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GOVERNMENT APPROVES ABU DHABI WITHDRAWAL

SOUTH African Airways passengers booked to travel to or via Abu Dhabi will be reaccommodated on Etihad Airways codeshare flights, following government approval for the withdrawal of SAA service. The date of the suspension has still to be ...
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OUTCRY PROMPTS HOME AFFAIRS TO REFORM IMMIGRATION RULES

THE DEPARTMENT of Home Affairs will introduce changes over the next 12 months to simplify and ease South Africa’s immigration and visa application regulations, reversing some of the “unintended consequences” negatively impacting inbound and outbound travel. The changes are ...
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TRAVELSTART SEEKS NEW MARKETS FOLLOWING $40-MILLION INVESTMENT

TRAVELSTART has secured US$40-million in funding through a deal with MTN and Amadeus Capital Partners, which the OTA said would be used to fund expansion projects in new markets and accelerate product growth and innovation. The agreement, announced last ...
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INDIA BOOSTS TRADE SUPPORT FEATURES

TOURISM India will lead a strong delegation of inbound tour operators at World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town in April. Manas Ranjan Pattanaik, Director of India Tourism in South Africa, said up to 10 tour operators would be ...
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DEMAND FOR AIR TRAVEL STRONGEST IN 2015 – IATA

INTERNATIONAL Air Transport Association global passenger traffic results for 2015 show demand (revenue passenger kilometres) rose 6.5 percent over 2014. It was the strongest result recorded since the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010 and, IATA commented, well-above ...
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TRAVEL CORPORATION EXTENDS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNTS

THE TRAVEL Corporation has extended its 10 percent early payment booking promotion for Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Contiki tours until February 15. In a bid to boost agency support, the company is also introducing new incentive travel opportunities ...
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COMMENT: AT LEAST WE WILL BE GLOWING IN THE DARK

THE new year started with the outbound industry facing the potential devastation which could follow the explosion of the currency. It is a scenario which is going to last at least through 2016, exacerbated by the overall state of ...
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TIR Noticeboard

> Réunion Island Tourism will host product workshops and agent training in Johannesburg, April 4 and Cape Town, April 5. Venues are to be confirmed. The tourism board returns to World Travel Market Africa in April, with a larger delegation, including DMCs, accommodation providers and representatives from Air Austral.

> Fastjet has appointed Aviareps as its GSA. The airline has also revealed plans to introduce industry fares for inclusive travel packages from South Africa to Zanzibar and Victoria Falls.

> Proflight has a buy-one, get-one booking promotion for return travel between Ndola and Livingstone; Lusaka and Livingstone; Lusaka and Durban and Ndola and Durban between February 11 – 16.

> The Lakeside Lodge & Spa near Knysna has won the Best Tourism Establishment Award at this year’s Sanlam Knysna Awards, presented last week.

> Emirates will launch a daily non-stop service from Dubai to Auckland on March 1.

> Kulula holidays has Thailand combinations specials, including 13 nights in Phuket, Phi Phi Island, Krabi and Bangkok, with flights ex-JNB, transfers and breakfast daily, from R16,975 pps. Travel May 1 – October 31.

> Delta Air Lines has announced several changes to its global management, with Richard Anderson to retire as Chief Executive Officer in May. He will be succeeded by President, Ed Bastian. Mr. Anderson will then become Executive Chairman.

> Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport has re-opened after an extensive renovation. R30-million was spent on improvements, including a revamp of all guest rooms, restaurant, public areas, lounges, business centre and gym.

> Mantis Collection has added the Miarestate Hotel and Spa, a game reserve on the Wild Coast, to its portfolio. The property is 65km from East London airport. Activities include a 35km mountain bike trail for advanced cyclists. There is an introductory rate, valid until March 24, of R1,595 pps, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

> Bookings have opened for Thanda Island, a new private villa in the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve off Tanzania. It is the sister property to the Thanda Safari private game reserve in South Africa. Exclusive use of the island is available from US$10,000 all-inclusive per night, for a minimum three to seven-night stay depending on season.

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