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31 March 2016

Kilimanjaro region developing into a new tourist hot spot

Bearing the pride of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kilimanjaro region stands among tourist destination hot spots, pulling big crowds of holidaymakers to its rich attractive villages, full of real African life blended with modern lifestyle. The Kilimanjaro region in northern Tanzania is such an idyllic tourist paradise where tens of thousands of local and foreign holidaymakers flock during Christmas and Easter Holidays to spend their vacations. The region is one among African localities with a long ou…

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31 March 2016

Kenya tourism players urge Britain to lift travel advisories

Tourism stakeholders in Lamu and Manda want the British government to lift travel advisories still in place affecting the two Islands following major security investments made by the government. Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Lamu County Governor Issa Timmamy led tourism stakeholders in lobbying for the travel advisories to be lifted during a sector meeting attended by British High Commissioner Nick Hailey, in Lamu. Balala said the government has increased security in the region and it was…

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30 March 2016

Ticket sale open: Atta Indaba Networking Event 7 May, 2016

Meet, Mix and Mingle with fellow members at the Atta Indaba Networking Party 2016! Saturday, 7th May 2016 From 7:00pm Sponsored by SATIB Join fellow Atta members and their guests for valuable networking at this special invitation-only party on the first night of Indaba Tourism 2016 Connect with members from your region and make new international friends at this fun-filled event held at moyo uShaka! A uniquely Durban destination with Cocktails, exquisite views of the I…

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30 March 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

  Executive summary Blame for delay in establishing a new commodity exchange in Uganda has landed on the elections. The East Africa Exchange has postponed setting up operations in Uganda as a result of to the country’s recent General Election. Unfortunately for some, this delay will lock out smallholder farmers from access to structured agricultural and financial markets. The regional commodity exc…

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30 March 2016

South Africa a hive of trade activity in April and May

South Africa is gearing up to host no less than six trade shows in April and May this year, leaving travel agents who sell the continent scratching their heads, wondering which event to attend. The trade show marathon kicks off on April 4 in Cape Town with Africa Travel Week. This event runs until April 8 and comprises three co-located shows: WTM Africa, IBTM Africa and ILTM Africa. Read the full article in Travel Weekly.

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30 March 2016

Moroccan airlines to add new Casablanca-Nairobi route

Morocco’s national carrier, Royal Air Morocco (RAM), will from Tuesday launch a new air link between Casablanca and Nairobi the capital of Kenya, airline officials have told APA on Friday.RAM will operate two scheduled flights per week, with departures from Casablanca on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 16:30 and arrivals in Nairobi at 3:15 AM (local time). As for return flights, they are scheduled at 4:45 on Wednesdays and Sundays. The new line will undoubtedly strengthen RAM’s network o…

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29 March 2016

New flights between Cape Town and Gatwick

British Airways will start operating flights between Cape Town International Airport and London’s Gatwick airport  from November 24, offering three flights a week (winter only). Earlier, Thomas Cook Airlines announced that from December 1, it too would be operating three direct flights between the two airports every week.

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29 March 2016

Nairobi airport adds arrivals section

Kenya just got a step closer to attaining FAA Category 1 approval, when the latest facility of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a dedicated arrival section, went operational earlier this week. Main beneficiary of this new development will be national airline Kenya Airways and other SkyTeam partner carriers using Terminal 1A. The new facility will separate inbound and outbound passengers with no chance of physical contact, meeting a crucial prerequisite for Cat 1 approval by the US FAA.…

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29 March 2016

Travel and tourism added 7.2 million new jobs in 2015

In 2015, global travel and tourism sector added 7.2 million jobs to the global economy and contributed over $ 7.2 trillion in GDP, according to the latest economic impact report of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). “Despite uncertainty in the global economy and specific challenges to Travel & Tourism last year, the sector grew by 3.1 percent, contributing a total of 9.8 percent to the global GDP. Travel & Tourism also supported a total of 284 million jobs in 2015, an…

