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31 May 2019

Niassa Reserve celebrates one year without a single elephant poached – Mozambique

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The announcement on Monday of events celebrating Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas’ eighth birthday on Saturday, June 1, formed the backdrop for the revelation that Niassa Special Reserve, the country’s largest, is also celebrating a milestone – a year without a single elephant dying at the hand of poachers. The ANAC noted in the statement a “significant reduction in elephant poaching in the country, especially in the Niassa National Reserve, which has completed one year without elephants being slaughtered by poachers”.

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31 May 2019

How African Penguins Change Their Hunting Habits When There's Less Food

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Seabirds are the world's most threatened bird group. The latest State of the World's Birds shows that there's a high proportion of threatened species particularly penguins, albatrosses and petrels. One penguin species at risk of extinction is the African Penguin, which is classified as "Endangered" under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

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31 May 2019

Application for Membership - Life and Luxury

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Life and Luxury 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). Life & Luxury is an experience. We are passionate about creating life enriching experiences for all our guests and our clients.

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30 May 2019

Ethiopia will plant 4bn trees to fight deforestation

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Four billion trees, equivalent to 40 per person in Africa’s second most populous nation, will be planted across Ethiopia to fight deforestation. The ambitious campaign is an effort to improve the barren rural landscape and leafless cities where tree cover has fallen from 35 per cent in the early 20th century to 13 per cent today. As he planted the first seedling Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister, said the trees would help to “transform our degraded environments for healthy lives and functional ecosystems”.

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30 May 2019

New Atta Members this month - May 2019

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Yama Ethiopia Tours - African Based Travel Specialist - Ethiopia Llama Travel - UK Based Travel Specialist - United Kingdom HBD Resorts - Accommodation Suppliers - Portugal Adventures Africa - North American Based Travel Specialist - United States Legend Safaris - African Based Travel Specialist - South Africa Flightlink - Transport - Tanzania Abercrombie & Kent Australia - Australasia & Far Eastern Based Travel Specialist - Australia La Petite Ferme - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Mack Air - Transport - Botswana

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29 May 2019

Canopy by Hilton to open first Africa property in Cape Town

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Hilton has signed a management agreement with Growthpoint Properties to open a hotel under its lifestyle Canopy by Hilton brand, making it the brand's debut property in Africa. The 150-guestroom Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof is expected to begin welcoming guests at Long Kloof Studios, c/o Park Road and Kloof Street, Cape Town in 2021. Canopy by Hilton, which launched in 2014, currently operates in nine destinations around the world with more than 35 properties in the pipeline.

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29 May 2019

RwandAir to introduce flights to Israel in June

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National carrier RwandAir will commence direct flights to Tel Aviv - Israel's economic and technology hub - on June 25th, the airline has announced.This will be the airline's 29th destination and second destination in the Middle East, after United Arab Emirates. RwandAir will fly to Tel Aviv three times a week from Kigali. The new route will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays by a Boeing 737-800NG offering 16 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class, according to the carrier. The airline's officials say that the development will among things strengthen ties between the two friendly nations as well as boost business.

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28 May 2019

Africa Tourism Association (ATA) Set To Host World Tourism Conference In South Africa

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The World Tourism Conference is set to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 22 – 26, 2019, and will highlight the opportunities tourism can bring to African economies. The conference, hosted by ATA in partnership with South Africa Tourism, will focus on innovative business models, best practices, creative industries, and strategic partnerships growing the tourism sector. The Conference will bring together government leaders, international investors, industry stakeholders, and travel professionals from across the globe and recognise the countries and businesses leading the way in sustainable tourism. Programming throughout the conference has been designed to encourage discussions around tourism as a platform for resiliency, an engine for economic growth and job creation.

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28 May 2019

Uganda urged to tap into African tourism market

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Uganda tourism stakeholders have been encouraged to promote the country to fellow Africans if they are to fully harness the potential of their tourist attractions. Ikechi Uko, a Nigerian travel business consultant, tourism development expert and organizer of the Akwaaba African Travel Market, the international travel fair in West Africa, while meeting tourism stakeholders last week in Kampala argued that Africans are more resilient and do not have specific seasons for travel.

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24 May 2019

Equator from the air

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Taking to the skies in light aircraft, helicopters and even hot-air balloons, Gordon Buchanan provides us with a bird’s-eye view of life along the 40,000km course of the equator. With many species endangered or facing extinction, and many communities struggling to cope with the effects of climate change, mass migration and pollution, the equator is where today’s most critical environmental dilemmas come into sharp focus.

