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30 June 2016

Atta CEO: What’s next after Brexit?

A recent article by Atta CEO Nigel Vere Nicoll in Tourism Update: I write this article just five days after the Brexit vote, following a torrent of negative and divisive emails from friend and foe. And it’s got worse – England knocked out of the Euros by Iceland, a country with a third of the population of Swaziland! No Europe, no prime minister and no football. “Woe, woe and thrice woe!”  As many of you know, Atta is based in London and I can report that the vote …

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30 June 2016

Tanzania Value Added Tax spreads to national parks

Implementing the Tanzania government’s decision to impose taxes on tourist services, wildlife parks authorities have reviewed entry fees for tourists and tour operator services effectively July 1, amid protest from tourist and travel trade stakeholders. Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority had increased Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism services within its conserved area, the leading and most attractive wildlife area in East Africa. The conservation authority had pegged the entry fee at…

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30 June 2016

Cable Cars to Be Introduced To Mount Kenya

The Kirinyaga County Government has announced plans to install a cable car to Mount Kenya to improve access and boost tourism in the area. The highest mountain in Kenya and second highest in Africa, the cable car will allow more tourists to experience the wide variety of nature and wildlife of Mount Kenya National Park. A diverse range of animals and plant life reside on the World Heritage Site including monkeys, antelopes, tree hyrax and porcupines with some larger animals, such as elephant a…

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29 June 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary An improved flexible FOREX policy has driven the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation above the US$51 billion mark. The market capitalisation of the NSE on Friday, crossed N10 trillion mark for the first time in 2016. This was as a result of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent announcement on flexible foreign exchange window. The growth was strongly boosted by price appreciat…

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29 June 2016

Uganda gives green light to new national carrier launch

The number of international passengers making indirect flights to African destinations is as big as the international markets of five of the world’s key airports. Speaking at the Routes Africa 2016 event in Tenerife, Canary Islands on the importance of data in winning new routes, ASM senior vice president Tony Griffin said about 90 million international passengers flew to the continent in 2015. Of these passengers 34 percent, about 31 million flyers, had to make indirect journe…

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28 June 2016

Tanzania maintains VAT charge on tourism

The Tanzanian Government has decided that tourism services will now be liable for VAT from 1st July 2016. The Tanzanian finance and planning minister, Dr. Philip Mpango has defended the proposal to introduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism services.    Presenting the Tanzania 2016/17 budget proposals in Parliament two weeks ago, Dr. Mpango said the government would impose VAT on tourism services, such as park fees, ground transport services, tourist guiding, game…

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28 June 2016

Auric Air reinstating Kigoma flights

Auric Air is reinstating KIGOMA flights from 09 July 2016. Days of operations, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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27 June 2016

Direct flights between Munich and Mombasa

German leisure carrier Condor has launched direct flights from Munich to the coastal city of Mombasa. The carrier will operate weekly flights to the Mombasa international Airport. The first flight landed at the airport at5:30 am on Wednesday ferrying 100 holiday makers. Kenya Airports Authority Ag Manager for Mombasa Danson Mwangi said the direct flights provide the airport with another destination for European travel and opens up the coastal region to German tourists. “This is the begin…

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27 June 2016

Tourist arrivals to hit 1.6 million as sector rebounds, KTB says

The local tourism sector is expected to continue its rebound this year with the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) projecting it will grow at a rate of 33 per cent to record 1.6 million tourist arrivals. “We expect the number of arrivals to grow by 400,000 to 1.6 million at the close of the year compared to 1.18 million from last year,” said Jacinta Nzioka-Mbithi, the Acting KTB chief executive. Ms Nzioka-Mbithi indicated that the growth was expected due to the revision of travel advisories…

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27 June 2016

Travel Weekly Insight: Overcoming the challenges of selling Africa

Last month, Cape Town announced that it is lobbying with several U.S.-based carriers to launch a direct flight between Miami and Cape Town. According to industry players, such a direct flight could prove to be a "massive boost" for travel from the U.S., provided it is priced right. Yet even though connectivity from the U.S. has improved dramatically over the last few years, Africa can be a hard sell for U.S. travel agents due to common misconceptions and miseducation. Onne Vegter, CE…

