BBC radio presenter fired for comparing royal baby to a chimpanzee

The BBC on Thursday fired radio presenter Danny Baker for a tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby.

The post, which has now been deleted, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee, which is dressed in clothes, alongside the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital”.

It drew criticism for making fun of the Dutchess’ heritage — her mother Doria Ragland is African American.

Executives were cited on the BBC News’ website as saying he showed a “serious error of judgement”.

Baker labelled the tweet an “enormous mistake, for sure,” adding: “Anyway, here’s to ya Archie, Sorry mate.”

“Would have used same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own. It’s a funny image. (Though not of course in that context.)” he wrote.

The 61-year-old later labelled the decision to fire him a “masterclass of pompous faux-gravity” and said it was his “turn in the barrel”.

Baker presented a weekend show on BBC Radio 5 Live for which he won a Sony Gold award for Speech Radio Personality of the Year three times and a Gold Award for entertainment show of the year.

Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed-race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.

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South Africa: Luxury train hotel to be built at Kruger National Park

If Kruger National Park was not fascinating enough, there’s a train hotel being built at the iconic South African attraction.

Thebe Tourism Group revealed the plans at Africa’s Travel Indaba this week. The Kruger Shalati Train on a bridge is being hailed as a unique luxury accommodation experience that will open in December 2019. The new initiative pays tribute to the history of Kruger when visitors to park once arrived by train.

The project incorporates the iconic and still original old Selati railway bridge at Skukuza Camp, where the KNP’s first warden, James Steven-Hamilton, welcomed visitors nearly 100 years ago. At night, these same guests would retreat into the train to sleep, before it moved on to its next destination the following day.

Looking to recreate the magic of these early visitor encounters, the project will see the restoration and upgrading of a train that will permanently rest on the original tracks running across the bridge, high above the waters of the Sabie River.

The train, in its stationary position with an external walkway attached to the bridge structure, allows the Kruger Shalati rooms to be much larger than the expected traditional train compartment-style room – complete with floor-to-ceiling windows welcoming the unsurpassed views from atop the Sabie River into the room.

An old block-house next to the bridge will be used as the base for an innovative pool deck designed with overhanging pool meters above the river where travellers can, hopefully, catch a glimpse of the Big 5.

Immersing guests in the comfort of an Afro-chic boutique hotel experience, the train itself will offer 24 en-suite rooms able to sleep 48 guests, with another 7 rooms in adjacent Kruger Shalati Bridge House accommodating 14 beds on land next to the bridge. All rooms will offer guests a high-star rating luxury experience and will be accompanied by fine dining and other leisure experiences on site.

Judiet Barnes, Concession General Manager of Kruger Shalati said the project was an opportunity to revitalise and recapture an important part of Kruger’s history.

“Not only have we not seen anything alike in our country, but neither is there anything similar in the world. This is a ‘must experience’ destination will entice visitors locally and from across the globe to experience a very important part of our Park’s history,” said Barnes.

She said the surrounding communities will be empowered through world-class training, skills development initiatives and job opportunities with the project. The Kruger Shalati team is working very closely with SANPARKS to ensure minimal disruption to the park.

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MAGICAL KENYA

Kenya is one of Africa’s most distinct and stunning locations! Sustainable tourism and a globally-recognized model of wildlife management means that you see pristine wilderness and internationally-significant habitats where wildlife roam freely, including rare and endangered species and the Big Five. Visit magical Kenya, and experience all that Africa offers. The intrigue and adventure of Kenya reaches back into the birth of mankind, stretches along miles of white sand beaches and journeys into dense forests and divergent deserts. Iconic landmarks such as Mount Kenya stand above the savannah plains and tropical woodlands while its intricate waterfalls lie nestled within the montane foothills. Cool breezes drift across the Indian Ocean to refresh your soul in the country’s many coastal towns and islands. From her highest peaks to her deepest ocean depths, Kenya gives you an African dream trip of a lifetime!

