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31 July 2014

Madagascar - the newest member of global surf association

The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced a new Member Federation. Madagascar has become the 86th country to gain full Membership taking the number of ISA Members in Africa to 14 and which the island nation hopes will boost its tourism industry. A sport imbued with youthful values and energy, Surfing is also a 22 billion dollar business that revolves around the youth demographic and sport lifestyle. With Africa’s extraordinary and expansive coastlines and the ease of access t…

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31 July 2014

KLM to stop Lusaka and Harare flights

KLM Airlines is withdrawing from the Lusaka and Harare route. According to a statement, KLM will stop operating flights to Lusaka and Harare in October. “KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will stop operating flight services to Lusaka and Harare effective October 28, 2014,” according to the statement. “Recent optimisations in KLM’s network portfolio in East Africa led to the decision to discontinue direct services from Amsterdam to Lusaka and Harare.” KLM began operating se…

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30 July 2014

Media Request: Luxurious, Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences

Deadline:  31 Jul 2014   Europe - London   06:00:00 pm Contact Name: Tamara Hinson Contact Title:     freelance travel writer Contact Publication:        CNN Travel A journalist has been asked to write a piece for the travel section of CNN about luxurious, very expensive once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but these must be ones which are available around the world and which can be booked by people anywhere in the world. Example…

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30 July 2014

We Are Africa - Looking To The Future

Ryan Wallace, We Are Africa event Manager reveals what’s in store for 2015 We Are Africa 2014 took place in Cape Town last May, what were the highpoints? The highpoint for me personally was being with 550 happy customers on the final day of the show with the knowledge that together we had pulled off something special for Africa. It felt like we were part of the beginning of a movement (the Tribe) and a marketplace the high-end travel industry would be truly proud to be a part of into the…

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29 July 2014

Transform Kenya Awards

Atta’s East African director Mohanjeet Brar of Gamewatchers Safaris, attended the Transform Kenya Awards Ceremony held at the Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi. This initiative aims at recognizing and celebrating persons, organizations or institutions that are doing something remarkable to contribute to the positive transformation of the lives of the community at either grassroots or national level.   These awards will be an annual event which brings together a diverse …

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29 July 2014

Chinese Travellers Turning Away From Traditional Tours

In the past, it has been common for groups of Chinese travellers to choose to travel together on specially structured, highly-organised tours via a tour group but it seems that more and more are turning away from this trend and deciding to make their own, independent travel arrangements. Research from Hotels.com and its Chinese International Travel Monitor shows that the stereotypical image of fast-paced coach loads of Chinese tourists seeing the sights is dying out: 67% of the 3000 Chinese re…

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28 July 2014

International tourism: strong peak season anticipated

Demand for international tourism remained strong in the first four months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5%, the same rate as during the full year 2013. Prospects for the current peak tourism season remain very positive with over 460 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the May-August 2014 period. Destinations worldwide received some 317 million international tourists (overnight visitors) betw…

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28 July 2014

South Africa: Minister Gigaba to Consider DA Submission On Visa Regulations

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will accept a formal written submission from the DA on the new Visa Regulations, for consideration in his ongoing review of these stringent new rules. This morning, with DA Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Haniff Hoosen, and DA Shadow Minister of Tourism, James Vos, I met with the Minister to discuss critical problems in the Visa Regulations, highlighting that they have the potential to seriously undermine job creation and investment. Both par…

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25 July 2014

Travel firms face impact of Visa chargeback fee

Visa is poised to impose a €12 (£10) charge on credit card acquirers for some chargebacks associated with fraudulent transactions. The card-payment processing firm plans to bring in the fee on October 1 for certain transactions in Europe, including a range of ‘cardholder not present’ (CNP) payments. These make up a significant proportion of distance selling card transactions in the travel sector either online or over the phone, where fraud is rising. Credit card issuers …

