ROUTES AFRICA OPENS AT LAKESIDE RESORT OF MUNYONYO WITH RECORD ATTENDANCE
(Posted 08th July 2013)
Routes Africa opened yesterday at the lake side resort and conference complex of Munyonyo with a new record attendance recorded by the organizers. This 8th edition of Routes Africa has brought a large number of airline executives, airport managers, aircraft manufacturer teams, government representatives from transport and tourism ministries across the continent, tourism boards and related service providers to Kampala.
Topics for the three day meeting will cover all aspects of nurturing and developing air traffic into and across Africa with dedicated sessions discussing Private Partnerships for Airport Management and Development, New Carriers for Africa – the Rise of LCC’s, Driving Tourism in Africa – a panel moderated by this correspondent – and last but not least The Outlook for the Future.
A series of pre-arranged B2B meetings, in small groups as well as one on one have also taken place on day one of the Routes Africa meeting, with more until the end of the conference on Tuesday, allowing airports to meet airlines, airlines to discuss potential cooperation on new routes and ATR, a strategic summit sponsor, Embraer and Bombardier being able to showcase and discuss their latest innovations with airline partners.
Routes Africa co-hosts Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and Entebbe International Airport had the opportunity to meet Africa’s who is who from the aviation industry while quasi national airline Air Uganda used the summit to launch their latest destination Mogadishu on early Monday morning with an inaugural flight.
A large number of delegates took advantage of complimentary tours on Saturday, courtesy of the hosts and the Uganda Tourism Board, to visit either the Source of the River Nile in Jinja or the Ngamba Island chimpanzee refuge, while others took advantage of the splendid weather over the weekend to relax on the shores of Lake Victoria or see the colourful markets in the city of Kampala.
The choice of the conference organizers for the venue of the Routes Africa meeting in 2014 is expected to be announced shortly although news already broke that Durban was selected to host the World Routes conference in 2015, bringing the global routes event to Africa for the first time. For readers keen to follow the events was a twitter hash tag #RoutesAfrica created, which offers ‘insight’ via twitter picture uploads and live commentary from participants as well as the organizers. For more information on the regional and global Routes events visit www.routesonline.com