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13 November 2017 // Archives

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AIR FRANCE – KLM LATEST TO IMPOSE GDS BOOKINGS

AIR FRANCE – KLM is following other major European carriers with the implementation of a distribution surcharge on GDS bookings from April 1, 2018. The new fee will be added to each sector and is intended to cover ...
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GOVERNMENT AND SAA BOARD AGREE ON TURNAROUND CHECKLIST

AN equity partner for South African Airways would provide much-needed private sector capital, but that the airline also needed a new fleet to be sustainable, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said last week following a meeting with the airline’s ...
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TRAVELPORT URGES AGENTS USE TECHNOLOGY TO ADD VALUE TO THEIR ROLE

TRAVELPORT has published the results of global survey documenting how travellers use technology during the planning, booking and travelling phase of their holidays and business trips and how travel agents can leverage the latest technology. Through understanding how travellers ...
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AIRPORTS SA BOSS TO HEAD GLOBAL BODY

AIRPORTS Company South Africa CEO Bongani Maseko has been appointed chairman of the Airports Council International, the trade body of the world’s airports, for a two-year term. ACI represents airport interests with governments and international organisations, including the International ...
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SEAN JOUBERT TO HEAD TOURVEST

SEAN Joubert has been appointed Tourvest’s Chief Executive Officer, when Tommy Edmond retires at the end of the year. Mr. Joubert is a chartered accounted and is currently Chief Operations Officer at Quintica, a UK-registered firm that streamlines ...
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COMAIR ADDS TWO EASTERN CAPE FLIGHTS

BRITISH Airways has added two flights between Port Elizabeth and OR Tambo International each day of the week except Saturday. Brand Communications Manager Luane Lavery said flights featured two premium cabins on the route. “We believe the increased frequency of ...
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COMMENT: PROFESSIONAL TRAINING NEEDED IN AN AMATEUR WORLD

IT IS a subject which has been debated for decades globally, without any industry-wide resolution. The travel trade has always operated without a formalised professional qualification and recognised training scheme operated and certified by a publicly credible industry ...
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• South African Tourism and SATSA are to stage more speed marketing sessions for product owners and buyers. The next session will be  at Harties Cable Way in the North West Province on November 22 and the Royal Marang Hotel November 23. For details, visit www.indaba-southafrica.co.za or contact Noluthando Mazibuko at: noluthando@southafrica.net.

IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has urged the UK government to find a cost-effective expansion plan for Heathrow Airport. An original estimate of £17-billion for the long-awaited third runway he deemed to be “completely unacceptable. Heathrow is already the most expensive airport in world from which to operate… it is essential that charges do not rise from today’s levels,”  he stressed.

• Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will be in 30 African countries from next year, with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel & Apartments Douala in Cameroon.

• Tourvest Inbound is looking for growth opportunities in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Madagascar and plans to have a presence in each of those markets by next year.

• Boeing has secured a R523-billion agreement with China Aviation Suppliers Holding Company for 300 twin- and single-aisle aircraft.

• SANParks Wild Card holders now qualify for a 15 percent saving on accommodation at Tintswalo Atlantic and 10 percent on breakfast, lunch and dinner bookings.

• Avis Rent a Car is introducing voice-controlled reservations using Amazon Echo technology. Customers with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices will also be able to review current or past bookings and request e-receipts. The company said research was predicting 30 percent of consumer interactions with technology will be through voice assistance platforms by the end of 2018. A launch date for South Africa has not yet been specified.

• MSC Cruises is working with the creators of Cirque Du Soleil on original shows which will be exclusively available on the cruise line’s four new Meraviglia generation ships, coming into service between this year and 2020.

• Uniworld has brought back its Best Offer Ever promotion, with savings of up to 30 percent on 300 river cruise itineraries operating in 2018. Book before December 31.

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