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31 October 2017

IIPT to honour “Global Ambassadors of Peace Through Tourism” at WTM London

The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism has chosen 6 outstanding people from the world of travel and tourism to honour as the “Global Ambassadors of Peace Through Tourism” at the World Travel Market, London. Dr.Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO will be conferred the IIPT lifetime achievement award as a “Global Man of Peace.”

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30 October 2017

Rwanda tourism industry eyes Asia market

Rwanda Development Board has for the first time participated in ITB Asia, one of Asia’s leading travel trade shows that was hosted last week in Singapore.

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27 October 2017

Rhino poachers wipe-out Eastern Cape private game reserve's entire herd

Wildschutsberg Game Reserve owner, Greg Harvey is outraged, following the killing of his entire rhino population in the last two weeks on the private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

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27 October 2017

Application for Membership - Steenberg Hotel & Spa

Steenberg Hotel & Spa has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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26 October 2017

Rwanda: Tourism and Hospitality Establishments Get Star Grading

Rwanda currently has three five-star and seven four-star hotels up from two five-star and four four-star establishments in 2012.

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26 October 2017

7 African Summits. 7 Causes. 7 Weeks? Challenge accepted

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN: In 10 days a team of 9 environmentalists, journalists and mountaineers will attempt a new world-first: summiting 7 mountains in Africa, back-to-back, in 7 weeks.

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26 October 2017

New Atta Members this month – October

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in October:

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25 October 2017

Technology crucial in changing, advancing the tourism industry

Technology has eradicated borders and tedious admin in the tourism space. Businesses have had to continuously adjust to the ongoing advances that have a direct impact on both their profitability and visibility in the marketplace.

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25 October 2017

Namibia's desert elephants under threat

Two of the only five remaining mature Desert Elephants bulls that occupied the Ugab region of Namibia have recently been hunted.

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24 October 2017

South African Tourism targets Nordic region with inaugural roadshow

Contributing over 60,000 arrivals to South Africa between January and July this year, the Nordic region - Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway - has grown in terms of the value and volume it presents.The potential of this region to yield tourism arrivals will contribute to South African Tourism reaching its five-in-five goal to attract five million tourists in and around South Africa in the next five years.

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24 October 2017

Atta Financial Update 24.10.2017

Executive summary for the week of 17-Oct-17 to 24-Oct-17 (week 43) Bitcoin is heading to $10,000, CNBC survey says.

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23 October 2017

Robben Island turns to the sun for power

Robben Island has gone green with a solar energy microgrid, which will produce almost 1m kWh of electricity annually. The system comprises a photovoltaic farm, a lithium-ion battery storage facility and smart controllers to ensure a seamless electricity supply, while significantly reducing the island’s fossil fuel consumption.

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23 October 2017

Rhinoceros injures poacher in rare fight back against hunters in the illicit trade

In a rare case of turning the tables against its attackers, a rhinoceros injured a suspected poacher in Namibia.

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20 October 2017

Rwanda President to be honored with World Tourism Award for Visionary Leadership

HE Paul Kagame, President, The United Republic of Rwanda, will be honored with The World Tourism Award 2017 for Visionary Leadership on November 6, 2017, on the opening day of World Travel Market London, at the Excel Center. HE Kagame will be honored at the annual World Tourism Awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, co-sponsored by Corinthia Hotels, The New York Times, and Reed Travel Exhibitions. Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor and world-renowned travel expert, will host the Award presentation.

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19 October 2017

Joburg's Apartheid Museum to host new UN Day exhibition

Brand South Africa and the United Nations will host a six-month exhibit at the Apartheid Musuem from 19 October 2017 to 31 April 2018. The exhibit will highlight the contribution the UN made to South Africa's struggle for freedom, which was one of the 51 founding members of the UN in 1945.

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19 October 2017

Application for Membership - Ngamiland Explorations

Ngamiland Explorations has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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19 October 2017

Food Festival Brings New Aroma Over Stone Town

THIS year's Stone Town Food Festival has just ended amid repeated appeal for culture and local foods in relation to the tourism industry around the globe. Organisers say the festival was a success and the turnout was impressive.

