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31 August 2017

The role of online travel in unlocking Africa's tourism potential

The services sector, tourism, in particular, is one of the major contributors to Africa's economy through such functions as providing foreign exchange and employment. It is, therefore, crucial that governments and the private sector are increasingly working together to grow the sector which accounts for approximately 7.8% of the African GDP. “We believe that business opportunities and investment potential within Africa’s tourism sector are significant. It’s a vast market …

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31 August 2017

Seychelles Tourism Board targets Middle East consumers

With the aim of capitalizing on growing interest in Seychelles among holidaymakers in the Middle East region, the Seychelles Tourism Board is aiming to create more brand awareness to further position the island nation as a destination of choice in that region. According to statistics, over 20, 000 visitors from the Middle East have travelled to the Seychelles Islands from January to July this year. This represents a growth of 30 percent. The United Arab Emirates is one market that is doing rem…

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30 August 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: A group of Danish pension fund investors have committed US$550m to African infrastructure through a fund launched by the family foundation behind the country's iconic shipping business, Maersk. PensionDanmark, PKA and Lægernes Pension, three of the Nordic nation's largest retirement schemes, have become the founding investors in the Africa fund, which has a target of raising US$1bn over the next 12 months. The fund will be run by a newly-formed team within…

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30 August 2017

Trends driving growth in tourism and travel in Africa

At the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, Euromonitor International revealed the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa. New data from Euromonitor International shows arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 percent in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius, and Tanzania accounted for 70 percent of international trips to the sub-Saharan African region. Driving growth Th…

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29 August 2017

Tanzania: Charter Airline Sees Future in Tourism Sector Growth

Tanga — AURIC Airline Service has reiterated its commitment to provide efficient services to the tourism destinations to cater for the fast growing tourism market. The company's Business Development officer of the company Deepesh Gupta said at the weekend that the airline intends to continue growing and serving better the tourism sector. Currently, Auric Air provides domestic daily scheduled services to more than 30 destinations and handles approximately 8,500 passengers every month.…

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29 August 2017

New air services take to the sky

Two new charter services have been launched, making Samara and the Great Karoo even more accessible, and PlettAirSafaris has announced a new flight schedule. The new schedule links Plettenberg Bay with Graaff-Reinet, and coincides with arrivals into Plettenberg Bay on CemAir from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Read more Source: TU

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25 August 2017

Cape Town and New York sign historic tourism deal

New York City - In a first for the African continent, the City of New York and the City of Cape Town signed a historic city-to-city partnership agreement on Wednesday to boost tourism and business between the two iconic destinations. NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon and Cape Town Tourism’s CEO Enver Duminy officially confirmed the agreement at a signing ceremony in New York City on Wednesday. Travel between Cape Town and New York is expected to increase because of this ne…

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25 August 2017

Lower Zambezi claims to be world’s first carbon neutral national park

The Lower Zambezi claims to be the world’s first carbon neutral national park. After a project with BioCarbon and the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project, the Zambian national park says it is totally sustainable. Two of the park’s camps, Chiawa and Old Mondoro Bush Camp bought carbon credits from the Lower Zambezi REDD+ project, using “internationally accepted values for fossil fuel use” in order to offset the carbon emissions both properties produce. The project shares a massi…

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24 August 2017

'From KwaZulu-Natal with love' - thousands of animals head for Mozambique

More than 2 000 animals from KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland are on the move in a major wildlife shifting operation - to boost tourism in a depleted game reserve near the Mozambique capital, Maputo. Over the last six years, about 1 700 animals have been moved to the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve - once home to large groups of elephant, rhino and antelope. This year, another 2 700 animals - mostly antelope species - are being moved from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Swaziland game parks to the Maputo…

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24 August 2017

Pressure mounts to ban animal interactions in SA

The walls are closing in on animal interaction operators in South Africa as international tourism role-players distance themselves from unethical wildlife experiences. International travellers are looking for ethical, responsible experiences and circuses and petting zoos where animals are kept solely for human entertainment are no longer generally accepted. Responding to the changing sentiments of tourists, tourism authorities and operators have taken an active stand against animal interaction…

