Archive for April 13th, 2017

Brussels Airport News April 2017

Brussels Airport’s latest news updates …
Especially for passengers of Brussels Airlines
flying from Entebbe, Kigali and Bujumbura …

New Destinations

26/03 re-launch Atlanta (Delta Air Lines)

30/03 Mumbai (Brussels Airlines)

31/03 Yerevan (Brussels Airlines)

01/04 Funchal (Brussels Airlines)

10/04 Larnaca (Cobalt Air)

28/04 Araxos (TUI fly)

28/04 Tivat (TUI fly)

29/04 Volos (TUI fly)

19/05 Constana (Blue Air)

23/05 Brac (TUI fly)

27/05 Rhodes (Brussels Airlines)

02/06 Reykjavik (WOW Air)

03/06 Comiso (Brussels Airlines)

22/06 Ankara (Sun Express)

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A healthy meal
MaaldtijdBru.103253.jpg Looking for a light, healthy meal before departure? We are delighted to take you on a culinary journey of discovery. Kick start your day and your trip with a healthy breakfast menu at Belle & Belge or grab a quick yoghurt with granola on the go from Starbucks.

For lunch, how about a healthy salad at EXKI? And then there’s the deliciously refreshing smoothies and fruit salads on offer at the Helixir bar.

And to cap it all off, why not treat yourself to the ultimate fine dining experience at Black Pearls, where you can choose from a delectable range of fresh sushi and other seafood delights?

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Herschel pop-up store
Looking for a last-minute bag or accessory for your trip? Herschel Supply recently opened a brand-new store in the connector, opposite the Tintin rocket towards Concourse A. Spend 70 euros and get a free beanie. Spend 100 euros or more and get a free laptop sleeve. So be sure to drop in on your way to the gate! Open daily from 6am to 9pm. HerschelPopup.154137.png
Smurf your way to a great holiday!
SMurf.093803.jpg At the start of the Easter holidays, many travelling families were welcomed to Brussels Airport by the Smurfs. And people of all ages could meet and greet these ultra-Belgian characters up close!

If you missed them, don’t worry! The Smurfs are sure to return to our airport. Who knows, you might run into a giant Smurf yourself one day!

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Vanilla Islands join hands with Turkish Airlines to promote the destination in Eastern Europe


(Posted 13th April 2017)

Turkish Airlines and the Vanilla Islands organised a roadshow in Eastern Europe in order to develop sales for flights leaving from the region.

From 03rd to 06th of April a delegation composed of around twenty tourism professionals from Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Réunion came, in turn, to Sofia in Bulgaria, Belgrade in Serbia and Ljubljana in Slovenia.

This event was a follow-up to the roadshow organised a few months ago in Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, which has already paid off in terms of tourist arrivals.

At each stop, nearly 80 travel agencies and tour operators, selected by the airline company, met up with their partners in the Vanilla Islands.

According to the participants, this new promotion event was very encouraging.

Fatih Mehmet Kursun, the general manager of Turkish Airlines for the Indian Ocean said, ‘There is a keen interest in the region, which is tangible. Our company has put special fares in place to attract clients from the countries visited. Tour operators are committed to developing sales because the area around the Vanilla Islands meets the expectations of their clients‘.

Pascal Viroleau, Director of the Vanilla Islands, also expressed his satisfaction when he said: ‘We have firm partnership requests from tour operators and reservations from the countries visited are up by more than 13%. The presence of professionals and hotel groups is no coincidence. They want to benefit from this expansion‘.

About the Vanilla Islands

The Vanilla Islands is an organisation that promotes the Indian Ocean islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion island and Seychelles

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Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


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Marriott International Opens First Property in Kenya African Business Central
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The fourth World Travel Market takes place in Cape Town next week from 19 to 21 April 2017…. Read more>>

Chinese tourists spend 12 percent more money abroad in 2016


(Posted 13th April 2017)

2016 results on expenditure from major outbound markets reflect increasing demand for international tourism across the world, as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With a 12% increase in spending, China continued to lead international outbound tourism, followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France as top five spenders.

