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29 March 2019

Acceptable check-in baggage for departing passengers out of O.R. Tambo International Airport

In order to increase operational efficiency and on-time performance for luggage processing, O.R. Tambo International Airport has embarked on an awareness campaign through a soft launch to enable departing passengers to comply with acceptable baggage restrictions. Round bags, bags with long hanging straps and those without flat surfaces are the largest sources of jams in the baggage handling system, causing shutdowns, delays and inconvenience to passengers and airlines. Global best practice indicates that large international airports are increasingly adopting acceptable baggage standards.

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29 March 2019

Introducing Atta Advisory Board Member: Nick Aslin

Nick Aslin arrived in Zambia from the UK in 1992, he fell under the guidance of the late and legendary Norman Carr.  After a few years he found himself in love with the African Bush and excited to be running a company of some repute. In 2009, itching for a change of course and recognizing a niche that needed filling, he established Zambian Ground Handlers and quickly started making the destination more available to new markets all around the world.

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28 March 2019

New Atta Members this month - March 2019

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa - Accommodation Suppliers - Kenya Coral Lodge - Accommodation Suppliers - Mozambique Venture Uganda Travel - African Based Travel Specialist - Uganda Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours - African Based Travel Specialist - Ethiopia CroisiAfrica Cruises - UK Based Travel Specialist - France Namibia Wildlife Resorts - Accommodation Suppliers - Namibia tranquilico - Atta Advisor - United Kingdom Taasa Lodge - Accommodation Suppliers - Tanzania Fred & Mildred - UK Based Representation - United Kingdom Dream Africa - European Based Travel Specialist - Slovakia

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28 March 2019

Pope Francis to visit three African capitals in September tour

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from 4th to 10th September. The Vatican said on Wednesday that the Holy Father will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius. The Holy See gave no other details, saying they would be divulged in due time.

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27 March 2019

Map of Africa Monument unveiled in Agulhas National Park

Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom on Tuesday unveiled the Map of Africa Monument in the Agulhas National Park, the southernmost tip of Africa. The tourism department in a statement said the symbolism of the map pays homage to the African continent and boasts a circumference of 30 metres. "The Iconic Map of Africa Monument at the Southernmost Tip of Africa is one of the infrastructure features commissioned and developed at the Agulhas National Park by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks), to enhance visitor experience and boost the local tourism economy," department spokesperson, Blessing Manale said.

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27 March 2019

A ride inside Rwanda’s first double-decker sightseeing bus

It seems there is no stopping Africa’s cleanest city from taking off. Rwanda’s capital has just unveiled its latest attraction, a brand-new sightseeing double-decker bus worth Rwf160 million ($177,472). In a colourful ceremony organised by Kigali City Tour Ltd, Rwanda Development Board, and the City of Kigali last week, the bus was unveiled. With an average 1.3 million foreign tourists visiting Kigali City every year, the country is keen to tap into this market by continuing to diversify its products even further and offer tourists a chance to sight-see Kigali at the comfort of an air conditioner bus equipped with a toilet, Wi-Fi, charging portals and digital screens.

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26 March 2019

SportPesa deals boosting Kenya's tourism sector

Research has proved that sports fans are keen travellers and with sports events taking place all over the globe, the synergies between sports and travel are clear for all to see. Airlines, global hotel chains and other tourism companies have increased their sponsorship spend. However, the most noticeable trends over the past few years remains the emergence of tourism boards partnering with sports rights holders. From cash-rich destinations, such as Qatar, to smaller provinces such as Trentino, destinations are embracing sports by forming strategic alliances that go beyond hosting events.

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26 March 2019

Companies using animals in adverts to donate to wildlife charities

Companies that use animals to market their brands will now be required by United Nations Development Programme to raise funds for wildlife conservation. In the new initiative dubbed Lion's Share, the corporate world in all UN member states will be expected to make voluntary contributions every time an animal appears in their adverts. The money raised will be channelled towards conservation of wildlife habitats and animal welfare.

