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30 September 2016

North West Tourism Ends Tourism Month Festivities in Taung, 29 to 30 Sept

The North West MEC for Tourism Desbo Mohono will lead Journalist from various media houses across the province in a media tour which aims to familiarize them with hidden tourism destinations around Taung in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District. The media tour will give journalists an opportunity to see the heritage destination and other places of interest. MEC Mohono will be joined by the newly elected Mayor of Taung Local Municipality, Kgosi Nyoko Motlhabane and her Departmental Management …

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30 September 2016

Qatar Airways' first Namibia flight touches down in Windhoek

The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, today welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. A VIP delegation from Doha, including Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy and Namibia’s Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Japhet Isaack, was greeted at the aircraft by Mr. Digu //Naobeb, Chief Executive Officer, Namibia Tourism Board and Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Salem Abdullah Sultan Al Jab…

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29 September 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. Executive summary: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has renewed its support to its largest shareholder, Nigeria, which is in need of counter-cyclical stimuli. The Bank’s President, Dr Akinwuni Adesina, announced that the country would receive an additional US$4.1 billion between 2016 and 2017, raising existing commitments to US$10 billion. The funds wi…

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29 September 2016

Military route launched in Cape Town

Cape Town Deputy Mayor Alderman Ian Neilson officially launched the Military Heritage Route in Cape Town last week. The route showcases the rich military heritage that Cape Town has to offer. Neilson said one of the ways Cape Town planned to tackle the issue of seasonality was to develop heritage and culture as a niche market. “Military heritage tourism was identified as one of the niche markets that are resilient throughout the year,” said Neilson. Read more Source: TU

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28 September 2016

Why tourism is the golden nugget of SA's economy

On 27 September annually, the globe's travellers and tourism stakeholders celebrate World Tourism Day with the primary objective to nurture the importance and create awareness amongst the internationally community on tourism, its social, cultural, political and economic value. The United Nations (UN) has made provision for the world to celebrate this day in order to draw attention to the tourism industry that could potentially contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs…

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28 September 2016

CEO of FEDHASA says The Hotel Show 2017 is a boost to the continent’s tourism and hospitality sector

The organisers of The Hotel Show, one of the world’s most successful exhibitions, today announced a strategic partnership with Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) for its Africa launch. The Hotel Show Africa 2017 takes place in Johannesburg from June 25 to 27 organised by dmg-ems Africa, part of dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, which revealed in June it would bring the format to the continent. “The arrival of The Hotel Show brings a recognised g…

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28 September 2016

Tourism Industry Urged to Cater for People With Disabilities

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says the tourism industry must become fully adapted to catering for people with disabilities. He said there is an urgent need to provide accessible airport transfers, wheelchair-adapted vehicles and appropriately designed streets and pavements to accommodate people with disabilities. "Hotel rooms, restaurants and other facilities must cater to the needs of the blind, the deaf and people with physical disabilities," he said. Addressing a public lecture i…

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27 September 2016

Mzembi Nominated for UNWTO Post

Africa has nominated Dr Walter Mzembi as its candidate to become the new head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Should Dr Mzembi get this post, it will be the first time in the organisation's 43-year history that an African would head the organisation. Speaking during the UN General Assembly in New York, Africa's longest-serving tourism minister said he was humbled and privileged to have been chosen by the Government, the Southern African Development Community and the A…

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27 September 2016

SA tourist guides learn Mandarin and Russian

About 30 South African tourist guides and frontline staff are being trained to communicate in Mandarin and Russian. The three month training programme of the Department of Tourism is focusing on language tutoring, reading and writing skills, and a course on the culture of both countries. Speaking at the launch, Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa said the Foreign Language Training Programme will also offer the staff insights into the cultures of the various societies associated with the l…

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26 September 2016

JKIA Arrivals Information

Since the rebuilding of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, the airport has seen a major upgrade, including a brand new terminal as well as new arrival points. Below is an update for you on which airlines will arrive at the following terminals: Terminal 1A (Kenya Airways and all SkyTeam Partner airlines): •               Kenya Airways •          &…

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26 September 2016

Kenya to woo Indians with new campaign

Kenya has launched a six-month marketing campaign in India in a bid to attract more tourists. The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has earmarked a budget of Ksh20 million ($200 000) for the marketing initiative in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Currently, India is Kenya’s third-best-performing market after the United Kingdom and the United States. Read more Source: TU

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23 September 2016

Kenya’s air travel sector is the most improved in Sub–Saharan Africa from January to August 2016—according to a travel research firm ForwardKeys.

