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29 November 2013

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning! In this, our second weekly update, we give you some information about functions we are planning, publications coming out and a few more tips on marketing and utilising your Atta membership. Here goes… Our CEO, Nigel, is leaving for Malawi where he will be meeting key members in travel industry to discuss the future of Malawi tourism. He will then be flying to Cape Town for… The Atta Christmas Networking Event! Hosted at the brand new Tides of the Bay Hotel in Cape T…

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29 November 2013

Fly Dubai to fly to Juba Daily

Fly Dubai has announced plans to move from their present 4 flights a week between Dubai and Juba, South Sudan, to daily flights in 2014. Dubai’s low cost airline flies to Addis Ababa and Juba at present but additional airports have been researched by Fly Dubai. By Atta media contact Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

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29 November 2013

The New Railway Line in East Africa

The new standard gauge railway line between Mombasa and Nairobi is being launched at the moment. With all contracts now in place, work of the first section between the two cities is expected to take until late 2016 with work on the second section from Nairobi to the Ugandan border at Busia commencing thereafter. Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan have agreed on the construction of the new railway line to link East Africa’s main port of Mombasa with the hinterland, connecting in partic…

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29 November 2013

Tanzania and China to celebrate 50 years of cooperation

Next year is set to see China and Tanzania coming together to celebrate 50 years of friendship and economic cooperation, with tourism becoming a new area which the two countries are looking to share. Sino-Tanzania cooperation grew roots in early years of Tanzania’s independence, thanks to the first President of Tanzania, the late Dr. Julius Nyerere and his Chinese counterpart, Mao Zedong. Though travel and tourism were not manifested in Sino-Tanzania during those years, China became part…

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28 November 2013

Proflight Zambia: New Mongu Service

Proflight Zambia began flights from Lusaka to Mongu on November 27, 2013 which is the first new local route for the airline since commencing Mansa and Kasama routes more than two years ago, and means that passengers can now fly to the capitals of all the provinces in Zambia that have designated airports    

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28 November 2013

New Video Solution for Low-Bandwidth Africa

While online video usage has exploded internationally, Africa is lagging behind because unbroken streaming is not possible in the low-rate internet infrastructures available on the continent. But now a group of researchers from the University of Cape Town working in a consortium with developers and marketing experts have come up with an innovative solution that could change the face of mobile usage for watching video in Africa - a mobile streaming platform called Tuluntulu (meaning “stre…

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28 November 2013

Wildebeests Return to the Mara in Rare Event

Thousands of wildebeests that moved to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in September have returned to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. According to environmentalists, the unusual occurrence has been necessitated by the drought currently ravaging parts of Serengeti plains. The lack of pasture due to drought has forced the wildebeests to come back to the Mara ecosystem. They exhausted everything in Serengeti plains and returned to the Mara where there are enough pastures that regenerated after t…

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27 November 2013

Namibia Documentary for the Chinese Tourism Market

Namibia is still not tapping the Chinese tourism market, it was said during the Third Africa-Arab Summit. The summit, which was attended by 63 African and Arab countries, aimed to highlight the true friendship and cooperation between the two regions and focused on boosting cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, investments and partnerships between civil society institutions. The summit further coordinated the African-Arab positions towards political issues of common interest, especial…

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27 November 2013

African Economic News

Where in the world the best returns coming from in the next decade? Two of the biggest names in the US private equity industry recently shared their thoughts on investment in Africa at The New York Times conference and identified sub-Saharan Africa as one such geography for the best returns coming from in the next decade: There are 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, seven of the 10 fastest growing countries in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa. EU and Ethiopia sign deal for roads and health…

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27 November 2013

Russia - The World’s Second Fastest Outbound Travel Market

According to industry experts, Russia is now the world’s second fastest growing outbound travel market in terms of spend. Last year saw Russians spend $43 billion on travel abroad, making Russia the fifth biggest outbound travel market globally. In 2012, 35.7 million tourists from Russia took a foreign trip. The country has become a top performing growth market for many destinations and international outbound travel is forecast to grow by 7.5 per cent per year on average to 2017. However…

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27 November 2013

Emirates additional flight Dubai-JNB on 4th Jan 2013

Emirates will operate an additional flight from Dubai to Johannesburg on January 4 due to the high demand at the start of the New Year.   The flight will depart Dubai at 03h40 and arrive in Johannesburg at 09h50. The flight will depart Johannesburg at 11h55 and arrive in Dubai at 22h10.   

