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30 May 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning and welcome to a special edition of This Week at Atta HQ, written largely by Lina while your membership manager is suffering from an illness! I'm sure I will be up and about in no time at all. We have been busy getting ready for the East African seminar, the information for which is here. Nigel will be flying out this evening and is looking forward to seeing everyone in Nairobi. The website's new look was launched this week. Did you notice? Check it out at www.atta.travel …

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30 May 2014

Condor to increase its flights into Kenya

Condor has announced that it will increase its flight rotations to Moi International Airport Mombasa beginning end of July to four flights a week. The airline announced this when one of its planes landed at the airport early yesterday with 200 tourists, mainly Germans, who were en route to Zanzibar at a time when Kenya’s tourism sector at the coast has taken a beating due to terrorism fears. Condor has an annual transportation capacity of more than 6.7 million and covers over 75 destinat…

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30 May 2014

Euromonitor: a new frontier for growth in Sub-Saharan Africa's hotels

Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa remains in the pipeline for many international hotel groups, as economic growth and rising middle classes are boosting both business and leisure travel to the region. In an undersupplied market, the continent is full of opportunities... Read the full article here.

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30 May 2014

Instagram campaign calls for change in travel and tourism career industry

People are being asked to create their own 15-second videos to explain why they love working in travel and tourism. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched a campaign to help change the perception of a career in the sector and is asking members of the travel and tourism industry to participate. The campaign comes on the back of new research from WTTC, which shows that travel and tourism holds opportunities for job creation to address the youth unemployment and gender ine…

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30 May 2014

Ethiopian Airlines fly to Kano, Nigeria

Ethiopian Airlines commenced operations to its fourth destination in Nigeria on 24 May, launching four weekly flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Kano (KAN), operated via Enugu. The 3,330-kilometre sector will be served utilising the 171-seat 757-200s.

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29 May 2014

Zambia: New Tourism Tax

As of early 2014, all tourism packages and activities in Zambia now incur an expense of an additional 16% allocated to VAT, where previously VAT on tourism in the country was 0%. This will not apply to any bookings that were made back in 2013. This follows on from Kenya’s introduction of a 16% VAT tax on tourism in 2013. The new tax will apply to bookings for safaris and game viewing (including unique Zambia offerings such as walking with lions), canoeing, helicopter tours, boat cruising…

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29 May 2014

Ethiopian Airlines to offer four daily services to Nairobi

Ethiopian Airlines will offer four daily services to Nairobi with the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior, starting from June 1, 2014. Flights to Nairobi are being increased from twice daily to four times a day. Ethiopian is a Pan-African carrier currently serving 81 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights and is using the latest technology aircraft such as the B787s, B777s and B737s New Generation with Sky Interior.

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28 May 2014

Commercial News from Africa

A significant yet seldom highlighted World Bank statistic is that half of African countries (27 in total) are now classified as middle-income countries. Private equity has enabled businesses in Africa to grow by servicing rapidly gentrifying populations and is providing returns for investors that outstrip public markets. Among the most promising sectors is financial services, which has long been popular with the region’s private equity houses, particularly as technological innovations, s…

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28 May 2014

Tourism Minister replaced in South Africa

Marthinus van Schalkwyk is being replaced by Derek Hanekom as the newly appointed Minister of Tourism. Van Schalkwyk served as a Cabinet minister for 10 years from 2004. The former Tourism Minister confirmed he would ensure “a smooth and seamless handover and transition" between him and his successor, the newly appointed Hanekom, who had previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from 2012-2014. Derek Hanekom was Deputy Minister of Science and Technology having served u…

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28 May 2014

Private airline launches in Kenya

Kenya’s latest privately owned airline SkyAero made its first flight from Nairobi to Kisumu. Besides Kisumu, the new airline will also serve Mombasa, with the maiden flight planned for May 30, using a DC 9 aircraft in a single-class configuration. Source: eTN

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28 May 2014

Air Tanzania returns to Arusha and Zanzibar

Air Tanzania commenced flights from Dar to Zanzibar and Arusha again. Air Tanzania will fly six times a week to both destinations. The airline also flies to Kigoma, Tabora, Mbeya, Mtwara, Mwanza as well as two international routes to Moroni/Comoros and Bujumbura/Burundi.

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27 May 2014

The Atta East Africa Seminar, Nairobi, June 3rd 2014

The Atta East Africa Seminar  “Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife” Date : Tuesday June  3rd 2014 Venue: The Tribe Hotel, Nairobi Atta Members free of charge, non members 1500/- payable on the door Members are free but must register online at https://payments.atta.travel/tickets and enter password: responsible Atta Airline Partner AGENDA 09.00 Registration and coffee Presentations 09.30    Nigel Vere Nicoll, CEO - Atta 10.00    Dr Christi…

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23 May 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

It’s Friday, and we have been sipping on icy water in the Atta offices this week as London has experienced some glorious heat! Please note that there not be anyone in the Atta office on Monday the 26th of May as it is a Bank Holiday in the UK. The normal emergency procedures apply – contact +44 (0) 7402 077277 (Coranda) or +44 (0) 7917 142765 (Nigel). As always, we have had a busy week, not least because of the announcement of the new advice on Kenya that emerged from the…

