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30 April 2015

Kenya appoints veteran conservationist Richard Leakey to wildlife body

The East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) has welcomed the appointment of Richard Leakey as chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Board of Trustees. In a press statement EAWLS stated that this came at a critical moment for conservation in Kenya and pledged the organisation's support. “His appointment comes at a time when reform is needed, as has been clearly spelt out in the report produced last year by the independent task force, which was asked to investigat…

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30 April 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Ethiopia predicts record US$1.5bn direct investment in 2015   Foreign direct investment into Ethiopia will reach a record US$1.5bn - driven by the country having made efforts to attrach overseas manufacturing companies Foreign companies are relocating factories to the country, attracted by low wages, cheap power and supportive government policies - GDP has been growing at double-digit rates as a result The infl…

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29 April 2015

Atta's Latin American Representative at Indaba

Andrea Landaeta, Atta's Latin America Representative, will be joining us at INDABA this year. If you’re interested in growing your knowledge on Central & South American countries, get some insider knowledge and ideas on how to sell your product to the Latin Market, this is great opportunity to meet with our Representative.  Andrea will be available during the show at Atta's stand, if you wish to arrange a meeting with her at a particular time, please email andrea@s…

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29 April 2015

Tanzanite tourist attraction centre launched in Arusha

A new and unique tanzanite tourist attraction was launched in the centre of Arusha city.  The centre and educational museum for the rare gem has been made possible by an Arusha-based tanzanite processing firm—The Tanzanite Experience. Tanzanite gemstones are found only in Tanzania and The Tanzanite Experience has invested in a life size replica of a tanzanite mine shaft in one of its outlet at the centre of Arusha city, showing the history of tanzanite, how it is mined, cutting and …

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29 April 2015

Google To Rule Hotel Searches

Google plans on developing a proprietary Google Hotel Finder, which compares hotel prices. Now, whenever you make a Google search you will find its hotel advertisements popping up on its entire organic search results pages. According to a Koddi blog post, Google has included several filters including price and rating of hotels. It also filters results according to hotel class and more. Its powerful hotel ads pop up conveniently thereby obviating the need for consumers to look elsewhere for…

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28 April 2015

Tourism can bring 100,000 jobs in Namibia in 2015

A 2015 report on the economic impact of tourism in the world shows that Namibia will create more than 100,000 jobs, earning the country 19.4 billion Namibian dollars (1.6 billion U.S. dollars). Compiled by the World Travel and Tourism Council covering 148 countries, the report titled Travel and Tourism Economic Impact also says Namibia’s gross domestic product will put on three percent as a result of tourism. These jobs, according to the repot, are generated by growth in hotels, travel …

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28 April 2015

Government and tour operators ponder rates for locals

Zambian Government and tour operators are studying the possibility of adopting a two-tier rate for local and foreign tourists. The initiative will involve coming up with lowered rates for the locals to promote domestic tourism without disadvantaging foreign visitors. Government is currently in discussions with tour operators to consider the plan aimed at encouraging locals to travel more and boost the tourism industry.  Minister of Tourism and Arts said currently, the fees that are being …

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28 April 2015

Expedia launches Apple Watch app

Expedia released the Expedia app for Apple Watch, providing a convenient new way for travelers to receive and access helpful trip information at a glance. Expedia on Apple Watch is available in the App Store and provides a useful travel solution with notifications, glances and more to give people the facts and confidence they need for a better overall travel experience. “Timing is everything, especially when it comes to travel,” said Jerald Singh, Head of Mobile at Expedia. “…

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27 April 2015

Zatex Hosted Agents Program

Zambia Tourism Board invites agents selling Southern Africa for a hosted program at their cost. The proposed itinerary is below. Please contact Donald Pelekamoyo      Tel: +442075896655   Email: donald.pelekamoyo@zambiatourism.org.zm    Website: www.zambiatourism.com PROPOSED ITINERARY FOR ZATEX HOSTED  AGENTS & MEDIA 19TH MAY – 25TH MAY 2015. (20 pax) DAY 1     Tuesday   DAY 1    …

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27 April 2015

Ditching Dreamliners: Why United Just Bought a Bunch of Older Airplanes

The Boeing 777-300ER guzzles more gas than a Dreamliner, but United likes the price. United Airlines loves the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It became the first U.S. carrier to fly the long-haul jet and takes every opportunity to proclaim the Dreamliner's passenger-friendly features and attractive operating costs. Yet price trumps all in airline economics, which is why United has scrapped an order for 10 new 787s to buy an equal number of older, larger, less-fuel efficien…

