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    The Congo to host Regional
    Tourism Training institute
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March 2019

Editorial Team

Ben Ohene-Ayeh
Consulting Editor
                      Travel and Tourism Magazine
                                                      Editorial     Developing effective
Kojo Bentum-Williams
Managing Editor                                        crisis communication
Emmanuel Agyei                                                 strategies for African destinations

Assistant Editor
                                                           s the number of disasters        A case in point is the infamous
                                                           and crises affecting the         terror attack by Al-Shabab on a
Samuel Obeng Appah
Content Editor                                             tourism industry rises, an       hotel and work complex in Kenya’s
                                                    understanding of the nature of          capital of Nairobi earlier this year.
                                                    these disasters and how to control      Unfortunate as the incident was, the
Contributing Writers
Pamela Amia Winnie                                  and limit their impacts has also        communication and information
Judy Kepher-Gona                                    become crucial.                         flow was highly professional as the
Dominick Andoh                                                                              institutions ensured that all relevant
Sandra Carvao                                       Communication as an inevitable          facts were gathered before going
Prof Wolfgang Thome                                 tool in our everyday lives also plays   public by way of speaking to the
Marian Ansah                                        a major role in business and events.    media. This averted what could have
Angela Dzidzornu                                    It has become so essential that         been communication gaffes that
                                                    one ignores it at one’s own peril.      usually follow such incidents with
Administration/Marketing                            Destinations around the world thus      the ultimate effect being a nosedive
Jennifer Nyavor                                     institute communication plans to
Glaou Eddie Fortune                                                                         impact on the country’s visitor
                                                    address issues that affect them. The    numbers and tourism receipts.
Symphorien Kouabile
                                                    tourism industry as a whole depends
Michel Kouassi
                                                    heavily on communication to drive       Destinations need to prepare and
Photo Credit                                        and manage the destinations.            strategize for the worse by way
UNWTO                                                                                       of crisis communications plan
Julia Robles                                        Most developed nations have crisis      for addressing any unforeseen
Congo Ministry of Tourism &                         communication plans and protocols       incidents. Capacity building for front
Environment                                         that they rely on to avert or manage    line officers and managers should be
Alex Tackie                                         impending negative situations. Most     encouraged to adequately prepare
Prince Charles Affum                                African destinations however, are yet   them for any eventuality. It is in
Michel Kouadio Kouassi                              to incorporate crisis communication     this regard that we at VoyagesAfriq
Ken Amoah                                           management in their strategies          Travel Magazine align with the World
                                                    to shape perceptions about their        Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO)
Design and Layout                                   countries. In the tourism delivery      adoption of ‘Fostering Resilience
NY Conceptz                                         chain, it is almost crucial to have     and Crisis Communication’ as part of
                                                    back up plans for addressing issues     the 10 points agenda for Africa. Crisis
Publisher                                           that threaten the sustainability        communications courses have been
             Voyages Afriq                          and the smooth operations of a          held for countries and the officers
             Media Ltd.                             destination.

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     of the African members of UNWTO. In     in mind what prospective visitors            negative impact on travel and
     June last year the organization, held   might make of the information put            tourism in Africa was nothing short of
     a crisis communications program         out. Crisis communication is very            massive. For us at VoyagesAfriq Travel
     for Madagascar aimed at decreasing      critical in ensuring that, negative          Magazine, we believe developing
     the impact of negative events in the    travel advisories aren’t always the          crisis communication tools includes
     country such as natural disasters,      case whenever unfortunate incident           bringing all stakeholders together and
     pandemics and security-related          occurs.                                      providing them with key, adequate
     issues among others.                                                                 and relevant information while
                                             Destinations in Africa have been             soliciting their inputs in addressing
     African countries ought to be           adversely affected in visitor numbers        the challenge. Those in charge of
     prepared to efficiently meet the high   somewhat because of the absence              destinations also need to come
     demanding job of managing crisis at     of effective communication crisis            to the understanding that tourism
     destinations. Being proactive during    strategies. A case in point was the          thrives on the amount of information
     crisis means authorities should not     outbreak of the Ebola disease in             available to the tourists as much as it
     shy away from explaining the truth      some parts of the continent a few            does for the product and service on
     and speaking to the media about the     years ago. Even when the disease was         offer, and that is for us, the essence of
     development. Whenever crisis hit,       absent in most of the countries on           crisis communications especially in a
     much is expected of managers and        the continent , advisories created the       world where no one can predict what
     front liners to make available, much    impression that the entire continent         happens tomorrow.
     information as possible, bearing        was riddled with the disease. The

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                                                                                                   Air Senegal’s first A330neo arrives in
                              Editorial: Developing effective crisis communications           29   Dakar ahead of schedule

                         03   strategies for African destinations
                                                                                                   Over 20 Airlines confirms participation at
                                                                                              34   AviaDevKenya

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                                                                                                   AWA & SAA sign MoU to promote
                                                                                                   seamless travel

                              Jayne Kiraguappointed lodge manager at Sarova’s Spirit of
                              Masai Mara                                                           Qatar Airways touches down in Mombasa
                                                                                              36   / RwandAir to launch Addis Ababa flights

                              Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge launches solar power plant              in April

                                                                                                   African countries are becoming open to
                                                                                                   each other

                              Meliá Hotels International to open 5-star property in
                                                                                                   New start for Sierra Leone Tourism /
                                                                                              40   SA Tourism CEO joins UNWTO Advisory

                              Ghana’s President cut sod for Accra Pullman’s Hotel                  Board
                                                                                                   Kenya grows tourism earnings by 31% /
                                                                                                   Chinese Group, TTB ink deal on Tourism

                    16   20
                              CapeMay properties unveils 209 signature Apartments

                                                                                                   Indian Ocean Island of Comoros enacts
                                                                                              46   tourism law / Rwanda’s Greg Bakunziink
                              Hilton Monrovia to open 2023 in Liberia’s Capital
                                                                                                   receives UNWTO award for sustainable

                              First Hyatt Regency Hotel opens in Ethiopia / Meetings
                              Incentive Conference Exhibitions (MICE)                         47
                                                                                                   2018 - International Tourist Arrivals reach
                                                                                                   1.4 billion, two years ahead of forecasts,
                                                                                                   Africa among the growth leaders
                                                                                                                                                 43             44
                                                                                                   ZTA gets Acting Chief Executive as
                              Integrating SMEs in Tourism Creates Diverse & Authentic Guest
                         24   Experiences, while Giving Destinations unique Identities             Kaseke bows out / Namibia named Top

                                                                                                                                                 52             56
                                                                                                   Country at Wanderlust Reader Travel
                                                                                                   Awards 2019, SA is in Top 10
                              Seychelles collaborate with UNWTO to strengthen Tourism              Seychelles assumes presidency of
                         27   Statistical System
                                                                                              49   ‘Vanilla Islands,’ seeks to improve
                                                                                                   tourism earnings
                              Ethiopian Airlines secures 49% in Ghana home-based carrier
                         28                                                                                                                      60             60
                                                                                                   Zambia's cabinet approves plan for
                                                                                                   Tourism Development / Soweto Gospel
                                                                                                   Choir wins 3rd Grammy Award

