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ASATA SETS PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION FOR TRAVEL AGENTS

QUALIFYING consultants will be able to have their skills sets recognised and trade as a recognised Travel Practitioner, TPrac, through the Association of Southern African Travel Agents’ Professionals Programme. Members will pay R340 plus an annual registration fee ...
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TREASURY PUSHES FOR SAA R10-BILLION RECAPITALISATION

FINANCE Minister Malusi Gigaba is expected to make an urgent appeal to have a R10-billion special appropriations bill for South African Airways approved before parliament goes into recess next month, despite ongoing leadership issues at the airline and ...
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ROBBEN ISLAND REPUTATION SINKS

68 passengers had to be rescued from a Robben Island ferry on its way back to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront last week when the vessel took on water and began to sink. The ferries have been a continuing ...
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LONDON TUBE TARGETED AGAIN

THE LONDON Tube was hit by a terrorist act again last week, when an explosive device injured 22 people at the Parsons Green station, near Putney Bridge and on the line to Wimbledon. The bomb, hidden in a ...
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NEW OTA LAUNCHES RETAIL BRAND

FORMER South African Airways Chief Commercial Officer and partner in the Fly Blue Crane domestic airline, Theunis Potgieter, is one of the executives behind South Africa’s newest online retail brand justGo, with a growing network of high-street ticket ...
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BEACHCOMBER REOPENS REVAMPED CANONNIER

THE CANONNIER Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in Mauritius is being repositioned as an exclusive golf resort following an extensive revamp. The resort reopened earlier this month, featuring new interiors and a new room category. Beachcomber Tours Sales & Marketing ...
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RÉUNION TALLIES RECORD ARRIVALS

RÉUNION Island had a 145 percent increase in tourist arrivals from South Africa last year, “and we haven’t even reached the most popular holiday time of year”, remarked Hélène Bezuidenhoudt, Atout France Regional Manager. Réunion’s potential as an adventure ...
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THRIFTY TARGETS SMMEs WITH FASTER BOOKINGS

THRIFTY will launch a new version of the Thrifty Direct booking solution later this month and estimates at least 50 percent of customers will use it to manage their rental bookings. Marketing Manager Fiona Angelico said there had been ...
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• Comair has reported profit after tax for the latest financial year of R297-million, up from R193-million the previous year. Non-airline revenue grew to 20 percent of the total. CEO Erik Venter said the airline had lodged a counter appeal in its damages case against South African Airways and, if successful, SAA could be liable for around R1.9-billion in damages, interest and penalties. The case will be heard in early 2018, he said. See the October issue of TIR for a full report.

• British Airways’ current Spring fare sale ends September 29. World Traveller and World Traveller Plus fares are available for travel until July 10 and Club World until March 31. Fares are from R9,920, R10,278 and R12,579 to destination in the UK, Europe and North America ex-JNB.

• Travelstart has been named Best e-Commerce Service Provider in the 2017 PriceCheck Awards, presented last week in Cape Town. Nominees included Superbalist and Takealot.

• Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli are promoting 40 percent savings on accommodation and one complimentary return seaplane transfer for one person for bookings of seven nights for travel November 1 – December 22 and January 7 – April 8, 2018. For bookings of 14 nights, a seaplane transfer for two will be added. Book and pay by September 30.

• Norwegian Cruise Line sailings from Miami have restarted following Hurricane Irma. Eastern Caribbean sailings are being replaced with Western Caribbean itineraries for two months, while the cruise line works to assess what, if any, long-term changes need to be applied.

TravelPeople will host Coastal Connect product workshops at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani on October 11; The Venue @Hemingways in East London October 26 and at The Beach Hotel Port Elizabeth October 26.

• Emirates will add a fourth daily Airbus A380 service from Dubai to Sydney from March 25.

• Perfect Destinations is promoting all-inclusive Maldives packages, including seven nights at the Adaaran Hudhuranfushi with flights from R23,660. Valid for travel November 1 – 30. Book by tomorrow (Tuesday) September 19.

• The tourism B-BBEE Council will host the National Tourism Transformation Summit from October 30 – 31 in Gauteng. Vuyo Mahlati, Chairperson Tourism B-BEE Charter Council, told SATSA the aim of the summit was “to dialogue and exchange tourism sector transformation strategies and investment opportunities…”

• Gavin Courtenay has been re-elected Chairman of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association. Tony Romer-Lee of PMR Hospitality is Vice Chairman and Martin Jansen van Vuuren, Grant Thornton, Treasurer. Co-opted members include Belinda McIntyre, Tsogo Sun; Iain Meaker, Comair; Brett Jury, Bidvest Bank; Hapiloe Sello, SANParks and Jabu Masatile, Buja Tours.

• Paris and Los Angeles have been named to host the Olympic Games in 2024 and 2028 respectively.

Travellers can now buy an eight-week timeshare of a Le Boat canal boat for private or commercial use. Contact Le Boat’s representation in South Africa, at liesl.nel@thlmarine.com or 021 200 1838.

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