Atta News & Alerts

KTB announces plans to boost tourism through conferencing and positioning Nairobi as regional hub

01 March 2017

Last year, conference tourism generated 14 per cent of total tourist arrivals to the country, and with the number of international high profile conferences the country bids for and successfully hosts year-on –year, KTB hopes to make this segment more vibrant. KTB Chief Executive officer Dr. Betty Radier spoke in Nairobi while unveiling the first ever Pan-African campaign dubbed ‘TekeTeke’ that brings together travel agents from over 15 African countries to partake ... read more

New Atta Members this month

28 February 2017

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in February:   Tim Best Direct – United Kingdom - Mama Tours – Italy - JoyCo' – Italy - The Ocean SPA Lodge – Kenya - Five Forty Aviation (re-joined) – Kenya - HTMS – Italy - www.htmsinternational. ... read more

Tourism On Transfer of Tourism Grading Support Programme

27 February 2017

Tourism establishments can save up to 90% on the cost of grading from February 2017, which has been made possible through the integration of the Tourism Grading Support Programme under the broader Tourism Incentive Programme of the Department of Tourism into the systems and processes of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA). This will alleviate some of the cost burden on small enterprises and ensure a single point for enterprises to access all the benefits of being star graded. ... read more

Category One status at last for Kenya’s largest airport

27 February 2017

Following years of failed audits and months of delay after the last audit finally put Jomo Kenyatta International Airport into the pass section, have news emerged overnight that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has at last been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration for the coveted Category 1 status. While it may take some time before actual direct flights will be launched, most likely by Kenya Airways and their SkyTeam alliance partner Delta, is the legal foundation now taken ... read more

South African Budget Speech focus on tourism promotion bodes well for inbound tourism

24 February 2017

The Board of Airline Representatives South Africa (BARSA) says that Minister Pravin Gordhan's focus on tourism promotion in the annual Budget Speech bodes well for inbound tourism which has seen a 13% increase in tourist arrivals over the past year. According to Statistics South Africa, a total of 10,044,163 international tourist arrivals were recorded in South Africa in 2016, representing an additional 1.1 million international tourists in 2016 vs 2015. ... read more

Zambia Tourism Agency set to start nationwide grading and classification

24 February 2017

The Zambia Tourism Agency has announced that it will soon start grading all hotels operating in Zambia. Chief Executive Officer Mr. Felix Chaila told journalists during a news briefing in Lusaka that the agency will devise standards in partnership with the Zambia Bureau of Standards to rate hotels. Mr Chaila said the exercise is important especially that hotels, lodges and resorts operating in Zambia have not been graded for a long time. ... read more

Is South Africa's significant tourism growth sustainable?

23 February 2017

Although South Africa saw a 12.8% increase in the number of overnight tourists recorded during 2016 compared to 2015, further analysis of data indicates that there is still significant work to be done to ensure long-term, sustainable and successful tourism growth, according to Lee-Anne Bac, Director: Advisory Services at Grant Thornton South Africa. This following Statistics South Africa's release of Tourism and Migration findings for December 2016, on Monday 20 February 2017. ... read more

Mozambique Government announces 30-day tourist visas now available at borders for all visitors

23 February 2017

Accommodation providers and tour operators throughout Mozambique are hailing the government’s announcement that all visitors to Mozambique are now eligible for visas at borders equipped with the equipment necessary to issue biometric visas. 26 border posts have been issuing these visas since 2005 but there has been considerable confusion regarding which country’s nationals were eligible with many Mozambican Embassies telling travellers that must get them before travelling to ... read more

Air Seychelles touches down for first time in Durban

22 February 2017

The Indian Ocean island of Seychelles has the potential to become a strategic springboard for KwaZulu-Natal, particularly for Durban as a premier east-coast commercial and logistics hub of three million people, when Air Seychelles touches down for the first time later next month, writes Marlan Padayachy, a South Africa journalist, writes. He continues: Seychelles’ foray into this geo-political region earmarked for massive economic overhaul and growth is likely to push back the ... read more

Atta Financial Update

22 February 2017

Executive summary for the week of 14-Feb-17 to 21-Feb-17 (week 8) Djibouti - the pene-exclave superpower paradise. Anyone familiar with the board game 'Risk' will understand the importance of foothold. The quiet stability of Djibouti within the volatile Horn of Africa has made the country of just 875,000 people a hub for the world’s superpowers. ... read more

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