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29 February 2016

Reminder: 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 Internati…

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29 February 2016

Blood Lions Screening at ITB

BLOOD LIONS™ is a feature documentary that exposes captive lion breeding and canned hunting industry in South Africa.   Approximately 1,000 captive-bred, hand-reared lions were killed in the country last year, fuelling a multimillion-dollar international industry.  It is estimated that there are currently between 6,000 and 8,000 predators in captivity, mostly living in appalling conditions with inadequate breeding and welfare protocols in place to protect them. Volunteers …

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29 February 2016

Good Morning, Tanzania! Ngorongoro wildlife wonders hit the US airwaves

Thousands of American viewers on Tuesday morning this week watched a thrilling live broadcast of the wildlife movement in Tanzania’s famous Ngorongoro Crater through an amazing journey by news anchor Amy Robach who reported live from Africa’s most-known wildlife Eden. The program added a thrust to Tanzania on the world tourism map and gave its tourism the much-needed shot to showcase its wildlife and safari richness. Read more Source: eTN

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29 February 2016

GPS-guided audio tour on Table Mountain

Cape Town visitors can now follow an audio, self-guided tour on Table Mountain. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has partnered with local walking tour app, VoiceMap so that visitors can now use their smartphones to hear different stories and perspectives about the mountain.  Read More Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update  

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26 February 2016

Joburg Tourism head office now at Sandton Central

Highlighting Sandton Central’s position as not only SA’s financial hub – but a major center for business tourism, leisure and conferencing, Joburg Tourism has moved its head office from Rosebank to the landmark Sandton Library on Nelson Mandela Square. The move has been hailed by the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD). Elaine Jack, City Improvement District Manager of SCMD, believes it is a great decision, with Sandton Central being a key business tourism and events h…

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26 February 2016

Ngorongoro Wonder broadcasted live to millions worldwide

The Ngorongoro National Conservation Area is to receive unprecedented exposure when its natural beauty and wonder is beamed live to millions of people in the US and other parts of the world. Read More Source: allAfrica

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25 February 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:What business owners want from South Africa’s budget. South African's are robust. Notwithstanding this fact, confidence in the country has continued to wane and next among the events to move the market is the South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan's, presentation on the budget - key listeners among the audience will be the …

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25 February 2016

Time to Target the Asian Tourism Market

Reports from India indicate that tourists from the Asian country who visited Rwanda increased by more than 30 times last year, from just 400 visitors in 2014 to 14,000 in 2015, according to Hindustan Times newspaper of India. The newspaper indicated that Rwanda was among the list of new countries that Indians were exploring. This presents an opportunity to make inroads in Indian markets, especially as the local tourism department plans to sell the country as a wedding and honeymoon destination…

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25 February 2016

Four bidders eye Indaba

Four companies have expressed an interest in becoming a strategic partner for one or more of the trade shows SA Tourism owns and manages – namely, Indaba and Meetings Africa – as well as a third show that SA Tourism believes is needed for the luxury segment. They are Thebe Reed Exhibitions, Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management, Outlaw Events Management and Synergy Business Events.  Read more Source: TU  

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24 February 2016

Wild dogs released to the plains of the Serengeti

Attractive for their hunting skills, the African wild dogs are one of the most beautiful, yet endangered carnivore species in Tanzania, and Africa facing a great risk to disappear. Efforts to conserve this species of wild, hunting dogs had brought new hopes in Tanzania when packs comprised of over a dozen dogs each were released to the Serengeti National Park plains after a successful project to conserve this species proved a great success to save their lives from local communities which hunte…

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24 February 2016

East African - Lamu, the island where cars are banned

Perched placidly off Kenya's coast, is UNESCO World Heritage Site Lamu island, home to one of the oldest continuously inhabited Swahili towns and where cars are banned for the general public.  Instead of cars, locals rely on donkeys for transport on the land, and dhows to travel throughout the archipelago. Lamu was once the most important international trade center in East Africa -- as is evidenced by the Arab, Indian, Persian and European influences in the local a…

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24 February 2016

Indaba online diary and matchmaking system goes live

The Indaba online diary and matchmaking system went live last month. The tool is geared towards connecting appropriate exhibitors and buyers, based on matching their profiles. It is available to all registered exhibitors, buyers and delegates attending Indaba 2016. Users of the online diary and matchmaking system must set up a profile that includes detailed information about their company and meeting requirements. This information is then used to match their profile to the right individuals. U…

