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Brussels Airlines passenger numbers grow again in March


(Posted 11th April 2017)

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686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines during the month of March. The seat load factor of the flights amounted to an average of 74.8%. The number of passengers grew by 51.4 percent, but this spectacular growth is largely due to the fact that the flight programme of Brussels Airlines in March 2016 was scaled down in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks of March 22nd.

Of the 686,299 passengers who travelled with Brussels Airlines during the month of March, 527,905 of them flew to a European destination while 113,394 passengers flew to or from Africa, North-America, Israel or India.

Brussels Airlines March Statistics 2017

It is difficult to compare the figures of March 2017 to the same month last year. On the 22nd of March 2016 Brussels Airport was hit by terror attacks, which led to a 12-day closure of the airport. The flight programme of Brussels Airlines, which was partly operated out of other airports, was significantly decreased. This had a significant influence on the traffic figures of March 2016. In comparison did the airline in March 2017 operate 25.5% more flights compared to the previous year.

The month of March closed with the launch of flights to Mumbai. Since the 30th of March, Brussels Airlines flies five times a week between Brussels Airport and the Indian metropolis and initial bookings show the new connection is off to a promising start .

The seat load factor of the flights went up 9,1 points and amounted to 74,8%. The cargo volume and the cargo load factor augmented as well.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday and group flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this activity are not included in the figures shown below.

Month Month VLY difference in %
March 2017 March 2016
Flights 6,650 4,955 34.2 %
Total Passengers 686,299 453,447 51.4 %
— Passengers Europe 572,905 374,775 52.9 %
— Passengers Africa 77,416 60,443 28.1 %
— Passengers North America 19,368 8,391 130.8 %
— Passengers Middle East 15,881 9,848 61.3 %
— Passengers Asia 729 / /
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,423,890,745 1,054,564,363 35.0%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,064,760,834 723,120,373 47.2%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 74.8 % 68.6 % 9.1 pp.
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK) 168,453 126,024 33.7 %
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 123,253 81,916 50.5 %
Cargo Load Factor (%) 67.0 % 47.8 % 19.2 pp.



In Eastern Africa does Brussels Airlines serve Entebbe / Uganda five times a week and also flies six times a week to Kigali / Rwanda, with one of these flights continuing to Bujumbura / Burundi.

The latest Tourism Tattler edition is now available


ISSUE 04 – APRIL 2017

Looking at the pristine environments of Grootbos and Sibuya nature reserves whose images grace our April edition cover, and at all of the dandelion seed graphics scattered throughout the images of this month’s content, it’s pretty obvious that we are committed to the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development theme.

And a worthy UNWTO theme it is too. I urge you to read some of the content, follow the links provided, and find out how sustainable tourism can develop your business and leave a lasting legacy. Besides Grootbos Nature Reserve and Sibuya Game Reserve, Amakhala Safari Lodge and Tswalu Private Game Reserve have also come onboard to share their eco-friendly stories. And if you want to know how to market sustainable tourism to your guests and suppliers, Lalibela Private Game Reserve shares what works and what doesn’t. So, what’s your story?

Of course, there’s a lot more informative content in this edition, so browse through the content below and click away. If you prefer to read offline, just download the magazine or better yet, order a printed copy.

Note: Click on the images to open the article in your web browser.

