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 September 2021

SA tour guides are being taught Mandarin and Chinese customs – for a better visitor experience

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South African tour guides have been enrolled in a six-week programme which teaches Mandarin and Chinese customs in anticipation of an influx of big-spending tourists.

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30 September 2021

Application for Membership - Safari Portal - Professional Partners - United States

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Safari Portal 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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30 September 2021

South African Airways and Emirates Reactivate Partnership to Boost Connectivity and Expand Customer Options in Africa

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With South African Airways (SAA) resuming operations, Emirates has been working closely with SAA to reactivate its long-standing partnership which aims to improve the customer experience and provide more value to travellers when flying on both carriers.

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29 September 2021

Kenya Airways inks deal with S. African Airways to share strategic capabilities

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Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday inked a cooperation agreement with a longer-term view to co-starting a Pan-African Airline Group that will enhance mutual growth potential between the two carriers.

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29 September 2021

United Airlines inks codeshare agreement with Airlink, expanding into Africa

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A new codeshare agreement between South African airline Airlink and US airline United Airlines Airlink seeks to offer more connections between the US and southern Africa than any other airline alliance.

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28 September 2021

Now, SAs may enter Netherlands

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The Netherlands has issued updated travel restrictions. South African travellers, and those from other non-EU States may now enter, as long as they are fully vaccinated.

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28 September 2021

UK to use SA data and input when reviewing status on Covid-19 travel red list

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The United Kingdom will be using data and expertise from South Africa when it reviews its Covid-19 travel red list. This comes after the UK updated its international travel rules, announcing that eight countries, including Kenya and Egypt, will be moved from the red to the amber list. At the same time, South Africa will remain on the red list.

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28 September 2021

FlySafair launches flight service to Mauritius this December

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Low-cost carrier FlySafair is expanding its service beyond South African borders, and will soon launch its first international flights with a service to Mauritius.

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27 September 2021

Application for Membership - Memorable Journeys - African Based Travel Specialist - Zambia

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Memorable Journeys 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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27 September 2021

Kenya and Tanzania collaborate to improve tourism in East Africa

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Today, as the world commemorates Tourism Day, Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to join forces to improve the tourism sector between the two countries.

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27 September 2021

Demand for Africa remains high despite restrictions

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The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) has reported more than 50% of consumers want to travel to Africa as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

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26 September 2021

Rwanda names mountain baby gorillas in virtual event

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Rwanda on Friday gave names to 24 endangered mountain baby gorillas at its annual mountain gorilla naming ceremony Kwita Izina held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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26 September 2021

24-hr transit now allowed in DXB

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Emirates has sent out a trade communication to let agents know that, with immediate effect, passengers travelling from a list of countries, including South Africa, with transit times of 10-24 hours in Dubai, will be allowed to transit Dubai provided certain rules are followed.

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23 September 2021

It’s World Rhino Day! Facts and figures about these horned mammals

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World Rhino Day is celebrated annually on 22 September, and this year marks the 10th celebration. Let’s pause and take a look at the latest rhino population statistics, and some interesting facts about this beautiful animal.

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23 September 2021

Airlink inaugurates Uganda route

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Airlink has added another new route to its expanding intra-Africa network, with the launch of its Johannesburg-Entebbe service.

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23 September 2021

South African Airways to resume flights on Thursday

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South African Airways will resume flights on Thursday, after being grounded for over a year due to business rescue.

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22 September 2021

UNWTO and AFRAA cooperate to Restart Tourism in Africa

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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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22 September 2021

'WHEN WILL THE GREEN LIGHTS COME ON AGAIN ALL OVER AFRICA?'

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Once again, Africa has been singled for punishment by the UK Government. Folks in the tourism industry across the African continent, and here in UK, have no idea why or what they have done to be ignored.

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21 September 2021

#ATTS2021 will reignite travel and tourism confidence in Africa – SA Tourism ACEO

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The overarching objective of the ongoing Africa Travel and Tourism Summit (ATTS2021) is to revive travel and tourism confidence among tourists and visitors to Africa.

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21 September 2021

US welcomes South Africans

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The Biden Administration has taken the decision to allow vaccinated travellers into the US from early November, including traffic originating in South Africa.

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20 September 2021

Application for Membership - Book Tourism - Solo Professional - South Africa

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Book Tourism 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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20 September 2021

Rehabilitation work at Namibia’s flagship airport nears completion

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Rehabilitation work at Namibia’s flagship Hosea Kutako International Airport will be completed soon, giving a new face to the country’s tourism industry, Namibia Airports Company (NAC) spokesperson Dan Kamati said on Sunday.

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20 September 2021

ATTA® Announces Recovery Plan

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ATTA® (The African Travel & Tourism Association) has released details of its post pandemic recovery plan which will see company, board, and staff changes.

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19 September 2021

Air Mauritius flying to South Africa again from 1 October

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After Mauritius lifted its ban on South African travellers earlier this week, Air Mauritius has announced that more flights to South Africa are in the pipeline, Travel News reports.

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18 September 2021

Clarification over the updated guidance for travellers entering England

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The current traffic light restrictions will remain in force until 04 October and from 0400 on 22 September Kenya will move from Red to Amber.

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16 September 2021

East Africa Tourism Platform calls for embracing regional single visa

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The East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP), the umbrella body for the tourism sector in the region on Wednesday urged Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan to embrace the East African tourist visa regime.

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16 September 2021

New national park for Eastern Cape

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Work is under way to establish a high-altitude national park in the mountains of the Eastern Cape, close to the Lesotho border and the spectacular Naude’s Nek pass – South Africa’s highest road at over 2 500 metres.

