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 August 2021

Free State to host national World Tourism Day celebration

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The Province of The Free State will host this year's edition of the World Tourism Day Celebrations for South Africa on 27 September 2021.

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31 August 2021

Tanzania President sets extensive tourism rebranding drive

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Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan has launched a tourism documentary program that will expose Tanzania before the world tourism markets, targeting to attract more tourists and investments in the country.

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31 August 2021

Application for Membership - Best African Safari

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Best African Safari 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 August 2021

Kulula announces new easy-to-book app ahead of flights reopening

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As Kulula.com takes to the skies again in September, the airline has unveiled its new mobile app, which provides travellers with the quickest, easiest way to book a flight with South Africa's first low-cost airline.

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30 August 2021

Dubai opens to SA tourists

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Dubai media are reporting that the UAE (including Dubai) will receive tourists “from all countries” who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO. This is with effect from today, August 30.

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26 August 2021

Zanzibar direct flights!

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Holiday Packages by AfricaStay has announced it will go ahead with charter flights to Zanzibar.

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26 August 2021

Cross-border conservation continues between South Africa and Mozambique

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Cross-border conservation has seen a series of successful wildlife translocations from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.

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26 August 2021

South African Airways Set to Resume Services on 23 September 2021

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The wait is finally over. In just under a month, the striking and familiar livery of SAA will once again be visible in the skies as the airline resumes operations.

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25 August 2021

SA-Canada travel on horizon

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Canada plans to extend its exemption from quarantine to all fully vaccinated foreign nationals arriving in Canada, including South Africans, from September 7 (the government website calls this a ‘tentative date’).

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25 August 2021

Sustainable AgriTourism: A viable business opportunity for Namibian farmers and the Tourism Industry

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Namibia experiences multiple socioeconomic challenges, including food insecurity, unemployment, and poverty.

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24 August 2021

Emirates and CemAir link up

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Having restarted and then boosted its passenger services to South Africa, Emirates has now signed an interline agreement with CemAir, opening up connections to six destinations in South Africa via Emirates’ gateways of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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24 August 2021

Kenya’s travel industry on recovery trajectory amid ramped up vaccination

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Kenya’s travel and hospitality industry has witnessed gradual recovery as the country intensifies vaccination against COVID-19.

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23 August 2021

Kenya receives first shipment of Moderna vaccines from the US

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Officials in Kenya arrived at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Naoirobi on Monday to see the first donated doses of Moderna vaccines from the United States arrive, the first time the vaccine was received in the east African country.

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23 August 2021

Rwanda begins third phase of mass COVID-19 vaccination

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Rwanda, on Monday, launched the third phase of mass COVID-19 vaccinations in Kigali.

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22 August 2021

SA to host first ever Africa's Travel and Tourism Summit

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The Department of Tourism and South African Tourism will host Afrca's first ever Travel and Tourism Summit.

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22 August 2021

More seats on SA-Europe routes

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Lufthansa Group says it is optimistic about the future of tourism and trade between South Africa and Europe since the easing of travel restrictions in Germany on August 1.

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19 August 2021

LIFT diversifies distribution

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LIFT has recently completed direct integration with retail travel giant, Tourvest Travel Services.

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18 August 2021

‘Willkommen, SA’ says Austria

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Austria has flung open its doors to South Africans – as long as they are fully vaccinated. The EU country opened its borders to a group of countries now re-classified from ‘virus variant areas’ to ‘other countries’, with effect from August 18.

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18 August 2021

Emirates introduces more flights to South Africa

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Emirates is introducing double-daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, and daily flights between Dubai and Durban from September 1.

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18 August 2021

Seychelles International Airport announces first step to scrap paper arrival forms

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The Ministry of Transport, in collaboration with the Department of Immigration, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) and the Department for Information and Communication Technology (DICT), has launched a digital trial at the Seychelles International Airport to support the phasing out of the paper arrival forms.

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17 August 2021

CONGO: a new wildlife park to protect animals rescued from poaching

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The Congolese government wants to create a second animal park. The agreement for this project was signed on August 12th, 2021 in Brazzaville.

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17 August 2021

South Africa authorizes local company to manufacture rapid COVID-19 PCR test kits

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The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has authorized local biotechnology company CapeBio to manufacture rapid COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits.

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16 August 2021

Botswana rolls out e-visa regime to boost tourism and investments

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has launched the Online Visa Application Platform.

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16 August 2021

Emirates, Airlink expand partnership sealing codeshare agreement

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Emirates and Airlink have announced the expansion of their existing partnership into a unilateral codeshare agreement, giving travellers to and from South Africa convenient access to more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries.

