News from ATTA

News from ATTA consists of a combination of news from the African continent with relevance to African Tourism along with news about ATTA for the benefit of our members.

27 November 2020

Israeli Airline Makes Maiden Flight to Rwanda

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Israeli private airline company, Israir on Thursday, November 26 made its maiden flight to Rwanda, at the Kigali International Airport.

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27 November 2020

Mauritius extends 14-day quarantine to 2021

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Mauritius will remain closed for short-term leisure travel in December, as government decided to extend the quarantine regulations until January 15, 2021. The island is arguably South Africa’s favourite destination to visit.

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26 November 2020

Great Ethiopian Run 2020 supports bird conservation in Ethiopia

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The Great Ethiopian Run (GER) is the one of the world's most famous marathon initiatives. Since its inception in 2000, GER has staged over 100 races in different parts of Ethiopia, with thousands of participants and an audience base of another five million.

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26 November 2020

SA’s tourism industry records improvement

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A report by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that the country’s tourism industry is experiencing a slight improvement after months of freefalling.

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25 November 2020

LH Group rolls out more SA flights

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“The Lufthansa Group has welcomed the recent announcement by the [SA] government to remove the list of high-risk countries and once again open borders to all leisure and business travellers. We are fully committed to the South African market and continue our efforts to help recover and expand the tourism sector by encouraging international travel,” said Dr André Schulz, gm Southern Africa & East Africa Lufthansa Group Airlines.

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25 November 2020

Comair to resume operations from December

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Comair will resume operations of their regional British Airways flights on December 9. A spokesperson for the airline told Travel News that the Labour Court had dismissed Numsa’s application to get an interdict to declare that Comair employees were not bound by the terms of the collective agreement signed during September

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25 November 2020

What's On At The Waterhole?

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The Waterhole has been open for 2 weeks, welcoming 114 ATTA members from around the globe. Recent topics have included • Information on Covid-19 testing & protocols from members in specific countries • Questions on refund protocols • Updates and discussion on 2021 trade show developments Join the conversation or start one! We look forward to welcoming you.

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24 November 2020

Webinar 101 on rapid Covid testing for the travel industry

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With lots of confusion in the marketplace regarding covid testing, GeneMe UK, an authorised distributor of the FRANKD SARS-CoV-2 test will share an overview of the testing landscape, explain the differences between the varying types of tests and the role of technology in accurately and securely providing results.

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24 November 2020

Future Traveller Sentiment Survey Nov 2020 - Victoria Falls

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International Future Traveller Sentiment survey which was conducted between 15th October and 15th November 2020.

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23 November 2020

Emirates improves Zim /Zam frequencies

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Emirates has added another flight from Dubai to Harare, via Lusaka, taking the total number of flights to three a week.

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23 November 2020

CemAir expands operations by 50%

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Local airline CemAir aims to secure a stronghold in the mainstream commercial aviation industry by increasing operations by 50%.

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20 November 2020

Campaign to showcase the best of Rwanda launched

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A campaign to showcase the best of Rwanda has been launched. Rwanda Nziza Tourism Campaign is a cross-country journey to explore, discover little and rarely shown sceneries of the country and showcase the Rwanda of today, not only to change the narrative from the 1994 Rwanda but also to visually tell the Rwandan story the Rwandan way.

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20 November 2020

The Grootbrak Grabadoo will take place over two days this year

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The 18th Grootbrak Grabadoo is only 6 weeks away and this year the event will take place on two days. In line with COVID-19 restrictions, only 500 entrants can participate a day.

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19 November 2020

Airlink Launches New Route Connecting Tanzania And South Africa

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Airlink, the privately-owned and independent regional airline, will reconnect Tanzania with South Africa when it launches its first scheduled passenger flights between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg on 01 December 2020.

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19 November 2020

Application for Membership - O&L Leisure Hotels and Lodges

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O&L Leisure Hotels and Lodges 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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18 November 2020

It’s baby season in the Kruger National Park

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It’s always a wonderful experience to see wild animals with their babies. The Kruger National Park is currently teeming with newborns and visitors have been sharing sweet moments between fierce predators and their little bundles.

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18 November 2020

Application for Membership - Steadfast Africa

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Steadfast 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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17 November 2020

Resumption of flights in Botswana boosts tourism

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Botswana saw the long-awaited return of foreign tourists as a flight of Ethiopian Airlines landed at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport here on Saturday.

