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.

26 November 2021

Eastgate Airport near the Kruger National Park just got a R20 million makeover

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Eastgate Airport, near Hoedspruit in Limpopo, has undergone a R20 million refurbishment. Upgrades to the airport, which serves as a gateway to the Kruger National Park, started shortly after South Africa was first plunged into a coronavirus-induced lockdown. Eastgate Airport is roughly 68 kilometres away from Kruger National Park's Orpen Gate. It stems from the southern end of Hoedspruit Airforce Base, home to 19 Squadron helicopter unit, being converted to a civilian airport in the late 1990s. It was also earmarked for NASA shuttle landing in the 1980s.

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26 November 2021

UNWTO: Still 46 destinations closed to tourists

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According to the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report,  46 destinations (21% of all destinations worldwide) currently have their borders completely closed  to tourists. Of these, 26 destinations have their borders completely closed since at least the end of April 2020 . Another 55 (25% of all global destinations) continue to have their borders partially closed to international tourism and 112 destinations (52% of all destinations) require international tourists to present a PCR or antigen test on arrival.

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25 November 2021

Statement from ATTA President, Nigel Vere Nicoll on UK Red List Announcement

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Please find below a press statement from ATTA (African Travel & Tourism Association) on the Red List announcement this evening issued to trade media. Thursday, 25 November, 2021. 2200hrs GMT Nigel Vere Nicoll, President of ATTA commented: “The announcement by the UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid this evening that with the discovery of a new Covid variant, six southern African countries would be added to the UK red travel list from midday on Friday GMT, with direct flights temporarily banned, has come as a complete hammer blow to all of our members.  While the safety of all concerned must be considered, it is heart-breaking that this has happened to an industry that is grappling to get back on their feet after the past 20 months.  We will work closely with the governments of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini to understand the full impact of this announcement and how we can support our members and their customers over the next few weeks.”

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25 November 2021

Covid: Africa travel restrictions over variant fear

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Travellers arriving from several southern African countries will have to quarantine amid warnings over a new Covid variant. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said from 12:00 GMT on Friday six countries would be added to the red list, with flights being temporarily banned. One expert described the variant, known as B.1.1.529, as "the worst one we've seen so far", and there is concern it has the potential to evade immunity. No cases have been confirmed in the UK. Only 59 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana so far.

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25 November 2021

Conservationists open court battle against companies threatening fruit bats in Zambia

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Zambian conservationists are seeking a high court injunction to save a wildlife haven which Sir David Attenborough has described as "the largest fruit-bat roost on Earth".

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25 November 2021

EK adds festive flights to CPT

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Emirates will add 10 extra flights to its Cape Town schedule over the festive season, in order to support high demand, according to a trade release.

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25 November 2021

The tourism and hospitality sector seeing signs of recovery with StatsSA

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South Africa’s tourism and hospitality sector is seeing signs of recovery with StatsSA reporting a second-consecutive month of growth, according to its Accommodation and Food and Beverage performance reports. There is reason for optimism that the industry would enjoy continued growth and recovery as it heads into the festive season.

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25 November 2021

South African Airways & Kenya Airways are planning to launch a "Pan African Airline Group"!

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South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways, have signed a Strategic Partnership Framework, which is seen as a key milestone towards co-starting a Pan African Airline Group by 2023.

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24 November 2021

SA to host World Cup 2027

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South Africa will once again shine in the global sports tourism spotlight, along with Namibia and Zimbabwe, when the three countries co-host the 2027 50-over ICC Cricket World Cup. Congratulating Cricket South Africa (CSA) for securing the right to co-host the event, Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, said: “The City of Cape Town is fully behind Cricket South Africa as it starts its journey towards preparing for the major event on the ICC’s cricket calendar.

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24 November 2021

Kenya’s Indigenous Ogiek partner with government rangers to restore Mau Forest

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The Ogiek people of Kenya have for more than a century faced eviction from their ancestral lands in the Mau Forest, on which they have long depended for their material and cultural needs. Three years ago, some community members decided to start working with the Kenyan Forest Service to restore the forest complex and promote conservation coupled with sustainable livelihoods such as beekeeping.

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23 November 2021

Comment: The complaints companies can expect as more people travel

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Joanna McLachlan, associate partner at Plexus Law (UK), examines some of the potential issues arising from significant changes, hotel amenities and positive Covid tests. After the restrictions of the last 18 months, the increased opportunity to travel overseas is another step to freedom for many. Inevitably, as more passengers travel there will be more complaints, but what complaints can be expected from people travelling in a world still dealing with Covid-19?