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25 March 2019

Uganda Tourism Board sets sight on water transport tourism

In her first public speech since being appointed Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) chief executive officer Lilly Ajarova has said she will make water transport tourism a priority resource as government seeks to build on the gains so far reached. Speaking during the launch of the MV Vanessa boat in Entebbe, Ms Ajarova said water bodies in Uganda, especially Lake Victoria were under-utilised in terms of tourism. "This is the beginning of utilising Lake Victoria and other water bodies for the benefit of Ugandans and the international community," she said.

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25 March 2019

Introducing Atta's Crisis Management Advisor

Colin McGregor is Managing Director of tranquilico a specialist consultancy offering health, safety and crisis management services primarily to the travel, leisure and education sectors. This includes tour operators, travel agents, adventure holiday companies, independent schools, youth, student & school travel organisations and sports teams and their tour companies.

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22 March 2019

Gabon: Africa's Last Eden

Lying on the Equator, Gabon is covered in an amazing 85 per cent of rain forests and is also rich in oil and minerals. This Central African nation offers a spectacular array of wildlife in its dense rainforests and open savannah to nature enthusiasts. In 2011, Gabon strongly promoted eco-tourism by advertising itself as a great destination. In 2017, Gabon’s National Parks agency signed the country’s first Conservation Tourism Concession Agreement. This was the culmination of several years of work and represents a significant master in the implementation of a major pillar of Gabon’s national development plan. In 2002, former President Omar Bongo designated a staggering 11 per cent of Gabon’s land mass to National Parks.

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22 March 2019

Introducing Advisory Board Member: John Corse

John Corse is a Tanzanian businessman with extensive experience in the tourism sector, currently the managing director of Serengeti Balloon Safaris. He grew up in Kenya, was educated in the UK, has an honours degree in Economics and served as an officer in the British Army for 6 years before returning to Africa. He has been involved in Nomad Tanzania since 1998, was its managing director from 2007-2015 and remains on its board to this day. In addition, he has managed a fast-moving consumer goods business and the low-cost airline, Fastjet. John was previously a board member for Atta from 2012 to 2014 and is a governing council member of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators.

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21 March 2019

Kenya’s SGR train service ferried 1.7m passengers in 2018

Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway train service ferried 1.7 million passengers in 2018, the national statistics bureau said on Wednesday. The figure is more than double the passengers the train service, dubbed Madaraka Express, carried from mid-2017, when it started, till the end of 2017, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said in a report. “In 2017, the train transported 699,055 passengers between June and December, with the number rising to 1.67 million in 2018,” the report said.

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21 March 2019

Travel and Tourism is Zambia’s fastest-growing national economic sector for 2018

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is getting ready for its Annual Summit in Seville next month, and Africa will be happy. Report after report is confirming enormous growth potential for the African Travel and Tourism industry. Travel and Tourism is Zambia’s 2018 fastest-growing national economic sector, contributing US$1,846.9MN (ZMK19.4 billion) to national economy, reported WTTC, and 318.9 thousand jobs to the Zambian economy in 2018 while posting a +6.3% Gross Domestic Product (GDP), making it the fastest and bullish economic sector in the country.

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20 March 2019

Kenya Airways and Alitalia Sign Codeshare Deal

Italian largest airline Alitalia and Kenya Airways have entered into a codeshare partnership to offer their customers more travel options at their hubs in Nairobi and Rome. The deal which became effective last Thursday, will see Alitalia's code placed on Kenya Airways' flight beyond Nairobi to Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya, as well as to a further 19 African destinations including Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dar es Salaam and Douala.

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20 March 2019

Africa's Travel Indaba set to introduce the Green Stand Awards

Africa’s Travel Indaba, which recognises the importance of high value-low impact tourism and preserving the environment through innovative solutions, will be taking place between 2-4 May, 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC). For the first time, Indaba will introduce the Green Stand Awards to recognize exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

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19 March 2019

Cyclone Idai hits areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi

Atta have been in touch with members on the ground in Southern Africa to get a sense of the true impact that Cyclone Idai has had and how things are developing in the areas worst affected. The storm crossed the coast of Mozambique close to Beira in Sofala Province, developing into a tropical storm and moving over neighbouring countries; Zimbabwe and Malawi, which have been hit by heavy flooding as a result. Atta members to the north and south of here have not been affected and have reported business as usual. Great efforts are under way to assist the communities in Zimbabwe that have been affected by Cyclone Idai.

