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TURNAROUND SPECIALIST TAGGED FOR SAA TOP JOB

A DECISION on the appointment of a permanent CEO at South African Airways could finally be heard this week, with the board  in agreement about its preferred candidate. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba had committed to announcing a decision ...
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SEYCHELLES TARGETS SA MICE PLANNERS

THE SEYCHELLES Tourism Board is seeking to attract more meetings and incentives business out of South Africa and reported another year of positive growth in leisure arrivals during the past year at the annual Seychelles supplier roadshow, held ...
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ALERT REMAINS FOR GREECE AND TURKEY RESORT AFTERSHOCKS

GREEK and Turkish coastal towns including the key tourist resorts of Kos and Bodrum remained on high alert over the weekend after a strong earthquake in the Aegean sea on Friday last week. Two people were killed, although ...
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EMIRATES AND FLYDUBAI ENTER LANDMARK CODE-SHARE AGREEMENT

EMIRATES and flydubai have embarked on an extensive new partnership, with a new code-share agreement spanning both airlines’ full networks due to start in Q4. The airlines’ current combined network includes 216 different destinations. The airlines’ networks and schedules ...
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NEW EXPERIENCES FEATURED IN LATEST AMAZING THAILAND CAMPAIGN

THE TOURISM Authority of Thailand has finalised its new year marketing strategy, which prioritises niche markets from first time visitors to senior citizens and sports enthusiasts. The year-long plan will also support TAT’s Gastronomy Tourism programme and efforts ...
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Cruise & Maritime Voyages has up to 50 percent discounts available for its upcoming 6-night Cricketing Legends Theme Cruise, departing October 24 from London Tilbury on the Magellan. Guest cricketers including former England cricket captain David Gower, Alan Wells and Chris Cowdrey will be hosts, with comedian Nick Hancock. Stops include Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rouen and Honfleur. Twin Inner cabin from £499pp, Ocean View from £599pp. Contact Triton Cape Sea Travel.

Air France will launch a new carrier, Joon, aimed at young, working customers and the millennials 18s – 35s market, before the end of the year. Joon will launch with medium-haul regional flights before the end of this year. Long-haul flights are due to start operating in 2018.

Registration for this year’s SATSA Conference closes on July 31. A late registration fee of R1,000 will apply, with a final deadline of August 8.

• SkyTeam has introduced a two-stop option for its Go Round the World Pass. Passes can be booked up to seven days in advance for travel with any of the alliance’s 20 member airlines. Up to 15 stops are allowed on one pass.

• Turkish Airlines has started a new Phuket service with four flights per week.

• British Airways will up the number of seats to Nigeria with plans to introduce a newly refurbished Boeing 747-400 to Lagos from September. The upgrade will mean an extra 343 seats each week, with a larger Club World cabin and 16 more lie-flat beds.

• Travelport has launched a new ground transportation booking platform, DriveMe, featuring inventory from 5,000 transport service providers.

• South African Tourism is hosting a roadshow in the Netherlands from October 30 to November 3, the week before WTM in London, which runs November 6 – 8. Contact: abby@southafrica.net

• Elmi Marais has been appointed Sales Executive at Fancourt.

• The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa signed up 64 new members in June, including new three-star guesthouse options and five-star wildlife estates and luxury hotels.

• IATA has embarked on a year-long baggage tracking case study with Airlines for America, hoping to reduce incidents of mishandled bags and improve baggage operations. Systems are being developed to help airlines track bags and an industry-wide solution is being targeted for July next year.

• Tourism New Zealand has published a Discover New Zealand trade booklet and sales guide to promote a range of experiences, with information on the country’s regions, top tips for activities, getting around, accommodation and more. Visit traveltradenewzealand.com.

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