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23 January 2020

Akagera Park in Rwanda records 25% revenue growth

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Akagera National Park received more than 49,000 visitors and generated $2.5 million in park revenue last year (2019), a 25 per cent increase compared to 2018. The park’s management said that the revenues made last year account for about 90 per cent of their annual budget. The number of visitors to the park has grown in recent years since the 2010 signing of a private public partnership agreement African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation managing 10 national parks and protected areas in seven African countries, took over its management.

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23 January 2020

Application for Membership - Bundox Safari Company

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Bundox Safari Company 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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22 January 2020

Uganda and Tanzania are still major tourist markets for Kenya

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Uganda and Tanzania continue to be major tourist sources for Kenya after the USA according to the Tourism Sector Performance Report 2019. The country received 245,437 tourists from America last year, the highest from one country, while Uganda and Tanzania were second and third with 223,010 and 193,740 respectively. According to international tourist arrivals data from Kenya’s department of immigration and border management captured through the personal identification secure comparison and evaluation system, (the PISCES software), Rwandan visitors to Kenya recorded the highest increase by 24.63 percent, from 34,758 visitors in 2018 to 43,321 in 2019.

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22 January 2020

Rwanda to scrap visa fees for over 90 countries

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Rwanda is considering scrapping visa fees for citizens of the Commonwealth, as well as the African Union and La Francophonie member countries, President Paul Kagame has announced. He made the announcement yesterday at the International School for Government at King's College in London, while speaking about Rwanda's transformation journey. The conversation was moderated by Alexander Downer, the Executive Chair of the institution. The move is expected to ease access to Rwanda for a significant section of the international community.

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21 January 2020

Application for Membership - FastJet PLC

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FastJet PLC 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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21 January 2020

Application for Membership - Swan Turismo

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Swan Turismo 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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20 January 2020

The sniffer dogs taking on Africa’s poachers

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Poachers in Africa, who are now armed with military-style weapons and even helicopters to hunt their prey, have a new adversary: dogs with a nose for detection. Deployed in key locations across six African countries are around 50 detector dogs. They have sniffed out contraband - elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolin scales - leading to hundreds of arrests of traffickers and the disruption of smuggling routes.

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20 January 2020

Application for Membership - Makweti Safari Lodge

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Makweti Safari 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).

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17 January 2020

South Africa: Biodiversity Holds Great Potential for Growth in the Tourism Industry

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Between 2014 and 2018, Limpopo received more than 27.5-million domestic travellers and 8-million international tourists. Transforming the wildlife sector and creating opportunities for communities and small businesses in tourism sector are priorities for national and provincial authorities. Supporting local businessmen and women to enter the formal tourism market is part of the Industrial Development Corporation's brief. The IDC backed local entrepreneur Mofasi Lekota in his hotel venture in the provincial capital, Park Inn by Radisson Polokwane. The development finance institution is also getting behind projects in Magoebaskloof and Thohoyandou.

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17 January 2020

Application for Membership - Sun Africa Expeditions

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Sun Africa Expeditions 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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16 January 2020

Tiny Seychelles island coaxes bird back from brink

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Giant tortoises amble across Cousin Island as rare birds flit above. The scene attests to a stunning success for BirdLife International, a conservation group that bought the tiny Seychelles isle in 1968 to save a songbird from extinction. Thick vegetation smothers ruins that are the only reminder of the coconut and cinnamon plantations that covered the island when the group stepped in to protect the Seychelles Warbler.

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16 January 2020

Ethiopian Airlines to start building new $5 bln airport this year - CEO

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Ethiopian Airlines will start constructing a new $5 billion airport later this year, its chief executive officer was quoted as saying on Wednesday, as the rapidly-expanding carrier outgrows capacity at its current base in Addis Ababa. The airport, which will cover an area of 35 square km, will be built in Bishoftu, a town 39 km south east of the capital, and have the capacity to handle 100 million passengers a year, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Tewolde Gebremariam as saying. “Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full,” Tewolde said.

