinet Secretary gave an update on the sector to the assembled media at the destination press conference that was held at the opening day of the ITB. Key issues shared with the media included the country’s enhanced positive image as a result of hosting many international fora, the positive growth in the sector at the close of 2016 as well as enhanced infrastructure that is complementing tourism efforts among other highlights.

Hon. Balala also had an opportunity to meet key tour operators and airlines in the European market like Condor and Thomas Cook to discuss long term partnerships and marketing cooperation to promote Destination Kenya. These companies have over the years supported marketing Kenya as a preferred destination to their clients.

Kenya was also represented at the 32nd meeting of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection. The discussion focus was on the role of governments in advancing the fight against the exploitation of children in tourism which called on the communities, private sector, academia and most importantly governments to play a leading role in this. The forum provided an opportunity for exchange of experiences and best practices.

‘Kenya must continue to present her tourism offering in international forums to ensure that the destination is top of mind for travellers and marketing destination companies, ITB is one such platform. Tourism plays a key role in the Country’s economy and can therefore not be underestimated‘ said Hon. Balala.

The over 40 companies representing Kenya at the exhibition termed their participation as worthwhile. This came at the backdrop of positive information that will boost the sector. Kenya recently received the Category 1 status from the FAA to set in motion direct flights between the US and Kenya and the UK government only last weekend removed the travel advisory against travel to Lamu and Manda Island.

Last year’s ITB business success was rated at 93%, of the employed trade visitors achieved a very good to satisfactory business result at ITB Berlin. 82 % of the exhibiting companies rated the business success of their participation at ITB Berlin as positive. On the follow up business, the show stood at 88% for the exhibitors who expected a positive follow up after trade show business.

Kenya enjoys a substantial patronage of German tourists with the market‘s current standing being at fifth highest in the number of tourists to Kenya with a market share of 5% at the end of 2016. Germany, after the US, UK, India, , Uganda and China is therefore seen as an important core market in particular for the Kenya coast.

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