The firm states that Kenya’s air travel grew by 14 per cent in the period under review compared to its Sub-Saharan Africa counterparts Ethiopia 9.6 per cent, Tanzania 10.6 per cent, Mauritius 11.6 per cent and South Africa is up 11.4 per cent. East Africa region as a whole has grown by 11.2 per cent. ForwardKeys Chief Executive says this is an impressive performance as growth for Africa as whole has been 5.6 percent, with countries like Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia seeing little g…

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23 September 2016

Tourism accommodation records the best August in a decade

With an average room occupancy of 71.7 percent recorded by Namibian tourism accommodation establishments last month, this year’s peak tourism month is officially the highest August occupancy recorded by the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) in the last decade. Based on occupancy reports submitted to HAN from its members, Namibia has seen a growth in guest numbers at accommodation establishments by more than 10 percent compared to August last year. Already in July, an increase of o…

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23 September 2016

Tshwane Plans Rio-Style Carnival, Tourism Push

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has big plans to market his city with a Rio-style carnival, music, and nature. "One of the things we will drive very aggressively is the tourism business in our city. Our city is uniquely positioned and built; we can be a tourism destination of choice," he told News24 on Tuesday. "Obviously there is still work to be done in the city, ensuring it's safe for tourists to walk around." Msimanga said the city was being under-marketed. One example…

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22 September 2016

World Responsible Tourism Day 2016 marks two very significant anniversaries for host World Travel Market and the travel and tourism industry’s wider responsible tourism efforts.

Tuesday 8 November will see the celebration of the 10th anniversary of World Responsible Tourism Day, held at WTM in London every year since 2007. Over the last decade this annual occasion has grown considerably, so that events now take place not only at WTM in London, but also across WTM’s global portfolio in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. WTM’s senior director, Simon Press will open the day, assessing the impact of what has grown to become the world’s largest an…

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22 September 2016

Air Travel: East Africa Rising

Analysis of International air travel to East Africa this year reveals strong growth of 11.2% compared with the same period last year LONDON, United Kingdom, September 21, 2016/ -- Analysis of International air travel to East Africa this year (January to August) by ForwardKeys, a company that predicts future travel patterns by crunching and analysing 14m booking transactions a day, reveals strong growth of 11.2% compared with the same period last year. This is an exceptional performance as grow…

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21 September 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. Executive summary: East African countries continue to power ahead and diversify their economies, as the IMF expects Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania to grow 6-7% in 2016 and 2017. Most East African countries are setting their sights on natural resources to accelerate growth currently buoyed by large infrastructure projects, but Kenya continues to harbour it…

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21 September 2016

July arrivals show tourism continuing to grow

The growing number of tourism arrivals in South Africa is continuing on an upward trend. For July, a total of 822,416 tourist arrivals were recorded, an increase of 12.2% (89 525) compared to the same month of the previous year. There was an increase of 131,002 tourists in July 2016 compared to the same month in 2016. This brings the total tourist arrivals for the period January-July 2016, to 5,791,504 which is an increase of 14.9% (751,388) compared to the same period of the previous year. &l…

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21 September 2016

ECA Hands Over Ethiopian Tourism Master Plan

ECA's deputy executive secretary, Giovanie Biha, handed over Ethiopia's Tourism Master Plan to the country's minister of tourism and culture, Mrs. Aisha Mohammed Mussa. The master plan, which is meant to guide tourism activities in Ethiopia for the next ten years, was developed by ECA in collaboration with Ethiopia's ministry of tourism and culture. Speaking at the event, Mrs. Biha applauded Ethiopia's efforts to boost tourism, which she described as a sector that could spe…

