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30 September 2015

We Are Africa Early Bird Ends Today

A reminder to Atta members attending We Are Africa 2016 that the early bird deadline is today (30th September 2015).  The organisers will need proof of payments for the 35% deposit from all members by the end of the day today. For queries please contact Sophie Wedgwood e: sophie@beyondluxury.com t: +44 (0) 203 176 6735 f: +44 (0) 207 657 3235 s: beyondluxury_sophie  

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30 September 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Hard currency gets harder to obtain. Angola and Zambia both saw sovereign credit rating downgrades this week, mainly off the back of a continued slide in commodities prices. Despite Angola’s timely response to the oil prices shock, the country’s dependence on its main export has left it vulnerable to further drops in the oil price. Growth has weakened, reserves are falling and government debt is expected to rise to 40% of GDP, up from 23.1% two years ago. Zambi…

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29 September 2015

Atta CEO - a key speaker at S!ITE

The Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE) is an annual event positioning Tanzania, Zanzibar and East Africa as lucrative tourist destinations. It offers tour operators, travel and hospitality industry professionals a wealth of new business opportunities. Following on the success of the inaugural S!TE in 2014, the 2015 S!TE will be held in Dar-es-Salaam, at the Mlimani City Convention Centre from 1-3 October 2015. With a Travel and Trade Exhibition as well as a dynamic conference element, t…

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29 September 2015

UNWTO Regional Workshop for Africa: Keys to Success in Tourism Product Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 16-18 November 2015

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia are organizing jointly the UNWTO Regional Workshop for Africa: Keys to Success in Tourism Product Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 16-18 November 2015 at the kind invitation of the Government of Ethiopia. The forum is open to the participation of Member States, affiliate members invited delegations, as well as to representatives of the tourism and the media related to tourism. More information soo…

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28 September 2015

Air Zimbabwe’s London Return Still Under Discussion

Air Zimbabwe remains confident it can resume long-haul flying to London within the next couple of years and is working with authorities in the UK to pave the way for its return, said the airline’s acting chief executive officer, Edmund Makona. Makona confirmed that the resumption of long-haul flights from Harare is the main development target for the carrier and it seeks to work with the local tourism authority to put Zimbabwe back on the international route map. “I will lead a del…

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28 September 2015

World Tourism Day - September 27th

World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals. Establishment of World Tourism Day It was at its third session (Torremolinos, Spain, Se…

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28 September 2015

Members on the Atta Stand at MKTE in Diani

Magical Kenya Travel Expo is just around the corner and Atta is pleased to inform of our attendance at the exhibition which takes place on the Kenya coast at Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort in Diani on October 15th - 17th. This year we will have a strong membership presence exhibiting on the stand 100 and we look forward to meeting you there. Atta CEO Nigel Vere Nicoll will also be on the stand to represent the association. …

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25 September 2015

MKTE Expected to Boost Business for Coast Hotels

Hotels in Kenya's Coast are gearing up for a business boom as the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) is held in the resort town Diani in October. The MKTE, which is Kenya's largest annual travel show, is going to take place for the first time in the region from October 14 to 17. Atta will also be there with members on the stand No 100. Since its inception five years ago, the Kenya Tourism Board has every year been holding the travel expo in Nairobi. This year, the marketing agency decide…

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25 September 2015

Buyer registrations for Tourism Indaba 2016 to open

Buyer registrations for Tourism Indaba 2016 will open on October 1, says South African Tourism CEO, Thulani Nzima. Indaba 2016 will take place from May 7-9 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. Buyers will be able to register on the Indaba website.   “We are investing in ensuring Indaba maintains its keen business competitive edge, providing the optimal business platform for exhibitors and buyers alike. The Diary and Matchmaking system is …

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24 September 2015

Atta East Africa Networking Event, Arusha, October 12

Atta invites the movers and shakers of the East African tourism industry to a networking function in Arusha sponsored by Elewana.                                                         Date & Time:  October 12th…

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24 September 2015

New Route: Durban - Istanbul

Turkish Airlines announced that they would be establishing a new international route between Durban and Istanbul, launching before 15 November 2015. Turkish Airlines will operate a four times a week service with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft via Johannesburg. The airline also endeavours to roll out a direct daily flight route as demand increases ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games that will be hosted by the City of Durban.

