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Spring Festival listed as UN floating holiday

UNITED NATIONS | Xinhua | The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, has been officially listed as a UN floating holiday in its calendar of conferences and meetings as from 2024. The UN General Assembly, in a resolution, acknowledges the significance of the Lunar New Year, which is observed in …

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30 years of Mountain Gorilla tourism in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The history of gorilla trekking in Uganda tracks back to the early 1990s when the country was experiencing its first years of stability after close to three decades that were marked by unrest and military coups. Until now, the world has a vague image …

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Ethiopia, Tanzania and Morocco ranked Africa’s top tourism performers 2023

The three countries have by far exceeded their pre-pandemic arrival numbers on robust tourism infrastructure expansion and aggressive destination promotion. SPECIAL REPORT | BIRD AGENCY |  The end of a civil war in Ethiopia, Tanzania’s president featuring in a historical tourism documentary and rising infrastructure and marketing investments in Morocco …

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Warriors turn guns on wildlife in Kidepo Park

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Armed Karamojong warriors have sought refuge in Kidepo National Park, resorting to killing wild animals for sustenance, raising concerns about their impact on the park’s ecosystem. Security has confirmed that these warriors, previously active in terrorizing Kaabong and Kotido districts, have relocated to Karenga …

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Henok Teferra Shawl is new Managing Director for Boeing Africa

Based in Addis Ababa, Teferra Shawl positioned to strengthen Boeing operations and relationships across the African continent Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | THE INDEPENDENT |  Boeing has appointed Henok Teferra Shawl as the new managing director for Boeing Africa to strengthen the company’s operations and relationships across the African continent. Based …

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POATE 2024 promises to be best ever tourism expo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The eighth edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) organised by the Ministry of Tourism and the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has been launched, with a promise to attract its biggest ever audience. POATE, scheduled for May 23rd to 25th, 2024, serves as …

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