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28 February 2018

#MeetingsAfrica18: Share-economy highlighted ahead of official opening

More meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) strategically pegged to bring much-needed investment and boost SA's economic growth, continue to be the tall order of the day.

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28 February 2018

Cape Town airport set to get quieter as it cuts boarding calls

Tinny announcements in search of airline passengers hugging a bar stool are aggravating to everyone, prompting a global move towards the introduction of "silent airports" - which Cape Town is now joining.

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27 February 2018

Water savvy wineries ensure water-wise OmmiBerg Harvest Celebration

In support of the water-saving initiatives of the Western Cape Government, Cape Winelands District Municipality and Drakenstein Municipality, the organisers of the popular OmmiBerg Harvest Celebration in March have put plans in place to ensure that the event is water-wise

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27 February 2018

Application for Membership - The Capital Apartments and Hotels

The Capital Apartments and Hotels 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). What Makes The Capital Hotels and Apartments Good for Business?

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26 February 2018

Singapore Airlines increases Johannesburg service in 3Q18

Singapore Airlines during Northern summer peak season is expanding service to South Africa, as the airline schedules 10 weekly Singapore – Johannesburg service. Additional flights will be offered from 01JUL18 to 31AUG18, on board Airbus A350-900XWB.

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26 February 2018

Tourism fastest growing economic sector

World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) programme manager for Botswana, Vanessa Satur says tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification to become one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world.

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26 February 2018

Uganda, Kenya launch one stop border post

Uganda’s president and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday commissioned the Busia One Stop (OSBP) Border Post effectively adding a major exit point between the East African countries.The Busia OSBP is part of the East African Community (EAC) regional initiative, implemented jointly with Kenya and Uganda, supported by development partners through Trademark East Africa.

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23 February 2018

Atta Financial Update: 23.02.2018

Executive summary: Aw, Snap! Evan Spiegel, one of the co-founders of Snapchap and its current CEO (read Snap Inc. NYSE: SNAP), already has an interesting life CV. He’s a Stanford University alumni – well, almost. He dropped out of design school shortly after receiving thunderous ridicule from classmates for his Snapchatesque idea at the time. He’s also the youngest billionaire in the world (or at least was in 2015 – he may be been pipped recently by the adolescent Hugh Grosvenor, heir to the Duke of Westminster’s fortune ).

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22 February 2018

Meet the Experience Africa team at ITB Berlin

Availability is now limited for suppliers to be part of Experience Africa, our upcoming 3-day travel event in London.

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22 February 2018

Tourists stakeholders confident of vibrant season

Tourists walk next to beach operators along the shores of the Indian Ocean in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. (Photo-Reuters Africa) Tourism stakeholders at the Kenyan Coast are upbeat of a more vibrant cruise ship circuit in the next coming season, which begins in September this year.

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22 February 2018

Application for Membership - Shearwater Victoria Falls

Shearwater Victoria Falls 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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21 February 2018

SA’s Budget Speech – key points for the tourism industry

South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba gave the 2018 Budget Speech on Wednesday afternoon (Feb 21), touching on key industry points.

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21 February 2018

Application for Membership - African Sky Safaris & Tours

African Sky Safaris & Tours 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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20 February 2018

Application for Membership - Bushtrek Safaris

Bushtrek 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).

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20 February 2018

Application for Membership - One Nature Hotels and Resorts

One Nature Hotels and Resorts 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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20 February 2018

South Africa: #DayZero - Cape Town Buys One More Month

Day Zero, the day we may have to start queuing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014)," Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement.

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20 February 2018

Conservationists Hope World Bank Funds Will Help Save Selous

Conservationists believe that part of $150 million (about Sh330 billion) offered by the World Bank for boosting tourism in the southern circuit can be used to mitigate effects of economic projects planned within the Selous Game Reserve.

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19 February 2018

SA tourism performing better than other growth sectors

South Africa’s tourism industry has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s focus on growth in the sector but will need more support from the government.

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19 February 2018

KTB pushes for change of tack in county tourism

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) wants county governments engaged in formulation of a national calendar of events that help attract tourists to their jurisdictions.

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16 February 2018

Atta Financial Update: 16.02.2018

Executive summary: As a digression from the previous few weeks of market turbulence, let’s switch attention to the constructive story of 50 Cent (and a nod to the gentlemen at Grants IRO for the heads up).

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15 February 2018

Luanda Authorities Apprehend 21 Kilos of Ivory

At least 21 kilos of ivory estimated at USD 74,000 were seized in Luanda by the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) in August and October 2017.

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15 February 2018

Application for Membership - Off The Track

Off The Track 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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14 February 2018

Tanzania: World Bank Project a Big Boost for Tourism

The World Bank's $150 million Resilient Natural Resources for Tourism Growth (Regrow) project to upgrade and promote the Southern Circuit is a major economic boost for a region where the potential of tourism has not yet been fully tapped.

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14 February 2018

Rwandair adds new African destinations in 2Q18

Rwandair earlier this week announced new network expansion in Africa, as the airline plans to include Abuja and Cape Town to its network, starting in the 2nd quarter of 2018. Planned schedule as follows.

