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28 March 2018

Kenya unveils tourism promotion plans as AHIF heads to Nairobi

In six months’ time, Kenya will show itself off to the world with an unprecedented week of tourism promotion.

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28 March 2018

New Atta Members this month - March

Bushtrek Safaris - Kenya One Nature Hotels and Resorts - United Arab Emirates African Sky Safaris & Tours - South Africa The Capital Apartments and Hotels - South Africa El Karama Lodge - Kenya

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28 March 2018

Atta Financial Update: 28.03.2018

Executive summary: Replacing the gold standard with the PhD standard Jim Grant quipped during a monetary policy hearing that the United States Federal Reserve Bank had replaced the Gold Standard with the PhD Standard. It’s been seven years to the day since Jim’s admonishment – how right (or wrong) was he?

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27 March 2018

Virgin Atlantic doubles Johannesburg service in NW18

Virgin Atlantic last week opened reservation for its planned 2nd daily London Heathrow – Johannesburg flight, scheduled for Northern winter 2018/19 season, effective from 28OCT18. The new flight will be using the new flight number range with VS4xx.

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27 March 2018

Ethiopia: New Brand Promoting Tourism Potentials

It has been over one year since Ethiopia has come up with new national tourism brand , "Land of Origins" replacing its over half century brand "Thirteen Months' Sun Shine". So what needs to be done in terms of familiarizing the new tourism motto?

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26 March 2018

Vic Falls Airport capacity utilisation increases

VICTORIA Falls International Airport's capacity utilisation has risen from 21 to 26 percent recently while tourism players recorded a 20 percent boom in business owing to consistency by airlines in servicing the route.

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26 March 2018

Plan to reintroduce sale of game meat to boost tourism

Kenya is seeking to reintroduce selling of game meat at restaurants and hotels to boost competitiveness of the facilities on the global culinary landscape.

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22 March 2018

Ethiopia: Govt Promotes Tourist Attractions in Brussels

Addis Ababa March 21/2018 The Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels in collaboration with Ghent University held tourism exhibition aiming at promoting the country's tourism potentials.

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22 March 2018

South Africa: E-Visas a Victory for Tourism and Job Creation

The DA's campaign calling for the introduction of electronic visas to make it easier for tourists to come to South Africa has finally paid off. According to a reply to DA parliamentary question, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) confirmed that the first phase of the e-visa system will be piloted by the 31st of March 2019.

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22 March 2018

Application for Membership - Trust My Travel

Trust My Travel 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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22 March 2018

Application for Membership - H12 Art of Life - Delta Dunes

H12 Art of Life - Delta Dunes 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 March 2018

Western Kenya airstrips stir up business

Kabunde Airstrip in Homa Bay County is proving to be a goldmine in turning around the lakeside county’s economic fortunes. Tourism, hotel and taxi businesses are looking up since the airstrip located six kilometres from Homa Bay Town received its first commercial flights in January.

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21 March 2018

Animated Videos Showcase Sustainable Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town Tourism’s proactive stance when guiding the industry’s responsible tourism practices has won the support of the business community, with this yielding a series of videos being donated from leading South African animation organisation Sea Monster Entertainment.

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21 March 2018

Yellow Fever Vaccinations

There has recently been severe shortages of the Yellow Fever Vaccinations, specifically in the USA where the number of official vaccination centres has dropped from 4,500 to just 250.

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21 March 2018

Participation at Trade Shows

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This past weekend the Kenya Tourism Board announced that they would no longer be participating in future international trade shows as was posted on eTurboNews.

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20 March 2018

Zim, Moza urged to collaborate in tourism

ZIMBABWE, Mozambique and Zambia should collaborate in the development of the Luanga confluence to develop tourism in the area.

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20 March 2018

South African Airways closes Abuja bookings in NS18

South African Airways in recent inventory update adjusted Johannesburg – Abuja route.