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25 July 2014

Emirates Now Offers UAE Visa Services in Lagos

Emirates and its commercial partner, Dubai Visa Processing Centre, have inaugurated the Dubai Visa Application Services in Lagos, Nigeria. The new Dubai Visa Application Centre would offer greater comfort and convenience and enhance the visa application experience of applicants and travel agents from the country. The DVAC in Lagos was operational for accepting visa applications and delivery of UAE visas for travel to Dubai. This inauguration marks the expansion of DVPC's operation in the A…

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25 July 2014

Zimbabwe vice-president Mujuru to launch tourism policy

Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Joice Mujuru has launched a tourism blueprint which is expected to make the sector generate $5 billion annually by 2020. The National Tourism Policy (NTP) is meant to transform the sector into one of the highest earners in terms of revenue generation. The launch of the policy follows consultation involving the ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Zimbabwe Council for Tourism and the academia. Tourism and Hospitality Industry …

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25 July 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

It has been a glorious week in London, with sunshine and hot weather making those of us with African blood feel much more at home in the city!  We were pleased to announce the Nordics Roadshow in conjuction with On Show Solutions this week. This will take place in February 2015 and there is more information available here. Another exciting announcement made this week was the latest Atta Photo Competition, in which you can win your next year's membership. You have until August 15th to …

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24 July 2014

First flight from new Jomo Kenyatta International airport terminal

The first ever commercial flight took off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s brand new Terminal 1A, and it was national airline Kenya Airways which was given the honour to be the first. The morning flight KQ 762 to Johannesburg was checked in from the new terminal and passengers were able to experience the new glass, steel and marble building from the inside, and the first, after the “trial passengers” to enjoy the vast spaces which will mark the end of overcrowding at …

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24 July 2014

Atta and On Show Solutions Combine Forces to Promote Africa in the Nordics

Africa Showcase Debuts in the Nordics Atta ~ The African Travel & Tourism Association and roadshow experts, On Show Solutions have combined forces to create a fresh approach to doing business with the Nordic countries. The Africa Showcase will break new ground in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in February 2015. An integral component of the organising team is Atta’s Nordic Representative, Eva Stenmarck from ESTM.  Eva has strong relationships with key players in the Nordic leisure t…

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24 July 2014

Briefing with SA Immigration Act and Regulations with DHA

  The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa will host a breakfast with the DHA's Deputy Director General for Immigration Services Mr Jackie McKay on 28 July at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

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24 July 2014

Samburu people donate a gift to Prince George

Prince George, the third in line to the British throne, celebrated his first birthday this week and has been donated a fattened black bull and a goat by Samburu people. The bull will be used to start a new “royal herd” in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

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24 July 2014

Atta WTM London 2014 Survey

The Atta team have been taken by surprise by the early WTM London opening hours now 9am and the extension on the night of our event to 8pm on Wednesday, so we are interested to canvass your thoughts on this and a few other relevant points on WTM London. Atta WTM 2014 Survey Thank you.

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23 July 2014

Emirates increases Johannesburg flights

Emirates will introduce a fourth daily flight from the end of October, departing Johannesburg at 09h30 and arriving in Dubai at 19h40.    The flight will be operated by a B777. This will bring the total number of flights to South Africa to seven daily – four to Johannesburg, two to Cape Town and one to Durban – upping capacity to around 2 000 seats from South Africa to Dubai.   Source: Tourism Update

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22 July 2014

Cape Town Travel Networking Uthando Benefit Concert

Join Atta and fellow industry members at the Uthando Benefit Concert. 06th September 18:00 275 Rand for concert (includes welcome wine and cheese). Uthando (Love) South Africa is holding its 3rd Benefit Event on the 6th of September 2014 in the historic Cape Town City Hall. This spectacular and inspiring event is the pinnacle of 5 years of Uthando. Please join us in celebrating the finest and most inspiring community projects in Cape Town. Booking is now live on Computicket for this unique and…

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22 July 2014

Tanzania: Airtel Launches 'Tourist Pack'

Airtel Tanzania has launched a package for tourists visiting the country to make calls to home countries at reduced rates. The 'Tourist Pack' will have 30 minutes to call international destinations, 10 minutes to make local calls, 10 SMS to local networks and any other destination in the world with Internet data package of 1GB for 30 days. The new service is a continuation of Airtel's commitment to providing Tanzanian Market with innovative and affordable products and services that…

