News from ATTA

28 October 2020

Namibia now has over 200 free-roaming black rhinos

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The number of the only free-roaming black rhinos left in the world is growing after nearly becoming extinct some years ago from poaching and drought, Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) said on Wednesday, citing intensified monitoring and biological management as contributing factors.

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28 October 2020

Ethiopian presents the first female captain for an Airbus A350

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While delivering two brand new DeHavilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines had DeHavilland also acknowledged that Ethiopian Airlines had for the 8th straight year the best dispatch record world wide for this aircraft type.

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28 October 2020

Mauritius launches long-term visa

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Mauritius has announced a phased reopening of its borders and has launched an informative campaign and a long-term visa for travellers.

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27 October 2020

Namibia eases travel restrictions

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In an easing of travel restrictions, travellers to Namibia now only need a negative PCR test. This comes after the country opened to all international travel via Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek on September 1.

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27 October 2020

Edelweiss Airline resumes weekly Cape Town route

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Swiss airline Edelweiss has announced that it will be returning to Cape Town. The carrier will resume a once-a-week flight from Zurich to Cape Town starting November 25.

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26 October 2020

Government ‘hopes’ to open borders to all countries by December

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Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said she ‘hoped’ that the list banning certain high-risk countries from entering South Africa will be scrapped in time for the festive season.

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26 October 2020

Application for Membership - Gamel Tours

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Gamel Tours 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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23 October 2020

Green light for Zanzibar!

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The news of Mango’s two flights a week to the island paradise of Zanzibar has come just in time, when South Africans’ thoughts are turning to their Christmas holiday.   The airline’s announcement of a direct service, means a quick and easy flight, making it one of the easiest overseas beach holiday destinations for South Africans to travel to, with no restrictive travel requirements in place to enter the island.

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23 October 2020

Namibia relaxes inbound travel restrictions

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South Africa’s neighbour, Namibia, has further relaxed its inbound travel restrictions. The country’s President Dr Hage G. Geingob announced that travellers to Namibia will only need to present a negative PCR test taken within no more than 72 hours of flying.

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22 October 2020

Uganda to plant 3 million trees with reforestation project

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A new project powered by One Tree Planted and supported by the Jane Goodall Institute aims to plant 3 million trees in the Albertine Rift in Uganda. The Wildlife Habitat & Corridor Restoration Project plans to ‘protect, improve, and recover Uganda forests, which face a multitude of threats that contribute to wide-spread degradation,’ the organisation writes.

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22 October 2020

Tourism specialists and ATB discuss strategies to boost tourism in Africa

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Polar Tourism in conjunction with the African Tourism Board have discussed a series of new initiatives that would boost tourism in Africa post COVID-19, focusing on new projects that would attract domestic, intra-African and international tourists.

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21 October 2020

Uganda Airlines launches new fleet, routes

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Uganda Airlines, a start-up and national carrier which launched in August last year, has just taken delivery of one of two A330-800neo aircraft intended for long-haul routes from its Entebbe hub to Dubai, Guangzhou and London.

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21 October 2020

Emirates signs interline agreement with Airlink

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Emirates and Airlink have announced an interline agreement, widening Emirates’ reach into Southern Africa as countries begin opening their borders for travellers.

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20 October 2020

Fastjet relaunched flights from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

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Fastjet Zimbabwe announced the reintroduction of flights between Victoria Falls, International Airport and Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport from Thursday, 03rd of December 2020.

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20 October 2020

Government revises list of high-risk countries

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The Department of Home Affairs has revised the list of high-risk countries based on a risk categorisation model.

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19 October 2020

Seychelles Tourism Board Travel Advisory Updates

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As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that brought tourism and travel to a standstill, Seychelles is focused on resuming operations within the ‘new normal’ context.

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19 October 2020

The Gambia reopens borders after COVID-19 closure

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The Gambia has reopened its land, air and sea borders, President Adama Barrow’s office announced on Friday after the tiny West African nation shut them in March to curb coronavirus.

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16 October 2020

Coastal tourism breathes sigh of relief

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TOUR operators and vendors at Walvis Bay have hope that the December holidays could start off on a good note for their livelihoods.

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16 October 2020

List of Countries Allowed to Travel to SA to be Updated Soon, Says Ramaphosa

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With the potentially lucrative summer travel season about to begin, the government will soon update the list of nationalities allowed into South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa said today. The list of countries banned from entering South Africa announced on 1 October was extensive, including the UK and USA.

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15 October 2020

Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa launched cricket and tourism partnership

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President Emmerson Mnagangwa has yesterday officially launched a promotional campaign spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) aimed at boosting the country’s tourism.

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15 October 2020

Satellite technology gives SA tourism an opportunity to level the digital divide

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Loss of custom has been the biggest driver of collapsed incomes in the tourism industry as Covid-19 lockdown prevented both loyal and new clients reaching remote establishments. Lockdown also compromised the ability of many operations to maintain their relationships with family, staff, service providers and suppliers.

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15 October 2020

Qatar Airways signs interline agreement with Airlink

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Qatar Airways has signed an interline agreement with Airlink, further expanding its presence in Southern Africa as the largest carrier to operate from the region.

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14 October 2020

Application for Membership - Pure Africa

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Pure 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).

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14 October 2020

‘We are Victoria Falls’ campaign in 2nd phase

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VICTORIA Falls has launched the second phase of its communication and recovery campaign dubbed “We are Victoria Falls”, which seeks to showcase the resort town’s readiness to welcome back tourists. Already, over 30 000 international prospective travellers have been reached so far.