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27 April 2015

For African tourism, the future means 'profits with principles'

Responsible tourism is the future for Africa, as travelers increasingly want authentic, genuine and responsible holidays. This was the key focus at the World Travel Market Africa Responsible Tourism Conference (WTM Africa) in Cape Town, South Africa, this month. During WTM Africa, heroes of responsible tourism in Africa were honored at the 2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards Ceremony. Among the winners were Chumbe Island in Zanzibar, Coffee Beans Routes in South Africa and Chobe Game Lodge…

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27 April 2015

Malawi and Egypt Sign MoU to Enhance Tourism Relations

The Government of Malawi and Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on improving tourism relations. The MoU aims at among others, assisting marketing and promotion of tourism activities through participation in tourism fairs, exhibitions and events held in both countries and exchange visits of tourism officials, journalists and media representatives. The strategic vision in the implementation of the MoU is to create tourism links between the two cou…

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24 April 2015

Atta Indaba Networking Event 9 May, 2015

Atta Indaba Networking Event 9 May, 2015 Meet, Mix and Mingle with fellow members at the Atta Indaba Networking Party 2015! Saturday, 9th May 2015 From 7:00pm Join fellow Atta members for valuable networking at this special invitation-only party on the first night of Indaba 2015.  Connect with members from your region and make new international friends at this fun-filled event held at moyo uShaka!  A uniquely Durban destination with Cocktails at the Beach Bar, exquisite views of th…

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24 April 2015

INDABA 2015 Business Buyers Lounge

Last year’s PREMIER LOUNGE offering at INDABA was such a success that the concept returns to INDABA 2015 in the form of the Business Buyers Lounge, offering INDABA exhibitors a bespoke, customised environment in which to conduct business meetings. The return of the Business Buyers Lounge is a direct response to interest from exhibitors and South African Tourism’s determination to put exhibitors first at INDABA through offering optimised business opportunities. The Business Buyers L…

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23 April 2015

WTTC announces 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners

UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 18:30 (MADRID/CENTRAL EUROPE TIME) 16 APRIL 2015 The world’s best examples of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations have been recognised at the annual World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony in Madrid, Spain. The Awards, which are held as part of the WTTC 15th Global Summit showcase and celebrate sustainable tourism businesses and destinations around the world. The winners in the five categories are: Community A…

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22 April 2015

We Are Africa Sunrise adventures

Atta Members attending We Are Africa are invited to arise with the tribe on Escape+Explore sunrise adventures including an exclusive sunrise opening of Table Mountain. Places are filling up fast to sign up and for more information visit: http://www.toescapeto.com/escapeexplore/sunrise-adventures

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22 April 2015

Comment: Will Google ever become an OTA?

Following a Travel Weekly ‘Talk to Google’ event, Teletext Holidays chairman Steve Endacott gives his take on the search giant’s strategy. Travel Weekly’s ‘Talk to Google’ Business Breakfast last week provided a fascinating insight into the thought processes of Google’s top UK team and for me provided a clear indication of their future direction in travel. Google as a “customer-centric” business described how customer demand for instant ans…

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22 April 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary Africa's private healthcare sector has been booming in recent times depending on the country you look at - driven in no small part by a growing middle class. As such, private equity funds have been ramping up investment in the health sector. Swedfund, Sweden’s risk capital company, and The Africa Health Fund (via Abraaj) have invested in The Nairobi Women’s Hospital, a leading private healthcare provider for women and their families…

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21 April 2015

New security procedures at JKIA

Kenya Airports Authority has introduced new procedures to step up security at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Effective from April 17, all incoming traffic to JKIA will be screened at the newly constructed primary security screening yard. The facility is expected to centralise airport access screening for vehicles, passengers and pedestrians visiting the airport, thus enhancing security surveillance. All persons regularly working within the airport will also be required to…

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21 April 2015

Tourism boosts Botswana’s economy

Botswana’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 4.4 percent in 2014, driven mainly by growth in transport and communications, trade, hotels and restaurants and mining.Information from Statistics Botswana indicates that the three sectors grew by 7.4, 7.1 and 4.5 percent last year respectively. Although the economy registered growth, it slowed from the 2013 revised growth of 9.3 percent. The information also shows that mining continues to play a major role in the economy, with it…

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20 April 2015

Spotlight on Atta Directors: Ingram Casey

This Monday we offer you to get to know our Southern African Director Ingram Casey and learn more about his work and life in South Africa. What is your role within Atta? As Southern African Director my role is to continue the great work started by Sandy Wood (Pulse Africa) in growing Atta in Southern Africa an area that now represents 1/3rd of the overall membership. I am on hand to help current members make the most of their membership and look for new opportunities for member networking and…