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22 July 2014

Zimbabwe - Indonesia tourism cooperation

The number of Indonesian tourists to Zimbabwe increased during the Ramadhan and Lebaran holiday periods, showing the scope for developing tourism between Indonesia and Zimbabwe. According to the Zimbabwe embassy in Jakarta, joint promotional activities between the embassy and Indonesian Outbound Tour operators contributed to the increased interests for Indonesian holiday seekers to consider Zimbabwe. The embassy has recorded more than 300 Indonesian tourists visiting Zimbabwe and some of its n…

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22 July 2014

Two airlines in joint activity

  National airline Kenya Airways and partner and major shareholder KLM are two airlines named in this unified venture. KLM a few weeks ago announced that they will change the routing of some of their flights to East Africa, with some flights to Kigali now combined with Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, substituting other triangular flights with nonstop services to for instance Entebbe and Dar es Salaam. In Kenya, KLM operates not only in codeshare with Kenya Airways, but both airlines offer one dail…

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22 July 2014

South Africa Press release from SATSA CEO

“During my 18 years in the tourism industry, I have often reminded myself how fortunate we are in South Africa. Other destinations are sometimes plagued by exogenous shocks — think of acts of terrorism in Kenya, floods in Mozambique or tsunamis in Asia. Yet we now face a moment in which the viability of the South African tourism sector is under threat. The irony is that this is not from terrorism or acts of nature, but from regulations imposed by our own Department of Home Affairs.…

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21 July 2014

Tourism gets tech savvy in Southern and Eastern Africa

Competition to attract this tourists is fierce and technology is becoming an increasingly powerful tool in the battle. Atta Social Media Director Damian Cook of E-Tourism Frontiers has been featured in the BBC article. "Thanks to technology, remote places, as well as small businesses, can now reach a global audience and encourage people to move away from the traditional African experiences and be more adventurous"... Read the full article here.

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21 July 2014

Atta Regatta in the Press

The Zambia Tourism Board has produced an account on the Atta Summer Networking Event last week. Those who missed it can catch up on it here. The event photos on Atta's Facebook page.

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21 July 2014

Atta Jobs - Marketing Manager

Nomad Tanzania is looking for a Marketing Manager to be based in the Arusha head office from September 2014.  The right person will be super organized, an excellent communicator (both in person and on paper), good at coordination and managing people, many of whom will be operating remotely.  IT literacy and a good understanding of digital media is essential.  Experience of the Africa travel industry would be useful but not essential for the right person.  For more details, …

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21 July 2014

Air Uganda suspends operations indefinitely

Air Uganda has announced the indefinite suspension of operations with immediate effect. the airline was the country’s only jet airline serving international routes, flying from Entebbe to Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Mogadishu, Bujumbura and Kigali. Air Uganda’s CEO Cornwell Muleya, issued the following statement: Announcement from Air Uganda – Indefinite Suspension of Operations 1. Air Uganda was started at the request of the Government of Uganda in 20…

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18 July 2014

SAT addressing Indaba challenges

SA Tourism will continue to address the challenges facing Indaba in order to focus the show squarely on building the right relationships that convert into profitable transactions for industry suppliers, SA Tourism Chief Marketing Officer, Jan Hutton, has assured the trade.   Hutton addressed the SATSA KwaZulu-Natal Chapter meeting on Tuesday to assess this year’s Indaba, looking at what worked and what didn’t. The Indaba post mortem had been done in Cape Town and Johannes…

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18 July 2014

New flights to Kakamega, Kenya

FlySAX and Fly540 are the first two airlines to return to the recently upgraded airfield in Kakamega with scheduled operations following a formal celebratory launch flight on the 01st of July. Kakamega is located in Western Kenya and has emerged as both a regional commercial centre as well as a focal point for tourists visiting the Kakamega Forest. FlySAX is operating every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday out of Wilson Airport while Fly540 will operate flights out of Jomo Kenyatta Intern…

