Atta News & Alerts

The socio-economic case for tourism in Kruger Lowveld/Ehlanzeni

20 February 2017

The CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, stated in an article in the Beeld newspaper on 4 December 2016, that tourism hasn't realised a fraction of its potential in South Africa because the government still doesn't believe in it. He said that government’s prevailing view of tourism is that it is still regarded as a largely white industry, affecting and largely benefiting white people; that the case for tourism has not been made in South Africa and that most people ... read more

Tourism corporation, UN agency in drive for eco-friendly hotels

17 February 2017

The Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) has entered a partnership with a United Nations agency to teach local hoteliers how to build and maintain eco-friendly facilities. UN-Habitat and TFC will run workshops on how to build energy and resource efficient facilities in a bid to help the sector take advantage of a growing ecotourism niche business while helping mitigate the effects of climate change. ... read more

Tourism Business Council unpacks SONA highlights

17 February 2017

A more dynamic, competitive and inclusive economy, as envisaged by the 2017 State of the Nation Adress (SONA), could benefit the tourism and travel industry according to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). However, this will, especially in the case of the travel and tourism industry, require a greater level of collaboration between all the social partners to boost economic growth beyond the projected 1. ... read more

Google street view adds new #AfriTravel desitinations

16 February 2017

Google Street View has added new destinations to its roster, allowing travelers to delve into some of Africa’s remarkable landmarks and sites in Uganda, Senegal, and Ghana from the comfort of their homes. The new addition also takes viewers through natural and cultural sites in each destination, including sites like the UNESO World Heritage village of Nzulezo, which sits over a glistening lake and is made completely out of stilts and platforms. ... read more

Tropical Cyclone Dineo

16 February 2017

A powerful cyclone is set to hit the southern coast of Mozambique in the early hours of Thursday 16 February bringing flooding, storm serges and high winds meteorologists have warned. Read More As such the Foreign and Commonwealth have updated the travel advice for Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. Mozambique travel advice 14-02-2017 15:38 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – Tropical Cyclone Dineo is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of ... read more

Fastjet suspends Vic Falls-Johannesburg flights, seeks lighter aircraft to contain costs

16 February 2017

Fastjet Zimbabwe has pulled out of the Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route citing high operational costs. The airline is now exploring the possibility of replacing the Airbus A319 aircraft that it has been operating on the route with a smaller jetliner, according to chief executive officer (CEO), Nico Bezuidenhout, who issued a comprehensive statement on the Pan African airline’s Zimbabwean operations on Friday. ... read more

Atta Financial Update

15 February 2017

Executive summary for the week of 07-Feb-17 to 14-Feb-17 (week 7) If history is anything to go by, the Trump policy towards Africa will not be clear for several months at least. While it is apparent that the president-elect has had very little contact with the continent, the same was true for Presidents Clinton and Bush. Similarly, President Obama—who later emerged as a champion of African-U.S. ... read more

Zimbabwe Tourism set to train local exhibitors ahead of Sanganai

15 February 2017

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority will be conducting exhibitor training workshops on exhibitor participation ahead of the Sanganai/Hlanganani 2017 World Tourism Expo in Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Nyanga at the end of February 2017. The training programmes are meant to assist exhibitors on how they can maximise value out of their business exchange and interactions with international buyers during Sanganai/Hlanganani. ... read more

Media Request: Uganda

15 February 2017

Freelance travel writer, Petra Shepherd will be writing a piece on Uganda for Selling Travel If you have any news relating to Uganda including: New Itineraries New Activities Tours Hotels or Hotel Refurbishments Future plans Please email Petra directly at read more

New South African visa application centres to make life easier for Aucklanders

14 February 2017

New Zealanders needing a visa to visit South Africa could face a quicker, less costly process with the opening of two new visa application centres - provided they live in Auckland or Wellington. Changes effected on January 16 mean all Kiwis now need a three-month holiday visa to visit South Africa, ending a 20-year visa-free travel arrangement between the two countries. While visas initially had to be obtained in person at the South African High Commission in Wellington, the two new ... read more

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