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Traffic jam paralyses city as Kampala Road closed

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Motorists heading to the city Saturday have been caught up in traffic for hours as it turns out Kampala Road has been sealed off for the opening day of the Jumiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni (JAMAFEST) festival. The number of motorists stuck on roads …

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World tourism numbers post biggest first-half rise since 2010

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  International tourist numbers grew 6.4 percent in the first half of 2017, the  strongest half-year figures in seven years, with Mediterranean destinations posting double-digit growth, the UN World Tourism Organisation said Thursday. The number of international tourists surged to around 598 million between January and …

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PICTORIAL: Kwita Izina, gorilla-naming celebration

PICTORIAL #KwitaIzina2017: Kwita Izina, gorilla-naming celebration Kigali, RWANDA | RDB | Thousands came together in Musanze District- Kinigi to celebrate Rwanda‘s success in conserving mountain gorillas at the 13th Kwita Izina ceremony on September 1. This year, 19 baby gorillas were named under the theme “Conservation and sustainable tourism – a foundation for future generations” adding to the 239 …

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Rwanda to invest in education and training to boost tourism sector

Kigali, Rwanda | THE INDEPENDENT |  President Paul Kagame has said Rwanda, like other countries on the African continent, was keen to convert its favourable demographics into economic growth and prosperity. Speaking at the opening on Tuesday of the three-day global 41st Annual World Tourism Conference organized by the Africa Trade Association in …

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All set for Kwita Izina, gorilla-naming celebration in Rwanda

  Kwita Izina ceremony set for September 1 Kigali, Rwanda | GORILLAFUND.ORG |  Naming infant mountain gorillas has become an important annual nationwide tradition in Rwanda since 2004. The naming ceremony, called Kwita Izina and organized by the Rwandan Development Board, is based on a historic Rwandan cultural practice for naming …

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Fewer buyers for S.Africa’s first online rhino horn, organiser

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s first online auction of rhino horn — held his week amid outrage from conservationists — attracted fewer buyers than anticipated, lawyers for the organiser said Saturday. John Hume, owner of the world’s largest rhino farm, organised the controversial three-day selloff which ended on …

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