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31 July 2015

International tourist arrivals up 4% in the first four months of 2015

Despite war, natural disasters and economic gloom, international tourism grew between January and April 2015 with tourist arrivals increasing 4% worldwide according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Prospects for the May-August period remain upbeat, with 500 million tourists expected to travel abroad during these four months. Destinations worldwide received some 332 million international tourists (overnight visitors) between January and April 2015, 16 million more than in 2014, and…

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30 July 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Voici l'Afrique. Over two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans are vicenarians, or on their way. Sporting mobile phones, Internet access and increasingly better transport connections, this new generation is far better connected across borders than ever before. Where previously autarky, autocracy or latent democracy could linger - the needs and aspirations of a new generation are cross-pollinating their ideas faster than ever before - f…

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30 July 2015

Uganda: Gorilla Permit

Uganda Wildlife Authority advised that from 2016, the ‘low season’ Gorilla Permit prices will be USD450 per permit (not USD350 as previously advised). This will apply to April/May & November bookings.  Apart from the saving on the permit, we also have low season safari and accommodation rates available. The rest of the year, the permit price remains at USD600 (should this change we will of course notify you immediately). Sent by Atta member Wild Frontiers

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29 July 2015

Opinion: Destinations in crisis need to make sure they don't fall off the radar

By Atta member Brighter's PR executive chairman Steve Dunne in Travel Weekly What do you do when source markets decide that your destination is no longer safe for its citizens to travel to or holiday in? And what if your own destination is perfectly safe but troubles in other countries in the region start to impact your visitor numbers in a negative way? For many destinations, such as Tunisia, the “no go” order has already been issued by Western Governments keen to protect…

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29 July 2015

New airline route to Malawi

fastjet has added Malawi to its network with twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between its base at Dar es Salaam (DAR) in Tanzania and Lilongwe (LLW). The 970-kilometre route is already serves by Malawian Airlines which operates thrice-weekly Q400 services. fastjet operates one of its three A319s on the route. 

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29 July 2015

Zambia and Uganda forge relations to improve tourism

Uganda’s Minister of Tourism Jean Kapata says Zambia has agreed to forge a partnership in tourism with Uganda in order to enhance tourism in the two countries. The agreement includes capacity building for people in the tourism industry and the promotion and marketing of each other’s tourist attractions through the Zambia Tourism Board. Uganda is willing to come to the country to learn and package Zambia’s tourist’s destinations to the outside world on a partnership prog…

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29 July 2015

Uganda set for 10m tourists at Pope’s visit

Come November, Uganda will get into the faith history books for hosting the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church for the third time.  This year’s expected papal visit is Uganda’s third by a sitting Pope and second in a generation. Pope John Paul II visited in 1993 and earlier in 1969 Pope Paul VI visited at the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs. A large number of people are expected to flock in from around the region, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzan…

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28 July 2015

KTB: Kenya Hosts Successful GES Summit As Obama Returns To His Roots

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has outlined the importance of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to Kenya and Africa as a whole as he welcomed the delegates including the President of the United States of America Barack Obama. Addressing the public at a press conference held at State House His Excellency President Uhuru showcased the opportunities and possibilities that Kenya has to offer as the country welcomed thousands of delegates. President Kenyatta said: “…it i…

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28 July 2015

BA Entebbe Suspensions-Customer Guidelines Update

Rebooking allowance on other airlines 3 *For BA-125 ticketed customers* Rebook onto South African Airways (SA) services between EBB and JNB (Johannesburg) as close to the original travel date as possible but not earlier than 2 October 2015 or later than 15 July 2016. For Commercial tickets showing a published fare or BT/IT tickets showing nett™ or No fare™:  Club World: rebook into Y, or if not available Z class World Traveller or World Traveller Pl…

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28 July 2015

Media Request: Wanted: Big Travel News for 2016

Deadline:  31 Jul 2015   Europe - London   06:00:00 pm  Contact Name: Lucy Thackray Contact Title:     Commissioning Editor Contact Publication:        Sunday Times Travel Magazine Lucy will be putting together our 'What's Hot in Travel 2016' list for the February issue (out Jan). Please send her (at least a skeleton outline) of your big news for travel in 2016. She is looking for big anniversaries, regions …

