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World tourism remains resilient despite global uncertainties’ knock down


Josephine Wawira

With a 3.6% real GDP growth in Q1 2017, the world economy has remained strong, surpassing the earlier forecast at 3.5% for 2017-2018. This growth, according to Euromonitor International, is and continue to be highly driven by emerging markets which account for approximately 74% of the world’s real GDP expansion, and a predicted share of up to 79% by 2020.
Among top sectors contributing to this economic development is the Travel and Tourism industry, directly accounting for US$2.3 trillion (10.2% of the world’s GDP) and 109 million jobs (1 in 10) globally in 2016. However, the sector’s agility has had to withstand the pressures of global uncertainties especially related to political stands across the world. The Brexit, Trump travel ban, the North Korea looming standoff with Japan and United States, are some of the major challenges cited in the report.
Quoted in the Global Economic Impact & Issues 2017 report, the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) David Scowsill says, “This is the sixth year in a row that Travel & Tourism has outpaced the global economy, showing the sector’s resilience, and the eagerness of people to continue to travel and discover new places, despite economic and political challenges across the world.”
In Africa, though several top tourism countries continue to hold up to qualms, there continues to be impressive performance from individual states as well as in the entire continent. In the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC list of countries showing strong international travel & tourism growth between 2010-2016 for instance, is Sudan and Cameroon, perhaps two surprising entries given their political background. Others would include Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, and Tanzania among others. This is highly attributed to among other factors their prioritization of the sector, open border policies, and investment in infrastructure.
Africa has experienced solid growth in the last decade; from just about 14.7 million visitors in 1990, to 26 million at the turn of the millennium and the recently recorded 58 million international arrivals in 2016. It’s evident that the sector has withered several storms to its maturity; clearing geographical misconceptions, overcoming calamities, and resiliently shaping its position on the global map. Continued investment in developing products, strategic marketing and promotion as well as conducive political environment will in no doubt go a long way in steering forward the sector to meeting set projection.

The writer  is a Consultant at Jumia Travel

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Josephine Wawira

With a 3.6% real GDP growth in Q1 2017, the world economy has remained strong, surpassing the earlier forecast at 3.5% for 2017-2018. This growth, according to Euromonitor International, is and continue to be highly driven by emerging markets which account for approximately 74% of the world’s real GDP expansion, and a predicted share of up to 79% by 2020.
Among top sectors contributing to this economic development is the Travel and Tourism industry, directly accounting for US$2.3 trillion (10.2% of the world’s GDP) and 109 million jobs (1 in 10) globally in 2016. However, the sector’s agility has had to withstand the pressures of global uncertainties especially related to political stands across the world. The Brexit, Trump travel ban, the North Korea looming standoff with Japan and United States, are some of the major challenges cited in the report.
Quoted in the Global Economic Impact & Issues 2017 report, the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) David Scowsill says, “This is the sixth year in a row that Travel & Tourism has outpaced the global economy, showing the sector’s resilience, and the eagerness of people to continue to travel and discover new places, despite economic and political challenges across the world.”
In Africa, though several top tourism countries continue to hold up to qualms, there continues to be impressive performance from individual states as well as in the entire continent. In the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC list of countries showing strong international travel & tourism growth between 2010-2016 for instance, is Sudan and Cameroon, perhaps two surprising entries given their political background. Others would include Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, and Tanzania among others. This is highly attributed to among other factors their prioritization of the sector, open border policies, and investment in infrastructure.
Africa has experienced solid growth in the last decade; from just about 14.7 million visitors in 1990, to 26 million at the turn of the millennium and the recently recorded 58 million international arrivals in 2016. It’s evident that the sector has withered several storms to its maturity; clearing geographical misconceptions, overcoming calamities, and resiliently shaping its position on the global map. Continued investment in developing products, strategic marketing and promotion as well as conducive political environment will in no doubt go a long way in steering forward the sector to meeting set projection.

