AIR PEACE JET IN FREETOWN

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Finally one of Nigeria’s foremost airlines, Air Peace jet in Lungi International airport serving West Africa by expanding business by adding three countries, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Senegal to its flight path and routings. From the last Press leased on Tuesday, the airline officially said its set to launch trips to Freetown, Banjul, and Dakar on Monday, 19th of February, which materialized yesterday the 19th as the National Tourist Information Assistant Ms. Comfort Fabulleh confirmed the flight arrival.

Air peace airline will fly round-trips from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to the new routes four times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, at 7 am departure time from Lungi Airport respectively. The flight size is Boening 737  with a capacity from 85 to 215 passengers.

Peace air including Sierra Leone to its routing gives a total of 14 destinations. However; its first phase of expansion was last February, having had its first commercial flight out of Nigeria from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport to the Kotoka International Airport, Accra-Ghana, and now Freetown.

Officials said “This is an exciting step in fulfilling our promise to unlock the economies of the region, offer air travelers on business and leisure trips seamless connectivity as well as create jobs for the people,”.

The inception of peace air will raise the profile of Sierra Leone as a tourist destination, connecting three key destinations.  Air Peace also plans to launch flight operations to five other regional routes and six international destinations including Dubai, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and South Africa.

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MONUMENT AND RELICS COMMISSION DISCOVERS Chief Mani Sundu’s grave recognized as a National Protected Historic Site. By Mohamed Faray Kargbo

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“National Historic Protected Site-Chief Mani Sundu-1902-1984”

“This plaque placed over his remains by the Monuments and Relics Commission in recognition of his philanthropy.”
This day of our Lord January 19th 2018.

The plaque bearing these words was unveiled by the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hon Sidie Yahya Tunis to mark the official recognition of late Chief Mani Sundu’s grave as a National Historic Heritage Site on Friday 19th January, 2018 at Sundu Bar junction, Koidu city, Kono District. Not only was the event historic but also colourful as well. A certificate of recognition was also presented to the stakeholders in Kono.

Never before had solemnity and festivity being blended so perfectly in one occasion. The traditional dancers displayed their enviable skills, the school children marched with their banners, the chiefs and traditional leaders poured libation and invoked the spirits, the Minister and his entourage graced the occasion whilst the Mani Sundu family hosted the guests with humility.

Such is the significance of Chief Mani Sundu’s contribution to the regional development of Kono that the Koidu New Sembehun City Council recommended that Sundu Bar junction be renamed Mani Sundu Square.
The school children could not help but grabbed the opportunity to ask the Monuments and Relics Commission to recommend the inclusion of the history of Mani Sundu into the school curriculum.

“The Research/Development Unit of the Commission did an extensive research to verify the claims made by the Sundu family to justify that recognition,” remarked Isatu Smith, Chairperson of the Monuments and Relics Commission.

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hon Sidie Yahya Tunis had this to say: “This singular act of recognizing this historic asset is an indication that cultural heritage and national development go hand in hand. It is enough to bring tourists to this part of the country and boost the local economy. We will remain restless until cultural tourism and ecotourism become an integral part of our development agenda.”

Sahr Sundu,the eldest son of late Chief Mani Sundu expressed gratitude whilst encouraging other families to seize the opportunity to get their indigenous heroes recognized by the MRC.

The event, first of its kind in the history of Kono district, was witnessed by various personalities from the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Tourist Board, the Sierra Leone National and Railway Museums, Paramount Chiefs in Kono, the Monuments and Relics Commission, the media, the Sundu family.

HISTORY OF CHIEF MANI SUNDU- 1902-1984

Chief Mani Sundu was an indigenous pioneer Kono businessman, diamond dealer, people’s banker, philanthropist, Master Farmer, and property developer, owner of Mani Sundu Buildings in Koidu city and Town Chief of Yigbeda/Manjama, Soa Chiefdom.

He was born at Kamadu Village in Soa Chiefdom, Kono District in 1902 and died on the 2nd July, 1984 aged 82 years. His father Kpakuwa was a fearless warrior. Chief Mani Sundu was a revered hunter and marksman (shot birds in the air) a feat he was widely recognized for.

The most striking quality of this historical figure was his rise from the bottom as servant for the District Officers in the Colonial era to become the richest Kono man of his era.
After his tenure at the District Commissioner’s Kitchen, he went into business as a grassroots trader and subsequently diversified his business ventures. During his tenure at the District Barracks, he witnessed first-hand the yearly gruesome communal labour of the Kono people carrying bundles of thatched palms from very distant Kono country to roof the Colonial Offices and Quarters.