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24 September 2015

Addis Ababa inaugurates light rail

A brand new commuter rail network was launched in the capital of Ethiopia - Addis Ababa. Nearly 50 towns in Ethiopia will be linked by rail, aimed to spur additional economic growth by supporting agriculture and mining, as well as tourism with safe transportation of goods and people. The cost of the new metropolitan rail network was given as US$740 million, and to a significant extent was funded and built by Chinese contractors over the past few years. According to information received from Ad…

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23 September 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. African fourth generation. The ICT sector has been the flag-bearer of Africa’s success story in recent years, with giant telecoms from South Africa, India and further afield scrambling for market share in the continent’s economic hubs. Voice penetration has experienced a spectacular rise, MTN now boasts 230 million subscribers and a market capitalisation…

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23 September 2015

From Routes Conference in Durban

Africa is set to develop the world’s fastest growing Travel & Tourism market over the next 10 years, alongside Asia-Pacific, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). That was the key message of David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC, when he delivered his keynote speech yesterday in the World Routes Strategy Summit. According to Scowsill, the growth of Africa’s Travel & Tourism industry is on course to reach 4.9 per cent for the sector’s direct…

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22 September 2015

Qatar Airways announces new international flight route to Durban

The province of KwaZulu-Natal, together with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has invested heavily in the establishment of King Shaka International Airport and the surrounding state-of-the-art Dube TradePort that lies at the heart of Durban’s aerotropolis. This development has created a unique opportunity to increase international air arrivals, as it is a gateway unique to the African continent. Dube TradePort facilitates the export, import and transhipment of products, and th…

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22 September 2015

China to host UNWTO 2017

China has won the bid to host the 22nd United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in September 2017. Zambia hosted the event in 2013 which has raised the profile of the country’s tourism sector. First secretary for tourism and Zambia’s liaison officer to the UNWTO Percy Ngwira said in a statement issued in Lusaka that the 21st UNWTO general assembly taking place in Medellin, Columbia approved China’s hosting of the event. “China went through unc…

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22 September 2015

FCO Travel Update: Malawi

Malawi travel advice 18-09-2015 05:37 PM BST Latest update: Summary and Entry requirements section – take cash to cover possible visa requirements being implemented from 1 October.

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21 September 2015

Webinar: Discover the ‘new’ Tuli Safari Lodge in Botswana - October 8th

Atta invites you to our member’s webinar at 14:00 GMT on 8th October 2015. If you think you know Tuli Safari Lodge, think again! The spectacular scenery, great game viewing, fascinating history, warm welcome and peaceful grounds are just as they have been since the lodge’s inception … the stunning new suites & twice-weekly flights from Johannesburg are putting Tuli Safari Lodge firmly back on the map! This webinar presents the ‘new’ Tuli and the highlights …

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21 September 2015

Family travel to SA drops 10%

International family arrivals, which had been growing by 1.8%, have fallen 10% year on year since the introduction in June of the requirement for children under 18 to travel with an unabridged birth certificate or equivalent thereof. This is according to the latest figures from ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day. The ForwardKeys analysis shows a negative effect on family travel to South Africa from a wide range of countr…

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21 September 2015

FCO Travel Update: South Africa

South Africa travel advice 17-09-2015 04:41 PM BST Latest update: Summary and Terrorism section - there is a general threat from terrorism; Entry requirements section – addition of hyperlink to consent form for school groups

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21 September 2015

Routes Analysis: Airlines in Southern Africa - The Biggest and Fastest Growing Operators

Ahead of this year's World Routes forum, Routesonline is providing a look at the airlines of Southern Africa and highlight the region's top performers. Scheduled Air Capacity From Southern Africa (2005 - 2014) Our analysis of published schedules for the past ten years shows that air capacity within and from Southern Africa has risen from 24,971,070 available seats in 2005 to 34,259,688 available seats in 2014.  This represents a growth of 37.2 per cent across the period, an a…

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21 September 2015

Atta East Africa Networking Event, Arusha, October 12

Atta invites the movers and shakers of the East African tourism industry to a networking function in Arusha sponsored by Elewana. Date & Time:  October 12th 16.30 – 21.00 Venue:  Arusha Coffee Lodge  The event is free for registered Atta members and Tsh 10,000 for guests non-members paid on the door. Please register online at https://payments.atta.travel/tickets by entering password: arusha Atta Airline Sponsor 2015 Atta also thanks members Safarilink …

