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20 December 2018

Merry Christmas from Atta & Office Closure

Atta HQ will be closed for the Christmas break from Friday 21st December and we will return to the office on Monday 7th January 2019. During this time no daily news will be published, however emails will be monitored and the office line will be manned for emergencies. The daily news will recommence as normal on Monday 7th January 2019. We wish all Atta members and industry friends a Merry Christmas and a look forward to working with you in the New Year!

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19 December 2018

Application for Membership - Inspirational Places

Inspirational Places 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).

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19 December 2018

Emirates grows its relationship with South African Airways

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and South African Airways (SAA) are to expand their strategic cooperation with enhancements to their codeshare agreement. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997.

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19 December 2018

Ebola in DRC - 19 Dec 2018

Some of our UK based members may have seen coverage on ITV News concerning the recent outbreak of Ebola in the DRC. We have been following the situation very carefully and have been taking advice from our medical advisor Dr Richard Dawood.

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18 December 2018

What to expect at Cape Town Carnival 2019

The annual Cape Town Carnival takes places on 16 March 2019. The carnival, a platform for artistic and cultural expression is now approaching its tenth iteration, with increasing boldness and confidence and this can be seen in the messages it conveys.

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18 December 2018

Netherlands to ban raw ivory sales from 2019

The Netherlands said on Monday it will ban all raw ivory sales from next year, as it unveiled the results of a major operation to combat trafficking in endangered animals and plants.

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18 December 2018

Kenyan & Austrian leaders discuss mutual interests including wildlife conservation

Wildlife conservation, renewable energy development and curriculum reforms were top of the agenda when President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks today with his host, Alexander van Bellen, the President of Austria, on the sidelines of the ongoing Africa-EU high level forum in Vienna.

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17 December 2018

Turkish Airlines begins flights to Zambia

Turkish Airlines has launched flights from their Istanbul hub to Lusaka, Zambia for boosting tourism and trade.

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17 December 2018

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) making steady progress in Turkish market

For the past four years, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has been making steady progress in creating awareness about its establishments within the Turkish market. The initial drive to do this began with the encouragement of the former Turkish Ambassador to Namibia, Ambassador Deniz Cakar for NWR to go and present their establishments to the Turkish market. Soon after returning from Turkey, NWR was able to secure some tours.

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14 December 2018

Once devastated by war, Gorongosa National Park’s wildlife is now thriving

Gorongosa National Park, in central Mozambique, along the southeastern coast of Africa, is rising anew from the ashes and ruination of war. The latest numbers from its 2018 aerial wildlife count, just released, show that the park’s populations of large mammals, devastated during the conflict, continue to rebound.

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14 December 2018

Trains transforming travel in Africa

Few modes of transport evoke a sense of history and romanticism as rail. Africa’s first network of railways was started in Alexandria, Egypt in 1852. Today, fast-growing economies across the continent are upgrading rail infrastructure to support improved regional trade and transit. So today we look at a few railway systems that are changing the African travel system for various reasons.

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13 December 2018

Manchester gains new access to Africa

Manchester yesterday gained new access to Africa as Ethiopian Airlines started flights from the north-west gateway. The four times a week service to Addis Ababa will leave the UK’s third largest airport 100% full and provide more than 60 connections across Africa. The direct air link is set to benefit 400,000 people across the north of England who currently access Africa via other means.

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13 December 2018

South Africa Receives UK Travel Awards

The city of Cape Town has won the accolade for ‘Best City’ for the sixth consecutive year, while South Africa was voted second in the award for ‘Best Country’ at the recent Telegraph travel awards in London, the country’s tourism agency said.

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12 December 2018

Cape Town's 'Nowhere Better' campaign to encourage tourists back to 'greatest city on Earth'

Cape Town is ploughing R12m into a global campaign aimed at bringing back tourists scared away by "Day Zero" doom-mongering. The "Nowhere Better" campaign will focus on the key tourism markets of the US, UK and Germany, according to a report that will be presented to Thursday's meeting of the Cape Town city council.

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12 December 2018

Venture into the Okavango Delta with National Geographic's 360-degree video

Yesterday National Geographic premiered the first episode of its new 360-degree video series, “The Okavango Experience.” Over the course of three weeks, three filmmakers joined the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project team in Botswana as they surveyed the wildlife and ecosystems by canoe.