Yours in Tourism,
Des Langkilde. editor

The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General
After 42 years of European, North American, and Asian leadership domination, Africa finally has a chance to take the helm and steer the UNWTO into the global future of tourism as the race for the top post heats up.
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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa
Through a series of features published throughout this year, Tourism Tattler will be profiling African destinations, products and services who implement sustainable tourism practices. What’s your story?
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09 Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons
Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award-winning directory website with a host of eco-travel choice icons, which make it easy to find places to eat, shop, stay and play the green way.
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10 How to Market Sustainable Tourism
To find out how a Big-5 safari attraction markets sustainable tourism to guests and suppliers, I interviewed Vernon Wait, Marketing Director at Lalibela Private Game Reserve.
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Grootbos Forest Lodge
Grootbos has an enviable track history of implementing sustainable tourism initiatives. So successful in fact, that they now help other hospitality businesses to create their own ‘green’ initiatives.
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13 Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps
Besides being South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat, Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps maintains its low-impact, sustainable tourism reputation in a myriad of ways.
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14 Amakhala Safari Lodge
Discover how Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail contributes to local community education, training, HIV/AIDS support, and environmental conservation at Amakhala Safari Lodge.
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15 Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve
As South Africa’s largest private game reserve Tswalu started as a conservation project 20 years ago, to restore denuded farmlands in the Northern Cape’s Kalahari savannah eco-system – and a lot more.
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16 Unsustainable Aviation? The US Open Skies Debate
The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies accuses Gulf-owned Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates of exploiting US aviation policy but says their gripes are “Spinning to the abyss.” There’s a lesson to be learnt here.
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17 The Biggest Challenge Facing DMO’s Today
Destination Management Organisations have a unique historical opportunity to lead the shift from an old and obsolete way of doing tourism to one that is regenerative rather than extractive.
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18 SA Tourism Stats: Jan-Feb 2017
Get the latest Overseas and African Tourist Arrivals, Hotel RevPar, and Airport Passenger Arrival statistics for 2017.

To download and save this report as a PDF file click HERE.

20 Exploring the Wild Nature & Rich Culture of Reunion Island
Réunion Island is a unique blend of tropical paradise and adventurer’s dream. With three Grande Randonnée footpaths crossing the island, tourists can immerse in the Island’s culture and natural majesty. Continue reading…
22 Benguela Current Health Check
A sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and jobs in South Africa, Namibia and Angola.
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23 Tourism Trade to Converge at Hotel Show Africa
Africa’s biggest food and hospitality platform is set to host the hotel and tourism sector as buyers from across the continent and suppliers from around the world converge at the event.
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24 The Worst Hotel in the World
Last month Guy Stehlik of BON Hotels wrote about the BEST hotel that he has ever stayed at. This month he considers the WORST hotel. Amuse-bouche for thought.
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25 Tourism Eduction: Online Staff Training
Online learning removes boardroom barriers and allows staff to learn at their own pace. So why aren’t more companies – and individuals – taking their training into the digital space? asks Nawal du Toit.
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28 The Worlds Largest Adult Traveller Population
If the world’s volunteers were to form a single country, known as Volunteerland, they would form the largest adult population in the world, behind only China. And they’d have $1.3 trillion to spend!
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30 Vehicle Review: Mazda3 Astina 2.0 Auto
Tessa Buhrmann found the Mazda3 Astina to be a fun car to drive, and in addition to being good to look at, it is robust too – surviving the South Coast’s potholes really well, with not even a flat tyre.
Continue reading…

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Laikipians speak up on their long lasting troubles

ISSUE # .12
Where Is Government? Why Do They Allow This Chaos?
Asks a Laikipian citizen in pursuit of political office….
The failure of County and National government to address the livestock incursions into Laikipia and neighbouring counties has now reached disproportionate dimensions. We’ll soon find out if their moves are too little too late. None of the earlier inter-county meetings to forestall this situation were followed up. The mayhem, the loss of life, the loss of property, and the wanton destruction of farms big and small is overwhelming. We hear that up to 500 farming and pastoralist families have been affected or displaced.

The Laikipia County Government and the Governor have been particularly unresolved on the point, as local government tries to decide between law and order and votes.

As we travel Laikipia, working on issues of water conservation and management, working with the NDMA to distribute food supplements to community breeding stock, or attempt to get the attention of KWS to stop marauding elephants eating crops and granaries far from their forest refuge, we are asked by members – "Where is the government? Why do they allow this chaos?"

These are just some of the issues impacting our County…
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Elephants Aren’t Always Such Friendly Giants …
Residents of Marmanet prepare to smoke out elephants in hopes of getting a good night’s sleep
“ It was a Friday night around 10:00pm in Marmanet, West Laikipia. I was at that point of falling into a deep sleep when screams rang out, followed by the banging of metal objects. More screams and more unpleasant noises quickly followed. At that point, my mind was racing! This town that was completely foreign to me, might just be the last town I would ever explore. Surely outsiders must have come in and were now on a rampage! My first thought…hide the little valuable items I have. I then left my room to find my colleague, Moses, to assure him that all would be well. I was ready to stand on the front line to make sure that we got out of this situation…whatever that situation was.

