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COVID-19: Asata calls on industry to act responsibly

Asata has called on its members and the industry in general to disseminate information responsibly, following the announcement of the first coronavirus case in South Africa (March 5). The association urges travellers to trust and share information only if it has been confirmed by an official source such as itself, the National Institute of Communicable…
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Hollard launches new coronavirus travel cover

Hollard Travel Insurance launched a new product to help travellers deal with the impact of the coronavirus.   The product, named Covid-19, launched this week. It adds several Covid-19-related elements to Hollard Travel Insurance’s existing cover. Hollard said in a press statement that Covid-19’s spread presented the travel industry with an unprecedented global challenge.  Hollard Travel Insurance…
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COVID-19 SA case – don’t panic

Tourism organisations have emphasised that today’s confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in KwaZulu Natal is an isolated incident and there is “no need to panic”. The Ministry of Health announced earlier today (March 5) that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive. Minister of Health, Dr…
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Tsogo Sun takes over Arabella Hotel

Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa in the Western Cape has joined the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio, effective April 1. The 145-bedroom hotel is in the Kogelberg Biosphere, close to Kleinmond and Hermanus and 70km from Cape Town International Airport. Amenities include one of South Africa’s top golf courses, a spa, a range of conference and…
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Mango pulls out of Lanseria

Mango will cease operations out of Lanseria Airport on April 1, centralising its Johannesburg services to operate out of ORTIA.

Airlink accommodates scrapped SAA routes

Airlink will continue operating flights linking Johannesburg with Port Elizabeth, Entebbe, Ndola and Luanda after SAA cut these destinations from its network. Airlink has been operating flights to Entebbe on SAA’s behalf and will continue these services without disruption after February 29. Two daily flights to Ndola are also available to re-accommodate bookings after February 29. The…
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BREAKING NEWS: SAA cuts 11 routes

SAA will cease operations on various international, regional and domestic routes, effective February 29. It will terminate services from Johannesburg to Abidjan via Accra, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda, Munich, Ndola, and Sao Paulo. The airline will cease all domestic flights, with the exception of Cape Town, which will be served with reduced flights. SAA…
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Coronavirus Update: Africa takes precautions

Precautions are being taken in Africa to avoid further spread of the coronavirus, although there are currently no confirmed cases on the continent. A statement from the World Health Organization’s regional office for Africa said preparedness efforts on the continent were to be up-scaled. The organisation has identified 13 top priority countries that either have…
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Cruise lines put coronavirus restrictions in place

Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Celebrity Cruises have increased health and safety measures on all their ships in response to the threat posed by the coronavirus. A statement from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) informs passengers that they will receive public health screenings at the China and Singapore terminals, as well as secondary screenings by local health authorities.…
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Coronavirus travel restrictions – how they affect passengers

Travellers may be subject to a variety of restrictions in specific locations due to the coronavirus outbreak, from screening upon entry to quarantine. In the US, all non-US nationals who have travelled to China within the past two weeks may not be allowed entry. The same applies for all new visitors who wish to enter…
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