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31 July 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: South African private equity capital returns to investors were up 123.2% last year to R18.3 billion (US$1.40bn) — up from R8.2 billion in 2015, courtesy of the Savca 2017 Private Equity Industry Survey. Tanya van Lill, CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca), said between 2015 and last year, trade sales were reported as the most popular exit route in value terms while sales to management were the most popular by volume. F…

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31 July 2017

Samara Game Reserve celebrates 20 years of rehabilitation

This coming November Samara Luxury Private Game Reserve in the Great Karoo celebrates its 20th anniversary we got in touch owner Sarah Tompkins to get the behind the scenes info on this unique reserve as well as their conservation efforts and upcoming developments. Can you give us some background, how did you discover the area and how did you go about creating the game reserve and lodges? My husband and I were visiting the battlefields in Kwa-Zulu Natal years ago with friends. We went to Rorke…

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28 July 2017

Mozambican government sets US$50 price for tourist border visa

The price of the tourist border visa has been set by the Mozambican government at US$50, according to statements from the country’s Interior Minister Basílio Monteiro, on Tuesday in Maputo, at the end of a Council of Ministers meeting. The minister said the established price was “reasonable” and added that it is between US$3 and US$7 lower than the values practiced by other countries in southern Africa. Monteiro also said that the number of border visas issued in the s…

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28 July 2017

New Atta Members this month

It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in July: Tsogo Sun - South Africa - www.tsogosun.com Seolo Africa - South Africa - www.seoloafrica.co.za Avis - United Kingdom - www.avis.co.uk Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa - South Africa - www.saxon.co.za The Reservation Office - South Africa - www.resoffice.co.za   Wild Dog Safaris – Namibia - www.wilddog-safaris.com Top Ten Safaris T/A African Safari Group – South Africa - www.africansafarigroup.com Campbe…

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28 July 2017

Rwanda concludes agreement for new Bugesera Airport

With the backing of the African Legal Support Facility, the Government of Rwanda has taken a concrete step toward becoming a transportation hub for the East African region with the signing of a concession agreement for the construction and operation of Bugesera International Airport. Kigali is being positioned to become a nerve center for business, travel, and shipping in the sub-region. The agreement was signed on behalf of the government of Rwanda by the minister of infrastructure, James Mus…

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27 July 2017

Rhino numbers grow to 20 on Ziwa as another baby is born

In breaking news has the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary / Rhino Fund Uganda confirmed that at 08.30 hrs this morning another rhino baby was born from Nandi, one of the initial breeding herd of 3 males and 3 females. The male baby has already suckled and is showing signs of growing activity levels, indicating that he is of good health. Nandi has withdrawn into thick bush on Ziwa to ensure that she and her newborn will remain undisturbed though rangers from the sanctuary, from a respectful distance, remai…

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27 July 2017

Ethiopia: Govt Committed to Transform Tourism

The Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) said it is committed to transform the tourism sector through creating massive investment opportunities for developers and exploiting the untapped tourism potential of the country. Ethiopian Tourism Organization Public and International Relations Director Getnet Yigzaw told The Ethiopian Herald that the Organization is endeavoring to attract and engage investors in the development of hotels and tourism industries in tourist destination sites. Emphasizing…

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26 July 2017

Nairobi to land Sh4.6m per person luxury flight

A Hong Kong-based airline operator plans to launch a Sh4.6m-a-ticket luxury flight to Nairobi targeting Asia's super-rich keen on sampling Kenya's prime holiday destinations. Crystal AirCruises - the luxury private jet and resort operator - said last Friday its private jet will make the inaugural flight from Hong Kong to Nairobi on September 30. A number of European charter airlines have resumed flights to Kenya as source markets respond to improved security in the country. Kenya has i…

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26 July 2017

South Africa’s Environmental Minister Edna Molewa: Plan to sell rhino horn and wildlife

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs is increasingly seeing wildlife a commodity to be marketed rather than protected and a currency for community development. This was made clear yesterday [July 24] at a Parliamentary report-back on the management of rhinos. It outlined licensing the sale of rhino horn and the gift of hundreds of thousands of wild animals for community farming. The Department’s position follows a month-long Rhino Laboratory held last year and was pre…

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25 July 2017

Air France resumes Nairobi service from Mar 2018

Air France in summer 2018 season plans to resume service to Kenya, as the Skyteam member schedules Paris CDG – Nairobi operation. From 25MAR18, Boeing 787-9 aircraft will operate this route 3 times a week. Reservation for this route opened late last week. AF814 CDG2050 – 0550+1NBO 789 367 AF815 NBO0900 – 1630CDG 789 147 The airline previously served Nairobi until March 2000. Source: RoutesOnline

