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27 February 2015

Opinion: Your brand is still your cornerstone

While other sectors toy with the idea of dropping brand marketing, travel companies should stick to building their brand, says Atta member Brighter PR executive chairman Steve Dunne in Travel Weekly. I read the other day about the death of the brand, a subject getting much traction in the world of sales and marketing. The article referenced the digital world, where consumers can explore brands with the click of a mouse, making them arguably less brand loyal. It pointed at the reduced attention…

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27 February 2015

Spotlight on Atta directors: Katie Fewkes

Last we week we started new series of introductions of Atta Board members who we hope will tell you a bit about  the people behind the names who represent our members.  Today let's learn about Katie Fewkes who has joined the Atta Board very recently. What is your role within Atta? UK Tour Operator Director Use 3 words to describe yourself? Honest, loyal, tenacious What is your job? Product Development Manager for worldwide tailormade product at Scott Dunn How did you end up in …

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26 February 2015

Angola Grants Multiple Entry Tourism Visa

The authorities of the Republic of Angola as of next march will start granting tourism and ordinary visas with multiple entries. The modernisation process taking place in the Migration and Foreigners Services (SME) has enabled to overcome the hindrances regarding the introduction of multiple entry visas. Soon the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, in Luanda, will set up the RAPID system, which will enable Angolan and foreign citizens to pass through the immigration control system in less th…

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24 February 2015

Turkish Airlines to commence direct flight to Zambia

Turkish Airlines says the airline has put Zambia as a priority on the route expansion programme to Africa and is expected to commence a direct flight between Istanbul and Lusaka soon. During the inaugural flight, materials depicting Zambia’s tourism attractions will be distributed in-flight to market Zambia as a tourism destination of choice.

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24 February 2015

SA's visa rules for children to change again

Tourism Update reports the department of home affairs says South Africa’s immigration regulations now require unabridged birth certificates or a country’s equivalent thereof for travelling minors, to be in English. Many breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Home Affairs agreed to delay the implementation of an unabridged birth certificate requirement for children travelling to, from or through South Africa until 1, June 2015 – but questions remained for the un…

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23 February 2015

African Beaches Ranked Among Best Worldwide

Diani Beach in Kwale County has yet again put Kenya on the world map after being voted as among the top 25 beaches in the world in 2015 by TripAdvisor. In the latest Travellers’ Choice Awards (Best of 2015), TripAdvisor ranked Diani Beach 22nd best beach in the world. Diani Beach was also voted third among the top 25 beaches in Africa while Watamu Beach in Kilifi County took 14th position on the continent. Baia do Sancho from Brazil was voted as the best beach among the top 25 be…

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23 February 2015

Exhibitors on the Atta Stand at ITB 2015

In a week’s time ITB 2015 will kick off in Berlin with exhibitors coming from over 180 countries & regions and 110,000+ trade visitors over the 5 day long show. Recognised as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, it is a must-attend event for every international expert in the tourism industry. Hotels, tourism organisations, tour operators, travel agencies, transport companies, booking portals, systems providers and so much more come together in an area the size of 8 football p…

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20 February 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

The next billion Undersea cables now encircle the African continent, and with dozens of termination points linking Africa to the rest of the world, it is encouraging to see almost a quarter of the population is now connected to the Internet - but what about the next three quarters of a billion people. Less than one-tenth of the world’s users are African: lack of infrastructure and cost being the main constraining factors. The picture is not homogeneous across the continent either, with…

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20 February 2015

Qatar Airways to expand in South Africa

Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion in South Africa with the launch of a new destination Durban while simultaneously increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg. The airline will also increase its weekly frequency to Cape Town going up from five flights a week to a daily service. Effective from 17th December 2015, the airline will launch four new weekly flights to Durban via Johannesburg bringing the total frequency to Johannesburg up from 10 weekly flights to a double-daily se…

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20 February 2015

Spotlight on Atta's directors

Over the next few  months, we will be shining a spotlight on your Atta Directors, the individuals that advise the executive and bring differing expertise and experience to the Boardroom table. We hope that this showcase will tell you a bit about  the people behind the names who represent our members.  First up, our Chair for the last 4 years.... Anita Powell What is your role within Atta? I am about to complete my 4th and final year as Atta Chair and am very prou…