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                                                                                                                                     10th Anniversary of INVESTOUR highlights
                                                                                                                                              on Safe & Seamless Travel, Resilience,Digital
                                                                                                                                                     Transformation and Innovation

                                                                                                                                              ore than 20 tourism              African entities with tourism projects   and diversification through niche
                                                                                                                                              ministers from various           and potential international partners.    tourism products.
                                                                                                                                              African countries attended
                                                                                                                                     the 10th anniversary edition of           This special anniversary edition had     As a new feature of the event, the
                                                                                                                                     INVESTOUR, the Tourism Investment         two (2) round table discussions on       UNWTO during the anniversary
                                                                                                                                     and Business Forum for Africa.            topical tourism issues and a session     edition launched the Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                               of business-to-business meetings.        Startup Competition for Africa which
                                                                                                                                     Organized jointly by the UN World         Prominent among the topics               is to identify and support emerging
                                                                                                                                     Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Casa        discussed are safety and security        companies expected to lead the
                                                                                                                                     África and FITUR as part of FITUR         challenges and their impact on the       transformation of the tourism sector
                                                                                                                                     International Tourism Fair, INVESTOUR     development of the tourism sector,       in the Africa region. The objective of
                                                                                                                                     promotes sustainable development          as well as the issues of crime, health   this initiative is to challenge young
                                                                                                                                     in Africa while facilitating meetings     hazards, natural disasters, violence     African entrepreneurs to contribute
                                                                                                                                     on     investment     and      business   and political instability, which         positively to growing the travel and
                                                                                                                                     opportunities on the continent. The       affects the image of a destination.      tourism industry in their respective
                                                                                                                                     event is held every January within the    Participants also discussed the          countries and the region in general.
                                                                                                                                     framework of the FITUR Tourism Fair       promotion of tourism through             The five finalists gave presentations to
                                                                                                                                     in Madrid, and strategically connects     innovation and digital transformation    pitch their ideas.
    President Denis Sassou N´Guesso (third right) presenting the Honorary award for the first edition of the
    Caravane to the Secretary General of UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili during the latter's recent visit to The Congo

The Congo to host Regional
Tourism Training institute
The Congolese capital of Brazzaville is to host a tourism and
hospitality institute for the Central Africa region.

     he Congolese capital of                dedicated to jobs and education in         Nonault who led the delegation to
     Brazzaville is to host a tourism       tourism.                                   pay a courtesy call on the President
     and hospitality institute for the                                                 pledged her outfit's readiness
Central Africa region.                      President Denis Sassou N´Guesso            to partner the World Tourism
                                            on his part pledged his support for        Organization to deliver the project.
The Secretary General of the World          the establishment of the regional
Tourism Organization (UNWTO)                tourism institution. He said his           The UNWTO delegation also
Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili             government was committed to                comprised Jaime Mayaki, the
disclosed this when he paid a               making tourism a key economic              Deputy Regional Director for Africa
courtesy call on the President of the       driver.                                    program and Zineb Remmal, Senior
Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou                                                    Project specialist at the Technical
N´Guesso.                                   The President also noted that the          Cooperation department
                                            Congo Basin is a world heritage that
Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili             can contribute more to the GDP of          Ambassador Pololikashvili was in
applauded the leadership role of            the region when better promoted            the Republic of the Congo to attend
the country in tourism development          and exploited.                             the first edition of the Caravan
in Africa. He also underscored the                                                     for Responsible and Sustainable
importance of tourism education             The Minister       of Tourism and          tourism.
with an emphasis on 2019 as the year        Environment        Arlette  Soudan-

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       Sarova Hotels Group                                                                                                                Ethiopian PM inaugurates Bole Airport terminal
       launches new upscale brand
                                                                                                                                          expansion and Ethiopian Skylight Hotel
     arova Hotels Group, one              luxury experience in exclusive and           Collection brand is Spirit of the Masai
     of Kenya's leading hotel             serene locations.For the past 44 years,      Mara, located in the private Siana
     chains has announced its             our drive and commitment has been            Conservancy, which Sarova Hotels

upscale brand ‘’Sarova Signature          and continues to be the ability to           took over in April 2018. Spirit of the                   rime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed
Collection’’.                             offer exquisite African hospitality. This    Masai Mara is a niche, boutique lodge                    has     inaugurated       both
                                          has largely informed our strategy for        consisting of 10 well-appointed luxury                   Ethiopian Airlines’ (Ethiopian)
The hotel in a press release named        customer retention and acquisition           suites, built on solid stone structures            state-of-the-art Addis Ababa Bole
the Spirit of the Masai Mara as its       through new product development,             which uniquely blend traditional                   Airport Terminal expansion and a
first property under the Signature        innovation and guest recognition. Our        materials with a contemporary design.              5-star Skylight Hotel project.
collection brand.                         joy is when guests enjoy a wonderful         The new brand seeks to appeal to the
Sarova Hotels Managing Director, Jimi     experience that will forever be etched       discerning international and domestic              The Addis Ababa Bole International
Kariuki, says “Today’s customers are      on their minds'' Mr Kariuki added.           travellers yearning for an exclusive               Airport passenger terminal expansion
looking for different and positively                                                   and luxurious experiences.                         project was built at a cost of 363
                                          The first property under the Signature                                                          million US dollars on a 74,000 square
memorable experiences when they
stay in a hotel or in a lodge. Our                                                                                                        meters of land.
focus as a business enterprise will                                                                                                       The Prime Minister on the occasion
be to continue to understand these                                                                                                        said “Ethiopian Airlines is the pride
changing trends and new market                                                                                                                                                     PM Abiy Ahmed assisted by Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and AUC
                                                                                                                                          of Ethiopia as it embodies the           Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat cutting the ribbon to open the new airport expansion
segments better and to become                                                                                                             philosophy of Medemer.”
more customer-centred in our service                                                                                                                                               carrying capacity of the airlines to 25      Senior government officials and
delivery. Sarova Signature Collection                                                                                                     He emphasized that greatness of the      million per year.                            Chairperson of the African Union
is the beginning of this journey”.                                                                                                        airline rests on the synergistic work                                                 Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki
                                                                                                                                          of all staff of the organization. He     The Prime Minister also inaugurated          Mahamat, attended the inauguration
''We are therefore delighted to
                                                                                                                                          called on staff members to take their    Ethiopian Airlines’ 5-star Skylight          ceremony.
announce the introduction of our
                                                                                                                                          ownership to another level by buying     Hotel project built at a cost of 65
new upscale brand ‘Sarova Signature
                                                                                                                                          into shares of the airline.              million US dollars.                          Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed also
Collection’. This brand extension gives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                visited the aviation academy of
us an opportunity to offer our guests                                                                                                     He further affirmed the support          Ethiopian Skylight Hotel is located          the airline; the maintenance and
an unparalleled and unforgettable                                                                                                         of his administration to further         five minutes from Addis Ababa Bole           aerospace     manufacturing     site,
                                                                                                                                          strengthening the airline.               International Airport.                       cargo and logistics center as well as