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24 June 2016

Kenya: Tourism television station launched locally to promote the industry

A new Television station that seeks to promote the country's tourism sector has been launched. Tourism and Wildlife Television went on air last month and is the only locally-owned station dedicated to the tourism industry. It will feature leisure, hospitality, travel, wildlife, culture and heritage programmes. According to CEO Joe Kyalo the new station also seeks to promote new products and services and showcase industry trends. “Tourism TV’s in-house unit provides specialised …

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24 June 2016

Tourism leaders in West Africa to discuss tourism development

Private Tourism stakeholders in West Africa will be meeting in Accra in July to discuss the development of Tourism in West Africa. The event was put together by Akwaaba African Travel Market with the support of Ghana Ministry of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts. The 2016 edition is on the theme: “Seamless Travels in West Africa,” and would host couple of discussions on West Africa as a Single Destination. A statement by Mr Ikechi Uko, the organiser of the event, said the session w…

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23 June 2016

US-Kenya direct flights plan enters homestretch

The journey towards direct flights between Kenya and the US has reached the homestretch with the government opening up Jomo Kenyatta International airport for a final safety audit. Kenyans seeking to travel to the US for leisure and businessmen will, however, have to wait longer for exact flight dates, which are hinged on a scheduled audit of the airport’s compliance by American aviation authorities. Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has set July as its deadline for meeting all the c…

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23 June 2016

Mauritius Seeks More Visitors From Growing African Middle Class

Mauritius is targeting Nigeria and other African nations to help sustain growth in tourism revenue that’s expected to reach almost 10 percent this year, Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Xavier Luc Duval said. The country received 114,796 visitors from Africa in the first five months of this year, accounting for 22 percent of the total, according to Statistics Mauritius. Of the visitors from Africa, more than half came from the nearby island of Reunion, and 37,168 from South Afr…

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22 June 2016

Studies show mobile payments add to tourism business success in Africa

International travel companies hoping to penetrate the African market must include mobile payments as a strategic initiative, according to recent surveys. By Eran Feinstein  Africa has been called the world’s mobile-first continent and the fastest-growing travel market in the world. In order to dominate in the African market, mobile payments must take priority in the corporate agenda. Report: Growth of African tourism From 26 million international tourists in 2000 to 56 million…

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22 June 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: South African private equity resilient despite uncertain economic conditions. Despite the challenges that currently face South Africa, the private equity and venture capital industry remains confident in the depth and breadth of skill in the local investment industry. Notwithstanding the threat of a future downgrade has the potential to influence investment decisions and flow within the country, th…

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21 June 2016

TTB Launches E-Marketing Campaign

In a bid to promote tourist attractions, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has embarked on global e-marketing campaign by developing a modern destination online tourism portal and Application. Launching the online system in Dar es Salaam, TTB said the online services will help much on promoting the tourism attractions existing in the country. "Due to the growth of technology globally, especially internet, many tourists prefer using online systems to access tourism information and it is the rea…

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21 June 2016

Zimbabwe extends Look East Policy

Zimbabwe has extended its Look East Policy through a tourism development initiative that has seen the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA). Zimbabwe, according to PATA chief of staff Mr Dale Lawrence, becomes the first African state to sign a MoU membership with the association, marking a new direction for PATA which initially only admitted members from their direct area of operation. "When PATA was forme…

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21 June 2016

Tusk Shopping Bags in collaboration with Waitrose

Emma Bridgewater have recreated their wonderful African wildlife designs for two exclusive shopping bags in support of Tusk. Every £5 bag includes a 50p donation to support our wildlife protection, community development and education programmes in Africa. The bags will be available in Waitrose stores from the end of the month, as well as through Emma Bridgewater’s website where you can also still buy their beautiful Tusk mugs.  

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20 June 2016

EU Lifts Aviation Ban on all Aircrafts Registered in Zambia

The European Commission has announced the lifting of its suspension of Zambian registered aircrafts from entering the European skies. According to the updated the EU Air Safety List, Zambia is one of the countries that have been removed from the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. Following an update, all airlines certified in Zambia are cleared from the list, alon…

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20 June 2016

The economic engine for Zimbabwe is tourism

At Sanganai, Zimbabwe's international tourism trade show ZTA said the government of Zimbabwe was now in full agreement that tourism should become the country's number one economic performer, foreign exchange earner, investment magnet and job provider, as ZTA is moving ahead to promote the destination with new vigour. It was revealed that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has in principle agreed to make subsidised loans available to modernise, upgrade and enlarge existing hospitality busines…

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20 June 2016

FCO Travel Update: Kenya

Kenya travel advice 16-06-2016 15:08 PM GMT Latest update: Summary - on 10 June 2016 the Inspector General of the National Police Service released a statement encouraging extra vigilance in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi during the holy month of Ramadan.

