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23 December 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Brand building is a full time job

Africa Geographic

TIP: Audiences hate silence but they also hate persistent content that offers no value. Creating great content that promotes your brand on a regular basis is a full time job that requires multiple levels of dedication.   Further information being dedicated to building your brand: Creating content that builds your brand is all about ensuring quality, creative content on a constant, consistent basis. In order to do this you need to listen to what your readers want, the easiest way bein…

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21 December 2015

Exploring Etosha

Africa Geographic

From iconic white elephants to damara dik-diks, discover the dusty diversity of Etosha National Park. Click here to read more. 

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21 December 2015

Africa Tops 2016 Travel Polls

Acacia Adventure Holidays

Africa has been making its mark in the 2016 travel polls; Lonely Planet naming Botswana as the best country to visit, Nat Geo placing Uganda in their top ten places to see the world’s wildlife, and Kenya, the possible film set for Angelina Jolie's big screen biopic of palaeoanthropologist, Richard Leakey. East Africa as a whole also appears to be basking in the limelight - the region in at number three on Lonely Planet’s best value destinations list, while the newly opened Vict…

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21 December 2015

It's 5-3 as Uganda beats Barcelona

Uganda Tourism Board

It is probably something most of the Uganda fans never expected to see. Uganda's home stars beat the star studded team of the FC Barcelona Legends at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Namboole 5-3 after a very entertaining match. The Uganda All Star team started the scoring in the first half, which closed at 45 minutes at 4-1 with the Barca teammates trailing. Not even the substitutions of the stars, which were frequent, were of much help. Patrick Kluivert gave the team a 1 goal consolation i…

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18 December 2015

What to Do on a Visit to the Twin Lakes in Rwanda

AA Safaris and Tours

The twin lakes are Burera and Ruhondo which are located in Ruhengeri very close to volcanoes national park. They are referred to as the twin lakes because they are interconnected at a point where one lake pours water into the other. The lakes are located right at the foot of Mountain Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Bisoke and Gahinga. They are extremely beautiful, surrounded by the mountains and a very beautiful forest. The lakes are fishing grounds and this makes them not only important to those on Safa…

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17 December 2015

Better news for Masai Mara's Lions.

Kamili

After the sad incident that occurred in the Masai Mara just over a week ago, where 3 lions were poisoned to death, we're pleased to be bringing more positive news regarding probably the most famous lions in the world. Stars of many BBC-TV documentaries, The Marsh Pride, are resident in the national reserve, and yesterday they introduced the two youngest members of their family to an adoring public. Two three-week old cubs emerged from the undergrowth as water levels were briefly high due …

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17 December 2015

Kenya, Botswana and Mozambique on Jacada Travel's List of Places to Go in 2016

Jacada Travel

Jacada Travel have selected their top countries for 2016, featuring Kenya, Mozambique and Botswana.  More: http://explorer.jacadatravel.com/2015/12/01/best-places-travel-2016

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16 December 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Don't sacrifice quality for quantity

Africa Geographic

TIP: It can be difficult to stand out in today's sea of content and, while getting your brand seen more often is the goal, this will be achieved via creating excellent, shareable content - not via copious amounts of content that no-one reads and shares.   Further information about quality vs. quantity: Online content marketing and digital media has grown from being print’s ugly stepsister to completely ruling the roost. Content online is evolving and is more frequently held…

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16 December 2015

J W Seagon in Arusha

J W Seagon and Co Insurance Brokers

Following the increasing success of our various ‘Safari Plan’ products, and the other tailored products we have developed, J W Seagon have recently opened their offices in Arusha. Based in Mafao House, Old Moshi Road, the offices are run by Harkiran Sidhu, an experienced Lloyds of London Broker who recently relocated to Tanzania with her family from the UK. Managing Director David Seagon said, “It was important that we provide a local service for our expanding client base in …

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14 December 2015

10 Kenyan Highlights from Saba Douglas-Hamilton

Africa Geographic

Click here and be whisked away to the lakes, mountains and beaches of Kenya with Saba Douglas-Hamilton.