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13 August 2021

Application for Membership - Epic Luxury Safaris

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Epic Luxury 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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13 August 2021

Application for Membership - Chundukwa River Lodge

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Chundukwa River 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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12 August 2021

Application for Membership - WHA

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WHA 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 August 2021

Lufthansa Group increases frequency to Namibia with Eurowings Discover Airline

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Lufthansa Group’s newest leisure airline, Eurowings Discover, touched down in Namibia for the very first time this Wednesday.

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12 August 2021

How, and when should companies restart their international travel programmes?

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Companies that have taken a wait-and-see approach to their business travels are now actively starting to re-evaluate travel programmes.

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11 August 2021

A cause to celebrate on World Lion Day

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Every year since 2013, on 10 August we celebrate World Lion Day. In South Africa we have cause to celebrate this year, as we applaud the decision taken by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to end captive lion breeding and associated industries.

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11 August 2021

Application for Membership - Saftrek Adventures

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Saftrek Adventures 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 August 2021

Giraffes Are as Socially Complex as Elephants, Study Finds

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Scientists at the University of Bristol have discovered evidence that giraffes are a highly socially complex species.

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10 August 2021

Jabs campaign targets 7, 000 workers in tourism sector

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Arusha. The government has embarked on the largest free mass Covid-19 vaccination exercise for frontline workers in the tourism industry in an effort to roll out the red carpet for tourists during the peak season.

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10 August 2021

PCR test required for transit in Dubai

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Emirates has released important information about South African passengers transiting through Dubai.

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10 August 2021

Zambian president commissions Chinese-built modern airport terminal

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Zambia on Monday launched a modern airport terminal, which has been built by a Chinese company.

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09 August 2021

Botswana to receive first doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

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Botswana received a further boost in its efforts to fight the coronavirus with the announcement of the expected arrival of its first-ever consignment of 108,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

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09 August 2021

Qatar Airways Launches New Multi-Stop A350 African Route

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Doha-based Qatar Airways is adding Lusaka and Harare to its departures board, significantly boosting the airline’s African network. In a neat twist, Qatar Airways is covering both cities in a single aircraft rotation out of Doha.

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08 August 2021

By no means a small feat: translocating a white rhino

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Wildlife translocation involves transporting and releasing wild animals into new areas for conservation purposes, and is vital in preventing endangered animals from going extinct.

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08 August 2021

Zambia receives Chinese vaccines in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

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A batch of China’s Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Zambia on Saturday to be part of the southern African nation’s basket of COVID-19 vaccines.

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05 August 2021

The Isibindi Foundation gets behind anti-poaching K9 unit in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

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The Isibindi Foundation has embarked on a campaign to assist the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife HIP Unit in raising funds for the expansion of their K9 unit.

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05 August 2021

S. African national parks to go cash-free

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South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Wednesday that it will gradually go cash-free from September 1 this year.

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05 August 2021

BA rebuilds its SA service

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British Airways has sent out a release to the trade that says, from August 16, passenger flights between Johannesburg and London Heathrow will increase to two a week. This frequency will continue up to August 30.

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04 August 2021

AFRICA: USAID awards $49 million to Tetra Tech for biodiversity

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a 4-year contract with the American company Tetra Tech. The $49 million contract is for capacity building of networks and institutions in West Africa on biodiversity conservation.

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04 August 2021

Airlink to resume Joburg – George services 11 August

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Airlink announced it will resume flights between Johannesburg and George from August 11.

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03 August 2021

Zimbabwe – two tourism land borders to reopen

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The Zimbabwean Cabinet has approved measures to reopen the country to tourists arriving by road. It announced this week that its Victoria Falls and Kazungula land border posts would be reopened to tourists who were fully vaccinated.

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03 August 2021

Wild dogs return to Malawi for the first time in decades

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Having not roamed the Malawian landscape for decades, 14 African wild dogs were couriered over land and air to be reintroduced to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve, The Guardian reports.

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02 August 2021

Germany opens to SA!

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Germany is set to welcome South Africans and Namibians from August 1. SA and Namibia are being downgraded from the classification: virus variant areas to that of: areas of high risk.

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02 August 2021

Delta restarts Johannesburg – Atlanta services

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Delta is marking its 15th year of nonstop service between South Africa and the United States by scheduling its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900neo on flights between Johannesburg and Atlanta when the route resumes effective 2 August 2021.

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02 August 2021

CPT Tourism calls for no Covid-19 tests for vaccinated travellers

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According to the World Travel and Tourism Council and UWUNTO the total travel and tourism GDP in 2020 saw a loss of $4.5t globally. Last year, saw 62 million jobs lost in the tourism sector around the world.

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02 August 2021

ATTA in the news: ATTA urges Lobby of Raab over traffic light travel system methodology "mystery"

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The African Travel & Tourism Association is hoping for relaxation of travel curbs on red list countries as it welcomed the government’s announcement that double vaccinated travellers from the US and amber countries in the EU will no longer need to quarantine.

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