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28 September 2018

Pilot who fell in love with rhinos

Ian Lemaiyan, a pilot and a scientist, who is in charge of the rhino monitoring team at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy says most Kenyans spend more cash in clubs and on alcohol and little on wildlife tourism because they lack information on how beautiful Kenya is.

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27 September 2018

World Tourism Day 2018 Appreciates Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development

The theme for World Tourism Day 2018 hovers around Digital Transformation and Innovation that Advanced Technologies can bring to the tourism sector to make it a crucial contributor for all round sustainable development of the world.

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26 September 2018

Drakenstein launches new tourism app

The Visit Paarl and Visit Wellington apps are easy to navigate and visitors can download it onto their mobiles to get a quick and accessible way of finding the best places to see and things to do in this beautiful region. Both apps feature the latest news and events in Paarl and Wellington as well as maps, accommodation facilities, restaurants, attractions, wineries and other services available.

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26 September 2018

Visa Amendments ‘Step In The Right Direction’

Cape Town and the Western Cape’s Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Wesgro, has welcomed the amendments to the existing visa regime announced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday in a bid to boost tourism as a “step in the right direction”.

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25 September 2018

Turkish Airlines adds Lusaka service from mid-Dec 2018

Turkish Airlines from December 2018 is extending its African network to Zambia, with the offering of a Lusaka service. From 13DEC18, Airbus A330-200 aircraft will operate Istanbul – Dar es Salaam – Lusaka – Istanbul routing once a week, and opposite direction also once a week.

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25 September 2018

Zimbabwe: Zimparks Extends Vic Falls Viewing Time

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The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), has extended cut off time to view the Victoria Falls from 7pm to 10pm and also introduced a coterie of activities as it moves to capitalise on the anticipated boom in tourism receipts.

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24 September 2018

Announcement: Atta HQ moving offices

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Please note that Atta HQ will be moving office to Holland Park on Wednesday 26th September. The office will therefore be closed that day. All contact details will remain the same and work will resume as normal on Thursday 27th September.

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24 September 2018

Why the future of African tourism looks brighter

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In the near future, Africa will see a huge increase in incoming tourists from 50 million to 130 million, according to the World Tourism Organization. African countries are taking several steps to make travel around the continent easier, safer, and more streamlined.

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24 September 2018

BA flies Prince William on wildlife conservation mission

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A British Airways Airbus A380 displaying the message #EndWildlifeCrime flew the Duke of Cambridge to Africa yesterday on a mission to highlight the global threat of the illegal wildlife trade.

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21 September 2018

Ethiopia identified as key growth market ahead of Africa Hotel Investment Forum

Ethiopia once again heads the league for hotel development in East Africa, according to a regional focus from the influential annual hotel pipeline survey by Lagos-based W Hospitality Group.

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21 September 2018

Register Now For An Array Of Ideas At WTM London and Travel Forward 2018

Around one million business meetings take place at WTM London 2018 all generating ideas that will fuel the future of the travel and tourism industry. WTM London will adopt a regional focus for 2018 with each geographical region of the event having its own Inspiration Zone. These Zones will be the focal point of each region hosting dedicated regional content and networking to help all participants generate a maximum number of ideas they are able to take back to their business to implement.

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20 September 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya

The Duke of Cambridge will undertake a visit to Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya from Monday 24th – Sunday 30th September. The private working trip is being made in his capacity as President of United for Wildlife and Patron of Tusk Trust ahead of the 2018 conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade being hosted by the UK Government on 11th and 12th October 2018.

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19 September 2018

Kenyan team launches the world's first 100% recycled plastic sail boat - THE FLIPFLOPI PROJECT

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15th September 2018, Lamu, Kenya saw the launch of the world’s first 100% recycled plastic and flip-flop boat into the Indian Ocean. The project is aptly named the Flipflopi Project, due to its construction using thousands of repurposed flip-flops and ocean plastic collected on beach clean-ups along the Kenya coast.

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17 September 2018

Cape Town dam levels hit the 70% mark for the first time since 2015

This week's cold front and light rainfalls are expected to push the level a little higher by the end of the week.

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16 September 2018

Atta Financial Update: 16.09.18

Troubled Americas As gathering financial storm clouds roil currencies, credit and equities in the formerly-designated “third world”, a trio of Latin American countries will confront the prospect of major political change in coming months.