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19 February 2015

Zambia witnessed a surge in French tourist arrivals in 2014

Zambia witnessed a surge in French tourist arrivals in 2014 by 27.37 per cent, the Zambian Embassy in France said. The increase had been attributed to the strategic marketing efforts by the Zambian Embassy in Paris working with the Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB). The Zambian Embassy in Paris recorded a 50 per cent increase in the number of visitors who travelled to Zambia in the month of January 2015 as compared to the same month in 2014. In 2013, Zambia recorded a total of 7,151 visitors from Fra…

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19 February 2015

Kenya turns to travel writers to boost golf tourism

Kenya's tourism marketers said they are hosting international travel writers in the country this week in a bid to showcase the country as a golf destination. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) said the event is expected to showcase the country as a key golfing destination in the region with the golf writers representing about ten countries playing in some of the major courses in Nairobi, Naivasha and the Coast. The East African nation has seen growth in golf tourism and is one of the products KTB h…

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19 February 2015

Interesting: New Hotel In Japan To Be Staffed By Robots

The robot revolution has definitely started. A new hotel planned to be built in Japan will have robotic staff. While it’s not clear if these robots will tuck guests into their beds, the robots will definitely carry out other hospitality tasks. A theme park based on Netherlands in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture, Huis Ten Bosch plans to have a hotel with robot staff and advanced technologies. The hotel’s name will be Henn-na Hotel, or Strange Hotel.  Park authorities say the …

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18 February 2015

Peace through Tourism by WTTC

Represented by David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC this is what the World Travel and Tourism Council thinks on Peace through Tourism: "WTTC wants to help the tourism industry to glow sustainably. Travel is the language of peace and it accounts for 9% of the world’s GDP and for 1 in 11 jobs. It employs over 12 million people in Europe and 63 million in Asia and 8 million in Africa. Tourism is glowing every year and is resilient. It grows 1% faster than the rest of the global ec…

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18 February 2015

Accommodation in Durban during Indaba 2015

ACCOMMODATION at Coastlands on The Ridge Room Rates at the Atta Coastlands Hotel.  Minimum stay 3 nights. The rates from the 8th May to the 11th May 2015 will be as follows : ·         Standard Single -         3 nights/£340   +Extra night/£113 ·         Standard Double -       3 nights/&pou…

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17 February 2015

Atta CEO: The face of Africa is changing

We are seeing vague signs of spring in Europe, lighter evenings at last, and the first green shoots appearing in our gardens. The later part of 2014 was a shocker for African tourism as the media, desperate as always to hook their readers, spread a mythical fear of Ebola, brushing a shadow across the ‘dark continent’ as they would like to portray it. But it’s springtime in Europe so let’s move on now and stick with the green shoots theme, even though autumn maybe coming…

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17 February 2015

Ethiopian Airlines to increase flight frequency to Mumbai

Ethiopian Airlines has finalised preparations to start double daily flights to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport starting March 2015. Ethiopian has been providing air service to Mumbai for over 43 years with the launch of its first flight in December 1971. The airline currently has daily flights to Mumbai and New Delhi. Africa-India traffic is witnessing a significant rise owing to the economic growth of the two regions and their increasing trade, investment and tourism ties in …

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16 February 2015

Ethiopia’s New Airport To Triple Yearly Passenger Capacity

Ethiopia will complete expansion work on the capital’s airport in 2018 to triple the number of passengers it handles from 7 million a year now and will soon pick a site for a new hub to deal with 10 times the number in future. Bole International Airport, on the edge of Addis Ababa, is home to Ethiopian Airlines [ETHU.UL], the state-owned national carrier that is ranked the largest by revenue in Africa. Less than a decade ago, the airport handled 1 million passengers a year but that rose …

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16 February 2015

SAA Resumes Daily Round -Trip Nonstop Service Between New York & Johannesburg

SAA will resume its daily nonstop flights between Johannesburg and New York-JFK International Airport on March 7th. The resumption of the nonstop service on the northbound flight from Johannesburg to New York-JFK will reduce the overall travel time on the route by nearly 90 minutes. While SAA's flight from New York-JFK to Johannesburg is operating daily on a nonstop year-round basis, the northbound flight has been temporarily making a one-hour refuelling stop in Dakar, Senegal, due in part…

