11/06/2019

TRAVEL WARNING: AVOID TRAVEL TO MAURITIUS

Corruption and mishandling of the economy has brought tourism ( a once promising industry) at his knees in Mauritius. 


Two kleptocratic government led by Sir Anerood Jugnauth and present day by his son Pravind Jugnauth has succeeded in provoking nothing but hardship and crisis for the peoples of Mauritius the latest episode being the emergence of travel advisory on the account of the high criminality rates on the island on the par with Sri Lanka .

Most of countries has upgraded their travel advisory telling their citizens  to avoid non-essential travel to Sri Lanka following the deadly bombings in that country on Easter Sunday.

 


Mauritius is also sidelined as the country is traversing a protracted political crisis and is presenting a large array of risks from terrorism and indiscriminate attacks, to day light robbery, violence, crimes, sexual offences, drugs related offences, mugging, pick-pocketing and natural disasters prone area etc.


The governments are noting the decision to travel is your own choice, and adds your personal safety is also your responsibility.

 




The attacks in Sri Lanka where a sober reminder on the need for tourists to heed the warnings of travel advisories and avoid traveling to dangers spots.

 

 


More than 350 people were killed on April 21st when three churches and three luxury hotels were attacked in the greater Colombo area of Sri Lanka.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities have said they remain unsure of its involvement.


The Canadian government for example says the situation remains volatile, and warns other attacks could take place.


For those living in or currently visiting Sri Lanka, the Government of Canada is urging people to avoid the areas impacted by the recent attacks, to remain extremely cautious, and to limit their movements as much as they can.

Sri Lankan authorities have declared a state of emergency, and a curfew had been imposed. 


The same recommendations should be taken under consideration for those obliged to travel to Mauritius.


Dozens of people have been arrested so far in connection with the attacks.

Traveling to far flung and risky places like Mauritius and Sri Lanka makes necessary to take fallowing precautions and you are also advised to leave the areas immediately:

 


- remain vigilant, keep up to date with developments and follow the advice of local security authorities and hotel security staff;

- keep a low profile, avoid crowded public places, large gatherings (including religious gatherings and places of worship) and any demonstrations. 

- All of the attacks on 21 April were carried out either in places of worship or in places where foreign visitors were affected. Any further attacks may be targeted against similar locations;

- avoid travelling during periods of curfew (other than to/from the airport – see below);

- keep in touch with family and friends, ensuring they are aware of any plans you may have.

 


A list of the most recent crimes, unlawful activities and menaces taking place in Mauritius is available here on the UK government travel advisories dedicated site.

11/04/2019

IF BOEING WANTS TO RESTORE CUSTOMER CONFIDENCE IT MUST STOP PRODUCING BOEING 737 MAX8 APPRECIATE CONSUMER PROTECTION ADVOCATES

On the unfolding Boeing  737 MAX crisis, China is taking the lead in order to insure air safety for his citizens and after being the first nation to ground all  Boeing 737 MAX is taking another step further and is  suspended the certificate of airworthiness.


China suspended the certificate of airworthiness for Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jet, saying it needs to review a proposed modification before determining whether the plane is safe to fly after two recent crashes.


The move raises the possibility of the Max being kept out of skies should authorities deem Boeing’s fix for plane-control software linked to the disasters inadequate.


Earlier Chinese authorities grounded the country’s fleet of Max planes on March 11, a day after an Ethiopian Airlines flight plunged to the ground by systemic failure.


The latest decision was taken in light of the uncertainty surrounding the model and an anti-stall system that’s the focus of a probe into the loss of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.


Against this general back drop in confidence after the two terrible crashes that left more than 300 people dead the  former US Presidential hopeful Ralph Nader makes a compelling case for BOEING 737 MAX model to be banned forever as the airplane is inherently faulty.

 


 

Boeing 737 MAX the aircraft involved in two air-crash disasters should be seriously scrutinized if is capable of flying or just a flying coffin.

A somber reminder: This is all that was left from the ill-fated BOEING 737 MAX and his crew and passengers bound for Nairobi-Kenya.


 


The letter comes in the light of the preliminary report on the terrible Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes that took the life of 346 innocent passengers and crew members.


Ralph Nader does not mince his words on the responsibility inherent with Boeing actions:


Step by step, Boeing’s criminal negligence, driven by a race to make profits, worsened.

Before and after the fatal crashes, Boeing did not reveal, did not warn, did not train, and did not address the basic defective aerodynamic design. It gagged everyone that it could. Boeing still insists that the 737 Max is safe and is building two a day, while pushing to end the grounding.” 


The law suits had already started with a wrongful death case that was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software.


The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board.


The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and October’s Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610, which also crashed just minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.


Both flights were on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.


What of the near future? ask Ralph Nader.


Airline passengers should organize a consumer boycott of the Boeing 737 Max 8 to avoid having to fly on these planes in the coming decade.

