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31 May 2016

Lufthansa adds seasonal boost with direct Frankfurt to Cape Town flight

Lufthansa is expanding operations in South Africa, adding a non-stop route from Cape Town to Frankfurt. Cape Town will now boast services to both Lufthansa hubs, Munich & Frankfurt. The new route will start 2 December 2016, with the long-term view to make the route permanent, complementing the year-round daily flights from Johannesburg. Added to this, Edelweiss the Swiss Leisure carrier is expected to continue seasonal flights to Zurich. Flights will depart from Frankfurt every Wednesday, …

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31 May 2016

Singapore Airlines’ A350-900s to serve Johannesburg

Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination in Singapore Airlines’ route network to be served by the latest-generation Airbus A350-900 fleet, with effect from June 27, 2016. The A350 will initially be deployed on flights serving the Singapore-Johannesburg route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Frequency of A350-900 services will progressively increase to cover all seven weekly Johannesburg flights, including four weekly flights which continue to Cape Town. With advanced…

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27 May 2016

SAA Expands Service to Mauritius

SAA has further strengthened its route to Mauritius due to growing demand. SAA will be adding an additional flight on a Wednesday, bringing the route to double dailies on four days of the week growing the route from ten to eleven flights per week. Menon Ramasawmy, SAA Manager: Mauritius and Indian Ocean Islands, said the airline had experienced significant growth in South Africans wanting to travel to Mauritius. For the period January 2015 to December 2015, the number of South Africans travell…

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27 May 2016

#AfricaDay: 11 things influencing travel on the continent

There has never been a more exciting time to be an African, as the continent collectively wakes up to the potential that exists within Africa and rises to overcome the challenges it faces.  Sure, on social media we have an onslaught of #DaysYouNeedToRemember, so much so that you could understandably glaze over one for the other - but if there is one that shouldn't be met with jaded pessimism - it is Africa Day. Rooted in the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organizat…

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27 May 2016

Zimbabwe Tourism in Remarkable Recovery

Zimbabwe's tourism is now leading in sectoral growth with 11 percent contribution to Gross Domestic Product, displaying remarkable recovery, a Cabinet Minister has said. Minister Mzembi said the tourism industry was expected to play a major role in Zimbabwe's economy, with a vision to have a $5 billion tourism boom from five million arrivals, contributing 15 percent to GDP by 2020. "So, tourism has been the most significant rapprochement and re-engagement tool for the Republic of …

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26 May 2016

Pemba and Zanzibar: Two-island holidays just got easier for tourists

New service will not only allow Tanzanians to travel to Pemba but also opens up the island for tourists, who can now conveniently connect from the main island of Unguja, commonly referred to as Zanzibar, to Pemba for a two-island vacation. Precision Air has now launched the long-expected flights from Dar es Salaam via the main Zanzibari island of Unguja to Pemba. The service will operate three times a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, using one of the airline's ATR aircraft. Sourc…

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26 May 2016

Cable cars to boost tourism in Mount Kenya

As a means to boost its tourism sector, the Kirinyaga County Government is headed towards installing Cable Cars on Mt Kenya. This will mean that tourists who only know Switzerland as the only famous destination for this kind of a facility can now have an alternative to sample from. The project has been packaged as an investment opportunity while the county is seeking for investors to partner with. Governor Joseph Ndathi says potential investors have already expressed their interests towards th…

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26 May 2016

FNB and PayPal bring global eCommerce to Botswana

Botswana business can now receive and withdraw PayPal funds locally through FNB’s partnership with PayPal. First National Bank (FNB) announced they will be extending the partnership between the companies to offer PayPal Withdraw Service, previously available only in South Africa, in Botswana. This service will allow, for the first time ever, residents in Botswana to withdraw money directly from their PayPal accounts to their qualifying FNB bank account. It gives local businesses the flex…

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25 May 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Despite protesters calling for reform at electoral commission level, Kenya’s foreign exchange markets have shown remarkable calm off the back of positive macro indicators. Strong GDP growth writing at 5.3% in 2015 combined with receding inflationary pressure supports the currency’s structural equilibrium. A net oil importer, Kenya will have benefited from cheap barrels but growth has been broad based as seen by …

