Month: August 2020

Virgin Atlantic offers free COVID-19 cover

Virgin Atlantic will cover all new and existing bookings with free COVID-19 insurance for up to £500 000 (R11m). In the event that a traveller becomes ill with COVID-19 while travelling with the airline, costs will be covered, regardless of the trip’s duration or destination. The insurance policy is fulfilled by Allianz Assistance and covers emergency…
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Table Mountain cable car opens soon – and if you had a birthday during lockdown you can claim a free ride

With lockdown restrictions being eased, tourist attraction sites such as The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company will be reopening for local and domestic travellers from 1 September. “We are really looking forward to being able to carry local visitors and domestic travelers up to the top of Table Mountain,” says Wahida Parker, Managing Director at…
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Cape Town receives globally recognised Safe Travels Stamp

Cape Town has been approved as a user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) safety stamp. According to WTTC, the global protocols take into account the current guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, said that the safety stamp…
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Cape Town implements new safety measures

The City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism (CTT) have implemented new safety measures for tourists with an emergency response app and by establishing standard operational practices for tourist guides. As part of its TravelWise initiative, which provides visitors with health and safety information, CTT has partnered with safety response app, Namola. The app…
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All tourism attractions now open

South Africa’s minister of tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, announced that all tourism attractions were open to operate under Alert Level 2 of the COVID-19 risk-adjusted strategy, at a media briefing yesterday (August 19). “These include, but are not limited to, theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centres, zoos, aquariums, science centres, nature and game reserves,…
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V&A Waterfront adopts global safety standards

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp. The stamp is the first global safety and hygiene stamp for travel and tourism and has also been awarded to the Western Cape town of Stellenbosch. The WTTC has awarded the stamp to 80 travel destinations…
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SA to move to Level 2: What you can and cannot do

South Africa will move to Level 2 from midnight on Monday. The tobacco ban will be lifted completely, while alcohol sales will be allowed under certain restrictions. Interprovincial travel will be allowed. On midnight at Monday, South Africa will move to Alert Level 2 of the national lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Saturday evening…
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Everest set to reopen

Nepal has started issuing climbing permits for Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks, four and a half months after its government halted expeditions, according to Nepal’s state-run Anadolu Agency. Last week, the government lifted its four-month nationwide lockdown and a tourism ministry spokesman said trekking and mountaineering would have to comply with a health protocol to…
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Namibia trials reopening of international tourism

Namibia has today (August 3) opened its borders to tourists from a selected list of international markets as it gears up for the reopening of the country’s borders later this year. This trial period – which is due to end on September 17 – will help determine whether travellers from certain low-risk source markets can…
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SANParks will police guests’ origin

South African National Parks (SANParks) will soon make an announcement on the opening of accommodation in individual parks following the Minister of Tourism’s declaration permitting accommodation to open for leisure travel intra-provincially. SANParks acting head of communications, Reynold Thakhuli, told Travel News that a finalised statement was in the works and would be made public soon. However, there…
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