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Stella Obinwa wins Travel Personality of the year, Kempinski is Best Hotel

His Royal Highness, Nene Nagai Kassa VIII Honourable Mike A. Gizo and members of the diplomatic Corps in Ghana and which included high commissioners and ambassadors, among whom are Lulu Xingwana, High Commissioner, South African High Commission in Accra – Ghana; Mr. Thomas Okyere, the Honorary Consul, Botswana Honorary Consulate in Accra – Ghana; Ambassador Pavelyn Tendai Musaka, Zimbabwe Embassy in Accra – Ghana and Mwansa S. Rowland, Deputy High Commissioner for Zambia High Commission in Accra-Ghana.
Stella Obinwa the Director of International Operations in charge of Africa for Dubai Tourism won the Travel Personality of the Year for West Africa at Accra Weizo event held at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Ghana. Also at the event Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra Ghana was chosen as the best Hotel in West Africa. Togo based ASKY Airlines was voted as the Best Airline in West Africa and SAHCOL as the Best Handling company.

The event in Ghana  was Chaired by his royal highness, a former Ghana’s tourism minister, the Nene Nagai Kassa VIII, Honourable Mike A. Gizo, Chief of Agomeda, and President of Shai Traditional, saw Carnival Calabar Queens from Cross River State Nigeria send the audience wild with excitement as they entertained. Ghanaian Drum dancers equally entertained. The Ambassadors of 7 countries attended the event also. Accra Weizo is an annual Tourism event for the ECOWAS region and it is held in Accra Ghana by the Organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market. The Top 100 Travel and Tourism Personalities in West Africa were also honoured at the event. Leading travel promoters in Nigeria and Ghana equally emerged winners of the award, among whom are Mrs. Uloma Egbuna, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tour Brokers International; Mr. Simon Grindrod, the General Manager of The Wheatbaker Lagos; Dr. Michael Pinder, Group General Manager, Sun Heaven Hotels and Resorts, and Mr. Lehlohonolo Hloni Pitso, the Regional Manager West Africa for South African Tourism’s regional Africa office based in Lagos, Nigeria: all from Nigeria.

From Ghana are Ms. Hazel Gumpo, the Group General Manager of Oak Plaza Hotel; Leeford Quarshie, General Manager, La Villa Boutique Hotel; Mrs. Bella Ahu, CEO of Trafix Catering Limited; Dr. Daniel McKorley, the Executive/Chairman of McDan Group of Companies; Mr. Nicolas Jørgensen Gebara, General Manager, Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund and Mrs. Nancy Sam Quartey, Chief Executive Officer of Staple Travel and Tours, Ghana. “The Top 100 Tourism Personalities was set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves and through their efforts or that of their organizations have impacted positively on the travel and tourism sector across the West African sub region, whose efforts have stimulated and helped to achieve their individual country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders and customers across the region”, says Mr. Ikechi Uko, organizer of the awards. Among the winners is Mr. Frank Nneji the CEO of ABC Transport. He  won the award in recognition of his trail blazing effort which has transformed land transportation across West Africa and in the process linking several countries conveniently through the gesture.

ABC Transport, the most successful transport company in West Africa, has been at the fore front of conveying people and goods across West Africa for over a decade and in the process has transformed tourism in the region since it launched its fully air-conditioned coaches on the West African routes in 2004. In a report published by ATQNews.com, road transport companies have over the years impacted positively on the Ghanaian economy with increase in tourists flow.generating 60-70% travellers to Ghana, delivering about 1000 passengers a day from Nigeria.

ASKY starts Lagos Accra and Abuja Accra Direct Service on 10th July

Effective 10th July, ASKY Airlines, The Pan African Airline, launches daily flight operations between Lagos and Accra and between Accra and Abuja. This is in line with ASKY’s mission to seamlessly connect West and Central Africa, making business and leisure travel easy and reducing the flying time it takes to connect cities in the Region. With this new service, passengers will be able to connect these cities everyday departing in the morning and arriving later in the day.

