8 December 2014 // Archives

CONFUSION MOUNTS OVER IMPLEMENTATION OF HOME AFFAIRS’ NEW REQUIREMENTS

OUTBOUND travellers and the travel industry face another crisis as permanent foreign residents travelling to and from South Africa are being warned they should be prepared to produce their original resident authorisation documents, in addition to passports and ...
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SAA BOOSTS SUMMER SCHEDULE

SOUTH African Airways is expanding its regional operation with additional frequencies on several established routes over the summer holiday season. Effective last week, the airline will operate to Maputo with 21 flights per week and Harare 19 times each ...
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LUFTHANSA PLANS LOW-COST OPERATION, ENHANCES SA SERVICE

LUFTHANSA is to go ahead with its new Wings concept of low-cost flights in Europe and on long-haul intercontinental routes, operated by its subsidiary Eurowings. It is in response to heavy competition and rapid expansion of other low-cost ...
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LOBBYISTS APPLAUD U-TURN ON BRITAIN’S APD CHARGE FOR KIDS

FAMILY travel to and from the UK will benefit from a reduction in Air Passenger Duties for passengers between the ages of two and 11, slated to kick-in from May next year. British Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the change ...
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KENYA BOOSTS SECURITY AFTER LATEST ATTACKS

KENYA’S President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged additional resources and appointed new personnel to address weaknesses in the country’s security sector, following the brutal killing of some 64 non-Muslims in the northern part of the country in two separate ...
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MANGO UPS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE FOR CPT – PE FLIGHTS, INCENTIVISES COMPETITORS’ PAX ON OTHER ROUTES

MANGO Airlines has upped its checked baggage allowance for flights between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to 30 kilograms per passenger until January 31 but will also reimburse travellers who incur excess luggage costs when travelling with other ...
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START THE PARTY WITH TIR!

TRAVEL agencies around the country shone a little brighter last month, as co-workers dug out the decorations and dusted off the mistletoe to snap their entry for TIR’s Start the Party picture competition. This year’s winning entry came ...
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> Cruises International has a ‘Sell three, sail free’ agent learning incentive, valid for new Seadream and AmaWaterways bookings confirmed between November 7 and December 28 and November 20 and December 28 respectively.

> Beachcomber has a Kids Under 18 Fly Free promotion, valid for set departures in December ex-JNB and CPT. Includes 30 percent savings on accommodation at Le Mauricia and Le Victoria (per adult) and 15 percent saving at Trou aux Biches.

> Celebrity Cruises plans to build two new 2,900-passenger ships, the first of which would enter service in 2018 and the second in 2020. Dubbed Project EDGE, the builds are being designed to provide “small ship itineraries with large ship amenities”.

> Dubai’s Wild Wadi Waterpark will be closed for maintenance January 11 – February 11, 2015. The park will reopen February 12.

> Avis has been named the winner of the Car Hire Service Provider Category A for major car rental companies for OR Tambo International, Cape Town International and Kimberley and Upington airports at the 2014 ACSA Feather Awards.

> Air Namibia’s Johannesburg and Cape Town operations teams were both recognised as Best Regional Airline 2014 at OR Tambo and Cape Town International.

> Holiday Tours is promoting last-minute deals for travel to Cape Town and the Garden Route (land only) in December. Stay three nights at the Protea Hotel President in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, from R2085 pps. Three nights at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is from R2,595 pps.

> Silversea has a Festive Season Silver Wave promotion, providing up to US$1,000 onboard spending credit plus complimentary suite upgrade on selected 2015 voyages booked before December 31.

> Silversea Expeditions will operate limited Time Travel expeditions, which include a voyage around the Galapagos as well as a tour to Machu Picchu. Available on selected departures between January and March 2015 only.

> TravelPeople will host a series of First Class Africa product workshops in the new year, visiting Cape Town February 11 and Johannesburg February 26.

> The Travel Corporation has appointed Lucille Sive, CEO of the corporation’s African Division in North America.

> The Virgin Group is to partner with private investment firm Bain Capital to build two new cruise ships, a major step towards getting its new cruise business, Virgin Cruises, off the ground. A launch date has not been disclosed but former President of Disney Cruise Line, Tom McAlpin, will be CEO of the new venture.

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