29 September 2014 // Archives

SA TOURISM STAGES MEET AND GREET IN BRAZIL AS NEW SAO PAULO OFFICE OPENS

SOUTH African Tourism has concluded its 2014 Meet South Africa week in Brazil, timed around the opening the organisation’s new marketing office in Sao Paulo. The delegation included South Africa’s National Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom and South African Tourism ...
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2015 WORLD ROUTE DEVELOPMENT FORUM HEADING FOR DURBAN

DURBAN is gearing up to host next year’s World Routes Conference after the 2014 edition, staged in Chicago, concluded last week. It will be the first time in history that the event has been staged in Africa. The World ...
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AIR FRANCE PILOTS’ UNION ENDS STRIKE

AIR France expects only limited disruptions to its schedule into this week, having reached a deal with striking pilots’ union representatives over the weekend to end almost two weeks of industrial action. The airline said flights cancelled today (Monday, ...
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INDIA SETS NEW TOURISM TARGETS AND INCENTIVES TO GROW ARRIVALS

TOURISM has been identified as one of five sectors earmarked for development by the Indian government, with additional resources being set aside to grow arrivals. New development projects, such as hotels, are also being fast-tracked. The developments were agreed ...
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AIR AUSTRAL PLANS FLEET-WIDE PRODUCT UPGRADES

AIR Austral will begin a refit of its cabin interiors in December, with new Réunionese themes and rebranded booking classes. The airline has also unveiled a new website and logo, with a fleet renewal programme underway. Chief Executive Officer, Marie-Joseph ...
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TRUE ESCAPES AND MORE FREQUENT TRIPS TOP LONELY PLANET’S GUIDE ON THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

INCREASED competition among airlines will mean improved experiences for economy fliers, a new survey into the future of travel has forecast. Travel media giant, Lonely Planet partnered with the International Air Transport Association on a new report into the ...
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> Insight Vacations has launched a new website, with new functionality available to travel agents through its dedicated Agent Portal. New features include interactive maps, search functionality, user accounts and ‘wishlists’ for repeat visitors. Visit insightvacations.com

> Beachcomber has launched an agent educational booking incentive for sales for travel from mid-September until November 30. One consultant will win a seven-night stay for two on a half-board basis at the Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, including flights ex-JNB and taxes. Consultants will be entered into a draw for each booking made and paid for, for departure between September and November.

> The 10th annual Travel Industry Charity Events Fundraising Gala takes place October 11 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Seats R600 pp. Tables of 10 available. To book: tice.cpt@gmail.com or contact Cynthia or Larry on 021 551 5500.

> Members of Etihad Airways’ Guest rewards programme will earn double miles for all tickets booked before October 6 for travel before December 15. Valid for all classes of travel.

> Tourvest’s One Dollar Golf Tournament, hosted by Tourvest Destination Management, returns to Sun City from December 12 – 13. Corporate customers can now buy four balls, with the time sheet open to everyone. To book: bkarstens@tourvestdm.com or +27 11 676 3000.

> British Airways has launched a new app for smartphones. Subscribers travelling through Heathrow’s terminals 3 and 5 will receive push notifications when gates open and flights begin boarding, with welcome messages and WiFi passwords sent via the app when passengers enter the airline’s lounge in Terminal 5. To download: http://www.ba.com/ap

> The British High Commission reports 226,000 visitors from South Africa travelled to Britain in 2013, spending around £222-million. This represents annual increases of seven and 11 percent respectively. VisitBritain estimates that by the end of the decade visitor arrivals from SA could climb to 338,000, 49 percent more than today.

> World Leisure Holidays has six nights in a standard room with ocean view at the Long Beach Resort, Mauritius, including flights and approximate taxes, transfers, dinner and breakfast, from R19,690 pps. Children under 12 years fly and stay free, only paying airport taxes. Valid for set departure: October 22 – 28. Accommodation in a superior ocean view room is from R22,840 pps.

> Royal Caribbean has begun construction of its third Quantum-class ship, the Ovation of the Seas, scheduled for delivery in 2016. New features will include robotic bartenders in the Bionic Bar and the first skydiving experience at sea, RipCord by iFLY.

> From November, members of Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic’s loyalty programmes will be able to convert Miles and Points between both programmes.

> Rani has extended its HOP booking promotion until December 27. Available for bookings at the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa and includes savings on rates as well as a complimentary island transfer by boat to the resort. 50 percent savings on island transfers for Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa from Pemba also available, ending December 27, 2014.

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