Once Boeing realizes that this brand has a deep marketing stigma, it may move more quickly to the drawing boards, so as to not alienate airline carriers”.

 


Latest analysis of the inherent problems that are making  Boeing 737 Max 8 an unsafe airplane that no amount of software upgrading can fix can be accessed here 

17/03/2019

ECTT DIRECTOR VASILE VLASIN OUTLINES THE 2019/2020 NOMINEES FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD

On behalf of The Secretariat of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) Director Vasile Vlasin presented the list of the applications for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM designation by the global tourism institution.


The applications for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM will be debated and approved during the ECTT Executive Board Meeting (23 April 2019).



Investment Director for ECTT Vasile Vlasin announced that forty-eight cities (48) and regions from Africa, Asia and America had entered into final evaluation stage and had fulfilled the pre-requisite to be considered for the top cultural and heritage tourism award.



European Council on Tourism and Trade Director Mr. Vasile Vlasin (C) and Academician Mircea Constantinescu (L) and Balkan Tourism Chairman Mark Doda (R) presenting the list of candidatures for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM



These 48 cities and regions are promising to foster a new wave of tourism development across the world and to leverage and support new tourism-related initiatives and to create more than 500.000 jobs in the next three years and to garner a profit estimated to over 1 billion USD announced Mr. Vlasin.



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The most successful World Capital of Culture and Tourism recipients until now (2019)


PHNOM PENH-THE HEART OF INDOCHINA


DJIBOUTI-THE PEARL OF RED SEA


DJIBOUTI-LA PERLE DU MER ROUGE


ADDIS ABABA-THE DIPLOMATIC CAPITAL OF AFRICA


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By the end of 2019 is expected that out of this 48 contenders two more cities to be registered as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.



The pressure is great therefore in selecting these two cites that will lead world tourism in the next period stated Academician Mircea Constantinescu (European Tourism Academy).


The rest of 46 cities will be re-directed for further analyses in 2020 and in the years to come, concluded Academician Mircea Constantinescu, together with the new candidates that are vying for top cultural recognition.



Global Tourism Institution Investment Director Mr. Vasile Vlasin on the scene of Addis Ababa-World`s Capital of Culture and Tourism




The European Council on Tourism and Trade World Tourism Awards are the flagship recognition for the world`s tourism sector.

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Understanding how World Capital of Culture and Tourism recognition can help your nation:


The HOW TO? GUIDE TO WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM CANDIDATES


UNDERSTANDING WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA AND  WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


BREAKING NEWS ABOUT WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

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Since their inception in 2008, the global tourism institution awards recognize the role of culture and heritage around the world in creating a positive impact, fostering peace, understanding and cooperation amongst nations and served as an inspiration for the world tourism.



To this moment, European Council on Tourism and Trade has acknowledged the contribution towards peace and development and supported tourism initiatives around the globe creating more than 100.000 jobs in tourism and helping nations across the world in fulfilling their sustainable development goals commitments.


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The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) is the global tourism institution responsible for the promotion of culture based tourism, and offering support for responsible and sustainable tourism.


It is the leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of heritage protection, culture advancement and economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and stewardship to the world tourism.

 



27/02/2019

GLOBAL TOURISM INSTITUTIONS LEADERS GATHER FOR ADDIS ABABA (FINFINE) WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM DESIGNATION

The leaders of global tourism institution were united on the scene of celebrations for Addis Ababa-World Capital of Culture and Tourism among them where global tourism institution ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, the Director of European Tourism Academy, Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director for Hospitality and Development Mr. Pavel Avramoiu, Mr. Vasile Vlasin-Head of Investment Division in European Council on Tourism and Trade and former Prime Minister of Albania Mr. Mark Doda, Chairman of Balkan Tourism Organization


The main reason for the presence of the tourism stalwarts was the crowning of Ethiopia`s capital with the coveted tittle of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. 



During an official visit to Ethiopia, ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea inaugurated the celebrations marking the inscription of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia`s capital on the WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM list and have a line of high level talks in order to address the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the country’s socio-economic development. (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, 30 January-8 February 2019).



The Government of Ethiopia and the Government of Addis Ababa are currently implementing a number of strategic measures to further develop the country’s tourism sector, including investment in infrastructure and capacity building on destination management and product development, through the recently established Tourism Transformation Council.



Upon an invitation by H.E. Mrs. Sahle Work Zewde F.D.R Ethiopia President, European Council on Tourism and Trade President H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had visited Ethiopia at the head of a high level delegation.



These measures reflect how tourism is firmly established among the development drivers of the country, said Head of Government of Addis Ababa Takele Uma Benti in a meeting with President Dr. Anton Caragea, where he expressed his full support to the tourism sector, and the commitment of the Ethiopian government to make sustainability a priority in future tourism development.


