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19 July 2012

SAA sells Heathrow slot

South African Airways sells valuable Heathrow slot Some African tourism commentators have expressed suprise that South African Airways (SAA) has sold one of its three exclusive daily landing time slots at London Heathrow without offering it to another African based carrier.However in a statement received this week from SAA it appears that did indeed try to rent out the slot with preference given to African carriers but this avenue was unsuccessful.  As a result SAA pub…

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18 July 2012

South Africa Stats strong recovery

SA Stats (Foreign tourists) for first three months 2012,  show a strong recovery up 17.8%  Jan to Mar 2012 v 2011 UK  133,731 ,+ 9.5% Germany  77,768 ,+ 15.2% USA 70,095, +16.1% France 31,296, + 8.9% Netherlands 30,502, +5.7% TOTAL Overseas Arrivals (excludes Africa)  643,283, +17.8% *Foreign tourist is defined as any visitor travelling to a place other than that of his/her usual environment for more than 1 night but less than 12 months, a…

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16 July 2012

Zambia Currency Update

Zambia Currency Update  New information for tourists on Kwacha and $US Dollars for travel to Zambia. You can still pay for a safari in US dollars from abroad but US Dollars are no longer accepted within Zambia. You CAN still pay for Visas in US Dollars on entry to Zambia but once past Immigration you will need Zambian Kwacha to pay for airport departure taxes and any other cash incidentals. The USD/Kwacha exchange rate is fluctuating a lot at the moment with a 14% swing in value just…

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16 July 2012

Kenya- Lamu visit by British HC

Lamu The British Government assured its citizens and other tourists of their safety in Lamu as it handed over a high-speed patrol boat and other surveillance equipment to the Administration Police (AP). British High Commissioner Christian Turner said his stay in Lamu earlier this month was meant to reassure tourists that the area was safe and that Britain’s earlier travel advisory has been lifted. Dr Turner said his government would work closely with the Kenyan security agents …

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11 July 2012

Lions relocated to Majete, Malawi

Statement from Robin Pope Safaris Update on relocation of lions to Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi After months of preparation, the wheels were set in motion for the relocation of four lions to the Majete Wildlife Reserve situated in the lower Shire River valley of Malawi.  Four free ranging lions were donated by the North West Parks and Tourism Board in South Africa with two male lions selected from Pilanesberg National Park and two female lions from Madikwe Game Reserve.  The lions…

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11 July 2012

Malawi President Launches Advisory Committee

Atta CEO appointed as advisor on tourism Malawi launches Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy (PACE) On July 1st 2012 President Joyce Banda announced the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy (PACE) at the first-ever National Dialogue on the Economy in Malawi, co-organised by The Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa  and the Government of Malawi. The Dialogue created the Presidential Advisory Committee on t…

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09 July 2012

SA's 1Time to fly to Zim

More Nice , Less Price Joburg to Zim for Low cost airline 1time Airline, the second largest low-fare private airline in South Africa (by domestic market share) is set to begin a scheduled service into Zimbabwe from Johannesburg South Africa.The airline is looking at both schedules into Harare and Victoria Falls.Last Thursday 1time undertook and successfully completed a maiden “demonstration” flight into Harare.  

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06 July 2012

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways encouraging results Kenya Airways have reported a strong performance in the year ending March 2012. Sales to Southern Africa showed the strongest growth up 26% whilst performance to Europe, despite difficult conditions, showed a rise of 9%.  The airline has also indicated that it will re-introduce its Cape Town route and intends to start direct flights to Durban. KQ also announced that it will start a new African low cost airline Jambo Jet later this year.

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