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Tanzania Tourism signs marketing deals for Germany, the UK and the US


(Posted 14th March 2017)

The Tanzania Tourist Board used their presence at this year’s ITB tourism trade show in Berlin to sign three five year deals with marketing representative companies in key source markets.
It was learned that TTB will be represented in the United States by TII, short for Tourism Intelligence International while in the United Kingdom it is African Oracle looking after the organization’s interest.
Germany’s 707 Marketing GmbH is the third of the selected companies which will now begin to help market Tanzania’s and Zanzibar’s tourism attractions, provide market intelligence and liaise with tour and travel companies as well as the travel media. Detailed marketing plans will have to be submitted to TTB by mid 2017.
TTB’s CEO Mdachi Devota signed the contracts with senior executives of the marketing companies on the last day of ITB 2017.

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


Aviation sector in new high as passenger numbers hit record 10 million Standard Digital
In its report, KAA projects that the country’s aviation industry is on an upward trajectory, with the total number of passengers last year growing by 11 per cent to hit 10 million for the first time ever…. Read more>>

Morocco, a key filming location in 2016 Africanews
The Moroccan Cinematographic Center has announced that more than 20 feature films were shot in Morocco in the year 2016…. Read more>>

The Corporate Council on Africa eJournal | March 2017 edition


Download the PDF version of CCA’s March 2017 edition of The Africa eJournal

As most of you know, I began my new role as the third President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) on January 23rd. To me, CCA presents a unique, exciting opportunity to work in one of the most dynamic places today: Africa. I am honored to have been chosen by the board of directors and especially eager to work with you all.
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The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will host its flagship Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit on June 13-16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The 2017 U.S.-Africa Business Summit will be CCA’s 11th Summit and first major conference under the leadership of new President and CEO, Florizelle Liser.
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On Wednesday, February 8, Scott Friesen, co-Founder of Verdant Frontiers discussed the operations of Verde Beef, the largest corn producer and beef exporter in northern Africa, the success of the company’s business model and its commitment to making a social impact in Ethiopia.
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CCA in partnership with Africa Business Portal (ABP) hosted its inaugural webinar, Africa Outlook 2017 on February 28. The webinar which featured new CCA President and CEO, Florizelle Liser and Ambassador Herman Cohen (ret.) had over 100 attendees.
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Upcoming Events at CCA

South Coast Pirates GALA DINNER – if in Diani do not miss this event!

South Coast Pirates Gala Dinner

by Michelin Chef Paul van Beveren
Saturday 18th March 2017
4 Course Dinner with a selection of wines
KES 7,000 per person

Raffle draw & Auction
(including a Dinner cooked at home by Chef Luke from Sails)

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0714 456 131

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Five African cities make the top 100 rankings of best quality living


(Posted 14th March 2017)

Infrastructure is pivotal in determining quality of living for expats and cities
Vienna ranks highest for quality of living for the 8th year in a row
Singapore ranks first for city infrastructure.
South Africa’s highest ranked city, Durban, ranks 87th for quality of living, 135th for infrastructure

Despite increased political and financial volatility in South Africa, several of its cities fell within the top 100 of the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s ( 19th annual Quality of Living survey. Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa, closely followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (96).

Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce‘ said Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business before adding: ‘For multinationals and governments it is vital to have quality of living information that is accurate, detailed, and reliable. It not only enables these employers to compensate employees appropriately, but it also provides a planning benchmark and insights into the often-sensitive operational environment that surrounds their workforce.In uncertain times, organisations that plan to establish themselves and send staff to a new location should ensure they get a complete picture of the city, including its viability as a business location and its attractiveness to key talent‘.

Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place. The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79), respectively.

Mercer’s survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports. Singapore tops the city infrastructure ranking, followed by Frankfurt and Munich both in 2ndplace. Baghdad (230) and Port au Prince (231) rank last for city infrastructure.

Mercer’s authoritative survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. In addition to valuable data, Mercer’s Quality of Living surveys provide hardship premium recommendations for over 450 cities throughout the world; this year’s ranking includes 231 of these cities.

The success of foreign assignments is influenced by issues such as ease of travel and communication, sanitation standards, personal safety, and access to public services‘ said Slagin Parakatil, Principal at Mercer and responsible for its quality of living research. ‘Multinational companies need accurate and timely information to help calculate fair and consistent expatriate compensation – a real challenge in locations with a compromised quality of living. A city’s infrastructure, or rather the lack thereof, can considerably affect the quality of living that expatriates and their families experience on a daily basis. Access to a variety of transport options, being connected locally and internationally, and access to electricity and drinkable water are among the essential needs of expatriates arriving in a new location on assignment. A well-developed infrastructure can also be a key competitive advantage for cities and municipalities trying to attract multinational companies, talent, and foreign investments‘.


