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30 November 2015

Indaba 2016 Hosted Buyer Programme

The Hosted Buyer Programme at Indaba 2016 is now live. The Hosted Buyer Programme hosts top quality global buyers that seek to experience and engage in African tourism networking opportunities. This programme is tailored to provide the Hosted Buyer with targeted meetings matched with the industry suppliers. Applications are available on the INDABA website: Apply Now.

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30 November 2015

KWS targets campers to lift domestic tourism

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is targeting couples with 300 camping tents as it seeks to rev up domestic tourism numbers by opening up less-visited national parks and reserves. The tents, with an accommodation capacity of two people, have already been distributed to Shimba Hills national reserve, Mt Elgon, Chyulu Hills, Tsavo East and West Ruma and marine national parks at the Coast. KWS has committed to cut down camping costs, though it did not indicate the percentage or actual value. “T…

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30 November 2015

In Travel Weekly: Zambia, a rich destination with some obstacles to overcome

Zambia is one of the three top fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world, alongside Namibia and China, according to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai, who made the statement in a recent interview with the BBC. Chilu Chibanda, Zambia's permanent representative to the UNWTO, concurred, saying the tourism industry is flourishing in the Southern African nation. He mentioned that the government had helped grow the Zambian tourism industry b…

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27 November 2015

Kenya Tourism Board launches TV series to boost destination in West Africa

Kenya Tourism Board has partnered with Nigeria based Wakanow to launch a programme featuring the country in a bid to create awareness in the region. The programme dubbed The Destination Africa Series, was launched at the Akwaaba Exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria. The 30 minute programme will be aired on MNET channels – Africa Magic, Ebony Life and MNET. One minute vignettes will also air on Super Sport magazine programs and repeated over a period of three years to maximize viewer-ship. The se…

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27 November 2015

Statement By SA Home Affairs Minister On The Implementation Of Cabinet Concesssions On Immigration Regulations

We have taken note of recent statements concerning actions taken regarding concessions that Cabinet had made to ease the implementation of the amended immigration legislation and regulations. Let me hasten unreservedly to express our commitment to the success of the process. To reiterate the actions that must be taken within three months – 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016 – as articulated by Cabinet, we are to, Implement the capturing of biometrics at ports of entry starting wi…

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27 November 2015

Atta Event in Cape Town - December 8th

We are delighted to invite members and industry friends to an evening event in Cape Town for tourism networking, in a Pre-Christmas Party spirit. Our special guests include Colin Bell, Brad Poole, We Are Africa & SATIB Date:     Tuesday 8th December 2015 Time:   17.30 - 21.00 Venue:  Tides Restaurant at The Bay Hotel, 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town Enjoy Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks and Christmas canapés Our Lead Sponsors SATIB- …

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26 November 2015

President Kenyatta Reshuffles Cabinet - Tourism now a standalone ministry and appointment of new Cabinet Secretary for Tourism

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet announcing that the changes were necessary for effective service delivery. A number of the new Principal Secretaries are former executives in the private sector including from companies such as McKinsey and lead commercial banks, thus signaling a major shift from hiring politicians to having corporate bosses on board. A significant change was that Tourism was made to be a standalone ministry highlighting the importance that the Pr…

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26 November 2015

Fiona Jeffery: What we must learn from the attacks in Paris

Atta Industry Relations Director Fiona Jeffery OBE has written a personal take on the tragic events in Paris which shocked the world and raised more questions over security for the travel industry. It was published in Travel Weekly. There are times when events take over, the last time I experienced this was after 9/11 and ten weeks before World Travel Market 2001, when the expectation was that we would cancel the show- of course we did not. It was even more important at that time that we show …

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26 November 2015

Ethiopian Tourism Organization to launch new website

Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) is in the final stage of preparation to officially launch its website.  CEO noted that the organization, which was established in 2014, is planning to introduce its new & official tourism brand – Explore Ethiopia: One Country, Many Contrasts – this year.  Some of the immediate action that the ETO is planning to take is improving the standard of Ethiopia’s main destination sites. About the Ethiopi…

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26 November 2015

FCO Travel Update: Uganda

Uganda travel advice 25-11-2015 12:16 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – Pope Francis is due to visit Uganda on 27 to 29 November; the official campaign period for presidential and parliamentary elections has started and may cause heightened tension; avoid large crowds or public demonstrations

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25 November 2015

10 Surprising Things About Tech And Tourism In Africa

Tourism is an important industry within many African countries, and technology is helping to contribute positively to the growth and sustainability of tourism across the continent. Many obstacles are present when it comes to bringing tourism and technology together, such as limited internet speeds and penetration, relatively high costs of certain technologies and skills shortages, but despite these challenges, tourism is booming and growing in Africa, thanks to a resurgent economy an…

