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30 June 2014

South Africa’s tourism minister breaks silence on new travel regulations

Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has broken his silence on the likely impact of new immigration regulations. Members of the industry have questioned the National Department of Tourism and Hanekom’s silence concerning the new regulations that were passed as part of the Immigration Amendment Act. The regulations include the requirement that parents travelling with children to, from and transiting SA, produce an unabridged birth certificate for each child and have been broadly criticised…

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30 June 2014

Kenya postpones new visa regulations for South Africans

The implementation for the visa has been postponed to 1st September, 2014. NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN ORDINARY VISA APPLICANTS (AMENDED) The Kenyan Government will  from 1st September, 2014  introduce the following measures for  South African nationals visitingt Kenya; Ordinary Visa applicants travelling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service charge of R 750 ($70). Holders of Official or Diplomatic Passports travelling on Governme…

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27 June 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning to you all - I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the weeekend ahead! It has been a busy week at Atta HQ, with chief Nigel off to a number of very important meetings in London, where he sits on to board to several committees. As a key figurehead in the industry, Nigel was also mentioned in a couple of media outlets, quoted in his defence of tourism to some of the areas of Africa that have been in the news recently. Nigel, Lina and myself also had a meeti…

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27 June 2014

Wings of Kenya - the Birdwatchers Paradise

New Book by Swiss Ambassador to Kenya Jacques Pitteloud proves why Kenya is a mecca for bird watchers. The ongoing wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara may be Kenya's most spectacular wildlife event, but it is not the biggest. That title is lifted high by millions of birds that migrate through Kenya every year. The largely unnoticed bird spectacle makes the country one of the world's most important migratory corridors and a mecca for birdwatchers. Every year, millions of birds from Asia…

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26 June 2014

TripAdvisor: 4 Opportunities You May Be Missing Out On – According to TripBarometer

TripAdvisor’s annual state of the travel industry survey, TripBarometer, shows that 2014 is turning into a fantastic year for the tourism sector.  With 21% of global travellers saying they’ll spend more this year than last, it’s a great time for individuals in the industry to make sure they’re ready to capitalize on this increased spending.  Unfortunately, travellers and hoteliers seem to have some differing opinions on what is important to travellers.  T…

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26 June 2014

Fastjet off - loads Fly 540

Africa low-cost airline fasjet, which is backed by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has off-loaded its share of Fly 540 Kenya to the airline's director Don Smith.Fastjet said the agreement wholly removes Fly 540 Kenya from the fastjet group. All legal and financial ties between the two companies have been dissolved and each group has indemnified one another against any and all liabilities relating to the segregation of the businesses, said fastjet. Ed Winter, fastjet interim…

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26 June 2014

Tourism - the Best Way to Connect Ethiopia and Kenya

It goes without saying that Ethiopia's tourism industry has for long lagged behind other African nations, least its neighbour whose share from the sector is probably one of the highest, if not the highest, from the continent: Kenya. But as of late there came an opportunity where the two nations can make tourism matter most to both, for both. In an exclusive interview Muriithi Ndegwa, Managing Director of Kenya Tourism Board, said his office was more than ready to explore the endless opport…

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25 June 2014

Botswana's Okavango Delta becomes 1000th World Heritage site

Botswana’s Okavango Delta became the 1000th site inscribed on the World Heritage List. Okavango was inscribed as a natural site by the World Heritage Committee, the second in the country. The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism said Botswana would continue to create a conducive environment for the protection and integrity of the sites and ensure that communities derive benefits from these sites. The progress had been made in improving the state of conservation of World Heritag…

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25 June 2014

Southern African youths involved in Tourism Development

Southern African Youths asked: How has tourism contributed/benefited my community? RETOSA believes it is strategic for the youth to become a driving force in tourism development at the national and regional level so that the region grows its share of the global tourism cake, and has announced its second annual Youth in Tourism Essay Competition, in line with the UNWTO World Tourism Day theme. The main objective of the competition is to raise youths' awareness of the importance of green mea…

