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UNWTO joins hands with WYSE to celebrate International Youth Day

UNWTO – WYSE PARTNERSHIP SHIFTS FOCUS ON YOUTH TRAVEL

(Posted 10th August 2017)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Hilton and the WYSE Travel Confederation will join forces ahead of International Youth Day at the Youth General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters to highlight tourism’s capacity to empower youth.

The New York event is part of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 framework, and will focus on the tourism industry’s potential to create jobs, provide entrepreneurship opportunities, and deliver a more responsible tourism sector for today’s Youth.

Young people represent around 23% of the 1,235 million tourists travelling internationally each year. The event will discuss the contribution of this influential to world peace and a better future through sustainable tourism.

Youth can be a powerful catalyst to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 8 on economic growth and jobs, and Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production as they can lead a transformation into a more responsible way of travelling‘ said Sandra Carvao, Chief Communications at UNWTO.

Hilton and the International Youth Foundation plan to preview the latest Global Youth Wellbeing Index, revealing that young people are “plugged in,” and yet disconnected from vital skills, economic opportunities, local communities and governments. Reconnecting Youth is an urgent need at this moment in history when half of the world’s population is under 30.

Our future depends on resilient and thriving societies, and this starts with young people. To help better understand the challenges facing Young people, Hilton collaborated with the International Youth Foundation to commission the Global Youth Wellbeing Index‘ said Daniella Foster, Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, Hilton. ‘To better equip today’s Youth for the workforce, Hilton has committed to opening our doors to one million young people by 2019. As of today, we are more than half way there‘.
The Global Report on the Power of Youth Travel by UNWTO and the WYSE Travel Confederation shows that youth and student travel markets are increasingly important and resilient. It also concludes that youth travel spend more on local communities and thus represent a growing opportunity for socio-economic development.

The event will also highlight the role of tourism in the accomplishment of the SDGs, in particular for Youth, through job creation, entrepreneurship and social inclusion. It will also look into the future of tourism jobs and skills development.

Participants include leaders and influencers including:

Sandra Carvao, Chief, Communications, UNWTO
Daniella Foster, Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, Hilton
Russ Hedge, Representative of WYSE Travel Confederation and Hostelling International
Susan Reichle, President, International Youth Foundation
Kelley Louise, Executive Director, Travel SocialGood and Travel Blogger
Shoaib Rizvi, Youth Assembly Awardee 2017

Note to editors:

The Youth Assembly (YA) is a unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations.

Session: “The Power of Youth: Making a Difference Through Sustainable Tourism”

Date: Friday, August 11

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am ET

Laikipia Wildlife News

LAIKIPIA WILDLIFE FORUM NEWS UPDATES

ISSUE # .16
Dear ATC Readers,
The Elephant Man Does It Again
Jim Justus Nyamu presents H.E. Margaret Kenyatta with a gift before his walk
When Jim Justus Nyamu, a-k-a the “Elephant Man”, walked into the LWF offices over 5 years ago claiming that he had grand plans to walk from Nairobi to Marsabit in support of Elephant conservation, intrigue quickly merged with some scepticism. But LWF’s membership believed in this ambitious cause from the very beginning, and has been supporting Jim with both financial and in-kind donations ever since.

To date, the “Ivory Belongs to Elephants Walk Campaign” has received enormous support from the Kenyan Government, foreign governments represented in Kenya such as Ireland and the US, County Governments, big corporations as well as wildlife and environmental Ministries. First Lady, H.E Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta has also supported the cause.
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Important Updates From MKEWP
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BWRUA Holds Successful Elections
We would like to congratulate Burguret Water Resource Users Association (BWRUA) who recently successfully conducted their elections. Mr. Stephen Mbau has been elected chairman, saying that he looks forward to spearheading the following objectives:
1. Promoting legal water abstractions.
2. Creating a forum for conflict resolution.
3. Promoting dialogue between water users and the government.
Burguret River Sub-Catchment covers 210 square kilometres and serves over 25, 000 people, from Rongai to Naromoru Sub-Catchments.

