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31 March 2017

Demand for executive hotel managers in Africa

The significant rise in the African middle class across the continent is giving more exposure to the hotel industry and creating rising demand for employment in the sector. At the recent Meetings Africa Conference, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in his opening address that arrivals to South Africa from other countries in Africa grew by 11% in 2016, while overseas arrivals increased by 18%. “Travel and tourism now contributes around 3.3% to Africa’s GDP, and supports over nine …

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31 March 2017

Lusaka can boost Zambia’s tourists to 1 million

Lusaka has the potential to help reach Zambia’s target of 1 million tourists per year by ensuring that business travellers to the capital city enjoy their stay beyond conferencing, meetings and workshops. Business travellers to Lusaka are an untapped market for tourism and Zambia has not taken advantage of the capital city’s central location for international and regional business meetings and conferences. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, business tourists accounted f…

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31 March 2017

Kilimanjaro airport upgrade to disrupt flights

Due to planned renovations at Kilimanjaro International Airport, certain Precision Air flights will be disrupted. The work is scheduled to take place from April 1-30. Flight PW 723 from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi will be cancelled. Flight PW 719 from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam and flight PW 728 from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro will join to become one flight, PW 2728, and will depart Nairobi at 21h20. The airline has said it will resume its normal schedule for flights PW 719 and PW 723 on May 15. Other ai…

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31 March 2017

New Atta Members this month

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in February: Enchanting Travels – Germany - www.enchantingtravels.com Go Travel Madagascar – Madagascar - www.gotravelmadagascar.com

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30 March 2017

London becomes RwandAir’s second intercontinental destination

Following the earlier announcement of flights from Kigali to Harare on the 01st of April and to Mumbai / India on the 03rd of April has RwandAir just confirmed that London Gatwick services will commence on the 26th of May. London will be RwandAir’s second intercontinental destination after Mumbai and is testament to the airline’s expansion strategy now taking hold. ‘We are delighted to enable new and seamless connections between London and the whole of our network offering ou…

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30 March 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: With African assets cheaper, low valuations are expected to bring buyers back into the market with increased transaction activity and growth. Despite the well known challenges represented by potential political and economic risks, the outlook for emerging-market private-equity funds looks positive. Internationally, institutional investors are allocating more money to private markets to diversify their revenue streams and find alternative sources of return in a world of lower…

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29 March 2017

A meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality for Zimbabwe

I have a private meeting at the Zimbabwe Embassy in London, scheduled for 20 minutes, that lasts an hour, and yes, my host the Tourism Minister retains my undivided attention throughout. Over the years 20 years of running Atta, I have met with many African tourism ministers. Sadly, this is so often a cabinet position handed out as a grace and favour post as thanks, from a newly elected President, believing that tourism is about holidays and everyone knows about holidays. Thus, ministers are of…

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29 March 2017

CDC issues travel notice for parts of South Africa due to malaria

In a follow-up on the situation with malaria in parts of South Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice certain areas of the country today. Image/Alvaro1984 18 Image/Alvaro1984 18 As of March 12, 2017, 53 cases have been reported, most of them in the cities of Thabazimbi and Lephalale in Limpopo Province. Two of the cases were reported in Swartruggens, North West Province, and two more cases in the Doornpoort neighborhood north of Pretoria in Gauteng …

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28 March 2017

Air Namibia Increases Capacity on its Windhoek – Gaborone – Durban Route

Barely six months after introducing the Windhoek – Gaborone – Durban flights, Air Namibia announced that the route has been performing well and the national airline plans to increase capacity on this route. Effective 26 March 2017, Air Namibia will now service the Windhoek-Gaborone-Durban route with an Airbus A319 which offers 112 seats, with 16 seats in business class and 96 seats in economy class. The Airbus A319 replaces the Embraer ERJ 135 which only offered 37 economy seats on…