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23 November 2021

SAA quits Mozambique but is still on track to launch its Nigerian route in December

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South African Airways (SAA) will stop its daily return flight schedule between Johannesburg and Mozambique’s Maputo on 1 December. Its plan to resume direct services to Lagos on 12 December is still on track.

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22 November 2021

Tens of millions still tied up in credit notes - Civil Aviation Authority, UK

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More than £130 million is still tied up in Atol-protected credit notes and vouchers, the CAA has said. The authority has urged holidaymakers to get them spent before the Atol protection they carry runs out on 30 September next year. From 20 December, firms will no longer be able to issue Atol-protected credit notes.

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22 November 2021

Kenya only wants vaccinated travellers

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The tightening should come into effect at the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Kenya wants to be the first country in Africa to introduce access restrictions for unvaccinated people. The Ministry of Health announced this on Sunday. The final vote is still missing, but if it is up to the government and health authorities, Europeans will have to provide complete proof of vaccination in addition to a negative PCR test for entry from December 21st. The tightening of the rules shortly before Christmas should prevent a rapid increase in the number of infections.

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22 November 2021

The 28th International Tourism Exhibition MITT-2022 will be held at Crocus Expo on March 15-17.

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MITT is the largest travel exhibition in Russia in the Tourism and Leisure category and one of the most prominent international business platforms for countries, regions and travel companies from around the world that are interested in the Russian market.

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19 November 2021

Pax want biometrics

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the results of its 2021 Global Passenger Survey (GPS), which delivered two main conclusions: 1. Passengers want to use biometric identification if it expedites travel processes. 2. Passengers want to spend less time queuing.

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19 November 2021

You can visit SA’s national parks for free next week – and this new digital tour can help

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South Africa’s 16th annual National Parks Week runs from 22 to 28 November and coincides with the launch of a new website that takes visitors on a digital tour of the country’s 19 parks.

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19 November 2021

No red list additions but further review due before Christmas

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The UK’s travel red list will remain blank for another three weeks, transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed on Thursday (18 November).

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18 November 2021

Covid-19: the noose is tightening in Europe, new restrictions in several countries

The lights are red in a growing number of countries in Europe, which are seeing the return of lockdowns, curfews and other restrictive measures in an attempt to stem the rebound of the epidemic.

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18 November 2021

Better days for tourists, diplomats beckon

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Arusha. Better days for tourists and diplomats are in the offing, thanks to the rollout of the police training programme, as part of key players’ ambitious strategy to enhance tourist’s safety and security

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17 November 2021

Africa’s tourism has potential to create an additional $50 billion to GDP: UN

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The United Nations Economic Commission says Africa’s tourism has the potential to create an additional $50 billion more in gross domestic product (GDP).

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17 November 2021

Air Tanzania orders four new planes

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The Tanzanian government has ordered four new planes to boost its national carrier’s capability in Africa and abroad.

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16 November 2021

EU package directive, it's time for a change

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Update on the package directive in light of the upheavals that have hit the travel sector in the last 20 months, focusing above all on the rights of travellers and on the issue of airline insolvency. The six-monthly summit held in Brussels by Ectaa, the European Association of Continental Tour Operators and Travel Agents, of which FTO (Federation of Organised Tourism) is also a member, concluded with a specific request to the European Commission .

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16 November 2021

New concept for the "travel pearls"

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The German Specialist Travel Association, Anders Reisen Forum has published the “Travel Pearls 2022”. This time the catalog appears in magazine form.

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15 November 2021

The steam train between Cape Town and Elgin is back at the end of the month

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The Ceres Rail Company's iconic steam train will resume its travels between Cape Town and Elgin on 28 November, after being halted since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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15 November 2021

Kenya's aviation sector at 90pc of pre-Covid levels, says PS

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Kenya’s aviation market has picked up to 90 percent of pre-Covid levels as the sector records steady growth in air travel following the disruptive effects of Covid-19.

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12 November 2021

Application for Membership - Ololo Safari Lodge - Accommodation Suppliers - Kenya

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Ololo 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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11 November 2021

Namibia adopts AU Covid Pass

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Namibia is the latest country to officially adopt the use of the AU’s Trusted Travel System for the verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates, and from December 1, it will be mandatory for all inbound travellers’ PCR test results to be on the system.

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11 November 2021

Airlink joins fight against illegal wildlife trade

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Airlink is stepping up the fight against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, implementing a company-wide training programme on processes and supply chain interventions to identify and combat the illegal wildlife trade.

