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Asilia - welcoming guests back to East AfricaBy Mercedes Bailey, Asilia Africa
With Tanzania’s borders open and international travel slowly becoming a reality once again, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the protocols Asilia has put in place on the ground to ensure the safety of both our staff and your guests.
Welcoming you and your guests back into East Africa, is our Kenya Operations Manager Sushil Thakar. Based in Nairobi, Sush has watched the collapse and gradual rebuilding of tourism in East Africa over the past 4 months and has been heavily involved in ensuring our camps and staff are ready to receive your guests when travel resumes. In this short video Sush chats through how things are in East Africa and touches on some of the measures we have implemented across our vehicles and camps.
As borders continue to open, we suspect there will be some travellers itching to get underway with their safari, but there may well be other travellers that, while keen, are not yet confident in the safety and security on offer in East Africa. In an effort to alleviate these fears and provide you with as many tools of encouragement as possible, as promised we have created a guest-facing document which highlights the key protocols we have put in place to address guest and staff safety. Click here to access the document, which sits alongside an updated version of our comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures, for guests who wish to understand our COVID-19 protocols in greater detail.
To ensure the enhanced measures are accessible to all potential travellers, we have created a landing page on the Asilia website with the same information carried in the guest-facing document. On the ground, extensive training has been conducted with all camp staff to ensure these measures are understood, implemented and adopted as the new standard operating procedure.
At Asilia we recognise the need to also give guests financial comfort and confidence at this time. It is in this context that we are pleased to announce that Asilia has secured a medium-term financial backing from the two Scandinavian DFIs — Norfund, IFU and other private investors — to enable the company to effectively navigate through COVID-19. Please read our full statement and feel free to share this news with guests to assure them of our stability and guaranteed longevity
Despite international borders having been closed, we are open and ready to receive your guests as soon as they are able and willing to travel. International flights are making progress toward resuming, and we are patiently waiting for Kenya’s borders to reopen. Click here for a look at some of our first international travellers that joined us in Tanzania and follow us on social media for live updates from our camps.
As always, thank you for your ongoing support and partnership, and we look forward to welcoming you and your guests back to East Africa soon.