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Tanzania: 3 Chinese Nationals in Court Over Ivory Haul:

January 18th, 2017

[Daily News] Three Chinese nationals, Xiao Shaodan (30), Chen Jianlin (35) and Liang Hu (31), appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with leading organised crime relating to several pieces of elephant tusks valued at over 7bn/-.

Nigeria: Govt, AON Move to Improve Domestic Air Travel:

January 18th, 2017

[This Day] Airline Operators of Nigerian (AON) has pledged its readiness to partner the federal government to remove impediments to domestic air transportation in Nigeria.

Nigeria: Why Abuja Airport Closure May Exceed Scheduled Six Weeks:

January 18th, 2017

[This Day] Abuja -Construction giant, Julius Berger, Tuesday expressed its preparedness to ensure the completion of the repair of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport runway, Abuja, scheduled to take off on March 8, 2017, within the stipulated six weeks.

Nigeria: Closure of Abuja Airport:

January 18th, 2017

[Daily Trust] The Senate last week kicked against the planned six-week closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja beginning from March 8 in order to carry out repairs on its runway and taxi ways. Senate also summoned Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika and other senior aviation officials to explain the rationale behind the closure of the Federal Capital Territory's only airport, a beehive of local and international air traffic. The Senate resolution was upon a motion brought by Senator Hop

Uganda: Forest Lodge Investment Earns Income, Promotes Tourism:

January 18th, 2017

[Monitor] Uganda's Primate Lodge was selected among the best 19 tourism accommodations for travellers to look out for in the years to come by Essence, a Black Women Magazine in the United States of America.

Nigeria: Senate Fails to Stop Abuja Airport's Closure:

January 18th, 2017

[Guardian] Abuja -The Senate yesterday ended a marathon debate on the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja but failed to persuade the executive arm of government to reverse it.

Nigeria: For the House of Culture, Tourism to Breathe Again:

January 18th, 2017

[Guardian] Last week, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture invited technical and financial bids for the execution of some capital projects in line with the approved budget for the 2016 financial year.

Nigeria: Aviation Professionals Back Abuja Airport Closure:

January 18th, 2017

[Daily Trust] Lagos -The planned closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja has got the backing of Aviation professionals under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP).

South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Western Cape Tourism:

January 17th, 2017

[SA Govt] The forecast for Western Cape tourism in 2017 is very encouraging.

Africa: Africa Hails China's Move to Close Ivory Markets:

January 17th, 2017

[Daily News] A coalition of 15 African countries has welcomed China's commitment to closing its domestic ivory markets by the end of 2017, saying the move signalled Beijing's goodwill in protecting Africa's elephants.

Ethiopia: Lonely Planet Names Ethiopia Among Top Ten Destinations:

January 17th, 2017

[EA Business] The largest travel guide-book publisher, Lonely Planet, cataloged Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist destinations.

Uganda: Tourism Year for Uganda:

January 17th, 2017

[EA Business] Kampala -Uganda's Ministry of Tourism has stated that the year 2017 is a year for tourism sector development hence tasking its tourism promotion and conservation agencies to initiate new ideas which will drive the sector for the next four years.

Africa: Why China's Ivory Trade Ban Shouldn't Wait Till Year-End:

January 16th, 2017

[Citizen] A few days before the world celebrated the end of 2016, the Chinese government announced its decision to ban ivory trade by the end of 2017.

Africa: Rethinking Uganda Airlines:

January 16th, 2017

[Independent (Kampala)] Analysts say the government needs Shs800bn subsidy annually to keep national carrier in the air

Uganda: UWA to Sell Seized 7 Tons Poaching Gear to Metal Recycling Companies:

January 16th, 2017

[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda Wild Life Authority has seized tons of poaching gear in Murchison Falls National Park due partly to be destroyed and some sold as scrap.

Ethiopia: Ethiopian to Stretch Wings to Antananarivo:

January 16th, 2017

[Ethiopian Herald] Africa's largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines announced that it would add Antananarivo,Madagascar, to its network as of March 28, 2017.

