The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) unveils the three part strategy for “new normal” tourism recovery

The Royal Thai Government’s third phase of easing business activities and restrictions was announced on Monday, 1 June, which is effective immediately.

The relaxation helps some tourism-related businesses while other venue operators must wait and continue to follow guidelines issued by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. Moreover, all international flights to Thailand are still banned until 30 June, 2020, due to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)’s announcement.
TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “TAT is working actively with our tourism partners and other industry partners to monitor and identify opportunities. TAT has formulated a strategy to support domestic tourism first and learn from experience, so that Thai tourists feel confident about their first travel choices around the Kingdom after the situation of the COVID-19 eases.”

To begin with TAT has identified basic truths of the new reality moving forward: To restart, the tourism industry must be under disease control measures until a vaccine is developed to prevent this disease. This will affect and change all behaviour and patterns of traditional travel and tourism activities starting from the aviation experience.

The Thai tourism industry has proved incredibly resilient over the years.

Everything has to change to survive, and that is contingent on highly effective and adaptable disease control measures.

Only the strongest will travel as tourists focus more on their health and safety. This means Gen Y or Millennials are expected to be the first to come back during any recovery period.

The so-call ‘new normal’ for Thai tourism focusses on less travelling, smaller gatherings, avoiding crowds and touching during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. New changes in Thai tourism are as follows:

All markets, both mainstream and niche markets, will be evaluated for opportunities. However, Thailand’s tourism industry is highly dependent on international arrivals and ultimately it will be consumers who decided if and when they feel comfortable enough to travel overseas.

On the operational level, products and services will all be adapted.

This begins once operational level products are functioning and a proper reduced carrying capacity is established so phase two can commence after international flights are allowed again.

The ‘new normal’ of tourism will be promoted on the basis of safety and hygiene by:
International tourists coming to Thailand should not travel from or have lived in ongoing local transmission areas.

They should not have a history of being in close contact with any probable or confirmed cases. A medical certificate is also required to be presented. There are restrictions on travelling abroad for Thai people due to the inbound and outbound limitation measures of Thailand and other countries around the world.

Promoting tourism in each province and to neighbouring provinces or provinces with no reported cases in the form of neighbour tourism. Promoting a revisiting campaign with cultural activities, activities for health, and the beauty of natural attractions.

The number of tourists has to be limited to avoid congestion.

Once arriving in Thailand, tourists are required to undergo the COVID-19 rapid test screening process for reconfirmation, and then depart for a sealed area without making any stops.

While staying in Thailand, tourists are required to install and use a tracking application on their smartphone for the safety and protection of travelling in and out of sealed areas.

Open the cities and country for sustainability by first stimulating domestic tourism that is safe for health and with continuous quality services. Focus on high-end international tourists with the image of Thailand as a world-class health tourism destination.

The TAT Governor said, “Encouraging international tourists to travel to Thailand must be affordable by subsidising hotels and tour operators, so that they in turn can reduce the price of tickets for transportation and accommodation for international tourists and fuel a sustainable, long-term recovery.”

Other measures include but are not limited to buying COVID-19 insurance to boost confidence among international tourists. Support the provision of money incentives to airlines and tour operators to use in public relations or conducting tourism marketing.

The incentives can be also used with influencers to promote tourism traffic into and in Thailand.

Collect tax from outbound Thai tourists to enhance domestic tourism while also exempting the visa application fee at embassies or consulates, including visa-on-arrival application fee, and set a compensation budget for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Bureau. Extend the night-time curfew in areas with international tourists to stimulate the night-time economy.

Through marketing communications and creating positive feelings among the tourism industry while reducing xenophobia after reopening the country, spread goodwill with projects like ‘Welcome Superheroes to Thailand’ for medical personnel around the world and avoid activities, which might lead to the recurrence of the COVID-19 transmission.

Booking (in advance): Best practices would mean advanced bookings will be required. Travel plans will become a necessity, including the number of people, date, time, and expenses, which will need to be calculated beforehand ulnder the restriction of numbers and social distancing conditions.
Environmental (al enthusiasts): Participate in promoting responsible tourism for society and the environment to help manage the quality of the environment and solve problems caused by tourism; such as, waste and pollution, so as to conserve and heal the recovering environment.

