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29 April 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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29 April 2016

New Atta Members in April

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in April: Travel Advance - Czech Republic - www.travel-advance.com Island Continent Tours Madagascar – Madagascar - www.ictours.mg Absolute Ethiopia Tours – Ethiopia - www.absoluteethiopia.com

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29 April 2016

Atta Office closed on Monday, May 2

The Atta office will be closed on Monday, 2 May as there is a public bank holiday. We will respond to your queries on Tuesday.

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29 April 2016

New airline for Cape Town-Windhoek route

New South African airline Fly Blue Crane has received approval from South African and Namibian authorities to launch its first regional service between Cape Town and Windhoek. The airline, which took to the skies from its Johannesburg hub in September 2015, will launch its inaugural return flights between the two cities on 13 May and 15 May. Exact flight schedules on the route will be released soon. The addition of the new route was in line with the airline’s regional ambitions that wer…

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28 April 2016

Uganda: Tourism Sees Gains From Barcelona Visit

Uganda Tourism Board CEO Stephen Asiimwe has said they are starting to reap dividends from last December's visit of former players of Spain's Barcelona football club. UTB, with support from President Museveni, spent at least 70,000 Euros to host the "Barcelona legends," who were here to tour, promote sports and to become Uganda's tourism ambassadors in Spain. The legends' visit was widely covered by Ugandan and Spanish media. And last week, UTB officials, led by Asiim…

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28 April 2016

Ethiopia implementing five-year tourism master plan

Ethiopia has begun implementing its five-year tourism master plan, a plan formulated to bring about lasting solution by addressing problems in the sector. The country is working to attain the target set to obtain more than 6 billion US dollars from tourism at the end of the second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan, which is under implementation now. Ethiopia also aspires to increase the number of foreign visitors by threefold from the current 800,000 and the number of domestic tourists …

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27 April 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Pick n Pay to seek new growth engine in Nigeria. Nigeria’s fundamentals continue to attract investors seeking high return - Lagos alone accounts for over 20 million people and continues to see double digit growth. The Cape Town based supermarket chain has seen a 26% increase in earnings, but seeks to enter high growth markets to counter head winds at home. PnP is partnering with Lagos-based A…

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26 April 2016

Namibia Tourism Authorities to Encourage Domestic Travellers

Namibia tourism authorities plan to make the country Africa’s most competitive travel destination. This was declared by Sem Shikongo, director of the environmental and touristic ministry’s tourism agency, at the annual general assembly of Namibia’s Hotel Association (HAN) in Windhoek. According to him, the awareness of the cross-industry impact of tourism needs to be promoted. Therefore, there will to be an inter-ministerial committee, which will deal with questions and measu…

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26 April 2016

Botswana poised to unlock potential for wetland tourism

Botswana’s government is looking into unlocking the country’s tourism potential particularly with regards to its wetlands. It is exploring the development of sustainable commercial water based recreational and leisure tourism activities specifically at various dams across Botswana to unlock and develop the largely untapped tourism and recreational potential in the selected wetlands. The government has begun a number of projects to diversify tourism as a product. The water-based tou…

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26 April 2016

Air Zimbabwe to resume Tanzania route

National airline, Air Zimbabwe is set to resume flights to Dar es Salaam next month as plans to introduce more destinations this year intensify. The flights will start on 14 May with an initial frequency of two flights a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Meanwhile, Air Zimbabwe was still exploring the issue of resuming direct flights to China. She said they were working on several options that include regional and international flights. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter M…

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25 April 2016

Reminder: UK APD charges for 12-15 year olds

Since 1 March 2016, children aged 12-15 no longer pay Air Passenger Duty (APD) when travelling in economy. This encompasses all flights departing from a UK airport. Some affected customers may have been charged the adult APD and be eligible for a refund. 2-11 year olds stopped paying the tax on flights from 1 May 2015, while children under 2 years old have never been charged APD. Am I due a refund? If you are travelling with 12-15 year olds (who are at least 12 and under 16 years old on the da…

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25 April 2016

Table Mountain Cableway’s new Wi-Fi lounge

Get connected in the clouds above the Mother City at Table Mountain Cableway’s new Wi-Fi Lounge, which is open to all visitors wanting to connect, share, post, Tweet or simply take a seat and gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean. Situated in the Upper Cable Station, the Wi-Fi Lounge opens its doors as the first cable car comes up at 8.30am and closes with the last car’s departure. Plug and USB points for recharging devices are located throughout the lounge, with seating options ranging…