I found Moses already in the car. He was cool and extremely calm. “Let’s go and help them”, he said. … Keep reading | Leave a comment

Water Rules Tighten
As Illegal Abstractions Continue
Burguret WRUA members discuss measures to be taken to ensure water flows reach the confluence of Ewaso Ng’iro River
In February this year, the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) together with the Water Resources Authority (WRA) and Water Resource Users Associations (WRUAs) embarked on a mission to make Laikipia’s rivers flow again. Their collaboration yielded encouraging results, with about 60 per cent of our rivers recording good flows. WRUAs that closed abstractions so that other water users downstream can receive some water must be congratulated. These WRUAs are Timau, Likii, Nanyuki, Burguret, Upper Ewaso Ng’iro and Ngobit Rivers.
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Drought Relief For Livestock Finds Its Way To Laikipia Through Community-Driven
Drought Management
Cows finding their way to conservancies for food
The on going drought in Kenya continues to have devastating effects on human, wildlife and livestock populations in Laikipia. In an effort to bring temporary relief for the County’s livestock, the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in Laikipia, together with LWF and Borana, Lolldaiga and Ol Jogi conservancies began distributing cattle food supplements to cows from pastoralist communities in their neighbourhoods in order to ease the effects of the drought on their breeding cattle. You will recall that this plan was part of an on going negotiation and planning exercise supported by conservancies, group ranches, LWF and the NDMA that started in September 2016.

NDMA and LWF delivered approximately 50,000kgs (1,000 bags) of livestock food supplements in March 2017 to communities that have been hit hardest by the drought. This represented the first drought relief consignment and more is expected in April. … Keep reading | Leave a comment

Laikipia Sustainable Tourism
The Strength Of Private Sector Community Gets Real
Members of the New LTA meet to discuss the way forward for the Association
Sustainable tourism is all about a commitment to doing business that benefits us financially, environmentally, socially, and culturally. It’s business that respects people and the environment in which we live and operate. And it seeks strong Public-Private-Partnerships.
Private sector tourism in Laikipia has taken a strong move forward. Earlier this month, our county tourism service providers approved the formation of the Laikipia Tourism Association (LTA) – a collection of all types of tourism facilities and providers in the County with the aim of becoming the number one sustainable tourism destination in East Africa. A Managing Committee of the LTA was appointed… Keep reading | Leave a comment
In case you missed it;
Introducing Stanley Twerandu Kirimi
MKEWP’s Coordinator.
Stanley Twerandu Kirimi was appointed Coordinator of the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership in February 2017. Kirimi is a Civil Engineer who started his career in the Ministry of Water and worked in various capacities. He later served as Deputy Engineer in charge of Water; then the Municipal Engineer for Meru Council, and Procurement Manager at Magadi Soda Co LTD.
He also has working experience in general private sector management with companies and organisations from the UK, Norway and Australia.Throughout his career, Karimi has been involved in local water projects as this, including water engineering is where his passion strongly lies. He is also currently the Chairman of Ewaso Ngiro River Basin Forum, Likii WRUA, and Kiranga Water Project.

You can reach Stanley on stanley.karimi for more information about MKEWP and what the Partnership is addressing during this period of water crisis.

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Swaziland Tourism Authority exhibits at WTM Africa 2017

Meet Swaziland Tourism at WTM Africa

Swaziland Tourism Authority exhibits at WTM Africa 2017

The Swaziland Tourism Authority will be showcasing the magnificent offerings that the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland has to offer at the World Travel Market Africa taking place from 19th to the 21st of April 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town.

Swaziland is one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, embracing and upholding its unique and century-old traditions. This country may be small, but it has a lot to offer its visitors.What it lacks in size it certainly makes up for with heart, soul and boasts phenomenal business etiquette. Swaziland offers a kaleidoscope of travel opportunities, business ventures and world class accommodation.