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18 October 2017

Air traffic disruptions expected in #Nairobi on 20th of October 2017

A NOTAM, short for Notice to AirMen, has been issued by the Kenya Airport Authority for Friday the 20th of October for two of Nairobi’s main airports. Jomo Kenyatta International will suffer a closure to all traffic, inbound and outbound, between 11.00 hrs and 12.00 hrs noon while Wilson Airport, arguably the busier of the two aviation facilities, will have to shut down between 09.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs.

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18 October 2017

Zambia Tourism set to host 2018 Travel Expo

The main aim of hosting ZATEX is to drastically expand the tourism client base for destination Zambia by not only having quality trade and media attend the show but by also arranging for face to face interaction with industry stakeholders and decision makers. The Zambia Travel Expo gives attendees a competitive advantage in the industry because they get to sample the various tourism products that the country has on offer through product familiarization tours.

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17 October 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update 17.10.2017

Executive summary: Nigeria and South Africa are expected to lift sub-Saharan regional growth next year once their central banks cut rates to boost Africa’s largest economies.

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16 October 2017

Sustainable practices, initiatives vital for greening the hotel industry

According to Michele de Witt, director of Horwath HTL South Africa, implementing sustainable thinking practices is necessary in the hospitality sector and vital to driving operational efficacy and boosting cash flow.

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16 October 2017

St Helena welcomes world!

The first regular commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation. Around 100 islanders came out to the airport to watch the historic landing of the Embraer 190 jet which came from Johannesburg.

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16 October 2017

Application for Membership - Next Destinium

Next Destinium has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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13 October 2017

Fastjet releases Mozambique schedule

Fastjet has released its flight schedule operations to Mozambique. The low-cost carrier confirmed that, effective 3 November, it will launch scheduled services from Maputo to Nampula, Beira and Tete, with fares starting from MZN 5,274.

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13 October 2017

Ethiopia launches e-visa service for African and international MICE participants

Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines Group, launched an E-Visa service for African and international participants of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) in Ethiopia. The service enables participants to issue their visa, book, pay and check-in their flight with Ethiopian Airlines - all online.

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12 October 2017

African countries urged to reduce inter-flights costs to boost tourism

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Tuesday, expressing concern about the high airfares in Africa, asked African countries to open up their air spaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry. He said Ghana was collaborating with other West African countries to facilitate movement within the sub-region as part of the continental initiative to facilitate visa-free movement in Africa.

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12 October 2017

Rwanda Offers Rich Potential for Tourism Investment – PM

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has made a case for regional and global investors to consider Rwanda as an investment destination, specifically tourism-related. Ngirente was speaking at the opening of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, yesterday, at the Kigali Convention Centre.

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11 October 2017

Tanzania to host key tourism expo

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's public tourism body said on Tuesday it will host an in-door International Tourism Expo, known as the Swahili International Tourism Expo in the east African nation's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

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11 October 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update 11.10.2017

Executive summary: Emerging market stocks reached fresh six-year highs this week, seemingly buoyed by optimism over global growth and company earnings.

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10 October 2017

Kenya unveils plan to turn around tourism

The Kenyan cabinet has approved the National Tourism Blue Print 2030 as part of efforts to help turn around the industry. The key pillars are product development, marketing, investment and infrastructure development.

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10 October 2017

South Africa. Entry Regulations. Reminder to parents travelling with children

There are continued report of parents travelling with children being denied boarding at their airport of departure for South Africa. The confusion is over the small, “short Birth Certificates” which are unabridged and do not hold both parents’ details. These are not acceptable in this case. Recently British Airways refused boarding to parents with two children, going on £8,000 safari, as they only had the small unabridged short certificates with them. They were denied boarding and could not go on holiday. As cancellation fees were enforced they were only able to recoup a fraction of the amount paid for their holiday.

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10 October 2017

Application for Membership - Orbis Expeditions

Orbis Expeditions has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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10 October 2017

Application for Membership - Wayfairer Travel

Wayfairer Travel has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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10 October 2017

Change at Atta HQ

At Atta’s East African Networking event in Kenya on Thursday, CEO Nigel Vere Nicoll announced that the Board of Atta have appointed Chris Mears to take over the role of Chief Executive of the association, effective January 1st 2018. At the event Nigel recalled that exactly 35 earlier his relationship with Africa began when he launched Signet Hotels, a division of Abercrombie & Kent at the same location in Nairobi. Atta was founded in 1994 and Nigel has been at the helm for the last 21 years.

