NEW BRIDGE EASES TRAFFIC FLOW | Budget Rwanda safaris

 

at border between the immigration offices of both Tanzania and Rwanda ...

The Rusumo Bridge over the Kagera River was officially opened earlier in the week, easing the flow of traffic between Rwanda and neighbouring Tanzania.

It is in particular cargo traffic using the route for imports to Rwanda, Burundi and the East of the Congo DR for goods landed at the port of Dar es Salaam and using the so called central corridor to deliver goods but also facilitate exports. The new bridge has raised the previous maximum load from 52 to nearly 400 tons, greatly facilitating the use of larger trucks which should reflect in reduced cargo charges. The two countries have also agreed to construct and then use a single customs and immigration post to expedite traffic and the movement of people which is expected to be ready by the end of the year. The project was financed by the Japanese government using JICA as the implementing agency.

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FLY DUBAI ANNOUNCES FLIGHT SCHEDULE | Uganda trip

 

Flights to Entebbe, Uganda

Fly Dubai has announced that besides Entebbe in Uganda they will combine the daily flights between Dubai and Uganda with onward connections to Kigali, three times a week and Bujumbura, the latter with 5th freedom traffic rights, twice a week.

Entebbe, Uganda’s principle aviation gateway will get daily flights with departures from Dubai International Airport (DXB) depending on traffic days

Flights to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, will route via Entebbe and can uplift passengers and cargo under traffic rights granted and operate every Tuesday and Friday. Fly Dubai will be the first Gulf carrier expanding to Burundi.

Flights to Kigali will also route via Entebbe but without traffic rights between the two airports. This is the first entry into Rwanda of a UAE based airline, though Qatar Airways has been operating daily flights for a while now. In turn is RwandAir also flying daily from Kigali to Dubai, with some flights routing via Mombasa. Kigali flights operate every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Flight operations will commence in late September and all flights will offer both business and economy class.

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MULJIBHAI MADHVANI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TOP 150 | Uganda tour

 

 

A selection process spanning over 3 months and dealing with thousands of applications by Ugandan students earlier in the week concluded as the work of the scholarship selection committee of the Madhvani Foundation came to a close this year. The Trustees then announced that 152 scholarship awards for the year 2014/15 have been made, worth some 650 million Uganda Shillings, the highest such scholarship fund award any company in Uganda is making, and is making it year after year.

In a statement issued by the Foundation did Mr. Anthony Butele the Chairman Scholarship Committee say the foundation has always looked to bring hope to the economically challenged but academically talented students of Uganda. He advised the successful candidates to come with proof of identification at the Madhvani Foundation Offices, Industrial Area to collect their Scholarship Award letters after 10th September 2014 between 09.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs.

The Madhvani Foundation scholarship programme is aimed at benefiting Ugandans pursuing either undergraduate or graduate studies at University level in Uganda and has been in operation since the 2003/04 academic year. The Foundation is a two time winner (2011 and 2012) of the prestigious Patrice Lumumba award by the Ugandan Universities Union of Guild Parliaments.

A number of students will also be able to take course in tourism and environment related subjects.

Well done to the winning students and all the best for the courses over the next years.

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14 BILLION VAT TAX RELIEF HUGE BONUS FOR KENYA AIRWAYS | Rwanda safari

 

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Amendments to the Finance Bill 2014 passed this week have finally removed the hotly disputed VAT taxation on new aircraft and aircraft spare parts, which not only saw Kenya Airways and other Kenyan airline relentlessly lobby parliament but also brought such aviation organizations like AFRAA and IATA into play. Around the world are airlines commonly exempted from such taxes and had Kenya retained them the country would have stood out like a sore thumb.

Those members of parliament, and individuals within the Kenya Revenue Authority thought behind the initial move to tax airlines can now hang their heads in shame as had the tax remained would Kenya’s international aviation industry become utterly uncompetitive for having to shoulder a tax burden, in the case of Kenya Airways this financial year alone some 14 billion Kenya Shillings. This would have impacted on ticket prices to the advantage of the already predatory Gulf carriers and African competitors like Ethiopian Airlines. None of those airlines face the level of fees, charges and taxation like Kenyan airlines did and yet, ostensibly to finance their fat cat life styles, had members of parliament insisted on levying VAT on new aircraft and spares to generate the money needed to finance their salaries and benefit packages, which are said to be among the highest in the world.