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24 May 2019

Argentina and Algeria stamp out malaria in 'historic achievement'

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Algeria and Argentina have been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organization, in what has been described as a “historic achievement” for both countries. The declaration follows warnings that the global fight against malaria has slipped off track in recent years, with cases rising in many of the countries worst affected by the disease. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, said Algeria and Argentina’s achievement “serves as a model for other countries working to end this disease once and for all.”

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23 May 2019

Pioneering Veterinary Medicine for Africa’s Enigmatic Pangolins

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Veterinarian Dr. Karin Lourens has become known as Africa’s “pangolin doctor” for leading medical efforts to help the scaly anteaters rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Case in point, she’s treating an endangered ground pangolin, one of a species found in South and Eastern Africa, and he’s lucky. He’s one of 50 pangolins rescued this year from wildlife traffickers and put in the care of Lourens.

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23 May 2019

Application for Membership - Liquid Giraffe

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Liquid Giraffe 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). Liquid Giraffe is a registered travel agency based in Maun, Botswana. Liquid Giraffe offers a range of travel primarily within Botswana and some of Botswana’s neighboring countries like South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We also work in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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22 May 2019

Technology lab focused on wildlife protection opens on Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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In partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Liquid Telecom and Arm, and supported with initial funds from The Royal Foundation, Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya has opened a Conservation Tech Lab to research, test support and develop new technology-based solutions to conservation-challenges around the world. The Technology lab aims to be a world-leading collaborative hub for the testing, support and development of technologies. It is hoped that the facility will help accelerate learning and embrace accessible, scalable conservation solutions. These solutions will improve biodiversity conservation and human well-being, locally and globally.

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22 May 2019

Application for Membership - Nalah Africa Bespoke Safaris

Nalah Africa Bespoke 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). A love for Africa and a passion for hard work. These are the two things that Nalah Africa Safaris was born out of and continue to inform its vision. Founded by South-African born Lelanie Cajiao, Nalah Africa is the realisation of a dream – to share her love of Africa with people all over the world. An avid nature lover and wildlife conservationist, Lelanie carefully creates, crafts and curates safaris and exclusive African experiences that leave its clients spellbound by the continent’s generous spirit, peace and beauty, and delighted by its warmth, friendliness and the gentle luxury of life ‘on safari’.

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21 May 2019

RwandAir to Commence Flights to China in June

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National carrier RwandAir is expected to commence flights to Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong and the third largest city in China, effective June 18, 2019. RwandAir will fly to Guangzhou three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Guangzhou will be tagged to the existing Mumbai route and will be operated by Airbus A330, the national carrier said. The long-haul flight will bear features such as triple class cabin and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Wi-Fi onboard, inflight entertainment and extra legroom in an attempt to make the long flight bearable.

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21 May 2019

Could YouTube help save the Pangolin?

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Eye of the Pangolin, the ground-breaking new documentary about the most trafficked mammal on earth, premiered on Friday 17 May, Endangered Species Day, and is now freely available online for worldwide viewing. Pangolin.Africa, an NPO dedicated to the conservation of this species and a major partner in the production of the film, is taking a unique approach to distribution of this much-anticipated film, in a bold attempt to make this the most watched wildlife documentary ever. See it. Share it. Save it.

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20 May 2019

27 global hotel brands announce entry plans to Kenya over 4 years

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Twenty-seven global hotel brands have announced plans to open new or additional hospitality facilities in Kenya over the next four years, cementing the country’s position as East Africa’s business hub. The new hotels will bring to the market 4,232 new hotel rooms by 2023, according to disclosures made in the 2019 report of Hotel Chain Development Pipeline in Africa. Tourism data shows there were two million visitors arriving in Kenya in 2018 compared with 1.5 million international check-ins the previous year. In addition to this, domestic bed nights for the year 2018 grew to 3.9 million, a 9.03 percent increase compared to 3.6 million in 2017.

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20 May 2019

Call For Magazine Editorial Feature Content

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20 May 2019

Notice to travellers planning to visit Tanzania

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The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travellers planning to visit Tanzania that from 1st June 2019 all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in Mainland Tanzania.

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17 May 2019

Zim woos Chinese tourists

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Farirai Machivenyika and Kudakwashe Mhundwa Government is committed to sustainable growth of the tourism sector through the implementation of various initiatives, President Mnangagwa has said. The President said this during a cocktail he hosted for a visiting 343-member Chinese tourist delegation at State House last night.

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17 May 2019

Tanzania Tour Agents Hatch Huge Plan To Turn Dar Into Paris Of East Africa

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Tanzania Tour Operators are mulling over the idea of turning the country’s commercial centre of Dar Es Salaam into a ‘tourism paradise’, a copycat of Paris, in their bid to woo massive foreign visitor influx. The French capital is a huge draw for foreign visitors – receiving 40 million of them a year, more than any other city in the world.