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28 March 2017

KTB official appointed to global tourism forum board

A Kenyan tourism official has been appointed as an advisory board member of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne, based in Switzerland. Kenya Tourism Board marketing director Jacinta Nzioka, 42, becomes the 24th member and the first representative from Africa in the global tourism organisation’s advisory board. A statement from World Tourism Forum Lucerne says: “After a detailed talent search process, Jacinta Nzioka from Kenya has just been appointed to the advisory board.” The gl…

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27 March 2017

Top judges announced for Avis Atta Media Awards

We are proud to announce a top line-up of judges for the inaugural Avis Atta Media Awards, which will recognise the best in African travel journalism. The awards ceremony, to be held on 27th June at the Royal Over-Seas League at St James’s in London, is the first in the country to celebrate excellence in media focusing on the African continent. The high-profile panel of judges includes British travel editors, experienced journalists, social media entrepreneurs and highly regarded industr…

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27 March 2017

HVS launches executive matchmaking service for Africa's hotel industry

Tourism's importance as a driver of the South African economy is increasing which has led global hospitality consulting firm, HVS to open a branch of HVS Executive Search Africa, based in Cape Town, which will focus on corporate positions, general managers and heads of department in the hotel industry across the continent. Growth of Tourism on the African continent According to Stats SA, over 10 million international tourists visited South Africa in 2016. The United Nations World Tourism O…

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27 March 2017

Technology advancements changing the face of tourism

The ease of technology has completely revolutionized the tourism industry. One no longer needs to go any further than their smartphone to plan and book a complete holiday. Wiza Nyondo, Head of Tourism at FNB Business says “technology has made the hospitality, transport and tour operator sectors more efficient and competitive. These sectors have gained an international reach, with a consumer that now has a multitude of options globally for a holiday destination, literally at their fingert…

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24 March 2017

US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights

The UK government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban follows a similar move in the US, where officials say bombs could be hidden in a series of devices. Downing Street said it was "necessary, effective and proportionate". The government has not given a start-date for the ban, but says airlines are "in the process of implementing it". The ban applies to an…

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24 March 2017

Kenya, Laikipia

Laikipia update by Phil Birley from World Odyssey The whole region is exceptionally dry at present with no significant rain since last year. Most people are saying that this is the driest spell of weather since 2000. The disruption in North West Laikipia has been caused by the lack of grass for livestock further north, resulting in Pokot and Samburu herders driving their cattle southwards in search of grazing land. Subsequent political incitement in this election year has stirred up ill feelin…

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24 March 2017

RwandAir: Full steam ahead

According to usually well-informed sources, RwandAir has adjusted their expansion plans by giving priority to launch services to Mumbai in April and London Gatwick at the end of May over initial suggestions of launching a route to Guangzhou, with even New York now coming ahead of China flights. To launch services to the US, however, certain logistical requirements are to be met such as having Kigali International Airport approved by the FAA as a Category One airport facility besides the likely…

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23 March 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: Africa’s private equity investors made significant commitments last year, but 2017 looks challenging. 2016 numbers continue to trickle in, and it is becoming increasingly clear that while the talk of Africa rising (or not) and commodity downturns persisted, investors, operators, and entrepreneurs in Africa kept their heads down and got on with business. Private equity invested US$3.8 billion in 145 deals across Africa last year within a range of businesses from agricul…

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23 March 2017

Zambia: 2017 ZATEX preparations are underway

Zambia Travel Expo 2017 preparations are underway, it is indeed an exciting period for the Zambia Tourism Agency team to see all their efforts start unfolding and yielding fruits. As you may know, the Zambia Travel Expo has been running and is fully functional. Exhibitors and Buyers’ profiles have been updated to the website. Applications to attend ZATEX 2017 are still open and the 2016 ZATEX magazine is also available for viewing on the website. The total number of confirmed exhibitors …

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22 March 2017

Collaboration will make life saving water bottles available at WTM Africa

In an effort to help raise awareness around the importance of having access to safe water and sanitation, WTM Africa has collaborated with international water development charity, Just a Drop. Just a Drop’s mission is to work with communities around the world by providing sustainable solutions through the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines, and establish hygiene and sanitation programmes to make a real difference to people’s lives th…