The writer  is a Consultant at Jumia Travel


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PIA to double flights to India

Aviation Correspondent

Amid Political Tensions between the two neighbours, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to double the weekly flights to India.
 Earlier, the PIA was operating only one flight a week from Lahore.
“We have decided to operate another flight from Lahore to New Delhi from this month as passenger volume has increased a little,” PIA spokesman Mashood Tajwar told newsmen.
“The second weekly flight (Saturday) for India has been restored after a meeting of the PIA officials. We will operate ATR plane for the second flight as well,” Tajwar said.
The second flight (PK-270) is expected to start from 3rd November (Friday). The aircraft used for this route will be an ATR turboprop.
According to PIA officials, the flight arrangements and decisions are made completely on a commercial basis with no regards to the ties between the countries.
It should be noted that India’s national airline AirIndia has no flight routes that come to Pakistan.
The PIA in May last year had suspended Karachi to Mumbai weekly flight and cut one Lahore to Delhi flight, citing low passenger volume.
Meanwhile, by the end of this year, Karachi to Mumbai flight will also be resumed. The flight was canceled back in May.
It was presumed that the flight cancellation happened due to the deteriorating political and diplomatic relationships between the two countries but the officials said that this was also a purely commercial issue and had nothing to do with the ties between the two countries.
It was grounded because of a shortage of available aircrafts. It inconvenienced many travelers but the airline compensated them by either accommodating them via the other route or rerouting them on another airline.
Muhammad Ahmed Barkazai – the country manager of PIA confirmed this by saying “We are hoping to re-start flights from Karachi to Mumbai and back by the year-end.“
It was said that the flight was canceled due to unavailability of aircrafts which had their leases expired and had to be taken away. A significant number of aircrafts were also needed in Hajj tours.
To a question about any chances to restore Karachi-Mumbai flight operation, he said: “At the moment no deliberations have been made on restoration of this flight operation. Since most passengers are opting for train and road routes for India, only two ATR flights a week from Lahore are economically viable”.

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Amid Political Tensions between the two neighbours, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to double the weekly flights to India.
 Earlier, the PIA was operating only one flight a week from Lahore.
“We have decided to operate another flight from Lahore to New Delhi from this month as passenger volume has increased a little,” PIA spokesman Mashood Tajwar told newsmen.
“The second weekly flight (Saturday) for India has been restored after a meeting of the PIA officials. We will operate ATR plane for the second flight as well,” Tajwar said.
The second flight (PK-270) is expected to start from 3rd November (Friday). The aircraft used for this route will be an ATR turboprop.
According to PIA officials, the flight arrangements and decisions are made completely on a commercial basis with no regards to the ties between the countries.
It should be noted that India’s national airline AirIndia has no flight routes that come to Pakistan.
The PIA in May last year had suspended Karachi to Mumbai weekly flight and cut one Lahore to Delhi flight, citing low passenger volume.
Meanwhile, by the end of this year, Karachi to Mumbai flight will also be resumed. The flight was canceled back in May.
It was presumed that the flight cancellation happened due to the deteriorating political and diplomatic relationships between the two countries but the officials said that this was also a purely commercial issue and had nothing to do with the ties between the two countries.
It was grounded because of a shortage of available aircrafts. It inconvenienced many travelers but the airline compensated them by either accommodating them via the other route or rerouting them on another airline.
Muhammad Ahmed Barkazai – the country manager of PIA confirmed this by saying “We are hoping to re-start flights from Karachi to Mumbai and back by the year-end.“
It was said that the flight was canceled due to unavailability of aircrafts which had their leases expired and had to be taken away. A significant number of aircrafts were also needed in Hajj tours.
To a question about any chances to restore Karachi-Mumbai flight operation, he said: “At the moment no deliberations have been made on restoration of this flight operation. Since most passengers are opting for train and road routes for India, only two ATR flights a week from Lahore are economically viable”.


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First A330-800 gears up to first in 2018

Aviation Report

As Airbus prepares for the first flight of the A330-900, production of the second member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, is well underway with the first parts advancing at Airbus sites throughout Europe.
These parts include the new increased-span wing now being equipped in Bremen (Germany) and its new composite Sharklets from Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), the fuselage sections in Hamburg (Germany), the new titanium pylons in Toulouse (France) and the center wing box in Nantes (France).
Production of A330-800 will continue towards start of final assembly by the end of 2017 gearing up to first flight in 2018.
Building on the success of the A330-200 with over 600 aircraft in operation, the A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort in addition to unprecedented range to the 250-seater aircraft market.
Together with the larger 300-seat A330-900 they share 99 per cent of commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross crew commonality giving operators a great flexibility to use both aircraft in their networks.
All A330s are built on the same production line so orders can be fulfilled in full flexibility according to market demands.
Airlines will benefit from 14% less fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330. Passengers will also get to enjoy the all new Airspace cabin inspired by the A350 XWB which features a more welcoming entrance area, spacious overhead bins, mood lighting and a quieter flight.