The airline’s country Manager for Nigeria, Mr Simon Mobolaji said “We are particularly glad to introduce this service to serve our esteemed loyal customers who have long wanted these connections to happen. We thank them for their loyalty and patronage & can only introduce more convenient connections to meet their travel needs. Now they can fly their community airline not only to Dakar or Niamey or Abidjan, from the airline’s hub in Lome, but also fly to Accra directly from Lagos and to Abuja directly from Accra.”

This new route offers more capacity and flexibility with a significant reduction in flight time between Lagos, Accra, Abuja and the entire network of ASKY. With this schedule, you could leave Abuja early in the morning for Accra and return to Abuja later in the evening via Lagos. Sales of tickets have since commenced with the travel agents and the airline’s offices making tickets available at very affordable airfares. In addition to this, ASKY also introduced additional baggage allowance which enables passengers travel with more baggage for less. Passengers in Economy class will have 40kg baggage allowance while passengers in business class will be entitled to 50kg. This offer will be valid from 10th July to 02 October 2017 on all flights on the new service.

Over 70 African Tour Operators set to Visit Ghana for Accra Weizo

 Organisers of Accra Weizo West African Travel fair has announced that over 70 Tour Operators and Travel Professionals will be attending the 3rd Edition of Accra Weizo taking place on the 26th and 27th of May 2017. Over 70 Tour Operators have been invited from all over West Africa. They will be hosted to a famtrip by Ghana Tourism Authority from the 23rd to the 25th of May. They will visit the famous Cape Coast of Ghana where GTA has lined up lots of Activities to entertain them. Some of the Tour Operators will be hosted at Ridge Royal at the Coast. A welcome dinner will be hosted on the 25th by GTA in Accra after a city tour, while La Palm and Kempinski Hotels will Host the Foreign Delegates to cocktails and Dinner.

Accra Weizo Travel Expo is targeted at growing Travel Business in West Africa and is organised by African Travel Market who also organises Akwaaba Travel Market in Lagos Nigeria. West Africa is the biggest Region in Africa with over 350 million people. It receives the least Number of Tourists yet West African Countries generate the highest number of Outbound Travellers In Africa. There is a need to encourage West Africans to Travel within the Region and this is the goal of #accraweizo.

Themed Seamless Travel in West Africa this year is the Third edition and will now be for 2 days. The first day will be the seminar on Aviation and the Second day will be dedicated to Digital training for The Use of Social media to grow Travel Business covering Trip Advisor, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Aviation Session will discuss on How to make West Africa a domestic Aviation Market. Most West African Airlines are weak and some are Dying yet West Africa is a cash cow for most non West African Airlines. Experts have been drawn from Different countries to Discuss the Situation. The Tourism Session will have Discussions on how to package Tours which will be delivered by Expert Tour Operator Kwame Ansong of Sunseekers Tours.

The Special lunch for registered delegates is themed: Taste of all Nations which will showcase the dishes from all regions of Ghana. The Top 100 Tourism Personalities in West Africa will be honored at Accra Weizo Top100 is the Who is Who of Tourism in West Africa. It is a compilation of the Leading players from Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Admission for the First day is free but only Paying Delegates will be allowed on the second day.
#accraweizo is Supported By Jedidah Promotions ,Africa World Airlines, South Africa Tourism, Medview Airlines Ridge Royal Hotel Cape Coast, Air Peace La Palm Royal, Kempinski Hotel, Staple Tours, TOUGHA and atqnews.com. It offers an opportunity to meet with the leading Tourism Personalities in West Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines adds 3 new flights to 3 new destinations in just 3 days

African’s largest cargo operator, Ethiopian Airlines, has won ‘Cargo Airline Award for Network Development’ at the tenth anniversary of the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards held on March 9, 2017. The Network Development Awards are presented to airlines that have developed new routes or achieved a remarkable growth in passengers or cargo. As a result, the ‘Network Development Award Cargo Airline’ award was awarded to Ethiopian Cargo in recognition to the commitment of the airline to rapidly expand its cargo network and for becoming the largest cargo airline at Brussels Airport in just 6 months period.

Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam remarked, “We are very pleased to be the winner of such a prestigious award. The award boosts our energy to serve our customers’ air cargo needs better. Ethiopian Cargo Services connects African Economies with the rest of the world in import of Industrial Goods and Export of commodities which are both the engine of the socio Economic Development in today’s highly globalized world. With Six (6) new and modern B-777F and two (2) B-757F all cargo airplanes complemented by the vast network of belly hold capacity on our passenger wide body airplanes, Ethiopian Cargo is currently the largest cargo airline in the continent of Africa. We are grateful to our dedicated cargo team, our Global cargo customers and particularly to our Belgian partners who have made our cargo Hub in Europe a resounding success. With the inauguration of the largest and the most modern Cargo terminal in Africa, with annual cargo capacity of 600 thousand tons, in the coming couple of months; we will transform Addis Ababa as one of the best Cargo Hubs in the air cargo industry.”

Ever since the first cargo charter operation was launched to Nairobi in 1946 and the boom of agriculture export products out of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Cargo Services has been steadily growing. With our six Boeing 777- 200LRF freighters and two Boeing 757-260 freighters, we serve 36 cargo destinations in Africa, the Gulf, the Middle East, Asia and Europe with an average daily uplift of 650 tons on top of the belly hold capacity to over 90 destinations in our network with daily average uplift of 150 tons. In line with the Vision 2025, Ethiopian Cargo is building one of the largest and most modern cargo terminals in the world with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons and planning to serve 47 destinations using 18 freighter aircraft. Ethiopian Cargo is also automating its entire cargo business process with one of the best Cargo IT systems (SITA Champ Cargo Spot) with the aim of providing the most efficient air cargo services within, to and from Africa.

Ethiopian Wins African Cargo Airline of the Year Award

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam (Left) posing with the award.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, has been awarded the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award during the 2017 Air Cargo Africa Conference held in Johannesburg from 21st to 23rd February 2017. Air Cargo Africa 2017 has been organized by STAT Media Group in celebration of excellence in the industry while supporting Africa’s steady growth. Winners have been selected through two rounds of online polling by worldwide readers of the magazine. While receiving the award, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked: “Readers of STAT Trade Times across the globe have spoken and voted Ethiopian as ‘African Cargo Airline of the Year’. I would like to thank them all for their strong vote of confidence, which reiterates Ethiopian efficient global cargo service. The credit for this prestigious recognition goes to our strong workforce, especially, I would like to congratulate our cargo team for the job well done.

Ethiopian Cargo has been growing at a very fast pace and will continue to do so. In order to support the fast growth that we are planning and to make Addis Ababa as one of the best Cargo hubs between Africa, Europe, The Americas, Middle East and Asia, we have built a new Cargo Terminal which can accommodate 600,000 tons per annum at a total cost of USD 115 million. The new Terminal 2 combined with the existing Terminal 1 will give a total tonnage capacity of 1 million per annum. Moreover, this year alone, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Orlando will join our global cargo network.” Ethiopian Cargo serves 36 freighter destinations operating the longest range twin-engine freighter aircrafts in the world, 6 B777-200 LR freighters as well as 2 B757F with a capacity of 103 and 35 tons each respectively. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline. Ethiopian was recently named Airline of the Year, for the fifth consecutive year, by African Airlines Association (AFRAA), SkyTrax World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, Best African Cargo Airline of the Year Award, and Passenger Choice Award for Best Airline in Africa.

About Ethiopian
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy Graduates 184m, to host ICAO Global Aviation Training

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy (EAA), ICAO TRAINAIR Plus member and IATA authorized global training center, has graduated 184 aviation professionals at a ceremony held at the Academy’s Commercial and Cabin Crew Training Building on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Among the total graduates, 145 are females. The Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam gave out diplomas to the graduates and achievement awards to top performing ones. In this round, 90 graduates are from Cabin Crew and Catering, 84 from Commercial and Ground Operations Training School and the rest are trained on Equipment and Facility Maintenance.