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13 February 2015

This Week at Atta HQ

Good morning and welcome to another update from Atta. We had some recent changes in the Atta office and would like to welcome our new Membership & Exhibitions Manager Angela. She has an extensive experience in the hospitality industry and running events which we hope will inspire Atta and bring some new initiatives in running our functions and seminars. We are currently training Angela and introducing her to many services that Atta has to offer members. Please bear with us if your email is…

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13 February 2015

What's new at INDABA 2015 for Exhibitors

INDABA 2014 provided a platform to 24 African destinations to do business with quality buyers, in an environment attuned to the remarkable inbound tourist growth of an entire continent - Plugging into Africa’s Growth. 8 706 delegates had attended INDABA 2014 with a total of 281 of those delegates as hosted buyers – a significant 35.7% increase in hosted buyer numbers from 2013; 788 of total buyers were South African and 1 069 comprised non-hosted international buyers. 1 198 differe…

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13 February 2015

RwandAir launches direct flights to Lusaka

RwandAir announced the commencement of flights to Lusaka, in Zambia effective March 27th 2015, with three weekly flights. The flights will be operated by our Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft with guaranteed safety and comfort. The flights which are tagged to the existing Johannesburg route are scheduled to be departing from Kigali to Lusaka then continue to Johannesburg on Monday, Wednesday and Friday ; and from Johannesburg via Lusaka back to Kigali on Tuesday, Thursday…

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12 February 2015

Ethiopia tipped for tourism surge

Annual report lists Ethiopia among emerging destinations, while bookings for Cuba rise and trips to Malaysia prove less popular. Ethiopia has been tipped to become a popular holiday destination in the coming years by one of Europe’s biggest long-haul tour operators. The East African country, which suffered a series of famines in the 1980s but can boast some of the continent’s most dramatic landscapes, has been included among a list of emerging destinations in Kuoni’s ann…

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12 February 2015

Why Include Infographics In Your Tourism Marketing Strategy

The digital innovation brought up significant opportunities for different industries to succeed and go beyond their expectations. Today, there is an array of approaches and tools used to demonstrate authenticity in a work environment. As the years pass by, these industries that value the application of infographics in their daily transactions continue to grow in number. One of them is the tourism industry in which professionals have been receiving the maximum benefits they deserve. Basically,…

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12 February 2015

FCO Travel Update: Malawi

Malawi travel advice 10-02-2015 04:02 PM GMT Latest update: Entry requirements section - visas on arrival

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12 February 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

The 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa with a combined population approaching 1 billion generate approximately the same amount of power as Spain, which has a population of 45 million. Power consumption, at around 124 kilowatt hours (kwh) per capita per year is falling, and is only a tenth of that found elsewhere in the developing world. Barely enough to power one 100-watt light bulb per person for three hours a day. Enter solar - at 1% take-up in 2009, solar now reaches 7 times as many people…

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12 February 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Eyes June Launch for Manila Route

After postponing its original plan to begin flights to Manila in July 2013, Ethiopian Airlines has once again set a target launch date for service to the Philippines. The Ethiopian flag carrier plans to begin service to Manila on June 27 with three weekly flights to its hub in Addis Ababa via Bangkok. It will be the only direct link between the Philippines and Africa. Ethiopian Airlines will be operating its Manila service with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Flights will depart Addis Ababa at 12:40a…

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11 February 2015

South African Airways links up with Proflight Zambia

South Africa Airways (SAA) and Proflight Zambia have signed an interline agreement that will enable passengers to travel easily across the networks of both airlines with a single booking. Under the agreement, customers will be able to make joint SAA - Proflight Zambia bookings and will be issued with a single combined ticket. This will enable seamless connections to and from Proflight’s domestic destinations: Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Solwezi, Kasama, Lower Zambezi, as well as i…