 Jayne Kiragu appointed lodge manager at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the simulation training site where
                                                                                                                                          Group Chief Executive Officer            Built on a 40,000 square meter land,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                operators demonstrated the A350-900
                                                                                                                                          (CEO) Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde        the hotel has 373 rooms, 4 restaurants,

    Sarova’s Spirit of Masai Mara
                                                                                                                                          Gebremariam for his part said that       banquet hall to accommodate 2,000
                                                                                                                                          the expansion will raise the passenger   guests, among other facilities. The
                                                                                                                                                                                   hotel will generate 400 jobs.

    ayne Kiragu, well known by            property, in April last year on an initial
    regular visitors to the Sarova        15 year contract.
    Whitesands Resort & Spa in
Mombasa, has been appointed               With just 10 ensuite cottages this
Lodge Manager at the Sarova               property small enough to provide
managed Spirit of the Masai Mara          very personalized service has been
luxury safari lodge.                      given the straight 5 star ranking by                                                        Front view of the
                                          TripAdvisor and several hotel booking                                                       Ethiopian Skyligt Hotel
Jayne until the end of November           sites.
was Front Office Manager at the
Whitesands for several years and often    For Jayne it is the next step on her
the public face of the hotel which        career ladder, stepping up from Head
is located north of Mombasa along         of Department to the role of manager
Bamburi beach.                            of one of Sarova’s lodge properties,
                                          and from the look of it, one of the
Sarova Hotels, one of Kenya’s             finest in their growing portfolios.          Jayne Kiragu
leading hotel resort and safari                                                        Lodge Manager, Sarova’s Spirit of Masai Mara
lodge companies, took over the            Source: ATC News
management of the small luxury

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The hotel will have 171 rooms, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    swimming pool, multiple dining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    spaces     (including     a    rooftop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    restaurant), a spa, gym and almost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 000 sqm of facilities for events and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meetings (including a banquet room).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arusha     is    near     Kilimanjaro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    International Airport and the main
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    starting point for attractions such
                                                                                                                                 Meliá Hotels                                                                       as the Serengeti National Park,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ngorongoro      Conservation     Area,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai
                                                                                                                                 to open 5-star                                                                     Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount

                                 Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park and
                                                                                                                                 property in                                                                        Mount Meru

                                  launches solar power plant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The addition of this hotel strengthens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Meliá Hotels International

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    partnership       with        Albwardy
                                                                                                                                            eliá Hotels International      the Meliá Zanzibar and Meliá
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Investment, owner of the property
                                                                                                                                            will open a five-star hotel    Serengeti Lodge. It will be a five-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and a key partner for the international

   erena Hotels and Mettle Solar           Award; “Extraordinary Business Case         in two properties; Amboseli Serena                   in Arusha, Tanzania, in        star luxury resort in an exceptionally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    growth of Meliá.
   OFGEN have officially opened            andCSR”, at the official Global Best        Safari Lodge that has the very            April this year.                          natural environment next to a coffee
   “Kenya’s First Fully Solar              Practice Awards 2018 ceremony in            first Tesla Inverter/Battery System                                                 plantation and perfectly integrated      Source: Daongalelwe Dinale,
                                                                                                                                 Meliá Arusha will be the third hotel      with the landscape.
powered Lodge”.                            Milan, Italy. Kilaguni Serena won this      in Kenya and the largest battery                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                 in the Tanzanian portfolio, joining
                                           award for using eco-friendly practices      system in East Africa, while Kilaguni
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge               in providing professional textile care      Serena Safari Lodge’s solar plant is

                                                                                                                                 Rotana signs fourth property in Africa
located in Tsavo West National Park        through sustainable and energy              recognized as Kenya’s largest Solar
now operates a fully-fledged solar         efficient laundry services as a result of   PV System on tracker. Additionally,
power plant to provide for its entire      the Solar Power Plant.’’ Incorporating      the firms commissioned two hybrid
power requirements and enhance             historic energy data insights to our        projects in early February 2018 at                                                                                           which underpins Rotana’s growing
environmental sustainability.              business strategy is one of the key         Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and                                                                                              presence in Africa.
                                           drivers that enabled our journey            Sweetwaters Serena Camp. The
The solar power plant is installed                                                                                                                                                                                  “As reflected in our strong portfolio
                                           from the use of fossil based energy         main engineering, procurement
under a lease arrangement and                                                                                                                                                                                       and our solid development pipeline,
                                           to renewable and effective energy           and construction (EPC) work was
produces 307kWp utilizing SMA Solar                                                                                                                                                                                 the continent is a key focus market for
                                           sources such as the installation of         performed by SPS Kenya. In the years
offgrid technology with 670kWh of                                                                                                                                                                                   us.
                                           the solar power plant.”,Said Mr Van         to come, these systems will enable
usable lead acid battery storage,
                                           Themaat.                                    Serena Hotels to make major strides                                                                                          “We will continue to seek new
with the capacity to supply Kilaguni
                                                                                       in decreasing its operational costs and                                                                                      opportunities to increase our hotels in
Serena Safari Lodge’s total energy         Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing            carbon foot print thus contributing to                                                                                       new destinations, thereby providing
requirements during normal weather         Director, Serena Hotels says, “The          a healthier environment now and for                                                                                          value to our partners and guests and
conditions. During adverse weather,        Company continues to focus on               our next generations.                                                                                                        strengthening our global footprint
additional energy needs are met using
synchronised diesel generators which       innovative programs that respond            Mr. Thorsten Ronge, Managing                                                                                                 even further. Selim El Zur said.
were previously the main source of         to the needs of the environment,            Director, SMA Solar Technology South
energy before the commissioning of         economy and communities within                                                                                                                                           Located in the newly expanded
                                                                                       Africa says, “The projects focus on