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25 April 2016

Zimbabwe Fam Trip June 2016

14 to 22 June 2016:  Emirates Airlines   The Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Mr Karikoga Kaseke is inviting you to the 9th edition of Sanganai/ Hlanganani World Tourism Expo running from 16 - 18 June 2016. The Fair will be held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo. An international  platform that brings local, regional, international exhibitors and invited buyers from different sources markets of the world, filled with a lot of busines…

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22 April 2016

Atta Legal: Airlines

Atta legal advisor responds to question from UK tour operator: "My lawyers are concerned that there might be problems using an airline that is on the EU black list?" Alan Bowen, Atta’s legal advisor responds : “Since 2006 when the first blacklist (EU 2111/2005 to be precise) was published it has been a legal requirement, in the EU at least, for any agent or operator to have a link to the list of banned airlines and if they are using them to make this clear to potential cu…

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22 April 2016

Tanzania launches clean-up campaign on Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzanian authorities launched a nationwide special campaign to clean up Mount Kilimanjaro. The campaign dubbed 'leave the mountain clean, conserve environment so that they can protect you' came at the time when the Africa's roof is overwhelmed with a number of challenges such as land degradation, non availability of good water, loss of biodiversity, frequent forest fires and pollution. The mountain, which is a biosphere reserve and a world heritage site, generates nearly $30 milli…

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21 April 2016

Kenya and Ethiopia Plan High Number of Hotel Rooms

Kenya and Ethiopia are among the top 10 African countries with the highest number of hotel rooms to be constructed in 2016, thanks to a predicted growth in GDP and rising demand for conferencing and tourism facilities in the two countries. Kenya and Ethiopia were ranked seventh and eighth respectively in a survey released last week by W Hospitality. Sixteen global hotels plan to develop 2,956 hotel rooms in Kenya, while 12 hotels are planning to develop 2,460 rooms in Ethiopia. Nigeria and Ang…

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21 April 2016

Kenya: Balala Projects Tourism Sector to Grow By 20 Percent in 2016

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala projects the tourism sector to grow by 20 percent this year, on the back of investments made in 2015. Balala says the investments are already bearing fruit as summer time is looking up compared to the previous year with bookings indicating a 30 percent increase. He says in the first quarter of 2016, tourist arrivals have increased by 18 percent. "Already we have confirmed there will be a new charter for the first time from Poland in the summer season…

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20 April 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: International investors and national governments are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into power generation in an attempt to build up base load electricity and create a stable operating environment for economies to thrive. From solar parks in the north of the continent, to coal power stations and mega-dams in the East, national grids are slowly gearing up to make up for decades of underinvestment. De…

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20 April 2016

Malawi and Zambia propose single tourist visa

Malawi and Zambia have proposed to use a single tourist visa obtained from either country to become permissible in both countries. Minister for Natural Resources, Energy and Mines for Malawi, Bright Msaka said the proposal will allow tourists to enter both countries using one single visa without being questioned. “This visa will also protect the conservation areas as the two countries will work as one. We will make sure that officers from Malawi or Zambia can cross borders to enforce law…

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19 April 2016

German Travel Advisory on Kenya

After President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to Germany earlier this month accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Najib Balala where they met Angela Merkel and and also held meetings with the top tour operators. Among other things they reassured the leaders and the market on the destination and the numerous security measures that have been put in place.  Subsequently there has now been a positive change to the German Advisory and the negative mention on the areas of Kilifi an…

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19 April 2016

New bridge set to open beach tourism in Tanzania’s business capital

Set to open up new tourist corridor on the southern beaches of the Indian Ocean, a new bridge has been constructed to link up the once dormant beach areas of Kigamboni in southern part of Dar es Salaam. With a length of 680 meters, the Kigamboni Bridge across the southern tip of Indian Ocean will open up new business and settlements in the newly developed Kigamboni suburb, the upcoming tourist and luxury satellite city in Dar es Salaam. Known as the “South Beach Zone”, Kigamboni ci…

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19 April 2016

Survey: Agents ‘better’ than social media

A survey reveals that travellers still put their trust in travel agents when planning holiday choices. UK holidaymakers in 2015 relied on travel agents for planning and inspiring their holiday choices more than social media, resort websites and online travel providers, research has shown. A study undertaken by consultancy BDRC Continental revealed that British travellers prefer consulting face-to-face when considering a vacation – with high-street agents ranking fourt…

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18 April 2016

St Helena reaches to the world: 21 May airport official opening with presence of Prince Edward

