17 November 2014 // Archives

MINISTER URGES SAA TO APPOINT ‘TURNAROUND SPECIALIST’ AS CEO STATUS CONTINUES 

SUSPENDED SAA Chief Executive, Monwabisi Kalawe, is expected to turn up for work this morning (Monday), when it will become clear whether the suspension has actually been lifted or not. Meanwhile, the Department of Public Enterprises and National ...
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TRAVEL PLANS THREATENED BY EMIRATES CONFRONTATION

THE government on Friday threatened to withdraw Emirates’ landing rights in South Africa, according to a report in yesterday’s Sunday Times. United Arab Emirates economy minister, Bin Al Saeed Mansoori, was apparently “instructed” in a leaked letter to ...
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ASSESSMENT OF NEW IMMIGRATION DEMANDS ONGOING SAYS TBCSA

THE Tourism Business Council of South Africa says that discussions around South Africa’s new immigration regulations are ongoing and that the results of an impact assessment it commissioned earlier this year, which was leaked to the public last ...
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CLUB TRAVEL HONEYDEW FRAUDSTER TO SERVE JAIL TIME

OWNER of the Club Travel Honeydew franchise, Wilco van Eeden has been handed a 10-year jail term without the option of a fine by a Johannesburg judge for at least 26 known charges of fraud and theft totalling close on ...
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EU APPROVES ETIHAD’S STAKE IN NEW ALITALIA

ETIHAD Airways will strengthen its position in Europe after winning antitrust approval for its purchase of a 49 percent stake in Alitalia last week. The new joint venture will see the Italian business rebranded New Alitalia. Etihad will also ...
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INDUSTRY COLLEAGUES PAY TRIBUTE TO TRIP TRAVEL MD

THE region’s travel fraternity has paid tribute to Namibian rugby legend and Trip Travel Managing Director, Piet du Plooy, who died on November 8, after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Du Plooy was a celebrated sportsman and represented Namibia’s ...
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> Nominations for the 2014 ASATA Diners Club Awards are due to close today (Monday). Submissions should be completed online at www.asata-dinersclub-awards.co.za. Finalists will be announced in January and the awards ceremony will take place on February 28.

> Busabout has launched an educational booking incentive to promote its new Asia programme. Qualifying consultants who answer a series of 14 questions pertaining to the new Asia and Europe brochures  correctly will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two Thai Island Flexi Hopper trips, for travel in 2015. Competition ends December 1. For a copy of the questionnaire, email: letsgo@busabout.com or contact an Area Sales Manager.

> International SOS has released a new mobile app, sharing its medical and travel information on Ebola. The free app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Content includes a video briefing on ‘What Business Travellers Need to Know’. To view click here. To download: http://app.lk/sos-ebola

> Emirates has resumed flights to Erbil. The number of frequencies will grow from two to four December 4.

> Qantas’ half-price business-class companion fare sale ends November 19. Valid for travel to select destinations in Australia and New Zealand from December 1 – December 31.

> The Travel Corporation has appointed Casper Urhammer Global Chief Executive Officer of its youth specialist brand, Contiki, based in Geneva.

> Development Promotions has introduced a Celebrity Cruise sales challenge, with R35,000 towards a Celebrity Cruises package up for grabs. Participants who confirm any new bookings for a 2015 European Celebrity cruise with DP by December 31 will be eligible to enter. Consultants must name any one Celebrity itinerary that they would most like to share with their favourite famous personality when submitting the relevant reservation number to: dawn@devprom.co.za / 011 463 1170.

> Tsogo Sun has named John Aritho General Manager of its Garden Court Marine Parade hotel in Durban. A R107-million refurbishment project is currently underway. Also in Durban, Wayne Smith, former GM at the Garden Court Blackrock, has been appointed General Manager at the Garden Court South Beach.

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