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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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UNWTO Secretary-General thanks outgoing WTTC President for strong partnership

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed his sincere appreciation to David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) for the strong partnership between both organizations as he announced his departure after six years at the helm of WTTC. Over the last six years, UNWTO and WTTC have created a strong partnership, bringing public and private ...

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Ethiopian’s latest A350 delivery arrives with humanitarian aid on board

Ethiopian Airlines, the German NGO Humedica, Aviation without Borders and the Airbus Foundation have joined forces to transport of nine tonnes of humanitarian aid from Europe to Africa. The goods, received in Addis Ababa, are destined to provide relief to drought prone areas in the East African region. The cargo arrived from Airbus’ Toulouse base utilising the delivery flight of ...

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Marriott Shines at #8 on the 2017 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity List

Marriott International has been recognised as #8, up one spot from last year and ranked in the Top 10 for the second year in a row on the 2017 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked on specialty lists for its executive women (#5), recruitment (#10), ...

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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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A vacation for the soul

By Evelyn Masaba It’s quite amazing how we think there is very little we as human beings can do alone. You do not picture yourself taking adventures and having fun without your family or friends. You do not give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you will enjoy your own company and not miss other people, because you are ...

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UNWTO Commission for Africa analyses the potential of Chinese tourism on the continent

The capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, recently hosted the 59th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa. Held between 18-21 April, the Commission included a High-level Meeting on Chinese Outbound Tourism to Africa, where regional representatives debated the potential that the sector brings to the continent. Attended by 21 tourism Ministers from the African continent, the UNWTO Regional Commission ...

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Virunga’s former Central Sector Warden honoured with Goldman Prize 2017

Virunga National Park’s former Central Sector Warden, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, has been honoured with the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of the work he has undertaken to protect Africa’s oldest national park. Whilst working at Virunga, Rodrigue put his life on the line and faced significant threats for the benefit of Virunga National Park and the communities it serves. Roridgue’s ...

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Apps that will make your life in Kampala easier

By Evelyn Masaba You cannot fail to admit that technological advancements have led to so many improvements in the general daily activities for almost everyone in the world. When you look at living within the city years before and in this modern time, there is a huge leap. A lot can be found at a click of a mouse or ...

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