Archive for March 17th, 2017

Save the date in April: UNWTO’s 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism

World Tourism Organization announces date for 3rd Congress on Ethics

Provisional Programme

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Which cover photo do you prefer?

The Travel Africa magazine again lets readers decide on the cover page phote

Which cover option do you prefer?

OK, so we know you’ve seen our leopard cover option before, but we just can’t seem to let it go! In the forthcoming April-June issue of Travel Africa (going to print next week) we’ll give you everything you need to know about Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, plus we’re going to reveal South Africa’s ten secret parks for wildlife enthusiasts, where you might be lucky enough to see a rhino. So please let us know which of these covers you think will have greatest appeal and get people picking up the magazine from the newsstand, or clicking on it to read on a phone or tablet?
Tell us which cover you think we should run with:  Luangwa leopard  Mud-caked rhino 
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The inside track on walking in Africa

Many discerning travellers reckon Africa is best experienced on foot. And they have a point. Certainly some of the continent’s most iconic adventures — be it tracking chimps or gorillas, hiking up its mountains, or exploring remote cultural sites — are available only to those willing to put on their walking shoes. Even a safari gains a more immediate and exhilarating dimension without the constant turning-over of an engine. Here’s our pick of some of Africa’s most exciting on-foot adventures.

Africa Solo

Taking 18 days off the original Guinness World Record, Mark Beaumont cycled from Cairo to Cape Town in just over 41 days. Olivia Rook caught up with him to find out how he survived this epic challenge.

New to Africa

Richard Beck is blown away by southern Africa’s wildlife, clear night skies and top-notch camps and lodges on his first safari. Click here to read more.

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What is IMEX and is it for you?

IMEX 2017 – THE place to sell your MICE offerings

IMEX | Frankfurt | 16-18 May 2017
What is IMEX and is it for you?
IMEX is like a search engine-and-showroom-in-one
If you work in the meetings industry, you need to experience IMEX. IMEX is where international event planners come to meet with destinations, venues, hotels and suppliers from all over the world. Why? To start getting their forthcoming events organised.

Get to know useful people
The range of exhibitors is vast – from the well-known to the new and intriguing. Having face-to-face conversations with other people in the events industry can be a simpler, more enjoyable way to get business done. At IMEX it’s impossible not to make new contacts – and new friends.

Want some clever ideas?
IMEX is also where events professionals come to stock up on fresh ideas and the latest innovations. This year, IMEX is introducing its first talking point – Purposeful Meetings. Many of the seminars and workshops on offer will touch on this subject, in conjunction with 10 tracks of education to choose from.

Come and gather ideas and connections from across the international meetings industry.

The IMEX Marketing Team
Oliver, Lottie, Zuzana and Olivia

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Underwater Easter Egg Hunt – only in Diani / Kenya

Diani & South Coast Visitors and Residents – An early update what to do on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Under Water Egg Hunt at Forty Thieves Beach Bar.
Do Not Miss out on this crazy Under Water Egg Hunt. Boats leave 9AM SHARP. Please check in by 8:30am.
Book you spot by emailing Tracy on tracy or 0720 843585 Payment in advance.

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


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Nigeria: Abuja Airport – Work Progresses, Phase 1 to Be Ready in Two Weeks African Business Magazine
The first 1,200 meters (1.2km) of the 3,600 meters Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja has been excavated. Our correspondent who visited the airport yesterday … Read more>>


Building hotels in Africa: Radisson owner identifies its top cities How we made it in Africa
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Kenya angles for more tourist arrivals with new cruise terminal Business Daily
Kenya expects tourist arrivals by sea to go up this year after the completion of a new cruise terminal later this year… Read more>>

Dar es Salaam Serena emerges with a new shine after major refurbishments


(Posted 17th March 2017)

Hotel guests and residents of Dar es Salaam can now look forward to a new culinary journey experience as the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel celebrates the opening of its new look restaurants and bars, that feature a contemporary and chic ambience.

Jahazi, the Swahili word for a fishing dhow is the inspiration around the Jahazi Restaurant whose style and décor echoes Arabic influence that tastefully blends the traditional with the contemporary. This signature restaurant presents an a la carte menu featuring sumptuous seafood delicacies. The use of local fresh produce and the employment of local speciality chefs from the coastal area are a reflection of Serena’s appreciation for authentic culinary tastes.