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27 July 2015

British Airways: Entebbe suspensions

British Airways has decided to suspend flights to and from Entebbe in Uganda as they are no longer commercially viable. The final service will depart Heathrow on 02 October 2015, with the return flight from Entebbe departing on 03 October 2015. Current Entebbe services Route Flight Number Day of week Final flight Service suspended from LHR (T5) - EBB BA063 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat …

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27 July 2015

Malawi: African Parks takes over Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

The on-going emergence of Malawi’s wildlife has just received another great boost with African Parks taking over the management of two more of the country’s reserves. African Parks has concluded an agreement with the Government of Malawi to manage and operate Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for 20 years. The agreement follows an application and evaluation process administered by the Public Private Partnership Commission in which African Parks emerged as the pr…

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27 July 2015

South Africa: PAIA (Promotion of Access To Information Act) Manual

Dear Atta members, This is just a quick newsletter to inform you about a South Africa Business Act that could have an impact on your business.  Please take a moment to read this e-mail message. During 2 000 the government passed the Promotion of Access to Information Act (known as the PAIA Act, Act 2 of 2 000).  The aim of this Act is to allow members of the public to know who they are dealing with in a business. According to the Act, all public and private bodies, including sole pro…

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24 July 2015

Exhibit with Atta at MKTE 2015, Diani

                                                      Following last year’s successful expo held in Nairobi, MKTE will take place on October 15th on the Kenya coast at Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort in Diani. Atta ar…

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24 July 2015

Minister for Africa: Burundian Presidential elections not credible

From:Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps Minister for Africa warns that progress in Burundi is at risk as discredited presidential elections go ahead. Commenting on the elections that took place on 21 July, Minister for Africa, Grant Shapps said: The Burundian government has failed to ensure the necessary conditions for credible, inclusive and peaceful elections. I therefore do not consider these elections legitimate. Since April, 77 pe…

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24 July 2015

Emirates adds new route to Mali capital Bamako

Emirates will start flights to Bamako, the capital of Mali, from October 25 – its 28th destination in Africa. Bamako will be linked to Emirates’ current four times a week service to Dakar, Senegal, by an Airbus A340-300 in a three-class configuration. “Mali has a growing economy and huge tourism potential, and we expect that linking Bamako to our Dakar service will greatly boost both business and leisure travel to and from Mali,” said Adil Al Ghaith, the senior vice pre…

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24 July 2015

Botswana: Elephant Sculpture at Airport

Standing majestically on rocks and grass at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) terminal, is a magnificent aesthetic piece which no eye can miss. It is a giant structure symbolic of Botswana's pride; the big five. The elephant sculpture was designed purely of elephant ivory tusks weighing 2.7 tonnes. Its inviting natural colours of cream, silky brown, and feathery gold appearance, presents a somewhat thrilling surreal experience. This is an elephant sculpture made from ivor…

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24 July 2015

New airline to fly Harare-Johannesburg

A new carrier, Rainbow Airlines, is set to make inaugural flights on the Harare-Johannesburg route next month amid indications that fares could drop due to competition. The route is already being serviced by South African Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Flyafrica and British Airways Comair. The new airline will be using the 128-seater Boeing 737-300 plane and will fly daily on the route. The plane is being leased from South Africa based company, Star Cargo. Speaking at the demo flight yesterday, Rainbo…

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23 July 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: A new generation of African entrepreneurs are leading the way. Emerging market veterans and novices alike will be familiar with the ubiquitous road-side (and often in-road) vendors of all things useful across Africa. Vendors tout any-and-everything from bottled water to mobile phone top-ups; newspapers to maps of the continent. While this conspicuous and informal entrepreneurialism still dominates,…

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23 July 2015

Google introduces instant hotel booking feature

The rumours have been around for quite a while. Now, the search engine giant Google introduced its Instant Booking Function. Google is beta testing this new feature that allows travellers from the US to book a hotel room without leaving the search page. Until now, travellers were redirected to the hotel’s or travel agency’s respective website for booking. Since July, customers from the US can directly book their hotel rooms with the search engine (Google.com/hotels), making use of …

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23 July 2015

What’s New in Africa’s Skies?

