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28 June 2018

No Day Zero for 2019 - City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero - the day when most of the taps will be turned off - will not happen in 2018 or 2019.

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28 June 2018

New Atta Members this month - June

Luciano Tours & Travel - Zambia - www.luciano-tours.com Boundless Southern Africa - South Africa - www.boundless-southernafrica.org Sega Tours & Cruises - Mauritius - www.segatours.com Soul of Tanzania -Tanzania - www.souloftanzania.com RwandAir - United Kingdom - www.rwandair.com Cartology Travel - United Kingdom - www.cartologytravel.com African Safari Excellence - South Africa - www.ase.co.tz Shayamanzi Houseboat - South Africa - www.shayamanzi.co.za Ikuka Safari Camp – Tanzania - www.ikukasafaricamp.com

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27 June 2018

Experience Africa 2018 - That's a wrap!

The inaugural Experience Africa wrapped up this evening in London after a fantastic three days of meetings, networking breaks, seminars and evening functions.

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27 June 2018

Tanzania: Gombe Tourist Flow Up As Flights Improve

Kigoma — THE introduction of reliable Dar es Salaam-Kigoma flight schedules by Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has boosted the number of tourists who visit Gombe National Park.

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27 June 2018

Application for Membership - SVS - Société de Voyages Sahariens

SVS - Société de Voyages Sahariens 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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26 June 2018

Ethiopian Airlines signs major deal with General Electric

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan led a large delegation of U.S. businesses and officials from across the U.S. government on a visit to Ethiopian Airlines. Under Secretary Kaplan met with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, to discuss potential ways for U.S. companies to partner with Ethiopian Airlines to achieve even greater growth, including in the construction and operation of new airports. The rest of the group toured Ethiopian Airlines’ impressive aviation academy and cargo facilities.

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26 June 2018

Cloud technology is the key to personalise South Africa's travel experiences

For the travel industry, the customer's experience is perhaps the most important variable in determining the long-term success of the business. Because of this, airlines, hotels and other travel-related operators are affected more by digital transformation than most.

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25 June 2018

Malawi: 'Cycling Can Boost Tourism for Malawi'

Blantyre — Organizers of Winter Series Maxima Challenge have described cycling as one of the sport that could help in boosting the country's tourism sector if it were taken seriously.

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25 June 2018

New parks planned to raise Tanzania wildlife tourism

Targeting to attract more tourists from wildlife resources, Tanzania National Parks has earmarked 5 game reserves for upgrading into national parks for photographic Tanzania wildlife tourism.

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25 June 2018

Application for Membership - Kitich Camp

Kitich Camp 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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24 June 2018

Importance of innovation and digitalisation in growing tourism

Digital transformation has solemnly grasped the tourism industry, increasingly altering operations and customer relations in a sector that contributed 3.7% to Kenya's GDP in 2017 and forecast to rise by 5.2% in 2018. The industry is experiencing a great deal of innovative disruption, with trends such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and mobile bookings and payments taking centre stage. Expectations from tourists have been set high, and relevant stakeholders continue to adapt to the technological changes in a bid to provide pertinent solutions suitable for the new digital environment.

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24 June 2018

African wild dogs make comeback at Gorongosa National Park

There are just 14 of them, far fewer than those that roamed Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park before the nearly two-decade civil war that started in the 1970s. As up to a million people lost their lives to violence and famine, much of the park’s wildlife also was wiped out – including the wild dogs, an endangered species vulnerable to snares and disease.

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21 June 2018

FCO Update: Madagascar 20 June 18

Latest update: Summary – the FCO no longer advise against all travel to Batterie Beach, north of Toliara (Tulear)

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21 June 2018

Cape Town dams: Midweek update reveals water levels are above 40%

Winter has seen a generally optimistic outlook around the drought which has ravaged the Western Cape, as the water levels of Cape Town dams have been on a steady rise.

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20 June 2018

Cape Town, Western Cape sets new global standard for water-wise tourism

The Western Cape province has shown a continued resilience in building a sustainable and water-wise destination amid drought concerns in the region, which has received a rapid and pragmatic response from both public and private enterprises. In the last three years, the City of Cape Town has reduced its usage by nearly 60% - a model the rest of the world can look to emulate.

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20 June 2018

Tanzania: Hope for Tourism As Tanzania Secures Investor for Mikumi Lodge

The government has secured an investor for the Mikumi Lodge in the famous Mikumi National Park, raising hope of an increase in the number of accommodation facilities for tourists in the area.

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19 June 2018

FCO Update: Madagascar 19 Jun 18

Latest update: Safety and security section (National parks)

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19 June 2018

Tanzania Tourism earnings grow by Tsh640bn in a year

Tourism earnings have almost gone up by 640bn/- in a year ending April on the back of increasing number of visitors. The earnings, according to the Bank of Tanzania, jumped up by over 640bn/- ($291.8m) in the period ended April this year compared by 330bn/- ($154.1m) registered on the corresponding period a year before.

