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.

30 June 2021

Progress in ending captive lion breeding as government passes draft policy

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The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has gazetted a draft policy on 28 June in another step towards putting an end to the captive breeding of lions.

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30 June 2021

Airlink adjusts schedules of selected flights during Level 4 restrictions

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Airlink has announced that while the majority of its flights remain unaffected by the adjusted Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions, it is adjusting the schedule of selected flights so that its customers can comply with the revised curfew with minimal disruption to their travel plans.

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29 June 2021

SANParks outlines changes to hospitality and tourism services

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Following the announcement made on Sunday, 27 June by President Cyril Ramaphosa, South African National Parks (SANParks) released a statement to inform guests of key changes to its hospitality and tourism services in its various national parks.

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29 June 2021

Buyer Registration opens for Spotlight Africa & Indian Ocean Virtual TravelExpo

ATTA®

Houston Travel Marketing Services invite ATTA Travel Specialist members to register as Buyers to attend Spotlight on Africa & Indian Ocean islands Virtual TravelExpo on 28 & 29 July.

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29 June 2021

Seychelles Tourism Board undergoes major changes

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The Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, has announced the new structure and key appointments for the Department of Tourism at a staff meeting, held virtually, on Friday, 25 June from Botanical House.

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28 June 2021

Removing SA from the UK Red List

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SATSA hosted an informative feedback session providing an update of their UK lobby campaign, in which Chris Mears, CEO of ATTA, is on the steering group. Run in conjunction with leading PR and Strategy Consulting, Eterna Partners, the campaigns objective is to advocate for the removal of South Africa from the UK’s Red List and resumption of travel between the UK and Southern Africa by October 2021.

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28 June 2021

Application for Membership - Explorer Kenya Tours and Travel

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Explorer Kenya Tours and Travel 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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28 June 2021

South Africa receives 2.6M COVID-19 vaccine doses

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening announced that in the last three days, the country received an additional 1.2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine through the COVAX facility.

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27 June 2021

Famous Addo lion Jack relocated to Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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One of Addo Elephant National Park’s most popular inhabitants, known by many members of the public as Jack, has been successfully relocated to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

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27 June 2021

Ethiopian Airlines invokes Res 830D

ATTA®

Ethiopian Airlines has advised in a letter to its trade partners that it is enforcing Iata’s Resolution 830D in all markets.

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24 June 2021

ATTA Joined the Industry day of Action

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Wednesday 23 June saw the ATTA HQ team joining the industry day of action both at College Green in Westminster and Holyrood in Edinburgh

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24 June 2021

Kenya hosts World Safari Rally Championship

ATTA®

Kenya’s tourism sector is positioning itself to reap from the World Rally Championship (WRC) set to take part between the 24th-27th June 2021.

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24 June 2021

ATTA IN THE NEWS

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Kate Kenward, Director of ATTA and Paul Goldstein, owner of Kicheche camps in Kenya and member of ATTA, are quoted by journalist Simon Calder of the Independent during the #traveldayofaction outside Westminster in London.

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23 June 2021

Turkey aims to boost ties with Africa in all platforms: Çavuşoğlu

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Turkey aims to further enhance ties with African countries, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday.

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23 June 2021

Kenya to Receive Pfizer Vaccine From U.S. Govt By June

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Nairobi — Kenya is among countries set to receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the United States government by the end of Jun 2021.

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22 June 2021

Industry day of action - Social Media Toolkit

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ATTA will be joining trade bodies from across the aviation and travel industries for a Travel Day of Action (#traveldayofaction) on 23 June to put pressure on the UK Government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.

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22 June 2021

Qatar Airways to launch new route to Lusaka and Harare from August 6

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Zambia and Zimbabwe are being added to Qatar Airways’ expanding list of destinations in Africa from early August, bringing its award-winning service to two important southern African destinations.

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21 June 2021

COVID SA Travel System downtime

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The Department of Health’s COVID SA travel system is currently down, with travellers unable to complete the required travel health questionnaire (THQ) ahead of their departure from their destination of origin.

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21 June 2021

SAs can fly to Dubai – on Emirates

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Dubai’s easing of restrictions for passengers from South Africa who are fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the UAE authorities will commence June 23. Emirates will start uplifting outbound passenger who qualify, from the same date.

