If you’re in desperate need of more positive travel news, here’s our shortlist of the top feel-good travel stories for the month of March so far.
Yes, South Africa is still weathering the storm when it comes to our beloved travel and tourism industry, but at least these five developments come as a ray of hope:
R20-million tourism relief fund for KwaZulu-Natal
Things are looking up in KwaZulu-Natal with a special R20-million relief fund set to provide a much-needed lifeline for about 400 small businesses in a province that has been hard hit by COVID-19.
Tourism Update reports that the fund was announced by Premier Sihle Zikalala in his State of the Province address last week. The MEC for Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Ravi Pillay, is expected to officially launch the fund at the end of March.
Win with Nat Geo
Budding photographer? National Geographic is encouraging South African’s to pick up their cameras and start clicking away through the recent launch of a nationwide Explore With Nat Geo Photo Competition.
Themed “Find the epic in every day”, the competition invites locals to capture unique and thought-provoking moments of everyday life, with entries open until 3 April.
To enter, all you need to do is post your photo on Instagram, tagging @NatGeo_Africa @SamsungMobileSA, adding #ExploreWithNatGeo #GalaxyS21 and #withGalaxy hashtags.
With prizes to be won worth a whopping R70 000, why not?
Last call for tourism filmmakers
The Tourism Film Festival Africa is encouraging talented filmmakers and videographers to submit their entries by this Monday 15 March. Any person, organisation or agency that has produced content related to the tourism and travel industry may enter their work.
The aim is to reward excellence in travel film and video production by encouraging tourism destinations and other bodies to produce quality products through digital storytelling.
If you’re sitting on an inspiring video, head to the International Tourism Film Festival Africa website and register for free.
Emirates resumes inbound flights
This week, airline giant Emirates announced the resumption of daily inbound services to Johannesburg, effective from Thursday 11 March.
While outbound flights from South Africa to Dubai were further extended until 20 March, the much-anticipated first inbound flight (Flight EK763) departed from Dubai to Johannesburg at 06:05.
Airlink resumes Joburg and Maseru flights
For more feel-good travel stories from the world of aviation, Airlink has announced it will resume daily scheduled air services between Johannesburg and Maseru from 29 March.
This airlift update follows the recent re-opening of Lesotho’s borders and the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
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