easyJet flights cancelled as coronavirus sweeps Europe – could your holiday face ruin?

Budget airline easyJet announced this morning that it would be cancelling some of its flights into and out of Europe, particularly Italy, as coronavirus sweeps the continent. As demand for travel slips, the airline has revealed ways it hopes to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.


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In a statement issued to the markets this morning, easyJet said: “Following the increased incidence of COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy, we have seen a significant softening of demand and load factors into and out of our Northern Italian bases.

“Further, we are also seeing some slower demand across our other European markets.

“As a result, we will be making decisions to cancel some flights, particularly those into and out of Italy while continuing to monitor the situation and adapting our flying programme to support demand. 

“While it is too early to determine what the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will be on current year outlook and guidance for both the Airline and Holidays business, we continue to monitor the situation carefully and will update the market in due course.  

“easyJet is working closely with authorities and are following the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and EASA to ensure the health and wellbeing of our people and customers.”

The airline is also looking for other ways to lessen the financial blow caused by a lack of demand from travellers.

An easyJet spokesperson told “We can confirm that we have taken the decision to cancel a number of flights mainly to and from Italy following a slowing in demand as a result of concerns over Covid-19.

“The cancellations are for some flights between 13 March and 31 March 2020, most of which have multiple daily frequencies.

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“Customers are being contacted and moved onto flights operating on the same day or alternatively have been offered a full refund.

“Standard terms and conditions apply on all flights which are unaffected as they will be operating as normal.”

Airline executives have also decided to put in place budget cuts in administrative areas, recruitment, promotion and pay-freezes across its network and offering unpaid leave to staff.

Over the course of last weekend, cases of the virus began to spread rapidly throughout Italy with the government forcing certain municipalities in the northern part of the country into quarantine.


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Currently, there are 655 confirmed cases in Italy, and 17 sufferers have lost their lives.

Elsewhere in Europe there have been confirmed cases in Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Norway, Croatia, Greece, Finland, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Romania.

The UK currently has 16 confirmed cases, 8 of which have recovered.

Though the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not told travellers to avoid their plans altogether, it has issued warnings for those heading to infected areas.

For those heading to Italy the FCO warns: “The FCO advise against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo), which have been isolated by the Italian authorities due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Meanwhile, experts have dubbed airports a “biohazard cauldron” and one of the most dangerous places for contracting the illness.

Travel expert Simon Calder said: “It’s a microbiological party, everybody from around the world converges with their own personal germs and they all get mixed up, particularly at the security area.”

He advises those passing through airports to keep a distance from others, and make sure to wash their hands frequently.

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LATAM signs loyalty reciprocation deal with Delta Air Lines

LATAM Airlines Group has signed a loyalty program agreement with Delta that will enable reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.

The deal will come into effect on April 1st. 

Once the agreement is implemented, LATAM Pass members will be able to accrue and redeem miles on Delta flights across its network of over 300 destinations worldwide.

Likewise, Delta SkyMiles members will be able to earn and use miles on LATAM flights to 145 destinations in 26 countries across five continents.

The carriers are also working to expand reciprocal lounge access benefits to more airports in the Americas and establish mutual top tier recognition during the first half of 2020.

“With this frequent flyer agreement and codeshares, LATAM and its affiliates can now offer customers some of the first tangible benefits that the framework agreement with Delta promises to deliver,” said Roberto Alvo, chief commercial officer, LATAM Airlines Group.

“Today, customers can already take advantage of industry leading connectivity between North and South America, as we continue to advance on our path to creating the best passenger experience and route network on the continent.”

As another milestone, LATAM customers can purchase flights covered by the codeshares between Delta and LATAM Airlines Peru (for flights operating from March 29th) and LATAM Airlines Ecuador (for flights operating from March 15th) respectively, offering up to 74 onward routes in the United States and Canada.

Delta passengers can also buy flights covered by the codeshares with LATAM’s affiliates in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, offering up to 51 onward routes in South America.

LATAM Airlines Brazil has also signed a codeshare agreement with Delta that will come into effect during the first half of 2020, subject to regulatory approval.