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23 August 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Will China's US$60 billion for Africa impact global prosperity? Traditionally, most Chinese foreign investment in Africa has been one sided and focused around politics as opposed to objective business decisions. Investments often require local sovereign guarantees and local government support - this may be one reason why these investments have yielded mixed results. Chinese investment in Africa is changing. Both traditional Western and Chinese investors have acknowl…

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23 August 2017

South Africa: Women Play Vital Role in Tourism

Tourism Minister Tokozani Xasa says it is imperative to recognise the role played by women in the tourism industry. "As we celebrate Women's month under the national theme - The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward, it is critical for us to be mindful of the vital role played by women executives in advancing our economy, especially through tourism," said Minister Xasa. Speaking during her visit to tourism establishments owned and managed by women in Cape …

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23 August 2017

Webinar: ResRequest Webinar 8 September

2:00pm BST on September 8 Atta would like to invite you to a member’s webinar. Join Natasha Bame – ResRequest's Sales & Marketing Manager and a panel of key participants to hear how electronic connections can grow your business. If you’re a ResRequest customer, you can use our channel manager, ResConnect for FREE. Find out what connections are available and how our connections drive more bookings to your properties. We have over 40 agents, DMCs and OTAs interfacing t…

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22 August 2017

Legal SA: Duty of Care (Doc): The Tunisia Beach Shooting Inquiry & Indemnities (Part 4)

The captioned matter has made waves in the industry as it has been suggested in the inquiry that operators & even venues may end up being liable!! That is a scary thought so I have written a series of brief notes on preventative measures if such a (however remote) possibility were to become reality - this is the 4th of 5 inserts You have to bear in mind whether the CPA applies to you are not, simply getting the T&C & indemnity signed is NOT the end of the story – this present…

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22 August 2017

Online rhino horn auction set to open in South Africa

Breeders say open trade will stop poachers slaughtering rhino but activists say legal sales could fuel illegal hunting. An online auction of rhino horn is set to open Monday, after a court in South Africa approved the site which has outraged conservationists. South African authorities had refused to issue a permit in a move to ban the three-day auction, which they feared would undermine a global ban on rhino trade. But the High Court in Pretoria on Sunday ruled in favour of the auction's S…

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21 August 2017

Vic Falls to host regional health summit

WHO communications officer Wendy Julias told Southern Eye that the summit would start running from August 28 to September 1, attracting 47 African countries. “It is the annual flagship meeting of ministers of Health from the region during which they discuss a range of strategies and actions to tackle public health challenges in the region,” she said. “As the highest decision-making body on health, its decisions have, over the years, contributed immensely towards improving the…

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21 August 2017

Cape Town Tourism will continue to build on the city's tourism success

Cape Town Tourism's service level agreement (SLA) has been expanded for another year by the City of Cape Town. The partnership will incur ongoing success and development enhancements in areas of responsibility, providing tourism experiences across the greater Cape Town to the benefit of the local tourism industry. The agreement has led to extensive collaborative projects, particularly within the areas of responsible tourism, universal access in tourism, visitor safety and in counteracting …

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18 August 2017

Royal Air Maroc Kenya service changes from Oct 2017

Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in recent schedule update is adjusting service to Kenya, as the airline revises Casablanca – Nairobi service. From 11OCT17, existing 3 weekly 767 nonstop flight will be converted to Casablanca – N’Djamena – Nairobi, while operational aircraft switches to 737-800. The airline does not have local traffic rights on N’Djamena – Nairobi sector. Following schedule is effective from 29OCT17. AT269 CMN1510 – 2045NDJ2125 – 0345+1NBO …

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18 August 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Mozambique

Mozambique travel advice 16-08-2017 14:53 PM GMT Latest update: Entry requirements section - Mozambique has recently introduced the possibility for tourists to buy visas on arrival. This should be considered an exception, not standard practice. If you're travelling from a country where there is Mozambican diplomatic or consular representation (such as the UK), you should continue to apply for a visa before travelling.

