Atta News & Alerts

Kenya bans plastic bags effective six months from now

17 March 2017

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu finally made public a ban on plastic bags, which will become effective on the 28th of August this year. The ban will affect the use, production and importation of all forms of plastic bags, giving supermarkets and shops, manufacturers and importers ample notice to use up existing stocks before this type of packaging material becomes illegal to use. ... read more

Kenya angles for more tourist arrivals with new cruise terminal

16 March 2017

Kenya expects tourist arrivals by sea to go up this year after the completion of a new cruise terminal later this year. The cruise season runs from November to March every year. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) began the construction of a cruise ship terminal in December last year at a cost of Sh350 million, adding that it is expected to be completed by September. Luxury cruise ship MS Silver Cloud, which departed for Seychelles after one day at the port of Mombasa, marked the end of the ... read more

Oman Air confirms the launch of Nairobi flights from end March

16 March 2017

Come 27th of March, less than two weeks from today, will Oman Air launch a four times a week service from Muscat to Nairobi, using a Boeing B737-800NG on the route. The flights will leave Muscat every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14.50 hrs local time and are scheduled to land in the Kenyan capital at 18.55 hrs local time. The return flights are then leaving at 00.45 hrs the following day, i.e. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, landing at 06. ... read more

South Africa Pushes Forward On Plans to Legalise Rhino Horn Trade

15 March 2017

The government of South Africa is moving forward with plans to legalise the sale of rhino horn within the country, including provisions for the export of the animal product that has fueled a poaching crisis many fear could lead to the species’ extinction within a decade. Draft regulations filed in February by South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, would allow the domestic sale of rhino horn for “personal purposes” with a valid permit. ... read more

Atta Financial Update

15 March 2017

Executive summary for the week of 07-Mar-17 to 14-Mar-17 (week 11) The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is set to host its 14th annual conference for private equity operators, according to a statement released recently. About 500 private equity leaders are expected to attend the conference – which will hold on April 4th to 5th – in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, making it the first time in ... read more

FCO Travel Advice: Madagascar

14 March 2017

Madagascar travel advice 13-03-2017 12:13 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – Tropical Cycle Enawo left Madagascar on 10 March 2017; the effects of the cyclone are still being assessed but heavy rains have resulted in flooding in some parts of the north-east, east, south-east and central regions, notably Maroantsetra, Antalaha and some areas of Antananarivo; some remote areas are still inaccessible by road; water supply systems have been damaged and contaminated in some areas; ... read more

Legal SA: The CPA: Non-Refundable Deposits & Cancellation Fees (Part 8)

14 March 2017

This is the 8th insert of 8 dealing with the captioned matter – a topic that is regularly entertained by the CPA Commissioner of late   THE CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE/BREACHING DEEMING PROVISIONS(CPA sections in brackets)   ·                     It may result the agreement as a whole or the clause in question being void & thus unenforceable ... read more

Eco-Tourism Growing as Key KwaZulu Natal Attraction

13 March 2017

Durban Tourism develops and enhances the culture of eco-tourism through the creation of Durban Green Corridors A host of tourism activities are being promoted by Durban Tourism across niches that include cultural, adventure and nature tourism. Head of Durban Tourism, KwaZulu Natal attracts many eco-travellers. “We are hoping that this sector grows our numbers in tourism, attracts new markets and increases youth travel”, he said. ... read more

Kenya Tourism Industry Statement Lifting of FCO travel advicwe for Lamu Island and Manda Island

13 March 2017

Kenya’s tourism industry has welcomed the removal of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advisory for Lamu Island and Manda Island on the 9th of March, 2017 by the UK Government. Both areas are now open for access by air via Manda Airstrip. Airlines serving this airport include Air Kenya, Safarilink, Fly 540 and Jambojet from Nairobi, and Mombasa Air Safari from Mombasa. “This latest announcement means visitors to Kenya have the opportunity to visit this unspoilt ... read more

Demand is growing in the German market for Uganda Safaris

13 March 2017

Thirty Ugandan tourism businesses and Government organisations are participating in the ITB 2017 international tourism expo in Berlin, Germany, from 08th to the 12th of March. The team’s stand is found ITB Stand Hall adjoining to partners Kenya and Rwanda and the delegation is led by the Uganda Tourism Board, the country’s national marketing agency. This is the largest contingent ever of Ugandan businesses to attend the world’s largest travel show (see list at end). ... read more

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