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19 March 2019

Protected areas in East Africa flourishing

East Africa’s protected areas are largely successful at preserving important habitats, with nearly seven per cent turned into agricultural land, a study has shown. Protected areas, locations in which human activities are strictly controlled to allow endangered species to prosper, are a boon for local communities as they generate tourism income and help preserve ecologically important species. But as human population rises, agriculture and livestock farming begin to intrude on protected land, experts say. The study which was conducted by US-based researchers demonstrated that since 2001, protected areas in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have held fast, and are expanding in some regions.

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18 March 2019

"Source of the Nile" Bridge part of Global Greening for St. Patrick’s Day

The Embassy of Ireland in Uganda, in partnership with the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and the Uganda National Roads Authority, illuminated the “Source of the Nile” Bridge green ahead of Ireland’s national day, St. Patrick’s Day, which takes place annually on March 17. This marks the fifth year that Uganda has participated in the Global Greening initiative, an event that sees over 300 famous landmarks and iconic sites across the world go green for March 17. In the past, these have included the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids in Egypt, Table Mountain in South Africa, and the Equator Monument in Uganda, among others.

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18 March 2019

Egypt tourism ‘fastest growing’ in North Africa

Improved security helped Egypt’s tourism sector become the fastest growing in North Africa last year. The growth of 16.5% was linked to the improved security infrastructure, which has helped to attract international visitors back to Egypt’s shores. This has allowed major travel companies to resume operations in popular destinations such as Sharm el-Sheikh.

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15 March 2019

Cape Town continues to grow as top leisure destination for European tourists

While Johannesburg remains in high demand among corporate business travellers using Lufthansa Group's three key airlines servicing South Africa, the airline is pleased with a 20% jump in Capetonians using its airlines, Dr André Schulz, general manager for the group in Southern Africa, said on Thursday.

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15 March 2019

Application for Membership - Dream Africa

Dream 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). Dream Africa is a tour operator based in Slovakia, offering adventure tours to almost all destinastions on African continent. We specialize on tailor made safaris at Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as Kilimanjaro treks with beach extensions.

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15 March 2019

Introducing Advisory Board Member: Stefano Cheli

Stefano has lived in Kenya all his life and started Cheli & Peacock Safaris with his wife Liz in 1985, doing high end mobile tented safaris and a boutique DMC. Over the next 30 years they grew the company to include a portfolio of boutique lodges / camps, designed and built by Stefano, they also had the management of Lewa Safari Camp, and won the tender to run tourism on the Loisaba Conservancy. They founded the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust (now rebranded the Land & Life Foundation). The Cheli’s sold their business to Elewana Afrika in 2014 but kept the ownership of Kitich Camp.

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14 March 2019

African tourism sector booming: second-fastest growth rate in the world

Travel & Tourism in Africa is booming, growing 5.6% in 2018 compared to the global average of 3.9% and the broader African economy rate of 3.2%. This places Africa as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific. Such growth is partly explained by North Africa’s rebound from security crises as well as the development and implementation of policies that promote travel facilitation.

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14 March 2019

Application for Membership - Fred & Mildred

Fred & Mildred 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). Fred & Mildred Provides World-Class Sales Representation Services For Some Of The Finest Hotels And Travel Experiences Across The Globe.

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13 March 2019

Addis To Host Africa Hotel Investment Forum Hospitality

Attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), is set to return Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The premier tourism and hotel investment conference in Africa, will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in the last week of September, 23-25, 2019. AHIF was previously held in Ethiopia’s capital city in 2014 and 2015; the following two years, the conference moved to Kigali and last year to Nairobi.

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13 March 2019

Application for Membership - TAASA Lodge

TAASA Lodge 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). The Lodge is perched on the edge of the Oldonyo Keri Hills in the North Eastern part of Tanzania within the Loliondo District at Ololosokwan Village. It is located in a private concession which borders the Serengeti National Park. There are 12 split-level luxury tents that can easily accommodate families, couples and solo travelers. We can configure the rooms with singles, doubles, or triples.

