The Norad Travel Group Blog

  

While the world of travel has been put on pause for now, there’s nothing to stop you engaging in a bit of armchair travelling with us, before we can get back to exploring our wonderful planet again. We’ll be taking you to some of the world's most popular, surreal and magical destinations from across the globe, to give you that brief escape that we are all in need of.

So, sit back, relax and take in the world with us, all from the comfort of your own home.

Dear Customers and Partners,
 
In these unprecedented times I wanted to outline how we are responding as a Group to the challenge we are all facing with the escalating Covid‐19 Pandemic and to reinforce that we are committed to continuing to provide the high level of service you have come to know us for, whilst taking the advice and instructions from the government and official bodies as to the development of this situation.
 
Our offices have been dealing with this issue for some time, and we are proud of how they have acted with focus and determination, invoking flexible working plan practices to protect themselves and their communities whilst continuing to provide the highest level of service to our customers and partners.
 
Whilst we have had to prepare to work and adapt our working practices, our agility and creativeness ensure that we have and will continue to deliver “Business as Normal in Abnormal Times”. Our IT, telephony and network capabilities have been developed to support smart working.
 
In summary, we are well‐equipped to put our people first so that they can continue to deliver services required to our customers and partners.
 
In the UK, in line with many of our market counterparties, we have now closed our offices and implemented remote working in order to protect our employees, our customers and our trading partners. We have also suspended non‐essential business travel and wherever possible our teams are using technology to replace face‐to‐face meetings.
 
This extraordinary situation is likely to be with us for some time and we are most grateful for the professionalism and resilience of our employees and the support of our customers and partners.
 
We recognise that this situation is seriously affecting all our customers and we remain available to support you in any way we can, and I ask that you reach out to us using your normal contacts if we can assist.

With our very best wishes to you, your colleagues and your families,


The Norad Travel Group Directors

Linda Foote, Mick Gibbs, Tara Foy, Anna McGurk

 


Working hours from 30th March 2020
Office Hours
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:30

Out of Hours Emergency Service
We will operate a 247 emergency service to customers however the hours our inhouse staff work will change slightly to:

Monday – Friday 17:30 - 20:00

Saturday, Sunday and bank Holidays 13:30 – 17:00

At all other times the phone lines will be dealt with via our 3rd party supplier. We urge you to only use this service if you have a genuine emergency as all calls outside of your contracted agreement will incur charges.

You can also contact the Out of Hours support email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which is fully manned during inhouse staff hours and then outside of this a director will pick these up and respond appropriately.

Leisure Travel Working Hours until 31st March
Monday - Friday  09:00 – 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Leisure Travel Working hours from 1st April
Monday - Saturday  10:00 - 16:30

Need your outdoor adventure fix? With most events/gatherings being cancelled due to COVID-19, the organisers of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour are rescheduling their UK screenings but have made ALL their films free to view for our quarantine viewing pleasure.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival brings fearless explorers and intrepid film-makers onto the big screen as they venture deep in the world’s most isolated and spectacular landscapes. The below free list, curated by Lianne Caron, features movies starring climbers, skiers, mountain bikers, sailors, kayakers, high-wire walkers and much more. Enjoy your stay in!

With cases of Coronavirus being reported in specific locations in a number of countries throughout the world, it is very important that travellers are aware of affected areas and stay up to date with Foreign Office travel advice. 

  • The FCO currently advises against all but essential travel.
  • Travellers are advised to stay up to date with the UK Foreign Office travel advice which is updated regularly here.
  • This is a very Fluid changing situation and you should check with our teams on any specific destination. 

  • Norad Travel Group are constantly in contact with all major representatives of the industry and working on several innitiatives to assist in the restart of travel.

 

Please follow links to World mapping and updates of Countries Data on the pandemic.  The interactive service provides you with the information you need to start planning your next business trip or vacation, as we all start to open up for business.

 

If you have any questions regarding Coronavirus travel advice, are travelling near affected areas, or have a specific question regarding your holiday booking, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

African Adventures


  • 22 January 2020

MOTHER NATURE'S GREATEST WONDERS

Africa is a continent of amazing contrasts. From the spectacular views from Table Mountain in Cape Town, via the amazing game parks of Namibia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the beautiful beaches of Madagascar and Mozambique and the romance of the Nile – every adventure to Africa surpasses expectations.

Our special selection of African holidays feature almost every possible option available. From safaris in groups or on an individual basis to overland tours from tip to toe of this vast land.

Elephant | Africa | Be Inspired | Howard Travel

Big Five Safaris

Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – the Big Five are the most sought-after animals to encounter on an African Safari.

There are only a few places in Africa where you have a chance of seeing all five animals in one trip. Contact our travel specialists to discuss the options available.

Big Five Safaris | Africa | Be Inspired | Howard Travel

Luxury Safari Lodges

Going on safari doesn’t have to mean sleeping under the stars. Many of the lodges and camps are award-winning and each has its own unique offering. From wine cellars to personal plunge pools we can find the perfect safari lodge to fit your needs.

Luxury Safari Lodges | Africa | Be Inspired | Howard Travel

Safari & Beach Holidays

No Safari holiday is complete without some rest and recuperation on one of Africa’s many world class beaches. Explore the island of Zanzibar, rest on South Africa’s beautiful beaches or combine your safari holiday with a luxury Mauritius beach break. There are plenty of options to add some relaxation to your safari adventure holiday

Zanzibar | Africa | Be Inspired | Howard Travel

 

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT an Africa Adventure with norad travel, SPEAK TO OUR TRAVEL EXPERT SARAH TICHACEK

T: 01730 892298 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rats, lanterns and the world’s largest annual human migration? The most important celebration in the Chinese calendar returns on January 25th. The Chinese New Year will last around 15 days, with around 20% of the world taking part in the annual parades and traditions.