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Understanding the need for more wide-open spaces and social distancing in the future of travel, Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris has created the Africa Re-Imagined package. This exclusive journey begins…
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:01

Majority of clients opt to postpone safari trips

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While 34.3% of safari operators have seen cancellations on bookings in southern and East Africa for this year, since the outbreak of COVID-19, the majority (65.7%) have seen their clients…
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 13:59

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…
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 13:58

Coping with COVID: Gondwana stays positive

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Gondwana Collection Namibia is upbeat about tourism recovery post-COVID-19, and remains committed to its guests, staff, the local community and the environment.At Namibia’s present Stage 2 of lockdown, guests have…
Days after President John Magufuli announced the reopening Tanzania’s airspace to scheduled and non-scheduled international flights, the first charter flight with Greek tourists landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport late last week.From today…
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 13:40

Zim focuses on tourism recovery plan

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The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) is drafting a 'destination Zimbabwe tourism recovery plan' to facilitate the recovery of the tourism sector post-COVID-19.It plans to roll out several campaigns to market…
Monday, 25 May 2020 09:51

Zim extends lockdown indefinitely

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Zimbabwe’s nationwide lockdown, intended to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended indefinitely.President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, highlighted that the country needed to ease out of the lockdown “in a…
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…
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