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30 October 2014

Members on the Atta Stand at WTM London next week

Looking forward to meeting members at WTM next week. Please come to visit Atta and our exhibiting members on the stand AF330. 1 Asilia Camps | Lodges | Safaris East Africa   2 Kempinski Hotels In Kenya     3 New Frontiers Tours South Africa Monday & Tuesday only 4 andBeyond Southe…

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30 October 2014

Graham Boynton: Fighting the elephant ivory poachers of Kenya

With the slaughter of elephants showing no sign of slowing in Kenya, Dr Paula Kahumbu is a conservationist who is taking the fight to the poachers... by Atta Media Director Graham Boynton in The Telegraph

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29 October 2014

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary Major global development lenders such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the European Union have pledged more than US$8 billion with a view to boosting economic growth and reducing poverty in eight countries in the Horn of Africa. Target countries include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. Projects include support for improving transport links, oil pipelines, as well as boosting education and inter…

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29 October 2014

Sabre and South African Airways Sign New Multi-Year Technology Agreement

Airline to make all fares and inventory available in the Sabre travel marketplace Sabre Corporation and South African Airways have signed a new multi-year agreement to make the carrier's airfares and inventory available in the Sabre global distribution system. The agreement provides Sabre travel agencies and corporations globally with access to the airline's full range of fares, schedules and availability including published fares sold through the airline's own website and reservat…

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29 October 2014

Further access to Africa from Japan

Ethiopian Airlines and ANA have announced the signing of a code-share agreement, which connects Japan to 49 destinations in Africa. Starting on Oct. 26, customers are now able to fly on daily ANA-operated flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris or London and connect to flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia or Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya. The new partnership will provide more route options to passengers heading to Africa from Japan. Both carriers are members…

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28 October 2014

Flyafrica.com announces entry into Namibian market

Flyafrica.com announced Namibia as the next step in its Pan Africa low-fare strategy. Namibia joins Zimbabwe in the flyafrica.com airline family. Flyafrica.com is scheduled to operate daily flights from Windhoek to Johannesburg from Monday, February 2, 2015. Sales via flyafrica.com commenced from October 21, 2014, and travel agency sales will commence shortly after. Namibia flyafrica is set to operate scheduled regional flights from Namibia to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Windh…

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28 October 2014

Botswana wants internet roll-out across all hotels

Hotels, lodges, guest houses and campsites in Botswana are being pressured to have internet connectivity by August next year. The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has challenged the country's hospitality industry to meet its set-out internet guidelines. According to BOCRA, the guidelines provide a framework that governs provision of quality broadband internet in hospitality facilities. The guidelines prescribe minimum bandwidth to be acquired by various facilities, netw…

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27 October 2014

Ethiopian Airlines to Start Tokyo Service from April 2015

Ethiopian Airlines from 01APR15 is introducing service to Japan, where it’ll operate 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Tokyo Narita route, on board Boeing 787 aircraft. Overall service to Hong Kong will increase from 4 to 7 weekly as a result. ET672 ADD2215 – 1315+1HKG1425+1 – 1930+1NRT 788 135 ET673 NRT2045 – 2355HKG0055+1 – 0600+1ADD 788 246

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27 October 2014

Review of Tourism Growth and Development Strategy for Namibia

The Government of Namibia has set itself the target to become one of the most competitive destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2017. In its strive to achieve the goals set by the Government, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has drafted the National Tourism Growth and Development Strategy (NTGDS) as well as the National Tourism Investment Profile and Promotion Strategy (NTIPPS).  The Ministry planned to conduct public consultations on both documents with major players before finali…

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27 October 2014

Measuring Employment in the Tourism Industries – Guide with Best Practices

UNWTO released the guide with facts and findings that confirm that employment in tourism and the economic value of tourism in terms of employment remain inadequately measured and insufficiently studied. Employment in the tourism industries needs to be measured and described in a more consistent way supported by proper statistical instruments developed on international tools and enhanced through international cooperation. This guide provides some examples of best practices of measuring employme…

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24 October 2014

Webinar Recording: Azura Selous

Amazing turn out for the Azura Selous webinar! 140 registrants and over 60 live viewers. If you have missed it, here is the recording link. 