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21 June 2021

Delta abandons plans for Cape Town route

ATTA®

After extending the commencement of their Cape Town route six times, Delta Air Lines has eventually decided to completely cancel the route altogether, One Mile at a Time reports.

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20 June 2021

Mauritius to open for international travel in July

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Mauritius will start opening for international tourists in two phases in 2021. The first phase, from 15 July to 30 September 2021, will enable vaccinated travellers to enjoy a resort holiday on the island.

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20 June 2021

Breaking news: Dubai to welcome vaxxed South Africans

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Dubai has announced (on Saturday June 19), the easing of restrictions for passengers from South Africa, who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a vaccine approved by the UAE Authorities.

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17 June 2021

African tourism ministers pledge to work together to revitalize industry

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African minister attending the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Brand Africa Summit on Thursday released a communique, agreeing to work together to find a solution to revitalize the continental tourism industry currently financially battered by COVID-19.

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17 June 2021

Mozambique’s Tourism Minister reveals plans to put country on the Global Tourism Map

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Mozambique is a tourist’s heartthrob that provides everything from wanderlust adventure to traditional Southern Africa safaris and long swathes of over 2500km of pristine, untouched beaches ideal for holidaymakers who revel in sun and sand for all year-round summer rendezvous.

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16 June 2021

Real Recovery Possible with International Tourism at Pre-Covid-19 levels – Prez of Namibia

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The President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob has stated that real recovery will only be possible when international tourism returns to pre Covid-19 levels.

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16 June 2021

Air travel remains stagnant – Iata

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Latest data from Iata showed that domestic travel demand had improved in April 2021 compared with the prior month, although it remained well below pre-pandemic levels.

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16 June 2021

30 African penguins released at De Hoop Nature Reserve

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The African penguin population is decreasing rapidly, primarily due to a lack of food. In an attempt to re-establish the African penguin colony on the south coast of South Africa, 30 penguin fledglings were released at the De Hoop Nature Reserve on June 11.

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15 June 2021

Kenya launches elephant naming festival to boost wildlife conservation

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Kenya on Monday launched a magical elephant naming festival in order to boost wildlife conservation.

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15 June 2021

South Africa Airport Health Protocols - What to expect

ATTA®

As international travel cautiously begins to resume, we wanted to share a video our partners at South African Tourism, in partnership with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), have created to help your clients gain a better understanding of what to expect when they land in any South African International Airport.

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14 June 2021

Post-Covid travellers are looking for flexibility

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The great tourism recovery race has begun and to meet the 'new wave' of travel guests and their sceptical strains, South African hoteliers are turning to innovative tech tools to enable them to prepare and adapt for tomorrow's business challenges.

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14 June 2021

Kenya shields tourism with restored UK flights

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Kenya has moved to safeguard its tourism sector from further hits by lifting a ban on passenger flights between Nairobi and London ahead of the peak Summer season.

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14 June 2021

TRAVEL DAY OF ACTION - 23 JUNE

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We’re really pleased to see so much support for the Travel Day of Action and it is important to note that the focus of the day of action is an organised lobby at College Green, Westminster, London with more details below.

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11 June 2021

Strategic Equity Partner Announced for SAA

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The South African Ministry of Public Enterprises (DPE) announced today that the Takatso Consortium, comprising Harith General Partners, a leading investor in African infrastructure and airports, and airline management firm Global Airways, has been selected as the preferred Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) for South African Airways (SAA).

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11 June 2021

Eurowings Discover announce flights to Victoria Falls

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German Airline Eurowings Discover announce flights to Victoria Falls from Frankfurt commencing 30 March 2022

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10 June 2021

A hugely successful inaugural ATTA Indaba!

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With over 100 members from 25 countries around the world, we were delighted to host such a broad collection of members during our inaugural ATTA Indaba yesterday. We have all left with a big "to do" list and ATTA is here to support yours.

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10 June 2021

Fully Vaccinated Norwegian Travellers exempt from Quarantine on return to Norway

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Fully vaccinated Norwegians and those who have had covid-19 in the last six months will be exempted from entry quarantine on return to Norway from and including Friday 11 June.

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10 June 2021

African Parks secures $108m to manage its national parks

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The international conservation organisation African Parks has been awarded $108 million in funding to manage its national parks in Africa. The funds are provided by the Washington-based Wyss Foundation in the United States of America.