the solar plant in July 2017.              which it operates – the fundamental                                                                                                                                      Central Business District of Lusaka,
                                                                                                                                    n further strengthening its presence in Africa, Rotana has signed a             the hotel will be a stone’s throw from
                                           tenets of Sustainability”. He further       secure and environmentally friendly          hotel management agreement with Grandview Hotels and Resorts to
Mr. Francois Van Themaat, Managing         added, “The demand from eco-                energy supply is testament to SMA’s                                                                                          major landmarks in the city, including
Director, Mettle Solar OFGEN says,                                                                                                  manage a new five-star hotel in the Republic of Zambia. The property is         the East Park Mall and several
                                           travellers is growing and Serena            vision of ‘generating energy where        scheduled to be opened by 2021.
“This is among one of our first            continues to adapt its business best        it is needed’. We are proud that our                                                                                         multinational corporate offices.
projects in the hospitality industry. It   practices model to meet the ecological      Sunny Island battery inverters, which     Set to be situated in the heart of the    Khartoum, Sudan; Kin Plaza Arjaan
is a big win for Kenya to get a ground                                                                                                                                                                              The exquisitely designed five-star
                                           travel experiences and expectations         have been shipped to the world            south-central African country’s capital   by Rotana, Kinshasa, Democratic          hotel will feature 150 rooms and 50
breaking project like this, up and         of today’s guest. The hotel sector is       for nearly twenty years to generate       city Lusaka, the upcoming hotel will be   Republic of Congo; and Grand Rotana
running. This took the effort of our                                                                                                                                                                                hotel apartments that will provide
                                           energy-intensive and despite being          clean and reliable electricity in         the first-ever property to be operated    Resort & Spa, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.    guests with all the comforts and
researchers, engineers, suppliers and      remotely located in the park; we have       remote locations, form the heart          under the Rotana Hotels and Resorts
the Government of Kenya and we look                                                                                                                                        Commenting on the agreement,             luxury for a pleasant and memorable
                                           successfully managed to use a clean-        and brain of Kilaguni’s off-grid solar    brand in Zambia.The hotel will be                                                  long stay experience.
forward to working with Serena Hotels      renewable source of energy to fully         installation.   SMA      congratulates    the addition to the company’s three       Selim El Zyr, vice chairman, Rotana,
for more ground-breaking projects.”        run the lodge’s operations.”                Serena Hotels and Mettle Solar OFGEN      operating properties in the African       said: “We are delighted to sign the
                                                                                       on this extraordinary project and solar   continent, including Al Salam Rotana,     agreement for a new hotel in Zambia
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, in           The off-grid solar system by Mettle         powering the historic safari lodge.”
October 2018 won the Special               Solar OFGEN has been implemented

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     AC MARRIOTT debuts in Africa with
                                                                                     its many loyal guests from around
                                                                                     the globe. The Yacht Club mixed use
                                                                                     development, where the AC Hotels

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                                                                                     by Marriott is situated, is the second
                                                                                     property in our portfolio of iconic
                                                                                     precincts to welcome Marriott, with

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        Marriott      International’s    partnership with the Amdec Group”           the first, and Harbour Arch in Cape
        European-inspired lifestyle      said Alex Kyriakidis President and          Town, the second. We are thrilled by
brand, has announced the opening         Managing Director Middle East and           the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town
of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront         Africa Marriott International. “The         Waterfront and believe it will provide
property marking the debut of            opening of this hotel reinforces our        another great place for international
the brand in Middle East and             commitment to driving growth for            tourists to stay when visiting the city.
Africa. Owned and developed              our lifestyle brands in South Africa in     With the Spanish heritage of the AC
by the Amdec Group, the hotel            response to a continued demand from         Hotels by Marriot brand, our design-
demonstrates the sophisticated           discerning travelers seeking hotels         driven hotel brings new inspiration
and timeless European design             with style and functional design, while     to the city,’’ said Michael Liffmann,
that is true to the AC Hotels brand,     also providing unique and authentic         General Manager of AC Hotels Cape
interpreted for its Cape Town            experiences.”he stressed.                   Town Waterfront.’

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location. Conveniently located just
                                         Commenting on the
minutes away from the buzzing
                                         announcement, James
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the
                                         Wilson, Amdec Group
hotel is just a 25-minute drive from
                                         CEO said “We are proud
Cape Town International Airport
                                         to pave the way for
within the city’s thriving central

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“We are delighted to open our very       Africa and help to                                                                      M

first AC Hotel by Marriott in Middle     open up new markets                                                                     Y

East and Africa and in Cape Town,        for the world’s leading
South Africa to be precise to further    hotel company and



Nadia Samuels Joins Taj Cape Town as Marketing Manager
                                                                                                                                       24-26 APRIL 2019


      xperienced hospitality industry     this year. “My biggest challenge is
      expert Nadia Samuels has joined
      Taj Cape Town as Marketing
                                          understanding all the facets of the Taj
                                          Cape Town property first,” says Nadia.
                                                                                                                                       CENTURY CITY CONFERENCE CENTRE
Manager, with her appointment official    “I’m fascinated by social media as well                                                      CAPE TOWN
as of late January 2019.                  and I’m looking forward to tapping into
                                          the expertise of the global group HQ in
Samuels joins Cape Town’s premier
                                          India to help us grow our profile – we                                                       Now entering its fourth year, AviaDev Africa is the only forum that is
inner-city luxury hotel from Grande
                                          want to be known not just as a premier
Roche Hotel, where she performed                                                                                                       dedicated to growing connectivity to, from and within the African continent.
                                          property in Cape Town or South Africa,
the dual roles of Sales & Marketing                                                                                                    Bringing together airports, airlines, tourism authorities, governments and
                                          but around the world, as well”.
Manager and represented the property
at international trade shows like ITB  She says that while she enjoyed her time                  Nadia Samuels                         industry suppliers, AviaDev offers attendees the ability to pre-arrange
Berlin, WTM Africa and Indaba. Before  working on both Sales and Marketing                                                             meetings in professional surroundings, offering the best chance to make
that, her path included stints at the  in previous roles, the latter satisfies her   back to the 1890’s, Taj Cape Town is
                                                                                     the ultimate city centre luxury hotel.            a real connection.
Pepper Club Hotel & Spa, Kingfisher    creative side – and working with such
Resort Management, Southern Cross      a large and multifaceted property will        Home to the iconic Bombay Brasserie
Conferences and Protea Hotels. She     give her plenty of opportunities to test      and vibey Mint Restaurant & Terrace,
also successfully operated her own     out new ideas and get more involved           Taj Cape Town blends opulence and                   REGISTER NOW                    
professional conferencing company,     with different aspects of the operation       comfort with world-class service and
Genesys Conferences and Events, for    of Taj Cape Town. “Just when you              facilities to meet every guest’s need.
nearly a decade.                       think you can’t progress any further          As well as being the ideal setting for
                                       in your career, an opportunity like this      romantic inner-city weddings, it also
Having previously worked with Taj                                                    boasts the fastest internet access of             ORGANISED BY                    HOST PARTNERS
                                       one comes along and shows you that
Cape Town GM Mark Wernich at                                                         any Cape Town hotel, making it an
                                       there’s still so much more potential for
Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay in the early                                               ideal conferencing and events base for
                                       learning and growing,” says Nadia.
2000’s, she leapt at the opportunity                                                 brands seeking luxury and the best in
to be a part of his team again when Situated in the heart of the Cape                service.
the opportunity presented itself Town CBD in two buildings which date

The Congo to host Regional Tourism Training institute - Travel and Tourism Magazine
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                                           “Continuing economic growth in
                                           Africa is driving greater investment in
                                           the continent, and Ghana is proving
                                           to be particularly attractive as an
   by Protea announces                     investment destination. Protea Hotels
 second property in Ghana                  by Marriott, is one of Africa’s most
                                           notable hotel brands and we are
Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of         delighted to debut the brand in the
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:      bustling and dynamic capital city of
MAR), announced the signing of             Accra. The hotel will meet the rising
Protea Hotel by Marriott Accra,            demand for quality lodging in the
Kotoka Airport, the brand’s second         city, catering to both the business as
hotel in Ghana and the first Protea        well as the leisure traveler” said Volker
Hotel by Marriott in the capital city      Heiden, Vice President Protea Hotels
of Accra. Owned by Baobab Hotels &         by Marriott, Marriott International,
Resorts which is a subsidiary of the       Middle East and Africa.
YAMUSAH Group, the hotel will be
strategically located in the prestigious   According to Mr. Zibrim Yamusah,
airport residential area of Accra. A       President and CEO of The YAMUSAH
mere 1.5 kilometers from the Kotoka        Group, “We are pleased to partner           the global distribution of Marriott
International Airport, the hotel is also   with Marriott International to bring        International and the strength of its
in close proximity to key diplomatic,      the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand         loyalty program, we believe, are a
government and commercial nodes.           to Accra. The brand’s strong regional       powerful combination that will help
                                           equity and awareness coupled with           position the hotel and drive business.”