Travel professionals, media and fellow exhibitors from all over the world will have the opportunity to engage with the STA as well as its stand partners to gather the necessary information to assist the industry in not only raising the profile of the destination but also increasing the visitor arrivals to the Kingdom.

The STA have participated at the World Travel Market Africa for a few years and it has always been a huge success for us and our stand partners, as we promote the Kingdom of Swaziland together. It is encouraging to see the interest grow year-on-year, and we look forward to being part of this prestigious event again this year‘ comments Bongani Dlamini, Marketing Manager.

The World Travel Market delivers the leading global events for the travel industry. One of six shows in the WTM portfolio, the Africa show brings both the benefits and opportunities of the global industry expertise to travel professionals in this region.

Taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, nearly 5000 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading and only business to business (B2B) exhibition for inbound and outbound Africa travel and tourism markets.

About STA

The Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) was established by an act of parliament, the Tourism Authority, Act of 2001. It was established as a public enterprise. In terms of the Act the following objectives have been determined for STA;

  • Develop the tourism sector as a national priority in an environmentally sustainable and culturally acceptable manner,
  • Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of government policies and strategies on tourism,
  • Market Swaziland as a tourism destination through the provision of a platform for industry stakeholders,
  • Encourage, facilitate and promote local and foreign investment in the tourism industry, and
  • Ensure the contribution of tourism to the socio-economic development and continued improvement of quality of life in the Kingdom of Swaziland

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Reunion Island Tourism showcases at WTM Africa 2017

Reunion Island Tourism will present the island at WTM Africa

This year’s World Travel Market (WTM) Africa, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), will bring some of the most prominent exhibitors and professionals within the hospitality, travel and tourism industry together, and Reunion Island Tourism Board is set to take centre stage.

Located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and 175 kilometres southwest of Mauritius, Reunion Island is a region of France and is known for its remarkable diversity of landscapes and cultures. According to UNESCO, 40% of Reunion Island’s territory is classified as a World Heritage Site, providing a wonderful mix of authentic cultures and wild nature. Furthermore the island is renowned for its volcanic, rain forested interior, offshore reefs, and adventure activities.

“It is important for us to engage and be active participants in initiatives such as WTM Africa which allows us to begin conversations with the aim of harnessing strategic trade relationships and raise the profile for our unique destination. South Africa is a very important source market for us and we are keen to do what we can to encourage more people to visit our beautiful island”, says Stephane Bonneau – Head of Marketing & Promotion Indian Ocean & Asia.

Travel trade professionals will have the opportunity to meet and interact at WTM Africa with the Reunion Island Tourism board and Reunion hospitality delegation from Diana Dea Lodge, Connections, LUX* , Mille Tours, Yes we can travel, and Odysée. An interactive presentation will be given in the Outbound Theatre at WTM Africa on 19 April at 15h30, and all who are interested in the destination are encouraged to attend this session. In addition, an exclusive workshop is being held on 18 April, at the Cullinan Hotel, where the Reunion Island delegation and the tourism board has invited their top tour operators and partners to join them to engage in educational sessions about this ultimate Indian Ocean Island destination.

To learn more about Reunion Island and to uncover more of its hidden treasures visit WTM Africa;

Dates: 19 – 21 April 2017

Time: Wed & Thurs (10:00 – 18:00), Fri (10:00 – 17:00)

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Stand number: D03

Outbound theatre presentation: 19 April from 15h30 to 16h15

WTM Africa, one of the most sought after events of the region was launched in 2014 with the aim of bringing the benefits and opportunities of global industry expertise to travel professionals in the region. Bearing the aforementioned in mind, Reunion Island Tourism Board is taking hold of this initiative to introduce attendees as well as travel and hospitality stakeholders to the unique features the island has to offer.

To make arrangements to interview Mr Stephane Bonneau from the Reunion Island Tourism Board, please contact Chantal Nieuwenhuizen on chantal.

Reunion Island Tourism Board is represented in South Africa by Atout France.

For more information about the island’s many attractions click on



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