Archive for May 4th, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


40 days left till the U.S.-Africa Business Summit
Visa Invitation: You must be registered for the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in order to be eligible for a letter of invitation.. Read more>>


Nigeria plans to set up national airline, develop aviation capacity CNBC Africa
Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure — currently seen as a barrier to economic growth — to create a hub for West Africa…. Read more>>

East Africa: Boost for Rwanda’s Tourism After Arrival of Black Rhinos AllAfrica
With the reintroduction of the rhino, the Akagera park has now reclaimed the Big Five status – having the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and the rhino…. Read more>>

Kenya Airways’ new CEO to take office in June


(Posted 04th May 2017)

Kenya Airways has just confirmed that their new CEO, Mr. Sebastian Mikosz, will take office on the 01st of June, at which time present CEO Mr. Mbuvi Ngunze will officially step down from his position.
The search for a new CEO started in November last year and took longer than expected as Mr. Ngunze had intended to leave Kenya Airways by the end of Q1 of 2017 but agreed to stay on until his successor had been identified.
It was also confirmed that Mbuvi will stay on in an advisory capacity until at least the end of July this year to complete various debt restructuring initiatives still under negotiations with key financial partners.

Said the airline earlier today in a statement received:

It is a warm welcome to Sebastian Mikosz who is expected to perform a similar miracle as he did at LOT, the Polish national airline, to turn the ‘Pride of Africa‘ once again into the high flyer it once was.

Inn on Rupurara closes down for lack of business


(Posted 04th May 2017)

We need help my friend, all the help we can get. You wrote several excellent articles last year about your visit to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and my colleagues and I hope you can again highlight the beauty of our country and the attractions we have. Zimbabwe is not just Victoria Falls or Lake Kariba, the Nyanga region is one of the most scenic in Zimbabwe and we hope tourists will return so that the Inn on Rupurara can reopen and others can avoid closure‘ said a regular contributor from Harare to this blog, though preferring anonymity before adding: ‘Please also ask all your fellow writers who came to Zimbabwe last year and the tour operators and travel agents who were invited to Sanganai over the past years, to help us with promoting and selling Zimbabwe. I thank you most sincerely!‘.

(A scenic view of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe)

The news that the famous Inn on Rupurara has closed down has sent shockwaves through the minds of Zimbabwe’s friends here in East Africa who have been helping to give visibility and help promote the Nyaga / Mutare / Vumba region of the country and have in several cases been sending tourists there.
Gordon Addams, who is also the Chairperson of ‘Best of Zimbabwe‘ and personally known to this correspondent, issued the following statement about the closure of the Inn:

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Dear Friends in the travel trade

After 20 years of service to the travelling public of Zimbabwe and the world, Inn On Rupurara at Nyanga has closed its doors and ceased operating with effect from Thursday, April 27. This was the direct result of a number of years of unprofitable operation, brought about by the substantial decline in tourism in the Eastern Highlands over the past 15 or so years. It has become impossible to continue to sustain operations as the supplementary funding that has been inputted during recent years is no longer available. The operating company, Inn On Rupurara (Pvt) Ltd, has been placed in liquidation and the matter is now in the hands of Mrs Theresa Grimmel.

I would like to offer my personal thanks to the many people in the travel trade, in Zimbabwe and all over the world, who have given support and encouragement to Inn On Rupurara over these past 20 years. It has been a remarkable product and it is greatly regretted that matters have come to this point, but I don’t need to remind anyone in the trade of the serious situation facing hospitality operators in the Eastern Highlands over a long period of time.

If you have any queries you may make contact with the liquidator, T Grimmel, Trivade (Pvt)Ltd, 26, Cambridge Road, Avondale, Harare. Tel . 333213/307594/336587 or 0774177153

Please join me in paying tribute to all the people who made Inn On Rupurara what it was over the two decades in which it operated as one of the finest establishments of its kind in this country, including guests, the travel trade, management and staff and the people who created and ran the hotel‘.