LATAM Airlines Brazil’s ‘LA’ code will be added to Delta flights from New York/JFK, Miami, Boston and Orlando to up to 65 onward routes in the United States and Canada.

Likewise, Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Brazil flights from São Paulo/GRU and Rio de Janeiro/GIG to up to 37 onward routes in Brazil.

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Decision expected today on ITB Berlin

The hospitality community is awaiting a decision on the hosting of ITB Berlin next week.

With just days to go until the expected debut on March 4th, there have been calls from within Germany for the cancellation of the event.

Federal minister of the interior, Horst Seehofer, is among those calling for the event to be postponed as the world continues to battle the outbreak of a novel coronavirus.

“I personally believe that you cannot perform,” he said.

“That risk at such a large tourism fair, with representatives from those affected regions, and with expected 150,000 visitors, expected it not calculable.”

Germany has to date seen around 50 coronavirus cases.

However, ITB Berlin is considered the preeminent tradeshow for the European travel community, with many insiders calling for the event to go ahead as planned.

Exhibitors, delegates and organisers all stand to be substantially out of pocket should the event be cancelled.

Organisers at Messe Berlin have so far maintained that the event will go ahead.

A statement added: “Messe Berlin is currently coordinating with the public authorities at federal and state level on how to proceed with regard to ITB Berlin 2020 and COVID-19.

“It is expected that more detailed information will be available in the evening of February 28th at the earliest.

“We will inform you as soon as we have new information.”

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All guests attending the show will be expected to sign a declaration on arrival stating they are not part of an at risk group.

The number of attendees is also expected to be lower than normal.

An ITB Berlin statement added: “Due to the current spread of the coronavirus in Europe, the organiser expects lower visitor numbers at ITB Berlin.

“Please understand that due to the dynamic situation, we are currently unable to make any statements about concrete visitor numbers.”

ITB Berlin

In the build up to the show, ITB Berlin had been seeing strong demand.

With 10,000 organisations and companies from over 180 countries attending, the event is fully-booked again this year.

“Our fully-booked halls are proof that even in the age of flight shame, overtourism, climate change and the coronavirus, ITB Berlin is still the focal point for the travel industry and radiates an international aura.

“For the global travel industry participating in large numbers and face-to-face meetings are important,” said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin.

He added: “At present the effects of the coronavirus are very limited.

“To date two Chinese exhibitors have cancelled.

“A large number of Chinese stands are run by staff from Germany and Europe and are thus not affected by cancellations.

“The safety of our visitors and exhibitors has the utmost priority.

“We are in permanent contact with the public health authorities and will take all recommended measures as and when they become necessary.”

ITB Berlin is already independently taking active measures.

Thus, there are additional medical specialists and first responders as well as English-speaking staff on the grounds and the sanitary facilities are being cleaned and disinfected at more frequent intervals.

More Information

ITB Berlin 2020 is set to tale place from March 4th-8th.

In 2019, a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors.

For more information please visit the official website.

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Heading to London? Skip the Hotel and Stay at a Pub

a reflection of a mirror: Heading to London? Skip the Hotel and Stay at a Pub

Dating back to the late Middle Ages, coaching inns served weary travelers who journeyed English roads by horse or stagecoach. Travelers would stop, tie up their horses, have a drink (ale was a safer choice than water), a bite to eat, and a quick slumber before continuing on their way. 

“Then the railways came,” says Dr. Paul Jennings, historian and author of The Local: a History of the English Pub. “They were quicker [so travelers] no longer needed to stay en route. These older coaching inns disappeared or became public houses, ordinary places serving drinks.” Even so, many local pubs kept their beds to provide overnight options for those who needed it. 

A handful of London pubs are coming back around to the pub-with-rooms approach by opening or sprucing up guest rooms as a comfortable alternative to Airbnb or a full-service hotel. 

“We are genuinely able to provide something very different,” says Nico Treguer, co-owner of the Culpeper and the Buxton, two pubs offering overnight stays in London’s East End. “People staying with us belong to the neighborhood. They don’t feel like tourists.”

