27 October 2014 // Archives

TBCSA WARNS GOVERNMENT: CUT COSTS TO SAFEGUARD TRAVEL BUSINESS

THE TOURISM Business Council says businesses should adopt a creative approach to ensure that consumers continue to find value in travel services, amidst worsening economic conditions which the organisation has warned will put added pressure on consumer travel, ...
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TECHNICAL GLITCH BEHIND HEATHROW PASSENGER SERVICES BREAKDOWN

A COMPUTER glitch at Heathrow Airport on Saturday night caused chaos for incoming and outbound passengers, who suffered extended delays with baggage services offline. The airport’s management was blasted across social media by affected passengers for having initially downplayed ...
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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2014 ASATA DINERS CLUB AWARDS

NOMINATIONS for the 2014 ASATA Diners Club Awards have opened, with that process due to conclude on November 17. Awards categories include: Corporate Consultant in a Travel Agency; Leisure Consultant in a Travel Agency; Independent Travel Consultant; Key Accounts ...
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TWO NEW SAA DIRECTORS APPOINTED FOLLOWING EXODUS OF SIX

THE Department of Public Enterprises has appointed Anthony Dixon and John Tambi as two new members of South African Airways’ board. The cabinet has also approved the retention of controversial chairperson, Duduzile Myeni and fellow board member, Yakhe ...
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ASATA CHIEF TO SERVE ON WORLD TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATIONS ALLIANCE

ASSOCIATION of Southern African Travel Agents Chief Executive Officer, Otto de Vries, has been appointed Vice Chair of the newly-elected executive committee for the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance for a term of two years. Jayson Westbury of ...
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FASTJET ADDS CARD PAYMENT OPTION FOR AGENTS

TRAVEL agents in South Africa are now able to use credit cards to pay for fastjet flights when booking via GDS, following its partner, Hahn Air, enabling the acceptance of MasterCard and Visa credit cards in this market. Fastjet ...
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DELOITTE: FLIGHT CENTRE IS THE BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

FOR the second consecutive year, Flight Centre has been named best medium-sized company to work for by Deloitte. The company was ranked first in the annual survey’s tourism category. Flight Centre Managing Director, Janine Salame commented: “We would not ...
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TRAVEL CORPORATION EXPANDS AFTER-HOURS SUPPORT SERVICE FOR AGENTS

THE Travel Corporation’s South African office has extended its new after-hours telephonic support service for trade partners with bookings or queries for Contiki, Insight Vacations and Trafalgar. The new support centre was launched in September and is available outside ...
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> The Association of Southern African Travel Agents is launching an annual charity drive this November, asking the men of the travel industry to raise R100,000 for Pinkdrive by growing their beards. If the target is met, ASATA CEO Otto de Vries has pledged the reverse –  to shave his off! ASATA has registered its campaign on GivenGain – Travel Beards 4 Travel Boobs – allowing participants to donate to the cause online. To donate: http://bit.ly/1wz3ES6 and clicking on the Donate Now button. For details and to register your campaign, e-mail: natalia@bigambitions.co.za.

> Emirates has added extra flights out of Durban during December/January, on Wednesday, December 17; Saturday, December 27; Wednesday, December 31; and Sunday, January 11.

> FlyAfrica.com has revealed plans to open a second, syndicated operation in Namibia. The new business is a joint-venture between Nomad Aviation, a Mauritius-based private equity aviation investment group and FlyAfrica Ltd. Flights from Windhoek to Johannesburg, the new lcc’s first route, will start on February 15 with promotional launch fares from R799. Inventory is to be available on GDS shortly. Namibia flyafrica is also considering flights to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Windhoek.

> Ethiopian Airlines will introduce Boeing 787 services from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles with a stopover in Dublin from June next year. Flights will operate on the new route three times per week.

> Thompsons Holidays has a 12-night Florida Keys and Miami self-drive option, with accommodation in Miami, Key Largo, Key West, Sanibel Island, Sarasota and Orlando, including flights ex-JNB, from R26,532. Valid until November 30.

> The second edition of IBTM Africa will take place in Cape Town from April 13 – 15 as part of Africa Travel Week. 60 suppliers from the continent will be participating in next year’s event. Organisers are to provide the first 20 contracted exhibitors at next year’s event with a paid annual subscription to the MICE Academy’s Continuing Professional Development Programme, which will be funded by Reed Travel Exhibitions.

> EgyptAir has new promotional fares for travel to the US and Canada via Cairo, including New York, from R37,680 (business Z-class) and R5,730 (economy U-class ); Toronto, from R34,250 (business Z-class) and R4,880 (economy U-class) and San Francisco, from R8,980 (economy U-class).  Savings also apply for travel to Miami and Los Angeles. Excludes taxes, surcharges and service fees.

> Busabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventures have launched their 2015/2016 European plus Scotland and Ireland brochure and new winter programme, featuring a Trans-Siberian Rail journey that coincides with the brands’ Asia programme. An early booking discount of 20 percent will apply for bookings secured with a R1,000 deposit by January 15, 2015; balance due March 13, 2015.

> City Sightseeing has reintroduced its seasonal Night Tour. Running until May 3, 2015, the tour departs the V&A Waterfront. The itinerary includes a stop at Signal Hill. From R100 per adult (R90 online) and R50 per chid (kids under five ride free).

> Wilderness Safaris has sold its stake in Wilderness Safaris Malawi to Chris and Pam Badger, long time partners in the business, who are now the sole owners. The new company has been rebranded Central African Wilderness Safaris.

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