Ahead of the curve | 23 June 2020

As parts of the world ready themselves for their reopening, we know you’re eagerly awaiting the confirmed reopening of South Africa for international travel.

The Tourism Sector is lobbying hard for this to be as close as possible to September 2020, prioritising robust health and safety protocols and flexible booking policies to instil trust.

South Africa is Travel Ready Campaign

Many of you will be aware of and are supporting the #SouthAfricaisTravelReady campaign. We appreciate all your efforts in sharing and amplifying the message – it is one that gains great intensity if we work together and simultaneously to spread.

If you would like to get involved in our campaign, here are some easy ways of doing this:

  • Send your positive destination news, images and videos (not a product push) to [email protected].
  • Like, follow and share from our FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter pages
  • Tag your social media with the hashtag #SouthAfricaisTravelReady
  • Tip us off if you see any publicity on tourism and South Africa – [email protected]
  • Sign up for a weekly round-up of news that you can use to send to your customers and guests (newsletter sign-up in the footer of SA is Travel Ready website)
  • Share our positive stories about Destination South Africa on the SA is Travel Ready website with your networks – customers, guests
  • Encourage your networks to amplify the #SouthAfricaisTravelReady hashtag
  • If you are a property or experience, host an influencer or journalist by registering your interest with [email protected].

There may be little we can do to control how our lives and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19 in the past few months, but there’s a great deal we can do to take back control and remind ourselves, our Government, our customers, our guests why Tourism exists and why we love it.

Stand with us and help us spread this very simple message – “South Africa is Travel Ready”. And always remember: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.

What’s new?

Delta to Cape Town

Delta will be added a Cape Town stop to their popular Atlanta-Johannesburg flight route. Here’s Wesgro’s CEO Tim Harris discussing it, as well as how International Tourism can reopen safely.

Tsogo Sun to manage iconic SA properties

Tsogo Sun Hotels will take over the management of Mount Grace in Magaliesburg, the Edward in Durban and the Protea Hotel Hazyview in Mpumalanga. This after Marriott announce it had closed the three iconic properties.

Celebrating South Africa’s wide open spaces

While international travel is going to take a long time to recover, South Africa ticks all the boxes as a sought-after post-Covid-19 destination, where visitors can explore the great outdoors and reconnect with nature (and with social distancing guaranteed).

Why Tourism is a ‘quick win’ for South Africa

The Brenthurst Foundation’s Greg Mills and Ray Hartley published an exceptionally insightful opinion piece, which not only explains why Tourism is so valuable for South Africa’s economy, but also how it can and should be reopened (safely) as soon as possible.

My KZN explore the charms of KwaZulu Natal

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal has created a cyber-community through its ‘My KZN’ Facebook page of sightseers, hikers, foodies, nature lovers, bikers, runners, beach bums, travel agents and tour guides, who just cannot wait to do what they do best: exploring and enjoying the charms of KZN.

Experiences to share

Test-driving COVID-19 safaris in the Timbavati

Check out this piece in Africa Geographic showcasing a few days of safari in times of COVID lockdown at Tanda Tula Safari Camp.

Dreaming of One Day Podcast

Listen to the Western Cape’s Dreaming of One Day podcast, using repetition imagery, pacing, and rhythm to ‘plant’ visions of some of the Western Cape’s most sought-after spots in your psyche.

Listen to South African sounds from WWF

The WWF have curated a range of ‘sounds’ that reflect their various conservation projects across South Africa, from a fishing boat off the coast and a moment in the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project to a trickling river in the Soutpansberg and Highveld thunderstorm.

Sunrise and sunset safaris with WildEarth’s safariLIVE

WildEarth’s safariLIVE is an award-winning, expert-hosted LIVE safari, broadcast directly from the African wilderness on to your screens. See expert game rangers in real time searching for their favourite characters in the bush.

Trade Resources

South Africa is Travel Ready Toolkit

Visit our South Africa is Travel Ready website and gain access to our Trade Toolkit, including social media posts, press releases and Ahead of the Curve newsletters.

Host an influencer

If you have a property and/or experience and interested in hosting an influencer to showcase your experience and how you’re travel ready, email [email protected].

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