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28 April 2017

Ethiopia: City Promoting Sport Tourism

The recent 2017China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCECC )Hawassa Half Marathon International Event is a showcase to sport tourism in country, said Hawassa City Administration Mayor Tewodros Gebiba. According to him, a number of local and foreign tourists came to Hawassa to take part in the great run. "This by itself tell us how such race could be a source attraction for tourists." Tewodros noted that his administration and Great Ethiopia Run (GER) are working in partnership to prom…

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28 April 2017

South Africa: Tourism Prospects Look Golden for South Africa and China

Pretoria — China and South Africa have pledged mutual support for each other's tourism ventures as the two countries deepen cooperation on all fronts of their development. South African Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa and the Vice Minister of the Chinese National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Wang Xiafeng, met on the sidelines of the South Africa-China High Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM) to explore avenues of joint cooperation between the two powerhouses. "In o…

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28 April 2017

New Atta Members this month

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in April: Tasker & PartnersLimited – United Kingdom - www.taskerpartners.com Ampersand Travel - United Kingdom - www.ampersandtravel.com Hayes and Jarvis - United Kingdom - www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk Lengai Camp – Tanzania - www.lengaicamp.com Controvento Tourism Representations – Italy - www.controvento.org Okavango Expeditions – Botswana - www.okavangoexpeditions.com Michael Poliza Private Travel &…

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27 April 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary:  Africa’s rich list: Mauritius, SA top; Zimbabweans poorest of the poor. South Africans are the second wealthiest people in Africa, according to a new report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, which reviewed the wealthiest and poorest countries on the continent. The average wealth of a person living in SA (wealth per capita) was US$11,300 in 2016, up from US$10,800 in 2015. Mauritians were found to be the wealthiest individuals in Africa, with US$25,700 in weal…

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27 April 2017

Ethiopian Airlines to be official African Carrier for GOJ UNWTO Global Conference

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Africa's Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that one of Africa's largest airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, has been designated as the official carrier for African States attending the ‘UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, scheduled for November 27–29, 2017, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The decision was made during Minister Bartlet…

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27 April 2017

South African Airways & Hawaiian Airlines launch new interline partnership

Fort Lauderdale, FL – South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s largest and longest serving carrier, announced that they have established a new interline agreement, that provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian customers traveling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa. With immediate effect, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in on…

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26 April 2017

Namibia: 'Tourism Sector Will Employ 64 000 By 2022'

Namibia's tourism sector will grow vigorously and would employ 64 160 people by 2022, according to predictions contained in the drafted Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5). The recently released draft indicates that a proxy for the tourism sector grew by an average of eight percent during the NDP4 period, contributing about 1.7 percent to GDP. The tourism industry is an important contributor to the generation of foreign exchange earnings, investment, revenue, employment, rural developme…

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26 April 2017

CemAir to launch Johannesburg-Hoedspruit route

CemAir will launch a year-round daily flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit later this year. On April 4, the airline’s head of Scheduled Services, Nicolene Myburgh, told TAM CemAir was considering the launch of this route. Now, Myburgh has confirmed that, effective August 7, CemAir will fly between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit seven times a week. Read more Source: TU

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26 April 2017

Kenya- Laikipia

KENYA LAIKIPIA FARMERS' ASSOCIATION LFA condemns shooting of Mrs Kuki Gallmann in Laikipia, urges swift restoration of law and order Rumuruti, April 23, 2017 (Laikipia Farmers' Association) – This morning prominent Laikipia resident Kuki Gallmann was shot and severely injured by attackers while driving on her property Laikipia Nature Conservancy-LNC. At the time Kuki, accompanied by rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service-KWS, was attempting to…

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25 April 2017

Mozambique launches visas on arrival

All international visitors to Mozambique who require a visa, can now receive a visa on arrival, confirms Mike Brett, South African representative of the Mozambique Roadshow. Visitors will pay US$50 (€46) for a dual-entry visa which is valid for 30 days. “We are thrilled that international visitors, who previously had to apply for visas ahead of arrival if there was an embassy or consulate in their country of origin, are now able to get visas on arrival in Mozambique. “This wil…

