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May
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Malagasy Cake – Madagascar

Hello folks! Another recipe Wednesday means another Wednesday to wet your taste buds and there is definitely something sweet on the menu today. Our destination this week takes us to the largest island in African and fourth in the world, Madagascar. It is truly a place to behold. Thinking of white sand, unpolluted water, untapped …

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May
2017
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Essential Tips on Your First Trip to Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the few destinations in the world with many unique features. Its location begins its startling feature. The country is an Island nation that was once a part of a larger continent (Gondwana supercontinent) connected to Africa and India. Some million years ago, it pulled out of Africa and later India to …

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May
2017
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Festival Eritrea: Born In the Diaspora

Eritrea shares quite a lot of similarities with her older sister, Ethiopia in spite of the frosty relationship between both countries. Apart from using the same calendar, several cultural and religious festivals are celebrated in the same manner and time by both. These include: Meskel, Fasika, Lidet, etc. However, the Festival Eritrea is certainly not …

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May
2017
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City Icon: Aster Yohannes, Asmara

“We never argue, my wife and I; because she can shoot straighter and faster than I can.” – Petros Solomon (Aster Yohannes’ husband) Aster Yohannes has been a prisoner of conscience, held at an undisclosed location by the government of Eritrea since December 2003. Born in Asmara, Aster Yohannes was a 2nd-year student of Electrical …

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May
2017
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How Well Do You Know Asmara?

Recently, I had to address a group of students who major in tourism or tourism related courses. From our background conversation, I picked that many of them were interested in travelling and seeing the world, I also found out that some of them have not been able to travel beyond their country because of logistics …

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May
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Tsegna Zigni (Spicy Beef Stew)

Hello folks! It’s another Recipe Wednesday and we are glad to see another week to serve you with fantastic dishes from all around Africa. This week, we are in the Eastern part of Africa, in the largest city of the  capital of the country also known as ‘little Italy’.  We are in the city of …

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16

May
2017
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TAKING A SPRING VACATION IN ASMARA

Asmara is a city of many parts. Call it a showcase of Italian architecture or a contemporary medieval getaway and you won’t be wrong. Despite going through seasons of turmoil and unrest, Asmara has done a remarkable job with the preservation of its historical heritage. Little wonder this destination has now become the darling of …

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May
2017
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Taste of Africa’s “Little Rome”

Asmara, Eritrea’s isolated and picturesque capitals, is a beautiful and crime-free city that many will hardly believe exists in Africa. The city’s defining attractions are its incredible architecture, the most iconic being the Fiat Tagliero building, which was designed in 1938 when Eritrea was an Italian colony. A tour of the city unveils a place …

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15

May
2017
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No price increase for gorilla tours in Uganda

The Uganda Government has confirmed that it will maintain the fee for mountain gorilla trekking and promises there will be no price increase in Uganda. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that tracking charges will be maintained during the peak season and discounted in low season. In Uganda, sustainable gorilla tourism is a major …

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May
2017
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Quick guide to DRC’s safe and touristy destinations

The towering status of Kinshasa makes many visitors think of Democratic Republic of Congo solely through the eyes of Kinshasa. Of course being the third largest city in Africa and the way it has set the tune in central Africa makes the city a force to reckon with, however, not many people will easily pick …

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12

May
2017
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Georgia wins Secretary General for the UNWTO

Is this a good or a sad day for World Tourism? The large camp from Georgia obviously is having a great day. Is this a great day for Georgia and also for the world? Zurab Pololikashvili, the candidate from Georgia was elected this afternoon as the next secretary-general for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in …

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12

May
2017
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Walter Mzembi’s official pitch for UNWTO Secretary general delivered

The Hon. Walter Mzembi just delivered his official pitch to become the next UNWTO Secretary-General to delegates attending the Executive Council meeting in Madrid at the Melia Castilla Hotel. The transcript of his address he gave shortly after 10.30 am this morning. Your Royal Highness Excellencies, Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen The global environment which …