The Government of St Helena has announced that the official opening of the island's new airport is set to take place on 21 May 2016, in the presence of HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. For the British Overseas Territory island in mid Atlantic and with an only monthly sea link, the airport means a dream come true, and both the St Helena and UK governments hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability. Organized by SHG, ESH, New Horizons and Basil Read - and subjec…

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18 April 2016

Making Africa work: The continent’s future depends on people, not commodities

“IS ANYONE here actually hoping to make any money, or are you all just trying to minimise your losses?” The question, asked at a dinner in London for investors who specialise in Africa, showed how the mood has changed in the past year. The financiers around the table—mostly holders of African bonds—all said they were simply trying not to lose money. Only a few years ago people were queuing up to invest in Africa. As recently as 2012 Zambia paid less than Spain to borrow…

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18 April 2016

Emirates increases baggage allowance on all Africa routes

Emirates is set to increase its free baggage allowance for customers travelling on all its flights originating from destinations across Africa. From 15 April 2016, all Emirates customers travelling in any of the airline’s three cabin classes on outbound African flights benefit from the increase in free baggage allowance based on the piece concept (individual piece of luggage). Economy Class customers get a new baggage allowance of two bags weighing up to 23kg each, taking the current wei…

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15 April 2016

New flights to Pemba

Precision Air Tanzania will next month start flying to Zanzibar’s exotic Island of Pemba, with three flights a week from May 24, this year. The scheduled flights follow Zanzibar Airport Authority’s (ZAA) upgrading of Pemba Airport to category four status that meets the international standards required for commercial flight operations. Using their state of the art aircraft; ATR72-500, Precision Air will be flying to Pemba via Zanzibar every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing …

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15 April 2016

South Africa Tourism Business Index: New results

Notwithstanding the rising inflation and slow economic growth, overall business performance levels in South Africa’s travel and tourism sector have remained steady in the first quarter of 2016. This is highlighted in the latest results of the TBCSA Tourism Business Index (“TBI”), published today by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (“TBCSA”). The report shows that businesses in the sector experienced almost normal business performance levels in Q1…

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15 April 2016

FCO Travel Update: Rwanda

Rwanda travel advice 13-04-2016 16:23 PM GMT Latest update: Health section - according to Rwandan law, any person on Rwandan territory must have health insurance.

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14 April 2016

Brand new Terminal 1E in Nairobi

While passengers of Kenya Airways and the airline's SkyTeam partners already enjoy a new arrival terminal, travellers flying to Nairobi on other airlines still use the converted parking garage, which was turned into an arrival facility with immigration and customs and baggage delivery after the devastating fire on August 2013 destroyed the main arrival hall. This long lasting temporary measure however is soon coming to an end when the brand new Terminal 1E will open while the present facil…

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14 April 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: The African Development Bank plans to invest US$12 billion in Africa’s energy sector. In a visit to South Africa last week, President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, argued that many countries are using nuclear energy and that there is no reason why South Africa should not be one of them. Adesina's trip was to the country was partly to view the progress that has been made on the Medupi …

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13 April 2016

Hotel development in Africa up 30%

The number of planned hotel rooms in Africa has increased to 64 000 in 365 hotels, up almost 30% on the previous year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey. The increase is largely due to strong growth in sub-Saharan Africa, which is up 42,1% on 2015 and is significantly outstripping North Africa, which achieved only a modest 7,5% pipeline increase this year. A major shake-up in the rankings by country saw Angola, never before lis…

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13 April 2016

African Passport By 2018

Namibia and other African states are considering the possibility of a common passport for the continent by 2018. This is one of the decisions deliberated by senior officials at the recently-ended four-day Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security and Facilitation held in Windhoek last week. The permanent secretary in the ministry of works and transport Willem Goeieman said during a high-level meeting with Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and aviation experts on Friday that the targe…

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12 April 2016

Reminder: 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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12 April 2016

Kenya: Restructuring of Tourism Firms to Revamp Sector

Parastatals under Kenya's Tourism Ministry are set to be restructured, as the government seeks to reverse years of slowed revenues and tourist numbers. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said new board members with "fresh blood and innovative ideas" will be deployed to the parastatals. Parastatals under the ministry include the Kenya Tourism Board, Tourism Finance Corporation, Kenya Utalii College, Bomas of Kenya, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, the Kenya Tourist De…

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12 April 2016

The Top 10 Countries where most of SA's tourists come from

In 2015, the Department of Home Affairs' 2015 Tourism report found the total number of foreign travellers who visited South Africa from African and other overseas countries, arriving through all ports of entry during 2015, amounted to 15 051 826! That's a lot of people, generating a massive chunk of income for South Africans and creating thousands of job opportunities for locals.  Over the past year, mainly due to confusing visa regulations in SA, there was an overall drop of 6.8…