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20 September 2016

UNWTO official says to continue helping Africa boost tourist arrivals

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has reiterated its commitment to continue supporting African countries to boost the number of tourist arrivals so as to spur economic growth and job creation on the continent. Elcia Grandcourt, UNWTO Programme Director for Africa, told Xinhua Friday at an ongoing three-day workshop in Addis Ababa that UNWTO is also committed to helping African countries address the challenges in tourism sector. "Today and yesterday, we talked about the issues of t…

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20 September 2016

Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, Africa Union Commission to deliver keynote at Presidential Forum

The 11th Annual Forum on Africa Tourism will bring together tourism leaders from across Africa to spotlight the importance on innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology in impacting tourism growth. Africa Travel Association (ATA), in collaboration with NYU Africa House, will welcome keynote speaker H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, Africa Union Commission at the Presidential Forum on Africa Tourism, September 19th. The dynamic Forum discussion will feature Ministers from Kenya, M…

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19 September 2016

Indonesia to explore African tourist market

Indonesia is exploring African tourist markets by participating in a fair called "The Gateway Show Africa" in Johannesburg, South Africa, which will be held from September 23 to 25. "The participation is a strategy to optimize the exploration of the African tourism market, which has huge potential," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said here on Thursday. Data obtained from the Ministry and Statistics Indonesia pointed out that the number of African tourists visiting the count…

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19 September 2016

Workshop Accentuates Improving Services to Boost African Tourism Gains

Ensuring regional approach and preparing tourism master plan is key to catalyze the sector. The United Nations World Tourism Organization Regional Workshop for African entitled " Key to Success in Quality Product Development in Tourism Destination" highlighted that African tourism generating less economic gains despite its enormous potential. Speaking at the three-day workshop yesterday, Deputy Executive Secretary for Knowledge Delivery at United Nations, Economic Commission for Afri…

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19 September 2016

SA World Leader in Wildlife Conservation

South Africa is a world leader in the field of wildlife conservation through its active participation in multilateral environmental agreements such as CITES, says Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe. "Our country's unique system of protected area comprises roughly 5.5% of the country's surface area, six world heritage sites and four biosphere reserves," said Minister Radebe on Thursday at a post-Cabinet briefing. He said…

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16 September 2016

Rhino poaching declines

Rhino poaching has declined by almost 18% in the Kruger National Park, according to Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, adding that the national park had been hardest hit. Between January and the end of August this year, 458 poached rhino carcasses were found in the KNP, compared with 557 last year. The report revealed that the poaching rate, or the number of carcasses as a percentage of the number of live rhinos, had also declined, down 15.5% from 9.6% in 2015 to 7.6% this year. R…

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16 September 2016

Fastjet finally launches connecting flight service

New brooms clearly sweep better, as Fastjet, now under the 'command' of new CEO Nico Bezuidenhout, has launched a long overdue measure, making flights within Tanzania and beyond 'connectable'. In the past, the passengers had to book every flight segment separately and, when reaching the connection point, collect their bags and then check in again - an exercise which frustrated many passengers. Today Fastjet has finally announced in Tanzania connecting flights can now be booked …

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15 September 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. Executive summary: A month after scrapping a planned bond issuance due to high prices, Ghana has returned to international financial markets with the issuance of a US$750 million bond, yielding 9.25% with a maturity extending to 2022. The bond was aimed at investors bearish on the possibility of a Fed hike and looking for coupon paying debt securities. Despite …

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15 September 2016

Beyond the safari: How South African tourism is changing

South Africa is the stuff of dreams for the intrepid traveller. From game reserves to Table Mountain; Durban's Golden Mile to the country's stunning wine regions, there's much to capture the imagination. But how about a trip around Cape Town's intriguing examples of graffiti art? Or a cycle tour around Soweto instead? These are just a couple of examples of alternative holidays being offered by a new breed of tech-led travel company keen to expand South Africa's tourism beyo…

