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23 December 2016

Happy Holidays from Atta!

We would like to take this opportunity thank our members and partners for your support this year!  We wish all our members a very happy and safe festive season and look forward to working with you in the new year. The Atta HQ will close today December 23rd and re-open on Thursday, January 5, 2017. For emergencies only, please call +447917142765 or +442079374408 The first Daily News alert will go out on Friday, January 6, 2017.  

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22 December 2016

Whilst Southern Africa’s Zim/Zam relaunch their Uni Visa, East Africa’s Tanzania, wants to go it alone

  Zimbabwe and Zambia relaunched their Kaza uni-visa, today at a dazzling ceremony hosted by the Ministers of Home Affairs from both countries in Livingstone attended by Atta Chairman Ross Kennedy.  The visa allows visitors from 65 countries to travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia using the same document, and the announcement will be welcomed by the tourism fraternity. At exactly the same time local media in East Africa reported that Tanzania Tourist Board Managing Director, Devota Mda…

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22 December 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential term comes to an end. Despite protests at home and abroad to prevent an unconstitutional third term for the incumbent, opposition parties remain divided and President Joseph Kabila has successfully delayed elections by calling for an updated population census, without a clear road map to the polls. Renewed instability in the DRC would impact the whole region, and many hope that increasingly vociferous diplomatic pressure coul…

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22 December 2016

FCO Travel Advice: Madagascar

Madagascar travel advice 21-12-2016 10:38 AM GMT Latest update: Local Law & customs section – due to random police checks, you should carry your passport with you at all times; always keep a photocopy of your passport, visa and insurance details somewhere safe, and leave further copies with family or friends in the UK

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21 December 2016

Important changes to excess baggage charges

Effective 4th January 2017. New excess baggage charges. EMDs issued before 4th January 2017 will be honoured as ticketed and the new rates will not apply to these EMDs. However, any voluntary changes (re-routing or upgrading) to the ticket, will be subject to the new rates outlined above. New transactions on or after the 4th January 2017, will be at the new increased rates outlined above. In addition to the free baggage allowance permitted per booking, SAA continues to offer its customers the …

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21 December 2016

Blue Train adds another Hoedspruit service

The Blue Train has made changes to its 2017 schedule with an additional arrival to Hoedspruit in Limpopo. The train will depart from Pretoria to Hoedspruit on Friday, June 16, and the return service will depart Hoedspruit for Pretoria on Saturday, June 17. The Cape Town-Pretoria service on September 6 has been moved to September 8. You can view and download the amended schedule here. Source: TU

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20 December 2016

Tourism Welcomes the Release of the Tourism Satellite Account Report

The Department of Tourism welcomes the recent release of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for South Africa showing that tourism consistently grew the number of tourism jobs, while continuing to make a 3% direct contribution to GDP. In line with the National Tourism Sector Strategy objectives and targets of providing decent work within the sector, the findings record that in 2011, a total number of 622 929 were employed in the sector, which contributed to an overall percentage of 4.4 of the …

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20 December 2016

Tourism facilities for Komjekejeke Heritage site

Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, launched tourism facilities at the Komjekejeke Heritage Site in Wallmansthal, Pretoria. In an attempt to promote tourism in the area, the department handed over facilities that include a hall and a renovated amphitheatre to the Silamba Trust. The facilities at Komjekejeke include new ablution blocks, three new traditional dwellings and 20 picnic sites. Renovations include the VIP lapa, staff houses and the painting of buildings. Hanekom explained: “We …

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19 December 2016

Kenya Airways responds to surge of holiday bookings

Kenya Airways normally operates Embraer E190 aircraft on the Nairobi-Mombasa route with as many as 10 flights a day but has decided to deploy a Dreamliner to facilitate the extra traffic expected for the Kenya coast before and after the main Christmas and New Year period. Kenya Airways is responding to the surge in bookings by announcing the deployment, on certain flights, of the Boeing B787 Dreamliner between the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and the coastal port city of Mombasa on certain holiday…

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19 December 2016

Ethiopian Airlines Obtains $159m AfDB Loan for Upgrades

Ethiopian Airlines has received approval for a $159 million financial package from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in support of its expansion plan and fleet modernization program. This is AfDB’s second corporate loan to the carrier under its private sector window of which 85 per cent will be covered by Africa’s export credit agency, African Trade Insurance to provide credit risk insurance to the transaction. The funding will allow Ethiopian Airlines to maintain the momentum on…