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11 December 2015

The HESC releases two captive-bred cheetahs to the wild

Camp Jabulani

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) released two male cheetahs, Wim and Tobie, at the Air Force Base Makhado (formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt) on 2 December 2015.   Captive born Wim, six years old, and Tobie, seven years old, were donated to the Air Force Base to keep the runways clear of small game to ensure a safe landing environment for the 2 Squadron Gripen fighter planes based there. The Air Force Base is situated in a remote wilderness area of close on …

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11 December 2015

Why Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa?

AA Safaris and Tours

In his book “My African Journey” published in 1908, Winston Churchill an early explorer commonly referred to Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa”, with regards to a Safari to Uganda which he took in 1907. That is how Uganda obtained this great tag. During his tour in Uganda, Winston Churchill actually became very inspired by what he found here and he wrote in his book that “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, …

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11 December 2015

FC Barcelona Legends Tour Uganda, Go Gorilla Tracking

Uganda Tourism Board

The FC Barcelona Legends have arrived in Uganda on a campaign to promote Uganda as a preferred tourism destination. Edgar Davids was the first to arrive yesterday afternoon with the rest of the team arriving last night.   The Barcelona stars are here as part of the campaign to promote Uganda as the preferred tourism destination. Uganda Tourism Board, are the major sponsors of the trip. “Tourism is now one of the major drivers of foreign earnings and the Government of Uganda is in…

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10 December 2015

An update on Stompie and Balu at HESC

Camp Jabulani

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has two new inmates.     On 11 November a young bull arrived in a critical condition with severe injuries to his hindquarters, sustained in what we believe was a hyena attack. The new baby was affectionately named “Stompie” by Christo (HESC’s curator) and his team. Stompie is estimated to be around seven months old.   Shortly after Stompie arrived at HESC, a tiny baby, whom we named Balu, arrived on the night of …

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10 December 2015

Visa fees and tourism tax for Madagascar in 2016

Madagascar Classic Collection (MCC)

The head of the Madagascar Tourism Board has announced that in 2016 a tourism tax of 10 euros per person will be collected at all entry points to the country. In addition tourism visas, which have until now been free of charge, will be payable for all nationalities at a rate of 20 USD per visa. Payments will be made in cash at the visa counter or the medical inspection counter on arrival at the airport. This should not unduly disrupt visitors’ arrival experience. While the Director of th…

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10 December 2015

Hemingways Watamu has re-opened!!

Far Horizons Marketing

The Hemingways Collection is delighted to announce that Hemingways Watamu is NOW open for business and we are very much looking forward to celebrating Christmas and New Year with our guests. This of course co-incides with the fabulous Marlin fishing season, and we have some exceptional rates and packages available - for more information about these, please contact charles.kibiru@hemingways.co Looking forward, 2016 is going to be a very exciting year for Hemingways Watamu with lots of changes …

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09 December 2015

Hello and goodbye at Pulse Africa

Pulse Africa

We welcome Leandra Hangar and Shauneeze Joseph. Both girls bring with them a wealth of experience in their respective fields and are already showing their worth. Robyn Tobias left us to return to Natal and a new venture. We are sure she will succeed and wish her the very best. Check out our new site – www.pulseafrica.com

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09 December 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Think mobile...

