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30 October 2013

East African Community for regional integration moves forward

Uganda sets pace with abolition of work permits for Kenyans Uganda President Museveni’s announcement in Kigali earlier this week, that Kenyans and Rwandans will be exempted from paying work permit fees from January next year, marks yet another milestone in the regional countries’ quest for greater prosperity for their people. Uganda’s decision to waive work permit fees follows similar moves by Kenya and Rwanda.The fees waiver is one of the latest reforms implemented by the …

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29 October 2013

Emirates flies to Conakry in Guinea

From 27th October Emirates fly four times a week to Conakry in Guinea. It is their 136th international destination and 24th gateway in Africa.

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29 October 2013

Collection of Payments of Single EAC Tourist Visa

Payment service provider Visa is exploring ways of collaborating with EAC partner states to provide easy payment platforms aimed at driving tourism in the region following the proposal to introduce the single tourist visa. It should remove difficulties experienced in dealing with cross border cash transactions.

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29 October 2013

Solar Eclipse in Uganda

More than 30,000 foreign tourists are expected to visit Uganda for a rare viewing of the solar eclipse next month in the northern part of the country. The country’s Tourism Ministry officials say they anticipate the event to attract several international eclipse trackers to Uganda to the districts of Nebbi, Arua, Gulu, Soroti and Masindi that will provide the most vintage locations for viewing the rare occurrence of a total solar eclipse on Sunday 3rd November, 2013. The country has plan…

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29 October 2013

Tanzania Tour Operators Call for Direct Flight To Beijing

Tanzanian tour operators called on the government to strengthen its national flag carrier Air Tanzania and introduce direct flight between Dar es Salaam and China’s capital Beijing. The idea would help Tanzania increase number of tourists visiting the country.  China and Japan is potential new markets for tourism, but Tanzania has not yet created better infrastructure to serve such opportunity. The number of tourists who visited Tanzania last year hit over one million and put the E…

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29 October 2013

Tanzania’s Mafia Island’ waters turn into a regular whale shark highway

Information from Dar es Salaam speaks of a windfall of marine experiences for tourists visiting Mafia Island, as increased sightings of the whale sharks have been reported in recent months. Marine experts are in fact at a loss to explain why against the more ‘regular’ behaviour of whale sharks, which are known to migrate through the waters at a steady pace, the more recent sightings indicate that they are lingering in the waters around Mafia Island for much longer periods than norm…

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28 October 2013

Sudan to Waive Visas for South Sudanese

The government of Sudan has agreed to waive visas for South Sudanese who are interested and willing to visit the country. The waiver will affect diplomatic, business and special visas. This is being done to ensure good business between the two countries so as there is no double taxation on the investors. Sudan and South Sudan would very soon sign this pact to make it operational.

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23 October 2013

MKTE - Successful Event for Kenya Tourism

The just concluded 3rd edition of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre has dwarfed previous attendance records by a wide margin. For the first time did international exhibitors attend Kenya’s premier tourism show as the tourism boards of the Seychelles, India, Zimbabwe, Burundi and South Africa were represented with stands as was the Uganda Association of Tour Operators, the latter to forge closer cooperation with their Kenyan counterparts. Foreig…

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16 October 2013

Wildlife, wonder and why tourism can help Kenya emerge from the shadow of terrorism

Gill Martin of Daily Mail flew to Nairobi on the third day of the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack.  The only weapons she encountered on her five-day African adventure were the rifles and spears carried by her safari guards. Here's her account with words from Atta CEO. Read more.

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16 October 2013

Fastjet new international route

Fastjet Dar to Joburg Fastjet, the new budget African airline backed by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou founder of Easy Jet, announced the launch of its international flight operations yesterday. The carrier’s first international flight, from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Johannesburg, will depart on Friday as the start of a thrice-weekly service which, Fastjet said, will “increase in frequency as soon as consumer demand dictates”.  Prices start at around $100 one way. Sir Steli…

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07 October 2013

KQ sponsor Masai Mara Marathon

Kenya Airways to fly 5 Masai Mara Marathon winners to London KENYA AIRWAYS’ MASAI MARA MARATHON WINNERS GET LONDON SPONSORSHIP The Kenya Airways’ sponsored Masai Mara Marathon, which took place yesterday morning, produced some fine results and also established the 5 top runners who will next year in April fly with Kenya Airways to the UK for the famous London Marathon. Leonard Kipkoech won the men’s race and Caroline Kilel, a former Boston Marathon winner, claim…

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07 October 2013

UN & IMF see huge potential in the youth of Africa

 Africa's population is seeing incredible growth – about 21 million people every single year since 1994 – and is about to hit 1.2 billion. A U.N. report last month projected that it could more than triple by the end of this century. That could put a monumental strain on governments across the continent, which are already struggling to address rampant poverty and underdevelopment. But the news isn't all bad; Africa boasts some of the world's fastest-growing economie…

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04 October 2013

South African Airways score at Sunderland FC

  Atta's airline partner SAA score at Sunderland  Sunderland AFC spotlights SAA South African Airways takes to the field with a partnership with  Premier League Club  announced South African Airways is delighted to announce a new partnership with English Barclays Premier League football team, Sunderland AFC. South African Airways will be supporting Sunderland AFC on all aspects of its travel throughout Africa as the football club continues to strengthen its re…

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03 October 2013

March for the Elephants

From Hoopoe Safaris Tanzania Many of you will no doubt already be aware of the International March for Elephants, but we thought we would advise the latest update and news as the March is developing into a major event worldwide. There is still time to attend in a city near you. The International March for Elephants has been organised by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) through their iworry campaign and will be taking place in 15 cities across the globe in the single largest demonstrat…

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03 October 2013

Zimbabwe appoints attachés

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority says attachés deployed in different countries abroad to market resort areas have contributed hugely to the 12 % increase in arrivals. Tourism trade attachés form part of the overseas mission staff and are there to promote the brand Zimbabwe abroad. ZTA chief executive Kaseke has commended the tourism attachés for promoting the country abroad saying their efforts had resulted in a notable increase in arrivals. He said the attachés were rebr…

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02 October 2013

Atta and On Show Solutions form Roadshow Partnership to showcase Africa

Atta and roadshow organisers On Show Solutions announce their partnership to jointly showcase Africa in key source markets. ‘On Show’s professional, yet personal and dynamic approach to global marketing, fits perfectly with Atta’s international profile and distinctive brand, states Nigel Vere Nicoll, Chief Executive of Atta.  ‘On Show’s expansion from a Southern to an “All” Africa focus has opened a door for our association with over 550 members i…

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