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29 March 2016

Prince William flies into Nairobi for a Kenya Safari over Easter

Britain’s Prince William, the Duke Of Cambridge, has flown into Kenya for a private visit and on Thursday 24th March held talks on conservation and security with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi. During the meeting with President Kenyatta, Prince William pledged support for Kenya’s efforts to stem poaching and to conserve wildlife. “We are determined to conserve our wildlife for posterity and welcome all the support we can get in this endeavour,” Presi…

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24 March 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: Despite significant economic tremors, China will continue to invest US$60 billion in Africa over the next three years. In fact, China’s ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan recently told Reuters that the Continent may be set to benefit as Chinese investors look for opportunities outside their ow…

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24 March 2016

“Madiba’s Journey” app aids navigation around historical sites

Historical South African tourist destinations are now available on an innovative smartphone application. The app, Madiba's Journey, aids users to navigate their way online before visiting the sites. The nifty tool includes 27 historical sites of Nelson Mandela’s journey which symbolise the 27 years he spent behind bars, from popular places of interest to the relatively unknown ones. App demonstrator Cheynenne Gilbert says, "Even if you are not going to use it to visit, you ca…

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24 March 2016

SA Immigration directive - Machine Readable Travel Documents

To comply with regulation 2(1)(a) of the Immigration Regulations, 2014 only MACHINE READABLE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (MRTDs) will be accepted to enter South Africa with effect from 24 November 2015. Please note that extended passports won't be accepted any longer. For this reason we advise to check your travel documents. • In the case of a bona fide emergency situation, travellers utilising issued Emergency Travel Documents will be allowed to enter and depart from South Africa. • Trave…

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23 March 2016

Cape Town gets direct flight link to Botswana's Okavango Delta

Airlink has commenced operating direct services between Cape Town and Maun, gateway to Botswana’s Okavango delta. The service started on 18th March 2016 and currently operates 5 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Flights will depart Cape Town at 10:35 and arrive in Maun at 13:05. The return flight departs Maun at 13:35 and arrives back in Cape Town at 16:10. The airline intends on increasing capacity on the route from August 2016 for its peak season. Airlink al…

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23 March 2016

Zambia and Malawi in tourism MOU

Zambia and Malawi are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at promoting tourism. Zambia’s High Commissioner to Malawi Salome Mwananshiku says the MOU will help the two countries to collaborate and manage tourism on their borders. Mrs. Mwananshiku told ZNBC’s Melesiana Chibwe in an interview in Lilongwe, Malawi that the MOU to be signed under the Trans Frontier Conservation Areas Treaty will help the two countries to take care of the national parks and game reserves in bo…

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22 March 2016

Atta Indaba Networking Event 7 May, 2016

Meet, Mix and Mingle with fellow members at the Atta Indaba Networking Party 2016! Saturday, 7th May 2016 From 7:00pm Sponsored by SATIB Join fellow Atta members and their guests for valuable networking at this special invitation-only party on the first night of Indaba Tourism 2016 Connect with members from your region and make new international friends at this fun-filled event held at moyo uShaka! A uniquely Durban destination with Cocktails, exquisite views of the I…

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22 March 2016

Yellow Fever vaccination while travelling from Angola to Kenya

Kenya was among the first East African countries to react to the growing Yellow Fever outbreak in Angola, which has already claimed in excess of 250 lives. Travelers arriving in Nairobi from Luanda on the nonstop flights by Kenya Airways will either have to produce a yellow fever inoculation certificate - vaccinations are only becoming effective 10 days after getting the shot - or be sent straight back home, to avoid a further infiltration of the disease into Kenya. Kenyan health authorities e…

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22 March 2016

Air Zimbabwe to resume London flights

Zimbabwe’s national carrier announced that it plans to resume flights to London, nearly four years after it stopped flying to the United Kingdom. Air Zimbabwe acting chief executive Edmund Makona told state television that the airline has made significant ground on negotiations with “London stakeholders” for the resumption of flights. “Our current business strategy is anchored on the need to return to profitability and route network expansion,” Makona told Zimbabw…

