Atta News Roundup 14th – 24th January

And hot on the heels of the Volcanoes news comes the news update from Atta in London, giving a broad overview of events and developments in Africa, covering aviation, hospitality, travel and conservation news – Enjoy!

Atta News Roundup 14th – 24th January


Atta News

Atta’s Photography Competition – List of entries available:We are, as always, aiming to fulfil our mission statement with this competition by creating a positive image of Africa and creating a greater awareness of Africa as a travel destination by hosting this competition on a social networking site. We hope to increase dialogue between the experts and the general public.

Webinar Recording: Latin American Market: Andrea Landaeta of Sariri Terra, Atta’s Rep in Latin America, gave her first presentation about this emerging market to Africa and explained the differences between the countries, language and travel behaviour.

Vic Falls Rainforest on the rise: Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says nearly 17,000 tourists, a third of them international visitors visited the famed Victoria Falls Rainforest during the festive season, earning $270 000 in fees.

Garden Route named top 2014 golf spot in Africa and Gulf states: The Garden Route in the Western Cape has been named the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States by the global trade association of the golf tourism industry, IAGTO.

RwandAir to fly to Douala: RwandAir confirmed that Douala, the airline’s 16th destination overall and 5th in West Africa, will see the launch flight take off from Kigali on March 30th.

Africa Fashion Week in London: Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL), The African Inspired Fashion Event in the UK is back for the 4th Season from the 7th to the 9th of August, closing with the Global African Fashion (GAF) Award at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel on the 10th of August 2014.

An EU in East Africa?: Passport-free travel, a common market, and a single currency. Sound like the EU? It’s Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, and they’re being warned to take things slowly.

ITB Berlin 2014: Exhibitor demand reflects travel industry’s optimism:As per show organisers, the outlook is exceptionally good for ITB Berlin as final preparations are under way.

Addis Ababa is becoming a hub for international conferences and meetings in Africa, says UN Conference Center: A copy of an interview with the Chief of UN Conference Centre (Conference Coordination Unit, Conference Services Section)

Addis Ababa Listed On the New York Times ’52 Places to Go in 2014′: The New York Times has listed Addis Ababa as one of the 52 places that should be visited in 2014.

African arrivals in 2014 grow by 3 million to 56 overall: Arrivals to Africa in 2013 have grown by an average of 6 percent to 56 million overall an increase in real numbers by 3 million, largely aided by a gradual recovery in North Africa, where political unrest had depressed tourist numbers in 2012, and a sustained 5 percent growth for destinations in sub Saharan Africa.

More Cruise Ships Expected to Dock in Mombasa: The number of cruise ships docking at the Port of Mombasa is expected to increase this year. More than 600 tourists docked at the port on Monday aboard cruise ship MV Nautica with Kenya being part of their worldwide tour that will take them to Sri Lanka, Thailand and China.

Ethiopia: New Airport for Awassa: The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) announced that a location for the building of a new airport at Aawasa has been acquired and the design work is underway.

New Tourism Minister in Tanzania: Tanzanian President announced that he has appointed Mr. Lazaro Nyalandu as the new Tourism Minister, taking over from Khamis Kagasheki who had resigned from the post last month on allegations of human rights abuse during anti-poaching operations.

Ethiopian Airlines to Fly to Shanghai Daily: Ethiopian Airlines will commence daily flights from Addis Ababa to Shanghai as Africa’s largest airline seeks to capitalize from increased passenger and cargo traffic from Africa to China and vice versa.

Newly-elected Southern Africa Junior Tourism Ministers commence their duties:As the New Year begins, the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) officially unveils the recently elected Junior Tourism Ministers as they take up their regional seats.

Commercial News from Africa:Key commercial and political activity in Africa for private equity investors by DCE Partners, UK Private Equity advisors to Atta.

Atta Member News

Langata Link’s New Portfolio of Holiday Homes: We are delighted to inform you that Property Link Africa Ltd. and Langata Link Holiday Homes Ltd., two members of the Langata Link Group of Companies, are merging together as of January 2014.

Proflight Zambia Welcomes Competition: Proflight Zambia has welcomed news of a planned new air service from Dar-es-Salaam to Lusaka by Tanzania-based airline Fastjet.

Zambezi Safari and Travel Co. launches in New York to serve North American Adventurers

Protea Hotels Dives into the Zanzibar Market: The Protea Hospitality Group has entered the beautiful tropical spice island paradise of Zanzibar, bringing the exclusive Mbweni Ruins Hotel into the Protea Hotels portfolio.

Three Cities Riverside Hotel & Spa closes 28 Rooms as the Grand Dame Undergoes Phase 2 of multi-million Rand refurb

Scientists call for critically endangered listing for West Africa’s lions: The living dead, scientists call them: populations of animals so small their extinction is all but inevitable. At the top of the list may be lions in West Africa, according to a paper published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. Read more here – Scientists call for critically endangered listing for West Africa’s lions

New Grading System for Swaziland’s Accommodation; Swaziland has well and truly affirmed its commitment to ensuring tourism growth and success by introducing a brand new grading system.

Guide training courses in Tanzania – April and May 2014: Wayo Africa will be conducting guide-training courses in April and May 2014. This year courses will focus on interpretive guiding and creative guiding skills. On the theory side we will focus on the life of insects, medical and medicinal plants and everything there is to know about birds and their behaviour more than just identification.

Mara Bushtops Spa takes “Wild luxury” to new heights: Mara Bushtops has broken new ground, literally and metaphorically, by installing the foundations for a new Spa complex.

5 Reasons to visit Malawi: Celebrating its 50th year of Independence, 2014 seems to be ‘the year’ for Malawi the Warm Heart of Africa.

Village & Life bids farewell to SAF3 crew: The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay has on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 hosted an informal screening of the new international television series, SAF3, as a final farewell to the cast and crew who made Cape Town their home during the filming of the series.

How the engagement ring proves that we shouldn’t trade rhino horn: Is your engagement ring to you what rhino horn is to the Chinese?

South African Airways receives 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 12th year


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