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.

28 February 2022

New direct flight from Frankfurt to OR Tambo

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Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has welcomed Condor Airline's intent to operate direct flights from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, says Charles Shilowa, ACSA Group Executive: Strategy and Sustainability.

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28 February 2022

Application for Membership - Miles Fanning Legal Services Limited

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Miles Fanning Legal Services Limited 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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25 February 2022

Airlink to open direct flights between Durban and Harare

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Airlink is launching direct services between Durban and Harare starting from 5 April 2022.

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25 February 2022

Rwanda and Mauritania sign air transport deal

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RwandAir will start flying to Mauritania following an agreement signed between Rwanda and Mauritania.

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25 February 2022

Zimbabwe: Tourism Sector Eyes Middle East Markets

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Zimbabwe tourism players are set for a crunch meeting with the Middle East market in Dubai from 5 to 6 March 2020 during the ongoing 2020 Dubai Expo to create synergies that will see local markets and products penetrating the Middle East.

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24 February 2022

At last, SA tourists may go to Italy

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Italy has finally loosened the restrictions on “third countries” (non-EU countries) entering the country – from March 1, it will allow EU and non-EU arrivals under the same rules.

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24 February 2022

Tanzania: Suluhu to Grace Special Day for Tanzania at Dubai Expo

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Dubai — THE World Expo Dubai 2020 has dedicated February 27th 2022 as the day for Tanzania to promote its products and opportunities, with President Samia Suluhu Hassan expected to grace the occasion.

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23 February 2022

Kruger Station now has immersive cinema

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South Africa’s first commercial 360-degree cinema is on show at the Kruger Station in Skukuza rest camp, Kruger National Park.

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23 February 2022

EU lifts non-essential travel ban for vaccinated travellers

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European member states have been advised to remove from 1 March the ban on non-essential travel for citizens from non-EU states who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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22 February 2022

Tanzania unveils new non-invasive method to detect COVID-19

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Tourists from several destinations are returning to Zanzibar after a prolonged period due to Covid19. Travel disruptions will soon be a thing of the past following the introduction of EDE technology by the local government.

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22 February 2022

How artificial intelligence is being used to stop poaching in Africa

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Scientists have developed artificial intelligence systems that are being used to reduce poaching in Africa. These systems use and learn from information on where the poaching is taking place to help protect the animals.

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22 February 2022

Application for Membership - Africa Tourist Info

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Africa Tourist Info 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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21 February 2022

Delta to operate non-stop flights to Cape Town, pending approval

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Delta Airlines has submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation for a three times weekly service between Atlanta and Cape Town, with hopes to begin the Atlanta-Cape Town service on 18 November 2022.

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21 February 2022

World Pangolin Day 2022: The fight to save pangolins continues

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World Pangolin Day is here again which presents an important opportunity for the world to raise awareness about these endangered mammals. Pangolins play an extremely important role in the ecosystem.

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18 February 2022

South African tourism sector pushing into full gear

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As the world gradually relaxes travel restrictions and lifts travel bans brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the global tourism industry is gearing up for recovery. Equally, following the country’s revised lockdown regulations, the South African tourism sector is embarking on an ambitious plan to revitalise the industry.

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18 February 2022

Confidence in booking Victoria Falls restored to almost pre-pandemic levels

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Confidence in booking Destination Victoria Falls has risen to 74% in 2021, according to the annual Future Traveller Sentiment Survey conducted by We Are Victoria Falls for 2021.

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17 February 2022

Uganda scraps mandatory COVID-19 test for travellers

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Travellers to Uganda will no longer be required to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the country’s points of entry.

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17 February 2022

Application for Membership - Urth Expedition

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Urth Expedition 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 February 2022

Airlink to restart St Helena route

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Airlink’s scheduled service between Johannesburg and St Helena will recommence on Saturday, March 26, with fortnightly flights between Johannesburg and St Helena and the monthly inter-island service to Ascension Island.

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16 February 2022

Zimbabwe re-opens all land borders as country’s COVID-19 cases decline

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Following a decline in coronavirus cases, the Zimbabwean government has ordered the re-opening of all ports of entry with immediate effect.

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16 February 2022

First ever LGBTQ+ tourism scholarship awarded by IGLTA Foundation

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This scholarship was created with the generous collaboration of Queer Destinations to benefit a small business member of IGLTA and support CETT’s ground-breaking new master’s course, which launched its first module this month.

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15 February 2022

Kilimanjaro Cable Car - Yes / No / Maybe?

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A project to build a cable car to 3,800m on Mt Kilimanjaro has been planned and consultation is underway. This closes TODAY! 16 February 2022 so have your say!

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15 February 2022

How brands can team up to grow Kenya’s tourism

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Kenya’s tourism industry is on the cusp of a recovery as the country slowly emerges from the throes of the coronavirus pandemic’s restrictions that dealt a severe blow to its players.

