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16 January 2019

Uganda to introduce wildlife protection as a subject in schools

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWCEC) has pledged to assist schools in teaching pupils about wildlife protection and animal preservation. This initiative is aimed at being adopted as a new subject within the country’s educational curriculum.

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16 January 2019

Africa by Toto to play 'for all eternity' in Namib desert

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf has set up a solar-powered sound installation in the coastal Namib Desert to play the soft-rock classic on a loop. He has chosen an undisclosed spot in the desert to set up six speakers attached to an MP3 player with the single track on it and promises that it will run 'for all eternity'. 'I … wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa,' Siedentopf told NPR. 'The Namibian desert — which is, with 55 million years, the oldest desert in the world — seemed to be the perfect spot for this.'

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16 January 2019

Statement on Kenya Security Situation 16 Jan 19

On 15 Jan 2019 Tuesday at approximately 15:00hrs Kenyan time, gunmen breached security controlled gate at a Nairobi building complex located in the Nairobi suburb of Westlands that houses a hotel (The Dusit D2) and several office premises including restaurants. According to a Kenya Police statement, the group of armed assailants attacked the complex in what is now believed to be a terror attack.

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15 January 2019

Experience Africa buyer registration now open

We are thrilled to announce that Experience Africa 2019 is now open for buyer registration! Taking place from the 24th - 26th June 2019 at our stunning Canary Wharf venue, Experience Africa is your essential platform to meet with a diverse range of key African suppliers. As Europe's only 3-day tradeshow dedicated to Africa, we are the one-stop event for generating new business to Africa!

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15 January 2019

The World Travel and Tourism Council announces 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards finalists

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is delighted to announce the 15 finalists for its 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2019 finalists are organised into the following new categories: Climate Action, Investing in People, Destination Stewardship, Social Impact and Changemakers. The Changemakers Award will put a special spotlight on fighting the illegal wildlife trade through tourism, an issue that is also a focus of WTTC with its Buenos Aires Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade launched last year.

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14 January 2019

South African ultramarathon welcoming Chinese runners to help save the rhino

South Africa’s Entabeni Safari Conservancy is establishing an ultramarathon to support rhino conservation as poaching for horn continues. Chinese participants are especially welcome, as conservationists hope to change the misconception that rhino horn has medicinal properties.

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14 January 2019

The Maasai 'Olympics' helping to save lions' lives

The Maasai Olympic Games aim to convince young Maasai men to play sports, instead of hunting lions, the traditional rite of passage for young Maasais. Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha, who is a Maasai himself, told BBC Sport Africa the event is already helping conservation efforts in the area.

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14 January 2019

Atta Medical Update: Yellow Fever 14 Jan 19

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Recent news reports have raised concerns about yellow fever vaccine safety. It is important to understand the risks and benefits.

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11 January 2019

UberASSIST makes Nairobi more accessible to all

Uber has unveiled its specialised cab service in Nairobi that helps riders with disabilities and the elderly to access the city more conveniently. Uber started the pilot of the service dubbed UberASSIST in Nairobi on Thursday last week, more than three years after the giant tech firm unveiled the service globally for the first time.

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11 January 2019

Sharing environmental messages through music

For the past three years, National Geographic Explorer Alex Paullin has been traveling through Africa with his non-profit, Conservation Music, to facilitate workshops and bring together communities to create songs about protecting the environment.

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10 January 2019

Chinese photographers to promote Rwanda to Chinese tourists

Famous Chinese photographers are in the country to take part in a touristic photography contest with their Rwandan counterparts. Dubbed “Rwanda-China Friendship Cup Photo Contest,” the competition aims at promoting Rwandan tourism in China. Organized by the Rwandan embassy in China with support of the Chinese government, the contest will attract professional photographers from both countries and it is the first time they will be coming together.

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10 January 2019

How technology is revolutionising the tourism industry

By 2028, it is estimated that almost 2.1 million South African jobs will depend on tourism. Similar scenarios are playing out across many other African economies. However, ensuring a growing tourism sector will mean constantly assessing fast-moving technological developments that have the potential to change expectations, and create new opportunities—or might not come to fruition. In time, it’s possible that driving itself will be outdated, and faces and fingerprints will replace passports altogether.

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09 January 2019

Namibia Wildlife Resorts encourages more intra-African tourism

The government operator of rest camps in national parks, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), in conjunction with Air Namibia embarked on a marketing and networking session in Ghana to lure more West Africans to local resorts. The campaign started late last year.

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09 January 2019

7000 tourists expected to flood Walvis Bay, Namibia next week

The Namibian Ports Authority announced this week that come next week Tuesday, five passenger vessels are expected to berth in the port of Walvis Bay up to the end of the month.

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08 January 2019

Tourism arrivals in Kenya surpass the 2 million mark

Tourism earnings grew 31.2 percent in 2018 to Sh157 billion, up from Sh119 billion the previous year. Last year's number of international arrivals was 2,025,206, compared to the 1,474,671 in 2017, an increase of 37.33 percent.

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08 January 2019

British teenager cycling from Kenya to South Africa to raise money for conservation charity

UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust, which collaborates with a number of Kenyan conservation organisations including the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino International and Ol Pejeta Conservancy, is set to benefit from a British teenager’s fundraising cycle trek from Kenya to South Africa.

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07 January 2019

Team from British wildlife park prepare to embark on conservation road trip around East Africa

Four young conservationists Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire are preparing to embark on an anti-poaching mission across Africa. Brothers Aaron Whitnall, 27, Tyler Whitnall, 25, and Cameron Whitnall, 23, will be joined by family friend Redmond Bolton, 25, on the three week drive across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

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07 January 2019

Application for Membership - Freewalker Exclusive Travel

Freewalker Exclusive 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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