... - Alitalia abandonnera son partenariat avec Air France-KLM en 2017

Alitalia has announced that it will not renew its partnership agreement and ancillary joint ventures agreements with Air France-KLM when they come up for renewal in 2017. The initial agreements date back to 2009.

The agreements include the government of passenger services operated by the three carriers between both Italy and France and Italy and the Netherlands and beyond, and incorporated the marketing, sales and distribution of Alitalia Cargo belly services undertaken by Air France-KLM.

Silvano Cassano, CEO of Alitalia, said: “These agreements are no longer beneficial, either commercially or strategically, to the new Alitalia and its ambitious turnaround plan. They were negotiated when Alitalia was in a very different position, with the result that the agreements in their current forms favor the other party.”

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SEYCHELLES FETAFRIK | cheap Uganda trips

What to do in Seychelles- Fetafrik 2013

This strong statement was made by Jean Paul Adam, the Seychelles Minister for Finance, Trade and Blue Economy, during the official opening of FetAfrik 2015. This year’s official opening of FetAfrik, staged in parallel with Seychelles first International Trade Expo organized by Seychelles Chamber Commerce and Industry (SCCI), sends a strong message that tourism, culture, and trade are part of the same coin. Officially declaring open FetAfrik in the presence of Vice President Danny Faure, the Minister called for the country to take ownership of its culture identity and entrepreneurship.

‘’We in Seychelles strongly believe that an island cannot afford to be an island unto itself.

“We believe that the future lies with brave new synergies, partnerships, and the vision of countries, embracing erstwhile rivals as collaborators, across a broad spectrum of activities.” Minister Adam said.

The Seychelles International Trade Expo saw the participation of businesses from South Africa, India, Zambia, Mauritius, Réunion, and Seychelles. As finance, banking, and business co- existed, the trade expo also brought together banks from Africa.

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Global hospitality management chain, Swiss-Belhotel International, has taken another step in its expansion worldwide with the opening of a regional office for Europe in Athens.

The award-winning group’s Chairman and President Mr. Gavin M. Faull said negotiations were under way on a number of management opportunities in Europe, with three hotels expected to be in place late this year.

To head the expansion, Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Mr. John Lagos Vice President – Operations and Development Europe and The Balkans. He is based in Athens, Greece.

“John’s experience in international operations and corporate hotel management will assist us drive our growth forward,” Mr. Faull said.

Mr. Lagos is an Australian national with more than 40 years of international hotel management experience in New Zealand, Australia, the US, Vietnam, Russia, the Middle East, Greece and Egypt.

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Qatar Airways A350 business class cabin

Qatar Airways Cargo has continued its relief efforts to Nepal operating a total of 12 freighter services to deliver urgent aid to Kathmandu following the devastating earthquakes that recently hit the country.

Qatar Airways Cargo’s freighter operations coordinated Qatar’s humanitarian response and helped to transport international aid to Nepal. The cargo carrier’s first freighter left Doha for Kathmandu within 24 hours of the earthquake and was the first commercial airline to touchdown at Tribhuvan International Airport following the first earthquake.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways was able to respond rapidly to support the people of Nepal, providing dedicated freighter aircraft to transport much needed relief aid, including medicine, food, water, generators and volunteers, to those in need.

Some 400 tonnes of relief aid, including medicines, food supplies, tents, water filters and generators provided by charities including Qatar’s charity RAF, have been flown to Nepal. Qatar Airways Cargo worked in conjunction with local and international charities to provide free transportation of food and water filters to support Nepal’s recovery and to provide aid to areas of the country that have no clean water as a result of the disaster. The aid was distributed by local charity groups throughout the capital.

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Air Race 1 World Cup 2015 Cities & Dates

The Air Race 1 World Cup has announced partnerships with prominent brands as it nears the launch of the new international series of air races on 7th June 2015.

Coca-Cola is joining forces again with the Air Race 1 World Cup. The renewed commitment by the leading global brand of beverages is an important confirmation that the series is on a trajectory to grow into a mainstream sport.

Revue Thommen Swiss Watches has partnered with the series as the ever-important Official Timekeeper of the races.