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22 March 2017

Cape Verde reports tourism increase

The exotic volcanic archipelago on the northwest coast of Africa is currently enjoying significant tourism boost. The gem of the area, Cape Verde has been so far well-hidden from most of the holidaymakers preferring exotic hot-spots. Yet, according to the National Statistics Institute in Cape Verde reports, the foreign visits in the archipelago have increased by 13.6 per cent during last year, with tourists from the UK, Germany, Portugal and France choosing to spend their holidays on the islan…

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21 March 2017

UNWTO Secretary General candidate landed key African Union Leadership Position

The Zimbabwe UNWTO Candidate for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Eng. Walter Mzembi, landed an African Union (AU) Leadership position in Lome, Togo on 17 March 2017. African Tourism, Energy and Infrastructure Ministers in Togo for the AU STC Meetings reaffirm their faith in Zimbabwe leadership in Tourism and elected the Hon. Eng. Walter Mzembi, Tourism & Hospitality Industry Government of Zimbabwe, as their Vice Chair of the Bureau of the AU-STC.…

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21 March 2017

Limpopo on high alert as Botswana issues Malaria warning

Travellers heading to Botswana or those who find themselves in Limpopo need to ensure they take the correct preventative measures as a warning has been issued for high levels of malaria in both of these regions. The Ministry of Health and Wellness for Botswana has issued a warning that the country is experiencing a high levels of malaria, following the recent heavy rains. "There have been increases in the number of cases in Okavango, Ngami, Chobe, Boteti, Tutume and Bobirwa. Travel agents…

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20 March 2017

Air France expands South Africa Service

From 29 October 2017 Air France will be increasing it's services between Paris Charles De Gaulle both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Johannesburg increases to a daily service operated by a Airbus A380 AF990 Departs Paris Charles De Gaulle at 2330 arriving Johannesburg's OR Tambo at 1110 the following morning The return service AF995 Departs OR Tambo at 1950 arriving Paris Charles De Gaulle at 0545 the following morning Cape Town increases to 5 flights a week from the previous 3 flights a …

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20 March 2017

Poaching menace leaves only 540 rhinos in Kenya

There are only 540 rhinos left in Kenya down from 20,000 in 1970, according to EarthWatch Institute, an international environmental charity organisation. This comes on a backdrop of extensive poaching that has been witnessed in the country over the past 20 years with conservationists working round the clock to stem this vice. On Tuesday, March 14, rhino horns from Kenya worth over Sh600 million hidden in two suitcases were impounded in Vietnam by police and customs officers. The recent haul wa…

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17 March 2017

Kenya bans plastic bags effective six months from now

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu finally made public a ban on plastic bags, which will become effective on the 28th of August this year. The ban will affect the use, production and importation of all forms of plastic bags, giving supermarkets and shops, manufacturers and importers ample notice to use up existing stocks before this type of packaging material becomes illegal to use. Hospitality experts are now seeking alternative packa…

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17 March 2017

No More 'Hiding in the Dark' for poachers entering Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, South Africa – A group of three poachers move silently through the bushveld, hidden from the naked eye by the darkness of night. Armed with a rifle and carrying a grim collection of hacking and cutting tools, they have but one goal – to kill yet another one of Africa’s iconic rhinos for its horn. They move quickly, yet with confidence that the vastness of the quiet park will allow them free reign to complete their task undisturbed. However, unbeknownst t…

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17 March 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Kenya

Kenya travel advice 15-03-2017 15:45 PM GMT Latest update: Safety and security section (Local travel) - on 7 March 2017 the government of Kenya declared that parts of Laikipia county were ‘dangerous and disturbed’

