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Istanbul named the world’s most affordable shopping city

A new research from Marbles reveals the world’s most affordable shopping cities for shopaholics and holidaymakers. The research finds the world’s top 30 cities for a shopping weekend from a British perspective. Istanbul has been selected as the number 1 city for affordable shopping. Marbles found the top 30 cities by number of overnight international visitors and then research on ...

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Rwanda increases price of gorilla permit from $750 to $1,500

The Rwanda Development Board has announced an increase in the price of gorilla permits from $750 to $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at $15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services. The price increase will not affect tourists who had ...

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Rhinos return to Rwanda after 10-year absence

Eastern black rhinos are coming back to Rwanda after the last individual was documented in the country 10 years ago – a historic move for the nation and the species. African Parks, a conservation non-profit that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across the continent, in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and with funding provided ...

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How one week stay at Red Rocks inspired my writing muse

By Joseph Ondiek As a writer, sometimes you need to escape from your so-called comfort zone, disappear under the earth and just write. After all, that is what writers are best at: writing under no influence. So when I headed to the Red Rocks Cultural Centre some few weeks ago, I wanted to escape to my world of writing. And ...

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New survey: Uganda is world’s friendliest country for expat families

A new survey tries to find out the most welcoming countries for families. Just about half of expats around the world (46 percent) have children of their own, but only 21 percent of all expatriates are currently raising their children abroad. So which countries are most friendly for families? Based on the insights of more than 3,000 expat families given ...

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UNWTO welcomes 5-day visa-free policy by Belarus to citizens of 80 states

UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries. The measure aims at advancing seamless travel and attracting visitors, particularly those on business trips. The Government of Belarus has recently decided to advance visa facilitation as a means to stimulate ...

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Addis to Oslo: Ethiopian Airlines makes a hot offer for a cool new destination

By David Cecil Ethiopian Airlines recently announced that they are opening up a new flight path, direct from Addis to Oslo. An official press release in November stated that there will be as many as five flights per week from May. Since Ethiopian already flies direct to Sweden, this move shows that demand for direct access to the African continent ...

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Gulu: Anyone for a former war zone getaway?

By Evelyn Masaba  The mere mention of the word Gulu conjures up images of horror, terror and bloodshed. But that is just perception — perception borne out of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war that ravaged this part of Uganda for over two decades during President Museveni’s first years in power. On the contrary, Gulu, which is located in northern ...

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Travelers Today: Rwanda among 4 best global destinations to visit in 2017

Itching to travel this 2017? If you haven’t been able to get a time off last 2016 because of work or other responsibilities, then make sure you won’t do that again this year. There are many beautiful places in the world that you have yet to explore, and since travelling has become a very popular excursion, then don’t miss out ...

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Getaways are near giveaways as Ugandans discover joys of budget domestic travel

KAMPALA, UGANDA- A 14-seat van, filled with strangers and friends looking for adventure, sets off from this capital city at 7am. Their five-hour journey to Sipi Falls in eastern Uganda has begun. “When a friend of mine told me about the ‘100k Weekend’ to the Sipi Falls, I had to search for the advertisement myself on Facebook just to confirm ...

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