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16 December 2016

Air Tanzania Buys New Boeing 787

The government of Tanzania announced the purchase of a new Boeing Dreamliner 787 for its national airline, Air Tanzania. The American company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday. The Tanzanian government made a $10-million down payment for the 787-8 Dreamliner. The current market price is $224.6 million, according to a local media report. The Tanzanian president’s office shared a photo of President John Magufuli looking at Boeing Dreamliner marketing pamphlets featuring a 787-8 with Air Ta…

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16 December 2016

2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo dates confirmed

The Uganda Tourism Board will be hosting the third PEARL OF AFRICA TOURISM EXPO (POATE 2017) between the 17th to 19th of February 2017 at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda. The main aim of hosting POATE is to create a common networking platform for the Ugandan tourism industry but also for stakeholders from the wider region as well as the overseas tourism source markets. UTB's vision, working with tourism partners, is to develop POATE into one of the most effective network…

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15 December 2016

Atta Medical Advisor to the rescue

Atta CEO writes: Returning from a recent trip to Africa I was struck down with a horrible stomach bug, spending more time in the smallest room of the house, than my office! After a quick call to Doctor Richard Dawood, I rushed to his smart Fleet Street Clinic in central London. Richard has long been Atta’s Medical Advisor, a well-known expert in tropical diseases, with a regular column in the travel press. He explained that he had recently installed a new diagnosis service at his clinic …

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15 December 2016

FCO Travel Advice: Ghana

Ghana travel advice 14-12-2016 11:07 AM GMT Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation) - presidential and parliamentary elections were held on 7 December 2016; the official result has been accepted by all parties, the situation is calm and there is no evidence of post electoral tensions but you should remain vigilant and avoid all demonstrations

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15 December 2016

SA Tourist arrivals rise 14.8% in first half of 2016

Judging by the rate at which tourism has grown over the past year, this year festive season is bound to be a record-breaking one too. For the first part of 2016, tourist arrival figures have gone up by 14.8% compared to the same period in 2015. The massive rise came as no surprise, really, as the first quarter of 2016 also saw an exceptionally strong rebound in tourist arrivals to the country, with an estimated 18.7% growth in arrivals for the first three months of 2016, compared to the first …

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14 December 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary:Despite a tumultuous year for politics around the world, one of Africa’s leading democracies has confirmed its ability to sustain high governance standards and acknowledge voters’ concerns. Presidential elections in Ghana last week were closely watched by the regional and international community, in the hope that slower growth would not translate into social and political disruption. Positive sentiment for the region was at stake. Opposition candidate Nana Akufo-A…

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14 December 2016

Turning Kenyan safaris into economic development hubs

In East Africa, native tour guides have formed an organization that is transforming the future of African wildlife and Kenyan safari travel. Maasailand is the heart of a billion-dollar tourism industry on which the Kenyan government relies and which directly employs over 100,000 people a year. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve alone hosts one-fifth of all tourist visits to the country. The Maasai people are the keepers of this wildlife-rich land, where elephants graze and the annual wildebeest migr…

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13 December 2016

Africa Opens Arms to Global Hotel Brands… and Tourism

The ‘Africa rising’ narrative might have become more complex recently, and taken a few knocks, but there’s no doubt the continent is open for business where hotel development and tourism is concerned, writes Tim Smith The strengthening of the rand against the pound and the dollar is unlikely to deter visitors to South Africa. Initial concerns that Brexit would stop Europeans from making long-haul trips have proved incorrect. That all 10 of the leading markets for tourists to …

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13 December 2016

Local airline launches Pietermartizburg-Cape Town service

Airlink will launch a new route between Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town on February 6. The airline will offer a daily return service operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135. Flight SA8721 will depart Pietermaritzburg at 07h00 and arrive in Cape Town at 09h10. Flight SA8724 will depart Cape Town at 17h35 and arrive in Pietermaritzburg at 19h30. Source: TU