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13 September 2018

African Travel Summit kicks off in Langa

Delegates from across the continent are discussing how tourism and technology can enable economic empowerment.

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12 September 2018

Atta welcomes Sally Fernandes to the team at HQ

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Sally is our newest recruit and has recently joined Atta as Marketing & Communications Executive. Having grown up in Kenya and been to boarding school in South Africa she has an undeniable love for Africa. Truly travel obsessed she spent 3 years exploring before and after completing her degree at Loughborough University, from Australia to Alaska, inevitably being pulled back to Kenya.

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12 September 2018

Commemorative event to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Pioneering Blue Nile Expedition

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2nd October 2018 will see the incredible 50th Anniversary of the Blue Nile Expedition - An expedition lead by British Adventurer and Explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell to descend and explore the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. The Blue Nile in Ethiopia was said to be the last unexplored area of Africa at the time and apart from one soldier who was drowned whilst crossing a tributary of the Nile, they all survived in spite of attacks by bandits, crocodiles and being in one of the worst malaria infected areas.

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11 September 2018

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Mombasa, Kenya, in December

Qatar Airways will launch direct flights to Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, opening up the country’s beautiful coasts to international holidaymakers.

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10 September 2018

LATAM moves forward Johannesburg increase to Feb 2019

LATAM Airlines Brasil in recent schedule update filed changes Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Johannesburg service, where it plans to move forward planned frequency increase.

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10 September 2018

Zimbabwe’s new finance minister considering scrapping bond notes

Zimbabwe’s new Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube may scrap the quasi currency bond note and liberalise exchange controls as part of reforms he plans to implement by end of this year, a state-owned weekly newspaper reported on Sunday.

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07 September 2018

African tourism has only seen the tip of the iceberg - expert

African tourism has only seen the tip of the iceberg, with great international potential and an expanding market closer to home, a global hospitality consultant has said.

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07 September 2018

South African visa system to be overhauled to boost tourism and investment

The South African government has committed to a "complete overhaul" of the visa system to support the tourism sector.

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06 September 2018

Register Now for Three Day access at WTM London

Registration to attend WTM London has now opened and all Atta members registering here will gain full three day access to the show

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05 September 2018

Kenya Plans to Court Ryanair, easyJet to Boost Beach Tourism

Kenya plans discussions with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair Holdings Plc and easyJet Plc to begin flying to the East African nation famous for its beaches and safaris, its tourism minister said.

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05 September 2018

Journalist Alert - Wedding Ideas Magazine UK

*Media/ Editorial Opportunity Journalist Wersha Bharadwa: Celebrity Inspired Honeymoon In Botswana - Wedding Ideas Magazine. UK* A List Honeymoon Hot Spots Feature: Botswana

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05 September 2018

Atta Financial Update: 05.09.2018

Executive summary: Stradiwhovius? A man stood in Glenmont metro station. For a few moments he exhaled into his hands, each a closed fist, and then proceed to take up a violin and fill the Washington DC terminal with the sounds of Bach – half a dozen pieces in total.

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04 September 2018

Rwanda to Promote Investment, Tourism Sector in China

East African nation Rwanda is set to investment and tourism sector in China for an entire week. Both the Embassy of Rwanda to China and the Rwanda embassy in China confirmed of the tour. Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will be working with the latter party throughout the touring period in the East Asian nation.

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04 September 2018

Zimbabwe to donate 10 white rhinos to Congo

Zimbabwe is donating 10 white rhinos to Democratic Republic of Congo to re-establish a population driven to extinction by poachers a decade ago, Zimbabwe’s wildlife authority said.

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04 September 2018

Uganda targets sh10trillion from tourism

Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, says Uganda is targeting $2.7b (sh10trillion) from tourists coming into the county.

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03 September 2018

Chad to Launch New National Carrier after Sealing Deal with Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines and the government of Chad have signed an agreement to launch Chad’s new national carrier on October 1, officials said on Friday, Business Day South Africa has reported.

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03 September 2018

Application for Membership - Exclusive Africa Tours & Safaris

Exclusive Africa Tours & Safaris 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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02 September 2018

IATA records positive growth on July passenger demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced its global passenger demand for July, with all regions reporting positive growth. The total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) reflect a 6.2% rise, compared to the same period in 2017.

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