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17 May 2019

Application for Membership - Mack Air

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Mack Air 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). We are an aircraft charter company that is completely focused on lodge and tourist transfers across the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Plains regions in Botswana, as well as between lodges, and also provide transfers for tour operators in Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. We currently operate a fleet of 28 aircraft and are the largest single operator of Cessna Grand Caravan EX Aircraft on the African continent.

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16 May 2019

Kenya and Tanzania in study to protect coral reefs

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Marine park managers, lobbies and scientists from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania have started a study that will evaluate the dangers coral reefs are facing. The countries in the study will use the data to improve their policies and legislation towards environmental conservation and the ecosystem management.

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16 May 2019

Direct flights restore historic link between Cape Town and St Helena

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Cape Town will again connect the world with St Helena, one of the world's most remote islands, when a direct flight begins in December. "This new route is very exciting, providing fresh opportunities to market tourism to both the Western Cape and St Helena, capitalising on the historic links between the two," MEC of economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer said on Thursday.

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15 May 2019

Rwanda launches affordable helicopter flights

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Rwanda's goal of doubling current tourism revenues by 2024 was boosted after Akagera Aviation made their contribution by launching a new a product - scheduled helicopter flights to the country's top three tourist attractions, Akagera Park, Volcanoes Park and Nyungwe Forest.

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15 May 2019

Application for Membership - La Petite Ferme

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La Petite Ferme 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). Since opening its doors in 1984 La Petite Ferme has cemented its reputation as one of the most sought-after destinations in the Cape winelands. Today La Petite Ferme boasts a boutique hotel, acclaimed country restaurant and celebrated winery. The boutique hotel at La Petite Ferme is certainly an excellent example of country elegance and hospitality and offers nine unique rooms, each boasting panoramic views of the Franschhoek valley and surrounding winelands.

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14 May 2019

Solo Travel Growing and Going Just About Anywhere

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One of the hottest topics this year has been solo travel. Agents can expect to see not only a continued rise in the demand from solo travelers, but also a dramatic uptick in the supply of products catering to this market, with flashy price incentives that sharply reduce or eliminate the single supplements that have dogged solo travelers for far too long. Unpredictability or spontaneity are also factors: Solo travelers look for more flexibility while traveling, letting factors like the weather or their mood influence their choices upon arrival at a destination.

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14 May 2019

Travel trends: Why family travel is once again on the rise

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Accommodation providers have begun to embrace the change that can be seen when it comes to family travel. Hoteliers who have made the move away from four- and five-star luxury towards more budget-friendly options suitable in particular for larger family groups travelling together are reaping the rewards. It has become clear that understanding what families expect from their holidays are starting to turn the travel industry on its head, particularly as multigenerational travel emerges as this year’s top vacation trend, according to a survey conducted by leading global travel network, Virtuoso. Above all else, for those marketing the industry, this means catering successfully and collectively for the varying tastes and expectations to be found among cross-generational travellers.

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13 May 2019

Application for Membership - Abercrombie & Kent Australia

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Abercrombie & Kent Australia 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). A journey into Africa with Abercrombie & Kent is a journey guided by over 50 years of passion for the mother continent. Our own story starts here, where we began our African love affair as a luxury safari company in 1960’s Kenya, eventually growing into an award-winning global network of offices. That pioneering passion burns on and is found in a broad range of bespoke A&K Africa itineraries enjoyed by discerning adventurers the world over.

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13 May 2019

Community Conservation Fund Africa Presents Prize at Conservation Lab during ‘We Are Africa 2019’

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It is often forgotten that across Africa more than 70% of wild animals live outside national parks. As a result, human-wildlife conflict becomes a daily occurrence for rural communities leading to a disregard for wildlife conservation efforts. This issue alongside others took center stage at the Conservation Lab taking place from 10 – 12 May in Stellenbosch, South Africa, as part of We Are Africa 2019.

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10 May 2019

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Opens New Office In Asia

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The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has opened an office in China. This move is premised at increasing the number of tourists that visit Zimbabwe from Asia. The number of Chinese tourists to Zimbabwe has been increasing recently. It has grown from 14 407 arrivals recorded in 2017 to 19 428 last year. The opening of the new office comes when 340 Chinese tourists are set to travel to Zimbabwe today as part of a three-country tour, which will include Djibouti and Tanzania. ZTA acting chief executive Rita Likukuma said it is important to show them hospitality.