So instead of staying at an anonymous hotel, get to know a neighborhood by staying upstairs at one of these cool local pubs. Cheers!

The Hero of Maida, Maida Vale, W9

Located on a quiet street in the tony Maida Vale neighborhood, this pub debuted its new guests rooms in September 2019. Those who stay needn’t worry about noise from the bar below: The five rooms are three flights up, and each looks out either onto rooftops or over Shirland Road. They’re furnished with king-size beds and down pillows, flatscreen TVs, and bathrooms stocked with shower amenities from Britain’s essential oil–based brand Bramley. (A nice fit: Bramley was founded in 2009 to supply toiletries for overnight guests at a country pub in Wiltshire.) While breakfast is not included in the nightly rate, some of the tasty à la carte items include sautéed field mushrooms and shallots on sourdough, and an all-day Sunday roast so good you’d be smart to book ahead. Hot tip: Save room for the sticky toffee pudding. 

a bedroom with a large bed in a room: The five upstairs rooms at the Culpeper provide a comfortable place to land in the East End.

The Culpeper, Aldgate, E1

In nice weather, the locals at this corner gastropub often spill out onto the sidewalk of Commercial Street, Guinness pint in hand. Sashay past them and head inside: One flight up from the bustling bar, you’ll find a light-filled, brick-walled restaurant serving dishes like pan-fried duck breast with poached pear. Climb another flight to find comfort and calm in one of the five spacious guest rooms. The decor of each blends old and new elements like fireplaces and wooden headboards as well as Moroccan poufs and standing wardrobes. Make-your-own-coffee kits mean you can mosey to breakfast (included in the nightly rate) once you’re good and caffeinated. The morning meal on offer ranges from simple fresh pastries from the Bread Station in London Fields to something more substantial like poached eggs served with harissa and a dollop of mint yogurt. The Culpeper also hosts guided stargazing, book parties, and terrarium workshops at its rooftop garden where many of the herbs used in the kitchen are grown. Other evening events held next to the rooftop firepits include tastings featuring the delicious wares of local businesses, such as cider maker Maison Sassy and cheesemonger Mons.

a large white bed sitting next to a window: The sunny rooms and curated library of must-read books at the Buxton mean you may want to linger longer.

© Photo by Veerle Evens, courtesy of the Buxton
The sunny rooms and curated library of must-read books at the Buxton mean you may want to linger longer.


The Buxton, Brick Lane, E1

Just a short walk from its sister spot the Culpeper, the Buxton, a gastropub with a street-level narrow bar topped by three floors of guest rooms, opened in May 2019. The 15 rooms are on the small side, but good designs—space-saving sliding doors and Rothko-esque prints on the walls—make them both efficient and Instagram-friendly. Continental breakfast is included in the room rate, and you may want to go back upstairs afterwards to linger a little. A partnership with bookshop Libreria enables guests to curl up with a curated selection of books beside their in-room, nonworking (but still cute) fireplace. Come happy hour, there’s more than beer to drink: Down at the marble-topped bar, clever cocktails include an Ivy Gimlet Royale made with vodka, elderflower, mint, lime, and prosecco.

a large bed in a bedroom: An attention to cozy details and a great craft beer selection make the Hayden a Notting Hill destination for overnights.

The Hayden, Notting Hill, W2

Channel the character Julia Roberts played in the 1999 movie named for this neighborhood and head west to picturesque Notting Hill. She may have snagged the bookseller played by Hugh Grant, but you can have a happy ending, too. A local pub, the Hayden, sets visitors up for a chic stay, complete with bathrobes and slippers for lazy lie-ins. The eight en suite rooms, spread across three upper floors, were refurbished last November with whitewashed wood furnishings, charming wallpaper, tufted headboards, and comfy Posturepedic beds nattily dressed with houndstooth wool throws. You can reach the rooms through the bar, but there’s also a separate street entrance, too, in case you don’t make it back before last call. That said, you may want to get home in time to enjoy a drink downstairs: The gastropub, with leather booths and tin ceilings, offers loads of offbeat brews like Tailgate peanut butter milk stout and the Grafton Grappler, a craft lager.