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17 June 2016

Lufthansa Deploys Larger Planes On Nairobi Route

German airline Lufthansa is set to deploy larger aircraft and increase its frequencies on the Nairobi-Frankfurt route on what it linked to 'huge potential'. The airline says it will deploy the wide-bodied Airbus A340-300 between Frankfurt and Nairobi four times a week beginning September this year, up from the current three weekly flights. Lufthansa resumed direct passenger flights to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from late October 2015 after an 18-year absence from…

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17 June 2016

Zimbabwe Tourism Report Q3 2016

BMI View: Zimbabwe's tourism sector is expected to go through a slump in 2016, highly influenced by a 15% VAT on tourist accommodation. Regional arrivals are expected to decrease through the forecast period as travel becomes relatively more expensive, while overseas arrivals are forecast to increase. Key Updates and Forecasts Fastjet, the low-cost African carrier has introduced two weekly flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Chinese visitors to Zimbabwe will be allowed to apply for…

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17 June 2016

ZTA to sanction unregistered operators

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has noted with grave concern, the mushrooming of entities that are running unregistered tourism operations such as car hire, provision of accommodation, restaurants, travel agencies and tour operations. “We wish to advise that in terms of the Tourism Act of 1996 Chapter 14:20 section 36, all designated tourism facilities are required to be registered with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA),” it said in a statement. “According to the same…

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16 June 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary for the week. Ethiopia: becoming one of the favourites for foreign direct investment (FDI). Besides significant infrastructure development and a trainable work force, cheap labour is one component making the continent an ideal investment destination - particularly Ethiopia. Currently China has the world’s largest trained workforce, but that is set to change over the next two decades; by the year 2025, …

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16 June 2016

Ethiopia: Excelling Successes in Hospitality Sector

Since sustainable peace and stability was secured in Ethiopia, the number of tourists visiting the country has been increasing. According to the recent information from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the interest of the international travellers to visit the country has also continued to grow in the second Growth and Transformation Plan. This would help the Ministry to realize its vision of making Ethiopia the top tourist destination by the 2020. Besides, the prevailing peace and stabilit…

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16 June 2016

Kenya’s rich are on the rise

  There are approximately 8,500 high-net worth individuals (HNWIs) living in Kenya, with a combined wealth of 42 billion US dollars, this is according to Kenya 2016 Wealth Report. According to the survey, 2015 was a good year for Kenyan millionaires as HNWI volumes rose by two per cent. “Nairobi is home to the largest portion of Kenya’s HNWIs (6,200 individuals). There are also sizable Kenyan HNWI populations in Mombasa and Kisumu,” said the report. According to the find…

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16 June 2016

Flights at St Helena Airport put on hold

The British Overseas Territory of St. Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world, situated in the South Atlantic Ocean about 1,210 miles west of the coast of Africa. It's so remote that it’s where the British exiled deposed French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. For modern travellers, getting to the island requires sailing for more than five days on the RMS St. Helena, a combination passenger and mail ship that periodically departs from Cape Town, South Afric…

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15 June 2016

Tanzania: Local Celebrities Urged to Promote Tourism

Tanzanian celebrities including sports personalities and artists have been urged to use their social media accounts to promote tourist attractions available in our country. The call was made by Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Managing Director, Devota Mdachi, when she held separate meetings with different iconic youth who live inside and outside the country. One of them being national soccer team, Taifa Stars skipper, Mbwana Samatta, who ply his trade with Belgium top division side RFC Genk, Mis…

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15 June 2016

Hemingways to upgrade Watamu resort

Hemingways Collection is set to invest Sh800 million in upgrading its Watamu resort to a world class one. The firms’ Chairman Richard Evans says the upgrade comes due to a need of quality resorts in Watamu. Evans signed a contract with Mujji Devraj Contractors that will see the resort that has 76 rooms downsized to 39 rooms with 15 high class apartments. “The Coast has been neglected for a while following the downward trend performance owing to insecurity concerns since the Al Sha…

