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31 January 2018

Kenya Airways plans nonstop Nairobi – Cape Town service from June 2018

Kenya Airways from June 2018 is expanding service to Cape Town, with first nonstop Nairobi – Cape Town flight scheduled on 06JUN18. Boeing 737-800 aircraft will operate this nonstop sector 3 times a week.

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31 January 2018

Application for Membership - Explore Zimbabwe

Explore Zimbabwe has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below). Explore Zimbabwe - The Home of African Adventure

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30 January 2018

Wesgro's tourism FAQ's on Cape Towns drought

This morning, South African Tourism in conjunction with Tourism Update hosted a webinar to address questions around the effect of the Western Cape water shortage on tourism. Following the webinar, Wesgro shared the following FAQ's. Atta will be communicating information around this to members as soon as it has been received.

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30 January 2018

Kagame Assumes AU Chair, Launches Single Africa Air Market

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda started his reign as African Union Chairperson on Sunday by announcing the launch of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

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29 January 2018

Kenya Golf Open Championship, a tool to promote the destination

All is set for the 50th Kenya Open Golf Championship at Muthaiga Golf Club from 22-25th March. The event marks the start of the European Challenge Tour said Minister Balala before quoting Bob Hope the American humorist who once said: “If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf,”

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29 January 2018

Table Mountain Cableway celebrates its 27 millionth visitor

Table Mountain Cableway recently celebrated the arrival of its 27 millionth visitor - the latest milestone having taken only a year to reach. Andrew Harrow, together with his wife Jo from Aberdeen, Scotland, was surprised by Cableway staff after purchasing his ticket and given a variety of gifts including an official 27 millionth visitor certificate.

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26 January 2018

Qatar Airways increases Windhoek service in July/Aug 2018

Qatar Airways in this week’s inventory update opened reservation for additional flights on Doha – Windhoek route, between 03JUL18 to 30AUG18.

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25 January 2018

Tanzania's Parliamentary Committee Wants Lake Manyara Protected At All Costs

Arusha — The Parliamentary Committee for Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism has directed the Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa) to work closely with relevant government organs in developing strategies that will help rescue Lake Manyara from drying up. Lake Manyara, which is a key tourist attraction in the Lake Manyara National, Park is drying over excessive accumulation of sand to the extent of threatening its existence and that of wildlife that depend on the water body.

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25 January 2018

New Atta Members in December

Falcon Africa Safaris cc - South Africa - www.falcon-africa.co.za Nyungwe House – Rwanda - www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-nyungwe-house-rwanda East Africa Wild Adventures – Canada - www.eastafricawild.com Camp Hwange - Zimbabwe - www.camp-hwange.com Audley Travel - United Kingdom - www.audleytravel.com Nkonzi Camp – Zambia - www.jackalberrysafaris.net

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25 January 2018

Atta Financial Update: 25.01.2018

The DCE Weekly: If you look around the table and don't see a sucker... For those that have become tired of trading the Satoshi special (aka ‘bitties’, ‘digies’, ‘Nakas’ or just BitCoin) and need something to do until the ‘Lehman Brothers Coin’ is unleashed upon the world a week from Monday – enter: the Bank of Montreal’s FANG+. It’s an exchanged traded product that is sure to put hair on your chest. The BMO Rex Microsectors FANG+ Index 3x Levered ETN debuted this week; as did the FANG+ Inverse Leveraged ETN – the latter to the former as Mr. Hyde is to Dr. Jekyll.

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24 January 2018

Planning to visit Cape Town and the Western Cape

Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business in spite of the current drought. Visitors are arriving in a place with a significant breadth and depth of experiences and exceptional beauty. However, as beautiful as it is, the Western Cape is a water-scarce part of the world (much like Southern California and Western Australia) and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and is susceptible to periodic droughts. In order to inform and educate visitors SATSA have distributed this information.

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23 January 2018

Malawi: Extinction of Large Animal Species Worries Department of Parks

Department of Parks and Wild Life has expressed concern over the continued extinction of local large animal population in the Lower Shires' Elephant Marsh to human activities.

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23 January 2018

Jambojet set to begin Uganda flights next month

Jambojet will on February 15 start operating two daily flights between Entebbe (Uganda) and Nairobi, in what will mark the low cost carrier’s expansion outside Kenya.

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22 January 2018

Tanzania: Tourism Injects 4.8 Trillion/ - Into the Economy

EXTRA budgetary allocations for tourist sector promotion initiatives and consolidation of diplomatic relations are among of factors that have contributed to the increased flow of tourists to Tanzania, leading to the rise of foreign exchange earnings to USD 2,156.9m (approximately 4.8tri/-) in the year ending November, 2017.

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22 January 2018

Application for Membership - Coffeebeans Routes

Coffeebeans Routes has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below). Coffeebeans Routes is a tour operator that prioritises creativity. We splash stories all over the canvas of travel, creating travel experiences around South African stories. These are contemporary, urban, African experiences that provide nuanced insights and complexity. We offer scheduled day tours, private day tours, tailor made programmes, multi-day programmes, and special events. As long as there are people and stories, we have a canvas. We are creative and cultural travel specialists, recognised by the travel industry and international press as pioneers in this sector.

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19 January 2018

Tanzania: Tourist Train Station in the Pipeline

Sumbawanga — In a bid to boost the country's revenue through tourism, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism envisages to construct a special train station and visitor information centre projects. The ministry works in partnership with the Tanzania Wildlife Management (TAWA), as well the Ministry of Works through the Tanzania Zambia Railways (TAZARA). Both structures will be established at Selous Forest Reserve at Matambwe in the Northern Zone.