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25 May 2016

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25 May 2016

Kenya's tourist arrivals up nearly 17 percent

Tourism arrivals for Kenya, since November last year, have been rising again after several years of constant downturn. The Kenya Tourism Board is targeting an annual arrival number of over 1.5 million visitors for 2016, i.e. over 400.000 more than in 2015, and early growth forecasts seem to be met by reality on the ground. Between January and March this year the arrival figures were up by 16.8 percent, as a result of intensified marketing, confidence building measures by the Kenyan government …

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25 May 2016

Malawi to Have New Chileka Airport, KIA Terminal to Be Refurbished

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has disclosed that there will be funds in the national budget for a new international airport for Blantyre-Chileka and that Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe will have its terminal refurbished. Buildings at KIA need major rehabilitation and maintenance to revitalise and expand the terminal building. And there is also need to install new equipment such as aircraft surveillance system. The terminal building of the Kamuzu International Airport i…

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24 May 2016

TravelMole Interview with Nigel Vere Nicoll and Fiona Jeffery

Nigel and Fiona were interviewed by TravelMole at Indaba: Overview of Africa Tourism by African Travel & Tourism Association: Nigel Nicoll and Fiona Jeffery https://youtu.be/3kxSRxc1JxI

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24 May 2016

East African Tourism Platform elects new President

The East African Tourism Platform, the regional tourism private sector apex body to which all East African Community member states belong, elected Uganda's Boniface Byamukama as its new President. Byamukama at home in Uganda, serves as President of the Uganda Tourism Association, Uganda's national tourism apex body under which all key subsector associations are united to speak with one voice. Launched nearly five years ago, the EATP has accomplished major advances such as the common Ea…

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23 May 2016

TPS (Uganda) Limited, Serena Hotels and PROPARCO, a Subsidiary of the French Development Agency have signed a USD 8 Million Loan Agreement

Supporting conference & tourism development and employment creation in Uganda TPS (Uganda) Limited (TPS (U)) trading as the SERENA HOTELS, is having a binary celebration as it commemorates 10 years of presence in Uganda and inaugurates phase I of Kampala Serena Hotel’s Master Plan extension program, in partnership with PROPARCO, that will be providing a US$ 8 million loan facility. The former Nile Hotel International and Conference Centre, Kampala was taken over by Serena Hotels in F…

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23 May 2016

Thousands of trees reduce Kenya airports’ carbon footprint

Staff of the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) planted over 200 tree seedlings at a select site of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi together with other organizations working at the airport. The activity was co-underwritten by the Vision 2030 Secretariat. The tree planting at JKIA follows similar tree-planting measures undertaken in the past at, among others, Eldoret International Airport where KAA has over a period of time planted over 6,000 eucalyptus trees. The choice of tre…

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20 May 2016

Zambia to revive its national carrier; Delhi-Lusaka may soon have direct connectivity again

Speaking on the sidelines of Zambia road-show held recently in India, H. Sikapale Chinzewe from Zambia High Commission said that Zambia was keen to re-launch its national carrier. He hoped that with its launch, Lusaka and New Delhi will be linked by direct flights again. The Zambian delegation at the roadshow was represented by a large number of private tour operators, hotels and airlines delegates In what could lend a major pull to tourism ties between India and the southern African nation, …

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20 May 2016

SA Minister Gigaba on Visas

From the dddress by Home Affairs Minister, Hon. Malusi Gigaba on the occasion of the breakfast briefing to the Cape Town Press Club, Cape Town. Following the announcement last month that we now have 25 visa applications centres in nine high-volume tourism markets around the world, we have successfully launched five additional centres in China. We now have established centres in Wuhan, Xi'an, Shenyang, Hangzhou and Jinan. This brings to nine, the total number of visa facilitation centres in…

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19 May 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Airtel and Facebook to bring basic Internet services to Nigerians Bharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 17 countries across Africa, has announced that it will launch a new service named Free Basics in Nigeria - a joint service to be provided with Facebook. Any Nigerians with an Airtel mobile connection will be able to access all the services that are available through …