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25 July 2017

SA sees 'slight decrease' in rhino poaching in 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) released an update on the status of rhino poaching in SA for the last two quarters, with data showing a slight decrease in poaching nationally. Covering the period January through March 2017, and then April through June 2017, this was the first comprehensive report for 2017 on the state of rhino poaching in South Africa, as well as on the progress of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros approach. "A total of 529 rhino have been po…

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24 July 2017

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Rhino horn online auction pros and cons, readers respond

Major concerns have been raised about an online rhino horn auction that is set to take place in August this year, putting South Africa's domestic rhino horn trade parameters as set by CITES to the test, with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) stating that it does not allow rhino horn to be traded internationally. The DEA issued a statement with a compliance warning, to make the parameters of the sale clear, saying "international trade in rhino horn is, and remains, illegal,…

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24 July 2017

Tanzania: $156m Plan to Boost Tourism in Ruaha, Selous

Arusha — The government yesterday announced a $156 million (Sh340 billion) major plan to boost tourism in the southern circuit. The plan, which will be financed by the World Bank (WB), will involve upgrading of roads leading to the iconic tourist sites in the zone, including the Ruaha National Park and Rungwa and Selous game reserves. Under it, the local airlines would be encouraged to increase their fights to the Mbeya and Iringa airports currently being expanded. The huge swathe of lan…

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21 July 2017

Pafuri introduces new conservation levy

The Makuleke Concession, in the north of the Kruger National Park, will implement a General Concessionary Levy for all visitors from September 1. Visitors to RETURNAfrica’s Pafuri Collection, including Pafuri Camp, Baobab Hill Bush House and Pafuri Walking Trails, will now be required to pay a fee of R150 (€10) per person, per booking for adults and R75 (€5) per person, per booking for children under 12. Read more Source: TU

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21 July 2017

Exploding volcano may open maiden 'Geopark'

Tanzania is creating the first ever Geopark in the Sub-Sahara African region and this maiden geology-based tourism and scientific site is likely to open with real-life fireworks from the anticipated 'Lengai' volcano likely to soon hit the skies. The Ngorongoro-Lengai Geopark, earmarked to cover an area of 12,000 square kilometres of rocky hills, lengthy underground caves, lake basins, hominid discovery sites and the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, will be the second geopark concept on…

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20 July 2017

Develop incentives for local tourism

UNITED Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says African countries, including Zambia, should focus on developing incentives for local people who are increasingly emerging as tourists to drive the industry forward. According to the 2017 UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa report titled ‘Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth’, four out of 10 international tourists in Africa come from the continent itself. “In sub-Saharan Africa, this number increases…

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20 July 2017

Proposed leopard hunting regulations need to be rethought

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, Mohlopi Philemon Mapulane, says "our primary mandate is to protect these leopards so that we don’t open them up to a situation where they will be hunted and where they will perish.” He was responding to the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) presentation on the DEA’s draft Norms and Standards for the management and monitoring of the hunting of leopard published, regulatory document that contai…

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19 July 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update

Executive summary: Seven countries including Ethiopia have rejected the decision taken at the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly regarding the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The AU summit, which ended on June 4, emphasised the need for member states to implement the first phase of the CFTA by the end of this year, through attending to the issue of tariff barriers. Countries are insisting on the soonest possible implementation of the CFTA, which …

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19 July 2017

Yes, It's Now All 'Railway' From South Africa to Dar

MILESTONES are being made all around us, but do we ever stop to notice them? Let appreciate their significance, we rarely pay attention to momentous milestones in our lives. Lat Saturday, the chairman of the Tanzania Tourist Board( TTB), Judge Thomas Mihayo, played host to the tourist ROVOS Rail, which arrived in Dar es Salaam through the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara). Though little publicised, this event carried with it a significant milestone in this country's tourism in…

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18 July 2017

Legal SA: BASTA Bullets - Duty of Care (DOC)

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 3rd of 5 inserts A precursor to the indemnity should be a comprehensive set of terms and conditions (‘T&C’) – make sure that your T&C are relevant to your…

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18 July 2017

New report focuses on Johannesburg as travel hub

Euromonitor International has released a new travel report focused on Johannesburg as a travel hub for international tourists. Known as the economic capital of South Africa, Johannesburg represents 17% of South Africa's GDP. Johannesburg is made up of many multinational offices in the financial service sector - including Barclays Bank and First National Bank - which has become the main industry of employment, and capital gain in the city. Key findings The city centre and surrounding area…

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18 July 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Zambia

Zambia travel advice 14-07-2017 12:14 PM GMT Latest update: Summary - On 5 July 2017, the President of Zambia issued a constitutional declaration relating to a threatened emergency; the declaration widens the powers of government and the police to preserve public security; there's no apparent increased threat to British nationals, but you should comply with guidance and instructions given by the local authorities, and avoid any political rallies, demonstrations, or large gatherings