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24 October 2014

Renowned birders head to Uganda

The Big Birding day has been going on for a number of years now. As the day got more popular and bird lovers increased, it became an annual event in 2009. Preparations for this year are already underway. The day will be marked on November 29 under the theme: Birds And People, Friends For Life. Uganda Tourism Board in conjunction with Nature Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority, among others, is putting together a memorable event for both local and international bird lovers and other nature ent…

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23 October 2014

Azura Selous Webinar Today

Over 130 people have already registred to watch this webinar. Don't miss it. It's today at 14:00 UK Time Click here to register and receive your login instructions If you cannot watch it live, we will send you the recording link afterwards. Azura Retreats are very excited to be launching their first safari camp Azura Selous (formerly Amara Selous) located in a very exclusive part of the Selous in southern Tanzania. The camp has had lots of exciting enhancements and an interior upgrade …

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23 October 2014

Battlefields of East Africa 1914-1916

The Atta bookshop brings you "Guerrillas of Tsavo"   Up to now South Africa has been the focus of Africa's historic battlefields. Now it is the turn of East Africa following the publication by James Willson of “Guerrillas of Tsavo” an illustrated diary, recording the actions and tribulations of a British Empire army at war against an enterprising, adventurous enemy during the East African Campaign of The Great War in British East Africa 1914-1916 "Guerr…

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23 October 2014

Atta Financial - Kenya's growing IT boom

Africa's Silicon Savannah A brief "heads up" The Kenyan government is developing Konza city as a 5,000-acre public-private partnership and Information and Communication Technology hub, raising hopes that the project might provide job opportunities for youth in the country. The idea is a city where people can come and learn and work; where technology is used efficiently to address all issue areas. Konza is a flagship initia…

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23 October 2014

Atta Cape Town Christmas Network Dec 4th

Atta invites members and industry friends to a dazzling evening event for tourism networking, in a Pre-Christmas Party spirit. Thursday, 4th December 2014 17.30- 21.00 Venue: Tides, The Bay Hotel, 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks and Christmas canapés Our Lead Sponsors: SATIB - Africa's leading tourism insurance providers and the host for the new Atta24 crisis management programme  We Are Africa - Have you joined the Tribe…

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22 October 2014

Emirates increases Durban flights for the festive period

Emirates is again increasing its presence in the South African market by adding four new flights between Durban and Dubai to its December/January schedule.  The additional flights will operate on December 17, December 27, December 31 and January 11.  Emirates says: “The move to add extra flights out of Durban during December/January, as with all commercial decisions, was driven by anticipated passengers demand. Families like to travel around milestone events such as the new yea…

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22 October 2014

Ebola progress -Nigeria Ebola free

WHO declares Nigeria free of Ebola Announcing the declaration yesterday, the World Health Organisation said 42 days had passed since the nation last reported a case. By the time the last case was reported on September 5, 2014, Nigeria had recorded 19 cases with eight deaths and 11 survivors.  

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22 October 2014

New Tourism Platform Launched With Bash

A new initiative to boost tourism called Globa.li was launched in Nairobi. Globa.li was founded by Sarah Fazendin whose first encounter with Kenyan tourism was when she spent half a decade running North American marketing for the Kenya Tourist board. The new initiative allows boutique hoteliers get more bookings by providing a smarter distribution technology that offers real-time inventory to booking agents worldwide.

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21 October 2014

Atta WTM Networking Evening - Wed, 5th Nov

A get-together evening during WTM London for Atta members to catch up with your fellow industry friends and colleagues. Sponsored by                                                                            Date: Wednesday, 5th November 2014 Time: 6.30 -11.00pm Where: Ev Restaurant, The…

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21 October 2014

The first ever art gallery in Livingstone

Tourism and Arts Minister of Zambia has opened the first ever art gallery in Livingstone. The Ministry of Tourism and Arts, through the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) would continue to develop the facility to higher standards expected of a gallery in a tourist capital. As the country celebrated its 50 years of independence, the expectations of the newly built art gallery were high. The Ministry was expectant that artists would maximize the usage of the gallery to promote tourism in the …

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21 October 2014

Ebola coverage: the good, the bad and the ugly

Like all big stories, the ongoing Ebola outbreak is showing the best and the worst (and ugliest) of how news is covered and distributed online. To some, the Ebola story offers opportunities to experiment with new reporting forms; to others, it is just another click-bait vehicle. Here’s a look at some of the highs and lows of the coverage of the most viral story of the year. The Good To keep people informed about Ebola, the BBC is turning to WhatsApp, which i…