‘The latest data on outbound tourism spending are very encouraging. Despite the many challenges of recent years, results of spending on travel abroad are consistent with the 4% growth to 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals reported earlier this year for 2016. People continue to have a strong appetite for travel and this benefits many countries all around the world, translating into economic growth, job creation and opportunities for development’ said UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai.

Chinese tourists spent 12% more on tourism abroad in 2016

2016 was another strong year for outbound tourism from China, the world’s leading outbound market. International tourism expenditure grew by US$ 11 billion to US$ 261 billion, an increase by 12% (in local currency). The number of outbound travellers rose 6% to 135 million in 2016. This growth consolidates China’s position as number one source market in the world since 2012, following a trend of double-digit growth in tourism expenditure every year since 2004.

The growth in outbound travel from China benefited many destinations in Asia and the Pacific, most notably Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand, but also long-haul destinations such as the United States and several in Europe.

Aside from China, three other Asian outbound markets among the first ten showed very positive results. The Republic of Korea (US$ 27 billion) and Australia (US$ 27 billion) both spent 8% more in 2016 and Hong Kong (China) entered the top 10 following 5% growth in expenditure (US$ 24 billion).

Second largest market the United States maintains strength

Tourism spending from the United States the world’s second largest source market increased 8% in 2016 to US$ 122 billion, up US$ 9 billion on 2015. For a third year in a row, strong outbound demand was fuelled by a robust US dollar and economy. The number of US residents travelling to international destinations increased 8% through November 2016 (74 million in 2015).

By contrast, Canada, the second source market from the Americas in the top ten, reported flat results, with US$ 29 billion spent on international tourism, while the number of outbound overnight trips declined by 3% to 31 million.

Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy lead tourism spending in Europe

Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy are the four European markets in the top ten and all reported growth in outbound demand last year. Germany, the world’s third largest market, reported 5% growth in international tourism spending last year, rebounding from weaker figures in 2015, reaching US$ 81 billion.

Demand from the United Kingdom, the world’s fourth largest source market, remained sound despite the significant depreciation of the British pound in 2016. UK residents’ visits abroad were up by 5 million (+7%) in 2016 to 70 million, with expenditure close to US$ 64 billion.

France, the world’s fifth largest market, reported 7% growth in tourism expenditure in 2016 to reach US$ 41 billion. Italy recorded 1% growth in spending to US$ 25 billion and a 3% increase in overnight trips to 29 million.

Many more source markets report growing outbound expenditure

Among the largest 50 source markets, there were another nine that recorded double-digit growth in spending in 2016: Vietnam (+28%), Argentina (+26%), Egypt (+19%), Spain (+17%), India (+16%), Israel and Ukraine (both +12%), Qatar and Thailand (both +11%).

By contrast, outbound tourism from some commodity exporters continued to be depressed as a consequence of their weaker economy and currencies. Expenditure from the Russian Federation declined further in 2016 to US$ 24 billion. International tourism spending from Brazil also decreased in 2016.

SABENA, SN Brussels and then Brussels Airlines – excellence in the skies over Uganda


(Posted 13th April 2017)

It was this aircraft, an Airbus A330-300, registered as OO-SFO, which on the 26th of April 2002 took off from Zaventem to relaunch long haul flights to Africa after the demise of good old SABENA a year earlier. The aircraft, originally owned by SABENA is seen here in the colours of SN Brussels Airlines before later changing livery again to look like this and regularly calling on Entebbe once again.

