Tourism Recovery Strategy

The National Department of Tourism has issued its draft Tourism Recovery Plan and is calling on industry stakeholders to make their inputs by 15 August 2020. Comments should be submitted to recovery@tourism.gov.za. Please click on the link below to view the document.

Namibia extends nationwide lockdown until 4 May

The Namibian Presidency has announced an extension of the country’s nationwide lock-down until 4 May. In a statement released by the government, the Presidency said that COVID-19 is not only a threat to the lives of the Namibian People and the public health system, but it also bears secondary negative economic impacts on businesses, including […]

Covid-19: South African Tourism update – National Shutdown FAQs

Covid-19: South African Tourism update - National Shutdown FAQs 1

Courtesy of South African Tourism Tourism is not an essential service and therefore needs to adhere to the lockdown regulations that come into effect on midnight on 26 March 2020. With immediate effect, no new bookings may be accepted. We appeal to tour operators and tour guides to act responsibly and halt all operations as […]

Updates Related to IATA Billing & Settlement Plan (BSP)

Dear Agent, As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Travel Agent associations and individual Agents have approached IATA, to request special consideration with regards to extending the Remittance calendar and flexibility with taking Default action. IATA acknowledges that our Industry is facing very a turbulent time, which will become more challenging with […]

First Coronavirus case reported in South Africa

First Coronavirus case reported in South Africa 2

On Thursday March 5, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive. The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1, 2020. The patient […]

ASATA in the news: Managing Crisis

Managing Crisis

Travel is fraught with unexpected and uncontrollable events. The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus has once again illustrated the importance of having a proper crisis management protocol in place, of which travel management and duty of care are essential components. ¬† What could be more important than your human resource? Do you have your house […]

Coronavirus Update: FAQs

Coronavirus update: FAQ

With the sheer scale of unconfirmed and inaccurate information circulating on the Internet about the Coronavirus, ASATA has created a dedicated Coronavirus page on our website and have now added FAQs derived from the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute of Communicable Diseases(NICD) and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). We are constantly monitoring updates […]

ASATA in the news: Coronavirus fears and what it means for SA travellers

ASATA in the news: Coronavirus fears and what it means for SA travellers 3

The World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency last month while the US and the UK have issued advisories to reconsider travel plans to China. Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) revealed that the virus impacted travel bookings. It reported that leisure travel has been affected as some holidaymakers choose […]