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10 November 2021

Zambia reduces visa fees

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The Government of Zambia has announced a reduction in tourist visa fees from January 2022 in a move that is expected to boost the number of tourist arrivals and thus boost the recovery of the tourism sector.

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10 November 2021

Kenya: Balala Unveils Ministry's Plans to Achieve Sustainable Tourism By 2030

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has unveiled plans to restrict the use of vehicular transportation within all National Parks and Reserves to those that use non-fossil renewable energy by 2030 as part of Kenya's commitment to achieving sustainable tourism.

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09 November 2021

FCDO Update - Ethiopia - 09 November 21

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The FCDO now advises against all travel to Ethiopia, except for Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (where advice remains against all but essential travel).

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09 November 2021

SQ adds a sixth flight to JNB

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Singapore Airlines has announced that flights between Singapore and Johannesburg will increase from five to six per week, from November 12.

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09 November 2021

Fully vaccinated South Africans can travel to the US from today – with a negative test

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The United States (US) reopened to fully vaccinated South African travellers on Monday, with specific rules on pre-flight testing and exemptions for children.

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08 November 2021

Virgin needs pax details

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Travel is in a period of rapid disruption, where one event can trigger off a series of other disruptions.

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08 November 2021

Satellite Transmitters reveal the impact of climate change on whales

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Researchers of the mammal research institute (MRI) whale unit have used satellite transmitters to track the migration and behaviour of Southern right whales. Their research results have shown the impact of climate change on this subspecies.

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08 November 2021

Namibia begins use of “Trusted Travel System” for COVID-19 tests, vaccination

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Namibia on Monday officially began using the African Union and Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Trusted Travel System for the verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates.

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05 November 2021

Passenger Names on Travel and Vaccination Documents

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Quick Reminder: Feedback from a UK industry meeting this afternoon attended by ATTA. Some passengers are arriving at airports with differing surnames on their passport and vaccination documents.

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05 November 2021

Kruger Shalati gets South Africa’s first 360-degree cinema

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Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge and the Kruger Station has added another feature to their name: the KRUGER 360 Cinema, which will provide guests with an immersive movie experience in the middle of the Kruger National Park.

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05 November 2021

Application for Membership - Travel to Africa - Australasia & Far Eastern Based Travel Specialist / Solo Professional - Australia

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Travel to 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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04 November 2021

Correction: Update from GOV.UK for: São Tomé and Principe

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You should apply for a visa prior to arrival in São Tomé and Principe via the eVisa platform. If this platform is offline then you should email your flight and hotel reservations to the Director of the Immigration and Border Service requesting exceptional authorisation for entry: direccaosmf@gmail.com.

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04 November 2021

British Airways plans A380 flights to South Africa from January

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British Airways has added Airbus A380 flights to Johannesburg to its schedule from January 10th. As things stand, the route will be the fourth long-haul flight operated by the giant of the skies, following its return to passenger service with the airline, planned for next Monday.

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04 November 2021

Emirates reopens CPT lounge

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The Emirates Lounge at Cape Town International Airport reopens today, November 3. The two-level lounge is located in the northern end of the international departures terminal and has views of the airfield.

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03 November 2021

Tanzania receives 500 000 Sinopharm vaccines from China

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Tanzania has received 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses as a donation from China. This is intended to help increase Kenya's drive to vaccinate its people against the COVID 19 pandemic.

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03 November 2021

Update from GOV.UK for: São Tomé and Principe

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There are currently no restrictions on UK nationals entering São Tomé and Principe, provided you comply with the entry requirements outlined below.

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02 November 2021

How Rwanda is protecting gorillas from Covid-19

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Primates, with their similar anatomical and physiological features similar to humans, are vulnerable to the same diseases, and are therefore considered to be at risk to Covid-19.

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02 November 2021

Emirates inks deal with the Seychelles Tourism Board

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Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Seychelles Tourism Board at Expo 2020. The agreement reaffirms the airline’s commitment to the island-nation and outlines joint initiatives to promote trade and tourism to the country.

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01 November 2021

Extremely rare albino honey badger seen at Western Cape nature reserve

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An extremely rare albino honey badger was caught on camera at the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape recently.

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01 November 2021

How to rebuild tourism – WHO

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The WTTC has produced a report outlining certain pain points in the rebuilding of tourism and travel and giving recommendations on how to drive tourism recovery and promote resilience in the sector.

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01 November 2021

Uganda to host Africa Birding expo

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Uganda is set to host the fourth Africa Birding Expo at the Entebbe Botanical Gardens from December 10 to 12. The expo aims to create awareness and build Uganda as a premium birding destination.

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