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.

31 March 2021

Home Affairs extends validity of foreigners’ visas

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Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the extension of the validity of foreigners’ visas which expired during South Africa’s lockdown due to COVID-19.

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31 March 2021

Application for Membership - Northern Cape Tourism Authority

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Northern Cape Tourism Authority 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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30 March 2021

Mass vaccination is just the first step

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South Africa’s largest medical aid, Discovery Health (three million adult beneficiaries), has announced its Mass Vaccination Programme, which aims to vaccinate 50 000 adult Discovery members per day from May 1.

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30 March 2021

Application for Membership - EasyOTA

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EasyOTA 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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29 March 2021

BA operated by Comair returns to Harare, Zimbabwe

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British Airways, operated by Comair has resumed flights into Zimbabwe, touching down in Harare on Sunday afternoon, March 28.

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29 March 2021

SA Tourism, Netflix SA collaborate to showcase locally-made stories

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South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and Netflix have agreed to explore joint opportunities that will benefit both organisations to showcase stories made in South Africa.

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27 March 2021

What's On At The Waterhole?

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Information on: Ghana DMCs, PCR requirements into Zimbabwe, SAA contacts for flights vouchers....

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26 March 2021

Cheating Extinction

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Perhaps it’s the ancient elegance of cheetahs that captivates us so deeply. Or is it their speed that triggers our imagination. Whatever it is, we now stand a chance of losing the world’s most endangered big cat.

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25 March 2021

UTB in talks with German Embassy in Uganda on strengthening tourism ties

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) led by the Board Chairman Hon. Daudi Migereko and the German Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellence Mathias Schauermet at UTB offices in Kampala to discuss about potential strategies that could be adapted by Uganda’s tourism industry in further strengthening ties with the German tourism source market.

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25 March 2021

Incubeta to assist SA Tourism maximise global digital investments

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Digital marketing specialist, Incubeta, has been appointed as a global digital media partner to South African Tourism (SAT) after an extensive tender process. The three-year deal, worth R6,3m, will see Incubeta help maximise technology investment across all 27 of South African Tourism's operating regions.

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24 March 2021

Ethiopian Airlines to become ATTA's new Airline Partner

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We are delighted to announce that Africa's largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, is to become our new Airline Partner

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24 March 2021

Uganda sings new tune to woo tourists

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Tourism officials in Uganda are turning to local musicians to promote some of the country’s destinations to local travellers. The move aims to revive the sector, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

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23 March 2021

CemAir launches regional flights

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Seizing a gap in the regional market while SAA and other players are out of the picture, CemAir launched its first regional scheduled flight today, Tuesday, March 23, between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo and Luanda, Angola. It has ambitions for many more regional routes.

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22 March 2021

UN marks World Water day with urgent call to ‘Recognize ‘true value’ of water’

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The 22nd of March is the designated World Water Day and the United Nations is marking the day with a global conversation on how people value water, to highlight how important is it to them and their specific circumstances.

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22 March 2021

Elephant Seal lands near Cape Point

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A southern elephant seal has just arrived on Dias Beach near Cape Point in Table Mountain Nature Reserve. Elephant Seals are a rarity to these shores, a few stragglers find their way to South Africa each year, sometimes joining Cape fur seal colonies.

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19 March 2021

Ethiopian Airlines Joins African Union to Launch Test and Vaccine Passport

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Ethiopian Airlines has partnered with the African Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Africa CDC) for the implementation of the African Union Trusted Travel Pass to make continental travel easier and safer amidst the COVID -19 pandemic.

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19 March 2021

South Africa: Tourism Recovery Plan to Be Presented to Cabinet Soon

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When South Africa implemented lockdown restrictions, one of the sectors that was most affected by this was tourism, with businesses remaining shut even when economic activity resumed.

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18 March 2021

Application for Membership - Rwanda Eco Company and Safaris

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Rwanda Eco Company and 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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18 March 2021

Namibia receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China

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The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac arrived in Namibia on Tuesday afternoon, which will help the African country’s immunization campaign against the pandemic.

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18 March 2021

Lufthansa returns to Cape Town

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From the end of this month, Lufthansa will re-introduce direct services to Cape Town. The flights will operate three times a week.

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17 March 2021

Ghana to collaborate with Rwanda to Promote Intra-Africa Tourism

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A delegation from Ghana on Monday, 15th March 2021, held meetings with the Honorary Consulate of Ghana in Rwanda and the Rwanda Development Board to discuss bilateral opportunities for tourism and economic development.

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17 March 2021

Zanzibar announces mandatory tourist dress code

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In public places in Zanzibar, tourists must cover their bodies from shoulders to knees. Zanzibar residents often shocked by the appearance and lack of clothing on some of the holidaymakers Zanzibar will penalize visitors for inappropriate appearance.

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17 March 2021

Application for Membership - Tett Safaris

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Tett 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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16 March 2021

Zimbabwe receives second batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China

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Zimbabwe on Tuesday received a second shipment of Sinopharm vaccines to help it continue its mass COVID-19 vaccination drive.

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16 March 2021

Breaking News: QR, ET banned from UK

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A ban on commercial aircraft travelling into England from Oman, Ethiopia and Qatar will come into force on Friday, March 19 at 04h00.

