Atta News & Alerts

#WorldElephantDay: Don't let them disappear!

14 August 2017

In a recent update on rhino poaching stats for 2017 in July, the department of environmental affairs confirmed 30 elephants were poached in Kruger National Park alone. "Elephant poaching increase in KNP is of great concern. In Africa it is decreasing but it is increasing in SA," says the DEA. While the world's CITES foundation agrees globally poaching and illegal trade in ivory is decreasing - the reality remains that by 2030 Africa’s elephants could be extinct. ... read more

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election.

14 August 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Tuesday was an historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the general election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election. The UK and Kenya are longstanding friends and close partners. We look forward to building on our strong relationship, working together to advance our shared prosperity and security and to support Kenya’s development, for the benefit of all. ... read more

Ethiopian increases Vienna/Brussels service from Dec 2017

11 August 2017

Ethiopian Airlines in winter 2017/18 season plans to adjust operational frequency on Addis Ababa – Vienna – Brussels routing, currently served 4 times a week. A 5th weekly rotation will be added from 12DEC17, which sees the airline operating daily service to Brussels once again. Boeing 787-8 aircraft operates this route. ET724 ADD0045 – 0515VIE0620 – 0835BRU 788 x37 ET725 BRU1905 – 2110VIE2200 – 0550+1ADD 788 x37 Source: Routes Online read more

Bugesera airport to boost intra-Africa trade – Kagame

11 August 2017

President Paul Kagame has said that the envisioned Bugesera International Airport will not only support Rwanda’s socio-economic transformation but also facilitate economic integration of the East African Community and boost intra-Africa trade. The President was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of Bugesera International Airport in Rilima of Bugesera District, Eastern Province. Construction works for the first phase of the airport are set to take about 27 months and end by ... read more

Uganda: New Airline Asks for Policy to Ease Air Transport

11 August 2017

Kampala — Proprietors of a new airline, Vule Airways Limited, have asked government to conclude the open sky policy negotiations with other countries to facilitate affordable air transport. Vule Airways is currently awaiting an air service licence from Civil Aviation Authority. Mr Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri, the managing director of the airline, said lack of the open sky policy has led to collapse of Ugandan airlines. ... read more

Kenya 2017 Elections Update for visitors to Kenya – Thursday 10th August 2017

11 August 2017

The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), which represents the tourism private sector in Kenya, has its own Security & Communications Centre based in Nairobi and manned 24 hours a day. From here the security situation in all those regions of Kenya visited by tourists is closely monitored on a daily basis so that we can endeavour to ensure our visitors are safe by liaising with the police or emergency services to give any assistance in the event of accidents, illness or other emergency ... read more

South Africa: Minister Tokozile Xasa Consults With Tourism Industry On National Tourism Sector Strategy

10 August 2017

The Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa today consulted with the tourism industry on the Draft National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS). Hosted in Johannesburg, the consultative session was aimed at soliciting inputs, as well as stimulating the public and private sectors to ensure alignment and sharing of resources in the implementation of NTSS after approval by Cabinet. The NTSS is a tourism development framework approved by Cabinet in 2011, envisioning South Africa to be a top 20 tourist ... read more

Tourism sector defies poll fears to grow 10.7pc

10 August 2017

Tourist arrivals grew 10.7 per cent in the first five months of the year, cementing a rebound the State says has continued into the electioneering period. The number of international visitors rose to 358,985 in the year to May up from 324,276 in a similar period last year, according to data from Kenya Tourism Board (KTB). The growth is welcome news to hoteliers who had been forced to cut jobs, slash pay and close shop following the crippling effects of several travel alerts issued in ... read more

Atta Africa Financial Update

10 August 2017

Executive summary: South African MPs will vote in secret in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma shortly, in a surprise move that increases the chances of his removal over allegations of corruption and cronyism. South African opposition parties have put the ANC under pressure to accept a secret ballot — including taking the matter to the country’s courts — believing it to be the only way ruling-party MPs disillusioned with Mr Zuma will vote against ... read more

Rare orchid species found in SA brings hope to Cape Floristic Region

08 August 2017

After the Cape Flower show was postponed earlier this year due to the Western Cape’s drought, some plant enthusiasts have become despondent and concerned about the well-being of the province’s flora. However, adding a glimmer of hope amid the myriad of negativity and decline that our global environment is currently facing, a rare orchid species has been identified in the Cape region. ... read more

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