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14 October 2020

Uganda Tourism Minister Unveils Wildlife Street Kampala

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The Uganda Minister Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) Col. Tom Butime, unveiled eleven Uganda wildlife sculptures along the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters on Kira Road stretching for approximately 2 kilometers between Mulago Hospital roundabout and Kira Road Police Station in Kampala.

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13 October 2020

Rescued pangolin gives birth to healthy pangopup

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A pregnant pangolin rescued from the hands of poachers arrived in poor condition at the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. She has since given birth to a healthy pangopup.

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13 October 2020

Econet, Panabios Unveil New Applications to Digitise Covid-19 Certificates, Ease Cross-Border Travel in Africa

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Econet and PanaBIOS have unveiled two new applications that will assist travellers across Africa comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.

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12 October 2020

Cape Verde to reopen in time for tourist season

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Cape Verde is set to reopen its borders on Monday, the government said, after the coronavirus pandemic forced the archipelago state to close to visitors for months.

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12 October 2020

SA to roll out faster COVID-19 tests at ports of entry

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The Department of Health has, with immediate effect, rolled out antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 at all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect.

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09 October 2020

Prince William & David Attenborough team up for ‘Earthshot Prize’

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Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have teamed up to launch the Earthshot Prize, a new global environmental award ‘designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years’.

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09 October 2020

Africa Travel Week pairs up with Invest Africa

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In a strategic move to drive business opportunities within the travel and tourism sector, Africa Travel Week (ATW) has partnered with Invest Africa, a leading pan-African business platform promoting trade and investment in Africa.

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09 October 2020

Uganda’s Borders Have Reopened — Just Keep 32 Feet Away From the Gorillas

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Six months after closing its borders to help stem the spread of coronavirus, Uganda is welcoming tourists back to its lakes, mountains, and national parks — as long as they can stay 32 feet from the gorillas.

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08 October 2020

Two new cheetahs join Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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Two sub-adult cheetahs, Ndjozi and Joe, are the latest additions to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Gauteng. The two cats are part of the cheetah expansion project at the Endangered Species Trust.

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08 October 2020

Lufthansa's regular SA flight schedule now fully operational

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To coincide with the start of the summer season in South Africa, Lufthansa is once again fully operational within the local market with the resumption of its scheduled service between Frankfurt and Cape Town.

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07 October 2020

Sylvester the lion’s offspring are back in the Karoo

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Sylvester the lion rose to fame in 2015 for his escape artist antics. The male lion escaped from the Karoo National Park twice and took expert trackers on a wild goose chase for over 350km, where he was nicknamed ‘Spook’. On his adventure, Sylvester feasted on 28 sheep, a Nguni cow, and a kudu.

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07 October 2020

Seychelles Authorities Review Visitor’s Travel Advisory

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The Seychelles Department of Tourism reviewed its Visitor’s Travel Advisory effective Friday, October 2, 2020. The review follows a proposal of the Tourism Taskforce to provide potential visitors with clearer information regarding the list of countries for which visitors are permitted into Seychelles.

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07 October 2020

MEC David Maynier Kicks of International Tourism Campaign

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Today we are excited to announce the first phase of our international tourism campaign to encourage German business and leisure travellers to "Soweit weg fuhlen" ("get that faraway feeling") by booking their next trip to Cape Town and the Western Cape.

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06 October 2020

The story of Baloo the white rhino bull

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The southern white rhino is classified as near threatened, with a population of around 18,000 individuals. They are the only rhino species not listed as endangered.

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06 October 2020

SQ restarts its services to SA

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Singapore Airlines will restart passenger flights between Singapore and Johannesburg from October 14. The airline said in a statement that it would start with a weekly service between Singapore and Johannesburg. As travel demand picks up, these services will be progressively increased and extended to Cape Town.

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05 October 2020

Heaviside’s dolphins put on spectacular show near Dias Point

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Researchers from the Lüderitz Marine Research in Namibia were treated to an amazing sight on Sunday, October 4 when a pod of Heaviside’s dolphins put on an acrobatic show.

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05 October 2020

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Directives for Resumption of international flights

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Ahead of the resumption of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Entebbe on 1st October, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Government of the Republic of Uganda issued directives regarding the resumption of international flights.

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02 October 2020

Qatar Airways resumes 19 weekly flights to South Africa from 3 October 2020

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Qatar Airways announce the resumption of three key destinations in South Africa; Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Services to South Africa will be operated by a mix of the airline’s modern fuel-efficient Airbus A350and Boeing 787 aircraft. With the addition of 19 weekly flights to South Africa, Qatar Airways will operate 63 weekly flights to 17 destinations across the continent including Accra, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Maputo, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Tunis, Windhoek and Zanzibar.

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01 October 2020

Visa on Arrival issuance resumes at Hosea Kutako International Airport

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The issuance of visa upon arrival at Namibia’s Hosea International Airport has resumed. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigraton, safety and security confirmed this in a letter 25th september and signed by the Executive Director of the Ministry Tourism and Environment.

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01 October 2020

New sculpture garden opens in KwaZulu-Natal

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The recently opened AmmaZulu Garden and Sculpture Precinct in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal is the perfect new weekend outing. The eight-hectare garden houses in excess of 120 marvellous sculptures by artists from all over the world, waiting to be discovered between the lush trees and plants.

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