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16 March 2017

Oman Air confirms the launch of Nairobi flights from end March

Come 27th of March, less than two weeks from today, will Oman Air launch a four times a week service from Muscat to Nairobi, using a Boeing B737-800NG on the route. The flights will leave Muscat every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14.50 hrs local time and are scheduled to land in the Kenyan capital at 18.55 hrs local time. The return flights are then leaving at 00.45 hrs the following day, i.e. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, landing at 06.50 hrs in time for connections into…

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16 March 2017

Kenya angles for more tourist arrivals with new cruise terminal

Kenya expects tourist arrivals by sea to go up this year after the completion of a new cruise terminal later this year. The cruise season runs from November to March every year. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) began the construction of a cruise ship terminal in December last year at a cost of Sh350 million, adding that it is expected to be completed by September. Luxury cruise ship MS Silver Cloud, which departed for Seychelles after one day at the port of Mombasa, marked the end of the current cr…

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15 March 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 07-Mar-17 to 14-Mar-17 (week 11) The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is set to host its 14th annual conference for private equity operators, according to a statement released recently. About 500 private equity leaders are expected to attend the conference – which will hold on April 4th to 5th – in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, making it the first time in ten years the confer…

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15 March 2017

South Africa Pushes Forward On Plans to Legalise Rhino Horn Trade

The government of South Africa is moving forward with plans to legalise the sale of rhino horn within the country, including provisions for the export of the animal product that has fueled a poaching crisis many fear could lead to the species’ extinction within a decade. Draft regulations filed in February by South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, would allow the domestic sale of rhino horn for “personal purposes” with a valid permit. Individuals,…

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14 March 2017

Legal SA: The CPA: Non-Refundable Deposits & Cancellation Fees (Part 8)

This is the 8th insert of 8 dealing with the captioned matter – a topic that is regularly entertained by the CPA Commissioner of late   THE CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE/BREACHING DEEMING PROVISIONS(CPA sections in brackets)   ·                     It may result the agreement as a whole or the clause in question being void & thus unenforceable (51) ·  …

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14 March 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Madagascar

Madagascar travel advice 13-03-2017 12:13 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – Tropical Cycle Enawo left Madagascar on 10 March 2017; the effects of the cyclone are still being assessed but heavy rains have resulted in flooding in some parts of the north-east, east, south-east and central regions, notably Maroantsetra, Antalaha and some areas of Antananarivo; some remote areas are still inaccessible by road; water supply systems have been damaged and contaminated in some areas; airports, incl…

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13 March 2017

Demand is growing in the German market for Uganda Safaris

Thirty Ugandan tourism businesses and Government organisations are participating in the ITB 2017 international tourism expo in Berlin, Germany, from 08th to the 12th of March. The team’s stand is found ITB Stand Hall adjoining to partners Kenya and Rwanda and the delegation is led by the Uganda Tourism Board, the country’s national marketing agency. This is the largest contingent ever of Ugandan businesses to attend the world’s largest travel show (see list at end). ‘Wh…

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13 March 2017

Eco-Tourism Growing as Key KwaZulu Natal Attraction

Durban Tourism develops and enhances the culture of eco-tourism through the creation of Durban Green Corridors A host of tourism activities are being promoted by Durban Tourism across niches that include cultural, adventure and nature tourism. Head of Durban Tourism, KwaZulu Natal attracts many eco-travellers. “We are hoping that this sector grows our numbers in tourism, attracts new markets and increases youth travel”, he said. One of the latest developments in the Durban Green Co…

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13 March 2017

Kenya Tourism Industry Statement Lifting of FCO travel advicwe for Lamu Island and Manda Island

Kenya’s tourism industry has welcomed the removal of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advisory for Lamu Island and Manda Island on the 9th of March, 2017 by the UK Government. Both areas are now open for access by air via Manda Airstrip. Airlines serving this airport include Air Kenya, Safarilink, Fly 540 and Jambojet from Nairobi, and Mombasa Air Safari from Mombasa. “This latest announcement means visitors to Kenya have the opportunity to visit this unspoilt area …

