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 May 2021

New CemAir routes connect PE

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CemAir is to launch flights between Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) and East London and Gqeberha and Bloemfontein. Both routes are to commence early in July.

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31 May 2021

South Africa’s wild dogs population is increasing

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The wild dog population in the Kruger National Park has seen an increase from 120 individuals in 2009 to between 300 and 350 today.

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27 May 2021

Increased air travel digitalisation needed for sector restart, IATA

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned of potential airport chaos unless governments move quickly to adopt digital processes to manage travel health credentials (Covid-19 testing and vaccine certificates) and other Covid-19 measures.

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27 May 2021

Rwanda’s top 8 strategies to revive tourism sector

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To drive recovery of the tourism sector which is probably the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and measures to curb it, the Rwanda Development Board has set out an 8 strategy approach that could see the sector bounce back.

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26 May 2021

Composing a symphony as opposed to selling itineraries

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ATTA member Marc Harris, MD of Africa Odyssey in UK, has spent lockdown composing a symphony as opposed to selling itineraries. He reasoned that it couldn’t be that hard – Beethoven did rather well and he was deaf – but the reality is that it has taken over a thousand man hours to get it into a playable state. In no way does this make up for the decimation of the travel industry, but it might be a ray of hope; that we can all achieve what seems like an impossibility with the right amount of time and dedication

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26 May 2021

Nairobi to London still a no-go

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Despite Kenya Airways sending a notice to agents and customer last week, informing them of the resumption of the Nairobi-London route from May 22, and opening bookings from that date, it has emerged that the ban on flights between the two countries has actually been extended by another month and the flights have not resumed.

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26 May 2021

Foreign tourists remain eager to travel to South Africa, stats show

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The StatsSA Travel and Migration report revealed that despite COVID-19, foreign tourists have still been travelling into South Africa.

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25 May 2021

Kenya and Tanzania pave a way for regional tourism drive in Africa

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Kenya and Tanzania have paved a way for a regional and intra-African tourism drive, taking advantage of their shared wildlife and tourism resources across each one’s territorial borders.

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25 May 2021

Lufthansa reduces CPT flights

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Lufthansa is temporarily altering its Frankfurt-Cape Town schedule for operational reasons, according to a media release.

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24 May 2021

Fly Africa to resume flights next month

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Fly Africa Zimbabwe is expected to resume flights next month following the commissioning of a Boeing 737-500 at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport yesterday.

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24 May 2021

Hospitality and leisure industry: 6 steps to PoPIA compliance

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We all hope for more travel and tourism soon. Hospitality players waiting for the big travel surge should use this time to ensure that they understand the requirements of the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) within their industry.

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24 May 2021

Application for Membership - Svai Luxe Escapes

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Svai Luxe Escapes 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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23 May 2021

Direct flights between Johannesburg and New York to kick off in June

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United Airlines will now offer direct flights between New York and Johannesburg, aiming to fill the gap created by the absence of flights previously offered by South African Airways (SAA).

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21 May 2021

An engaged society is key for the future of African conservation, says WWF Africa’s Alice Ruhweza

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Protecting Africa’s charismatic megafauna often come first to mind when Westerners think about conservation in Africa. But there’s a lot more to conservation efforts across the continent beyond elephants and lions.

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20 May 2021

Virgin’s SA flights still off the board

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Virgin Atlantic has again extended the suspension of its South African flights. The Johannesburg flights are currently scheduled to resume on June 2 and the Cape Town flights on June 5.

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20 May 2021

BA Comair set for daily flights to Vic Falls

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BA Comair has restarted its flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on Thursdays and Sundays, and more good news is that from June 1, the airline’s flights will go daily.

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19 May 2021

Namibia set to host UNWTO Brand Africa Conference in June

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Namibia is set to hold the World Tourism Organization’s Regional Conference on Brand Africa. The conference themed ”Strengthening Brand Africa for the swift Recovery of the Tourism Sector” will host Tourism Ministers, experts, and stakeholders from 14-16 June 2021.

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19 May 2021

RwandAir to focus on African routes in new recovery strategy

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RwandAir plans to focus on regional routes in order to optimize its operational cost and boost its financial performance. This was disclosed by Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the airline’s Chief Executive, during an interview with The New Times on Monday.

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18 May 2021

101-year-old takes the plunge at Victoria Falls’ Batoka Gorge

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Mollie Lock is proof that adventure knows no age. This Zimbabwean celebrated her 101st birthday on a gorge swing at Victoria Falls!

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18 May 2021

Ethiopian Airlines Medical Center starts vaccinating employees against COVID-19

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Ethiopian Airlines Group has started vaccinating its employees against COVID-19 as of 14 May 2021 in its temporarily opened vaccination center.

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17 May 2021

Visit Rwanda and RwandAir Join Basketball Africa League as Official Partners

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Visit Rwanda Designated a Founding and Host Partner; RwandAir Becomes the League’s Inaugural Season Official Airline; Inaugural BAL Season Will Take Place May 16-30 at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

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17 May 2021

Wildlife lovers around the world have chosen a New Big 5

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The 5 animals in the New Big 5 are the tip of the iceberg in the crisis facing the world’s wildlife. The goal of the New Big 5 project is to raise awareness about the many different species facing problems, from pangolins, orangutans, and rhinos to little-known, under-appreciated species.

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15 May 2021

South African Airways aims to resume flights in July or August

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South African Airways (SAA) aims to resume flights in July or August, but the restart date will depend on how the Covid-19 pandemic progresses and whether the airline can resolve a pilot dispute, its chief executive said on Friday.