Safety (comes first): Tourists will pay more attention to safety in order to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Technology (enhanced tourist experiences): Digital technology will include Mobile Track and Trace: a tracking system, which verifies and tracks each individual and/or devices in real time, whereby digital technology becomes a tourism necessity.

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TAT unveils three part strategy for “new normal” tourism recovery

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DUBAI likely to re-open in JULY 2020

HE Helal Al Marri, Director General of Dubai Tourism:

As we take stock of the economic impact caused by COVID-19 on all sectors, of which tourism was one of the most impacted, we see our recovery coming across 3 phases.

The first, the pause phase, is where we are today and our immediate focus is on ensuring that the strong relief programme put in place by the Federal and Dubai government to support travel, tourism and all related sectors is swiftly executed.

In the second phase we will prepare to welcome limited travel from this autumn, as we gradually reopen sectors and markets. This prudent approach to reopening travel is a global question given many airports and air spaces remain closed, so we are working with all relevant bilateral organisations to have a coordinated approach to opening up.

Our priority remains safeguarding the wellbeing of our guests and our people and we are working with Emirates, flydubai, airline partners and relevant authorities to support the planned reopening of routes. Emirates, in fact, have started taking bookings from 1 July.

I am confident that once we enter the final phase of full reopening and return of confidence in travel behaviours, Dubai will be ideally suited to deliver the exceptional customer experience in this ‘new normal’ of tourism.

See link below for Bloomberg interview.

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A relaxing spa morning

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Self care and kind of chilled day with my favourite people .

Once in a while its wonderful to be spoilt and to spoil others.

I treated my family to a beautiful half day spa treat out in the countryside of Jozi.

A 30min early morning drive to Broederstroom in Johannesburg and we arrive at the Venue Country hotel.

We arrive early and we are taken on a short ride in the cart, transported to a spa tucked away in a serene setting.

We are greeted with a warm welcome by ladies singing and playing the drums at Bakwena Spa

After a warm breakfast, we enjoy 3 different treatments by therapists Charlotte and her team .

The best part of having these awesome massages was having to sit together and enjoy the treatments as a family. The treatment rooms overlook a little dam with a water fountain and the sound of birds all around makes the setting completely relaxing.

After the final hot stone full body massage, I’m happy to see my mum feeling so much better.

I am looking forward to visiting again and hope that the spa has by then upgraded their shower facilities.

We enjoyed a really tranquil and relaxing day.

We have so much to be grateful for in our country.

All these wonderful experiences and natural beauty.

Have you visited a really nice spot In our city?

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The longest over-ocean zipline opens in Mossel Bay on 2020

Welcome to Mossel Bay Zipline , the longest over-ocean zipline in the world.

Best described as 1.1km of screaming fun.

At 1100 meters (3608 feet) long, you’ll have time to take in the scenery.

A thrill seekers opportunity to Zipline over the ocean at speeds of up to 80km/h (or 50Mp/h for those in the Americas) and enjoy unparalleled views of the cliffs, ocean and sea life.

I’m so looking forward the opening of this adventure IN South Africa. Will you be trying it out too ?

Pics and information from

Mossel Bay Zipline Facebook page and website.

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UK-Asian pop icon Zack Knight to perform in SA

British-Asian pop icon, Zack Knight struck gold when he released his 2017 hit single, Bom Diggy Diggy (ft Jasmin Walia).  With over 500 million views to date on YouTube and other social media platforms, the song cemented him as an international superstar – even Nick Jonas from Jonas Brothers fame claims this to be one of his top favourite Bollywood songs.

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Bom Diggy Diggy:

South African “Knighters” (as his fans are referred to) will experience Knight up close for the first time in SA with back-to-back performances at Emperors Palace (Centre Court) in Johannesburg on the 29th of November and the Durban ICC on the 1st of December.  Tickets are officially open for sale through Computicket with exclusive VIP and VVIP (meet & greet) packages on offer.