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18 June 2018

Zimbabwe: Zim Relaxes Visa Terms for Chinese Tourists

All Chinese nationals visiting the country will now be required to obtain visas at ports of entry with effect from next month after Government reviewed the country's visa regime to boost the tourism industry. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Obert Mpofu said a firmer and all-inclusive arrangement was adopted following President Mnangagwa's visit to China in April this year.

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18 June 2018

SA’s tourism industry under the microscope at FEDHASA Cape AGM

South Africa’s thorny visa regulations came under the spotlight at the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) Cape region’s 2018 AGM, and Derek Hanekom, the Minister of Tourism reaffirmed the need for the cabinet’s decision to be implemented to ensure ease of access for international visitors, in a bid to grow tourism numbers in the country.

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18 June 2018

Application for Membership - Shayamanzi Houseboat

Shayamanzi Houseboat 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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18 June 2018

Application for Membership - Ikuka Safari Camp

Ikuka Safari Camp 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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15 June 2018

Application for Membership - African Safari Excellence

African Safari Excellence 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 June 2018

New flights connect Africa to Cape Town

Exciting news for Cape Town’s business and tourism sectors, two African Airways, who have recently started flying into Mother City plan on expanding these routes.

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14 June 2018

Application for Membership - Cartology Travel

Cartology 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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14 June 2018

Application for Membership - RwandAir

RwandAir 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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13 June 2018

Zim, Zambia agree on seamless service for tourists

The Zimbabwe Zambia Joint Tourism Facilitation Sub-Committee has held its inaugural bilateral meeting with tourism officials, agreeing on the need to prioritise seamless service for tourists and to refer the contentious issue of toll fees on vehicles crossing the Victoria Falls to the forthcoming joint bilateral tourism meeting set for Harare.

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12 June 2018

Madagascar has new govt after court order: president

Madagascar's president announced Monday that a new government had been appointed following a court ruling which called for a "consensus" administration to resolve a political crisis sparked by electoral reform.

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12 June 2018

South African Tourism Australia opens PR tender

South African Tourism is a statutory body whose main object is to promote tourism to and within South Africa, by marketing the country as a tourism destination both internationally and domestically. Although accountable to Parliament in South Africa, South African Tourism is an independent and impartial organisation affiliated to the Government of the Republic of South Africa.

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11 June 2018

Peace Parks Foundation agreement to develop ecotourism in Mozambique

In a bid to support the management and transformative tourism development of the Maputo Special Reserve (MSR) and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR), the Peace Parks Foundation - a transfrontier conservation NGO - has signed a partnership agreement with Mozambique to merge these two bodies into one management structure.

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08 June 2018

Angola asks to join Commonwealth

Angola will apply for membership to the Commonwealth, the community of English-speaking countries, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on his Twitter account.

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08 June 2018

Mozambique reforming tourism to attract investment: president

President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi said Thursday that the government has been implementing reforms aimed at transforming the tourism sector and increasing its appeal to investors.

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07 June 2018

RwandAir Secures Approval For Direct Flights To The US

Passengers using Rwanda’s National Carrier, RwandAir could start enjoying direct flight services to the United States, following US transport department’s approval.

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07 June 2018

Museveni bans plastic bags in Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the country's security chiefs to enforce the ban on the use of polythene bags.

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07 June 2018

Application for Membership - Soul of Tanzania

Soul of Tanzania 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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06 June 2018

Kenya Airways launches non-stop flights to Cape Town

The launch of the non-stop flights to the second-most populous urban city in South Africa is in line with the airline’s broader strategy to assert its presence and expand connectivity across Africa and open up opportunities for tourism, trade and investment.

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06 June 2018

African tourism ministers stress importance of tourism statistics at UNWTO event

“Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development”, was the theme of this year’s seminar in the context of the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa (Abuja, Nigeria, 4-6 June). The meeting included a ministerial dialogue on the importance of tourism statistics under the topic “Better measure, better manage”.

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05 June 2018

FCO Update: Ethiopia - 05 June 2018

On 5 June 2018, Ethiopia lifted the State of Emergency that had been in place since 16 February.

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05 June 2018

Cape Town’s dam levels rise to the same levels as two years ago

After being brought to the point of near-depletion‚ Cape Town’s dam levels this week are at exactly the same levels as they were two years ago.

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04 June 2018

Atta Financial Update: 04.06.2018

Executive summary: Cash cremation It is deep in the investor physique to have a flash of trepidation when the contemporary eclipses the established, doubly so when it is the novel contrasted with the well understood. For example, the day Facebook became more valuable than Boeing; or Nintendo generated more sales than Toyota (albeit only for a short time).

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04 June 2018

People in Uganda now have to pay tax to use WhatsApp and other social media

The Ugandan government has imposed taxes on social media to raise money for the country and to avoid donor aid, a lawmaker told CNN.

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04 June 2018

Ethiopia cabinet drafts early end to state of emergency

Ethiopia's cabinet has approved a draft law that would bring an early end to the six-month state of emergency imposed in February.

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01 June 2018

Ethiopia Launches e-visa Service to All International Visitors

The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has launched an e-visa service for all international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 01, 2018.

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