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11 February 2015

Two Shows One Africa

INDABA, the largest Pan-African travel show and We Are Africa, the bespoke travel trade show, will once again join forces in 2015 under the banner: TWO SHOWS ONE AFRICA. This collaboration will be to bring the very best Africa has to offer to the world’s leading travel and tourism buyers. This partnership was initiated in 2014 to ensure that select international buyers would be exposed to exhibitors at both these must-attend African travel events, guaranteeing them access to the very bes…

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11 February 2015

Audit of Single Tourist Visa Usage Underway

The Kenya Tourism Federation has contracted university's Centre for Tourism and Hospitality to conduct a regional survey on the level of awareness and usage of the Single Tourist Visa. The single tourist visa was adopted by East African Community member states - Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - in February last year, but take up by foreign visitors has been slow despite it being cheaper, according to industry players. The baseline survey will also find out the level of awareness on use of nation…

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11 February 2015

Zambia mulls waiving visa requirements to boost tourism

Zambian government will pilot a one-year visa waiver for some countries to see if it will boost tourist arrivals. The Zambian president said his government will pilot a waiver for nationals from two European and two Asian countries to ascertain the effect on tourism arrivals. However, the president did not name the countries to which the visa waiver will be applied. The government, he said, would undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the waiver with specific focus on the impact of security and …

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11 February 2015

FCO Travel Update: Rwanda

Rwanda travel advice 10-02-2015 10:25 AM GMT Latest update: Entry requirements section - how to pay for a visa on arrival.    

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11 February 2015

Fiona Jeffery: Why Tourism for Tomorrow matters

Fiona Jeffery OBE, Atta’s Industry Director and chair of water aid charity Just a Drop, explains in Travel Weekly why she is spearheading the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards It was almost 20 years ago, shortly after I became head of World Travel Market (WTM), when I realised the importance for our industry of the looming environmental debate. I was struck by the simple fact that if we didn’t do more to protect the places our industry sets out to…

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10 February 2015

Mike Ross

Atta is greatly sad to head that Mike Ross from Mike Ross Travel lost his battle with Leukaemia - he left this world peacefully on Friday, surrounded by his close family. His colleague Georgina Sargent said: “Mike lived and breathed Africa. His commitment to providing each and every client of ours with the absolute trip of a life time never wavered: whatever the hurdle placed in from of him, he never settled for second best.  Mike was a truly inspirational mentor and friend to us a…

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09 February 2015

The Latest News from Tusk

Tusk is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Tusk was launched 25 years ago and since then we have achieved some remarkable conservation success. As such we will be celebrating our Silver Anniversary at a number of special events, and showcasing our projects and their achievements throughout the year. We will also be looking to the future and the challenges ahead, and very much hope that you will be kind enough to support our forthcoming anniversary appeal and perhaps join us at one or more of our…

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09 February 2015

Airline passenger count soars to new record

A record 3.3 billion passengers boarded planes last year, marking a jump of 170 million passengers from 2013, the Geneva-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. Demand for the passenger business did well in 2014," IATA said in a statement. "With a 5.9-percent expansion of demand, the industry out-performed the 10-year average growth rate."  More than half of the growth in passenger travel occurred on airlines in emerging markets, including Asia-Paci…

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09 February 2015

Top 10 richest countries in Africa rated

Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion. According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently the Top 10 richest countries in Africa. 1. Nigeria: GDP – $594.257 billion The most populous country in Africa is a major contender on this list, its manufacturing sector being the third largest in Africa while it contributes a conside…

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06 February 2015

SAA to withdraw Mumbai-Johannesburg connection effective April 2015

In a recent development, South African Airways (SAA) has decided to pull out their direct Mumbai-Johannesburg flight, effective April 1, 2015. As part of its network optimisation exercise, thereafter the airline will be redirecting its flights to all Indian destinations via Abu Dhabi through its new direct service with onward code-share agreement connections with Etihad Airways and Jet Airways. Through the code-share agreements, the airline will service new destinations in India such as Delhi,…

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06 February 2015

Yellow Fever Relaxation by South Africa Helps Zambia Tourism

South Africa’s decision to end Yellow fever vaccination requirements for travellers to Zambia is expected to prove a shot in the arm for the tourism business in a country that’s home to the world’s largest curtain of falling water. International arrivals may rise by more than 20 percent from last year’s estimated one million as a result of the South African decision, Felix Chaila, Zambia Tourism Board said. “The Yellow fever certificate demanded by South Africa wa…

