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31 January 2012

Johannesburg to Beijing direct

SAA Joburg to Beijing SAA introduce direct flights to Beijing, China  today The inaugural flight departs today Tuesday 31 January 2012 from Johannesburg to arrive in Beijing, China; on Wednesday 1 February 2012. These flights are available for reservations in the global distribution system (GDS) and via SAA’s website flysaa.com, the airline’s on-line website. Introducing direct flights to Beijing is in line with SAA’s strategy to expand its network to Asia, the fast…

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30 January 2012

SA - World leader in Sports Tourism

South Africa was named ‘The World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination’ at a  ceremony in Dohar, Qatar, last week. This World Travel Award payed tribute to all the hard work and commitment that has gone into making South Africa a world-class sports and events destination. 'Globally, sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry and with South Africa’s proven capability of hosting major events, as well as our significant infrastructure footprint, it makes se…

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27 January 2012

Africa In a Twitter

Young people tweeting from BlackBerries and iPhones are driving the growth of Twitter in  Africa with South Africans by far the most vociferous, according to new research published Thursday. Kenya-based Portland Communications and Tweetminster published findings indicating Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation and is fast becoming an important source of information. More than 80 percent of those polled said they mainly used it for communicating with friends, 68 percent…

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25 January 2012

Tourism figures for 2011 UNWTO

International tourist numbers expanded in 2011 despite the economic crisis, the Arab spring and Japanese disasters, and will hit one billion this year, according to UNWTO. The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4.4 percent to 980 million in 2011, up from 940 million in 2010, the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organization said in an annual survey. But while the number of visitors to Europe surged as civil conflicts drove many tourists away from sunspots in the Mid…

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24 January 2012

Britons look to Kenya for Gold

Britons try it the Kenyan way Team GB members including Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe are in the home of distance running, looking to find the secret to Olympic glory, Take a sharp right turn when the rutted road from Eldoret climbs up to Iten, a tiny town of tin and wooden shacks perched on the precipitous edge of the Great Rift Valley, and you wind down a trail to Lornah Kiplagat's High Altitude Training Centre. "University of Champions", it says on the gate. Straight ahead &nda…

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24 January 2012

South Africa-Yellow Fever requirements

As many Atta members are travelling from all over Africa to Indaba in Durban in May, please note the new Yellow Fever requirements for South Africa. As of 1 October 2011, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from the following countries in Africa considered as having risk of yellow fever transmission: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of …

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23 January 2012

Federal Air -Cyclone Mozambique

  FEDERAL AIRLINES   NOTICE OF CHANGE OF SCHEDULE CYCLONE WARNING 22 – 29 JANUARY 2012 CYCLONE FUNSO 20 JANUARY 2012 Federal Airlines will be discontinuing our Johannesburg / Nelspruit to Vilanculos, Mozambique scheduled services during the impending Cyclone FUNSO event. Estimated landfall is at sometime between 22 – 29 January 2012. We are planning Normal operations on Sunday 22 January pending acceptable weather conditions. Normal operations are currently planned to res…

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23 January 2012

SAA to fly from Joburg to Beijing

SAA to fly to Beijing The first of SAA’s new nonstop flights to Beijing is due to take off from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport on January 31. Beijing already attracts large numbers of South African corporate travellers and a growing number of tourists. .“SAA is starting the route with an Airbus A340-600 with business class and economy class seats. Dileseng Koetle, the head of corporate affairs, said the first passengers were “a good mix of corporate and leisure travell…

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19 January 2012

The world’s 1st barefoot expedition summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

For more information and a video explaining all visit: http://toescapeto-blog.com/2012/01/17/the-worlds-1st-barefoot-expedition-summit-of-mount-kilimanjaro/ On January 23rd a team including To Escape To’s very own Private Adventurer Matt Botha  will embark on a journey to climb and summit Kilimanjaro barefoot in its entirety and thus being the world’s 1st barefoot expedition summit of the mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world, summitin…

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18 January 2012

China Trade Show Beijing April 18th

  China – a new ‘sophisticated tourist’ is emerging Outbound tourism in China is entering its second phase, and bringing with it new opportunities and challenges for global tourism service providers. More and more Chinese are now looking for travel experiences beyond the ticking off of major sights and the dubious pleasures of forced shopping. With a correctly adapted product and the right kind of marketing, locations off the beaten track will become popular among af…

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12 January 2012

One giant leap for Zambian tourism

Zambia's tourism minister bungee jumps at Victoria Falls to reassure visitors after a snapped rope sent backpacker plunging Zambia's tourism minister Given Lubinda made a bungee jump from the Victoria Falls to reassure visitors, after a rope snapped sending a woman plunging into the Zambezi River over New Year. Given Lubinda took the brave step on Monday after shocking footage was shown around the world of  the jump  by a 22-year-old Australian which nearly ended in a catastr…

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12 January 2012

...and some good news for rhinos

  Uganda Atta members "The Far Horizons"  wish to congratulate the team at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Rhino Fund Uganda on the birth of a new baby rhino at some point during the night. Bella, Atta's membership manager also joins in congratulations to her name sake Bella, one of the Southern White Rhinos at the sanctuary, who has been showing signs of an imminent birth ever since early December and was seen yesterday chasing away her previous calf, the 2 yr Augustu. …

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