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29 January 2016

Zimbabwe’s annual Sanganai Hlanganani Tourism Fair dates firmed up

Zimbabwe’s annual international tourism fair, “Sanganai Hlanganani,” will this year take place in the country’s second largest city, Bulawayo, from June 16-18. The location will be the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre (ZIEC) which sits on 17 hectares of land and offers some 55,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor spaces spread across 6 major halls and dozens of pavilions. The move is aimed to facilitate a larger number of stands since at the 2015 edition, tho…

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29 January 2016

Emirates switches to larger aircraft on Lusaka-Harare route

Effective February 1 Dubai's Emirates will switch from the current Airbus A340 to the larger Boeing B777-300ER on the route to Lusaka and Harare. The change of aircraft will add nearly 100 more seats, benefiting both the Zambian and Zimbabwean capitals, a reflection of sustained and rising demand for travel to and from both countries. The extra seats will support the tourism trade in Zimbabwe and Zambia as the marketing campaigns by both tourism boards begin to show results with higher vis…

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28 January 2016

Zimbabwe: Lodges in Hwange National Park introduce conservation levy

The Conservation & Wildlife Fund in Zimbabwe has appealed to the tourism industry to support a voluntary conservation levy which will become effective from January 2016.  Lodges within Hwange National Park have introduced a voluntary conservation levy which aims to tackle critical conservation issues.  Read More Source: Southern African Tourism Update

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28 January 2016

Leopard hunting banned in South Africa

The Southern African Department of Environmental Affairs has set provincial leopard hunting quotas at zero for 2016. The decision comes after a report led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), which effectively bans leopard hunting throughout South Africa for the year. Read More Source: Southern African Tourism Update

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28 January 2016

Di Caprio, Bloomberg, Elton John for Kenya jumbo talks

Leading Hollywood and media personalities will be in Kenya in April to attend a major summit on the illegal trade in wildlife. Among those expected in Nairobi are naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough, American actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio and American business magnate and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, a former New York mayor. The others include Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman, billionaire businessman George Soros, Yao Ming, Elton John, Paul Allen, Kim Tan an…

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28 January 2016

“Fresh Ideas at Indaba” - Make sure you are included!

The Tourism Update team are in the process of compiling a comprehensive special feature on this year’s Indaba. The feature will highlight new developments since last year’s show that buyers need to know about Southern African products. This is an excellent opportunity to make sure overseas and Southern African buyers are aware of your developments.  Read More Source: Tourism Update

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27 January 2016

Chinese tourists to pay in Zimbabwe using the yuan

Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with China to allow Chinese tourists to use the chinese currency, the yuan, to pay for public transactions in Zimbabwe, according to a report by Reuters Africa.  Francis Ngwenya, resident of the Zimbabwe Tourism Council, said: “Zimbabwe is a multi-currency country and the introduction of the yuan will create easier pricing options and businesses will be able to have rand, dollar and yuan accounts.”  According to the report b…

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27 January 2016

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:African private equity fundraising breaks records in 2015. African private equity funds raised a record US$3.89 billion in 2015, a 51 percent jump from the US$2.57 billion they accumulated in 2014, according to data collected by Private Equity International. For many, this reinforces the success story that has characterised Africa’s fundrais…

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27 January 2016

Are tourist guides adequately covered ?

When it comes to a clients travel experience, tour guides are at the front line. Often, they are the ones to make or break a holiday – and a positive experience is likely to result in lifelong memories for those with whom they interact. However, if something goes wrong, tour guides may not realise the extent to which they are liable for any harm that may befall tourists while under their care.  According to CEO of SATIB, Gavin Courtenay, tourist guides have a duty to conform to…

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27 January 2016

SA Tourism 2016 UK roadshow

SA Tourism roadshows to be held in Glasgow and London beginning of March, aim to expose to travel agents a wide range of products, activities and experiences in South Africa. Agents will also have access to the tools needed to sell South Africa to customers.  SA Tourism has invited a variety of hotels, game lodges, provinces and experiences to join the roadshow and will host a maximum of 20 products at each show. Read More Source: Southern African Touris…

