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23 May 2012

Kenya to build new Nairobi road

Kenyan to construct a transport corridor along the northern edge of the Nairobi National Park, Twenty-four hectares belonging to the park will now form part of the corridor to facilitate completion of the Southern road and rail bypass.The 28.6-kilometre dual carriageway will connect Mombasa Road from Ole Sereni Hotel to Lang’ata Road and moves through Kikuyu to Nakuru highway. The decision has come under immense scrutiny by environmentalists and wildlife campaigners but the governm…

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22 May 2012

Wilderness to invest $10m in Zim

Atta member Wilderness Safaris is planning to invest up to $10 million towards the refurbishment of its facilities and the acquisition of aircraft as it gears to take advantage of Zimbabwe's fast recovering tourism sector. Wilderness Safaris last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Zimbabwe  government for close co-operation with the ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Established in 1983, Wilderness operates camps and safaris in Bot…

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21 May 2012

A Toast to Queen Elizabeth II

Atta Toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II On Saturday May 12th, Atta held the annual Indaba Networking Event in Durban, South Africa. 226 members and their guests attended. The Chief Executive, Nigel Vere Nicoll, proposed the toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in June, marking 60 years on the British throne. We would like to thank everyone who attended the evening, particularly our sponso…

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21 May 2012

Steppes Travel - New MD

Steppes Travel appoint New Managing Director      Justin Wateridge has been chosen as the new MD of Steppes Travel . Justin joins Steppes Travel from Abercrombie & Kent, where he has been managing director for the past four years. Brought up in Zambia, educated at Oxford Justin travels have taken him to over eighty countries in the world.      

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18 May 2012

South Africa and Zimbabwe sign tourism MOU

South Africa signs tourism memo with Zimbabwe South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding at Indaba on Saturday, furthering tourism opportunities between the two countries, the department of tourism said. "Both countries acknowledge the contribution that tourism makes in growing their respective economies and creating employment opportunities," it said in a statement.   The memorandum focuses on both countries sharing their best practices on integrat…

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17 May 2012

Virgin Atlantic will stop flights to Kenya

VIRGIN ATLANTIC WILL CEASE FLIGHTS TO KENYA. BRANSON MAKES STATEMEMT Virgin Atlantic is to cease all flights between London and Kenya from 24th September, cutting a service that has been running for the last five years.Sir Richard Branson, president of the airline, said" falling passenger numbers and rising fuel costs were to blame" Customers who have already booked flights are being assured they will be able to get a full refund, or move to a different carrier after Septem…

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09 May 2012

Malawi devalues by 50%

Malawi ends currency peg to dollar   Malawi has dropped its currency peg to the US dollar, causing the kwacha to devalue by about 50 per cent as the southern African nation’s new president seeks to boost the flagging economy and mend relations with donors.   The central bank said Monday’s decision, combined with the liberalisation of the foreign exchange market, should lead to the country reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund and “unlocking dono…

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09 May 2012

Kenya departure tax up 100%

 Kenya Airports to oncrease departure tax by 100% from July 1st Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) will, from July, double the amounts air passengers pay to access its facilities as it seeks cash to upgrade airport.  The authority has received approval from the Finance minister Githae to increase the service charge for international passengers from $20 to $40  even domestic travellers will see an increase of 66%. “The service charge collected is very significant…

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08 May 2012

Indaba appointments woth Atta team

New Website Tom Frame our webmaster has a desk in the Atta marquee. Have you made an appointment with him? The website has a multitude of new applications to enhance your marketing exposure. We are moving B > C and you can add your own social networking applications, but there is so much more than that, for you to learn about. Some vibrant Atta members have already seen the advantages and are dominating traffic on the site, exposing their product to the trade and consumer through the numer…

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08 May 2012

Lower Zambezi-New camp to open

Sausage Tree Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia, has announced that it will open a new satellite camp on August 1. Potato Bush Camp will be close to Sausage Tree and will sleep 10 guests.It will have three standard tents and a two-room family tent. Each room will have its own plunge pool.The camp will remain open until early January each year.  

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08 May 2012

South Africa looks at African market

The South African government is to invest £21million over the next three years in an effort to increase South Africa's share of the African tourism market. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his department had set aside £ 21m to help the South African Tourism agency set up offices in East and West Africa as increasing numbers of tourists from those regions came to South Africa. The Minister said that last year alone tourist arrivals  from Tanzania increased by 4…

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08 May 2012

Indaba May 12-15

African tourism on show at Indaba 2012 Southern Africa's biggest tourism showcase, Indaba 2012, takes place in  Durban from 12 to 15 May. Despite a general flat to downward trend worldwide, South Africa's tourism industry has been performing strongly, a fact that is reflected in the more than 13 000 delegates from around the world who are expected to attend Indaba 2012. 1 800 exhibitors, 200 hosted international buyers Approximately 1 800 exhibitors will showcase new products…

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04 May 2012

South Africa Tourism

                                      The South African government is to invest £ 21million over the next three years in an effort to increase South Africa's share of the African tourism market. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his depart…

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01 May 2012

Malawi to devalue Kwacha

Reuters Malawi will devalue its kwacha currency to smooth negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, which is considering a request from the Southern African state for a new financing programme it needs to unlock aid. “We have made the decision to devalue the kwacha,” Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga, told Reuters on Monday, Malawi devalued the kwacha last year to 165 to the dollar from 150. But on the black market the exchange rate is nearly double that, reaching 295 to the…

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