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24 June 2014

New African Budget Airline Launched

Flyafrica.com, a new low fare airline has just announced its launch, with its first route between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg going on sale for just R99 (one-way, excl taxes and fuel surcharges). flyafrica.com plans to start a revolution within the travel industry by scrapping fuel surcharges. flyafrica.com's first flight from Victoria Falls will take-off on Wednesday 16 July. It plans to operate the route on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for the first four weeks after which flyafric…

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24 June 2014

New flight route: Dar es Salaam to Harare

Low cost airline fastjet is to start flights to Harare in Zimbabwe in August. The airline will launch a twice weekly operation from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Harare with tickets available now.  

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23 June 2014

Renaming JKIA Terminals

In order to enhance their customer experience and facilitation at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya Airports Authority plan to rename the terminal facilities at the airport. The rename which comes into effect on 30th June 2014 will affect the Terminal 4 and Unit 1, 2, 3 as follows: CURRENT NAME NEW NAME Terminal 4 Terminal 1 A (International Departures/Arrivals) Unit 1 Terminal 1 B (International Depa…

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23 June 2014

Webinar: How can Botswana be different yet affordable?

14:00 BST on July 10th The Footsteps in Africa webinar will focus on why our circuit of independent camps and lodges stand out from the crowd when considering Botswana as a destination. Do you know what is odd at ‘Oddballs’?  What is the rare species of game to be seen from Camp Linyanti? Who is the hidden gem in the Kalahari? How can our itineraries be so affordable? For the answers to these questions, together with unusual information that you can use on your b…

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20 June 2014

Review of Kenya Park Entry Fees 2014

Following the Presidential directive of 23rd May 2014 on review of park entry fees, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) inform that park entry fees to Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National Parks have been reviewed downward for Citizens and Non-Residents as follows: The changes take effect from 12th June 2014. For more information, visit www.kws.go.ke Mohanjeet Brar, Gamewatchers Safaris, Atta's East African Director

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20 June 2014

Connections - New Event Series

An exciting new event series called Connections has been launched by Travel Weekly. The inaugural event will be Connections Luxury on 29-30 September 2014, taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, UK.  Connections Luxury is an international, senior, invitation-only, all-inclusive event providing the top luxury travel buyers and suppliers with targeted one-to-one meetings, networking time and some outstanding experiences.  The event will involve just 30 handpicked luxury sup…

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20 June 2014

Tanzania VAT

Tanzania VAT We have learnt today that the proposed changes to VAT for certain tourism products including park fees, concession fees, game drives, transfers and activities have been postponed by the Government. Atta understands that further consultations are now being planned with stakeholders in November. Atta had made representations on the matter so let's hope that the consutlations move in the right direction.

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19 June 2014

Webinar: The New Campi ya Kanzi, Kenya

Today at 14:00 BST Atta invites you to the New Campi ya Kanzi. Join us for a webinar as Campi ya Kanzi in Kenya gets into adulthood! After 18 years in the Chyulu here is a completely new camp: new luxury tented cottages, new interior décors, new linen, a wellness center… discover it all in this presentation given by Luca Belpietro, the founder and learn about this community boutique eco-lodge in the Chyulu Hills. Click here to register and receive your login instructions Regist…

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19 June 2014

Nairobi Taxis to Use Meters

The Nairobi City County government has announced that come December they intend to have all taxis licensed in the city use meters to determine fares, similar to common practice elsewhere in the world. At present it is common practice to negotiate a fare, often guided by the concierge of a hotel where guests are staying, to either reach a destination in the city, the airport or even a daily flat rate, which considering the eternal traffic jams in the city spares clients to have to pay for the t…

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18 June 2014

Commercial News from Africa

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. The good news about Africa's growth story. The growth of gross domestic product, surging exports, rising foreign investment and the emergence of equity markets are easy to measure - and they all point to a region flush with opportunity. An increasing number of African countries are steaming towards middle-income status. In 2006, 13 countries were categorised as …