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18 July 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning from a very hot London! We are tipped to get to a great thirty degrees celcius today and are looking forward to a summery weekend. We had a wonderful time at the Atta Regatta on Wednesday evening and it certainly provided a hint of Zambia while members, media and industry colleagues enjoyed a fabulous evening of networking opportunities. With speeches from the event sponsors, the Zambia Tourism Board, as well as a wonderfully generous prize draw including a Zambian t-shirt an…

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17 July 2014

NTB and Windhoek sign MoU on tourism promotion

The City of Windhoek and the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration on the promotion of Namibia as tourist destination. The agreement makes the City of Windhoek part of the NTB Tourism Marketing, Human Resource Development and Standard Advisory committees. The parties will jointly produce selected marketing materials or tools for specific events as generic material must still maintain the destination branding. Parties will distribute brochures that a…

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16 July 2014

Emirates to launch fourth daily flight to Johannesburg

Emirates will introduce a fourth daily flight between Dubai and Johannesburg effective 26th October 2014, lifting to seven the number of daily flights to South Africa. The addition boosts Emirates’ total number of scheduled flights between the two countries to 49 a week. In addition to Johannesburg, Emirates also services the popular cities of Cape Town and Durban.

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16 July 2014

The Atta Seminar Video: Responsible Tourism

Atta recently hosted a seminar on conservation matters Responsible Tourism Protects Wildlife in Nairobi. The guest speakers included: •       Dr Christian Turner - British High Commissioner to Kenya. •       Dr Paula Kahumbu, CEO Wildlife Direct  - A founder of HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS Campaign with Kenya’s First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta as Patron, to mobilize Kenyans from all walks of society to suppo…

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15 July 2014

South Africa: Visa Regulations - DA to Submit Questions On Tourism Decline

In an interview with Tourism Update, CEO of Cullinan Holdings, Michael Tollman, has stated that South Africa's new immigration regulations are already having grave effects on the travel of tourists into the country from one of our main growth markets, China. According to Tollman, who has received feedback from Chinese travel agents, a 70% drop in travel from China to South Africa is forecast due to the new immigration regulation's hasty implementation. This is extremely worrying co…

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15 July 2014

Etihad to launch passenger services to Entebbe, Uganda

Etihad Airways will build upon the success of its Entebbe cargo flights with the launch of a new passenger service to the East African city. Daily flights will be operated to Entebbe International Airport from May 1st 2015, using a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats. The route will provide business and leisure travellers with a direct connection between Entebbe in central Uganda and Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub, together with convenie…

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15 July 2014

Kenya: the Maasai Mara faces a fight for survival

Atta Media Director Graham Boynton in Telegraph Kenya: the Maasai Mara faces a fight for survival Terrorist attacks in Kenya are having a crippling effect on tourist numbers, which could lead to the loss of 200,000 acres of a vital ecosystem, writes Graham Boynton... Read the full article in the Telegraph

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14 July 2014

The Atta Summer Event in London

                                                             Atta Regatta 2014 Networking Evening                 &nbs…

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14 July 2014

Amboni Caves in Tanzania to be developed to Boost Tourism

Tanzania and France are determined to develop the historical Amboni caves in Tanga Region to make them more attractive for tourism and an important centre for antiquities studies in the country. The Tanzanian government, through his ministry, had already agreed with the French government to develop the historical site. The initial stage would be to improve and develop the caves' infrastructure including roads and recreation buildings for visitors to make the area accessible and attractive…

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14 July 2014

Air Zimbabwe to fly to Kariba

Air Zimbabwe is set to resume flights to Kariba. Flights are tentatively set for resumption on August 1 this year after a seven year absence caused by unviable flows of traffic into Kariba. The flight will leave Harare for Kariba and later connect to Victoria Falls with the view to capture the traffic going to Victoria Falls. MA60 aircraft would fly into the town three times a week with room for daily flights if traffic flow improved.

