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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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Rough Guides 2017: Uganda ranked 4th in top 10 ‘must-see’ countries globally

By TNR Reporter Uganda has been named one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2017. The country, which was in 1907 described by Winston Churchill as the “Pearl of Africa”, is fourth on Rough Guides’ list of “must see” destinations worldwide and No.1 in Africa — with the likes of Tunisia, Tanzania, Morocco, South Africa and Kenya nowhere ...

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Tribal circumcision ritual becomes Uganda’s latest tourist attraction

In a small dusty village fringed by brooding blue mountains in eastern Uganda, Sullaih Kyalo is bracing himself as he is about to become a man of the Bamasaaba tribe. The 19-year-old stands opposite the traditional surgeon, who clutches a 12-centimetre blade. Sullaih doesn’t look at the blade, but into the distance with a trance-like resolve. Relatives, friends and neighbours ...

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Rwanda, Zimbabwe named best places to visit in Africa in 2017

By Staff Reporter, TNR Condé Nast Traveler has named Rwanda its second-best destination for travellers to Africa in 2017. The American luxury and lifestyle travel magazine has ranked Rwanda as No. 14 on its “Best Places to Travel in 2017” list, behind 13th-place Zimbabwe, the only other African country on Condé Nast Traveler’s list. Rwanda, whose tourism has enjoyed an ...

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St Janani Luwum’s simple tomb that attracts thousands of pilgrims to northern Uganda

KITGUM-UGANDA: On February 16, 2015, the first international prayers to commemorate the martyrdom of Uganda’s 20th Century martyr, the late Janani Luwum, was held at the site where he was buried 38 years ago. It was not less than the second most powerful Anglican Church, Archbishop Dr. John Sentamu of York, who presided over the ceremony and also preached to ...

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Tembera U Rwanda campaign ends with fun-filled Rubavu trip

By Joseph Oindo The third and final trip organised by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for local tourists and journalists took place in Rubavu district, previously known as Gisenyi. The campaign to promote local tourism, dubbed Tembera U Rwanda, started in Huye in October, moved to Nyungwe Forest in November, and finally to Rubavu from December 17-18. Following RDB’s aggressive ...

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