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26 January 2016

2016 message from SA Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom

The whirlwind holiday season has subsided for South Africans, but it remains peak season for international tourist arrivals, particularly those from colder climates. The new year is now well on its way, and this is an opportune time to look at what lies ahead. But first, a quick update on some recent impacts on our sector. The effect of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on the perceptions of international travellers to South Africa is fading. South Africa united in saying “No to xenophob…

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26 January 2016

Sports tourism in Rwanda

Major sporting events such as the African football tournaments, have become magnets for fans to travel in support of their teams.  The African continent’s second largest football tournament was held in Rwanda this month, seen 15 teams qualify alongside the host nation, bringing a high level of interest and large numbers of visitors to use local facilities such as hotels and transport across the country. Read More Source:Global Travel Industry News

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26 January 2016

RwandAir first route Mumbai

RwandAir confirms Mumbai as its first route to start in September this year. According to the information received yesterday, RwandAir Airbus A330, will operate initially four times a week out of Kigali, with convenient connections for passengers arriving from West Africa and also from the airline’s Eastern and Southern African destinations. Read More  Source: Global Travel Industry News

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25 January 2016

New trained Tour guides in KwaZulu Natal

A group of unemployed people from rural areas in KwaZulu Natal have been trained as qualified Tour Guides to strengthen the link between rural and urban tourism, highlighting cultural experiences and encouraging tourists to support local products.  Maxwell Mhlongo, Development Coordinator: Ugu South Coast Tourism, said: “The guides are so passionate about the South Coast and truly appreciate the value of tourism. We are thrilled that the process is now complete and would like t…

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22 January 2016

Rhino Population continues to be stable

A new census of the rhino population, conducted by SANParks, indicated that the South African rhino population continues to be stable.  The 2015 survey also determined that the Kruger National Park is home to between 8 400 to 9 300 White rhino. Read More  Source: Southern African Tourism Update

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22 January 2016

WTM Africa - Save Money On Flights For World Travel Market Events

Delegates attending events within the World Travel Market portfolio can take advantage of discounted air fares with oneworld airlines following a groundbreaking deal between the alliance and World Travel Maket's parent company Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE). Visitors and exhibitors are able to make reservations for themselves and a companion via a dedicated channel on the oneworld web site - www.oneworld.com/events - by using a unique code number. Flights must arrive at the event’s l…

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22 January 2016

Earliest evidence of warfare found in Kenya

Archaeologists working in Nataruk, a site North of Kenya, have unearthed possibly the earliest evidence of warfare between hunter-gatherers found to date. The 10,000-year-old remains of 27 people found at a remote site west of Lake Turkana show that they met violent deaths. Read More Source: BBC  

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21 January 2016

Kenya Railway Route: Conservation versus 'Development'

Kenyan conservation commity will be put to test when a final decision is made on the latest plans for a railway route through the Nairobi National Park. The Intial maps had showen the railway to run along the park boundaries, almost parallel to the existing rail line. But the latest routing proposal showes a completely diffrent picture.  Read More Source: Global Travel Industry News 

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21 January 2016

Emirates increases capacity to Zambia and Zimbabwe

Emirates is enhancing its service and increasing capacity on its Dubai-Lusaka-Harare route from the 1st of February.  The Airbus A340-300 will be replaced by a Boeing 777-300ER to offer an additional 97 economy-class seats per flight. The aircraft will have eight private suites in first class, 42 lie-flat seats in business class and 310 seats in economy class. Read More Source: Southern African Tourism Update

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20 January 2016

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 jumping into the space race. Most do not associate the continent of Africa with the ultra high-tech domain of space. However, in recent years many countries throughout Africa have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology. In sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and South Africa are leading the charge. Both countries have funded …

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20 January 2016

Uganda Murchison Falls National Park Giraffe translocation

20 giraffes will be translocated from the northern to the southern sector of the Murchison falls national park as part of a conservation project by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).  UWA explains that their aim is to enhance the long term survival of the species, restore natural biodiversity and long-term economic benefits to the local and national economy.  Read More Source: Global Travel Industry News

