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SKILLS SHORTAGE HAMPERS AFRICAN AIRLINE GROWTH SAYS AASA

THE AIRLINES Association of Southern Africa said last week at its annual conference on the Wild Coast that unnecessary challenges and continued interference by African governments, which was negatively impacting the industry’s ability to grow and compete on ...
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SAA RECAPITALISATION PLAN DUE NEXT WEEK

A FURTHER cash bailout of R5-billion for South African Airways is expected to be approved by the government by the end of this month, as outstanding loans to domestic lending organisations become due. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said ...
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INDUSTRY ANTI-FRAUD PROGRAMME RELAUNCHED 

SOUTH African travel companies taking steps to combat internal fraud can register to participate in the revised e-Watch anti-fraud programme. Endorsed by the Association of Southern African Travel Agents, e-Watch is now operated independently by the e-Watch Business Trust and ...
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FASTJET TO LAUNCH NEW MOZAMBIQUE SERVICES

FASTJET it will launch its new Mozambique operation next month, with scheduled services from Maputo to Nampula, Beira and Tete due to begin November 3. Fares are from MZN5,274 (approximately R1,149). Flights between Maputo and Nampula will operate daily. ...
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UBER CHALLENGES LONDON BAN

UBER is challenging a decision by Transport for London to strip the car sharing service of its operating license in the UK capital. A hearing is scheduled for December. Last month, Transport for London told Uber London Limited it ...
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COMMENT: CRUISE POTENTIAL STILL TO BE EXPLOITED

THE PROMOTION of cruises tends to follow a standard pattern of extolling the virtues of the itinerary, the dining and facilities onboard, the itinerary and the ever-growing range of really quite extraordinary ships. Certainly the ports of call, the ...
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• Trafalgar is promoting new Europe and Britain itineraries for 2018, including a nine-day Best of Norway programme from R40,200, which features wildlife and wilderness highlights and the Geiranger Fjord. Wonders of Italy is an 11-day round-trip from Rome, from R36,400.

• Silversea Cruises has added a Couture Collection programme for next year, featuring nine pre- and post-cruise premium land programmes. Trips range from five to 11 days at an average cost of US$34,000. An 11-day South Pole itinerary is from US$78,000.

• City Lodge inventory is now available on the pepXpress Africa travel trade discount booking site.

• G Adventures has added group sailing tours in Sri Lanka for 2018. Seven day trips start in February and can be combined with a seven-day land-based Pearl of the Indian Ocean tour. From £1,099 for a seven-day trip from Mirissa return (excludes flights).

• Ross Mackay has been appointed General Manager of the Paradise Sun Resort on Praslin Island, Seychelles. Mr. Mackay has been with the Tsogo Sun Group for five years and worked at hotels in South Africa and Bazaruto Island.

• Air Austral and Air Madagascar have formalised their new strategic partnership. Air Austral will take a 49 percent stake in Air Madagascar and will develop domestic, regional and long-haul business over 10 years. The plan includes a three-year recovery phase, followed by a growth phase that will focus on fleet expansion and the creation of new routes.

• Thompsons Holidays has seven nights at the Karafuu Beach Resort in Zanzibar for travel December 16 – 23, including flights, taxes, transfers and breakfast and dinner daily, from R16,799. Reference: 1825258.

• Insight Vacations has launched its 2018 Europe programme, featuring 70 Insider Experiences, 100 tours and eight new European Discovery tours, ranging from nine to 19 days.

• The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town has been recognised in the international Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards in the Urban Category. An awards ceremony marked the opening of the 78th Skål World Congress in Hyderabad earlier this month.

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