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30 May 2017

Visa-Free Travel Across Africa Closer to Reality

The ambitious programme by the African Union to remove visa charges for Africans travelling within the continent moved one step closer to fruition on May 23. This followed a meeting of over 100 African government officials in Kigali to fine-tune a draft treaty establishing free movement around the continent.   The draft protocol has to be submitted to the ministerial committee, and must be ready before the AU Heads of State summit slated for January 2018 when it is expected to be adopted.…

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30 May 2017

Multimillion investment projects planned to rejuvenate Durban

Financial investments planned over the next few years to rejuvenate Durban, KwaZulu Natal, will see the city receive a significant facelift as part of an urban renewal programme, while millions will be invested in extending the promenade and developing the northern coast.   The eThekwini urban renewal programme has started and work will happen in three stages. “The first stage is dealing with derelict buildings in the city. The second stage is dealing with cleanliness and safety in …

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26 May 2017

Protecting authentic storytelling in tourism

The recent debacle brought about by a soft drink commercial invoking a social justice theme for an advertisement has highlighted the dangers of creating marketing plans in the bubble of a boardroom. There's a hunger in the marketplace for real voices, authentic storytelling - look at the popularity of the Facebook page for Humans of New York, for example - and that's the kind of storytelling tourism must seek to employ, but always with due respect to the storyteller. Storytellers must …

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26 May 2017

Stakeholders expect tourism boom ahead of SGR launch

Hotels at the coast are optimistic about the future as they expect more tourists to visit their facilities once the standard gauge railway (SGR) passenger train commences services between Mombasa and Nairobi next week. Tourism players have been touted as one of the major beneficiaries of the Sh327 billion mega project due to the fact that rail transport will now be faster while being cheaper than air travel. The line linking the capital to the country’s tourism hub will avail a more affo…

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25 May 2017

Harnessing the power of technology to benefit African tourism businesses

With an internet penetration rate of approximately 27% in Africa, there is still a lot to be achieved, but this is an opportunity for tourism businesses to harness and benefit from. Players such as Jumia Travel are already in the forefront. According to its CEO Paul Midy, the company is keen on using technology to revolutionise how people travel. This is for instance, through incorporating Revenue Management Systems which create a smooth booking process for both the customers and hotel partner…

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25 May 2017

ExploreBusiness Travel Marine and Coastal Tourism strategy set to grow economy, boost tourism

Marine and Coastal Tourism is at the forefront of the Department of Tourism’s strategy to boost domestic and international tourism in South Africa, while contributing to job creation and the economy. Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, who spoke in parliament on Tuesday 23 May during the annual Tourism Budget Speech, says that the department’s approach in the implementation of the Marine and Coastal Tourism plan “seeks to promote the integration of associated industries such as a…

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24 May 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 16-May-17 to 23-May-17 (week 21) Ethiopia tipped to be top recipient of private equity. Ethiopia is expected to be the top destination for private equity in eastern Africa, beating Kenya thanks to its friendly business environment and favourable industrial policy. The country has promoted the development of industrial parks focusing on textiles, leather, agro-processing and p…

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24 May 2017

#WeDoTourism: CEO of SA Tourism shares insight on boosting tourism

SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona, led SA Tourism at Indaba 2017 for the first time since his recent appointment. He chats to us about his outlook of his first Indaba as CEO, and transformation and growth in domestic tourism. What has your experience been like at your first Indaba as CEO of SA Tourism? “It took a lot of effort. Sleepless nights have gone into setting up this event. We wanted to make a very bold statement that South Africa takes tourism very seriously - to the extent that we in…

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24 May 2017

Jambojet plans to start African flights this Dec

Jambojet has set a December target for launching international operations on 11 new routes after the budget carrier acquired a new aircraft from a Moscow-based leasing company as part of its expansion. The low-cost airline, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, expects to receive regulatory approval to expand business beyond Kenya later this month, having fulfilled all conditions. Jambojet has applied to fly to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi as w…

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23 May 2017

Tourism: SA is back in vogue

TOURISM rebounded to a remarkable extent last year after former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's visa restrictions were amended. Tourism: SA is back in vogue © Vinh Dao 123rf.com An analysis of Stats SA data shows that more than 10m foreign tourists arrived last year, up from 8.9m in 2015. The 12% increase coincided with the implementation of a number of changes to the immigration regulations introduced in 2014, following recommendations by the interministerial committee on immig…

