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Brussels Airport News May 2017

Brussels Airport News Updates for travelers on Brussels Airlines
and others flying to or passing through the European capital’s main airport

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Bangkok - Thailand
5x per week to Bangkok
Fancy a trip to Bangkok for the weekend? From 3 November, you will also be able to fly with Thai Airways International to Thailand’s vibrant capital on Fridays. That makes 5 direct flights per week to Bangkok, operated with the newest airbus A350. Can’t wait to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bangkok?
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New: Bistrot
Brussels Airport keeps on growing. Our brand-new restaurant, Bistrot, offers a wide range of culinary delights from healthy salads to tasty burgers, all with a distinctive Belgian touch and made from local products and ingredients. Bistrot is open every day from 4 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. and can be found in the central shopping area after passport control (Concourse B). No better way to start your holidays!
Fast track at passport control
Automated border control gates
Travelling to a destination outside the Schengen zone – such as Ireland or the UK – and want a faster way to pass through immigration? If you’re over 12 years of age and have an EU passport, you can use one of the automated border control gates.
Please note that passengers travelling with their Belgian ID card or an international passport and families with children under 12 years of age are still required to pass by the manual control. Never used automated border control before?
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Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


Nigeria’s online travel agency Wakanow launches in Nairobi, Kenya | its new regional hub for East Africa Techmoran
Nigeria’s online travel agency Wakanow has launched Wakanow Kenya in the wake of its African expansion drive making Nairobi its regional hub for the East African markets. The… Read more>>

Tourism players upbeat new rail line will revive crucial sectorBusiness Daily
Tourism players are expressing optimism ahead of the launch of the standard gauge railway passenger train services, saying it would motivate both local and… Read more>>

Slow infrastructure advancement hindering tourism and hospitality growth in Africa Ghana Web
Destinations with strongest growth in international arrivals in 2016 were Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Ghana, Sudan, and Seychelles according to the Jumia Travel Hospitality… Read more>>

Kenya Railways discloses fares on new SGR passenger services


(Posted 31st May 2017)

Kenya Railways has now finally, on the very eve of the launch of passenger train services between Nairobi and Mombasa, released the tariffs to be charged, at least for the immediate future.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will tomorrow, 01st of June – Madaraka Day in Kenya – officially launch the service and then travel from the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi, a journey of just over 4 hours between the two main stations.
The fare in economy class between the two cities, one way, has been given at 900 Kenya Shillings, or about 9 US Dollars while the fare in First Class, again one way, will be 3.000 Kenya Shillings, or about 30 US Dollars.
No Business Class carriages are available yet but are expected to arrive with the next shipment of rail wagons from China and fares are due to be announced before those carriages will be made operational.
The economy class fares are bound to syphon off traffic from the bus companies operating between the two cities, not just for the cost but also the speed, with busses taking more than twice the time to travel between the two cities compared to the new trains.
The new First Class fares in turn will no doubt carve out a market share among travelers by air switching to the trains, given the often hasslesome pre-flight procedures where passengers are subjected to multiple security checks before reaching the boarding gate. The cost of transfers to and from the airports too are now an added factor and although both new rail stations are away from the respective city centres is the access route from those shorter compared to the airports in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Given the cost of tickets between Nairobi and Mombasa will in particular low cost or pseudo low cost airlines be the target of the SGR marketing campaigns, attempting to divert traffic from air to rail. For as long as the new passenger service are running on time and spare passengers the most of the security hassles they suffer from when using the international airports in Nairobi and Mombasa for their travels will the trains no doubt make a swift impact on travel patterns amongst Kenyans and tourists.  Airlines flying from Wilson Airport to such destinations like Lamu, Malindi, Vipingo and Ukunda are in contrast thought to be less affected as they serve a special market niche.
Fares have also been published now for other stations along the way, which give in particular tourists access to Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Amboseli national parks but also to the Taita Hills area. It is expected that transport entrepreneurs are now going to create tour itineraries which will include a rail journey by tourists, meeting their safari vehicle at the respective train stations to begin their tour into the parks, before returning the same way to either Mombasa or Nairobi.
First Class fares from Mombasa to Voi were given as 880 Kenya Shillings while Mtito Andei journeys will cost 1.520 Kenya Shillings and Emali, gateway to Amboseli, cost 2.230 Kenya Shillings.
Economy class tickets for the respective stations will cost 270 KShs, 470 KShs and 680 KShs.
For all the fares to other stations and between stations make enquiries with Kenya Railways’ or visit their ticket counters.