So much has been happening in the continent’s aviation industry over the last few years. Not only have a number of airlines increased flights to popular attractions and tourist destinations, but a number of new carriers have also emerged. Here’s the lowdown:  •    Kenya’s tourism has attracted another airline, with Skyward Express joining companies like Safarilink on the route from Nairobi to the northern Kenyan town of Lodwar. The newcomer will serve…

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23 July 2015

FCO Travel Update: Mozambique

Mozambique travel advice 22-07-2015 12:09 PM BST Latest update: Summary - incident in Tete province near the Malawi border in June 2015; Safety and security section - muggings on Avenida Friedrich Engels and Rua Caracol in central Maputo, and the Marginal south of the Southern Sun Hotel; Entry requirements section - all tourists and those travelling for work purposes from countries where there is a Mozambican diplomatic mission must get a tourist or business visa before travelling

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23 July 2015

FCO Travel Update: Cameroon

Cameroon travel advice 22-07-2015 02:41 PM BST Latest update: Summary – the FCO now advise against all travel to within 40km of the border with Central African Republic

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23 July 2015

All About Your TripAdvisor Bubble Rating

It’s clear that your TripAdvisor rating is important to travellers – and to your profitability.  To help you make the most of your TripAdvisor presence, here are answer to common questions about ratings - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TripAdvisorInsights/n2640/all-about-your-tripadvisor-bubble-rating

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22 July 2015

Online Booking Registration for Tanzania Hoteliers

Tanzania hospitality industry has stepped up business promotion to ease accommodation booking and confirmation across the country to attract more visitors. According to a statement, the online booking network, Jovago has so far registered over 700 hotels to increase exchange of business information and opportunities to upscale. Jovago intends to bring every bit of offered accommodation online providing customers with the cheapest way to make their bookings. Jovago has increased listings from 1…

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22 July 2015

Kenyan Airspace Closure on July 24th and 26th 2015

Following the visit by the President of The United States Barrack Obama to Kenya on 24th to 26th July 2015 the Kenyan Airspace will be closed few hours on each of those days. Date      24th Jul: closure 7:45pm – 8:35pm              26th Jul: closure 5:05pm – 5:45pm Kenya Airways expects some disruptions to its flight schedule during this time and will endeavor it remains at minimum.  Som…

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22 July 2015

SAA to screen African films on long haul flights

South African Airways (SAA) this week launches the African Choices Film Festival on board its wide-body fleet's in-flight entertainment systems. The festival was aimed at exposing African filmmaking to a potential global audience of approximately two million annual travellers on all SAA's international routes. The festival comes in the wake of an African Choices test phase that delivered encouraging feedback from passengers. Features will be screened by filmmakers from Nigeria, South A…

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21 July 2015

Atta CEO: Nothing but blue skies from now on?

Nigel Vere Nicoll's recent article in Tourism Update: I was recently asked during a live interview if it was the case that intra-African flights were pricier than flights from outside the continent and why?  I am no expert on the aviation industry and this question took me by surprise but it does raise some valid points that affect tourism in Africa. Air transport, of course, plays a vital role in our African continent and is one of the driving forces behind regional integration and d…

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21 July 2015

Risk Management Advisory: Fire Places/Chimneys and Thatched Structures

By Atta's Insurance and Risk Management Advisors SATIB: Winter is upon us which means more people will be using different means to keep warm over the next few months. With these come unforeseen dangers with fire places, chimneys and electrical installations around thatched structures. Fact: Although fires in a thatch roof are not common, over 90% start as a result of a faulty flue or chimney. Here are some key action steps to make sure you are properly prepared: Chimneys • Ensure the…

