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19 February 2020

In Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, lions and wolves prowl and humans make honey

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After a seven-hour drive south from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, past camel markets, shimmering Rift Valley lakes and seemingly endless fields of wheat and teff, the asphalt ends. A rust-red dirt track takes over and begins to climb, its heavily rutted surface slowing buses, four-wheel drives and firewood-laden donkeys to a crawl. As the air chills, driver and guide Demiss Mamo winds up the window of his well-used jeep. “Welcome to the rooftop of Africa,” he says, swerving to avoid a giant pothole. “When most foreigners think of Ethiopia, they don’t imagine snow-clad volcanoes, cloud forest and alpine lakes. But then again, the Bale Mountains have always been a pretty unique place.”

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19 February 2020

Touring Mondesa's streets on bicycle - Namiba

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Instead of taking in the view of the township through the bus windows, entrepreneur Nande Junias decided to take his visitors around the dusty streets of Mondesa on bicycles. It was an idea the Swakopmund native conceived after speaking to several tourists to get a clue on how they would best enjoy their experience. “To truly experience the warmth, friendliness and humanity of township residents of Mondesa, you have to walk its streets, see the children play, hear the people's voices, smell the pavement barbecues, taste locally brewed beer – not to forget the food,” Junias said of the tourism bicycle experience.

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18 February 2020

African countries propose concerted action to conserve giraffes at CMS CoP 13

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Seven African countries proposed a plan of ‘concerted action’ for conserving giraffes to be considered at the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS CoP 13). These actions that list priority conservation measures were proposed by Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The proposal, prepared in coordination with non-profit Giraffe Conservation Foundation called for the development of Africa-wide, national and regional plans.

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18 February 2020

Lake Kariba Promotional Video Launched

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A video promoting and marketing tourist attractions in Kariba has been launched, as stakeholders seek to reposition the town on the main menu of the country's tourism sector. The video highlights Kariba's natural and man-made attractions, rich cultural heritage and pristine wildlife. Stakeholders, including the Kariba Publicity Association (KPA), came together to produce the video, which is a huge statement of intent to make Kariba great again. This comes as the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) is working to come up with a clear marketing strategy for the destination working with all stakeholders in Kariba.

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17 February 2020

BA and Royal Air Maroc to codeshare

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British Airways has signed its first African codeshare with Royal Air Maroc. The agreement will offer passengers more choice between Heathrow and Marrakesh, as well as daily access to Royal Air Maroc’s hub in Casablanca, which is not currently served directly by BA. The codeshare comes as Royal Air Maroc prepares to join the oneworld alliance on April 1.

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17 February 2020

Application for Membership - Remote Africa Safaris

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Remote Africa Safaris has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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14 February 2020

A solar-powered 'Meerkat' is protecting South Africa's rhinos

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In South Africa's biggest national park, a camouflaged system of radars, cameras and sensors stands guard. The solar-powered technology is helping to protect Kruger National Park's rhinos from poachers, and the country's tourism industry as a result. The network can distinguish between human and animal movement and even includes an infrared sensor, so it can spot poachers at night and alert park rangers to their presence. Standing almost 12-feet tall, the system is known as "Postcode Meerkat," after the source of its funding — European postcode lotteries — and the meerkats of southern Africa, who live in family groups protected by one of their own standing on its hind legs and watching for predators.

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14 February 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Advice for Travellers

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The outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19, as the disease has been newly named) continues to evolve and travellers may have questions regarding their travel plans and the best way to prepare and protect themselves from exposure to the new virus. Specific recommendations are already in place for those travelling to and from mainland China, and for those travelling from other selected countries and areas including Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, see our news item for details [1]. However, travellers planning to visit other countries may also have concerns.

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13 February 2020

Application for Membership - Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

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Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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13 February 2020

Application for Membership - Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

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Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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12 February 2020

Virgin Atlantic will commence direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town - October 2020

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Virgin Atlantic will commence direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town on 25 October 2020! The daily service will be operated on a Boeing 787-900. VS478 will operate as a night flight departing Heathrow at 16:20 arriving into Cape Town at 05:55am. The inbound flight, VS479, will depart Cape Town at 08:00am landing later that day into Heathrow at 18:00. Tickets go on sale from 18 February.

