Atta News & Alerts

Travel Planning WTM Africa 2017: 'Major growth' as continent's potential set to be showcased

06 April 2017

Cape Town - The World Trade Market Africa (WTMA) says it has seen a significant increase in the number of buyers as well as pre-registered visitors attending this year's show, with just three weeks to go. The event is set to take place from Wednesday, 19 April to Friday, 21 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). General Manager of Africa Travel Week, Chardonnay Marchesi, says “WTM Africa’s pre-registered travel professionals are currently up by ... read more

FCO Travel Advice: Ethiopia

06 April 2017

Ethiopia travel advice 05-04-2017 15:32 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – on 1 April 2017, there was an explosion at the Florida International Hotel in Gondar; you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities and your tour operator read more

How will the cabinet reshuffle affect SA's travel and tourism industry?

06 April 2017

According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), the appointment of new cabinet ministers in Tourism, Transport, Home Affairs and Finance, present mixed fortunes for the travel and tourism industry. Having two female leaders at the helm of South Africa's travel and tourism public sectors sets a new precedent for women empowerment in the industry says the TBCSA, however, adding its voice to the broader business community, it laments the uncertain political ramifications ... read more

Tanzania: Strategies to Triple Number of Chinese Tourists Drawn

05 April 2017

Tanzania envisages increasing the number of Chinese tourists to 100,000 and 300,000 by next year and 2025, respectively, from the current 20,000. In exclusive interviews with the 'Daily News' at the sidelines of the China Outbound International Travel and Tourism Market here, Tanzania's representatives at the event decried what they termed as unsatisfactory number of tourists from China. ... read more

Atta Financial Update

05 April 2017

Executive summary:East Africa attracting interest The contemplated sale of east Africa’s largest chain of coffee shops is being regarded as a key indicator of the interest of international private equity groups’ interest in the region. TPG and Carlyle, two of the world’s largest private equity groups, have in the past few months expressed an interest in purchasing Java House, with the deal expected to value the coffee chain at as much as US$100m. ... read more

WTM Africa - 2 Weeks to Go

04 April 2017

 With over 600 exhibitors expected at WTM Africa, the 2017 show promises multiple networking and business opportunities. Browse the online exhibitor directory to view a full listing. For a sneak peak of WTM Africa 2017, visit our website on www.africa.wtm.com and browse the 2017 Preview Guide. Register now to avoid the onsite registration fee of R800 and long queues.  read more

Uganda expected to drop VAT and other taxes on hotels

04 April 2017

Information is emerging from government circles that, following President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directive to remove VAT from upcountry hotels and safari lodges last year, this may become reality in the next financial year. Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu is quoted to have said at a tourism function last week that the government is considering removing or substantially reducing a number of tax burdens on the hospitality and tourism industry to ... read more

ExploreBusiness Travel 3 Ways new Tourism Minister Xasa wants to transform SA's 'tourism treasure chest'

04 April 2017

Radical transformation and the 'opening of the treasure chest that is tourism' will be the main objective for SA's new Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, as outlined in her inaugural speech which took place at the Local Government Tourism Conference at Emperors Palace  on Monday, 3 April. "Tourism is a half-exposed treasure chest," Xasa says. "The lid is half-opened and not many of our people can get to the jewels. ... read more

Oman Air launches third destination in Africa

03 April 2017

Oman Air launched its third destination in Africa and 55th destination in the world, Nairobi, after its successful inaugural flight WY721 to Kenya’s capital, on Tuesday. The four times weekly flight to Nairobi from Muscat is Oman Air’s first service to Kenya. The flight will open-up Oman Air’s range of destinations in the Far East, Indian subcontinent, Europe and Gulf Cooperation Council countries for travelers from Kenya, and will help to strengthen Kenya and ... read more

INDABA2017: All signs point to Africa being the next tourism frontier

03 April 2017

South African Tourism chief executive Sisa Ntshona said INDABA 2017 will see more than 7,000 delegates from around the world meeting in Durban to grow the African tourism economy through constructive conversations, dynamic partnerships and a strong focus on doing business. Launching the 2017 edition, which will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from 16 to 18 May 2017, Ntshona said that in its more than 35 years of existence, INDABA had built ... read more

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