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21 October 2014

Wealthy Chinese travellers eye Latin America and Africa

Chinese tourists aren’t just traveling the world - they’re redefining global travel. The world’s largest outbound tourism market is "dictating the international tourism map", according to the UN World Tourism Organization’s Asia-Pacific director. Some have even booked trips beyond the planet - on private space flights. Ten percent of the customers for XCOR Aeronautics’ space flights are Chinese. The company is one of two offering viable flights within th…

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21 October 2014

Webinar: The Launch of Azura Selous

This Thursday, 23rd Oct, at 14:00 BST tune in for Azura Selous webinar. Azura Retreats are very excited to be launching their first safari camp Azura Selous (formerly Amara Selous) located in a very exclusive part of the Selous in southern Tanzania. The camp has had lots of exciting enhancements and an interior upgrade to the lounge, dining areas and the interiors of the tented villa’s to reflect the relaxed safari vibe that Azura are giving the camp. The camp will have a very fresh new…

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20 October 2014

Kenya’s first private museum dedicated to the Maasai people and their customs

Visitors to Kenya often seek additional information about the country’s history and cultures, but apart from the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi, there seems little else available to answer questions and satisfy people’s curiosity about the country’s past. The ‘Maa Museum’ established earlier this year, and presently the first and only privately-registered and licensed museum in Kenya, this little gem was opened up within the grounds of the Enashipai Resort &a…

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20 October 2014

British Army veteran who was part of team which helped control the first Ebola outbreak in the 1970s

Captain Jim Masters found himself at the front line of dealing with the first outbreak of Ebola in 1976 in Zaire. For your interest from both an historical and current perspective here is a link to the article in Mail Online.  

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17 October 2014

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards deadline is slowly approaching!

The 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awardshosted by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are still open for entries until the 14th of November 2014. WTTC is encouraging businesses and organisations committed to sustainable tourism to apply before the deadline to ensure their efforts are recognised. What are the Awards for? The Awards are one of the world's highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism sector, aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism. How do the Award…

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16 October 2014

Lake Manyara National Park to issue electronic permits for tourists

Tanzania to start issuing electronic permits for tourists visiting the northern Lake Manyara National Park. "This is a pilot implementation of new computerized gate permit system," the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) said. The move by the country’s wildlife watchdog is meant to boost park fee collections as well as reducing unnecessary inconveniences for visitors visiting the park, which is located on the floor of the Great East African Rift Valley. The new system will be para…

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15 October 2014

TAZARA Railway Set to Promote Tourism

The Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) will offer huge potential in promoting tourism industry in the countries. The passengers will be ferried by the 1860 kilometres TAZARA rail line from Dar es Salaam to New Kapirimposhi in Zambia. It crosses in some of the most unique and spectacular tourist sites. The Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources said that investors could invest in the much needed tourism infrastructures along the railway line like hotels and lodges which in turn c…

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15 October 2014

Webinar: The Launch of Azura Selous

On Thursday, 23rd October at 14:00 GMT +1 Azura Retreats are very excited to be launching their first safari camp Azura Selous (formerly Amara Selous) located in a very exclusive part of the Selous in southern Tanzania. The camp has had lots of exciting enhancements and an interior upgrade to the lounge, dining areas and the interiors of the tented villa’s to reflect the relaxed safari vibe that Azura are giving the camp. The camp will have a very fresh new look and we look forward …

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15 October 2014

New Website for Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

The Cape Town's Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMAC) website has been redesigned to offer all the information necessary for visitors to Table Mountain in an informative and accessible way that does justice to this beautiful site. The site has undergone cosmetic and structural changes. It now features a responsive design, which will ensure it works well on desktops as well as tablets and mobile phones. The site gives visitors all the information they need to plan their trip up the mountain…

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14 October 2014

Atta Roadshow Partners On Show Solutions launches Event Calendar for 2015

On Show’s roadshows take you to key source markets in the UK, Russia, the US, Europe, Australasia and Asia to meet directly with African specialists in country.    Their trade events provide travel sellers with the latest information and tools designed to boost their sales to Africa through personalised meetings with the finest products from Southern, East and Central Africa as well as the Indian Ocean Islands.   A new roadshow in the Nordics by Atta, On Show and Eva Stenm…

