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THE PRESIDENT HOTEL IS READY TO WELCOME BACK GUESTS

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The President’s doors are open and ready to welcome guests back to the comfort and safety of their hotel. In celebration, they have launched their experience video, which showcases the iconic hotel and its perfect location to access, explore, discover ...

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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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Flight Centre Corporate welcomes phased re-opening of business travel

The Flight Centre Travel Group’s Corporate Brands (FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller and Flight Centre Business Travel) have welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that business travel will be phased in gradually under Level 3 regulations. “Although there is ...

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The Travel Corporation Unveils Enhanced Protocols for all its Guided Holidays Across the Globe

Trafalgar, Luxury Gold, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Costsaver remain committed to guests’ well-being and peace of mind The Travel Corporation (TTC) and its numerous, award-winning guided holiday brands (Trafalgar, Luxury Gold, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Costsaver) have announced their newly ...

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G Adventures suspends all tours until end of July

Due to the continuing Covid-19 global pandemic, G Adventures has taken the necessary decision to further suspend all tours departing up to and including July 31, 2020. In addition, G Adventures will also be suspending all G Expedition departures up ...

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Norwegian Cruise Line extends Peace of Mind Policy

NCL has extended their Peace of Mind policy.  Providing our guests and travel partners with more reassurance, now for any existing or new reservation made by July 31, 2020 for any voyage through November 30, 2020, guests are free to ...

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Extends Suspension of Voyages until 31, July 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (“Norwegian” or “the Company”) (NYSE: NCLH), a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today announced an extension of its previously announced suspension of ...

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Good News for South Africans to Study in Germany

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Good news is hard to come by during these times of global pandemic, which makes the German governments’ offer of financial support for South African students all the more welcome. Due to COVID-19, many students have lost their jobs which ...

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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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ASATA makes recommendations on air ticket refunds and voucher policies

Air Ticket Refunds

While the COVID-19 crisis has had a critical impact on global air travel, airlines and its distribution partners, including travel agents, are discussing refund and voucher policies for airline-cancelled flights. These discussions are aimed at supporting both passengers who had ...

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Global Cleanliness Council to Promote Higher Standards

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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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G Adventures’ suspends all tours until end of June

Due to the continuing Covid-19 global pandemic, G Adventures has taken the necessary decision to further suspend all tours departing up to and including June 30, 2020. The health and safety of our travellers and staff is our main priority ...

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Hotel Group Launches CleanStay Programme

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McLean, Virginia, 28 April 2020 – Hilton announced today a new programme to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in Hilton properties around the world. In a first for the hospitality business, Hilton is launching elevated processes and ...

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Cape Town Launches Worth Waiting For Campaign

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tintswalo Launches Staycation Deals For Locals To Combat Corona Disruption

In response to the international Corona Covid-19 travel restrictions, Tintswalo Lodges has introduced reduced-rate 2-night Staycation offers at each of its properties to present locals with as much as 50% discount for self-drive travel until 31 July 2020. Each of ...

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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

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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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Cape Town Open for Business as a Safe Travel Destination

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Joint statement issued by City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Tourism, James Vos and Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy: Cape Town remains open for tourism business and a safe destination for travellers. Cape Town, ...

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Ten Travel Insurance Tips to Prevent a Coronavirus Nightmare

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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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