       Ghana’s President cut sod for Accra Pullman’s Hotel
     resident Nana Addo Dankwa             policy initiatives that are creating an     The investing partners’ interests are
     Akufo-Addo has cut sod for            enabling environment for the private        held through Platinum Properties
     construction works to start           sector to flourish”.                        Limited as the Project SPV and asset
on the Pullman Accra Airport City                                                      owner.
Project.                                   He assured the private partners of the
                                           project, Inter-Afrique Holdings Limited     The partnership would lead to the
The project is set to become Ghana’s       that under his watch, Ghana would           opening of the 364-key hotel and
largest and most distinguished             continue to be a great place to do          serviced apartments, making it
hospitality facility.                      business.                                   the largest hotel and the first dual
                                                                                       hospitality offering in Ghana. The
President Akufo-Addo said the project      Pullman Accra Airport City is a             facility is set to open in 2021.
was “in line with my government’s          joint development between equity
vision of using an appropriate mix         partners,    Inter-Afrique   Holdings       The groundbreaking event followed
of public policy, and public-private       Ltd and the Ghana Infrastructure            the signing of the Hotel Management
investments, to help market the            Investment Fund (GIIF) - the private        Agreement between AccorHotels
country as an exciting destination for     sector focused sovereign wealth fund        and Platinum Properties Limited on
leisure, conference, sports, health,       of Ghana with diversified interests in      October 2, 2018.
educational and cultural tourism”.         infrastructure and tourism.
He added that it was going to create
1,000 jobs at the construction phase,
and employ 546 persons, when it
became operational.

The President said it is refreshing to
learn that Pullman Accra would be
the highest Green-rated building in
the country and the second highest
Green-rated hotel in Africa.

President Akufo-Addo said his
government was a natural cheerleader
for the private sector, “and over
the course of the past twenty-three
(23) months, we are succeeding              President Nana Akufo-Addo cuts sod for construction to begin on Accra
in putting in place measures and            Pullman's Hotel

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CapeMay properties unveils 209 signature Apartments                                                                              RUPARELIA GROUP
                                                                                                                                 to unveil $100m Beach Resort project in Entebbe
                                           The Signature Apartment offers
                                           you everything at your fingertips.                                                                                                                                          Commonwealth       Resort,    Kabira
                                           We seek to deliver to our clients                                                                                                                                           Country Club, Speke Hotel 1996,
                                           apartments which guarantees return                                                                                                                                          Forest Cottages Naguru, Bukoto
                                           on investments for continued years’’                                                                                                                                        Heights, Dolphine Suites Bugolobi,
                                           Mrs Adjei Bonsu added.                                                                                                                                                      Speke Apartments, Victoria University,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kampala Parents School, Dheli Public
                                           The Signature Apartment is a finesse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       School, Kampala International School
                                           styled, luxurious properties equipped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Uganda.
                                           to deliver service point of view from
                                           a concierge service and in-residence                                                                                                                                        According to Sudhir Ruparelia, strong
                                           dining to a dedicated residential                                                                                                                                           demand for top notch facilities

                                           management          team       offering                                                                                                                                     continue to drive Ruparelia Group’s
                                           unmatched customer service to its                                                           ast African Property Mogul           resort and convention centre will be       desire not only for growth but also for
                                           clients.                                                                                    and Business Magnate, Sudhir         constructed a few minutes’ away from       the Group’s continued quest to make
                                                                                       Mrs. Eunice Adjei Bonsu                         Ruparelia has announced yet
                  Dr. Kwabena Adjei                                                                                                                                         Entebbe International Airport, making      Uganda a destination of choice for

                                           Amenities include; roof top swimming                                                  another mega resort project whose
                                                                                      his hall mark and the launch of the                                                   it the perfect “Gateway to Uganda, the     tourists.
       apemay       Properties    a        pool and bar, fitness center and steam                                                construction is expected to start          Pearl of Africa”.
       subsidiary of the Kasapreko         room,. Others are a Lawn tennis court,     Signature Apartments is to change
                                                                                                                                 this year (2019).                                                                     He was cognizant of the Group’s motto
       Group Limited has unveiled          Ballet and Yoga studio, Library Movie      real estate marketing by providing a                                                  This new development joins a               of, “Serving to Grow and Growing to
an audacious 209-room apartments           theater, Bowling alley, hair and nail      unique service which are missing in        Located on over 15 acres at Abayita        conglomerate of other businesses           Serve” – and went on to say that this
projects codenamed, ‘’The Signature        salon, and a 24 -hours security service,   the real estate environment in Ghana.      Ababiri trading centre near the Shores     under the Ruparelia Group namely;          project was estimated to cost over
Apartment’’ at a ceremony in Accra,                                                                                              of Lake Victoria in Entebbe (former        Speke Resort Munyonyo, Munyonyo
                                           The rest are Private underground           Dr, Adjei stressed that, Capemay’s                                                                                               $100m.
Ghana.                                                                                                                           Ssese Gateway Beach), the new
                                           parking, Ground level swimming pool,       overall objective is to provide quality,

                                                                                                                                 Hilton Monrovia
Capemay Properties, a Real Estate          Indoor and Outdoor playground, Spa,        decent, rewarding and affordable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       growing number of Foreign Embassies
Company focused on delivering              Karaoke studio, Cafe, restaurants,         homes for Ghana’s growing middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and NGO offices, which are expected to
quality buildings at competitive           Corporate       meeting      rooms,        class. He further invited investors to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       act as significant demand generators