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14 October 2014

Fresh Tourist Facilities Classification in Kenya From November

The Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) is in November set to start afresh the classification and standardisation of tourism facilities and services in the country. TRA said this would ensure standards and quality of service are adhered to, adding that lack of classification for over a decade had contributed to deterioration of hotel standards. The last time the institutions were classified in Kenya was in 2003. TRA said a classification team had already been set up and the names sent to the to…

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13 October 2014

South African Tourism Occupies New York City

South African Tourism occupied Times Square in New York one morning with a mobile concert featuring Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela. The Grammy-nominated musicians performed two songs from the roof of a double decker bus that pulled up and parked in the pedestrian area on 43rd Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Masekela and Mahlasela are headliners in the upcoming month-long festival at Carnegie Hall titled “Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa,” which is part of South…

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13 October 2014

Emirates Sees Strong Network Growth Opportunities in Africa

Today, Emirates fleet investment in Africa tops $7 billion with operating costs of over $2 billion and it currently operates to 22 passenger and six dedicated freighter destinations in Africa with over 160 flights across the continent each week, connecting African economies and markets with Dubai and beyond to a global network of over 140 major cities. United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier Emirates Airline is placing a strategic focus on Africa in the coming decade and will grow its operations by…

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10 October 2014

Interview with Joss Kent, CEO of &Beyond

andBeyond’s CEO Joss Kent on the Luxury Safari Industry Joss Kent was heir apparent to his father’s travel-adventure outfit before he left to run one of its main competitors. Now he has restored a site in Kenya that was once home to the family camp—and hopes to modernize the safari experience for the 21st century. See his interview here.

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10 October 2014

Tanzania’s tourism boom takes a knock

As tourism to Kenya suffers from international negative perception, Tanzania has benefited by receiving a major increase in tourism in the last few years. However, due to the Ebola outbreak, numbers seem to be dropping again.   According to the East African Business Week between 2002 and 2013, Tanzania registered a growth of over 50% in international tourist arrivals. In 2013, Tanzania received 1 135 884 tourists, which earned the country US$1, 81 billion (R20,3 billion). Dave H…

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09 October 2014

Marriott and Protea to invest $200 million in hotel expansion in Africa

International hotel chain Marriott and Protea has announced plans to invest $200 million in hotel expansion in Africa. The first new hotel under the plan will be opened in Ethiopia next year while others are to be opened in Kigali, Rwanda, Ghana and South Africa in subsequent years. The coming year is a transformational year for Marriott's partnership with Africa. Today, there are 120 operational hotels in Africa with a total of 5,000 rooms. It was projected that by 2020, the number of Mar…

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08 October 2014

Meet African Suppliers on the Atta Stand AF330 at WTM London

A diverse Atta membership will once again be represented on the Atta stand at WTM in London next month. Here is the list of Atta Members exhibiting with us this year. Please contact them individually to make appointments. Atta Members on the stand AF330 Region/Country Contact Email Address Table No Days In andBeyond Southern & East Africa Abigail a…

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08 October 2014

Magical Kenya Travel Expo Starts Today

Atta and members are attending The Magical Kenya Travel Expo starting today. The annual Magical Kenya Travel Expo provides a window into Kenya’s unparalleled tourism offerings and solidifies Kenya as the cornerstone for travel in East Africa.  Each year we invite U.S. travel trade partners to attend MKTE and receive an enthusiastic reception across the board.  MKTE allows us and our partners to keep a pulse on leading travel trends and product developments in Kenya.  Most …

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08 October 2014

Tolene van der Merwe to head South Africa tourism in UK

Travel industry expert Tolene van der Merwe will become the new UK country manager for South African Tourism it has been announced. South African native, van der Merwe has more than 15 years’ experience in the travel industry, working on business to business and business to consumer initiatives. She began her career in South Africa, at travel agency Exclusive Getaways, before becoming national sales manager at Gatsby International Hotels. She then moved to the UK in 2005 to become produ…

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08 October 2014

Radisson Blu plan for Kampala

Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest hotel groups worldwide, has announced plans to set up in Kampala with a new hotel offering 195 rooms. The Company said property will welcome the first guests in 2016. “We are delighted to arrive in Uganda. Tourism is one of the country’s fastest developing sectors, and Uganda is also becoming an important market for foreign investment due to its rich oil reserves,” statement released by the hotel minders quotes Wolfgang M. Neumann, Presiden…