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22 March 2016

Promoting Kenya tourism with 'Virtual Reality' in Italy

Tourism Minister Hon. Najib Balala has inaugurated "Safari in the city" Kenya promotion at Piazza Castello near the Milan Cathedral. Thanks to the modern miracle of virtual reality graphics the whole city of Milan was transformed into a "virtual savannah": there was a safari jeep taking passers – by, tour operators and journalists on a "game drive" to enjoy the beauties of Kenya. The safari vehicles had installed television screens showing the magnificent ga…

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21 March 2016

50 Years of ITB Berlin - Post Show Report

Global travel industry withstands geopolitical crises and remains on course for vigorous expansion – Record attendance by some 120,000 trade visitors over five days – ITB an international success story: in addition to ITB Asia in Singapore, ITB China will take place in Shanghai from 2017 A reliable indicator of the state of the industry, an indispensable networking platform and invaluable for providing an impetus for one of the world’s more important industries: as it marked …

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21 March 2016

Atta members on the Atta stand at WTM Africa 2016

Atta stand numbers: Q17,Q14 and P8 Africa Albida Tourism Zimbabwe / Victoria Falls / Chobe / Botswana Q17 Coastal Aviation East Africa / Tanzania P8 Crystal Safaris / Crystal Lodges Uganda Uganda / Rwanda P8 Escape + Explore South Africa Q17 Extraordinary Southern Africa Q17 Falcon Safaris Southern Africa P8 Kearsleys Travel and Tours Tanzan…

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18 March 2016

Atta Nordics Roadshow Feb 2016 - Report

Africa Showcase roadshow in the Nordics is a partnership between Atta, On Show Solutions and Atta’s Nordic Representative Eva Stenmarck which, in its second year, took place at the end of February just before ITB Berlin. Once again the event has been well received by the buyers in the Nordic region and have heard phenomenal feedback on the organisation and quality of companies on show. The attendees appreciate meeting both familiar faces and ‘new’ product offerings, which hel…

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18 March 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 08-Mar-16 to 15-Mar-16 (week 11) E-commerce is charging ahead in African markets and it will arguably become the driving force behind growth in the continent's retail sector. While globally, the e-commerce industry is growing at a rate of 16.8 per cent, it is estimated that in Africa growth in this space is racing along at a rate of 25.8 per cent. These developments in e-commerce are enco…

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17 March 2016

UNWTO: Private sector committed to fight child exploitation in tourism

The 31st Meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, held on the occasion of ITB Berlin, focused on the role and initiatives of the private sector to fight Child Exploitation in tourism. Awareness raising, training of staff and the implementation of measures along the whole value chain of tourism were pointed out as critical. “We need to unite to fight child exploitation and the commitment of the private sector is key” said UNWTO Secretary-General opening the meeting.…

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17 March 2016

Increased flights from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi

fastjet has increased the number of flights on its route between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Nairobi in Kenya in response to strong passenger demand. From 21 March 2016, fastjet will offer two daily return flights between each city every day of the week, making a total of 28 flights per week between Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The airline, which currently operates one daily flight between the two cit…

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16 March 2016

Zim-China visa regime to boost business

Zimbabwe’s new visa regime for the Chinese is set to improve business with the world’s second biggest economy that is seeking investment opportunities across the globe. Recently, China was moved to category B from C on Zimbabwe’s visa regime allowing Chinese nationals to apply for a visa at the port of entry in the country. Speaking to NewsDay, Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe deputy president Steve Zhao said the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping had garnered interest in Zi…

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16 March 2016

Building a brand that sets you apart

In Travel Weekly: The biggest challenge for travel agents in the vast travel marketplace is differentiating themselves from their competition, which is why branding is critical, according to Mark McMullen, executive vice president of Atlanta-based Catapult New Business. McMullen, a former travel agency owner who is now a business consultant, told agents during a recent webinar for the Travel Institute's Advice From the Experts series that their brand is more than just a logo on a business …

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16 March 2016

Karibu Travel Market partners with Ethiopian Airlines

Karibu Travel Market Tanzania (Karibu TMT) has received a boost this year after Ethiopian Airlines signed a deal with the organisers to carry participants at discounted packages. The 16-year-old Karibu TMT touted as the second largest travel show in Africa after Indaba in south Africa, and the East African premier travel and tourism exhibition, would be held in Arusha from May 27 to 29 this year.