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15 January 2020

Year-on-year growth in passenger numbers recorded at Cape Town International Airport

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In total, 10 979 946 million passenger arrivals and departures were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) in 2019, representing a year-on-year increase of about 2% when compared to 2018. This is heartening despite the impact of the drought and other challenges. Overall arrivals grew from 5 364 704 in 2018 to 5 468 093 in 2019, equating to an increase of 103 389 additional passengers passing through the CTIA, which has been ranked the top airport in Africa.

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15 January 2020

Newly created embryo nourishes hope for the survival of the northern white rhino

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In August 2019 a team of scientists and conservationists broke new ground in saving the northern white rhinoceros from extinction when they harvested eggs from the two remaining females, artificially inseminated those using frozen sperm from deceased males and created two viable northern white rhino embryos. With great support from the Kenyan Government and in the presence of Hon Najib Balala, – Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife – the team repeated the procedure on December 17, 2019, and was able to create a new embryo over Christmas. This significantly increases the chances of successfully producing offspring. The procedure has proven to be safe and reproducible, and can be performed on a regular basis before the animals become too old. Preparations for the next steps of the northern white rhino rescue mission are underway.

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14 January 2020

Increased Visibility Online Led to Tourism Growth in Seychelles

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Increased visibility online and an embrace of international sporting events led to a 6 percent increase in tourism arrivals to Seychelles in 2019, surpassing the goal set by the Seychelles Tourism Board, said a tourism official. Figures released by Seychelles' National Bureau of Statistics show that visitor arrivals for 2019 increased to 384,204, compared to 351,235 in 2018. According to the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), the growth is a result of its marketing strategy of increased visibility online. Sherin Francis, the chief executive of the board said its marketing strategy and collaboration with partners are bearing fruit.

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14 January 2020

Mossel Bay to be home of 'world’s longest over-ocean zipline'

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Cape Town - The list of things to do in Mossel Bay is about to get faster and louder with the opening of what is being called the “world’s longest over-ocean zipline” in the next few days, weather permitting. A zipline is a piece of recreation equipment consisting of a cable stretched between points of different elevations, a pulley, and a harness or bar for attaching a rider, who moves by gravity.

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13 January 2020

Tourism Sector Perfomance Report - 2019

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This report gives overall performance of Kenya’s tourism sector in 2019 highlighting mainly: International tourist arrivals, International Arrivals Receipts, Domestic tourism performance, Drivers of Tourism Growth in 2019, Global Tourism Performance in 2019, Tourism Trends for 2020 and Beyond.

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13 January 2020

Atta Events - What’s Coming Up - January to March 2020?

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As part of our 2020 membership communication we are going to be releasing a brief breakdown of what’s coming up with Atta in the next couple of months. This will happen once a month and will be released as a news item in the daily and weekly newsletters, it also means that if you’ve missed anything important you can have quick access to it here.

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10 January 2020

Kenya earns Sh163.6 billion from tourism in 2019

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Kenya has reported a 3.9 per cent increase in tourism earnings last year to Sh163.6 b from Sh157.4 billion recorded in 2018, sector report shows. The report released on Friday by Tourism CS Najib Balala indicates that 2.05 million tourists visited the country during the same period. USA, Uganda, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, India, China, Germany France, Italy and South Africa are the top ten source of tourists. According to the report entry through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Moi International Airport, registered a substantial growth of 6.07 per cent and 8.56 per cent respectively compared with the overall growth of 1.167 per cent.

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10 January 2020

This beautiful desert is blooming with wildlife found nowhere else on Earth

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Van Zyl's golden mole is an extraordinary creature. It is more closely related to elephants than to the moles you might find in gardens and parks. It has no visible eyes or ears and it "swims" just below the surface of South African sand dunes. This endangered species has only ever been found in two locations, both inside the Succulent Karoo desert. It's just one of the rare creatures found in this otherworldly landscape that stretches between Namibia and South Africa -- the most biodiverse arid desert on the planet, according to UNESCO.

