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Saudi billionaire to invest $800 mln in Egypt tourism

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is to invest more than $800 million in hotels in Egypt, the investment ministry in Cairo said on Monday. The announcement came after parliament in May adopted a new law aimed at attracting foreign investment as the authorities seek …

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France remains world’s favourite tourism destination

Madrid, Spain | AFP | France retained its position as the world’s favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Wednesday, defying concerns over terror attacks. The United States came second followed closely by Spain, according to annual figures that the Madrid-based UNWTO normally announces in January, …

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I.Coast seizes record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  Authorities in Ivory Coast have seized a record haul of three tonnes of pangolin scales worth an estimated $82,000, in what officials on Thursday called a “massacre”. Eight men of various African nationalities were apprehended overnight on Tuesday as they prepared to sell their …

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Rwanda targets high-end tourist market

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda | AFP | Nicaraguan singer Hernaldo Zuniga brought his entire family to trek through the lush forests and mist-shrouded volcanoes of northwestern Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas. He described their encounter with the critically endangered primates as “an almost spiritual” experience, and said it was the …

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Mbarara man arrested with 33kg of ivory

Man arrested with 33kg of ivory in Mbarara Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Police in Mbarara District with help from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) have arrested pne man in possession of 33.8kgs of elephant tusks worth Sh13.5 million . Jackson Baluku, 42, a motor vehicle broker and a resident of Lower Zone Base …

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MUSEVENI: Development, democracy key to environment

MUSEVENI:  Underdevelopment, lack of democracy are a challenge to environment conservation  Kampala, Uganda| PPU |  President Yoweri Museveni has said continued underdevelopment and lack of democracy are some of the challenges facing wildlife conservation in Africa. The President was speaking on Wednesday at a press briefing held at Entebbe State House Entebbe to …

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