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15 March 2016

Kenya expects 20 Percent Jump in Guest Numbers

Kenya is looking forward to receiving more international visitors in the coming high tourist season, following successful talks between the government and European source markets. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the country is expected to receive 20 per cent more foreign guests when the season begins in mid-July, with the climax of the peak season to be felt in December. Since January officials have held negotiations with leading tour operators and travel agents from the traditiona…

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15 March 2016

New tourism slogan for Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Tourism Minister Aisha Mohammed Mussa proudly presented the country’s new tourism slogan: ’Ethiopia - Land of Origins’. Human life, in the shape of the hominid ’Lucy’, began in Ethiopia, and the country is proud of the many unique attractions, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, its fascinating natural landscapes and rich flora and fauna. Situated in the continent’s east and on the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in t…

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14 March 2016

Botswana becomes official partner country of ITB Berlin 2017

First partner country ever from Southern Africa – official announcement of partnership between Botswana and the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® at ITB Berlin on 9 March 2016 In 2017 Botswana will be the official partner country of ITB Berlin. On 9 March 2016, at a press event at ITB Berlin, an agreement between the world’s leading travel trade show and Botswana was signed by Tourism Minister H.E. Tshekedi Khama II and Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH. …

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14 March 2016

Market Research on China - Euromonitor International

Rising market demand for leisure and business travel underpins healthy growth With a steadily growing domestic economy, business travel is rising strongly. At the same time, local consumers are in search of both domestic and outbound tourism products for leisure purposes, supported by growing disposable incomes and driven by mounting pressures in both life and work. As a result, the travel market in China experienced healthy value growth in 2014 even after years of buoyant double-digit annual …

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11 March 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,…

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11 March 2016

Jewelry Helps Support Zambia’s Wildlife

Mulberry Mongoose is a Zambian business that creates handcrafted accessories that capture elements of the African bush and way of life whilst investing in the conservation of the South Luangwa. Their handcrafted pieces are sold worldwide. The name Mulberry Mongoose is partly inspired by the banded mongoose, an animal often seen in large family groups ‘talking’ incessantly to one another. The social cohesiveness of these mongooses reflects the level of social care the business is st…

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11 March 2016

Zambia: New Licensing of Tour Operators

The Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) has been granted additional functions of licensing tour operators and maintaining standards in the tourism industry besides marketing the sector, Managing Director Felix Chaila said during a ZTA and Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) stakeholder meeting for operators. The change of name from the Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) to ZTA and subsequent granting of additional functions was necessitated by the new Tourism and Hospitality Act of 2015, which came in…

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11 March 2016

Qatar Airways: six new destinations in Africa

Qatar Airways will begin services to six new destinations in Africa: Marrakech (Morocco) will begin in July, three times per week, from Doha on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Four flights per week between Doha and Windhoek (Namibia) will begin on 28 September. Daily scheduled service to the Seychelles will resume on 12 December. In January, Qatar Airways will offer three flights per week from Doha to Douala (Cameroon) and Libreville (Gabon) utilising one aircraft. Non-stop…

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11 March 2016

Mobile usage behavior within the travel experience across the African continent

African travelers are thinking mobile now more than ever, according to an independent research study. The Africa Travel Research Study, commissioned by Amadeus, has just been released and was conducted by research-led strategy consultancy, Inquisition, to explore existing mobile usage behavior within the travel experience across the African continent. 2,500 people were surveyed through mobile phones across seven countries: Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Afri…