The also recently restyled Serengeti Restaurant has an ambience that is light, airy and reminiscent of a Safari Lodge offering a relaxed dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner which feature elaborate salad and dessert islands, hot and cold dishes and active cooking stations. Its sophistication is reflected in its warm, natural décor. Guests can choose to dine indoors or al fresco on the sprawling shaded outdoor terrace. Exciting theme nights such as the Seafood night on Wednesdays, Indian night on Thursdays, Taste of Africa BBQ’s on Friday and the Family Brunch on Sundays will no doubt set guests’ taste buds alight.

Also opening this week is the brand new look Kibo Bar and Terrace which will be the ideal meet up point to enjoy a drink, nibble on a light bite or catch an evening sundowner as guests select their favorite wines or whiskies from our elaborate beverage and cocktail menu. This will no doubt be the best outdoor terrace experience for those Friday and after work drink ups or after dinner nightcaps. Serena, in the wake of the new facilities, also promised is to continue offering that exceptional dining experience that guests have come to know and love.

But there is more! Relax, rejuvenate and be active at the new improved and expanded Maisha Gym and Spa which makes for the ultimate wellness escape in the heart of Dar es Salaam.
Facilities include a Steam Bath and a Sauna that provide a his and hers option, spacious ladies and gents changing rooms and a new aerobics classroom. The Gym has been expanded to create more work out spaces and is now equipped with the latest state of the art machines and equipment by international brand Technogym.
Some of the equipment includes spinning bikes, cross trainers, stretch bikes, hyperextension machines, pectoral fly machines amongst others. The re-energized Maisha team is at hand to guide guests and members and give them a workout that will leave them feeling vibrant and invigorated. What better way to end your workout than with a leisurely dip in the outdoor pool.

The Spa also features treatment rooms where a wide array of traditional and modern Spa treatments using the internationally renowned range of Elemis skincare products are on offer.

Other revamped spaces in the Hotel include the new lobby with a water feature at the entrance which is ideal for wedding photography. There is also a new coffee shop and a new pool bar which is a must try not forgetting the terrace, an ideal setting for enjoying a sophisticated afternoon tea session.
Without a doubt these new spaces will make Dar es Salaam Serena everyone’s preferred hotel address in Dar es Salaam whether on business or leisure.

This correspondent has seen the various stages of the re-development of the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel and continues to rank it as his number one hotel choice when in Tanzania’s commercial capital

Air Seychelles takes delivery of first of two brand new Twin Otter aircraft


(Posted 17th March 2017)

Air Seychelles earlier today welcomed the first of the two brand new Twin Otter DHC-6 400 aircraft into the Air Seychelles domestic fleet.

Named Praslin after the second-largest island in Seychelles, the aircraft was welcomed by a delegation of government, tourism and airline officials which included the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Maurice Loustau-Lalanne.

On the occasion, Air Seychelles also held a ceremony where five First Officer pilots in its domestic operations were promoted to the rank of Captain, including Christopher Mousbe, Michael Afif, Andy Benoit, Gavin Hermitte and Balaji Naidoo.

Jean Weeling-Lee, the Chairman of Air Seychelles, said during the welcoming ceremony at the international airport: ‘Seeing Praslin touch down this morning, and our young pilots receive their commanders bars, made me feel very proud of our national airline. Twin Otter aircraft have been an iconic sight in our skies for decades, and it’s great to see the latest generation enter our fleet, not to mention the development of the dedicated, professional pilots who will be flying them‘.

Praslin‘, registered as S7-PRN is set to replace an older Twin Otter aircraft and will be joined later by a second new DHC-6 400 turboprop called ‘Farquhar‘. The arrival of two new Twin Otter’s will also mean that the oldest of the airline’s island-hopping planes in the fleet will now only be 5 years old.