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Aviation Report

As Airbus prepares for the first flight of the A330-900, production of the second member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, is well underway with the first parts advancing at Airbus sites throughout Europe.
These parts include the new increased-span wing now being equipped in Bremen (Germany) and its new composite Sharklets from Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), the fuselage sections in Hamburg (Germany), the new titanium pylons in Toulouse (France) and the center wing box in Nantes (France).
Production of A330-800 will continue towards start of final assembly by the end of 2017 gearing up to first flight in 2018.
Building on the success of the A330-200 with over 600 aircraft in operation, the A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort in addition to unprecedented range to the 250-seater aircraft market.
Together with the larger 300-seat A330-900 they share 99 per cent of commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross crew commonality giving operators a great flexibility to use both aircraft in their networks.
All A330s are built on the same production line so orders can be fulfilled in full flexibility according to market demands.
Airlines will benefit from 14% less fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330. Passengers will also get to enjoy the all new Airspace cabin inspired by the A350 XWB which features a more welcoming entrance area, spacious overhead bins, mood lighting and a quieter flight.


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JetSuite adds Phenom 300s to its light jet fleet

Aviation Report

JetSuite, Inc. announced at NBAA’s Business Conference & Exhibition that it has expanded its fleet with the first two of several Embraer Phenom 300s. The company took delivery of its first Phenom 300s in late September and early October, and expects to begin flying this extremely popular aircraft as part of its charter service later in October.
“We began a remarkably successful relationship with Embraer products years ago when we were a launch partner for the Phenom 100, we’ve since added Embraer 135s and a Legacy 650, and now we’re excited to continue adding Embraer products by adding the first Phenom 300s to our fleet,” said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite. “We will continue adding Phenom 300s to our portfolio, both on our own and through our Aircraft Management program, which we debuted earlier this year. The Phenom 300 represents another reliable, comfortable and efficiently operated light jet option for our clients’ aviation needs, and we’re thrilled with this expansion in service.”
The Phenom 300 has been the world’s best-selling business jet for the last four years running. It features enhanced cabin space, speed and range, as compared to JetSuite’s current fleet of Phenom 100s and Citation Jet 3s. The aircraft will debut as part of the company’s SuiteKey Membership program flights, for those traveling with parties of up to seven, and will initially be priced and offered interchangeably with the CJ3s.
The debut of the P300 in the JetSuite fleet comes on the heels of the company creating and announcing its Aircraft Management program, to help answer strong demand in its charter flights and growth in the SuiteKey membership program. This multi-tiered aircraft management offering features several options that offer aircraft owners – either companies or individuals – substantial reductions in the cost of operating their planes.

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JetSuite, Inc. announced at NBAA’s Business Conference & Exhibition that it has expanded its fleet with the first two of several Embraer Phenom 300s. The company took delivery of its first Phenom 300s in late September and early October, and expects to begin flying this extremely popular aircraft as part of its charter service later in October.
“We began a remarkably successful relationship with Embraer products years ago when we were a launch partner for the Phenom 100, we’ve since added Embraer 135s and a Legacy 650, and now we’re excited to continue adding Embraer products by adding the first Phenom 300s to our fleet,” said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite. “We will continue adding Phenom 300s to our portfolio, both on our own and through our Aircraft Management program, which we debuted earlier this year. The Phenom 300 represents another reliable, comfortable and efficiently operated light jet option for our clients’ aviation needs, and we’re thrilled with this expansion in service.”
The Phenom 300 has been the world’s best-selling business jet for the last four years running. It features enhanced cabin space, speed and range, as compared to JetSuite’s current fleet of Phenom 100s and Citation Jet 3s. The aircraft will debut as part of the company’s SuiteKey Membership program flights, for those traveling with parties of up to seven, and will initially be priced and offered interchangeably with the CJ3s.
The debut of the P300 in the JetSuite fleet comes on the heels of the company creating and announcing its Aircraft Management program, to help answer strong demand in its charter flights and growth in the SuiteKey membership program. This multi-tiered aircraft management offering features several options that offer aircraft owners – either companies or individuals – substantial reductions in the cost of operating their planes.


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KLM says good bye to Fokker

Aviation Report

KLM wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.
So many KLM fans would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on 28 October 2017
Especially for fans The fact that the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on 17 May 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD.
The first commercial flight with a Fokker II was on 15 September 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on 28 October will complete the circle.
Modernising the fleet KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175+ in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.

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KLM wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.
So many KLM fans would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on 28 October 2017
Especially for fans The fact that the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on 17 May 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD.
The first commercial flight with a Fokker II was on 15 September 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on 28 October will complete the circle.
Modernising the fleet KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175+ in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.


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