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19 February 2019

KZN Tourism looks to position region as a top business tourism destination

With Meetings Africa, the annual trade show which showcases Africa’s diverse offerings of services and products, fast approaching KwaZulu-Natal (represented by the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau) is preparing to use this as an opportunity to continue its work in positioning the region as a top business tourism destination.

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19 February 2019

Air Seychelles to operate seasonal flights to Antananarivo

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has today announced that it will operate seasonal flights between Seychelles and the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo as from July until October 2019. The twice weekly service to be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft on Wednesdays and Saturdays is now on sale as from SCR7990 (including taxes) for travel as from 3 July until 26 October 2019.

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18 February 2019

Atta partners with Kenya Airways as Airline Sponsor until 2021

Atta are proud to announce a new partnership with Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways will be Atta’s Airline Sponsor until February 2021. Commenting on the new partnership Chris Mears, CEO of Atta says: ‘’We are excited to once again be working so closely with Kenya Airways, the Pride of Africa. Kenya Airways’ recent introduction of the New York, Rome and Geneva routes shows how the airline is connecting the world to Africa, a mission we share. We could not be happier to be collaborating with them to promote tourism to the African continent.’’

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18 February 2019

Application for Membership - Venture Uganda Travel

Venture Uganda Travel 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). Venture Uganda Travel is a Ugandan destination management company, established in 2009. We offer classic wildlife safaris, gorilla and primate tracking and authentic cultural experiences. We also sell birding and other special interest tours and educational visits for schools and universities. We own customised safari vehicles and use experienced, professional guides. Our efficient staff can provide itineraries for FIT and group departures.

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15 February 2019

Kenya to host first African protected areas congress in November

Kenya will in November host the inaugural Pan African Protected Areas Congress to discuss protection of the continent's protected areas like wildlife sanctuaries, forests, wetlands and marine ecosystem, officials said on Thursday. Margaret Mwakima, principal secretary in the State Department of Wildlife, said the meeting which is to be held in Nairobi from November 18 to 23 will be attended by more than 2,000 delegates.

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15 February 2019

Application for Membership - Coral Lodge

Coral Lodge 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). Ten luxurious villas, set on a breathtaking peninsular, with pristine beaches and a winding lagoon, bring the Coral Lodge experience to life. An experience which is intimate and exclusive, as it is authentic. Embrace Mozambique’s colourful history and culture of Ilha De Mozambique, Mozambique’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies in close proximity to Coral Lodge, with daily transfers provided

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15 February 2019

Introducing Advisory Board Member: Alex Walters

To sum up Alex’s career in travel and Africa in reverse chronological order: Since 2010 he has been Sales and Marketing Manager for Europe and Middle East markets of one of the world's leading social and environmental enterprises, Great Plains Conservation. This was preceded by 15 years working at various tour operators as product and sales manager in the Africa, Indian Ocean and Indian-subcontinent departments.

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14 February 2019

Construction of Ellen DeGeneres campus commences in Kinigi

The Ellen DeGeneres campus is expected to boost mountain gorilla conservation efforts and promoting Rwanda’s tourism among other benefits. Construction of the campus was spearheaded by Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in partnership with the Ellen Fund and will cost an estimated $10 million.

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14 February 2019

New footage released of giant Pangolins in Africa

Researchers from a British Zoo on Wednesday released rare footage revealing the secret lives of giant pangolins, considered one of the world's most trafficked mammals. They hope the imagery could provide new insights into the secretive nocturnal species only found in equatorial Africa, which are being pushed to extinction by illegal hunting for its scales and meat.

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14 February 2019

Application for Membership - Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa

Diani Reef Beach Resort and 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). The Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa is set on the legendary Diani silver sandy Beach www.dianireef.com. It sits on 34 acres of leafy ever green la nd.The Beac h Resort redefines efficient service with a grac ious attitude that ensures a truly memora ble experience for any occasion, be it a leisure beach Holiday, Business Retreat, Conference, Team building or Destination Beach wedding.

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13 February 2019

2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba Date Brought Forward

The 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba will take place from 02-04 May 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. This means that Indaba has been brought forward by four days.

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13 February 2019

Heathrow is off to a ‘stellar start’ in 2019

Heathrow saw a 2.1% rise in passenger numbers to 5.9 million in January. The year-on-year increase was the London hub’s 27th consecutive record month, boosted by passengers returning home after the winter holidays. Africa and East Asia continue to be among the best performing regions, up 9.7% and 5.6% respectively.

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12 February 2019

Work on Kanyemba floating bridge across the Zambezi is set to begin

The implementation of the pontoon landing bay or floating bridge project that will link Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique through Kanyemba border post is expected to start before the second quarter of this year on revelations that Zambian authorities are finalising processes for the introduction of the ferry boats on the Zambezi river.

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12 February 2019

Rare black leopard in Laikipia captured in a photographic first

The black leopard, known as a black panther in Africa and Asia, is a secretive and elusive creature, one in which wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas dreamed of capturing in high-quality photographs. Most recorded sightings of black leopards or melanistic leopards are from the forests of Asia. But in Africa, where Burrard-Lucas’s quest took him, these black-coated leopards are said to be extremely rare.

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11 February 2019

African Protected Areas Congress: A Watershed Event For Africa's Parks And Wildlife

The first African Protected Areas Congress is scheduled to convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 18-23. The International Union for Conservation of Nature-World Commission on Protected Areas has partnered with Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and a broad range of conservation groups to organise and facilitate this gathering. The official kickoff of the Congress is Valentine's Day, and is being tagged "For The Love Of Nature."

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11 February 2019

Application for Membership - Touch Down DMC

Touch Down DMC 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). The Touch Down DMC Group was founded in 2012 and currently operates in 5 Countries, its Head Office is in Johannesburg South Africa. The Group is an affiliate to the Touch Down Group based in South Africa and founded in 1993. Currently the Touch Down Group employs close to 1,000 employees worldwide.

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08 February 2019

Atta meets with Kenya's Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto

Atta facilitated a breakfast meeting in honour of Kenya’s Deputy President Dr William Ruto on Friday 8th February at Marriott Grosvenor House London.

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08 February 2019

Update of Africa's Travel Indaba

Unfortunately, due to the National Elections of South Africa having been announced by the President to take place on May 8 this year, Indaba must be re-scheduled. The new dates are yet to be confirmed. We are liaising with South African Tourism about this change and as further information is available we will be able to provide an update.

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08 February 2019

Introducing Advisory Board Member: Simon Beck

Simon has worked internationally with the African travel industry for over 15 years and is very passionate about promoting the unique experiences available across Africa.

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07 February 2019

Ghana is being heralded as the next big tourist destination. Here's why

When some of the most well-known faces from the African diaspora arrived for a recent vacation in Accra, Ghana, it looked like just another gathering of famous people. Behind this meet-up of box office stars, fashion royalty and top creatives is a focused and ambitious strategy to make Ghana a major tourist destination. The country recently unveiled a 15-year-long tourism plan that seeks to increase the annual number of tourists to Ghana from one million to eight million per year by 2027.

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