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23 May 2014

The Fat Kid Diaries: Week 46. Disconnect to reconnect...island style

As we’ve been manically going about our business of trade shows the Fat Kid on a Bike, Ron Rutland, has been weaving his way through Africa. It’s been nearly 1 year of his journey; just take a look at the map on his home page. http://www.fatkidonabike.com/ Last week Ron visited one of Atta’s most remote members Bom Bom Island Resort on Principe Island in São Tomé and Príncipe. Few of our members have had a chance to visit these island: here are a few of t…

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16 May 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning from London! What a whirlwind few weeks it has been for the Atta team – we are now back and ready to roll – so on to business. I would like to take this moment to reflect on the four shows we have attended over the last few weeks; WTM Latin America, WTM Africa, We Are Africa and Indaba. WTM Latin America  Atta had a very busy stand in Brazil, and much of our success there, was due to our very energetic Latin American Director Andre Laget, and our hard working Lati…

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14 May 2014

Non-Essential Travel Warning - Kenya

Kenya travel advice Latest update: Summary - the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north to Tiwi in the south. Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north to Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi international airport) Advise reads if you’re currently in an area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether…

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12 May 2014

Victoria Falls Airport expansion project explained

Victoria Falls Airport, the gateway to one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, is currently undergoing an expansion project. The project will see the construction of a new international terminal building with a capacity to service 1.2 million people per annum, a new parallel 4 000m runway to cater for wide body aircraft in the class of Boeing 747 and an upgrade to the existing Terminal Building. The current runway, after being structurally strengthened will be used as a full-length tax…

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12 May 2014

KQ to fly to Abuja & Zanzibar

On June 6, KQ will launch flights to the Nigerian capital city of Abuja. Initially there will be four flights a week between Nairobi and Abuja, leaving Nairobi every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, using a Boeing B737-700 aircraft for the 4.45-hour-long flight, before returning the same day to Nairobi from where a range of onward flights to the Gulf, India, and Asia await connecting passengers. From June 2 onwards, Kenya Airways will also return on the route to Zanzibar with a late even…

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12 May 2014

Ethiopian Airlines cut domestic flights rate 40%

In an attempt to boost tourist flow to the country, Ethiopian Airlines announced a 40 per cent flights rate cut to local tourist destinations in Ethiopia. "We are more than ready to serve tourists coming to Ethiopia and as a national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines has a duty and obligation to promote Ethiopia," said CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam, speaking at a press conference Thursday. "The discount makes us very, very competitive compared to local flight rates of …

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09 May 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning and hello from a sunny Durban! (Let us hope it remains sunny for the rest of the weekend...) Before I continue on, I wanted to give you all the SA mobile number we are currently using: +27 (0) 762 867 677. Please do call me if you are travelling and need a hand. We are nearly ready to welcome you all to Indaba, and I have spent this week busily going to and from the ICC in Durban to check on various things. All of the badges have been collected; all of the wine has arrived; all of…

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09 May 2014

Zambia's international arrivals up

Zambia has registered an increase in the number of international arrivals from 859,088 in 2012 to 912,576 last year. Zambia Tourism Board says the holiday category of arrivals which has been especially targeted by the institution’s promotional efforts registered a 12.75 percent growth rate last year, sustaining a positive average growth rate of 13 percent since 2011. The conferences category of international arrivals registered the most impressive growth rate of about 409 percent during …

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08 May 2014

The Atta East Africa Seminar, Nairobi, June 3rd 2014

The Atta East Africa Seminar  “Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife” Date : Tuesday June  3rd 2014 Venue: The Tribe Hotel, Nairobi Atta Members free of charge, non members 1500/- payable on the door Members are free but must register online at https://payments.atta.travel/tickets and enter password: responsible Atta Airline Partner AGENDA 09.00 Registration and coffee Presentations 09.30    Nigel Vere Nicoll, CEO - Atta 10.00    Dr Christi…

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08 May 2014

Atta's Latin American Newsletter

Andrea has prepared another issue of Atta's Newsletter for the Latin American market. Check out who got featured this time! Portuguese & Spanish. You can easily translate it into English! If you would like to find out more about the market, you are welcome to contact Andrea directly. Andrea Landaeta Email         andrea@saririterra.com SKYPE        saririterra www.saririterra.com facebook.com/saririterra

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07 May 2014

SAA Improves Flights to Beijing

South African Airways has improved flight times to Beijing, China following recent extensive negotiations with the Chinese authorities. The airline's schedule to Beijing now offers improved arrival and departure times to and from Beijing, effective 1 May 2014, with the flight departing about four hours earlier in Johannesburg and arriving four hours earlier in Beijing. Flying time between Johannesburg and Beijing is about 15 hours. Tourism has grown and China is now the fourth largest inbo…

