This Week at Atta HQ

London has been experiencing something of a heatwave this week and with more high temperatures predicted for this weekend, we are getting our braais out to crack out a cold one after work today…welcome to Friday!

We have spent a fair amount of time this week trying to get to the bottom of the new immigration rules for South Africa. The latest that we have is that it will become a requirement to carry an unabridged birth certificate for any children travelling to or through South Africa on the 1st of October 2014. For more information, click here. Atta are in discussions with South African tourism to see what we can do about this as the impact it will have on travellers will be large. To aid us with this, please check the website and find out what you can send to Lina on ops@atta.travel. We will keep you updated on this as we find out more.

I would like to take this moment to thank Mohanjeet Brar and Aleema Normohammed of Porini for the amazing work they did in helping us with the Atta Seminar in Nairobi two weeks ago. I was barely involved and watched as Nigel, Lina, Mohanjeet and Aleema worked together to create what was by all accounts a fantastic event. Those of you who also missed the event itself will be able to watch it next week, as the video that was recorded will become available to you then.

We have been working on getting the WTM information out. We now have our rates and are just ironing out a few details - you can expect an email later today or first thing on Monday for the preliminary information for the show. Places are limited this year so please get back to us as soon as the information comes out so you can guarantee a space!

Those of you who have attended Indaba over the past five years will remember Faith, our fantastic tea-guru who has kept us all well watered with tea and coffee at the show. At the end of each show, we have asked for donations to Faith and her team for tips. Atta were absolutely delighted to discover recently that the contributions that members and Atta have made to Faith in return for these services have allowed her to qualify as a nurse! This is a fantastic achievement and we would like to thank each and every one of you who has helped – do not forget to congratulate Faith if she can make it to the show next year.

Matched, Hatched and Through the Grapevine – Atta’s book-keeper Silvia and husband Ben welcomed their beautiful daughter Amelie Pearl to the world at 2.28 on Saturday the 7th of June. We all extend our congratulations to them, and are looking forward to seeing the latest member of the Atta family grow!

In Coranda’s Tip of the Week today, I am going to teach you how to submit photos to your news stories. Do you remember this tutorial, which taught you how to upload your news stories to your member’s dashboard?

The process for posting news itself is still the same. You write your Catchy Title and you write your story. (Don’t forget, you can learn how to here.) Then, you follow the below steps to upload a photo.

Prologue:  Follow the original tutorial linked to above, and write your story with a catchy title, following the Atta guidelines.

Step 1: Place your cursor where you would like the picture in the story, and click the little 'insert image' icon.

Step 2: When the pop-up appears (this works best using Google Chrome or Firefox, and Internet Explorer is unreliable), go to the "Upload" tab.

Step 3: Select "Choose File" to browse your computer and find the image.

Step 4: Select your file and click "Open" to add it to the story.

Step 5: Click "Send it to the Server" to save it on the Atta website. This step is crucial - if you do not include it, you will have to start again!

Step 6: Edit your image dimensions if you wish to. Optimum width is 600 - anything bigger than this will not display properly.

If you are happy to post your news story as is, you can click "Save Changes" and it will be submitted to me for approval. However, a fancy new feature of the Atta website will allow you to change the thumbnail that appears on the front page next to your story, as in the Wilderness Safaris story, below.

If you do not do this, the Atta logo will show as in the Bush & Beyond story. Please note that at the time of writing, there are a some teething systems with the site, so if you do upload a copy of this photo, please send it to membership@atta.travel as well so I can fix anything if it is not successful.

To do this, follow the next steps.

Step 7: Click "Choose File" to select your image.

Step 8: Select your image in your explorer and click "Open".

Step 9: Click "Save Changes" to save everything and see your story on the website!

Phew! Are you still reading?! If you have any questions, please send me an email on membership@atta.travel. It really is simple once you get used to it (I've had to post 11 pictures into this whole newsletter so it can't be that bad!) but I realise it can be tough to pick up at first.

Best wishes for the weekend,

Coranda - membership@atta.travel