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18 August 2017

S. Africa's tourism projected to grow: report

Tourism in South Africa is set to profit from an influx of foreign travelers and foreign investment, a report forecast Wednesday. According to the report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a leading global auditing firm, South Africa saw a 12.8-percent growth in the number of foreign overnight visitors in 2016, a rebound compared with the 6.8-percent decline in 2015. The report projected the number would grow an average of 3.9 percent compounded annually to 12.15 million in 2021. The in…

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17 August 2017

Xasa targeted in fake rhino poaching report

Cape Town - The department of tourism says it does not under any circumstances tolerate the practice of poaching, as purported in a fake news report. The fake report released on Tuesday, 15 August has eluded that the Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa approves of rhino poaching. In response the department has issued a statement calling out the false and irresponsible information. It says, "We state categorically that the Minister did not and could never have expressed any views remotely j…

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17 August 2017

Africa offers mainland tourists cool vacation

Africa has become a new hot destination for Chinese tourists this summer, as the continent's cooler weather and more relaxed visa policies have boosted local tourism. This summer, Chinese tourists who went to Kenya to watch the great migration of animals surged more than 100 percent over last summer, and those who traveled to Morocco soared more than 500 percent. On average, Chinese tourists spend about 24,000 yuan ($3,597) on trips to South Africa and East Africa, and spend 15,000 yuan in…

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16 August 2017

Africa’s airports are busier than ever before

A surge in air traffic is keeping Africa’s airports busier than ever, according to new data. In the first seven months of this year, total international arrivals to the continent grew by 14% over the same period in 2016. This strong growth was largely driven by a 13.2% increase in travel from Europe, which makes up nearly half the market and a 12.6% boost in intra-African travel, which is just over a quarter of the market. The data was published by ForwardKeys, a London-based travel anal…

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16 August 2017

Throwing our rhinos a much-needed lifeline

Five years into the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa, and the organisers of Investec Rhino Lifeline say they are still far from done. To date they have pumped R12 million into the project. Education and awareness have been identified as the strongest focus areas in the poaching crisis according to Tanya dos Santos, the head of Rhino Lifeline. Established in 2012, Rhino Lifeline identified three core focus areas - education, rescue and demand reduction. Investec has spent R8.1m on e…

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16 August 2017

Travel Advisories

Following the recent elections in Kenya various media sources have been issuing some misleading information regarding travel advisories. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advisories operate on a traffic light system with three levels of advice. Green – Good to Go Amber – Advise caution, all but essential travel Red – Do not travel Kenya is on green, “good to go” and the overall level has not changed for some time. Several sources on the ground …

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15 August 2017

Malawi: UK Pledges to Support Malawi in Protecting Wildlife

The United Kingdom has pledged to work with the government of Malawi and other partners to combat the insidious ivory trade. Speaking in an interview on Saturday on World Elephant Day, a day dedicated to honouring and reflecting upon the grandeur and plight of Asian and African Elephants, the British High Commissioner to Malawi, Ms Holly Tett, said wild elephant populations are confined to decreasing areas of land in Africa and Asia, and are increasingly threatened by poaching--with ivory exce…

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15 August 2017

Malaysian customs seize 8.8 tons of pangolin scales worth R311m

While OR Tambo International Airport is making progress with the implementation of the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan, with recent arrests made at the airport related to rhino horn and other crimes, other countries are also cracking down on the illegal trade of endangered animals at airport and port security. Malaysian customs seized 8.8 ton of pangolin scales worth R311m (RM100m - R3.11/ Malaysian Ringgit) at the Sepanggar Bay container port in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. E…

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14 August 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Tuesday was an historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the general election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election. The UK and Kenya are longstanding friends and close partners. We look forward to building on our strong relationship, working together to advance our shared prosperity and security and to support Kenya’s development, for the benefit of all. We commend the people of …

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14 August 2017

#WorldElephantDay: Don't let them disappear!