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10 March 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: The opening of Africa's Next Einstein Forum in Dakar provides an opportunity to comment on the striking need for improvement in Africa's tertiary education offering. Less than 2,000 colleges and universities provide tertiary education services to over a billion people in 55 counties. In comparison, the US is home to more than 4000 institutions for 320 million people. Only 14 of Africa's universities rank in the …

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10 March 2016

360-degree panoramic imagery of SA's tourism destinations now a reality

Google has launched Mzansi Experience‚ a Google Street View collection that will allow millions of people to go on virtual tours of top natural attractions in South Africa. Using a massive collective of images and footage collected over a year then "stitched together" using cutting-edge technology‚ Mzansi Experience has created full virtual tours of Kruger National Park‚ Table Mountain National Park‚ Lion's Head‚ West Coast National Park and Clifton …

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10 March 2016

UNTWO at ITB: Safe and seamless travel, technology and sustainability: priorities for tourism

Ensuring safe and seamless travel, enhancing the opportunities brought by technology and accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable sector are the priorities for the sector said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the 50th edition of ITB Berlin. (Berlin, Germany, 8 March 2016). Referring to the issue of tourism and security, he said: “Global challenges demand global solutions and tourism development greatly depends upon our collective capacity to promote safe, secure and…

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10 March 2016

Just A Drop: The Nuts Challenge

Fiona Jeffery OBE Industry Relations Director Atta and Founder Just a Drop was this weekend on Mother’s Day running the Nuts Challenge in aid of Just a Drop with son Cameron and two other friends and their offspring. Fiona, Cameron, Penny, Eliza, Glyn and Emily were running a total of 64km over 100 obstacles through muddy wet terrain. Fiona: ‘I have to say it was colder, muddier, wetter and longer than any of us expected but we did all survive and finished hypothermic but with smil…

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09 March 2016

Zimbabwe undertakes nation rebranding to lure investment

Zimbabwean government is working on a framework that will brand Zimbabwe as a tourist, trade and investment destination as it moves to attract foreign investors. The framework involves the ministries of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Industry and Commerce and Finance and Economic Development. The exercise is spearheaded by the Tourism and Hospitality ministry and the concept is being drafted by its Nation Branding, Communication and Business Development department. Tourism and Hospitality m…

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09 March 2016

Tusk Event in London: 'In Conversation with Ronnie Wood'

An exclusive evening with Tusk's longest-standing patron, Ronnie Wood.  The legendary guitarist with the Rolling Stones is inviting Tusk supporters to an intimate reception, talk and auction on Thursday 28th April at Ham Yard Hotel in its fun, 'urban village' setting in the heart of London's Soho when he will give a very personal insight of his love of Africa, wildlife and art.  To mark the occasion Ronnie has also very kindly …

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09 March 2016

Plans To Merge SA National Airlines

South Africa will explore merging two of its state-owned airlines, South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express, and seek a minority equity partner for the company. Many of South Africa's 300-odd state entities are a drain on the government's purse and a team commissioned by President Jacob Zuma to review the companies recommended that some companies should be sold. Treasury said in its 2016 budget review the government was implementing recommendations of the committee and would examine …

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08 March 2016

Zimbabwe towards $5bn economy

The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry set the wheels turning in its ambitious dream to achieve a $5 billion tourism economy by the year 2020 when it hit the $1 billion mark at the close of 2015. The tourism sector’s continued growth and steady increase in number of tourist arrivals, thanks to various promotional campaigns, has been attributed to this positive and great strides towards the mega dream. While a lot of investment and recapitalisation is needed for any other sector…

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08 March 2016

New flights to Victoria Falls

On 25th March 2016, low cost airline Fastjet launches a new twice weekly service between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg  on Fridays and Sundays.  The airline also runs flights between Harare and Victoria Falls three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and has increased its daily flights between Harare and Johannesburg to twice daily on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  VIC-FALLS - JOHANNESBURG ( Fri & Sun) Depart Vic Falls 12.4…