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19 May 2016

Uganda to Spend U.S.$1.5 Million to Boost Tourism

President Yoweri Museveni has endorsed three PR and Marketing firms to represent Uganda in the growing global tourism and travel market. The firms PHG Consulting, Kamageo and KPRN will represent, promote and seek tourism investment on behalf of Uganda in North America, UK and Ireland, and German speaking markets at a total cost of $1.5million (Ug Shs 4.9 billion) a year. The overall objective of the assignment, according to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), is to leverage Uganda as a prime touri…

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19 May 2016

FCO Travel Update: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe travel advice 17-05-2016 13:58 PM GMT Latest update: Money section - there are reports of ATMs running low on money and some local banks have put in place restrictions on using international bank cards to withdraw cash from their ATMs; it’s now illegal to leave the country with more than $1,000 (or equivalent)

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18 May 2016

EAC lures Indaba trade

International and regional tourism in the EAC is projected to raise from this year to boost the economies of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.  This was revealed on the side-lines of the Indaba, Africa’s largest tourism trade show by the CEO’s of Tourism Board from Tanzania Ms. Devota Mdachi and Kenya’s Acting CEO, Ms. Jacinta Nzioka, and Uganda’s UTB Acting Marketing Manager, Ms. Sylvia Kalembe.   “While we expect a significant growth of International ar…

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18 May 2016

Tourism: How women can make a difference

TOURISM is one of the sectors that is making meaningful contributions to the gross domestic products of most governments in the world. United Nations World Tourism Organisation Annual Report for 2015 indicated that in 2014, the sector contributed US$1,44 billion in Zimbabwe, which is 10,4 percent of the country’s GDP. The UNWTO Annual Report further indicated that tourism generated 181 000 jobs directly, which is 3,1 percent of total employment and expected a 2,0 percent growth in 2015 t…

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17 May 2016

African Development Bank: Ease visa rules to promote trade, tourism

Saying cumbersome visa requirements undermine business growth, the organization ranks visa openness of 55 nations. Making access to visas easy or scrapping the requirement entirely is an important way governments can help promote tourism and trade among the nations of the continent, according to the African Development Bank (ADB). The ADB has developed the Africa Visa Openness Index to assess which countries have the most open and efficient visa access. The bank says cumbersome visa procedures…

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17 May 2016

New Istanbul – Seychelles service by Turkish Airlines

Turkey’s national carrier is reported to start a direct flight from its Istanbul hub to Seychelles. On October 31, Turkish Airlines will be departing Istanbul in Turkey at 1:00 am and will land in Seychelles at 10:55 am. Flights will operate three times a week, operated by an A330-200: Turkish Airlines Flight 748 departs Istanbul 0105 hours arrives Seychelles 1055 hours Turkish Airlines Flight 749 departs Seychelles 1225 hours arrives Istanbul 1810 hours

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17 May 2016

Kenyan trade anticipates tourism recovery

From a recent article in Tourism Update: Players in Kenya’s tourism industry anticipate a rebound during the European Summer season thanks to improved security across the country. For the last two years, Kenya’s tourism sector has been performing poorly following terrorist incidents, including the Westgate attack in 2014. The Kenya coast, which boasts 60% of hotel business in the East African nation, has been enjoying calm after the government heightened security across the region.…

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17 May 2016

Zimbabwe: Inaugural Wildrun Tourism Expedition

The inaugural Wild Run tourism expedition was successfully held in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation area (GMTFCA) with a total of 30 tourists drawn from the United States, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The GMTFCA is made up of national parks from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Zimbabwe's transfrontier conservation area (TFCA) programme officer Miss Kuda Chigodo said the expedition seeks to market the mega park as the best tourist resort in the SADC region. The…

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16 May 2016

Routes Africa Forum Aims to Improve African Air Connectivity

An event dedicated to the development of the African aviation industry will take place next month in Tenerife (26-28 June) to encourage the launch of new air services to, from and within the African continent. Routes Africa 2016 will help to improve African connectivity by bringing together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss future air services. Around 250 route development professionals are expected to attend the forum which was founded ten years ago to stimulate growth in …