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12

May
2017
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UNWTO Election: Former Seychelles candidate emotional farewell

Alain St. Ange, the former minister of tourism for the Seychelles worked hard to present his “tourism for all” campaign to the world. Having a welcoming vision for the future of global tourism from a candidate representing a country that had a message to the world for many years: ” Friends with everyone, enemies of none,” …

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12

May
2017
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Le Festival National de Gungu (FESNAG): A Right to Celebrate

It is true that most festivals are usually born as a celebration of people’s way of life, traditions, cultural values and sometimes religious beliefs. Yet sometimes, the inspiration for a festival evolves from certain situations that serve as a memorial to a significant event, and with time the celebration grows bigger as the years roll …

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11

May
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Poulet à la Moambe with Kwanga

Cooking an African recipe is often a multiple dish affair, given that a lot of the main soups and sauces need an accompanying dish. This is why Africans are famous for eating various outputs of cassava tubers, yam tubers, rice flour and wheat flour that are not common staples of the world at large. These …

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11

May
2017
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City Icon: PAPA WEMBA – King of Rhumba Rock (June 14, 1949 – April 24, 2016)

Known as the Kasai Nightingale, Papa Wemba, a frontline Congolese musician from DR Congo was the undisputed king of Rhumba Rock and also a stylish fashion icon who helped to popularise the La Sape look. Born on 14th of June 1949 in Lubefu, a community in the Sankuru District of Kasaï-Oriental (East Kasai), one of …

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10

May
2017
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Kinshasa Sapeurs: The Definition of Class and Elegance

It is the little things in life that matter, unfortunately, we hardly pay attention to those little things. To start with, when you dressed up today how much attention did you give to the label on your shirt, did it ever cross your mind to check if the bottom of your jacket is labelled and …

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May
2017
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KINSHASA: THE HEART OF ART

In the beginning “Ali boma ye” (Ali has killed Foreman) was the word on everyone’s lip in Kinshasa after the Rumble in the Jungle. Hosting the fight was part of Mobutu’s plan to put his country which he had recently renamed Zaire on the global map, and he did it in a grand style paying …

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May
2017
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7 Things You Should Know About Kinshasa

We’ve relished the fond memories of rumble in the jungle long enough. Remember that 1974 heavyweight boxing fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, which Mobutu Sese Seko used to bring Kinshasa on the international scene. Kinshasa, the host city, was then the capital of Mobutu’s Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though …

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May
2017
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CEO ZTA attributes Tourism growth to peace

The tourism sector has faced a myriad of challenges in recent years but it has managed to record a steady growth. In 2016 the country recorded 2,167,686 arrivals, 5% up from 2,056,588 received in 2015.  The sector also registered an estimated US$819 million in revenue in 2016 hence a contribution of about 10.9% to the …

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May
2017
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La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort….. a blissful marriage of man and nature

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort (www.lacampagnetropicana.com) is the first ever African-themed Resort in the world, located in Lagos State, Nigeria. The Resort is spread over 65 acres of land and is bounded by a freshwater lagoon and a “clean” sandy beach that stretches for miles along the warm equatorial waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The ...

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5

May
2017
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Ma Dengn Beach Festival: A Coming Together

Freetown is one of West Africa’s most alluring capitals. Lively and calm, Sierra Leone’s largest city has a slew of lovely beaches and pretty mountains. In recent times, the country had suffered, first from a civil war and later the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. However, no matter how gloomy a situation may be, …

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April
2017
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HEALTH TOURISM – AFRICA’S ECONOMIC GAME CHANGER

PAN-AFRICAN HEALTH TOURISM BACKGROUND A significant new element of trade in health care has involved the movement of patients across borders in the pursuit of medical treatment and health; a phenomenon commonly termed ‘medical tourism‘. Medical tourism occurs when consumers elect to travel across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical ...

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