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24 June 2019

Atta launches Sustainability Charter at Experience Africa, June 2019

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In their role as the voice of African tourism, Atta, (The African Travel and Tourism Association) is deepening its commitment to sustainable practices by publishing the Atta Sustainability Charter at Experience Africa, 2019.  It was estimated in 2017 that 9.3 million jobs, 2.6% of all the employment in Africa, were generated by direct employment in the tourism industry. Many of these jobs are in rural areas where there are no alternative sources of employment. In addition to employment, tourism has a positive impact on economic, social and environmental sustainability and in many cases is a positive force for the conservation of wildlife.

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21 June 2019

Airbus is ready looking towards pilotless jets

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France - Christian Scherer, the chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all — and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea. Scherer also said that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035.

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21 June 2019

Endangered Eastern black rhino from Flamingo Land to be released in Rwanda

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A rhino who spent her early years in a North Yorkshire zoo will soon run free in Africa as part of a major conservation project. Flamingo Land, in North Yorkshire, has been working with African and European groups to transfer its Eastern black rhino, Olmoti, along with four others from European zoos, to the Akagera National Park in Rwanda where they will be released. Olmoti arrived at Flamingo Land as a calf in 2015 and in November last year she was taken to a safari park in the Czech Republic to be socialised with the four other rhinos who will be released into Akagera on Sunday.

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20 June 2019

UTB partners with FUFA to promote brand Uganda on the local and international scene

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has today entered into a Ugx200m sponsorship agreement and partnership with FUFA (Federation of Uganda Football Associations) as the official tourism partner. The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding; which will see both parties work hand in hand to promote brand destination Uganda at both the domestic and international scene. The partnership gives UTB rights to brand Destination Uganda at local and international games in which the Uganda Cranes are participating as well as work with the players in destination marketing campaigns.

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20 June 2019

A four-year ox-cart ride across Madagascar: Q&A with Alexandre Poussin

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When discovering a new country, most travelers are inclined to take the path well-trodden: a train ride, a road trip, perhaps a bike tour. French explorer and writer Alexandre Poussin, 49, and his wife, Sonia Poussin, 47, are not those people. The couple and their two children recently completed a four-year journey around Madagascar on foot and by oxcart. The couple is no stranger to long walking expeditions. Between 2001 and 2004 they traversed the African continent from Cape Town in South Africa to the Sea of Galilee in Israel, covering almost 14,000 kilometers (8,700 miles). Their Madagascar trip, dubbed Madatrek, was different: this time they brought along their daughter, Philae, now 15, and son, Ulysse, now 12.

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19 June 2019

Hyenas have a bad rap—but they’re Africa’s most successful predator

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The most successful hunter in all of Africa is intelligent and loving, forming intricate social bonds that rival those of primates. Cubs of the alpha female inherit the rank immediately below hers, similar to a monarchy. The king of the jungle, you might say? Nope. We’re talking about the hyena... Because of habitat loss and widespread hunting, striped and brown hyenas are classified as near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

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18 June 2019

Nyeri goes online to attract tourists to heritage sites, Kenya

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The Nyeri county government is going online to shore up tourism numbers and advertise heritage sites in the county. Already, the county, with help from the National Museums of Kenya, has completed mapping tourism and heritage sites and released a documentary video and book. The film will be uploaded to YouTube with a link to county’s www.nyeri.go.ke website. Search engine optimisation will be used to target key customer groups.  Key tourist attractions include the Aberdare ranges, the Mt Kenya ecosystem and the Italian War Memorial Church, which houses the remains of more than 600 prisoners of war.

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18 June 2019

RwandAir Flights to China 'Will Spur Trade, Tourism'

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RwandAir, the country's national carrier, has officially begun operating weekly commercial flights to the Chinese city of Guangzhou, the third largest city in the Asian country. And there is optimism that the new flight destination will significantly spur trade and tourism, as well as encourage both Chinese and Rwandan investors to make business trips. Benjamin Gasamagera, a Rwandan businessman who trades in goods from China, told The New Times that the flights will make it easier for people like him to travel and do business between the two countries.

