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.

27 October 2021

Cape Town Partners in Tourism Make Bold Recovery Moves in Ukraine

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While South Africa adjusted its Coronavirus risk strategy to Level One, three bold Cape Town partners took matters into their own hands to start forcing a tourism recovery to support their businesses and the wider Cape Town and South African tourism sector.

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27 October 2021

Cape Town to launch international campaign to attract more foreign visitors

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The City of Cape Town says it will be launching an international campaign in the coming months to showcase the Mother City’s splendour and attract more foreign visitors.

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27 October 2021

East Africa: Regional Lawmakers Root for Affordable Tourism Packages

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Members of the East African Legislative Assembly's Committee on Agriculture, Tourism, and Natural Resources on Tuesday, October 26, agreed that it makes sense to have affordable promotional tourism packages so as to revive the industry after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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26 October 2021

Vaccination certificate stance could lose UK operators African market share.

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Travel Weekly, Comment, Published in the UK, 26 October 2021 Further delay to recognise vaccination certificates from some African countries could be last straw for some specialists, says ATTA president Nigel Vere Nicoll

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26 October 2021

UNWTO and AFRAA to cooperate to restart of African tourism and travel

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UNWTO has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) to work more closely together and strengthen the relationship between the aviation and tourism sectors.

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26 October 2021

Madagascar Reopens To US Tourists, Ending a Year-Long Ban

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One of the world’s most unique destinations, Madagascar has just begun welcoming back U.S. tourists as of October 23. An exotic island nation situated off the coast of East Africa, Madagascar had banned travelers coming from the U.S. in October 2020, along with a handful of other countries.

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26 October 2021

South African Tourism unveils Tourism Recovery Strategy for India

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Inspired by border openings and increased confidence in travel, South African Tourism held their maiden virtual roadshow in India to capitalise on the strong consumer and corporate traveller demand in the country.

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25 October 2021

Application for Membership - Stars of Africa - Solo Professional - South Africa

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Stars of Africa 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 October 2021

Qantas returns to SA in January

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Qantas will reconnect Johannesburg and Sydney with three flights a week from January 5, three months earlier than scheduled.

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22 October 2021

One of world’s last two northern white rhinos dropped from race to save the species

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One of the world’s last two northern white rhinos, a mother and her daughter, is being retired from a breeding program aimed at saving the species from extinction, scientists said on Thursday.

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22 October 2021

British Airways and Kenya Airways agree codeshare deal

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British Airways has agreed a codeshare deal with Kenya Airways, making it easier for its passengers to fly to 20 destinations across east and central Africa.

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22 October 2021

SAA will not resume flights to London

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National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has elected not to resume normal operations to the UK. According to The South African, the removal of South Africa from the United Kingdom’s red list has resulted in a spike in the demand for flights between the two countries.

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21 October 2021

Digital gateways the new normal for SA travellers

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The recent move to Level 1 lockdown and the announcement around South Africa's (SA) removal from the United Kingdom's 'red list' is very likely to have spurred a surge in online travel bookings.

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21 October 2021

Ethiopian, ATB Agree to work together

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The Ethiopian Airlines and African Tourism Board (ATB) have agreed to work together. Head of Ethiopian Airlines ET Holidays, Mahlet Kebede and Chairman of the African Tourism Board Cuthbert Ncube have discussed on various ways of working together for a new chapter of cooperation and success.

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20 October 2021

FlySafair wants longer weekends to promote travel – and aims to move public holidays

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South Africa’s low-cost airline, FlySafair, wants the Public Holidays Act to change by moving midweek off-days to Monday or Friday. Long weekends promote travel and this change, the airline says, will aid in the tourism sector’s recovery efforts.

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20 October 2021

Princess Vlei in Cape Town declared a provincial heritage site

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A new provincial Heritage Site plaque was unveiled at the Princess Vlei Eco Park on Tuesday, cementing the wetland as part of the area’s provincial heritage.

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19 October 2021

Air Mauritius will increase Joburg flights in November – after ‘significant interest'

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Air Mauritius will increase its flight frequency to Johannesburg amid a surge of interest from South African travellers following the island nation’s long-awaited reopening.

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19 October 2021

BA – CPT flights to start in November

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British Airways is to start its Cape Town-London service on November 2. The flight from London will initially operate three times a week (days as yet unspecified) and then, on November 12, become daily, leaving Heathrow at 18h15, arriving in Cape Town at 08h00 the following morning.

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19 October 2021

Covid causes elephant baby boom, 200 new babies by 2020

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Covid-19 has had a positive effect on elephant conservation in Kenya. Results of the wildlife census conducted by the Kenya Wildlife Research and Training Institute (KWRI) show that the pachyderm population has now reached 36,280 individuals, with up to 200 babies born in 2020.

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18 October 2021

ATTA Collaboration with African Nature-Based Tourism Collaborative Platform

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ATTA is working with the WWF in New York to support this programme. This relates to African based members only and details were sent out to them last week. Read more about the project here:

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18 October 2021

DR Congo to set up new national airline “Air Congo”

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is preparing to set up “in the coming days” a new national aviation company called “Air Congo”, DRC’s Ministry of Transport said Sunday.

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18 October 2021

Application for Membership - EEC Software - Professional Partners - United Kingdom

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EEC Software 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 October 2021

Calls for a ‘New deal for people and Wildlife’ in open letter to minister

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Blood Lions, along with other animal rights partner organisations, have sent out an open letter, along with a petition signed by more than 75 000 people, urging Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, to plan for a ‘New Deal for People and WIldlife.’ The full press release is below.

