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Spier distributes food boxes ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown

South Africa will be in lockdown from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 until Thursday, 16 April 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus disease infections. Essential food and emergency services will remain operational during this period; however vulnerable members of our communities may struggle to gain basic necessities due to...

SATSA & ATTA Webinar: COVID-19 Labour Law Guidance

ATTA and SATSA hosted a joint webinar on legal and insurance considerations relating to COVID-19. Panellists included: Alan Pattison, Managing Director – Specialist Retail Division at Travel Risk ProfessionalsAnthony Courtenay, COO – SATIB Insurance BrokersJonathan Hendey, Director of the Corporate and Commercial Department Savage – Jooste &...

Impact of COVID-19 on City Lodge Hotel Group’s operations

The City Lodge Hotel Group published the following statement on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange News Service (SENS) on 24 March 2020: Operational impact Following President Ramaphosa’s pronouncement of a 21 day nationwide lockdown, which the Company fully supports, and the ongoing, significant impact of COVID-19, coupled with the imposition of...

Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual

Meetings Professionals International, or MPI, is hosting a virtual event for Global Meetings Industry Day on Tuesday 14 April 2020. This special full-day summit will be focused specifically on tools and skills relevant to moving forward during the current and unique global situation caused by the coronavirus disease. MPI will connect with...

UFI has extended entry deadlines for the 2020 UFI Award Programme and NGL Grant

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has extended the deadline for entries for the 2020 UFI Award Programme and Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant to 4 April 2020. This has been done in light of the disruption that COVID-19 has caused to the international exhibition industry, and in a bid to ensure these programmes are...

COVID-19: SMME Business rescue measures for the tourism industry

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a nationwide lockdown on 23 March 2020, which will come into effect at midnight on 26 March 2020, the tourism sector has braced itself for even greater financial losses on top of those suffered by the current travel restrictions. The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, issued a...

Tsogo Sun Gaming’s response to COVID-19

Tsogo Sun Gaming has announced that, despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group still expects to deliver solid results for the financial year ending 31 March 2020. This outcome has been made possible through new revenue initiatives which have been gaining traction, as well as cost saving and operating efficiencies. “From...

COVID-19 webinar: Consumer Protection Law and Travel Insurance

The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) and the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) are hosting a joint webinar for an in depth discussion on the international and national consumer protection law and travel insurance at a time of COVID-19. Date: Wednesday 25 March 2020 Time: 13:00 Panellists include: Alan Pattison,...

FEDHASA is seeking properties interested in becoming Self-Isolation Centres

FEDHASA, the national trade association for the hospitality industry, has put a call out to interested properties which wish to participate in its Self-Isolation Centre (SIC) initiative. The goal of the initiative is to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, and requires hotel owners, management and staff to follow rigorous isolation,...

The EGF cancels its 2020 Conference

The Event Greening Forum (EGF), a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable event practices, is regretfully cancelling its 2020 Master Class and Conference. These events were scheduled to take place on the 08 and 09 July 2020 respectively, at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. The decision was made in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak,...

AAXO: Tips for exhibition organisers during the COVID-19 shutdown

In light of the government ban on gatherings of 100 people or more, the exhibition industry in South Africa has come to a grinding halt. The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) called an open discussion for exhibition organisers and suppliers on 17 March 2020, to discuss strategies on what businesses can do to limit economic...