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17 June 2019

New Initiative to Boost Tourism Along Kivu Belt, Rwanda

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People seeking to visit Kivu Belt region can now easily explore a great number of tourism attractions in five districts that are adjacent to Lake Kivu. This has been made possible thanks to the launch of a Kivu Belt Destination Management Unit that aims to attract more local, regional and international visitors to the area. This is part of a joint effort by a coalition of private and public tourism and hospitality actors established by Rwanda Chamber of Tourism in partnership with German Society for International Cooperation (Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit: GIZ).

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17 June 2019

Tanzania and Kenya: an Idyllic Setting for Nature and Wellness Retreats

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Combining a once in a lifetime safari with a holistic and wellness retreat in Kenya and Tanzania gives you the chance to experience nature first hand, where you get to see wild animals in their natural habitat, spend time away from your smart devices and a chance to meet with the locals. All these added benefits in the wild plus the benefits of a wellness retreat is why wellness tourism is on the rise both globally and in Africa. From 2015 to 2017, it grew by 6.5%, twice as fast as general tourism. In Africa alone, wellness tourism is expected to grow by more than 11% by 2022 per year. Some of the top destinations in Africa where Wellness tourism is growing is Kenya and Tanzania.

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14 June 2019

Excitement as World’s Only White Giraffe in Kenya Gets Pregnant

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The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Monday took to social media to share the great news of the rare white giraffe in Kenya that is expecting a second calf. According to KWS, the white Giraffe is based in Ilshaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, Ijara Sub-county in Garissa is the only one of it’s kind in the world.

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13 June 2019

Ethiopia internet blackout enters third day, SMS service suffers

What started on Tuesday with the total block of internet access in Ethiopia is in its third day, according to internet rights monitoring group, NetBlocks.

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13 June 2019

Tanzania Government pledges support for Karibu-Kilifair

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The Government of Tanzania has announced plans to support the Karibu-KiliFair tourism exhibition to expand. The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources Costantine Kanyasu revealed this during the recently concluded tourism show in Arusha. Speaking as a special guest at the recently concluded Karibu KiliFair travel show, the Minister said, government recognize the role of the private sector towards the development of the tourism sector. Minister Kanyasu commended the organisers for merging the two travel fairs Karibu Fair and Kili Fair into one.

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13 June 2019

Routes Africa 2019 to be held In Kenya

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Routes Africa, the intra-Africa route development forum, will this year be hosted by the Kenya Airports Authority. Routes Africa, which returned to the aviation event calendar last year with a successful event in Ghana, will take place this year in Mombasa in Kenya as part of a long-term commitment by Routes to help develop new routes to, from and within the continent. To be held 8-10th December at the PrideInn Paradise, Shanzu Beach in Mombasa, Kenya, the event will be the 13th Routes Africa. As the region’s most long standing aviation forum, the event has been bringing airlines, airports and tourism authorities together to discuss air services to, from and within Africa for over a decade.

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13 June 2019

FCO Travel Advice Update - Uganda

FCO: Uganda Travel Advice - 8:01pm, 11 June 2019: Summary and Health section – On 11 June 2019 the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an Ebola case in Kasese District in western Uganda. This development reflects the fact that the DRC outbreak is still uncontrolled. Ebola containment strategy is based around contact tracing and vaccination of contacts. Instability and unrest is making this impossible in DRC, with a high proportion of new cases still unconnected to previously known cases. Spillover across the Ugandan border was felt to be only a matter of time, and sadly this has now occurred in a 5 year-old child. The Ugandan authorities have been anticipating this possibility for some time, and have been looking out for imported cases. Further imported cases may follow, but the likelihood of local transmission within Uganda, and onward spread, is deemed very low.