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15 May 2021

AF gives clarity on CDG transit

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According to a notice sent out to travel agents by Air France, there has been a clarification from the French authorities, on transit for South Africans at CDG airport.

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14 May 2021

What's On At The Waterhole?

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In the current environment "Peer to Peer" discussion has never been more important. Whilst this still cannot happen face-to-face, The Waterhole hole is a private, members only platform where you can openly discuss topics surrounding issues our industry and hear back from fellow Africa Travel professionals.

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13 May 2021

UKs FCDO Travel Aware Campaign

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The UKs FCDO is running a public Travel Aware Campaign highlighting the importance of travel advice when considering international travel. The key actions the FCDO are recommending for all travellers are:

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13 May 2021

Nigel Vere Nicoll's feature in todays Travel Weekly - Africa deserves better than the red list

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Region has learned lessons of previous pandemics, says African Travel and Tourism (ATTA) president Nigel Vere Nicoll Ironically, it appears that the elephant in the room in global tourism will once again be Africa.

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13 May 2021

Zimbabwe re-introduces rhinos in Gonarezhou park after three decades

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HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe is re-introducing rhinos to its second biggest wildlife park Gonarezhou in the south of the country, the first time that the sanctuary will be home to the species in 30 years, the parks authority said on Thursday, 13 May.

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12 May 2021

Kenyan, South African airlines sign interline agreement which links their networks

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Kenya Airways – that country’s national flag carrier – and South African private-sector regional airline Airlink have concluded an interline agreement.

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11 May 2021

Cape Town-Singapore direct

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Singapore Airlines’ direct non-stop flights from Cape Town to Singapore will resume on July 1. SQ482 will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing from Cape Town at 12h45 and arriving in Singapore at 06h10 the next morning.

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11 May 2021

WWF SA launches ‘Build Back Better’ drive

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Raging wildfires, severe flooding as well as droughts, and increasing levels of biodiversity loss are just some of the crises that have become more frequent due to a warming climate.

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10 May 2021

South Africa to introduce new e-visas this year

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The Department of Home Affairs plans to extend its e-visa programme to a number of countries in 2021 in a potential boost for the tourism industry.

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10 May 2021

Kenya starts its first national wildlife census

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Kenya began its first national wildlife census on Friday, 7 May, aiming to aid conservation and identify threats to its vast but threatened wildlife populations.

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07 May 2021

LH’s new long-haul carrier heads to Namibia

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Lufthansa has announced some changes on its Frankfurt-Windhoek route. From the beginning of August, its Namibia service will be operated by Eurowings Discover, its new long-haul leisure-oriented carier.

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07 May 2021

Meet the newest member of the K9 pangolin counter-poaching unit

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It’s early to rise and early to bed, with lots of jam-packed activity in between, for the 9-month-old pup, Raven, the newest in-training member of the K9 pangolin counter-poaching unit, part of the African Pangolin Working Group (APWG).

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06 May 2021

Uganda Airlines heads for Jo’burg

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Uganda Airlines is planning to start its services between Entebbe and Johannesburg OR Tambo on Monday, May 31.

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06 May 2021

Fully-vaccinated St Helena reopens to tourism

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On completion of the island-wide vaccination programme, St Helena has opened its doors once more to overseas visitors. The second most remote inhabited island in the world, guests will be able to enjoy beautiful landscapes, outstanding marine life, historic heritage and the warm and friendly local community spirit typical of the British Overseas Territory.

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05 May 2021

NAMIBIA: Wildlife Angel deploys anti-poaching mission to Etosha Park

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Rangers in the Etosha National Park in northern Namibia will receive capacity building in the fight against wildlife crime. The 15-day training will be delivered from mid-May 2021 by members of Wildlife Angel, a French non-governmental organisation (NGO). The organisation has launched a fundraising campaign for its mission to Namibia.

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05 May 2021

Vic Falls revs up for revival

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Despite the impact of the pandemic on the Victoria Falls area – where around 80% of the community is reliant on tourism – the local community has banded together and put a number of unique initiatives in place to prepare the region for revival.

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05 May 2021

Vic Falls, Bots flights launched

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TRAVELLERS can now enjoy day trips between Chobe in Botswana and Victoria Falls after Mack Air successfully landed in Victoria Falls on Saturday, marking the start of scheduled flights between the two destinations.

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04 May 2021

South Africa to clamp down on captive lion breeding, minister says

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South Africa will clamp down on captive lion breeding after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism, the environment minister said on Sunday, 2 May.

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04 May 2021

Airlink to resume Lodge Link flights

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Airlink will resume its air transfer services in a 12-seater turboprop aircraft to lodges, providing direct connectivity beyond Skukuza and Nelspruit KMIA airport to three well-known safari lodge strips – Arathusa, Londolozi, and Phinda Private Game Reserve on July 1.

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04 May 2021

Application for Membership - Dion Wines and Spirits East Africa

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Dion Wines and Spirits East 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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03 May 2021

UNWTO and Google Partner to Guide Restart of African Tourism

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continues to advance its commitment to the African tourism sector by partnering with Google to help destinations gain expert insights into data management and digital marketing.

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03 May 2021

Artificial intelligence to help combat elephant poaching

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Every 15 minutes, an African elephant is killed by a poacher. New artificial intelligence (AI) technology may well change this disturbing statistic.

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