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30 April 2018

Marriott moves into West Africa

The opening of the Accra Marriott Hotel near the Ghanaian capital marks the Marriot hotel group's debut in West Africa.

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30 April 2018

Zimbabwe banks on Heritage Tourism

Zimbabwe Government’s enshrinement programme is set to take heritage tourism to greater heights following the allocation of resources from treasury.

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29 April 2018

African wild dogs return to Gorongosa National Park

A pack of African wild dogs has been transported from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to Mozambique for reintroduction into Gorongosa National Park, marking the return of this species to the park after an absence of more than 25 years and signifying the first wild dog introduction by humans into Mozambique. The relocation is an initiative driven by the South African Wild Dog Advisory Group.

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29 April 2018

Malawi signs tourism pact with Zambia

Malawi has signed a tourism pact with Zambia that will see the two countries complementing each other rather than competing in the sector.

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26 April 2018

Zanzibar Gears Up for Major Tourism Show

Looking to promote the Zanzibar tourism sector, the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Antiquities has come up with the 'Zanzibar Tourism Show' that will be held for the first time in October, this year.

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26 April 2018

Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting 'baby boom'

Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates.

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26 April 2018

New Atta Members this month – March

Shearwater Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe - www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com H12 Art of Life - Delta Dunes – Kenya - www.h12africa.com/ Trust My Travel - United Kingdom - www.trustmytravel.com VoyagesAfriq Travel Media – Ghana - www.voyagesafriq.com Safari-Insider – Austria - www.safari-insider.com WOLF – Rwanda - www.wolf-dmc.com Off 2 Africa – Zimbabwe - www.off2africa.travel Ndutu Safari Lodge – Tanzania - www.ndutu.com

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26 April 2018

Application for Membership - Travelshoppe Company

Travelshoppe Company 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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25 April 2018

Ethiopia is now Africa's fastest growing economy

Ethiopia, Africa's second most populated country, is forecast to be the fastest growing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa this year, according to new data from the IMF.

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25 April 2018

Rwanda tourism set to welcome the next Commonwealth Meeting

Branding as the Land of a Thousand Hills, Rwanda has been chosen the next host of the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting the forthcoming two years.

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24 April 2018

New direct flight between Frankfurt and Addis Ababa

Lufthansa, one of the most recognized airlines in the world and the first European airlines to fly to Addis Ababa is on the verge of launching its non-stop flight to Frankfurt this year. The first non-stop flight is to commence in October as the German carrier is readying itself to celebrate its 50th anniversary of service to Ethiopia.

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24 April 2018

“We need to act now”: Finn Partners launches global sustainable tourism consultancy at WTTC Global Summit

One of the world’s top marketing and communication companies Finn Partners, has announced its intention to face environmental concerns and address sustainability issues head-on with the launch of its new ‘global responsible tourism consultancy’.

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23 April 2018

Delegates attending AviaDev encouraged to “save like a local”

AviaDev, Africa's premier event dedicated to growing connectivity to, from and within the continent will be promoting water conservation during its event in Cape Town this June. The event, hosted in partnership with Cape Town Air Access and Tsogo Sun hotels, aims to ensure the 250 attendees expected “save like a local” during their visit.

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23 April 2018

Kenya sets sights on more Chinese tourists

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) last week launched a video marketing campaign targeting the Chinese travel market during a media forum in Beijing.

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22 April 2018

Transport changes to impact tourism industry

The way in which transport changes in future will have a big impact on the tourism industry - in South Africa and the world, according to Gillian Saunders, deputy CEO and head of advisory at Grant Thornton Johannesburg.

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22 April 2018

Rare Antelope Making a Comeback in Garissa Sanctuary

Africa’s most endangered antelope, the hirola, is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of a remote community in Garissa County, northern Kenya. A recent aerial and ground survey conducted by the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust concluded that there has been a 140% increase in the number of animals in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary since it was established in 2012. The fate of hirola outside the sanctuary, however, remains dire and numbers in the free-ranging population continues to decline.

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20 April 2018

Atta Marketing & Communication Manager

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An opportunity has arisen to join the team at Atta HQ taking responsibility for all marketing and communication activities for our growing membership base.

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19 April 2018

Rwanda showcases attractions at China tourism exhibition

Rwanda Development Board showcased the country’s travel and tourism attractions at this year’s China’s Outbound Travel and Tourism Market which closed yesterday.

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19 April 2018

Air Tanzania plans regional flights to Kenya, rest of EAC

Tanzania's national carrier, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), is planning to start flying to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

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18 April 2018

Tourism Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. Euromonitor International’s Senior Research Analyst Christy Tawii will speak on ‘Tourism Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa’ at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa 2018, which opened today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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18 April 2018

WTM-Africa Kicks Off in Cape Town

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. It is all systems go as WTM Africa 2018 kicks off today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to deliver an exhibition dedicated to furthering the potential of tourism on the continent and elsewhere in the world.

