Fair Trade Tourism has signed a significant partnership agreement with Travelife, Europe’s biggest sustainability certification scheme for tour operators. The agreement sees the two organisations combine forces to offer sustainability training and certification for tour operators throughout southern Africa and will enable tour operators to become part of the globe’s biggest network of sustainability accredited tour operators.
The Travelife system for tour operators is managed by ECEAT (the European Centre for Eco and Agro Tourism), a not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands, which offers sustainability training and certification to help tour operators implement positive change in their businesses and supply chains. The partnership agreement will see Fair Trade Tourism become the exclusive implementing partner for Travelife in southern Africa, with all FTT Approved tour operators offered free Travelife membership until 2020.
In terms of the agreement, Fair Trade Tourism and Travelife will offer southern African tour operators sustainability training around all aspects of their businesses, from office operations, to product development, working with suppliers, educating clients and promoting sustainable destinations. FTT Approved Tour Operators will be given free Travelife membership and have the opportunity to progress to Travelife Partner, which demonstrates progress along the sustainability path, or Travelife Certified, which demonstrates global best-practice in sustainability. They will also be incorporated into the Travelife online platform, which is accessed by major global outbound operators interested in promoting sustainability in their supply chains.
FTT MD Jane Edge said the Travelife agreement represented a major move forward for FTT in achieving global impact. “According to a recent survey we conducted, 72% of FTT Approved tour operators are seeing a growing demand for responsible tourism. We needed to take FTT to the next level and Travelife was a natural partner to engage with. Travelife offers superb sustainability training and a certification scheme that is recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. We are privileged to be partnering with them to implement this in southern Africa.”
ECEAT MD Naut Kusters said partnering with FTT, as Africa’s leading responsible tourism organisation, would enable Travelife to gain significant traction on the continent. “Together with the Green Tour programme that we are currently implementing in Kenya, we see the FTT partnership as an opportunity to help Africa’s businesses significantly enhance their sustainability practices and to increase the number of sustainable travellers to the continent.”
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East meets Africa in a thrilling fashion and cultural fusion at African Fashion International (AFI) Joburg Fashion Week 2018. This #AfroAsia themed event runs from 4 to 6 October 2018 at Melrose Arch, before closing with two spectacular final shows at iconic Johannesburg landmarks on 7 October.
AFI Joburg Fashion Week 2018 will showcase the best of African fashion with a sprinkle of Asian flavour. Slated to show alongside fashion design stars from across our continent, including Nigeria’s Deola Sagoe and Clan, are ranges from renowned South African designers such as David Tlale, Laduma and Gavin Rajah who will create a glorious fashion melting-pot with Asian designers from Japan, Cambodia and China.
To enhance designers’ exposure on international fashion platforms and industries, AFI has forged a partnership with Tokyo Fashion Week. Through this, a designer showing at AFI Joburg Fashion Week 2018 will receive an opportunity and potentially career-changing prize. One selected designer will be assisted to show at the next Tokyo Fashion Week in Japan.
“We believe this is the best way to give our local talent opportunities to spread their wings, and showcase internationally the incredible skills and exciting creativity that drives African fashion,” says Dr Moloi-Motsepe.
South Africa was recently named Africa’s most innovative country and Japan takes the lead in Asia, particularly in technology terms, Dr Moloi-Motsepe notes. Africa and Asia are both celebrated for promoting local authenticity while achieving covetable global style. This could lead to inspiring fashion and business partnerships.
“AFI Joburg Fashion Week 2018 is a platform for our best and most adventurous designers to showcase their work. It is also an opportunity to collaborate, and to exchange ideas and knowledge with their peers, intersecting Africa with Asia,” Dr Moloi-Motsepe adds. “We are particularly excited at the prospect of different takes on street style, for example. This is one of the hottest fashion trends globally and African fashionistas love to bring their own flair into how they wear their brands and celebrate Africa’s design heritage, especially its fabrics. We are sure this will offer an inspiring new ingredient that will bring a fresh edge to African fashion, and can prompt a thrilling Afro-Asian fashion fusion.”
During AFI Joburg Fashion Week some of the top designers in our line-up will be leading the industry-oriented AFI Masterclass, aimed at capacity building, skills and knowledge transfer as well as enabling the development of commercially sustainable African luxury fashion. Fashion Week attendees will have an opportunity to shop the ramp at the Designer Boutique and be the first to own the latest designer collections. “For more than a decade AFI has facilitated exposure for African design talents on world-class platforms, assisting them to attract and conquer local markets and receive international exposure by focusing on the business of fashion,” says founder and CEO Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
To catch all the developments and the build up towards Joburg Fashion Week, follow our social media platforms and our website https://africanfashioninternational.com
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In just over a decade, AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL (AFI) has built a thriving fashion marketing, retail and development platform that celebrates the creativity and craftsmanship of our continent, shining a light on African luxury fashion aesthetics, in all their originality, heritage and style.
AFI owns, produces and plays host to Africa’s premier luxury fashion week in Joburg and Cape Town which are AFI Joburg Fashion Week and AFI Cape Town Fashion Week.