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19 March 2018

Bridging the tourism gap: Ghana to host major sub-regional forum

The Ghana Tourism Authority in partnership with the West Africa Tourism Organization (WATO) will be hosting the maiden edition of the West Africa Integrated Travel (WAIT) forum from 20th to 21st March 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

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19 March 2018

Tourism to Africa is new top Destination for Chinese Tourists By Juergen T Steinmetz -March 19, 20186401

A survey shows a record high number of Chinese respondents—more than 60%—who plan to travel in-depth in 2018. “In-depth travels” is a term used by travel websites in China to describe the type of trips that involve more unconventional journeys beyond the typical tourist experience. For the very first time, Africa moved up to first place as the top in-depth travel destination Chinese travelers hope to visit in 2018, dethroning the ever-popular Japan and Australia.

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16 March 2018

How the free movement of people could benefit Africa

The African Union (AU) has adopted a Free Movement Protocol and a draft plan of action to go with it. The idea was first set out in the Abuja Treaty, which was endorsed in 1991 at the establishment of the African Economic Community. The AU’s protocol defines free movement as the right to enter and exit member states and move freely within them, subject to the states’ laws and procedures. It regards the freedom to travel or move goods across the continent as likely to boost the economic integration of Africa.

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16 March 2018

Riders to Push EAC Integration Agenda

A cycling tour involving 100 people from East African Community (EAC) member states has been organised to promote regional integration and boost tourism in the region through adventurous learning programmes.

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15 March 2018

Virgin Atlantic announces second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg

Virgin Atlantic is today announcing a second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg OR TAMBO airport. The new flights will go on sale on 24th March 2018 and will be operated by Boeing 787-9 offering the airline’s latest cabin interiors and inflight entertainment, as well as Wi-Fi on every flight.

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15 March 2018

FCO Travel Advice- Tanzania - 15 March 2018

15 March 2018: Latest update: Local laws and customs section – you should carry identification (a copy of your passport and visa/permit) at all times; if you’re planning to send your passport to the UK for renewal or replacement while in Tanzania, you’re advised to attend your local Immigration Service office and request a certified copy of your passport bio data page and any work or residence permits; Entry requirements section (Visas) – if you’re getting a visa on arrival, you may be asked for proof of your return journey

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15 March 2018

Victoria Falls Launches a Major Recycling Project

Victoria Falls is going greener with the launch of its very own recycling project, which is expected to have a major impact in protecting the environment around one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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14 March 2018

Zimbabwe inbound tourism hits record high

Foreign tourist arrivals to Zimbabwe hit record highs between December last year and February this year and are expected to continue into next year, local tour operators have said.

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14 March 2018

Atta Legal: Advice on GDPR

There is to be a new Data Protection Bill to implement the GDPR and to ensure it says on the statute book post Brexit. It applies to all data collected, whether it remains inside the EU or is sent outside, anywhere else in the world.

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13 March 2018

USAID ROUTES Partnership to present at AviaDev Africa

AviaDev—the only forum that is dedicated to growing air connectivity to, from and within the African continent —is delighted to announce the signing of a new conference participation agreement with the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership.

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12 March 2018

#UNWTO progresses #Africa agenda during #ITB2018

An African ministerial working meeting conveyed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during this year’s Berlin International Tourism Fair ITB (8 March) agreed to move ahead with a new ten-point UNWTO Agenda for Africa. The final document will be adopted at the UNWTO Commission meeting for Africa, taking place in Nigeria in June this year.

