News from ATTA

27 October 2020

Namibia eases travel restrictions

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In an easing of travel restrictions, travellers to Namibia now only need a negative PCR test. This comes after the country opened to all international travel via Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek on September 1.

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27 October 2020

Edelweiss Airline resumes weekly Cape Town route

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Swiss airline Edelweiss has announced that it will be returning to Cape Town. The carrier will resume a once-a-week flight from Zurich to Cape Town starting November 25.

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26 October 2020

Government ‘hopes’ to open borders to all countries by December

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Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said she ‘hoped’ that the list banning certain high-risk countries from entering South Africa will be scrapped in time for the festive season.

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26 October 2020

Application for Membership - Gamel Tours

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Gamel Tours 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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23 October 2020

Green light for Zanzibar!

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The news of Mango’s two flights a week to the island paradise of Zanzibar has come just in time, when South Africans’ thoughts are turning to their Christmas holiday.   The airline’s announcement of a direct service, means a quick and easy flight, making it one of the easiest overseas beach holiday destinations for South Africans to travel to, with no restrictive travel requirements in place to enter the island.

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23 October 2020

Namibia relaxes inbound travel restrictions

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South Africa’s neighbour, Namibia, has further relaxed its inbound travel restrictions. The country’s President Dr Hage G. Geingob announced that travellers to Namibia will only need to present a negative PCR test taken within no more than 72 hours of flying.

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22 October 2020

Uganda to plant 3 million trees with reforestation project

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A new project powered by One Tree Planted and supported by the Jane Goodall Institute aims to plant 3 million trees in the Albertine Rift in Uganda. The Wildlife Habitat & Corridor Restoration Project plans to ‘protect, improve, and recover Uganda forests, which face a multitude of threats that contribute to wide-spread degradation,’ the organisation writes.

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22 October 2020

Tourism specialists and ATB discuss strategies to boost tourism in Africa

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Polar Tourism in conjunction with the African Tourism Board have discussed a series of new initiatives that would boost tourism in Africa post COVID-19, focusing on new projects that would attract domestic, intra-African and international tourists.

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21 October 2020

Uganda Airlines launches new fleet, routes

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Uganda Airlines, a start-up and national carrier which launched in August last year, has just taken delivery of one of two A330-800neo aircraft intended for long-haul routes from its Entebbe hub to Dubai, Guangzhou and London.

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21 October 2020

Emirates signs interline agreement with Airlink

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Emirates and Airlink have announced an interline agreement, widening Emirates’ reach into Southern Africa as countries begin opening their borders for travellers.

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20 October 2020

Fastjet relaunched flights from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

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Fastjet Zimbabwe announced the reintroduction of flights between Victoria Falls, International Airport and Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport from Thursday, 03rd of December 2020.

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20 October 2020

Government revises list of high-risk countries

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The Department of Home Affairs has revised the list of high-risk countries based on a risk categorisation model.

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19 October 2020

Seychelles Tourism Board Travel Advisory Updates

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As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that brought tourism and travel to a standstill, Seychelles is focused on resuming operations within the ‘new normal’ context.

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19 October 2020

The Gambia reopens borders after COVID-19 closure

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The Gambia has reopened its land, air and sea borders, President Adama Barrow’s office announced on Friday after the tiny West African nation shut them in March to curb coronavirus.

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16 October 2020

Coastal tourism breathes sigh of relief

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TOUR operators and vendors at Walvis Bay have hope that the December holidays could start off on a good note for their livelihoods.

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16 October 2020

List of Countries Allowed to Travel to SA to be Updated Soon, Says Ramaphosa

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With the potentially lucrative summer travel season about to begin, the government will soon update the list of nationalities allowed into South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa said today. The list of countries banned from entering South Africa announced on 1 October was extensive, including the UK and USA.

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15 October 2020

Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa launched cricket and tourism partnership

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President Emmerson Mnagangwa has yesterday officially launched a promotional campaign spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) aimed at boosting the country’s tourism.

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15 October 2020

Satellite technology gives SA tourism an opportunity to level the digital divide

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Loss of custom has been the biggest driver of collapsed incomes in the tourism industry as Covid-19 lockdown prevented both loyal and new clients reaching remote establishments. Lockdown also compromised the ability of many operations to maintain their relationships with family, staff, service providers and suppliers.

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15 October 2020

Qatar Airways signs interline agreement with Airlink

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Qatar Airways has signed an interline agreement with Airlink, further expanding its presence in Southern Africa as the largest carrier to operate from the region.

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14 October 2020

Application for Membership - Pure Africa

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Pure Africa 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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