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15 September 2016

African Aviation Displays Healthy Growth

Analysis of International air travel to Africa this year (January to August) by ForwardKeys, a company that predicts future travel patterns by crunching and analysing 14m booking transactions a day, reveals growth of 5.6% compared with the same period last year. However, there is a tale of two Africas – North Africa, comprising Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, which has seen little growth or even a decline, and other parts of Africa, particularly East Africa, which has displayed doub…

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14 September 2016

What is ecotourism and why we need more of it

Ecotourism is a form of sustainable travel that supports the local environment instead of putting more pressure on it and exploiting its resources. Ecotourism is a complex concept growing in importance more and more each year and if you care about protecting nature and having a positive impact, you should make sure that your travels are done sustainably. What is ecotourism anyway? There are a few definitions which stand out. The one which is generally accepted in most circles is the one from t…

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14 September 2016

Experience economy necessitates new marketing

The marketing drivers of the past are no longer relevant to today’s traveller. Instead of product, price, place and promotion, today’s marketing drivers are customers, connection, conversations and content. This was the message Emeritus Professor Ernie Heath shared with members of the tourism industry and representatives from the Department of Tourism attending a policy discussion last week. Heath said in today’s new era, dubbed the ‘experience economy’, the empha…

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13 September 2016

Plea for greater co-operation to attract more tourists

In celebration of Tourism Month, experts 
gathered at the University of Pretoria to discuss issues relating to the industry. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom was among the people who attended the Tourism Management Symposium on Friday, where speakers and experts focused mainly on ways to make South African tourism more accessible. Although the topic was mostly on accessibility, Chris Zweigenthal, of the Airlines Association of South Africa, said the group's challenge as airlines was that mem…

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13 September 2016

Chinese firms encouraged to invest in Africa

With GDP volumes exceeding $1.2 trillion for two consecutive years, its economy is roughly 48 times that of Uganda Uganda is one of seven African countries that have signed cooperation agreements with China’s southern province of Guangdong to boost investment on the continent. The countries will benefit from Guangdong’s development experience and investment in agriculture and agribusiness, manufacturing, renewable energy, skills training, trade and tourism. Guangdong is not only Ch…

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13 September 2016

National carrier to expand operations

National carrier, Air Tanzania, is set to expand its operations after it takes delivery of two new aircraft from Canada this month. In July, Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that the Tanzanian government had signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners. The aircraft, which cost $62 million, are expected to be delivered in the second half of this month. Each aircraft has a capacity of 76 seats, boosting the flag carrier’s expansion programme. Cu…

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12 September 2016

Marrakesh hosts "SMART Tourism Africa" conference

As part of the holding of the COP22 in Marrakech, The Moroccan Company for Tourism Engineering (SMIT), in partnership with "La Tribune", has organized the first international conference dedicated to "Smart Tourism" in Africa on the 10th and 11th November. Labeled by the COP22 Committee, this significant event will be attended by several hundred professionals, who will gather for two days around the theme of tourism investment development in a global context where sustainabi…

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12 September 2016

Zimbabwe Reiterates Plans to Re-Introduce Flights to China and UK

Zimbabwe has once again said it plans to re-introduce flights to London and Beijing after suspending them several years ago due to financial and operational challenges besetting the national carrier. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development Munesu Munodawafa was quoted by the state-run Herald newspaper Tuesday as saying that the government was currently scouting for a strategic partner for the airline with capacity especially to resume long haul flights. …

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12 September 2016

Kenya expecting record tourism earnings

Kenya is expected to earn a record Ksh100 billion (just under US$1 billion) from the tourism industry by the end of this year. This would exceed the previous record when, in the peak period of 2011, the industry earned the exchequer Ksh97.9 billion (US$966m) after the country attracted 1, 785, 382 international holidaymakers. Last year, the country earned Ksh84.6 billion (US$835m) from the tourism sector. The East African country expects to receive 1.6 million international tourists this year …

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09 September 2016

MEC Desbo Mohono Holds 'Tourism Fridays - Wake Up With the MEC' Interactive Live Show, 9 Sept