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12 June 2019

2019 Atta Media Award Nominees Shortlist

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The 2019 Atta Media Awards are a celebration of the journalism that inspires us about Africa. We want to recognize creative and inspiring content and thank the media for their ongoing support of the continent. Today we are delighted to announce our shortlisted award nominees. The winners will be revealed on Wednesday 26th June at Experience Africa.

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12 June 2019

MBA in Conservation scholarships available for the continent’s brightest women

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The African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation in Kigali is looking to award 8 scholarships to passionate women in conservation as part of its 2019 MBA for Conservation Leaders. The MBA for Conservation Leaders combines world-class business education with cutting-edge training in leadership and conservation management. The program prepares mid-career, high potential conservation leaders for the next stage of their profession.

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11 June 2019

World Cricketers converge on Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the fifth year in a row

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This weekend, cricketers from across the globe will converge on Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a three day tournament in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife conservation areas to commemorate the life of Sudan, the last known male northern white rhino, and to raise awareness of the plight of his near-extinct species. Established in 2015, the Last Male Standing Rhino Cup will see close to 200 cricketers come together over three days in June on a ground surrounded by wildlife and shadowed by the snow-capped Mount Kenya, to support Ol Pejeta Conservancy and rhino protection campaigns globally.

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11 June 2019

Application for Membership - Vomba Tours & Safaris

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Vomba 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). We are a family owned and operated boutique tour company based in Mpumalanga,RSA that delivers outstanding adventure travel experiences. Inspired by the beauty of our landscape, the richness of the wildlife and deep local culture,we offer efficient private airport transfers, authentic Kruger Park safari drives, sightseeing and Cultural tours.

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10 June 2019

Sao Tome and Principe: Two intriguing island destinations no-one can locate on a map

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This is no ordinary jungle. The island of Principe – half of the West African nation of Sao Tome and Principe – is a Unesco-listed biosphere reserve, a place where vividly coloured kingfishers and raucous African parrots flit through the trees while turtles nest on the pristine beaches. Its natural landscapes are the major selling point for a country trying to kickstart a tourism industry. Its major drawback? That would be the fact that few people have ever heard of Sao Tome and Principe, let alone know where it is. Paradoxically, however, that drawback may be precisely what draws a particular breed of traveller. Well-heeled voyagers who have been there, done that, will be intrigued at the idea of exploring a place that no one can locate on a map.

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10 June 2019

Cape Town Targets New Air Routes To Lift South African Tourism

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Cape Town plans to add routes to Australia and South America after reaching a deal with United Airlines for its first direct flight to the United States, the head of air access for South Africa's top tourist city said. South Africa is aiming to attract five million extra travellers, including four million international tourists, by 2021. Travel and tourism contributed around 426 billion rand ($29 billion), just under 9% of GDP, to South Africa's economy in 2018, making it the largest on the continent, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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07 June 2019

From Cape to Cairo on a plane built by teens

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While teenagers are usually associated with rebellion, a group of 20 young South Africans are proving to be rebels with a cause. In celebration of Youth Month, 20 teenagers have built a Sling-4 Plane for a 5 week long trip across Africa. They will depart Cape Town on June 15. Countries they will visit include Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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07 June 2019

Aviation operators targeting Uganda's tourism

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Upon the arrival of Uganda's aircraft Bombardier CRJ900 into the country on April 23, Lilly Ajarova the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) expressed optimism over the benefits, the carrier was to bring to Uganda's tourism industry. Likewise, several aviation operators revealed plans aimed at tapping into Uganda's improving tourism potential, saying the number of tourists visiting the country is increasing day by day. Anthony Njoroge, the country manager of AeroLink noted that the company currently operates three aircraft, which fly to different national parks in Uganda.