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21 July 2015

SA Minister Announces Outcome of SA Tourism Review

The panel of experts appointed to review how SA Tourism is responding to the dynamics of the national and international tourism sector has made several recommendations that will strengthen the entity's institutional capacity and guide its future strategic direction. A summary of the key recommendations includes: •             A call for greater collaboration between the private sector and SA Tourism to increase South Africa&r…

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20 July 2015

What multi-generational travellers want

As a growing number of travellers from the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation become grandparents, more families opt to travel as a group. Sue van Winsen finds out how to cater for this market. Multi-generational travel groups, comprising family members ranging in ages from grandparents all the way down to infants, are twice as likely to stick to traditional travel channels than other leisure travellers. This is according to a survey conducted by Preferred Hotel Group in 2014 in the US to i…

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20 July 2015

Three Tour Operators Win Bid to Showcase Kenya

Three tour operators have won the bid to move visitors who will be attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) around in a decision aimed at marketing Kenya's tourism destinations. Speaking to Capital FM Business, Kenya Association of Tour Operators Chief Executive Fred Kaigua said after a competitive bidding Vintage Africa, Abercrombie and Kent as well as Safari Trails will be on the GES 2015 website, to offer tourism packages for the GES participants. The operators are expected to…

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17 July 2015

US delegation looking for investment opportunities in Kenya

As Kenya and the United States of America open up to each other in pursuit of closer political, economic and trade links and with US President Barack Obama’s visit next week, Kenya is intense with activity.   Several American delegations have been here in recent weeks to explore and discuss various mutual activities ahead of the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on July 25-26.  Most recently a strong American business delegation visited Kenya to explore the possibilities…

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17 July 2015

Uganda Tourism Board launches Nile Corporate Challenge

Uganda Tourism Board is teaming up with Sports Tourism International to unlock Uganda's potential of exploring Sports tourism in Eastern Uganda by launching the Source of the Nile Corporate Challenge. The challenge that will run under the theme "Unlocking the Potential of Sports Tourism in Uganda" will take place from 28-30 August in Jinja. The Source of the Nile Corporate Challenge activities include birding race, quad biking, swimming gala, football, netball, volleyball, golf, …

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16 July 2015

Exhibit with Atta at WTM 2015, 2-5 November 2015

Atta will once again be exhibiting at WTM London this November. WTM is an international event, bringing together travel professionals from 186 countries and regions to London for four days. The Atta stand will be based in the Africa hall as always. What will it cost? Workstation on the Atta Stand - £3250 (+ VAT for UK-based companies)   It includes: 1.     Desk and 3 chairs 2.     1 advertising panel for the display of your own ban…

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16 July 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

US rate hike is significant, but certainly no the end of the world The chances that the US Federal Reserve will begin exiting zero policy rates towards the end of this year has increased the fear of renewed volatility in emerging economies’ currency, bonds and stock markets. Rising rates and the consequent increase in the value of the dollar could, some fear, send ripples of concern through Africa's government markets, financial institutions, corporations and even households. Concer…

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16 July 2015

Digital Tourism Seminars in Victoria Falls, July 28-29th

E-Tourism Frontiers and TripAdvisor are holding a regional meeting in Vic Falls, and will be holding this special seminar for the local trade, hosted by Atta (African Travel and Tourism Association). This is a day and half practical training seminar in using social media and online tools to improve the way you market and manage your tourism business.   The training will be delivered by Online Tourism expert Damian Cook who hosts the annual E-Tourism Africa Summit with South African touris…

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15 July 2015

Kenya's new airport to open up northeast region to tourists

Kenya plans to open the northeastern tourist circuit to reap huge returns with the opening of the Isiolo International Airport later this year. Deputy President William Ruto said the airport, whose construction kicked off in 2013 in northern Kenya, is aimed at unlocking regional economic potentials. "The airport, once operational, will make this region more accessible as there will be direct flights," Ruto said Sunday during a tour assessing the ongoing construction of the airport. T…