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07 October 2014

Ethiopian Airlines to continue Asia expansion with Singapore non-stops

Singapore Changi is poised to emerge as the Asian hub for Ethiopian Airlines as the African flag carrier looks to introduce non-stop flights on the Addis Ababa-Singapore route in 2015. The new flight could lead to a further strengthening of the Ethiopian Airlines-Singapore Airlines partnership, which already includes seven destinations in Australasia. The launch of non-stop flights to Ethiopia would be the most significant accomplishment yet in Changi’s push to establish a foothold in th…

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07 October 2014

Sustainable Tourism 2.0 and the Protection of the World's Most Precious Natural Areas by Bas Hochstenbach, Co-founder of Asilia Africa

Responsible tourism "2.0" -- in a Collaborative Conservation effort with other stakeholders -- has a major role to play in securing the world's iconic wildlife species and its most precious natural habitats. Here's how. Governments of many African countries have committed large tracts of their homeland to the conservation of nature and wildlife -- at high opportunity costs to their electorate. Abstracting from their capacity to deliver, it would be a lot to ask of these same …

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07 October 2014

Tanzania reaps $1.8 billion in tourism revenue

Tanzania earned $1.8 billion from tourism in 2013, which is the first in the history of tourism in Tanzania. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism was speaking in Dar es Salaam on the sidelines of the just ended international tourism fair. Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB) has set up the new International Tourism Fair dubbed as Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE) so as to open up international tourism markets to local tourism agencies. Between 2002 and 2013, Tanzania registered a gro…

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06 October 2014

Namibian tourism up 13.2 percent from 2013

The latest FNB/Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (FENATA) Travel Index states that Namibia’s tourism activities increased by 1.5 percent from the previous quarter on the back of higher seasonal demand as the industry moved towards its peak season in August. The annualized growth was 13.2 percent higher than last year’s figure and although the industry continues to grow through 2014, the growth rate has begun decelerating. This coincided with a drop-off in tourists from Eu…

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03 October 2014

Virgin Australia brings back direct flights to Johannesburg through SAA codeshare

Virgin Australia has extended its network to South Africa with a codesharing deal on South African Airways flights between Johannesburg and Perth. The latest expansion to Virgin codeshare starts from October 21 and will allow members of the airline’s Velocity frequent flyer program to earn points and status credits on SAA’s Perth-Johannesburg flights. Fares from Perth to Johannesburg will go on sale through Virgin's website from October 14 for travel from October 21.

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02 October 2014

Zambian Tourism Minister Calls For Investment In Tourism Sector

Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata says Zambia is ready for investment in the hotel industry.  The Minister was speaking this afternoon at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum being held at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia this afternoon. The Minister  said the Zambian Government  had created  various  fiscal and non-fiscal incentives as well as exemptions and concessions  for investors in the tourism industry which  included zero percent tax on div…

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02 October 2014

Growth of Low Cost Carriers in East Africa

East Africa is seeing an influx of new LCC services, led by expansion at flydubai and fastjet. flydubai is launching six destinations in four East African countries during Sep/Oct-2014, which will make it the leading LCC in the region’s international market. flydubai and fastjet both launched services to Entebbe in Sep-2014, giving Uganda its first taste of low fares. flydubai will also by the end of Sep-2014 become the first LCC to serve Burundi and Rwanda, increasing the number of East…

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02 October 2014

Trade deal set to boost Kenyan tourism sector

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has pledged to support Kenya's tourism industry in its recovery efforts. UNWTO pledged to send a fact-finding mission to Kenya to gather more information. UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, offers tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects around the world. The Tourism Recovery Taskforce le…

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01 October 2014

Rwanda Kamembe Airport Upgrade to Boost Tourism Industry

The aviation industry is primed for further boost when refurbishment of Kamembe Airport in Western Province of Rwanda is completed. The Rwf5.1 billion works that start in November will see the airport's runway extended to 2.2 kilometres from 1.5 kilometres to accommodate big aircrafts, as well as help decongest the airport. The refurbishment will help spur tourism as well as ease inland travel and enhance passenger safety. China Road and Bridge Corporation Company has been contracted to un…

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