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15 June 2016

Tanzania Tourism Industry Worry About VAT On Services

Tanzania's tourism industry may be in for a rough year ahead should proposals for adding Value Added Tax on tourism services be sanctioned by parliament in Dodoma, where Members of Parliament now debate the Finance Bill for the next financial year. The 18 percent tax, if implemented, would apply for any service rendered, from park fees to transport and from tour guide services to game drives, making packages for safaris in average 20 percent more expensive - due to the regular rounding up …

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14 June 2016

Kenya parliament meets tourism demand

The 2016/17 budget reading in the Kenyan parliament yesterday has met one of the key demands of the country's tourism industry, when Cabinet Secretary for Finance Henry Rotich proposed to remove the Value Added Tax (VAT) on park entrance fees, which three years ago raised the cost to visit national parks by a whopping 16 percent. Another key demand sent to government in various submissions was also met when tour operator services were also earmarked to have the 16 percent VAT removed, agai…

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14 June 2016

AirAsia X plans Mauritius Launch from Oct 2016

AirAsia X starting October 2016 plans to commence service to Africa, as it files operational schedule for Kuala Lumpur – Mauritius route. Based on the airline’s schedule filing on its website, this service is scheduled 3 times a week, effective 04OCT16. Proposed operational schedule as follow. D7006 KUL1030 – 1330MRU 330 257 D7007 MRU0250 – 1350KUL 330 136

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14 June 2016

FCO Travel Update: Ghana

Ghana travel advice 13-06-2016 12:09 PM GMT Latest update: Safety and security section – details of curfews in parts of the Northern and Volta regions; Entry requirements section - when entering Ghana, you should note the number of days the immigration service stamp in your passport on arrival, irrespective of the validity of your visa; foreign nationals who meet the eligibility criteria must register with the National Identification Authority of Ghana and get a non-citizen Ghana card

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13 June 2016

Botswana Capitalizes On Eco-Tourism

Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, a country the size of France but with just over 2 million people. Although the population is small in comparison to the total land mass, the humble nation is abundant in natural resources including wildlife, minerals, and diamonds. Botswana also has the distinct honour of housing 40% of Africa’s entire elephant population, which does well to attract a larger population of tourists than those who reside in the country. &…

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13 June 2016

Tanzania tourism hit hard

Tourism stands the leading economic sector in Tanzania, but it has been hit hard by multiple taxes imposed on tourist services through the annual budget tabled to the Tanzanian parliament on Wednesday of this week. The unfriendly tourist budget that was set for implementation from July of this year, to end in June of next year, has not identified tourism among the key priority sectors that would speed up the Tanzanian economy, hence poverty reduction among the Tanzanian people. In his budget s…

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13 June 2016

Thursday, 9 June 2016 | MYT 2:30 PM Wildlife phone apps cause chaos in S. Africa’s Kruger Park

Mobile telephone apps that track wildlife sightings in South Africa’s Kruger Park have caused a rise in road rage, roadkills and speeding as tourists rush to viewing spots, officials said. South African National Parks (SANParks) said it was exploring how to restrict use of the apps, saying that they “induce an unhealthy sense of eagerness for visitors to break the rules”. The apps share information between tourists on where elephants, lions, leopards and other animals have be…

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10 June 2016

Kenya parliament meets tourism demand

The 2016/17 budget reading in the Kenyan parliament yesterday has met one of the key demands of the country's tourism industry, when Cabinet Secretary for Finance Henry Rotich proposed to remove the Value Added Tax (VAT) on park entrance fees, which three years ago raised the cost to visit national parks by a whopping 16 percent. Another key demand sent to government in various submissions was also met when tour operator services were also earmarked to have the 16 percent VAT removed, agai…

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10 June 2016

What to expect at the Satsa conference

The programme for this year’s Satsa conference includes sessions on burning issues such as sustainability, dynamic rates and conservation. The first panel discussion, taking place on the Thursday afternoon, will cover ‘How to plan for a sustained future’. Panellists include Martin Wiest, MD of Tourvest Destination Management, and Adrian Gardiner, CEO of Mantis. Graham Wood, SA Tourism Board member and former Tsogo Sun CEO, will act as facilitator. A panel discussion on the To…

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09 June 2016

Kenya Ministry of Tourism releases the 2015 and Jan – April 2016 tourism performance results