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14 February 2018

Application for Membership - SawaSawa Africa

SawaSawa Africa 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). SawaSawa Africa, has been a natural evolution, a culmination of the meeting of minds, a shared view point on service delivery in Destination Management (Travel & Tourism).

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13 February 2018

Cape Town, New York kicks off with tourism co-marketing campaign

The co-marketing agreement between Cape Town Tourism and NYC & Company which sees the two destination marketing agencies pool their resources to market each other's destinations is going live in February 2018. With special airfare offers and more, Cape Town is set to receive more New Yorkers.

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13 February 2018

Uganda to host 4th tourism expo

Tourism has emerged the highest foreign exchange earner for the country, contributing about $1.4b to the country’s gross domestic product.

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12 February 2018

Zimbabwe's government to review visa regime to boost tourism

The government is in the process of reviewing the country's visa requirements to boost tourism and attract foreign direct investment, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has said. He was speaking at a recent national tourism strategy workshop hosted by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

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12 February 2018

Suspected poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said Monday, adding that little was left of the victim's body.

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12 February 2018

RwandAir launches flights to Cape Town

Government has granted traffic rights to rising airline, RwandAir, to service the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route. The flights, given on a fifth freedom basis, will commence on May 16, this year.

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09 February 2018

Rhino poaching in South Africa has dipped but corruption hinders progress

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa in 2017 was lower than 2016’s, according to South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. Last year, 1028 rhinos were killed compared to 1054 in 2016, a decrease of 26 animals (2.5%).

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09 February 2018

Zim Govt moves to stem tourism bottlenecks

Government has said it will soon announce a committee to look into impediments that are constraining the growth in the tourism industry.

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08 February 2018

The Gambia rejoins the Commonwealth

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gave a statement welcoming The Gambia re-joining the Commonwealth.

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08 February 2018

Zimbabwe: ZTA to Host National Tourism Sector Strategy

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry (MOTHI) are set to host the National Tourism Strategic Sector (NTSS) Consultative Workshops tour across various provinces in Zimbabwe between 8 and 23 February 2018.

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08 February 2018

South African Tourism appoints campaign and partnerships manager

South African Tourism has hired a campaign and partnerships manager to help ensure the trade is benefitting from wide-ranging consumer marketing campaigns. Rachel Lewis joined the tourism board in the newly-created role from South Australia Tourism Commission, where she was marketing executive.

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07 February 2018

Assassination of famous US wildlife anti-poaching czar shocks East African conservation fraternity

The killing of the famous American anti-poaching investigator in Kenya last Sunday has brought shock among the wildlife conservation fraternity in Tanzania, bringing to 3 the number of foreign anti-poaching campaigners killed in East Africa in recent years.

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07 February 2018

Could golf be the new tourism frontier for Rwanda?

The country’s only golf facility, the Kigali Golf Club, is the youngest in the East African region, and one of the youngest in the world. Established 30 years ago, it is still work in progress in all aspects of the word.

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06 February 2018

Zimbabwe: New Airport for Kariba . . . Move to Boost Tourism

Kariba Municipality has availed land to Government for the construction of a new airport that is expected to boost tourism in the prime destination. Speaking after visiting Kariba Airport last Friday, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo said locations for new airports have already been identified in Beitbridge and Mutare.

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06 February 2018

South African NS18 Dakar / Washington aircraft changes

South African Airways in recent schedule update filed aircraft changes for Johannesburg – Dakar Blaise Diagne – Washington Dulles route, effective from 25MAR18. The Star Alliance member plans to operate this route with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, instead of -300. This route is served 3 times a week.

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05 February 2018

‘How Many Elephants’ Exhibition Is Closing The Gap Between Scientific Information And Human Connection.

Few people know that 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory. At this astonishing rate they will be extinct by 2025. World record adventurer, artist and conservationist, Holly Budge, has turned this disheartening statistic into a powerful art installation that presents a physical commentary on the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade, to raise awareness and funds to support anti-poaching projects.

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04 February 2018

$253m for airports upgrade

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) is working on plans to splash millions of dollars on airport development and refurbishment as it seeks to spur economic activities such as tourism and trade.

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04 February 2018

Following China, Hong Kong slaps ban on domestic sale of ivory

Hong Kong has placed a ban on its domestic ivory trade weeks after mainland China enforced a total ban on sales of ivory items in a bid to protect elephants. To be implemented gradually, the quasi-sovereign city-state aims to abolish the trade by 2021 in its region.

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01 February 2018

Air Peace Launches Kano, Yola Flights

Air Peace has announced plans to launch its Kano and Yola services on February 12 and 15 respectively. The services, the airline said, will cover Lagos-Kano-Lagos; Kano-Abuja-Kano; Lagos-Yola-Lagos; and Abuja-Yola-Abuja. The carrier had earlier fixed February 19 for commencement of its flights from Lagos to Freetown in Sierra Leone, Banjul in The Gambia and Dakar in Senegal, but with the addition of Kano and Yola, the airline will be launching five new routes in February alone.

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01 February 2018

South African Airways introduces the new Airbus A330-300 on the Johannesburg to London route and rationalises frequency

South African Airways (SAA) has announced plans to introduce the new A330-300 on the London route from March 2018. The airline has also decided to adjust frequencies on the route to a single daily service.

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