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09 October 2017

R18.1m to develop Dawid Kruiper Rest Camp

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has made available R18.1m for the development of the Dawid Kruiper Rest Camp within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, says Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa. This was agreed to in 2015 by SANParks and the ‡Khomani San.

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09 October 2017

Hope in the wilderness: Ugandan summit helps protect land of the giants

The first investment summit held in Africa to pioneer private-sector deals to help protect the world’s most precious wildernesses has been hailed as a “great success” by the Ugandan government.

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06 October 2017

South African Tourism announces travel agent roadshows

South African Tourism is running a four-day series of travel agent roadshows in the UK and Ireland next month.

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06 October 2017

Evening Standard backs project helping wildlife to flourish in Uganda, the land of the elephants

The Evening Standard is backing a pioneering project to develop and safeguard Uganda’s beauty and biodiversity to benefit the whole of Africa

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06 October 2017

Roar returns to Zululand as pride of lions is released

A pride of lions has been set free on a community-owned game reserve in northern Zululand‚ boosting its tourism potential and helping to ensure living space for a species that has disappeared from large parts of Africa in recent decades.

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06 October 2017

Application for Membership - Far and Wild Travel

Far and Wild Travel has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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05 October 2017

Qatar Airways W17 Nairobi service updates

Qatar Airways in recent schedule update has extended widebody aircraft operation for Doha – Nairobi route, previously scheduled until 28OCT17. From 29OCT17, Boeing 787-8 will continue to operate 1 of 3 daily flights, as QR1335/1336.

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05 October 2017

Table Mountain Cableway turns 88

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been in operation since 1929. Over 26 million visitors later it is celebrating its 88th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the current cable cars.

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04 October 2017

Air access made easier in Odzala

Odzala Discovery Camps in the Congo will add a second weekly charter flight on Mondays, from October 30.

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04 October 2017

RTG's Vic Falls Hotels Register 13 Percent Growth

Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG)'s hotels based in Victoria Falls -- a colossal tourist destination -- posted a 13 percent revenue growth to $339 000 for the year to June 30, 2017 as the recently unveiled Victoria Falls International Airport continues to hold sway.

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04 October 2017

Application for Membership - Namibia-Experience

Namibia-Experience has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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03 October 2017

Visit Zim campaign eyes 3 source markets

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has unveiled a Visit Zimbabwe campaign targeting three markets, in an ambitious bid to grow tourist arrivals.

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03 October 2017

Chinese firm set to develop sprawling Tanzania tourist town

Standing as the first town on the Tanzanian coast where early travelers anchored during their discovery missions and Christian religion expansion in Tanzania and Central Africa, Bagamoyo town is rising up again after a Chinese company set a mega-business project going in the area.

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03 October 2017

Legal SA: Duty of Care (Doc): The Tunisia Beach Shooting Inquiry & Indemnities (Part 5)

The captioned matter has made waves in the industry as it has been suggested in the inquiry that operators & even venues may end up being liable!! That is a scary thought so I have written a series of brief notes on preventative measures if such a (however remote) possibility were to become reality - this is the 5th of 7 inserts

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03 October 2017

Atta Africa Financial update 03.10.2017

Executive summary: A growth engine: trends and outcomes of private equity in Africa. Between 2010 and 2016, general partners invested about US$25.6 billion across sectors that ranged from consumer goods to water and sanitation in Africa (reads a report by Baker McKenzie, et. al.).

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03 October 2017

Application for Membership - Aardvark Safaris

Aardvark Safaris has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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02 October 2017

Fastjet making moves to help open skies, drive tourism

Fastjet's reinstatement of its route between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls has seen significant positive movement in bookings. The route was temporarily suspended during the carrier's stabilisation plan implementation period but relaunched at the end of July. Demand for more affordable travel has increased substantially as Fastjet's South African traffic continues to grow along with international connecting travel.

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02 October 2017

New hotels boost tourism in Cape Town

Cape Town’s new R700 million City Bowl, owned by Tsogo Sun, has reinforced the city’s reputation as a world-class holiday destination, said group chief executive Jacques Booysen this week.

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01 October 2017

Lusaka the venue for the 2018 edition of #ZATEX

The Zambia Travel Expo 2018, in short called ZATEX, will next year take place from the 12th to 14th of April in the capital Lusaka.

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