In a recent update on rhino poaching stats for 2017 in July, the department of environmental affairs confirmed 30 elephants were poached in Kruger National Park alone. "Elephant poaching increase in KNP is of great concern. In Africa it is decreasing but it is increasing in SA," says the DEA. While the world's CITES foundation agrees globally poaching and illegal trade in ivory is decreasing - the reality remains that by 2030 Africa’s elephants could be extinct.  …

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11 August 2017

Kenya 2017 Elections Update for visitors to Kenya – Thursday 10th August 2017

The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), which represents the tourism private sector in Kenya, has its own Security & Communications Centre based in Nairobi and manned 24 hours a day. From here the security situation in all those regions of Kenya visited by tourists is closely monitored on a daily basis so that we can endeavour to ensure our visitors are safe by liaising with the police or emergency services to give any assistance in the event of accidents, illness or other emergency …

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11 August 2017

Ethiopian increases Vienna/Brussels service from Dec 2017

Ethiopian Airlines in winter 2017/18 season plans to adjust operational frequency on Addis Ababa – Vienna – Brussels routing, currently served 4 times a week. A 5th weekly rotation will be added from 12DEC17, which sees the airline operating daily service to Brussels once again. Boeing 787-8 aircraft operates this route. ET724 ADD0045 – 0515VIE0620 – 0835BRU 788 x37 ET725 BRU1905 – 2110VIE2200 – 0550+1ADD 788 x37 Source: Routes Online

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11 August 2017

Bugesera airport to boost intra-Africa trade – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that the envisioned Bugesera International Airport will not only support Rwanda’s socio-economic transformation but also facilitate economic integration of the East African Community and boost intra-Africa trade. The President was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of Bugesera International Airport in Rilima of Bugesera District, Eastern Province. Construction works for the first phase of the airport are set to take about 27 months and end by December …

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11 August 2017

Uganda: New Airline Asks for Policy to Ease Air Transport

Kampala — Proprietors of a new airline, Vule Airways Limited, have asked government to conclude the open sky policy negotiations with other countries to facilitate affordable air transport. Vule Airways is currently awaiting an air service licence from Civil Aviation Authority. Mr Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri, the managing director of the airline, said lack of the open sky policy has led to collapse of Ugandan airlines. Mr Nviiri said: "We have finalised our preparations and agreements wi…

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10 August 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: South African MPs will vote in secret in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma shortly, in a surprise move that increases the chances of his removal over allegations of corruption and cronyism. South African opposition parties have put the ANC under pressure to accept a secret ballot — including taking the matter to the country’s courts — believing it to be the only way ruling-party MPs disillusioned with Mr Zuma will vote against thei…

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10 August 2017

South Africa: Minister Tokozile Xasa Consults With Tourism Industry On National Tourism Sector Strategy

The Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa today consulted with the tourism industry on the Draft National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS). Hosted in Johannesburg, the consultative session was aimed at soliciting inputs, as well as stimulating the public and private sectors to ensure alignment and sharing of resources in the implementation of NTSS after approval by Cabinet. The NTSS is a tourism development framework approved by Cabinet in 2011, envisioning South Africa to be a top 20 tourist destin…

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10 August 2017

Tourism sector defies poll fears to grow 10.7pc

Tourist arrivals grew 10.7 per cent in the first five months of the year, cementing a rebound the State says has continued into the electioneering period. The number of international visitors rose to 358,985 in the year to May up from 324,276 in a similar period last year, according to data from Kenya Tourism Board (KTB). The growth is welcome news to hoteliers who had been forced to cut jobs, slash pay and close shop following the crippling effects of several travel alerts issued in 2014 afte…

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08 August 2017

Rare orchid species found in SA brings hope to Cape Floristic Region

After the Cape Flower show was postponed earlier this year due to the Western Cape’s drought, some plant enthusiasts have become despondent and concerned about the well-being of the province’s flora. However, adding a glimmer of hope amid the myriad of negativity and decline that our global environment is currently facing, a rare orchid species has been identified in the Cape region. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) says that the new orchid species has been dis…

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08 August 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Ethiopia travel advice 07-08-2017 10:20 AM GMT Latest update: Summary – the State of Emergency called in October 2016 in response to protests and unrest in the Oromia and Amhara regions was lifted on 4 August 2017

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07 August 2017

Wilderness Safaris’ new camp set to open in Botswana

Qorokwe, a new Wilderness Safaris Classic Camp, in the Qorokwe Concession in Botswana, will open to guests in December. The camp is in the south-eastern Okavango Delta, adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve. Read more Source: TU

