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TBCSA Lobbies For Reopening Of International Inbound Tourism

JOHANNESBURG, 4  June 2020 – South Africa’s tourism private-sector, under the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), have been engaging on the Tourism Recovery Strategy currently being developed by South African Tourism. TBCSA is advocating unequivocally for the earlier ...

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Lockdown Through the Eyes of a Nature Guide

Lockdown SA by Frank Watts book covers

Kruger National Park, 03 May 2020 – South Africas’ Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, would do well to spend just R30 of her R200k monthly salary to buy nature guiding veteran Frank Watts’ short story, ‘Lockdown SA: Through the Eyes of a ...

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TKZN Kickstarts Online SME Business Advisory Workshops

Grant Smith, Dr Emmanuel Ngcobo, Roshni Mehta, Septi Bukula, and Jameel Khan

Durban, 03 June 2020 – With the tourism sector hardest hit by the national lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, life for tourism business owners has come to a halt. As part of government interventions to support ...

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President Hotel Implements Health And Safety Protocols

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the global hospitality industry to re-imagine how it will operate once travel resumes. The President Hotel, situated in Bantry Bay Cape Town, has responded through the launch of SAFE, “Sanitizing Academy For Employees” an initiative ...

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WINK Aparthotel offers furnished apartments for COVID-19 quarantine stays

WINK, a self-catering aparthotel located in the heart of the Mother City in Cape Town, has opened up 30 fully furnished, sanitised studio apartments for immediate occupation, for short- and long-stay rentals at discounted rates, for those affected by Covid-19 ...

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Bid on Luxury Getaways to Raise Funds for Vulnerable Communities

In the spirit of giving back during the global pandemic #lockdown, the Caleo Foundation has launched a #bednightsforfoodparcels fundraising initiative to support vulnerable communities in South Africa. The Caleo Foundation is a non-profit conservation organisation established in Switzerland. In South Africa, ...

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Global Cleanliness Council to Promote Higher Standards

hotel cleaner spraying cupboard

Marriott International to roll out enhanced technology to help counter COVID-19 virus spreadNew multi-pronged platform details increased safety measures for guests and associates Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 04 May 2020 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), announced today that it will be ...

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Cape Town Launches Worth Waiting For Campaign

mountain sunset with Love Cape Town wording

Cape Town, 28 April 2020 – Cape Town Tourism has launched a new campaign with the theme “We Are Worth Waiting For!” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The main message behind the “We Are Worth Waiting For!” campaign ...

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SA Celebrates Freedom Day Under Lockdown

newspaper clip image from SA Tourism Freedom Day advertisement

Monday, 27 April 2020 – Today is an important landmark in South Africa’s history; Freedom Day. To acknowledge the great sacrifices South Africans have made since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, South African Tourism has released a new television ...

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100 Million Job Losses in Travel & Tourism Sector

illustration of jobless travel & tourism professional

London, 24 April 2020 – An estimated 100 million job losses in the Travel & Tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic has been predicted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).  The startling figure, based on research from WTTC, ...

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Lockdown Offers Great Opportunities For Hotels

Clinton Armour, CEO of ANEW Hotels and Resorts

Durban, 17 April 2020 – According to  ANEW Hotels and Resorts (ANEW) chief executive officer, Clinton Armour, the COVID-19-induced lockdown provides tremendous opportunities for business growth. Many small to medium sized hotels/ lodges do not have the resources, either financial ...

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Tourism Sector Collaborates To Develop A Recovery Plan

SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona with logo and Coronavirus

Johannesburg, 16 April 2020 – According to travel and tourism industry leaders who participated in a series of webinars hosted by South African Tourism, the sector must use the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic to address barriers to tourism growth ...

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Chemical Industry Rallies Behind COVID Crisis

hospitality kitchen being disinfected

Following Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the COVID virus state of emergency and the subsequent 21-day lockdown, service providers have rallied to support the efforts of the country by providing essential services and products to assist in fighting what is now ...

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DA Proposes Smart Lockdown Solution

COVID-19 smart lockdown proposal

Cape Town, 13 April 2020 – The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be submitting their Smart Lockdown working paper to President Cyril Ramaphosa today. The DA’s Policy Unit has been working with healthcare and financial experts, policy specialists, and their Shadow ...