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15 September 2021

Kenya urges private sector to boost wildlife conservation campaign

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Kenya on Tuesday urged its private sector to boost the country's wildlife conservation campaign. Najib Balala, cabinet secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, said that wildlife conservation is an expensive undertaking that cannot be accomplished by public resources alone.

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15 September 2021

Air France to start Maputo Flights from December 2

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Air France has confirmed that flights to Maputo will start from 2 December, 2021. The flight to Maputo will be a continuation of the Johannesburg flight.

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14 September 2021

Kenya Airways signs aircraft lease, codeshare partnership with Congo Airways

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Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways on Monday signed an aircraft lease agreement and began operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.

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14 September 2021

RwandAir to launch two new routes to the DRC

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RwandAir will launch new flights in the coming weeks from Kigali (KGL), the Rwandan capital, to two Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) destinations.

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13 September 2021

#TourismRestart: Seychelles opens up to South Africa

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Visitors from South Africa will once again be able to board flights to the paradise islands of the Seychelles with effect from Monday, 13 September, the Indian Ocean islands’ Ministry of Health has announced today, 11 September.

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13 September 2021

President Ramaphosa eases South Africa’s COVID-19 restrictions, announces Adjusted Alert Level 2

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South Africa will move from the Adjusted Alert Level 3 to an Adjusted Alert Level 2 with effect from Monday, September 13th, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday.

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13 September 2021

Application for Membership - Corporate Air

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Corporate Air 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 September 2021

Samara Game Reserve sights first leopard in 24 years

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Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape has recently recorded their first leopard sighting in 24 years.

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10 September 2021

IUCN launches Covid-19 Tourism Package to boost recovery

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At the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, the IUCN and the German Development Agency, GIZ, announced a new programme to strengthen the resilience of community-based tourism.

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09 September 2021

Nairobi Action Plan for Africa Tourism recovery calls for initiation of appropriate actions

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The call was made at the recent Tourism Recovery Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, co-hosted by the Ministries of Tourism and Wildlife of the Republic of Kenya and Tourism of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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09 September 2021

Dubai flights: Emirates to expand South Africa operations from October

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Emirates announced on Wednesday that it will be expanding its operations in and out of South Africa, boosting its schedule to 28 weekly flights by October.

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08 September 2021

Rapid Covid-19 PCR travel tests launch at airports

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Passengers using Heathrow can now get Covid-19 PCR test results in less than three hours thanks to a partnership between travel assistance firm Collinson and biotech company Randox.

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08 September 2021

Zimbabwe relaxes COVID-19 restriction measures

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Zimbabwe has moved from COVID-19 lockdown level 4 to level 2 due to the success of the country’s vaccine rollout.

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07 September 2021

Africa can use Tourism as a strong pillar for achieving SDGs – UNWTO Chief

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Africa could capitalize on its huge tourism potentials as a key pillar to achieve the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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07 September 2021

SA National Parks Free Access Week postponed to November

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South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that the 16th annual SA National Parks Week will be held in November instead of September this year.

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06 September 2021

Rewilded elephant returns to sanctuary for help

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The keepers at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Voi sanctuary awoke to find Naipoki, an orphaned elephant previously in their care, waiting outside the stockades. It soon became clear that she had a wound on her rump.

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06 September 2021

What drives UK’s traffic light decisions?

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There is finally more clarity on what drives the UK’s decisions on travel regulations and assigning risk levels to countries.

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06 September 2021

Government looks into 'soft incentives' for vaccinated travellers

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Music festivals, sporting events and other gatherings are some of the 'soft incentive' measures being discussed by government in an effort to encourage South African citizens to get vaccinated, Health Minister Joe Phaala announced during a media briefing on 3 September.

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03 September 2021

Zimbabwe to complete new terminal at main airport in June 2022

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The efficiency of passenger flow at Zimbabwe’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is set to improve significantly thanks to a new terminal building currently under construction.

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03 September 2021

Why the travel and tourism industry should market themselves right now

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September marks national tourism month, which focuses on the importance of the sector to the South African economy. In light of the lockdown travel restrictions, the travel and tourism industry is one of the most affected sectors.

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02 September 2021

Finally, More Clarity on UK Travel Restriction Methodology

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ATTAs lobbying work continues via our industry groups and in our own right. One of the grey areas about the current Covid 19 travel restrictions in the UK is around statistics - the who, what, where and when they are collected and how they are used to influence key government decisions in relation to the travel traffic light system of red, amber and green.

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02 September 2021

Chris Haslam | The Times - The big travel inquest: 8 cataclysmic decisions that killed off post-pandemic travel

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In 2019, the United Kingdom had the best travel industry in the world. That’s not Brexit chest-beating but fact: our tour operators, travel agents and airlines offered us more choice, greater expertise and a better understanding of sustainability than any other nation on earth. By mid-2020 travel was the worst-hit sector in the British economy, but as a national asset contributing £238bn — or 10 per cent of GDP —to the economy and employing 4.2 million workers, it was inconceivable that the government would ignore its plight.

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02 September 2021

Kenya To Organize Inaugural Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival

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The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife is targeting to raise KSH 100 Million during the upcoming inaugural Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival.

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02 September 2021

Botswana’s luxury airline: Fly Okavango set to launch in November

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The launch of an airline flying overseas visitors directly to the Okavango Delta is expected to have a positive impact on Botswana’s tourism sector.

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01 September 2021

Application for Membership - Benroso Safari

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Benroso Safari 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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01 September 2021

Resumption Of Mumbai Flight

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Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), Is delighted to inform our esteemed customers and the entire public that, starting 30th August 2021 ATCL will resume its flights to Mumbai from Dar es Salaam.

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01 September 2021

Application for Membership - Sungani

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Sungani 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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