Tourism lifeline for St Helena

November 23, 2017 by  
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JAMESTOWN, UK, 23 November 2017:Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, St. Helena, which lies isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now reachable by plane for the first time.

The aviation breakthrough promises to lift the British-run territory from obscurity and bring it within reach of international tourists.

The arrival of the first commercial flight was also a relief for islanders frustrated by a delay to the opening because of high winds. Read more

Blue town turns green

November 15, 2017 by  
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CHEFCHAOUEN, Morocco, 15 November 2017: Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour — green.

Chefchaouen — known locally as Chaouen — wants to become a model for sustainable development at a time when the northwest African kingdom has shone a spotlight on its commitment to the environment and a greener future.

Take Aziz, a local council employee in his forties. He whizzes silently around town on an electric bicycle doing his job as an inspector of building sites. Read more

UNWTO: Plague outbreak no need to worry

November 8, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 8 November 2017: UNWTO expressed confidence in Madagascar’s measures to combat an outbreak of plague that threatens to stall the island nation’s tourism industry.

During WTM, earlier this week, UNWTO convened a meeting of tourism ministers to express solidarity and present a common message of confidence for the measures taken by Madagascar to overcome the outbreak.

Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London. Read more

Elephant kills its handler

July 26, 2017 by  
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VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE, 26 July 2017: An elephant that gave tourist rides in the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls trampled his professional handler to death, the local tour operators’ association said Tuesday.

Enock Kufandanda, 50, was killed on Saturday by a bull elephant called “Mbanje” (“marijuana” in the local Shona language).

Parks and wildlife authority rangers shot and killed the elephant, reported to be about 30 years old, soon after it charged and killed Kufandanda. Read more

Aid workers hit by USD10,000 visas

March 13, 2017 by  
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JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 13 March 2017: International aid agencies on Saturday slammed South Sudan’s decision to raise foreign worker visa fees to as much as USD10,000 (9,300 euros), warning it would worsen a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country.

“The government and the army have largely contributed to the humanitarian situation,” said Elizabeth Deng of Amnesty International.

“And now, they want to create profit from the crisis they have created.” Read more

Kenya Airways CEO resigns

November 28, 2016 by  
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NAIROBI, 28 November 2016: Kenya Airways announced, late last week, the resignation of its chief executive officer, a move demanded by pilots complaining of mismanagement at the troubled airline.

CEO Mbuvi Ngunze will step down in the first quarter of 2017. His resignation follows that of chairman Dennis Awori only last month.

“While I regret this decision, I respect his position,” said the airline’s new chairman, Michael Joseph. Read more

Kenya Airways averts strike

October 18, 2016 by  
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NAIROBI, 18 October 2016: Pilots at troubled Kenya Airways put threatened strike action on hold, Monday, saying they had received government assurances that it would listen to grievances concerning management.

The Kenya Airlines Pilots Association (Kalpa) said it had decided to defer any industrial action in order to allow for more talks.

“We have received credible assurance from the Government that there is certain change coming to the top leadership of Kenya Airways,” Kalpa said without elaborating further. Read more

Nigerian airline grounded

September 14, 2016 by  
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LAGOS, 14 September 2016: Thousands of passengers across Africa have been left stranded after Nigeria’s largest airline said Tuesday it had suspended operations and might remain grounded for several days.

Arik Air attributed the “temporary disruption” to “pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal… a challenge due to the long weekend holidays” for the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.

Two other Nigerian carriers, Aero and First Nation, also suspended flights this month. Read more

Kenya Airways suffers record loss

August 8, 2016 by  
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NAIROBI, 8 August 2016: When Kenya Airways published the country’s worst-ever corporate results last month, the scale of the loss revealed the effects of several disastrous decisions that the national carrier is struggling to reverse.

The airline’s “Pride of Africa” slogan rang uncomfortably hollow when the 26.22-billion-shilling (USD259-million) loss was announced, driven by higher borrowing costs and unfavourable exchange rates.

Kenya Airways, founded in 1977 following the demise of East African Airways, was considered a cash cow just a decade ago, but is now floundering, said independent analyst Aly-Khan Satchu. Read more

Tunisa moves to end travel bans

July 22, 2015 by  
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LONDON, 22 July 2015: A delegation of Tunisian politicians visited London Monday, urging Britain’s government to reverse advice to tourists against visiting Tunisia following the beach hotel attack near Sousse that killed 38.

Tunisia’s tourism and transport ministers and speaker of parliament held meetings at the Foreign Office and with the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons while offering condolences to the families of victims, 30 of whom were British.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond met Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid in Brussels, where EU ministers promised to boost political and economist support for Tunisia.

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