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31 May 2018

Africa’s hotel industry is booming—but only in a small number of markets

The hotel sector in Africa is thriving, recording a steady improvement in demand and performance, drawing financier interest, and constituting an active segment of the real-estate investment market.

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31 May 2018

Application for Membership - Sega Tours & Cruises

Sega Tours & Cruises 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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30 May 2018

Zimbabwe: Elections Set For 30 July

President Mnangagwa has proclaimed July 30 as the date for the harmonised election to choose the President, National Assembly members and Councillors.

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30 May 2018

China Southern Airlines Increases Nairobi Flights

China Southern Airlines has increased its Nairobi-Guangzhou flights to three times a week to tap increased business and tourism travel between the two countries.

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29 May 2018

Cape Town International to hold special renaming meeting

Four of South Africa's airports will be undergoing a name change as part of the Transformation of Heritage Landscape Government Programme.

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29 May 2018

Uganda turns to its dark history to attract tourists

Looking to attract more tourists, the government of Uganda plans to unveil a war museum showcasing colonial-era wars and more recent conflicts. It will feature a figure many Ugandans would rather not remember - the late president Idi Amin.

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28 May 2018

Tanzania - 5 more parks to boost tourism

President John Magufuli has approved a proposal to upgrade five game reserves into national parks to widen the country's tourism scope. Natural resources and tourism minister, Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, broke the good news in the National Assembly on Tuesday while winding up the ministry's budget estimates for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

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24 May 2018

New Atta Members this month - May

Ubon Safari - United Kingdom - www.ubonsafari.com Travelshoppe Company - Kenya - www.travelshoppesafaris.com/

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24 May 2018

How will SA's tourism industry achieve its goal to double job creation?

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s budget vote in parliament on 17th May hit all the right notes, but if South Africa wants to deliver on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s challenge to the sector to double the number of people it employs, then the sector needs broader government support.

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24 May 2018

British Airways to expand on its daily Johannesburg schedule

At the end of October 2018, British Airways will be adding four more weekly flights to its double-daily London-Johannesburg schedule.

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23 May 2018

#AirSeychelles ups #Johannesburg flights to six a week

Air Seychelles has just announced that it will increase the frequency of its services between Seychelles and Johannesburg to six flights per week starting from Tuesday, 3 July, 2018. The new service has been introduced to meet the strong travel demand on the Johannesburg route, with increasing number of guests visiting the Seychelles archipelago.

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23 May 2018

Rwanda Becomes Arsenal's First Tourism Partner

Rwanda is Arsenal’s first-ever tourism partner. The top-flight English Premier League football club will have all their teams wear ‘Visit Rwanda’ on the sleeves.

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23 May 2018

Application for Membership - Boundless Southern Africa

Boundless Southern 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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22 May 2018

BA adds Heathrow-Marrakech service

British Airways has launched a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow.

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22 May 2018

Tanzania Tourism Sector Review

Tanzania will review its 1999 Tourism Policy to attract more private companies to invest in tourism, especially in the southern part of the country, which teems with wildlife, beaches, historical sites and geological features.

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21 May 2018

Strandfontein desalination water gets thumbs up on rainy Cape Town day

Cape Town's Strandfontein desalination plant is up and running. Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson was given a taste of the first 3 megalitres (ML) being produced there as rainwater dripped off his nose at the beachfront site on Monday.

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21 May 2018

Ethiopia to make Emperor Menelik’s palace a tourist site

The palace of Minilik was built 100 years ago by King Menelik II and this year, Ethiopian government will make it a tourist site.

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21 May 2018

Application for Membership - Luciano Tours & Travel

Luciano Tours & 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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20 May 2018

Tourism Transformation Fund: Calling all savvy tourism business entrepreneurs

Tourism as an industry is growing worldwide and in South Africa specifically it is seen as a beacon of hope - adding 9% to the GDP contribution and targets set for it to be doubled in the year ahead.

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17 May 2018

EU Film Festival Returns to Harare

THE European Union Film Festival returned to Harare this week for its second edition and kicked off this Tuesday at Theatre in The Park, running until the 19th of May.

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17 May 2018

Fastjet, Emirates interline agreement to stimulate future traffic connections

Following its migration to its new reservation platform, Fastjet has concluded a refreshed interline agreement with Emirates.