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07 May 2014

Cape Town Tourism launches visitor vehicle

Cape Town Tourism’s new innovative mobile Visitor Information Centre was launched at the opening of WTM Africa. The specially-adapted, Cape Town Tourism-branded vehicle will be stationed at events, high visitor traffic areas and anywhere it is otherwise needed in a bid to meet travellers – and locals – wherever they are when needing information and booking assistance. Globally there is less and less of a focus on bricks and mortar visitor centres, as a digitally-minded genera…

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07 May 2014

Can Mozambique and South Africa win the war on rhino poaching? By Colin Bell

Two African neighbours Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa signed this historic anti-poaching agreement at the well suited Kruger National Park last month. Addressing a crowd at a ceremony to sign an anti-poaching agreement between South Africa and Mozambique in the Kruger National Park this April, Edna Molewa, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, mentioned in a speech signifying her department’s move toward a possible trade in rhino horn, that &ldquo…

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06 May 2014

TWO SHOWS ONE AFRICA alliance delivering strong results

The TWO SHOWS ONE AFRICA alliance between Beyond Luxury Media and South African Tourism has secured well over 1400 exhibitors across WE ARE AFRICA and INDABA respectively. It is already beginning to fulfil its ambition to set out the future roadmap for African travel. By combining an innovative and exclusive new luxury travel show WE ARE AFRICA alongside Africa’s top travel trade show, INDABA, the alliance offers a proposition that covers the entire African leisure travel market with dis…

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06 May 2014

Zambia lifts USD ban for domestic transactions

The tourism industry in Zambia has welcomed the immediate revocation of statutory instruments number 55 and number 33. They were implemented in 2012 and respectively empowered the Bank of Zambia to monitor international transactions and prohibited companies from using foreign currency for domestic transactions. These instruments have been a huge challenge for the tourism industry as tourism service providers were suddenly exposed to major foreign exchange losses arising from the volatility of …

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05 May 2014

Atta director elected as Chairman of Ecotourism Kenya Board

Atta is proud to announce that our Eastern African Director Mohanjeet Brar of Gamewatchers Safaris was elected as Chairman of Ecotourism Kenya, which has 440 members comprising individuals, companies and community based organizations and plays a key role in ensuring that Kenya’s tourism is sustainable, both in terms of concern for the environment and for the welfare of local communities. Another Atta member, Anu Vohora Sales & Marketing Director of Safarilink Aviation was also electe…

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03 May 2014

Atta Event of the Year - Indaba Party 'Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife'

Atta’s event of the year to celebrate Responsible Tourism - Protecting Wildlife Saturday May 10th at 19.30 @ Coastlands on the Ridge Hotel, 315 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Musgrave, Durban  Cocktails, Dinner &  Dancing As always our Charity Raffle offers fabulous prizes donated by Atta members from all parts of Africa This year's charity:  A new anti-poaching project, launched by Kenya Tourism Board, to collar Rhinos A huge vote of thanks f…

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02 May 2014

Atta Regatta 2014 - Social Media Toolbox and Networking Evening, London, 16 July 2014

Atta Regatta 2014 - Social Media Toolbox and Networking Evening Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 14:00 till late Atta Regatta is back for another year with an afternoon of education on Social Media to be followed by the Atta summer party, in a fabulous setting overlooking the Thames, with BBQ and networking until late.   The Seminar will be held at The Riverside Studios Cinema and Damian Cook, the CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers, a global initiative to develop the online tourism sector in emergin…

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01 May 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning from Lina this week as Coranda is on her way to Cape Town for WTM Africa. First of all, we are happy to announce that the winners of Atta’s second photo competition dedicated to Saving Wildlife are Cheli & Peacock with Elvis! The photo collected 290 Likes and was shared 96 times! Elvis is a young black rhino hand-reared by Lewa Wildlife Conservancy after being taken from his mother, partially blind Mawingo, for his own safety (because of her blindness she had previously…

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01 May 2014

WTM Africa offers 'Secret Cape Town' Speed Marketing Session

In partnership with City of Cape Town, and jointly sponsored, the inaugural WTM Africa is offering a one hour speed marketing session to buyers promoting 12 'secret' or little known responsible tourism experiences in Cape Town in line with its approach to highlight responsible tourism at all of its events. A collection of dynamic tourism products will showcase 'Secret Cape Town' -  the Mother City seen as never before through the eyes of an eclectic mix of local people. Th…

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01 May 2014

Akilanga invites to Legendary Indaba Party on May 11th

The AKILANGA LEGENDARY PARTY is back for another round this INDABA 2014 and Atta members are invited to celebrate Akilanga’s 20th Anniversary on Sunday, 11th of May from 22h until 4am. Invitations with the location will be given on Akilanga’s stand ICC  C001 Dress code: white To register, please click here.

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01 May 2014

Webinar on Benin Date Change

We would like to inform you that the webinar on Benin will be moved to 5th June due to many countries having a national holiday on the 1st of May and African tourism players already travelling for exhibitions in South Africa. Sorry for the inconvenience caused to those who already registered. All registrations remain valid and we hope more of you can join us in June. Many thanks, Atta & Middle Africa   The Atta member Middle Africa invites you to a webinar on Benin which is, together …

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