The tourism industry can perhaps take this as a positive sign that it is after all possible to get government to make changes to policy and tax laws, as VAT on tourism services apparently still remains on the books and should also be thrown out as it made a range of services 16 percent more expensive at a time when the market is in steep decline and when holidays to Kenya should be attractively priced and not those visitors still daring to defy anti travel advisories be punished by having to dig deeper into their pockets.

Share prices of Kenya Airways’ stock are bound to benefit from the anticipated savings as this calendar year alone two more B787-8 Dreamliners and two B737-800NG’s are expected to join the fleet before additional aircraft deliveries take place in 2015.

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SEATTLE RANKS AS MOST EXPENSIVE LABOR DAY DESTINATION | Gorilla trekking safaris

 

To stay in the least expensive double room, travelers to Seattle will have to pay $319 per night over the long Labor Day weekend. Compared to regular

Seattle is North America’s most expensive destination for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, according to a new survey from TravelMag.com. The survey compared 30 popular destinations in the United States and Canada based on their cost of lodging.

To stay in the least expensive double room, travelers to Seattle will have to pay $319 per night over the long Labor Day weekend. Compared to regular rates, that figure represents an increase of over 80%. Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual music and arts festival, which just happens to be take place every Labor Day weekend, is mainly responsible for the high hotel rates.

Behind Seattle ranks Atlantic City, New Jersey. This oceanside gambling mecca ranks second most expensive on the survey with an average nightly rate of $253. Atlanta rounds out the Top 3 with an average overnight price tag of $239 for the most affordable double room. In this capital of the U.S. state of Georgia, prices have more than doubled in comparison with regular rates.

Travelers on a budget will also find more affordable options. In Washington, D.C., for example, a room can be found for around $100 per night over the Labor Day weekend. That’s 25% cheaper than the same room is normally. The least expensive Labor Day destination according to the survey is Orlando, Florida. There the cheapest double room will set back guests a mere $57 per night.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in North America for this year’s Labor Day weekend. The prices shown reflect the daily rate for each destination’s cheapest available double room (minimum 3-star hotel) for the time period spanning August 29 through September 1, 2014.

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MORE CONNECTIONS TO LOKICHAR | Luxury uganda safari

 

Lokichar, Kenya

Safari link, Kenya’s premier safari airline, will add flights to Lokichar effective 08th September.

An announcement received from the airline informs their clients and public at large that the flight will leave Wilson Airport and then route via Lokichar to Lodwar, opening up Northern Kenya and in particular the oil exploration areas which have of late sprung to prominence after the opening of the new airfield in Lokichar.

The new route complements the airline’s destinations in Lamu, Ukunda and across most of Kenya’s national parks where daily and multiple daily flights leave Wilson every morning and afternoon to provide easy access and save time otherwise spent on long road journeys.

Safarilink’s fleet comprises 10 Cessna C208B Grand Caravans, one DHC 6-300 Twin Otter and one Dash 8, all suitable to fly into most airfields across the country. The airline became Kenya’s first carbon neutral air operation as a result of cooperating with the Bill Woodley Mt. Kenya Trust and also supports the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Colobus Trust at Diani.

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KENYA CIVIL AVIATION GAZETTES AIRLINE APPLICATION | Luxury Uganda tour

 

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Although objections are expected to be filed from Kenyan airlines worried about competition, it is widely expected that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) will grant an air service license to a new African airlines, which in turn will pave the way to commence the process to attain an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and then commence flights.

After setting up a limited liability company in Kenya, named Fastjet Kenya Ltd., which complies with ownership requirements under Kenyan law, Fastjet is now keenly awaiting to see their application for an air service license formally gazetted, expected to happen on Friday, August 29. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) is then expected to hear from the applicants in person, or through representatives, at a public licensing meeting 21 days after the gazette notice has been published.

While no timeframe was given by Fastjet at this time, attaining an AOC ordinarily takes up to three months during which time the applicant will have to meet a number of criteria in an audit like process before being cleared to take to the skies.

Fastjet at that stage is expected to launch domestic flights within Kenya and regional flights similar to the company’s operation in Tanzania.

Kenya was the intended start up country for Fastjet but a series of disputes with former partner Fly540 effectively prevented this to happen, leaving Fastjet to commence operations in Tanzania where it now serves 4 domestic airports and three international destinations, Johannesburg, Harare and Lusaka, though there is intense speculation that the airline may commence flights soon between Dar es Salaam and Entebbe, Uganda. When rather than if Fastjet enters the Kenyan market they will go head on with former partner Fly540 – the two companies have since severed ties – as well as with Kenya Airways’ in house LCC Jambojet and two other recent upstarts which operate to Kisumu and Mombasa respectively. The launch of Fastjet in Kenya will add new momentum to the rather static aviation scene on the domestic market where, for all intent and purpose, only Kenya Airways, Jambojet and Fly540 have significant marketshare and dominate the domestic routes from Nairobi to such destinations as Mombasa, Malindi, Eldoret and Kisumu.

