20 October 2014 // Archives

THAI AIRWAYS TO WITHDRAW FROM ‘SEASONAL’ SA

THAI Airways will withdraw from South Africa at the start of the new year, after a stop sell notice for flights departing beyond mid-January was issued last week. According to booking displays, the last outbound flight will leave Johannesburg ...
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FLYSAFAIR REPORTS STRONG LOADS FOR FIRST NEW FLIGHTS

FLYSAFAIR has reported an “overwhelming” response from the South African travelling public for its new low-cost domestic fares and expected to have issued around 50,000 tickets before the first flight last week. The airline operated its inaugural flight from ...
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SAA BOARD TURMOIL CONTINUES AS DIRECTORS RESIGN

FOUR non-executive board members of South African Airways resigned last week. The move pre-empted a special general meeting called by Public enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, which was expected to result in the firing of some non-executive directors. The board ...
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EBOLA SCREENING ‘MEASURED, EFFECTIVE’ SAYS US TRAVEL ASSOCIATION

THE enhanced screening health checks being introduced at major international airports in the UK and US in a bid to stop the spread of the Ebola virus are “sufficient”, according to the US Travel Association, which has called ...
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TRAVELPORT SIGNS NEW CONTENT AGREEMENT WITH CEMAIR

TRAVELPORT has signed a new multi-year, preferred partner agreement with CemAir, providing access to CemAir’s full content and web fares, special promotions and enhanced support from the airline. CemAir Chief Executive Officer, Miles van der Molen, said the regional ...
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BEACHCOMBER REOPENS REVAMPED ROYAL PALM MAURITIUS RESORT

BEACHCOMBER’S Royal Palm resort in Mauritius has reopened after a significant upgrades project was completed. The resort now incorporates 69 suites with new finishes, all of which offer sea views. A new suite category, the Ocean Suite, has been added, ...
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> The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association’s next Western Cape chapter meeting will be held this week, October 22, at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay from 15h30 – 17h30. CEO David Frost will brief delegates on new, tiered membership categories and a series of new partnerships with benefits for SATSA-accredited businesses.

> Proflight has launched its new scheduled service from Ndola to Lubumbashi. Flights are set to operate on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

>EGYPTAIR’s Horus fare sale has been extended until October 31. Savings apply to bookings for travel on or before May 15, 2015 to various points on the airline’s route network, including Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the US.

> World Travel has savings of up to 70 percent on TGV rail passes for travel between Brussels and France, as well as Paris to/from Geneva/Lausanne/Bern/Basel/Zurich. Valid for sale from October 22 to December 3 and for first- and second-class travel.

> Those attending the upcoming Sports & Events Tourism Exchange, taking place in Durban from October 28 – 30, can download a free app for smartphones including access to floorplans, the conference programme, events, speaker profiles and exhibitor listings.

> Etihad’s complimentary chauffeur service has been extended, now valid for additional first and business-class booking subclasses, including F, A and R (First Class) and J, D, C and W (Business Class). The service may also now be booked via GDS. Requests must be lodged 24 hours ahead of arrival/departure.

> Fastjet has developed a Swahili language website for its passengers, with traffic to its primary online booking portal having grown 22 percent in the last quarter. Conversion levels have also risen, up 11 percent in July compared to last year. Fastjet estimates 140-million people living in East Africa speak Swahili.

> Val Thorens’ upcoming new ski season reopens on November 22, lasting until May 10, 2015.

> Holland America Line has released a new winter cruise holidays brochure, featuring itineraries and Grand Voyages departing September 2015 to April 2016. Destinations include Australasia, South Pacific, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, the Panama Canal and Africa. Explore4 offers, allowing for stateroom upgrades, a complimentary Pinnacle Grill dinner, free or reduced third- and fourth-guest fares, as well as up to US$300 onboard spending credits, valid for bookings confirmed by October 31.

> Ramani Naidoo has been appointed a non-executive director of Tourvest Holdings. Ms. Naidoo is currently the lead independent director of Winhold Limited, a non-executive director of Invicta Holdings Limited and of a number of unlisted companies.

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