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23 October 2017

Robben Island turns to the sun for power

Robben Island has gone green with a solar energy microgrid, which will produce almost 1m kWh of electricity annually. The system comprises a photovoltaic farm, a lithium-ion battery storage facility and smart controllers to ensure a seamless electricity supply, while significantly reducing the island’s fossil fuel consumption.

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23 October 2017

Rhinoceros injures poacher in rare fight back against hunters in the illicit trade

In a rare case of turning the tables against its attackers, a rhinoceros injured a suspected poacher in Namibia.

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20 October 2017

Rwanda President to be honored with World Tourism Award for Visionary Leadership

HE Paul Kagame, President, The United Republic of Rwanda, will be honored with The World Tourism Award 2017 for Visionary Leadership on November 6, 2017, on the opening day of World Travel Market London, at the Excel Center. HE Kagame will be honored at the annual World Tourism Awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, co-sponsored by Corinthia Hotels, The New York Times, and Reed Travel Exhibitions. Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor and world-renowned travel expert, will host the Award presentation.

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19 October 2017

Joburg's Apartheid Museum to host new UN Day exhibition

Brand South Africa and the United Nations will host a six-month exhibit at the Apartheid Musuem from 19 October 2017 to 31 April 2018. The exhibit will highlight the contribution the UN made to South Africa's struggle for freedom, which was one of the 51 founding members of the UN in 1945.

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19 October 2017

Application for Membership - Ngamiland Explorations

Ngamiland Explorations 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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19 October 2017

Food Festival Brings New Aroma Over Stone Town

THIS year's Stone Town Food Festival has just ended amid repeated appeal for culture and local foods in relation to the tourism industry around the globe. Organisers say the festival was a success and the turnout was impressive.

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18 October 2017

Air traffic disruptions expected in #Nairobi on 20th of October 2017

A NOTAM, short for Notice to AirMen, has been issued by the Kenya Airport Authority for Friday the 20th of October for two of Nairobi’s main airports. Jomo Kenyatta International will suffer a closure to all traffic, inbound and outbound, between 11.00 hrs and 12.00 hrs noon while Wilson Airport, arguably the busier of the two aviation facilities, will have to shut down between 09.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs.

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18 October 2017

Zambia Tourism set to host 2018 Travel Expo

The main aim of hosting ZATEX is to drastically expand the tourism client base for destination Zambia by not only having quality trade and media attend the show but by also arranging for face to face interaction with industry stakeholders and decision makers. The Zambia Travel Expo gives attendees a competitive advantage in the industry because they get to sample the various tourism products that the country has on offer through product familiarization tours.

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17 October 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update 17.10.2017

Executive summary: Nigeria and South Africa are expected to lift sub-Saharan regional growth next year once their central banks cut rates to boost Africa’s largest economies.

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16 October 2017

Sustainable practices, initiatives vital for greening the hotel industry

According to Michele de Witt, director of Horwath HTL South Africa, implementing sustainable thinking practices is necessary in the hospitality sector and vital to driving operational efficacy and boosting cash flow.

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16 October 2017

St Helena welcomes world!

The first regular commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation. Around 100 islanders came out to the airport to watch the historic landing of the Embraer 190 jet which came from Johannesburg.

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16 October 2017

Application for Membership - Next Destinium

Next Destinium 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 October 2017

Fastjet releases Mozambique schedule

Fastjet has released its flight schedule operations to Mozambique. The low-cost carrier confirmed that, effective 3 November, it will launch scheduled services from Maputo to Nampula, Beira and Tete, with fares starting from MZN 5,274.

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13 October 2017

Ethiopia launches e-visa service for African and international MICE participants

Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines Group, launched an E-Visa service for African and international participants of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) in Ethiopia. The service enables participants to issue their visa, book, pay and check-in their flight with Ethiopian Airlines - all online.

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12 October 2017

African countries urged to reduce inter-flights costs to boost tourism

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Tuesday, expressing concern about the high airfares in Africa, asked African countries to open up their air spaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry. He said Ghana was collaborating with other West African countries to facilitate movement within the sub-region as part of the continental initiative to facilitate visa-free movement in Africa.

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12 October 2017

Rwanda Offers Rich Potential for Tourism Investment – PM

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has made a case for regional and global investors to consider Rwanda as an investment destination, specifically tourism-related. Ngirente was speaking at the opening of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, yesterday, at the Kigali Convention Centre.

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11 October 2017

Tanzania to host key tourism expo

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's public tourism body said on Tuesday it will host an in-door International Tourism Expo, known as the Swahili International Tourism Expo in the east African nation's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

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11 October 2017

Atta Africa Financial Update 11.10.2017

Executive summary: Emerging market stocks reached fresh six-year highs this week, seemingly buoyed by optimism over global growth and company earnings.

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10 October 2017

Kenya unveils plan to turn around tourism

The Kenyan cabinet has approved the National Tourism Blue Print 2030 as part of efforts to help turn around the industry. The key pillars are product development, marketing, investment and infrastructure development.

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10 October 2017

South Africa. Entry Regulations. Reminder to parents travelling with children

There are continued report of parents travelling with children being denied boarding at their airport of departure for South Africa. The confusion is over the small, “short Birth Certificates” which are unabridged and do not hold both parents’ details. These are not acceptable in this case. Recently British Airways refused boarding to parents with two children, going on £8,000 safari, as they only had the small unabridged short certificates with them. They were denied boarding and could not go on holiday. As cancellation fees were enforced they were only able to recoup a fraction of the amount paid for their holiday.

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