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15 July 2015

FCO Travel Update: Malawi

Malawi travel advice 13-07-2015 04:17 PM BST Latest update: Summary and entry requirements section – the Malawian government has announced that it intends to introduce a visa regime for British visitors from 1 October 2015

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15 July 2015

Ethiopian Airlines plans daily Philippines - Africa non-stop flight

Ethiopia’s flag carrier plans to mount daily flights between Africa and the Philippines in a year’s time, while it fast-tracks its aircraft orders to allow it to also offer non-stop trips. Ethiopian Airlines launched its maiden flight to the Philippines via Bangkok, marking the entry of the sole airline that services the Manila-Africa route. It will offer thrice weekly flights that will provide the “fastest and shortest route” to 52 locations in Africa, and will be oper…

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15 July 2015

Nordics Roadshow 2016 - SAVE THE DATE

Save the date: March 2016 - Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen After a phenomenal roadshow in the Nordics this year, Atta and On Show Solutions plan to return to Sweden, Norway and Denmark in 2016.  Diarise the dates now: 01 to 03 March 2016 The roadshow takes place the week before ITB Berlin making it easy to combine two of Europe’s biggest markets on one trip. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis to allow for both repeat exhibitors and new companies wa…

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14 July 2015

New Entry Fee For Visitors To Malawi (Effective 11 July 2015)

By Atta member Ulendo Safaris We like everyone else came in to the news that Malawi airport immigration have started charging the USD75 "ENTRY FEE" for visitors from any country requiring visas for Malawian Citizens visiting their country of citizenship. Unfortunately details of exactly how this will be implemented and who will be effected have not been released.  We are currently trying to get in touch with the relevant departments to get more detailed information and…

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14 July 2015

Kenya is a model investment destination for Africa – Richard Branson

  Virgin Group founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson has said that Kenya is a model investment destination for the rest of Africa. Speaking after he led a group of investors in talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Harambee House, Sir Branson said the proposed renewables project to be set up in Kenya would benefit the 50% Kenyans who are yet to access electricity. The investors met President Kenyatta to discuss ways of exploring utilizing the most of Kenya’s abundant poten…

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14 July 2015

ZimParks reinstates unguided public walking in Mana Pools

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has reinstated ‘unguided’ public walking in Mana Pools National Park, with immediate effect. The authority said all walking activities would now require permits that cost $10 (R123) per day for Zimbabweans and $15 (R185) per day for international visitors. All people walking without a permit will be fined $100 (R1 239). The Zambezi Society has worked with its constituency members, the Lower Zambezi Tour Operators Association (LZT…

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13 July 2015

Travel between Rwanda and Uganda just got better

The new Mirama Hills one-stop border post between Rwanda and Uganda, one of now 13 in the East African region, was during the week handed over to the border, security, and customs agencies from the 2 countries now manning the new facility. Funded by Trade Mark East Africa is it one of the measures taken to improve the flow of goods when trading across the region but also encourages additional travel activities by cutting down on red tape and unnecessary bureaucracy when crossing the border. Ci…

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13 July 2015

South Africa mulls introduction of tourist visas with 3 years validity for Indians

Mumbai: South Africa is mulling the introduction of tourist visas with 3 years validity for Indians to bolster traffic to the country, its minister of home affairs said on Thursday. Indians currently get tourist visas with a validity of 30 days. Malugi Gigaba met his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh to discuss the initiative. He also requested that South Africa be included in India's list of countries that can avail of e-visa facilities. India last year opened up e-visa facilitation to 43 …

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10 July 2015

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Airport Opens in September

The new look multi-million dollar Victoria Falls International Airport, whose upgrade is underway, will be commissioned in September this year, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi, has revealed. This is despite the auditor general saying in her latest report that work on the airport would be complete by December. The development is expected to boost the airport's aircraft handling capacity and tourism in the resort town of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonde…