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20 January 2016

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance strict hands-off policy

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) has made it their mission to prove that it is possible to have wild animal experiences that are not only profitable but also sustainable, ethical and above all sympathetic to an animal’s natural behaviour and habitat.  Wildlife sanctuaries such as MonkeyLand and Birds of Eden, have a strict hands-off policy and offer no interaction with the animals. Read More Source: Southern African Tourism Update  

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20 January 2016

Extra Ordinary African Stories

Atta invite you to an inspired evening of storytelling from a friend of Atta Ron Rutland (aka Fat Kid on a Bike). Join Atta Southern African Director Ingram, the Escape+Explore team and fellow members on an Atta table to listen to Ron’s extra ordinary African adventure. Date: February 2, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Place: Café Roux, Noordhoek Farm Village Cape Town. Cost: 110 Rand. E-mail explore@escapeexplore.com to join the Atta Table. Tales of a Fat Kid on a Bike - Ron …

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20 January 2016

Visa Openness levels continue to progress

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been long advocating for the need to advance travel faciliation as a means to promote tourism development and multiply its socio-economic benefits. According to UNWTO's latest Visa Openess Report, the share of tourists requiring to obtain a visa prior to travelling continues to decline and is at its lowest level ever. In 2015, 39% of the world population could travel for tourism without obtaining a traditional visa prior to departure as compared t…

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19 January 2016

Atta Networking event ITB Berlin 2016

We are pleased to be hosting Atta’s networking evening in Germany on the first night of ITB Berlin. Sponsored by Africa Albida Date & Time:Wednesday March 9th, 2016 – starting at 6.30 – 10.00 pm. Venue: International Club Berlin, Thueringer Alee 5011, 14052 Berlin. Just 5 minutes walk from the Africa halls 20 & 21  exhibition centre.(leave by exit 21)  a private members club surrounded by majestic trees set in extensive park-like grounds. The International…

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19 January 2016

Treasury to “assist” SAA

Citibank has cancelled a R250 million (€13 million) loan facility to South African Airways. This decision could have dire consequences for the airline and could stand in the way of SAA re-establishing it’s going concern, according to economists.  Treasury has said it will “assist” SAA in maintaining liquidity, although it is not clear in what way this assistance will take place. Read More Source: Tourism Update

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19 January 2016

WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards announces 2016 Finalists

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 15 Finalists for its 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the five categories; Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. The 15 Finalists, which were chosen after a rigorous judging process, showcase the highest level of sustainability practices within the Travel & Tourism sector. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme celebrates business leadership that works towards a more sustainable future of our sector…

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19 January 2016

New experiences and activities for 2016

Scorpion & Spider walks in KwaZulu Natal, white river rafting on the Komati River, equine learning in the Eastern Cape and bike tour in Kruger are some of the new activity offerings for 2016! Read More Source: Tourism Update

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18 January 2016

Reminder: Atta Winter Event in London - February 4th, 2016

February will be the perfect time to catch up on industry news and trends in the new year and Atta is again gathering members for an annual winter networking event in London! The event will be sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines. Many members are attending Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show in London and we invite you for some invaluable networkingtime on the first evening of the show which takes place 4th – 7th February 2016. When? Thursday, 4th …

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18 January 2016

UniVisa to include Angola, Botswana and Namibia

The UniVisa was launched in late 2014 as a pilot scheme which ended in December. However, the Zambia Tourism Board has advised tour operators and lodge owners in the country that the project has once again been extended into 2016. Read More Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

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18 January 2016

Seychelles and Mauritius Prime Ministers meet to discuss Tourism

During the Vanilla Islands Ministerial Meeting, Mauritius Prime Minister and Seychelles Tourism Minister met to discuss tourism.  Sir Anerood Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, welcomed Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, at his official offices at Port Louis on Wednesday January 13. The friendly meeting was to discuss some important points such as the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization and the cruise ship busin…