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25 November 2015

East African tourism to benefit from regional marketing platform

The East African Tourism Platform is expected to offer the region's tourism industry stakeholders an opportunity to jointly grow the sector in light of the introduction of the single tourist visa. The launch of an East African Tourism Platform is expected to offer the region's tourism industry stakeholders an opportunity to jointly grow the sector in light of the introduction of the single tourist visa. The platform has been launched as East Africa's economies fight hard to regain …

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25 November 2015

FCO Travel Update: Kenya

Kenya travel advice 24-11-2015 12:47 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – Papal visit to Nairobi from 25 to 27 November

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24 November 2015

ZTB Targets Australia and New Zealand

Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) managing director Felix Chaila has said tourists from Australia and New Zealand are among the few that visit Zambia and take longer holidays. ZTB has, therefore, embarked on tourism road shows targeting Australia and New Zealand due to the important and lucrative market those countries present. The aim of the road shows was to market and increase awareness among Australians and New Zealanders about tourism in Zambia. "The Zambia High Commission in Canberra, Aust…

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24 November 2015

Ethiopia: How Hotels Earn Their Stars

A new hotel opens in Ethiopia every two weeks, experts claim. This might sound like tourism development galloping along, but considering the rising number of tourists visiting the country, there is still a huge gap between supply and demand. According to a World Bank (WB) estimate, Ethiopia attracted nearly 700,000 visitors in 2013. In light of this emerging dynamic and in the thrust to modernize the country's hospitality industry, hotels in the capital city have recently been star rated. …

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24 November 2015

More countries dropped from yellow fever list

South Africans who are travelling to and from Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome Principe, and Rwanda will no longer be required to produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate when in South Africa, as these countries have been included in the World Health Organisations (WHO) list of countries with low potential for exposure to yellow fever. This was announced during the 136th session of the WHO executive board meeting, which reviewed countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries re…

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23 November 2015

FCO Travel Update: Mali

Mali travel advice 20-11-2015 08:40 PM GMT Latest update: Summary - on 20 November, there was a terrorist attack against the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, leading to a siege in which a number of hostages were killed. Further attacks are likely.

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23 November 2015

Air France KLM Cape Town and Amsterdam Route Update

Air France KLM will operate daily flights between Amsterdam and Cape Town all year round starting in May 2016. The positive move comes after strong growth on the route, with the current flight schedule showing "approximately 92% of all available seats on the Amsterdam to Cape Town route are filled", according to Cape Town Air Access Project Director Paul van den Brink.  “We have seen marked growth in this route with the number of travellers between Netherlands and Cap…

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20 November 2015

FCO Travel Update: Namibia

Namibia travel advice 18-11-2015 11:18 AM GMT Latest update: Health section - some travel insurance policies are not recognised by some Namibian hospitals; you should check with your provider if their product is accepted in Namibia before you travel and seek alternative coverage where necessary

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20 November 2015

SATIB & Liaison Opens Office in Arusha, Tanzania

Atta’s official risk advisors SATIB Insurance Brokers, in partnership with LIAISON GROUP (I.B) Ltd. a renowned Risk, Insurance, Pension & Investment Consultancy is delighted to announce the opening of their office in Arusha. Having commenced operations in 1981, the opening of their seventh office establishes their commitment to providing risk solutions across the East Africa region. This office is located at Sable Square, Plot No. 35 on Dodoma Road. (Other offices are i…

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20 November 2015

Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's screen biopic

Angelina Jolie is working on a big screen biopic of conservationist and palaeoanthropologist Richard Leakey, with Brad Britt rumoured to be in negotiations for the lead, but Leakey has explained he's asked the director to cut out some of the scenes, so he can watch it with his grandchildren. Leakey, 70, is known for his discoveries of important hominid fossils in East Africa, with Angelina's planned biopic bringing his varied life to the screen for the first time. Oscar winner Eric Rot…

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20 November 2015

Thomas Cook Airlines to launch direct flights from London Gatwick to Cape Town

Thomas Cook Airlines is to launch direct flights from Gatwick to Cape Town as part of its winter schedule. The flights, which will depart on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, will be the first direct flights to the South African city from a UK airport other than Heathrow. They will run from December 15, 2016 to March 20, 2017 on the airline's refurbished A330 fleet. Tickets will go on sale in December. Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: &qu…

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20 November 2015

Webinar: Overview of The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – Laikipia’s first all villa property

14:00 GMT on December 10th Atta would like to invite you to a member’s webinar. Overview of The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – Laikipia’s first all villa property. Located in northern Kenya’s spectacular Laikipia region, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is regarded as one of Kenya’s most exclusive safari lodges with just four stunning villas. A spectacular example of a pioneering conservation and community project, the lodge was donated to the local community by its pass…