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18 September 2015

WTM London 2016 To Be A Three Day Event

World Travel Market London 2016 will be revamped as a three day event following exhibitor and visitor feedback and an unprecedented period of growth.   WTM London 2016 will take place between Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 November with the opening hours extended from 10am to 7pm for all three days, giving exhibitors and visitors extra time to negotiate and agree business deals, while reducing the ancillary costs of exhibiting.   Over the past five years WTM London visitor numbers have grow…

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18 September 2015

27 September is World Tourism Day!

Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage. This year on the 27th of September, we want you to talk Tourism. Help UNTWO raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world a…

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18 September 2015

New road makes travel and tourism between Uganda and Rwanda easier

The newly-reconstructed main Rwanda to Uganda road link from Kigali to the border in Gatuna – the nearest Ugandan town then is Kabale – has been officially opened to traffic. Built over the past three-and-a-half years at a cost of nearly 63 million euros, the project was substantially funded by the European Union to help boost the northern traffic corridor from the port of Mombasa to the hinterland countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and Eastern Congo. The EU reportedly availed some 57 mi…

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17 September 2015

Kenya intensifies tourism marketing efforts in West Africa and UAE

KTB has intensified its marketing efforts in the West African region and parts of the UAE. This is part of the board’s marketing strategy that sees more focus on Africa and other growing markets like the UAE. KTB officials Ag. Regional Marketing Manager in charge of African, Fatma Bashir and PR & Corporate Communications Manager, Ms Wausi Walya are in the region on a joint programme with Kenya Airways and Wakanow, one of West Africa’s largest online Tour operators with a foot p…

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17 September 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Learning Where governments are unable to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector in Africa is stepping up to the challenge. In the developed world private schools charge high fees and teach the elite - in numbers taken a few years ago, there were an estimated 1 million private schools in the developing world - some are run by charities and churches, and others rely on state subsidies. But the fastest-growing group are small low-cost schools, run by e…

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17 September 2015

Zimbabwe Re-Elected UNWTO African Commission Chair

Zimbabwe has been unanimously re-elected to chair, for the second consecutive term, the African Commission of the United Nations World Organisation. At the start of the UNWTO general assembly Zimbabwe's representative, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi was re-elected unopposed in an apparent show of confidence in his leadership. The re-election to the commission is an added advantage to the Minister who is set to contest the position of UNWTO Secretary Genera…

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16 September 2015

Tanzania Tourist Board Woos UAE Carriers to Lift Numbers

Tanzania's tourism marketing agency, the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), is in crucial talks with Etihad Airways and Flydubai on how they can work together to promote Tanzania tourism. Both carriers fly out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). TTB confirmed that discussions are at an advanced stage and the tourism board is working out detailed proposals with local travel agents, tour operators, trade as well as the media so they can team up to promote Tanzania attractions to potential visitors…

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16 September 2015

Kenya Elected to the UN World Tourism Organization Executive Council

Kenya has been elected to the UN tourism agency, the highest global body in the sector. It will now sit in the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) executive council, which coordinates tourism issues and programmes worldwide, for two years. Kenya's nomination was confirmed at the organisation's ongoing general assembly in Medellin, Colombia. The UN body lends its support to countries facing challenges related to tourism matters. Kenya has been a major beneficiary. UNWTO Se…

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16 September 2015

Over 3000 Hotel Rooms Set for Africa

A number of global major hotel chains have set eyes on Africa as a profitable growth area in future including the Hilton Group. Research firm, W Hospitality Group spoke to 37 hotel chains with 80 brands between them. Trevor Ward, the Managing Director, W Hospitality Group, said recently, "Whilst it is fantastic to see so much investor enthusiasm, one must bear in mind the practical challenges of developing hotels in Africa. "For example, of the 11 hotel deals signed in Abuja, only tw…