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17 November 2020

Etihad Airways cancels SA flights

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Etihad Airways has cancelled all flights between Abu Dhabi and South Africa. The United Arab Emirates carrier has been operating out of South Africa for over a decade.

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16 November 2020

Emirates partners with FlySafair

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Emirates and FlySafair have joined forces to create more air travel options. The airlines announced an interline agreement on Monday [November 16].

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16 November 2020

Application for Membership - SkySafari

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SkySafari 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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13 November 2020

Emirates ramps up SA flights

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“We heard you Mr President – International Travel is Open,” said Emirates in a release sent out to the trade following yesterday’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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13 November 2020

Rehabilitated rhino calves released back into the wild

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After years of rehabilitation at the Zululand Rhino Orphanage, rhinos Mpilo and Makhosi were successfully released into their new, wild home.

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13 November 2020

Application for Membership - Umlingo UK - Travel PR Services

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Umlingo UK - Travel PR Services 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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12 November 2020

South Africa’s international travel rules released

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has released the gazette that details the new updates under Alert Level 1.

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12 November 2020

Application for Membership - New African Safaris

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New African 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).

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11 November 2020

Air Botswana resumes JNB flights

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Following the opening of Botswana’s borders on Monday (November 9) for regional flights, Air Botswana was scheduled to resume flights to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport yesterday, November 10. The carrier had suspended flights in March due to the COVID pandemic.

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11 November 2020

Application for Membership - Traversing Africa

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Traversing 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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10 November 2020

Travel in a Covid-19 world: Wanderlust Reader Survey November 2020

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Wanderlust Magazine surveyed their readers last week to gauge how they were now feeling. The previous reader survey was in July so they were interested to see how attitudes towards travel had changed. Note that this was before the announcement this week of a vaccine, yet the results were still very positive

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09 November 2020

Update on Chinese outbound travel market

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ATTA Market Representative in China, Lin Yu from Travel World China, has put together an update on the current status of the Chinese Travel Market

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06 November 2020

Botswana announces phased reopening of borders

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Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has approved lifting of international travel restrictions in a phased manner, starting from next week.

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06 November 2020

RwandAir to resume Cape Town flights in December

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RwandAir will resume its services to Cape Town on December 2, 2020. Flights will depart from Kigali on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and reach Cape Town via Harare, with return flights from Cape Town later on the same days.

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05 November 2020

World Tourism Organization Visits Namibia

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The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has paid a first visit to an African Member State since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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05 November 2020

LH reaffirms commitment to SA

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Following media reports from Germany that Lufthansa was “drastically reducing” its capacity on the South African routes, the Lufthansa Group has reiterated its commitment to SA.

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05 November 2020

Mozambique drops mandatory quarantine period

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Travellers to Mozambique with a negative PCR test will be exempt from undergoing a quarantine period when entering the country.

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04 November 2020

Application for Membership - Theobald Barber

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Theobald Barber 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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04 November 2020

New East Africa Director of Global Tourism Resilience Centre

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Recognizing the need to manage crisis in the tourism industry in the Eastern Africa Region, the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Satellite Centre (GTRCMSC) was established in November 2019 at Kenyatta University, Kenya, following a bilateral agreement between H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his counterpart Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica.

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04 November 2020

UNWTO to focus on rural tourism in Africa

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Windhoek - Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili is confident that African gastronomy, mainly in Namibia, has the potential to grow around the world if showcased wisely.

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03 November 2020

A chameleon not seen in a century reappears in a Madagascar garden

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Armed with headlamps and flashlights, a team of researchers in northwestern Madagascar searched through the night for an elusive chameleon, Voeltzkow’s chameleon (Furcifer voeltzkowi), which hadn’t been spotted for more than 100 years. On the sixth day of their expedition, they found it. But the species wasn’t in the forest as they expected: it was in a large, uncultivated hotel garden.

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03 November 2020

Zim to reopen land borders in December

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Zimbabwe will reopen six land borders on December 1. Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, said the opening of border posts would be phased in, beginning with Beitbridge, Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Chirundu, Nyamapanda and Forbes.

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02 November 2020

Kenya launches coast brand identity to showcase tourism

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Kenya's tourism marketers on Friday launched tourism brand identity for the coastal region as part of efforts to revive the sector which has slumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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