Total international arrivals for 2015 by air and sea closed at 752,073 compared to 861,758 in 2014, showing a 12.7% decline. JKIA arrivals declined by 9.5% to 672,789 compared to 2014 that had registered 743,600 visitors. Moi International Airport, on the other hand, received 75,983 visitors, compared to 117,796 in 2014, a 35.5% decline. 3,302 cruise ship arrivals were recorded in November and December 2015, compared to 362 all of 2014. Provisional cross-border arrivals for th…

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09 June 2016

Zambia showcases tourism potential at Turkey exhibition

Zambia was among 32 African countries that showcased their tourism potential at a grand tourism exhibition in Turkey over the weekend, according to a statement. The African countries, with embassies in Turkey, showcased the continent's untapped tourism potential during the exhibition which was targeted to stimulate increased tourist-arrivals in Africa. Miriam Mulenga, Zambia's Ambassador to Turkey said in the statement that the exhibition would have a positive bearing on Zambia's t…

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09 June 2016

Mango mulls additional flights to Zanzibar

South African low-cost airline Mango said it was considering adding more direct flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar during peak periods as the route continues to grow in popularity and become a value destination for South Africans. Since commencing flights in 2013 with a single weekly flight, Mango has doubled its weekly capacity into Zanzibar with peak holiday periods seeing traveller and flight volumes quadruple at times. Just last year, the airline said it carried over 26 000 passenge…

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08 June 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 31-May-16 to 07-Jun-16 (week 23) SEC and Pencom want more of US$27 billion Nigerian pension fund in capital market. Securities and Exchange Commission, Pension Commission and industry operators last week agreed Nigeria must begin to invest more of its N5.4 trillion (US$27 billion) pension asset in the capital market to harness domestic potential for growth. In the booming pen…

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08 June 2016

RwandAir to start Harare flights

Zimbabwe’s aviation authority expects RwandAir to start flying into Harare before the year end after successful conclusion of negotiations. Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) chief executive David Chawota told Xinhua that negotiations took long to conclude because three countries were involved. RwandAir was initially expected to start Harare flights in 2014. “This year we are now pretty confident that RwandAir will be coming into Harare before the end of the year,” C…

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08 June 2016

New weekly flights between the Kruger and Phinda Private Game Reserve on the cards

African air charted service Federal Air on Tuesday, 7 June annoucned a new route between the Kruger National Park and Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.  The new route will be implemented by the 1st January 2017, the airline says.  Flights will operate four weekly between Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and the Phinda Private Game Reserve's private airfield.  Flight costs, as outlined by the airline at this stage, will be R4 450 per person.  Th…

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07 June 2016

Direct flight between US and Cape Town on the cards

Cape Town Air Access (CTAA), a division of WESGRO, says it has prioritised the landing of a non-stop flight between the United States and Cape Town International. Western Cape tourism and business leaders with strong connections to the USA, specifically Florida, have indicated that connectivity is aimed at Miami, the 4th largest economy in the United States and with over 19m residents - but the airline to operate this route has yet to be confirmed. CTAA says the business case for a route …

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07 June 2016

Plans for Indaba unveiled

As Tourism Update reports South African Tourism has opted not to appoint a strategic partner for its trade shows, Indaba and Meetings Africa, the organisation announced on Monday. “Following great deliberation, SA Tourism has concluded that the strategic partnership model is not the best option to elevate Indaba and Meetings Africa at the present,” a statement read. “Therefore SA Tourism confirms that, through its newly established Exhibition and Strategic Events divisio…

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07 June 2016

Tanzania: Heritage Sites and Tourism

Heritage sites roll Dar’s tourism Out of the Tanzania’s 16 national parks, one conservation area and over 20 game reserves, it is only the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar Isles that have been attracting the most number of foreign visitors and all these destinations have World Heritage Site status. The Conservator for Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority said this status remains the driving factor in Tanzania’s tourism industry whic…

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06 June 2016

Ethiopia Secured 2.6 Billion USD from Tourism

Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) disclosed Ethiopia has earned 2.6 billion USD from tourism in the first 9 months of the current fiscal year. The Ministry presented the performance of the sector to the federal legislature, House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR). The report indicated the revenue was 88 percent of what the Ministry initially targeted. The income was generated from over 700,000 foreign tourists that visited Ethiopia during the period. Source: Fana Broadcasting Corpor…

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03 June 2016

Atta held the first of our new "pop up" events last Friday in Arusha

This networking evening was sponsored by Onsea House and hosted by East African and Aviation director Julian Edmunds. 820,000 TZS (£260) was raised for the sponsors charity The iThemba foundation Baraa Primary School project.

