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SW Associates Presents Tourism Investment Report to COMCEC

At the Third Tourism Working Group meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), SW Associates President Scott Wayne and Senior Tourism Consultant Manuel Knight presented a comprehensive report on tourism investment globally and in COMCEC’s 57 member countries. Tourism is one of the world’s fastest…

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UNWTO Secretary-General calls for visa facilitation and air transport liberalization

UNWTO Secretary Taleb Rifai addressed the Royal Aeronautical Society at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, and called for increased visa facilitation and the liberalization of air transport (Montreal, 5 December 2013). As SW Associates experiences on multiple projects, including most recently in Zambia, these are critical issues for the sustainable growth of tourism, especially…

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Minister of Tourism and Arts for Zambia introduces new draft tourism policy

Republic of Zambia Ministry of Tourism and Arts Statement delivered by Honorable Sylvia T. Masebo, MP, Minister of Tourism and Arts at the Opening Ceremony of the National Conference to Adopt the Final Draft of the Tourism Policy Document Held at Government Complex on 11th December 2013 I am happy to deliver the opening address…

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Rwanda Tourism growing double digits

BY PROF. WOLFGANG THOME, ETN EAST AFRICA | SEP 06, 2013 in eTurboNews Data released in Kigali yesterday show a continued and sustained growth of the country’s tourism sector. During the first half of 2013 the tourism industry’s revenues grew by 11 percent while tourist numbers rose by 14 percent compared to the record breaking…

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Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

[By Scott Wayne, from Handshake – the International Finance Corporation’s Quarterly Journal on Public-Private Partnerships, Issue #10] Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be the key to ensuring the sustainability of national parks and protected areas in emerging markets like Rwanda and Mozambique,especially when businesses and investors can have concessions to operate within the parks. Without private sector involvement, visitor services run by governmentagencies are often operating beyond their…

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Getting the most of e-tourism in Emerging Destinations by Scott Wayne and David Sterling

For destinations around the world, tourism can be a key to unlocking and stimulating growth, development and employment. It is one of the world’s most competitive and productive industries — the World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that in 2012, tourism directly contributed more than US$2 trillion to world GDP and generated at least 100…

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USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda launches professional guide certification program in Nyungwe National Park

USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda launches professional guide certification program in Nyungwe National Park Kigali, February 14th – Through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Nyungwe Nziza Project in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, Nyungwe National Park (NNP) has just become the first park in Africa to train all guides as Certified…

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Cleaning DC’s Waterways

From an interesting editorial in the Washington Post on Sunday December 8th, 2012: “ONE OF THE District’s largest environmental projects planned for coming decades is a system to prevent a noxious mixture of urban runoff and raw sewage from flowing into Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac rivers every time there is a big…

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Rwanda Tour Operators push to diversify with Nyungwe Park

In an interview published today on Travel Daily News International’s website, SW Associates President Scott Wayne talks with Manzi Kayihura, President of the Rwanda Tour and Travel Association and Managing Director of Thousand Hills Expeditions in Rwanda about Nyungwe National Park and its recent recognition by the British Guild of Travel Writers. The USAID-sponsored Nyungwe…

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USAID Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda named winner of Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards by British Guild of Travel Writers

London, November 6th – USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza (“Beautiful Nyungwe”) project was named winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ (BGTW) Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards. At the Guild’s prestigious annual awards dinner in the London’s Savoy Hotel Sunday night, Guild Chair Roger Bray said: “Nyungwe Nziza is a model tourism project for developing countries.” USAID’s involvement…

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