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31 July 2013

Hands off Our Elephants

Hands Off Our Elephants In a statement issued by Kenya’s first lady, Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, to mark the national anti-poaching campaign “Hands Off Our Elephants"  at least 183 elephants have been killed this year, leaving about 30,000 remaining in Kenya. “Unless this crisis is averted, in 10 years there will be no wild elephants left in Kenya,” Kenyatta said last week. “How can we stand by, while one of the world’s most amazing species is driven to…

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31 July 2013

SAA invites people to capture their South Africa with a new and unique photo competition

Atta's Airline partner South African Airways (SAA), has launched an online photography competition called Capture South Africa. The competition, which is open to residents of both the UK and South Africa is set to capture the beauty and spirit of South Africa and its people,  showcasing images under two categories – people and landscape. The winner of each category will receive a pair of return tickets with SAA for travel between London and South Africa, and some lucky entrants…

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30 July 2013

Zim-Africa Albida

Zimbabwe   Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) has invested more than $3 million  in Victoria Falls ahead of the 20th UNWTO General Assembly, which takes place from August 24-29. The investment includs the refurbishment of the group’s Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and the introduction of its new property, the Victoria Falls Safari Club.   Ross Kennedy CEO and Southern Africa director of Atta, said the company would invest over the next months to March 2014, an additional $1.7 milli…

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24 July 2013

Ethiopian tourism on a role

Ethiopia earns $664 million revenue from tourism in 2012 and Atta is beginning to grow a strong membership base in the country.   Over 663.7 million USD revenue was secured from tourists, who visited tourists sites across the country during the last Ethiopian fiscal year. According to Minister Tadelech Dalecho  the revenue was secured from more than 629,000 tourists, who visited historical, natural and religious attractions across the country. The sites include, among others, …

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24 July 2013

Credit to Kenya where it's due?

Chris Froome’s overall victory on Sunday, in the 100th Tour de France, is a huge triumph for Great Britain but perhaps many in UK do not know that much of his success goes back to his childhood in Kenya and that Froome had even ridden for Kenya in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne With his second-place finish at the 2012 Tour de France, Chris Froome burst onto the biggest stage in professional cycling. But the career as a cyclist started thousands of miles away in a tiny vill…

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19 July 2013

Regatta - Another Successful Atta Event

         Atta Regatta, seminar and networking event started at 2pm and finished at midnight! And this is a snapshot of just some of the "thank you" emails we have received... "Thank you for hosting such a great evening. Fantastic event that didn't feel like the usual "work" in networking" - Amy Guttman, a multi-media Presenter, Reporter and Producer. "Many thanks to Atta for a great event. Great food, interesting s…

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18 July 2013

Qatar new route to Addis

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, is set to begin three-flights-a-week to Ethiopia's capital and largest city, Addis Ababa, on September 18, 2013. The new service from Doha to Addis Ababa will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 132 seats in Economy and 12 in Business Class. Addis Ababa joins a rapidly growing African network that Qatar Airways serves, amongst 19 other routes in North, East, West and Sub-Saharan Africa. In the last …

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17 July 2013

Tanzania VAT changes to be scrapped

Tanzania What happened? Following extensive lobbying from Tanzanian tourism investors, the Government has finally agreed to withdraw its proposal in 2013/4 Finance Bill to impose VAT on Tourism Services. The services which were listed are:- TOURIST GUIDING; GAME DRIVE; WATER SAFARIS; ANIMAL OR BIRD WATCHING; PARK ENTRY FEES; TOURIST CHARTER SERVICES & GROUND TRANSPORT. So, what was it all about? Proposals in the recent Tanzanian budget  included a serious ambush for the tourism secto…

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16 July 2013

Malawi Lake Dispute

Lake Malawi Malawi will not accept any interim deal on a disputed boundary on Lake Malawi with neighbouring Tanzania until the wrangle over sovereignty is settled, President Joyce Banda told mediators on Sunday.Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa’s third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake while Tanzania, to the east, says it owns half of the northern area. The southern half is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. “My government is not at this time willi…

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10 July 2013

Zanzibar Airport tax amendment

Amendment relating to the Atta memo of July 5th "Zanzibar raises airport tax to $40" An Atta member who left  Zanzibar on Monday, has just advised us that the taxes now total $48 as they have added a further $8 for Airport Safety Fee

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10 July 2013

France top tourist destination

France kept its position as the world's top tourist destination in 2012, with 83 million foreign visitors, and continued to host an increasing number of Asian travellers,  "With a new record number of arrivals by foreign tourists... France in 2012 retained its first place in the world," France's DGCIS international competitiveness agency said in its annual report on tourism. The figure beat the previous record of 81.4 mi…

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09 July 2013

Africa to see huge population rise

The UN’s latest Word Population Prospects report, released this week projection show that the global population will soar to 11 billion by the end of the century. The most startling figures emerge from Africa, where three quarters of the growth takes place. By 2100, Africa’s population is expected to reach 4.1 billion people. That would equal more than a third of the total population. Four African nations will contribute the majority of growth: Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Dem…

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09 July 2013

Tom Jager

Atta is deeply saddened to learn of the death, on July 4th, of Tom Jager, thought to have been caused by a parasite picked up while travelling. Until recently Tom was Group Sales and Marketing Manager of Atta member The Shamwari Group. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends A tribute to his life will take place on Wednesday, July 10, at 16h00 at Grand Café & Beach, Granger Bay, Cape Town, for family, friends and colleagues. Tom Jager's Summary on Linkedin Life…

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05 July 2013

SA Express Durban Harare route

SA Express starts Durban Harare route After successfully launching the Durban-Harare route last year October, SA Express officially inaugurated the service last week. The direct flights operate three times a week using a 50-seat wide-body CRJ 200. SAX will increase the frequency to four times a week in the near future.

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05 July 2013

New airline for Malawi

Malawi Airline Ltd The Malawi Government have announced the formation of a new national airline, Malawi Airline Ltd to be run in partnership with with Ethiopian Airlines. Malawi will have 51% of the new airline of which31% will be offered to interested Malawians, Ethiopian will have 49%. Air Malawi is being wound up  and their 3 aircraft are to be sold. Further details are to be announced shortly but Ethiopian airlines are expected to introduce  two new aircraft as part of a joi…

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03 July 2013

Kenya Airways new Middle East route

Kenya Airways launches Abu Dhabi-Nairobi flights Kenya Airways has started a new three flights a week service between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi. The aircraft has 145 seating capacity divided between business and economy classes. This will become their third Middle East destination after Dubai and Jeddah. The new connectivity between two major regions will contribute towards Abu Dhabi International Airport's growth as an international hub and will enable the airport to act as the Middle East…

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01 July 2013

Zambian Airport Tax Confirmation

Zambia Following differing reports on the airport tax issue the following confirms the departure tax is now in place Airport tax The National Airports Corporation has now introduced an Infrastructure and Development charge which is effective immediately. This tax is applicable for ALL passengers departing from Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lusaka or Ndola Airports on domestic or international flights. The new tax will be applied to ALL tickets for scheduled flights issued or amended after 15 June…

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