Atta News & Alerts

Kenya to launch transit visas by January 2018

05 June 2017

The government will soon roll out a transit visa for tourists passing through Nairobi to other destinations in a bid to boost the recovering tourism in the country, Tourism CS Najib Balala announced on Friday. The visa will be valid for four days, he said. Addressing more than 200 delegates during the official opening of the Tourism Innovation and Change Forum in Nairobi, Balala said the plan has been approved by the Cabinet. “The president has directed myself and ... ... read more

UNWTO Chief’ visit to Kenya ends with major honours

05 June 2017

Outgoing UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai was honoured with Kenya’s ‘Order of the Golden Heart‘ award, handed over to him by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala yesterday. Dr. Taleb proved to be one of Kenya’s most outspoken defenders when countries like Britain and the United States slapped the country with prohibitive anti travel advisories a few years ago while their respective High Commission and Embassy staff frolicked on the country’s deserted ... read more

Africa's Travel Indaba and We Are Africa 2018 Dates Confirmed

02 June 2017

We are pleased to share that the dates for both Indaba, now Africa's Travel Indaba, Conservation Lab and We Are Africa have now been confirmed. The show dates are now aligned to provide three strong and distinct events all within an efficient 10 day period. Africa's Travel Indaba at the Durban ICC will take place from 08 to 10 May - More information available here Conservation Lab will run from 12 to 14 May in the run up to We Are Africa - More information available ... read more

Ethiopian Airlines Commences Non-Stop Flights to Singapore

02 June 2017

Ethiopia’s national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is launching five weekly direct and non-stop services to Singapore effective 1 June 2017. “In our continuous effort of connecting the continent of Africa with its major trading partners around the world through direct services and with the youngest fleet of modern airplanes, we are glad that we are able to offer a direct and non-stop services to the Lion City, Singapore” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde ... read more

Legal SA: Duty of Care (Doc): The Tunisia Beach Shooting Inquiry & Indemnities

02 June 2017

The captioned matter has made waves in the industry as it has been suggested in the inquiry that operators & even venues may end up being liable!! That is a scary thought so I have written a series of brief notes on preventative measures if such a (however remote) possibility were to become reality - this is the 2nd of 5 inserts Cynics will tell you that indemnities are not worth the paper it is written on but here is some food for ... read more

Improving civil aviation safety can boost African air travel

01 June 2017

African civil aviation is said to be five to nine times riskier than the global average. Therefore, investment in regional air and ground safety can contribute to the continent's attractiveness as a sought-after travel and business destination. What’s needed in the long run is coordinated investment in leading-edge technologies to enhance safety and cost efficiencies, which will do much to develop smaller airports which are so important for the expansion of African business and ... read more

FCO Travel Advice: Ethiopia

01 June 2017

Ethiopia travel advice 31-05-2017 15:08 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – internet services have been down since 30 May; if you’re planning to travel to Ethiopia make alternative arrangements for keeping in touch with contacts inside or outside the country; mobile or landline phone services haven’t been affected; if you’re in Ethiopia and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +251 (0)11 617 0100; if ... read more

FCO Travel Advice: Mozambique

01 June 2017

Mozambique travel advice 30-05-2017 15:48 PM GMT Safety and security section (Air travel) – updated information about the safety of air travel following the removal of Mozambique from the list of countries subject to an EU operating ban read more

Atta Financial Update

01 June 2017

Executive summary: South Africa's Zuma survives renewed calls to resign. South African President Jacob Zuma survived fresh calls within the ruling African National Congress party for him to resign, but the party suggested it is 'drifting away' from the current movement. Zuma has faced widespread public anger over a series of corruption scandals, record unemployment and a sluggish economy - two ratings agencies have downgraded South Africa in recent times. ... read more

Multimillion investment projects planned to rejuvenate Durban

30 May 2017

Financial investments planned over the next few years to rejuvenate Durban, KwaZulu Natal, will see the city receive a significant facelift as part of an urban renewal programme, while millions will be invested in extending the promenade and developing the northern coast.   The eThekwini urban renewal programme has started and work will happen in three stages. “The first stage is dealing with derelict buildings in the city. ... read more

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