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26 November 2013

Renovations at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport, JRO, will undergo further upgrades, expansion and modernisation from middle of next year, after a 35 million Euro package was put together for financing the works. The airport is the gateway to the Northern safari circuit of Tanzania, which comprises Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti as well as to Mt. Kilimanjaro itself. The long overdue upgrade of facilities like runway, taxiway, apron and aircraft parking spaces as well as improvements t…

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25 November 2013

Know how a hotel’s social media reputation impacts pricing

Ever wondered how your hotel’s online reputation is going to positively or negatively impact your hotel pricing? Ever wondered what is the return on investment for maintaining an excellent brand reputation in social media? A revenue management service provider to hospitality industry has built a tool for analysing hotels’ social media ratings /sentiment and its impact on hotel room pricing. The feature will enable hoteliers to evaluate their online reputation and that of their com…

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25 November 2013

Mango makes George new destination from Johannesburg

Mango, the low-cost airline of South African Airways (SAA), has started a new route between Johannesburg (JNB) and George (GRJ). Flights will operate thrice-weekly (Mondays, Fridays and Sundays).

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22 November 2013

Atta Christmas in Cape Town - Update

Atta invites members and industry friends to a dazzling evening of tourism networking, in true Pre-Christmas Party spirit complete Santa’s Secret Holiday Raffle. Thursday, 5th December 2013 17.30-21.00 Venue: Tides (Brand New and Dazzling), The Bay Hotel, 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks and Christmas canapés So who is coming? Acacia Adventure Holidays, Bushwise, Classic Portfolio, Green Girls in Africa, GVI, Lew Rood, Moja Media, Mystique…

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22 November 2013

This week at Atta HQ

Good morning, and welcome to Friday! Grab a hot brew, sit back and catch up on what we have been up to at Atta HQ this week… We will now be bringing you these weekly updates – do you have anything you would like to see here? We would appreciate some feedback on what you love, what you really love, and what you simply don’t. Our CEO Nigel returned from PURE, having had a successful show exhibiting with a number of our members. Most importantly, an alliance with Atta and …

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22 November 2013

Ethiopian Airlines expands its flee

Boeing has delivered Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER, the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier's fleet, to provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in Addis Ababa. The aircraft will be deployed on long-haul, non-stop routes to the US and China. In future months, an additional three 777-300ERs will join the continuously expanding fleet, providing the carrier with more options on new and existing routes across Africa …

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22 November 2013

Zimbabwe: E-visa for China and India

Zimbabwe has launched an e-visa platform for China and India in line with the increased tourist arrivals and investment from those countries. The development was expected to result in a further upsurge in arrivals of tourists from the two countries with have the largest populations in the world. “India and China have the largest populations in the world which makes them the best countries for us to tape tourists from. The fact that they are both expanse geographically gave rise to the ne…

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22 November 2013

New Markets for Kenya

Kenya’s tourism industry is now targeting new markets with a view to fulfilling the desire to grow the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the current average of one million to three million by the year 2015. As Kuwait is become more and more aware of the various travel opportunities available and as their appetite to explore new destinations grows, KTB see a positive situation where more people from Kuwait begin to explore Kenya as their new destination. The Kenya Tourism Board and p…