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16 May 2016

SA- Notice Regarding The Proposed Closure Of The Amphitheater

South Africa The proposed closure of the Drakensberg Amphitheater has been withdrawn.  Please see the official Ezemvelo notice below: Please note that we have delayed the final decision on the proposed closure of the Amphitheater until after the 31st of May stakeholder meeting. We hope by all means to prevent this drastic action from being taken, bearing in mind that the safety of hikers is foremost in our minds and that stakeholder engagement will ultimately guide decisions on …

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13 May 2016

SA to invite more African countries to participate in INDABA

Sthembiso Dlamini, the Acting CEO of South Africa Tourism, has assured African countries that her country’s Minister for Tourism Mr. Derek Hanekom would work with their various ministers of tourism to ensure their participation in NDABA and promotion of tourism generally.   The minister held a ministerial forum with countries that participated in the 2016 edition of INDABA and they were working on an inter-ministerial cooperation to ensure that more African countries would show…

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13 May 2016

US Visa Information: e-passport

Britons and citizens of other countries who can travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa have been warned to check they have an e-passport, or risk being turned away. New rules requiring US visitors to have passports with a biometric trip came into force on 1 April. Tour operators have urged customers to check their passports. Biometric passports are identifiable on British passports by the camera logo at the bottom of the front cover, and h…

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13 May 2016

New Global Travel Booking Research

Over two thirds of global consumers now book travel exclusively using the Internet. Yet 7 out of 100 trips booked online do not meet customer expectations. The latest research from MarkMonitor® reveals that 68% of consumers globally now exclusively book their travel online.  However, seven out of every 100 respondents surveyed ended up with plans not in line with their expectations, highlighting a definite need for increased education when booking online. The research, conduc…

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12 May 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Zimbabweans cautious (to say the least!) about government bringing back the ‘Zim Dollar’ The governor of the Central Bank, John Mangudya, recently remarked that the country was going to issue notes of up to 200 million US dollars, a move he says was meant to ease cash crisis. Mangudya said the bond notes, that will be in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, will be in circulation…

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12 May 2016

Durban to be ‘new city’ by 2020

By 2020 the eThekwini municipality would have invested more than R10-billion in Durban since 2010 in a bid to make the city as attractive to tourists as New York, London and Sydney. Phillip Sithole, the chief executive of Durban Tourism, who took part in a panel discussion live on CNBC Africa at the 2016 Tourism Indaba on Monday entitled “Durban’s Growth Acceleration into Tourism”, said by 2020 - just four years from now - Durban would be a “new” city, filled with…

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12 May 2016

Air Mauritius adds two new African destinations

Air Mauritius has added two new destinations from Mauritius to its African network. On 4 May the carrier began weekly (Wednesday) flights on the 2,633-kilometre route to Maputo in Mozambique. The return flight operates via Durban. Two days later, on 6 May, it began weekly (Friday) flights on the 2,494-kilometre route to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Return flights on this route operate via Nairobi. Both routes will be flown by one of the airline’s two A319s and neither faces direct competit…

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12 May 2016

#MakeItKenya: What global hoteliers' mega investments tell us about visitor arrivals

Kenya remains a leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination among its peers. This is attested to by the global hotel chains that are set to open their doors in the country by the end of this year. These renowned brands — which include Accor-Pullman, Sheraton, Wyndham, Carlson Rezidor and Movenpick — are some of the biggest and most profitable in the industry. Analysts point out that the additional 2,000 high-quality rooms would double our capacity in this high-growth sector…

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11 May 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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11 May 2016

African ministers agree to sell tourism as a continental bloc

The move was inspired by the realisation that what happens in other African countries affected the rest of Africa. Tourism ministers from across the African continent have agreed to form a forum uniting them in order to address cross-cutting issues affecting the growth of the industry across the globe. Derek Hanekom, the South African tourism minister in a panel discussion moderated by CNN International anchor and journalist at the on-going INDABA 2016 travel show in Durban, South Africa, said…

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11 May 2016

Kenya targets 20 per cent increase on SA visitors

Kenya is targeting to increase the flow of tourists from South Africa by 20 percent by the end of the year. This comes as the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) kicks off campaigns on branding the country including training of over 300 tour operators on tourism products Kenya has to offer.  “We are riding on the existing peaceful environment and positive feedback from our tourist source markets about the destination to create full awareness of our niche tourism products,” KTB Acting CE…