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Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


Jumia Travel, Accor Hotels report offers insight on Africa’s tourism industry BizCommunity
Apart from serving as a major employer, tourism in Africa serves a unique role in cultural integration and intermediation and is essential for both international and intra-border trade. Jumia Travel in collaboration with Accor Hotels and Ethiopian Airlines compiled an in-depth report… Read more>>

$1.52m set aside to upgrade bridges in Johannesburg Construction Review Online
US $1.52m will be invested into maintaining and upgrading bridges in Johannesburg. This will be undertaken by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and forms part of its maintenance plans for the city’s transport infrastructure… Read more>>

Uganda, Tanzania sign deal for construction of US$ 4bn crude export pipeline Construction Review Online
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DR Congo is tackling a new Ebola outbreak with an experimental vaccine Quartz Africa
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Rwanda: RBD Projects Tourism to Fetch Rwf370 Billion in 2017 AllAfrica
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Emirates Partners with WYSE Travel Confederation on Global Study of Youth Travel Market

WYSE Travel Confederation enters partnership with Emirates

WYSE Travel Confederation.

Amsterdam, 30th May 2017


The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is pleased to announce Emirates as a new partner of its global study of youth and student travel, New Horizons. Emirates will offer two round-trip tickets to one lucky respondent of the New Horizons survey.

“Emirates corporate partnership with WYSE Travel Confederation over the last several years clearly demonstrates their commitment to understanding the needs and wants of today’s young travellers and working directly with the industry players in this sector for decades,” said David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation. “WYSE is pleased that Emirates will support this very important study.”

New Horizons is the only recurring global survey of the youth travel segment. The aim of the study is to provide a global overview of the youth and student travel market, which WYSE Travel Confederation and UNWTO have estimated to account for more than 280 million international arrivals in 2016.

Among many other questions about the young traveller, New Horizons tries to answer:

  • Who travels, where, why, and how
  • How trips are planned and booked
  • How much is spent and on what

WYSE Travel Confederation, a global membership association for the youth travel trade, is known for its global travel trade events and research specifically on the youth and student travel market.

Last conducted by WYSE Travel Confederation in 2012 and generating more than 34,000 responses from 137 countries, New Horizons discovered that on average the youth and student traveller spent just under EUR 3,000 for his/her last main international trip – a growth of 40% since the 2007 survey.

Suppliers of travel products tailored to the youth and student traveller are invited to participate in the fourth New Horizons study. More information is available at

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New Born Colobus and Two Rescued Vervet Infants.

Colobus Conservation News Updates

Elewa gave birth to new born last Friday, the troop is super excited and so are we, Colobus conservation hope to track the progress and continue data collection of the troop. Mali and Mel are newly rescued Vervets, they are between 2 & 3 months of age, and are under 24 hours infant care at the orphanage..
This is Mel shes was rescued around a shopping center where someone was trying to sell her off, she’s adopting well to the new habitat with great company of Mali. shes under Infant care and have very good appetite according to Volunteers taking of her.


It is indeed great news to have a new born of Colobus at the conservation, we hope she will make through to her adulthood. A few things to note:

  • The New born is under follow up by one of the volunteers for next two months.
  • Infants are under 24 hour care at the orphanage until they are eligible to move to the enclosure.
  • The process is continuous and we still receive more and more rescue calls.

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