Chief Sundu’s philanthropic feat of voluntarily changing the thatched roofs of the District Officers’ Barracks to corrugated iron sheets remains one of the greatest achievements ever in the history of Kono. Additionally, Pa Mani Sundu has a legacy of developing settlements in Kono District including Bendu 2, Tombodu, Kamara Chiefdom, Kissy Town boundary in Gbense Chiefdom and Bullom where City Council Offices are, and the Gbense Chiefdom Council Offices.

Chief Mani Sundu strategically positioned himself to enhance the socio-economic and cultural life of his people as evident in the many diversified business endeavours he pursued. He was instrumental in setting the pace for the present weekly trade fairs at Manjama/Yigbeda in Soa Chiefdom and Komba-Yendeh in Lei Chiefdom respectively.
His legacies abound in the Kono District and even beyond.

For further information: Please contact
The Education and Outreach Unit
Monuments and Relics Commission
23 Pultney Street, Freetown
+232 76 387711
www.mrcsl.org
info@mrcsl.org

RE-BRANDING OF SIERRA LEONE TO THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

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The National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone ( NTB), has been doing tremendously well in terms of Rebranding of Sierra Leone across the globe, in order to ensure that, the positive name of the Country is amplified and projected.

Collaboratively, the NTB has been partnering with different organisations and individuals who has the potential of helping to achieve this main aim.

Apparently, Ismeal Kargbo, a Sierra Leonean who has lived in one of the Nordic countries, Sweden to be specific, has decided to join forces with the NTB, in order to ensure that, Sierra Leone is aggressively marketed to these countries and also derive income from them.

On Tuesday, 16th January 2018, Mr. Ismeal Kargbo met with high personalities in the Tourism Industry including senior staffers of the NTB and Hoteliers at the Board Room of the NTB where he expounded through power point presentation the benefits Sierra Leone stands to gain from the Nordic countries. He illustrated all the compendium of things Swedes are looking for in a country before visiting that country.

In his response, the General Manager of the NTB, Mr Yassin Kolleh Kargbo, extolled, Mr. Ismeal Kargbo for his laudable venture and innovative idea which is geared towards developing the Tourism Industry and by extention Sierra Leone. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to emulate the same.

Meaningful contributions were made by senior management Staff of the NTB such as the Deputy General Manager, Madam Fatmata Abe-Osagie, Planning and Product Development Manager, Mr. Umaru Woody, Marketing Manager, Madam Lucinda Mariam Kargbo, License, Classification and Quality Control Manager, Mr. Abrahim Turay which was buttressed by the Hoteliers.

Nordic countries are a group of countries in Northern Europe . These countries include Denmark , Finland ,Iceland , Sweden , Norway, and the territories of the Aland Islands and the Faroe Islands . Though often
confused as such, Scandinavia is not equivalent to the Nordic countries. Scandinavia is a peninsula
while the Nordic countries are recognized states. Sweden and Norway (and a small part of Finland) rest on the Scandinavian peninsula. Scandinavia and Finland together belong to a larger peninsula. Fennoscandia Finns speak a non-Germanic language.
Nordic countries have similar state, law and culture. Historically, Nordic countries have maintained close
connections. Nordic countries are primarily socialist democracies. Nordic countries have some political
cooperation, such as the Nordic council . Cooperation with a larger group, the European Union, makes
the Nordic cooperation even smaller.
Nordic countries have long, cold winters with warm days in the summer, but only a small part of
Northern Norway and approximately half of Iceland is arctic .
Of late, many Nordic countries have been facing issues with immigration, mainly Sweden. Their relaxed
immigration policy has allowed many Middle Easterners to seek refuge from their war-torn countries
there.

© MOHAMED ALIEU BAH
COMMUNICATIONS
NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD OF SIERRA LEONE
+23279367667/+23230073617
malieubah2016@gmail.com

UNWTO “2017 International Tourism Results: the highest in seven years”   

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International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018 at a rate of 4%-5%.

Based on data reported by destinations around the world, it is estimated that international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) worldwide increased 7% in 2017. This is well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher growth since 2010 and represents the strongest results in seven years.

Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region, with 8% more international arrivals than in 2016. Africa consolidated its 2016 rebound with an 8% increase. Asia and the Pacific recorded 6% growth, the Middle East 5% and the Americas 3%.

2017 was characterised by sustained growth in many destinations and a firm recovery in those that suffered decreases in previous years. Results were partly shaped by the global economic upswing and the robust outbound demand from many traditional and emerging source markets, particularly a rebound in tourism spending from Brazil and the Russian Federation after a few years of declines.