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20 April 2015

Travel habits changing in Africa

Looking at changing travel habits within Africa, the expansion of travel on the continent is facing some challenges but is also exhibiting some promising signs. This is according to Euromonitor. So what's changing? According to Euromonitor, governments in Africa are uniformly investing less in the development of domestic travel and the current airline environment is highly regulated. However, a rising middle class and commercial appetite to expand into African travel could define a new era…

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17 April 2015

The Atta Summer Event in London - a spectacular finale for the Africa Showcase, 18 June 2015

                                                          An annual summer function in the Atta way - fun and informal for members, Africa Showcase participants and media SPONSORED BY ZAMBIA TOURISM BOARD  …

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17 April 2015

Fiona Jeffery: Look beyond the demands of the day

Atta Industry Relations Director in Travel Weekly: Business leadership cannot be exclusively about short-term results, says Fiona Jeffery, chair of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards I was delighted to host the 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony at the Global Summit yesterday. These Awards celebrate the very best examples of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations around the world. This is the first time we have included the Tourism for Tomorrow ceremony within the main Globa…

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17 April 2015

This Week at Atta

Good morning all, Our weekly update comes from the Atta CEO Nigel: This week I attended the WTTC - World Travel & Tourism Council, global summit in Madrid. The WTTC is the body that represents the global tourism industry at the highest level. With over 100 members made up of the world’s largest tourism brands from across our industry the annual summit is by invitation only , Attended by CEO’s from all sectors of tourism the sessions were packed with influential speakers. I was…

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16 April 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 We have often reiterated the wealth of opportunity that exists on the African continent - and we believe that the time is right for these opportunities to be realised and capitalised from both within and outside the boarders. Small and medium sized enterprise in Africa are mostly family-run, and play an important role in employment creation and ec…

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16 April 2015

Graham Boynton in Travel Africa: Free movement

Governments have long used visas as a way of monitoring tourism and raising revenues. But will recent changes in regulations for some African regions help or hinder travel? asks Graham Boynton. A mixture of consternation and joy is sweeping through the travel industry over the issue of tourist visas. A boon for government treasuries, an irritating added extra for travellers and, in some cases, an administrative nightmare for tour operators, tourist visas continue to evolve as international tra…

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16 April 2015

Atta CEO: Travel advisories – the elephant in the room?

In case you missed Nigel's recent article in Tourism Update: ‘The elephant in the room’ is an apt saying for the safari industry, well described as ‘ignoring an obvious problem by failing to address an issue that stands out in a major way’. The news from Kenya is horrifying – yet another terrorist attack designed to destabilise the status quo. The elephant is the travel advice that precedes and follows such incidents. An increased ‘non-essential’…

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15 April 2015

Zimbabwe: Malawi Airlines to Fly in More Often

Malawian Airlines is set to increase weekly flights to Zimbabwe from three to five to meet the growing number of passengers between Harare and Lilongwe. Malawian Airlines said the increased frequency would cater for the growing number of tourists and traders between Zimbabwe and Malawi. The aircraft has the capacity to carry 40 passengers. Plans were also afoot for the airline to operate between Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe urged the airline to launch fligh…

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15 April 2015

Atta CEO in Travel Africa: The trade view

The instant nature of news reporting nowadays brings new challenges – which makes it all the more important to find a balanced perspective. Acting as a spokesperson for members of the African travel industry in 22 countries is not easy. Certainly, handling media enquiries in times of crisis – from transport accidents to terrorism, disease to political upheavals – has become far more challenging. In the past, the media might pick up a story several days after an incident. They…

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14 April 2015

Kenya, South Africa, And Gambia Compete For Nigerian Tourists

As the tourism industry contributes more and more to the GDP, African countries discover new markets to try to bring in more revenue from tourism. UNWTO says that tourism is now among the biggest and most quickly-growing economic sectors globally, with growth of arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa at roughly 5 percent. In response to this trend, countries like Kenya, South Africa, and Gambia are beginning to target Nigerian tourists to increase their foreign profits. Currently, tourism has con…

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14 April 2015

European visitors to Swaziland increase by 17 percent

..tourists from Africa over 1.1 million The rate of which visitors from Europe arrived in Swaziland soared by 17 percent in 2014, as over 100 000 Europeans visited the country as opposed to 85 000 the previous year.  This was revealed by the Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) and the Department of Immigration.  In their 2014 Arrivals by Country Report, STA said the overall rate of inbound tourists’ arrivals grew by a significant 2 percent in 2014, as 1 324 621 visitors were reco…

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14 April 2015

Malawi and Zimbabwe Sign Tourism MoU

The Malawi Ministry of Information Tourism and Culture and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in tourism. Minister of Information Tourism and Culture Hon. Kondwami Nankhumwa MP, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Malawi and his counter part Hon. Engineer Walter Mzembi signed on behalf of the Zimbabwe government. In his speech Nankhumwa said the cooperation is going to greatly benefit the two countr…

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13 April 2015

Language – Unique Selling Point or Barrier?