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23 February 2016

Meetings Africa 2016 kicks off today

Meetings Africa begins today (22 February) at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, welcoming international event buyers from around the globe. Event professionals from around the globe are attending South Africa Tourism's Meetings Africa, a three-day show bringing together buyers from countries such as the UK, Germany, Italy and the US to meet with African tourism authorities, convention bureaus and hotel groups. The 2016 edition of the show has its own theme called Advancing Afr…

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23 February 2016

Tourism Industry Revenue Income Inches Up By Eight Percent

Tanzania has registered an increase of revenue from tourism sector by 8.2 per cent between 2013 and 2014 which is equivalent to 2,006.3million US dollars down from 1,853.3million US dollars respectively. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Maj. Gen. Gaudence Milanzi, said this in Dar es Salaam while briefing members of press on the 2014's tourism survey report. He said that the survey was conducted by the ministry in collaboration with the Bank of Tanz…

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23 February 2016

South Africa to ease visa norms to boost tourism

In a bid to boost its tourism sector, South Africa is looking to ease visa norms, which were tightened 18 months ago in 2014. The government's Department of Home Affairs is looking at granting visas on arrival for tourists who already have visas for travel to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or other countries where stringent security checks are applicable. This change comes 18 months after the department hiked the number of regulations required to grant a visa, in a bid to en…

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22 February 2016

Germany supporting the government of Tanzania

The Federal Republic of Germany has supported the government of Tanzania with aircrafts to patrols over Serengeti National Park and the Selous Game Reserve. The two “Aviat Aircraft Husky A-IC” planes are set for aerial patrols over these famous Tanzanian wildlife parks, to monitor poaching and other wildlife conservation duties. Read More Source: Global Travel Industry News

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22 February 2016

Where to find Qualified tour consultants?

Inbound tour operators are struggling to recruit qualified tour consultants. The biggest gap in terms of skills is a lack of adequate destination knowledge, while operators point out that many tour consultants have not travelled themselves. Read More  Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

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22 February 2016

Atta on the Move: James Haigh moves to Elewana

James Haigh is appointed  Director of Sales & Marketing at Elewana effective from 1 March 2016. Joining the Elewana team based in Nairobi, James will lead the group’s sales and marketing activities. James, who is British, has a strong track record in the safari sector, having worked with some of the most respected safari brands including Singita Game Reserves and Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti. He joins Elewana from Tourvest in East Africa, where he held the positions of …

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19 February 2016

Botswana: Okavango Delta affected by low water levels

Some water activities in the Okavango Delta have been affected by low water levels, including boating and mokoro activities, however with this persistent drought in Southern Africa tour operators report wildlife viewing is extraordinary as a result.  “Water levels in the Okavango Delta are currently low for this time of year. This is the result of low levels of rainfall locally with all seasonal swamp and floodplain habitats receding to the permanent channels like the Boro,&quo…

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19 February 2016

Uganda a safe destination for travellers

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) assures visitors and tourists that the tourism facilities across Uganda are safe for visitors and tourists.  Media reports have sensationalized the ongoing political campaigns but the Government and the Police have assured the general public of safety and security. Currently presidential, parliamentary and local councils campaigns are going on peacefully and Ugandans will elect their leaders on Thursday. Read More Source: Global Travel Industry News

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19 February 2016

Visa-free travel ‘key to African tourism’

In a statement released ahead of the launch of its first-ever “Africa Visa Openness Index” the African Development Bank (AfDB) said the stringent inter-state visa regulations were hampering African travel to African countries and had adverse impacts on the continent's economic growth and development. “Africa remains largely closed off to African travellers. On average Africans need visas to travel to 55 percent of other African countries, can get visas on a…

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18 February 2016

Moroccan national airliner to commence first intra-Africa route

Royal Air Maroc is set to commence the first intra-Africa route to serve the Accra-Monrovia-Freetown corridor. The Moroccan national airliner is scheduled to start in the middle of March this year and will operate flights three-times-a-week. Read More Source: Global Travel Industry News