“International travel continues to grow strongly, consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development. As the third export sector in the world, tourism is essential for job creation and the prosperity of communities around the world.” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. “Yet as we continue to grow we must work closer together to ensure this growth benefits every member of every host community, and is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Growth expected to continue in 2018

The current strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018, though at a more sustainable pace after eight years of steady expansion following the 2009 economic and financial crisis. Based on current trends, economic prospects and the outlook by the UNWTO Panel of Experts, UNWTO projects international tourist arrivals worldwide to grow at a rate of 4%-5% in 2018. This is somewhat above the 3.8% average increase projected for the period 2010-2020 by UNWTO in its Tourism Towards 2030 long-term forecast. Europe and the Americas are both expected to grow by 3.5%-4.5%, Asia and the Pacific by 5%-6%, Africa by 5%-7% and the Middle East by 4%-6%.

2017 results by UNWTO region

International tourist arrivals in Europe reached 671 million in 2017, a remarkable 8% increase following a comparatively weaker 2016. Growth was driven by the extraordinary results in Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+13%). Western Europe (+7%), Northern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe (both +5%) also recorded robust growth.

Asia and the Pacific (+6%) recorded 324 million international tourist arrivals in 2017. Arrivals in South Asia grew 10%, in South-East Asia 8% and in Oceania 7%. Arrivals to North-East Asia increased by 3%.

The Americas (+3%) welcomed 207 million international tourist arrivals in 2017, with most destinations enjoying positive results. South America (+7%) led growth, followed by Central America and the Caribbean (both +4%), with the latter showing clear signs of recovery in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. In North America (+2%), robust results in Mexico and Canada contrasted with a decrease in the United States, the region’s largest destination.

Based on available data for Africa, growth in 2017 is estimated at 8%. The region consolidated its 2016 rebound and reached a record 62 million international arrivals. North Africa enjoyed a strong recovery with arrivals growing by 13%, while in Sub-Saharan Africa arrivals increased by 5%.

The Middle East (+5%) received 58 million international tourist arrivals in 2017 with sustained growth in some destinations and a strong recovery in others.

Note: All results in this release are based on preliminary data, as reported by the various destinations around the world, and on estimates by UNWTO of still-missing data. UNWTO will continue to collect data and will present more comprehensive data by country in the April issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Results for both Africa and the Middle East should be read with caution as they are based on limited available data.

SIERRA LEONE MENTIONED- Off-the-radar cities to explore in 2018

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Freetown, Sierra Leone

Lavallo calls this West Africa’s most beautiful city, with unmatched beaches and oceanside cliffs. The country’s 1990s civil war made headlines, but that’s long over, he says. “In our minds, it’s so dangerous, but it’s fine now. It looks like a lot of islands in the Caribbean. It has the best beaches in West Africa, and no one’s ever there.” 

NTB BOSS GRACE INSTITUTE OF AVIATION AND TRAVEL STUDIES GRADUATION CEREMONY

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The General Manager of the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone(NTB), Mr. Yassin Kargbo has on Saturday 9th December 2017, graced the graduation ceremony of the Institute of Aviation and Travel Studies (IATS) in his capacity as the Keynote speaker of that August gathering. The Institute of Aviation and Travel was founded in 2008, since then, the institution has done extremely well as most of the products of the institution have secured lucrative jobs in the Hospitality Sector, Travel Agencies and other businesses while others are entrepreneurs or self employed. “Most of our students are working with Bintumani Hotel, Addison Blu, IPC travel, Med View Airline, Kenya Airways, Mercury International etc, these are just few of the entities our students are working with” noted Mr. Abdul Kallon, founder and Principal of the institution. In his keynote address, the General Manger, Mr. Yassin Kargbo, espoused on contemporary happenings in the Tourism Industry and also quoted from President Koroma’s 2017 Parliament valedictory closing speech. “Tourism is now doing well in this country than ever before, we shall do more” he reiterated while raining praises on President Koroma for his outstanding support and also extolled the young and dynamic minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hon. Sidi Yayah Tunis for his astute leadership. Admonishing the students, Mr. Kargbo called on them to be very hardworking and patriotic as the world is now a competitive one ” Be smart, be proactive and innovative ” he noted adding that, ” your institution and the NTB have always had a strong relationship and we promise to keep it that way or even strengthen it further” he eulogized The occasion was climaxed by the awarding of Diplomas, Certificates and Special Awards to specific students for their outstanding performances. Forty five(45) students graduated on this very ceremony.

 

UNWTO promotes the role of media as advocates of wildlife tourism

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Madrid, Spain, 8 December 2017 PR No. 17130
 

UNWTO promotes the role of media as advocates of wildlife tourism

Nearly 30 journalists have convened in Kasane, Botswana to debate the role of the media in advocating sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation as its major asset. The event is part of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme that promotes wildlife as key driver of tourism development.