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12 March 2019

Tanzania Tourism receives a boost as tourists flock in

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) strategies have continued to bear fruits after a South African luxurious train with 69 passengers on board arrived in Dar es Salaam last weekend. Rovo, which is the second most luxurious train in the world, stationed at the Dar es Salaam's Tanzania Zambia Railways (TAZARA) at 10:00 hrs boarded, with tourists from different countries.

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12 March 2019

Tourism, Next Big Revenue Generating Sector In Nigeria

Mr Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, on Monday described tourism sector as the next big revenue generating sector in Nigeria. Ayorinde made the assertion at the Jumia Travel Awards in Lagos with the theme: “Lagos as a Model of Tourism in Nigeria”. The commissioner said: “Business volume in the larger tourism and cultural arts sector arguably, equals and was threatening to surpass that of oil exports, agriculture or automobiles. Currently, one out of every 10 jobs being created is now tourism-related."

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11 March 2019

Nairobi to host the 'One Planet Summit'

The venue will underline our planetary interconnectedness in a way previous summits – the first was in Paris, the second in New York – arguably could not. Africa is responsible for only four per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but 65 per cent of its population is thought to be directly affected by climate change. So, in Nairobi, the One Planet Summit will illustrate the core truth at the heart of the climate change debate: global warming has an impact on everyone on the planet, whether or not they contribute substantially to it.

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11 March 2019

New technologies could help conservationists keep better track of Serengeti Wildebeest herds

In a new paper published recently in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, mathematicians and conservationists from the UK, Africa and the United States discuss how they have used both machine-learning and citizen science techniques to accurately count wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania more rapidly than is possible using traditional methods.

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11 March 2019

Update 6: Accident to Ethiopian Airlines Flight Number ET302

Issued: 11 March 2019 - 1330 Local Time After tedious search by the rescue and investigation team for the black box of a 737- Max 8 plane that crashed near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa minutes after take-off on Sunday morning, Ethiopian Airlines announces that the Digital Flight Data Recorder(DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder(CVR) of ET302 have been recovered.

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11 March 2019

Update 5: Accident to Ethiopian Airlines Flight Number ET 302

Issued: 11 March 2019 - 0840 Local Time Following the Tragic accident of ET 302/10 March B-737-8 MAX (ET-AVJ), Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday March 10, 2019 until further notice.

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11 March 2019

Update 4: Accident to Ethiopian Airlines Flight Number ET302

Issued 10 March 2019 - 1730 Local Time In a press conference held at Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters this afternoon regarding Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed today 10 March 2019 shortly after takeoff en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines who had traveled to the scene of the crash remarked,” It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified.

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10 March 2019

Tamarind Group CEO Jonathan Seex killed in Ethiopian plane crash

Tamarind Group chief executive Jonathan Seex is among 157 people killed in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.

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10 March 2019

Update 3: Accident to Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 302

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors.

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10 March 2019

Update 2 : Ethiopian Airlines Accident - Contact number

Ethiopian Airlines Contact Information Airport emergency hotline + 251 11 5 17 87 33 + 251 115 17 47 35 + 251 11 5 17 41 00

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10 March 2019

Update 1: Accident to Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 302

Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit). The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am. At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.

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08 March 2019

Tiffany & Co.’s Save the Wild Collection

Fashion lovers can own a beautiful and cruelty-free menagerie when they buy from Tiffany & Co.’s Save the Wild collection. The line, which originally focused on elephants, now also supports lions and rhinoceroses, which were added to the collection in the fall. Tiffany donates 100% of profits to the respective funds supporting the conservation of each species within the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), helping to save the animals from poaching, and ivory and horn trafficking.

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08 March 2019

Introducing Atta Advisory Board Member: James Haigh

Born and raised in London, and a graduate from University College and King's Colleges, London James arrived in East Africa to teach literature and sports in Nairobi.  James took charge of the Outdoor Education scheme and thanks to contacts in the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) created a programme that brought his Kenyan students into proximity with the remote parts of Africa.

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07 March 2019

Building a Business Case for Responsible Tourism in Africa

Responsible Tourism is on the global industry agenda – and at WTM Africa 2019, we have a series of dedicated events, including a two-day Business Case for Responsible Tourism conference, to cater for one of the most important debates in the travel world.