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18 January 2016

Southern Africa becoming popular wedding destination

Some members of the industry are noticing an increased trend from international clients requesting destination weddings to Southern Africa. This trend may be potentially due to the current favourable rand exchange rate. Many people are travelling to Southern Africa to attend a wedding and view the experience as an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends in a new and exciting destination.  Read More       Source: Toursim Upddate 

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15 January 2016

Indaba has confirmed over 140 exhibitors

South African Tourism has confirmed 142 local and international exhibitors to participate at INDABA, which takes place from May 7-9 in Durban. Some of the exhibitors confirmed are: The South African exhibiting companies include City Lodge Hotel Group; Echo Africa Safaris and Transfers; Forever Resorts SA; Omlwemkwezi Private Game Reserves; Legend Hospitality Group; MalaMala Game Reserve; Peermont Hotels Casinos Resorts; Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels; Sun …

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14 January 2016

Air Madagascar's halted flights to Asia

Madagascar’s national airline Air Madagascar has effective immediately halted flights to Asia and suspended operations to Bangkok and Guangzhou. Reasons cited were low yield and lower than expected load factors, leading to the decision as part of an austerity programme of cost and route cuts similar to what other Indian Ocean based airlines have gone through.  Read More Source:Global Travel Industry News 

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14 January 2016

Website Fraud

Atta is a member of “PROFIT” The Prevention of Fraud in Tourism who have released the following warning today: From the middle of December onwards PROFiT has received a high number of notifications of bogus websites that are either direct facsimiles of genuine websites, or are websites that use confusingly similar names and domain names as genuine companies. It is very easy for someone to duplicate your website and we continue to urge all companies to be vigilante and regularly che…

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13 January 2016

Kenya makes bold changes to encourage tourism

Mombasa, 12 January 2016, Speaking at the opening of Kenya’s first luxury yachting marina (English Point Marina) in Mombasa, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled an unprecedented tourism incentive package to attract world travelers back to Kenya. Visa fees for children under 16 will be scrapped indefinitely from 1st Feb 2016. VAT charges on National Park fees will be removed and KWS Park fees will be capped at $60 (down from $90) for the 2016/17 financial year. The Ksh1.2bn Charter Inc…

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13 January 2016

Rwanda looking for tourists from The Netherlands

A group of Rwandan tour operators and hoteliers, together with a team from the Rwanda Development Board, are heading to The Netherlands to attend the 2016 edition of the Utrecht-based Vakantie Beurs, a five-day event showcasing tourism destinations to the Dutch. Kigali, connected with Europe by both Brussels Airlines and KLM, is often the starting point for a safari to track mountain gorillas, visit the Akagera National Park or hike into and across the Nyungwe Forest National Park, made famous…

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13 January 2016

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: China's US$60bn Africa commitment. 2015 was a notable year for African-Chinese relations and diplomacy. Officials crossed the Indian Ocean in both directions holding meetings in both; several important memorandums were inked; bilateral agreements were concluded. The culmination was the Johannesburg hosted Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOC…

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12 January 2016

Turkish Airlines expands to Madagascar and Mauritius

Turkish Airlines has expanded launching new services to Port Louis, Mauritius, and Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Istanbul-Port Louis-Antananarivo flight operates since the 15th December, three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. From February 8, the flights will increase to four times a week, with the addition of a Monday flight. 

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12 January 2016

Private guided tours rising trend in 2016

The current favourable exchange rate could make Guided tours a more attractive option for tourists to South Africa.  Read More

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12 January 2016

Zimbabwe has relaxed its visa requirements for Chinese nationals

Zimbabwe to attract Chinese national with relaxed visa regime by allowing them to get visas on arrival. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi, said his ministry would continue pushing for relaxation of visas to boost arrivals from Asia.  Read More

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12 January 2016

Fastjet Tanzania will launch flights to Kenya

Fastjet continues to expand its services, with additional new routes expected to be launched on the 11th January. Ed Winter, fastjet CEO said: “To date, flights between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi have been limited by high airfares, which we believe have excluded large parts of the local population from air travel. Read More

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12 January 2016

Have Your Say: Should the UniVisa be extended?