International and local journalists from renowned media outlets* have completed a media training workshop in Kasane, Botswana, to enhance their knowledge on sustainable tourism and wildlife and analyze the impact of their work and their contribution to the topic. The workshop is part of the activities of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme that commenced in early 2017 and that includes capacity building, training and advocacy actions on sustainable tourism and wildlife.

The training addressed the impact of wildlife tourism in the African continent, the different journalistic angles of the topic and the relevance of story-telling in reporting. Challenges such as access to information related to wildlife management, media capacities to cover technical aspects of this theme and the need to improve relations and exchanges with relevant authorities were mentioned by most of the participants.

Participants had the opportunity to propose solutions and recommendations to the difficulties they normally face to cover these topics. The creation of a network of African journalists specialized in sustainable tourism, capacity building-related activities addressing the media and regular exchanges with tourism stakeholders were some of the ideas shared by the participants.

The workshop held in Kasane is the second activity of this type in the framework of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme. The first took place in the Republic of Congo last July 2017, where nearly 20 African journalists enhanced their capacities on the multidimensional coverage of sustainable tourism.

Additional information:

The UNWTO/Chimelong Programme results from the partnership between UNWTO and Chimelong Group to be implemented between 2017 and 2019 under the theme of sustainable tourism and wildlife protection. The initiative includes advocacy efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through sustainable tourism with particular reference to wildlife conservation, to enhance capacities on sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation of both tourism authorities and the global media, to engage stakeholders from the private sector on the topic and to foster research.

*Media outlets participating: BBC, Lonely Planet, Xinhua News Agency, EL PAIS, Radio France Internationale, Jeune Afrique, Radio Botswana, Botswana Gazette, Channel Africa, Africa Renewal, First Issues, The Telegraph, Botswana Guardian, Botswana Unplugged and Gabz FM.

Contacts:

UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino

Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 / rgomez@unwto.org

UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme

Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 / comm@UNWTO.org

NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD BOSS GRABS A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

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NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD BOSS GRABS A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The General Manager of the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone (NTB), Mr. Yassin Kolleh Kargbo is the recipient of a prestigious and major award, the *Outstanding Public Leadership Award* on Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Atlantic Lumley Hotel, Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen in Freetown organized by the Sierra Leone Council of Chief Executives.

The Event was well attended by dignitaries across the board, both the public and private sectors , such as the Minister of Energy and Power, Ambassador Henry Macauley, the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Mr. Minkailu Mansaray etc., etc.

On the podium and sandwiched by His lovely wife, Ambassador Rasie Kargbo, Staffers of NTB, Children and Friends while receiving the Award, Mr. Kargbo dedicated the Award to his industrious and indefatigable wife for all her unflinching support which has always catapulted him to higher heights “Behind every successful man, there is a woman” Mr. Kargbo paraphrased.

The GM, expounded on the contemporary happenings in the Tourism Industry with special emphasizes on the Hub of Tourism in the Country, the Aberdeen-Lumley Axis and the very edifice (Atlantic Lumley Hotel) host of the event.

The event was climaxed by group photos, cheers, applauses, chats and interconnections.

CHARM’S BEACH HOTEL

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Charm’s Beach Hotel happens to be the establishment that offers it’s precious customers the best hospitality with affordable price.

Charm’s Beach Hotel is situated at No.29 off cape road, Aberdeen, Freetown. The establishment has over forty four(44) standard bed rooms fully equipped with air-condition and all other requisite facilities meant for rooms of a Standard Hotel.

There is a conference hall, a wine bar, breakfast is freely available to all guests. There is 24/7 electricity and water supply, there is high speed and strong internet accessibility. Also security is 100℅ Guaranteed.

At Charm’s Beach Hotel, the customer has the opportunity to choose among varieties of dishes/delicacies as all continental foods are available.

DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD IS A BEACON OF LIGHT

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Present day Sierra Leone, women are been empowered hence appointed to higher public positions of trust where they are performing exceptionally well.

One typical example of these iron ladies making all females in Sierra Leone and the World over very proud is Madam Fatmata Abe-Osagie, who happens to be the Deputy General Manager of the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone (NTB). Her outstanding performer and unique contribution in the tourism industry and towards the development of Sierra Leone cannot be overemphasized.

Her proven track record is a clear testament that, women should be given more powers and should also be trusted with the mantle of leadership of this country. “What a man can do, a woman  can do even better”.

Professionally, Madam DGM has adequately and positively represented this country in different fora both National and International in the process robustly making Sierra Leone to the wider world.

Apparently, she is in Bonn, east of Germany for the second phrase of the Paris agreement on climate change where she is a member of the committee coordinating meeting on the global stock taking of the implementation of the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement (French: Accord de Paris), is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.