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14 July 2014

FCO Travel Update: South Africa

South Africa travel advice 11-07-2014 10:58 AM BST Entry requirements section - how to appeal against a ‘declaration of undesirability'

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14 July 2014

Kenya- Lamu

Atta has received a number of calls over the weekend asking if the FCO "Non essential" includes Lamu Island. The FCO have re-confirmed to us that the "non essential" zone does indeed include Lamu Island and Lamu Old Town

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12 July 2014

FCO: Kenya, Lamu

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to: Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border Garissa District the Eastleigh area of Nairobi low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north down to and including Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi internat…

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11 July 2014

Webinar Recording: Botswana with Footsteps in Africa

Webinar Recording: Botswana with Footsteps in Africa How can it be so easy to book such an amazing experience? Footsteps in Africa is a sales, marketing and central reservations company for 7 unique and privately owned lodges in Botswana, mobile safaris and air charter company Botswana made easy for you - 1 email, 1 booking, 1 invoice Full Itinerary planning and ground handling www.footsteps-in-africa.com

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11 July 2014

FCO Travel Update: Uganda

Uganda travel advice 10-07-2014 10:46 AM BST Latest update: Safety and Security - advice on local travel in West Uganda 

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11 July 2014

Runway Upgrade - Abuja Airport to Close This Weekend

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Nigeria will again be closed to all traffic from midnight on July 12 to July 14. The runway of the airport, which was closed for 30 hours for rehabilitation last weekend, had been re-opened for flight operations. The second phase of the rehabilitation of the remaining section of the runway would however take place for another 30 hours between Saturday 12, (2300 UTC) and Monday 14 (0500 UTC), 2014. The runway rehabilitation was being done in tw…

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11 July 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Good Morning Atta! As Coranda mentioned in the previous newsletter, last week Nigel was invited by The Chief of Naval Staff & First Sea Lord, Sir George Zambellas, who was educated at Shabani School in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, to the naming ceremony of the Royal Navy’s largest ever warship the aircraft carrier H.M.S Queen Elizabeth by Her Majesty The Queen.  Nigel is seen here presenting, to the current and the former First Sea Lord, the original brass plaque from the Dr…

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10 July 2014

SA Tourism to open Brazil office

SA Tourism will open an office in São Paulo, Brazil, in September. The establishment of SA Tourism’s offices was preceded by research into which were the growing markets and where there were opportunities. Earlier this year, SA Tourism appointed two marketing agencies to market South Africa in Brazil. Tatiana Isler of TI Comunicações (TIC), was appointed Country Representative within a full marketing agency on behalf of SA Tourism, while Marcelo Marques, was appointe…

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10 July 2014

A Nine-Year Old Tanzanian Girl Scales Kilimanjaro

Nine-year old girl Idda Baita has set a record of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through a complicated Umbwe, Kibosho route. Young Idda, a Standard IV pupil at Moshi Airport Primary School, is the first female to climb Africa's highest mountain on that course. Idda expressed her pleasure at achieving her dream and setting a historical record, reaching at Kibo Peak and descending successfully. Idda told reporters she is going to be a good ambassador for Kilimanjaro National Parks (Kinapa) so as…

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10 July 2014

FCO Travel Update: Uganda

Uganda travel advice 09-07-2014 10:56 AM BST Latest update: Safety and Security - advice on local travel in West Uganda

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10 July 2014

FCO Travel Update: Tanzania

Tanzania travel advice 08-07-2014 04:24 PM BST Latest update: Terrorism section - small scale attacks in Arusha in 2014

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10 July 2014

Webinar: How can Botswana be different yet affordable?