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15 September 2015

SATIB Advisory: 7 Key Insurance Covers For Tour Operators

Here are Seven Key Types of Insurance Coverage Every Tour Operator Should Consider: All tour operators will require insurance protection, there are some types of coverage that you may not have considered, but could be essential to mitigating the risks associated with your tour company. Here are the top seven types of insurance coverage every tour operator should consider: 1. General Public Liability Insurance (GPL): A GPL Insurance policy is the first coverage that is considered mandatory by…

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15 September 2015

Uganda: New Online Tool to Promote Local Tourism

Roundbob.com, an online platform, has been formed to promote local tourism through online marketing. David Gonahasa, Roundbob.com managing director, said while many Ugandans would be interested in touring their country, they lack information on key sites and regard tourism a preserve for the rich. Today, there are 8.5 million internet users in Uganda, according to Uganda Communication Commission and more than half of those use social media. "There is no question that online marketing is c…

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15 September 2015

FCO Travel Update: Kenya

Kenya travel advice 14-09-2015 04:50 PM BST Latest update: Summary and Entry requirements section – you need a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel

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14 September 2015

Reminder: Kenya’s President extends travel visa on arrival facility

As Atta reported on Friday morning, the Kenya government has announced that manual visa application at the port of entries into the country will continue until such a time the newly introduced 'e-visa' is fully operational. President Uhuru Kenyatta said though the e-visa was already running, manual application at the entry points to the country will continue concurrently so as not to bar the last minute visitors to the country. "We have had a number of challenges on the implementa…

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14 September 2015

South Africa National Parks offer free entry to local visitors during Heritage Week

Game Parks and Wildlife Preserves in Africa are too often viewed by local communities as being a playground for wealthy tourists.   Every year, South Africa celebrates their National Tourism Month and Heritage Day, but for the majority of South Africans actually enjoying their wildlife heritage is a luxury they cannot afford.   To address this issue and in line with their policy of environmental protection through education South African National parks (SANParks) initiated an SA Nati…

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11 September 2015

KQ introduces ‘lounge day pass’

Kenya Airways has introduces a ‘pay lounge day pass’, allowing business-class passengers and top-tier frequent fliers the opportunity to bring guests along to the lounges for a fee. The service will be sold as LOUN for lounge access in Altea Reservation as EMD-S. The charges will be dependent on point of access at the lounges and the service is available at the following lounges: Simba Lounge Terminal 1A: US$40 (R558) or its equivalent in Kenya Shillings, depending on ROE per inv…

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11 September 2015

KENYA VISAS STILL AVAILABLE AT PORT OF ENTRY

KENYA VISAS STILL AVAILABLE AT PORT OF ENTRY During his speech concerning a new initiative to boost tourism from Italy, Kenya’s President Kenyatta announced that manual visa applications at the port of entries into the country, will continue until such a time as the newly introduced e-visa is fully operational. "We have had a number of challenges on the implementation of the e-visa and I have, therefore, ordered that application on arrival to the country continues as it were," …

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11 September 2015

Kenya Seeking Direct Milan-Malindi Flight

Kenya is seeking to launch direct flights connecting Italy's city of Milan and Malindi as a way of boosting tourism. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the plan was at an advanced stage of implementation as it would also enhance business between the two countries. "Malindi International Airport will be able to handle direct flights from Milan and we shall discuss on making this a possibility," said the President. Mr Kenyatta is leading a delegation of government officials and business…

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10 September 2015

Atta CEO: Tourism to Zimbabwe flourishes despite sanctions

From Nigel Vere Nicoll's recent article: According to the distinguished Zimbabwean economist, John Robertson, the sanctions did not really affect the country directly, but it was, he says “the lack of earnings from the exporting companies in the country that meant that there was a shortage of money that might have been of assistance to the hospitals to prevent the cholera epidemic or money that might have been available to maintain the electricity supplies or the roads or the water s…

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10 September 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: Africa is bucking the global FDI trend According to the latest World Investment Report published by the UN, total global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell by 16 percent to US$1.23 trillion in 2014 - but despite the global decline, Africa as a whole managed to hold FDI inflows constant at US$54 billion and its share of global FDI increas…

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10 September 2015

Damian Cook: Online Marketing Best for Kenya's Tourism Recovery

Kenya should invest more in online marketing of the country for faster recovery of its tourism sector, internet marketing company E-Tourism Frontiers has advised. The company yesterday said majority of the world's travel business is now conducted online a changing trend that has seen the tourism sector worldwide embrace the platform. According to the company, focused on promoting online tourism, 58 per cent of all travel is now researched, booked, bought and sold online as 96 per cent of t…