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13 December 2016

Zambia new flight departure charges

Zambia Civil Aviation Authority has introduced a Passenger Safety Charge for all flight departures originating within Zambia effective 01Dec16.  ·        Domestic flight USD5.00, with domestic to domestic (any airport/airstrip) transfers exempt for arrivals within 12 hours of departure. ·        International flight USD10.00 ·      …

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12 December 2016

Legal SA: CPA Provisions Re Non-Refundable Deposits & Cancellation Fees – Section 33: Catalogue Marketing & Section 41: False, Misleading or Deceptive Representations

This is the 6th insert of 8 dealing with the captioned matter – a topic that is regularly entertained by the CPA Commissioner of late CPA PROVISIONS RE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS & CANCELLATION FEES – SECTION 33: CATALOGUE MARKETING & SECTION 41: FALSE, MISLEADING OR DECEPTIVE REPRESENTATIONS SECTION 33   CATALOGUE MARKETING · Described as a transaction not entered into in person & includes an agreement by telephone ‘postal order or fax, or in any s…

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12 December 2016

New market access partnership to develop SME tourism sector launched in South Africa

South African Tourism has partnered with the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) on a brand-new market access partnership to develop the SME tourism sector whilst contributing towards transformation. “We are extremely pleased to be part of this initiative because transformation is at the centre of the work that we do here at South African Tourism. Developing and supporting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) is a big part of this because it is in developing SMEs t…

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09 December 2016

Biometric Information On Tourists Necessary

Home Affairs Director General Mkhuseli Apleni says it is necessary to have fingerprints of all tourists or travellers visiting the country. Apleni said this helps to identify the person especially when a crime has been committed. Speaking at a meeting attended by key tourism and immigration stakeholders in Pretoria, earlier today, Apleni emphasised the importance of taking fingerprints of all the people visiting the country. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss developments on the immigra…

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09 December 2016

Nigerian govt promises to improve tourism

The Nigerian government says it is determined to improve the tourism sector to a turn of economic development. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the commitment at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Abuja Carnival. Represented by Presidential Aide, Femi Ojudu, Osinbajo says rejuvenating the country’s cultural troupes to international standard is also the key to the administration. Twenty- two states took part in this year’s carnival with a series of display ranging from boat regatta, …

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09 December 2016

More flights into Cape Town adds up to a lot of moolah

Alan Winde‚ Minister of Economic Opportunities‚ said there had been a significant increase in international arrivals at Cape Town International Airport since the launch of the Cape Town Air Access initiative. Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between the Western Cape Government‚ the City of Cape Town‚ Airports Company of South Africa and Cape Town Tourism. Tourism employs 204‚000 people in the Western Cape. Under the Project Khulisa growth strategy‚ the …

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08 December 2016

KTB appoints new CEO

Kenya Tourism Board Officially Appoints New CEO, Dr. Betty Radier Dr. Betty Radier is the new Kenya Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Radier’s appointment by the KTB Board of Directors is the result of an extensive recruitment process. Announcing the appointment, KTB Chairman Mr. Jimi Kariuki said the Board was confident that Dr. Radier had the right qualifications to steer KTB and the country’s tourism sector into great new frontiers. She brings on board vast…

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08 December 2016

UK Chancellor to visit South Africa

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, will visit South Africa on December 7th to showcase the UK’s commitment to forming even stronger global ties as UK prepares to leave the EU. Holding talks with his finance minister counterpart and senior leaders and businesses, the Chancellor will use his visit to South Africa, to provide support to key industries for the UK economy such as financial services. The Chancellor o Philip Hammond, said: As we leave the EU, Britain’s future pr…

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07 December 2016

WTTC Webinar

The World Travel & Tourism Council invites you to attend a Web seminar using WebEx. This event requires registration. Daniel Hyslop, Research Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, will present key findings from the Global Terrorism Index 2016. The Global Terrorism Index is the world’s leading metric for policymakers, assisting in their efforts to track, understand and measure the impact and underlying drivers of terrorism. This year's report explores the e…

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06 December 2016

FCO Ethiopia Travel Advisory

 The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revised its website travel advisory on Ethiopia. The FCO no longer advises against “all but essential travel to the Amhara and Oromia regions”, with the exception of the woredas (districts) of Tsegede, Mirab Armacho and Tach Armacho in North Gonder. The revised advisory will have a positive impact on tourism, particularly in the run-up to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas, Genna, (7th Januar…

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