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06 June 2019

Disney announces The Lion King ‘Protect the Pride’ campaign

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To celebrate the release of Disney’s The Lion King, the upcoming groundbreaking feature film helmed by Jon Favreau, The Walt Disney Company has launched a global conservation campaign to raise awareness of the crisis facing lions and other wildlife across Africa. The Lion King “Protect the Pride” campaign focuses on protecting and revitalising lion populations and the habitats they need to thrive. Disney has already donated more than $1.5 million to the Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) and its partners and will make additional grants as well as invite fans to help double the donation for a total contribution of up to $3 million. Fans may participate by taking part in celebratory experiences and purchasing special-edition products, as part of The Lion King Protect the Pride campaign.

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06 June 2019

Uhuru Kenyatta bans single-use plastic products in Kenya's protected areas

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned the usage of single-use plastic products in all protected areas as Kenya seeks to curb plastics hazard, just two years after the country banned the use of polythene carrier bags. Visitors to national parks, beaches, forests and conservation areas will not be allowed to carry disposable plates, cups, straws, spoons, forks and water bottles, which are considered major environmental pollutants.

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05 June 2019

Application for Membership - Utazz Afrikába Utazási Iroda (Travels To Africa Tour Operator)

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Utazz Afrikába Utazási Iroda (Travels To Africa Tour Operator) 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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05 June 2019

East Africa’s mountain gorilla population now numbers more than 1,000

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According to the results of a census released last week, the mountain gorilla population in East Africa’s Virunga Mountains numbered 604 as of June 2016, up from from 480 in 2010. The population hit an all-time low of 242 individuals in 1981. The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is a subspecies of the eastern gorilla with two distinct sub-populations: one in the Virunga Mountains and another in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A census conducted in 2011 found approximately 400 gorillas living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, meaning that the total number of mountain gorillas is now believed to be more than 1,000 individuals.

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04 June 2019

Air Seychelles launches Johannesburg route

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Air Seychelles launched a new daily service between the Seychelles and Johannesburg. Flight HM061 from Seychelles to Johannesburg operated by the airline Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 16 business class and 120 economy class seats departed the Seychelles International Airport on Monday morning under the command of Captain Archille Young and First Officer Bertrand Mein.  The round trip service will depart O.R. Tambo International Airport at 1.45pm and will arrive in the Seychelles at 8.40pm.

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04 June 2019

Binga airstrip rehab boosts tourism - Zimbabwe

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The District Development Fund (DDF) has refurbished the Binga airstrip to enable aircraft to land smoothly and ease transport challenges faced by tourists visiting the area. Binga has several tourist attractions and activities such as the Bumi Hills, a crocodile farm, water sports, a beach, hot springs, boat cruising and several fisheries. The airstrip has been idle for five years. Addressing journalists during a media tour of the airstrip last week, DDF acting provincial coordinator for Matabeleland North Mr Joseph Nhliziyana said there were a lot of tourist attractions in Binga hence the need to refurbish the airstrip.

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03 June 2019

No more plastic straws: Ban comes into full force in Seychelles

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A complete ban on the manufacture, importation and use of plastic straws came into force on Saturday in Seychelles, the island nation's latest effort to advance environmental protection. The prohibition follows the ban on the importation of single-use plastic straws in February this year. According to the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, even the distribution of plastic straws is illegal as of June 1. Nanette Laure, the director general at the waste enforcement and permit division at the ministry, explained that a total ban means that no individual or company will be able to import, sell, process or manufacture plastic straws in Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

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03 June 2019

Cape Town targets new air routes to lift South African tourism

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Cape Town plans to add routes to Australia and South America after last month reaching a deal with United Airlines for its first direct flight to the United States, the head of air access for South Africa’s top tourist city said. South Africa is promoting tourism as a catalyst to help kick-start its struggling economy and aims to attract five million extra travellers, including four million international tourists, by 2021. Travel and tourism contributed around 426 billion rand, just under 9% of GDP, to South Africa’s economy in 2018, making it the largest on the continent, the World Travel and Tourism Council says.

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