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18 April 2018

Application for Membership - Ubon Safari

Ubon Safari 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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17 April 2018

AviaDev- driving tourism development through increased air connectivity

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According to the UNWTO, over 50% of all international tourists arrive at their destination by air. In their 2036 forecast, IATA predicts that Africa will grow by 5.9% annually, making it the fastest growing region globally. By 2036, the continent will see an extra 274 million passengers a year for a total market of 400 million passengers

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17 April 2018

Application for Membership - Ndutu Safari Lodge

Ndutu Safari 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).

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17 April 2018

FCO Travel Advice: South Africa - 17 Apr 2018

17 April 2018: Latest update: Entry requirements section (Dual citizenship) – if you hold South African citizenship, you must enter and exit South Africa on your South African passport; it is an offence under South African law for a citizen aged 18 or over to enter or leave the country on a foreign passport

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17 April 2018

Zimbabwe: Three Years Later, Zimbabwe Appoints Ambassador to the UK

ZIMBABWE has appointed a new ambassador to the United Kingdom, more than three years after the retirement of Harare’s former top diplomat in London, Gabriel Machinga.

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16 April 2018

Ethiopia ends online blackout

Internet users in Ethiopia said on Monday the government appeared to have ended a three-month online blackout, raising hopes of a relaxation of restrictions after the arrival of a new prime minister who promised reforms.

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16 April 2018

Application for Membership - Off 2 Africa

Off 2 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).

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16 April 2018

Zimbabwe to double tourist arrivals to 5 million

Zimbabwe is looking to double tourist arrivals to five million by 2020, the head of the country’s tourism promotion agency has said.

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15 April 2018

Daphne Sheldrick – RIP

Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E 1934 – 2018

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12 April 2018

New laws to better protect millions of Brits who book holidays online

UK families spend on average £22.10 per week on package travel abroad, which represents over a third (33%) of household spending on recreation and culture. With the advent of online booking, the way we buy holidays has changed significantly in recent years, with 83% of Brits booking a holiday online in 2017, compared to 76% in 2016.

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12 April 2018

The travel industry in South Africa is on the road to diversity, says Grant Thornton

The South African business arena continues to make strides towards achieving diversity, led, among others, by the travel industry. A new report from global professional services firm Grant Thornton has revealed that nearly half of the enterprises active in the sector are black-owned.

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12 April 2018

Zanzibar President advocates development of African air transport

Looking to attract more travelers from within the Africa and other continents, Zanzibar President had advocated for quick development of the African skies for African airlines.

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12 April 2018

Application for Membership - WOLF

WOLF 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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11 April 2018

Zambia turns to tourism as economic stimulus

The Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) is hosting more than 60 international buyers and media this week ahead of the Zambia Travel Expo (ZATEX) from April 12 to 14 in Lusaka.

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10 April 2018

Air France increases Nairobi service in NW18

Air France at the launch of Northern winter 2018/19 season plans to increase service to Kenya, which sees the addition of 4th weekly flight, on board Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Winter schedule begins on 28OCT18.

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10 April 2018

Application for Membership - Safari-Insider

Safari-Insider 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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09 April 2018

South Africa: Why April Rainfall Is Key to Stave Off Cape Town's Day Zero

In three weeks' time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019.

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08 April 2018

Zimbabwe: Govt Signs $1,2bn Tourism Investment Deal

President Mnangagwa yesterday witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will unlock $1,2 billion worth of investments into the tourism and hospitality industry from a Chinese company, which had been denied the deal for three years under the previous dispensation.

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05 April 2018

Joon launches 3 direct flights from Paris to Cape Town

On 4 April 2018 Cape Town Air Access (a partnership between Wesgro, the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa, South African Tourism, and Cape Town Tourism) officially welcomed the touchdown of airline ‘Joon’ at a press conference hosted in the Mother City.

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05 April 2018

Abiy Ahmed sworn in as Ethiopia's prime minister

Country's parliament elects Abiy Ahmed as new leader a week after his nomination as chairman of ruling coalition.

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04 April 2018

Tanzania: Tanapa, EXIM Launch New Collection System

EXIM Tanzania has reached another milestone in its digital initiatives after launching a new collection system where registered Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) tour operators can now make online payments from their offices.

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04 April 2018

Seychelles Tourism Board targets savvy travelers from emerging cities in China

It is under the “Call of the Islands: The Last Eden on Earth” banner that the Seychelles Tourism Board conducted its first China roadshow for 2018. The roadshow, which travelled to the cities of Hangzhou, Wuhan, Xi’An and Qingdao was targeting savvy travelers from these emerging cities.

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03 April 2018

Tanzania receives third aircraft in plan to revive national carrier

Tanzania has received its third aircraft of the six that President John Magufuli administration plans to acquire in order to revive State-owned Air Tanzania.

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03 April 2018

UK Government confirms UK ban on ivory sales

The UK will introduce a ban on ivory sales, Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed today as he set out our plans to help protect elephants for future generations.

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02 April 2018

Botswana: New President Vows to Tackle Unemployment

Botswana's new president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, used his inauguration speech on Sunday to vow to tackle youth unemployment in one of Africa's most stable countries.

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02 April 2018

Kenya's tourism minister advocates life sentences for Ivory possession

A Kenyan government official on Saturday said that anyone caught possessing ivory should be sentenced to life in prison as a headstone was unveiled for the world’s last male northern white rhinoceros.

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