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10 September 2015

President of Kenya launches new international campaign to support tourism drive

The President of Kenya officially launched Make it Kenya, a new international brand campaign that has been introduced to promote the scale and variety of tourist and investment opportunities the country has to offer. The timing for the launch of the Make It Kenya campaign builds on the success and positive feedback that Kenya has experienced following President Obama's visit, to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the recent endorsement for Kenya by UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai w…

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09 September 2015

Increase in Harare - Dar Flights

Fastjet has increased the number of flights on its Harare- Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) route, in response to strong passenger demand. The airline will now offer daily flights from Harare International Airport to Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport from the previous flights four times a week. The airline currently operates this route four times a week, and its expanded schedule will see approximately 1 000 extra seats each week added to the flights between the two cities. The …

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09 September 2015

British Airways reduces flights to Cape Town

Cape Town (CPT) frequency reductions Summer 2016  For commercial reasons, British Airways has announced a frequency reduction on Cape Town (CPT) services for Summer 2016. Key points London Heathrow (LHR) – Cape Town (CPT) - 2 weekly services cancelled from 27 MAR 2016 onwards BA045 LHR-CPT cancelled on Thursdays and Saturdays BA044 CPT-LHR cancelled on Fridays and Sundays For agents · Flights are now being cancelled · Affected customers will be re-accommodated on…

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09 September 2015

Uptake of East Africa’s single tourist visa increases

    Since East Africa’s single tourist visa was launched in February last year, 4,000 visas have been issued. This is a month-on-month improvement from an average of 156 visas sold in the 10 months to December last year, to 305 this year. With the visa, foreigners can visit attractions in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on paying a fee of $100 (Sh10,600); Tanzania and Burundi are not party to the deal. Chief tourism officer of Rwanda Development Board said this illustrates that easing…

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08 September 2015

TTB in talks with UAE airlines to promote tourism in Near East

The Tanzania Tourists Board (TTB) is in discussions with Etihad Airways and fly Dubai Airline both of the United Arab Emirates, to see how they can work together to promote tourism in the UAE and other foreign Near East  countries to visit to tourists attractions in the country. TTB’s Acting Managing Director, Devotha Mdachi told The Guardian on Friday that last month delegations from the airlines were in Tanzania where they met with the board’s  top management for talks …

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08 September 2015

Tusk's 25th Anniversary Silent Auction now live!

As part of the charity’s continuing celebrations to mark their 25th anniversary, we are inviting all supporters to view and bid on a fabulous range of auction items very generously donated in aid of Tusk’s 25th Appeal. In conjunction with iBid, you now have the opportunity to bid on any of these amazing items up until 4pm on 17th September. The bids will then be carried forward and close as part of our silent auction during the Tusk Ball being held on the evening of 17th …

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07 September 2015

Webinar: Discover the ‘new’ Tuli Safari Lodge in Botswana

Atta invites you to our member’s webinar on 8th October 2015. If you think you know Tuli Safari Lodge, think again! The spectacular scenery, great game viewing, fascinating history, warm welcome and peaceful grounds are just as they have been since the lodge’s inception … the stunning new suites & twice-weekly flights from Johannesburg are putting Tuli Safari Lodge firmly back on the map! This webinar presents the ‘new’ Tuli and the highlights of a safari t…

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07 September 2015

WTTC: Africa's travel & tourism industry to grow at record levels

Africa is set to develop the world's fastest growing Travel & Tourism market over the next 10 years, alongside Asia-Pacific, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). This will be the key message of David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC, when he delivers his keynote speech to aviation and travel industry leaders at the 21st World Route Development Forum taking place at the Durban International Conference Centre (Durban ICC) in South Africa on 19 - 22 September. …

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07 September 2015

Online e-Visa Applications to Kenya - Update

This is a further reminder that effective 1st September 2015, all applicants have to register, apply and pay online for their visa to Kenya. This facility is for single entry for tourist and transit visas only. Online visa application portal can be accessed at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html Process for online Visa Create an account, once account created you will receive a confirmation email that you need to click to verify and confirm your registration. You will be asked to UPLOAD A DIGITAL…