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12 April 2016

Africa takes a stand on aviation security

Even though Africa remains one of the fastest growing air travel markets, concerns abounds over aviation security on the continent. African ministers convened in Namibia this week to address the issue of aviation security in the continent as well as discussing the facilitation of having a single African air transport markets by 2017. Aviation security in Africa has been at the centre stage in the last weeks following the hijacking of the Egyptian airline by a man with a fake bomb, an incident …

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11 April 2016

Atta CEO: Let’s keep wildlife wild

The latest article written by Atta CEO Nigel Vere Nicoll for Tourism Update. Running a trade association is not always easy. With over 600 members everyone has a right to a view. Certainly all associations should represent their members. But when the issues are highly inflammatory our intervention can sometimes fuel the flames rather than put them out. The cry is nearly always that our association, promoting tourism to Africa, should only spread positive images of our industry, never negative.…

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11 April 2016

Regional Air Suspends Selous Sector

Regional Air informs that services on the Zanzibar-Selous sector will be suspended, effective June 1st 2016 At the beginning of 2016, the management team at Regional Air made a firm commitment to its clients to streamline, refine and redefine our professional operations in the northern circuit of Tanzania. However, this decision means the immediate suspension of Selous services, allowing the airline to focus strategically and effectively on core business strengths throughout the Kilimanjaro an…

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11 April 2016

Major transformation to launch Ethiopian tourism

A sector with vast, untapped potential, Ethiopia’s tourism industry is set to experience a huge metamorphosis as it builds its infrastructure, brand, and product offer in the coming years through both public and private efforts. Solomon Tadesse, CEO of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization, reveals the exceptionally positive outlook tourism has here, and its implications for the country, its people, and its investors alike. What are your insights on the current momentum of Africa as a growi…

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08 April 2016

Kenya to focus on Europe and US in tourism revival

Kenya has decided to focus more on its traditional tourism source markets of Europe and the United States as it seeks to revive the ailing industry. Apart from attending tourism events in Europe, the Ministry of Tourism and other agencies have been instructed to allocate more money for marketing. Tourism CS Najib Balala is also spending a lot of time in Europe and America, where he is renewing and signing new contracts with tour operators, some of whom had stopped selling Kenya. Germany’…

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08 April 2016

New SA stats show glimmer of hope after drop in 2015 tourism

Cape Town - The total number of foreign travellers who visited South Africa from African and other overseas countries, arriving through all ports of entry during 2015, was 15 051 826. This figure represents a decrease of 0,3% when compared to 2014, with the most severe dip in the number of tourists seen during June 2015.  This is according to the Tourism 2015 report, which was released on Monday, 4 April, and which provides information collected by DHA immigration officers on South …

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07 April 2016

New Kenya Tourism Initiatives

The Kenyan government has announced new initiatives as part of a continued strategy to spur on growth in the tourism sector. As of 1st February 2016 families travelling to Kenya do not need to pay visa fees for children under the age of 16, saving 50 USD (approx. £35) per child. From 1st February 2016, those visiting Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) national parks in Kenya will benefit from park conservation fees being capped at 70 USD (approx. £49) for the financial year 2016/17, down…

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07 April 2016

Air India plans to spread its wings in Africa

Air India aims to provide point-to-point connectivity to African regions, where it currently does not operate, besides enhancing services on existing routes, as part of its aggressive network expansion plan. Air India is looking at reviving its flying operations to Kenya and Tanzania, which it had discontinued some years back. “We are looking at connecting some of the points in African continents. We used to operate to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam from Mumbai, which we discontinued a few ye…

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06 April 2016

Low-Cost Carrier Plans East Africa Expansion

Jambojet, the low-cost carrier owned by Kenya Airways Ltd., plans to add seven routes in east Africa in the next five years to expand in the region. The airline is considering starting its first international route this month. It will also add at least one more aircraft this year to its existing four as it gradually boosts the fleet to 10. Jambojet wants to be flying to Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, the Comoros, South Sudan and Goma and Kisangani in eastern Democratic Republic of Con…

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06 April 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Ntel in a billion dollar push for Nigeria’s telecoms market. NatCom Development & Investment, owners of Ntel the latest entrant to Nigeria’s telecommunications market, says it is making investments of up to US$1 billion over the next four years in Nigeria as it prepares to roll out commercial operations in four days. The growth in broadband is also an opportunity for Ntel, with proj…

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05 April 2016

Tickets are flying out for the Atta Indaba party

Remember last year we were sold out in advance and many were disappointed, so book now to avoid disappointment. 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…