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17 July 2017

LATAM Brasil plans Johannesburg increase in Nov 17

LATAM Airlines Brasil in Northern winter season plans to expand service to South Africa, subject to Government Approval. From 17NOV17, the airline will increase Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Johannesburg flights from 3 weekly to 5, on board Boeing 767 aircraft. New flight departs Sao Paulo on Fridays and Sundays. JJ8162 GRU1820 – 0740+1JNB 763 x23 JJ8163 JNB1125 – 1730GRU 763 x34 Source: Routes Online

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14 July 2017

Zambia Statement - Update 13 July 17

Further to the statement issued on 10 July 2017 after a meeting between the Zambian High Commissioner H.E. Muyeba Chikonde and Atta CEO, Nigel Vere Nicoll. There have been news reports regarding a State of Emergency from various media outlets. In an additional statement from Minister of Tourism Charles Romel Banda. "I want to assure you that the pronouncement made by His Excellency is NOT a state of emercency, rather it is a step that has been taken to avoid a state of emercency after car…

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14 July 2017

Khomani Cultural Landscape declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site, bring the number of World Heritage Site in South Africa to nine. This according to South African National Parks (SANParks) Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni, who said the inscribing of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape is a very important and symbolic step in the recognition and restoration of the dignity of the ‡Khomani…

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13 July 2017

Lesotho: Pioneering Electronic Visa Program Aimed to Increase Tourism and Investment

Lesotho is the only independent nation in the world with its entire land mass above 1,000 meters (3,281 feet). Now the country, with a population of 2.1 million and a surface area the size of Belgium, has another distinction – a top-tier electronic visa program, joining only 13 other countries on the continent, according to the African Development Bank's Visa Openness Index. Launched on May 5 – making Lesotho the ninth nation , the platform was created by the Lesotho government…

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13 July 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 05-Jul-17 to 12-Jul-17 (week 29) South Africa, the second largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, has joined Kenya and other regional countries in signing of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) aimed at easing doing business on the continent. Johannesburg joined the FTA pact during the ministerial meeting that was held in Kampala, Uganda last week. TFTA brings together three…

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12 July 2017

Kenya takes the lead in medical tourism

Private health and wellness facilities are setting Kenya apart as one of the key medical tourist destinations in Africa, a new report shows. The Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 released by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) last week shows Kenya is one of Africa’s top beneficiaries of cross-border travel for medical purposes. Its health and wellness facilities are wooing hundreds of visitors from neighbouring states and helping to boost tourism industr…

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12 July 2017

Fastjet bulks up direct flights between Joburg and Vic Falls

Pan-Africa's low-cost airline, fastjet will once again be offering direct flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, come 31 July.   The airline made the announcement on Tuesday 11 July, citing strong passenger on the back of a host of new routes to the Zimbabwean home of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Currently offering up to three daily return flights on its route between Johannesburg and Harare, the carrier also announced that it is bulking up its r…

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11 July 2017

South African tourism sets focus on city, train travel agents to tailor packages for Vadodara

South African Tourism concluded the seventh edition of its annual travel trade training sessions in Vadodara on Saturday. Aimed at equipping travel agents with the best tips to sell the destination, 'Learn South Africa' (Learn SA) is a 17-city training programme which covered urban metros and tier II and tier III markets. The sessions were structured to ensure that travelers enjoy many new, exciting, tailor-made itinerary options as a direct result. "Learn SA helps ensure that Ind…

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11 July 2017

Zambia Statement

Following a meeting In London between the Zambian High Commissioner  H.E. Muyeba Chikonde and Atta CEO, Nigel Vere Nicoll, attended by Mr Donald Pelekamoyo, First Secretary - Tourism, a statement was issued. "Following the proclamation on 5th July 2017 by H.E the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu of a situation that could cause state of public emergency through a statutory instrument number 53/2017, as provided for under article 31 of the constitution of the Rep…

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10 July 2017

Dr. Walter Mzembi launches major tourism project for Africa

Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry for the Republic of Zimbanwe, launched UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 “Tourism For Transformative And Inclusive Growth” today: The Officer in Charge – United Nations Information Centre, Ms. Tafadzwa Mwale; The Director of Knowledge and Learning – African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Dr. Thomas Chataghalala Munthali; Members of Diplomatic Corps; UN Agencies here represented; All Di…

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10 July 2017

Austrian resumes Cape Town service from Oct 2018

Austrian announced its planned service relaunch to Cape Town after 18.5 years, as the airline schedules seasonal Vienna – Cape Town service. From 27OCT18, the Star Alliance member’s 777-200ER will serve this route twice a week. Reservation will be available by late-October 2017. OS031 VIE1015 – 2240CPT 772 26 OS032 CPT0020 – 1050VIE 772 37 Austrian previously served Vienna – Johannesburg – Cape Town routing until April 2000, 2 weekly A340 service, according …

