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Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya agree to joint tourist promotion

Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya have agreed to jointly promote and market tourist destinations in the three countries as a follow up to an agreement to have a single tourist visa. Under the new arrangement, the three countries will be showcasing tourism destinations in the three countries and encouraging tourists to …

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Elephant poaching costs Africa tourism $25 million

Paris, France | AFP |  Stopping the killing of elephants for their tusks could add some $25 million (23 million euros) to Africa’s annual tourism income, more than offsetting the anti-poaching spend, a study said Tuesday. While the figure pales in comparison to the estimated value of the black market …

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Uganda debuts at Akwaaba travel conference in Lagos

With a beautifully decorated stand,  Uganda Tourism Board took its place at the ongoing annual Akwaaba African Travel Market  in Lagos on Monday. Uganda Tourism Board, exhibitors for the first time, took a step further from the exhibitions to sensitize the audience of the tremendous tourism assets of the country. …

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Slow growth but tourism stakeholders optimistic

Sliding tourism earnings: Terrorism fears continue to hit tourism industry but stakeholders optimistic about mid term prospects Latest data from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities shows that both tourist arrivals and earnings registered the lowest growth in five years. Growth in 2015 was at just about 3% in …

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Wilderness Safaris eyes East Africa

Botswana based multi-national ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, operating nearly 40 luxury safari camps across eight African countries, has raised US$35 million bilateral loan for the purchase of a new ecotourism company in Kenya and for further expansion across Africa. Keith Vincent, the Chief Executive at the Wilderness Safaris said ‘in …

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When Uganda’s Zakayo celebrated 53rd birthday at UWEC

Thursday was a special day at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) as Zakayo, the oldest chimpanzee known in the country, celebrated its 53rd birthday. The Wildlife Center annually celebrates Zakayo’s birthday to highlight the plight and abuse of chimpanzees and other animals. Zakayo is the oldest chimpanzee in captivity in a country …

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Study shows record-shattering birds stay in air for 10 months

Miami, United States | AFP |  A small, dark-feathered bird known as the common swift flies for 10 months on end without ever landing, the longest time spent aloft of any known bird, scientists said Thursday. The findings in the US journal Current Biology confirmed a 46-year-old hypothesis, first offered …

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