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10 June 2021

Airlink adds Entebbe

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Airlink is adding another new route to its expanding intra-Africa network with the launch of its Johannesburg-Entebbe service.

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09 June 2021

U.S. CDC eases travel recommendations on 110 countries, territories including Japan

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The CDC’s new ratings were first reported by Reuters and posted on a CDC website on Monday, include 61 nations that were lowered from its highest “Level 4” rating that discouraged all travel to recommending travel for fully vaccinated individuals, the agency confirmed on Tuesday.

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09 June 2021

Virgin reopens SA-UK route

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After five and a half months with no passenger services between South Africa and the UK, Virgin Atlantic will resume operating passenger flights three times a week between London Heathrow and Johannesburg OR Tambo from June 24.

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09 June 2021

New Netflix doccie will shed light on Simon’s Town’s penguins

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A new documentary coming to Netflix on June 16 will dive deep into the lives of the African penguins living in Simon’s Town. This eight-part series from Red Rock Films takes a look at their feeding, mating and breeding activities while shedding light on the threats these birds face.

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08 June 2021

New WTTC campaign shows the importance of international travel to people and businesses around the world

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LONDON, UK - A new campaign has today been launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calling on governments around the world to restart international travel and enable the world to ‘Reunite’ once again.

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08 June 2021

Uganda Airlines steps up to clarify on airport procedures

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Given the short lead period for the new health and safety regulations affecting travelers coming to or leaving from Entebbe, have literally hundreds of questions poured in to ATCNews, readers trying to make sense of it all.

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08 June 2021

Application for Membership - Tailormade Africa

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Tailormade 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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07 June 2021

Application for Membership - Take Me To Africa

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Take Me To 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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07 June 2021

Travel industry day of action planned for June 23

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Trade bodies from across the aviation and travel industries have announced plans for a travel industry day of action on June 23 to put pressure on the UK government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.

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07 June 2021

Kenya to leverage on motor sports to boost tourism sector: official

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An official with Kenya's tourism marketing body said Sunday that the government plans to leverage on the global appeal of motor sports in order to boost local tourism sector.

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07 June 2021

United Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Daily Service Between New York/Newark and Johannesburg

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United Airlines has inaugurated its nonstop daily service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport, with the arrival of the first flight into Johannesburg today.

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06 June 2021

SA Tourism, TBCSA launch global PR communications Tourism Advocacy Programme

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In a bid to reposition South Africa as a Covid-19 safe destination and change damaging narratives currently associated with South Africa, South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), are launching a Global PR communications Tourism Advocacy Programme, which forms part of the recent 'Tourism Road To Recovery Plan', adopted by national government and the tourism sector.

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04 June 2021

Tui Care Foundation backs tourism recovery programme

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Tui Care Foundation has partnered with an organisation that supports entrepreneurs to launch a joint Tourism Recovery Programme.

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03 June 2021

Seychelles makes U-turn on SA travellers

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A day after announcing that Seychelles would reopen to all South African travellers, the destination has overturned its own decision and is once again prohibiting travellers from South Africa from visiting the islands.

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03 June 2021

Tourist Numbers Down 83% But Confidence Slowly Rising

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International tourist arrivals were down 83% in the first quarter of 2021 as widespread travel restrictions remained in place. However, the UNWTO Confidence Index shows signs of a slow uptick in confidence.

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02 June 2021

Malawi Airlines back on track

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Malawi Airlines has plans to resume full operations by mid-June and already has a schedule for June of six flights a week between both Lilongwe and Blantyre and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo.

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02 June 2021

AFD finances the preservation of Table Mountain Park

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The French Development Agency (AFD) is approving 1.2 million euros of financing for the preservation of biodiversity in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

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01 June 2021

South Africa Tourism reappoints Sthembiso Dlamini as Acting CEO

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The Chief Operations Officer of South Africa Tourism, Ms. Sthembiso Dlamini has been appointed as the Acting Chief Executive Officer.

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01 June 2021

New travel regs for Namibia

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Namibia has introduced new travel restrictions, with effect from today (June 1), according to a release from Airlink.

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01 June 2021

Travel into Seychelles reopening for South Africa

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Travellers from South Africa will finally be able to travel to Seychelles as of 1 June after remaining closed to most international travel during the peak of the pandemic.

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