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14 February 2022

World’s first rhino is born whose parents were both orphaned by poaching

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The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in Mpumalanga has made rhino conservation history this weekend. In the early hours of Sunday, 13 February, an 8-year-old orphaned rhino gave birth to a healthy and strong baby girl.

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14 February 2022

Application for Membership - Chikunto Safaris

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Chikunto 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 February 2022

Tiger and five lions relocated from Ukraine zoo to South African sanctuary

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A tiger named Gina and her five lion companions had only known of life in a cage filled with their excrement, having never set their paws on a blade of grass.

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11 February 2022

PRESS RELEASE - Eurowings Discover to commence direct flights from Frankfurt to the Kruger National Park

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− Eurowings Discover is the first intercontinental airline ever to introduce scheduled air services to the greater Kruger National Park region − Lufthansa Group introduces brand new leisure airline Eurowings Discover to the South African market − Three weekly direct flights from Frankfurt to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) from mid-November 2022

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10 February 2022

United to fly year-round to CTIA

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United Airlines has announced its plans to expand service from South Africa by offering three nonstop flights per week, year-round, between Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) and its New York/Newark hub. This is subject to government approval.

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10 February 2022

Ugandan conservationists leverage technology to save Mountain Gorillas

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A pioneering initiative to protect Uganda’s mountain gorilla population has officially been launched, leveraging technology to create sustainable sources of non-trekking revenues to fund conservation.

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10 February 2022

Application for Membership - Excellent Guides Tours and Safaris

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Excellent Guides Tours 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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09 February 2022

Dual pricing, the double-edged sword

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While many tourism and hospitality operators introduced dual pricing as a means to cope with a major drop in inbound bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an industry expert has warned that this could have “less desirable” long-term consequences as questions about sustainability remain.

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09 February 2022

UTB to unveil plan to boost tourism receipts

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Uganda Tourism Board is set to launch a six-month promotion campaign to further market destination Uganda to increase sector receipts as the world emerges from COVID-19 restrictions.

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09 February 2022

Application for Membership - Kora Journeys

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Kora 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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08 February 2022

Kenya to leverage motorsport to spur tourism

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Kenya's tourism marketing body said Monday it plans to leverage the global appeal of motorsport to boost the local tourism sector.

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08 February 2022

South Africa: TGCSA runs Quality Assurance and capacity building workshops to promote recovery of the tourism sector

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The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), a business unit, of South African Tourism are running quality assurance and capacity building workshops to create awareness on the importance of Quality Assurance in promoting the recovery and the development of the tourism sector.

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07 February 2022

International SOS rolls out Covid trip planner to support safe return to travel

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To support a safe and sustainable return to travel and enable organisations to navigate the ever-changing landscape of Covid-19 restrictions, International SOS has rolled out a new risk management tool, the Covid Trip Planner.

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07 February 2022

Application for Membership - Safari Stays

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Safari Stays 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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07 February 2022

Morocco Has Opened Its Border To International Flights Today, But Covid-19 Protocol For Entry Is Yet To Be Announced.

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The North African country will allow flights in and out of its international borders, however, they will remain limited and face masks will be mandatory in public places.

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04 February 2022

Tanzania: Tour Operators Names Dr Manongi As Conservation Hero

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THE Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA)'s Commissioner, Dr Freddy Manongi has been recognised by the tourism stakeholders as the green champion.

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04 February 2022

EgyptAir and CemAir interline

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EgyptAir and CemAir have signed an interline ticketing agreement. This means that tickets can be issued on either airline’s paper for travel on either airline.

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03 February 2022

Govt must scrap requirement for PCR tests – tourism industry

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Sector says compulsory Covid testing is hindering the recovery of international travel to South Africa.

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03 February 2022

Seychelles: Industry Players and Government optimistic of accelerated tourism recovery in 2022

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The Seychelles Island, a tourism-dependent economy in the Indian ocean is hopeful of great recovery of the Tourism sector in 2022.

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02 February 2022

New Bulgarian charter flight lifts tourism in coastal region

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Coast tourism got a major boost during the low season with a direct charter flight from Bulgaria ferrying over 170 tourists who landed at the Moi International Airport Mombasa.

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02 February 2022

RKI: South Africa no longer a high-risk area

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Good news for South Africa tourism: The holiday country on the Cape is no longer considered a high-risk area. In addition, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has removed numerous other African countries from the list: Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Lesotho, Eswatini, Burundi and Angola.

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02 February 2022

Ethiopian Airlines resumes operation of Boeing 737 MAX

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Ethiopian Airlines has returned its B737 MAX back to the skies today with the airline’s Board Chairman and Executives, Boeing Executives, Ministers, Ambassadors, government officials, journalists and customers onboard the first flight.

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01 February 2022

Etihad to resume JNB flights

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National carrier of the UAE, Etihad, intends to resume flights between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg from March 3, following the UAE Government’s approval of passenger flights to South Africa and 11 other African countries.

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01 February 2022

Emirates rebuilds Africa network with five returning routes

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Emirates has confirmed it will resume passenger operations between Dubai and five African countries.

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