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TBCSA looks to the future of the tourism industry 

175 days since the country’s lockdown began, the decision by government to move the country to Alert Level 1 as of 20 September 2020 at midnight, has been welcomed by The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the gradual and cautious resumption of international travel for both business and leisure purposes and the reopening of...

Emirates resumes operations to Lusaka

Emirates touched down in Zambia on 4 September for the first time since March, as the airline resumed operations to Lusaka. Emirates will operate two flights a week to and from Lusaka, on Fridays and Sundays, bringing its global network to over 80 cities. Flight EK 713 is operated with a Boeing 777-300ER. The return flight, EK 714 departs Lusaka at...

TBCSA calls for opening up of borders

One industry in particular has the power and potential to reignite South Africa’s ailing economy, but to do so it’s going to need more than support from South Africans, and government giving the green light for reopening borders. The recent announcement indicating a 51% decline in South Africa’s GDP during Q2, puts a spotlight on swift measures that will need to be...

Visit Stellenbosch launches initiative to drive swift recovery

Tackling the revival and swift recovery of the tourism sector in times of COVID-19 and beyond with characteristic ingenuity, Stellenbosch is embarking on a range of initiatives aimed at supporting local business, driving demand and inspiring locals to experience and share their town the same way a tourist would. Few towns in South Africa have tackled the challenges that have...

African states navigate paths to ‘open skies’… & doors

Although many governments continue to advise against ‘nonessential’ international travel, a host of African destinations have begun the easing of COVID-19 border restrictions in a bid to welcome international travellers and reignite tourism and hotel industries. Whilst most African countries closed international borders in March (following WHO advice to limit the spread of the virus), the continent remains the least affected by COVID-19,...

Emirates resumes Lusaka flights from 4 September

Emirates will resume passenger services to Lusaka with two weekly flights to/from Dubai effective 4 September. Flights to Lusaka will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER. Starting from 4 September, Emirates will serve Lusaka on Fridays and Sundays. Emirates’ flight EK 713 will depart from Dubai at 08h20, arriving in Lusaka at 13h30. The return flight, EK 714 departs Lusaka at 15h30, arriving...

Airlink updates routes and frequency

Following the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions to Level2, Airlink will re-introduce five routes and increase frequency on two of the routes it’s currently operating – Cape Town-George and Cape Town/-PE. Routes Re-introduced Johannesburg-Pietermaritzburg: the introduction of an early morning and late afternoon scheduled service providing travellers with same day return flights will commence on 7 September, operating daily, except on Saturdays. Johannesburg-Mthatha: the...

The Capital launches new properties in Gauteng

The Capital Hotels and Apartments is bucking the COVID-19 doom and gloom by opening one completely new hotel and a completely refurbished hotel back into the market. The Capital Trilogy is an extension of Pretoria’s The Capital Menlyn Maine and features 70 studios and apartments for Pretoria’s growing extended-stay market. As demand grows, The Capital Trilogy expects to add more...

Radisson SA passes SGS inspection & validation

The Radisson Hotels in South Africa have successful lycompleted of the SGS Disinfection Monitored and Cleaning Checked mark by SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The official SGS Disinfection Monitored and Cleaning Checked mark confirms the Radisson Hotels in South Africa have met the highest cleanliness, disinfection and safety measures and is based on the successful completion...

Virgin provides COVID-19 insurance cover

Virgin Atlantic has introduced free COVID-19 insurance cover on all new and existing bookings. The policy, which applies automatically to all flights booked with Virgin Atlantic, is designed to complement existing travel insurance and provide additional peace of mind for upcoming trips, whether customers are already booked or plotting a getaway. In the event that you or anyone else on your...

Radisson announces six new hotels in Africa

Radisson Hotel Group is adding six new hotels to its African portfolio, bringing the total to almost 100 hotels across 32 African markets. The new hotel deals include: Radisson Collection Hotel Bamako, Mali Scheduled to open within the next six months following a re-branding, the hotel introduces Radisson Hotel Group’s premium lifestyle brand to Africa, as the first Radisson Collection hotel to...

Will domestic travel save South Africa’s tourism industry?

The world over, countries that have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic are slowly creeping towards a sense of normalcy. The United Kingdom, one of the most harshly affected by COVID-19, is now seeing huge spikes in travel. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that cottage rentals in the UK have nearly doubled over the last year— mainly...