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18 June 2014

Marriott now the largest hotel group on the African continent

Marriott International is now  the largest hotel company in Africa and nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region to more than 160 hotels and 23 000 rooms as it completed its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group. Marriott now operates or franchises more than 4 000 hotels in 79 countries. At the same time, Marriott said that its pipeline of new hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including the addition of Protea, consists of more than 65 hotel…

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17 June 2014

Tanzania and VAT

In its budget deliberations, the Tanzanian Government is planning to remove the long-established VAT exemption for a number of tourism related services including air charters, tour guiding, and possibly even Park and Wildlife Fees, Camping Fees and Concession fees. The VAT rate is 18% so this move could increase the cost of a holiday in Tanzania by up to 18% depending on the mix of previously exempt elements, though 6-10% is more likely on an average safari itinerary. It is not yet known when …

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17 June 2014

New flight route Addis Ababa - Madrid

Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations to start three weekly services to Madrid, Spain starting from 2 September 2014. Ethiopian flights to Madrid will be operated through Rome and will bring the number of the airline’s international destinations across five continents to 83. The flights will provide the best connectivity options between Spain and East and Southern Africa. Passengers to and from Madrid will enjoy convenient connections to destinations in Ethiopian wide route netwo…

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17 June 2014

Tanzania devices tour marketing strategy

Tanzania has launched an International Tourism Marketing Strategy that is cantered to promote the county’s tour attractions globally. The strategy will involve advertising tour attractions especially those located in the southern circuit of the country. The promotion plan will involve a mixed marketing strategy in the focused countries citing United Kingdom, USA, Germany and Italy. Others in the list are France, Netherlands, Canada, Australia and Spain, South Africa, Brazil and India. So…

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17 June 2014

FCO Travel Update: South Africa

South Africa travel advice 16-06-2014 02:28 PM BST Latest update: Summary and Entry requirements section - changes to rules on entry and exit from South Africa for those travelling with children will apply from 1 October 2014

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17 June 2014

FCO Travel Update: Senegal

Senegal travel advice 16-06-2014 04:29 PM BST Latest update: Entry Requirements section – UK emergency travel documents

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16 June 2014

Kenya Update

Atta has received the following update from the Kenya Tourism Federation in light of the reported incident last night in Mpeketoni area in Lamu County: "KTF would like to clarify the following in relation to this. Mpeketoni is a small inland town which is part of the larger Lamu County but not part of the Lamu archipelago. It is an average of 40 kms inland and a 40 minutes – 1 hour drive from Mokowe which is accessed by boat from Lamu Island. It was started as a settlement scheme by…

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16 June 2014

Webinar: The New Campi ya Kanzi, Kenya

14:00 on June 19th , 2014 Atta invites you to the New Campi ya Kanzi. Join us for a webinar as Campi ya Kanzi in Kenya gets into adulthood! After 18 years in the Chyulu here is a completely new camp: new luxury tented cottages, new interior décors, new linen, a wellness center… discover it all in this presentation given by Luca Belpietro, the founder and learn about this community boutique eco-lodge in the Chyulu Hills. Click here to register and receive your login instructions …

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16 June 2014

Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda

The tenth edition of Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s gorilla naming and conservation festival, will take place this year on Tuesday, July 1. Starting the week-long festivities, which once again will cover the entire country, will be the launch of a Gorilla Conservation and Community exhibition in Kinigi on Monday, June 23, while from June 25 - 29 a familiarization trip across all the provinces will acquaint invited guests and media participants with the range of tourism attractions beyond gorilla …

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16 June 2014

Travel and Tourism in Ethiopia to 2018, New Report Launched

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Travel and Tourism in Ethiopia to 2018” research report Key Highlights - Ethiopian Airlines is a fundamental growth driver of tourism development in Ethiopia. The airline has taken various initiatives to increase tourist inflows by introducing several new international and domestic routes, and expanded its flight capacity. It also partnered with other airlines to create codeshare agreements, which have had a positive impa…