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09 January 2020

Tanzania Tourist Visa Update

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We have received a various queries from Atta members about the process for obtaining a tourist visa for Tanzania. We would therefore like to clarify that members should advise their clients to register for an E-visa ahead of travel when visiting Tanzania. Visitors can also apply for a visa on arrival but this process is much more lengthy. Visa applicants are advised to make their applications through the Official Tanzania Immigration website (www.immigration.go.tz) ONLY and not through any other websites. The cost of an ordinary (single entry) visa is $50 USD and allows a three month stay in Tanzania. More information on the visa application process and points of entry where the E-visa can be used can be found here https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/guidelines

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09 January 2020

Application for Membership - Kingfisher Journeys

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Kingfisher Journeys 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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08 January 2020

Safari Pioneer Geoffrey Kent Talks About Old and New Adventures in Africa

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Twenty-five years ago, The Lion King introduced the African savanna to many a Westerner; it also inspired real-world travel to the continent. Ditto on this past summer’s reboot: The Kenya Tourism Board has since reported a rise in safari bookings to locations that inspired the film, from the Aberdare National Park waterfalls (see romantic backdrop for Nala and Simba’s reunion) to Hell's Gate National Park (its formations served as a model for Pride Rock). In fact, the original idea for the film was developed in the bush, specifically on a trip that DreamWorks cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg — then chairman of Walt Disney Studios — took with Geoffrey Kent.

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08 January 2020

Uganda: Bush War trek to become a tourism venture

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The State minister for Tourism, Mr Godfrey Kiwanda has said President Museveni's trek would be turned into a tourism venture, with at least three museums on the 195km route. "We want to have it (trek) documented as the Tourism ministry. That is why my entire key members are here; Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda Museum. We are also going to build a museum in Nakaseke, Kiboga, Kakumiro districts and Kabamba because that is our history," Mr Kiwanda said during the trek in Bukomero, Kiboga District. "It has to be a talking trek in that as one moves, there is either someone or posts to show what happened at a given point," he added.

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07 January 2020

Kisumu woos tourists for Unesco-listed Kit Mikayi rock

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The Kisumu administration has begun a campaign to market the Kit Mikayi rock, which received the Unesco world heritage site status in December last year. Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o announced Kit Mikayi's listing as a world cultural heritage site during the 56th Jamhuri Day celebrations last year. The UN scientific and cultural organisation listed the rock on December 11, among other sites in Bogota, Columbia.

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07 January 2020

Nigeria Immigration Releases Visa-on-Arrival Application Details

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The Nigeria Immigration Service has released details of its new Visa-on-Arrival application processes for Africans and non-Africans. The Service made this known on its website on Monday. “This is to notify the General Public that Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rolled out a new Visa on Arrival Application Process for all Business Travelers and African Union (AU) countries, except for ECOWAS member countries,” the website read. President Muhammadu Buhari in December announced that starting from January 2020, Africans traveling to Nigeria will be able to obtain their visas upon arrival.

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06 January 2020

Culture is preserving the Mt. Rwenzori Forest National Park

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A scenery with color most of it green blending into the blue skies, a challenging terrain, a spectacular view of nature working in sync , warm and welcoming people; the Rwenzoris surely must be the crown of the pearl of Africa. One can tell through observation that the areas at the foot of the great Rwenzoris are rural and the people there in live a modest life, not many meet the daily expenses of an average Ugandan. The admirable part about these people is that they are satisfied and grateful for what they have. Majority of the locals in Kyanjuki village located Kilembe are Bakonzo and they work at the Rwenzori Trekking Services (RTS) Hostel as porters, tour guides, cooks, and hospitality managers while some work directly in the forest and on the mountain to ensure that the trails are in good condition, and that forest is in good condition as well.

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06 January 2020

New Year’s marked birth of first baby giraffe for KZN conservancy

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New Year’s babies are celebrated around the world, and a birth at Ukuwela Conservancy brought special joy. The conservancy, run in northern KwaZulu-Natal by Wild Tomorrow Fund, welcomed its first giraffe birth. Giraffe are listed as a vulnerable mammal on the continent. While the baby has not yet been named, the mother giraffe, Ndzilo, was sponsored by Rikus Lombard and his wife Jessica Masters, who are expecting their first child in June. The couple, who live in New York, in the US, were delighted by the news of the new baby in Zululand.

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