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10 March 2017

RwandAir improves West Africa network

Set to launch services on April 3 to Mumbai, the airline RwandAir has improved its West Africa network ahead of going intercontinental for the first time in its history to tap into that market for passengers traveling to India with them via Kigali. The airline has confirmed that it is now, under fifth freedom rights, connecting Libreville with Abidjan, via Douala. This added connection has vastly improved connectivity between these three major West African cities without having to fly half-way…

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09 March 2017

Ethiopian Airlines Promotional Fares for the South African Trade Show Season

’Ethiopian Airlines are running special promotional fares which can be used for the South African trade show season. The total ticket prices start from £447 inc. taxes to Cape Town & Jo'burg & £457 inc. taxes to Durban.  Tickets must be booked/purchased by 10th March! Tickets are valid for travel out of Heathrow between 09APR THROUGH 10JUL and are valid for 3month maximum stay so the return within that period.  The tickets can be purchased for GBP10 les…

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08 March 2017

Precision Air announces their return to Entebbe

Tanzania Precision Air Services Plc, the only publicly quoted airline company in Tanzania listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, has announced their intention to relaunch flights to Uganda through the Entebbe International Airport.The scheduled flights are expected to start from 01st July 2017. The announcement which was made an hour ago stated that Precision Air will operate four flights per week with two nonstop flights from Dar es Salaam and two services routing via Kilimanjaro. Commen…

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08 March 2017

Cape Town Cycle Tour celebrates its 40th anniversary

The world’s largest individually-timed cycle race is happening on Sunday 12 March. This year is the 40th anniversary of the 109km route, which offer some of the most beautiful scenery in Cape Town Traveller24 has put together this guide, with all the need to know details from travelling with your bike, what the race route looks like as well as where the best vantage points are in and around Cape Town to support that sporting individual in your life. Read More Source: Traveller24

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08 March 2017

Airlink adds direct route between Vic Falls and Cape Town

Travellers wanting to make the most of SA's Cape Town and Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, can now do so with the new Airlink direct flight between the two hotspot destinations. The daily flights except for Saturdays, between Cape Town and Victoria Falls will be effective from 2 July. The flight departs from Cape Town International at 08:30am arriving at Victoria Falls International at 11:15am. The return flight departs Victoria Falls International at 11:45am arriving at Cape Town Internatio…

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07 March 2017

Tanzania jails notorious elephant poacher

Tanzania's most notorious elephant poacher, nicknamed "The Devil", has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Boniface Matthew Maliango was responsible for killing thousands of elephants, a conservation organisation said. He was arrested in Dar es Salaam in September 2015 after a year-long manhunt. His crimes were the focus of a Netflix documentary film, The Ivory Game, produced by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Maliango's nickname, Shetani, means devil in Swahili. The Elephant Acti…

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07 March 2017

Statement from the British High Commissioner to Kenya

Nic Hailey condemns the killing of Tristan Voorspuy, a dual Kenyan/British national in Laikipia. I was deeply saddened by the murder of Tristan Voorspuy, a dual Kenyan/British national shot dead at Sosian ranch in Laikipia yesterday. The British High Commission is in touch with his family to provide support at this difficult time. Alongside other international partners, I have repeatedly conveyed to the Kenyan authorities over the past months the United Kingdom’s deep concern at the sit…

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07 March 2017

Kruger road flooded, closed indefinitely after dam bursts in heavy rain

Visitors in the Kruger National Park's Lower Sabie regions should take note of the closure of the popular H1/2 due to severe flooding in the area. The flooding comes after a small dam bust on Saturday night, 4 March, causing "serious road damage on the way towards Tshokwane from Skukuza, some 5 kilometers after the Sabie River high water bridge".  This is according to William Mabasa, acting head of communications for SANParks, warning visitors about the road closures that ma…

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06 March 2017

Chinese tourism to Africa spiked in 2016

Adventure-seeking Chinese tourists are becoming more interested in Africa for holiday destination. The number of visitors who went to Africa in 2016 was mainly due to looser visa restrictions and new direct flights between China and Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa, among other destinations. In South Africa alone, Chinese arrivals were up 93 percent in 2016. Chinese tourists are looking for new holiday destinations beyond Europe, looking to countries in search of exotic culture and services w…

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05 March 2017

Kenya- Tristan Voorspuy

Tristan Voorspuy It is with  deep sadness that we report the tragicdeath of Tristan Voorspuy co-owner of Offbeat Safaris and Sosian Ranch in an incident in Laikipia today, Sunday March 5th. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Cindy and family and to his business partner Piers Winkworth.

