Archive for May 17th, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


South Africa: Tourism On Advancing Small Business Development AllAfrica
"Tourism is overarching and cuts across many sectors. We need to work together with various government departments, as enablers and influencers of tourism destination competitiveness, to grow and transform our sector and economy," said Minister Xasa… Read more>>

South Africa: Tourism Can Change People’s Lives for the Better – Zuma AllAfrica
Tourism has the potential to change people’s lives for the better, especially during these globally depressed economic times, President Jacob Zuma has said… Read more>>

World Conference on Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking Low-Carbon Growth Opportunities, Astana, Kazakhstan, June 26-27 2017

UN World Tourism Organization looks at low carbon opportunities

Culinary Tourism is real as UNWTO publishes another report on this travel segment


(Posted 17th May 2017)

A major component of history, tradition and identity, gastronomy has also become a major motivation to visit a destination. According to the 2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism, this tourism segment ‘offers enormous potential in stimulating local, regional and national economies and enhancing sustainability and inclusion. The Report was presented in the recent 3rd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, held in San Sebastian, Spain in cooperation with the Basque Culinary Center.

Sixteen good practices in Gastronomy Tourism from different countries are showcased in the 2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism, touching on issues such as seasonality, training and innovation, ICT-related initiatives and wine-related itineraries. The publication stresses that in terms of tourist motivations, experiencing gastronomy is now at a similar level to visiting a museum, enjoying music and admiring the architecture of a destination. In this sense, gastronomy tourism has strong potential to improve destination management, promote cultures and contribute to other sectors such as agriculture and food manufacturing.

The commitment of gastronomy tourism towards the principles of sustainability has been one of the conclusions of the Forum held in San Sebastian. This includes areas such as poverty reduction, efficient use of resources, environmental protection and climate change, and the protection of cultural values, heritage and diversity.

The event was attended by around 250 participants from 60 countries and was inaugurated by UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, Eneko Goia, Mayor of the City of San Sebastian, and the Director of the Basque Culinary Center, Joxe Mari Aizega.

The engagement of the traveller in these principles through his/her gastronomic experience was also underlined throughout the Forum. The need to develop appropriate policy measures and a strong governance framework was highlighted as a major conclusion. This would facilitate not only the commitment of relevant actors, but also the interaction among them, as well as the development of private-public partnerships.

The union between gastronomy and tourism provides therefore a platform to revitalize cultures, to preserve tangible and intangible heritage, to empower communities and to enhance intercultural understanding. These aspects were particularly tackled during the practical experiences included in the Forum, such as a cooking class and farm-to-table dining experiences.

More news from ‘Further Down South’ covering Zambia, Zimbabwe and beyond


(Posted 17th May 2017)


Vic Falls Airport

Conservation South Luangwa – Snared elephant, new GPSs and snared wild dog

Pangolin Rescue

Kasanka Trust in Lavushi Manda

Training for dog handlers – Wildlife Crime Prevention Project

Wild dogs near Chiawa, Lower Zambezi

Kasanka Wilderness Trail

Boats on the way to Kafue Rowing Centre

Training for North Luangwa Dog Handlers

Elephants in Lower Zambezi

More on the pangolin rescue – Conservation Lower Zambezi

Poachers Rock near Kaingu

Nice pic from Mukambi

Kafue Conservation Project making progress

Snared hyena well in Liuwa

Weapons recovered by Matusadona AntiPoaching Project

Wild dog rescued in Hwange and a new pack formed

Buffalo de-snared in Vic Falls

Raptors Botswana – tracking lappet-faced vultures

Pangolin poachers convicted in Namibia

More on plastic bags …

Some videos:

Charcoal making in Zambia without using trees – developments

Chipembele for Elephant Charge

Anna Tolen from the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust explains how money raised by the Elephant Charge teams supports Chipembele’s conservation education w…

Baines Safari Lodge Promo (I just loved the videos of the wildlife)

WildCRU, Oxford‏ @WildCRU_Ox 9 Nov 2016

(Part of the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, WildCRU is a pioneering, inter-disciplinary research unit in a world-class academic centre.)

Video message from David Macdonald in Zimbabwe to thank WildCRU’s donors following Cecil appeal

Postcode Meerkat To Track Humans In Kruger National Park

Entabeni Safari Conservancy

Take Note of the New Dates – UNWTO General Assembly

UN World Tourism Organization sets new dates for next General Assembly

Ol Pejeta’s 2016 Annual Report

Ol Pejeta Conservancy presents annual report

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Ol Pejeta Presents its 2016 Annual Report
Dear ATC Readers,

Ol Pejeta is proud to present to you the first ever Ol Pejeta Annual Report, which sets out their impacts and achievements in 2016.

Last year did not come without its challenges, but despite these, Ol Pejeta continued to achieve and exceed our conservation and community development goals. Ol Pejeta remains host to the single most significant black rhino population in East Africa, and they continue to support the communities living around them, spending over US$650,000 in 2016 on various development projects.

The team at Ol Pejeta believes they have created a model for conservation that not only secures populations of highly endangered species, but is also productive and therefore politically relevant. Ol Pejeta now leads Laikipia in terms of its annual contribution to the local and national economy.

Other highlights include:

  • 16% of Kenya’s black rhino population
  • Winner of Africa Responsible Tourism Award 2016 – Best for Wildlife Conservation
  • Healthcare access to 20,000 people

Download the annual report here.

Meanwhile has Ol Pejeta maximized their new branding to create a slick design with easy-to-digest infographics – so you can pull out the information most interesting and relevant to you.

The team at Ol Pejeta is appreciative and grateful for the support they receive from donors, partners and visitors from all over the world, and they look forward to a collaborative and productive 2017 with you all.

The Ol Pejeta Team

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta is a non-profit wildlife conservancy in Kenya supporting endangered species, tourism and community outreach.

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Air Zimbabwe added to EU blacklist


(Posted 17th May 2017)

Plans to revive Air Zimbabwe have hit a major obstacle as the airline was just added to the notorious blacklist of the European Union over safety concerns expressed by the EU regulators.
The Zimbabwean national airline was joined by three other carriers, one from Nigeria, one from the Ukraine and another from St. Vincent and Grenadines.
Recent audits of these countries by EASA revealed enough shortcomings to warrant the inclusion of Air Zimbabwe on the list it was learned overnight after the latest updates were published in Brussels yesterday.
In contrast was Mozambique as a country cleared and taken off the blacklist, giving LAM the option to seek landing rights in any of the EU countries. Benin too was removed from the updated list.
The EU has both entire countries as well as airlines found to cause safety concerns with EASA on the list which presently included 16 countries and 174 airlines.

Over the past months were repeated comments from both the airline and the Zimbabwean government interpreted that a major revival would soon go underway but under the present circumstances will this ambition now face yet more challenges than just finding the finances to do it as other countries often adopt EASA’s bans and prohibit flights into or above their territories.

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