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Equatorial Congo Airlines Expands Network to Beirut

Equatorial Congo Airlines, the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, is set to launch Brazzaville-Beirut service on June 2nd.

The service is set to operate bi-weekly departing from Brazzaville on Tuesday and Saturday.

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The new service is a response to the growing demand from the Lebanese community as well as merchants and will be run in collaboration with Trans Air Congo.

The third intercontinental route of Equatorial Congo Airlines, after Paris (2013) and Dubai (2014), will be flown on a Boeing 757.

ECAir’s Boeing 757 will take off from Brazzaville at 11:30, arrive in Beirut at 20:20, and take off again from Beirut at 09:30 to land in Brazzaville at 14:30.

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“The launch of this third intercontinental route fulfils the promise we made to our passengers: to offer them the ability to connect Central Africa to the Middle East,” explained Fatima Beyina-Moussa, managing director of ECAir.

“Opening up the Beirut destination strengthens relations between the Republic of the Congo and Lebanon. This is good news and a considerable time saver for passengers, particularly business people.”

 

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Nairobi Tented Camp: Life Beyond City Walls

Nairobi Tented Camp is a plush holiday camp neatly set in a quiet forest in Kisembe Valley, a few minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City Centre

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The camp is nestled in the heart of Nairobi National Camp and consists of en suite tents, as well as elegant dining and living areas tastefully furnished to create a unique wilderness allure.

The rooms are spaced out inside the forest each with its own en suite washroom and safari shower.

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Dining can be inside the mess tent or outside under the canopies of trees

It is the first accommodation of any sort to be allowed in this unique safari destination and the first tented accommodation in Nairobi.

Take time off the busy life and escape into the wilderness where you can savour the thrill of camping in the heart of thick bush-land right on the doorstep of Nairobi.

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With sweeping plains on one side and Nairobi city on the other, Nairobi National Park is a wildlife haven with guaranteed sightings of rhino – a reason in itself to visit, and Nairobi Tented Camp offers guests the opportunity to really get to know this unique destination and its wildlife.

Whether you are in Nairobi for tourism, a night stopover, international business or conferences, films or simply looking for a weekend break as a resident, Nairobi Tented Camp has something for everyone.

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Enjoy fresh and delicious meals, cooked in a charcoal oven with an inimitable safari flavour. Any allergies or dietary requirements, including halal, can be catered for if necessary. Drinks can be ordered and brought to you at any point in time.

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Maldives launches video campaign to lure Indian tourists

Maldives has launched a video campaign to attract Indian tourists to the Island nation.

The two week campaign is set to run in all major cinema halls of the PVR auditorium, according to Marketing & Public Relations Corporation.

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The timing of the promotion had been made to coincide with the summer holiday in Indian in order to reach a wider number of travellers as well as during the release of major blockbusters PIKU and Bombay Velvet.

The company’s deputy director Mohamed Adam expressed confidence in the new video campaign saying India remains one of the largest source markets for the Island nation.

“Maldives is a destination that offers a complete experience be it gourmet food, water activities, relaxation on the beach or world-class spa experience,” he said.

“So whether it is for a honeymoon, a family holiday or just an extended weekend getaway – there is something for everyone.”

Indian visitor arrivals in Maldives increased by 17 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

A total of 45,587 visitors from India visited Maldives in 2013 which signifies a growth of 19.9 percent compared to 2013.

 

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Maldives records increased UK tourists arrivals

Maldives has recorded an eight percent increase in UK tourists during the first three months of 2015.

The figures, announced by the Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation, show that 25,158 UK tourists visited the Maldives compared to 23,297 in 2014.

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In addition to a rise in visitor figures, the Maldives is also set to expand its tourism infrastructure in 2015, including a number of new hotel developments and the introduction of a new luxury seaplane transfer from Male to Dhonakulhi Island.

According to Mohamed Adam, the company’s managing director, with Maldives celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence in July, the numbers are projected to improve.

“With our tourism offering continuing to expand and the destination celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence this year in July, we are confident the Maldives will continue to perform well during 2015 and look forward to welcoming more visitors from the UK,” he said.

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SleepOut.com Launches Rewards Club in 4 Major African Cities

African social accommodation marketplace SleepOut.com has announced that it will be offering users of its popular travel service access to exclusive discounts and rewards for inviting friends and family to start using the service.

‘The SleepOut Club’ (sleepout.com/club) is being rolled out in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Lagos and aims to reward travellers and accommodation hosts alike. Referrers using the program receive a $20 credit every time a friend starts traveling on SleepOut, while they receive an additional $30 for every friend that hosts guests using the online marketplace.

Becoming a member of the club is free and also provides members with access to exclusive discounts of up to 50% off with recognised local and international services that might come in handy for SleepOut travellers. Airkenya for example is offering discounts on helicopter transfers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Nairobi’s suburbs. A selection of Nairobi restaurants are offering 50% off on Tuesdays via the Yummy card; and taxi app Uber is providing SleepOut club members with free credit for new users.

Cindy Okello head of SleepOut.com partnerships in Kenya revealed that “the club is really about rewarding SleepOut’s top guests and hosts by giving them the opportunity to benefit from exclusive discounts that we’ve negotiated in Africa’s coolest cities. The most exciting part is that our users will now earn travel money for getting their friends and family to host or travel with SleepOut.”