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03 June 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Sighs of relief as Nigeria signals FOREX reform. Nigeria’s government bond yields fell across all maturities last week following the central bank's move to keep interest rates on hold and pledge to include a flexible currency policy - a move which is no doubt aimed at luring back international investors. Most would expect the shift to a flexible interbank market from a de facto peg of aro…

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03 June 2016

Uganda Government Asked to Reduce Visa Fees to Attract Tourists

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has asked government to consider reducing the tourism visa fees from $100 charged per tourist to $50 to match other East African countries and attract more tourists under the joint tourism approach. Ms Slyvia Kalembe, a senior marketing officer at UTB, made the appeal during a meeting with Rwanda Tour Operators on promoting joint tourism among East African countries at Bunyonyi Overland Resort Camp in Kabale. Ms Kalembe said Uganda's high visa fees scare away som…

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02 June 2016

Kenyan coast to forge a common law

Front on beach management Counties in the coastal Kenya are rooting for a common law on beach management to guard the beach product that has been a key attraction of tourists to the region. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said already Kwale County has developed the bill and appealed to other counties to replicate it. “Beach management will only be enhanced through uniform legislation that cuts across all the counties in the region”, said the CS after chairing coastal t…

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02 June 2016

RwandAir to Receive the Largest Airbus in East Africa

It is anticipated that by the month of September 2016, RwandAir the national airline of Rwanda will receive delivery of its very first broad-body aircraft - an A330-200 Airbus. Based on information received from Kigali the capital of Rwanda, this airline is currently working flat out, together with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), to get all necessary regulatory requirements in place, including a complete approval by the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority since this kind of aircraft ha…

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02 June 2016

Canadian Film Firm Launches App on Maasai Nomadic Life

A Canadian Film Company has released a virtual reality app chronicling the nomadic way of life among the Maasai people living in Southern Kenya. The Emmy Award-winning creator of live-action virtual reality experiences, Felix and Paul Studios sent its film crew to Maasailand where they chronicled every aspect of the Maasai's dying nomadic life. The film presented in several cinematic VR experiences entitled "Nomads: Herders," "Nomads: Maasai," also includes a lengthy se…

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02 June 2016

Irishman is flying to Africa on a craft power ed by LAWNMOWER engine

Architect Oisin Creagh, 52, from Cork in Ireland will become the first person to deploy a "paramotor" A man hopes to set a new record when he flies from Ireland to North Africa on a craft powered by little more than a lawnmower engine. Oisin Creagh will become the first person to deploy a “paramotor” for a journey that will take him across Wales, England, France and Spain before arriving at his final destination. The self-employed architect, 52, from Cork, will embark o…

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01 June 2016

Emirates increases Dubai-Cape Town service

Emirates Airlines has announced a third daily flight between Cape Town and Dubai from July 4. The new flight will be operated on a three-class 777-300ER aircraft and will leave Dubai at 10:50 a.m. and arrive in Cape Town at 6:30 p.m. (local times). Return flights will depart from Cape Town at 8:05 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 7:30 a.m. the next day.   The airline recently opened a two-level premium lounge at Cape Town Airport. All Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well a…

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01 June 2016

Africa Tourist Arrivals to Grow 5 Percent

Tourist arrivals in Africa will this year grow by between two and five percent after dropping three percent in 2015 to 53 million, said UNWTO. Africa's share of the global tourism cake is the smallest, affected by political and economic instability in many parts of the continent, for example the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Last year, Africa only accounted for five percent of global tourist arrivals which stood at over one billion, with Europe dominating at 51 percent followed by the As…

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01 June 2016

Insight: Is Africa losing its authenticity?

From a recent article in Travel Weekly: Africa has been placing so much focus on luxury that it might be at risk of losing its uniqueness. So said a panel of U.S. tour operators, wholesalers and travel agency owners who were invited to a USTOA workshop in South Africa hosted by the Southern African Tourism Services Association. “So much focus has been placed on luxury that it almost does not feel like Africa anymore,” tour operators said. They urged the African trade to develop mo…

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