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Dear ATC Readers,

Welcome to this week’s Nairobi Now newsletter!

You can always access Nairobi Now and get in touch with us through twitter, facebook or the blog.
Also, email us to submit your events or suggest new ideas and collaborations.

These are the latest events posted on Nairobi Now – you’ll find more upcoming events published on the blog:

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Learn More About The Beautiful Indian Ocean Island Of Reunion

Reunion Island Tourism News Updates

23rd of June 2017

Reunion Island – Beautiful Indian Ocean Destination

Nestled within the Indian Ocean is the Island of Reunion, a true tropical gem waiting to be discovered by the adventurous traveler. Situated 3.000 kms off the coast of South Africa, this island destination makes for the perfect getaway for those looking for an experience with a twist.

Reunion Island offers you majestic landscapes which intertwine with coastal cities and hidden villages nestled in the mountainsides. From the famous cirques to cascading waterfalls and pristine beaches you will be spoilt for choice during your ventures on the island! There is so much to do and see on Reunion Island and it is all about the experience.

Cultural Treasures

Reunion Island is not all about spectacular landscapes and adrenaline filled activities, there’s plenty to compel culture enthusiasts too. This French overseas territory offers a unique fusion of Creole, African, Indian, Chinese and French influences. Cultural diversity forms an integral component of the island’s social fabric. There’s a wealth of architectural treasures, historical sites and vibrant festivals that allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, while a smattering of top-notch museums round off the offerings.


The Great Outdoors

Want to get the heart pumping and the lungs gasping? With its extraordinarily varied terrain, Reunion Island is the destination of choice for lovers of the outdoors. Hiking is often the number-one activity and with some of the most scenic hiking trails in the southern hemisphere, Reunion Island presents a challenge to both the first time hiker and the experienced adventurer! You can scale across the natural landscape and leisurely enjoy the scenery or take the wilderness head on by hiking up to the Piton des Neiges, which is a mighty 3071 meter summit! If you prefer something a little more on the edge you can try paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting and horse riding across the rugged landscapes.


Natural Wonders

Jutting out of the ocean, beckoning to be explored, Reunion Island boasts a truly diverse geographical setting. From majestic mountains, emerald forests to tumbling waterfall and soul-stirring panoramas – these sights will entice even the most timid of travelers to explore the lush landscapes and immerse themselves in unknown territory.


Delicious Cuisine

Food lovers will have a great time exploring local delicacies! The island’s cuisine is made up of a mix of Creole, Indian, Chinese and French cultures making for a true cultural experience. Revel in trendy beach restaurants that serve the catch of the day or indulge in mouth-watering Creole specialties in quaint little restaurants. The tastiest Creole food is often served at B&B’s, which are famous for their home-cooked hearty meals. Markets are filled of colourful exotic fruits and vegetables, from sweet bananas and huge avocados to succulent mangoes and lychees. There are also plenty of bakeries and pastry shops selling baguettes, croissants and melt-in-your-mouth cakes.


There is nothing not to love about Reunion Island.



African Women in Tourism to discuss Challenges at Akwaaba 2017

More ATQ News from Nigeria and beyond

Nigerian Journalists have applauded the appointment of former Director General, Nigeria Tourism Development Commission, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe and other professionals into key areas in the industry.

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Report now available for Aviation Africa 2017

Aviation Africa 2017 Conference Report now available

If you were unable to attend our previous Aviation Africa event, held in Kigali, Rwanda, then please click on the post show report below to see what was experienced by those that did.
Aviation Africa 2017 – Post Show Report


Book now for 2018
We are now planning for our next successful event which will take place in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

If you are interested in attending; exhibiting or sponsoring, please
contact mark.brown

We look forward to seeing you in Cairo next year!

Rugby event in Durban used as stage to promote Seychelles


(Posted 23rd June 2017)

Every opportunity that helps Seychelles to be in the limelight counts and certainly is none wasted!

That is exactly what a team from Alphonse Island, the Seychelles Tourism Board and Air Seychelles showcased in Durban, South Africa last week.

A big rugby test match between South Africa and France provided the perfect opportunity for them to bring some warm Seychellois cheer to the game, while networking and promoting the island destination’s tourism products.
Several tour operators and travel agents already selling Seychelles, as well as friends of Alphonse Island and past guests of the island were invited to the event.

The guests met at the hospitality suite before the test match where the well-represented Alphonse Island team were all hands on deck to promote their products. The Tourist office provided destination knowledge while Air Seychelles, which started flying to Durban in March this year, assisted with all the flight queries.

Guests were entertained for two hours before the big game with drinks and snacks being served, adding to the jovial atmosphere that helped beat the winter blues as the beautiful sun set and temperature dropped in the city.

The guests were then invited to join the three host partners in the comfort of the VIP suite to watch the game, which was won by the South African national rugby team — the Springboks – followed by dinner which brought down the curtains on this beautiful event.

The General Manager of Alphonse Island Resort, Gordon Rankin, ensured that everyone present were acquainted with the extraordinary and unique experiences that the island has to offer.

Alphonse Island — one of the outlying islands of the Seychelles archipelago — lies seven degrees south of the equator and 400 kilometres south-west of the main inhabited island of Mahé. Only a 60-minute flight away from the main island Mahé, the Alphonse atoll boasts kilometres of pristine tropical shorelines, lagoons and sea flats.

Guests to the island, from honeymooners to families, can indulge a wide range of activities from game fishing, fly fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving among others. For those not too keen on hitting the water, the natural environment also provides wonderful experiences, where one can have an encounter with some giant Aldabra tortoises.