As part of the tourism month activities, the North West MEC for Tourism Desbo Mohono will this Friday, 9 September 2016 at the Herman Bosman Museum in Groot Marico at 9h00 take tourism to the people through her new initiative dubbed "Tourism Fridays - Wake Up with the MEC" which is an interactive live show where the MEC will give out first-hand information on various activities which will be taking place during the tourism month. This platform will also be used to unleash some of the…

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09 September 2016

Business tourism industry has major impact on SA economy

According to James Vos MP, the Democratic Alliance's shadow minister of tourism, South Africa collected two years of data and produced a report in conjunction with Grant Thornton. This report found that the total direct spend for business events is estimated at R38.5 billion in 2014 and R42.4 billion in 2015. Business tourists spend three times more than leisure tourists on average, driving South Africa to secure major conferences and exhibitions. Speaking to delegates attending HVS Consul…

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08 September 2016

Hotels are expanding their African footprint

Despite some short-term challenges, Africa is open for business when it comes to hotel development with hoteliers of all sizes expanding their African footprint. This was the key message from Tim Smith, managing partner in HVS South Africa, at the opening of the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC Africa) and launch of the 2016 African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI), currently taking place in Cape Town. “There’s a lot of business to be done” Smith said. &l…

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08 September 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. Executive summary: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Africa for the first time last week and chose Lagos as his initial port of call, influenced by a growing team of US-educated Nigerians in his close circle. More than 15 high-profile roles are held by highly successful diaspora members who have steered the company towards backing coder training centres in N…

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08 September 2016

Govt plots tourism growth roadmap

Government is working on a tourism strategy to accelerate the consumption and development of tourism products and services, an official has said. Speaking at an ease of doing business in the tourism and enablers sectors workshop last week, chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda said a lot still needed to be done to restore the country’s attractiveness and competitiveness. “A multipronged and robustly implementable strategy has to be put in place to accelerate…

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07 September 2016

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Tourism establishes Kenya Convention Bureau

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala, is now moving in the same direction as Rwanda when he announced the formation of a special task force, aimed to establish the Kenya Convention Bureau. When Rwanda in May 2014 established the Rwanda Convention Bureau, other countries in the region, while not outright dismissing the idea, nevertheless showed reservations towards the move. After all, Rwanda had few major meeting facilities, apart from the Conference Centre at the Kigali Ser…

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07 September 2016

Trade needs to fill the new flights

Tourism KZN CEO Ndabo Khoza says that since the launch of the direct routes from the King Shaka International Airport, there has been an increase of the visitor both international and regional markets. “The increase of the international markets is at 23.9%,” he says. This outpaces overall growth in international arrivals, which is up 19% for the first half of the year, compared to 2015. The flights have been welcome by the trade. One of the biggest challenges to selling KwaZulu Nat…

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07 September 2016

FCO Travel Advice: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe travel advice 06-09-2016 09:33 AM GMT Latest update: Entry requirements section - the UNIVISA system (which allowed travellers to enter both Zimbabwe and Zambia using a dual visa) is currently suspended; if you’re travelling between Zimbabwe and Zambia (more than one entry either way), you should get a double entry visa for both countries

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07 September 2016

Indaba 2017 dates confirmed

Indaba dates for 2017 are now confirmed as the 16th, 17th and 18th of May. The original dates clashed with last minute booking by the World Economic Forum which takes place at the beginning of May.

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06 September 2016

Kenya’s Tourism Sector to Earn $1 Billion this Year

Kenya’s tourism industry has earned $470 million in the last six months and is projected to bring in one billion dollars by the end of 2016, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has said. “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018,” Balala said of the sector that has faced serious challenges in the last few years. Visitor numbers and earnings tanked following travel advisories by western countries as a result of terror attacks on Kenyan soil by the Somali al Shabaab militant …