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11 May 2016

Special Report by Australian Travel Weekly

The African continent appears to have shrugged off the disastrous impact of Ebola and South Africa its tough visa laws with international arrivals to Africa sharply up in 2016, with Namibia, Kenya and South Africa leading the growth. International flight bookings to Africa for the European summer season are currently almost 6 percent ahead of where they were at this time last year, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys, which analyses reservation transactions daily. The figures sh…

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10 May 2016

New research by WTTC on the relationship between tourism and peace

A new piece of research launched  by WTTC. In partnership with the Institute of Economics and Peace they have explored the relationship between tourism and peace, and tourism as a driver of peace.  In summary, the research shows that countries with a more open and sustainable tourism sector tend to be more peaceful: -          A sustainable and open tourism sector brings about higher level of positive peace: namely the attitudes, instituti…

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10 May 2016

UK hands over new anti-trafficking facility to Uganda Wildlife Authority

The facility in Murchison Falls Conservation Area provides secure weapons storage and other anti-trafficking capacity Traps and snares recovered by game rangers on daily anti-poaching patrols. Photo by Will Clark On Friday 15 April, the British High Commissioner HE Alison Blackburne formally handed over a new anti-trafficking facility at Murchison Falls National Park to Dr Andrew Seguya, Executive Director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA). The UWA Wea…

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10 May 2016

World Committee on Tourism Ethics: it is critical to advance the transformation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention

The 17th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, held at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain on 26-27 April 2016 discussed the advances in the process of conversion of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention and reiterated the importance of transforming the Code into legally binding international law. The process of transformation is led by a group of UNWTO Member States which is currently drafting the text of the convention to be presented to the 2…

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09 May 2016

UNWTO: Exports from international tourism rise 4% in 2015

International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion. Income generated by international visitors on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, shopping and o…

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09 May 2016

UK Visa Application Made Easy

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have introduced a new, smarter, quicker, and convenient service to improve their visa application process in South Africa and the rest of the world. Access UK is a user-friendly online visa application service provided by UKVI that is now available to South African customers applying for a visa to visit the United Kingdom. This new service is aimed at enhancing the current UK Visa application process and ensuring that it is simple, less admin-intensive and less…

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09 May 2016

Celebrating Attenborough at 90

For anyone who has seen the clip of Sir David Attenborough's encounter with the blind, orphaned black rhino Nicky, on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 2013, it is no surprise that Attenborough chose this "enchanting" moment as one of the highlights of his career.  Tusk's Director of Programmes, Sarah Watson, who raised Nicky with the Lewa team, recently flew to London to be a part of the BBC-produced 'Celebrating Attenborough at 90' to discuss, in addition…

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06 May 2016

South Africa planning to relax Visa rules for Kenyan travellers

The South African government has announced a series of measures to relax visa rules for Kenyan travellers as a fresh move to strengthen bilateral ties. The measures include visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports, issuing of three-year multiple entry visa for frequent travellers, and a 10-year multiple entry visa for frequent business travellers and academics, the SA Department of Home Affairs (DHA) said. South Africa will also issue study visas for the duration of stud…

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06 May 2016

Solar-powered plane continues worldwide flight

A solar-powered airplane landed in suburban Phoenix Monday night after a daylong flight from California — the latest leg in its around-the-world journey using only energy from the sun. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 arrived in the suburb of Goodyear, just southwest of Phoenix, shortly before 9 p.m. PDT. Pilot Andre Borschberg called the 16-hour trip “a beautiful flight” after stepping from the cockpit. “It was a special flight; not a long flight,” he added. The ai…

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06 May 2016

African safari operators call for an end to captive breeding & canned lion hunting

After the international outrage at the cynical killing of Cecil the Lion last year, and the unethical practices exposed in the film Blood Lions which blew the lid off South Africa’s lion breeding industry some of Africa’s largest safari and eco-tourism operators have come together to call for an end to these activities. The signatories of the statement “strongly request that the respective authorities take note of the mounting global opposition to these practices and begin a …

