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31 March 2020

Victoria Falls records highest flow in 3 years

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Victoria Falls has recorded its highest river flow in three years today. In December, various news outlets published articles stating that the Falls had ‘dried to a trickle’. False claims were made that a drought in the region due to the impact of climate change had dried the falls up almost entirely. This, however, was not the case.

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31 March 2020

FCO Updates - 31 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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30 March 2020

FCO Updates - 30 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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27 March 2020

FCO Updates - 27 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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26 March 2020

Wildlife webcams accessible from home

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While all SANParks have closed for the 21-day lockdown period, their webcams are still operational. If the travel bug comes biting, log onto the webcams and marvel over the undisturbed wildlife. There are still and live webcams available for viewing. The still cams are located in Addo Elephant National Park, Nossob within the Kgalagdi Transfontier National Park and Orpen, Punda Maria and Satara within the Kruger National Park.

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26 March 2020

FCO Updates - 26 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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25 March 2020

FCO Updates - 25 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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24 March 2020

FCO Updates - 24 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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23 March 2020

FCO Updates - 23 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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23 March 2020

Ethiopia receives Jack Ma's coronavirus donation to Africa

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March 22: Jack Ma’s coronavirus donation arrives in Ethiopia A coronavirus support from CEO of Ali Baba, global e-commerce giants, has arrived in Ethiopia. The consignment was flown in by Ethiopian Airlines from Guanzhuo to Addis Ababa.

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23 March 2020

In Memoriam: Legendary hotelier Sol Kerzner passes away

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Legendary hotelier Solomon ‘Sol’ Kerzner, who was instrumental in revolutionising the Maldives tourism industry, has passed away. The South African hotel mogul, 84, died of cancer at his family home in Cape Town.

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20 March 2020

FCO Updates - 20 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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20 March 2020

#AirSeychelles takes delivery of second brand new #Airbus #A320Neo

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Air Seychelles has announced that the airline has taken delivery of its second new A320neo aircraft registered as ‘S7-PTI’. Named Pti Merl Dezil, the aircraft landed in the Seychelles late in the evening on Thursday, 19 March 2020 but without the usual pomp and ceremony, cognizant of the current #COVID19 outbreak.

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20 March 2020

Win for conservation as African black rhino numbers rise

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Numbers of African black rhinos in the wild have risen by several hundred, a rare boost in the conservation of a species driven to near extinction by poaching. Black rhinos are still in grave danger but the small increase – an annual rate of 2.5% over six years, has swollen the population from 4,845 in 2012 to an estimated 5,630 in 2018, giving hope that efforts put into saving the species are paying off.

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19 March 2020

FCO Updates - 19 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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19 March 2020

First baby rhino born on KZN reserve in over 100 years

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Thula Thula Private Game Reserve announced the birth of a baby white rhino, to mother Mona, on Facebook. This is the first time in over a century that a rhino calf has been born on the private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

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18 March 2020

FCO Updates - 18 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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17 March 2020

FCO Updates - 17 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

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17 March 2020

FCO Updates - 16 March 2020

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In the last 24 hours the FCO has updated advice for the following countries

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17 March 2020

COVID-19 Travel Advisories - 16 March 2020

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In the past week various countries have imposed entry restrictions on travellers from various countries affected by COVID-19

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17 March 2020

COVID-19 Legal Update - 16 March 2020

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Just as the government has moved into the delay stage, I believe operators faced with FCO advice not to travel, must do the same.

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13 March 2020

World’s first 3D-printed resort to open in Mozambique

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Kisawa Sanctuary situated on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island – the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago – will be the world’s first 3D-printed luxury resort when it opens later this year. The sanctuary will feature 12 bungalows on a private sanctuary beach.

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12 March 2020

Radisson Hotels to reduce single-use plastics globally

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The Radisson Hotel Group is set to launch a global roll-out plan of plastic reduction - including the introduction of bulk amenities in all hotels across the group's portfolio by 2022. The group will implement bulk amenity dispensers across all brands by the beginning of 2022, replacing small bottles for common bathroom products. This action will remove 57 million miniature amenities from circulation, avoiding the use of almost 500 tons of plastic annually.

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11 March 2020

Hotel hires professional marathoner to keep guests fit

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Many travellers like to keep fit while on holiday. To help keep visitors in shape after dining on scrumptious local cuisine, the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya has appointed marathoner and former world-record holder Patrick Makau as the world’s first ‘running concierge’ according to Travel + Leisure. Makau set a new world record for his lightning-fast time of 2:03:38 at the Berlin Marathon in 2011.

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11 March 2020

Drones finally start mosquito larva spraying exercise

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Yesterday, drones started the long awaited exercise of spraying mosquito larvae. The exercise was meant to open in late January, but the ministry postponed its launch until yesterday. The drone technology is one of the new measures the government is bringing onboard to push for the targets to achieve zero malaria in Rwanda by 2030.

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10 March 2020

How Will New German Ambassador push Tanzania tourism?