South Africa: Narrow Escape From Rip Current for Ballito Bathers:

January 16th, 2017

[News24Wire] Quick thinking saved the lives of five bathers who were swept away from the shoreline in Ballito on Sunday, IPSS Medical Rescue said.

Africa: China's Move to Close Ivory Market Hailed:

January 16th, 2017

[Focac] Nairobi -A coalition of 15 African countries on Friday welcomed China's commitment to closing its domestic ivory markets by the end of 2017, saying the move signals Beijing's goodwill in protecting Africa's elephants.

Kenya: Tourism Boost as French Envoy Gives Kenya's Coast Thumbs-Up:

January 17th, 2017

[Nation] The French ambassador has encouraged tourists from his country to visit Kenya's coastal region saying its security is fairly good.

Africa: Former Tanzanian President Mkapa Urged World to Join China's Ban on Ivory Trade:

January 16th, 2017

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Former President Benjamin Mkapa yesterday urged countries around the world to join China in its decision to ban ivory trade.

Africa: Tanzania Commends China for Banning Ivory Trade:

January 16th, 2017

[Focac] Dar es Salaam -Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa on Saturday commended China for banning ivory trade and urged other countries across the world to follow suit.

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Participating At Vakantiebeurs Utrecht Tourism Fair:

January 16th, 2017

[Ethiopian Herald] The Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels organized an Ethiopian roadshow Tuesday at the major tourism fair Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht (The Netherlands) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Tourism Organization and Ethiopian Airlines' Benelux office.

Kenya: Tourism Sector Upbeat as Sh4.1 Billion Road Project Starts:

January 16th, 2017

[Nation] The construction of a major road in Kilifi key to the revival of tourism has begun.

Zimbabwe: Two Poachers Shot Dead Near Key Tourist Spot:

January 13th, 2017

[News24Wire] Poachers in Zimbabwe are getting more daring: two were shot dead right near Hwange Main Camp, a top spot for bush-loving tourists, according to the state Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

Ethiopia: Stunning Cruising At Zuqala Lake:

January 13th, 2017

[Ethiopian Herald] The key decision you will have to make when planning an itinerary in the Zuqala Lake is how dynamic you want to be. The Lakeland fells provide some of Ethiopia's best hiking, but there is no shortage of monastery, wildlife and villages to explore too.

Ethiopia: Optimizing Tourism Benefits:

January 13th, 2017

[Ethiopian Herald] According to the international media houses reports, Ethiopia's tourism profile has been growing. In this regard, the government's commitment has ensured progress. The achieved results prove sign enough for further exploitation of the resources down the road.

South Africa: Fires Damage Four Rondavels At Goudini Spa Resort:

January 12th, 2017

[News24Wire] Wildfires damaged four holiday huts at the Goudini Spa resort, near Worcester, the resort's conference head said on Thursday.

South Africa: Re-Inventing 'Kafkaesque' - SA Travel Restrictions Open Door to Abuse:

January 12th, 2017

[Daily Maverick] In a world gripped by renewed fears of refugees, those regarded as "other", as well as the scourge of human trafficking, travellers are increasingly finding themselves caught in a web of mind-numbing, costly bureaucracy. In December, after the Belgian leader of the Socialist Party, his partner and their nine-year-old child were prevented from boarding a plane to holiday in Cape Town, three major newspapers in that country reported that it is now virtually impossible to travel to South Africa with children.

Ethiopia: Nation in Top Ten Lonely Planet 2017 List:

January 11th, 2017

[Ethiopian Herald] The largest travel guide-book publisher, Lonely Planet, cataloged Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist destinations.

Africa: How Nigeria Loses Millions of Dollars in Global Tourism:

January 11th, 2017

[This Day] For the second year running, Nigeria shunned the just-concluded World Travel Market in London. Funke Olaode, who attended the three-day global event, examines the dire economic implications for the country and how Nigeria loses multimillion-dollars in travels and tourism

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