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Virgin stretches loyalty rules

Virgin Atlantic has extended its Flying Club tier status and benefits by a further six months, and has introduced tier points for redemption flights, according to a press release. After automatically extending loyalty status in March, with all Flying Club Gold and Silver members given an extra six months’ tier status and all voucher validity…
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Zimbabwe opens for tourism October 1

The Zimbabwe Cabinet yesterday approved the opening of Zimbabwe’s airports for domestic traffic from tomorrow, September 10, and for international travel on October 1, according to the official Facebook page of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services. The post says standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been put in place at International and…
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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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Taking to the skies: How flying looks under Level 2 lockdown

WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT FLYING UNDER LEVEL 2? AT THE AIRPORT The arrival time for domestic travellers at the airport has been extended from one hour to two hours before the departure of the flight, so be there in plenty of time. Expect long queues as passengers will be subject to strict sanitisation measures before…
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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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Road tripping: The best stops between Cape Town and Knysna

GRABOUW As you pass through the spectacular natural landscapes of the Elgin Valley, make the charming farming town of Grabouw your first stop. Home to the famous “Appletiser” apple orchards, this lovely little town has breathtaking scenery and is peaceful and quiet – a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll…
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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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