News from ATTA

News from ATTA consists of a combination of news from the African continent with relevance to African Tourism along with news about ATTA for the benefit of our members.

03 December 2021

Mozambique reiterates commitment to renewables

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The continuous commitment to the development of renewable energies in Mozambique is at the top of the Mozambican executive’s priorities, guaranteed by the Deputy National Director of Energy at the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, Marcelina Mataveia, on Tuesday during a conference on renewable energies in Mozambique.

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03 December 2021

VS – new departure time

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Virgin Atlantic has notified agents that it is currently operating three flights a week between Johannesburg and London Heathrow due to the red-list restrictions.

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03 December 2021

MSC restarts its SA cruises next week – and all passengers must now be fully vaccinated

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The MSC Orchestra is due to embark on a 5-day voyage on Monday after a prolonged absence from South African shores.

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03 December 2021

Application for Membership - Human Factor Hub - Professional Partners - South Africa

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Human Factor Hub 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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02 December 2021

Harare aims to reach 25 million trees planted by 2021

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The government of Zimbabwe is marking its commitment to the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. This is reflected in the theme chosen for the 2021 National Tree Planting Day, "Trees and Forests for Ecosystem Restoration and Livelihood Improvement". In this vein, the southern African country wants to reach the milestone of 25 million trees planted by 2021.

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02 December 2021

Air France may fly to SA after Dec 4

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French media are reporting that the authorities have announced flights from South Africa and six other Southern African countries could resume after Saturday with "extremely reinforced protocol", and for French nationals only.

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01 December 2021

WTTC, ASTA Call on Governments to Drop Travel Bans Against the Omicron Variant

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The travel industry has been busy reacting to the new Omicron variant of COVID and government responses to the new virus strain. The goal is to stop governments from effectively shutting down travel and tourism, even though the World Health Organization has recommended against shutting borders again.

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30 November 2021

Emirates restarts flights to SA tomorrow – but won’t carry passengers out of Joburg

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Emirates will resume passenger flights from Dubai to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday after temporarily suspending its service because of sudden travel restrictions.

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30 November 2021

Kenya to maintain South Africa flights despite Covid-19 variant scare

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Kenya will not join dozens of countries that have either banned inbound flights or cut all passenger air travel from southern African nations due to a highly infectious new coronavirus strain. Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) director-general Gilbert Kibe said the country has instead issued stricter measures for allowing in travellers from the eight southern African nations.

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30 November 2021

China to donate 600 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa

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BEIJING (AP) — China has pledged to donate 600 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines to Africa as the world grapples with the unequal distribution of the shots between rich and poor countries.

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29 November 2021

British Airways flies to South Africa again

British Airways resumes its flight connections to South Africa after a temporary stop because of the Omicron variant. The first flights to the country should take off again on Monday, as a spokesman for the airline announced to the German press agency on request.

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29 November 2021

Rwanda: Akagera National Park welcomes 30 white rhinos in largest-ever single translocation!

In the largest single rhino translocation ever undertaken, 30 white rhinos have been introduced to Akagera National Park in Rwanda in November 2021. The rhinos were sourced from the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The translocation was carried out through a collaboration between the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), African Parks and andBeyond, with funding provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

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29 November 2021

Application for Membership - The Singing Grass - Accommodation Suppliers - Tanzania

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The Singing Grass 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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26 November 2021

Eastgate Airport near the Kruger National Park just got a R20 million makeover

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Eastgate Airport, near Hoedspruit in Limpopo, has undergone a R20 million refurbishment. Upgrades to the airport, which serves as a gateway to the Kruger National Park, started shortly after South Africa was first plunged into a coronavirus-induced lockdown.

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26 November 2021

UNWTO: Still 46 destinations closed to tourists

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According to the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report,  46 destinations (21% of all destinations worldwide) currently have their borders completely closed  to tourists. Of these, 26 destinations have their borders completely closed since at least the end of April 2020 . Another 55 (25% of all global destinations) continue to have their borders partially closed to international tourism and 112 destinations (52% of all destinations) require international tourists to present a PCR or antigen test on arrival.

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25 November 2021

Statement from ATTA President, Nigel Vere Nicoll on UK Red List Announcement

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Please find below a press statement from ATTA (African Travel & Tourism Association) on the Red List announcement this evening issued to trade media.

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25 November 2021

Covid: Africa travel restrictions over variant fear

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Travellers arriving from several southern African countries will have to quarantine amid warnings over a new Covid variant. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said from 12:00 GMT on Friday six countries would be added to the red list, with flights being temporarily banned.

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25 November 2021

Conservationists open court battle against companies threatening fruit bats in Zambia

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Zambian conservationists are seeking a high court injunction to save a wildlife haven which Sir David Attenborough has described as "the largest fruit-bat roost on Earth".

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25 November 2021

EK adds festive flights to CPT

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Emirates will add 10 extra flights to its Cape Town schedule over the festive season, in order to support high demand, according to a trade release.

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25 November 2021

The tourism and hospitality sector seeing signs of recovery with StatsSA

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South Africa’s tourism and hospitality sector is seeing signs of recovery with StatsSA reporting a second-consecutive month of growth, according to its Accommodation and Food and Beverage performance reports. There is reason for optimism that the industry would enjoy continued growth and recovery as it heads into the festive season.

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