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Etihad Airways wins TTG Asia’s Best Airline – Business Class Award

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Etihad Airways has been named ‘Best Airline – Business Class’ at the TTG Travel Awards for the second consecutive year.

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The prestigious award is voted for by the readers of TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTGassociations, TTG-BTmice China and TTG Asia Luxury.

Etihad Airways’ Vice President Australia and Asia, Lindsay White, accepted the award on the airline’s behalf at the 27 th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony and Gala Dinner held in Bangkok.

Mr White said the award reflects the strength of the airline’s partnerships with the travel trade and validated Etihad Airways’ investment in its Business Class guest experience.

Etihad Airways’ Vice President for Australia and Asia Lindsay White (center) accept the TTG Asia ‘Best Airline – Business Class’ award from Her Excellency Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports Thailand (left) and Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Bangkok.

Etihad Airways’ Vice President for Australia and Asia Lindsay White (center) accept the TTG Asia ‘Best Airline – Business Class’ award from Her Excellency Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports Thailand (left) and Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Bangkok.

“Being voted ‘Best Airline – Business Class’ for the second consecutive year is testament to the tremendous support we receive from the travel industry throughout Asia Pacific.

“Our partners are critical to our success and we are delighted to offer a world-class product and hospitality experience which they are proud to sell.

“We have invested significantly in our Business Class product and service to offer our guests unprecedented levels of comfort, style and hospitality every day, on every flight.

“The ground-breaking Business Studios on our fleet of A380s and B787 Dreamliners, in particular, have redefined premium air travel, setting a new benchmark for business class travel worldwide.”

Etihad Airways’ Business Class guests enjoy fully flat beds with direct aisle access on every wide-body aircraft. Dedicated Food and Beverage Managers, handpicked from some of the world’s best establishments, oversee an extensive a la carte and ‘Dine Anytime’ menu. On ultra-long- haul flights, the airline offers a full turndown service, amenity kits, cotton loungewear and slippers.

On the ground, guests have access to luxurious airport lounges and limousine services at selected locations worldwide. The Premium Lounge at the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi features a Six Senses Spa and Style & Shave by Etihad facility, both offering a comprehensive range of personal care and wellbeing treatments.

The TTG Travel Awards have been recognising the best of the Asia Pacific’s travel industry since 1989. This prestigious annual event honours organisations and individuals in four categories – Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame.

The ‘Best Airline – Business Class’ award is determined against several performance criteria: providing the best product and service, schedules and network; agent friendliness in terms of reservations, confirmations and commission; and the professionalism of the airline’s sales and marketing team.

Etihad Airways offers the Asia Pacific travel trade a range of educational, sales support and reward and recognition programmes. These include a dedicated travel trade portal, a rewards-based incentive programme called ‘SuperSeller’, travel agent familiarisation trips and other localised trade marketing programmes.

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Pizza Hut Uganda unveils their largest pizza ever

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Guests try out "The Epic" pizza during the unveiling ceremony.

Guests try out “The Epic” pizza during the unveiling ceremony.

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Pizza lovers are in for an epic treat at Pizza Hut Uganda. This after the pizza restaurant company unveiled their new pizza offering which is being touted as the biggest ever on the market.

Dubbed “The Epic” pizza, it was unveiled during a ceremony held at their Muyenga branch on Thursday where invited guests and media personalities got the first taste.

According to Laura Sseezi, the Marketing coordinator Pizza Hut Uganda, “The Epic” pizza is their largest ever and is almost twice their current large size. “‘The Epic’ pizza is 16 inches long, making it 75% larger than our current large size.” She noted.

Pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni pizza

James Ouma, the Area Coach Pizza Hut Uganda, explained that the decision to introduce the extra large pizza was influenced by continued demands from their customers for a bigger size. “One of the biggest complaints from our customers has been the size of our pizzas,” he explained. “And because we listen to our customers, we have decided to introduce, ‘The Epic’, the biggest pizza on the market.”

