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 2022

Application for Membership - Kariega Game Reserve

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Kariega Game Reserve 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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31 March 2022

Zanzibar scraps PCRs for vaxxed visitors

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Fully vaccinated visitors to Zanzibar will no longer be subject to PCR testing on arrival from Friday (April 1).

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31 March 2022

Cape Town Tourism utilises gamification in new international campaign

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Cape Town Tourism has launched the landmark Find Your Freedom immersive travel experience. The interactive interface uses game-style graphics to empower global travellers to choose their Mother City adventure, based on the guide they identify with - the Fearless Foodie, Nature Warrior, or Urban Adventurer.

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30 March 2022

Zimbabwe lifts mandatory COVID-19 tests for travelers into the country

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Zimbabwe has lifted the requirement of a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for passengers arriving in the country.

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30 March 2022

Eurowings Discover begins operations in Victoria Falls

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Lufthansa Group’s leisure airline, Eurowings Discover (4Y), touched down in Zimbabwe for the very first time this Wednesday.

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29 March 2022

European Union Funding Boosts Covid-19 Vaccination in Africa

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Brazzaville/Copenhagen — The European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is supporting the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) to boost COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and increase coverage in 15 African countries.

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29 March 2022

DRC: Transfer of 50 white rhinos from South Africa to Garamba Park

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The mining company Kibali Gold Mine (KGM) wants to restore the white rhino population in the Garamba National Park in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To this end, the subsidiary of the Canadian company Barrick Gold has announced the transfer of 50 white rhinos from South Africa.

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28 March 2022

Data Shows Major Shift of Global Tourism in 2022

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International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, with a much better performance compared to the weak start of 2021.

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28 March 2022

Flights from SA to St Helena restart – but you need to quarantine on arrival, for now

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Airlink flights from between South Africa and the remote island of St Helena resume on Saturday, following a two-year disconnection due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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25 March 2022

World Bank launches Wildlife Conservation Bond for rhinos in South Africa

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Rhino poaching in South Africa is notoriously rife. In the last decade, it’s estimated that nearly 10 000 African rhinos have fallen victim to poaching.

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25 March 2022

Big travel changes coming for South Africa – including a new ID system

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The Department of Home Affairs is working on a number of new technologies which it says will help speed up travel times.

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24 March 2022

Belgian carrier heads for SA

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Air Belgium is to begin flights to South Africa in September. The airline will operate two scheduled flights a week from Brussels to Johannesburg and two to Cape Town.

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23 March 2022

Early Retirement of Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam has been under medical treatment in the USA for the last six months. As he needs to focus on his personal health issues, he is unable to continue leading the airline as a Group CEO, a duty which demands closer presence and full attention round the clock. Accordingly, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam requested the Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group(the “Board”), for early retirement in order for him to focus his full attention to his medical treatment.

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23 March 2022

Turkish comes back to DUR

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Turkish Airlines will return to Durban from June 16, with a twice-weekly service linked to its Johannesburg flights.

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23 March 2022

PCR tests scrapped for people visiting South Africa

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Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to scrap PCR tests for people visiting the country.

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22 March 2022

Adventure Travel: What It Really Is and How to Break Into This Lucrative Niche

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Imagine riding a quad with your pack of best buddies through the Northern Cape in South Africa when a herd of giraffes running up to 37 miles an hour cuts across the path directly in front of you – whew!

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22 March 2022

ATW Unlocks Africa’s Tourism Source Markets

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In the lead up to WTM Africa and ILTM Africa running from 11 – 13 April 2022, Africa Travel Week (ATW) is showcasing the latest updates from Africa’s source markets through their Unlock Africa podcast series.

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21 March 2022

Application for Membership - MORE Family Collection

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MORE Family Collection 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 March 2022

Tanzania releases updated COVID-19 international travel advisory

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Tanzanian health authorities have released an updated COVID-19 international travel advisory in which fully vaccinated travelers, including Tanzanians, returning residents and those in transit, will be exempted from COVID-19 test requirements.