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07 March 2019

Atta at ITB Berlin 2019

We've had a busy couple of days at ITB Berlin, with a very full stand and plenty of meetings taking place on the Atta stand this year. The annual Atta ITB Networking evening was held at Chateau 9 once again and we had a fantastic turn out this year.

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06 March 2019

Atta Briefing: The Botswana White Paper

Atta provides a platform for debate on all matters concerning tourism to Africa. These debates are often contentious and the wide reach of our members, representing all sides of the industry, quite understandably produces differing opinions. Atta does not voice an opinion, that is not our function. We endeavour to present an unbiased brief in the quest to find a sustainable solution to the problems facing African tourism today.

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06 March 2019

19-year-old rowing coach to cycle 9,000km across Africa on his own

A teenage rowing coach is preparing to embark on an epic 9,000km solo cycle ride from Kenya through to South Africa. Jack O’Shea, from Bradfield, near North Walsham, begins his challenge on Wednesday, March 6, to raise £10,000 for two charities. It will see the 19-year-old cross eight countries, battle rough terrain and wild animals to reach South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope in July.

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06 March 2019

Tanzania and Rwanda join forces to promote tourism

Tour operators in Tanzania and Rwanda have agreed to jointly market the two countries as complementary destinations in their latest efforts to offer the tourists expansive adventure space. The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) and Rwanda Tours and Travel Association (RTTA) are behind the deal that was sealed recently to encourage tourists to spend more nights and money within the two East African partner states.

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05 March 2019

#WomensDay: Campaign to train females in conservation leadership

The African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation (SOWC) has announced a campaign to award up to eight scholarships to passionate women in conservation with potential for leadership in senior positions in their organisations. The campaign will officially launch on International Women’s Day – March 8.

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05 March 2019

Connecting Africa: Rovos Rail set to introduce its first, East to West journey in Africa

Come July this year, Rovos Rail is set to connect Africa from the Indian Ocean on the East to Atlantic Ocean in the West through its half-a month epic journey from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Lobito in Angola by its vintage train, the Pride of Africa. Counted as the most luxurious tourist train in the world, the Rovos Rail train or the “Pride of Africa” is set to roll from the Indian coastal city of Dar es Salaam on the eastern side of Africa, traversing across Tanzania, Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Lobito in Angola on the Atlantic Ocean.

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04 March 2019

Vic Falls re-launches jet boat rides

Shearwater Adventures Group has added a high adrenaline activity to Victoria Falls’ amusement scene with the launch of a jet boat on the Zambezi River. This comes at a time the resort town was enjoying renewed interest from the international market.

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04 March 2019

Qatar Airways to increase flights to South African destinations

Qatar Airways will be increasing the number of weekly flights on its popular routes to South Africa from July 2019. Weekly flight frequencies to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest metropolis, will increase from 14 to 18 from July, rising to 19 in August. A further two flights will be added to the airline’s winter schedule, taking the total number of weekly frequencies to 21 by the end of October 2019.

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04 March 2019

Application for Membership - CroisiAfrica Cruises

CroisiAfrica 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). Croisi Africa Cruises are part of Europe's largest river cruise line - CroisiEurope Cruises. The family run French business have over 50 ships sailing worldwide including Africa Dream based on Lake Kariba.

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01 March 2019

Atta Members at ITB Berlin 2019

For your reference, please find a list of the Atta members that will be at ITB Berlin this year, either visiting or exhibiting.

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01 March 2019

Application for Membership - Namibia Wildlife Resorts

Namibia Wildlife Resorts 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). Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is a State owned enterprise, mandated to run the tourism facilities within the pristine protected areas of Namibia. Offering three different collections of lodging within Namibia’s protected areas, NWR provides the ultimate in accessibility to suit every need:

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01 March 2019

Introducing Advisory Board Member: Jozef Verbruggen

In 2001 Jozef founded Untamed Travelling, a private travel designer specialised in high-end bespoke travel experiences. Starting off with two employees focusing on Africa, nowadays over thirty passionate travel experts daily customise journeys providing high quality, extensive knowledge, personal service, small-scale accommodations, professional guidance and unique travel experiences in awe-inspiring surroundings to optimally realise the individual needs of each traveller.

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