Atta News & Alerts

Yes, It's Now All 'Railway' From South Africa to Dar

19 July 2017

MILESTONES are being made all around us, but do we ever stop to notice them? Let appreciate their significance, we rarely pay attention to momentous milestones in our lives. Lat Saturday, the chairman of the Tanzania Tourist Board( TTB), Judge Thomas Mihayo, played host to the tourist ROVOS Rail, which arrived in Dar es Salaam through the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara). Though little publicised, this event carried with it a significant milestone in this country's ... read more

Atta Africa Financial Update

19 July 2017

Executive summary: Seven countries including Ethiopia have rejected the decision taken at the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly regarding the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The AU summit, which ended on June 4, emphasised the need for member states to implement the first phase of the CFTA by the end of this year, through attending to the issue of tariff barriers. ... read more

New report focuses on Johannesburg as travel hub

18 July 2017

Euromonitor International has released a new travel report focused on Johannesburg as a travel hub for international tourists. Known as the economic capital of South Africa, Johannesburg represents 17% of South Africa's GDP. Johannesburg is made up of many multinational offices in the financial service sector - including Barclays Bank and First National Bank - which has become the main industry of employment, and capital gain in the city. ... read more

FCO Travel Advice: Zambia

18 July 2017

Zambia travel advice 14-07-2017 12:14 PM GMT Latest update: Summary - On 5 July 2017, the President of Zambia issued a constitutional declaration relating to a threatened emergency; the declaration widens the powers of government and the police to preserve public security; there's no apparent increased threat to British nationals, but you should comply with guidance and instructions given by the local authorities, and avoid any political rallies, demonstrations, or large ... read more

Legal SA: BASTA Bullets - Duty of Care (DOC)

18 July 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 3rd of 5 inserts A precursor to the indemnity should be a comprehensive set of terms and conditions (‘T&C’) – make sure that your T&C are ... read more

LATAM Brasil plans Johannesburg increase in Nov 17

17 July 2017

LATAM Airlines Brasil in Northern winter season plans to expand service to South Africa, subject to Government Approval. From 17NOV17, the airline will increase Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Johannesburg flights from 3 weekly to 5, on board Boeing 767 aircraft. New flight departs Sao Paulo on Fridays and Sundays. JJ8162 GRU1820 – 0740+1JNB 763 x23 JJ8163 JNB1125 – 1730GRU 763 x34 Source: Routes Online read more

Khomani Cultural Landscape declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

14 July 2017

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site, bring the number of World Heritage Site in South Africa to nine. This according to South African National Parks (SANParks) Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni, who said the inscribing of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape is a very important and symbolic step in the recognition and restoration of the dignity of the ... read more

Zambia Statement - Update 13 July 17

14 July 2017

Further to the statement issued on 10 July 2017 after a meeting between the Zambian High Commissioner H.E. Muyeba Chikonde and Atta CEO, Nigel Vere Nicoll. There have been news reports regarding a State of Emergency from various media outlets. In an additional statement from Minister of Tourism Charles Romel Banda. "I want to assure you that the pronouncement made by His Excellency is NOT a state of emercency, rather it is a step that has been taken to avoid a state of emercency ... read more

Lesotho: Pioneering Electronic Visa Program Aimed to Increase Tourism and Investment

13 July 2017

Lesotho is the only independent nation in the world with its entire land mass above 1,000 meters (3,281 feet). Now the country, with a population of 2.1 million and a surface area the size of Belgium, has another distinction – a top-tier electronic visa program, joining only 13 other countries on the continent, according to the African Development Bank's Visa Openness Index. Launched on May 5 – making Lesotho the ninth nation , the platform was created by the Lesotho ... read more

Atta Financial Update

13 July 2017

Executive summary for the week of 05-Jul-17 to 12-Jul-17 (week 29) South Africa, the second largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, has joined Kenya and other regional countries in signing of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) aimed at easing doing business on the continent. Johannesburg joined the FTA pact during the ministerial meeting that was held in Kampala, Uganda last week. ... read more

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