The Epic pizza comes in five offerings — Pepperoni, Tandori Chicken, Veggie, Meat and Cheese. It is available at Ugx 55, 000.

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Emirates Airline Foundation transforming communities in Western Uganda

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The main classroom block (L) and the administration block which also houses the  science and computer laboratories.

The main classroom block (L) and the administration block which also houses the science and computer laboratories.

The Emirates Airline Foundation along with Outreach to Africa (OTA) has established a school with three sections; nursery, primary and secondary; The Emirates Airline Foundation campus in Geme village near Fort Portal, Kabarole District, Western Uganda. The campus is presently catering for 850 pupils and students in both day and boarding sections. What began as a collaboration to provide basic health care services to residents in 2010, has grown to become a fully-functioning school. Upon the completion of the on-going construction and renovation work currently underway, the capacity of the school will increase.

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The Paul Devlin School was started by OTA in 2008; an NGO located in Fort Portal, Kabarole district, Western Uganda with a mission to empower communities by providing quality education, health care and economic empowerment projects. In 2014, The Emirates Airline Foundation in partnership with OTA announced the commencement of a project valued at over US$ 1.5 million towards a building project that would transform The Paul Devlin School. The construction of The Emirates Airline Foundation Campus – a new wing of the School, will enhance the infrastructure and capacity of the school, allowing more students to enrol and receive a well-rounded education.

“The Emirates Airline Foundation is deeply committed to helping disadvantaged children around the world. The school that we are building with OTA will contribute to empowering communities and transform the lives of so many children,” said Sir Tim Clark, Chairman, The Emirates Airline Foundation.

“Our work in Uganda over the past eight years has enabled us to meet our objectives as an organization, and this project also ties in with the goals of the Ugandan government to eradicate poverty through increasing access to education,” he added.

The Emirates Airline Foundation Campus is expected to be completed by December 2018; in time for the start of the new academic year in February 2019. The new facility of the Emirates Airline Foundation Campus will include dormitories for boarding students, sports fields, staff housing, a library and computer laboratory, a dining hall, and classrooms.

Over the years, the Paul Devlin School has enrolled thousands of students from vulnerable communities. Mr. Edward Nyakabwa, a board member with OTA said, “we have the responsibility to significantly meet the needs of and improve the lives of the communities in which we are stationed. The new wing whose construction was funded by The Emirates Airline Foundation will enable us to increase the number of students who will, in turn, reap the invaluable asset of education.”

“We admit students from the surrounding Rwenzori region and other districts in Uganda. A large number of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are in need of a quality education that will improve their socio-economic standing. This expansion means that we are now equipped to improve the lives of many students who might have otherwise not received any form of formal education,” Mr. Nyakabwa added.

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dfcu Bank appoints new COO

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dfcu Bank has appointed Andrew Kabeera as the new Chief Operating Officer. A seasoned banker with experience spanning over 13 years, Andrew Kabeera is responsible for among other aspects establishing operational excellence and great experience across all touch points and driving the strategic goal of Superior financial performance on cost income ratio.

His role entails management of Business Technology Operations; Procurement; Facilities & Administration; Credit Operations and Banking Operations – all aimed at supporting the delivery of the Bank’s strategic agenda.

Andrew Kabeera joins dfcu from Standard Chartered Bank where he was the Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking Operations. Prior to that, Andrew held a number of senior positions as Head of Consumer Banking Operations; Head of Risk; Head of Governance for Technology and Operations plus Head of Banking Operations.

He has a good understanding of Banking Operations and how to derive efficiencies through a broad range of IT services. Andrew brings on board a wealth of experience having worked in a number of big centralisation projects for both Operations and IT and also has international exposure from Nigeria, UAE, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Singapore and Malaysia.

Andrew was the chairman of the Operations Committee at the Uganda Bankers Association for 2 years where he delivered a number of industry wide initiatives.

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