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21 November 2013

The First Step in Maximizing Your Presence on TripAdvisor

Following a strategy meeting last week, Atta and TripAdvisor will be partnering in order to deliver industry news, research and knowledge to Atta’s members on a weekly basis.  For this week’s update, we thought we’d start with a basic tip, but one that many Atta members still haven’t taken advantage of – getting a business listed on TripAdvisor. Getting your business – be it an accommodation, restaurant or attraction – listed on TripAdvisor is qui…

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20 November 2013

Kenya air travel in sub-Sahara Africa showing good growth

Kenya Airways, the national carrier reported first half earnings last week. Kenya Airways announced a 9.042 per cent rise in first half revenues to Sh54.338b (US$628m) and pared costs. Kenya Airways expanded capacity by 17 per cent in its home market where demand has been strong. Kenya Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER this month and expects two more in 2014. The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which is ideal for long-haul flights, will from this month commence a direct route serv…

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20 November 2013

Underwater Hotel Room Opened On Pemba Island

A resort on Pemba Island has added a beautiful, other-worldly underwater bedroom to their original 16-room offering. The underwater hotel room is placed high on that list of 'amazing' hotels around the world. The room, lying approximately 250 metres offshore, the latest underwater structure is a three-story affair, with a rooftop deck, a bathroom and a lounge area at sea level and finally the bedroom downstairs, with the fish.

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20 November 2013

Stakeholders oppose merging of KTB with other State agencies

Kenya tourism stakeholders have opposed the planned merger of Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) with three other government agencies in the proposed restructure of parastatals and state corporations. A report by the Presidential Task Force on Parastatals handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta recommends an amalgamation of KTB with other three agencies into one entity to be called Kenya Investment Corporation (KIC). The report which the Head of State has directed its immediate implementation proposes …

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20 November 2013

Ethiopian to Singapore

Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will be starting flights to Singapore on December 3 with three scheduled flights a week. The flights will be operated with Ethiopian Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Singapore is a major global aviation hub and gateway to Asia and Australia. Ethiopian Airlines'flights will serve the growing traffic between Africa and Singapore, and will provide excellent connectivity to passengers on to points in Australia/Asia and Africa. Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executiv…

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19 November 2013

Tanzania and Kuwait sign tourism cooperation agreement

The State of Kuwait and Tanzania signed two agreements to encourage and protect mutual investments, and cooperation over tourism. The agreements were signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Kamillius Membe.

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15 November 2013

Atta & SAT Forge a Strategic Alliance

Marrakech, Morocco Atta ~ The African Travel & Tourism Association has this week forged a new strategic alliance with South African Tourism (SAT). Atta CEO, Nigel Vere Nicoll, and SAT Chief Marketing Officer, Jan Hutton, held extensive meetings  in Marrakech, Morocco which have established that the two tourism bodies will now promote  a meaningful working relationship, identifying key areas of collaboration that will touch all areas of tourism to South Africa. One key area of clo…

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15 November 2013

How new airline routes are reshaping the world

"The most important geographic part of the world over the next 100 years will be Africa. In this respect, any destination  in Africa will create more effective results than, say, a destination in Europe... Interesting article on new airline routes. What do they mean? By CNN. Read here.

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14 November 2013

Atta Christmas Networking Party in Cape Town - Update

Atta invites members and industry friends to a dazzling evening of tourism networking, in true Pre-Christmas Party spirit complete Santa’s Secret Holiday Raffle. Thursday, 5th December 2013 17.30-21.00 Venue: Tides (Brand New and Dazzling), The Bay Hotel, 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks and Christmas canapés So who is coming? Acacia Adventure Holidays, Bushwise, Classic Portfolio, Green Girls in Africa, GVI, Lew Rood, Moja Media, Mystique…

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14 November 2013

Kenya

The Mombasa and Coast Tourists Association has urged the government to waive visa fees for tourists from established market sources. The MCTA said for a country recovering from a crisis that led to issuance of travel advisories, waiving visa fees is one way of attracting people back.