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US AND CANADIAN LANDMARKS LIGHT UP| affordable Uganda vacations

The World Lights Up to Support Breast Cancer Research

Our most iconic structures represent not only the heart of a city, but the soul of its people. More than a dozen buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada will be illuminated in a united show of support for the upcoming biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) “roadblock” telecast airing in both the United States and Canada. Participating buildings and landmarks include Niagara Falls and The Peace Bridge (US and Canadian falls), Rockefeller Center® (New York), CN Tower (Toronto), Willis Tower and The Wrigley Building (Chicago), The Capital Wheel (Washington D.C.), Houston City Hall, LAX Gateway (Los Angeles), One Liberty Place and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia), Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, Toronto City Hall, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (Boston), The Parthenon (Nashville), Terminal Tower (Cleveland), Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Park Bridge (Little Rock) and The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (Milwaukee). All will be lit in a combination of SU2C’s signature colors: red, orange, yellow or white. The live, one-hour fundraising telecast, through which the entertainment community engages the public in supporting cancer research that gets new therapies to patients quickly, will air commercial-free simultaneously Friday, Sept. 5, at 8pm/7pm Central.

The telecast will be executive produced by Emmy®-winning producer Joel Gallen, president of Tenth Planet Productions, and Oscar®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNews, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1 are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised fundraising special on Friday, September 5, to be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will stream live on Hulu and Yahoo in the U.S.

For the first time, there will be a Canadian-inclusive co-broadcast of the Stand Up To Cancer special this September, which will air simultaneously on all four major English-language Canadian networks: CBC, City, CTV and Global, along with Canadian services AMI, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Hollywood Suite and TLN. All funds received from the Canadian general public during the broadcast will stay in Canada to support the creation of collaborative research teams, as well as education and awareness programs.

Buildings and landmarks to be lit in support of Stand Up To Cancer bring the initiative into communities spanning the continent from east to west.

This year’s Stand Up To Cancer roadblock telecast — the fourth since SU2C, the US-based initiative, was founded in 2008 — will feature performances from top recording artists, along with celebrities from film and television, and powerful stories of remarkable progress being made through SU2C-funded research.

This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly, saving lives and helping more cancer patients become long-term cancer survivors. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across institutions and international boundaries to work collaboratively on promising new treatments that will impact a wide range of cancer types.

The first three SU2C telecasts took place on September 5, 2008, September 10, 2010 and September 7, 2012, and were made available to more than 190 countries. To date, more than $261 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Since 2008, the US-based SU2C initiative has funded 12 “Dream Teams” of researchers and two translational research teams, as well as 26 young innovative scientists whose high-risk, potentially high-reward projects are aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide.

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FROM INTIMATE WORKSHOPS TO GRAND CONFERENCES | Budget Rwanda safaris

Participants can visit eclectic and historic summer homes and cottages ...

Southern Africa has been stepping up visibility of its meetings and conferences industry, having venues galore for meeting planners to take advantage of, from the small and intimate training session to the large arena-sized event. This article focuses on 3 of the 15 Southern Africa countries – Mozambique, Seychelles, and Swaziland. So if you are a meeting professional or simply the one in charge of organizing an event, meeting, exhibition, seminar, or conference, think Southern Africa. A good portion of the venues provided are located in hotels, and this article hones in on those that offer locations for larger meetings.

Joaquin Chissano International Conference Center (JCICC) is deployed along the coastline in the beautiful Maputo City. The JCICC offers a variety of room choices including a Grand Plenary Hall with a capacity for 1,000 delegates. Within the 12-hectare premises there are also 2 beautiful glass-walled banqueting rooms set in the garden creating the perfect atmosphere and scenery for elegant cocktails, dinners, and other events. Maputo is the perfect destination for pre- and post-conference tours and is undoubtedly an established African business capital.

