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ASATA TO CLARIFY SARS VAT INTERPRETATION

THE ASSOCIATION of Southern African Travel Agents will meet with officials from the South African Revenue Service next month to attempt to resolve the issue of zero-rating on international air transport and VAT calculations on additional and supplementary ...
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JOHANNESBURG – HARARE FLIGHTS RESUME

FLIGHTS between Johannesburg and Harare were disrupted over the weekend, inconveniencing dozens of passengers, when an Air Zimbabwe flight from Johannesburg last Friday evening was refused permission to depart when the crew were unable to produce the required ...
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SPAIN FEARS MORE ATTACKS

TRAVELLERS have been warned to follow the advice of local authorities in the event of a terror attack and to keep phone lines clear and their location hidden from social media services, following last week’s terror attack in ...
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SATSA CONCLUDES LANDMARK AGM

THE RUNNING of the Southern African Tourism Services Association avoided serious disruption, with in-fighting at boiling point, ahead of the organisation’s annual general meeting at Spier, near Stellenbosch, last week. In an update to members on the eve of ...
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KULULA HOLIDAYS TO INCENTIVISE MORE AGENCY WEB SALES

KULULA holidays will incentivise travel agents to book more business online with better pricing and strategic campaigns planned to boost sales over off-peak periods. The strategy will help fill excess capacity and target first-time travellers. The operator reported a ...
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FLIGHT CENTRE BUSINESS SCHOOL TO OPEN IN 2019

FLIGHT Centre Travel Group will further develop in-house and external training through a new business school, set to open in South Africa in 2019. Courses will include GDS training, a travel and tourism diploma and business qualifications. Managing Director ...
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• Corporate TMCs and travel agencies are being asked to participate in ABTA’s anonymous remuneration packages survey. Results of the survey will be available once the survey is closed at the end of August. To complete the survey, click here.

• Comair has launched its newest lounge concept SLOW XS at Lanseria airport. It is a refined version of the brand’s SLOW Lounge concept with features built for a smaller-scale venue but focused on the user experience. The new facility will open at the end of August for kulula.com, FNB, RMB and VIP passengers. > See the September issue of TIR for a sneak peak inside the new venue.

• Johan Nel of Sure Millway Travel is the winner of the Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ Winter Wonderland agents incentive and a holiday markets cruise in Europe. Uniworld has introduced new branding and an expanded line-up for 2018, including new sailings on the Rhine and Danube.

• Airberlin has filed for insolvency but schedules remain unchanged and all bookings are still valid. ASATA said it was awaiting the outcome of talks between IATA and Airberlin to understand how settlements will be handled and will update members.

• Contiki has added Southern Spice, a new In-Depth Explorer tour of India to its Asia programme for 2018. Other highlights from the new season include improved China Adventure and Big Indochina tours. Book by November 30 to save 10 percent. For travel from April 1, 2018.

• Air Mauritius is expecting a positive full year financial result, despite a quarterly loss of €5.4-million in Q1. The airline attributed the negative result to its reevaluation of assets and liabilities, unfavourable currency fluctuations and a low tourist season, which is said was considered the norm for that time of year.

The five precincts of the Great Barrier Reef have partnered to produce The Ultimate Guide to Driving the Great Barrier Reef, featuring a collection of drives along the Queensland coast. The guide is available in English, German, French, Japanese and Chinese. Download the pdf here.

• Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world by Numbeo, a website that collates data to develop the world’s largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide.

• Arathusa Safari Lodge has a new central reservations number: +27(0)11 678 0626.

• The InterContinental Hotels Group has signed two new properties in Dubai: the Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay.

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