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07 July 2017

#7WondersDay: A day to wonder at Table Mountain

People from around the world will celebrate the inaugural 7 Wonders Day on Friday, 7 July 2017. Table Mountain Cableway, as a custodian of Africa's only New7Wonder, is calling on South Africans to come together to celebrate iconic mountain and other attractions the country has to offer, by sharing their photographs and stories using the hashtag #7WondersDay. 7 Wonders Day is dedicated to the 21 iconic wonders that were chosen by hundreds of millions of voters during three historic global c…

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07 July 2017

South Africa makes major push to boost visitor numbers from China

Chinese travelers want to experience South Africa's special warmth, soul, color and smiles, says Bradley Brouwer, the tourism bureau's president for the Asia Pacific region. He says Chinese tourists like the country's UNESCO world heritage sites, wildlife, and outdoor activities. Between January and November 2016, more than 117,000 Chinese visitors traveled to South Africa, a 38 percent increase compared with the same period in 2015. And it is expected that the total spending by Ch…

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06 July 2017

Rwanda: Tembera U Rwanda - Domestic Tourism Drive 'Making Big Gains'

Inside Akagera National Park, Giraffes walk with the gracefulness of a royalty, Zebras gallop with the liveliness of a spring. They are home in this Eastern Province's plain savannah, a friendly place for animal habitat. Hippopotamuses make their way through the water, while others are bursting in the sun to enjoy warmth after spending some time in cold water. The six-hour drive inside the park offers spectacular view, making the 110-kilometre ride from Kigali city to the park worth every …

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06 July 2017

Asky Airlines adds new Nigeria - Ghana routes from July 2017

Asky Airlines starting next week is launching new 2 new routes between Nigeria and Ghana, which sees the airline extends existing Lome – Lagos route as Lome – Lagos – Accra – Abuja. The airline does not have the rights to take reservations for Lome – Accra, Lome – Abuja, Lagos – Abuja sector for this new routing, KP024/025. New KP024 service commences on 10JUL17, KP025 on the following day. KP024 LFW1320 – 1515LOS1555 – 155…

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05 July 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: China’s involvement in Africa through investment, infrastructure and financing is bigger than previous studies have suggested, according to a new report. According to the report by consulting firm McKinsey, China’s financial flows to Africa are around 15% larger than official figures suggest when non-traditional flows are included. McKinsey’s report – ‘Dance of the lions and dragons: How are Africa and China engaging, and how will the partn…

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05 July 2017

New Winelands portal to unlock the future of wine and wine tourism

With the launch of the wine tourism portal www.visitwinelands.co.za, a one-stop searchable wine tourism gateway to the Winelands, the area and its tourism offerings are now just a click away and aims to inspire visitors to discover and explore the best South Africa has to offer in wine tourism. The portal forms part of a new national wine tourism strategy and marketing initiative and is a key project of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise (WISE). It aims to bring the wine and tourism sector t…

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04 July 2017

Africa to Launch Single Air Transport Market in 2018

Pretoria — An African single air transport market will be launched in January 2018, with 40 plus countries expected to be signatories by then. So far, 20 African countries out of 55 have subscribed to African single air market. This was announced by David Kajange, the Head of the Transport and Tourism Division at the African Union (AU) on Sunday on the sidelines of the ongoing 29th AU summit, which is underway in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. A single air transport market is one o…

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04 July 2017

How sustainable tourism is rising in Africa

Africa is the fastest growing tourist destination. It offers a rich mélange of culture, heritage and natural wonders which draw tourists from all over the world. From rich forests to barren deserts and unmatched wildlife, Africa has everything to offer. However, constant tourism can put a huge strain on the resources, leading to its rapid depletion. The beautiful continent has already started coming up with new and improved means to counter depletion and make way for sustainable tourism…

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03 July 2017

Zimbabwe: Zim Set to Host Africa Youth in Tourism Conference

Tourism has of late become one of the strongest drivers of world trade and prosperity. However, poverty alleviation has remained one of the greatest global challenges. Despite turbulent times for the world's economies, these basic facts are unlikely to change. Focusing the wealth creating power of tourism on people who are in need remains an immense task and opportunity. Tourism is one of the fastest growing and innovative industries contributing about 10 percent of the total Gross Domesti…

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03 July 2017

The Economic Development in Africa: Tourism

Reaching the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, having a medical procedure in Tunisia, observing Rhino’s at an eco-lodge in Namibia, rafting the Zambezi River, these are all forms of a growing and eclectic tourism industry in Africa. This year, UNCTAD’s ‘Economic Development in Africa Report 2017’ focuses on ‘Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth’ and encourages African countries to harness the dynamism of the tourism sector. The United Nations designated 201…

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