Postpone don’t cancel and help us to make a difference one safari at a time

posted 8th April 2020 by Danica Wilson in Travel Advice
Now that it is a global pandemic and worldwide travel bans are in place, those decisions have been taken away from many of us. In most cases we cannot travel – not even for a wedding, funeral or hospital visit. This has caused a flurry of cancellations and postponements of travel plans worldwide, not only for the immediate future or during the lockdown period, but extending many months into the future.
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  • By postponing this gives the tourism industry a fighting chance – think of it as providing a ventilator for an infected person. If guests postpone, operators should be able to hang in there, recover and be ready to facilitate travel once the world returns to normal (whatever the new normal will be).
  • If a guest postpones, they will not be losing out. Most suppliers are holding current rates for travel into next year, and not charging any amendment fees. This way, the whole supply chain survives.
  • The weakening of emerging market and other Third World, currencies since the outbreak of COVID-19 will mean that, in the event of cancellation, the refund international travellers will receive will be lower than the amount originally paid.

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