ATA sticks to Kenya, UNWTO stand by Kenya but Skal, tail between their legs, sneaks away

May 2015

Welcome to ATA’s May Newsletter!

ATA Passport to Africa, our monthly newsletter, features the latest

member and Africa travel industry news. If you are an ATA member

and would like to share your stories, please email us and find

submission guidelines here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Experience Magical KenyaDuring ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress Host Country Day

During the Congress Host Country Day delegates will have the
opportunity to visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy or Lake Nakuru
National Park.


Ol Pejeta Conservancy situated between the foothills of Mount Kenya
and Aberdares is one of Kenya’s best kept conservation havens. The
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one of the only wildlife protection areas
that’s home to very high numbers of endangered species. Aside from
the big 5, more than a thousand different mammals and bird species
roam the wild. Read more…


Lake Nakuru was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and
upgraded to National Park status in 1968. The Park has Kenya’s
largest population of rhinos. The surface of the Lake Nakuru occupies
about a third of the park. It supports a dense bloom of the blue-green
Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which it derives its colour and is a
food source for flamingos. During peak season over millions of
flamingos and pelicans congregate on the lake. Read more…

ATA’s Aviation, Travel & Trade Summit Rescheduled for Spring 2016

Stay tuned for the new date and details.

SAA Honored as “Top Producing Airline” by South African Tourism

South African Airways received the “Top Producing Airline” award at the South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards in New York City for contributing to the growth of travel to South Africa.
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Uganda Ready for Africa’s Top Pilgrimage – Martyrs Day

Uganda is set to host pilgrims from all over the world for Africa’s biggest pilgrimage on the Martyrs Day on June 3 when millions make the annual visit.
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Join the 2nd Annual Swahili International Tourism Expo in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Travel agents, buyers, and media: Meet, network, negotiate, and conduct business with the global travel trade at East Africa’s top travel and tourism exhibition October 1-3, 2015.
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Lonely Planet Announces US Launch of Lonely Planet Magazine

Lonely Planet announced yesterday it will be launching a new US edition of Lonely Planet Magazine in September 2015, designed to inspire travel and provide dependable information for travelers.
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Egyptian Tourism Authority Enhances Inbound Tourism to Luxor
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UNWTO Expresses Full Support for Kenyan Tourism

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Former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation Team Visit Tanzania

Photo of the Hoopoe Safari Team with Bill Clinton Rupert Finch Hatton, Stephen Laiser, and Peter Lindstorm. For more information on the President’s visit and the work of the Clinton Foundation in Tanzania
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Supporting Rhino Conservation and Local Tourism in Kenya

Serena’s Olpejeta House hosted Hon. Phyllis Kandie- the Cabinet Secretary East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism. She applauded Serena and Olpejeta Conservancy’s exceptional efforts to protect endangered wildlife in Kenya.
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Kenya Appoints Veteran Conservationist Leakey to Wildlife Body

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South Africa’s Newest Luxury Game Lodge Opens June 1st

Makanyi Private Game Lodge, located in the Timbavati, South Africa, is excited to announce the imminent opening in June 2016. We’ve just taken delivery of our brand new game drive Landrovers to complement the luxury ambiance already in situ. The team is ready and waiting for you!
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Travel Pack Launches Special Companion Offer for Kenya Safaris

To boost tourism into East Africa Travelpack is excited to announce their current companion offer, where the 2nd passenger is 50% off our Kenya Safaris.
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Special Offers at Kasbah Tamadot, Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan Retreat

Take advantage of all the fantastic special offers at Kasbah Tamadot, situated in the spectacular Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This magical place is perfect for rest and relaxation.
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Special Offers at Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp

Take advantage of all the fantastic special offers at Mahali Mzuri where you’ll have a front row seat, not just to the migration, but also to the abundant game you can see all year round.
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Harnessing Tourism for the People of Africa

Sustainable Travel International is convening the Destination Coalition of Africa in order to rapidly scale up the positive impacts of tourism on communities while inspiring greater collaboration between destinations.
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Special Offers at Mont Rochelle, Sir Richard Branson’s Hotel & Vineyard

Take advantage of all the fantastic special offers at Mont Rochelle, a stunning 22-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa.
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Special Offers at Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve

Take advantage of all the fantastic special offers at Ulusaba, where you will find some fascinating images of breath-taking wilderness, sunrise safaris and a retreat far away from the city.
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ATA Participates in

World Travel Market


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World Food Travel Association

Announces NEW

Consulate &

Embassy Program

The ATA’s strategic partner, the
World Food Travel Association, has
unveiled its brand new program to
promote food and drink tourism as a
driver of economic development
around the world. The program is
called "ACE" – for Ambassadors,
Consulates and Embassies.
Consulates and Embassies are like
chapters, while Ambassadors are like
local representatives of the
Association around the world.
Establishing a Consulate or Embassy
is like having another member of your
staff on call, and gives you a number
of valuable benefits and exposure.
Watch a quick video about the
program and learn how to get started
in your area.
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Hotel Industry

Leaders Highlight

Ten Priorities for

Growth in Africa

Following a meeting of hotel industry
leaders, convened to discuss hotel
development in Africa, Bench Events,
the organizer of the Africa Hotel
Investment Forum (AHIF) has
produced a list of ten priorities to
facilitate the growth of the sector,
under five headings: Long-term
Planning, Finance, Development,
People and Culture. Jennifer Pettinger,
Managing Director, Bench Events,
concluded: “All these
recommendations and more will be
the table for debate at AHIF, where
we expect strong participation by
government ministers and officials as
well as the hospitality industry.”
Register before May 31st to save
$600 with early bird rates.
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RETOSA is Hiring

The Regional Tourism Organisation
of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is
looking for interns for the Research,
Planning and Development, and
Marketing Departments. The
internships are full time for a period of
3-12 months. Applications are
welcome from Undergrad or Postgrad
graduates from the SADC Member
States. An allowance will be provided
to cover accommodation and living
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Join us on Wednesday, May 20th from 12:30-1:00 pm EST for the next #Africhatwhere we’ll be discussing “The Wonders of Africa”
with organizers: @rwsocial @beentoAfrica @StayAdventurous @thetravelword and co-hosts:@OhThePplYouMeet @CharlieBeau
@STI_travel @marocmama
. Use the hashtag#Africhat to join the conversation. Read more…