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07 March 2016

Zimbabwe Revised Visa Regime 3 March 2016

As part of efforts to boost the tourism sector, government has relaxed the visa regime for 37 countries including China while it has removed visa requirements for all visitors from the Southern African Development Community. Zimbabwe uses a migration management system with a three tier visa model classified into categories A, B and C. Category A refers to countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirements while those in category B obtain visas at the port of entry on arrival. Category…

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07 March 2016

Airbnb in Africa

Tanzanian tourism entrepreneur, Godwin Ndosi, 23, has hosted hundreds of guests from around the world at his parents’ Arusha home through his listing on Airbnb, but he’s never had a Tanzanian guest, he said in an NPR interview. Ndosi has achieved “superhost” status on the accommodations rental website, NPR reported. Nearly 200 guests have stayed with him and his parents from countries including the U.S., U.K., Philippines and Malaysia. They’re identified…

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07 March 2016

Interesting: Focus on Culinary Travel

As anyone who regularly scrolls through photos on Instagram knows, #foodporn is huge. As is #foodie and, of course, #food. Those three hashtags had been posted collectively almost 300 million times as of press time. Our growing food obsession has taken on new vigor in the social media, food-porn era, where a meal doesn't go by that isn't splashed across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr, shared with millions of followers around the world.   Nothing has been a …

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07 March 2016

Atta Indaba Networking Event 7 May, 2016

Meet, Mix and Mingle with fellow members at the Atta Indaba Networking Party 2016! Saturday, 7th May 2016 From 7:00pm Sponsored by SATIB Join fellow Atta members and their guests for valuable networking at this special invitation-only party on the first night of Indaba Tourism 2016 Connect with members from your region and make new international friends at this fun-filled event held at moyo uShaka! A uniquely Durban destination with Cocktails, exquisite views of the I…

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04 March 2016

South African Tourism Stunt at London rail stations

Bell Pottinger's digital team staged a stunt at key London train stations as part of a campaign for retained client South African Tourism.The campaign aims to show commuters the value for money that South Africa offers to UK holidaymakers. The stunt took place on 24-25 February, and this week, with a giant vending machine at London Waterloo and London King’s Cross train stations.  Players were quizzed on the cost of experiences and products available in South …

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04 March 2016

Adventure Operators go Mad for Swaziland

Swaziland tops Africa’s adventure travel hotlist for 2016 with newly launched tours selling out fast! It may be southern Africa’s smallest country but the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is set to become African’s adventure capital in 2016. A burst of tour operators have introduced new Swaziland itineraries - many focussed exclusively on the country for the first time. There is a huge range of high quality adventure activities on offer in this charming, beautiful and welcoming coun…

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04 March 2016

Zimbabwe: Government Should Interrogate Vat Impact On Tourism

Reports on the potential negative impact of Value Added Tax on accommodation sales to foreign visitors were startling and require Government to interrogate the issue to avoid stifling the tourism sector. According to a survey carried out by the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit, the VAT affected profitability of tour operators with profitability decreasing by 10 percent to 15 percent. In turn, hotels and lodges on average, registered a decline in profitability by about 27 per…

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03 March 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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03 March 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: Why is Barclays pulling out of Africa; who will buy it? Barclays has had a presence in Africa since 1925 and currently owns around 62% of Barclays Africa Group, the HoldCo that controls banks in 10 African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Egypt and Zimbabwe are held…

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03 March 2016

New border posts between Tanzania and Kenya to enhance regional tourism prospects

Simplified border clearance procedures at the newly opened one stop border posts at Holili and Taveta between Tanzania and Kenya will help boost regional tourism. Tourism in the region stood to gain from the one stop border posts at Holili and Taveta and the highway between the border town of Taveta and Voi in Kenya whose construction was nearing completion. Simplification of border-crossing procedures will have a direct impact on tourism in terms of improved efficiency in cross-border movemen…