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14 November 2013

Upgrades at JKIA

Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was recently provided with power protection and backup. The installation comes at a key time, as the Kenya Airports Authority focuses on completion of a multi-year expansion project at JKIA. The airport’s existing data centre was also upgraded.  An airport’s data centre is vital in ensuring that flights take off and land on time, as well as powering new and existing digital components throughout the airport. As the JKIA …

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13 November 2013

Africa huge investment opportunities

The hot money from London's dynamic financial district is going on Africa and investors are climbing abord to share in the meteroic rise of this vast continent President Obama said sub-Saharan Africa is poised to be the world’s next greatest economic success story, with exports to Africa topping US$21 billion a year. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world, and enormous opportunities exist for companies to not only do well – but…

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13 November 2013

Increased emerging market tourism to Africa driving new travel demands

Tourism travel in Africa is moving away from the dependency on traditional source markets of Europe and the US, with an increasing number of tourists coming from the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and the Middle East. This is according to a report released by global research firm, Euromonitor International. Strong economic growth, especially in East Africa, is helping to grow business tourism throughout the region, while rising incomes and urbanisation are driving growth in …

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13 November 2013

New Lanseria runway opens

Cape Town - Lanseria International has started operating a new 3 000m runway, allowing the airport to push for broader regional and international flight route operators - ultimately giving passengers more choice. The development and extension of the airport was completed at a cost R150-million and means the airport is now able to accommodate larger and passenger cargo aircraft. Currently only kulula operate domestically to Cape Town and Durban, while Mango operated a flight route to Cape Town …

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12 November 2013

Brussels Airlines to add extra frequency to Luanda in Angola

Brussels Airlines is adding an extra frequency to Luanda in Angola in the New Year. The carrier will add the extra flight, bringing its service to three a week, form January 26. It said a new bilateral agreement between Angola and Belgium had allowed it to up its frequencies.       

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12 November 2013

2014 Zambia Open to promote tourism

THE 2014 Mopani Copper Mines (MCM)-Zambia Open Golf Championship will provide a good platform to market Zambia’s tourism potential and also as Africa’s golfing destination. The event, which will be hosted at Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe in May next year, would be a great opportunity for various stakeholders to unite and market Zambia as a golfing destination in Africa. The tournament would also accord Nkana an opportunity to reclaim its status as one of the best golf clubs in the regio…

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11 November 2013

Summary of WTM 2013

It is with big smiles and aching feet that we return to our desks at Atta HQ after a very successful four days at WTM London 2013. With fifteen of our members exhibiting on the Atta stand and a plethora of visitors from across the membership, along with the networking party on Wednesday night, we have had a wonderful time meeting old and new friends, and making valuable connections within the industry. During the show, the Atta team and our representatives worldwide worked on the strategy for…

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06 November 2013

Kenya- Loisaba Lodge

Satement by Cheli & Peacock Dear Friends of Loisaba, Last Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013, Loisaba Lodge and Loisaba Private House were destroyed by a bush fire; luckily no one was injured and personal belongings and artefacts were saved. The fire started mid-morning, probably by pastoralists making tea on the north eastern boundary of the conservancy, and due to the dry bush, thick grass and very high winds, it t…

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04 November 2013

Lonely Planet's Best Top 10 regions to travel

Victoria Falls voted 6th in World's top ten regions by Lonely Planet. Congratulations! 1. Sikkim, India 2. The Kimberley, Australia 3. Yorkshire, England 4. Hokuriku, Japan 5. Texas, USA 6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia 7. Mallorca, Spain 8. West Coast, New Zealand 9. Hunan, China 10. Ha’apai, Tonga

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01 November 2013

Zambia Airport to Modernise Operations

SITA is transforming Zambia’s Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in a multi-million dollar deal to automate all airport operations and provide world-class service to the country’s growing tourism market. Under the new agreement, SITA will modernise the airport’s passenger processing, network infrastructure and security management solutions and serve as the master systems integrator to ensure all new solutions work together seamlessly. Prince Chintimbwe, Director Air…

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