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10 May 2019

The African Airlines That Should Be on Your Radar

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Exactly a year ago, if a New Yorker wanted to get to Nairobi, they were looking at around 24 hours of flight time and at least one plane change under the best of circumstances. But last October, Kenya Airways' new direct flight changed all that, shaving 10 hours off that flight time and eliminating the transfer. For those of us (and in the U.S., it's a lot of us) who want to travel far but don't have the luxury of time, it was a big deal. It's one example of how these days, the rising number of African airlines with conveniently U.S.-friendly routes is becoming the smartest way for us to explore the continent—and help us bop around from safari to jungle to beach once there.

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09 May 2019

Egypt partners with CNN to promote tourism in global campaign

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Egypt and CNN are beginning an expanded partnership on a worldwide extended tourism campaign established in May that exhibits contemporary Egypt across an innovative mix of TV, digital and social media platforms. In an official press release on Tuesday, CNN said the fresh partnership between Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) will witness both sides working collaboratively for the global campaign to enrapture and excite Egypt’s key audiences worldwide. According to the statement, the objective of the deal comes under Egypt’s plan to accelerate its tourism growth through showcasing the beauty of the country and its diverse destinations and the warmth hospitality of its people to CNN’s global audience.

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09 May 2019

Application for Membership - Flightlink

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Flightlink 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). Flightlink is an East African, Tanzania based regional airline servicing tourism and business destinations. Voted No1 mid-sized Tanzanian business for 2016 due to our customer centricity, and our innovative approach to delivering on customer needs in a highly competitive and challenging market.

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08 May 2019

Jimi Kariuki re-appointed as Kenya Tourism Board Chair

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Atta congratulates Jimi Kariuki, Managing Director of Sarova Hotels in Kenya on his re-appointment as Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board. The first ever meeting of Atta in 1994 was held at Sarova’s hotel in London and they are one of Atta’s longest serving members.

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07 May 2019

Luxury train hotel to be built at Kruger National Park

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Thebe Tourism Group revealed plans for the train hotel at Africa’s Travel Indaba last week. The Kruger Shalati Train on a bridge is being hailed as a unique luxury accommodation experience that will open in December 2019. The new initiative pays tribute to the history of Kruger when visitors to the park once arrived by train.

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07 May 2019

Application for Membership - Legend Safaris

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Legend 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). Legend Safaris are dedicated to offering you the best Safari experience. We are enthusiastic about sharing life changing experiences with you at various destinations throughout the world. We offer standard and tailor-made packages to suit both your unique needs and individual budget.

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06 May 2019

South African Airways launches direct service to Guangzhou, China

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Introduction of Guangzhou, first new route since SAA implements turnaround strategy. South African Airways (SAA), one of the leading carriers on the African continent, will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on 18 September 2019, giving customers access to the heart of China’s export led manufacturing industries.

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03 May 2019

AirMauritius launches WiFi on board

Premium Class passengers on board selected Air Mauritius flights can now access Wifi for free as an added benefit for flying in business class while Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers can purchase WiFi bundles to stay connected while flying to their respective destinations.

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03 May 2019

Beyond Luxury Media will begin a new chapter as This is Beyond

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Beyond Luxury Media – creators of PURE Life Experiences, LE Miami, We Are Africa, Further East and many more – has evolved into something new.

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02 May 2019

New Tech Initiative To ‘Revolutionise’ South Africa’s Travel And Tourism Sector

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A first-of-its-kind Travel and Tourism Data Management Company, Jurni will deliver unbiased, consolidated and comprehensive tourism data that will equip tourism businesses with valuable insights to inform their business strategies. At the same time, Jurni will develop a booking tool that will improve access of small and medium tourism enterprises to the global market as well as a visitor portal that will better showcase the South African tourism product.

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02 May 2019

Better air links will boost Africa's Tourism Sector

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Opening up Africa’s skies to increased competition among domestic and international carriers will transform aviation into Africa’s economic engine. Growth of the aviation sector is inextricably tied to the vision of an integrated and prosperous continent as supported by the African Union. The air transport sector currently supports 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion GDP across Africa. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says there is significant hope to grow these numbers. Africa’s promising story further underlines the need for enhanced air connectivity linking African countries to the rest of the world.

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01 May 2019

United's new nonstop service between New York/Newark & Cape Town

United Airlines on 30th April announced that tickets are now available for purchase on united.com for the first-ever nonstop service by a U.S. carrier between New York/Newark and Cape Town. United will begin three-times weekly nonstop service on Dec. 15, 2019, subject to government approval. The new flight enables convenient customer connections from more than 80 U.S. cities.

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01 May 2019

Atta Indaba Networking Guestlist

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Please see the list of Atta members and guests who will be attending Atta's Indaba Networking event on Friday 3rd May at S43 That Brewing Company | 43 Station Drive | Durban 4001 | South Africa. Note that there may be some last minute entries that are not included on this list. We hope you enjoy the event!

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