Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Starwood to open more hotels in Africa

Starwood HotelsABN – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has announced plans to increase its number of African hotels by 50% over the next five years.

The US company has signed contracts to run its first hotels in Mali, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as to open further hotels in Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt.

Neil George, senior vice president of Starwood, said the company aims to increase the number of African hotels it operates from 34 now to more than 50 by 2020.

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Zimbabwe's broadcaster cuts 300 jobs

ABN – Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster ZBC has terminated 300 employee contracts in response to a landmark ruling by the country’s Supreme Court.

The ruling permits employers to terminate workers’ employment contracts simly by giving them three months’ notice, without fear of rebuttal.

It is thought that more than 20,000 people across Zimbabwe have already lost their jobs as a result of the ruling.

Employees dismissed by ZBC include newsreader Evermore Sandati, business journalist Lennon Mutseura and reporter Fletcher Ndhlovu.

Just last week the broadcaster fired its CEO Happison Muchechetere and three other executives who had been suspended for financial imprudence.

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Major airlines ban ‘Big Five’ trophies

ABN – Following the outrage over Cecil the lion’s murder, many major airlines worldwide have banned the transport of endangered animal trophies via their aircraft.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were the first US-based airlines to ban the practice, despite Delta announcing their support for hunters earlier in the year.

American Airlines has specifically ruled out transporting any dead animals from the African Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Air Canada has stated that it will not transport lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo trophies, however it still allows the transportation of animals killed in Canada such as black and grizzly bears.

South African Airways initially banned big game trophy transport in April, but reversed its decision in July in response to pressure from pro-hunting organisation Safari Club International (SCI) based in Arizona, US.

SCI claims that British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Iberia Airways, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Qantas, Emirates, Etihad and Lufthansa have also ruled out transporting big-game trophies.

However, hunters still have options available: one of them being UPS, which in a statement said it would not bow to controversy.

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