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Adverse Impact Of Selective Travel Bans Highlighted

The African Union (AU) has called for the urgent rescinding of selective travel bans imposed on its member states, highlighting the adverse effects these bans will have on the continent – including on lives and livelihoods, lack of access to essential medical supplies and limited capacity for scientists to continue to study the virus. In […]

SAA Cans Maputo Route

SAA has announced that, among other changes to its schedule, it will remove its daily return service to Maputo. Passengers holding tickets will be re-accommodated on codeshare flights on TM (LAM). The service was originally intended to start on September 27, but when demand looked thin, was postponed to December. However, the demand has once again […]

Hope of Tourism Recovery As Victoria Falls Hits Highest Occupancies Since The Onset of Covid-19

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate last month recorded its highest occupancies since the onset of Covid-19 in March 2020, with operators in Zimbabwe’s top tourist destination optimistic of a recovery following the collapse of the industry. Occupancy across Africa Albida Tourism’s (AAT) Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club and Victoria Falls Safari Suites’ […]

Zambia Reduces Visa Fees

The Government of Zambia has announced a reduction in tourist visa fees from January 2022 in a move that is expected to boost the number of tourist arrivals and thus boost the recovery of the tourism sector. It was announced by the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane. “Zambia remains a destination of choice […]

Fastjet Continues To Fly High

Budget airline, Fastjet Zimbabwe was Friday awarded by the World Travel Awards as “Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2021” for the sixth consecutive year. The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes […]

Ilala Lodge Hotel Celebrates Thirty Years In Hospitality With Loyal Industry Partners

The renowned Ilala Lodge Hotel in Victoria Falls celebrated three decades in hospitality at a private event held with longstanding regional tourism partners on Monday evening. The family-run hotel hosted 60 regional partners, including travel agents, Destination Management Companies (DMC’s) and industry partners who have supported the hotel in its successful history. Guests travelled from […]

SAA’s Re-start Schedule

SAA’s new schedule as version two of the national carrier, has 20 flights a week between Johannesburg and Cape Town as its sole domestic route. But it has plans to dig back into the continent too. In Southern Africa, the airline has scheduled daily direct flights to Harare, Lusaka and Maputo. And in West Africa, […]

New SAA takes off Sep 23

SAA released a statement this afternoon saying its first flights will be on September 23. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, August 26. SAA says Voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemptions will be available from Monday, September 6. The national carrier says it will, in its “initial phase”, operate flights from Johannesburg to […]

Just In: Karikoga Kaseke Retires

Long-serving Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke has retired after a long period of illness, 263Chat has learnt. Kaseke reportedly suffered a stroke in November 2018 and has not been fully recovered since rendering the organisation terminate his contract. His retirement followed the recommendations of a medical Board and is effective 01 July […]