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25 April 2017

SA heads to Zimbabwe trade fair

South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry is heading to Zimbabwe with South African companies to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. The companies that are part of the delegation will be assisted by the dti through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA), which aims to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country. The dti will lead the business delegation today, 24 April 2017, to t…

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24 April 2017

Ethiopia Introduces Latest Airbus A350 to Abuja Route

Ethiopian Airlines newly acquired Airbus A350 landed at the newly reconstructed runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday, a day before its official reopening of the nation's busiest airport. The airline said the newly acquired Airbus A350 would be dedicated to the Abuja destination. The airline said it decided to start its flight to Abuja Airport with its latest technology and the most modern Airplane in the world, the Airbus A350-900 because of its close relati…

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24 April 2017

Uganda's Fight Against Poaching Gets a Boost

Kidepo Valley National Park now has a secure anti-trafficking storage facility after it received one from the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF). This is the third such facility constructed by UCF for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and funded by the UK government, with two other units in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth Conservation Areas. The anti-trafficking centre enables UWA to provide secure storage for poaching exhibits such as wildlife products, snares, traps, spears and other…

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21 April 2017

Kenya gets nearly $20 million to market the destination

The Kenyan government will allocate KSh2 billion (just under $20 million) for tourism marketing in the next financial year. According to National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, of the KSh2 billion, KSh1 billion will be earmarked for tourism recovery while another KSh1 billion will be used for sustaining new source markets. The Cabinet Secretary said the industry had improved last year, adding that the new funding would boost tourism marketing campaigns in both traditional and emergi…

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21 April 2017

Nigeria wins right to host African tourism Ministers in 2018

Nigeria on Wednesday won the right to host in 2018 the 61st meeting of African Ministers in charge of Tourism, tagged the UN World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa. Nigeria won the hosting right by acclamation following the presentation of a five-minute video, entitled: “Simply Nigeria”, to delegates at the ongoing 59th edition of the UNWTO CAF Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The presentation was done by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The …

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20 April 2017

Thousands in the city for World Travel Market Africa

Cape Town - Western Cape will show what it has to offer as Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism, along with all the regions of the province, will be exhibiting at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between 19 April and 21 April. More than 5 000 delegates are in the Western Cape to attend the show. Western Cape has prioritised tourism through its Project Khulisa strategy, and has set the goal of a…

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20 April 2017

South Africa: North West Tourism On Fifth Annual Inter Tourism Games

The North West Department of Tourism dominated the 5th Annual Inter Tourism games held over the Easter weekend in Maseru the capital of the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The provincial Department emerged as an overall winner of this year's Tourism games which were represented by tourism authorities from Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and the host Lesotho. The games were mainly aimed at sharing best practices and showcasing each of the four countries' potential in cementing existing a…

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19 April 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Private equity ready to inject billions into Africa. New reports show private equity activity in Africa will inject billions of US dollars of sustainable investment over the next five years. Private equity deals in Africa are growing from a low base equivalent to 0.18 percent of Africa’s GDP in 2016. Every 0.01 percent increase will mean US$200 million more investment and may reach US$1.1 billion over the next five years. A growth engine and a positive force for change…

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19 April 2017

Zimbabwe tourist arrivals to reach 2,2 million by year end

Tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe are estimated to reach over 2,2 million by the close of 2017, a development in line with global trends projecting tourism to be the fastest growing economic sector internationally, an executive has said. In emailed responses to NewsDay, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive, Karikoga Kaseke, said the local tourism industry was expected to continue growing despite numerous challenges besetting it. "The tourism industry in Zimbabwe is expected to cont…

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18 April 2017

Indaba expands digital matchmaking service ahead of 2017 event

Indaba returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from May 16th-18th, sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout to make it easier for the world to come and sample the tourism treasures Africa has to offer. Through the convenient online diary and matchmaking system, delegates can use technology to set up pre-scheduled meetings with buyers or exhibitors that may match their needs, saving time and enabling them to get the best out of the s…

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13 April 2017

Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout this year, Tourism Tattler is profiling African destinations and Africa based tourism products and services who meet and in many cases exceed, sustainable tourism practices in their business operations. Officially launc…