 Today at 14:00 BST Over 100 people registered for this webinar! Don't miss it! 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, togeth…

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09 July 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. Huge blue diamond will fetch record price. A massive 122.52 carat blue diamond has been discovered in South Africa. UK-based Petra Diamonds made the find at its Cullinan mine in the Magaliesberg mountain range - north of Pretoria. The mine is already famous for uncovering the largest rough diamond ever discovered, weighing 3,106 carats. More recently the mine has so…

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09 July 2014

South Africa Tourism Report Q3 2014 - New Market Research Report

New Consumer Goods market report from Business Monitor International: "South Africa Tourism Report Q3 2014" Arrivals data released by South Africa's Ministry of Tourism in May 2014 show 9.7mn tourists travelled to South Africa in 2013, an increase of 4.7% year-on-year (y-o-y). The majority of inbound tourism arrivals to South Africa come from elsewhere in the continent. Some of these arrivals very likely include nationals of other African nations coming to South Africa to find …

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09 July 2014

Lions of the Chobe commemorative stamp launched

Although, people rarely write letters these days because of the digital era, stamps still remain very relevant especially as storytellers and recorders of history, acting as silent ambassadors of a country. It was in light of this that this past week, Botswana Tourism Organisation launched the Lions of the Chobe Commemorative stamp. The stamp which will be in circulation for a year was put together with the contribution of several creators. Botswana has produced postage stamps for national us…

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08 July 2014

Atta's Latin American Newsletter

The latest Atta newsletter in Spanish and Portuguese is out featuring Lina’s trip to South Africa, new SA visa regulations and some exciting news from Africa and Atta members Nuarro Lodge,  Great Plains Conservation, Cheli & Peacock, Jenman African Safaris and Sanctuary Retreats. Keep us posted with your latest news!

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08 July 2014

Low cost London-Cape Town flights on the cards

European budget carrier Norwegian Air is eyeing a route from London Gatwick to Cape Town in the near future.    The LCC launched its first long-haul operation, a twice-weekly non-stop service to Los Angeles from Gatwick, on Wednesday. On Thursday, it launched its New York service and on Friday it will launch flights to Fort Lauderdale.   Norwegian Air operates a fleet of 787 Dreamliners on its long-haul routes.   By Atta Media Partner, Now Media

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07 July 2014

Learn SA India

This year, South African Tourism (SAT) India will be organising the Learn SA training module for Indian travel agents in South Africa thereby giving them a first-hand experience of the destination. The 10 day module will see attendance from 98 Indian travel trade representatives from multiple cities in India. They will be flown in to SA in two groups with the first batch leaving on the 14 July. In 2012 the Learn SA module was conducted across 30 cities in India whereas in 2013 SAT India train…

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07 July 2014

Toll Fees Lowered At Beitbridge

The cost in Zimbabwe of driving a vehicle across the New Limpopo Bridge linking the country with South Africa at the town of Beitbridge has been reduced, as the Zimbabwe government assumes ownership and operation of the bridge after a 20-year Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement with the company that built it in 1994. Motor cycles will now pay $3 while light motor vehicles and heavy vehicles will fork out $6 and $17 respectively.  Previous tolls were $4,70 (50 rand), $9,45 (100 rand…

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07 July 2014

Emirates goes live with online booking from Zambian provinces

Emirates has added a further eight locations across Zambia to its online ticketing system, enabling jet-setters from across the country to travel to more than 140 destinations worldwide with just one ticket. The computerisation is the final component of Emirates’ interline agreement with domestic carrier Proflight Zambia. With immediate effect travellers can now book via the Emirates website to buy through-tickets from Ndola, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Solwezi, Chipata, Mansa, Lower Zambezi (Je…

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07 July 2014

First budget hotel makes its way into Kenya tourism market

The first budget hotel group of global standing will open in Kenya next year, as all other global investments in the hospitality sector until now concentrated on the 5-star and 4-star market. All the major hotel chains are either already on site or in the process of establishing hotels in Nairobi, mostly on management contracts. The entire Eastern African region has over the past few years seen an increased interest from the hotel giants, following the discovery of oil and gas in Uganda, Kenya…

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04 July 2014

This Week at Atta HQ

Happy Friday from a bright and warm London - we were sad to hear that Murray is out of Wimbledon this year, and are looking for suggestions as to who we should support in the next round! Lina has been on her travels doing the Africa Showcase in the UK with On Show Solutions. She had a very successful time in Dublin, and last night attended the London portion of the show. We will again hear more about this last week, but overall have had very positive feedback from our members which leave …

