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Monday, 25 May 2020 09:50

COVID-19 fast-tracks digitised airports

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The aviation industry has had to speed up implementation of the technology envisaged for airports of the future, to make air travel safe during COVID-19.Contactless check-ins, digital IDs, and apps…
Monday, 25 May 2020 09:48

Level 3 lockdown - biz travel only

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While most sectors of the economy will open – including logistics, manufacturing, trade, wholesale and e-commerce – at level three of South Africa’s lockdown on June 1, tourism is still…
Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:55

SATOA - Free destination focused webinar

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SATOA had the pleasure to organise three destination-focused webinars during the month of April & May. These webinars were offered to its members where they had the opportunity to showcase…
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:04

Tourism SME body lobbies for tourism trading guarantee

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Seeza Tourism SME Network – a national body that helps facilitate market access for small tourism businesses – has called for the urgent establishment of an SME-focused tourism trading guarantee…
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:03

Cape Town to assist tourism businesses in recovery

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The City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism (CTT) have included a Business Incubation Programme – targeted at small, medium and micro enterprises – in their plans for a…
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:01

What post-COVID air travel will look like

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When air travel eventually resumes it is unlikely to look as it did pre-COVID-19. So what in the passenger’s experience will change?Linden Birns, MD of Plane Talking, told Tourism Update’s sister publication, Travel…
With projections that domestic flights will only return by December and international and regional borders will only reopen by early next year, key tourism stakeholders have emphasised that the travel…
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:56

Urgent tourism recovery intervention needed – survey

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A total of 43% of South African tourism businesses have already placed their staff on leave of absence and 50% have made staff redundant since the start of the global…
African Bush Camps (ABC) has launched a series of online video discussions addressing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 ripple effect on African tourism, wildlife conservation, and community support.The first episode of the ‘Safari…
Thursday, 16 April 2020 07:54

BRPs “assessing” SAA situation

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SAA’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) say they are assessing the national carrier’s situation following feedback from government that it would no longer offer the airline any funding.The BRPs wrote to…
Thursday, 16 April 2020 07:53

W Cape launches tool for businesses to find funding

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The Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town and Wesgro have jointly launched a fund location tool for businesses, called the COVID-19 Support Finder.A statement from Wesgro says the tool…
Thursday, 16 April 2020 07:52

SAA flies Canadian citizens home

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SAA has worked with the Canadian government to facilitate the repatriation of 313 Canadian tourists who had been stranded in South Africa.The citizens and permanent residents travelled on a repatriation…
Thursday, 16 April 2020 07:51

New direct Cape Town-Lisbon flight

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A new direct flight operated by TAP is scheduled to start operating between Cape Town and Lisbon in November. The seasonal flights will operate three times a week until the…
Thursday, 16 April 2020 07:42

Tourism after COVID-19: ‘Go digital’

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The tourism industry needs to fast-track its adoption of new technology to ensure a quicker post-COVID-19 recovery.This was highlighted by tourism industry leaders during a webinar hosted by South African…
Friday, 10 April 2020 14:03

Botswana resort supports local community

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Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino recently donated a Coronavirus Prevention Care Package to Tsogang Trust to assist the orphanage with taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The care…
Friday, 10 April 2020 14:00

New hospitality offerings in Rwanda

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The Mantis Collection has opened two new properties in Rwanda – Mantis Akagera Game Lodge and Mantis Kivu Marina Bay Hotel.Akagera Game Lodge has been recently refurbished and is two…
Virgin Limited Edition has closed all properties across the collection until May 31 due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, Mahali Mzuri in Kenya, and Mont Rochelle…
Friday, 10 April 2020 13:52

Global villa rental company expands into SA

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Global villa holiday specialist, Oliver’s Travels – which mostly features villas in Europe and Asia – has expanded into South Africa with new properties in two provinces.Esiweni Lodge, in the…
South African Tourism is in the process of developing a tourism recovery plan for the sector and has organised a series of webinars to enable the organisation to engage the…
There is currently no insurance covering tour operators and/or destination management companies for a pandemic like COVID-19, therefore South African-based suppliers should consider that they are legally obligated to return…
Friday, 10 April 2020 13:46

Tourism relief fund now open for applications

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The Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) Department of Tourism is officially open for applications, with the Department of Tourism encouraging eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief…
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