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21 March 2022

South African government calls for private sector partnership to improve tourism

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The South African government has called on the private sector to partner with it in advancing the growth and development of tourism beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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18 March 2022

Tanzania: Dar Tourist Attractions Get Exposure to 90 Million Emirates Passengers

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NATURAL Resources and Tourism ministry is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Emirates which would see the airline advertise Tanzania's tourist attractions in its planes.

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18 March 2022

All UK COVID travel restrictions lifted

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As of 18 March 2022 all UK COVID travel restrictions have been lifted meaning anyone travelling to the UK no longer requires to have any COVID tests pre or post travel, complete any additional paperwork or isolate on arrival

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18 March 2022

President Kenyatta Holds Talks With His Royal Highness Prince Edward

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today held talks with His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

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17 March 2022

Cape Town airport arrivals paint positive picture for tourism

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More people seem to be visiting Cape Town, with data released by the city showing that domestic arrivals at Cape Town International Airport in February were up to 79% of the same month in 2019, reports Cape Town Etc.

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17 March 2022

Tourists can now fly direct from Kruger to Victoria Falls - and skip SA cities entirely

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Fastjet Zimbabwe is now offering direct flights between Victoria Falls and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

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16 March 2022

3 ways tourism SMMEs can fast track recovery

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The impact of the past two years has been particularly severe for small businesses, with many forced to close their doors, and those who survived the successive lockdowns trying to find new ways to grow.

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16 March 2022

Hope for Kenya’s mountain bongos as five released into sanctuary

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Rewilding programme marks the ‘most significant step’ in ensuring the critically endangered species’ survival

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15 March 2022

Kenya sets the record straight on PCR tests

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Having earlier this month denied that PCR testing for inbound passengers had been scrapped, the government of Kenya has now indeed scrapped the PCR test requirement for vaccinated incoming visitors.

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15 March 2022

No more PCR test for fully vaccinated visitors entering Seychelles

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Seychelles shifts its gears and allows visitors to enter the destination without having to present a negative PCR test. Effective March 15, 2022, visitors over 18 years, having received the first two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine including a booster dose after 6 six months since completing the primary series; will be considered fully immunised.

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15 March 2022

Uganda: Will the 'Explore Uganda' Campaign Revive Uganda's Tourism Sector?

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Uganda recently launched a new tourism destination brand-- Explore Uganda, the pearl of Africa, drawing upon the country's global reputation as one of the most endowed destinations and promising tourists an adventure of a lifetime.

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15 March 2022

Application for Membership - Lord Charles Hotel

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Lord Charles Hotel 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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14 March 2022

The journey of gorilla conservation in Africa

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Gorilla mania is not a recent phenomena as you might think. A long succession of fascinating people have been caught in the spell of the mountain gorillas.

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14 March 2022

Corona Studios launches in South Africa

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Corona Studios has launched in South Africa with the premier of its short format documentary Between San and Insanity.

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14 March 2022

Kenya needs neighbours for cruise tourism

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In its hey days, cruise ships were a prominent feature at the port of Mombasa. With weekly cruise voyages plying the port, Zanzibar and Seychelles, Mombasa city was teeming with foreign tourists.

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11 March 2022

At last, SA revives air councils

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After a year of waiting, Cabinet has today (Thursday, March 10) confirmed the names of South Africa’s new International Air Services Council (IASC) and Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC).

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11 March 2022

Qatar Airways Resumes Services to Windhoek, Namibia

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Qatar Airways will resume its service to the Namibian capital, Windhoek from 25 June 2022 as part of its largest ever African schedule.

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11 March 2022

Application for Membership - Africa Kenya Safaris

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Africa Kenya 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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10 March 2022

Tanzania, Ajax Launch Bid to Promote Tourism

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IN efforts to widen scope of promoting the country's tourist attractions across the globe, the government has talked with Ajax Football Club of Netherlands to use their shirt adverts and billboards to market Tanzania's attractions.