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13 April 2017

Kenya Catches the Eye of the World's Super Rich

Kenya emerged as the third most preferred travel destination by the High Net-Worth Individuals (NHWI) in Africa last year, beating world famous Mauritius and Seychelles. The Afrasia New World Wealth report released on Monday indicates that Kenya hosted 4,000 multi-millionaires last year while Morocco accommodated 5,000 and South Africa 15,000. Botswana tied with Kenya in the third position. According to the report, multi-millionaires are individuals with net assets of Sh1 billion ($10 million)…

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12 April 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: Remaining optimistic about Africa under the Trump administration. Notwithstanding some comments to the contrary, there is cause for optimism under the Trump administration - not least because of the historical bipartisan nature of US-Africa policy and the perceived skills and expertise of the administration’s recent diplomatic appointees. If one is to care about the future of US-Africa relations, it is too early to preemptively dismiss and disengage from the Trump admi…

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12 April 2017

George Airport Gets Green Light On Expansion Plan To Accommodate Larger Aircraft

George Airport in the Western Cape on Monday announced that it has received exemption from the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACCA) to upgrade from a CAT 7 aerodrome to a CAT 8 aerodrome. This means that the regional airport is now able to receive larger aircraft and that it complies with regulations for additional aircraft rescue, as well as firefighting personnel has sufficient fire tenders for the category upgrade. The upgrade was processed after a request was received for an A310-…

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11 April 2017

Mozambique tourist visa on arrival

Mozambique has instituted visas on arrival for tourists regardless of whether or not there is an embassy in their country of origin.  A Government-issued notice has confirmed that citizens from countries that require visas to enter Mozambique will be able to get these on arrival at 44 border posts in Mozambique, including Maputo International Airport, and the Port of Maputo, as well as such border posts as Ressano Garcia, Goba, Ponto D’ouro, Giriyondo, , Vilanculos Airport, Inhamban…

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11 April 2017

Fastjet adds fourth Harare to Victoria Falls flight

Fastjet Zimbabwe over the weekend launched their fourth weekly flight from Harare to Victoria Falls, according to the airline due to growing demand for seats on the route. The airline, which previously operated three weekly flights on the route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, has added a Friday flight from 07th of April to provide passengers with a convenient weekend get away service. Tickets for the additional flights are on sale, with fares starting from R570 one-way, inclusive of all re…

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10 April 2017

Ethiopian Airlines Europe service changes from May 2017

Ethiopian Airlines has made service changes for Europe, including Brussels, Milan, Paris and Vienna. From 06MAY17, Ethiopian’s daily Addis Ababa – Paris CDG service will no longer extend to Brussels. From the same date, Brussels will become 6 weekly operation, instead of daily. Brussels will continue to see 1-stop operation, 2 weekly via Milan, 4 via Vienna. Planned 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Rome – Milan service remains unchanged. Overall service to Milan will be reduced f…

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10 April 2017

Vic Falls White Water Rafting - High Water Suspension

White Water Rafting activities have been suspended in Victoria Falls as the Rafting Association of Zimbabwe closed the season owing to rising water levels in the Zambezi River. RAZ chairman Mr Skinner Ndlovu said water levels have been rising by about five cenitmetres per day lately. Read More Source: Chronicle Zimbabwe

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07 April 2017

German LCC debuts in SA with direct flight

Eurowings, German low-cost fully owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, will enter the South African market with a direct seasonal flight between Cape Town and Cologne, Germany, commencing on November 5. André Schulz, gm of Lufthansa Group, Southern Africa says: “This is just the next step in the Lufthansa Group strategy to increase its service offering to Southern Africa.”   Last year, Lufthansa announced a codeshare service on flights to Cape Town with Edelweiss Air…

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07 April 2017

South Africa court permits domestic trade in rhino horns

South Africa's constitutional court has rejected an attempt by the government to keep a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns. The ruling that the application be dismissed means that rhino horns can effectively be traded in the country. Rhino breeders argue that legalising the trade could cut the number of rhinos slaughtered as horns can be sawn off anaesthetised live animals. However many conservationists disagree with the proposed policy. The department of environmental affairs said a…

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06 April 2017

How will the cabinet reshuffle affect SA's travel and tourism industry?