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23 May 2017

Kruger National Park advises anti-malarial measures for visitors

Due to the heavy rain received this year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) is experiencing malaria cases, especially in the northern part of the reserve, and has advised visitors to take precautionary measures against the disease. Kruger National Park advises anti-malarial measures for visitors “Malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak lately despite the fact that we almost in winter now with some of the country’s provinces reporting hundreds of people who have been admitted a…

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22 May 2017

Tanzania: Tourism Sector to Benefit From Chinese Visit

A DELEGATION of 100 Chinese including eight celebrities is in the country to visit various tourist destinations, among them Selous Game Reserve, Lake Eyasi, Serengeti National Park and Pemba. During their visit, the delegation will take video films and photos which will be broadcasted on China based television Anhui which has more than 500 viewers so that more Chinese and other people across the world can be aware of what Tanzanian is endowed with in the tourism sector. Speaking in Dar es Sala…

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22 May 2017

New attractions for tourists heading to the Ugandan gorilla parks

Along the main highway from Kampala to the South Western town of Kabale has a museum opened its doors near the trading post of Muhanga. The Great Lake Museum is part of the Satellite Holiday Resort, where travelers also find a small restaurant, restrooms – clean for that matter – and accommodation, simple but quite adequate and very affordable too. Standard rooms go for as little as US Dollars 20 though meals are charged extra over and above that rate. The receptionist did mention …

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19 May 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary:The continent’s rich gravitating to Gauteng and the Western Cape. A report by Sandton wealth intelligence firm New World Wealth and AfrAsia Bank has found that a large number of African dollar millionaires are investing in property in South Africa. While UK buyers top the list for high-end real estate, followed by Germans, the report shows that a large number of Africans are also buying homes in the R10 million (US$750k) price range in South Africa. The bulk of them com…

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19 May 2017

#Indaba2017... It's a wrap

With Indaba 2017 wrapping up yesterday initial feedback from Atta members both exhibiting and attending the show has been encouragingly positive indicating that Indaba is heading in the right direction. Some feedback from our members at the show. "We have had a very good show with back to back meetings and attendance has been much better than expected.  We have seen good operators from around the globe and are feeling very pleased to have attended the show.  We plan to attend In…

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19 May 2017

#Indaba2017: Indaba rebranded to Africa's Travel Indaba

The annual Travel Indaba has re-branded to Africa's Travel Indaba, reflecting its evolution from a locally-orientated event to one that is representative of the African continent. The Indaba has been taking place for more than 35 years, 25 of which have been in Durban, a venue that has been confirmed for the next five years. President Jacob Zuma reaffirmed this at the opening of Indaba 2017 on Tuesday, 16 May, referring to the Indaba as “a wonderful way to celebrate Africa month and …

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16 May 2017

President Zuma in Durban to officially open Indaba 2017

It’s official. President Jacob Zuma will open Indaba 2017 - Africa’s leading travel show - at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban today. Indaba 2017, running from Tuesday 16 May to Thursday 18 May, is expected to bring together more than 7 000 delegates that represent the top tourism products in Africa including the world’s leading travel buyers and travel and tourism media. The biggest annual travel and tourism trade show which is said to be &l…

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16 May 2017

East Africa: Tour d'EAC 2017 - the Tourism Circuit

At least eight Unesco World Heritage sites, including the ancient cradle of mankind, the Olduvai Gorge, spectacular landmarks and scenery, wildlife and odd gastronomical tastes will be part of the allure when 70 participants -- the majority of them cyclists -- hit the road on August 1, on a circuit that starts and ends in Kampala. This is the Tour d'EAC 2017, an initiative of Campfire Logs Guild, an adventure youth group that is using its outdoors activities to push the East African Commun…

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15 May 2017

Air India eyes Nairobi again after 7 year absence

Air India, a Star Alliance member, is once again on the expansion drive with more long haul destinations being launched this year. New services to Washington, Stockholm and Los Angeles will be followed by Tel Aviv, Dallas and notably Nairobi later this year. While no date has been set is there speculation that Air India will commence flights to the Kenyan capital with the start of the traditional winter season airlines observe. The Indian flag carrier withdrew from Kenya in…

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15 May 2017

Zimbabwe: Tourism Sector Records Increase in Occupancy

The tourism sector recorded a 6 percent jump in occupancy in the first quarter of the year partly due to a boost in arrivals into the resort town Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Karikoga Kaseke said occupancy levels rose to 58 percent in the first quarter from 48 percent to the close of last year. "Last year our occupancy levels were at 48 percent which means that we lost 52 percent but I am happy to say that the ratios have increased partly due to the arrival o…