The incredible diversity of landscapes, cultures, wildlife and activities mean endless opportunities for visitors to Kenya. Kenya offers a diverse range of environments all within relatively close proximity to one another, and has an excellent domestic travel infrastructure. Kenya’s rich diversity of wildlife means that no two experiences in the wild are ever the same. Visitors to Kenya can experience and see completely different things. In a single trip to Kenya, you can visit tropical forests, beautiful beaches, and deserts, climb mountains and explore the wild. In Kenya, it is possible to plan a safari that blends adventure and relaxation, luxury and natural simplicity, social experiences and solitude.

In Kenya, you can experience a different safari every day.

THE CLIMATE
Kenya enjoys a wonderful tropical climate. It is generally warm all year round, with plenty of sunshine and cooler nights and mornings. Visitors are able to enjoy most activities on the beaches and in the national parks all year round. Since Kenya lies on the equator, the seasonal temperature changes are not extreme. However, due to the differing topography, you will experience different weather patterns when traveling across Kenya. The hottest months of the year are February and March with temperatures as high as 93°F (34°C) while the coolest season falls between July and August with temperatures dropping to around 60°F (16°C). Kenya provides very perfect weather for those who live in colder countries to escape to.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Kenya coffee, tea and beer have received accolades as some of the best products in the world. In fact, Kenya beer is so popular, both locally and abroad, that the Kenyan breweries are looking to expand their beer export to more countries, including the United States. Kenya also has a rich variety of cuisine. The ethnic cuisine of Kenya’s various tribes includes the famous nyama choma and ugali.

Safe wildlife game meat, such as crocodile and ostrich, is served in up-market restaurants, including the highly recommended Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. In the hotels and restaurants, you will find a sophisticated blend of European standards with ethnic Kenyan food. There is also a host of international cuisine available in restaurants and hotels including Italian, American, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French, Mexican, Korean and Lebanese dishes.

A NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD
The wildbeest migration in Maasai Mara is one of the natural wonders of the world. Kenya also has many other places of world interest that are worth visiting, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lamu, Kenya’s oldest living city. Lamu is known for being the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. There is also the Mount Kenya Forest Reserve in Mount Kenya. Other World Heritage Sites include Fort Jesus in Mombasa, a historical monument built by the Portuguese in 1593, and the Ruins of Gedi, built in the 14th century to encourage the Arab-African trade and other unexploited gems of Kenya scenery that include the Kerio Valley escarpment – a popular destination for Paragliding.

Etihad Airways revamps economy culinary offering

Etihad Airways has unveiled a new and improved economy dining concept and retail offering on all its flights as part of a wider programme of enhancements to its inflight catering

In addition, the airline has announced a major economy transformation programme starting with the cabin upgrade and refurbishment of 23 narrow-body Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft which are used mainly on short-haul regional services and further afield to 38 Etihad gateways within five hours of flight from Abu Dhabi.

The retrofit programme, which includes new personalised wireless streaming entertainment to smartphone and tablet devices, is scheduled for completion in August this year.

Etihad introduced these new developments at the Arabian Travel Market, currently taking place in Dubai, together with a new advertising campaign, Go Your Own Way, using Fleetwood Mac’s classic as its soundtrack.

As part of the airline’s overall Choose Well brand platform, the campaign will drive greater awareness of Etihad’s commitment to providing its guests with greater control, choice and value by personalising their travel experience

Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad has always been a challenger brand, shaping the future of travel as the market constantly changes.

“We are bringing the leadership and innovation to Economy travel which we have long established in our award-winning business, first and Residence cabins.

“As part of our Choose Well promise, we are empowering our guests with more control of their travel experiences, through onboard digital transformation, improved choice and redesigned cabins and products.

“As a leading full-service airline, Etihad is adapting to meet the specific needs and requirements of all travellers, providing more of what they really want to enjoy inflight.

“This not only delivers greater choice and personalisation, it also ensures we continue to provide a superior, commercially wise and sustainable service offering.”

Etihad has launched a redesigned and enhanced complimentary dining concept on all its flights.

On journeys of over three hours, the main course of the core complimentary dining service is now a larger, contemporary bistro-style meal which is higher in quality, with a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients and more destination focused choices.

A new curved triangular base plate design reflects the heritage of Abu Dhabi and is made using recycled materials.

New cutlery is 85 per cent lighter, reducing aircraft weight and fuel burn.