Bigatmo, a specialty high-spec eyewear provider worn by the world’s top pilots, is the Official Eyewear Partner for the Air Race 1 World Cup.

Nicholson McLaren, the high-performance race car engine maintenance team, has moved across to air racing as the Official Engine Performance Partner.

Catto Propellers, a pioneering manufacturer of elite propellers has been appointed as the Official Propeller.

Sixt, a leading car rental company will provide all transportation for the race teams and Airwheel, the innovative electric vehicle company, will provide the best transit for the race teams around the event site.

The sponsors of this series build upon the significant support from the host partners. In Monastir Tunisia the event is hosted by TAV Airports; in Lleida, Catalunya it is hosted by Aeroports de Catalunya; and, in Reno, USA, the event forms a part of the famous Reno Air Races.

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KING OF JORDAN REAFFIRMS | Camping Rwanda tours

... 2015 Opens: King of Jordan reaffirms commitment to reform | Al Bawaba

His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan opened the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, reaffirming his commitment to reform and investment to achieve regional prosperity and peace.

While acknowledging the crises facing the Middle East and North Africa, the king said that countries should not be sidetracked by regional turmoil. “The violence that threatens so many in our region is part of a global assault on peace, law, democracy and coexistence. Defeating this demands a comprehensive, global approach built with security, diplomacy, development and moral leadership.”

He said that despite the challenges Jordan faces, the country has been able to grow at more than 3% last year and is expected to grow at close to 4% in 2015. He added that the nation has the potential to be a gateway for regional and world trade, business and innovation.

He urged participants to grasp the opportunity to build a positive vision for the future. “To define our region by problems and not solutions is to miss huge potential. New approaches and innovative products and services offer unprecedented scope to those who look ahead,” he said.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, said that given the forces that are reshaping the region, the gathering in Jordan is a critical platform for dialogue to catalyse economic and social progress. “The meeting should not be dominated by a bleak picture, but we should focus on the opportunities in the region.”

The World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa is taking place at the Dead Sea in Jordan on 21-23 May. With the full support and presence of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, this year’s event marks the Forum’s ninth meeting in Jordan and the 16th meeting in the region

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HONDAJET IS COMING TO UK | Rwanda group gorilla tours

HONDAJET (coming soon)

Cambridge Airport will be the first in the UK to welcome the brand new HondaJet.

The distinctive looking advanced light jet, fresh from its first public appearance in Europe at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva last week, will be shown to prospective customers by Marshall Aviation Services, its newest sales dealership for Northern Europe, early this week. It will then fly to Birmingham, on to Leeds and then to Farnborough – the latter to be presented by its Southern Europe dealership and resident TAG Aviation.

Other European countries welcoming the industry’s newest business jet as part of its 26,000nm world tour include Antwerp, Paris, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Warsaw. “We are very excited to bring the HondaJet to Europe to showcase its performance capabilities,” said Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of EBACE, last week.

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According to information received overnight from Mombasa, the Kenya Ferry Service company has as of yesterday started using scanners which are for passengers boarding on foot and their bags or parcels they carry. While it may delay the boarding exercise, and there have already been such suggestions that there are probably not enough such machines to cope with scanning each and every passenger, in particular during peak periods when commuters stream across the channel to reach their work places, this is a major step in ensuring ferry security. Additional CCTV cameras were also reportedly installed and a new, dedicated police post established to deal with petty crime such as pick pocketing. The cost of the machines was given as in excess of 100 million Kenya shillings.

The question of how vehicles can be more effectively scanned, however, is still a matter of debate, as cursory inspections of car boots and glove compartments may not yield complete results in detecting potential trouble.

Tourism sources were swift to express support for the new security measures, one calling it a step in the right direction, while insisting that in order to bridge the time gap between now and the opening of the new bypass to the south coast, tourist vehicles should be given preferential access to the ferry without having to pay for the privilege.

Mombasa’s award-winning beaches south of the city along Diani can at present only be reached via the Likoni ferry, or else by flying to the Ukunda aerodrome, and delays in the ferry crossing have been a major factor for complaints when the transfer times from and to the resorts were felt to be unreasonably long.

