THE Association of Southern African Travel Agents is to introduce key changes to its terms of reference, with new financial reporting requirements for members, specifically the introduction of a special purpose audit to verify pricing tactics are transparent ...
MORE financial support from the government for South African Airways looks imminent, after it emerged last week a new guarantee application is before the Treasury for consideration. Without the guarantee, the airline’s 2014/15 financial results cannot be finalised.
AIR France is to announce job cuts today (Monday), following the collapse of negotiations aimed at increasing productivity with its pilots and cabin crews. The productivity gains sought by the airline were intended to help achieve the targets ...
AIRBNB and Uber have identified Africa as a major growth area but say there is opportunity for tourism marketing agencies, independent business owners and entrepreneurs in outlying areas to benefit from their services.
Nicola D-Elia, Airbnb General Manager for ...
INTERNATIONAL airlines operating into South Africa warned again last week that the new immigration regulations were putting flights at risk and posed a major threat to inbound and outbound business.
The warnings were voiced at the Tourism Business Council ...
AIRLINK will launch a new direct service into Botswana in 2016, with five flights a week between Cape Town and Maun beginning March 11.
The carrier will initially operate the service with an Embraer ERJ 135, 37-seat jet. Capacity ...
• Buyer registration for South African Tourism’s INDABA 2016 has opened. Next year’s trade show returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from May 7 – 9. Register online via www.indaba-southafrica.co.za
• Registration is still open for the half-day Zambia Tourism product workshops in Johannesburg at Room Five; Durban at the Greyville Racecourse; Cape Town at the Belmond, Mount Nelson Hotel and the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek from October 20 – 23. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Emirates has economy-class 20 – 30 percent discounted fares and business fares from 20 percent less, valid for booking until October 10, valid for travel until December 15 (fare basis ending GPZA1) and from January 15 – June 16, 2016 (fare basis ending with HPZA1).
• Queens and Princess Grill suites and restaurants onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 are going to being revamped during a major refurbishment project, due to take place in May and June next year. The cruise line said plans for further upgrades and enhancements were planned.
• South African Airways has opened a new airport lounge in the domestic departures area at OR Tambo called VIA. There is a special area for kids, as well as high-speed Internet. Access is limited to SAA business class passengers, Lifetime Platinum, Platinum, Gold and Silver Voyager members, Nedbank Premium Credit Card, Star Alliance Gold members and Investec Private Bank Account card holders.
• The Fastjet Group has taken delivery of its first owned aircraft, having doubled the size of its fleet from three to six this year. Figures for the group for the six months to June 30, 2015, showed an operating loss after exceptionals of US$12.8-million, an improvement on H1 2014’s US$19.8-million loss and, despite some major operational improvements this year, including an increase of 56 percent in seats flown. The airline identified difficult economic conditions, especially the strength of the US Dollar, as major factors influencing its results.
• The InnJoy Boutique Hotel in Centurion is marking its eighth birthday with weekend booking specials. Standard double rooms are from R825 for Friday and Saturday nights. Single rooms are from R675. Apartments are from R1,000.
• Kulula holidays is promoting several Durban booking specials, including a two-night stay at the Protea Hotel Umhlanga from R2,291 pps. Book before October 31, valid for travel October 9, 2015 – March 31, 2016.
• SASCOC has joined the 2015 Sports and Events Tourism Exchange as a conference partner and will be participating in debates around growing Sports and Events Tourism in South Africa and preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at this year’s event. SETE 2015 takes place October 28 and 29 at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice Menlyn. See www.sportsandevents.co.za for details.
• ForwardKeys says the hospitality business in sub-Saharan Africa has turned a corner after flat growth since August 2014, which it attributed to the impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The company’s hotel reservations data presented at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum last month, showed a 6.4 percent increase in international arrivals in September, with forward bookings to March 2016 four percent ahead of last year.
• Qatar will launch a direct daily service between Doha and Sydney on March 1, 2016.