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03 March 2017

Marriott International looking to the promise of Africa

The business world has increasingly started to shift focus to Africa, and with global hotel companies aggressively expanding on the continent, this is possibly most evident in the hospitality sector. According to Alex Kyriakidis, ?president, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, they have looked to the promise of the Middle East and Africa region for a good few years now. “Our presence in the Middle East is now substantial and constantly growing, and we began a rollout of new p…

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03 March 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 21-Feb-17 to 28-Feb-17 (week 9) The MasterCard Foundation has launched the 2017 call for applications for the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s award for youth entrepreneurs who are making their mark on Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape. Fifteen of Africa’s most promising business and social entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000…

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02 March 2017

South African Airways fares to Indaba

South African Airways have issued fares for our UK based members travelling to WTM Africa / We Are Africa / Indaba with all bookings to be made via their call centre 0844 375 9680 Fares are subject to availability Fares are from GBP220 plus taxes of approx. GBP386 Applicable taxes depend on final destination in South Africa Add on fares for regional site inspection are available on request For North American based members all fare details and information can be found here   

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02 March 2017

Atta Legal ~ re Tunisia Inquest

Following the death of 30 British tourists in Tunisia the coroners finding may have a direct effect on insurance cover and tour operator liabilities. Atta’s legal advisor Alan Bowen comments The formal inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists shot at a beach resort in Tunisia in June 2015 concluded yesterday with a finding by the coroner that they had all been ‘unlawfully killed’ Immediately afterwards, and in front of the worlds media, Irwin Mitchell, a well-known clai…

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01 March 2017

KTB announces plans to boost tourism through conferencing and positioning Nairobi as regional hub

Last year, conference tourism generated 14 per cent of total tourist arrivals to the country, and with the number of international high profile conferences the country bids for and successfully hosts year-on –year, KTB hopes to make this segment more vibrant. KTB Chief Executive officer Dr. Betty Radier spoke in Nairobi while unveiling the first ever Pan-African campaign dubbed ‘TekeTeke’ that brings together travel agents from over 15 African countries to partake Nairobi&rsq…

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01 March 2017

WiFi among the wildebeest? Why not?

WiFi and authenticity? It seems that U.S. travelers are keen to have both when in Africa, leaving game lodges and tour operators to play a delicate balancing game. "There's an expectation that WiFi will be readily available somewhere in the lodge, so clients don't even ask," said Craig Smith, managing director at New Frontiers Tours. He added that travelers are often more relaxed if they have the chance to bounce into emails once or twice a day and know that all is under cont…

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01 March 2017

Rhino Killings in South Africa Decline 10% as Arrests Increase

The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa last year fell 10 percent as increased efforts to combat the killings start to take effect, particularly in the country’s Kruger National Park. A total of 1,054 rhino were slaughtered for their horns in 2016, down from 1,175 a year earlier, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement on its website. In the Kruger Park, a game reserve about the same size as Wales, the carcasses of 662 rhinos were foun…

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01 March 2017

Meetings Africa to showcase continent as a conference venue

Africa’s business events representatives will converge on the Sandton Convention Centre to network this week for the Meeting Africa showcase of the continent and its diverse services and products. The three-day event is also aimed at promoting and positioning South Africa as the most sought-after business tourism destination in Africa. SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona says it is time that Africa uses to its advantage the view of many around the world that Africa is a country rather than a con…

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