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Otto De Vries appointed as executive director of WTAAA

The World Travel Agents Associations Alliance (WTAAA) has appointed Otto de Vries as its new Executive Director. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. de Vries also serves as the CEO of the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA), a founding member of WTAAA. In this global role with the WTAAA, Mr. de Vries […]

ASATA responds to recent travel fraud cases

CAPE TOWN, 24 January 2024 – The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) would like to reassure travellers that fraud cases in the travel industry remain rare, despite recent media coverage. “I would like to express deep sympathy for those impacted by recent fraud cases in the travel industry. However, I would also like […]

ASATA WELCOMES LEADING ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY TRAVELSTART AS NEWEST MEMBER

CAPE TOWN, 17 JANUARY 2024 – The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA), now representing 99% of Southern Africa’s travel sector, welcomes leading online travel booking platform Travelstart as its newest member. “We are excited to have Travelstart join our association, a respected leader in Southern Africa’s travel sector and an e-commerce trailblazer,” says […]

ASATA welcomes leading travel brand Pentravel as a new member

CAPE TOWN, 15 JANUARY 2024 – The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) is pleased to welcome major travel retailer Pentravel as its newest member. As the leading travel trade association in the region, representing over 90% of Southern Africa’s travel sector, ASATA works actively on behalf of its members advocating on their behalf […]

ASATA unveils how to spot and avoid travel scams

JOHANNESBURG – In recent weeks, the travel industry has unexpectedly found itself in the spotlight, and not always for the right reasons. Unfortunately, fraud exists in all industries and sectors, and the travel world isn’t immune. However, knowing where to place trust can significantly mitigate risks. Otto de Vries, CEO of the Association of Southern […]

PRIORITY ESCAPES SITUATION EMPHASISES THE NEED FOR TRUSTED TRAVEL PARTNERSHIPS

JOHANNESBURG, 14 AUGUST 2023 – The recent news regarding Priority Escapes has drawn attention to the importance of selecting reliable travel agencies. In the midst of this development, the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) points out that Priority Escapes wasn’t among their members, underlining the value of associating with ASATA-accredited travel agencies. Although […]

Travel Reimagined – Part 1

MEDIA ARTICLE Travel Reimagined PART ONE We all know that history, like fashion, repeats itself. And leisure travel is back with a huge Roaring Twenties-style bang. Following the devastating Spanish flu (February 1918 – April 1920), the Roaring Twenties was a time of celebration, partying and living life to the maximum. And now, more than […]

ASATA LAUNCHES UPDATED 21ST CENTURY TRAVEL AGENT STUDY

PRESS RELEASE ASATA LAUNCHES UPDATED 21ST CENTURY TRAVEL AGENT STUDY JOHANNESBURG,  5 May 2022 – ASATA has released the second edition of its 21st Century Travel Agent Study, which highlights the current state of the leisure and corporate travel sector. The objective of the study is to create a strategy for a sustainable and profitable […]

ASATA – Scrapping of PCR requirement signals brighter future for the travel industry

Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA

PRESS RELEASE SCRAPPING OF PCR REQUIREMENT SIGNALS BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY CAPE TOWN, 22 MARCH 2022 – ASATA has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the onerous and costly PCR test requirement will be scrapped for travellers to South Africa from Wednesday 23 March as a vital step in rebuilding the […]