The Dog & Fox, Wimbledon, SW26

As you may guess, the further from Central London you go, the more space you get. Combine roomy digs with nearby tennis and you have a great reason to stay in the London ’burbs. Not only is this pub—which dates back to the 1800s—planning to unveil a massive refurbishment of its 28 rooms this spring, but it’s also a 10-minute walk to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where international racquet magic happens every June. At the Dog & Fox, you can expect four-poster beds and plaid carpet to tickle your toes upon stepping out of a roll-top double bathtub. Not dreamy enough for you? There are also sunlit reading nooks with views over Wimbledon Village. Dogs are welcome and provided their own bed and kibble bowl. Breakfast is extra, but who can resist Cajun beans on toast with smoked back bacon?

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Three Caribbean Ports Reportedly Deny Entry to Cruise Ship

Update: February 27, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. ET

A MSC Cruises spokesperson released another statement to TravelPulse about the MSC Meraviglia and the situation in Cozumel:

Mexican health authorities earlier today boarded MSC Meraviglia. Out of an excess of precaution, they administered additional testing on the crew member – now free of symptoms – and a young female guest who has since developed mild symptoms also of seasonal flu. Results from the two tests are expected to take anywhere from a few to 12 hours. The ship will be alongside in Cozumel while waiting for the results. Once she gets clearance to disembark, she will stay in Cozumel through to the end of the day tomorrow Friday, February 28 to allow guests to enjoy the city and its attractions. Guests on board have already been informed.

Update: February 27, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. ET

MSC Cruises provided a statement to TravelPulse saying “MSC Meraviglia has berthed at Cozumel, Mexico and is currently waiting for local health officials to board the ship to conduct customary checks provided for by maritime protocols.”

A spokesperson also said the reason the ship did not dock right away when arriving in Cozumel was “unfavorable weather conditions.” The cruise line said it “received formal and final authorization from the local health authorities in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico to go to Cozumel.”

An MSC Cruises ship that was turned away from two ports in the Caribbean has now reportedly been rejected by a third country due to a crew member reporting flu-like symptoms similar to those shown by coronavirus patients.

According to The Mirror, the Mexican Port Authority revoked the permission it granted the MSC Meraviglia to dock and disembark passengers in the port of Cozumel after a Filipino crew worker fell ill after he reportedly visited Manila within the last few days.

The MSC Meraviglia was originally scheduled to dock in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands, but was denied permission, as health officials at both destinations said they were looking to “provide protection to the health and safety” for their residents.

The ship is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members.

Officials from the Mexican Port Authority confirmed to Reuters it canceled permission over coronavirus fears. MSC Cruises said in a statement Thursday it was sailing toward Cozumel after receiving authorization to dock from the Mexican Ministry of health.

The Mirror is reporting the Ministry of Health was scheduled to board the MSC Meraviglia when it arrived in Mexico and confirm the medical records stating the crew member was diagnosed with common seasonal flu and not the coronavirus.

The Mexican Ministry of Health would reportedly be responsible for the decision to turn the ship away, not the port authority.

An official Twitter account for MSC Cruises revealed the ship had berthed at Cozumel at around 9 a.m. ET and was waiting for local health officials to board the vessel. The cruise line said the doctors at the Mexican destination would conduct customary checks.

The decision to deny the MSC Meraviglia at port comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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Sabre announces strategic priorities designed to accelerate growth ·

Sabre announces strategic priorities designed to accelerate growth

 Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced a set of strategic priorities that are expected to position the Company to accelerate growth and create long term shareholder value.