A Powerful New Partnership Is Born
MKEWP has entered into a new partnership with Wetlands International (WI).The objective is to support local WRUAs in protecting water resources within the upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment Area and provide capacity building to effectively manage their activities as well as understand their role as stipulated in the new Water Act (2016).

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We don’t have To Live In Antarctica To Be Rabies Free
Dedan Ngatia (green shirt) from Mpala Research Centre welcomes Sanaipei (in the red t-shirt) and her dog Poppy to the LRVC
You can see the zeal in her eyes as she lures her dog towards us. Sanaipei had learnt that 40% of people bitten by rabid animals are children under 15 years of age, with domestic dogs contributing to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans. This is all thanks to the Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign (LRVC). Sanaipei wants to make her home safe for her children and ensure that they too get enough information to make the right decisions when dealing with a dog bite.

With the exception of Antarctica, rabies cases are still being reported in countries all over the world – mostly those in developing nations. The Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign started in 2015 with the aim of providing real-time health benefits for people, domestic animals and wildlife. The long term goal is to make Laikipia Kenya’s first rabies-free County.

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Conservation:
Cutting Across Generations

Just how different is the opinion about Rhino conservation between an elder and young lady living in Il Ingwesi community? LWF recently met Mzee Lesaila Kirobi (MLK) and Fiona Saman, a recent high school graduate to find out….
LWF: What does Rhino conservation mean to you Mzee Kirobi?
MLK: I have lived in this community for over 60 years and so I have been able to see the changes that have happened here…. some good and some not so good. When I was a young boy I had no idea what conservation was. We lived with our wild animals because that is how my father and his father before that lived. Then things started to change and it took me some time before I understood why this foreign term – this Rhino conservation – …..

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Do You Have What It Takes?
Calling On Pilots And Observers For This Year’s Aerial Survey
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KWS and Partners are planning an aerial survey of the Great Ewaso Ng’iro ecosystem that lies in Kenya’s Mountain Region. They are seeking the support of volunteer pilots and observers to participate in this very important activity. Pilots and observers will be trained, fed, given overnight accommodation, and all participating aircraft will be fuelled. Training will be mandatory for both pilots and observers.

This year’s total count, generously funded by USAID – Kenya, will be focussing on elephants, buffaloes, Grevy’s Zebras, and giraffes. Numbers and location of cattle, shoats, bomas and settlements will be noted. The greater Meru National Park area will also be included in the count.

Dates: 19 – 30 November 2017
Survey area: Laikipia – Samburu – Marasbit – Meru

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In case you missed it;
Change Of Date: Camel Caravan

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan will now be taking place from 11th to 16th September 2017.

A number of registered volunteers and partners shall join the 5-day walk that aims at sensitising river users on the need to conserve the Ewaso Ng’iro River. The Caravan will kick off from Ilmotiok Community, Laikipia County, and will journey downstream to end at Archers Post, Samburu County.

IMPACT, the organisation driving this initiative, invites all interested stakeholders to assist with funding or contribute in any way they can. Broad support and participation will ensure the success of this initiative.

This worthwhile cause needs your participation and help. Please contact the organisers for further information:
Joseph Lejeson Olendira: olendira
Olekaunga Johnson: olekaunga /impactkenya2002
0722663090, or 0726766447.

You can also download more information about the event here.

La Digue’s ‘Feast of Assumption’ just days away

SEYCHELLES LARGEST RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL WEEK GOES UNDERWAY

(Posted 11th August 2017)

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Starting today will the piers at Praslin and La Digue be closed for vehicular traffic according to information received from the capital Victoria to ensure safe transfers from and to incoming and outgoing ferries between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
This is the week of the Feast of Assumption, celebrated every 15th of August but becoming more popular every year with local and in particular foreign visitors.
The Seychelles government has also stepped up controls on vessels plying the waters to and from La Digue to prevent another incident like seen and reported here last year.
The added safety measures will no doubt help to safely deliver locals and tourists alike over the next few days and then bring them back after the festival.
Activities on La Digue are commencing today and the festivities will reach their peak on the 15th when a long procession followed by a mass will take place.