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10 March 2022

South Africa to introduce e-visas for Indians

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South African Tourism on Wednesday said South Africa was currently working on e-visas for Indians who want to travel to the country for leisure, business, wildlife, sports, film or education.

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10 March 2022

Yellow Fever Outbreak in Kenya

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Kenya has declared an outbreak of Yellow Fever after three people died in Isiolo County with 15 others recovering in hospital. All travellers are recommended to discuss yellow fever vaccination with their health advisor prior to travelling.

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09 March 2022

United applies for Washington-Cape Town route

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UNITED Airlines has applied for regulatory approval in the US and South Africa to introduce year-round flights between Cape Town and Washington DC, starting with three flights per week.

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09 March 2022

In plan for African wildlife corridors, there’s more than one elephant in the room

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An international conservation group is pushing forward with ambitious plans for extended elephant corridors in Africa that would allow the animals room to move more freely — not just across adjacent borders but across the length and breadth of nearly half the continent.

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08 March 2022

Airlink to start DUR-PLZ service

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Airlink will launch a new service between Durban and Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) from April 4, six days a week, with two flights on Wednesdays.

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08 March 2022

Kenya: KQ Reduces Nairobi-Kisumu Flights - to Operate Daily London Flights

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Kenya Airways (KQ) has reduced flights on the Nairobi-Kisumu route from 26 to 17 weekly attributing it to a 'low season' affecting domestic flights which are dominated by low-cost budget carriers.

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07 March 2022

Application for Membership - Rift Valley Expeditions

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Rift Valley 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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07 March 2022

Durban welcomes SAA back!

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SAA has introduced three flights a day between Johannesburg and Durban. The first flight was welcomed at King Shaka International Airport with a water cannon salute and applause from passengers and airport staff.

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07 March 2022

Rwandan National Park Pushes Conservation to Boost Tourism

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The Akagera National Park located in Rwanda’s eastern province has embarked on improving conservation efforts to protect wildlife, natural habitat and increase tourism revenues.

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04 March 2022

EK packs on JNB capacity

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Due to high demand for travel in March, Emirates has announced the addition of an extra flight to its daily service between Johannesburg and Dubai.

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04 March 2022

SA hospitality welcomes proposal for amendments to PCR test travel requirements

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Fedhasa has welcomed the announcement made by Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla, that proposals will be made to the NCCC in the coming week for amendments to travel requirements which could make it easier and cheaper to travel to South Africa.

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03 March 2022

Namibia: Tourism Sector Welcomes Qatar Airways Return

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The tourism sector has welcomed Qatar Airways' decision to resume direct return flights from Doha to Windhoek by July this year. At the moment, the direct (non-stop) flights between Windhoek-Doha have been inactive.

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03 March 2022

Kilimanjaro Trail Run promoting sustainable tourism on Africa’s tallest mountain

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This September, the Kilimanjaro Trail Run (KTR) will offer four high-altitude races over two days on Africa’s tallest mountain. Events kick off on Saturday, September 3 with a 21km trail half marathon.

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02 March 2022

Date set for Kenya’s flying taxis to take-off

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It will soon be possible to escape Nairobi’s notorious traffic by taking a flip in an eVTOL or electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, in Kenya’s capital.

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02 March 2022

South Africa invites the world to come “Live Again”

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From breath-taking beauty, to sun-soaked coasts; from wildlife to active adventure; from vibrant urban energy to the incredible warmth and cultural diversity of our people – South Africa is a traveller’s dream.

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01 March 2022

African airlines’ capacity jumped 11.3 percent in February compared to January

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African airlines’ capacity jumped 11.3 percent to 64 percent in February compared to January, according to an estimation by African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

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01 March 2022

British Airways adds third flight to Mauritius

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British Airways (operated by Comair) will add a third flight to its Johannesburg-Mauritius schedule from Thursday, 3 March 2022.

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