The KAZA UniVisa which allows visitors from 40 countries to travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia, has been suspended for the time being. Discussions are under way whether or not to go ahead with it in its present form or to extend the reach to include other SADC countries.  Do you think the Zimbabwe/Zambia univisa will be extended to include other SADC countries?  Have Your Say

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11 January 2016

Atta Winter Event in London - February 4th, 2016

February will be the perfect time to catch up on industry news and trends in the new year and Atta is again gathering members for an annual winter networking event in London! The event will be sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines. Many members are attending Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show in London and we invite you for some invaluable networkingtime on the first evening of the show which takes place 4th – 7th February 2016. When? Thursday, 4th …

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11 January 2016

Take on a challenge in support of Tusk this year!

Make 2016 the year to take on a challenge in support of Tusk! Whether you like to run or cycle, or are looking to fulfil a New Year's resolution, we have a challenge for you! Can you see yourself running the iconic London Marathon, or across the plains of Africa, or even cycling 100 miles through London and Surrey? You can help us raise vital funds for our partner projects by taking one of our charity places in a UK event or joining our unique …

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11 January 2016

Univisa suspended for now

The KAZA univisa between Zimbabwe and Zambia has been suspended “for the time being” in both countries. The KAZA univisa which allows visitors from 40 countries to travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia using the same document is expected to be reviewed again by the end of January.   Read More

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11 January 2016

Cape Town continues to be a destination of choice

Cape Town has experienced one of the busiest ever holiday periods so far. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway have revealed record-breaking visitor numbers with and increase of 28% more visitors than in December 2014. This is a result of its being open each day and more favourable weather. Read More

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08 January 2016

Indaba & South African Tourism Strategies

Indaba is a key component of South African Tourism's tactical marketing approach to develop South Africa as a leading tourist destination. Back in 2004, when officially opening Indaba for that year, the Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk spoke about how tourism plays a role in the upliftment of communities in South Africa. "The greatest value of tourism lies well beyond concepts such as revenue, turnover, and occupancy rates; the greatest value of…

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08 January 2016

Direct flights from Kenya to the US to begin by May

Newly acquired Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300ER arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on October 25, 2013. Direct flights from Kenya to The US could begin in May 2016. Read More

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08 January 2016

Chinese travellers still preferred group travel to FIT travel

Worldwide Tour Operators are noticing growth in FIT business travel among Chinese travellers – over 65% of China’s outbound travellers last year were independent travellers, according to the China Tourism Academy. However, this trend is not yet being seen in South Africa, where group travel out of China continues to dominate. Read More

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07 January 2016

Suggested Resorts for meetings

African Tourism experts provide a full list of some of the hot new resorts to consider for meetings and events in the continent. Some of the hotels recommended are: The Sabi River Tsogo Sun resort on the banks of the Sabi River in the Mpumalanga lowveld, Umodzi Park in Lilongwe in Malawi, Comprising Malawi’s first five-star hotel, The Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa in Mauritius, Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, Mozambique.....Read More

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07 January 2016

Sabi Sand Reserve contribution will be voluntary

Sabi Sabi Wildtuin said in a statement that all lodges within the Sabi Sand Reserve will implement a voluntary conservation contribution of R100 (€6) per person per night contribution (non-VATable) on all bookings confirmed from January 1, 2016. Funds collected by the lodges within the Sabi Sand Reserve will go towards anti-poaching, general conservation and community initiatives within the reserve.

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07 January 2016

Lufthansa now flying direct to Mauritius

The German Airline Lufthansa has lunched a twice-weekly flights between Frankfurt and Mauritius. The flight is operated by an Airbus A340-300 and departs Frankfurt at 16h45 on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Mauritius at 07h05 the next day. The return flight departs Mauritius at 08h45 on Mondays and Fridays, arriving in Frankfurt at 17h35.