As part of its vision to lead a new marketplace for personalized travel, Sabre detailed five strategic initiatives that are intended to increase the Company’s addressable market across its business, deliver revenue and market share growth, and improve the Company’s overall margin structure.  Specifically, each priority seeks to:

Create personalized offers: accelerating new IT capabilities, processes and intelligence that allow suppliers to retail personalized offers through all channels, unlocking more value per passenger boarded
Accelerate the future of distribution & NDC: increasing the value of supplier offers and the value of the GDS by integrating NDC content, enabling airlines to distribute personalized offers through the Company’s marketplace and through their direct channels
Unlock growth potential in the LCC market: harnessing the growth and innovation of the fast-growing low cost carrier (LCC) market by creating more ways for LCCs to retail and distribute content, and scaling the offerings of Radixx, the Company’s recently acquired LCC provider
Deliver a full-service property management system to better serve enterprise hotels:  collaborating with Accor, Sabre plans to build a full service property management system that will combine with its best-in-class central reservation system and state-of-the-art limited service property management system within a fully unified, cloud-native platform designed for hoteliers of all property classes, sizes and geographic regions – a milestone in the global travel industry
Transform Sabre’s technology in a preferred partnership with Google: this 10-year strategic partnership is designed to:
Improve Sabre’s technology capability by migrating the Company’s IT infrastructure to Google Cloud’s highly available and secure services with advanced support and greater flexibility
Utilize Google’s data analytics tools to enable Sabre to enhance the capabilities of current and future products by providing insights to help improve operational efficiency and create and optimize travel options, with the goal of improving both loyalty and revenues for its customers

Design a broader innovation framework with Google that seeks to leverage the talent and assets of both companies to imagine, develop and deploy future capabilities that will advance the travel ecosystem, benefiting all market participants.

Sean Menke, Sabre’s President and CEO said, “We are committed to helping our customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences that create greater loyalty. Over the last year, we continued to see shifts in the travel ecosystem resulting in the changing needs of our airline, hotel and agency customers. We are thinking critically about how the retailing, distribution and fulfillment of travel will continue to evolve over the next decade and how each of these elements will become even more interconnected and interdependent.”

Menke continued, “At Sabre, we have the vision, the expertise and the planned investments in our end-to-end capabilities to become the trusted technology partner that brings it all together on one advanced travel platform. Building on the momentum we generated in 2019, we have committed $150 million in 2020 to support the five strategic priorities and better position Sabre for revenue and share growth going forward. These priorities are designed to significantly enhance our technology and product offerings, increase our addressable market and create meaningful opportunities for profitable growth.”

For the last three years, Sabre’s new leadership team has been driving transformational change and building a foundation to position the Company for future growth. The team has been primarily focused on three areas:  the security, stability and health of its technology products and services; enhancing collaboration across the Company’s business segments to accelerate the creation of end-to-end solutions for its customers; and building a leadership team throughout the organization that will lead Sabre into the next phase of its journey to become the trusted technology partner of the travel industry.

Sabre unveiled the Company’s strategic initiatives to its top 900 leaders during its annual global leadership summit in Dallas at the end of January. Today, during the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2019 earnings conference call, Menke and other members of Sabre’s executive leadership team will discuss the initiatives in further detail.  Details for that call may be found in the Company’s Q4 and FY 2019 earnings release.

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions to help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre’s technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit

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Lufthansa is expanding its services to Canada ·

Lufthansa is expanding its services to Canada

Calgary is Lufthansa’s fifth Canadian destination

Flights bookable from 26 February 2020

Good news for Canada fans: From 1 June 2020, Lufthansa, in cooperation with Eurowings, will reintroduce the Canadian city of Calgary to the flight schedule from Frankfurt on a seasonal basis.  Lufthansa is thus further expanding its long-haul tourist offer from Frankfurt. Calgary, located in the southwest of Canada, is a popular tourist destination and an ideal starting point for exploring the province of Alberta and the well-known Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains.

From Germany’s largest hub, it will initially depart for North America four times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The flight with the flight number LH5452 departs Frankfurt at 9.50 a.m. and arrives at its destination at 11.55 a.m. local time. The return flight of LH5453 departs Calgary at 1.45 p.m. and arrives in Frankfurt at 7.20 a.m. the next day. An Airbus A330-200 with a total of 270 seats on board will be used for the flight. The booking classes available are Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

With Calgary, Lufthansa will be flying from Frankfurt to the fifth city in Canada in summer 2020 (in addition to Calgary, Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver). The Canadian offer is complemented by Lufthansa flights from Munich to Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

In addition, the Lufthansa Group offers numerous other options for flying to Canada with its airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss and Swiss International Air Lines and its joint venture partner Air Canada.