Osman Osman, MD of Blu Blood comments: “Blu Blood have been exploring new avenues this year and we have endeavoured to bring artists to South Africa that our audiences have not yet had the chance to see live on stage.  Zack Knight is one artist in particular that we are so excited to bring out to our shores.  He brings with him a whole new energy and we know that our loyal patrons are going to be blown away with this performance.”  


Guaranteed to be a show of epic proportions, Knight will be performing all his hits including Galtiyan, Gotta Go and Thumka, all of which have received resounding success worldwide.


Born in North England to a Punjabi Mother and Afro-Asian father (whom he credits as his inspiration behind pursuing a career in music), Zack is one of the UK’s most formidable South Asian singer/songwriters.  He first started out in the industry writing music for household names including Tinie Tempah and Ginuwine but soon came to want his own career.


He describes his music as R&B infused with a crossover sound of Bollywood and Arabian influences.  He is one of the few singer/songwriters who produces, composes and engineers his own music.


Aside from having written six Top 5 singles in the Asian charts and two Top 5 UK singles in the R&B iTunes charts, he has also performed at sold out arenas like the Hammersmith Apollo, Wembley and the O2 Arena.  Whilst he considers these memorable career highlights, he aspires to still write that elusive #1 Billboard single.


Limited tickets for Zack Knight – Live in SA are available from R350 at Computicket online and retail outlets.  VIP tickets are available through Computicket for R900 and includes access to a lounge with complimentary soft drinks, waters and snacks.  VVIP tickets are available by contacting  These tickets cost R3000 and includes access to a private lounge with waiter service, non-alcoholic wine, soft drinks, water, canapes, private entrance and an exclusive meet & greet with Zack Knight.


Johannesburg show commences at 20h30 on Friday, 29th November at Centre Court, Emperors Palace.  Durban show commences at 17h00 on Sunday, 1st December.  The show is suitable for all ages.


Another star extravaganza proudly brought to you by Blu Blood in association with Aandal Foods, Vatika Naturals and Lal-Qilla Basmati Rice.


See you there 🙂


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Love the Lights and spread the love at Hyde Park Corner

Tis the season to be jolly – and there’s plenty of reason for cheer as Hyde Park Corner gets its festive season programme underway with its time-honoured tradition of a tree-lighting ceremony – which promises to be even more fabulous this year. Coinciding with the celebration of Hyde Park Corner’s ‘Fifty & Fabulous’ birthday, the Love the Lights spectacle on 6 November will be its most memorable ever.

The family-friendly event features kids entertainment, the show-stopping lighting of the tree, and will be headlined by Timothy Moloi and Adam Howard’s Joburg Big Band, performing all your favourite festive hits. Festivities in the Centre Court kick off at 17h30 on Wednesday 6 November, with the live performance starting at 18h00.

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, with sing-alongs, dance routines, craft activities, and more. Early Christmas shopping is a must, with stores trading until 20h00 on the evening.
In the spirit of the season, visitors are invited to participate in Hyde Park Corner’s Love the Sounds initiative, by bringing their pre-loved musical instruments to be donated to the Music Enlightenment Project, a community-based NPO based in Braamfontein. The initiative was founded in 2009 with the aim of creating a world where the lives of children and communities are enriched and transformed through the experience, practice and performance of music.

Their holistic approach involves creating successful futures for children by developing not only their skills as musicians but also their life skills through music education. Donations of musical instruments can be made at designated areas in Hyde Park Corner throughout November and December.

For more information on what’s happening at Hyde Park Corner, visit

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SA’s sweetheart Shekhinah to support Toni Braxton on Tour on South Africa

With less than two weeks to go to Toni Braxton’s ‘As Long As I Live’ SA tour, event promoters Glen 21 Entertainment in association with McDonald’s and KayaFM, today announced the local acts.

Platinum selling artist Shekhinah alongside DJ Hudson will support Toni Braxton on tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town

Having established herself as a national treasure post her stint on IDOLS, Shekhinah became a household name after her 2016 hit single “Back to the Beach”. She also featured on the Black Coffee single, “Your Eyes”, and the Jesse Clegg single “Breathing” in the same year, raising her to stardom.