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11 December 2018

Turkish travel agencies expressing interest in Zimbabwe

Turkish Airlines is expected to expand its flight route into Zimbabwe by the second quarter of next year following profound deliberations held by authorities from the two countries during Zimbabwe's maiden participation at the ongoing Turkey Travel Fair currently underway in the city of Izmir.

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11 December 2018

Reopening of Mara North Airstrip

The renovation of the Mara North Airstrip is complete and both Safarilink and Airkenya have recently resumed flights there as normal. The airstrip was officially reopened on Saturday 8th December.

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10 December 2018

Coffee and tourism are key to Uganda's growth agenda

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda is optimistic that the synergy between the tourism and coffee sub-sectors will be instrumental to getting Uganda’s economy to middle income status. Rugunda was speaking as Chief Guest at the first annual Coffee and Tourism Symposium and Exposition at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala at the end of last week.

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10 December 2018

Qatar airways launches direct flights to Mombasa from Doha

Qatar Airways has launched direct flights to Mombasa city in a move that steps up competition for domestic carriers. The four-times weekly service between Doha and Mombasa will be Qatar Airways’ second Kenyan destination, in addition to existing flights to Nairobi.

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07 December 2018

Rwanda to open a new eco-tourism park in 2020

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, will be home to a new 134-hectare urban park in 2020 in the city’s Nyandungu wetland. The Nyandungu Urban Wetland Eco-Tourism Park will provide walking and cycling trails, fish ponds, botanical gardens for tourists, whilst conserving wetlands for habitat.

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07 December 2018

Malawi welcomes giraffes following historic translocation

African Parks, the conservation non-profit organisation headed by Prince Harry, has just announced the historic translocation of thirteen giraffe into Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve. It’s the first-ever introduction of this species into any of Malawi’s National Parks or Reserves.

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06 December 2018

Royal Air Maroc to become Oneworld’s first African member airline

Airline alliance Oneworld will be getting new connections to Africa in mid-2020 when Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc officially comes on board as the alliance’s first new full member in six years.

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06 December 2018

Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger

For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. An ambitious conservation initiative has now re-introduced eight giraffes into the reserve, in the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies.

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05 December 2018

Update to the news post on 04 Dec 18 regarding entry rules for families into South Africa

Further to our post on 04 Dec 18 regarding entry rules for families into South Africa, please see below an official statement from the South African Department of Home Affairs regarding the relaxation of immigration for children travelling to South Africa. It is important to note that while carrying the supporting documents is no longer a requirement, it is still recommended that travellers continue to carry them because they may be requested in certain instances.

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05 December 2018

Kruger National Park gets four vehicles for people with mobility challenges

The Kruger National Park on Tuesday, introduced four vehicles which will be used to transport tourists with mobility challenges on game viewing activities.

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05 December 2018

Maasai Mara 'Moments of Wonder' campaign to boost low-season trips

Reuters Plus – the commercial arm of the global news provider – has been recruited as part of a drive to double tourist numbers at Kenya’s Maasai Mara Natural Reserve.

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04 December 2018

KTB - US Roadshow

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has partnered with over 10 private companies in a deal that will see them conduct roadshow campaigns in select US cities to attract more international visitors as the holiday high season sets in. The promotional roadshows, which began yesterday, will run until December 7 and will cover New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.

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04 December 2018

Application for Membership - Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection

Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection 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).

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03 December 2018

The evolving role of the DMO in optimising tourism opportunities

From the dawn of democracy in South Africa, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming swathes of visitors from across the globe. Some came to see the remarkable country that Nelson Mandela did so much to promote, some came simply as part of curiosity and the travel bug biting them. In almost 25 years, the tourism industry here has experienced a period of rapid evolution, and it’s time to examine just how effective our role is in encouraging tourism growth.

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03 December 2018

South Africa relaxes entry rules for families

South Africa is no longer requiring families travelling to the destination from visa-free countries to carry birth certificates for children.

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03 December 2018

Application for Membership - Safari by Z

Safari by Z 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).

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