Archive for May 19th, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

TOURISM

INDABA 2017 showcases the best of African tourism DW
Africa’s premier tourism trade show INDABA drew to a close on Thursday evening. The event has been held annually in South Africa for more than 20 years and aims to showcase a wide variety of… Read more>>

Africans Moved More Freely in 2016, According to Second Africa Visa Openness Index AFDB
The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum, launched on Friday, May 19, 2017, the second edition… Read more>>

RwandAir’s fleet grows to a dozen

27TH MAY SET FOR DELIVERY OF RWANDAIR’S FOURTH BOEING B737-800NG

(Posted 19th May 2017)

In just over a week will RwandAir take delivery of their fourth brand new Boeing B787-800NG, completing the outstanding order of two additional such aircraft this year.
Configured in a two class cabin layout does the new aircraft, novel in Africa and in fact in much of the rest of the aviation world, feature inflight WiFi which passengers can access while above 10.000 feet.
The RwandAir fleet now comprises one Airbus A330-200, one Airbus A330-300, four Boeing B737-800NG’s, two Boeing B737-700NG’s, two Bombardier CRJ900NextGen’s and two Bombardier Q400NextGen’s, making it a full dozen newly acquired aircraft.
This makes RwandAir one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa and the one with the arguably youngest fleet in the skies.
A day prior to the new aircraft making its maiden landing in Kigali will the airline also launch flights from the Rwandan capital to London Gatwick, which will be operated initially three times a week. This will be the first nonstop connection between Rwanda and the UK.

See the link to a related article below:
https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/rwandair-london-is-next/

Amadeus East Africa appoints new General Manager

MATHIEU DUTRISAC TAKES OVER AS NEW AMADEUS GM FOR EASTERN AFRICA

(Posted 19th May 2017)

Mathieu Dutrisac was earlier this week appointed as General Manager for the East Africa region which covers 13 countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Eritrea, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia, Malawi, Comoros and Seychelles.

Mathieu will be based at Amadeus’ head office in Nairobi, Kenya taking over from Juan Torres as General Manager from the 1st of July. To ensure a smooth transition and succession, Juan will continue managing the region until that date, whilst Mathieu will spend some time in Amadeus IT Group head offices (in Madrid, Nice and other African Hubs) as part of his induction program in Amadeus.

Mathieu will be responsible for overseeing business strategies across all travel channels in corporate and leisure travel agents, leading Amadeus’ initiatives to grow in East Africa whilst driving technological innovation.

Paul de Villiers, Vice President Amadeus Africa, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Mathieu to the Amadeus East Africa team. His B2B experience and customer oriented mindset will be a huge asset to Amadeus, its partners and customers. Also his expertise in launching Payments and Mobile solutions in Africa will contribute to Amadeus’ focus in these two areas as part of our business diversification. These are exciting times for Amadeus as we build on the significant gains achieved by Amadeus East Africa in the last years. I’d like to thank Juan Torres for his dedication during the last 5 years and I’m sure that his vast experience in Amadeus will contribute greatly to his new position in the company‘.

Mathieu is a senior Telecoms and IT Commercial leader with 8 years of experience in East and Central Africa. Prior to joining Amadeus, he was Chief Operating Officer of Airtel Congo Brazzaville; Chief Commercial Officer of Tigo in DR Congo and Head of Products & Marketing in Rwanda. Earlier in his career Mathieu worked as a developer in large IT groups Nortel, Marconi and Texas Instruments. Mathieu holds a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

Brussels Airport News Updates

Brussels Airport News Updates for all travelers using Brussels
Airlines from Entebbe, Kigali and Bujumbura … and beyond …

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Newsletter May 2017
Brač - Croatia
New summer destinations via TUI fly
Araxos - Greece
Ready for the summer? For TUI fly that’s definitely a yes! With 2 new destinations to Greece: Volos and Araxos, and 2 to the Balkans: Tivat in Montenegro and Brač in Croatia, TUI fly is more than ready to give you an unforgettable summer!
Book now! »
Early flight? Enjoy a hearty breakfast!
A hearty breakfast
Are you one of those early birds that can be found wandering the airport before sun up? Brussels Airport offers a wide selection of excellent breakfast and coffee spots that are open from 3.30 am, like Blend in Brussels! Want something before 3:30 am? Starbucks is at your service 24/7.
Discover the full line-up »
Enjoy a nice meal in Pier B
Planning a trip soon outside the Schengen zone? After passport control you’ll find a number of brand-new shops. One of these is the Relay kiosk, open from 5 am to 9 pm and located next to Victoria’s Secret and opposite the also newly opened Bistrot. The Bistrot concept is reminiscent of a typical undercover city market.

As is its menu! With something for everyone ranging from original rolls and sandwiches and pizza baked in a wood-fired oven to healthy salads and mouthwatering hamburgers. All with a genuine Belgian twist, courtesy of the focus on local ingredients! Bistro is open daily from 4 am to 8.30 pm. See you there!