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04 July 2014

Ethiopian Tourism Organization Launches Operation Officially

Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO), which is a newly established organization, is said to have commenced operation on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. According to Solomon Tadesse, CEO of the ETO, the Organization is established for the purpose of designing strategies that promote Ethiopia’s tourism resources and also expand the nation’s tourist destinations. Solomon furthered the organization is going to be managed by 13 board members that are drawn from both government organizations and …

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04 July 2014

Foreigners to get six months East Africa Tourism Visa

Foreigners in possession of valid work or residence permit in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will be given an East Africa Tourism visa valid for six months. The cross-border visa between the three northern corridor states, which costs 100 U.S. dollars and is valid for 90 days for a foreigner, will now cost the same and be extended for six months for foreign residents residing in any of the states.

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04 July 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 blog…

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03 July 2014

Commercial News from Africa

West Africa ranked top private equity destination For the third time in three years, West Africa, especially Nigeria, raked in more private equity (PE) deals than Southern Africa. According to the 2014 Deloitte’s East Africa Private Equity Confidence Survey, published this month, West Africa had the highest reported value of deals during 2013, surpassing Southern Africa and Eastern Africa. Deloitte’s statistics showed that in 2012, private equity deals in West Africa reached US$298…

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03 July 2014

SAA and JetBlue Offer Code Share Flights on Washington, DC – Dakar, Senegal Route

SAA and JetBlue Airways have begun code share operations on SAA’s flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Dakar, Senegal. JetBlue is now placing its “B6″ code on SAA-operated flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Dakar, Senegal in West Africa.  Customers purchasing a codeshare itinerary will benefit from having a single ticket combining JetBlue and SAA-operated flights, as well as the conveniences on their day of travel of one-stop check-in and bagg…

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02 July 2014

Mozambique to develop Nacala into a long-haul hub

Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (TM, Maputo) intends to develop the revamped and expanded airport of Nacala, in the country's northeastern province of Nampula, into a regional and international gateway. With the recent arrival of its first B737-700, and with three more of the type due for delivery from Boeing from 2015 onwards, LAM intends to increase its regional presence with the aim of serving all Southern African Development Community (SADC) capitals, as well as other African…

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02 July 2014

Addis Ababa - Los Angeles route next year

Los Angeles will become the second US destination for Ethiopian Airlines. The carrier is planning to start flights to Los Angeles via Dublin from next year. Ethiopian serves 80 destinations in five continents with 67 aircraft. Ethiopian is expanding its route network fast. Recently, it added Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Vienna to its route network. It will also launch new flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Tokyo in the near future.  

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01 July 2014

Zimbabwe Start-up Just Fly Plans Domestic Operation

A new domestic air carrier hopes to launch flights in Zimbabwe before the end of this year as it reaches the final stages in the completion of its pre-application service package to gain a service permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. The start-up, Just Fly, intends to begin operations to two internal markets from the capital, Harare, using an 8-seater Piper or King Air aircraft. The executive is confident that the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe will make an initial rulin…

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01 July 2014

Victoria Falls Airport Ready to Enter Next Generation

The landing strip, the foundations of which are already in place, and associated taxiways, in addition to the extending the existing apron area will enable the airport to handle aircraft up to Boeing 747 size and accept direct flights from destinations across a range of long-haul markets, including Europe, opening the doors for the introduction of potential tour operator packages from key markets such as the UK. A new 4,000 metre runway will open Victoria Falls International Airport to the pot…

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01 July 2014

Hospitality Outlook 2014-2018

Construction of hotel properties is on the rise in Kenya and is projected to increase the total number of available rooms from 17,500 currently to 19,400 by 2018, according to a report 'Hospitality outlook: 2014-2018'. It is published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and focuses on South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius and Kenya. Marriott plans a new hotel in Nairobi in 2015 and Hilton plans to open two hotels in Nairobi in the next few years. Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Lonrho Hotels are other int…

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