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16 March 2021

Application for Membership - Ondili Lodges and Activities

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Ondili Lodges and Activities 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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15 March 2021

Application for Membership - Elman Wall Travel Accountants

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Elman Wall Travel Accountants 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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15 March 2021

Spectacular bloom of lilies on Namibia’s Sandhof Farm

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After Namibia faced a dreadful drought in 2019, 2020 brought good rains, and a spectacular bloom of lilies in 2021 on the Sandhof Farm just 40km outside the town of Maltahohe in southern Namibia.

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14 March 2021

What's On At The Waterhole?

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Information on remote Covid-19 testing in Zambia, March ATOL renewals (Tour Operator group), request for safari wedding ideas, Seychelles re-opening and more.....

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12 March 2021

Malawi roll outs COVID-19 vaccination campaign

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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera and his deputy, Saulos Chilima, on Thursday led the country in getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to mark the official rollout of the vaccination campaign.

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11 March 2021

BA / Comair Resume Johannesburg - Victoria Falls Flights

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Sale of BA / Comair's service between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls has resumed with services starting from 13 May 2021

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11 March 2021

South Africa to meet with countries that flagged it as a risk for travellers

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Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says that her department is busy setting up bilateral meetings with ambassadors of countries that have flagged South Africa over the 501Y.V2 variant of Covid-19.

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11 March 2021

Every day is World Water Day for Sun International’s casino in Durban

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World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 and ever before has this day been so pertinent. With South Africa and many regions of the world caught in the grip of drought, businesses have had to grapple with the reality of severe water-scarcity.

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10 March 2021

Zimbabwe authorizes Sputnik V, Sinovac coronavirus vaccines for emergency use

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Zimbabwe has authorized the emergency use of four COVID-19 vaccines, including Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinovac, the minister of information said on Tuesday.

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10 March 2021

Fastjet to resume Joburg – Vic Falls route March 16

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Fastjet have announced their plans to resume their Johannesburg to Victoria Falls flights. As of March 16 2021, flights will take off every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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10 March 2021

RWANDA: Kigali joins the Giants Club, a godsend for mountain gorillas

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Wildlife conservation has just scored some good points in Rwanda. The East African country has officially become a member of the Giants Club, for the promotion and conservation of wildlife.

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09 March 2021

Application for Membership - Private Journeys

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Private 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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09 March 2021

British Airways suspension extended

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British Airways has extended the suspension of flights from Johannesburg to Heathrow (flight numbers BA57 and BA54) until May 17 inclusive.

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09 March 2021

New airport to be launched in Cape Winelands

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South African investor and business magnate Rob Hersov has bought the Fisantekraal Airport in the Western Cape and plans to launch it as a full-fledged commercial airport soon.

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08 March 2021

Airlink announces date for resumption of services to Lesotho

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South African private-sector regional airline Airlink announced on Monday that it was going to resume daily scheduled flights to Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, on March 29.

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08 March 2021

Pandemic shift in travel: 5 trends that emerged for South Africans

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The pandemic has changed how people travel, with travellers now basing their holiday plans on their safety and wellbeing. With the ebb and flow of Covid-19 cases in the country, people are taking precautions to protect themselves from the virus.

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05 March 2021

TikTok launches #TikTokWildlifeDay campaign

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In support of World Wildlife Day, TikTok is offering its global communities a fresh, immersive and edu-taining 24-hour wildlife safari sightings experience via TikTok Live, allowing users to express their creativity while increasing knowledge on wildlife protection.

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05 March 2021

CemAir, Proflight now codeshare

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CemAir and Proflight Zambia have implemented an interline and codeshare agreement, streamlining travel between South Africa and Zambia.

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04 March 2021

Digital health passport launches in South Africa

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By working with the Health Passport Worldwide system, a solution combining mobile technology with official Covid-19 tests and vaccinations, Health Passport has been launched in South Africa.

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04 March 2021

Botswana moves to support local companies for tourism development

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Botswana has reserved 45 wilderness campsites for local companies to promote native participation and empowerment in the tourism sector.

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04 March 2021

Samsung upcycles handsets to support fight against wildlife poaching

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Samsung has repurposed its handsets for a virtual wildlife experience that will allow viewers to assist South Africa's Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit in the conservation of endangered species.

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03 March 2021

Domestic flights go foodless

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Regulations prohibiting catering on board domestic flights were gazetted by Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula on Monday (March 1). Passengers are also prohibited from bringing their own food and eating it on board.

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03 March 2021

Rwanda to rollout Covid-19 vaccine on Friday

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Rwanda on Wednesday received 240,000 doses of COVAX Covid-19 AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

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02 March 2021

The APPeal of technology as airlines revolutionise travel

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With most regulations lifted on domestic flights South Africa is almost back to a new kind of normal and airlines are making things easier than ever before with apps to improve convenience, flexibility, affordability and speed. Here's what's new in South African travel lately.

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02 March 2021

Application for Membership - Olepangi Farm

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Olepangi Farm 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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01 March 2021

What's On At The Waterhole?

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Are we seeing early increases in African bookings / enquiries in UK since Boris Johnsons "roadmap" was announced? Confirmation of Airlinks cancellation terms?

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01 March 2021

Level 1 means meetings restraints relaxed

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With South Africa moving from national lockdown Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 1 tonight (Sunday, February), most of the remaining restrictions affecting the tourism sector have been removed, including an important step for the meetings and events industry.

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