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ASTA defies US anti travel advisory against Kenya


(Posted 16th January 2017)


ASTA Kenya chapter president Samson Some has affirmed that the planned meeting of the American Society of Travel Agents in February is going ahead as planned and that Kenya will use the opportunity to showcase the country and its many attractions. The confirmation comes hot on the heels of the US State Department reiterating its anti travel advisory against parts of the Kenya coast and even parts of Nairobi, something which caused consternation among the Kenyan tourism trade given its timing ahead of this key congress.
The global meeting is taking place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre between February 23rd to 28th and is expected to bring hundreds of travel agents to Kenya.
During the just ended year 2016 did American tourists outpace all other nationalities to claim top spot in tourism arrivals, and with most of them coming to the country for the traditional safari holiday has their spending contributed to boost the Kenyan economy.
The Kenya Tourism Board is a key partner in the meeting and preparations are in high gear to present a positive image to the travel fraternity from the United States and other countries, promoting the country as a preferred destination in Africa for big game viewing, beach vacations but also for culture and history, art and food.

Alain St. Ange heads to Madrid

Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO heads for Madrid to present his official documents

(Posted 16th January 2017)

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO left Seychelles on Monday afternoon by Ethiopian Airlines and is on his way to Madrid to present his official documents and formalise his candidature. The former Minister of the Seychelles responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine said before he was leaving Seychelles that his working visit to Madrid falls during FITUR, the Tourism Trade Fair of Spain which gives him a great opportunity to network with Tourism Ministers coming from the Community of Nations.

Apart from presenting my official documents as the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary General for the UNWTO, I have also organised one on one interviews with a number of press. On Tuesday the 17th I will join Tourism Ministers invited to a reception by His Majesty the King of Spain and I will also be attending the 2017 edition of the annual INVESTOUR conference where Africa meets Europe‘ said Alain St.Ange to a Kenyan media organization which was following up on an earlier release announcing his candidature.

Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles is joining the race for the top job in tourism and will be facing candidates from Georgia, Brazil, Korea and Zimbabwe. ‘It is a position under the umbrella of the UN. It is a democratic electoral process and every candidate are only after the best for the tourism industry. Candidates all know each other and have all interacted together as they have all been Tourism Ministers at one point in time. Member States of the UNWTO will elect who they see as the best person for the job. This is the normal course of action‘ said St.Ange.

Seychelles is one of very few countries where English and French are both official languages and St.Ange is coming forward as a candidate who worked in the private sector for many years become joining the Government as a Minister. He has been a strong advocate on public / private partnership for the tourism industry of Seychelles and this has helped him steer the industry with a lot of success.

The election for the position of Secretary General of UNWTO is without doubt the most strongly competed for ever and the range of candidates, more are expected to join the race, is of high calibre. Never before has the level of competition and campaigning reached this level before, making it a race to be watched until the moment votes are cast in Beijing at UNWTO’s General Assembly in May this year.

Register now for WTM Africa and for IBTM Africa

WTM Africa registration is now open!

WTM Africa registration is now open!
With registration officially open, the local and international travel sectors are gearing up for a bigger and better year than ever with WTM Africa 2017, Africa’s most extraordinary B2B travel exhibition.

Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 19 to 21 April 2017, WTM Africa is set to once again showcase the beauty of the African continent, while providing the opportunity for travel trade members to plan ahead on travel deals that are expected to top the impressive US$333-million worth of business conducted since its inception.

In addition to the quality exhibition attendees of WTM Africa can expect, a number of innovations have been made to enhance WTM Africa 2017, including:

  • A host of international speakers from across the globe will focus on pertinent topics affecting the modern travel industry, as well as look to identify trends in the African travel market
  • New to WTM Africa in 2017, the Outbound Conference Theatre will invite travel agents to learn more about the international destinations that are right on our doorstep
  • Enhancements have been made to the Speed Networking programme, with each session extended to 90 minutes
  • The matchmaking and diary system has also been improved with the functionality to request meetings with fellow exhibitors and the ability to block out times in the diary
  • Exhibitor workshops ahead of WTM 2017 will be conducted in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban during February and March. In addition, a White Glove Service means that training can also be done on a one-on-one basis

Members of the travel trade and its associated media excited about attending next year’s show in Cape Town are encouraged to register for WTM Africa 2017 by visiting and submitting their applications.

About WTM Africa

WTM Africa is a vibrant, culturally diverse, must attend business-to-business travel and tourism event, with a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to African and International travel professionals.

Join travel professionals from 77 countries and regions over three days in Cape Town, South Africa. WTM Africa is an international event providing a platform to showcase your products to serious buyers.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global player in the world of exhibitions and part of RELX Group, one of South Africa’s largest and most successful business events companies. Reed Exhibitions brings over 50 years of experience in developing, marketing, selling and organising exhibitions, events, conferences and meetings.


Zambia names dates for ZATEX2017


(Posted 16th January 2017)

ZATEX, short for the Zambia Travel Expo, will this year take place between the 25th and 27th of April. Venue will again be the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in the capital Lusaka.
The Zambia Tourism Agency expects a larger turnout compared to last year, when the trade show had to be postponed due to the unfolding election process keeping the conference centre busy over the dates the tourism trade show was due to be held initially.
Yet, many hosted buyers and travel media representatives from Southern and Eastern Africa but also from further abroad, as far as India and Japan, did make it to Zambia and, before and after the trade show had the opportunity to sample some of the country’s amazing national parks and attractions like Victoria Falls.
This year again will ZTA invite hosted buyers and travel media to give the marketing and promotion of the country a further boost with all key private sector stakeholders exhibiting at ZATE including Africa’s leading airlines.
Monitor this space for further updates and details of how to sign up for stand space as exhibitors.
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Invitation for ICTP Members: Official Launch of Eng. Walter Mzembi Candidature for UNWTO Secretary General Post

Invitation for ICTP Members and media at FITUR: Official Launch of Eng. Walter Mzembi Candidature for UNWTO Secretary General Post


ATC News

Dear Reader!


Qualified Journalists, friends, and selected tourism executives are cordially invited to join us at the official launch of Dr. Eng. Walter Mzembi’s (PhD) Candidature for the UNWTO Secretary General Post.

When? 19th January 2017, 7.00pm
Where: Torre de Cristal, Planta 31
Paseo de la Castellana 259 28046 Madrid, Spain
Dress Code: Business Formal



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New Premium Arrival Lounge in the making at Kigali’s international airport


(Posted 16th January 2017)

Kuwait’s National Aviation Services ( has been providing premium departure lounge services at the Kigali International Airport since 2011, when the Pearl Lounge initially opened before being tripled in size as the airport underwent expansion and modernization in subsequent years.
The company, also active in four other African countries besides a strong presence in the Middle East, is now reportedly working on the completion of a premium arrivals lounge for First and Business Class passengers ending their journey in Kigali. Shower and concierge facilities, in addition to ‘regular‘ lounge amenities, will be available to freshen up before starting the transfer into the city or beyond.

Notably is the company not only employing an all Rwandan team in Kigali but also has Rwandans working as expatriates in their Kuwait and other Gulf operations and is reportedly keen to recruit yet more, giving career opportunities to young people from the Land of a Thousand Hills.

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