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07 September 2015

Kenya Airways and KTB in pact to market the country

Kenya Airways has entered into a partnership with Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) to jointly market the country as a tourism destination. The deal will see KQ offices in key destinations used as one-stop shops where tourists can book tickets, learn more about Kenya and seek guidance on visa application procedures. The partnership will also see the two organisations use their networks to increase the number of passengers jetting into the country with a focus on emerging markets. KTB Managing Director…

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04 September 2015

KWS Chair Richard Leakey announces plans for mega museum

Kenya Wildlife Service Chairman Richard Leakey has proposed plans to establish a museum that will be used to protect the rich heritage and discoveries on the development of mankind. Establishment of the facility that will also act as a science centre in the region is expected to open up Turkana and North Rift counties as leading tourism destination. “I came to Turkana for the first time in 1966 and collected the first fossils. This is the origin of mankind and I am ready to hold talks wi…

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04 September 2015

Tanzania Tourism Board to launch travel portal for foreign travellers

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) will launch a tourism portal this month to help tourists from different countries in the world to choose the services they need from Tanzania, making travel bookings in visiting the country. This will be one stop shop that would help tourists to buy tourism services from it. The new system will help TTB to track the number of tourists visiting Tanzania and the kind attractions they are interested in. The portal will be directly supervised by TTB. An online…

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03 September 2015

Why hosting WTO is such a big deal for Kenya

A few months after the Global Entrepreneur Summit (GES) in June, Kenya is once again expected to host another major event; the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference. The government has assured that all is set for the conference which is expected to take place December 15 to 18, this year. “We are ready for it even if the conference starts next week,” said Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Monday. Popularity of GES was greatly due to the summit …

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03 September 2015

Kenya Visa update surprise

Visa Applications will be available on arrival in Nairobi after all. Late yesterday Kenya Airways made the surprise announcement that Kenya’s Department of Immigration have installed separate desks at Nairobi Airport (JKIA) to facilitate visitors coming to the country who have failed to secure an e-visa in time or even failed to apply for one online . This adds to the confusion as it is not yet clear whether this facility will be available in Mombasa  or indeed how long it will be a…

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03 September 2015

What’s on in Cape Town in September?

Spring is in the air and this signals the start of the travel industry’s biggest month, Tourism Month. 27 September is World Tourism Day, highlighting and celebrating the importance of the industry in creating jobs and helping to build sustainable societies. This international day’s theme for 2015 is ‘1 Billion Tourists, 1 Billion Opportunities’, and it’s a global pact geared to encourage local citizens to get out and experience their cities like tourists and supp…

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02 September 2015

Reminder: Kenya’s Mandatory Online Visa Applications

Kenya has introduced a mandatory electronic visa application effective from 1st September 2015. Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply as follows:  ·          Visit the electronic visa page at www.eVisa.go.ke or https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=5  ·          Select Register as a Visitor ·          As part of…

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02 September 2015

Atta Africa Financial Update

Low-Cost airline FlyAfrica expanding to East, West Africa   Gabon’s low-cost airline, Fly Africa, will expand to fly new routes to destinations in East and West Africa thanks to funding from South African arms manufacturer Ivor Ichikowitz FlyAfrica launched 13 months ago offering service Southern Africa. Its business model of cheap flights was tested and refined in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, ac…

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02 September 2015

Google Transit to Help Kenya's PSV Users Plan Trips

Google has partnered with Digital Matatus - a Kenya-based startup - to launch Google Transit. Google Transit is a feature on Google Maps which helps people plan public transport trips quickly and easily in an effort to provide Kenyans, out-of-town visitors and tourists get instant access to useful information on buses and matatus within their respective areas as well as public transit directions in a central place. The new Google Maps feature, will enable anyone searching for directions within…

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01 September 2015

New International terminal building in Livingstone to be completed next month

The construction of a new international terminal building at Harry Mwanga International Airport in Livingstone will be fully completed by the end of next month and expected to be commissioned in October this year. In 2010, the construction of the building started and the facility was opened for use in August 2013 before it was fully completed ahead of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly which was co-hosted by Livingstone in Zambia and Vict…

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