Atta News & Alerts

HVS launches executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry

27 March 2017

Tourism's importance as a driver of the South African economy is increasing which has led global hospitality consulting firm, HVS to open a branch of HVS Executive Search Africa, based in Cape Town, which will focus on corporate positions, general managers and heads of department in the hotel industry across the continent. Growth of Tourism on the African continent According to Stats SA, over 10 million international tourists visited South Africa in 2016. ... read more

Technology advancements changing the face of tourism

27 March 2017

The ease of technology has completely revolutionized the tourism industry. One no longer needs to go any further than their smartphone to plan and book a complete holiday. Wiza Nyondo, Head of Tourism at FNB Business says “technology has made the hospitality, transport and tour operator sectors more efficient and competitive. These sectors have gained an international reach, with a consumer that now has a multitude of options globally for a holiday destination, literally at their ... read more

Top judges announced for Avis Atta Media Awards

27 March 2017

We are proud to announce a top line-up of judges for the inaugural Avis Atta Media Awards, which will recognise the best in African travel journalism. The awards ceremony, to be held on 27th June at the Royal Over-Seas League at St James’s in London, is the first in the country to celebrate excellence in media focusing on the African continent. The high-profile panel of judges includes British travel editors, experienced journalists, social media entrepreneurs and highly ... read more

Kenya, Laikipia

24 March 2017

Laikipia update by Phil Birley from World Odyssey The whole region is exceptionally dry at present with no significant rain since last year. Most people are saying that this is the driest spell of weather since 2000. The disruption in North West Laikipia has been caused by the lack of grass for livestock further north, resulting in Pokot and Samburu herders driving their cattle southwards in search of grazing land. ... read more

RwandAir: Full steam ahead

24 March 2017

According to usually well-informed sources, RwandAir has adjusted their expansion plans by giving priority to launch services to Mumbai in April and London Gatwick at the end of May over initial suggestions of launching a route to Guangzhou, with even New York now coming ahead of China flights. To launch services to the US, however, certain logistical requirements are to be met such as having Kigali International Airport approved by the FAA as a Category One airport facility besides the ... read more

US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights

24 March 2017

The UK government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban follows a similar move in the US, where officials say bombs could be hidden in a series of devices. Downing Street said it was "necessary, effective and proportionate". The government has not given a start-date for the ban, but says airlines are "in the process of implementing it". ... read more

Zambia: 2017 ZATEX preparations are underway

23 March 2017

Zambia Travel Expo 2017 preparations are underway, it is indeed an exciting period for the Zambia Tourism Agency team to see all their efforts start unfolding and yielding fruits. As you may know, the Zambia Travel Expo has been running and is fully functional. Exhibitors and Buyers’ profiles have been updated to the website. Applications to attend ZATEX 2017 are still open and the 2016 ZATEX magazine is also available for viewing on the website. ... read more

Atta Financial Update

23 March 2017

Executive summary: Africa’s private equity investors made significant commitments last year, but 2017 looks challenging. 2016 numbers continue to trickle in, and it is becoming increasingly clear that while the talk of Africa rising (or not) and commodity downturns persisted, investors, operators, and entrepreneurs in Africa kept their heads down and got on with business. Private equity invested US$3. ... read more

Cape Verde reports tourism increase

22 March 2017

The exotic volcanic archipelago on the northwest coast of Africa is currently enjoying significant tourism boost. The gem of the area, Cape Verde has been so far well-hidden from most of the holidaymakers preferring exotic hot-spots. Yet, according to the National Statistics Institute in Cape Verde reports, the foreign visits in the archipelago have increased by 13.6 per cent during last year, with tourists from the UK, Germany, Portugal and France choosing to spend their holidays on ... read more

Collaboration will make life saving water bottles available at WTM Africa

22 March 2017

In an effort to help raise awareness around the importance of having access to safe water and sanitation, WTM Africa has collaborated with international water development charity, Just a Drop. Just a Drop’s mission is to work with communities around the world by providing sustainable solutions through the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines, and establish hygiene and sanitation programmes to make a real difference to people’s ... read more

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