During the forthcoming South African Tourism Indaba hundreds of tourism related organisations and operators will be touting their tours, hospitality offerings and products – each pushing their unique selling points (USP’s) to the utmost and trying desperately to differentiate themselves. Yet, how many have considered the edge an awareness of the issue of language can have on the bottom line? According to Dr Nico Nortjé, CEO of Language Inc., a South African language services…

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13 April 2015

FCO Travel Update: Tanzania

Tanzania travel advice 10-04-2015 10:48 AM BST Latest update: Summary - a strike is affecting bus services (including ‘daladalas’ – shared minibus taxis) in Dar es Salaam and elsewhere across the country; there are also reports of violence around the Ubongo bus terminal in Dar es Salaam

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13 April 2015

SAA offers new product to bid for business class upgrades

South African Airways (SAA)has added this new feature giving economy customers a chance to trade their economy seat into a comfortable seat with premium wine, gourmet meals, and flat seats through an innovative bidding system. The winners will be passengers that are ready to pay a reduced rate for this service, and the airline is a winner receiving unexpected revenue for seats they would have given away to premium customers or those wanting to use frequent flyer miles. The losers may be those …

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13 April 2015

Senegal Scraps Visas for Tourists and Cuts Tax On Air Fares

Senegal has scrapped visa requirements for foreign visitors, and will slash taxes on air fares as it seeks to revive a tourism sector crippled by high costs and a regional Ebola outbreak. The cost and administrative hassle of visas, coupled with taxes on air tickets, led to a fall in the number of visitors to the country. The new measure on visa-free travel will come into effect on May 1. Government taxes on air fares would be cut by half in a bid to make Senegal a more competitively priced de…

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13 April 2015

SAT and National Geographic team for campaign featuring Nelson Mandela

National Geographic Channel (NGC) and South Africa Tourism have collaborated to create a campaign showing photojournalist Pablo Corral Vega as he traces the life of Nelson Mandela.  The 60-second film launches later this month on NGC, airing in South African Tourism’s key markets across North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe.  The campaign film follows Vega's journey as he travels from the Eastern Cape in Qunu, where Mandela spent his earl…

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13 April 2015

Kenya engages global PR firm to promote tourism investments

The Kenyan Government has appointed a global PR agency, Grayling, to support thsir strategy for the recovery and revival of tourism and inward investment in Kenya. Grayling is part of the Huntsworth Group which is the third largest public relations company in the world and brings global access to key markets critical to Kenya's recovery. Grayling will promote Kenya's potential globally and assist the government in communicating its message effectively both regionally and inte…

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10 April 2015

Interview with Fiona Jeffery on Just a Drop and WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Travel and tourism professionals from around the world are headed to Madrid for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Annual Summit next week. An event not just for sales and networking but also to celebrate the winners of the leading accolade in responsible and sustainable tourism – the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. In this interview, Fiona Jeffery, award chair, shares her tourism and sustainability story – how it all started, and why she has recently moved from…

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10 April 2015

Tanzania Tourist Board debuts nine more cultural tourism enterprises

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) announced the addition of nine new Cultural Tourism Enterprises, bringing the total to 60. As part of the Cultural Tourism Program, the Enterprises, located around the country, provide visitors with an authentic cultural experience and a unique insight into the daily lives of the local people. The Cultural Tourism Enterprises offer visitors the opportunity to leave the safari vehicle behind and spend time in local villages interacting with the people. The activiti…

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10 April 2015

Tourism in Zambia Expected to Grow By 30 Percent

The launch of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) uniform visa (Univisa) and removal of yellow fever cards requirement will enable Zambia's tourism to grow by 30 per cent this year. Tourism Council of Zambia (TCZ) chairperson Felix Mulenga predicted that Zambia tourism sector would this year record 30 per growth following major developments affecting the sector. Mr Mulenga said the removal of yellow fever requirement from tourists travelling into Zambia through …

