2 March 2015 // Archives

ASATA DINERS CLUB AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

THE Association of Southern African Travel Agents/Diners Club Awards were presented at Montecasino in Fourways on Saturday evening. Awards were in eight retail and wholesale categories, including two special awards for Tomorrow’s Leader and Exceptional Commitment. Minette Fourie of ...
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SAA DISMISSES TALK OF DOMESTIC SERVICES CUT

SOUTH African Airways has assured its travel partners it has no intention of scrapping domestic full-service flights in favour of growing regional services in Africa, following a local media outlet claimed domestic services would be left to Mango ...
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LOCAL ANALYSTS URGE GOVERNMENT TO DIG DEEP TO GROW TOURISM IN SA

INDUSTRY analysts have expressed mixed reactions to last month’s National Budget speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, urging government to review its desire to cut costs while still ensuring enough financial resources are applied to effectively market and ...
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TRAVELPORT SIGNS CONTENT AGREEMENT WITH NEW BIDVEST CAR RENTAL

TRAVELPORT has finalised a long-term content agreement with the Bidvest Group that will enable Travelport subscribers to book Bidvest Car Rental’s newly-branded inventory for the first time through their Smartpoint workflows. Bidvest takes it new domestic car rental brand ...
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BA LAUNCHES AGENT-ONLY PREMIUM FARE GIVEAWAY

BRITISH Airways has launched an agent booking incentive, with consultants who book their customers in either First or Club World eligible to win two fully-paid Club World tickets for travel anywhere on the airline’s route network. The booking and ...
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NAMIBIA FLYAFRICA FORCED TO DELAY JOHANNESBURG LAUNCH

NAMIBIA flyafrica says it has been forced to delay the launch of its new service from Johannesburg to Windhoek while it undergoes another unexpected regulatory review. However, as of last week, the new airline’s first flights between Cape ...
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CONGRATULATIONS to Lenel Vining, from Air Austral, the winner of an American Tourister Bon Air 55cm Spinner suitcase. Lenel was spotted reading TIR at an altitude of 2,413 metres in La Plagne, France.

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To enter the monthly Spotted With TIR competition, email full quality photographs of yourself reading a copy of TIR to dominic@tir.co.za

> Cruises International will host its first Meetings at Sea roadshow for local MICE planners and buyers at the Inanda Club in Johannesburg on March 24 and again on March 26 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Cape Town. For details or to register: dalene@cruises.co.za

> The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) will run a Tour Operators course in Cape Town from March 9 – 13. The cost of the course is R3,950 pp excluding VAT. SATSA and non-SATSA members are invited to participate. For details or to register, email: wc@satsa.co.za.

> Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways have launched a ‘buy one, get one free’ ticket sale for travel in any class to the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria. Valid for booking until March 8.

> Etihad Airways has appointed former Regional Business Development Manager, John Friel, as General Manager in South Africa, based in Johannesburg.

> Board of Airline Representatives South Africa HR and Training Consultant, Carol-Anne Cairns, has been appointed to South Africa’s Transport Sector B-BBEE Charter Council. The council has been assembled to help guide the national government on legislative and regulatory developments in relation to B-BBEE, including priorities for major transport projects.

> Emirates’ latest fare sale, valid for economy and business class travel to destinations including London, Phuket, Rome, New York Beijing and Dubai, ends March 6. Travel must take place before September 16, 2015. Blackout periods apply April 9 – 15 on inbound flights and April 11 – May 4 on outbound flights to Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

> Holiday Tours is promoting complimentary upgrades to all-inclusive at the Solana Beach Resort in Mauritius. Stay seven nights from R13,370 pps.

> Triton Cape Sea Travel has special fares with up to £105 in gratuities included for the Astor’s 21-day Grand Voyage from Cape Town to Tilbury, departing April 2. A limited number of cabins are available from £899 pps to £1,099 pps. Add an eight-night round Britain cruise (April 23 – May 1) from £400 pps.

> Air Austral has signed an agreement with Boeing for two new Dreamliner 787-800 aircraft, which will be positioned on the airline’s long-haul route network and enable the reinstatement of non-stop flights between Réunion and Bangkok. The first of the new aircraft will enter service in May 2016 and the second in October.

> Margie Whitehouse, an African brand development specialist, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer of South African Tourism.

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