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10 July 2015

Ethiopian starts new flights to Manila

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa has launched the much anticipated new service to Manila, in the Philippines from July 09, 2015. Ethiopian will be offering the service thrice weekly to Manila. The new flights to Manila will be operated with Ethiopian Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 24 seats in Cloud Nine and 211 seats in Economy class. The new flight to Manila will bring the total number of international destinations to 90. Manila, the economic and political capital of th…

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09 July 2015

Illegal use of logo Beacon Safaris Kenya

Beacon Safaris Box 36377 Nairobi 00200 Kenya www.beaconsafaris.com It has been brought to our attention that Beacon Safaris are displaying the Atta logo, and possibly other associations, illegally on the home page of their website. Logos denoting membership of or approval by an organisation may be legitimately used to promote business interests in the market place. Their misuse however, deliberate or otherwise, resulting in a commercial advantage by unfairly acquiring business may result in …

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09 July 2015

Rwanda to host Africa Hotel Investment Forum in 2016

The Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Development Board, will host the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in 2016 in Kigali. AHIF brings together the leading international hotel investors in Africa with local operators, ministers, government officials and industry experts, to discuss all aspects of hotel investment and operation in Africa. The decision to host AHIF in Kigali underlines a clear strategy by the Government of Rwanda to attract investment in the tourism sector. A…

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09 July 2015

Cape Town Expresses Interest to Create Link with Ethiopian Cities & Promote Tourism

Addis Ababa (ENA) – Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town,  Patricia de Lille (DA), expressed readiness to form sister city agreement with various cities in Ethiopia for a mutual benefit in the tourism sector. Cape Town and Hawassa have already inked sister city agreement last year. Lille told ENA that Cape Town is keen to create link and share best practices with Ethiopian sister cities to market the two countries’ natural and histor…

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08 July 2015

Roadshow in Brazil, 22 – 23 September 2015

We have one space left for the Atta roadshow in Brazil this September.  22nd September 2015 - South African Airways "SAA Meet South Africa joint event with Atta" 23rd September 2015 - Atta Roadshow Rio de Janeiro ABOUT Atta Brazil 2015 South African Airways 'Meet South Africa' SAA Meet South Africa 2015 is a one-day event in São Paulo, Brazil, where 32 Exhibitors will have 15-minute appointments with 32 buyers on a “round robin” basis in such…

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08 July 2015

Zimbabwe gears for tourism resuscitation

Zimbabwe is set to receive a whopping US$5 billion annually (about R60 billion) when work to revamp its tourism infrastructure as part of an aggressive exercise to revive the country’s fortunes as a leading tourism destination get completed. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi, told potential investors in Johannesburg, South Africa at a Trade and Investment Forum that Zimbabwe had identified tourism infrastructure development as key to plans to revitalise an eco…

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08 July 2015

Gambia Tourism sets dates for exciting Roots Homecoming Festival

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture of The Gambia, “The Smiling Coast of Africa” has announced the dates of May 6-13, 2016 as being the period when the 12th edition of the International Roots Homecoming Festival will be celebrated. The 12th edition of the festival comes barely a year after the country marked its Golden Jubilee, and is expected to be the biggest ever. The festival seeks to build bridges between Africans in the Diaspora who look up to Africa as their ancestral homela…

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08 July 2015

Kenya tourism attracts another airline

According to information received from Wilson airport-based aviation sources, another entrant has announced flights from Nairobi to the northern Kenyan town of Lodwar after being licensed for the route by the Kenya Civil Aviation. Skyward Express joins such reputable companies like Safarilink which has been on the route for some time alongside several other local airlines. The newcomer, however, will not fly daily but only serve the route, reportedly via Eldoret, four times a week on Monday, T…

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07 July 2015

Nairobi boasts East African conferencing and tourism networking

Rated among most prominent cities in Africa and the hub of East Africa’s tourism, the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi is set to bring the world to Kenya and Africa with new hopes of raising the regional tourism profile this year. Standing a home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations comprising high class tourist hotels and holiday resorts, Nairobi will this year host the high profile gatherings, one among them, the 40th Africa Trave…