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07 August 2017

Malawi hails 'historic' relocation of 520 elephants

Malawi on Thursday celebrated the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching. Described as one of the biggest-ever wildlife translocations, the elephants were transported 350km from two southern parks to the Nkhotakota reserve in the centre of the country. "We have taken extraordinary measures to secure a future for Malawi's elephants, and at the same time are helping people who…

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04 August 2017

Congo-Brazzaville sets sights on becoming ecotourism destination

Travelers landing at Maya-Maya airport in the Republic of Congo are greeted by the sort of sights one might find in a European city, with plexiglass walkways connecting the boarding wings and the main hall. A large sign pointing towards Brazzaville welcomes you at the exit. Outside, the city buzzes with the sounds of traffic and pedestrian conversation, day and night. Just a drive away sits the second largest rainforest in the world. Rich in natural and cultural landmarks like these, Congo-Bra…

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04 August 2017

Cape Town Tourism eKasi Sessions engages communities to boost tourism SMEs

According to Enver Mally, chairperson of Cape Town Tourism, the road to inclusivity is a sensitive one. The "bull in a china shop" approach can announce your presence but it can also lead to lasting damage. “Our local communities are fed up of having organisations coming in and telling them what's best for them,” Mally said in an interview recently, “all agencies and organisations should be asking themselves, what can we learn from you, our communities, what do …

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03 August 2017

RwandAir launches Cotonou flights

RwandAir is shortly launching their inaugural flight from Kigali to Cotonou, the capital city of Benin. This will be the 23rd destination of the airline and the 7th in West Africa, expanding the network of Africa’s fastest growing airline even further. The aircraft regularly used on the route will be a Bombardier CRJ900NextGen of which RwandAir now operates two, both purchased directly from the manufacturer and offering a two class configuration of business and economy classes. The fligh…

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03 August 2017

Zimbabwe: Communities Can Develop, Benefit From Tourism Products

In Rusape, St Theresa, in particular, Manicaland province, villagers talk of the Maninga Mountains - a range adding to the beautiful landscape occupying a unique place in the people's hearts. A part of Zimbabwe's apocryphal tales, the Maninga Mountains' rich history is pregnant with tales associated with the craftiness of the Maungwe people. Various large caves make part of the Maninga range's story as these ningas - caves running for kilometres and large enough to accommodate …

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02 August 2017

Ethiopia: Bringing More Cities to Conference Tourism

For a country that is rich in various types of tourist attractions like ethnic and religious diversity, tangible and intangible heritages as well as natural sceneries tourism plays a significant role in the economy. Apart from these factors conference tourism also contributes a great deal in attracting more visitors both to the conferences as well as to the rest of the attractions. Mainly precipitated by the existence of continental and regional organizations like African Union, UN Economic Co…

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02 August 2017

MZNP celebrates 80 years of protecting the Cape mountain zebra

As World Ranger Day was celebrated around the globe yesterday (31 July 2017), South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated the 80th birthday of Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP). On 3 July 1937, MZNP was proclaimed for the purpose of protecting the Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra) at which time it was estimated that fewer than 100 Cape mountain zebra were left in South Africa. The Cape mountain zebra sub-species was downlisted off the list of endangered species threatened with extinct…

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01 August 2017

Kenya eyes more Chinese tourists after Jack Ma's visit

Kenya's tourism marketers on Sunday promised to bring more Chinese tourists to the East African nation after a visit by Chinese business magnate Jack Ma. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) said travel agents have termed the visit by the billionaire a major boost and endorsement to their campaigns - that seek to woo Chinese travelers into Kenya. KTB Chief Executive Officer Betty Radier said in a statement issued in Nairobi that China now listed among the top 10 tourist source market the country has …

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01 August 2017

South Africa: New Move to Support Game Rangers At Risk

Vusi Kubeka was killed by a lion in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Thembisile Mchunu was crushed and killed by an elephant in the same park a few months later. In Rwanda, Krisztián Gyöngyi was killed by a rhino and David Kirocho was shot dead by cattle-rustlers in Kenya. In Congo, Bwambale Nyamikenge drowned after a boating accident, and Jacob Phiri drowned in a similar accident in Zambia. The list goes on... death in forest fires, helicopter crashes or skirmishes with armed poachers …

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