Each year, the airline will also remove 27 million plastic lids, and other containers, supporting its drive towards greater sustainability and to reduce the use of single-use plastics by 80 per cent by 2022.

As part of the new dining sequence, delicious dessert items will be served separately with the after-meal coffee and tea service, reducing clutter on the tray during the main meal.

On shorter flights, dessert will be served with the main meal.

Etihad is progressively upgrading the economy cabins of its narrow-body fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

These are used mainly on short-haul regional services, and further afield to 38 Etihad gateways within five hours of flight from Abu Dhabi.

PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST TOURISM SKILL IN SOUTH AFRICA



SA’s travel and tourism industry will be getting a skills boost from grassroots level.

SA’s travel and tourism industry will be getting a skills boost from grassroots level, through the Travel and Tourism Excellence Academy – an initiative driven by Amadeus IT Group and SA’s Department of Tourism and key industry stakeholders, to provide businesses in the travel and tourism industry with skilled professionals in areas responding directly to the needs of industry, and support a transformation from the grassroots.

The initiative is now four months into set-up, and the first groups of demand-led training are successfully under way. A group of 85 young men and women are receiving training at the academy, and will secure jobs on completion of the course. The work opportunity has been identified and pre-agreed upon with the businesses that will absorb them.

The academy will also focus on including communities that typically live on the doorsteps of tourist spots, who, either because of lack of opportunity or professional skills training, miss out on the commercial success of such ventures.

Amadeus is funding the training as part of its obligation to the National Industrial Participation Programme in South Africa, with project management company, Economic Development Solutions, helping to implement the programme.

The non-profit Good Work Foundation is also running a carefully crafted training programme at its Hazyview Digital Campus in partnership with the South African College of Tourism. This will ensure recognised certification for the successful candidates.

A new hotel in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, selected a first group of 25 young women from surrounding rural communities for training in a hospitality programme that will equip them for the new jobs the group needs filled, says Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group. Over a year, they will receive a combination of theoretical learning, computer training and activities that simulate the real work environment.

“The group just completed its first practical session in a hotel environment and, for many of them, it was a first-time experience on handling departments such as customer care and workplace communication, and telephone and computer skills. For us, it is satisfying to see the first proof-of-concept of a novel idea wherein the industry collaborates to fill critical skills gaps, while helping to reduce unemployment among rural South African youths in an inclusive way,” says Mabena.













SOUTH AFRICA’S INDABA 2019

Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.

Happening from the 2-4 May 2019

It showcases the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Africa’s Travel Indaba is owned by South African Tourism and organised by Synergy Business Events (Pty) Ltd.

Africa’s Travel Indaba has won the awards for Africa’s best travel and tourism show. This award was presented by the Association of World Travel Awards.

Venue

  • Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC)
  • Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC)
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • South Africa

Show Dates

  • Show Days: 02 – 04 May 2019
  • Local and International Trade Days: 02 – 04 May 2019
  • ADMISSION RESERVED FOR DELEGATES OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE.

ADOMI BRIDGE NOW A TOURIST SITE IN GHANA


Ghana’s Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku in the Eastern region has now been classified as a tourist site, requiring a fee payment for taking any photo on the 334m bridge

The fees charged is part of efforts to defray the cost of repair works on the bridge after it was closed to traffic on 10 March 2014  and re-opened in December 2015.

The Asuogyaman District Assembly and the Ghana Highway Authority which manages the property took the decision which has been commended by GhanaTourism Development Company (GTDC).

CEO of GTDC Kwadwo Antwi said just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the London Bridge, taking photos on the 62year old bridge will now come with a charge.

He said the Ghana Tourism Development Company has a general plan to identify more facilities to be designated tourist sites.

Built in 1957, the Adomi bridge crosses over the Volta Lake using a deck held by cables into two steel arcs. It was designed by William Brown, a structural engineer and bridge designer who specialised in suspension bridges.
He is credited with helping design 14 other bridges including the Auckland Harbour Bridge in New Zealand.

Tourism is currently the fourth largest source of foreign exchange earnings estimated at $2.2 million in 2015 with arrivals of 1.2 million. 

A CNN Travel documentary listed Ghana as the fourth best place to travel in 2019 hailing Ghana’s political stability and economic progress as important factors