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07 July 2015

Uganda Ministry of Tourism tackles wrong perceptions about tourism

The Honorable Maria Mutagamba, Uganda’s Minister for Tourism, last week launched a new media unit to finally tackle wrong perceptions about the country and put positive messages about tourism, culture, and related topics into the public domain. The so-called Tourism Communications Working Group will be headed by the Ministry’s Head of PR, Mrs. Emma Mugizi, assisted by a further six regular members drawn from across the ministry’s various departments and agencies under its sup…

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03 July 2015

South Africa- Sports and Events Tourism Exchange

BRYANSTON, South Africa - Thebe Reed Exhibitions, have announced that the City of Tshwane will be the Host City partner for the Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), for the next three years. Now in its fifth year SETE will be taking place from 27 to 29 October 2015, at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice! Menlyn, City of Tshwane. The annual Sports and Events Tourism Exchange is the only event of its kind in Africa and provides a platform that brings together businesses from the Sports, Event…

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03 July 2015

Malawi: Fastjet Starts Flights to Malawi

Lilongwe — Fastjet, Africa's low-cost airline, has been granted a foreign operators' permit from the Malawian authorities to start flights between Lilongwe, capital of Malawi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.The new route has been put on sale from and operations commence in July. Initially operating twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, Fastjet is confident that, in line with its other routes, it will grow in frequency quickly.Fastjet's lowest fare will be $50 plus government tax…

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02 July 2015

Zimbabwe: Zim to Carry Out Tourism Survey

Zimbabwe will next month begin a tourism satellite account (TSA) visitor survey whose findings will be used to measure the contribution of the sector to the national economy. TSAs are defined as statistical instruments designed to measure tourism performance and its contribution to the economy. A TSA also allows for the generation of tourism economic data that is comparable with other national statistics. Hospitality and Tourism Industry Minister Walter Mzembi told journalists that the conduct…

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02 July 2015

New ferry adds travel capacity between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam

Azam Marine, aka Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries, has just launched their fifth ferry, now deployed on the route out of Dar es Salaam harbor to the main Zanzibari islands of Unjuga and Pemba. Known as “Kilimanjaro V,” the ferry was built to order in Australia at an estimated cost of about US$8.5 million, joining several sister ships which are also deployed on the same route. The ferry’s cabins are air conditioned and offer seating in a two-class configuration, allowing passengers to…

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02 July 2015

Lions are returning to Rwanda

Seven lions, two males and five females, are being transported from South Africa and will arrive by air in Rwanda on Monday, where they will be taken and released after a two-week quarantine into the eastern Akagera National Park. Lions will return to Rwanda for the first time in more than two decades after the endangered animal was wiped out in Rwanda's human genocide. Lions in Rwanda were wiped out during the 1994 civil war. Fleeing refugees and displaced people occupied part of th…

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01 July 2015

Survey: Trade shows in South Africa

Our media partner Tourism Update is running a survey on the recent trade shows in SA. We would like you as the trade to tell us your thoughts on the different shows – what aspects each is getting right, and where there is room for improvement. The results of the survey will be shared on Tourism Update. Click here to take the survey.

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01 July 2015

FCO Travel Update: South Africa

South Africa travel advice 30-06-2015 10:02 AM BST Latest update: Entry requirements section – if you’re travelling with copies of documents make sure you get them certified; the South African Department of Home Affairs is not accepting photocopies of birth certificates or passports

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01 July 2015

Report on UK-outbound market

UK-based market researcher, Canadean Travel & Tourism, has provided our partner association SATSA with a pre-launch preview of a report on consumer trends among UK outbound tourists. The report is based on surveys among 2 000 UK consumers about thier travel plans and motivations. Here are some of the main points revealed: * The largest age group to holiday abroad are the 55+ year olds with 36% citing that they definitely will be going abroad this year. In contrast, the 18-24 year olds are …

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01 July 2015

Malawi Entry Visa Implementation Postponed

The Malawian government has advised that plans to introduce an entry fee for UK visitors (and nationals of other countries that charge a visa fee for Malawian nationals) on 1 July have been postponed. 

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