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Fedhasa condemns delays paying out Business Interruption insurance claims

On Tuesday, 17 November 2020, the Western Cape High Court ruled that short-term insurer Santam pay full Business Interruption losses without limitations for an 18-month period to the plaintiff, Ma-Afrika Hotels. Santam is also liable for Ma-Afrika Hotels’ legal fees. This is the second case that has ruled against an insurance company for refusing...

WTM Africa 2021 announces its hybrid event plans

WTM Africa has confirmed it will go ahead with its original 2021 dates, 07-09 April, using the format of a hybrid event. The decision was made based on sentiment research by the show organiser Reed Exhibitions Africa. “Our sentiment survey revealed that 88% of buyers confirmed they wanted to attend WTM Africa in 2021 and within this, a further...

South Africa is open to the world

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) has warmly welcomed Government’s decision to open borders to international leisure and business travellers from anywhere around the globe. “We are excited by the full opening of our international borders because this is a strong testament of the fact that we are open for both business and leisure travel. This...

Federal Airlines announces its strategies to meet new market demands

Federal Airlines (FedAir) has announced several strategies it is adopting to meet its customers’ needs and new market demands within the luxury safari lodge shuttle and charter airline business, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Hurst, group CEO of Solenta Aviation and incoming CEO of Federal Airlines, says, “We are learning to say yes....

Oceania Cruises launches its new itinerary collection for 2022

Oceania Cruises prides itself as the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, with a line of six small luxury ships that carry only 684 or 1 250 guests. The company has announced its 2022 Europe & North America Collection of 110 itineraries, including 77 brand new offerings, which can be viewed online here or via the...

WTM Virtual & London Travel Week promote responsible tourism

WTM Virtual and the lead-up event London Travel Week are promoting responsible tourism as a key topic for the future of the sector. WTM Virtual is hosting eight conference sessions on responsible tourism, on 10 and 11 November, including: Resilience & COVID-19 which will discuss how tourism can find a path through this crisis; Build Back...

Air Seychelles announces flights to Maldives over the holiday season

Air Seychelles has announced it will operate passenger services from Johannesburg to Maldives between 4 December 2020 and 9 January 2021, giving travellers a chance to start planning their summer holidays. Flights will depart from Johannesburg every Friday night, with an intermediate stop in the Seychelles before continuing to Velana...

Aquila wins global sustainable tourism award

The 2020 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards were held on 17 October, where Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa was honoured to receive one of its prestigious awards in the category of Major Tourist Attraction. The awards seek to recognise and give visibility to best practice examples of responsible and sustainable tourism from around...

The impact of COVID-19 on corporate travel

To help their clients navigate the COVID-19 crisis, FCM Travel Solutions has conducted and published a global State of the Market report on how the pandemic is affecting corporate travel. ‘Travel & Expense’ was named as the common item to be reduced moving into 2021. Here are some of its top findings: Since April 2020, 66% of businesses have...

Africa Travel Week wants your feel-good stories to #UnlockAfrica

If you are a tourism and travel professional, Africa Travel Week wants your feel-good stories to use in their #UnlockAfrica campaign to promote travel to the continent. “The goal is 50 positive news stories shared across our platforms over a period of 50 days from 01 November 2020,” says Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism and...

Seychelles opens its borders to South African travellers from today

The Seychelles is reopening its borders today – on Monday, 19 October 2020 – to visitors from the following ten African countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger, Burundi, Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya. Air Seychelles has also announced that it will start operating weekly Saturday flights to Johannesburg from November...