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16 June 2014

New app puts the airport in your pocket

Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has unveiled a free Airports App that will not only help passengers navigate any of its nine airports, but also simplify travel arrangements. In addition to expediting airline and parking reservations, the app will provide passengers with convenient tools for finding shops and restaurants, airline, travel and traffic information as well as weather reports and customer care details. Passengers will also be able to plan transport to and from the airport using…

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16 June 2014

Zambia to create 300,000 tourism jobs

The Zambian government has set a target of 300,000 permanent jobs to be created in the tourism sector this year. The government has prioritised the tourism sector on its development agenda and wants it to be used as a vehicle for the country’s job creation. The government is also reviewing policies and legislation in the tourism sector to create a favourable climate for investment, and has also started opening offices for tourism promotion in countries such as South Africa, France, Spain…

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13 June 2014

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 …

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13 June 2014

Kenya Government to Classify Tourism Hotels

The Kenyan government has announced plans to classify all hotels and other facilities offering tourism services by January next year. The newly instituted Tourism Regulatory Authority said all hotels, tour vehicle operators, lodges, pubs and other facilities offering tourism services will have to be classified according to what they offer. Hotels will be categorised into five, four, three or two-star according to the services offered and their infrastructure. A hotel will have to achieve a cer…

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12 June 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Atta Destinations Networking Evening 2015

London Destinations Travel Show will be held on 29th January – 1st February, 2015 in the new venue - Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX. Save The Date for the Atta Networking Evening on the first day of the show – Thursday January 29, 2015 More information will be available later in the year as we start looking for a new venue around the area.

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11 June 2014

Zimbabwe-Zambia univisa being finalised

With Zambia and Zimbabwe having agreed to launch a univisa by August, tour operators have appealed for reasonable costs and a bureaucracy-free application process. The project is a forerunner to a more extensive univisa, in which all countries of the SADC will participate.   UK-based travel specialists agree that there is a visitor market for a combination of both Zambia and Zimbabwe, especially among tourists who wish to see both sides of the Victoria Falls. The application process, howe…

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11 June 2014

Commercial News from Africa

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. African consumer spending is estimated to be US$1.4 trillion by 2020 - almost doubling from US$860 billion in 2008 - and the working age populating to more than double to 1.1 billion by 2040. KKR buys rose farm in first Africa deal. Afriflora is an Ethiopian company that grows hundreds of millions of flowers a year for export to Europe, making it a significant playe…

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10 June 2014

Graham Boynton: South Africa's land of heroes: Discover what the setting of Zulu has to offer

I AM standing on the side of Isandlwana, a sphinx-like mountain in what is now KwaZulu Natal. The Isandlwana battlefield has an incredible history behind it Just over a century ago this was Zululand and this mountainside was the scene of the greatest defeat in British military history. Today we are going to relive this and the redemptive battle later that day at the famous mission station Rorke’s Drift – setting for the movie Zulu – only six miles from the mountain. In front …

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10 June 2014

Safari Marathon in Arusha

The fifth edition of the Safari Marathon will be run in Arusha on 7th of September, 2014. Past events attracted thousands of runners from Tanzania, the entire region, and further abroad for the various events staged on the day, such as 5- and 10-kilometer runs and the 21-kilometer half marathon. The event is one of a growing number of sporting challenges across the East African region aimed to raise funds for athletics training and also as an increasingly important niche for sports tourism, at…

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10 June 2014

Rwanda launches new tourism destination: Campaign Against Genocide Museum

July 4 will be commemorated with the launch of a new museum located at the national parliament in Kigali. This date marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the genocide. Some time ago, a monument was located at the top of the building, which continues to show bullet holes from the final days of the liberation struggle in 1994. The monument portrays two Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army soldiers manning a heavy machine gun which was used to first contain and then repel attempts by the genocide army …