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03 March 2016

East Launches First Travel Document

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli will be joining his four counterparts from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi in launching the first community travel document. The new digitalised and machine - readable East African Passport replaces the old EAC travel document, which was restricted to just the five member states. The proposed new one is going to be as international as the current Tanzanian booklet passport, which means it will be accepted all over the globe. The five presidents, inc…

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03 March 2016

Samantha Cameron Welcomes Just a Drop, run by Atta Director, to No 10 Downing Street

On 23rd February Samantha Cameron welcomed guests and supporters of Just a Drop into her home at 10 Downing Street for a special private reception to celebrate the achievements of the international water development charity. Guests, including Atta CEO, Atta Director and Just a Drop founder Fiona Jeffery OBE, journalist and newscaster Alastair Stewart OBE,round the world yachts woman Tracy EdwardsMBEand international business leaders from across the world, gathered in the State Rooms and took t…

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02 March 2016

Revised Kenya Wildlife Service Park Fees

The adult non-resident rate for the most Kenya Wildlife Service park fees has gone down by $10 per adult per day effective 1st March, 2016. Another decrease by $10 is expected from July 2016 when VAT on Conservation fees is removed. This is all part of the tourism recovery incentives announced by the President.

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02 March 2016

Kenya: Airlines' Demand for Nairobi Traffic to Power Tourism

  At least thirty six airlines are gunning for a slice of Nairobi's airport traffic, in a move that could support Kenya's tourism and ratchet up price competition. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority says 36 passenger and cargo airlines are seeking licences to operate local and international cargo and passenger flights, a move seen lifting Nairobi's transport hub status ambitions. Zimbabwe-based Global Africa Aviation (Put) Limited have sought licence to conduct cargo flights f…

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02 March 2016

New CEO for Kenya tourism agency

Jonah T Orumoi has been appointed as acting chief executive officer (CEO) of the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC). TFC is mandated, under the Tourism ministry, to facilitate and provide affordable development funding and advisory services for long-term investment in Kenya's tourism industry. The agency provides funding through loans and business advisory services to prospective investors.  "It is an absolutely good opportunity for me to serve my country. Minister Balala is an ex…

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02 March 2016

Comair announces new route set to boost SA tourism

British Airways Comair has announced the acquisition of a new 737-800 Boeing, worth $47 million, which will allow South Africans to travel directly to the island of St Helena. With the introduction of this new route, people travelling to the island will have to go via South Africa, which is expected to boost tourism in the country. Comair says while it is an unusual route, it will be beneficial to South Africa: “Everyone who wants to go to St Helena will have to go through South Africa a…

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01 March 2016

South Africa’s tourism industry looks to leverage visa reforms

A planned easing of visa restrictions has been welcomed by South Africa’s tourism industry, which is looking to boost lower arrival numbers and offset slowing domestic holiday travel. An increasingly stringent visa regime has been cited by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) as an underlying cause of the decline in inbound tourism last year. According to data issued in February, international arrivals fell by 6.8% over the course 2015. However, a surge in visitors was recorded late in the…

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01 March 2016

Kenya’s Tourism Industry Receives Boost from Neighbouring Nations

The number of tourists visiting Kenya from neighbouring countries has increased over the past few months as the East African nation ramps up promotions around the region to make up for dwindling numbers from traditional source markets in Europe. While tourists arriving at the nation’s two main airports dropped by 13 percent to 748,771 last year, the decline was less steep than the previous year’s reduction of 28 percent, according to the country’s statistics agency. Visitors …

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01 March 2016

African airline spreads its wings… again!

RwandAir, one of Africa's fastest-growing airlines with the arguably youngest fleet on the continent, is set to spread its wings even further this year. Airline sources have confirmed that following the delivery of RwandAir's first Airbus A330-200 in September, a third Boeing B737-800NG will join the fleet in October. A second Airbus A330, this one the larger -300 variant, is then expected to be delivered in November this year, before a fourth Boeing B737-800NG delivery in May 2017 wil…

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