The website which started in 2012 on the small Indian Ocean island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya, now has support offices in Nairobi, Mauritius and Cape Town and facilitates bookings for hosts across 27 African countries offering over 10,000 accommodation options.

The Mauritius headquartered company, which was named among Africa’s top technology start-ups to watch in 2014 by CNN, has expanded its reach significantly over the past two years. The company is now working with accommodation hosts in over 70 countries worldwide and is launching their South African marketplace in the weeks to come.

Visit sleepout.com/club to join the club and see what’s on offer.

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Kenya to use Obama’s trip to market destinations

Kenya will take advantage of the visit by US President Uhuru Kenyatta to market its tourist destinations to the world.

Speaking on a local TV show in Kenya, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie said that the visit by president Obama will be a pull factor for many people to visit the country during and after his trip and this could help improve tourist arrival numbers.

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The minister also stated that the country is focussing on Meetings, Incentives Conferencing and Exhibition (MICE) as an ideal tourist attraction with the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) that Obama will attend just one of the many events lined up.

Kandie also stated that the country is engaging with Western countries on travel advisories to help them make informed decisions on the matter.

She further encouraged Kenyans to promote domestic tourist by visiting various parts of the country to make Kenya self-sustainable.

 

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Low cost airline fastjet unveils expansion plans

Low cost airline fastjet has unveiled expansion plans that will see it increase its fleet and add more routes to its network this year.

The airline seeks to add aircraft to support planned expansion of fastjet Tanzania and facilitate operations in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In this line, fastjet has signed a letter of intent with ICBC International Leasing Company in respect of the leasing of one A319-131 aircraft, the first of a number that fastjet is planning to add to its fleet.

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Each additional aircraft is able to make up to 1,000 more seats per day averaging approximately 275,000 passengers per annum.

The aircraft is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2015, subject to reconfiguration of seating and painting in fastjet livery.

“It will be a strong step forward to add another aircraft to our fleet and embark on our planned expansion funded by our recent £50 million placing,” said Ed Winter, fastjet chief executive.

“We are currently negotiating to bring further aircraft into the fleet.”

fastjet expects to have up to 34 aircraft operating to 40 destinations within and from Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda by the end of 2018.

 

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Etihad Airways launches operations in Entebbe, Uganda

Etihad Airways has launched new services between Abu Dhabi and Entebbe in Uganda in a bid to strengthen its presence in East Africa.

The route will be operated by two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats, designed to offer travellers a direct four-times-per-week service between the two cities.

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The route also create convenient connection to key destinations in Europe, Indian subcontinent, North Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia.

The new service also provides convenient access to the nearby Ugandan capital of Kampala, one of the fastest growing cities on the African continent and the centre of trade and commerce in the country.

With a population of approximately 40 million, Uganda stands as the wo4rld’s second most populous landlocked county after Ethiopia, a factor that Etihad officials must have considered when launching the service.

“Uganda is one of the continent’s fastest-growing business and tourism destinations, and the launch of services to Uganda is consistent with our strategy of targeting areas of strong growth in emerging markets,” said Etihad Airways President James Hogan.

Etihad Airways currently operates scheduled services to eight other destinations in Africa and the Indian Ocean, including: Cairo, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Lagos, Nairobi, and Mahé in the Seychelles.

 

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Kitenden Corridor: When the Maasai Sacrificed Land for Elephants

Nearly 16,000 acres of the Kitchen Corridor were added to Amboseli National Park after the signing of a lease agreement between the local Maasai Community and the International Fund for Animals Welfare (IFAW) in 2013.

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The leased area, owned by community of the Olgulului/Ololarashi Group Ranch (OOGR) has extended elephant range space from Amboseli National to the Tanzania border where a similar strip of land, always known as the Kitchen Corridor, connects to Mr Kilimanjaro National Park.

The deal was necessitated by the Kenyan government’s need to ensure security for wildlife corridor and migratory route as envisioned in the Vision 2030. The provision calls for the formulation of strategies to reclaim wildlife corridor and migratory routes that have been interfered with by human activity.

With human population noticeably posing the greatest threat to wildlife because of pressure for land resources there has been cases of human-wildlife conflict – but the government’s move to sign the agreement has since solved this stand-off in Amboseli.

Two years after the signing of the deal, more than 1,400 elephants living in Amboseli can freely move to the ranch area mostly during rainy season without causing human-wildlife conflict.

Plans are also in top gear to make the ranch an operational conservancy and so we might be looking at one more place to go to see wildlife.

 

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Weekend by the Beach at Pwani Guest House

Pwani Guest House is a lovely Swahili guest house with carved plasterwork in a pristine location just behind Peponi hotel.

The Guest House is located only 50 meters from the seafront and a few meters behind Peponi Hotel in Shela Village.

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The house has two second floor double rooms, 1 second floor balcony room, 1 penthouse room and 1 family penthouse suite making a total of 5 rooms.

There is a kitchen on the ground floor and an open air penthouse room with great views of the ocean and the village.

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The room is en suite and can accommodate both budget-conscious travellers and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Breakfast is prepared for you every morning and you can organise with the chef for lunches and dinner meals which will be prepared free of charge (just pay for the ingredients).

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There is a small dining room downstairs, where you can have your meals or the top roof which has an excellent views and a perfect sea breeze.

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