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  • Djibouti’s tourism ambitions garner overseas support

    DJIBOUTI CITY, 2017/06/24 A spate of new capital projects should help Djibouti increase overseas visits in the coming years, as the government continues to prioritise spending on tourism development. Among the biggest developments under way is a new $200m airport, which is currently under construction at Ras Siyyan in the Obock region of north Djibouti. The Ahmed Dini Ahmed International Airport is being financed via a Chinese development loan agreement and built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. Construction started in January 2015, and the facility is expected to accommodate 350,000 passengers at the same time as it opens by the end of this year, with that number rising to 767,000 by 2021.
  • UNWTO announces training on tourism and biodiversity in West and Central Africa

    AFRICA, 2017/05/29 The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated today 22 May 2017. On this occasion, UNWTO is launching a capacity building program on sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection, to be implemented in West and Central Africa. The program will build on previous tourism and biodiversity seminars that UNWTO successfully delivered in The Gambia, Ghana, and Tanzania and will address biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, taking into account the importance of this topic to safeguard next opportunities for local people to generate gain from sustainable tourism development.
  • loop shows the prospects of the luxury travel industry

    WORLD, 2017/03/05 In a few days. the luxury travel equitable loop opens its doors in Frankfurt am Major. From March 26-29, 2017, Frankfurt will transform into a mecca for the international luxury tourism industry. Germany's only luxury exhibition “loop - Luxury on our Planet” opens the floor for 100 international renowned hoteliers, hotel owners and providers of tourist luxury products to meet with 100 interested buyers from the German-speaking market. “loop brings the right people together at the right place and creates a vibrant community for travel agencies and even small niche operators and providers. The concept of the exhibition is designed to increase sales and compress time resources. In order to reach the same number of personal appointments as at the equitable, suppliers and retailers would normally require six months and would generate enormous travel expenses,” says Astrid Oberhummer, Founder and Organizer of loop.
  • Moratorium update on large hotel projects in Seychelles

    SEYCHELLES, 2017/03/05 A moratorium on large hotel projects in Seychelles, specifically on Mahe and the inner islands, was announced by former President James Michel in his address on the occasion of Seychelles’ National Day which falls on June 29, 2015. The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine has published a inventory of hotels which was approved before the moratorium on new large hotels in the country came into force. Members of the local media were presented with the inventory yesterday afternoon during a press conference held at the ministry’s headquarters, Espace building.
  • Kenya’s MICE tourism segment on the rise

    KENYA, 2016/11/24 Stronger brand recognition, an improved security climate and higher capacity are driving increase in Kenya’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism segment. Kenya has seen a steady rise in MICE tourist arrivals over the completed few years. In 2015 the country hosted 117,630 foreign arrivals taking part in MICE activities, representing a 13% increase on the 2014 total, and 15.6% of the total number of international tourist arrivals for the year.
  • South Africa Tourism issues statement on amended immigration regulations

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/11/11 Since 2014, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has been working to help its members and those of the tourism to understand two regulations that are included in the Amended Immigration Regulations as it pertains to travel. The TBCSA issued a statement to address the persisting challenges that the travel and tourism industry faces with the implementation of the Amended Immigration Regulations. The specific challenges faced by the industry are with the unintended consequences of biometric data capturing for international visitors into the country and the continued requirement of unabridged birth certificates for minors under the age of 18 traveling into the country.
  • Sri Lankan Airlines greeted in Seychelles with water cannon salute

    SRI LANKA, 2016/11/11 As is customary with all inaugural flights landing at the Seychelles International Airport, the Sri Lanka Airlines airbus arriving at Seychelles for the initial time, received a water cannon salute upon arrival. Seychelles welcomed this new airline this week, only two days next Turkish Airlines landed at its international airport for the initial time. This morning marked Sri Lankan Airlines’ maiden flight to the Seychelles.
  • Presidential intervention expected to save upcountry hotels from ruin

    UGANDA, 2016/11/11 Uganda's owners of upcountry hotels, safari lodges, and camps have breathed a sigh of relief at the same time as President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the annual Investors Round Table conference, directed his Finance Ministry and tax collectors to scrap Price Added Tax, which before in the year raised accommodation cost by 18 %. The President correctly pointed out that if tourism is to be an invisible export, it has to be treated like exporting coffee, i.e., without levying VAT on such services.
  • Luxury Four Seasons Private Jet to land in Seychelles

    SEYCHELLES, 2016/11/11 The Four Seasons Private Jet offers guests an unrivaled luxury experience, combining visits to a number of the 101 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which are presently open in 42 nations around the world, as part of a diverse range of itineraries, inclunding culinary discoveries, international Intrigue, and extraordinary adventures. On Friday, November 11, 2016, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles will welcome guests of the Four Seasons Private Jet - the hotel industry's initial fully-branded private jet experience, which will land into Seychelles for the very initial time. Guests of the Four Seasons Private Jet will each remain in a luxurious tree-home style villa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles for a total of 4 nights before continuing on the jet's 19-day journey to 6 spectacular Four Seasons destinations, as part of the Cultural Escape tour.
  • More changes for Seychelles Tourism

    SEYCHELLES, 2016/11/11 As the new President of Seychelles continues for set up his own Cabinet and Ministers, he as well made some changes at the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB). President Danny Faure announced the following changes in the Seychelles Tourism Board members. Mrs. Kathy Mason will replace Mrs. Wendy Pierre as Chairperson of STB. Mrs. Mason will as well replace Mr. Rod Thorrington as one of the four private sector members on the board.