The arrival of our new Twin Otter aircraft will allow us to increase our number of flights by a further 12 per cent, providing more connectivity and convenience for residents and international holidaymakers in Seychelles. Over the past 12 months we have taken many steps to enhance the experience on our domestic flights, from the increase of the number of weekly flights offered to over 300, for example on a Friday we would be operating over 60 flights, launching of web check-in to making purchase of tickets for residents more convenient, this is the next step on that journey. Twin Otter aircraft are ideal and extremely reliable for the tropical environment of Seychelles. We believe that Praslin and Farquhar aircraft will serve the business and guests of Air Seychelles well for many years to come. At the same time we have put a lot of effort into creating a very strong pilot development programme which sees a career path for Seychellois nationals progressing through First Officer to Captains on the Twin Otter aircraft and then onwards onto the Airbus Jet fleet. I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate our five pilots here today on moving up to the rank of Captain, which is a testament to their skill and training‘ added the Air Seychelles’ CEO Roy Kinnear.

(The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne was joined by Air Seychelles CEO Mr. Roy Kinnear when receiving the new aircraft and promoting the five new captains)

Captain Gavin Hermitte, 29, was one of the first officers promoted this morning. Hailing from Morne Blanc, he completed his secondary school studies at Anse Boileau in 2004 before taking up a course in mechanical and electrical engineering at the Seychelles Polytechnic. He started pilot training in South Africa at the Westline Aviation in 2013 and gained his commercial pilot license at the end of that year.

Captain Hermitte said: ‘I feel a great sense of achievement at gaining the rank of Captain – it’s a goal I have worked hard towards ever since starting my career at Air Seychelles. Aviation has fascinated me from a very young age as I wanted to follow in the footsteps of one of my cousins, who was also a pilot. It’s a privilege to work at Air Seychelles and the next step for me is to continue recording more flight hours to move onto bigger aircraft in the future‘.

Both Twin Otter aircraft will enter operation before the end of March in time for the busy Easter Season.

On average, Air Seychelles flies more than 40 times between Mahé and Praslin each day, with carefully-scheduled morning and evening services that connect seamlessly to international flights, both arriving and departing from Seychelles International Airport.

In addition, the airline offers charter flights to other islands in the archipelago on its Twin Otter fleet, including Desroches, Bird and Denis, providing travellers with the opportunity to explore lesser-known reaches of the archipelago.

The next new long haul destination will be Duesseldorf in Germany which will be served twice a week by an Airbus A330 aircraft, undoubtedly bringing record numbers of German holiday makers to the archipelago.

In a related development did a total of 15 Seychellois cabin crew graduate with flying colors after receiving state-of –the –art training on Airbus A330 & A320 aircraft types in Abu Dhabi at the Etihad Aviation Academy.  The new graduates were personally congratulated at the event by Francisca Moonsammy, Head of Cabin Operations, Joel De Commarmond, Human Resources Manager and Performance Manager Nella Samson.  During their six weeks of extensive training, they covered topics such as Safety, Emergency procedures, Service, Dangerous good, Aviation health and Aviation Security.

Upon their return to Seychelles, the newly graduated Cabin crew will undergo further elements of training and knowledge transfer.  They will then complete their familiarization flights on both aircraft types and thereafter operate as part of the Air Seychelles cabin crew teams.

This is the second batch of new Cabin Crew that has graduated in the past couple of weeks and we are extremely proud of them. We feel their excitement and eagerness to commence their day to day duties onboard our jet fleet. We wish them well as they embark on this new journey to represent Air Seychelles – the Leading Airline in the Indian Ocean‘ said Francisca Moonsammy, Head of Cabin Operations.

Air Seychelles new Cabin Crew graduates are:

  • Accouche Mecthilde Cybil Orelie
  • Albert Julia Marie
  • Barbe Nelly Hilary
  • Camille Demi Emily Anita
  • Course Tara
  • Dookley Stephanie Laura
  • Lajoie Aaron Joseph Philip
  • Loze Jules Angelin
  • Padayachy Emmie Daphney Stephanie
  • Pierre Yannick Kervin
  • Radegonde Cathriona nelly Willyna
  • Rose Lisa Dianne Noella
  • Vel Laurent Kevin
  • Maria Kiera Marchia
  • Ryan Marguerite (Remarkable Trainee)

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