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South Africa Extends Lockdown by 14 Days

COVID-19 South Africa Lockdown

Pretoria, 09 April 2020 – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this evening that the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown is being extended by a further two weeks. This follows the Presidents’ address of 15 March, when he announced measures to combat the spread of ...

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An Opportunity To Sharpen The Vision Of Intra-Africa Travel Together

Kigali Convention Centre with ATLF logo

Johannesburg, 04 April 2020 – There is no doubt that COVID-19 uncertainties have had a severe impact on the global travel and tourism industry, and we are still counting. This will, however, not last forever because global experts and our ...

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#TourismStrong: How Tourism SMMEs can Survive Lockdown

With no airlines flying into or out of South Africa and no tourists to participate in experiences, tourism SMMEs are finding themselves in a difficult situation. Is it even possible for tourism SMMEs to remain productive during a lockdown? “The ...

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A Message of Courage in a Time of Crisis

Brett Gehren of Isibindi Africa Lodges delivering a message of courage

Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, 02 April 2020 – Isibindi Africa Lodges founder, Brett Gehren, has released a moving video in which he narrates a message of courage to the Groups’ staff following the crisis situation of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, and their ...

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Tips on Caring for Cats and Dogs

COVID-19 virus with dog and cat

Nairobi, 26 March 2020 – Although experts from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and elsewhere agree that cats and dogs are not at risk of getting COVID­-19 nor transmitting it to humans, PETA is ...

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South Africa Enters Second Phase of Lockdown

Pretoria, 23 March 2020 – Today, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce an enforced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March. This follows the Presidents’ address of 15th March, when ...

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Travel Restrictions at South African Airports

COVID-19 virus image with ACSA logo

Johannesburg, 20 March 2020 – Airports Company South Africa has, together with other relevant aviation authorities, implemented air travel restrictions as detailed by the Minister of Transport in the International Air Services (Covid19 Restrictions on The Movement Of Air Travel) ...

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Statement from World Travel & Tourism Council

COVID-19 virus with WTTC logo

Lives being devastated and one million jobs a day being lost due to coronavirus pandemic says World Travel & Tourism Council London, 20 March 2020 – According to the London-based international organisation, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private ...

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Mauritius Bans All Inbound Flights

Composite image showing a holiday resort with Mauritius flag and globe position

Mauritius, 18 March 2020 – The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, has announced today that no commercial aircraft will be allowed to land on the island with effect from 10:00 (Mauritius time) on Thursday, 19 March 2020. This ...

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South Africa Event Cancellations

COVID-19 Event Cancellations 2020

South Africa, 17 March 2020 – In response to the 15 March statement by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which include the prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people, the following events ...

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Coronavirus Countermeasures at Vergelegen Wine Estate

Vergelegen homestead

For centuries, the owners of Vergelegen have welcomed visitors to this beautiful wine estate in the heart of Somerset West. Guests’ experiences have always been a top priority and a source of delight. It is after much careful consideration that ...

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Corona Virus Cancellations Policy Template

COVID-19 Cancellation Template Graphic

Ever since the announcement that South Africa is in Lockdown against the spread of Corovirus (COVID-19), TourismTattler has received a deluge of emails stating various travel and tourism service providers’ booking cancellation policy updates. In case you have not already ...

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South Africa in Lockdown against COVID-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa with SA flag and Covid-19 virus background

Pretoria, 16 March 2020 – South Africa’s President Cyril Rhamaphosa announced measures to combat the spread of Corovirus (COVID-19) on Sunday 15th March. The measures effectively place a lockdown on foreign tourists travelling to the country from some key inbound ...

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Travel Advice in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 virus with travel tips wording

Flight Centre urges travellers to take heed of the following advice when travelling: The company would like to assure its customers that its Customer Care Teams and Travel Experts are working around the clock in response to the rapidly changing ...

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Ten Travel Insurance Tips to Prevent a Coronavirus Nightmare

Travel insurance tag on suitcase

Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola – and now Coronavirus (COVID-19) – can scupper the best-laid travel plans. While saving for a dream holiday, you don’t envisage that world-famous museums may be closed due to an epidemic, or that you ...

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