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06 May 2016

SA Minister: Tourism Dept Budget Vote Speech 2016-17

Chairperson, Honourable Members More than ever before, governments around the world are looking to tourism for economic growth. South Africa is no different, and that is why our National Development Plan features this sector as an important economic driver. However, despite two decades of consistent and impressive growth, 2015 was not a good year for tourism in our country. Global and local economic pressures took their toll and perceptions of health risks discouraged travel to Africa. Visa an…

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05 May 2016

In Travel Weekly: Africa and Japan enjoying tourism resurgence

While terrorism in Europe and Zika in the Americas pose hurdles to tourism in those destinations, this year is turning out to be a resurgent one for Africa and Japan, which had faced their own challenge and visitor downturns in recent years. “People like to travel, they want to travel. And they’re going to travel where they feel safe,” Abercrombie & Kent CEO Geoffrey Kent told Travel Weekly’s Arnie Weissmann at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit last…

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05 May 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 26-Apr-16 to 03-May-16 (week 18) Africa private equity exits nearing a decade high. Private equity exits in Africa reached a 9-year high last year according to data from EY and the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA). Private equity firms exited 44 companies in 2015, an increase from 39 in both 2014 and 2013. PE firms investing in Africa continue to …

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05 May 2016

Uganda to Attract Tourists and Investors From Nordic Countries

The Ugandan Embassy to the Nordic countries has kick-started events to have 500 people come to Uganda by end of this year. Uganda's ambassador to the Nordics Zaake Wanume Kibedi said the mission that represents Uganda in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden has started activities under the theme "TOUR UGANDA" that will end with a delegation of about 500 people visiting the country. This is in a bid to promote tourism, increase revenue and make the country a first world t…

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04 May 2016

Austria Reopens Mombasa Consulate

The Austrian government is reopening its honorary consulate in Mombasa after four years of closure. A statement from the Austrian Embassy in Nairobi indicated it had appointed a new honorary consul for Mombasa on May 2. Honorary Consul Saleem Ghalia also serves as the honorary consul for the Germany government in Mombasa. According to Ms Katharina Rauscher, Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy in Nairobi, the Consulate in Mombasa is being reopened "because of the ever growing nu…

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04 May 2016

Hotels to Be Classified in Uganda

Uganda Tourism Board stepped up plans to grade the country's hotels, with a refresher training for assessors, ahead of a classification exercises in May and June. According to James Ssebaggala, the UTB quality assurance coordinator, the rating exercises will evaluate the hotels' quality of service, accommodation facilities and labour hired. UTB public relations officer Vincent Mugaba says only 29 of Uganda's over 3,000 hotels are classified. Rating the facilities, he says, will hel…

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03 May 2016

Historic ivory burn covers the sky in smoke and ash

Twelve ivory towers burned in Kenya on Saturday, sending thick plumes of ash and smoke over Nairobi National Park as elephant and rhino tusks smouldered. A rainy Saturday afternoon brought together heads of state from several African nations and hundreds of onlookers to watch Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to over $172 million worth of illicit wildlife goods. A sombre mood took over the crowd as the event began. They listened to the gust of wind feeding the flames, and the crackle of…

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03 May 2016

E-Visa for Uganda as of June

Uganda will launch e-Visa applications effective 01st of June 2016: The details which could be obtained read as follows: 1) Anyone arriving from 01st June 2016 who require Visas must have applied online and on completion and submitting the application intending travellers are to receive a bar coded email notification. 2) On arrival at any border post, airport or land borders, that email must be presented and the bar code will be scanned into the immigration system. A Visa sticker will then be …

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03 May 2016

Annular solar eclipse observed from Africa

From the end of August to the first days of September of this year, tourists and holidaymakers visiting Tanzania will get a unique chance to observe and enjoy the annular eclipse of the sun, a natural phenomenon that will cut across the southern parts of Africa. Katavi National Park, located in southern highlands of Tanzania, will be the most perfect place in the world that tourists and holidaymakers may enjoy viewing the annular solar eclipse in the form of a big ring of fire. From August 27 …

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