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19 November 2015

Etihad Airways set to launch daily flights to Tanzania in early December

Etihad Airways is set to launch daily flights to Tanzania early next month in December, and that will connect the business city of Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam. The daily flights to be launched on December 1 of this year, will start the Abu Dhabi to Dar es Salaam route and will be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Dar es Salaam will be Etihad Airways' 110th destination globally and its 11th destination in Africa and the Indian Ocean, reports from the Airline’s head office in Abu …

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19 November 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta Executive summary: Banking in Africa The banking industry in sub-Saharan Africa can be characterised as a dichotomy between the highly concentrated, oligopolistic examples - with large banks accounting for the majority of market share - and fragmentation, with cases of 20, 30 or even 40 high street banks in some markets all jostling for a piece of an an increasingly…

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18 November 2015

Botswana launches internet satellite for tourists

The Botswana Telecommunication Limited (BTCL) launched Mobile VSAT in an effort to reach out to tourists who visit its vast tourism areas in the north of the country where internet connectivity is almost non-existent. The product will improve connectivity and services as many tourists coming to the area will be able to communicate and share the flora and fauna with friends, locally and regionally. The product is the ultimate communication solution of choice for businesses operating in remote, …

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17 November 2015

Atta Service Reminder: Atta24 Crisis Call

Atta’s service for members called Atta24 Crisis Call  is a free incident management system, developed by Atta and SATIB insurance brokers. This important service is managed by SATIB’sincident management team and gives Atta members access to a highly qualified professionals in the immediate phase following an incident providing a remote incident management service. What is Atta24 Crisis Call? “This exciting addition to the Atta member benefits is the outcome of a process…

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16 November 2015

1000 cruise tourists give major boost to Kenya's tourism

The tourism sector received a major boost when a luxury cruise ship docked at the port of Mombasa with more than 1,000 tourists and crew. MS Nautica, which is operated by Oceania Cruises, arrived in Mombasa for the second time this year from Seychelles with 684 passengers and 386 crew members. The ship's arrival pushed the number of cruise tourists this year to more than 1,800 up from 900 in 2014. The majority of the holidaymakers were from the US while others came from UK, France, Germany…

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16 November 2015

Fiona Jeffery: Every drop makes a difference

Interview Article with Atta Director Fiona Jeffery in Time & Leisure Online: Diplomacy, leadership and creativity are a few of the skills Fiona Jeffery, former Chairman of the World Travel Market, brings to the Just A Drop charity writes Paul Critcher Anyone who works in the travel business will know the World Travel Market (WTM) – a behemoth of a trade show that encompasses the Excel Exhibition Centre every November and features 5,000 companies welcoming 50,000 people coming from ne…

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13 November 2015

The Zambezi Society: Urgent Help Needed For 3-Day Zambezi Valley Aerial Surveillance

MANA POOLS: The Zambezi Society is collaborating with “Flying for Wildlife” to conduct an urgent and important overfly and aerial surveillance operation over Mana Pools over a three day period within the dates of 15th November to 30th November 2015.  This is in support of the anti-poaching efforts of Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA). The Society is appealing to its friends and supporters to urgently assist us with the fuel and manpower cost…

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13 November 2015

New study reveals potential for biometrics to usher in the next golden age of air travel

Tascent, Inc., a biometrics and identity innovation company, released the findings of its white paper,“A New Golden Age for Air Travel,” which looks at several ways the implementation of biometrics technologies for air travellers will make flying an enjoyable experience again. According to Tascent CEO Dean Senner, there is a substantial opportunity for the air travel industry to reconnect with customers: “For the 8 million travellers flying around the world every day, biomet…

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12 November 2015

Webinar: Overview of The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – Laikipia’s first all villa property

14:00 GMT on December 10th Atta would like to invite you to a member’s webinar. Overview of The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – Laikipia’s first all villa property. Located in northern Kenya’s spectacular Laikipia region, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is regarded as one of Kenya’s most exclusive safari lodges with just four stunning villas. A spectacular example of a pioneering conservation and community project, the lodge was donated to the local community by its pass…

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12 November 2015

ZTB Transforms Into ZTA!

Yes it’s official. Very soon, the Zambia Tourism Board will cease to exist as we know it. In its place will be a new organization called the Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) formed by an Act of Parliament (No.13 of 2015) and assented to on 14th August, 2015. The transformation also comes with new responsibilities. Under the new Act, ZTA will be the organization responsible for inspection and licensing of tourism facilities, research as well as marketing. In addition ZTA will be responsible fo…

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12 November 2015

A guide to SA immigration regulations changes

SA Tourism has released an infographic summarising the amendments made to the regulations. View the infographic here.  Published by Tourism Update.  