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Ranking among the leading European tourist market and tourism investment source to the East Africa, Germany is now strengthening its presence in East African regional states. The new German Ambassador to Tanzania, Regine Hess, had last month visited the EAC Secretariat then presented her letter of credentials to the Secretary General of the EAC Secretariat, Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko. Madam Hess said that Germany is a staunch believer in regional integration.

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10 March 2020

Ethiopia: All-Female Ethiopian Flight Crew Aims to Inspire

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, an all-female flight crew from Ethiopian Airlines flew from Addis Ababa to Washington D.C. The flight marked the sixth consecutive year the airline has made the symbolically important flight with a female crew. “Ethiopian Airlines aims to show African girls that there are no professions reserved for men only and inspire them to have no limits to their dream of becoming anything they set their hearts to,” said Rahel Assefa, marketing vice president for the airline. “In short, as we say back home at Ethiopian, on this day we fly to inspire.”

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10 March 2020

Application for Membership - Primate Expeditions

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Primate 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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09 March 2020

Namibia rehabilitates one of Africa’s largest parks

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The Namibian government last week launched the rehabilitation of the Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s largest animal sanctuaries, in a bid to cut down poaching and reduce human-wildlife conflict problems. Despite being one of Namibia’s prime tourist destinations, Etosha National Park has been haunted by poaching by both locals as well as other suspects from Angola and Zambia.

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09 March 2020

Muizenberg Beach accessible to differently-abled people

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Muizenberg Beach has become more accessible for differently-abled people. The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with the Western Cape’s Health Department have installed an access mat which allows those in wheelchairs and with walking aids to still enjoy the sandy beach.

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06 March 2020

Ethiopian aviation sector set to grow 226% by 2037: IATA

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The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) recent study on the importance of air transport and tourism to Ethiopia revealed that the sustained prioritisation of air transport, connectivity, and tourism as a strategic asset, would support an additional 900,000 jobs and at least $9.3 billion of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2037. If current trends persist, Ethiopia’s air transport market will expand by 226 percent over the next 20 years, with annual passenger journeys increasing from 7.2 million in 2017 to 23.5 million a year by 2037.

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06 March 2020

Museveni asks communities, partners to conserve wildlife

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President Museveni has asked Ugandans and conservation partners to continue supporting government efforts to conserve wildlife heritage for sustainable development of the country. Uganda on Tuesday joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Wildlife Day aimed at raising awareness about the world’s fauna and flora.

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05 March 2020

Krimson Aviation launches Krimson Koncierge, luxury destination management service for Ethiopia

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Krimson Aviation, the Addis Ababa-based flight support, charter and aviation consultancy announced the introduction of a new high-end travel service, Krimson Koncierge. Launched at Aviation Africa 2020, the annual meeting for the African aerospace industry, Krimson Koncierge specialises in creating escorted customised luxury excursions, tailored itineraries and bespoke destination management services for aviation crew, VIP and discerning travellers. The concierge division, headed up by Krimson Chief Commercial Officer, Helina Teshome, has been introduced following an increase in requests for on-the-ground travel recommendations from crew and executive visitors.

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04 March 2020

Application for Membership - Wildlife Experiences

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Wildlife Experiences 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 March 2020

African Tourism Board brings Nigeria and Tanzania Tourism together

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The African Tourism Board paid a consultative visit to the United Republic of Tanzanian High Commission in Nigeria and held high-level discussion with Dr. Benson Alfred Baba, the High Commissioner, and Mr. Elias Nwandobo, Counsellor to the Commission.

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04 March 2020

Kenya National Convention Bureau joins ICCA

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The Kenya National Convention Bureau (KNCB) has officially been inducted into the membership of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) – the largest global meetings industry network. This automatically grants KNCB access to ICCA’s large database of clients from the conventions sector all over the world. Kenya with the establishment of KNCB, seeks to promote the country as a competitive MICE destination.

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03 March 2020

Zambia launches blueprint for tourism development

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Zambia on Monday launched a plan aiming at unlocking the tourism sector in the southern African nation. The launch of the Zambia Tourism Master plan was aimed at facilitating systematic exploitation of the country’s vast tourism for the sector to contribute to the growth of the economy. The plan runs from 2018 to 2038.

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03 March 2020

Conservation, technology boosted tourism

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Falling wildlife numbers are driven by causes ranging from poaching and illegal trade to disease, habitat destruction and other effects linked to climate change. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates the illegal wildlife trade to be worth about $20 billion a year, underlining the scale of the issue.

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02 March 2020

UNWTO Hosts First High-Level Forum on Tourism Investment in Africa

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Tourism Ministers from across Africa came together for the first UNWTO Global Investment Forum in Africa, a landmark event aimed at unlocking the potential of investment for driving sustainable growth and development. This gathering is a contribution to the UNWTO Agenda for Africa for sustainable growth through tourism.

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02 March 2020

African Symposium's Wildlife Conservation in Africa forum to launch this month

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The African Symposium's inaugural forum on Wildlife Conservation in Africa is launching on Tuesday, 3 March on the United Nations designated World Wildlife Day. The forum will take place at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York and will focus on opportunities for the African diaspora community and friends to play a more active, engaged and visible role.

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02 March 2020

Application for Membership - Journey's Intent

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Journey's Intent 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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