According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), the appointment of new cabinet ministers in Tourism, Transport, Home Affairs and Finance, present mixed fortunes for the travel and tourism industry. Having two female leaders at the helm of South Africa's travel and tourism public sectors sets a new precedent for women empowerment in the industry says the TBCSA, however, adding its voice to the broader business community, it laments the uncertain political ramifications of…

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06 April 2017

Travel Planning WTM Africa 2017: 'Major growth' as continent's potential set to be showcased

Cape Town - The World Trade Market Africa (WTMA) says it has seen a significant increase in the number of buyers as well as pre-registered visitors attending this year's show, with just three weeks to go. The event is set to take place from Wednesday, 19 April to Friday, 21 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). General Manager of Africa Travel Week, Chardonnay Marchesi, says “WTM Africa’s pre-registered travel professionals are currently up by 26% comp…

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06 April 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Ethiopia travel advice 05-04-2017 15:32 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – on 1 April 2017, there was an explosion at the Florida International Hotel in Gondar; you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities and your tour operator

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05 April 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary:East Africa attracting interest The contemplated sale of east Africa’s largest chain of coffee shops is being regarded as a key indicator of the interest of international private equity groups’ interest in the region. TPG and Carlyle, two of the world’s largest private equity groups, have in the past few months expressed an interest in purchasing Java House, with the deal expected to value the coffee chain at as much as US$100m. Java has more than 50 outlets…

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05 April 2017

Tanzania: Strategies to Triple Number of Chinese Tourists Drawn

Tanzania envisages increasing the number of Chinese tourists to 100,000 and 300,000 by next year and 2025, respectively, from the current 20,000. In exclusive interviews with the 'Daily News' at the sidelines of the China Outbound International Travel and Tourism Market here, Tanzania's representatives at the event decried what they termed as unsatisfactory number of tourists from China. Representing the country at the event are Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Ngorongoro Conservation…

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04 April 2017

ExploreBusiness Travel 3 Ways new Tourism Minister Xasa wants to transform SA's 'tourism treasure chest'

Radical transformation and the 'opening of the treasure chest that is tourism' will be the main objective for SA's new Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, as outlined in her inaugural speech which took place at the Local Government Tourism Conference at Emperors Palace  on Monday, 3 April. "Tourism is a half-exposed treasure chest," Xasa says. "The lid is half-opened and not many of our people can get to the jewels. If we all work together, we can prise that lid ope…

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04 April 2017

Uganda expected to drop VAT and other taxes on hotels

Information is emerging from government circles that, following President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directive to remove VAT from upcountry hotels and safari lodges last year, this may become reality in the next financial year. Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu is quoted to have said at a tourism function last week that the government is considering removing or substantially reducing a number of tax burdens on the hospitality and tourism industry to encourage…

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04 April 2017

WTM Africa - 2 Weeks to Go

 With over 600 exhibitors expected at WTM Africa, the 2017 show promises multiple networking and business opportunities. Browse the online exhibitor directory to view a full listing. For a sneak peak of WTM Africa 2017, visit our website on www.africa.wtm.com and browse the 2017 Preview Guide. Register now to avoid the onsite registration fee of R800 and long queues. 

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03 April 2017

INDABA2017: All signs point to Africa being the next tourism frontier

South African Tourism chief executive Sisa Ntshona said INDABA 2017 will see more than 7,000 delegates from around the world meeting in Durban to grow the African tourism economy through constructive conversations, dynamic partnerships and a strong focus on doing business. Launching the 2017 edition, which will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from 16 to 18 May 2017, Ntshona said that in its more than 35 years of existence, INDABA had built up a…

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03 April 2017

Oman Air launches third destination in Africa

Oman Air launched its third destination in Africa and 55th destination in the world, Nairobi, after its successful inaugural flight WY721 to Kenya’s capital, on Tuesday. The four times weekly flight to Nairobi from Muscat is Oman Air’s first service to Kenya. The flight will open-up Oman Air’s range of destinations in the Far East, Indian subcontinent, Europe and Gulf Cooperation Council countries for travelers from Kenya, and will help to strengthen Kenya and Oman’s tr…

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