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The development fills me personally with great sadness as Zimbabwe is a wonderful country with great national parks, great attractions and warm and friendly people. This is not the time to politic about that Southern Africa country but to pull out all stops and give the Zimbabwe tourism industry a helping hand, give them added visibility and write about individual travel experiences to showcase to the world that Zimbabwe is worth visiting!

Links to the articles written last year are available below:

UNWTO calls for nominations for the 14th Excellence and Innovation Awards


(Posted 04th May 2017)

Applications for the 14th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism by the World Tourism Organization are now being accepted. Winners will be announced in January 2018 on the occasion of the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, to be held at the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR).

Applications for the UNWTO Awards span four categories: Public Policy and Governance; Enterprises; Non-Governmental Organizations, and Research and Technology.

Since their creation in 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism recognize the work of organizations and individuals around the world that contribute to foster innovation in tourism and build a more sustainable and responsible sector.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply before 30 September 2017. Additional information and application documents can be found at:

Relevant dates:

3 May 2017 Call for applications
30 September 2017 Deadline for reception of applications
First week of November Announcement of Awardees
15 January 2018 14th UNWTO Awards Forum
17 January 2018 14th UNWTO Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

Useful links:

Call for Applications – 14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

You don’t want to miss this opportunity

Investment Opportunities await with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust


Private Partnership Concession for Ngamba Island, Uganda-East Africa
Business opportunity @ Ngamba Island
Chimpanzee Trust is still looking for interested parties for a partnership to develop Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary into a brand with visibility as a top tourist destination with adequate accommodation capacity and touristic amenities and sports.
If you are interested get in touch with the management on Telephone +256 759221537,
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This call is valid till 30thJune, 2017

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Where to Chris Modigell …


(Posted 04th May 2017)

(Chris Modigell seen here at his last assignment, promoting BlueBay Resorts at the World Travel Market in Cape Town two weeks ago)

Chris Modigell, best remembered in Kenya for his successful management of the Safari Beach Hotel, the Africana Sea Lodge and Jadini Beach Hotel – all gone into total decay not long after he left – before moving to the Leopard Beach Resort & Spa and turning this property from mediocre status into a multiple award winning top beach hotel, has after two years on the Spice Island of Zanzibar (Unguja) decided to call it a day and return to Kenya.
In an email did Chris once again outline his accomplishments for BlueBay Resorts which after a visit to the resort last year by this correspondent were clearly visible already then with Chris Modigell Vintage written all over the resort’s areas of operations from rooms to restaurants and gardens.
BlueBay’s loss will no doubt become someone else’ gain as Chris is open to suggestions to take on new challenges.
Chris’ personal email contact is available on request via this blog platform but in the meantime it is a great many thanks for the superb hospitality enjoyed while visiting him last year and a job not just well done but done to standards which are hard to find these days.
Bon Voyage my friend and until we meet again!

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel retains five star status


(Posted 04th May 2017)

Information from Dar es Salaam confirms that the ongoing classification of hotels in the commercial capital of Tanzania has once again bestowed a five star ranking to the Serena Hotel.
The hotel has been undergoing modernization, upgrading and refurbishment over the past one and a half years and a completely remodeled main lobby and new look restaurants have no doubt contributed to the hotel retaining its leading status in the city.
Also expanded and modernized was the Dar es Salaam Serena’s Maisha Spa, giving hotel guests and Spa members better facilities and more treatment options.
It is understood that two other hotels have also come out as five star facilities, while apparently only two hotels were ranked as four star hotels.
More than a dozen hotels attained a three star ranking.
Serena Hotels is Tanzania’s leading hotel company with, in addition to the Dar es Salaam flagship also operating the Zanzibar Serena Hotel on the ‘Spice Island‘, three excellent lodges and safari camps in the Serengeti, one each at Ngorongoro Crater and above Lake Manyara, a boutique resort outside Arusha on Lake Duluti and two top ranked safari camps in the world’s largest game reserve, the Selous.

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