Within its development strategy, AFI's Fastrack™ initiative identifies and invests in the best of the continent's young designers, by providing them with direct access to: mentorships, media exposure and business acumen, through yearlong programmes that prepare them for navigating the fashion landscape. The programme, to date, has assisted in developing the careers of 75 new talents.
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Media Release: South African Airways Honored for "Best Airline Staff in Africa" at the Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards
Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 18, 2018) – South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline from the U.S. to
South Africa with the most daily flights, was honored with the “Best Airline Staff in Africa” award at
the 2018 World Airline Awards hosted by world renowned aviation experts SkytraxTM. The award
presented at a special ceremony held at the Farnborough International Airshow attributed South
African Airways’ success to the efforts of all the ground and inflight staff in excelling to achieve high
product quality and standards across all categories.
SkytraxTM is known worldwide as the leading, independent research authority on airline quality
and service. The awards are based on a consumer satisfaction survey conducted each year by
SkytraxTM, giving travelers an opportunity to rate their experiences in the air and on the ground with
over 200 airlines worldwide and ultimately serve as a global benchmark of airline excellence.
“We are thrilled to, once again, be the proud recipient of the Best Airline Staff in Africa award
from Skytrax” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president - North America for South African Airways.
“This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of SAA employees globally as we showcase
the very best in African hospitality. We will continue to strive to provide our customers with sterling
service in our effort to maintain our standing as Africa’s most awarded airline.”
SAA’slow cost carrier, Mango Airlines also secured the top spot for the “Best Low-Cost Carrier
in Africa” for the third time at this year’s prestigious awards. SAA was also noted for “Best Business
Class Lounge in Africa”, “Best Cabin Crew in Africa”, and “Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa”.
Earlier this year, SkytraxTM, also awarded SAA with the 4-Star rating for the 16th year
consecutive year, following detailed service audits of SAA Premium Business and Economy Class
product and service across all customer-facing categories.
For reservations and information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact South African
Airways at 1-(800) 722-9675.
About South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations
worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 16 consecutive years.
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Press Release: Ghana Tourism Authority and Evolvin' Women Sign MOU Following The Women in Tourism Summit Ghana 2018
Accra, 23 June 2018 – The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Evolvin’ Women, a talent sourcing platform for women in hospitality based in the United Arab Emirates.
Evolvin’ Women is a social enterprise that connects hospitality businesses to women from developing countries who lack access to quality hospitality training and employment opportunities due to personal, political or cultural circumstances. Women join the Evolvin’ Women Pop Up Academy and, together with educational partners, prepare to secure international entry-level employment with a view of returning to a job in their home country where they become a contributor to their family, community and national economic growth.
The Pop Up Academy is a 15 month programme that includes three months of interviews, face-to-face and online training, and 12 months’ work experience in the United Arab Emirates. Participants will be able to learn and apply skills through on job training and will return to a job in Ghana at the end of the programme.
Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin' Women, said: “This memorandum is a testament of the commitment GTA has to advance women in tourism and hospitality. It is an important step forward because we now have a voice in Ghana to further promote equality of opportunity and achieve our common goals through joint effort and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #4, #5 and #8 at a higher level.”
The MoU was signed following the Women in Tourism Ghana Summit on June 21st, organised by GTA, The Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, and Africa Tourism Partners. The Summit brought together over 400 delegates from both the private and public sector to address challenges woman face in the industry and opportunities for development. The MoU is the first tangible action put in place as a result of the discussions that emerged during the Summit.
Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, said: “Capacity building and training in Ghana's hospitality Industry is critical. We therefore see this programme targeting women as an important step in providing a learning and training platform for our women. We are excited with this partnership.”
As well as advocating for the advancement of women in the hospitality industry in Ghana, both organisations will collaborate on capacity building and training by bringing Evolvin’ Women to the Ghana market.
For further information on Evolvin’ Women, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.evolvinwomen.com. For further information on Ghana Tourism Authority, please contact email@example.com or visit www.ghana.travel.
On April 5, Turkish Airlines hosted an interactive workshop for travel professions and media based in the Washington, DC metro area. Their General Manager was in attendance and his remarks are below.
General Manager Erkan Erdogan's Remarks:
Good Evening!! My name is Erkan Erdogan and on behalf of Turkish Airlines I warmly welcome you all to this event where you will get an opportunity to know more about Turkish Airlines as a product and how best you can use it to serve your or your customers’ needs. In turn it will also give us Turkish Airlines, the opportunity to get to know you as our industry partners and also learn from you how best we can improve our product to make it the preferred choice not only to AFRICA, but also to most of the places in the world where you, your associates and/or customers wish to fly.
However, first of all I would like to thank the Africa Travel Association and especially Ms. Naledi & Moraiya, for working with us in putting this event together. Sincere thanks to you and your wonderful team for providing this platform and bringing our trade partners and Turkish Airlines together this evening.