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19 January 2018

Application for Membership - Green Safaris

Green Safaris has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below). Green Safaris will strive to become the premier supplier of sustainable hospitality and tourism in the Kafue National Park, Zambia through the formation of partnerships between local communities, stakeholders and investors passionate about the environment and the safari industry.

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18 January 2018

Man commits to climbing Table Mountain 365 times for charity

Cape Town hiker Andrew Patterson will climb Table Mountain 365 times this year to raise R1 million for charity. Patterson, founder of 365 Ubuntu Climbs initiative, hopes to shed light on critical South African issues and improve the lives of the poor.

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18 January 2018

Tanzania: Licence Fees Review Attracts Women in Tourism Business

REVIEW of annual tourism licence fees will greatly allow small local tourism practitioners particularly women to participate in operating tours, the Chairperson of the Association of Women in Tourism Tanzania (AWOTTA) Ms Mary Kalikawe has said.

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17 January 2018

Kenyan tourism sector to get a boost from Ugandan start-up

A couple of days after the launch of the proverbial direct flights to New York by Kenya airways, the tourism sector gets another boost from a Uganda Start-up just launched from Nairobi.

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16 January 2018

What travel marketers need to know about Facebook's News Feed change

In your dual role as travel marketer and Facebook consumer, the news that Facebook is going to 'clean-up' your News Feed will likely be met with a mix of joy and despair.

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16 January 2018

Cape Water Crisis: Mother City paints the town green with new water map

The City of Cape Town is working hard to avoid 'Day Zero' which is estimated to be 22 April 2018. Recently, the City launched a water map and calls on residents to "paint Cape Town green" with water-saving efforts in order to get through the drought stage in the province.

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15 January 2018

Tanzania publishes new fees for tourism players

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has announced new fee rates and charges to be paid by tour operators and safari outfitters following the amendment of tourism fees and charges regulation. According to a statement signed by the ministry's permanent secretary, Major General Gaudence Milanzi, the amendments have been gazetted in the Government Notice No. 506, December 29, 2017.

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15 January 2018

Tapping into medical tourism

Foreign spending on medical care in South Africa has increased from R582m to approximately R916m in 2015, as the number of tourists originating from Europe and those coming by air from other African countries has increased, according to research by SA Tourism.

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12 January 2018

Mountain gorilla numbers are up, predicts Rwanda ahead of census release

A census of mountain gorillas due in March will likely show numbers have risen this decade, experts said during a ceremony to mark Rwanda’s expansion of its Volcano National Park.

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12 January 2018

America scraps travel advisory against Kenya

The US State Department announced on Wednesday that it is scrapping its travel warnings for specific countries, instead launching a four-level “travel advisory programme.”

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11 January 2018

Tanzania: Fresh Initiative to Help Tourism

The future is bright for further growth of the country's tourism sector as the government plans to have a special month for cultural heritage tourism activities annually. Heritage tourism includes places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past as well as cultural, historic and natural resources.

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11 January 2018

Update: Kenya Airways New York Flights

PRESS RELEASE: Kenya Airways today marks a great milestone with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling today tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28th this year.

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10 January 2018

Zambia Tourism reiterates the availability of the KAZA UniVisa

The Zambia Tourism Agency wishes to advise foreign travelers to Zambia that the KAZA Visa is now available. The visa is already being issued at four Borders (Kenneth Kaunda International, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airports, Kazungula and Victoria Falls Borders) in Zambia.

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10 January 2018

Kenya Airways plans New York launch in late-Oct 2018

Kenya Airways today (10JAN18) opened reservation for its planned nonstop service to the US, with the launch of Nairobi – New York JFK route.

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09 January 2018

Liuwa records increase in tourist visits

African Parks has recorded an increase in the number of foreign and local tourists visiting Kalabo’s Liuwa national park. African Parks Field Operations Manager Ian Pollard said the increased volume of international and local visitors on annual basis is evidence that the tourism sector in Liuwa is flourishing to greater heights. Mr. Pollard told ZANIS that a total of 1,166 tourists visited Liuwa national park last year, which was the highest number that the park has ever been recorded.

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09 January 2018

Legal Update: Payment Services Directive

On January 13th the second Payment Services Directive becomes law throughout the EU. Most of it is of concern only to those such as banks who provide financial services but for the travel industry, the real issue is the banning of any surcharge imposed on consumers for paying for their travel arrangements by debit and credit card. The aim is to improve the transparency of the real cost of a purchase.

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08 January 2018

Singapore Airlines ups flights to SA

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to increase its number of flights to Cape Town, South Africa, in order to meet growing travel demand.

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08 January 2018

Legal SA: Article on Popi Regulations and Role Of Information Officer

POPI – ALARM BELLS OR XMAS BELLS? We’ve all heard the saying: ‘The future is bright or it is just the lights of an oncoming train’? Likewise with all the alarmist comments about POPI being bandied about of late, I ask myself: are they alarms bells or has Xmas come early? Let’s be honest, POPI (The Protection of Personal Information Act, Act 4 of 2013) has effectively been around for some 8 years (The Bill was issued in 2009!) so why these sudden noises of Armageddon? What makes it even more perplexing is that not much has changed in terms of content over this period during which a myriad of articles have been written, workshops conducted and there are plenty of videos on ‘You Tube’ .

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06 January 2018

Najib Balala retains his tourism portfolio as President Kenyatta announces partial new cabinet

Kenya's Tourism sector applauds the re-appointment of Najob Balala as Tourism Minister.

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06 January 2018

Pure Zanzibar Ltd trading as Pure Zanzibar, Pure Tanzania and Pure Safari

Following our memos of caution circulated in January and February 2017 Atta has received the following official notice dated 19 December 2017. Any members with outstanding debts should contact the liquidator named below.

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