Mr. Tewolde said, “Education is the greatest Equalizer in our highly integrated world today and for this reason we are putting great emphasis in training young Ethiopians and our African brothers and sisters in order to enable them develop the required global standard qualification to fly successful African Airlines. We are very proud of our Aviation Academy achievements and global standard capabilities in various professions in the Aviation industry. In line with our vision 2025, we are expanding the capacity of the Academy to accommodate from 1,000 today to 4,000 students by 2025. Today’s graduation is a continuation of this long journey. I take this opportunity to congratulate the graduates and their families and friends. I also thank the Academy staff for their hard work and achievements.” Ethiopian Aviation Academy is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and IATA Safety Audit (IOSA). The Academy has been providing training for pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, cabin crew, marketing personnel and leadership development trainees for Ethiopians and other nationals from Africa, Middle East and Asia for more than seven decades.

Furthermore, Ethiopian Airlines, proudly announces that it will host the ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium with the theme: “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity” at the seat of the African Union, Addis Ababa from April 11 through 13, 2017. Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “It is a profound honour for all of us at Ethiopian Airlines to host the ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium which brings major industry players together, to exchange best practices and experiences in human resources development and aviation training, and more specifically on the TRAINAIR PLUS Program for the advancement of the Global aviation. I believe this symposium will also be an opportunity for us to showcase our hospitality, the state-of-the-art Aviation Training facilities at our Aviation Academy and the key role Ethiopian is playing in the development of the African Aviation industry. “While attending the symposium in this beautiful country, I would like to remind you all that you are coming back home because this is the land where it all began which is the land of Lucy, the 3.2 million-years-old Grandmother of humanity and the most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor ever discovered. Wishing you all a successful deliberation in the symposium, I recommend you to visit Lalibela; the beautiful rock-hewn churches well known throughout the world or Axum; the single granite stone of the Axum Obelisk or others of the mesmerizing tourist sites in the country if you may wish to take a side trip. Whatever your choice, I’m sure you will enjoy the unparalleled hospitality and the friendly people of, Ethiopia.”

An estimated 400-500 expected participants will be taking part in the Symposium, including the ICAO council President and the Secretary General, transport ministers, ambassadors, civil aviation and airport authorities, civil aviation officials, aircraft manufacturers, airline and airport operators, industry policy makers, and tourism experts. Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest and most modern aviation academy in Africa, ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Member and Regional Training Centre of Excellence and IATA Authorized Global Training Centre, is playing a vital role to address the growing need for Skilled Aviation professional in Africa and the region.

Ethiopian Airlines ranked 11th most punctual Airline in the World…Best in Middle East and Africa

Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, ranked 11th worldwide in flight on-time performance for the month of January 2017, according to FlightStats, the leading provider of real-time global flight data to companies and individuals across the travel ecosystem. Of the almost 8000 flights operated by the airline in January, 81% arrived within 15 minutes of the schedule arrival. Not only did Ethiopian rank 11th worldwide, but it ranked #1 for airlines based in the Middle East and Africa.

Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “The Entire Ethiopian Airlines family clearly understands the importance of flight punctuality to our valued customers and every one of us is working very hard to make sure that flights depart on time and arrive on time. Although there are quite many factors which affect the on-time departure of flights, we will continue to do whatever it takes to please our customers with the best flight punctuality in the industry. To this effect, we are very happy that we have outperformed the industry in the Middle East and Africa and stood number 11th in the world. I take this opportunity to congratulate my 12,000 coworkers for their achievement.”

Mr. Tewolde added, “It is to the credit of the 12,000 committed men and women at the Ethiopian Airlines family that the airline is fast becoming a global winner.” Ethiopian Airlines received numerous accolades in 2016. The airline was awarded “Best Airline Staff in Africa” by SkyTrax, and “Airline of the Year” for the fifth year in a row by the African Airlines Association, AFRAA. Ethiopian is fast becoming recognized worldwide for its service levels and employee dedication. Ethiopian is implementing a 15-year strategic plan, Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading Aviation Group in Africa, offering passengers international standard services and products with five-star service delivery.

About Ethiopian
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

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