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12 February 2020

Application for Membership - Micha Travel Mexico

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Micha Travel Mexico has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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11 February 2020

Trade eased on the Kenya-Tanzania border with One Stop Border Post

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On the border between Tanzania and Kenya sits Namanga, a town of 16,000 residents where cross-border trade has thrived thanks to investment in a One Stop Border Post (OSBP). In 2007, the African Development Bank provided financing of $108 million to Kenya and $77 million to Tanzania with the objective of easing the flow of people and goods across the East African frontier through road improvements and the construction of a OSBP. The facility, located between Tanzania's Longido District and Kenya's Kajiado County, has contributed to improving trade and tourism on both sides of the border and is aligned to one of the Bank's "High 5" strategic priorities: Integrating Africa.

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11 February 2020

Air Seychelles to name second airbus A320Neo after endangered bird “ Pti Merl Dezil’

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Air Seychelles has today confirmed that its second Airbus A320neo aircraft will be named after one of Seychelles critically endangered bird called ‘Pti Merl Dezil’ also known as the ‘Seychelles Warbler’. Set to be delivered in March 2020, under the code S7-PTI, the newest addition to the fleet will reaffirm the airlines’ commitment in raising awareness about the Seychelles ecosystem and the importance of protecting its endemics for future generation. Scientifically recognized as ‘Acrophalus sechellensis’ with current population over 3000, the small song bird which can be identified by its brown feathers, long legs and narrow beak was on the verge of extinction in the twentieth century.

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10 February 2020

UTB signs partnership with Uganda Airlines to promote destination Uganda

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and Uganda Airlines have signed a partnership that will see both government entities strive to increase the inflow of tourists into the pearl of Africa as well as making case for the available resources in the country at different destinations where the national airliner flies. This happened during the 5th edition of Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) hosted at the commonwealth hotel in Munyonyo presided over by the first deputy prime minister Gen (Rtd) Moses Ali.

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10 February 2020

Application for Membership - Isibindi Africa Lodges

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Isibindi Africa Lodges has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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07 February 2020

Tourism holds positive growth for business in Nigeria

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Major investment is being made in the hospitality industry throughout Africa. According to the Africa hotel projects overview construction report (published in December 2019), Africa's 282 projects across the continent amounts to more than 60, 000 rooms. The report looks at statistics and projections from the Top Hotel Construction database and outlines key growth markets across the African region. And Nigeria is no exception to this hospitality industry boom, placing third on the report behind Egypt (with 52 projects) and Morocco (with 32 projects).

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07 February 2020

Qatar Airways Eyes Growth by Entering the Heart of Africa via RwandAir

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In order to ease Africa travelling for its customers, Qatar Airways is planning to purchase a 49 percent stake in Rwanda’s state carrier, RwandAir. Eyeing further growth, the Gulf airline has picked up Kigali, Rwanda. In December 2019, Qatar Airways settled for buying a 60 percent stake in the Bugesera International Airport. Its second phase is set to open in 2032, the first phase is sure to open in 2022. Post completion, it will be the largest and the most modern airport of the African subcontinent.

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06 February 2020

Sao Tome and Principe: Why Africa's 'heaven on Earth' wants more tourists

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Wander amidst the faded colonial splendor of Sao Tome, the capital of Sao Tome and Principe, and it's easy to be charmed by the African city's laid back, tropical simplicity. Traders jostle to sell their wares at the bustling central market while fishermen laugh and joke by the large bay that swoops around the city. Follow the promenade along the coast towards the edge of town, meanwhile, and a rural paradise of palm-lined beaches and stunning biodiversity awaits. Uninhabited until being discovered by the Portuguese in the late 15th century, Sao Tome and Principe is a tiny archipelago situated in the Gulf of Guinea.

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05 February 2020

Rhino, elephant poaching declines in South Africa

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The number of rhinos killed for their horns in South Africa has been reduced for a fifth consecutive year as authorities tighten their grip on poachers, the environment ministry said Monday. A total of 594 rhinos were killed across South Africa in 2019 compared to 769 in 2018, bringing the number down by 175, Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said in a statement. “A decline in poaching for five consecutive years is a reflection of the diligent work of the men and women who put their lives on the line daily to combat rhino poaching, often coming into direct contact with ruthless poachers,” Creecy said.

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