Tunis gunman worked in tourism

July 6, 2015 by  
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TUNIS, 6 July 2015: The Tunisian gunman behind the 26 June attack at a resort that killed 38 foreigners had worked in the tourism industry, Prime Minister Habib Essid said in an interview published Sunday.

“We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events organiser,” Essid told the French-language newspaper La Presse.

Tourists fled in horror as 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui pulled a Kalashnikov assault rifle from inside a furled beach umbrella and went on a shooting spree outside a five-star hotel.

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Tunisia arms tourist police

June 29, 2015 by  
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PARIS, 29 June 2015: Tunisia said Sunday it would arm tourist police and deploy hundreds of reinforcements as authorities moved to boost security after a jihadist gunned down 38 people at a seaside resort.

There were similar attacks in France and Kuwait to coincide with the start of Ramadan a fasting month.

In Tunisia, police on horseback and quad bikes patrolled the beach at Port El Kantaoui north of Sousse where the worst jihadist attack in Tunisia’s history took place on Friday.

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Africa’s airline travel ready for take off

May 28, 2015 by  
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PARIS, 28 May 2015: Africa has long been the El Dorado just over the horizon for airlines, but sustained economic growth and the emergence of a middle class on the continent may finally clear the obstacles from the runway.

“Today, Africa accounts for just a small portion of global air traffic: less than 3% of passengers when it has 15% of the world’s population,” said Bertrand Mouly-Aigrot, an air transport expert at Archery Strategy Consulting.

“Thus… there is considerable development potential,” he added.

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Wyndham expands in Africa

April 22, 2015 by  
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DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 22 April 2015: Wyndham Hotel Group announced, Tuesday, the opening of the 139-room Ramada® Resort Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Complementing Wyndham Hotel Group’s existing portfolio of franchised properties in Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria and Tunisia, the hotel  is the first property on the African continent to be operated  through the company’s growing management division.

Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam offers 139 rooms and suites. All rooms have flat screen TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities. Read more

Last travel frontier

April 16, 2015 by  
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JAMESTOWN, 16 April 2015: The tiny South Atlantic island of Saint Helena — where Napoleon died in exile — dreams of becoming a tourist draw when its first airport opens next year despite fears it cannot accommodate an influx of visitors.

For years only accessible by boat, St Helena has just one bank, no cash machine and no mobile telephone reception.

Sailing out to St Helena from Cape Town every three weeks, the boat journey takes five long days. Because the island is so remote, only 1,500 tourists visit each year.

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Egypt revises end-date for visas-on-arrival

April 3, 2015 by  
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CAIRO, 3 April 2015: Egypt on Thursday postponed a deadline to stop issuing visas on-arrival for individual travellers until the creation of an electronic visa system, after critics said the move could damage tourism.

Government officials said last month that starting from 15 May on-arrival visas would be granted only to groups travelling with tour operators.

Individual travellers would be required to apply for visas at Egyptian consulates, in a move aimed at bolstering border security.

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Africa tourism seeks branding

February 4, 2015 by  
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MADRID, 4 February 2015: Branding and promotions, foreign direct investment, human resources development and visa facilitation are top of the wish-list for Africa’s emerging tourism industry.

These key topics were given an airing at the VI Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) that involved 16 tourism ministers from Africa and the Middle East.

The yearly forum was held on the sidelines of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR).

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