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05 April 2016

South Africa to open 4 new visa centres in India

South Africa Tourism has announced the opening of four new visa application centres in India, in order to cater to increasing visa applications. The new centres are expected to open by the end of 2016, bringing the number of visa application centres from nine to thirteen. Locations of the four new centres are yet to be disclosed. Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa, commented, “The number of visa applications from India is increasing and cater to them, we are opening fou…

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05 April 2016

Etihad increases flights to South Africa

Etihad Airways will increase capacity to South Africa this summer because of rising demand. The three extra flights per week between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg will operate from July to September. Through its Abu Dhabi hub, Etihad can offer travellers from South Africa further access to holiday destinations in Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Australia and the United States. The number of South African guest arrivals into Abu Dhabi rose 42 per cent year-on-year to 26,147 last year, according to …

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05 April 2016

Customer appreciation is key

From Travel Weekly: The vast majority of consumers leave one business for another not because of one particular incident of poor service but simply because they are ignored, says Carol Parsons, owner of Virtual Sales, which specializes in travel industry education and business coaching. “Studies show that the main reason businesses lose the loyalty of their customers is because of indifference,” Parsons said during a webinar for the Travel Institute. “They don't feel appr…

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04 April 2016

Joint Statement Between KTB and KTF on Stray Lions

Concern Over Deaths Of Lions Straying Outside The Nairobi National Park Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) and Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) have followed with great concern the latest incidents of Lions being killed after straying from the Nairobi National Park. The whole tourism fraternity regrets greatly that one of our most iconic lions, known as Mohawk and well-known to visitors to Nairobi National Park, was shot dead by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers after straying outside the park and bec…

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04 April 2016

Tanzania will revamp roads in national parks to lure more tourists

Tanzania intends to improve road infrastructures getting into wildlife sanctuaries to allow easy access for tourists, a senior official has said. Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Jumanne Maghembe disclosed this on Thursday while speaking with forest stakeholders and residents living close to the Mkomazi National Park. Maghembe said that the move is meant to ensure that tourist destinations such as wildlife sanctuaries and forests are explored. "So we are determined to improve ro…

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04 April 2016

Dynamic events programme line-up unveiled for WTM Africa 2016

WTM Africa has announced its jam-packed, tourism trending, content-rich conference programme line-up, which will take place from 6 – 8 April 2016 at the Host City of Cape Town’s International Convention Centre (CTICC).     Visitors will be spoilt for choice at this year’s leading travel and tourism trade show with back-to-back, quality content delivered by respected local and international members of the travel and tourism industry. WTM Africa 2016 has two equally i…

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01 April 2016

A very sad loss for Footsteps in Africa

From Tara Venter, General Manager of Footsteps In Africa: It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of our very much loved and well respected Owner/Director, Peter Sandenbergh. He sadly lost his fight with cancer, peacefully, surrounded by his family. We feel such a loss as we say our goodbyes to our friend, a dear, kind, spirited and honest man. Peter was extremely passionate about Botswana and the tourism industry. For the last thirty years, he has owned two of the most famous …

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01 April 2016

Tanzania and Kuwait seal contract on new direct flights

Tanzania and Kuwait signed a bilateral air services agreement (BASA) which will, among other things, boost the country's tourism sector and trade and investment prospects. BASA is an agreement which two nations sign to allow direct international commercial air transport services between their territories. Direct flights to and from Kuwait will bring in the east African nation more tourists from the Gulf state. There are also prospects of more and more people from Kuwait learning about the …

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01 April 2016

World’s leading tour company to introduce charters to Kenya

The tourism industry received a major boost following the announcement by a European charter company to commence operations in Kenya during the summer period. The deal was arrived at after consultations between Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and representatives of TUI which is one of the world’s largest tour operating company and Kenya’s leading international tour operator. Tui Poland charter will for the first time be flying tourists to the Kenyan coast during the European…

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01 April 2016

FCO Travel Update: Rwanda

Rwanda travel advice 31-03-2016 13:02 PM GMT Latest update: Entry requirements section - yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from all countries; following an increase in cases of yellow fever in the region, the Rwandan authorities announced on 28 March 2016 that travellers arriving at Kigali International Airport without a valid yellow fever certificate will have to pay $40 for a vaccination on arrival

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01 April 2016

FCO Travel Update: Namibia

Namibia travel advice 31-03-2016 16:31 PM GMT Latest update: Local laws and customs section – it’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a licence; Entry requirements section – if you intend to work (which includes volunteering) or stay in Namibia for more than 90 days you must get a visa

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