18 May 2015 // Archives

AIRLINES BRACE FOR SA’S NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENT

SOUTH African aviation officials have published a guideline on Home Affairs’ new immigration requirement for families travelling with children to or from South Africa, being implemented from June 1. Airlines are bound by the new rules and although ...
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WE WILL ‘DIRECT SPEND TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT US’  SAYS CLUB TRAVEL MD

CLUB Travel’s top suppliers, agents and affiliate members were recognised at the retailer’s yearly conference, held in Cape Town last weekend. Group earnings for the year were boosted by R1.8-billion in airline sales and, although Club said its market ...
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FINAL ARGUMENTS MADE IN LEGAL CASE AGAINST SAA

JUDGMENT in the landmark case against state funding of South African Airways is due to be handed down on June 22. Closing arguments were heard in court last Friday. Comair accepted that existing loans to South African Airways should ...
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ROYAL CARIBBEAN APPROVES FOURTH QUANTUM-CLASS SHIP

THE home port for Royal Caribbean’s latest Quantum-class ship, its fourth, due to enter service in 2019, is still to be decided. The so far unnamed ship will join the Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas ...
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SOUTH AFRICA CLIMBS TRAVEL & TOURISM COMPETITIVENESS RANKING

SOUTH Africa has climbed the World Economic Forum’s global Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index and is now 48th in a list of 141 countries. However, analysts warn the country’s new visa requirements could harm its image and competitiveness. Spain ...
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> Cruises International has introduced a R9,500 ‘Exchange Rate Assistance’ bonus on all Crystal Cruises bookings before June 1. The benefit cannot be exchanged for cash but passengers will still receive a US$500 shipboard credit to pay for items not included in all-inclusive fares.

> The Kenya Tourism Board has launched a travel agent educational booking incentive with six of South Africa’s top selling travel agents to participate in a nine-night familiarisation to Kenya. The booking window is May 1 – July 31. To register: http://magicalkenya.co.za/i-choose-kenya

> Beachcomber has five-night accommodation packages with flights, transfers, breakfast and dinner daily for customers participating in the second edition of the Ultra Trail Raidlight Beachcomber trail run in Mauritius, taking place August 1 – 2. Race entries available for the 10km (August 2), the 42km and 120km (both August 1). For details and race registration: http://www.ultramaurice.com

> Marriott Hotels has introduced a new Mobile Request chat feature enabling Marriott Rewards members to order services and amenities, including airport pick ups, from their cellphones up to 72 hours ahead of check-in. The system will be rolled out at more than 500 Marriott properties worldwide in the coming weeks. Download the app from iTunes or Google Play or from the marriott.com website.

> MSC Cruises is promoting family fares for the 2015/16 South Africa season. Fares are based on families of four sharing two cabins opposite each other. Families will also get 20 free ice cream and soda vouchers. Book the three night Durban to Portuguese Island itinerary, departing 11 and 18 December, from R19,840. The seven-night Durban, Inhaca, Fort Dauphin Christmas Cruise is from R40,660 for a family of four. Departs December 21.

> SWISS will increase frequencies between Zurich and San Francisco to 13 weekly for the July and August peak.

> The Oude Werf Hotel in Stellenbosch has completed a multi-million rand renovation.

> TravelPeople will host a Wine Tourism Workshop in collaboration with the SA Wine Routes Forum on June 3 at the Steenberg Wine Estate. 16 different wine routes will be represented. For details: louise@travelpeople.co.za / 072 480 7092.

> Air Seychelles has reduced fares from R6,270.72 including tax, valid for booking through May for travel until December 4.

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