This multi-award winning musical Sensation has performed across the continent and has collaborated with several international artists and local brands. Her recent album ‘Rosegold’ is currently the highest streamed album in the country and is certified platinum.

The Joburg show will take place on the 9th November at the Ticketpro Dome and the Cape Town show on the 12th November at the Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino.

While in the country, Toni Braxton is also set to visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities South Africa in association with McDonald’s.

Tickets for both the Johannesburg and Cape Town are officially sold out.

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The NetFlorist Grand Pavilion of Flowers

NetFlorist has partnered with the Johannesburg International Flower Show, hosted at Waterfall City from 30th October to 3rd November 2019.

The event will bring together local and international guests, florists, producers and prominent members of the gardening and horticulture industry.

It is the first flower show of its magnitude and promises to mesmerise, inspire and transport attendees through a tesseract of floral splendour all the way to the NetFlorist Grand Pavilion of Flowers.

The event will bring together local and international guests, florists, producers and prominent members of the gardening and horticulture industry.

It is the first flower show of its magnitude and promises to mesmerise, inspire and transport attendees through a tesseract of floral splendour all the way to the NetFlorist Grand Pavilion of Flowers.

The brilliance of the exhibitions will surely bring joy to Jozi and the best part is that it caters for everyone – from floral design experts and students to event planners and the whole family. The show will boast ikebana and various gorgeous floral displays, intricate flower walls and chandeliers, fantasy gardens as well as a fun-filled children’s area for children of all ages.

Flowers are testimony that the world we live in was designed for our pleasure. By observing charming floral designs, we can learn to be colourful in stillness. Join the 5-day event of exquisite arrangements, magnificent designs, imperial landscape as well as interactive talks and demos by Jill Manson, Sharon McGukin, Leon Kluge Pascal Garbe and Mabel Maposa .

Anyone looking for a unique outdoor experience will have a marvellous time at the Johannesburg International Flower Show

See you there 🙂

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Brunch at The Rock Diner

But first we brunch.

A wonderful morning with friends at #TheRockdiner in Kyalami Corner.

We were hosted by The Rock diner and indulged in a scrumptious breakfast with came with a complimentary coffee. Quite a lovely cuppa too.☕
A few fresh fruit platters , Pongracz and freshly baked scones was served for the table.

I enjoyed the smoked salmon open sandwich off the menu, whilst an array of tasty dishes was served up to the rest of the guests. The Avo Artisan seems to be a favourite meal for breakfast or brunch.

The pics below are just a feast for the senses.

The Rock is a great place for groups eating out or even a quiet night dining out.

Prompt service, great ambiance and a variety of tasty reason to go back.

Thanks @Jozistyle

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The Trek4mandela 2020 expedition launched in Johannesburg

Yesterday the 17 October 2019, I visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg for the launch of the Trek4mandela 2020 expedition.

This annual expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro ( the highest peak in Africa ) on Mandela Day is created to support the Caring4girls campaign which supports girls who cannot afford sanitary pads.
The expedition was established by innovative social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Richard Mabaso and is led by renowned South African adventurer and motivational speaker, Sibusiso Vilane – the first black African to conquer the three Poles challenge: South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest.

For the first time 2020 Expedition goals:
To ascend Kilimanjaro with different teams along all 6 routes, to summit Uhuru Peak together on at the same time on Mandela Day, July 18th.

In celebration of the success of the past Trek4Mandela Expeditions, the Imbumba Foundation in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is proud to announce a bespoke 3-year series of Trek4Mandela campaigns:
2020: The Rainbow Nation Climb, themed Unity in Diversity;
2021: Two Expeditions: The Africa Day CEO’s Challenge and the Annual Mandela Day Expedition;
2020: 10th Year Anniversary Expedition

I attended the launch with great enthusiasm as I love hiking and adventure.
I believe we do not conquer mountains, but we do conquer our own beliefs and inner dialogues in order to climb a mountain.

For more information please ccontact the Imbumba foundation.

Have you climbed Kilimanjaro as already?

Are you keen to join the trek?

Please share your thoughts below

A few pics from.theaunch event:

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