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12 March 2018

Legal Update: CPA - Supply Chain & Liability

What is this so-called ‘supply chain’ referred to in the CPA and what are the liability implications? Should suppliers be worried? ‘Yes indeed’ says tourism specialist Advocate Louis Nel (AKA louis-THE-lawyer) Supply chain is defined in the CPA as follows so you can see that it is very broad & all encompassing: ‘The collectivity of all suppliers who directly or indirectly contribute in turn to the ultimate supply of those goods or services to a consumer, whether as a producer, importer, distributor or retailer of goods, or as a service provide’

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11 March 2018

Atta Financial Update: 11.03.18

Shame is forgotten, debts are not. ~ Chinese Proverb “President for life”. It’s a grandiose title, no doubt. But its allure is directly related to which particular institution one is going to be president of; and for which period of history. In the instance of Emperor Xi and his highly geared fiefdom – the People Republic of China – there is less allure than some think.

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11 March 2018

IATA global passenger traffic results reflect slowest year-over-year increase

The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) global passenger traffic results for January 2018 show that traffic - revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) - rose by 4.6% compared to that of January 2017. These results indicate the slowest year-over-year increase in nearly four years, however, results were affected by the timing of the later Lunar New Year in 2018, as well as less favourable comparisons with the strong upward trend in traffic seen in late 2016-early 2017.

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08 March 2018

AviaDev delivers a new route between Cape Town and Kigali

AviaDev, Africa’s only event dedicated to growing connectivity to, from and within the African continent, will take place in Cape Town in June 2018. The networking event, which is entering its third year of growth, initially took place in Kigali in 2016 and 2017.

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08 March 2018

Cape Town has pulled together to cut water consumption & beat ‘Day Zero’ this year

According to the City of Cape Town’s modelling, “Day Zero” – the projected date when the city would cut the ordinary supply of water to its citizens – will not take place this year. This achievement is due to residents, businesses, farmers and visitors pulling together to drastically reduce their consumption by 57% in three years.

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06 March 2018

Tourism business incubator launched in Limpopo

"Tourism in Limpopo is thriving, and it is critical that its socio-economic benefits are enjoyed by all," said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, who recently launched a tourism business incubator to ensure the viability and sustainability of SMMEs in the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality.

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06 March 2018

Rwanda: Chinese Official Pledges to Rally Tourists to Rwanda

The director of Guangzhou tourism municipality Liu Yumei has pledged to work together with Rwandan officials to promote tourism which could see more Chinese tourists visiting Rwanda. Yumei made the remarks on Monday during the closure of a three-day Guangzhou international travel fair 2018.

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05 March 2018

Application for Membership - El Karama Lodge

El Karama Lodge 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). El Karama Eco Lodge is an award-winning, intimate and family-friendly safari lodge hidden in the heart of Laikipia, Kenya.

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05 March 2018

New direct flights from Kisumu to Mombasa to boost tourism

The local tourism industry in Mombasa is delighted by the launch of the first ever direct flights from Kisumu to the Mombasa International Airport by a domestic airline. Tourism stakeholders in the coastal city termed the initiative by Silverstone Air as a bold step bound to give the tourism sector a ‘fabulous boost.’

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04 March 2018

Uganda to promote country's tourism in China

Uganda will soon contract private companies to market the country's tourism sector in all provinces of China. This was revealed by the chairperson of Uganda Tourism Board, Daudi Migereko, in an interview with Xinhua on Friday.

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02 March 2018

Atta Financial Update: 02.03.2018

Executive summary: Red sky in morning, sailor's warning It’s not quite checking the car seats for loose coins and old McDonald’s fries, but it’s pretty close. HNA Group – the Chinese conglomerate that owns over a quarter of Hilton Worldwide, among other holdings – has been repeatedly soliciting its own employees for money:

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01 March 2018

New Atta members in February

Green Safaris – Zambia Coffeebeans Routes - South Africa Explore Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Off The Track – Zimbabwe SawaSawa Africa – Kenya Africa House Safaris – Re-joined – Kenya

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01 March 2018

Zimbabwe: Vic Falls to Anchor Proposed Tourism Hub

Johannesburg, South Africa — President Mnangagwa has directed Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira to lead the process in setting up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for tourism, a project that will see Hwange, Victoria Falls and Kariba transform into a hub of tourism on the entire continent.

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