                                                                                                                                 to open 2023 in Liberia’s Capital
prices, good rental yield for investors    Pharmaceutical drugstore, grocery          take advantage of Ghana’s growing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for upscale accommodation and
and excellent customer service is the      stores as well as concierge services       economy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       facilities in the city.
first real estate company under the        which completes its state of the art       The concept is inspired by Ghana’s
conglomerate Kasapreko Group which         status.                                                                                                                                                                     Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP, Development,
                                                                                      Adinkra symbol ‘Mframadan’ which
is seeking to give Accra’s growing                                                                                                                                                                                     EMEA, Hilton said: “This is an
                                           The property’s starting price is from      denotes strength and sturdiness.
urban population the opportunity                                                                                                                                                                                       outstanding project which, as the
                                           US$ 64500 studio apartment to              The architecture is unlike anything
to own decent and rewarding                                                                                                                                                                                            first internationally branded property
                                           $300,000 bedroom and penthouse             found on the African continent. It is
accommodation properties.                                                                                                                                                                                              to enter the market, will be a game
                                           apartment.                                 a highly ambitious and intriguing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       changer for the travel and tourism
The 209-room apartment will be built                                                  development, aimed at representing
                                           The amenities will be fitted by global                                                                                                                                      industry in Liberia. We have a proud
by Italian construction firm Michelleti                                               the pinnacle of refined African living
                                           player, Bosch electronics and its                                                                                                                                           history on the African continent
Group and expected to be ready in the                                                 providing location, leisure and luxury-
                                           country director has promised a                                                                                                                                             stretching back over 50 years and look
first quarter of 2021.                                                                A hallmark of African Excellence.
                                           top class furnishing of the property                                                                                                                                        forward to adding Monrovia to the
Addressing an impressive ceremony          and aims for a longer and robust           With its unique design the signature                                                                                             list of destinations in which we have
of businessmen, journalists and            retrofitting systems.                      apartments is located at Tetteh                                                                                                  pioneered the hospitality industry
members of the hospitality industry                                                   Quarshie-Circle opposite the Accra          Chris Nassetta, President & CEO of Hilton displaying a model of Hilton Monrovia in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       over time.”
                                           The Founder and Group Chairman                                                         the company of his team members and some Liberian officials
at the plush Kempinski GoldCoast                                                      Mall. It is ten minutes’ drive from the
City Hotel, The Managing Director          of Kasapreko Company ltd, Dr.              Kotoka International Airport. The                                                                                                C. Vincent Iweanoge, President of
                                                                                                                                 Hilton has signed a Management             The 12-story tower complex (which
of the Company Eunice Adjei-Bonsu          Kwabena Adjei in his remarks said,         property provides easy access to the                                                                                             Hospitality Concept & Allied Services
                                                                                                                                 Agreement with Hospitality Concept         will be the tallest building in the
said, the project was inspired by the      his philosophy for quality has been        city’s central business district.                                                                                                Ltd said: “This is an amazing project
                                                                                                                                 & Allied Services Limited to bring its     country) will contain state of the art
Group Chairman Dr Kwabena Adjei’s                                                                                                                                                                                      and a dream come true for the
                                                                                                                                 flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand     conferencing facilities, a restaurant,
philosophy for excellence. She added                                                                                                                                                                                   Liberian people. This has taken a lot of
                                                                                                                                 to the capital city of Liberia. The $48m   bar and outdoor pool. Guests will
that, her outfit has passion to redefine                                                                                                                                                                               hard work and dedication by a great
                                                                                                                                 project has been unveiled at a signing     be able to choose between upscale
urban living and make an indelible                                                                                                                                                                                     team, to make sure it became a reality.
                                                                                                                                 ceremony in Monrovia and will see          appointed guest rooms and a range
mark on Accra’s skyline.                                                                                                                                                                                               This project will create hundreds of
                                                                                                                                 the Hilton name adorn a 192-guest          of suites, including two Presidential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       jobs for the Liberian people, improve
‘’ Our concept for the signature                                                                                                 room property in the Eastern suburb        Suites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tourism, and add tremendously to
apartments is very different from what                                                                                           of Paynesville.
                                                                                                                                                                            The hotel’s location on SKD Boulevard      the economy, while at the same time
other real estate companies offer to                                                                                             Hilton Monrovia is expected to begin       offers ease of access to the main road     taking the Liberian hospitality industry
the Ghanaian market. We are offering                                                                                             welcoming guests in 2023 and will          linking Roberts International Airport      to the next level. This waterfront
our clients sophisticated amenities.                                                                                             become the first hotel to open in the      with the Eastern districts of Monrovia.    project will definitely make Liberia a
                                                                                                                                 city under an international operator.      Its immediate surrounds house a            tourist destination again.”

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First       Hyatt Regency Hotel opens in Ethiopia
         yatt Regency has become         Situated at the junction of Africa        non-national, aside from Sheraton
         the eighth international        Avenue and Jomo Kenyatta Street           Addis Hotel, which is owned by
         franchise hotel to join the     near Mesqel Square, the construction      Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi.
hospitality industry in the Ethiopian    of the hotel took over 13 years to        The owner, Albwardy Investment,
capital, Addis Ababa.                    complete. The hotel has meeting           is a Dubai-based company that
                                         facilities that boast 1,700Sqm. It also   operates a total of 30 companies
Built to a five-star standard, the       has recreational facilities including a   globally including food distribution,
hotel is located five kilometres         fitness area with spa and manicure        logistics,   marine     engineering,
from Bole International Airport.         salon facilities, a 400Sqm terrace        construction, insurance, polo sports
The hotel features 188 guestrooms,       designed for dining and social            and hospitality.
including 12 suites, two executive       events.
suites, one presidential suite and
one royal presidential suite with four   Hyatt Regency is the second
bedrooms.                                franchise hotel to be owned by a

              First UNWTO/ICAO Ministerial Conference Tourism and Air Transport in Africa, 27-29
              March, 2019, Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cabo Verde

        •     World Travel Market-Africa (WTMA) 10-12 April 2019, Cape Town South Africa

              Tourism Innovation & Development Advantage (TIDA 2019) 24th April, 2019, Nigerian
              Institute of International Affairs, Kobo Abayomi, V.I, Lagos

        •     AviaDev Africa, 24 - 26 April, 2019 - Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, SA

        •     Takularandini Malawi International Tourism Expo-Lilongwe, Malawi 25-27 April 2019

              Salon International du Tourisme d'Abidjan (SITA) Date: 27 April -1st May 2019
              Abidjan-Cote D’Ivoire

        •     KiliFair/Karibu International Tourism Fair – Arusha-Tanzania Date: 7-9 June 2019

              Africa Tourism Leadership Forum(ATLF) is scheduled for 29th & 30th August 2019 to
              be held in Durban- South Africa

        •     Zimbabwe announces 2019 dates for Sanganai 12-14 September 2019

    Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre.-Bulawayo.