I am extremely happy with the event because it brought many people together, to learn more on and also to share their experiences of Alphonse Island. We managed to create some big vibes here and get more people interested in the product and in Seychelles. I believe everyone’s expectations were exceeded today‘ said Mr. Rankin to the invited guests.

The Seychelles Tourism Board office in South Africa was represented at the event by Mrs. Lena Hoareau, who, based in Johannesburg, was equally pleased with the outcome of the networking event.

The atmosphere was wonderful and people were able to learn more about the Seychelles without being in a formal setting or function. Such events should be encouraged because the interest is already there. We just need to reach the right people and bring them together around a common event. I am happy that we have partnered with Alphonse Island on this event and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again should the occasion present itself because I feel that we achieved what we set out to do. The guests were happy and certainly went back home more knowledgeable about Seychelles and Alphonse Island‘ said Mrs Hoareau.

South Africa is Seychelles’ main tourism market on the African continent. Figures from the Seychelles’ National Bureau of Statistics show that South Africa has sent 6,017 tourists to the island nation up to June 11th of this year, which represents an increase of 22 percent when compared to last year.

Air Seychelles launched twice-weekly flights to Durban in March of this year. This is the national airline’s second destination in South Africa, bringing the total number of non-stop flights between the two countries to seven per week. Air Seychelles also operates five weekly flights to Johannesburg with a mix of Airbus A320 and Airbus A330.

Added information about the archipelago can be found via

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


South Africa: SAA Wins At World Airline Awards AllAfrica
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Tourism industry offers hope for SA’s unemployed youth BizCommunity
The future for SA’s young people looks challenging with rising unemployment and job opportunities dwindling. However, the tourism sector shows modest growth and should this growth continue…Read more>>

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The recent arrival of the Bombardier planes has been heralded quite extensively in connection with the tourism growth in Tanzania. Much has been argued that at least now the tourism industry has… Read more>>

Professional Aviation Certificate Courses in East Africa

AviAssist Training Course Updates for East Africa


East & Southern Africa’s leading provider of
on-site aviation safety promotion courses

Independent | Non-profit | Innovative

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The Foundation is pleased to announce the following open courses:
Human Factors in Aviation
Kigali, Rwanda / 14-15 September More info /registration

US$ 250

Human performance is fundamental to operational safety in aviation as the majority of incidents and accidents are attributable to human error. This course introduces participants to the principles of human factors awareness, the factors that affect personal performance and how the human element interfaces with equipment, the working environment, the tools to be used and the organizational context.
Flight Data Monitoring
Nairobi, Kenya/ 18-19 September More info /registration

US$ 350

This unique in-region course will provide you with a solid appreciation of the technical,
operational, management and legal issues surrounding Flight Data Management (FDM). FDM helps pilots, managers and operators improve the
safety and efficiency of their flights by identifying hidden flaws and potential risks
in their daily operations. FDM is now also coming to the world of Cessna Caravans & Jetstreams. This course is held at Wilson Airport in co-operation with industry leader Flight Data Services and hosted by Safarilink.
Air Navigation Services Management
Kigali, Rwanda / 2-6 October More info /registration

US$ 500

The global Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry is undergoing a major transformation with the objective of seamless air navigation services and enhancement of performance. This course will help your organisation better deal with those transformations. The wide range of business, financial and legal topics covered will provide participants with a sound understanding of the challenges associated with Air Navigation Services management, as well as the tools needed to tackle them effectively.
Airport Wildlife Management
Kigali, Rwanda / 10-13 October More info /registration

US$ 500

This course teaches the knowledge, skills and tools needed to implement an effective airport wildlife management plan. Numerous African airports face airport wildlife management risks that need to be addressed.The management of wildlife on and near airports is not usually an easy task. It can be as diverse as habitat manipulation to use of predators to repelling wildlife to lethal control of wildlife. Understanding wildlife hazards will increase chances for the implementation of a stakeholder supported wildlife management plan.
Incident investigation course
Kigali, Rwanda / 21-24 November More info /registration

US$ 500

This intensive 4 day course will teach participants how to participate in an aircraft accident and serious incident investigation, in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 Standards. You will learn about the concepts, techniques and tools necessary for your organisation to conduct effective (internal) safety investigations. Special attention is given to understanding the underlying causes of incidents in order to improve safety and prevent future occurrences.
Aviation Leadership Development course
Kigali, Rwanda / 28 Nov -1 Dec More info /registration

US$ 500

Participants will gain a solid knowledge of leadership styles, motivating & effectively influencing of your employees, communication styles, team roles and team building, effective leadership communication and feedback strategies. This course will assist organisations in the retention and promotion of strong leaders. It will also assist them in identifying high potential candidates for leadership positions.

For a complete list of all our current training courses please see our course catalogue.

About AviAssist
The AviAssist Foundation is the only non-profit organisation dedicated to providing impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the African aviation industry.
We realise our incredible rates by deploying practising professional volunteers and support from the airlines for their transport as important pillars of our independent, non-profit status.
The course designs follow international standards as specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO, leading regulators from across the world and leading industry associations.

When it comes to our courses, our impact is that we bring courses and events for which there are currently no commercially feasible alternatives in the countries or sub-regions where the events are held. You can read more about our ‘after course support’ for our learners in our course catalogue that you can access by clicking here.

For more information and for special rates for enrolling more than 3 participants, contact us as training

Please be mindful of the fact that all courses have a very limited number of places to ensure excellent facilitator-learner interaction.

The AviAssist Safety Promotion Center (ASPC)-Rwanda is growing into East Africa’s leading resource centre for safety promotion, with training courses just one of the services offered.

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