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06 September 2016

RwandAir Launches Flights to Cotonou

At exactly 1:45 pm local time last Friday, RwandAir's CRJ Bombardier Q 900 Next generation took to the skies as the airline launched its maiden flight to Cotonou, Benin. On board were more than 50 passengers most of them business personalities and tourists. The business community hailed the national carrier's decision to fly to Benin saying it is an opportunity that will help promote trade and tourism between the two countries. The flights to Cotonou are currently tagged to the existin…

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06 September 2016

Govt to remove bottlenecks in the tourism sector

GOVERNMENT is in the process of addressing the duplication of regulatory requirements from various government agencies which are impacting negatively on the tourism sector, a government official has said. Speaking at “the ease of doing business in the tourism and enablers sectors” workshop in Harare last week, chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda said government had for the past 12 months been implementing the ease of doing business reforms geared at address…

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05 September 2016

Tourism grows as Zimbabwe, China trade ties strengthen

Chinese travellers to Zimbabwe are on the rise as trade ties between the two countries strengthen after western investors severed ties with Harare because of alleged rights violations. President Robert Mugabe has turned to China, Russia and other emerging markets for investments. Analysts told Fin24 however that there was still a gap left by traditional investors pushed out by the regulatory and operating framework. “Trade ties are growing and there is a significant footprint of Chinese …

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05 September 2016

Marketing key to competitive tourism

In order to maintain a positive growth and Namibia’s competitiveness in the world tourism market, marketing strategies should be improved to promote the country as a quality and value-for-money destination. This advice is contained in the 2015 Tourist Statistical Report officially launched by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, on Wednesday. The report states that stakeholders in the tourism sector should be encouraged to be innovative by coming up with new products…

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05 September 2016

Indaba 2017 dates could change

Next year’s Indaba trade show could be rescheduled, moving it away from the South Africa’s Mother’s Day over the weekend of May 5. “Atta has learnt that the World Economic Forum is scheduled to meet in Durban during the first week of May which would clash with the set up for Indaba,” Atta said in a statement. Earlier this year, SA Tourism announced that next year’s Indaba will be hosted by the city of Durban and province of KwaZulu Natal from May 6-8, 2017. …

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02 September 2016

EALA Wants Speedy Tracking of One Tourism Visa

The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) is pushing for the introduction of the single tourism visa to boost a tourism sector in the region. A report presented by the chairman of the Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources Committee, Mr Christophe Bazivamo (Rwanda), on Monday, Eala urged the Council of Ministers to fast-track and complete the study on the implementation of the EAC one single tourist visa which started three years ago. The assembly also wants the EAC council to fast-trac…

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02 September 2016

Over 1.3 million tourists visited Namibia

Over 1.5 million people arrived in Namibia in 2015, representing a three percent increase from 2014 when 1.4 million arrivals were recorded. Out of the total foreign arrivals recorded, the larger number of 1.38 million were tourists, 15 580 were returning residents and 99 883 were same-day visitors. This was announced by Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta yesterday when he officially launched the 2015 tourist statistical report. The report shows that the tourism sector is still h…

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01 September 2016

Atta Africa Financial Update

Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta. Executive summary: Japan confirms its position as a major investor in Africa. Resource-poor but infrastructure and technology-rich Japan has reiterated its commitment to investing in Africa. The country’s nuclear incidents in 2011 exacerbated its reliance on natural resources, incentivising the government to promote agreement with African countries, large…

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01 September 2016

Africa Travel Association and PATA strengthen tourism links

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have agreed to cooperate in a number of areas including market intelligence and proprietary research, conferences and events, advocacy themes, and grassroots development through chapter networks. A Memorandum of Understanding between PATA and ATA, a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), is set to strengthen the tourism links between the continent of Africa and the Asia Pacific region. ATA will also cont…

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01 September 2016

Indaba 2017 possible date change

Indaba 2017 Possible Date change Atta has learnt that The World Economic Forum is scheduled to meet in Durban during the first week of May which would clash with the set up for Indaba. As a result the dates may now be changed. Indaba had been provisionally booked over the usual Mother's Day weekend of May 6-7. It appears likely that the show will now be moved to the following weekdays rater than on a weekend. No official announcement has yet been made. One positive outcome could be that as…

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