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30 August 2018

New Atta Members this month - August

Rainbow Tourism Group - South Africa - www.rtgafrica.com Tallis Journeys - Australia - www.tallisjourneys.com Africa Conservation Travel – Zimbabwe - www.africaconservationtravel.com Matetsi Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe - www.matetsivictoriafalls.com

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29 August 2018

West Coast, Table Mountain National Parks to get new gate access technology

As of November 2018, South African National Parks (SANParks) will be introducing new gate access technology at Table Mountain and West Coast National Parks; which will also enable streamline ticket purchases and quick access for visitors. The roll-out of the new gate system coincides with the introduction of differential conservation fees at Table Mountain National Park which offers South African residents and Southern African Development Community (SADC) national reduced rates.

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29 August 2018

Atta Financial Update: 29.08.2018

Executive summary: Red sky at morning, investors take warning Calamitous (a more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering) is probably too strong a word for the peer-to-peer lending sector in China – but not far off. The summer has been particularly gruelling for peer-to-peer lending companies in China. The Peterson Institute recently reported that total outstanding loans in the industry collapsed to less than RMB 1 trillion in July from 1.3 trillion a month before, and many lending platforms have run into serious trouble since the beginning of June.

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28 August 2018

Tanzania Pass $1.7 Million Budget to Beef Up Tourism

Government agency Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) has given the green light for proposed $1.7 million funds allocation to spice up the country's fastest growing sector. The industry has raked in millions of returns for the Government and had a positive economic impact on the country's GDP. Tourist arrivals in 2016 had soared by 12.9% to reach 1.2 million. The marketing strategy has panned out well for the sector.

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28 August 2018

Tourism database planned to boost revenue growth

A tourism resources database is being developed to inform future private and public sector investments to boost arrivals and higher revenue growth. It’s proponent, Tourism Research Institute (TRI) said it is focusing to grow tourist arrival numbers from 1.3 million to 2.5 million with revenues rising from the current Sh99 billion to Sh175 billion in the next five years.

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23 August 2018

Air Seychelles Joins The Seychelles Tourism Board To Celebrate Seychelles Month

Air Seychelles, the national airline of Seychelles has joined the Seychelles Tourism Board in Johannesburg to celebrate destination Seychelles during the month of August and September.

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23 August 2018

Rwanda makes a move on European market with new air agreement

Rwanda has signed a bilateral air service agreement with Italy, in a bid to increase and ease travel between the two nations.

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22 August 2018

Ethiopian Airlines invests in new Zambian national carrier

The Zambian government and Ethiopian Airlines have formalized an agreement to form Zambia Airways. Zambia’s Industrial Development Corp. (IDC) Group CEO Mateyo Kaluba, and Ethiopian Airlines’ Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam signed documents in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Aug. 19 setting out their positions as shareholders of the new national carrier.

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22 August 2018

Application for Membership - The Retreat and Heaven

The Retreat and Heaven 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 August 2018

Nina Maritz Architects completes shipwreck-themed timber cabins in Namibia

Namibian architecture firm Nina Maritz Architects has completed new shipwreck-themed timber cabins on the beach in the Skeleton Coast National Park of Namibia for travellers and tourists as a new destination.

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21 August 2018

Delta begins Kenya Airways codeshare service from August 2018

Delta Air Lines last week commenced codeshare partnership with Kenya Airways, covering the latter’s service between Kenya and Europe, as well as selected routes beyond Nairobi. Planned codeshare service commenced on/around 15AUG18.

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20 August 2018

The importance of the MICE industry and business events in South Africa

What is MICE and how does it impact our economy? During the Meetings Africa conference 2018, it was pointed out that business tourism contributed an astonishing R115bn to the South African economy. These business visitors generally spend more than the usual leisure traveller.

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20 August 2018

Uganda: A Peek Into Uganda's Tourism Marketing Strategic Plan

Uganda is a gifted country, with variety to showcase to a tourist so much that if half of its tourism potential were to be realised, its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would immensely catapult economic development over and above its currently leading sectors.

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17 August 2018

KenyaAirways appoints Catherine Kamau as Head of Marketing

Catherine Kamau has joined Kenya Airways as Head of Marketing, a position which since the departure of Chris Diaz, KQ’s Director of Marketing a year and a half ago was not substantially filled.

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17 August 2018

City of Johannesburg to host 2019 SA Brand Summit

The City of Johannesburg and Gauteng province have been confirmed as the joint winning destination to host the South Africa Brand Summit Awards - inaugurated in Cape Town in May 2018 - at The Maslow Hotel between 6 and 7 June 2019. This follows a detailed process to choose the host city.

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16 August 2018

New Tourism Board for Ethiopia

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has appointed a new National Tourism Board. It will fill the void left by the sacking of the board by the former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hirut Woldemariam in April.

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16 August 2018

Tanzania Plans Beach Management Authority to Boost Tourism

The government of Tanzania plans to develop beach tourism as a drawcard. This statement was made by Hamisi Kigwangalla, minister, natural resources and tourism. Kigwangalla said mainland Tanzania could learn from its island neighbour, Zanzibar.

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15 August 2018

Tanzania Tourism Board gears up for Swahili Int'l Tourism Expo

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has announced the official plans for this year’s Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE), taking place between October 12 and 14 at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam.

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15 August 2018

Vic Falls tourism boom excites international markets

THE resort town of Victoria Falls is inundated with inquiries from Zimbabwe's major tourism source markets keen on directly investing into the tourism sector, an industry official has said. Zimbabwe's source markets include United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, Germany, South Africa, among others.

