Atta News & Alerts

Kruger road flooded, closed indefinitely after dam bursts in heavy rain

07 March 2017

Visitors in the Kruger National Park's Lower Sabie regions should take note of the closure of the popular H1/2 due to severe flooding in the area. The flooding comes after a small dam bust on Saturday night, 4 March, causing "serious road damage on the way towards Tshokwane from Skukuza, some 5 kilometers after the Sabie River high water bridge".  This is according to William Mabasa, acting head of communications for SANParks, warning visitors about the road ... read more

Chinese tourism to Africa spiked in 2016

06 March 2017

Adventure-seeking Chinese tourists are becoming more interested in Africa for holiday destination. The number of visitors who went to Africa in 2016 was mainly due to looser visa restrictions and new direct flights between China and Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa, among other destinations. In South Africa alone, Chinese arrivals were up 93 percent in 2016. Chinese tourists are looking for new holiday destinations beyond Europe, looking to countries in search of exotic culture and ... read more

Kenya- Tristan Voorspuy

05 March 2017

Tristan Voorspuy It is with  deep sadness that we report the tragicdeath of Tristan Voorspuy co-owner of Offbeat Safaris and Sosian Ranch in an incident in Laikipia today, Sunday March 5th. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Cindy and family and to his business partner Piers Winkworth. read more

Atta Financial Update

03 March 2017

Executive summary for the week of 21-Feb-17 to 28-Feb-17 (week 9) The MasterCard Foundation has launched the 2017 call for applications for the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s award for youth entrepreneurs who are making their mark on Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape. Fifteen of Africa’s most promising business and social entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 have the opportunity to ... read more

Marriott International looking to the promise of Africa

03 March 2017

The business world has increasingly started to shift focus to Africa, and with global hotel companies aggressively expanding on the continent, this is possibly most evident in the hospitality sector. According to Alex Kyriakidis, ?president, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, they have looked to the promise of the Middle East and Africa region for a good few years now. “Our presence in the Middle East is now substantial and constantly growing, and we began a rollout of ... read more

Atta Legal ~ re Tunisia Inquest

02 March 2017

Following the death of 30 British tourists in Tunisia the coroners finding may have a direct effect on insurance cover and tour operator liabilities. Atta’s legal advisor Alan Bowen comments The formal inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists shot at a beach resort in Tunisia in June 2015 concluded yesterday with a finding by the coroner that they had all been ‘unlawfully killed’ Immediately afterwards, and in front of the worlds media, Irwin Mitchell, a ... read more

South African Airways fares to Indaba

02 March 2017

South African Airways have issued fares for our UK based members travelling to WTM Africa / We Are Africa / Indaba with all bookings to be made via their call centre 0844 375 9680 Fares are subject to availability Fares are from GBP220 plus taxes of approx. GBP386 Applicable taxes depend on final destination in South Africa Add on fares for regional site inspection are available on request For North American based members all fare details and information can be found ... read more

WiFi among the wildebeest? Why not?

01 March 2017

WiFi and authenticity? It seems that U.S. travelers are keen to have both when in Africa, leaving game lodges and tour operators to play a delicate balancing game. "There's an expectation that WiFi will be readily available somewhere in the lodge, so clients don't even ask," said Craig Smith, managing director at New Frontiers Tours. He added that travelers are often more relaxed if they have the chance to bounce into emails once or twice a day and know that all is under ... read more

Rhino Killings in South Africa Decline 10% as Arrests Increase

01 March 2017

The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa last year fell 10 percent as increased efforts to combat the killings start to take effect, particularly in the country’s Kruger National Park. A total of 1,054 rhino were slaughtered for their horns in 2016, down from 1,175 a year earlier, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement on its website. ... read more

Meetings Africa to showcase continent as a conference venue

01 March 2017

Africa’s business events representatives will converge on the Sandton Convention Centre to network this week for the Meeting Africa showcase of the continent and its diverse services and products. The three-day event is also aimed at promoting and positioning South Africa as the most sought-after business tourism destination in Africa. SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona says it is time that Africa uses to its advantage the view of many around the world that Africa is a country rather ... read more

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