Atta News & Alerts

Visa-Free Travel Across Africa Closer to Reality

30 May 2017

The ambitious programme by the African Union to remove visa charges for Africans travelling within the continent moved one step closer to fruition on May 23. This followed a meeting of over 100 African government officials in Kigali to fine-tune a draft treaty establishing free movement around the continent.   The draft protocol has to be submitted to the ministerial committee, and must be ready before the AU Heads of State summit slated for January 2018 when it is expected to be ... read more

Stakeholders expect tourism boom ahead of SGR launch

26 May 2017

Hotels at the coast are optimistic about the future as they expect more tourists to visit their facilities once the standard gauge railway (SGR) passenger train commences services between Mombasa and Nairobi next week. Tourism players have been touted as one of the major beneficiaries of the Sh327 billion mega project due to the fact that rail transport will now be faster while being cheaper than air travel. ... read more

Protecting authentic storytelling in tourism

26 May 2017

The recent debacle brought about by a soft drink commercial invoking a social justice theme for an advertisement has highlighted the dangers of creating marketing plans in the bubble of a boardroom. There's a hunger in the marketplace for real voices, authentic storytelling - look at the popularity of the Facebook page for Humans of New York, for example - and that's the kind of storytelling tourism must seek to employ, but always with due respect to the storyteller. ... read more

ExploreBusiness Travel Marine and Coastal Tourism strategy set to grow economy, boost tourism

25 May 2017

Marine and Coastal Tourism is at the forefront of the Department of Tourism’s strategy to boost domestic and international tourism in South Africa, while contributing to job creation and the economy. Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, who spoke in parliament on Tuesday 23 May during the annual Tourism Budget Speech, says that the department’s approach in the implementation of the Marine and Coastal Tourism plan “seeks to promote the integration of associated industries such ... read more

Harnessing the power of technology to benefit African tourism businesses

25 May 2017

With an internet penetration rate of approximately 27% in Africa, there is still a lot to be achieved, but this is an opportunity for tourism businesses to harness and benefit from. Players such as Jumia Travel are already in the forefront. According to its CEO Paul Midy, the company is keen on using technology to revolutionise how people travel. This is for instance, through incorporating Revenue Management Systems which create a smooth booking process for both the customers and hotel ... read more

#WeDoTourism: CEO of SA Tourism shares insight on boosting tourism

24 May 2017

SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona, led SA Tourism at Indaba 2017 for the first time since his recent appointment. He chats to us about his outlook of his first Indaba as CEO, and transformation and growth in domestic tourism. What has your experience been like at your first Indaba as CEO of SA Tourism? “It took a lot of effort. Sleepless nights have gone into setting up this event. We wanted to make a very bold statement that South Africa takes tourism very seriously - to the extent ... read more

Jambojet plans to start African flights this Dec

24 May 2017

Jambojet has set a December target for launching international operations on 11 new routes after the budget carrier acquired a new aircraft from a Moscow-based leasing company as part of its expansion. The low-cost airline, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, expects to receive regulatory approval to expand business beyond Kenya later this month, having fulfilled all conditions. Jambojet has applied to fly to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Blantyre and Lilongwe in ... read more

Atta Financial Update

24 May 2017

Executive summary for the week of 16-May-17 to 23-May-17 (week 21) Ethiopia tipped to be top recipient of private equity. Ethiopia is expected to be the top destination for private equity in eastern Africa, beating Kenya thanks to its friendly business environment and favourable industrial policy. The country has promoted the development of industrial parks focusing on textiles, ... read more

Kruger National Park advises anti-malarial measures for visitors

23 May 2017

Due to the heavy rain received this year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) is experiencing malaria cases, especially in the northern part of the reserve, and has advised visitors to take precautionary measures against the disease. Kruger National Park advises anti-malarial measures for visitors “Malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak lately despite the fact that we almost in winter now with some of the country’s provinces reporting hundreds of people who have been ... read more

Tourism: SA is back in vogue

23 May 2017

TOURISM rebounded to a remarkable extent last year after former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's visa restrictions were amended. Tourism: SA is back in vogue © Vinh Dao 123rf.com An analysis of Stats SA data shows that more than 10m foreign tourists arrived last year, up from 8.9m in 2015. The 12% increase coincided with the implementation of a number of changes to the immigration regulations introduced in 2014, following recommendations by the interministerial ... read more

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