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14 August 2018

RwandAir launches new routes as air traffic numbers rocket

According to projections from Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure and affiliated institutions, the number of people visiting or transiting through Rwandan airports is expected to increase to over one million this fiscal year, as the national carrier prepares to launch five new destinations.

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14 August 2018

Malawian Airlines service increases from July 2018

Malawian Airlines since last month expanded frequencies on various routes, mostly in effect from 14JUL18. Planned frequency increase as follows.

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13 August 2018

Kenya's Government Banks On Wildebeest Migration to Boost Tourist Arrivals

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala has launched a campaign seeking to promote the wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara.

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13 August 2018

Zanzibar courts tourists from Southeast Asia

Zanzibar is courting Indonesian businesses to invest in the island’s tourism industry.

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13 August 2018

FCO Update: Rwanda travel advice 13 August 2018

Latest update: Summary and Health section – revised information; the Rwandan government has put in place screening procedures for Ebola at all entry points including land borders and at airports

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10 August 2018

Zim Records 12% Rise In Tourist Arrivals

Zimbabwe received a total of 2 422 930 tourist arrivals in the year 2017, a 12% rise from the previous year, largely due to the renewed confidence in the tourism sector by the international community, a cabinet minister has said.

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10 August 2018

Rwandair increases Europe service in Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Rwandair during winter peak season schedules additional frequency on Kigali – Brussels – London Gatwick route, o board Airbus A330 aircraft. The 4th weekly flight will be operating on Fridays, from 14DEC18 to 17JAN19.

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09 August 2018

F1 coming to Africa as Zimbabwe announces plans to launch Vic Falls Grand Prix

Motor sport including formula 1 could soon be coming to Zimbabwe after an investor expressed interest in developing the sport’s facilities in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

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09 August 2018

UnionPay establishes closer ties between Chinese, SA tourism

Accommodation, tour operators, tour guides and activity service providers were recently invited to attend a business breakfast session at the Vista Marina Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, to engage in a discussion between UnionPay International and Cape Town-based tourism industry players where the benefits of attracting the Chinese market were highlighted.

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08 August 2018

AirZimbabwe Board of Directors dissolved and administrators called in

Hot on the heels of the now concluded General Election in Zimbabwe, which saw President Emmerson Mnangagwa returned to office, are news emerging from Harare that the board of the national airline has been dissolved and Grant Thornton been appointed as administrators of the state corporation.

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07 August 2018

SA Express will soon be taking to the skies again

Domestic flights in South Africa should be back to full complement with the reinstatement of SA Express which offers a feeder network to domestic flight destinations.

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07 August 2018

Application for Membership - Matetsi Victoria Falls

Matetsi 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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06 August 2018

FCO Update: Uganda 06 August 2018

Latest update: Health section – addition of information on health screening measures at some airports and border crossings due to Ebola outbreak in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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05 August 2018

Communique on the state of tourism in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) would like to inform all valued tourists from both the domestic and international markets that, notwithstanding the post-election violence witnessed on 01 August 2018 in the capital city, Harare, Zimbabwe remains a safe destination for any travel. The incidents of protests that occurred in parts of the Central Business District (CBD) and the south eastern areas of the capital city were quickly brought under control through the timely intervention of the police with the assistance of the army.

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03 August 2018

Tanzania: Isles Unveils Team for Tourism Festival

For four days, from this coming October 17, the first "Zanzibar Tourism Show and Awards", will take place on the Isles. It has also been confirmed that the event will be inaugurated by President Ali Mohamed Shein.

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03 August 2018

South Africa to introduce new visa policies for Chinese tourists

South Africa will introduce new visa policies to attract more Chinese tourists, said South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom in a recent pre-recorded video message.

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03 August 2018

FCO Update: Zimbabwe 03 Aug 2018

Latest update: Summary – an increased police and military presence is likely following a violent protest on 1 August in the Harare Central Business District; during the post-election period, political gatherings and demonstrations may occur; these can be unpredictable, and may turn violent; you’re advised to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations

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03 August 2018

FCO Update: Namibia 03 Aug 2018

Entry requirements section (Travelling with children (under 18)) – addition of information on immigration rules relating to travel with children

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02 August 2018

Tapping into data for enhanced tourism experiences

It's no secret that technology is changing the way in which we do tourism. It's possible to research, plan, pay for and execute a trip using little more than a mobile device. Large tourism enterprises across the globe are snapping up apps, business solutions and more to ensure that they're part of the digital revolution, but are these emerging technologies translating to an excellent visitor experience?

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02 August 2018

Tour du Rwanda: Teams start jetting in today

Foreign teams set to compete at the upcoming 10th Tour du Rwanda will begin arriving in the country today as the annual UCI Africa Tour race nears kick-off.

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01 August 2018

FCO Update: Zimbabwe 01 Aug 2018

Latest update: Summary – as of 1 August, a demonstration is moving through the Harare Central Business District, with reports of shots fired; this is an ongoing, unpredictable situation and you’re advised to avoid the area until the crowd has dispersed; during the post-election period, political gatherings and demonstrations may occur elsewhere; these can be can be unpredictable, and may turn violent; you’re advised to avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations

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01 August 2018

Rwanda targets $74 million from conference tourism

Rwanda is looking to nearly double its revenues from conference tourism, Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has said.

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01 August 2018

FCO Update: South Africa 01 Aug 2018

Latest update: Entry requirements section – updated information and advice on the acceptance of UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) for entry to South Africa; ETDs are generally accepted for entry into South Africa on emergency medical grounds only

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01 August 2018

Application for Membership - Africa Conservation Travel

Africa Conservation 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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