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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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JW Marriott debuts stunning beach resort on Marco Island

Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the global luxury brand that is part of Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) luxury brands portfolio, has debuted JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Following an extensive $320 million renovation facilitated by ownership group Mass Mutual, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has converted to a JW Marriott luxury property, ushering in a ...

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Common travel mistakes you should avoid in 2017

By Evelyn Masaba  There are so many issues that travellers overlook on their journeys, and a lot of this stems from a number of reasons that may include time and poor planning. It doesn’t only happen to first-time travellers, but seasoned ones as well. Here is how to avoid common travel mistakes. Over-planning There is such a thing as planning ...

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Ethiopian Airlines’ dominance could end as new policy favours private airlines

A new aviation policy has been prepared by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) and the document is said to encourage large scale investment from private investors. Commenting on the development, ECAA’s Promotion and Public Relation head, Animut Lemma, said the draft policy was tabled for discussion and it would be ratified in the near future. The policy has taken ...

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ICAO: Traffic growth and airline profitability were highlights of air transport in 2016

Preliminary figures released on January 2, 2015, by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres ...

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What you need to know about the mountain gorilla, Africa’s most revered ape

By Evelyn Masaba One of the most revered attractions in Africa, especially in east and central Africa, is the critically endangered mountain gorilla. In fact, these iconic apes are ranked among the top three attractions preferred by tourists visiting Africa. Mountain gorillas reside in only two locations in the world: Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga massif — a ...

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Burundi minister shot dead in capital

A gunman killed Burundi’s environment minister early on Sunday, police said, the first murder of a senior government figure in nearly two years of political violence. Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, was attacked as he travelled home in the central African nation’s capital Bujumbura, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said in a tweet. Violent protests erupted early in 2015 after President Pierre Nkurunziza ...

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Rothschild giraffe: The gentle giant endemic to Uganda and Kenya

By Evelyn Masaba  The giraffa camelopardalis camelopardis, or the rothschild giraffe, commonly known as the giraffe, is one of those under-appreciated wild animals found in Uganda. Apart from the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, the Ugandan giraffe is unique to its home and cannot be easily found elsewhere apart from Uganda and Kenya, where they have lived for years. The rothschild ...

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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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UN declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can ...

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