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18 February 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:This year’s Mining Indaba has been less buoyed compared to previous years. Chinese government officials visiting South African gave away little about the Asian giant’s intent, instead focusing on what they said would be better times ahead in what is a highly-cyclical industry. Zhao Caisheng, a division director at China’s national…

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18 February 2016

R100 Million Investment for Domestic Tourism

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says President Jacob Zuma's announcement of a R100 million investment to boost local tourism is music to his ears. The Minister said this when he participated in a debate of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly, on Tuesday. "Mr President, in your address to the nation on Thursday, you said that South African Tourism will invest R100 million a year to promote domestic tourism encouraging South Africans to tour th…

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18 February 2016

The Atta Regatta Summer Event in London - 16 June 2016

An annual summer function in the Atta way - fun and informal for members, Africa Showcase participants and media SPONSORED BY BOTSWANA TOURISM ORGANISATION   The Atta Regatta also serves as a spectacular finale for the UK & Ireland roadshow Africa Showcase in partnership with On Show Solutions which will culminate with central London trade afternoon and our summer networking party. Dress: Very colourful, very African, very summer casual, shorts, T shirts, kikoys, kangas, nati…

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17 February 2016

Shongololo Express now owned by Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail has purchased the Shongololo Express train. Owner and CEO of the Rovos Rail Group, Mr Rohan Vos has agreed to employ all the personnel of the 19 coaches train.  “Operating a three-star train had always been at the back of my mind and when I learned that the Shongololo Express was on offer, the timing seemed serendipitous,” said Rohan Vos. Read More Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

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17 February 2016

Community development and conservation initiatives

Many tourism businesses are actively involved in community development and conservation initiatives. For example in South African, Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route, is home to the Gondwana Conservation Foundation, which focuses on the protection of endangered wildlife and endangered vegetation; environmental education; and community upliftment. In Botswana Sanctuary Baines Camp offers eco-travellers a unique green tourism experience as the camp was built out of recycled cans and…

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17 February 2016

Madagascar establishments certified Fair Trade Tourism

There are now eight Fair Trade Tourism certified establishments in Madagascar. Two newly certified community owned tented camps are part of the ‘Friendly Camp’ brand offered by Sahanala, a social venture of which the renowned conservation organisation Fanamby is a member. Fanamby currently manages five protected areas across Madagascar and develops camps and encourages local communities to be involved in responsible tourism.  Read More Source: Daily So…

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17 February 2016

Application for Membership - Transfrontier Parks Destinations

Transfrontier Parks Destinationshas applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below). Transfrontier Parks Destinations(TFPD) manage and market community-owned destinations in Southern Africa. Lodges include !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi, Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in the Northern Drakensberg and Nahakwe and Awelani Lodges in Limpopo. The African Ivory Route's 8 Limpopo camps and…

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16 February 2016

Fastjet exits Kilimanjaro to Nairobi route a month after launch

Just weeks into the new route between Kilimanjaro and Nairobi has Fastjet today operated the last flight between the two airports, with sources close to the airline suggesting the suspension came as a result of poor loadfactors. When the route was launched on the 11th of January did aviation pundits immediately speculate over the size of the aircraft used, an Airbus A319, with common consensus at the time that a smaller aircraft would be better suited on the low density route. Flights between …

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16 February 2016

East African countries against poaching and smuggling

Eastern African elephant range states; Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ethiopia hosted a meeting to find common ground to stop poaching and fight other wildlife crimes. The meeting toke place in Kenya and participants from the regional wildlife management bodies, law enforcement, security agencies and policy makers attended. Read More Source: Global Travel Industry News  

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16 February 2016

Lufthansa expands Kenyan operations

International aviation company, Lufthansa Group, is looking to strengthen its presence in Kenya and will increase capacity on its Nairobi flights in the upcoming months. The company intends to serve Nairobi with nine weekly flights to and from Zurich and Frankfurt, respectively, said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, speaking at a conference held in Nairobi last week. Spohr was quoted by Kenyan newspaper, Business Daily, as saying that the Lufthan…

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15 February 2016

East Africa tourism: Mapping the way forward

In line with its mission and vision, the EATP, the East Africa Tourism Platform, hosted a forum for open discussions on the vision of East Africa as one tourism destination, and the feasibility and viability of this objective. The meeting took place at Elevate Suites in Kigali last week. Invited to the meeting were CEOs and executive directors of private sector tourism associations in the five East African countries, namely from Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Tourism boards in t…

