2020

Travel Weekly: 17th December

Derek Moore, deputy chairman of Aito and co-founder of Explore takes stock of 2020 and looks forward to 2021. It is ironic that there is a phrase which refers to the ability to see everything clearly – 20:20 vision. For the travel industry the phrase probably indicates not a clear vision, but a vision of hell. 2020 could well be described as ‘The Year of the Unthinkable’. A year when so much of what took place was surely unimaginable, which led so many in the travel business to think the unthinkable and enact the unimaginable.

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Southern & East African Tourism Update: 24th November

Namibia has been added to the Travel Corridor list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a statement from the UK Government.

The statement added that the government would keep the conditions in these countries, territories and regions under review. “If they worsen we will reintroduce self-isolation requirements,” reads the statement.

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Southern & East African Tourism Update: 23rd November

Rwanda has been added to the travel corridor lists for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a statement from the UK Government.

“With direct flights from London to Kigali with RwandAir, it is now possible to travel freely between the UK and Rwanda,” said Chris Mears, CEO of the African Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA), a member-driven trade association that promotes tourism to Africa from all corners of the world.

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Travel Weekly: 20th November

Trade associations representing Africa and South America have welcomed the addition of more countries to the government’s travel corridors list.

Rwanda and Namibia are the first countries in Africa to be included in the quarantine-free travel list. Both are welcoming tourists who bring evidence of a negative test.

Uruguay is the second country in South America to receive the green light from government after Chile.

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Telegraph (log-in required): 19th November

Foreign Office condemned for snubbing African countries and issuing incorrect travel advice. On multiple occasions during this pandemic, the FCDO advice has been wrong – especially when it comes to the African continent. They pride themselves on being a reliable source of information for British nationals, providing a tool to navigate the complexities of overseas rules and regulations. At a time when borders are opening and closing with little warning, their expertise should be even more vital – keeping travellers safe and helping damaged international tourism markets to heal.

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Telegraph (log-in required): 19th November

Eight countries, including two in Africa, added to quarantine-free travel list

In another victory for The Telegraph’s Unlock Long Haul campaign, eight new destinations have been handed travel corridors, giving Britons more quarantine-free post-lockdown holiday options...

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Southern & East African Tourism Update: 15th October

The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) has launched a petition to open up Africa for UK travellers.

The petition puts pressure on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to reflect on UK travel advice and the low COVID infection rates across Africa. ATTA has said it is deeply concerned about jobs in the UK travel sector, livelihoods in Africa and the impact the lack of tourism has had on wildlife and conservation.

Working with Aardvark Safaris and Small World Marketing, ATTA is asking anyone involved in African travel to sign the petition and make their voice heard.

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Independent (registration required): 15th October

As travellers and the travel industry wait to see which countries might be added to – or subtracted from – the UK government’s “no-go” list, pressure is growing for the blanket restriction on Africa to be eased. At present, the Foreign Office (FCDO) warns against travel to every country in mainland Africa, while the Department for Transport (DfT) requires 14 days of self-isolation from all arrivals from anywhere on the continent.

The England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who was born in South Africa, said: “With low Covid infections, it seems discriminatory to not have any corridors to Africa from the UK. Health measures are extremely good in countries such as Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa...

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Travel Weekly: 13th October 

Trade associations representing Africa and South America have welcomed the addition of more countries to the government’s travel corridors list.

Rwanda and Namibia are the first countries in Africa to be included in the quarantine-free travel list. Both are welcoming tourists who bring evidence of a negative test. Uruguay is the second country in South America to receive the green light from government after Chile. However, borders are only open to Uruguayan citizens and residents.

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Telegraph (log-in required): 09th October

Countries including South Africa, Kenya and Botswana have rates well below the FCDO's quarantine threshold. The UK Government is under pressure to establish air corridors with African countries that have low rates of Covid-19 in a bid to regenerate much-needed tourism....

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Independent (registration required): 09th October

The current approach is a scandal. It is not based on geography or science,’ said safari camp owner Paul Goldstein. Africa is being treated unfairly by the UK government’s blanket quarantine policy, a travel organisation claims. The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) says the Foreign Office is applying different criteria for Africa than for other parts of the world. The organisation has launched a campaign called Open African

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TTG (log in required): 09th October 

The African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) has launched a petition to put pressure on the UK government to create travel corridors between the UK and African destinations.  The travel trade has been urged to back the new campaign, called Open African Travel, which aims to “open up Africa for UK travellers”.

“African countries have been opening their borders since the start of September,” said Atta. “We are calling for your help to put pressure on Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Public Health England to apply the same travel metrics to African countries that are applied for the rest of the world. “This will lead to air bridges being created to countries that you can travel safely to in times of Covid. Africa has some of the lowest Covid numbers in the world and yet the FCDO is advising against all travel to Africa.”

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Southern & East African Tourism Update: 22nd September

The African Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA) has released the results of its recent survey, ‘Addressing the Future of Terms & Conditions’, which highlight a need for a COVID-19 clause that “clearly outlines all variables to the standard T&Cs in the booking process throughout the chain”, according to the survey report.

The report – which surveyed suppliers, DMCs and tour operators – highlighted that while there was no clear way forward regarding the future of terms and conditions, there was willingness between all parties to work together through the short-term, and openness on what was needed for the future.

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Southern & East African Tourism Update: 17th September

The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) will work with its tourism partners across the globe to lobby for the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to lift its mandatory 14-day quarantine period for travellers returning from visiting Africa.

FCDO is “misguided” in its assessment of Africa’s COVID-19 safety risk and is doing “enormous harm” to the tourism sector, said Nigel Vere-Nicoll, President of ATTA – the UK-based trade association that promotes tourism to Africa from across the globe.

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Southern & East African Tourism Update: 15th June 

A new public relations and communications collaboration by influential agencies in the tourism and hospitality space has thrown its weight behind South Africa’s inbound tourism industry’s efforts to open the country to international tourism as close to September as possible.

The new PR collaboration, operating under the campaign banner ‘South Africa is Travel Ready’, comprises Scribe Consulting, Lesley Simpson Communications, Take Note Reputation Management, Big Ambitions, Tribeca Public Relations and The Hunter Group.  

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Travel Weekly 8th June

The African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) has said South Africa is ‘ready’ to reintroduce international tourism to the country and dismissed reports that visitors won’t return until 2021.

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) said the country’s tourism industry is lobbying for a September 1 return and stressed that its strategy is based on levels of lockdown, not dates.

A number of mainstream UK newspapers reported last week that South Africa would not reopen to international tourism until 2021. The country’s main tourism season runs from September to March.

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