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09 April 2015

Travel Industry Needs To Be Google Mobile Friendly

Google goes further with their continuous process of optimization. Their latest ongoing endeavor involves bettering algorithms in mobile searches. Estimated to have an effect on 40 percent of related searches, the aptly named Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update will become active from April 21st 2015. Since then, mobile friendly websites will get higher rankings. The Impact on Hoteliers and Their Businesses Considering the fast-paced and drastic changes in mobile technology from the last cou…

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09 April 2015

Members on the Atta Stand ODG02 at Indaba

Come and meet Atta members in the Atta marquee ODG02 at Indaba 2015 African Bush Camps  Botswana & Zimbabwe beks@africanbushcamps.com Asilia Africa - Camps, Lodges, Safaris Tanzania & Kenya agentmarketing@asiliaafrica.com Coastal Aviation Tanzania safari@coastal.co.tz Dinknesh Ethiopia Tour Ethiopia dinknesh2012@gmail.com Encounter Madagascar Madagascar h.rabez…

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08 April 2015

Zambia: Domestic Tourism Data Base Coming

The Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) is developing a data base to measure domestic tourism and come up with actual numbers of tourists visiting the Victoria Falls and other sites. ZTB managing director Felix Chaila said the data base for measuring domestic tourists was being developed because it was the backbone for growth of the tourism industry. The ZTB would create a base where the growth rate of arrivals to the domestic destination was at least 15 per cent annually. "The target for domestic…

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08 April 2015

Tanzania: Government Overturns Souvenirs Fee

The Tanzanian government withdrew its decision of charging fees for holiday souvenirs. In February this year Tanzania Forestry Services (TFS) announced that it intended to collect fees from all tourists who visit and purchase souvenirs. The document indicated that the fees would have been collected from all tourists at all airports on their departure from the country. However, recently, Natural Resources and Tourism announced to revoke such a decision for the best interests of tourism industry…

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08 April 2015

New Kilimanjaro - Entebbe Connection

Fastjet has launched two new routes to connect Kilimanjaro with two popular destinations - Mwanza and Entebbe, Uganda. Fastjet will serve Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) with three flights per week - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Entebbe, Uganda, while the Mwanza route from Kilimanjaro will be served with four flights per week: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  The airline plans to serve passengers from the north of Tanzania heading to Mwanza in the Tanzania’…

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08 April 2015

Travelers not so social on planes

While people "share" just about everything and anything online, travelers are not especially social in person, according to a recent survey. The GO Group, LLC asked their passengers about how often, if ever, they engage in conversation with their seatmates. Of the 736 respondents, just five percent said they always speak to their seatmates and 25 percent responded "frequently." The most common answer, at 44 percent, was "it depends on who I am sitting next to." Se…

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07 April 2015

Reminder: Atta Membership Census Survey

If you've already taken the Atta Census survey, thank you — we've recorded your response. If you haven't yet completed the survey, there is still time to take the survey for your company. We announced the Atta Membership Census Survey last month in order to increase visibility of the association with the media and on the world’s tourism stage and have been compiling some figures that will demonstrate the powerful numbers that have grown through our collective membershi…

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02 April 2015

Spotlight on Atta directors: Tim Henshall

Today we introduce you to Tim Henshall of Kamili, our director in the UK guiding Atta in marketing strategies and development. What is your role at Atta? As a marketer of over 30 years experience, I am on the board to specifically contribute on marketing and communications related issues. I also aim to represent the interests of the numerous marketing agencies amongst Atta's membership. Three words to describe you:  Passionate, dynamic, vocal. What is your job? I'm the MD of thre…

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01 April 2015

Nordic markets show resilience

Denmark, Norway and Sweden showed resilience as source markets to SA, with no significant dip in arrivals experienced during the second half of 2014, according to the stats released by Statistics SA (Stats SA). This is despite the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which had an impact on emerging and even established source markets. The Nordic market is also largely protected from SA’s new immigration regulations, which impacted travel from emerging markets. Arrivals from Denmark saw the …

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01 April 2015

Atta at We Are Africa 2015

Atta will once again be exhibiting at We Are Africa 2015 in Cape Town with a total of 64 members on our stand. This is a whopping 25 per cent of all floor space! The following companies will be exhibiting in the Atta area:

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01 April 2015

South African Tourism Using Oculus Rift to Encourage Travel

Virtual reality (VR) technology will have a huge impact on the travel industry in the future, allowing people to get a taste of potential holiday locations before they commit to them. Few countries and companies are acting on this potential at this point time, although South Africa has now been added to that small list. It has been announced that the country’s tourism sector is to use the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to give potential travellers a taste of what a holiday in Sou…

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