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11 November 2015

Atta Cape Town Networking Evening - December 8th

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11 November 2015

FCO Travel Update: Cameroon

Cameroon travel advice 10-11-2015 12:32 PM GMT Latest update: Entry requirements section - UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry into Cameroon provided they include the necessary visa

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11 November 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary for the week: The sub-Saharan continent's first metro Sub-Saharan Africa is dotted with regions of growth. Over the last 10 years, the 11 largest sub-Saharan countries by GDP have grown at more than double global growth. The fact the Ethiopia has built Africa’s first metro is illustrative of the both the continent's and country's development in recent years: Ethiopia has grown at rates of 10% per year for most of the last decade, partly thanks to infrastruc…

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10 November 2015

Film Invitation: Blood Lions™ to premiere in London

The internationally acclaimed film Blood Lions™ - Bred for the Bullet, has partnered with the Born Free Foundation to bring you the London premiere. The controversial film will be screened on the 27th of November at 19h00 at the Royal Geographical Society in London (1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR – Exhibition Road Entrance). For a small contribution of only £20 you can witness this ground breaking film. “Blood Lions joins other films, like Gorillas in the Mist, Echo …

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10 November 2015

Christie's Lecture in aid of Tusk with Don McCullin

Don McCullin CBE:  “War and Peace” A rare opportunity to hear Don McCullin, CBE Hon FRPS, the legendary British photojournalist.  Don will be speaking on the theme of “War and Peace” at the exclusive Christie’s Lecture in aid of Tusk. Don is particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career, which began in 1959, is renowned for examining the human suffering of conflict and the underside of society.  From Biafra …

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09 November 2015

Kenya moves to encourage charter flights

Kenya The Kenya Tourism Board have announced measures to encourage the return of charter flights to Kenya.   -       A  waiver on landing fees for all charters flying to Mombasa for two years -       The  Kenya government will pay $30 subsidy for every passenger booked on a charter flight to Mombasa for two years -        Visa fees for under 16s exempt for two years (was $50) will be waived  

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06 November 2015

Zambia among three fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world says UNWTO Secretary General

Zambia has been revealed to be one of the three top fastest-growing tourism destination in the world according to UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai in an interview with BBC. Speaking this morning on a BBC Business Live interview, the inside track program, the UNWTO chief revealed that in Africa, Namibia and Zambia were among the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world sharing the spot with China from Asia. This has been confirmed by His Excellency Ambassador Humphrey Chilu Chib…

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04 November 2015

Kenya tourism pulls out all the stops at WTM

Kenya tourism has joined hundreds of other destinations at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) in London which this year has the theme “WTM Means Business.” The head of the Kenya delegation, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, spoke to CNN Live yesterday morning when she indicated that while anti-travel advisories have presented a number of challenges for Kenya’s tourism industry in the past, it is important to no…

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04 November 2015

2015 top travel trends revealed at WTM

Euromonitor unveiled today the WTM Global Trends Report 2015 identifying the top emerging travel trends: The new American dream: work less, play hard A growing number of American companies offer unlimited vacation time to create a happier, loyal and motivated staff, which will have an effect on travel bookings. Smart technology drives travel to UK’s secondary cities Digitalisation and hi-tech solutions are redefining the tourist offerings of UK urban centres to boost travel outside of …

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03 November 2015

SA can recover quickly says Tourism Minister

While the immigration regulations put an undoubted strain on South Africa’s tourism industry, it can recover more quickly than most may expect. This is the belief of Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, who spoke to Tourism Update on the sidelines of Air China’s inaugural flight to Johannesburg on Friday, October 30. “While the regulations did have an effect on South Africa’s tourism numbers, we cannot underestimate the work of the Department of Home Affairs,” Hanekom…

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03 November 2015

SATIB Advisory: Thunderstorm Season

At this time of the year, with seasons changing it is very important to listen for out storm warnings, weather can change very quickly and thunderstorms are especially prevalent. Objects struck by lightning experience heat and magnetic forces of great magnitude and could prove fatal. By way of example, the resultant electric current from a single lightning bolt can provide enough energy to light a city of 200 000 people for one minute! Below are some guidelines of what to do before, during and…

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02 November 2015

As Diamond Prices Fall, Tourism Becomes More Important to Botswana

Botswana has been one of Africa’s success stories. Peaceful since it gained independence from Great Britain in the 1960s, this sparsely populated, landlocked nation in Southern Africa has thrived thanks, in large part, to its diamond mining industry. Tourism has played an important role in Botswana’s success as well, and it is about to become an even more vital piece of the jigsaw. A need to diversify Worst-case projections have shown that diamond reserves in Botswana could be depl…

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02 November 2015

Atta Office this week

It is a busy week ahead for Atta with three events in London. Atta is exhibiting at World Travel Market from Monday to Thursday. We are on the stand AF340. We are also hosting our annual WTM function in central London on Wednesday night. On Friday we are at own trade workshop ROAR at Wembley Stadium. Please bear with us, we will respond to members’ queries as soon as possible. For urgent matters, please call +44 79 1714 2765 The Atta Team

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