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15 October 2021

Wanderlust Travel Awards - Accepting Nominations until 22 October 2021

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We've just heard that there are no nominations as yet, for the Specialist Guide category for this years Wanderlust World Guide Awards from the Africa region. Nominations for guides, individuals, companies and tourism offices are open until 22 October, 2021.

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14 October 2021

Virgin brings CT flights forward to December

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Virgin Atlantic announced earlier today (October 14) that it was expanding its portfolio of flights from South Africa, following the country’s removal from the red list.

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14 October 2021

Tanzania’s national airline introduces 4 regional destinations

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Tanzania’s national airline, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), announced on Wednesday four new regional routes effective from November.

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14 October 2021

Application for Membership - Lilayi Lodge - Accommodation Suppliers - Zambia

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Lilayi 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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13 October 2021

Maputo Special Reserve welcomes cheetahs after 60-year absence

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Cheetahs are set to return to the plains of Maputo Special Reserve in Southern Mozambique for the first time in 60 years. Four of the endangered big cats, sourced from game reserves in South Africa, have been transported to holding bomas within the reserve.

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13 October 2021

South Africa launches tourism initiative to rebrand the country and welcome visitors from abroad

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South Africa has launched a global advocacy program in hopes of attracting tourists from the country’s target markets and increasing visitors by the holiday season.

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13 October 2021

Zanzibar President calls for coordinated approach by EAC Partner States to boost tourism recovery in the region

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The President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, H.E. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, has called upon EAC Partner States to develop a coordinated approach that will be instrumental in overcoming the challenges facing the tourism sector occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19.

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12 October 2021

Business travel key to boosting local tourism sector

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In pre-Covid South Africa, the tourism sector contributed just over R130bn to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which accounted for almost 3% of the country's total GDP.

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12 October 2021

SAA relaunches MRU flights

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SAA announced today in a travel trade advisory that it was relaunching services to Mauritius.

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11 October 2021

Application for Membership - Mopane Bush Lodge - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa

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Mopane Bush 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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11 October 2021

Kenya raises 149,000 USD for conservation of elephants

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Kenya on Saturday announced that it has raised 16.5 million shillings (149,000 U.S. dollars) toward the conservation of elephants against the target of 900,000 dollars within the current financial year that ends in June 2022.

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11 October 2021

Plans to open new gate at Kruger National Park

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The Limpopo Department of Economic Development and Tourism has announced plans to open a new gate and a tourist activity hub in the Kruger National Park.

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08 October 2021

Industry jubilation - SA exits UK red list

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The champagne corks are popping as the travel and tourism industry celebrates the news that South Africa, and several other East African and Southern African countries will be taken off the UK’s red list, effective Monday, October 11.

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08 October 2021

Ethiopian inks partnership with AccessRail to provide Intermodal transportation

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Ethiopian Airlines has signed Codeshare and Interline Agreement with AccessRail to widen connectivity options for its passengers destined to Western Europe, United Kingdom, Scandinavian, Japan and Canada.

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08 October 2021

Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah awarded Nobel literature prize

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Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose experience of crossing continents and cultures has fed his novels about the impact of migration on individuals and societies, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

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07 October 2021

Clients need specific insurance for Mauritius

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Agents who have clients travelling to Mauritius should be aware that it is mandatory for those clients to have proof of travel insurance that specifically covers COVID-19 as well as the normal medical cover.

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07 October 2021

Malawi opens its borders to all international travellers

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The Malawi Ministry of Health confirmed that the country has reopened their borders to all international travellers, with remaining travel restrictions and quarantine requirements lifted.

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06 October 2021

RwandAir and Qatar Airways seal milestone codeshare agreement

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RwandAir and Qatar Airways have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travellers more choice, enhanced service, and greater connectivity to more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world.

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06 October 2021

Application for Membership – SKYIN - North American Based Travel Specialist - United States

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SKYIN 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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05 October 2021

Application for Membership - African Sensations - African Based Travel Specialist - South Africa

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African Sensations 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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05 October 2021

Etihad returns to South Africa – after being gone for a year

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will return to South Africa in late-November, a year after it closed its Johannesburg offices and announced the suspension of flights between the two countries.

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04 October 2021

Rwanda’s COVID-19 fight boosted by arrival of 857,000 vaccine doses

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Rwanda’s fight against COVID-19 has received a boost after the country received 857,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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04 October 2021

Condor airlines resumes its flight to Seychelles

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Condor Airline’s Boeing 767/300 aircraft touched down at Seychelles International Airport at 06.20 on the morning of Saturday, 2 October, 2021, where its return to the paradise islands was greeted by a water canon salute.

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01 October 2021

SAA changes int’l schedule

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SAA has already made sweeping changes to its brand-new international schedule. The changes are a mix of delaying one route’s restart for some months, putting one route on hold until November and thinning out the frequency on another.

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01 October 2021

SA rangers join continent-wide Wildlife Ranger Challenge marathon

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Game rangers from across South Africa linked hands with hundreds of their colleagues from across the continent and members of the public in a symbolic 21km ‘race across Africa’ on 18 September as they joined Africa’s Wildlife Ranger Challenge.

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01 October 2021

IATA Proposes Three Interventions To Rebuild South Africa’s Tourism Industry & Create Jobs

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the South African government to step up its support for the air transport industry amid the COVID-19 crisis to facilitate the recovery of industries supported by aviation such as travel and tourism and unlock the job opportunities and other economic benefits they provide.

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