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                           Integrating SMEs                                                                                        Spain reaffirms support for UNWTO and
in Tourism Creates Diverse & Authentic Guest Experiences,
             while Giving Destinations unique Identities                                                                           announces new headquarters site
  t is not often that you come across SMEs in tourism strategy. It is
  even rare to come across programs or events organised for SMEs by                                                                To mark the start of FITUR 2019, an inaugural reception was held and                    coexistence and does not generate
                                                                                                                                   presided over for the first time by the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez,         economic or social dysfunctions.
  DMOs or policy makers. I am yet to see a destination consultancy
                                                                                                                                   alongside the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),              This is the path envisaged in the 2030
that focuses on tourism SMEs. This is the major cause of poverty in                                                                Zurab Pololikashvili, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain,         Sustainable Tourism Strategy being
popular destinations in developing countries.                                                                                      Reyes Maroto.                                                                           deployed by the Government, which
A large segment of tourism SMEs is          businesses, the capacity of host                                                                                                                                               is aiming for “not just quality but
                                                                                                                                   The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez,         Government of Spain to sustainable           excellence in tourism”. In his opinion,
from host communities. When host            communities can be built to add value                                                  announced during the event that he         tourism as a contributor to economic
communities are not integrated in           to mainstream tourism and increase                                                                                                                                             maintaining the country’s current
                                                                                       When a destination strategy is              would place at the disposal of the         growth, a key objective in the
tourism by design through policy            destination competitiveness.                                                                                                                                                   leadership position “is the task of
                                                                                       anchored on values, it embraces all         World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)         framework of the 2030 Agenda. It also
and business culture, they find ways                                                                                                                                                                                       everyone”, not only of the Government,
                                                                                       players, big and small and ensure           a space in the Palacio de Congresos        reflects the support accorded by the
to engage. Usually they fall short of       The integration is not always without                                                                                                                                          but also of local corporations, the
                                                                                       opportunities and benefits are              de Madrid (Madrid Congress Centre)         Spanish Government to the UNWTO,
conventional sector standards and           challenges. It takes businesses with                                                                                                                                           autonomous communities and the
                                                                                       equitably shared. This is the essence of    to serve as the headquarters of the        the only United Nations agency with
are easily dismissed as a problem           long term focus, care for destination,                                                                                                                                         citizenry.
                                                                                       sustainable tourism. It builds resilient,   United Nations specialized agency,         its permanent headquarters in Spain,
to mainstream industry. But these           and clear integration goals, through
                                                                                       inclusive and integrated destinations.      which has been based in Spain since        and demonstrates the importance of           The UNWTO has designated 2019
informal SMEs are part and parcel of        shareholder commitment to handhold
                                            the communities through the                                                            its creation in 1976. Sánchez said         the tourism sector for the country, as       as the year of “education, skills and
tourism asset.                                                                         The mistake made by many policies
                                            integration process. It takes only a few                                               that the Palacio de Congresos de           its biggest economic sector.                 employment” precisely because, as a
                                                                                       is to ignore communities, and other
 Host communities, play a significant       success stories for the communities to                                                 Madrid, located on the Paseo de la                                                      leading growth sector in the world, it
                                                                                       SMEs in tourism without realising that                                                 “The institutional backing on the part
role in creating, building and sustaining   open up.                                                                               Castellana, is an iconic site worthy                                                    is also a powerful generator of jobs,
                                                                                       informality is part of the tourism asset,                                              of Spain, which has been a strong
destination identity. Their integration                                                                                            of the UNWTO’s standing as a United                                                     employing 1 in 10 people in the world.
                                                                                       and it actually gives a destination its                                                supporter of our efforts, is essential for
is not just desirable for direct            There are several levels of integration                                                Nations organization. He added that                                                     According to data from the Spanish
                                                                                       identity.                                                                              the development of the UNWTO and
economic benefits but for sustained         of communities in the tourism supply                                                   the move would revitalize the area,                                                     Government, tourism generated
                                            chain. The one that must be avoided                                                    provide added value to the city of         its activities,” said UNWTO Secretary-       100,000 jobs in the country in 2018.
appreciation of the assets that support                                                Judy Kepher-Gona
                                            is charity and handouts. Even the                                                      Madrid and stimulate congress and          General Zurab Pololikashvili.
tourism and for authentic and divers                                                   Sustainable tourism Advisor
                                            most vulnerable communities have                                                       business tourism.                                                                       In the light of the outlook of continued
experiences that responsible tourism                                                   Founder, Sustainable Travel & Tourism                                                  For his part, Prime Minister Pedro
                                            capabilities and only need to be given                                                                                                                                         growth of tourism, job training stands
are continuously seeking.                                                              Agenda- STTA                                                                           Sánchez advocated an “open” and
                                            a chance. They need a chance, not                                                      The Prime Minister’s appearance                                                         out as one of the main areas of work
                                                                                                                                   before numerous leaders and                “sustainable” tourism model that             in order for tourism to continue
Often, even with well meaning tourism       charity.                                                                                                                          respects the growth and identity
policies, and conscious tourism                                                                                                    personalities of the global tourism                                                     generating the opportunities deriving
                                                                                                                                   sector showed the commitment of the        of cities, the environment and               from its cross-cutting nature.

                                                                                                                                    L-R: The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, Reyes Maroto, Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, and the
                                                                                                                                    Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili addressing the gathering

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                                                                                    Seychelles collaborate with UNWTO to
                                                                                    strengthen Tourism Statistical System

                                                                                           he       World         Tourism    basic tourism data, establishment/         Seychelles’       Tourism       Statistical
                                                                                           Organization       (UNWTO)in      strengthening of the Inter-Institutional   System.
                                                                                           partnership with the Ministry     platform and capacity
                                                                                    for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Port and    building development.
                                                                                    Marine of Seychelles, have begun to
                                                                                    develop and strengthen the latter's      As a result, a pilot Cruise
                                                                                    Tourism Statistical System and the       Tourism Survey has been
                                                                                    Tourism Satellite Account (TSA).         launched and a Workshop

  10 - 12 September 2019
                                                                                                                             on Tourism Statistics and
                                                                                    The project which will be implemented    the TSA has been given to
                                                                                    over a three-year period (2019-2021),    stakeholders to familiarize
                                                                                    will include various activities which    them with concepts and
                                                                                    will focus primarily on documenting      methodologies          that
                    Expocentre Fairgrounds, Moscow                                  tourism statistics, measurement of       can further strengthen        Didier Dogley
                                                                                                                                                           Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Seychelles

                                                                                    Mali to host 62nd CAF Meeting
                                                                                     The Malian Minister, Ms. Nina Walet Intalou and UNWTO SG,
                                                                                     Zurab Pololikashvili displaying copies of the agreement


                                                                      Y      th

                                                                DI IO

                               FLASHBACK 2018
                                                                                          he Malian Government has           held during the recently concluded         gathering that security and ground
15 000    m² Exhibition area                                                              signed an agreement with The       FITUR International Tourism Fair in        preparations are all in place to ensure

 870 Exhibitiors
                                      44   Regions         287  Media attendees
                                                                                          World Tourism Organization
                                                                                    (UNWTO) to host the sixty-second

                                                                                                                             Addressing colleague African Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                        a very successful event.

