Uganda to host the 39th Annual World Congress

Uganda hosted ATA’s 8th Eco and Cultural Symposium in Kampala in 2004. Yet again from November 11-16, 2014; Uganda, the pearl of Africa is to host the 39th Annual World Congress. The congress will be mainly hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.

The expected congress delegates are African tourism ministers, tourism board representatives and boards, tour operators both local and international, airlines, hotels, travel agencies and conference and incentive operators among the many. Alongside hospitality, leisure and tourism students, other participants will include both corporate and non-profit sectors as well as academicians. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore Uganda’s newest attractions and products in the field during Host Country Day(s).

Uganda is a country with the best of everything the continent of Africa has to offer tourists, with an abundance of natural and cultural assets, strong eco-tourism products, including more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, and an emphasis on community, rural and adventure tourism.

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) Congress has offered a unique networking, learning and business building platform for the most diverse group of buyers and sellers of tourism to Destination Africa. The 2014 program will present a unique line-up of educational and professional development seminars for tourism leaders and professionals specializing in Africa.

Through inspirational keynotes and spotlights, experts will explore a range of the latest industry topics, including growth markets such as faith, student, food and community-based travel, eco-tourism, product development, social media, and the latest travel trends in Africa. A range of networking events, including receptions and gala dinners, will also be held during the five-day event.

Behind the Scenes Suffering of Circus Chimpanzees Exposed

Animal Defenders International is marking this year’s International Primate Day by raising awareness about the suffering of chimpanzees who are used in entertainment.

This year, the organization is highlighting evidence of chimpanzee mistreatment and exploitation at Schwaben Park in Germany. Undercover images and video footage taken by ADI and Animal Equality show chimpanzees being humiliated and forced to perform ridiculous tricks and unnatural behaviors — including riding bicycles, walking on balls and wearing clothes — to entertain visitors.

While the shows themselves are degrading, ADI points out that more problems are found behind the scenes where chimps are subjected to harsh discipline to “train” them, along with being isolated in cages where they are deprived of enrichment and the ability to socialize or engage in natural behaviors.

According to Animal Equality, at least 18 of the 24 chimps born at the park were taken from their mothers when they were about a day old to begin training, even though the practice is frowned upon due to the lasting psychological effects on both mothers and infants.

Despite the continued exploitation of non-human primates for entertainment, these types of shows do nothing to educate people about their intelligence, emotional capabilities and complex nature. In the wild, they live in social circles with their own cultures and form life-long bonds. Like us, they express a wide range of emotions from joy and anger to grief and depression.

Experts who reviewed the evidence obtained all agreed that chimps were suffering and showing signs of psychological distress. One psychologist who examined Animal Equality’s findings, believed that some of them were suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD).

Possibly one of the biggest problems with their prevalence in entertainment, aside from the suffering it causes, is misleading people into believing that chimpanzees are abundant when in fact they are an endangered species who continue to face threats including habitat loss, hunting, disease and being taken for the pet trade and entertainment industry.

“By forcing primates to perform tricks, express non-natural behaviours or dress in clothes, the entertainment industry turns these intelligent and complex animals into figures of derision which can undermine serious conservation efforts and stimulate demand for animals to be snatched for the wild because they are seen as amusing playthings,” according to ADI.

In the U.S., wild chimpanzees were listed as endangered in 1990, but captive chimps were listed in a special category that exempted them from ESA protections. The U.S. is currently considering a proposal to list both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered, which would end their use in entertainment, while the UK is working to ban them in circuses by 2015, as a number of other countries have done.

“Suffering is an inevitable part of life for primates used for entertainment in shows, films or at events. Never visit attractions with performing primates and urge the Government to keep its promise to ban wild animals in circuses to keep Britain free of circus cruelty to chimps, monkeys and other primates,” said Animal Defenders International Chief Executive Jan Creamer in a press release.

Please send a message to businesses that continue to exploit chimpanzees and other wild animals by avoiding them and find other humane alternatives to teach children to respect, treasure and protect wildlife.