Brand-new shops
New Travel Authorisation kiosks
Travel Authorization kiosk
Passengers heading for the United States, Canada or Australia are required to apply for travel authorisation. If you forgot to lodge, there are 2 brand-new kiosks at the departure hall, opposite check-in row 5, for you to send in a last-minute request. Just bear in mind that there is a chance your application will not be approved.
Brussels Airport Company – Aviation Marketing

Read Nairobi Now’s latest to know all there is to know for your visit to the Kenyan capital

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Nairobi Now News

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Hwange lion killings ‘undermine conservation efforts’

Conservation Action Trust News Updates

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Hwange lion killings ‘undermine conservation efforts’

12 May 2017 | Traveller24 | Oscar Nkala | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Cape Town – Two endangered lionesses have been killed after being lured out of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe to a hunting trap set up using meat from a cow allegedly killed the previous night by the two lionesses. The human-lion conflict issue is being highlighted in Hwange, as its Rural District Council is believed to … Full Story →

Baby elephants sold to Dubai zoo (Namibia)

9 May 2017 | Namibia Sun | Staff reporter |

Namibia is planning to sell five baby elephants to a zoo in Dubai.  This was confirmed yesterday by the minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, who told Namibian Sun that a permit had been issued to export these elephants to Dubai.  According to Shifeta the elephants are between four and eight years old and … Full Story →


 

Illegal bushmeat hunters compete with predators and threaten wild herbivore populations in a global tourism hotspot

2017 | Biological Conservation | M.S. Rogan, P.A. Lindsey, C.J. Tamblinge, K.A. Golabeka, M.J. Chaseh, K. Collinsd, J.W. McNutta |

ABSTRACT Illegal bushmeat hunting is a global threat to wildlife, but its secretive and unregulated nature undermines efforts to mitigate its impacts on wildlife and wildlife-based industries. We investigated the scale of illegal bushmeat hunting in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (~20,000 km2) to assess its potential contribution to wildlife population declines. Approximately 1,800 illegal hunters … Full Story →


 

FAILURE TO PROSECUTE AND MIXED MESSAGES: How South Africa can single-handedly lose the second rhino war – Report

May 2017 | WildAid | Susie Watts, WildAid |

RECOMMENDATIONS SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD APPOINT A SPECIAL COURT TO DEAL WITH ALL RHINO HORN CASES SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD VIGOROUSLY PROSECUTE MIDDLEMEN AND KINGPINS SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD REINSTATE THE COMMERCIAL RHINO HORN BAN USING THE CORRECT PROCEDURE SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD URGE MOZAMBIQUE TO PROSECUTE CORRUPT OFFICIALS AND THOSE INVOLVED IN POACHING AND SMUGGLING SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD … Full Story →


 

FAILURE TO PROSECUTE AND MIXED MESSAGES: How South Africa can single-handedly lose the second rhino war – Summary of Findings

18 May 2017 | WildAid | WildAid |

KEY FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS  KEY REPORT FINDINGS    Lack of prosecutions   • South Africa’s rhino crisis has been “stimulated by organized crime” and “facilitated by corruption, procedural incompetence, and a failure to prosecute mid and higher level trade operators,” according to the report.  • While numerous low level rhino poachers have been jailed, suspected … Full Story →


 

Mpumalanga tightens up on trophy elephant hunts

17 May 2017 | IOL | Melissa Reitz | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has confirmed that it will not issue permits to hunt trophy elephants with unlimited tusk weights. In a surprise development MTPA permitting authority, Riaan de Lange, confirmed that no permits will be issued for elephants bearing tusks in excess of 40lbs. Instead he said that permits for four 30lbs … Full Story →


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Tour d’ EAC

ORGANIZERS RELEASE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UPCOMING TOUR D’ EAC 2017

(Posted 19th May 2017)

01st August 2017 marks the beginning of yet another epic East African bicycle tour, the Tour d EAC 2017. This year’s tour will last for 45 days and will cover 5000 km from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and back to Uganda.
You are invited to ride with us, whichever distance you can afford to ride. Let’s ride for a good cause, for fun, for the unity of the East African people, for free movement of goods and services, for free movement of labour, for free movement of persons, for the right if settlement, and above all for the integration of the East African partner states.

Says John Balongo of CampFireLogsGuild, the organizers of the tour:
We composed our routes so that participants can have a full scope of Tour d’ EAC 2017 experiences. We blended it up between experiencing different motherlands, impressive climbs and slopes, food stuffs and cultures, dialects and tribes, en-route touristic sites and small East African villages.
TOUR D EAC 2017 IS FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU VISIT DIFFERENT PARTS OF EAST AFRICA.
I confidently say, there’s something special about the Tour D’ EAC 2017 from wherever you are, riding with the team even for 30 minutes is enough for you to say, I was among them 2017. You don’t want to miss the feeling. Send us an email to confirm your participation: campfirelogsguild / info or WhatsApp us on +256702677436

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