                                                                                                                                                                        She implored tourism players to
                                                                                    (62nd) Commission for Africa (CAF)

  41 Countries
                                  38 303   Visits            80    Media Partners   Meeting.                                 Ministers and the leadership of the UN
                                                                                                                             tourism body at the event, Ms. Nina
                                                                                                                                                                        work to attract investment into their
                                                                                                                                                                        respective countries
                                                                                    The Malian Minister of Crafts and        Walet Intalou expressed gratitude to
                                                                                    Tourism, Madam Nina Walet Intalou        UNWTO for granting them the right to       The minister also added that, tourism
                                                                                    signed on behalf of the Malian           host the all-important meeting.            needs competition to thrive

Space request:                                          government with Secretary General of
                                                                                    UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili penning       She said Mali is prepared to host          Mali put up a successful bid to host the
                                                                                                                                                                        event during the 61st CAF meeting in
                                                                                    his signature for the UN tourism body    one of the best of the Commission’s
                                                                                                                             meetings in June. She assured the          Abuja, Nigeria last year.
                                                                                    at the 10th anniversary of #Investour

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                                                                                                                                      Air Senegal’s first
Ethiopian Airlines secures 49%                                                                                                        A330neo arrives in Dakar

in Ghana home-based carrier                                                                                                           ahead of schedule

                                                                                                                                              ir Senegal’s first A330neo

     thiopian Airlines has been                                                                                                               has touched down at Blaise-
     selected as the strategic partner                                                                                                        Diagne International Airport
     for the proposed new Ghana                                                                                                       in Dakar. The A330neo, painted in
home-based carrier, AviationGhana                                                                                                     the livery of Air Senegal and named
can exclusively reveal.                                                                                                               “Casamance,”        was    presented
                                                                                                                                      during a ceremony attended by His             President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall speaking at the ceremony
On December 4, 2018 a Memorandum                                                                                                      Excellency Macky Sall, President of
of Understanding (MoU) was signed                                                                                                     the Republic of Senegal, and Philippe         Business class, 21 Premium Plus and       Trent 7000 engines, and a new greater
at ET’s headquarters in Addis Ababa                                                                                                   Bohn, Chief Executive Officer Air             237 Economy class seats, Air Senegal      span 3D optimised wing with new
to signify Ghana government’s                                                                                                         Senegal.                                      plans to operate its first A330neo on     Sharklets. Together, these advances
undertaking to work with ET in                                                                                                                                                      the soon to be opened Dakar-Paris         bring a significant reduction in fuel
establishing a new home-based flag                                                                                                    Air Senegal, which started operations         route and develop its medium and          consumption of 25% compared with
carrier.                                                                                                                              in 2018, is set to receive its first          long-haul network.                        older generation competitor aircraft
                                                                                                                                      A330neo in the coming weeks making                                                      of a similar size. The A330 is one of the
Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda,                                                                                                  it the first African airline to receive and   The A330neo is a true new generation      most popular widebody families ever,
signed on behalf of the Government of                                                                                                 operate the newest member of the              aircraft building on the A330’s           having received over 1,700 orders
Ghana while Tewolde GebreMariam,                                                                                                      leading Airbus widebody family. Fitted        success and leveraging on A350 XWB        from 120 customers.
                                               Tewolde GebreMariam                                                                                                                  technology. It incorporates highly
Ethiopians Chief Executive Officer             Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines                                            with a three-class cabin comprising 32
signed the MoU on behalf of the                                                                                                                                                     efficient new generation Rolls-Royce
airline.                                      Volta regional capital Ho, all require     established new national air carrier –
                                              that a home-based carrier, which will      emphasizing that government is being
"The shareholders agreement that will         focus on operating domestic and            careful not to repeat the mistakes of
                                                                                                                                      SAA announces extra Ghana-US flights
signal the official 'rebirth' of a new flag                                                                                                                                                                                   Accra and additional destinations in
                                              regional routes before taking on the       the past.                                                                                                                            West Africa including Lagos and Abuja
carrier for the West African country is       rest of the world is established.
being finalized in Ethiopia at the time                                                  “What we are looking at is not more                                                                                                  in Nigeria, Monrovia in Liberia and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Freetown in Sierra Leone.

of going to press."                           Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopia’s            than 10 percent shares in the new                     ue to increased demand,              The increased service will start on 1
                                              Chief     Executive    Officer,    told    airline, and that is the extent to which              South African Airways (SAA)          April 2019.                               In addition, SAA will continue to
The desire to establish a new home-           AviationGhana on the sidelines of          government will be involved. We will                  has expanded its non-stop                                                      operate flights between Washington
based carrier after the collapse of           the Routes Africa Conference held in       have one or two representatives on                                                         SAA offers the only non-stop flight
                                                                                                                                      service between Ghana and the US.                                                       D.C.-Dulles and Dakar, Senegal and
Ghana Airways—a fully state-owned             Accra in June last year that, his outfit   the board, but neither government                                                          between Ghana and Washington
entity—and the subsequent collapse                                                                                                                                                                                            onwards to Johannesburg, two days
                                              has submitted proposals and held           nor the [Aviation] Ministry will interfere   In a statement to the press, the              D.C. and offers travellers convenient     per week, providing service on the
of Ghana International Airlines,              discussions and that if chosen we will     in operations of the new company             national carrier announced that it            connections to and from over 100
established with private sector                                                                                                                                                                                               only wide-body aircraft flying nonstop
                                              operate domestic flights in addition to    in terms of policy, strategy and             will increase its frequency on nonstop        cities across the U.S. and Canada         between the U.S. and Senegal.
participation after the collapse of           regional flights.”                         operations,” he said.                        flights between the Ghanaian                  through its Star Alliance partner,
Ghana Airways, stems from growth                                                                                                      capital Accra's Kotoka International          United Airlines via Washington, D.C.-     SAA's flights between Washington-
in the sector experienced on the              Analysts believe that the commitment       By: Dominick        Andoh|-                  Airport and Washington D.C's Dulles           Dulles.                                   Dulles and Accra will be operated
continent and the industry’s future           by Ethiopian to operate domestic           Aviation Ghana                               International Airport to five days a                                                    with the wide-body Airbus A330-300
potential.                                    flights was very instrumental in                                                        week.                                         South African Airways' flights from       aircraft.
                                              their selection as strategic partners.                                                                                                Johannesburg to Accra will be
Huge investments in on-ground                 This is expected to help the country                                                    "SAA continues to see growing                 available five days a week with           For reservations and information,
infrastructure, such as expansion             maximize the huge investments made                                                      demand for our nonstop Accra service          continuing service to Washington          customers should visit www.flysaa.
of the Arrival Hall of Terminal 2 and         in airport infrastructure.                                                              and this increase in our frequency            operating on Mondays, Tuesdays,           com.
construction of Terminal 3 at the                                                                                                     will give our business and leisure            Wednesdays, Thursdays
Kotoka International Airport (KIA),           Structure of new airline                                                                customers more options.                       and Saturdays.
construction of a new terminal
building at the Kumasi Airport,               Aviation Minister Joseph Adda                                                           "Our service between Accra and                The carrier's increase of
expansion of the Tamale Airport,              has said that government will                                                           Washington-Dulles has been a                  flights on the route will
reconstruction of the Wa airport and          not take up more than 10                                                                resounding success from its inception         also serve to support
construction of a new airport in the          percent in the yet-to-be                                                                in 2015 and we are very pleased to            the new code share
                                                                                                                                      further develop the route with the            partnership with Africa
                                                                                                                                      introduction of a fifth weekly flight,"       World Airlines, which
                                                                                                                                      said Todd Neuman, SAA's regional              will soon be in place.
                                                                                                                                      general manager for North America.            It will offer convenient
                                                                                                                                                                                    connections between

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