The first Africa destination was Entebbe on that day, to the delight of SABENA’s faithful passengers, once again being able to enjoy the ‘Savoir Vivre‘ in the skies.
The ties between Belgium and Uganda, in aviation terms, go back to as early as 1953, when the first SABENA flight touched down in Entebbe enroute to the then Belgian Congolese city of Lubumbashi.
This route continued in that format for 10 years before SABENA then in 1963 launched direct flights from Brussels to Entebbe. These services continued, through some of Uganda’s darkest hours, uninterrupted until 2001 when SABENA fell victim to then parent company Swissair going bankrupt, dragging the Belgian flag carrier down with them.

(SN Brussels Airlines Country Manager Uganda, Mr. Geert Lemmen seen here at the welcoming ceremony with Mr. Roger Wamara who was overseeing sales for the carrier in Uganda at the time)

(Seen here is the 2002 Minister for Transport and Communications in Uganda. Hon. John Nasasira, welcoming the inaugural flight at Entebbe International Airport)

The Belgian aviation fraternity though would have none of it and work started almost immediately to create a new Belgian national airline and indeed a year later was SN Brussels born, before it was renamed some years later into Brussels Airlines, upholding some of the finest traditions in the skies over Europe and Africa.
Today does the airline operate 53 aircraft, among them 10 long haul Airbus A330’s which serve Entebbe, Kigali and Bujumbura in Eastern Africa, a number of destinations in West Africa, three destinations in North America and of late also connect Brussels with Mumbai in India.
This year does Brussels Airlines therefore celebrate 15 years of a growing presence in Uganda, today flying five times a week nonstop from Brussels to Entebbe before then returning to the European capital via Kigali.
But it is not just passengers Brussels Airlines flies to Europe but also cut flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables and chilled fresh fish fillet from Uganda, reaching the supermarkets of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries the next morning ready for consumers seeking organic produce and products.

(The inaugural flight by SN Brussels Airlines on the ground in Entebbe on the evening of the 26th of April 2002)

Brussels Airlines has supported the Ugandan tourism industry, previously as SABENA, then as SN Brussels and finally as Brussels Airlines and was twice in recent years honoured and recognized by the Uganda Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism for their invaluable contributions to promote the country abroad.

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Etihad Uganda launches 8th edition of ‘Boss out of town’


(Posted 13th April 2017)

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, together with Sanyu FM, one of Uganda’s leading radio station, has launched the 8th edition of the ‘Boss out of Town’ campaign that aims to reward admired business leaders through staff nominations. The campaign seeks to profile some of the country’s less recognised business leaders, who set the standard for others to follow. Karanja Njoroge, Sanyu FM Managing Director, said: ‘At Sanyu FM, we feel there’s a need to pay tribute to the less recognised business leaders that are doing exceptional work and who shine in the way they manage and mentor their staff and drive the business forward. What better way is there to do that than through the people they lead? This, in turn, creates role models for other business leaders to aspire to in the future‘.
During the campaign, listeners will be tasked to nominate their bosses for a holiday and give reasons why they deserve the treat.
This year’s winner will be announced on 28th of April, and staff wishing to nominate their boss can do so by calling the radio station on 0414 343 663, 0312 261 882 or 0705 882 882, through its social media channels or by e-mail at boss

All nominations will be read out on air, with the most deserving entries being put into a final draw at the end of the month to select the winner‘ added Mr Njoroge.

The grand prize for the overall winner includes two complimentary tickets to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, in Etihad Airways’ award-winning Business Class, plus three nights’ accommodation at one of the city’s leading hotels, and free entry to the Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld theme parks.

In a media release Toyin Alaran, Etihad Airways’ Country Manager Uganda, said: ‘There is nothing more rewarding than being appreciated by the people you lead. People are often a company’s most important asset, and without the support of the team, your efforts in growing your business or hitting your targets may very well be in vain. Etihad Airways is delighted to be cooperating with Sanyu FM for the second year in a row to recognise the people that make a difference in the leadership game‘.

In 2016, the winning nomination was put forward by Ruth Kimeze, who entered Miranda Bageine Musoke, Manager Pinnacle Banking at DFCU Bank

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