For more information about Destination Seychelles click on www.seychelles.travel or visit www.seychellestourismboard.travel

Reunion in demand as tourist arrivals keep growing

REUNION TOURISM DELIGHTED OVER

HALF YEAR ARRIVAL STATISTICS

(Posted 11th August 2017)

Meeting News

Tourism statistics: first half-year

The first half of 2017 confirms the excellent results recorded during the last year and the first months of 2017 and augur a historic year in terms of tourist activity on the island of Reunion.

The first half of this year 2017 exceeded all expectations and reinforced all the professionals of tourism of the island of Reunion on the excellent current trend: 228 672 outside visitors were welcomed on the island during this first Semester including 218,316 outside tourists and 10,556 cruise passengers.

Compared to the first few months of 2016, it is therefore a historical increase in attendance of 14.9%, or 28,282 more tourists, recorded in this new year. A record number since this is the largest attendance ever recorded in a first semester!

  • The month of January was exceptional and never before were such figures reached at this time of the year. During the first half of the year, it was also the month when the number of tourists visiting the country was highest, with 53,445 tourists.

  • The first quarter of the year had grown by 16% compared to the previous year and the second quarter increased by 13.7%.

  • Recreational tourists remain largely the majority of visitors, accounting for nearly 192,939 visitors in the first quarter of the year, which represents 88% of total attendance, compared with 11% for tourists. ‘business. The average length of stay on the island is 17 days

Changes in attendance

Of all travelers who have chosen La Réunion as their destination, it is worth noting that nearly 82.7% of tourists do not originate from the island.

Metropolitan France remains the most promising market for the intense island, 166,869 for the first part of the year, and the number of visitors from France increased by 10% compared with the first half of the year The year 2016.

Our neighbors in the Indian Ocean area seem to be increasingly attracted to our destination: over the first few months of the year, we recorded exceptional growth of 88% compared to the previous year! These tourists now represent 13.3% of the total clientele. Among them, it is mainly the Mauritian and Mahorais tourists who make up this segment of traveler.

European customers (excluding metropolitan France) accounted for 6.3% of total attendance, with 13,797 travelers counted. The bulk of this workforce, more than 75%, comes from the Belgian, German and Swiss markets. Finally, tourists from the rest of the world now represent 1.9% of the total number of travelers registered in the first half of 2017.

Once there, 48.4% of these tourists opted for merchant accommodation. The classified hotels remain the most popular establishments and received 52,889 travelers during the period, representing 24.2% of the total clientele. Then followed by the seasonal rentals that attracted 16% of travelers.

Cruise ships stay on course

Between January and April 2017, 15 cruise ships anchored near our shores for a stopover. On this occasion, more than 10,000 passengers and members of equipages decided to set foot on foot and visit our island. This is also an increase from previous years.

Highest satisfaction

In addition to a large number of tourists, the quality of the tourist services offered on the island has been hailed by the overwhelming majority of travelers. Indeed, visitors are more and more pleased with their experience on Intense Island: Indicators show a satisfaction rate of 99%! Almost all tourists visiting the island say they are very satisfied or satisfied with the tourist interest of the destination Reunion.

Significant economic benefits for the island

This significant influx of tourists also represents a significant financial windfall for the local economy. The figures recorded during the first half of the year are a source of encouragement for professionals in the tourism sector of the island: Indeed, the revenues generated by foreign tourists throughout their stays amounted to 86.9 million euros, Plus pre-departure revenues for the island of Reunion which represent € 55.4 million (excluding airline tickets). In total, receipts from foreign tourism are thus estimated at 142.3 million euros!

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