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Entries for first ever Africa Travel & Tourism Awards now open

Entries for first ever Africa Travel & Tourism Awards now open

The World Travel Market (WTM) has called for entries for the inaugural Africa Travel & Tourism Awards, across 12 innovative categories which reward individuals, small and large organisations for powerful and compelling work in promoting tourism across Africa.

The WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards are to be judged by an independent panel of senior industry professionals and seek to showcase the best-in-class of the global travel & tourism industry. The awards also seek to consolidate the various standalone awards that recognise outstanding travel and tourism businesses across the continent.

Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Sports Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions, said that the WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards aims to be the continent’s most valued and comprehensive acknowledgment of the work done by myriad entities in providing excellence in the tourism space.

“We want to recognise the ‘gold standard’ in travel & tourism in Africa by sharing their compelling stories, in the hope of inspiring others to take up the baton. Africa has many stories to tell, and we want to share them far and wide,” Oberholzer noted.

The names of the categories are a nod to the types of entries the judges are seeking, with the tale of the journey – rather than simply the result – at the forefront. The 12 categories are: Most compelling National Tourism Board Story; Most compelling Regional/City Story; Most compelling Technology & Innovation Story; Most compelling Agency Story; Most compelling PR Story; Most compelling Digital Campaign in Tourism Story; Most compelling Digital Influencer Story; Most compelling Wellness Destination Story; Most compelling Responsible Tourism Story; Most compelling Adventure Story; Most compelling Foodie Story and Most compelling Inclusive Story.

Only campaigns executed in the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 will be eligible for the 2020 WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards. Entries close on 31 January 2020 and the winners will be announced at the commencement of WTM Africa 2020 on 6 April at Gold Restaurant in Cape Town.


Caption: Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Sports Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions. Visit https://africa.wtm.com/Awards1/ for more on each of the categories.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.