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strong regional integration system: Air and land connectivity & travel ...

Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles, who is in Port-au-Prince in Haiti for the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) on the question of Multidestination Opportunities for Regional Integration, took to the podium on Wednesday, May 20, to address the burning question of “A strong regional integration system: Air and land connectivity & travel facilitation.” This point is as much a topic that concerns the Caribbean islands as it does the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands where the Seychelles Minister comes from.

The Seychelles Minister started off his address by saying that every country present at the Haiti Conference was present, because they were all united as nations of the world wanting to see the tourism industry work. “We are united as nations for our interest in tourism as an industry. This is why we are also all members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. We are all united as nations, and we all stand firm as members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization” the Seychelles Minister said.

This era is gone. This is why some two years ago Taleb Rifai of the UNWTO was hosting a tourism meeting in Reunion, and at that meeting the concept of togetherness was table and emphasized. Today, you are all sitting and talking visa regulations and uni visas. Though Seychelles applies a No Visa policy which means that everyone is welcomed, we have been entertaining this same discussion in the Vanilla Islands as we have been hearing that as well on the Africa continent. I can confirm that the time has arrived for you to grab the bull by the horns and work on bilaterally, as for instance with the Dominican Republic next door to Haiti is today receiving over 5 million tourists, what stops Haiti following what has been done in Reunion Island where their Chinese visitors that have entered Seychelles or Mauritius before flying to Reunion does not require a visa even though in their mainland France they still so require. This was but a derogation, but one where a loss of revenue for the cost of a visa is incurred, but the economy of the island as a whole benefits. Haiti it is clear has the political will to move tourism forward, with this political will move to do the same thing and exempt visas for visitors arriving from one country or from a series of countries and boost immediately your own tourism industry. Haiti could effectively piggy back on the Dominican Republic,” Minister St.Ange said.

Jokingly the Seychelles Minister then went on to say that he is not a prophet, but with a name like Saint Ange he could venture to make some suggestions. “The time for political will is now,” the Seychelles Minister St.Ange said as he elaborated on a series of measures that could be developed and these included airline hubs among others.

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Munich airport kids corner

Munich Airport and its operating company, FMG, had two big reasons to celebrate today: First, the respected London-based Skytrax Institute has granted it the prestigious “Five-Star Airport” designation, making the Bavarian hub the first airport in Europe to earn this title. And second, Munich has successfully defended its ranking as the top airport in Europe and number three in the world in the 2015 World Airport Awards. Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of FMG, accepted the award from Edward Plaisted, the CEO of Skytrax, at a special ceremony at Munich Airport.

Skytrax awards stars to airports, similar to the familiar hotel ratings, for the quality of service, the overall experience, and the efficiency of the handling processes, to rank international airports in terms of passenger comfort. The highest rating – five stars – was previously awarded only to four Asian airports: Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokio-Haneda. To join the exclusive group of five-star airports, Munich Airport launched a comprehensive quality campaign in 2013.

Waiting areas were upgraded with comfortable seating and lounge chairs as well as USB outlets for mobile devices. To make it easier for passengers and visitors to find their way around the airport, 13 InfoGate counters are positioned at various locations in the terminals, allowing passengers to connect live via video conference with information service staff. And at the approximately 70 InfoGate terminals, information on flights, navigation in the airport, shopping options and other services are available by touchscreen. In an audit at the end of March of this year, the Skytrax specialists spent several days evaluating the success of the various optimization measures before granting Munich the coveted “Five-Star Airport” seal of approval.

Airport CEO Michael Kerkloh sees the latest honors as a further affirmation of the airport’s success story. He added, “Today our airport is seen far beyond Bavaria’s borders as the epitome of openness, innovation and competence. And it is highly esteemed by passengers from all over the world, of course for the outstanding range of destinations and quick connections, but also because it offers much, much more.”

Kerkloh thanked the entire airport staff for the commitment that has earned the airport its excellent reputation around the world. “With Munich Airport, it’s similar to the truly great soccer champions – we can only win as a team,” said Kerkloh, before summing up the core message: “We are thrilled with the five stars – and with the more than 32,000 stars that make them twinkle every day.”

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