European Council on Tourism and Trade President Dr. Anton Caragea commended Ethiopia for the political support awarded to the tourism sector and in particular for integrating tourism as part of its development policy.



In 2015 after the decision taken by the European Council on Tourism and Trade to select Ethiopia as the receiver of the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATIONaward the country registered an influx of over 1 million tourists and earned more than 2 billion dollars in 2015/2016 tourism year, numbers never achieved before and after in the Ethiopia`s tourism history.


The Head of Global Tourism Institution-ECTT H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea gives the start of Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Festival and of Addis Ababa-WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM manifestations.




The decision to inscribe Addis Ababa as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM will give a new impetus to the country and support is further development appreciated President Dr. Anton Caragea.


During his official visit, President Dr. Anton Caragea opened the cultural festival of Addis Ababa: Unity through Culture and officially entrusted  the certificate and award for Addis Ababa as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


The Ethiopia`s President received also the Official Letter for World Leaders in Tourism Development highlighting Ethiopian government responsibilities for protecting culture and heritage and using tourism as a tool for development of their nation.

The Official Letter for World Leaders in Tourism Development is calling on Heads of States and Government to “promote the value of the tourism sector in advancing sustainable tourism development”.



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MARKING ADDIS ABABA ROLE AS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


ADDIS ABABA-THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


CEREMONIES FOR ADDIS ABABA-THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY CONFERENCE FOR ADDIS ABABA


WORLD TOURISM DAY HOST ADDIS ABABA


NEW ACADEMY MEMBER PRESENTATION: H.E. PRESIDENT SAHLE WORK ZEWDE


NEW ACADEMY MEMBER PRESENTATION: ADDIS ABABA GOVERNMENT HEAD TAKLE BENTI UMA


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An extensive cultural programme was carved out for President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and his delegates  and destined to offer them an extensive Ethiopian experience.


European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates having in the center Mr. Mark Doda-Head of Balkan Tourism Organization are enjoying an interesting cultural show in Ethiopia`s capital: Addis Ababa.




The European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the provinces of Kaffa and Jimma, the birth place of coffee and the famous Palace of Abba Jifar located in Jimma.


Jimma tourism potential and Abba Jiffar Museum as well as the city open markets left an indelible mark on the delegates who appreciated the city architecture and elegance and Islamic heritage potential and valued the impressive remains of the Abba Jifar palace towering over the city.


The ECTT delegation enjoyed also an exclusive tour of the tourism and cultural potential of Addis Ababa environs like the natural crater lakes of Bishoftu and the splendid religious and cultural complex of Debre Libanos.


Debre Libanos unique role in Ethiopian Church development and the rich museum collections of the Debre Libanos Monastery are powerful elements destined to make the area a hot tourism spot.


In the familiarization tour around Addis Ababa the delegation had explored the Addis Ababa City Museum, The Ethnographic Museum (hosted in former Imperial palace Genet Leul,  Haile Selassie Museum, National Museum etc.) the Saint George Cathedral and Holy Trinity and Entoto Heritage Area (encompassing the Palace of Emperor Menelik II, Churches Myriam Entoto and Saints Raguel and Elias).



President Dr. Anton Caragea emphasized the importance for future of Addis Ababa of better highlighting and package the impressive potential of the tourism and cultural preserve of the Entoto Area.




President Dr. Anton Caragea emphasized as urgency the enacted as a special tourism and cultural preserve of the Entoto Area, in order to ensure its better protection and tourism role in development of Addis Ababa and highly valued the decision taken by the new dispensation of the Head of Government of Adds Ababa Takele Uma Benti to promote a safe and cultural oriented tourism in the city.



President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea receives an Ethiopian art work from Head of Addis Ababa City Government Eng. Takele Uma Benti. 




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You can read more about the letter for tourism and development leaders on:



LETTER ADDRESSED TO WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM FOR CAMBODIA


LETTER ADDRESSED TO WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM FOR ETHIOPIA


GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM: ACADEMICIAN HUN SEN


PHNOM PENH-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


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President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea delegation included: the Director of European Tourism Academy, Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director for Hospitality and Development Mr. Pavel Avramoiu, Mr. Vasile Vlasin-Head of Investment Division in European Council on Tourism and Trade and former Prime Minister of Albania Mr. Mark Doda, Chairman of Balkan Tourism Organization.



ECTT and Ethiopia have agreed to reinforce their collaboration in the areas of cultural protection, historical promotion, sustainable tourism development, public-private partnerships and marketing strategies etc.The province of Kratie, in the country’s east, is poised to become a priority tourist destination and a national heritage site.



The Photo Album of the Addis Ababa-World Capital of Culture and Tourism is accessible here




The Photo Dossier of the Global Tourism Institution visit to Addis Ababa is available here