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06 February 2015

Mauritius: Government Programme 2015-2019 - Tourism

The tourism sector is geared to play a pivotal role towards achieving the targeted second economic miracle of Mauritius. Government will articulate the development of our tourism industry around four main axes, namely Attractiveness, Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability of the destination. Highlights: · Formulation of a Tourism Strategic Plan covering the period 2016 to 2020. An 'Assise du Tourisme' with the participation of all stakeholders will also be organised to cha…

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05 February 2015

Ross Kennedy: Kaza visa saves time, reduces cost for tourists

Atta's Southern African Director Ross Kennedy in Tourism Update: The launch of the Kaza visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe is very positive news for the two countries, which share a world icon in Victoria Falls. The univisa, which was rolled out on November 28, will save tourists time and money as only one visa is now needed to visit both countries. The visa is expected to boost the flow of tourists between Zimbabwe and Zambia, particularly across the Victoria Falls border. It should also create…

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05 February 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

African stock markets generated US$11bn from public offerings last year   Last year saw the highest level of activity in African equity capital markets over the previous five years, and a significant increase in both transaction volume and capital raised compared to the year before The continent’s capital market gained US$37.4 billion in proceeds raised from 2010 to 2014, with PwC saying it expects 2015 to be anoth…

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04 February 2015

New low cost airline Skywise: What you need to know

After a few delays and a number of setbacks dating back to 2013, South Africa's newest low-cost airline, Skywise will finally be taking to the skies, as ticket go on sale mid-February. The first official flight will be taking place on 11 February, which will carry school children adopted by the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, and this will be followed by the first commercial flight on the 16th March.  The airline is the brainchild of 1time founders Rodney James (CEO of Skywise),…

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03 February 2015

Hotel Grading Begins for 600 Hotels in Ethiopia

The Ministry of Culture & Tourism (MoCT), together with consultants from United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has started grading and accreditation of 200 hotels in Addis Ababa and 400 hotels in the rest of the country. The Technical committee from Ministry of Culture & Tourism (MoCT) prepared the document that is going to be used for the grading of the hotels. Before the grading system is approved by Ethiopian Standard Agency, which is the national standard body, differen…

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02 February 2015

Growth in Namibian hospitality industry

The hospitality industry of Namibia experienced a record growth of nine percent in room and bed occupancy last year, according to new statistics. The quarterly and annual room and bed occupancy statistics report compiled by the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) reveals that the Namibian tourism accommodation industry experienced a growth of some nine percent in room sales last year compared to 2013. In 2014, the annual average occupancy rates exceeded the 50 percent threshold of 2008 ag…

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02 February 2015

Cape Town Has World's Second Best Beaches

Cape Town has been ranked by National Geographic as the world's second-best beach city in their latest Top 10 list. The international magazine places Cape Town's beaches behind Barcelona's "eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline". But the South African "capital of cool" pips Hawai's Honolulu, Nice in France, Miami in the US, Rio de Janerio in Brazil, Santa Monica in California, Sydney in Australia, and Israel's Tel Aviv. Here is wh…

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02 February 2015

SAA to Implement New Hand Luggage Regulations

As of 2 February South African Airways will implement new hand luggage restrictions which will impact all airlines and travelers. The new baggage laws will allow for: One bag plus one slimline laptop bag per economy class passenger Two bags plus slimline laptop bag per business/first class passenger No bag should exceed these dimensions: 56cm + 36cm + 23cm (total dimensions of 115cm) Weight limit per bag: 7kg Although other airline customers may take only 7kg on board as hand luggage, …

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02 February 2015

Atta ITB Networking Evening in Berlin March 4th

We are pleased to be hosting Atta’s second networking evening in Germany on the first night of ITB Berlin. Sponsored by         Date & Time: Wednesday March 4th, 2015 – starting at 7 pm. Venue: International Club Berlin, Thueringer Alee 5011, 14052 Berlin. In other words, 20 minute walk from the exhibition centre. We have booked the Officer’s Bar for your pleasure. The broad and comfortable Bar on the first floor was exclusively reserve…

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