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16 May 2018

RwandAir touches down in Cape Town

With the aim of boosting tourism, trade and investment with the rest of Africa, RwandAir has extended its Kigali-Harare route to include Cape Town.

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16 May 2018

Kenya Airways reduces intra-Africa baggage allowance

Kenya Airways has reduced the baggage allowance on its intra-Africa routes to one bag per passenger.

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15 May 2018

SA plans to ease visa admin for holders of valid US, UK or Canadian visas

When it comes to making it easier for key markets to visit South Africa as well as concluding key travel business deals, the "proof is in the doing", says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

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13 May 2018

Atta wins Gold at Indaba

At last week's newly rebranded Africa's Travel Indaba, Atta won a GOLD stand award for in the Tourism Marketing Organisation Category

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10 May 2018

Zimbabwe is back with record tourist numbers

Zimbabwe’s top resort town, Victoria Falls, has received a record number of tourists, and healthy forward bookings, according to Africa Albida Tourism (AAT).

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10 May 2018

#WTMA18: Digital as the predominant channel for travel

With the ever-growing digital landscape, trends and technologies are becoming increasingly challenging to identify and as digital is evolving in the travel space, it's become crucial to look at relevant and growing trends and just how people are responding to them. Damian Cook, CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers shared some key trends when it comes to the digital landscape at WTM Africa 2018.

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09 May 2018

#Indaba2018: Tourism's time in the spotlight

Over 1,000 exhibitors enjoy the attention of thousands of attendees including over 1,400 buyers from 68 countries at Africa's Travel Indaba 2018, which takes place in Durban this month. This iteration of Indaba is an essential one for the continent's growing tourism sector. Investor confidence is at an all-time high across Africa, but the continent faces challenges that are particular to the region, too.

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09 May 2018

Atta Financial Update: 09.05.2018

Executive summary: Junk bonds getting junkier Felonious footnotery is an overstatement. But reading the financing small print of KKR & Co.’s latest buyout would be enough to make even Michael Milken blush.

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08 May 2018

South Africa: Tourism Ministers Discuss Integrated Regional Tourism

Tourism Ministers from several African Countries have called for greater regional cooperation to ensure growth in tourism across the continent.

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08 May 2018

Surf’s Up: Direct to Durban

Travellers hoping to escape the Northern Hemisphere’s shorter days and long, cold nights this winter have a new destination: the South African city of Durban with the start of British Airways’ new direct service.

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07 May 2018

Fly Paris to Seychelles on Joon, Air France Sister Airlines

The Joon Airbus A340 landed at the International Airport at Pointe Larue in the early hours of Sunday, at 12.15 am, carrying 277 passengers from Paris, CDG Airport. Joon departed the island nation at 01.30am.

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07 May 2018

East Africa: Tourism On Indian Ocean Rim Association Meeting

#ThirdIORAMeetingofExperts - Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) have gathered in Durban, South Africa ahead of Africa's Travel Indaba for a two-day engagement to map a way forward in advancing coastal and marine tourism in the region.

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03 May 2018

African Continental Free Trade Agreement to be welcomed as a boost for tourism

South African businesses don't have to try hard to find new markets, they just have to look in their own backyards at other African states. Intra-African trade is notoriously poor - in fact, it's the worst of any region of the world at just 18%. While the causes are numerous, one stands out: it is extremely difficult to do business across borders on the continent. Businesses from Africa find a more welcoming approach from markets outside our continent.

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03 May 2018

Tourism and Home Affairs 'Close to an agreement' on travel of minors

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says he and his Home Affairs counterpart Malusi Gigaba are “close to an agreement” on the travel of minor children to South Africa.

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02 May 2018

Government, Fedhasa address VAT increase concerns across SA hospitality industry

The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) has made progressive strides with government regarding the impact of the recent increase in Value-Added Tax, which has raised concerns across South Africa's hospitality establishments in serving its government clientele.

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02 May 2018

Morocco National Carrier Set For Flights To 5 East African Cities

Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), has announced plans to launch flights to five other East African cities only two years after it began its Casablanca-Nairobi operations.

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01 May 2018

Trade expansion, reintroduction of direct India-S Africa flights between Johannesburg-Mumbai mooted at biz summit

Delegates and industry leaders from India and South Africa have discussed ways to expand the trade relationship between the two countries and mooted the reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai

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