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09 June 2014

Three weeks, five shows – the feedback

Atta Media Partners Now Media ran a survey to find out what exhibitors and buyers thought of the different shows. Tessa Reed, Deputy Editor, takes a closer look. The travel trade show landscape in South Africa has changed significantly with the entry of new shows. Only two years ago there was only one trade show hosted in SA every year but this year the country hosted five shows.  The survey was completed by 307 members of the trade, the majority of whom were exhibitors. In terms of busin…

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09 June 2014

Jonathan Scott: When the Lion Roars

When the Lion Roars: Big Cat Man Speaks out on his Love Affair with Kenya Many people think that I live in England, the land of my birth. But I don’t. I am proud to call Kenya my home. I have lived here for nearly 40 years and married my sweetheart Angela in 1992 in a beautiful ceremony on the Siria Escarpment overlooking the Masai Mara’s animal speckled plains (thinking of a Honeymoon location – this is it!). A year later we bought a house of our own on the outskirts of Nai…

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06 June 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning! It has been a relatively quiet week in the Atta office, with our CEO Nigel out at the Atta East Africa Seminar "Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife" in Nairobi. Judging by the reception received on Twitter, we gather this went extremely well! We have yet to hear how it went as Nigel has been travelling back, so we will let you know more next week. Atta director Ross Kennedy attended a celebration event at the Harare International Convention Centre on Thursday, a hando…

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06 June 2014

Webinar Recording: Benin

What an amazing destination in West Africa! Tune in to listen to Joan Riera presenting a country full of African culture and history... Webinar Recording: Benin by Middle Africa

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06 June 2014

Kenya: Measures to Boost Tourism

The Kenyan Government and tourism industry have come up with radical measures to help bring back tourists in our country. Among the key measures is developing an interactive Kenya Tourism Portal, within a week, to promote and manage booking and distribution of domestic guests under the Tourism Stimulus Program. Other measures taken to revamp the sector include: under Tax measures where the Government, with effect from 12th June 2014, will allow all corporate and business entities to pay vacati…

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05 June 2014

Fiona Jeffery: Kenya Frenzy shows need for right advice

Fiona Jeffery OBE, Atta Industry Relations Director has written her account on Kenya in the Travel Weekly. Any news report of an incident abroad fuels consumers’ perception of that destination. When that destination is thousands of miles away, it falls to tourism bodies and the trade to communicate the reality of the situation on the ground for travellers to the country. Tui’s move to curtail its customers’ holidays from an area of Mombasa, prompted by a recent change in Fo…

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05 June 2014

Webinar: Benin, West African Hub - Today

Today at 14:00 BST Atta member Middle Africa invites you to a webinar on Benin which is, together with Ghana, the West Africa's most promising destination. Benin offers the traveller culture, nature, and leisure at its best. Even if we compare it to emerging Ghana, Benin stands out as one of Africa's most traditional countries. In this webinar Benin will be presented as a great destination on its own and also as the ideal hub to explore West Africa. From Cotonou or Porto Novo the trav…

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05 June 2014

Star Alliance: New London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 starts operation

The new London Terminal 2 – the home of Star Alliance at Heathrow – threw open its doors to welcome its first passengers, marking the start of a new travel experience for the 12 million Star Alliance passengers who pass through this UK airport every year. Star Alliance member airline United is the first to move All 23 Star Alliance airlines operating Heathrow will move over to the new facility, known as Terminal 2 | the Queen’s Terminal for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in t…

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05 June 2014

Jonathan Scott Shares Top Mara Moments As The Great Wildebeest Migration Returns To Kenya

To celebrate the return of the Great Wildebeest Migrationto the Maasai Mara plains, Jonathan Scott, prolific wildlife photographer,safari guide, conservationist and TV presenter shares his top Mara experiences while the Kenya Tourism Board highlights this seasons special offers for visitors to experience the spectacle for themselves. The great migration of wildebeest, zebras and the big cats that prey on them, known to be the greatest wildlife spectacular on earth, can be witnessed in Kenya&rs…