Established in 1933, and owning 5 aircraft back then, Turkish Airlines today flies to more countries in the world than any other airline – 122 countries, 332 aircraft and 305 destinations. Our newest destination in Africa launched towards the end of February 2018 is Freetown – Sierra Leone. In 2017, Turkish Airlines carried almost 69 million passengers and by 2023, our aim is to carry 120 million passengers using 500 aircraft. In achieving this goal, Turkish Airlines recently announced an order of 60 aircraft – 30 each from BOEING and AIRBUS INDUSTRIES.
All these numbers are quite impressive by themselves. Having said that, Turkish Airlines believes that quantity is important but quality is even more important. Over the last decade or so Turkish Airlines has won prestigious awards and recognitions in the Aviation Industry.
Our fabled “LOUNGE ISTANBUL” currently holds the title of the Best Business Lounge in the world. Not only do we have our own branded lounge in Istanbul, but we also have our own lounges in Nairobi, Kenya and of course our very own Washington DC at the Dulles International Airport, which too has been awarded by various associations in 2017 under several categories. In the near future we will also have our own branded lounge at Miami International airport.
Our primary international hub is Istanbul which with its geographical location on the world map, makes it the most convenient connection city whether one is traveling to Africa, Asia, Europe or the Middle East. In fact, if you were to use Turkish Airlines, you would connect to 38 countries within 3 hours of your arrival in Istanbul.
With its geographical proximity to AFRICA, Turkish Airlines considers the continent as one of its most important and convenient destinations. Thus, today we are the largest non- African airline operating to and from Africa, with 52 destinations in 34 countries in the continent. Not only do we fly to exotic touristic destinations like Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Seychelles, South Africa etc., we also fly to destinations important for the ethnic traveler like Addis Ababa, Asmara, Freetown, Kigali, Mogadishu, Lagos, Abuja, Khartoum, Yaoundé etc. etc. – the list is endless.
Such is the growing popularity of Turkish Airlines with the international traveler, that in 2018 Turkish Airlines has started off with a record LOAD FACTOR in the company’s aviation history.
The number of passengers transiting Istanbul is so huge that the current airport’s capacity is being used to its full capacity. To meet the increasing demand, a new airport is being built which will open in October this year.
In its 1st Phase, the new airport will have a capacity to handle 90 million passengers annually and when the final phase is complete, it will have the ability to handle 200 million passengers, which would make it one of the largest airports in the world.
That being said, I believe it is important for me to mention that Turkish Airlines besides running a very successful airline, is also firmly committed to social responsibility as well.
The company carries out other Social projects ranging from construction of schools and clinics as well as drilling of water wells in countries affected by drought. Our social program thus benefits as many as 24 African Nations.
During the recent drought & famine situation in Somalia, Turkish Airlines carried plane loads of supplies like food & water, medicine and other essential supplies to Mogadishu.
So that dear friends, is the story of Turkish Airlines in brief. To get you to know more about Turkish Airlines we have prepared a power point presentation which I hope you will find informative. I would now like to hand over the podium to my colleagues in marketing who will walk you through the presentation.
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, has announced the appointment of Marlene Sanau as the new vice president of sales, North America, based at the airline’s North America Regional Office in Fort Lauderdale. In this role, she will be responsible for implementing sales strategies to strengthen and grow business relationships with SAA’s travel trade partners, online travel agency distribution channels, corporate customers, and key tourism industry organizations. She will also oversee SAA’s team of sales development directors located throughout North America, along with the Business Development and Inside Sales Departments in Fort Lauderdale.
Marlene joins the South African Airways leadership team in North America with an extensive international airline background having spent over 25 years with Lufthansa German Airlines serving in several sales and operational management positions in the U.S., Germany, Australia, and South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.
“We are delighted to have Marlene join South African Airways and lead our sales team with her in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and revenue development strategies,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president – North America for South African Airways. “Marlene brings a wealth of experience that will be a tremendous benefit to SAA and our trade partners. She possesses the skills and expertise that will be critical to expanding and enhancing SAA’s presence in the very competitive North America to Africa market.”
South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with daily nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily nonstop service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal, with continuing service to Johannesburg. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands. Onboard, SAA provides an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Our customers enjoy a spacious Economy Class cabin, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio / visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies, music choices, and games.
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Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services, Turkish Airlines now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.
Beginning February 24, Turkish Airlines will operate its Freetown flights 2 times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The services will provide a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou. The return flight will also provide a substantial access to passengers departing from Sierra Leone to top global destinations via Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other in the world.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that the NBA Africa Game 2012018, the NBA’s third game in Africa, will take place Saturday, 4 Aug at a soon to be announced venue in South Africa. The announcement was made at the annual NBA Africa All-Star Luncheon in Los Angeles by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall. The game will honour the centenary of the birth of former President Nelson Mandela and will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 2017 NBA Africa Game ‘Team Africa’ players, Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka, and former African NBA stars Dikembe Mutombo and Didier Mbenga made an appearance. Some other notable individuals also in attendance at the luncheon included Senegalese musician and entrepreneur Akon, actor Djimon Hounsou of Blood Diamond fame, Liberian entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis – the Shea Moisture founder who recently bought Essence Magazine from Time INC.