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15 February 2016

Qatar, Etihad to Fly Into Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls — Qatar and Etihad are among a string of global airlines lining up to start flights into Victoria Falls following the extensive upgrade of the Victoria Falls International Airport to modernise and increase its capacity. The $150 million upgrade to increase the airport's capacity and give it a new modern look has been touted as a game changer that will allow the biggest, reputable global airlines to fly into the resort town and boost arrivals. Initially designed to hand…

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12 February 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 Internati…

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12 February 2016

Core markets staying longer, spending more

Tour operators and hoteliers have reported an increase in bookings from core markets, including the UK, US and Europe, with guests booking longer stays and spending more money during their stay, while booking periods have decreased. Legacy Hotels MD, Paddy Brearley says he has seen an increase in numbers since November last year, but points out that other factors including the end of the Ebola scare, the cricket and the visit of the Chinese President in December may also have contributed. Read…

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12 February 2016

Tourism Hosts International Tourist Guiding Celebrations, 18 to 19 Feb

The Department of Tourism in partnership with SANParks and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) will host the International Tourist Guiding Celebrations at Skukuza, Kruger National Park- Mpumalanga. Themed "building a successful and sustainable tourist guiding sector" the two-day event will provide stakeholders a platform to discuss the importance of building a successful and sustainable tourist guiding sector, and ways of exploring adventure within the Natural and Cultural…

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12 February 2016

Madagascar's lemurs at risk of extinction

Madagascar and neighboring Comoros Islands are home to the world's lemur population,but one of the country's leading scientists says lemurs are on the "verge of extinction". Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Madagascar's foremost primatologist says: "We've not much time left, we have to work together to save the living lemurs before it's too late." Madagascar is an ecological marvel -- 92% of mammals indigenous to the island exist nowhere else on Earth. And despite th…

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11 February 2016

Fastjet ups JNB-HRE flights

Fastjet is to increase the frequency of flights on its daily Johannesburg-Harare service by four flights a week, effective February 29. This follows high consumer demand after the launch of the route on February 1. The extra flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and increase the current amount of flights from seven to 11 a week. Flight FN 8104 will depart Johannesburg at 21h15 to arrive in Harare at 22h50. Flight FN 8103 will depart Harare at 18h50 to arrive in Johan…

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11 February 2016

Fabulous annual event on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro

The famous Kilimanjaro Marathon is set to take place in northern Tanzania with expectations to attract spectators from sporting, travel, and tourism flocking to observe the fabulous annual event on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The race is scheduled to be held at the end of February and is expected to pull in a crowd of about 8,000 runners from more than 45 countries, including tourists and several visitors booked to Tanzania and East Africa.  Read More  

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11 February 2016

Four Points in Ethiopia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced it will introduce its booming Four Points brand in Ethiopia with a new-build property development.  The Four Points by Sheraton Addis Ababa will be strategically located on the main arterial avenue leading to Bole International Airport. The hotel is a short walk from popular city landmark, Meskel Square, and a quick drive to the United Nations and African Union Headquarters.  Read More  

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11 February 2016

Will Uber tap into Travel?

Uber, the popular hail-riding taxi service has patented a travel booking service that seems to signal its entry into the OTA business.  Uber says it aims to provide a perfectly timed and seamless end-to-end trip, including the booking of flights, ground transport and accommodation. The system would also monitor flight and vehicle delays, and alert the appropriate airline and hotel systems, re-accommodating the traveller when necessary.   Read More Source: Daily Southern African …

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10 February 2016

Cape Town International Airport leads arrivals growth

South Africa’s airports experienced a growth in international arrivals for 2015, with Cape Town International Airport ending the year with a notable 8,9% increase, compared with a growth of 6,5% at King Shaka International Airport and 5% at OR Tambo International Airport. Martin Jansen van Vuuren, Director at Grant Thornton, said Cape Town had seen a growth in international arrivals due to an increase in direct flights to the city, such as the recent deal with Turkish Airlines. He added …

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10 February 2016

Transit visa relief and airlines no longer need to check for birth certificates of foreign minors