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05 June 2014

Aviation Pact to Boost Tourism in Tanzania

The tourism industry is set to get a boost following signing of Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Tanzania and Netherlands which increases frequency of air travel between the two countries. Transport Minister said BASA addresses the issue of aviation safety and security consistent with the rights and obligations of each state under international law to protect all acts of unlawful interference on the security of the civil aviation that threaten the lives of passengers and crew. Ho…

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04 June 2014

Commercial News from Africa

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta.  Foreign investment in Africa this year will be the continents highest as growth accelerates towards levels not experienced since the global financial crisis - this, according to the annual economic review of the region published by the African Development Bank, the UN and the OECD. The group painted a positive forecast for the continent in their flagship repo…

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04 June 2014

Zimbabwe Visas

Most passport holders arriving at Harare International Airport and other major entry points can purchase their visas on entry. However, if this is not possible, and in cases where a pre-applied visa is required, the visa must now be processed online. The Department of Immigration will no longer accept hard copy applications. Use the following website:  www.evisa.gov.zw  For more detailed information about whether or not a Zimbabwe Visa is required and for a list of the countries whos…

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04 June 2014

European Council On Tourism & Trade Visits Zimbabwe To Present Tourism Awards

A delegation of high ranking members of the European Council on Tourism and Trade are visiting Zimbabwe in order to present the country with two major awards: * WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and * FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION FOR 2014 ...And the Atta Director Ross Kennedy of Africa Albida Tourism is attending... Previous winners of the destination awards were Turkey in 2008, United Arab Emirates in 2009 and 2011, South Korea in 2010, Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 and Laos in 2013. Z…

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04 June 2014

Upgrade works on a road leading to the Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Kenyan government will spend more than Sh1 billion in tarmacking Narok-Sekenani road, which leads to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The construction works will start soon and the 85-kilometre road will make it easy for tourists to access the park.

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03 June 2014

New President for Malawi

Opposition candidate Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of Malawi's disputed presidential election, easily defeating incumbent President, Joyce Banda. Mutharika isleader of the Democratic Progressive Party and obtained 36.4% of the vote, which was initially strongly contested but upheld by the electoral commission. He is the brother of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika and is  an expert on international economic law, international law and comparative constitutional …

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03 June 2014

Ethiopia: National Palace to Be Open for Tourists

 Ethiopian historical palaces across the country including the National Palace will be open for tourists after rehabilitation. Preparations are being made for the rehabilitation works to make the 12 palaces in the country accessible for tourists. The palaces will serve as 'life museums', displaying the kingship, lifestyle and family of the kings The government is working to make the area from the National Palace, around Kazanchis to the Palace of Minilik II at Arat Kilo tourist de…

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03 June 2014

#whyilovekenya

The official Mantra for Kenya's Tourism Recovery Campaign is:- "WHY I LOVE KENYA". Please join the Kenya Tourism Board, The Tourism Industry and the Friends of Tourism campaign, to tell the WORLD about the uniqueness of our wonderful country. Please send your favourite images and messages via Facebook and Twitter  showing WHY I LOVE KENYA. You could use your personal images showcasing your travel through Kenya or a blog that shows why you love Kenya. Become part of our …

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02 June 2014

Retosa eyes Sadc inclusion

The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (Retosa) may soon be integrated into the Sadc secretariat as a full directorate should the upcoming Sadc summit approve the proposal. A communiqué highlighting details of a meeting between tourism officials from Zimbabwe and Angola said it was agreed that the current Retosa secretariat continue to do their work and shall transfer to the Sadc secretariat as a transitional mechanism. This will be done in order to transform the organisat…

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02 June 2014

SA tourist arrivals

Foreign arrivals in South Africa reached their highest level ever in 2013 as the country's international tourist numbers approached the 10-million mark, the Department of Tourism announced. Tourist arrivals to South Africa showed positive growth from all regions in 2013, the department said, including good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourists. European tourist arrivals increased by 7% year-on-year, with double-digit growth from Germany (14.2%), France (10.3%) and …

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