Africa Geographic

TIP: According to Google, search for travel information on smartphones has increased by 50% over the past year, with a noticeable spike in travel searches over the festive season.   Further information about the mobile world: Google's results also showed that flight-related queries made on phones and tablets were up 33% while hotel searches also spiked by 49%. Among those who watched travel-related content, 64% said they did this while thinking about taking a trip. Travellers are…

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08 December 2015

Ethos Marketing adds new Joburg property via their Newmark portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos is delighted to be adding a Gauteng property to its portfolio as Newmark Hotels has been awarded the contract for the 46-apartment hotel that will take up 2 of the 15-stories that make up Hallmark House in the exciting Maboneng precinct in downtown Johannesburg.  Offering unparalleled 360 degree views of the dynamic Jo'burg city skyline, the hotel is due to open in September 2016.  For the full story visit http://bit.ly/1HKtJ9s

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08 December 2015

Standardised check-in and bag drop closure times

British Airways

British Airways has begun the process of standardising check-in and bag drop closure times at airports across our network. The new standardised time for UK domestic and short haul customers to check in and drop their bags is up to 45 minutes before departure. The new standardised time for long haul customers to check in and drop their bags is up to one hour before departure. Customers should check their timings before they travel to ensure that they arrive at the airport in good…

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08 December 2015

Ethiopian Start Flights to Durban

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (ET), the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce commencement of 3 x weekly flights to Durban effective 16th December 2015. Durban will be airline’s 3rd destination in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town.  For the U.K market, currently 3 x weekly connections from Heathrow (T2) and 2 x return connections are available per following schedule:- DAY Heathrow Addis …

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07 December 2015

African Sojourns welcomes Robyn Tobias to their team

African Sojourns

We are excited to annouce that Robyn Tobias has joined African Sojourns. Many of you know Robyn as she has been in the industry for a long time and we are delighted that she is part of our growing company. 

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07 December 2015

Meet Mugo Maringa, Serena's new Country Director Tanzania

Ethos Marketing

Serena Hotels was delighted to welcome back into the fold Mr Mugo Maringa, who took over the role of Country Director Tanzania on 1 October 2015. PR Manager at Ethos Marketing, Serena's UK office, Claire Roadley caught up with him at World Travel Market for a quick Q&A.  http://www.ethosmarketing.co.uk/2015/12/01/meet-mugo-maringa/  

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07 December 2015

Saving the Cheetah: A need for speed

Africa Geographic

Click here to learn more about the world's fastest land mammal and Africa's most endangered feline this #IntlCheetahDay.

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04 December 2015

It has happened ... the new VICTORIA FALLS terminal opened its doors!!!

Long awaited news ... although not officially open ... we are please to share that the new Terminal building at Victoria Falls airport hosted its first passengers today!!! The last couple of days were hectic in preparing for "the day" ... and this will open a new era in tourism development with Victoria Falls becoming a very central and accessible hub to all 3 nations: Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe including their wonderful safari options! Congratulations and thank you to all who ma…

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02 December 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Get Personal!

Africa Geographic

TIP: Social media has highlighted the importance of communication - its important to acknowledge your clients as individuals and respond to them on a personal level.   Further information about being more personal: It is important for the channels of communication between your clients and your business to be open. Social media offers a platform for those interested about your business to ask you direct questions and voice complaints or compliments. Its up to you to ensure that you ha…

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01 December 2015

Bush & Beach

Africa Geographic

Pack your veldskoens AND your flip-flops for the ultimate holiday in Africa. Click here for more details. 

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01 December 2015

The Annual Social media summit slated 3rd December in Uganda

AA Safaris and Tours

The Social Media annual Summit is scheduled to be held this 3rd December, 2015 under a theme-topic ‘Social Means Business’ This Summit strives to recognize, talk about, train and also boost the effective use of social-media marketing in non-profit organizations, corporate businesses, public sectors and other businesses. The Summit Director Collins Mugume says that this year the summit will focus on the importance of social-media to businesses, how it make a difference to the organ…

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01 December 2015

Are you protected with the right insurance for your business?

J W Seagon and Co Insurance Brokers

We all know the Tourism industry in East Africa has taken a bit of a hammering over the last few years, FCO warnings and terrorist threats to name just two. As a result of the downturn, there has been a real need to have a close look at all business costs, including that ‘necessary evil’ of insurance. Whether it is asset protection, liabilities, or medical, the premiums have, seemingly not reduced with the reduction in revenues. So, what are the options? There are two options reall…

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