Flights from Frankfurt to Calgary can be booked from 26 February 2020. Further information and the possibility of booking Lufthansa flights is available on the Internet at and and via the Lufthansa Service Centres on (069) 86 799 799 (fixed network tariff). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners and at Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

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Lufthansa adopts a package of measures ·

Lufthansa adopts a package of measures

Budget reduction in the administrative areas

Offer of unpaid leave for employees

Expansion of options for part-time work planned

New recruitment suspended

In order to counteract the economic impact of the coronavirus at an early stage, Lufthansa is implementing several measures to lower costs: among other things, all new hires planned for the airline with the crane will be reassessed, suspended or deferred to a later date. Lufthansa is also offering employees unpaid leave effective immediately. An expansion of part-time work options in the context of collective bargaining agreements is currently being examined.

All planned flight attendant and station personnel training courses as of April 2020 will not be carried out. For the time being, the participants of courses that are already in progress will not be hired. However, the aim remains to be able to offer the participants employment contracts in the long term. In the administrative areas, the core brand Lufthansa will reduce its project volume by ten percent and the budget for material costs by 20 percent.

Following a thorough assessment of all available information on the effects of the novel coronavirus, Lufthansa Group had already cancelled all flights by Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines to/from mainland China until the end of the winter flight schedule on 28 March. Due to the current demand situation for flights to and from Hong Kong, capacity adjustments have already been made on this route, and additional frequency adjustments to and from Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich are planned. In purely mathematical terms, 13 Lufthansa Group aircraft are currently on the ground.

It is not yet possible to estimate the expected impact of the current developments on earnings. The group will be commenting on this matter at the press briefing for the annual results on 19 March.

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Maasai Mara lodge introduces a seasonal safari camp

Angama Mara, a safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, will be unveil its Angama Safari Camp in July. This seasonal, sole use, tented camp will be situated in a remote wilderness region of the southwestern Mara Triangle.

Comprising four tents, sleeping up to eight guests, the camp will offer absolute privacy in the midst of the megaherds of the migration and the resident wildlife.

The tents have a distinctive look created through a playful and unusual roof shape. Each tent features a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, and will offer the same levels of comfort as the Angama Mara lodge does.

Aside from the migration, the region of the Mara Triangle where the Angama Safari Camp is located is home to cheetahs, resident prides of lions, large elephant herds, buffaloes and abundant plains game.

The Angama Safari Camp will operate until the end of September, although October is available for booking upon request. There is a minimum three-night stay, and children of all ages are welcome.

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Emirates teams with operators on carbon negative private jet safari

Emirates has teamed up with Roar Africa and Great Plains Conservation to launch what it says is the first carbon-negative private jet safari — removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it generates — from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4. The safari is available for just 10 travelers at a cost of $125,000 per person for a journey across four African destinations.

The 12-day trip starts in Dubai and offers all the luxuries of private travel aboard an Emirates A319 Executive Private Jet equipped with private suites and a shower. The trip offers travelers adventures and experiences in Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. Travelers will stay at the Mpala Jena Camp in Zimbabwe, Duba Plains Camp in Botswana and Mara Plains Camp in Kenya, among others.

Designed with the aim to preserve and support some of Africa’s most vulnerable wildlife, wild spaces and communities, the itinerary will take travelers to Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World), the Okavango Delta in Botswana (the largest inland delta on the planet), Kenya’s Great Migration and to view the world’s last wild mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

As part of a commitment to reversing the devastating effects of climate change, the companies promise to offset each guest’s carbon footprint to a better than carbon-neutral status. In addition, Roar Africa will make a substantial donation to the Great Plains Foundation, which will go directly toward conservation education programs for young people who live in and around the areas visited.

For more information on the Roar Africa Emirates Executive Private Jet African Safari, email [email protected], or call (855) 666-ROAR.

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