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07 January 2016

UK prime minister on holidays in Seychelles

The former Prime Minister of the UK, Tony Blair, was spotted on the paradise island of La Digue in the Seychelles during his recent private holidays. The islands is currently on a mission to become the eco-friendly destination of the Seychelles. Read More

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06 January 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Africa is the world’s fastest-growing region for foreign direct investment (fDi Intelligence). In a year when the global greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) market grew a paltry 1 per cent, Africa enjoyed a 65 per cent increase in capital investment in 2014 over the previous year, to an estimated US$87bn (figure includes North African countries). Sub-Saharan Africa saw its investment levels rise from US$42bn to US$61bn. Generally FDI tends to be market-driven, a…

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06 January 2016

New Routes to South Africa

A number of international airlines have announced they will be launching new routes or increasing existing frequencies to South Africa over the coming few months. Air France KLM will start operating daily flights between Amsterdam and Cape Town year round starting in May. Air Botswana has announced it will reintroduce a direct service between Maun and Cape Town beginning March 25. Iberia has announced it will once again fly to South Africa between Madrid and Johannesburg in August. &…

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06 January 2016

Garonga Camp to close for renovations

Garonga Camp located in the Makalali Conservancy (west of the Kruger National Park), will undergo a full refurbishment in 2016. To facilitate the upgrade, the camp will close from March 1 and will reopen in June 1.

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06 January 2016

Tanzania New Tourism Minister

The appointment of a new tourism minister in Tanzania raises hopes of an alignment for a tourism visa across East Africa Professor Jumanne Maghembe the former Minister for Water and Irrigation has returned to government as Minister of Tourism having served in the same position for a short period in 2007. No  stranger to government he  has also served as Education and Agriculture Minister. The industry is hopeful that he will form a closer relationship with the Kenyan government and o…

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06 January 2016

Atta Networking event ITB Berlin 2016

We are pleased to be hosting Atta’s networking evening in Germany on the first night of ITB Berlin. Sponsored by Africa Albida Date & Time:Wednesday March 9th, 2016 – starting at 6.30 – 10.00 pm. Venue: International Club Berlin, Thueringer Alee 5011, 14052 Berlin. Just 5 minutes walk from the Africa halls 20 & 21  exhibition centre.(leave by exit 21)  a private members club surrounded by majestic trees set in extensive park-like grounds. The International…

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05 January 2016

Kenya Airways and Air France Code Share

Kenya Airways and Air France (Sky Team partner) expanded their codeshare arrangements, giving passengers travelling on the Kenya Airways’ flights from Nairobi to Paris access to a number of European destinations out of Paris. Read More

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05 January 2016

Africa destination for the super-rich

Africa has always been a destination for the super-rich. The study, titled “Millionaire Tourism in Africa,” says that around 43,000 multi-millionaires visited Africa in the 12 months to September 2015. This was despite new visa rules that made it more difficult for visitors to go to South Africa. Especially places like Kenya, South Africa, Seychelles and Mauritius, were among the most visited destinations with South Africa being the most popular with roughly 11,000 multimillio…

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05 January 2016

Celebrities to be the Ambassadors of Reunion Island Tourism

Reunion Island is becoming the new paradise destination for many celebrities. From athletes to authors to singer, each one took with them holiday memories to share as new official and unofficial Honorary Tourism Ambassadors of this tropical island destination. Among those that the country officials had the pleasure of welcoming was Canadian Singer Roch Voisine, Indian music legendLakshminarayanan Shenkar, Babette Rozieres famous for its Creole cuisine to name a few. Read More

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05 January 2016

End of Ebola virus in Guinea

The United Nations health agency has declared on the 30th December the end of Ebola virus transmission in Guinea.  The epidemic began two years ago in Guinea before spreading to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone and, ultimately by land and air travel to seven other countries, killing over 11,300 people. World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said in a news release “This is the first time that all three countries – Guinea, Liberia and …

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05 January 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Africa in 2016. Africa is becoming increasingly complex and diverse. Next year, there will be – at least – two Africas: The first, potentially fraught with a trend toward increased political risks rooted in macroeconomic instability and the second characterised by encouraging signs of improved business environments driven by positive economic and political fortunes. For investors and businesses, political forecasts in 2016 in Africa point to a pressing need to m…

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