Airline check-in staff no longer have to ensure that foreign passengers are carrying an unabridged birth certificate (UBC) when travelling with a minor, confirmed Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Director General, Mkuseli Apleni. However, the DHA says the UBC requirement for travelling minors is still being “strongly advised”. DHA has confirmed during a media briefing on February 5 that the short-term recommended changes to the immigration regulations, which came into effect in Jun…

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10 February 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: Electrify Africa Act - now a thing. The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act, after nearly two years of trying to get the measure through both chambers of Congress. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill will provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the Un…

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09 February 2016

New partnership to promote local tourism businesses

The Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) has partnered with CNBC Africa, the Johannesburg-based affiliate of global broadcaster CNBC, to launch a television campaign to promote and create market access opportunities for small business enterprises in SA. The campaign is scheduled to run for three months and will feature various tourism enterprises that will introduce their businesses through one-minute segments. The segments will air during prime time programmes on CNBC Africa such as Open Exch…

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09 February 2016

Sharks return to Gaansbaai

Following a decline last month in shark sightings in Gaansbaai, cage diving operators say shark numbers are normalising again. The predators seemed to have disappeared and as a result Shark diving operators in the Cape were forced to cancel shark diving expeditions. Read More Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update  

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09 February 2016

SAA's Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi route no longer profitable

One month before the launch, SAA’s new route, Johannesburg-Abu Dhabi, has been called into question as it became clear to SAA that the route would no longer be profitable.  The airline told Tourism Update’s sister publication, TNW, on January 29 that it had decided to pull the service that it launched on March 29 last year.  Read More  Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

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09 February 2016

South Africa changes to the immigration regulations

South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA)has confirmed the following Progress on measures prioritised for the immediate phase (0 – 3 months), between 1 November 2015 and 31 January 2016:   • Introduction of biometric facilities:   The development of a biometric capacity and its testing at ORTIA, Lanseria Airport, CTIA and KSIA has been successfully completed and the system is now being implemented. In view of this, transit visas are no longer required f…

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09 February 2016

Kenya airways Flight schedule changes

Kenya Airways to change London schedule from 27th March 2016  Kenya Airways will change its schedule on the flights between London and Nairobi from March 27, 2016. From the start of the summer schedule in March, flights will depart Nairobi in the morning to arrive in London in the afternoon on the same day and depart from London for Nairobi the same evening with next day arrival in the morning in Nairobi. The change is part of Kenya Airways drive for a more passenger convenient service an…

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08 February 2016

Tourism Minister Assures Tour Operator of Good Working Relationship

The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Benjamin Roberts, recently received officials of TUI Benedlux, a Netherland-based tour operator that has expressed its desire to increase the number of its flights to The Gambia next summer. Speaking at a press briefing held at the Senegambia Beach Hotel recently, the Tourism Minister thanked the TUI officials for the visit, saying the Government of The Gambia is always ready to work with partners, particularly in the area of tourism. He said TUI had long b…

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08 February 2016

Zambia Tourism Board calls for reduced air fares to boost tourist arrivals

Zambia Tourism Board calls for reduced air fares to boost tourist arrivals Zambia Tourism Board has called for reduced air fares into Livingstone to boost tourist arrivals. Speaking in Livingstone during a media briefing, ZTB chief executive officer Felix Chaila said over 60 percent of the tourist coming into the city are locals. “Livingstone can still do better if we improved on logistics. There is a need to ensure that air fares into Livingstone are cheaper,” he said. Mr Chaila s…

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05 February 2016

Air Seychelles launches new route to China

The new route started operating on the 2nd February with a once-a-week, non-stop service between Seychelles and Beijing.  Flight HM888 will depart Beijing Capital International Airport at 02h50 on Wednesdays to arrive in Seychelles at 10h20 the same day. The return flight HM887 will depart Seychelles International Airport at 10h40 on Tuesdays to arrive in Beijing at 01h30 the following morning. The Air Seychelles flight will be operated with a 254-seat Airbus A330. Source: Daily Southern …

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05 February 2016

Mantis Collection to buy boutique hotel

The Mantis Collection has extended its portfolio of boutique hotels in South Africa with the addition of Miarestate Hotel and Spa, outside Haga Haga, near East London. Miarestate Hotel & Spa is a five-star game reserve with nine guest rooms including two executive rooms with private plunge pools. Guests staying at this property can enjoy gourmet cuisine, spa treatments, daily game drives, horse riding, hiking and mountain biking, including a challenging 35km mountain bike trail for advance…