Prime Minister of Uganda to open 8th Routes Africa event

Taking place on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th July 2013 and open to all attending delegates, The Routes Africa Strategy Summit will open Routes Africa in Kampala. One of the highlights of the Summit will be a keynote address from Hon. Amama MBABAZI, the HON Right Prime Minister of Uganda who has recently confirmed that he will participate in the event. This year the seniority of delegates registered to attend Routes Africa has been very high and the event has seen high level registrations from all sectors of the industry, including airline and airport CEOs and Ministers of Tourism.

Attendees of the summit will hear a welcome address from Hon. James Abraham Byandaala, Minister for Works and Transport for Uganda along with opening remarks from Dr W Rama Makuza, MD, Uganda CAAbefore keynote addresses from Hon. Amama MBABAZI, Hon. Maria Mutagamba, The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities for Uganda and Dr Titus Naikuni, CEO, Kenya Airways.

“Uganda is indeed honoured to host this important event at which top decision makers from the airline and airport industries join tourism stakeholders to plan and discuss air service development across the African region,” says W. Rama Makuza, Ph.D Managing Director, Civil Aviation Authority Uganda continuing: “Uganda’s flora and fauna coupled with its strategic location in Africa gives all delegates, especially air operators, opportunities to make informed and pertinent decisions about future air service development options.”

“We are thrilled with the high calibre of delegates attending this year’s Routes Africa event,” said Nigel Mayes, VP Commercial - Routes, UBM Live explaining: “The strong support demonstrated by the participation of the Prime Minister and other Ministers of the country shows that the region is taking air service development seriously and that Routes Africa is the event where real business discussions can take place.”

Routes Africa, now in its 8th year, will take place in Kampala, Uganda on 7-9 July 2013 and will be hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport. 250 key decision makers from across Africa and beyond are expected to gather at the annual event to discuss air service development.

Uganda's endangered Giraffe species

A species of giraffe that exists only in Uganda and Kenya has been placed on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The Red List implies that the giraffe, the Rothschild giraffe, is endangered and its protection is a matter of international priority.

The Rothschild giraffe, also known as the Ugandan giraffe, lives in the wild in Nile Valley in Uganda and the Rift Valley in Kenya. There are just below 2,500 mature Rothschild giraffes in the world.

In a news statement issued today, Julian Fennessey, giraffe expert and conservationist, says the Rothschild giraffe is on the brink of extinction. She says the Ugandan and Kenyan governments need to step up efforts to protect the animals from poaching and disease and to form sound conservation strategies to improve the situation.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, only the West African giraffe is in worse shape than Rothschild's. With active conservation work, this subspecies has gone from some 100 individuals to 220 today, but is still in grave danger of disappearing.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation has worked with stabilizing the West African giraffe population and is now focusing on Rothschild's. The International Union for Conservation for Nature says mammals throughout Africa are in decline. A recent study found that even in protected areas, mammal populations have dropped by approximately 60 percent in 35 years.

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Here is a list of the top 10 things brits move with for holidays.According to a survey conducted by travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct has found some surprising statistics on which item Brits cannot do without on holiday.

The top three items that Britons insist on taking with them on holiday are smartphones (33%), books or an ebook reader (22%) and sunglasses (16%). Surprisingly, only 6% said that expensive gadgets such as tablets or an iPad was their essential holiday companion and only .5% said they couldn’t do without their camera.

The fact that smartphones were the number one option and more important than sunglasses and swimwear combined illustrates a shift towards people using their phones as all-in-one tools with camera, video, and entertainment capabilities in addition to communication functions.

The top 10 items Brits have to take on holiday:

1.  Smartphone - 33%
2.  Books / ebook reader - 22%
3.  Sunglasses – 16%
4.  Swimwear – 11%
5.  Make-up – 7%
6.  iPad or Tablet – 6%
7.  Flip-flops – 2%
8.  Suncream – .5%
9.  Medication – 1%
10.  Camera – .5%

Places to visit in Tanzania

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Ruaha National Park

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Selous Game Reserve

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Pemba Island

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Tarangire National Park

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Mountain Kilimanjaro

Places to Visit in Uganda

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Bwindi Impenetrable Park

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park

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Kidepo Valley National Park

Places to Visit in Kenya

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Masai mara,

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Amboseli

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Lake Nakuru

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Lake Naivasha

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Tsavo East Tsavo

Places to Visit in Rwanda

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Nyungwe-Canopy Walk

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Akagera National Park

3

Lake Kivu

4

Volcanoes National Park

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