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Rwanda aims to attract investors at WEF 2023 with a focus on sustainable tourism

According to Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda is experiencing a recovery from various sectors of the economy, including travel and tourism, despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Akamanzi made this pitch at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on January 17th, 2023, where she addressed investors and business leaders.

Rwanda’s delegation at the WEF also included the Minister of ICT and Innovation Paula Ingabire, the Minister of Environment Jeanne D’Arc Mujawamariya, and the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Ildephonse Musafiri, The New Times reported.

According to Akamanzi, the Rwandan government is focusing on a “low volume high yield tourism strategy” to recover from the pandemic’s effects on the travel and tourism sector. She added that the approach has worked, and the country is gradually surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

When asked about Rwanda’s tourism strategy, Akamanzi stated that the country is not investing its strategy, marketing, and promotion targeting backpackers but instead targeting people that the government thinks are high yield, “they want safety, they want cleanliness, they want organization, they want infrastructure, and we do our best to give them that quality so that they can pay for it.”

She also added that the government has been working with renowned conservationists to reintroduce and rehabilitate other national parks and diversify the products offered to tourists in the country. According to her, this will help engage tourists in other activities and spend longer in Rwanda.

The CEO also highlighted that as a result of this approach, the country has seen a 21% increase in revenue compared to pre-pandemic earnings and an almost 10-fold increase in people opting for exclusive trekking.

**This post forms part of the Africa Collective initiative, for which Business Insider Africa is

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Why the A380 superjumbo is staging a comeback

(CNN) — The post-pandemic recovery of commercial aviation may have an early, unlikely protagonist: the A380 superjumbo.

The world’s largest passenger plane seemed to be on the scrapheap just two years ago, as airlines grappled with the spread of the coronavirus. The entire fleet was grounded, many of the planes went into long-term storage, and some airlines even took the chance to get rid of their A380s altogether, with Air France retiring its fleet in May 2020.
But now, as passenger numbers rise and air traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels, the plane is enjoying a resurgence. More than half the global fleet is already back into service, according to data from Flightradar24.
Emirates has the world's largest fleet of A380s.

Emirates has the world’s largest fleet of A380s.

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Lufthansa was the latest carrier to announce the plane’s return — although not before 2023 — and there are reasons to believe that more A380s will progressively soar back into the skies.

“It’s definitely having a comeback,” says Geoff Van Klaveren, an aviation analyst and managing director of advisory at IBA. “Operators were quite reluctant to bring it back because it’s a very costly airplane, but I think we’ve seen demand recovering faster than people expected.”

More coming back

Airbus produced and delivered 251 A380s, and 238 remain available for service today, with the rest having been retired or scrapped. The plane, which is no longer in production, is popular with passengers and crews but not with airlines — only 14 have operated it to date.

Out of those, nine are currently flying it: British Airways, All Nippon Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Asiana, Korean Air and China Southern Airlines. Some of these already have plans to press even more of their A380s back into service.

Singapore Airlines, for example, is currently flying

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Air passengers are using a TikTok travel hack where they pretend to need a wheelchair in an attempt to skip lines, airport CEO claims

Queues form at Heathrow Airport.

Delays and cancellations have caused significant problems for travelers at Heathrow Airport.Anadolu Agency / Contributor / Getty

  • Passengers are pretending to need wheelchairs to avoid airport lines, according to Heathrow’s CEO.

  • John Holland-Kaye told LBC that it’s due to people using a travel hack that they’ve seen on TikTok.

  • Demand for the airport’s wheelchair support team had increased “significantly,” Holland-Kaye said.

The CEO of one of the world’s busiest airports said that some passengers are exploiting a TikTok travel hack, where able-bodied people pretend to need wheelchair support, as a means of bypassing travel chaos.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport, told the Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC) radio station that the airport has as many people working in its passenger support team as it had before the pandemic. However, demand for the team had increased “significantly,” he said.

“We have more demand than we had before the pandemic,” Holland-Kaye said. “Some of this is because people are using the wheelchair support to try to get fast-tracked through the airport. That is absolutely the wrong thing to be doing.”

He added: “If you go on TikTok, you’ll see that it is one of the travel hacks that people are recommending.”

A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport told Insider that the trend has been reported as happening at other airports. “It’s is obviously something we don’t condone which is why John brought it up today,” they said.

Amid a summer of travel disruption, delays, and flight cancellations — caused by widespread labor shortages that have left aviation firms stretched at peak times — stories have emerged of some disabled passengers being caught up in the disruption at various airports.

Holland-Kaye was responding to a claim by the host that disabled passengers were having to wait for mobility support at Heathrow’s

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