All new Okavango Air Rescue

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We are new in Botswana…. and have been airborne since 15th of October 2012 – We are the first Helicopter based emergency medical rescue operation in Botswana. Most tourists travelling in our country purchase prime insurance for the duration of their holiday. However, many are unaware that the most complicated part of a medical transfer either to a modern hospital, or repatriation to their home country, is the evacuation from the Okavango Delta, or from a remote or inaccessible area. Previously there were no organisations in Botswana, nor any travel insurance that had a Helicopter Rescue Service stationed in situ. To date small aircraft, boats and four wheel drive vehicles have been utilized or chartered in an emergency in order to evacuate a patient. These modes of transport are neither medically equipped, nor do they include an accompanying emergency medical doctor. Consequently, the requirement for a Helicopter, and Doctor based, emergency medical rescue service in Botswana was established. Since Government funding is not available and Insurance Companies currently only cover rescue services to approximately 25% of the actual costs of a helicopter medical rescue service; OAR adopted the “Patronage” system on which to base its Botswana operation. The “Patronage” system was developed by the Swiss rescue service “REGA” when Switzerland found itself in a similar situation some 60 years ago. Not only tourists benefit from this service but Botswana as a whole. The minimal Patronage fee of Pula 175.00, which roughly equates to £ 9.60, assures the Patron of an evacuation in case of a medical emergency. The fee also supports the Patronage concept, which in turn benefits the local population and inhabitants of Botswana. Okavango Air Rescue flies for Everybody! “Affiliate Accounts” have been established for Travel Agents and Tour Operators through which tourists can be registered with OAR directly. The moment a client’s name is entered into the account, he is registered and immediately covered by OAR. An affiliate account is customized for each individual company, with its own ID and password. Travel Agents and Tour Operators are offered a 14% Agent’s Commission on registration of each Patron on their Affiliate Account. The Affiliate Account holder is invoiced at the end of every calendar month. The invoice is sent by email and can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
Okavango Air Rescue offers an “Affiliate Account” to affiliate companies on a separate web page on the OAR website, where your company may directly register clients or employees as Patron Members. The moment a new entry has been submitted online, the person has become a Patron and will be rescued by our helicopter and doctor in case of a medical emergency. On registration of clients or employees a “Thank You letter” with a Membership Card is generated to the designated company’s e-Mail address provided below. The company’s e-Mail address can be edited so that the “Thank You letter” and Patron membership card is e-Mailed directly to the client. As per discussion, if you have an account with us, we will give your company an agent’s commission for every tourist registered through your account of Pula 25.00. (To be registered as “reduced tourist”). The Foreign tourists pay Pula 175.00 per person to you and automatically become patrons for 12 months from the day they have been registered with us through your company. For tourists we will only issue a plasticized patronage card if this has been specifically requested by your company, otherwise they will only be listed on your and our inventory. If the tourist makes a return visit during this 12 months period, his patronage is still valid. For staff and family members we cannot give any discount and the basic fee is Pula 125.00 for citizens and Pula 150.00 for residents. Upon registration of citizens and residents we will issue a plasticized membership card, which has the size of a credit card and can be collected from our stand at the airport by showing the paper print out of the Patronage Card. Any of the patrons under this category will benefit from our service within our range of operation, at all times for the duration of 12 months. For companies who would like to insure large amounts of junior or temporary staff, we have two different formulas, which we are happy to discuss on a case to case basis. For all Patrons registered in any month, OAR will invoice you for the end of that month, issuing the invoice at the beginning of the following month. To register your Affiliate Account, you simply have to complete the Document “Registration of Affiliate Accounts” and send it back to us. Once we have received your details, it will take us a couple of days to open the account. Thereafter we will send you the Site Name, your ID, Password and Information how to register Patrons through your Affiliate Account. Interested? Just send us an e-mail and we will forward you the registration form. Any if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! Wishing you well!
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