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12 May 2017

Wine and Food Tourism Conference to focus on customer experience, growing loyalty

The direct contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the South African economy was worth R127,9bn, accounting for 3% of the country's GDP, according to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) calculations last year. Margi Biggs, convenor of the upcoming The Business of Food and Wine Tourism Conference, commenting on the WTTC findings presented in its recent 2017 Economic Impact Report said: "The good news is that the council has projected the sector's contribution to domest…

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12 May 2017

Tourist gets lucky as she spots escaped Kruger lion being recaptured

Residents and visitors in and around the Kruger National Park are being advised to be on the lookout for the last of five escaped lions, as the search enters its fourth day for one remaining lion on the loose. This follows the initial escape of five lions, spotted first on the N4 / Mananga Road crossing in Komatipoort on Monday 8 May.  On Tuesday evening, 9 May, SANParks confirmed that four of the male lions, believed to have been forced out by a larger pride of lions in the park, were su…

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11 May 2017

Rwanda: Eight More Rhinos and Two Lions Relocated to Akagera Park

The second batch of rhinos arrived into the country yesterday morning at 3:30 am aboard Etihad Airways Cargo plane alongside two male lions. This batch follows the first batch of 10 rhinos which arrived in the country a week ago. This brings the total number of lions in Rwanda to 19 and 18 rhinos. The latest arrivals were also taken to Akagera Park where they will spend a day in a shed for observation before being released into the wild. The relocation process is through a partnership between …

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11 May 2017

Wine and Food Tourism Conference to focus on customer experience, growing loyalty

The direct contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the South African economy was worth R127,9bn, accounting for 3% of the country's GDP, according to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) calculations last year. Margi Biggs, convenor of the upcoming The Business of Food and Wine Tourism Conference, commenting on the WTTC findings presented in its recent 2017 Economic Impact Report said: "The good news is that the council has projected the sector's contribution to domest…

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11 May 2017

UK reclaims status as top tourism market into Kenya with figures up 12.3% yoy for first quarter of 2017

The Kenya Tourism Board UK & Ireland is celebrating a significant year-on-year growth in tourism arrivals for the first quarter of 2017, allowing the UK to reclaim its title as the largest tourism market into Kenya. The visitor inflows from the UK increased by 12.3% year-on-year between January and March, with 25,661 travellers in 2017 and 22,852 in 2016, resulting in the UK overtaking the United States to once again become Kenya’s top source market. The latest figures report that a …

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10 May 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: African video game makers are breaking into the global industry. Over the last decade, game development studios have popped up in Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya. With the growth of tech hubs and funding opportunities, African developers are diversifying from traditional fintech products to creating innovations in healthcare, education, insurance - and games. African game developers are also betting on the growth and use of smartphones and tablet…

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10 May 2017

Made in Africa' content from DISCOP Jhb

Organisers are launching a new initiative to put film and televised content from sub-Saharan Africa front and centre during DISCOP Johannesburg 2017, taking place from October 25 - 27, 2017, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng, South Africa. Basic Lead, the organisers of the DISCOP film and television content markets and coproduction forum, have unveiled reinforced efforts to firmly establish the annual DISCOP Johannesburg  as the world's number one destination to source, acquir…

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09 May 2017

Five Questions With Bangu Masisi, President of South African Tourism’s North America Division

As part of our “Five Questions with…” series, Travel Agent chats with Bangu Masisi, president of South African Tourism’s North America Division. Masisi tells us first-time visitors to the country remain South Africa's largest market segment while Millennial travel continues to increase to the country. Get more details on the latest news and trends from South Africa by reading on. 1. What is your proudest accomplishment to date as South African Tourism's North A…

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09 May 2017

Rwanda doubles fees for gorilla tracking

The Rwanda Development Board yesterday announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from US$ 750 to US $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at US$ 15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services. The price increase will not affect tourists who had already purchased their tickets at the time of this announcement. Tourists who visit other national parks (N…

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08 May 2017

Africa should take advantage of tourism economy

In 2016, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the gross domestic product (GDP) of South Africa was R402bn (9.3% of GDP) and this is expected to grow by 2.5% to R412.2bn (9.4% of GDP) in 2017. These figures highlight the importance of tourism to the economy and the crucial contribution the sector is making towards job creation. With global business leaders meeting in Durban for World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA), many here are exploring ideas on how Africa can fully take advantage…