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05 February 2016

Johannesburg: Gautrain expands

The Gautrain will need to expand Following increasing passenger demand. The system currently carries 1,4 million passengers a month and would require a total of 48 new rail cars over the next decade to meet the current passenger demand. The Development Bank of Southern Africa has approved a loan of R3,5 billion (€198 million)  for the Gautrain Management Agency to purchase additional rolling stock. Read More Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

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04 February 2016

Vic Falls to see recovery in 2016

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, experienced a 20% drop in tourist arrivals in 2015 compared with 2014 according to the Employers’ Association of Tourism and Safari Operators (EATSO). However, operators are confident that 2016 will be better, thanks in part to the new airport. Read More Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update  

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04 February 2016

Qatar direct flight to Mozambique

Qatar Airlines has launched a new route, beginning March this year between Doha, Qatar and Maputo, Mozambique. The United Arab Emirates-based airline has offered flights between Doha and Maputo since 2012, with a stopover in Johannesburg. The direct flight will reduce travel time by two hours. The Maputo-Doha route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Source: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

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03 February 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: Silicon Sahara. The African continent is on the verge of something big again. This, at least, is the quiet optimism mooted among some African focused investment communities. News of trades and capital flows relating to technology start-ups have been peppered over the deal landscape over the past twelve months. The model of US tech-entrepreneu…

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03 February 2016

SANParks to host International Tourist Guides’ Day

The National Department of Tourism, SANParks and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency will host the 2016 International Tourist Guides’ Day from February 18-19 at Skukuza, Kruger National Park.  Read more Source: Tourism Update

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03 February 2016

2.6 million euros for restoration of Malawi National Parks

The Dutch Postcode Lottery have awarded the non-profit African Parks organisation 2.6 million Euros towards the restoration of Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. The fund will be used for the rehabilitation and long-term protection of these National Parks totalling 225 000 hectares in size. Read More Source: All Africa News

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02 February 2016

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism enhances visitor experience

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) has introduced the Nelson Mandela Bay electronic pass card, which will increase accessibility and convenience for visitors and locals to explore the city. The pass gives travellers free and discounted admission to a variety of attractions and activities in Nelson Mandela Bay, including museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries and sightseeing tours. The card also entitles travellers to discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities and enterta…

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02 February 2016

Rwanda pilots: Nine ways to qualify

Three more ladies were among the nine Rwandan pilots who graduated earlier this week from the Ethiopian Airlines aviation academy in Addis Ababa, part of 143 graduates overall who had successfully completed their respective courses at one of Africa’s top aviation schools. It is a sign of the airline’s commitment to be an equal opportunity employer but also speaks volumes about the Rwandan government’s determination to train Rwandans as pilots and aircraft engineers to reduce …

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01 February 2016

Ugandan native elected President of African Wildlife Foundation

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) announced today it has elected Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya to serve as its new President. Ugandan native Mr Sebunya, vowed to advance a clear policy agenda for wildlife as part of Africa’s future, ensuring the continent’s blueprint for development and growth. “I am excited to be stepping into the role of president at a time when Africa’s economies are surging, and when important decisions are being made as to how Africa should…

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01 February 2016

Rwandan pilots: 143 successfully completed courses

Rwandan Pilots have graduated at Africa's top aviation school, including three ladies who successfully completed their respective courses earlier this week from the Ethiopian Airlines aviation academy based in Addis Ababa. In total there has been 143 graduates overall,  a sign of the airline’s commitment to be an equal opportunity employer but also speaks volumes about the Rwandan government’s determination to train Rwandans as pilots and aircraft engineers to re…

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01 February 2016

More tourists chose Africa as their Safari Destination

Africa is the world's number one destination for safaris and more than 30 million tourists visit the continent every year. Over half of the international arrivals are for business purposes, and may partake in tourist activities as well, while 15% travel for pure tourism and 30% visit friends and family. The tourism industry is one of the most important for the continent: it provided 12.8 million people with jobs, directly and indirectly, in 2011 Read More Source: All Africa

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