There are many more hotels with 3 meeting rooms on down, including Catembe Gallery Hotel – a small independent boutique hotel which celebrates Mozambique’s unique cultural and historical legacy; Pestana Rovuma Hotel & Conference Center – a comfortable and professional environment for work projects or social events with a total area of 460 m2 divided into 3 rooms and all equipped with air conditioning, black-out curtains and natural light; Pestana Inhaca Lodge – located on Inhaca Island with venues for marriages, business meetings or just the casual friend get together; Hotel Casa Do Capitao – offering 5-star hospitality, with 3 rooms for conferences; Girassol Bahia Hotel – located in Maputo’s city center and 15 km from the airport has 3 meeting rooms, climatized, with natural light, equipment; Southern Sun Maputo – on the Maputo beachfront is a popular haven for business and leisure guests with 2 meeting rooms; Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa – a world-class destination where Swahili East Africa meets Arabia, offering 2 meeting rooms; and Hotel Turismo – in Maputo with a central location, situated at heart of downtown, near the historic and business centers of the city offering 2 climatized meetings room. And there are still many more hotels to choose from that offer single meeting room options.

As in Mozambique, Seychelles offers a number of meeting rooms at hotels. Offering several meeting rooms per location includes such hotels as Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare located on the exclusive south end of Mahe directly on the famous Baie Lazare. Primed to accommodate any number of the astute business traveler’s needs, Kempinski Seychelles Resort, is the ultimate venue for hosting small corporate functions and is a mere 20 minutes from the international airport and only 40 minutes from the capital, Victoria. With two fully-equipped meeting rooms seating up to 12 and 20 guests respectively and state-of-the-art facilities, the resort blends form and function to cater to every need. The resort also offers the largest ballroom for up to 200 people seated.

Swaziland offers a smaller pool of hotels, but the hotels offer a larger number of conference rooms with greater capacity. Take the Esibayeni Lodge located in Matsaphan. This beautiful lodge boasts 13 conference rooms and can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. All the required conference equipment is available, and the lodge offers a variety of wedding venues ranging from large extravagant weddings with the best that money can buy, to small and intimate gatherings.

The Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) institution responsible for tourism growth and development. In part, the aims of RETOSA are to increase tourist arrivals to the region through sustainable development initiatives, improved regional competitiveness, and effective destination marketing. The organization works together with Member States’ tourism ministries, tourism boards, and private sector partners.

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HURRICANE CRISTOBAL TO CRUISE NEAR BERMUDA | Uganda tour

 

While Hurricane Cristobal will track east of the United States this week, it will spread rough surf along much of the Atlantic coast and will have

While Hurricane Cristobal will track east of the United States this week, it will spread rough surf along much of the Atlantic coast and will have some direct impact on Bermuda.

Hurricane hunter aircraft found 75-mph winds in thunderstorms just southeast of the center of Cristobal Monday evening. Cristobal became the Atlantic Basin’s third hurricane of the season, despite a very lopsided appearance on satellite photos.

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, “We expect Cristobal to become even better organized and possibly strengthen at midweek.”

Rough surf and the likelihood of frequent and strong rip currents will exist from Florida to North Carolina and southeastern Virginia through Wednesday.

From Maryland and Delaware to New Jersey, New York and New England, the risk will peak Wednesday to Thursday. Rough surf may continue to be a problem into Friday from Long Island to Nova Scotia.

Only swim in waters under the watchful eye of lifeguards.
Cristobal will bring large waves well offshore averaging 12 to 25 feet a couple of hundred miles at sea.

Bermuda to Have Encounter with Cristobal

Bermuda, located well off the Carolina coast in the Atlantic and a popular tourist destination, will have the most significant effects from Cristobal with the center of the storm passing perhaps a couple of hundred miles to the west and north.

The islands of Bermuda have been experiencing rainfall nearly every day of this month and have received more than one and a half times their normal rain for August.

While tropical systems such as Cristobal often alleviate drought conditions on small islands incapable of generating enough heat for thunderstorms, the rainfall is generally unwanted this time. Frequent rainfall is a negative for tourism.

“Enough rain can fall from Cristobal to cause minor flooding on Bermuda,” Kottlowski said.

“We expect tropical storm conditions on the islands later Wednesday into Thursday.”

There is the potential for coastal erosion and power outages as the storm makes its closest approach to the islands. However, damage is likely to be minimal, since a direct hit is not forecast and the nature of well-built structures on the islands.

Due to the expected rough seas and potential for strong winds, small craft in Bermuda are advised to remain in port Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Marie continued to weaken well off the coast of Mexico and California. However, since this was once a Category 5 hurricane and generated huge swells, these will reach the coast of southern California and Baja California, Mexico, in the from of large breakers and dangerous rip currents through much of this week.

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