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08 May 2017

#WTMA17: The fast changing world of influencer and social media marketing

On day three of World Travel Market 2017, Keith Jenkins, CEO at iambassador and travel blogger for Velvet Escape gathered a panel of travel bloggers and influencers, which included Melvin Boecher, CEO of social travel platform, Traveldudes, Mariette Du Tout-Helmbold, founder of Destinate, and Lauren Manuel McShame, co-founder of the outdoor travel blog, The Travel Manuel, to chat about the do's and don'ts of influencer marketing, the ethics governing it, and the use of social media as …

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05 May 2017

Uganda: Tourists Increase Interest in Uganda's Traditional Markets

Kampala — More potential tourists from traditional tourist market destinations are inquiring about Uganda as the public relations firms hired to market the country end their year contract at the close of May. Last year, Uganda hired three foreign firms to represent the country in source markets, a strategy that Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is banking on to succeed, given the importance of the sector to the economy as the leading forex earner. In an interview with Daily Monitor yesterday, U…

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05 May 2017

Kenya Tourism Board appoints Activ8 Branding in South Africa

Kenya Tourism Board has appointed local agency, Activ8 Branding, as their local in-market representative to further enhance their marketing drive in South Africa. They have a structured plan aimed at capturing more of the South African travellers to experience the various wonders and treasures that destination Kenya has to offer. An experienced brand agency with extensive industry knowledge, Activ8 Branding aims to strategically collaborate with the travel trade and media to position Kenya as …

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04 May 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 26-Apr-17 to 03-May-17 (week 19) Nigeria now has its first smartphone assembly plant. History was made in Nigeria this month as AfriOne Limited launched the country’s first smartphone assembling plant located in Nigeria’s financial hub, Lagos. The plant is geared towards the first indigenous smartphones and other consumer devices for sale in the Nigerian marketplace. …

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04 May 2017

Black rhinos return to Rwanda 10 years after disappearance

Around 20 endangered eastern black rhinos are returning in an “extraordinary homecoming” to Rwanda after the species disappeared from the country 10 years ago, the African Parks organisation has said. The rhinos are being moved from South Africa to the Akagera national park in eastern Rwanda, according to the non-profit group that manages protected areas for African governments. “This extraordinary homecoming will take place over the first two weeks of May,” it said in …

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04 May 2017

Atta joins Instagram

Atta is now on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/atta_tourism/ Help us build our community by following us. If you have any images that you would like to have shared, please send these through to us directly and we will share the content for you  

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03 May 2017

South Africa targets over 100,000 tourists from India in 2017

South Africa, southernmost tip of the African continent, is all geared up to welcome more than 1,04,000 tourists from India this year with specialised product offerings to suit people from the sub-continent. “We have been witnessing consistent growth in tourists inflow from India. Looking at the growth trend we are expecting to host 1,04,000 Indian tourists in 2017,” South Africa Tourism in India Country Manager Hanneli Slabber told PTI here. Indian visitor numbers to South Africa …

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03 May 2017

Legal SA: Duty of Care (DOC): The Tunisia Beach Shooting Inquiry & Indemnities

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 1st of 5 inserts   The first thing that comes to mind is an indemnity but an indemnity per se is not the answer unless it is carefully drafted and is compliant with the…

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03 May 2017

New Chapter of YOUNG TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS launches in Cape Town, South Africa

Young Travel Professionals (YTP), the first networking group specifically created for the next generation of travel industry leaders, expands its global following with a new Cape Town Chapter (YTP-CPT). As the most popular tourist destination in South Africa, the Cape Town chapter will further YTP’s goal of fostering the growth and advancement of young people in travel. Known to many as the Mother City, Cape Town’s focus on innovation and unique experiences make it the perfect plac…

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02 May 2017

Kenya Airways adds Victoria Falls stop as Cape Town flights rise to six a week

Tourism to Zimbabwe is set to benefit from the latest addition of flight routes to Victoria Falls as Kenya Airways will today launch a nonstop service from and to Nairobi. The Embraer E190 service will operate three times a week, offering a two class cabin configuration of Kenya Airways’ award winning business class and economy class. All three flights will then continue to Cape Town joining three existing flights operating since last year via the Zambian city of Livingstone. This now co…

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