Five Africa cities managed to remain in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living, with Port Louis in Mauritius topping the Africa chart at an overall 84th position. Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa, closely followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (96). On the other side of the scope, Brazzaville (224) in the Republic of the Congo, N’Djamena (226) in Chad, Khartoum (227) in Sudan and Bangui (230) in the Central African Republic formed the four lowest-ranked cities for quality of living within Africa.

Port Louis is the only Africa city which managed to fall within the top 100 rankings with the highest for infrastructure in 94thplace. Cape Town missed it with 1 position ranking at 101st position followed by Tunis (104) in Tunisia and Victoria (109) in Seychelles concluding the top 4 Africa cities. Lack of infrastructure remains a challenge within Africa, with N’Djamena (224), Bangui (226), Conakry (227) in Guinea Republic and Brazzaville (228) in the Republic of the Congo forming the lowest rankings.

Cities in East Africa did not make an appearance in the top 100, certainly a surprise for a city like Kigali, which has persistently scored very highly in terms of living situation, safety and cleanliness besides an excellent road network.

Reunion Tourism hunts for tourists in Germany and Austria


(Posted 14th March 2017)

Reunion, also known as the ‘Intense Island‘ is following up on their team’s success in Berlin with a high visibility campaign in Germany and Austria, lasting until the end of May this year.
A large visual display campaign has been organized in cities with high purchasing power in Germany and Austria.

On March 01st already did IRT, short for Isle de Reunion Tourisme, launch a vast communication operation on the German-speaking markets. More than 300 posters showcasing the island were put up in the largest cities of Germany and Austria. Four display formats, installed in places of high affluence are aimed to attract potential holidaymakers from these two German-speaking countries to the island of Reunion.

The dates and locations of the poster campaign in Germany and Austria are in:


  • From 1 March to 30 May 2017: 150 displays in Munich.
  • From March 24 to April 3, 2017: 34 displays installed in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Cologne.
  • From 24 to 3 April 2017: 70 displays in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Cologne and Stuttgart.


  • From 1st to 31st March 2017: 51 displays installed in Vienna, Neunkirchen, Melk, Wels, Attnang, Gmunden, Salzburg, Kitzbühel, Landeck, Feldkirch, Neusiedl, Mattersburg, Graz, Klagenfurt.

For more information about destination Reunion click on

German unions under global fire for stranding ITB exhibitors


(Posted 14th March 2017)

Exhibitors at the just ended ITB 2017 are furious for being stranded and missing their return flights home after one of Germany’s most rabid unions, Verdi, extended their strike on both of Berlin’s airports beyond Monday to as long as Wednesday.
Exhibitors from Eastern and other parts of Africa, often booked on restricted fare tickets when travelling to such international tourism fairs, are now faced with the prospect – being stuck in Berlin and in view of overbooked trains not able to reach Frankfurt immediately – to lose their connection and having to pay for another ticket, should their respective airlines stick to the rules and not exercise compassion and let them fly on a later date.
The unfolding dramas in Berlin are doing little to promote ITB 2018 to the world as Germany’s guests from around the globe no doubt expected better treatment than being clobbered by strikes aimed to inflict maximum damage on companies working at the two airports of Tegel and Schoenefeld.
The first strikes took place last Friday already when key travel trade professionals were due to return home as the ‘trade days’ came to an end while those staff of exhibitors who stayed until the end of the trade show on Sunday evening were then ambushed by yet more strikes, first pronounced for Monday before being extended to mid week.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled leaving the global travel and tourism who is who unable to make it to their connecting airports and with limited options to leave the German capital.
Complained Ms. Liz Tapawa of Jacaranda Hotels in Kenya on Facebook:
The airport staff strike in Berlin begun as a big joke. Who would have thought that you can get stuck because of a strike that was initially not taken too seriously . We just boarded a train to Frankfurt to try and catch a connecting flight . The trains are full and the chaos is real. If this was in Kenya we would all be trying to get our guests sorted out in whichever possible way. On the contrary it’s our problem no one cares as much. Morale of this story, we are a good people living in a beautiful country that we must treasure. Never take your little Kenyan "peculiar " things for granted . They make up for something great‘.This makes one of many similar comments received and is a damning indictment of both the ITB Trade Fair management – which clearly lacked the crisis element required to respond and assist their exhibitors and attendees – but also of the German Union movement which in recent years lost all sight of proportion as strikes inflicted on Lufthansa and other airlines also attest to.
Get home safe and soon my dear friends from Africa.

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